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Oh Hey There


The nice thing about having a blog that only a handful of people read is that I can take off for a month or so and no one really notices. I like that freedom. It has truly been A MONTH of incredible changes and challenges. We bought our first home. We moved into that first home. Redmond is a competent walker, runner, and climber. Soccer season ended. And all of the sudden, the holidays are upon us. That in itself is completely crazy to me, but I am giddy with excitement. Our new home has a charming, cozy, old fashioned feel to it and I am so excited to get the Christmas tree, and hang the garland, and put a wreath on our front door. Gifts will be modest this year (we did, after all, gift ourselves with a house) and I hope to fill our time with more experiences than possessions. It is a mind set that I am seeking to change for myself– I have always loved wrapping gifts, and having a pile of things under the tree for everyone to open. img_0214

But in reality, what I remember after the fact isn’t what I got or what I gave to someone else– its the hikes through snowy woods, the gatherings with friends, the feast that I make on Christmas night, the traditional eggnog sticky buns that we eat before we open gifts– those are the things that matter. The memories that are made.img_0209

For the past few holiday seasons, I’ve been longing for a tulle skirt like this. Its surprisingly versatile– I plan to pair it with a green plaid shirt and pearls, a white turtleneck and flats, the list goes on. It is such a party within itself, it doesn’t need all that much more to make a statement. And I have always wanted to be a ballerina. This skirt from C’est Ca New York has the level of fluff that my heart desires– no extra petticoat needed. Because, yes, in case you were wondering, I own three petticoats. img_0208


We took these photos a few weeks ago before the frenzy of moving began. Now, the leaves are all off of the trees, and the weather has turned chilly. It feels appropriate for November, and I am happy to be cozy inside and bake muffins and cook stews. For now. I have a goal to enjoy this winter season. We have SO MUCH winter here in New Hampshire (and Maine. Because we live in New Hampshire now, but I still go running in Maine. Its confusing. Border living. Its like the wild west out here. I’m joking. Its NOTHING like the wild west.) and I am tired of just surviving through months of every year. I want to embrace all of it. So. I am going to come up with a list of things I plan to enjoy this year. I’ll check back in with it later. In the meantime, buy this one skirt for the holidays and wear it to every single party in a different way. And let me know how you style it!img_0210

tulle skirt c/o

long sleeve bodysuit, old, similar here


Holiday Mood

 I can’t believe that we are IN the holiday season. It seems like school just started, like I was just dipping my enormous pregnant belly into the river near us during the scorching days leading up to Redmonds birth. Now I’m starting to think about gifts, filling our house with baked goods, and putting together outfits for Christmas parties. Honestly, the hardest thing about dressing post-baby is constantly having to think about something I can nurse in or pump in with a semblance of modesty and comfort. Redmond comes with us to most events, and I’ll often plan an outfit and then realize that I won’t be able to easily feed him, and then I have to rethink it all. Because I just don’t want to be juggling boob, beverage, and baby with a fussy neckline.You feel me? So, needless to say, this Royal blue Jumpsuit is a lifesaver. Or party saver.  


With its hidden zipper, it couldn’t be easier to whip out the goods and feed my hungry little bear. And it feels like I’m wearing pajamas and there are pockets. I styled this jumpsuit with heels and gold jewelry and a red lip for a holiday look. But I also wore it to church on Sunday dressed down. 

This is honestly probably the most luxurious item I’ve ever owned. The fabric is gorgeous, the fit is that perfect chic looseness that’s so hard to find. So the fact that EVERYTHING IS 50% off for Black Friday weekend is a BIG deal. Get on it! Believe me, I’ll be wearing this tomorrow to see the hunger games. Looking cute AND containing my post pie and turkey belly? Yes please. 

Jumpsuit c/o Kin Wolfe