Merry & Bright

Hopefully lots of you are already on holiday or readying to be there! We've run the last little bit of errands, I've just got a bit of baking yet to do and then we're all set, I can hardly believe it. Not that we ever get white Christmases here, but it's been unseasonably warm out, and I'm ready for some wet weather (like last year, it was pouring). We just bought 40 lbs. of almond firewood, for crying out loud!

Well, here's our grand old tree, y'all! It's hard to see the full effect in daylight, but it's a big, beautiful Noble Fir, decorated in lots of driftwood-ish (as approved by M) ornaments and a few old ones that went with the theme, and a handful of ones I'm too sentimental not to put on the tree every year. We love it. It's perhaps our best tree yet (excepting the 10' tall flocked beast we had at Hill Manor in 2005). Sometimes I'll catch M gazing at it tenderly from the couch, she's so enamored of it.

This is the kind of outfit a gal picks out when it's December but warm out. You have to find a happy medium. I paired a sheer black skirt with this sweet cotton top from H&M, with its Peter Pan collar and tiny heart print, topped with the old California Girl standby, a snug jean jacket (mine's from Old Navy). Because this was a "let's be comfy and look cute" day, I swept my hair into a braided top knot and laced up my Seychelles 'Meteor Shower' canvas boots. Done and done!

The little satchel is from Asos, aka "the portfolio", and the little vintage lady pin on my jean jacket is from an artist in Dublin. The lipstick bullets are Culp Baubles, the earrings from House of Harlow, and I have two big bracelets on - the gold/black one is from Pier One and the black/white hearts one is Betsey Johnson.

Bird decided to come check things out during these photos. Such a nosy little guy! We caught him trying to goof around with his present under the tree when we came home tonight, too. Tsk! (It's a new soccer ball, since he at last killed the one we got for him in Dublin over the summer.) They'll have their own silly little stocking on Christmas morning, full of toys and treats. They both inevitably end up covered with bows and ribbons, too, in all the chaos and giddiness.

This'll be the last post for the holidays! I hope y'all get to spend it with loved ones or however best you like to do enjoy the season. We're headed up to my mama's house with lots of treats for everyone - darling boxes filled with homemade shortbread, molasses cookies, and to-die-for bourbon caramel sauce - tied with a big red bow. Since this could very well be our last Christmas here for awhile, we're going to savor and appreciate every little moment!

Lots of love and joy to you all, be safe and kind and stylish (of course).