CHRISTMAS DECORATING . . . DO YOU GO SIMPLE OR OVER THE TOP?

As I get older and wiser my style seems to be taking on a more simple . . .

more refined . . .

more comfortable look and feeling . . .

And yet when it comes to Christmas decorating . . .

Well, I just can’t help myself . . .

I do love this time of year and filling my home with the season hopefully brings joy . .

and love to all those who enter our home.
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For those of you who only enter my home and life through my blog, here’s a little home tour.

My cute husband has a love for the traditional Christmas Colors . . .
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So I decorate a room and tree for him.
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Full of fun . . .
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And whimsical delights . . .
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where you can shop at the candy table . . .
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it’s also where our family gathers for the gift gathering
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and where the stockings are all hung.
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And then there’s our ‘formal’ tree . . .
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The tree I have decorated since our first year of marriage . . .
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I just keep adding to the decorations (the tree just keeps getting larger)
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Yes, I do know I’m crazy
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I carefully add little decorations throughout the home . . .
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And continue to enjoy my early mornings readings by my formal tree.
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As always my friends, thanks for dropping by. Have a wonderful day.

WINTER LAYERING

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I’ve been seeing some fun winter layering going on here, both in the blogsphere and while I’m out and about lately. I seriously loved the great suggestions Suzanne @ suzannecarillo.com uses and her reasoning behind it, you should most definitely take a peak.

We’re having a crazy warm winter so far in my hometown, which was the perfect excuse to purchase a new vest to add for layering instead a jacket or coat.
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This fun little item can be paired with a skirt and heels for just a little added warmth . . .
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or

Paired with skinnies and a sweater . . .
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And then when the chill really hits, just add the hat and scarf and we’re good to go.
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How about you, any suggestions for winter layering?

As always, thanks for dropping by . . .

Joining Patti for her fun Visible Monday.

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SPENDING THANKSGIVING THE HAWAIIAN WAY

In my last post I mentioned I wouldn’t be spending Thanksgiving in my traditional way. I just kind of left out I might be spending it the “Hawaiian Way”.
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Trading in warm sweaters and cozy hats . . .

for bathing suits and sun hats . . .
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I thought this was the perfect way to wear my kimono . . .
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And magical sunsets . . .
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And hiking Koko Head Stairs instead of hitting the gym . . .
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(My legs may or may not be feeling the after affects of this hike)
And getting out of bed to watch the sun ascend from the horizon . . .
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Watching those cute sea crabs . . .
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And I never tire of seeing beach buckets getting ready for sandcastle making . . .
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or the ever ending sound, smell, and sight of the Ocean breaking against the shore.
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But to spend the weekend with my two boys was absolutely perfect.
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Thank you to my best friend and hubby . . .
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For letting us join our son and his college basketball team as they were here playing in a basketball tournament.

I’m joining Patti, for her visible Monday.

PUMPKIN, PIES, AND TRADTIONS

As the day of Thanksgiving approaches this week, my thoughts have been turned to . . .
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TRADITIONS
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Ones that include baking homemade pies . . .

in the early hours of that morning.

And taking some of the hot pudding (from the cream pies) to my children as they lazily sleep in.

Or the tradition of deciding what we will all wear for this family gathering at grandmas house (my mothers).

It’s usually a casual gathering so warm sweaters and slacks are the norm . . .

but once in a while I enjoy ‘dressing up’ a bit,
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and taking my pumpkin-colored dress out of the closet for a few days seems quite fitting.
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Or the tradition while we are all gathered around the big table . . .

holding hands . . .

and taking turns sharing our grateful thoughts.
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This year my children won’t be traveling home for this day . . .

So TRADITONS will be put on hold . . .

I will miss the baking of the pies
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the choosing of the outfit
and holding the hands with those I love most dearly.

But I will still be ever so grateful . . .

For all the many countless blessings which I have in my life.

May you each have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Heading over to join Patti and all my wonderful blogging friends for visible Monday.

P.S. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions you hold dear to your heart?
What will you be wearing for your Thanksgiving gathering?

TREASURE HUNTING

Every once in awhile I go treasure hunting, which in my case means hitting some vintage stores, antique shopping, or estate sales. I usually head out searching for a particular object (on this day, I was looksing for a nit age type writer) but most the time the treasures I end up bringing home with me are a complete surprise.

An object that just spoke to me . . .

For instance this beauty . . .
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(ignore the person in the middle of the frame -me-, it was the only way I could let you see how wonderful this baby is)

And I knew exactly what I was going to do with this. Before I even made it home, I stopped by my local Home Depo and had them cut some wood the size of this frame (which happens to be 40 x 30), some chalkboard paint and some new brushes.
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See, I had a vision . . .

It’s my new doodle board or in other words . . . my antique chalkboard.
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I’m having so much fun with this treasure. And with its huge size it can go from room to room and just be placed on the floor and looks awesome, such a focus point and conversation piece.
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This was another treasure I found on the same day . . .
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I knew the color of this antique cake stand would fit right in with my fall and Thanksgiving decor.
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I spotted a set of vintage glasses but the set was incomplete and I knew I at least needed 6 to entertain and mix and match.

My wonderful mother came to my rescue . . .

She was certain she still had a set of the same ones sitting in one of her cabinets.

Sure enough . . .
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Thank you mom!

Now the creative playing begins . . .

When I set my table and centerpieces, I just pull from objects old and new.

I wanted to incorporate the cake plate and glassware so I pulled a few more vintage finds . . .

Like these linen napkins (purchased at an estate sale)
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Doilies (inherited from my grandmother)
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I do try to mix old and new, metal and glass, and heights.
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It’s ok to lay a pitcher on its side . . .
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And use books for stacking . . .

And a bit of twigs from a morning walk.
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I just play around until it seems complete and inviting.
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Amazing where a treasure hunt can lead you. . .

Linking up with Jann for SYC where I’m sure you’ll see some other creative Thanksgiving table displays.
Have a wonderful weekend my friends.

ENJOYING SOME BLUE -SKY-AND SHOES

When you wake up to the sun peaking out from under an umbrella of leaves still hanging on for their last few days, it’s got to bring some joy to your soul.
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It also brings joy to my feet . . .
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Puts a little hop and dance to them.

What better way to embrace this moment than to join in and adorn my feet with some blue colored sky . . .

And the rest of the attire just followed along.

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How many of you dress from the feet up?
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Thank you sunshine and a breathtaking sky for uplifting my soul today.
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Joining Patti to be uplifted even more so.

Also joining Mispapelicos for share-in-style, it’s all about shoes this time around.

MY LEATHER REPORT

It’s the 3rd anniversary for Adrienne at therichlifeonabudget and Jill at everythingjustso”s HIWM, therefore they chose to have others share how they wear leather, crystal and or glass.

My first thought was, I’m not really a leather wearing gal, but then I realized I was totally wrong.

Because I wear this little pewter number numerous times throughout the season.
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I love throwing it on with my black skinnies . . .
This time mixing in some brown on black.
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But how fun is it when I pair it with black on black?
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I also got brave and purchased this skirt last year and have found it to be quite a great staple item.
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It’s easy to throw on a printed sweater and I’m good to go . . .

Or make it more business like by layering a white button down underneath and mixing in that awesome cobalt color.
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You can see how I wore it last season here.

How about the rest of you, do you have a “LEATHER” to report about? I would love to see or hear about it.

Linking up with Alice for her weekly TBT

Skirt: Ann Taylor
Cobalt Scarf: Jcrew
Jacket: Boutique from Paris