“Some of my friends at school say Santa is not real.” says my seven year old.
My heart stops and my stomach drops until he says, “But I KNOW he is real. I usually get everything I ask for and I have seen him and he looks exactly the same each year.” I sigh internally with relief and thank The Grove Los Angeles for having such an awesome Santa (that is the same guy every year).
“Wasn’t is so nice of Santa to put together the hot wheels ultimate garage last year, so it was ready to go in the morning?” he continues. “I am ready to make my list.” I start typing it into the notes in my phone:
Alexa “for the go”
Kitchen Aid Mini Stand Mixer
Sensor lights for the backyard for the raccons
Two pieces of Ghiradelli chocolate
Star Wars Water Bottle
Swiss Army Knife (TSA Approved)
“Take a look at the list and take off the things that are easy for you to get. I will only ask Santa for the things that are harder. That will make your shopping easier.” My eyes start to tear up and I fight them back. I want to freeze this moment in time.
We brought the list to Santa this weekend. Santa told him no one had asked for a calculator in a while.
This week’s mani is both festive and nostalgic. The pine cone reminds me of my own childhood on the Monterey Peninsula and all the huge pine trees. I don’t remember when I stopped believing in Santa, but I am enjoying every second of Santa magic now.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The colors are “Gris Obscur“, “Cavaliere” and “Emeraude” by Chanel.
Items in the photos include:
Gold and Black Shimmer Top
Studded Denim Jacket
Camo Monogrammed Clutch
Army Jacket with Peplum Tweed
Poof Sleeve Plaid Blazer
Bell Sleeve Sweatshirt
Camo Puffer Jacket
Metallic Dot Skinny Jeans
Patent T-Strap Wingtip
Faux Fur Slippers
Leopard Print Coat
Multi-color Tweed Jacket
Striped Tee with Embroidered Dots
I finally gave in. I was visiting my parents this past weekend and they needed help with their tree. I sent my husband a photo of my son and I working on the tree and when we got home he had gotten all of our holiday stuff out. So I did not one, but two trees this weekend. The house feels so cozy and it is nice feeling like I am ahead of the game, at least for now. It’s only a matter of time before we start listening to the holiday station on sirius/xm.
I’m holding out on holiday themed manis for a a little longer. This week I went with a light pink and red dot. I thought it would coordinate with all the plaid starting to make the scene.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The color is “Dress is More” by Essie Gel Couture. This polish has gel wear-ability while still being regular polish. It is finished by this topcoat.
Gucci Fur Slippers
Striped Polo Sweater
Spectra Fringed Caridgan
Chambray Shirt with Embroidered Hearts
Pink and White Striped Shirt
Faux Fur Striped Stole
Studded Red Plaid Shirt
Studded Floral Sneaker
Floral Silk Dress
Faux Fur Pom
Wool Leopard Topcoat
Metallic Silk Blouse
Striped Pajama Bottoms
Crewcuts Pink Floral Dress
Cashmere Heart Beanie
Star Print Top, Dress, and Skirt
Tory Burch Pink Gemini Link Tote
Plaid Boyfriend Shirt
Plaid Ruffle Shirt
Equipment Floral Blouse
“Why aren’t there more decorations for Thanksgiving? It seems like we rush to Christmas right after Halloween.” said my seven year old on the way to school. “Each holiday should be special.” I could not agree with him more. I was excited to find these fun Thanksgiving crackers that I know he and my niece will enjoy. My dog is enjoying her Fair Isle bed (it also comes in this adorable plaid) and for now, that is enough Christmas décor.
On the fashion front I am ready for plaid and velvet. I love the fit of this velvet blazer. I styled it with my favorite Stewart plaid shirt, leopard print stole, new high rise skinny jeans and leopard heels. The look is casual, but holiday ready. I organized my closet and put all the plaid in a more prominent location.
Leopard Print Stole
Shoes (similar here and here)
My madness for plaid extends beyond clothes, nail art and shoes. My holiday table is adorned with a plaid tablecloth and plaid is my holiday season neutral.
Here are a few of my favorites and many are on sale. It is a good time to add a few pieces to your holiday decor.
From Mark & Graham
Plaid Cocktail Napkins
Plaid Wine Bags (set of 3)
Plaid Cosmetics Case
Navy Watch Plaid Tote
Plaid Plates (set of 4) on sale!
Plaid Cocktail Napkins (on sale!)
Plaid Tablecloth (on sale!)
Plaid Wine Bags (set of 3) on sale!
Plaid Cosmetics Case
Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Dutch Oven (on sale!)
Le Creuset Tartan Stoneware Covered Baker (on sale!)
Plaid Cushion Mat
Red Tartan Holiday Doormat (on sale!)