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Monday, November 24, 2014

Countdown to Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving week! I hope you had a lovely weekend preparing for the holiday! We had Round 1 with one side of the family on Saturday, and I did some serious damage to my backside. #badonkadonk But I'm not so worried about it that I won't do it again this Thursday, when we sit down for Round 2 with more family!

With December 1 just around the corner (what the what?!), it's time to prep the advent calendars. This is one of my favorite traditions, and I've created one for my kids every year. Watching them race to open it every morning never gets old. And funny, no matter how old they get, they are still just as excited. I had good intentions to create something new and fun for this year, but life got crazy and I decided to call in some reinforcements.


I felt guilty for not making it myself...for about 30 seconds. Then I cut myself some slack and ordered this adorable paper village advent calendar for $15. Truthfully, I would have spent more than that DIYing one. It arrived last week and we've had fun assembling the little boxes together...but the treats inside remain a secret! I'm planning on arranging it on our bookshelves so they'll have to hunt for the number each day. (I couldn't resist getting this garland at the same time. I mean, it's pom-pom, so resistance was futile.)


If you're looking for something to create yourself, here are some of our ideas from year's past.







I love seeing these old posts...they remind me how far our little house has come! Not to mention, how big my baby has grown! #sob




Here are a few more cute DIY options I rounded up online.

DIY Felt Advent Calendar

DIY Scrapbook Paper Advent

DIY Envelope Advent

However, if you're like me this year, and want to just cut to the fun, here are some you can have delivered to your doorstep...ready to go!

Advent Pocket Garland

Advent Wall Hanger

Santa Advent Calendar

Wooden Tree Box Advent


Do you count down the days until Christmas with an advent calendar? One good tip I've learned over the years is to have all your activities printed out, but don't place them in the calendar until the night before. No matter how much I plan, every year I'm inevitably digging through the calendar trying to swap out activities because of schedule changes. What are some of your favorite activities or treats to include? I listed some of our go-tos in this post.

P.S. You guys....Barrington Bags is having a secret pre-black Friday sale! They have never had a sale before, and are offering 10% off sitewide!! You know I'm a fan and have been carrying my striped and reptile versions constantly, so if you've been waiting, now is your chance! Just use code CYBER10!

Hi Sugarplum | Barrington Bags Cyber Sale
Striped Bag Outfit | Reptile Bag Outfit

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sugarplum Style Vol. 6

Holla for Friday! Is it me, or is this last stretch of 2014 really picking up steam?? I love this time of year, but I wish I could freeze time, or at least slow it down a bit. I'm determined to find a way to really soak in the holidays...I think the key to that is for me to simplify. Not really a term I'm familiar with, but I'm going to try!

I'm off to a pretty good start with simplifying my wardrobe, since every outfit appears to be a combination of jeans + scarf + boots, with a vest thrown in for good measure. Oh yeah, I wrote a post about just that formula! And a head's up, if you have an objection to puffer vests, you likely won't enjoy this installment of Sugarplum Style.

Does a zebra scarf and a leopard belt count as mixing animal prints? I think mixing cognac with black is what made this outfit interesting.



You can't beat the quality and style of this puffer vest for the price, and as you'll see, the red pairs well with a lot.



You can see this outfit come to life in this post.



This shirt makes accessorizing easy, and I love mixing the fanciness of it with a rustic vest.




Black Tights | Mary Jane Pumps (similar)


Some of you have asked what kind of socks to wear with short booties...I wear ankle socks so you can't see them poking out of the boot. Unless of course you're looking down at me like this. In which case...dude, you're in my dance space! #nobodyputsbabyinacorner



I love the look and idea of leggings, but prefer the structure and back pockets of jeggings. That way I don't have to worry about having tops long enough to cover all the lady bits. I went up a size on this pair and they are super comfy.

Faux Fur Vest (similar) | Cream Blouse | Black Jeggings


I'm too mad for plaid to save it for the weekend, so this is how I dress it up for work. 



Hey there, red puffer. Again.



And you probably remember the kitten-cardi outfit from this post. I won't tell you how many times I've worn it...if it's not documented, there's no proof!





What's been your go-to formula this Fall? Are you a fan of the puffer vest? Clearly I am...along with plaid. How about a {5 Ways} post on wearing plaid...yay or nay?

You can catch up with past installments of Sugarplum Style here, or follow my everyday-style outfits on InstaGram. Make sure you're following my Facebook page, too...that's where I post deals, steals, sales and goodies! Happy weekend, love bugs!

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