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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

{Family Style} Holiday Photos

A few weeks ago I stumbled across this jeweled sweater, and it became the starting point for our family photo outfits. We're planning on shooting them in a nature setting, so I went with a more casual style than last year. Not to mention, the more relaxed and comfortable the husband kids are, the more cooperative they'll be.

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Fashion

You know how I feel about Wearing White After Labor Day...pairing the gray and cognac with white denim instead of dark makes the outfit so crisp. And can we talk about this bag?!

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Fashion

Hammitt sent me this stunner after I told you guys about their giveaway a few weeks ago!! How does that happen??? Remember when we were talking about our most expensive items in our closet? Well, this just became that for me, by about $500 (it's worth $760)! And one of you lucky ducks can win one...more details on that in a bit.

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Fashion

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Fashion

I love how easy and casual this sweater feels, yet looks a bit jazzier thanks to the faux-collar...perfect for holiday pictures.

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Fashion

So I created the rest of the family's outfits around the charcoal gray and casual vibe...going with a gray, navy and red combination. I don't worry about everyone matching, as long as the patterns coordinate and you keep within a color palette, then it looks great together.

By choosing a few colors as your base, it's simple to mix-and-match the rest of the outfits. I do keep the patterns simple for photos, just so the focus is on the people, not the clothes. And if the whole outfit planning is overwhelming, just have everyone wear what's most comfortable, and make the pictures black and white!

Here's the gist of what we're wearing this year...

Family Picture outfits




Tulle Skirt Dress (the cutest little dress!) | Leopard Flats

It wouldn't be an outfit post without a Maggie photobomb. We love our sweet third baby.

Hi Sugarplum | Fall Fashion

Now for the gorgeous bag...Hammitt partnered with Sterns & Foster to craft this limited-edition leather handbag, lined with fine Italian red suede, and gold-plated hardware...retailed at $760! #wowza They are giving 20 away on their Facebook page, so be sure to check it out here for your chance to win one, too! Then we'd be twins!

Have you taken family pictures yet this year? What'd you wear? Do you have tips for coordinating outfits? Have the very happiest of Thanksgivings, lovebugs! I count all of you among my many blessings, and am so grateful for you and this little blog!

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

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