Thursday, November 21, 2013

This Time of Year

Sweater: Forever 21 (similar on sale, similar splurge); Skirt: Lilies Boutique (similar save, similar spend); Tights: Gap; Heels: c/o Lulu*s; Bracelet: Macy's

I have been such a downer lately. While I think it's important to share the real-life stuff that I'm going through, I think it's also important to take a break from the gloom to be thankful and look forward. The ubiquitous "they" always say that just by smiling you'll feel happier. So today, care of some pretty Christmas carols playing in the background, I'm reflecting on things that make me happy this time of year.

1. The entire Christmas season just about covers it. What is it about early darkness, lit up city trees, decorated storefronts, and warm lattes in your hand? There's nothing more magical than this chilliest of seasons and all its lit-up, ornamented, wrapped present glory.

2. Buying presents for family and friends. I'm flat out obsessed with picking out gifts. It consumes me for a couple of months and I relish storing them until December and wrapping them all slowly, watching the tree fill up with boxes of various sizes.

3. I love the late sunrises and the chill in the air that you can feel deep down in your bones. Growing up without a real winter makes me absolutely appreciate the changing temperatures. I just read that we might have a snowier winter than years prior here (usually get no snow at all, so snowier might mean flakes) and am so excited! I know that you all in crazy climates are bored of snow, but it's still an insanely magical event to me.

4. Wearing sparkly outfits! There's no better time than to wear sparkles and sequins and glitter and pretty pale pinks and fuzzy coats. You can get away with so much more that's outlandish in the winter - faux fur snoods and leather and feathery minis. Holiday parties and meals out make the perfect occasion.

5. Love. This season is the most romantic of the seasons. Holding hands in the cold. Drinking warm hot chocolates in the city. Traveling to see family and friends. Opening gifts from a loved one. There's a lot to do with loved ones and significant others this time of year that makes you cherish every moment with them.

What do you love most about the season?


  1. Great cute outfit here... what I love most about the season??? hmmm.. the Christmas season in Bali means rain and its kind of cool down the temp and the season brings friends and family together (dinner, church time, xmas brunch, xmas lunch! love it!)
    GREAT post dear....

  2. Such a cute outfit! I'm loving that skirt! ^___^

  3. This outfit is adorable - I love that you paired the cozy knit with the frilly chiffon-y skirt
    This time of year always brings the best out in people :)

    xo, Nina

  4. That about sums it up! There is truly just something in the air. Happy Friday!

    A Silver Snapshot

  5. Gorgeous photos! You look amazing... love this sweater/skirt pairing!

  6. love that we both stepped away from our grumpy moods to be thankful! have a great weekend Kelsey :)
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  7. love your sweater and heels! you look gorgeous <3

    Letters To Juliet

  8. Oh gosh.. you pretty much covered it all for me! I LOVE this season!! It's my favorite.. and it doesn't hurt that my birthday is 2 weeks after Christmas! I just love twinkle lights, romantic snowfall, candy canes, eggnog, White Christmas, buying gifts for people (it's a problem), having the all the lights off in the house except the tree, cozy moments by the fire, Christmas music... and the never ending sense of wonder & joy.. it's amazing that the season wonder and joy starts with being thankful... Love this post and you like usual look gorgeous.. that pale blush tone is perfect for you!

  9. I pretty much love all the things you mentioned. Buying people gifts is one of my all time favourite things to do :) also drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows on top while being warm and cozy at home :) I'm sorry you haven't been as happy lately but I hope that changes soon :)

  10. I adore this whole time of year, and even though I live in Indiana where we usually get snow, it's still just as magical for me. I actually want to move somewhere that gets more snow. I love Christmas lights and it getting dark early and all of it. It's all just so exciting.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  11. What a great sweater for the holidays.

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    Happy Friday!

  12. wow I love this outfit from head to toe!

  13. love your sweater! :*


  14. First time visiting, this is so pretty! Love your look and this skirt...I've been searching for something like this!

  15. enjoy the spirit of the season lady. I love this combo of gray + blush.


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  16. You love so romantic and lovely :) I am now following :) come check out my blog and follow back? :))) XOXO-M

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    would really appreciate it if you could give me some advice on my blog!

    have a wonderful day, gorgeous x

  18. There's sooo much to love & be thankful this season....& your lovely look today (Pink & Gray always works!) is one of those!!!


  19. Your skirt is such a pretty color, and your hair is lovely! It looks so soft :)

  20. This is a really stunning outfit. That dark, dramatic sweater, with the feminine, girly skirt - they really contrast each other, in an excellent way. Love it!

  21. I love this very casual play on a dressy look. You look effortless!

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