01 November 2013

'Tis the Season

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So Halloween's now out of the way, which means it is time for the Real Holiday-ing. And though I love the November-December festivities, it always feels like it's a bit of a time crunch to get it all in.

You can totally consider me as the Over-Holiday-er. It's just built into my brain that during the holidays, I need to spend time with pretty much everyone I care about. And while it's not like I've got bazillions of friends and family vying for my attention, between my BF and I, we've got people scattered all over the east coast. So when it comes to deciding who to spend which holiday with, it sometimes does feels like things come down to a coin toss every year over who, when and where.

We've tried switching off holidays and we've done just doing holidays separately with our own fams, and about every iteration in between. I've racked up some mileage. We've even talked about just doing a holiday totally on our own without anyone else - because isn't that like a sign that you've "made it" as an adult when you get to have your own holidays the way you want to - but "overachiever" in me just won't let that fly. Holidays are about spreading the cheer, right?

So what do you ladies do? How do you determine how to spend your time during the holidays?

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Jacket: Cartonnier by Anthropologie brief meeting (worn here - sim, deal, steal)
Top: Ruche (sim, sim, button-down, in solid)
Jeans: Levi's (worn here - sim, sim)
Necklaces: C.Wonder & Ruche clarion (sim, sim)
Bracelets: Glitterbox Jewelry (worn here - sim, steal), J.Crew (set), Asos (sim, set)
Shoes: J.Crew paulina (worn here - sim in solid, pricey)
Bag: Fossil austin (same in canvas, as wallet, simpler, steal)

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66 comments:

  1. This outfit is perfection. I love how you linked up similar pretties for layering. Honestly, the holidays will be tricky this year because my mil passed away in Feb. All of the "firsts" without her are proving to be difficult. I'm not spreading any cheer here w/my comment, but that's my truth ;).

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    1. I'm sorry, Gigi, but I am sure Mini G will make every holiday so special.

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  2. Holidays can be very tricky! We're having Thanksgiving at my parents' house and my hubby's family is coming too. We both wanted to spend the holidays with our families, but also wanted to spend it with each other.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
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  3. Such a cute top! I like to spend the holidays with family and I know Grant loves it too. I think when your childless it's easier to just celebrate with your hubby, but once you have kids you better believe Grandma will want to see them :)

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  4. It's a tough one now we have a daughter. My husband was never that bothered about Christmas and spent quite a few away in various countries whereas my sister and I have always gone to my parents for Christmas. The first year we had E (2011) they all came to us but never again. Last year we split the day in half (after parkrun of course, have to see my running family!) and I never felt relaxed. This year we've not even talked about it, not sure who will crack first but if I had my way, I'd always choose my parents of course!

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    1. The good/bad thing for our families is that no one lives close enough to split days - I can imagine it could be tough to relax, but everyone gets to partake at once!

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  5. I love your shoes!!! So fun. As for the holidays, it's pretty easy since both my hubby & I have a really small family. My parents do not celebrate Christmas or Thanksgiving so it defaults to my hubby's family.
    Have a great weekend!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  6. Love love! You're always so put together :)

    I struggle with the holiday time crunch - with separated parents, grandparents to please and in-laws to boot, there just isn't enough time to go around. I often rotate with who gets the "day-of" event and spend time with others the day after or before. That said... I'm thinking a vacation away might be the best option! LOL

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    1. While I couldn't imagine a holiday without family of some sort, the thought of jetting off to a fantastic holiday to actually relax and enjoy seems so dreamy!

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  7. That looks like a real holiday blouse.

    Every year is different for us. We live far away from both of our families, one in France and one on the other side of the country so often we don't get to visit them at Christmas. Some years we do love spending it alone. Other times we travel. I actually love that it isn't the same each year.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Ooh, family in France? What a great excuse to visit Europe more often.

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  8. wow, this top is gorgeous!! i love the colors and it's perfect for going into the holiday season. i agree that holiday season has kicked into high gear now that halloween is over. time to start figuring out family gifts already!

    cute & little

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    1. Ugh, I look forward (yet totally dread) thinking of holiday gifts!

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  9. Amazing look!!

    xx Mounia
    www.nonchalantrebel.blogspot.com

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  10. That top is so pretty. I love Ruche! Holidays have been a little tough for us too over the years. It has made it a bit easier because John's family doesn't really celebrate holidays - they were raised Jehovah's Witness. So we've mostly spent each Christmas with my family either at my brother's or at my parents'. Although in the last several years we've enjoyed a couple of Christmases at home without anyone which has been wonderful but also doesn't feel quite like Christmas to me. Thanksgiving is always pretty easy because John is usually coaching a soccer tournament somewhere so that takes up that weekend. This year we'll spend Thanksgiving at our house with my mom joining us. And Christmas will just be the 3 of us - since it's only a couple weeks before my due date I can't travel.

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    1. Well it'll be nice for you guys to have a more "quiet" Christmas since it'll be the last big holiday where it'll just be the three of you (plus Copa)!

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  11. your top is very holiday-ish! the perk of living in a different country is not feeling any guilt about not being able to spend the holidays with anybody lol!!

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    1. True - and you always have a great excuse to go traveling overseas!

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  12. Very pretty top and blazer Lisa. Deciding on who to spend the holidays with and how to spend the holidays can be hard. Some people visit neither families and just take a vacation of their own. LOL It's just me and my mom so I don't have that decision to make. I know you guys will make the perfect one.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  13. Lisa i love this look ! the colors on the top and jacket and of course the shoes.
    Holidays are a bit of a fuss. I have boring family who always wants someone else to host the dinner.
    On mu husbands part of the family, well we see them maybe 3 or 4 times a year....

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  14. Oh - thank you for the style inspiration, Lisa! I have the same blazer and am always trying to figure out what to wear with it!
    My family is so spread out over the US we all gave up on trying to get together during the holidays. None of us is sad about this since we see each other when it is not so hectic. I'm not a holiday person so usually my husband and I pretend they don't exist. lol
    xo,cynthia

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    1. Oh I wear this blazer way too much, it's one of my faves!

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  15. That's such an awesomely Christmassy shirt, Lisa! Love how you've paired it with those shoes, too!
    Victor and I almost always celebrate with my mother. His parents live in Australia where it's mega warm for Christmas, so it's kind of no contest about who we celebrate with - they have other kids, so they'll survive. :P Last year my mum ditched us and went on a singles' holiday, which was weird! We went on a trip to San Francisco together, just the Vic and me, and it was so much fun, but not Christmassy at all! (Udon for Christmas dinner, for shame! And Django Unchained on Christmas Day.)

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    1. I've done turkey day at a restaurant before and while the food was good, I felt kind of weird not having something home made at home!

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  16. This print is just gorgeous Lisa!
    We do Thanksgiving with my in-laws and Christmas with my side only because DH's family doesn't do Christmas. It makes it easier, but this year we are trekking to the Carolina's for Thanksgiving.

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  17. I look forward to the holidays with family and friends, fun and food, but also dread the cleaning and fussing, guess that's life.

    You look fantastic, that is an outfit to file as a keeper!

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  18. The colors, the print, and of course the shoes, LOVE. I'm waiting for life to slow down so we can enjoy the holidays. A girl can dream, right? :)

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  19. This look is awesome! We love how you utilized a pop of print! Really chic and refreshing!


    ox
    Davie and Erica


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  20. I love the pattern of this top on you, Lisa! It is amazing how quickly the holidays are approaching, and it is so hard to schedule time with all of the loved ones. It really makes the weekends in November and December super busy but so much fun! =)

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    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Amber

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    1. Maybe that's why January feels so dreary sometimes? It's cold and there's nothing fun and festive going on.

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  21. Love the vibrance of the printed blouse!! And oh my, your heels are SO adorable!!!

    Veloria in Velvet
    www.veloriainvelvet.wordpress.com

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  22. First I would like to mention how much I like your outfit! This patterned green blouse goes so well with the blue pants and both colours look absolutely great on you.

    Holidays are a special theme for me! As I really like it to go to work (I work as a purchaser) and enjoy the social community at work it feels sometimes strange for me at home. At home of this cause because I don´t like it to travel as I am mostly really disappointed about the holidays which I don´t spend at home! Of this cause my lovely husband and I decided that we try to enjoy your days off at home and we simply then enjoy our wonderful Bavarian region.

    And thank you for your nice comment on my blog - I checked immediately your blog with the result: I like it!

    I would like to follow you on gfc and/or bloglovin. It´ll be great if you come return to my blog to follow me – then I will follow you immediately back.

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de



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    1. Being home with your immediate fam is the most important thing!

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  23. I love love this blouse Lisa!! It's the perfect blouse for the upcoming seasons...although I'm still in denial that it's already November!!

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  24. I love the print on your shirt and shoes! Your necklace is so pretty! It's so funny that once Halloween is over, everyone gets into holiday mode! I wish it wasn't like that though since I like to enjoy the fall without everyone getting crazy about presents and all the commercials for buy this or buy that. Once it's December, I do like all the lights and the crisp winter air and everyone happy that the holidays are coming. But I'm going to try and ignore it until December 1st lol!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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    1. It's already November but today has been the first day it really felt like fall for me in the SE - it's sunny but crisp, cool and the leaves have finally turned colors!

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  25. I absolutely LOVE that jacket! The color and cut are perfect.
    We've decided that our pattern is going to be to spend Thanksgiving with my husband's family and Christmas with mine--my birthday is Christmas Eve, so it's important to me to spend that day with my fam :)

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  26. Fantastic outfit, Lisa! I love how you echoed the pattern of the top with the shoes. I am honestly not a big fan of the holidays, scarred by too many stressful occasions with relatives while growing up. I just look forward to a few days of relaxing and eating lots of good food with my husband and kids.

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  27. loving the print on your blouse!

    this year we will be having thanksgiving at my brothers as he and his wife just bought their first home, and christmas gets rotated through the family, so we see each other all at once every year.

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    1. Ooh, it must be exciting for your brother and his wife to host their first holiday family event!

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  28. That outfit is adorable! I have never seen that Anthropologie jacket before and when I saw the blouse, I was hoping that it was a new J.Crew. I'm going to check out Levis since those jeans look like AG from Anthro.
    I'm assuming that they are Skinny jeans? Basically I want this whole outfit!
    Cheers,
    Stacey

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    1. These are 545 Levi's - I believe the fit is skinny-straight, which is perfect for me. Not too tight!

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  29. So first, this outfit is just completely perfect. Seriously, I love it. And yeah I know what you mean about holidays. I know I'm pretty lucky that I've got the family visits sorted out pretty fairly between my BF and me but there are SO many other things going on with work, friends, etc. this time of year.

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  30. First off.. I love your top - and the whole outfit actually. Especially your necklace. I know what you mean about splitting time b/t families. It's tough! Luckily, my husbands side gets together for "3 Kings Day" in January and that's where we end up "celebrating" Christmas with that side of the family. We exchange presents then and it lets the family members spend time with their other 1/2 of the family on Christmas. I know it sounds weird, but it really works for us!
    xoxo,
    Nikki at www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

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    1. That sounds great for your fam - plus keeps the celebrating through January!

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  31. Love your blouse, so festive. Usually, every year around this time, I'm scrambled to run out get gifts. This year for a change, I'm more relaxed and tend to treat myself more than ever(too many Sephora orders online!)

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  32. So pretty! I love that bag!

    Holidays are wonderful. Exciting. Hard.

    I think we might be on our own this year, but it could always change. Good luck with this crazy season!

    Jenni

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  33. I love your necklace! I basically spend the day before the Holidays with my Mom and then the actual Holiday with his parents. My Mom has five adult children so to make it easier she just does hers the day before. I've quit going to my Grandmas though I miss it, with 27 grandkids and 18 great-grandkids it's too crazy for me. I stop in the day after to see her.
    -Ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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    1. Wow, your grandma must have one busy holiday season! ;o)

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  34. That is such a lovely printed top! In the US you have thanksgiving and Christmas, so that's good that you can spend 2 major holidays between friends and family :)

    Over here, we try to spend Christmas with both of our families. It ends up being a long Christmas day as there is travel involved, but it's lovely to be able to have them close enough to do that. This year we still haven't decided what we are doing, but hopefully will be able to spend time with both families still.

    Away From The Blue

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  35. Lisa, I LOVE that print blouse, so rich and unusual. I love the statement necklace too. I think a quiet thanksgiving with your BF sounds perfect!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/2013/11/fur-trimmed-sweater-brisk-november-afternoon/

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  36. I love your shirt. The print is so pretty and classy.

    My decision is pretty easy this year. I'm working 10 days in a row which cover Christmas. We usually just see my family at Christmas time because my husband's family lives in another province. I try very hard not to say yes to everything because I end up overbooked and stressed out.

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    1. Aw, I am sorry you've got to work Christmas, but I appreciate it that you are.

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  37. We just take one holiday at a time. With flying husband, planning is out of the question! Lovely top, paired well with the jewelry

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI!
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/2013/11/simple-white-and-cocktail-ring.html

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  38. Its only november and you already look so festive. I know how you fell, we never know who to spend the holidays with, always taking turns or trying to fit everyone in. Its tough.
    Aesthetic Lounge

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  39. The top is so pretty it can stand on its own.....but with a navy blazer it looks so polished for work & even beyond. Oh yesss.....the holidays are so near!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  40. That shirt is so cute! Green is one of my favorite colors and I love that navy print!

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  41. I am totally in love with the top. What a pretty colour and pattern...no wonder it is so amazing, it is Ruche! Can't believe how fast time is passing by and how soon holidays are.

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  42. I hate the struggle of trying to spend time with EVERYONE ON Christmas Day. I think this year the BF and I are just going to be together on the actual day and then see people on Christmas eve!

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    1. Aw, that's awesome! I honestly am not sure if BF and I have ever been together on Xmas day - we're usually with our respective fams!

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  43. Again a perfect combination. Those shoes are a terrific addition to the wonderful top. Of course I like this. It reminds me a bit of the blue/green outfit I have posted this week. Different but it still reminds me.
    Greetje

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  44. You paired those prints perfectly! LOVE the shoes!!

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