December 2017 Archive

The Stylish Mama’s Guide To The Holidays: Dressing For The Holidays With Lisi Lerch

Earrings: c/o Lisi Lerch || Sweater || Velvet Leggings ||Lace Top (sold out similar here) || Ellie’s Outfit || Ellie’s Hat

Home: Chair || Stockings (similar here) || Similar Tree Here || Ball Ornaments

Happy Monday!  I Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  This weekend we had the first snowfall of the season here on Long Island and even though it was just a few inches, it officially made it feel like Christmas.  Unlike her mama, Addison could care less how cold it is outside, and as soon as she sees snow on the ground she wants to “suit up” in her snow gear and head out to play.  Luckily, I have a willing husband who doesn’t mind a good snowball fight with a toddler!

If you read my post last week about how we are spending the holidays this year, you know we are having Christmas day at our house.  It’ll be small and not that many people but whether you are hosting three people or 30 people you want to make sure you are equal parts dressed for the holidays and dressed for comfort.  I pretty much wore this exact outfit when we hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year and let me tell you I am not ashamed to replicate the look for Christmas day.  The velvet leggings and lace detail on the tank top make it a little dressier, while the oversized cardigan (it’s under $30!) makes me feel like I am cuddled in a blanket all day long.  Finally, these Lisi Lerch tassel earrings in green add the finishing touch to this very easy, and still festive holiday outfit.  There is something about oversized earrings that just seem to dress even the simplest of outfits up, I’m not sure why, and maybe I’m the only one that feels this way, but they just do…right? If you haven’t been on Lisi Lerch’s site recently you should head on over beacuse they have so many cute items that would go with any holiday outfit.  I also have these tassels that I cannot wait to wear.

If you want some more holiday style inspiration be sure to check out how some of my other favorite mama’s styled their Lisi Lerch accessories.  You can find their posts here:

MIRIELLE, CITY PEACH

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

xo Ali

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Home For The Holidays

Tree (another option here) || Ball Ornaments || Stocking Holders || Stockings (old, another option here) || Garland (another option here) || Nutcracker || Christmas Cars || Christmas Pillow

Addi’s & Ellie’s Top || Addi’s & Ellie’s Pants || Addi’s Bow || Ellie’s Bow

I don’t know about you guys but I kind of felt like the holidays crept up on me this year.  Summer seemed to come to an end and then in a blink of an eye it was Thanksgiving, and before I know it we will be opening presents on Christmas morning.  I guess that’s what happens when you have two active little ones to chase around and no longer have time to count down the days until Santa arrives…am I right?

You may have heard me mention this before but I cannot bring myself to decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving is over.  I can’t imagine enjoying turkey and stuffing while looking at a Christmas tree.  Maybe I’m weird, but it’s just a thing I have, and until this year we have always gotten a real tree so putting it up early was never even an option.  Well, this year we caved,  it probably has to do with the fact I’m still on crutches, and that I’m tired of cleaning up pine needles, but we ordered this tree and as soon as Thanksgiving was over we had it set up in our living room.  After the tree was up we slowly brought out the rest of the decor and I have to tell you it definitely got the whole family into the holiday spirit.

One thing I am loving about our new (fake) tree is the white tips on the branches.  It makes me feel like winter is officially here, and we should be roasting marshmallows by the fire.  I am also really excited about the way our mantle turned out.  It’s pretty simple with just our stockings, holders and a pretty garland, but adding the pops of red with pillows and these adorable trucks I found at Target add the finishing touch.

I’ve also been asked a few times about how we handle having a toddler and a Christmas tree all at the same time.  Well, to be honest, we have been firm believers of teaching Addison, and eventually Eleanor, that some things are OK to touch and some things aren’t. The tree is one of those things we look at but don’t touch.  Most of what is in our living room isn’t really “toddler friendly”,  but I have never been worried that she will destroy items, or pull our decor down.  We obviously keep a close on her, but so far no accidents!

Don’t worry, if you haven’t gotten around to decorating for the holidays just yet, you still have plenty of time. I have linked some of my favorite decor items below, and most of them are super budget friendly!  Happy Wednesday, we have made it halfway through the week!

 

xo Ali

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The Stylish Mama’s Guide To The Holidays: Holiday Traditions with Mackenzie Childs


Tea Kettle: c/o Mackenzie Childs || Mugs: c/o Mackenzie Childs || Sweater || Tray

As a little kid the holidays at home were pretty magical.  I know that sounds really corney and like I am exaggerating, but looking back our house was always dressed with wreaths and red bows and our Christmas tree was more of a work of art than just a tree.  On Christmas morning the house always smelled of Christmas candles, cookies and coffee and we took our time opening presents going around in a circle oo-ing and ahh-ing as one by one we each worked through our little pile under the tree.   I never really thought about the time and effort that my parents put in to making the weeks and days leading up to Christmas so special until Brian and I moved into our first house.  All of a sudden I wanted the house to smell the same, look the same and feel the same, but it was just different.

Then we had Addison, and my desire to re-create the magic at home went to an all new level.  I remember the first Christmas with her at home we had all our stockings hung and the tree was dressed just right, but Christmas didn’t really feel like Christmas until we stepped into my parents home on Christmas morning.  It was strange because here I was with my own little family and yet I still wanted to be “home.”

For 29 years we have always been at my parents together on Christmas Eve  and Christmas Day.  Even after I got married we somehow made it work and we at one point did three separate Christmas mornings at three different houses just to make sure nothing changed too much.  This year we will be altering our plans a bit and while I am so very excited to start some new traditions as a family of four a part of me is longing for the Christmases I had as a little girl.  I guess that is a part of growing up and building a family and life of your own.  Things change, but sometimes if you let it happen they can change for the better.  One thing I know for sure is when Addison and Eleanor wake up to see if Santa came to visit our house will be decked out with wreaths and ribbons, candles will be burning and cookies and coffee will be served.

Oh, and if you are wondering about what I might be drinking my coffee in on Christmas morning, it’s safe to say these mugs from MacKenzie Childs will be with me as we open presents around the tree.  The pattern just reminds me of the holidays and I love a coffee mug that allows for a generous pour (this mama needs her caffeine fix in the mornings!).   MacKenzie Childs has so many fun and festive items on her site that would make great gifts for you or someone else this holiday season.  Be sure to check out how my other favorite mama’s use their MacKenzie Childs items during the holiday season.

KATIE, LIFE WITH A DASH OF WHIMSEY 

NINA, HSS FEED

TIFFANY, TIFFANY STYLE BLOG

We will also be giving away $250 worth of MacKenzie Childs products tonight over on Instagram.  Be sure to check our accounts at 9pm EST for all the details!

 

(Thank you to MacKenzie Childs for these beautiful mugs and tea kettle!  All thoughts and opinions are my own. )

 

xo Ali

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