19 November 2012

Make Just One Someone Happy


I'm blaming it on the retailers, but I already have tiny little elves and pilgrims running around in my head as a constant reminder it's that time of the year. The anxiety starts creeping and pretty soon I’m overloading my brain with all the little lists of things I must do now now NOW, like make holiday plans, buy gifts, dishes to cook, who gets what, where do I go, what do I send, what do I pack, am I forgetting something, what's new, what's on sale, where did I put [insert anything] ...

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So I consider it serendipitous when in my web surfing over the weekend, I stumble upon a phrase: Make Someone Happy.

There’s a wide birth of definition for that phrase, but that’s perfectly fine. I don’t think it requires grand gestures or extended use of time or resources. I feel like all it takes is a little bit of thinking outside of ourselves to make that happen.

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Things other people have done to make me happy? It doesn’t take much to get me grinning, and I really appreciate the little things. Saving me the last Krispy Kreme donut. Telling me that I’ve done a good job in a recent work project. Taking me out to a fancy dinner – just because. Hugs from mom for encouragement. Getting tucked in at night. Seeing some long lost gal pals and going out for sangria and gabs.

In light of the upcoming holiday season (can you tell I can't get it out of my head already), it's getting to be time to not only indulge ourselves but to treat others as well. What do you do - past, present, future - to make someone happy?  What has someone else done that makes you happy?



Jacket: J.Crew Robert Noble herringbone (worn here - sim, pale, sim)
Sweater: J.Crew cambridge cable (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)
Top: J.Crew blythe (sim, sim, metallic dots, pricey, steal)
Jeans: F21 (worn here - steal, sim, sim)
Earrings: c/o INPINK turquoise beads & pearls dangling branch
Ring: c/o INPINK turquoise polished stone matte gold
Bracelets: ON & J.Crew via Ebay (sim, sim)
Boots: Frye 14L jane (same strappy, sim, sim, suede for a steal)
Bag: Brahmin sadie (worn here - sim, sim, suede, luxe)


Special thanks to the stylish folks at INPINK for letting me pick up some pieces from their collection to try. They've got a huge selection of jewelry in a wide range of price points to please pretty much every one. I had a hard time narrowing my choices, but I am loving my new turquoise stone pieces!


For those in the States, have a wonderful Thanksgiving week, ladies!


  1. Does yourself count as the someone? :)

    No, seriously, I think those are good words to live by, not just for the holiday season. It's just trying to be a nice person, a kind person, and to always think of others.

    Love those boots!!

  2. Well you just did with that cheery & chic outfit & smile you're wearing!!!


  3. I'm so in love with this outfit! Your blazer is so cheery and the peek of polka dots is perfect. I think the easiest way to make someone happy is just to tell them how much they mean to you!

    Fizz and Frosting

  4. Love the boots and the blazer! My boys make my day, every day. So far this morning, I was told I was the kissiest mommy ever. :) I made a dear friend some thai lettuce wraps for dinner recently. Their newborn is in the nicu and they needed some good food. I hope it made them happier, even for a few minutes!
    off topic, but did you color your hair? It looks fab!

  5. and now i will have that song in my head all day. lol. loving this outfit...it just looks "happy". =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  6. I love your jacket, the color is SO pretty! I actually LOVE the holiday season, I totally live for the hustle and bustle of this time of year (I realize I might be borderline crazy). :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  7. I really love your outfit - the cream sweater & blouse are gorgeous and that jacket - just the right pop of color. =)

    Just this past Saturday my husband took me to my favorite Mexican place for dinner and cocktails - amazing. For me, I love to send mail to my friends, unexpectedly, to make them smile! And letters - I write lots of letters.

  8. teal + coral = favorite color combo. through in gray polk dots & you have us swooning!!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  9. love the outfit - and those boots are killer! ;)

    thursday at work someone messed up my starbucks order and gave me one for free. on the elevator back up a woman held the doors for me so i offered her the other drink. she was on her way for a job interview so hopefully she got some good mojo going with a peppermint mocha.

  10. it's always the little things that i appreciate (not so much monetary). words of encouragement, care and being there make me happy. i like to encourage others and buy little things for other people. i like putting a smile on people's faces. some appreciate it and others in the past have taken advantage of my kindness. so i'm a lot more cautious.

    lisa, this is a fabulous outfit girl. love the colors and that bag is simply awesome. i agree! this can definitely be a very hectic time of year. hang in there.

  11. Im so envious at this time every year, I can't believe I've never had a Thanksgiving Dinner - sniff.

  12. so cute, I love the colors in your outfit, you look fantastic!

  13. heck, and also remember your own happiness this time of year- it's so easy to get stressed out by expectations and plan too many things you want to do for other people!!

    What/when is this blazer- ack!! so perfect!!!

  14. Making someone happy is the best part of the holidays!!!! I love when I find that perfect gift for someone that I know they will love--even if it only costs a couple of dollars. I also love your polka dots and sweater!

  15. I'm fortunate, I feel, that I get to make someone happy when I do my volunteer. I think I do anyways. Hopefully:p And certainly doesn't take much to make me happy. I think it doesn't anyways haha... Love this outfit, and love love the boots!

  16. I just love this blazer! Great color and fit on you.

  17. love this outfit! the color of that blazer! and the polka dotted blouse-amazing
    xo Jessica
    -check it out!-

  18. I am loving that jacket. The color is gorgeous.

  19. Of course I am loving this ensemble, it's mostly from my favorite store! J.Crew, imagine that:) Love, love, love the blazer and the sweater.

  20. No surprise here, I want your entire outfit...now... :-)

  21. I LOVE your outfit!!!! I'm with Maria, I want your entire outfit. And, like you, I love being tucked in at night!!!!

  22. Love the polka dot blouse! And the color of the blazer! This outfit makes me happy! :-)

  23. Such adorable layering...I love just the hint of polka dots peeking out

  24. Love the color matching here; very fun and lively.

    Smile On:)...Classy Pam


  25. What a glorious coral colour, I love how you do colour and you're never afraid of it and it looks happy gorgeous and chic!

  26. love your outfit - it's adorable - all of it!

  27. Love it all!! I need that ring!:) It's gorgeous!

  28. loving the j. crew you have going on! as for making people happy, hmmmm, lets see. i'm on interviews right now so i always try to make my fellow applicants less nervous by talking about silly things (or hearing them talk about whatever they want!). and if its a guy i'll compliment the shoes or something. giving girls compliments is so much easier. its much better than sitting in a quiet room and waiting for the next victim!

  29. I LOVE the coral blazer, it is gorgeous against the cobalt!

    Spending quality time with my husband makes me happy!

    The Tiny Heart

  30. Love your bag, Lisa, and all your jewelry!! Never thought blue and peach can look this stunning!
    Have a happy Thanksgiving, dear!
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

  31. The layering of your outfit is wonderful. I like how the jacket & accessories adds a pop of color to the outfit, you look great!

  32. Wow. I Love it! You have so so great blog! <3

    Would You like to follow each other? :)

  33. You look beautiful as always; those boots and turquoise accents together are perfect.

    If I come home and find that anyone else in the fam did some small domestic chore I normally do, I'm happy! (I get less demanding with age :) The SO is way more social than me, so if I accompany him on a visit to his friends I don't know as well, he's happy. It's the little things.

  34. "Make Someone Happy" -- i really like that thought! :D

    <3, Mimi
    $100 Shopbop Gift Card Giveaway

  35. wow your colour combo is amazing- love the peach and blue together! xx

  36. Hey thanks for the pic comment I love your blog && I'm a fan. I'm already following you. Would you like to flow each other??

  37. well done with the layered look - i love the coral accents with the turquoise.
    Chic on the Cheap

  38. All those turquoise pieces that you picked are gorgeous! And they all compliment your outfit beautifully, especially that sweet coral blazer!

    I'm always happy when I receive a phone call from my family that don't live in the States or when I get to talk or meet some old friends! That always make my day! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Lisa!


  39. I recognize that old time jacket, just like the old time tune, quality and classic. Love that blouse under the white crewneck. These colors of your outfit make me smile.

    Husby and I send each other little notes, they always make me really happy.

  40. Love the colors in this outfit - so gorgeous! And making someone happy is the best feeling :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  41. This is such a sweet post. To me it's all in the details. The day to day things that can make someone smile even if it's for 5 minutes.
    Love the outfit as well.
    Happy thanksgiving Lisa!

  42. My want and wish lists are long too. I know exactly how you feel. Pretty outfit. Very good layering technique.
    Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Clothes for Less

  43. you are so adorable - and you are totally right. make someone happy. it is priceless!
    i hope you had a great thanksgiving, Lisa!

    xox P

    phiphi's blog

  44. love this jacket and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D

  45. You look absolutely fabulous,dear!
    i love your sence of style so much!
    have a beautiful day!<3


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