Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Red and Berry Crowns

Back again with more outfits! I love wearing red this time of year, right through February in fact. It's festive and then all Valentinezy and it looks great on just about everyone. Ever tried red? You'll likely be surprised by the result. It really is a great color and it looks so striking on. Give it a go! Really. 

I remember the first time anyone ever told me that "red is your color". I was about 12 years old and I was in dance class (living in South Africa at the time). We were given a dress up day, meaning we were to wear something fun and "experimental" to class, not regular class attire or even an ordinary performance costume. I honestly can't remember the why's of it all but I do remember the outfit (this happens a lot! ;) So I had on red but not only that, I had somehow cut circles into my tights (or was it leotard - the details are hazy) and so, there I was, all hole-y and black / red. It was very 80's, mind you, and very impressive. Haha! My first attempt at fashion design I could say. And most importantly, my teacher told me that I looked good in red and should wear it more often. I'll never forget … much like I'll never forget the "you might need to lose some weight" or "you'll never have good feet" or "SMILE Kirsty!!!" Ugh, the joys and heart ache of the ballet world. 

Got a little off track but back I come … so red, yes. It certainly looks good on the little lady whose name is shared with the hue. And the berry crowns are just a little holiday fun, made for us by our lovely friend Sunny with Ebb and Flow Flowers. Please fresh crowns, don't ever, ever go out of style. We love you so!
{mama: shirt DHS by Tyler Lambert (GB - and more on this up and coming local designer coming here and to YOU mag in January)
mini: sweater - Gap, leggings & boots - Zara}

I took a plethora of shots of Scarlet and her cousin Jude inside my sister's home. They were just so happy and cute.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mama and Mini Style {in Christmas plaids}

Each Christmas we break out our favorite festive plaids and feel very American Girl-ish (one true American Girl and one half and half :), so it's a good thing I have a little lady to play along cause it's way more fun matching plaids with a tiny lady than doing it all by myself. 

Scarlet has a special Christmas dress to wear each Sunday to church and this is #2 (here's #1 - and here's our plaid post from last year). We've also been kicking it in our matching sparkly shoes for the holidays (which I'll have to share here!) and we tend to get a few appreciative comments each time we walk the frozen tundra in our glittery feet. It's pretty great. :)
{dress - thrifted, brooch - South Africa, shoes - Zara, Agnes doll - Land of Nod}

We convinced Parker to jump in a picture too! This boy turns 10 this week. 10! It's kinda nutty having a child in the double digits. He is the most amazing kid and we're so lucky to have this boy as our firstborn, living as an incredible example to his younger siblings. He has the kindest heart of any child I know, always looking out for others with compassion that really touches me. He's my brain-y boy, always striving for excellence and trying to do his very best at any endeavor. He's been taking piano lessons for about a year now, switching from drums which he studied for about 2 years. He enjoys music but loves reading even more. And more than that? Playing Plants versus Zombies! He also loves being outside in the snow (sledding, snow boarding, snow mobile-ing), something all my guys think is just the coolest and an interest I deeply appreciate seeing as we have so much snow during these long winters. And even more than that, I appreciate the fact that they don't make me go out and play with them! Whew. Lastly, I feel a little weepy when I think back on all these years I've had Parker James in my life. From day one, when we met him as a tiny, gushy baby. To now, as a rockin' rockstar pre-teen (PRE-TEEN?!). And every single day in between. I'm so thankful for him and for the gift that he is to our family. 
And here's my outfit too! Let's not forget that. 
{blouse - Loft, skirt & belt - thrifted, shoes - Target}

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fancy Dancers

My girls are performing in their Christmas show this weekend and in honor of their big weekend, I thought I would share some pictures that I took from a recent dress rehearsal. I have so much love for these little ladies and am so proud of them and what they've accomplished in dance this semester. 

We're a part of a bigger production for Christmas, one with actors and a choir and a fun set. Over 100 kids! So our costumes are thematic and go with the storyline, hence the genie hats, bees and cowboy boots. :) Just in case you thought I might be going mad! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Our Christmas Home {all the decorations!}

I hosted a favorite things party on Sunday night (see Instagram for more pics from that) and it was such a blast! 19 ladies joined in the merriment and so we had about 95 gifts under the tree. Quite a sight! My 5 gifts at the end, which were 5 of my friends favorite things, were a tiny potted succulent, a knot ring and lip gloss, a pair of cozy socks and a pair of tweezers, a Starbucks gift card and a giant pine cone with a bottle of glitter spray. Fun huh?

So because my home was still so tidy from preparing for the party the night before and since I had an arrangement of the most beautiful flowers on my table (from Ebb and Flow Flowers of course ;), I thought it was the perfect time to take some photographs of the house all decorated for Christmas. Not to mention the fact that on Friday we FINALLY got our new couch from Ikea, after all sorts of back and forth and this and that (I am indebted to Holly for that - you are so, so wonderful!). And anyway, after a very large amount of time spent on putting it together, all my husband's doing, which included the not so time consuming connecting of all the pieces plus the very time consuming ironing of each slipcover … well, this couch deserves some photos too! We're very happy with it so far. It's incredibly comfy (meaning, I literally can't sit down to watch TV or movie without falling asleep eventually and I'm all the better for it) and I'm loving the fact that each cushion zips off to go into the wash plus it can be replaced with new inexpensive slipcovers from Ikea at any point. We could even change the entire color in a year should we want to. Brilliant couch for a large messy family like ours with a restless mom who loves changing the decor every so often.

So without further ado, the Soderhamn sectional. It comes in lots of pieces. So our final purchase included a corner piece, 2 sofa pieces, a footstool, and 2 arm rests (which we did not put on). It comes with 2 pillows per seat square, one big and one small, and I've interspersed a few of my own. Santa's helper is bringing me 3 kilim pillows from an Etsy store in Turkey that has the best prices I've found for  vintage kilim pillow covers ever (seriously great prices and the covers are quality in person too) and anyway, I can't wait to add them to this set up after the holidays. Very exciting find!
Miniature trees are from Julie Collings Etsy store. Pyramid mirror box is from Urban Outfitters
Here are some my favorite ornaments, given to the boys over the years. Parker's dinosaur and robot, Monty's donkey, and Elliot's cowboy snowman. :)
Reindeer plate from Anthropologie
Hand tied fresh garland (around windows) from Costco
The velvet couch has found a new home in the fireplace room and "AH!" look at the dust bunnies under it! My camera caught that better than my eye did. 

We picked up a few more Ribba shelves a little while back and added them in this room too. I wanted a low shelf for kid's books and higher shelves to set some of our newer family photos, still not printed. Frames also from Ribba series (it's just so uniform and so cheap) and prints from Kelli Murray Art, The Black Apple and Urban Outfitters.
Ta Da & The End :)
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