It's been a hot minute since I've been here. I know, I know, I let it slip again but I am okay with that. The holiday season is super busy both professionally and personally, add my daughters birthday into the mix, a running challenge, doing winter photo shoots on the weekends, and I just can't do it all. As I've gotten older, not sure if I am wiser, but the truth is I know and can deal with NOT DOING IT ALL. I feel significantly less pressure to do it all, mostly because I am working so hard to remove the pressure I put on myself. So here we are, two weeks without a post and I am here happy and with a full heart.
The holiday season is upon us and I've been thinking a lot about being casual and embarrassing slowing down, but also having a need to feel dressed up and festive even though there is nowhere to go. I think it's going to be a balance of those things but I've decided that for Christmas dinner, regardless that it's so small this, we are gong to dress up. Here is the thing, Mr. and I went on a date at the beginning of December. We hadn't gone out since August and although we are happy and content our routine was becoming this, get up, run for me, go to work, come home, change into sweat pants and a hoodie, do supper, run kids to activities/go for a walk, tidy up and get everyone ready for the next day, lay down and watch a Modern Family, sleep, REPEAT. On weekends I just through on the sweat pants and hoodie right from the start. You get into the rhythm and it seems fine. BUT a rhythm and rut are so closely connected. I finally had enough. With no events, celebrations, gatherings, I looked down at my unshaven legs and was just OVER IT! We decided we were going for a date night. We got dressed up. I shaved my legs too... and we had SO MUCH FUN! We enjoyed a lovely meal. Great conversation. We broke out of our daily routine and reminded ourselves of a different time, a different routine, a different version of ourselves. It was exactly what we needed. So, I've decided that I am going to still make a meal, I am going to take out the "fancy" dishes, and we are all still going to get dressed up for Christmas dinner. The rest of the time we can be low key and continue to enjoy our lounge wear but for one evening we are going to do what we always do at the holiday season.
As for the outfit, EVERYTHING is from my closet. I am really not shopping a lot these days and my bank account is thanking me for it. Although I have something special coming in the mail for me that I really hope is as wonderful and flattering as I've built it up in my head. Hahaha. I really love having some good quality pieces that I splurged on such as my H & B jewelry and this long cardigan that shimmers and glistens in the light (purchased a few years ago at Nordstrom, sorry).
What are your thoughts? Remember there is no right way to do anything, just the right way for you and your family.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a beautiful and restful holiday season!