Welcome to Sunday afternoon on our little balcony! It's wee - just 6'x10' or so - but plenty big for a cozy bistro table set and a few big potted plants. Perhaps a bird-feeder or two. It is currently quite flooded on account of the passing storms this weekend, but I can't wait until it's all ready for morning coffee or early evening cocktails as the sun sets.

Confession: It almost makes me wish I still smoked those devil Blacks, but not quite. A good balcony always does that to me. I have no idea why.

I love this bag. It's another Freebird by The Sak. It's got mesh like my mini crossbody, but I adore the dark, tawny shade and texture of this one. Even the mesh is the color of aged, dirty pennies (though it's hard to tell from the photos).

I'm still loving my new necklace from Banana Republic - I've worn it four days in a row, in totally different ways. This outfit, however, is my neutral, friendly, we're-hosting-a-birthday-party-for-thirteen-year-olds outfit. Especially since we were meeting all of the parents for the first time, and I didn't want to scare anyone off with one of my ultra-femme getups.

There's technically still a lot of giggling floating up from the party downstairs, but M & I are staying out of their hair since the party has died down and we want to let the girls do their own thing. We made pizzas, held a gingerbread man decorating contest and gave out awesome prizes, played a few rounds of Scene-It: The Twilight Edition, and had a Bring It On marathon.

We're getting ready for the holidays and for M's mama - she's flying up this week and we can't wait for her week-long stay here with us! Plus, she'll get to meet my family and that's exciting, too. We're still hunting down those last few perfect Christmas gifts, but I think after a few more presents are wrapped and a few batches of shortbread are baked, it'll be some kind of wonderful! I am looking forward to taking some time off and being home with my girls.

Why, then it'll be New Years Eve, and we've still no clue what's in store for us. We had a small soiree last year and wish that someone we knew was throwing an amazing house party to greet 2011. On the other hand, maybe we can ring it in someplace plush, coastal and remote, just the two of us.

What are y'all doing to ring in the New Year? Do you have a favorite New Year's memory?

Leggings: Romeo & Juliet Couture Tunic: Kensie Cardigan: Kersh Essentials Bag: Freebird by The Sak Necklace: Banana Republic Earrings: El Mexico Shoes: VANELi

Here's a gratuitous loverbird shot of M & I on our couch, enjoying our toasty fire! (In which M shows off her fingerless gloves from H&M and the big new butch boots from Lounge by Mark Nason. The living room and study show off fresh tulips, the prettiest birdie coasters - courtesy of my very thoughtful BFF, and my little ponies.)