I try to avoid it every single year, yet here I am - deep in the holiday haze, racing to the finish line. I genuinely LOVE the energy of the holiday season and all the nostalgia, coziness, giving, sparkly outfits, and cheer it brings up. Yet somehow no matter how hard I try, I end up in the thick of massive To Do lists, falling behind on the gift shopping, and working day and night to finish projects that I simply can't leave undone come the 24th. I'm starting to think this is all unavoidable every year, and it's becoming more about just learning to love the chaos and do small things to keep my sanity in tact and the vibes high. No matter how crazy life feels at this time, I always manage to find some ways to bring the cheer into my home and style and today I thought I'd share a few of the ways I'm doing that this year.
1. PAJAMAS! I went pajama crazy this year. There is nothing better than some cozy, festive, warm pj's to wrap yourself in at the end of the day. Honestly nothing. From Target alone, I bought 2 pair for $20 each, this velvet robe with retro dad vibes (I think my dad literally had a robe just like this in the 80's), and these fluffy slippers which I'm wearing as I type this. I also finally pulled the trigger on some Hanna Andersson matching family jammies which took me FOREVER to decide on the pattern we'd go with (I'll post a pic on Christmas morning). The key for choosing holiday patterns is to go with ones that aren't SO overly Christmas (no Santa's or reindeer) but just more generally festive, so we can still wear them after the 25th and not feel weird about it. Do you get into the whole Christmas pajama thing?
3. A color scheme. This year it's all about white, blush, and metallic (the tree is mostly rose gold). I try not to be crazy about it otherwise I'll end up spending way too much time looking at ornaments online til the wee hours. Most of ours are basically the same ones we have used every year since 2011, and I always pick up a couple of new ones to add in. Maybe one year I'll switch it up and go in a different direction, but I wanted the tree to match our family room color palette. I'm really loving how the colors look in wrapping paper, and I'll still be able to use the leftovers for non-Christmas presents down the road.
4. Festive greenery. I went to Trader Joe's and bought 11 different variations of festive greenery and just made a whole bunch of arrangements to put around the house. You guys know I love neutral colored florals, so I'm not one to buy bright red flowers. Instead I stuck to eucalyptus, coniferous sprigs, and a few deep red accents like little berries to work into the bundles. Even some baby's breath which kind of looks like little snowflakes with the sprigs!
The list goes on and on. Candles, festive essential oils in the diffuser, and my favorite winter teas (the winter one from Trader Joe's is even amazing). As for the holiday wardrobe, I'll be sharing some festive party outfits ideas next! Stay tuned!
Photography by Ashley Burns (except the wreath photo which I took with my iPhone)