Photography: Casto Photography & Cinema
Plaid Holiday Skirt, Kate Spade (On Sale)// Black Patent Pumps, Banana Republic S/O, Similar Here, Here, and Here// Leather Jacket, Joie// Off-Shoulder Top, Michael Kors, old, Similar, Here, and Here// Gold Cuff Bracelet, Kendra Scott, Limited Quantity Available// Lip Color, Bobbi Brown Art Stick in “Bright Raspberry”
Happy Week of Holiday Cheer, BLOOM GIRLS!!!! This is really my last “official” festive outfit for the blog, at least! This Kate Spade skirt is on major SALE right now –I have had my eye on it for quite some time and then I snagged it in the Nordstrom Black Friday Sale this year. Yay for finding something marked down- you feel me!!?? I am crazy about a good “caged-heel” look –adds an interesting feature to the traditional black pump. I got this Joie black leather jacket a few years ago, and if you are wondering –yes, you will wear this investment piece every year, most likely until you cannot fit into anymore or someone steals it because it is just so FAB! Please, whatever you do, do not go out and buy a faux-leather jacket; it just does not look or feel the same and it will get worn out so quickly. Just save your pennies ladies and go for the real thing when you can afford it. I am really looking forward to Christmas and finally seeing a real home-Christmas tree. We have been out of town so much in December, we decided not to go through the hassle of putting up a tree this year. However, my parents did put one up this year and I can’t wait to see it!
What are your favorite Christmas or Holiday Traditions? So, we may be a little unconventional but here goes –first we have dinner and each open up one gift, usually Christmas-themed PJ’s that we wear that night and Christmas Day, then we leave the house and go for a ride through the local park to see the light decorations, next we do a late-night trip through Krystal’s (seriously, we like to eat a large Steamer bag) and this is my dad’s only “must.” On Christmas Day, we just do a big gift exchange and hang out eating lunch and such. Usually, my grandmother would come over and play the piano –she played by “ear” and never had to read music a day in her life. She passed away at the Grand Old Age of 97 last December; she would play piano, sip on champagne, and enjoy being with her children and grandchildren. She will certainly be missed this year, and every year, but the spirit of “Granny Boo” will live on –through great piano and jazz music, card games of Bridge, people gathering on Sundays to eat a Southern meal, and her never-met-a-stranger attitude. She knew how to make people feel special and she certainly knew how to make everything special –there will never be another! I have a feeling that this Christmas, she is up in Heaven, playing piano, dancing, singing, and yes, enjoying Gran’daddy Stafford and all of their friends. Cheers to you, Boo, –we love and miss you!