Welcome, two thousand ten.

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* turtleneck- tjmaxx; lace skirt- finished projects; belt- dad's old leather I snatched *

Everyone excited for the New Year?!

All years previous to this one, I've spent the New Year celebrating in gatherings, loud and big. Not this one.
This New Years Eve, I'm staying in. I'll wear my over sized red robe, watch old black and white films, drink cocoa from a champagne glass, surrounded by blankets and wandering thoughts. Welcoming this New Year drenched in twilight and humbled with gratitude, ready for more.
When I think of 2009, I think of changes. Progress. The year my heart and mind changed greatly. Still more awaiting, and I couldn't be more happy and anxious.
Here comes 2010. It's going to be a big one, really.

Be safe, don't forget who you are when you smile.

Your covers blown.

shot by Swagger 360

Francesco Cominelli shot by Vanessa Jackman

shot by The Sartorialist

The man behind Swagger 360, shot by Racked.com

Love all these shots. Each handsome fellow has his own style.

Cocoa and cinnamon toast,

And they're all hoping for a wish fulfilled

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* sweater dress- thrifted vintage; tied belt- thrifted; feather shoes- finished project *

Holiday lights on chilly nights. Yummy food and cheery moods. Songs we sing and remember during a very special time in December. Time with friends you wish wouldn't end. Relaxing warmly with hot chocolatey goodness, while anticipation of Santa keeps the little ones restless. These are a few of my favorite things.

Smile. Feliz Navidad!

Take on me.

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* sheer blouse and mesh geometric heels- thrifted vintage; skirt- finished project *

I'd rather wear tights in winter than pants. I think it's actually warmer. Crazy?
What's on your Christmas playlist? For myself, a mixture of 1940's Christmas, Manheim Steamroller, Elf Soundtrack, and Michael Buble. Bing Crosby may have the ability to make me blush. Just maybe, I said.

Bundle up,

P.S. Keep an eye on the etsy shop, plenty of skirts coming Wednesday/Thursday.

The words she knows, the tune she hums.

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* emerald jacket- thrifted and altered; top- khol's; skirt and headband- finished projects; boots and gloves- thrifted vintage *

Artists on repeat: The Maccabees, The Temper Trap, Josh Pyke, In Eaves.

So be good for goodness sake.

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Why are major holidays within just weeks of each other? Maybe traveling families and wallets would be happier if there were space between, and bellies could recoop and prepare for the next feast.
But.. I guess, maybe it's best to hide bursting bellies in the safety of cold weather, rather than swimming weather. And, Friday after Thanksgiving is the day everyone knows its okay to start listening to Christmas tunes, setting up the tree. And really, a week after Christmas just might be a great time to welcome the new year. Well, hmm... I suppose as long as I've got hot chocolatey goodness and a full belly, laughing it off with the family, I'm just great. No complaints.

Happy feasting and warm hands and toes to you.