11 December 2010

Up on the Rooftop Reindeer Pause

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend - and I hope everyone is gearing up for the holidays! I just booked my flight home for Christmas earlier this week and holy moly I was surprised at the price for my ticket! If you gals are considering going somewhere for the holidays with - or to visit - family DO IT! There is plenty of time to still book and flights are cheap! Wow, I've turned all exclaim-y.

Next week marks my last biz trip for the year. This has been a tough traveling fall and winter for me, so I am looking forward to taking some time to finally relax and see my fam up in the NE (except I am kind of over this whole flying business - ughhhhh).

The only real problem I have every holiday season? The BF and I have been together for a few years now and we typically spend the holidays apart with our respective families in our respective hometowns. We figure it is only fair since we see each other all the time, but not our fams. So in all the time we've been together, we've never spent Christmas together. We try to make up for it by spending New Year's together but I always miss him a bit more than usual come Christmas morning.

How do you guys handle splitting your holiday time?

Top: Forever 21 Effortless Calm woven tunic (worn here before - similar online here)
Sweater: Anthropologie Guinever Roaming Frills (worn here and here before - similar online here or here)
Skirt: Anthropologie Blue Robin Twilit (via the lovely Lauren from the EA Trade Market - similar online here or cheap here)
Tights: Anne Klein herringbone (worn here before - similar online here)
Shoes: Nine West Temani patent wedges (similar online here)

Top: Forever 21 H81 brushed plaid (worn here and here before)
Sweater: J. Crew shawl popover (similar online here or cashmere here)
Jeans: Banana Republic classic skinny (similar online here)
Boots: Born Taro (worn here before - similar online here or shearling-lined here)

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Lastly, a slew of cool bloggers are hosting cool giveaways this week - here's a quick sampling:

★  Melissa from A Working Mom's Closet is giving away a gorgeous floral statement necklace. Contest ends December 12.

★  Roxy from Effortless Anthropologie is giving away a week's worth of holiday goodies (check out her right middle column for the prizes). Contests end December 12.

  Dear Crissy is giving away a $300 gift card to Bare Necessities. Contest ends December 13.

  GiftRap is giving away a Kindle e-reader. Contest ends December 16.

★  Debby from Inspired Design is giving away a $50 e-card to Pottery Barn. Contest ends December 16.

  Fashionable Academics is hosting a giveaway from We Love Colors. Contest ends December 16.

  I am Style-ish teamed up with Ebates to give away $100 and an Apple iPod Shuffle. Contest ends December 16.

  Mammamoiselle is giving away a clutch from Charm Design. Contest ends December 16.

★  Francesca from Le Kiss Kiss is giving away a $75 gift certificate to CSN Stores. Contest ends December 17.

  Still Blonde After All These Years is giving away two pairs of Kamik Ellie rainboots. Contest ends December 17.

★  ekimura from a little bit of eki is giving away a Coach wristlet and lip gloss from melliesh. Contest ends December 19.


  1. Speaking of holy heck - how cute is the Twilit skirt with your red cardi - so festive and pretty! I keep forgetting to take that skirt to get hemmed! And I really love your casual outfit too - cute, cute!

  2. I agree with Jan! That outfit combination really rocks!
    As for holiday time, my problem is that I am always working over Christmas break and don't get to go home and see my family. This year is no exception. :(

  3. I am in LOVE with your skirt!!!! So professional yet girly all at the same time!!

    I guess my husband and I are lucky, our families are in the same town and it happened to work out that I ALWAYS celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve with my family and he ALWAYS does Christmas day so it's never been an issue for us.

  4. You look fabulous in the Twilit skirt! I'm so pleased that it worked for you :)

  5. Um, can I just tell you that I always thought the lyrics were "reindeer paws" until right now?? Which, when I think about it makes no sense... how did I reach 30 not knowing that?!?
    I'm loving those wedges and your popover outfit is giving me great syling inspiration!

  6. I like how you posed in front of holiday decorations in the first outfit. So festive! It's a perfect complement. Also love the J.Crew sweater paired with the brown boots in the second outfit!

    Luckily both bf and mine families live in pretty much the same area, so holidays aren't that big of a deal for us. Stay safe this holiday season!

  7. Jan - after seeing my pics, I think I need to take my skirt to the tailor too - either to shorten the hem a bit or take in the waist a little so it sits higher! Ack, if I was only not too lazy to go to the tailor!

    Ady - aw no about the working! A few years ago at another job, I actually had to fly back on Christmas day so I could be in the office on the 26th! But the good thing is that your kids are with you, and it'll be Xmas regardless!

    curls-and-pearls - that sounds like an awesome arrangement for you and the hubby! I wish my fam and my BF's fams were closer so we could do that!

    Lauren - thanks so much again! I had been kicking myself FOREVER to missing out on this skirt!

    LT - I didn't even know this song existed until I heard it last week on a Hyundai commercial! The BF thought I was crazy for not having heard it before!

    Cee - thanks much, I am sucker for almost anything with a shawl collar and when you throw in the coziness factor, this sweater had to be mine!

  8. God, the Twilit skirt with the orange-red cardi is out-of-this-world! You look ridiculously gorgeous in this combo *___*
    As for holidays, my parents live in India, so I have the opposite problem- I spend the holidays with the hubby and with his enormous family (and am so thankful for having someone to spend the holidays with), but miss my teeny family so much :(
    And don't forget to alert your readers to the upcoming 12 Days project, especially since you're participating!! :D

  9. So adorable Lisa! i just love the red top with the tweed skirt. The love the little ruffles on the pockets of the skirt.
    Luckily, my hubby's family and my own family are in oz in the same city, so we don't spend time apart during the holidays.

  10. I love your outfits!! In the first outfit those wedges are too cute, and I love the skirt with those tights! The second outfit is super cute too! We are very lucky and live close enough to our families that we can drive to see both! But you have my sympathy! Good luck with all of your traveling for business and family!!

  11. Wow- I think you've just revived the whole market on roaming frills cardigans and that Twilit skirt. want. need.

    and the boot, jeans, cardigan look is a winner too!

    I'm lucky- my in-laws don't really celebrate much at the holidays, so we always spend christmas with my family, including my brother-in-law!

  12. Fabulous looks as usual!

    The holidays can be hard. The hubs and I usually alternate Christmases with our respective families, although now that my sis lives in town, we usually do Christmas with my family at a different time. So we get 2 Christmases!

    Happy holidays. Hope your travel schedule lightens up for work!

  13. The holidays give me a case of the boyfriend-less sads, too. We don't live together (yet), but his family is a 5 hour drive south of mine, so there's no chance of me seeing him on Christmas. The worst part is that Christmas is his BIRTHDAY, so this will be the fourth time I haven't been able to see him on his BIRTHDAY either! And since he's a retail manager he always has to work Christmas eve, drive the 5 hours home, and drive back Christmas night so he can be at work on the 26 - it makes me so sad he spends his holiday on the highways! Okay, enough pity party for me!

  14. I am ooh'ing and aahh'ing over your boots! Gorg!

    Ya know, Luke and I haven't had to decide about the family thing yet - we're both stuck in the same town due to work so we spend the holidays with my family ... but I'm kinda dreading the year he says "let's go spend the holidays with my fam!" (I don't think we'd ever spend the holidays apart ourselves). I'm so selfish, I know, but I'm so used to my little family and am spoiled! :P

    I am sorry to hear that you and the BF split up for the holidays - hope that someday you can spend them together! :)

  15. haha now I have "up on the housetop" stuck in my head! damn you! lol.
    that red cardigan is so festive, i love it.
    fortunately I don't have that problem this year, the BF's fam lives down south in Texas, so we will be celebrating it together in Ottawa this year... last year was mighty lonely though, so I know where you're coming from!

  16. super cute! and thanks for all the links!

  17. I adore the first outfit. Love the focus on ruffles for the skirt and Cardi. I just sent back a basic grey skirt to Anthro. I really like yours. Going to check that out. The Platinum Wedges are devine.

    I see you have decorations up on the mantle. I haven't even started yet. So jealous. This weekend has been eaten up by the Company Party last night.

    Both of our families live in the same town. Awesome huh!

  18. Wow! That gray skirt is absolute perfection. And you have such a lovely smile!

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  19. Both your outfits are pretty, but the skirt/red sweater are my faves!

    Why not talk to the BF and alternate visits to your families?

    I booked my ticket over a month ago because the prices right now are horrendous.

  20. Lisa, you're looking fabulous as always! I think I really need to get a plaid shirt to wear on casual days. The other day, Amy Kelinda posted a photo wearing one, and now you. You both look so cute in them, and I want to look cute in plaid too!

    And yes, it's a bummer that you have to spend X-mas away from the BF :( I guess the best way to handle it is to surround yourself with your friends and family and look forward to New Years with him. The seperation won't last long, you'll probably be spending Christmas day with eachother soon, I'm sure.


  21. Oh, that Twilit skirt is simply amazing. I am so glad you were able to track one down -- what a great find! It's so very flattering and the ruffles add the perfect detail. And your patent wedges ARE divine, just as Laura said!

    I'll be spending Christmas apart from my BF, sinceI'll be flying to CA to see my family. It really is difficult to be apart during the holidays. We talk on the phone a lot when I'm away, but it's really not the same. I think we do something similar to you guys -- I'll be coming back Dec 30th, so we can spend New Year's together!

  22. I really love the Twilit skirt it's so pretty and timeless!!! We stopped going to either family during Christmas because well... too many presents to bring! I love having our own little Christmas and then maybe visiting families after!

  23. Love both your outfits. Jeans/boots combo gets 2 thumbs up (cos I'd totally wear that!).

    This is the first Christmas that my BF and I are together. So, nothing too complicated yet, just making time to have a dinner and lunch with our families once or twice during our holidays. But I just realized that since this is the first time, we'll be setting expectations. OH dear...better do everything low key ;)

  24. Totally love both outfits on you---you look great all dressed up in that bright sweatr and skirt, yet you pull casual off so well in that sweater and boots in outfit #2...fabulous! =)

  25. Tara - my immediate fam is pretty small too, just my parents and my big sis. They live in the NE so not THAT far away, but I don't see them as often as I would like. My BF's fam has been a "fam-saver" since they are a mere 3-hr drive away and so welcoming!

    thatdamngreendress - I am currently on the hunt for the ivory roaming frills cardi and I wish it came in a ton of other colors - I've never loved another cardi more, seriously!

    Ashley - ack, poor BF! What a rushed way to spend the holidays! Good thing he's got a great fam and a beautiful loving GF who can spoil him all the other days!

    Mandy - BF and I have talked about just spending one holidays together with no one else and going to see both fams in the days following. Maybe one year we'll put our plans on paper!

    Laura - don't be jealous of my holiday decor! I've started - and stopped - my decorating with the mantle! I haven't gotten a tree or done anything else yet!

    Rose - I am finding out I am alone in my cheap ticketing - maybe everyone should book flights to NYC for the holidays! I have a co-worker who booked for NJ and her ticket was PRICEY!

    Lisa - Sweet Laundry - I'm a huge fan of winter plaid, it's my seasonal gingham! And thanks for your sweet words!

    Jamie - nothing like ringing in a new year with your hunny!

    Closet Crisis - the BF and I went present-crazy the first couple of any celebratory events (birthdays, Christmases, etc.) - we're already waaaay over trying to top each other, bc we've already ruined each other!

  26. You look really classy! I'm single, but my brother spends half his holidays with our side of the family and half with his wife's family, although for some reason he won't admit it -- every other year he makes excuses to my parents about work and so forth. After more than ten years of this, my parents still haven't noticed that he only visits them every other year, so I guess that strategy is working for him.

  27. Splitting time for Christmas is always hard. My boyfriends spend every other year in Florida for the holiday. The hardest part is on the off year when they stay home, his mother makes all these plans because she says she only gets to really have Christmas on the off years. So one year I'm without my boyfriend for the holidays, and the next I have to spend less time with my family because his are so demanding. Oh the trials of multiple families :)

  28. I love love luuuuuurve the pocket trim pleat detail of that tweed skirt. Seriously. I think it might weave its way into my dreams.
    Did that sound creepy? I didn't mean for it to sound creepy.
    And, hi. My name's Brittney. I started a little modest fashion blog (breathe through your nose, though...it's not even 2 weeks old) and would love it if you stopped by. Stayed a while. Let me know what you think. All that jazz.
    Thanks! And have a wonderful day.

  29. Both outfits are so cute (and that skirt!! I die!!!) Now I'm all excaim-y! Lol


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