Thursday, December 28, 2017

{velvet cami for new years eve}

In past years for NYE I have always done some kind of sparkly dress. It's festive, it's fun, it feels like New Years... but you only wear it once! Nowadays, that's just not how I like to spend my money (but I also don't have a big fancy party to go to this year and nothing really jumped out at me). I found this velvet camisole during some Black Friday excursions and fell in loooove with it! The color and ruffle detail just really  make a statement. I was texting one of my best friends about which color to get after I instagrammed it the other day and we both agreed it was hard to pick just one! There are 6 colors - I'm wearing the burgundy color but the color storm is my second fave! I paired it with some simple black pants (I have three pairs of these and wear them alllll the time) and my favorite olive green pumps. My purse picks up the burgundy tone in my shirt with its cute little scarf. I have carried it everywhere since the day I found it at Target - it goes with everything and surprisingly holds a lot! 

What is everyone doing for NYE? I must admit, I don't even know what my girlfriends are doing this year! In the past we've had a big party with all of our friends in DC; open bar, mexican food, music, dancing, the whole shebang! This year, Kyle and I have focused our holidays around family. I'm still not sure if we're going to be with my parents in Baltimore or with his in OBX... I know, a little late to decide haha. We're focusing on saving a bit more money this coming year and it's starting with NYE :) wherever we are it will be centered around spending time with family and (obviously) having a bottle of wine!

Happy New Year, friends! Thanks for reading my blog this year and joining me in life's ups and downs. Looking forward to 2018 :)

Love Always,

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

{my christmas day outfit}

Velvet Leggings // White Sweater // Plaid Scarf (on sale for $18) // Red Bow Earrings // J Necklace // Monogrammed Clutch // Black Heels, old (similar) // It Cosmetics Lipstick in "it girl"

Velvet leggings, a big sweater, and my favorite plaid holiday scarf! This is the outfit I'll be wearing on Christmas day - sans the heels ;) The basics are simple but adding a bit of velvet creates a luxe look and the accessories help this pop. I found these leggings on a whim over Thanksgiving and can't stop wearing them - they don't stretch out in the knees either! Velvet is all the rage this season and I couldn't help but jump on the trend!

Let's talk blanket scarves too... I've been a fan since college and love wearing them to add an extra something something to my outfit. It's also the easiest way to stay warm (duh) since they're so big and can be wrapped around your shoulders! I love that this plaid adds some holiday spirit too. I'm not sure why plaid feels festive but it just goes with everything!

My family always wears their pajamas while we open our stockings in the morning and then we clean up and put on some comfy, festive clothes! It gives us time to cook some food and make our signature family drink while we FaceTime/call the rest of the family :) then we all sit down and open presents together. I love that we do it this way because we really take the time to spend the entire day together. Everyone puts such thought into each present for each other so we open presents one by one (not sure how this worked when we were kids haha). My sister, her boyfriend Mark, their two dogs, and Kyle will be with us for Christmas and a couple of days after so we have lots of bonding ahead!!

This Christmas is going to be very different because of my dad's declining health - so taking the time to soak up each moment and memory is going to be even more special. I find myself holding on to each second harder. 2017 has been the best and the worst year (don't we all say that every year though?) so ending on time spent with family only seems fitting.

Love Always,

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

{blue lace party dress}

I bought this dress for a rehearsal dinner in October and have worn it so many times since! It's perfect for a holiday wedding, dinner date, holiday work party, and even a fancier New Year's Eve! I know what you're thinking... "but Jenn... it's navy blue?" Think of it as a neutral - add some deep emerald green to feel festive (not everyone likes red, ya know) and add lots of sparkle and black pumps for NYE. The best part? This dress will still work perfectly for the warmer months. So you're investing in a year round dress! It comes in 6 colors if navy isn't your thing. I went up a size because it runs small.

Can you believe it's one week until Christmas? Does everyone have their Christmas shopping done?

Love Always,

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

{winter white with leopard shoes}

Photography by Kristyn

White Sweater (I'm wearing a S) // White Pants // Leopard Mules (go 1/2 size up!) // Baublebar Earrings // Starfish Project Bracelet c/o // Leather Purse, old (similar) // Bite Lipstick in "pastille"

I'm a sucker for white pants in the summer and a white sweater in the fall so why not combine both for a fun winter look? Yep, it's still okay to wear white pants in the winter. When I took these photos the weather was warmer but this look would be stunning with a camel coat and leopard heels for a holiday party! I love how a nice coat can pull an outfit together. I also love how adding a pop of leopard to this outfit makes it more fun! My sweater is slightly pink so that my "shades of white" don't come across as dingy or yellow (similar to how mixing blacks can make one seem more blue). I also love that it's oversized so I could pull it off my shoulder a bit - typical blogger, I know.

Love Always,
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