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Snow Envy…

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With all of this snowstorm action happening on the East coast, it’s hard not be a little jealous of the beautiful, clean, white, snowfall – inconvenient or not. Throwing this post back to a month ago, we had the privilege of getting one full actual day of snow this year when we were back in Nebraska, and it had been at least a couple years since I actually saw a Midwest winter be pretty in my time visiting home. I was stoked, and I know I get to wake up most mornings of the year not having to worry about being too insanely cold, how I’m going to get to work, or having to scrape my car (DEFINITELY don’t miss that), but I do actually really miss just having a good, cold, snow day. A reason to bundle up on the couch by the window in your PJs drinking tea or hot coffee, and a reason to throw all your plans and to-do lists out the window for the day. As “lucky” as southern-californians are, that is not EVER something we get the privilege of enjoying.

It only snowed the last couple of days I was home this year, but I always plan ahead in case since Nebraska weather can be pretty unpredictable. I didn’t bundle up to the full degree, since we weren’t outside much of the day when it snowed, but since we flew out that evening to head back to LA this outfit was appropriate. Warm and cozy to handle a short amount of time in this snowy weather, but light and layered enough to transition to California weather.

The jacket is my all-time favorite ribbed leather jacket from Zara, given to me by my boyfriend as a birthday gift. The zip skinnies are made of the absolute softest stretch denim material, and are SO comfortable for flying (seriously, I’d sleep in them), and the scarf was also a gift, this time from my sister. Top it all off with a cozy beanie from Target’s winter collection, and the layering was perfect for transitioning from a daytime of snow to a cool LA evening.

Zip Skinnies: Zara
Jacket: Zara
Slouchy Tee: Zara (similar here)
Boots: London Rebel (similar here, here, and more affordable here)
Scarf: Gifted from my sister, similar here
Hat: Target (on clearance now!)

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Merry Vestmas!

IMG_0462IMG_0486sqIMG_0407IMG_0373IMG_0381IMG_0454IMG_0544IMG_0526IMG_0534IMG_0568IMG_0563sqIMG_0656 The holidays were a blur for me this year, so as always, getting around to posting for these in January. My goal for 2015 really should be to be a little more timely with these…but honestly, I go home to my family at best twice a year, (this year it was once), and it’s a lot of time away from family and friends to snap pictures, format them, write posts, and dig up links. It felt a bit self-centered to spend my time that way when I’m at home for the holidays, so I don’t feel bad about my lack of posting this season. There’s absolutely nothing wrong if you’re a blogger who can find the time to blog on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and for New Years, but for me it just wasn’t top priority. I missed my family and friends too much!

That said, I had such a great trip home this year, bringing my boyfriend for our first Christmas spent together! He usually stays in LA with his family, while I head home, but this time we got to introduce the California kid to the Nebraska Winter! Mildly disappointing at first, since it was rainy and too high of temps (everyone in the Midwest wants to kill me), but finally toward the end of our trip we got some real Midwest snow for him to experience. And it was colddd.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were wonderful as well. My sister and her boyfriend were back from Ohio, so the four of us got to spend lots of time together which was amazing. I’m very lucky to have a sister who’s so awesome and WE are very lucky to have boyfriends who treat us so well :)

These photos were taken for my Christmas day outfit this year, traditionally spent in my Grandma’s town of Crete, Nebraska. Very small and cozy little place, and Christmas Day has been at her house for as long as I can remember. The weather, once again like last year, was particularly nice and even sunny, so layers were a good choice. I chose my favorite flannel of the season, this absolute steal from F21, for its holiday vibes, layered with a big furry vest to keep me warm. Paired with a skirt, tights, and my favorite knee-high boots, I was comfortable, yet fashionable for a lovely Christmas Day!

Flannel: Forever 21, sold out, similar here
Vest: H&M, sold out, similar here 
Skirt: H&M, similar here
Tights: Target, (Haynes Opaque and Super-Opaque are my new favorites)
Boots: Dolce Vita (On Sale Now!)
Necklace & Bracelet: from my wonderful boyfriend this Christmas, Rebecca Minkoff

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‘Braska Life.

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(Photos by my lovely sister, Erin.)

Being home for Christmas was awesome, and the weather was completely up and down while I was back, but that’s what you get in Nebraska. A forecast literally doesn’t mean crap. The first portion of my trip was pretty cold, but the second half started to drastically warm up. So much so, that at about 43 degrees, the little neighbor boys decided to play basketball in their driveway in shorts and t-shirts. Ummm…that may be a bit of an over-compensation, kids. Put some clothes on. It’s still December in the Midwest.

This outfit combines a few of my amazing gifts received this year! I couldn’t wait to pair this new bag (from my mom), and pumps (from my sister), with these ultra-comfy stretch coated skinnies. Coated skinnies are the greatest thing since sliced bread this past year, and I can’t even have bread so that’s saying a lot. They are more affordable and manageable than leather pants, but still have that sleek, edgy look. The best way to do anything whether it be actual leather or a coated finish is skin tight. Trust me, nothing is worse than a leather-look pant that is sagging in the butt and knees and loose at the ankles. They should essentially be like a legging, but with a normal pant/jean-style thickness, seaming, and pocket structure. That said, you should typically size down as long as the stretch factor is decent. It will seem like there is no way you are gonna get them up at first, but that’s what you want because they will always stretch like mad after the first wear. Tip: do NOT put on leather or coated pants of any kind after just moisturizing your legs. I may or may not have learned my lesson yanking them on too soon post-shower and ripping some belt loops clean off. FAIL.

To stay cozy, I added warmth with a super-soft oversized sweater that is definitely my most over-worn piece of this winter by far, and an awesome sweater headwrap to keep my little ears warm in that winter wind! For the cherry on top, I added the totally rad Nebraska outline necklace my awesome sister got me, reppin’ a little of the homeland! I wore this running some errands, meeting a friend for coffee, and transitioned it right into dinner and a night out with friends in downtown Lincoln.

Coated Skinnies: Cotton On
Sweater: H&M
Bag: DSW (Gifted)
Pumps: Jessica Simpson (Gifted — Now on Clearance!)
Headwrap: Aldo (Gifted)
Nebraska Necklace: (Gifted)
Ring: Zara

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Small Town Christmas.

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Sister love on Christmas. (Photos by Jenna Spurlin)

My dad’s family is from a very small town in Nebraska, just over 7,000 people. I look forward to spending a day here every year for Christmas. This year, it was especially important to be here, and celebrating with my grandmother, as it marks almost a year since my grandfather passed unexpectedly. It’s been a hard year for us as a family, and having that at-home feeling at my grandma’s house was pretty important for everyone. I love my grandma’s cute home, and her small town floods me with memories from my childhood with every visit. This year, we were blessed to have one of my good friends, Jenna, join us for the big family celebration, and she fit right in with the sarcasm and off-color jokes my dad’s side of the family is known for.

With the formality of Christmas Eve gone the night before, Christmas day is a little more about over-eating, games, opening gifts, and relaxing with the family. In keeping with this comfortable tone, I chose to dress comfortably as well. I always try to look a little nicer for a holiday, because that’s part of what makes it special for me, so I opted for a fun floral surplice dress I’ve had on hand for a while. Though I bought the dress during the spring season, it’s muted color palettes work really well with fall and winter elements. Not to mention, the print is perfect for hiding a food baby! Don’t act like you don’t know.

I chose to layer heavily, mixing a lot of my favorite comfortable styles together for one cozy look. On top of the dress, I layered my favorite denim shirt, followed by a fur vest gifted from my Aunt a couple of years earlier, as well as colored tights, a belt, and the fringe boots that I apparently live in, according to my other posts.

My wonderful friend Jenna, who is a fantastically talented photographer, (view her work here) offered to take these photos for me and she did a great job directing me in a natural way. Thanks Jenna! :)

Dress: Nasty Gal
Denim Shirt: Zara
Vest: Ann Taylor (Gift from my Aunt)
Scarf: H&M
Tights: Target
Belt: Target
Booties: Target
Ring: Zara

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White Christmas…almost.

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Christmas Eve has always been fun for my sister and I, because from a fashion point of view we get to dress up. Ok, not get to dress up, choose to dress up. Looking nice for the holidays is fun, and reinforces that it’s a special time of year. Every year we eat dinner, go to church with my parents, and come home to open all the “Non-Santa” gifts. It’s great, we like to sleep in before going to celebrate with the rest of the family on Christmas day, so it is convenient, fun, and something to look forward to that seems to make the celebration of Christmas last longer. Traditionally, every year my family takes photos in front of the Christmas tree, with my sister and I in our carefully selected and pre-planned church outfits. All propriety aside in this family though, we snap a few “good ones” and tend to end up with more hilarious photos than well-behaved ones.

This year, I’ve been especially loving the idea of clean whites in the winter time. Especially in a cold winter time. Though it didn’t snow this year when I was home in Nebraska (bummer), I did get to watch everyone else enjoy a few days of sunshine and warmer-than-average weather. I decided to go with a white dress this year for a couple of Christmas occasions, one being a holiday party with my boyfriend, and the second being Christmas Eve. For both occasions, I paired the dress with bold red lips, red nails, and a red clutch bag. Due to an open bar sort of situation, I have no pictures of the white dress and red accented ensemble from the Christmas party in California, but here is the dress worn for Christmas Eve in Nebraska…only with tights and pumps, because, well, you have to here.

Sidenote: my beautiful little sister makes her RSWL blog debut wearing a festively pretty red lace dress. I think we accidentally coordinated quite nicely.

On Me:
Dress: Nasty Gal
Bracelet: Nasty Gal
Tights: Target
Pumps: Steve Madden

On Erin:
Dress: Tobi
Belt: Target
Sweater: Gap

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