Our 'second Christmas' was wonderful also, although the dogs were still a bit tired from the first one. Raynor didn't open as many gifts and Teemo was pooped out on the couch fairly early. I was really excited as I got a new camera lens! It's a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and I LOVE it. Kind of completely attached to it already.


Forever now, I have joked that my husband's hometown is in Canada. I know, I know, north eastern Ohio really cannot be compared to the snowfall that occurs up there I'm sure, but in comparison to my hometown in southern Ohio, it's actually a huge difference. So our four hour drive on Christmas Eve took us from 40+ degree weather to 25 degree weather with snow on the ground. If you can't tell - I'm not made for the snow.

sweater :: ann taylor outlet (similarremixed
skies of ore dress :: anthropologie
tights :: francesca's collections
brogues :: born
necklace :: rusty chain jewelry remixed
headband :: anthropologie remixed
bracelet :: kate spade remixed
Last year we were unable to return to our 'homes' in Ohio, so spending the holidays back in my hometown was really a treat. It's different now than when I was a kid - as my mom pointed out, I wasn't begging to open just ONE gift the night before. And now, Christmas eve really acts as Christmas day part one for us. We enjoyed opening gifts with my parents and brother, and my grandmother and uncle came to enjoy the meal my mom and I made. I was SUPER tired after spending most the day in the kitchen making au gratin potatoes, french onion soup, and creamed corn!

The dogs love Christmas by the way! They helped open gifts, sat by me in the kitchen while I cooked, tried to steal everyone's candy, and eventually passed out onto my grandma's lap.


I got some really adorable gifts - including these Kate Spade studs! More things with animals on them, yes? Plus, we got the counterparts to our 'his and hers' glasses - 'mine' and 'yours'.

cardigan :: j crew outlet remixed
wheatberry beautiful dress :: modcloth remixed
tights :: target remixed
clue booties :: seychelles via gilt remixed
necklace :: target remixed
earrings :: kate spade
bracelet :: gift
ring :: julep
headband :: anthropologie

Happy Holidays from our little family to yours!

Click here to view our 2013 Christmas card on paperless post


katherine ::
coat :: ann taylor outlet (similar) remixed
skirt :: gap (similar) remixed
tights :: target remixed
booties :: franco sarto via gabriel brothers remixed
headband :: free people remixed
bracelet :: vintage
jason ::
coat :: tommy hilfiger
button up :: j crew outlet
jeans :: levi's
shoes :: ecco
ridiculous dog outfits from target. i think the collar used to be the guinea pigs, actually.

I'm a big fan of mimosas on Christmas - my mom has been making them at the holidays lately. But I don't totally get why they seem to be only orange juice based, especially when the fruit of the season is definitely cranberry. So here is a really yummy take on the traditional mimosa.

I'll admit I haven't been as in the spirit of the holidays as normal. Jason's made an attempt to make it better by taking me into Christmas Candylane at HersheyPark. Overcrowded with limited rides, the things he had read about and been excited about seemed to pale in comparison of the promises on the web. We spent a small amount of time in the park trying to take a single decent photo (he had chose this because of the 2 million plus twinkling lights, which we find hard to believe, or if there is, they are mostly used in a light show in a small river of the park). Our dinner ended up worse when the fig compote on our pizza which they swore didn't have nuts in it surely did.



In the end, we chalked this up to a bad date night and decided to make it better the next day. We took photos of my outfit in decent lighting, played with the dogs, and wrapped gifts while watching White Christmas.


hat :: handmade remixed
sweater :: halogen via nordstrom rack
tee :: forever 21 remixed
red riding hood tights :: modcloth
boots :: love cutlure remixed
coat :: forever 21
necklace :: via noto remixed
rings :: c/o oasap & modcloth remixed