The pop culture enthusiast/movie buff
- My coworker discovered this Wes Anderson coffee table book. It is the best. You should get this book even if you have only seen one of Wes’ movies because it is just that good. Also, if you’ve only seen one Wes Anderson movie, you should really watch more.
- Since we’re talking about Wes, these prints are amazing. A perfect way to put posters on your wall without looking like you live in a college dorm.
- And who doesn’t love a sassy tote?
- Okay, and who doesn’t want to lounge around in a Glen Coco sweatshirt?
For the girl who likes cute art and fun things:
- Organizing your pencils is necessary because you are very busy.
- This iPhone case with a custom family portrait.
- These loafers are sure to ‘bee’ a hit.
- Tie it up with this adorable bow bangle.
For the girl who is all about hosting the cutest party:
- This cookbook for all the preppiest parties.
- This might be the most unique cheese and cracker board I’ve ever seen.
- Sip bubbly in style with these dot flutes.
- An apron that also doubles as the cutest outfit at the party.
For the gal who can’t put her phone down:
- Instagram magnets. ‘Nuff said.
- Blah, blah, blah. A phone case that’s ironic because no one really talks on their phone. You just text.
- You’ll never have to hear, ‘do you have a phone charger?’ again.
- An instant, reusable phone cleaner. Because iPhone screens can get gross.
For the recently wed:
- A custom address stamp with their new name and address.
- Some adorable glasses so they can toast their marriage in style.
- A new type of coffee delivered every month? Yes please. The honeymoom period can lead to some some, ahem, late nights.
- A bar cart because they are just so cute.
For the new mom in your life:
- Did your friend just have a baby? Get her a tee that describes her new job as ‘mom’.
- OMG, giraffe booties.
- A spa day. Obvi.
- Let’s get practical. Monthly diaper delivery, anyone?
What fun gifts did you score this year? Share them in the comments below!
It’s ok — diet starts Jan 1, anyway.
Shoes: Zara | Pants: J. Crew | Sweater: C. Wonder (on sale!)
Christmas in NYC is grand — but let’s just say that Christmas exploded on The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va. Do you remember those cheesy Olan Mills portrait backgrounds from when we were kids? This background looks eerily similar to one of those. Except it is real and not a backdrop. And it is also really pretty in person.
Merry Christmas!! I hope you all enjoy the day. xo
Booties: J. Crew | Jeans: J. Brand | Skirt: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Every year, we kick off the holiday season “officially” at our dear friends’ beautiful house in rural Virginia. I always like to wear something super festive to this event — so this year I wore this giant red skirt. The silhouette is beyond flattering, and I definitely plan to wear this even when it isn’t Christmas.
Shoes: Steve Madden | Skirt: Choies | Sweater: J. Crew Factory
The holidays are basically here. Though, I am giving you a major side eye if you have a tree up in your living room right now. Really? Let Thanksgiving happen, people. Eat some turkey and don’t rush things.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk holiday essentials. Basically, the key to surviving the holiday season is to be nice, be well, and wear something memorable (in a good way). You would be shocked at how hard this can be to successfully execute. So I am here to help with one of my famous bulleted lists, y’all!
What you should buy (or dig out of your closet if you’re like me and refuse to buy something new — even though I’m a fashion blogger and buying new things is like the #1 main thing I am supposed to do. However, I would rather spend my money on $9 cups of soup from Hale and Hearty because NYC. So everyone needs to relax and pretend to be excited when I wear my critter sweaters over and over and over and over again.). Anyway:
- One holiday dress or skirt (you can buy another NYE dress if you’re getting super fancy, but there is no reason to buy multiple dresses for multiple Christmas parties.)
- Something sparkly. Shoes or jewels are best.
What you should bring:
Don’t show up to your holiday parties empty handed. Stock up on champagne and put the bottles in these burlap bags. Let your host keep the bag — though you will 100% be tempted to sneak said burlap bag back into your purse when no one is looking so you can re-gift it. Don’t do that. It’s rude.
What you should say:
Here are some key phrases to remember during the holidays.
- “Yes, I would like another glass of wine.”
- “No, thank you, I have eaten enough.”
- “Of course I want to watch Elf again!”
- “Unfortunately, I can’t make your holiday bake-off this year because I have forgotten how to bake — and anyway, the tv won’t let me leave.”
- “I would like exactly this item for Christmas (insert item — preferably with a link to buy).”
- “Yes, please include a gift receipt.”
- “I am not going to WalMart at 4am to buy that TV I don’t need.”
- “Put more rum in the eggnog.”
- “I will get dressed in something other than pajamas before I board my flight home for the holidays.”
- “I actually don’t feel that guilty for watching 16 straight hours of Netflix on Christmas. Do you have any eye drops, by any chance?”
- “Why yes, Whitney Houston’s heart stopping rendition of Do You Hear What I Hear? is on this Spotify Holiday playlist.”
The holidays are prime time to get sick. All the traveling, the little kids, and cold temps are recipe for a terrible cold. Don’t let sick happen to you.
- Be sure to eat healthily when possible. It’s hard, but if there is a salad, eat that instead of the green bean casserole. Also, does anyone actually like green bean casserole (or any casserole, for that matter)? Please sound off in the comments section below and explain yourself and your tastebuds.
- Take Airborne before you get on any form of public transport.
- Dress appropriately for the weather. That’s why I put tights on the bulleted list above. There are so many cute hosiery options out there, so no excuses. You should also wear a coat if you go outside. No matter how great your (one) holiday dress is.
- Drink something. Alcohol kills germs.
Be a good guest
- Help in the kitchen
- Don’t arrive empty handed
- Don’t start fights your family members — rude.
- Don’t be awkward/anti-social/anti-spirited.
Anything else to add, lovelies??
Sweater and button down: J. Crew | Necklace: Delia Langan
Well, folks, another year has come and gone on this here blog! I am putting Clarabelle on a break until the New Year. It has been a great year, indeed! This blog has grown SO much in 2011, I am so proud and grateful to all my readers.
To close out the year, I wanted to quickly review all the outfits I wore in 2011. This post is proof that, when I do go shopping, I shop almost exclusively at H&M — and I really like repeating outfits, haha.
This year, I had a $20 budget for my holiday dress.
I decided on the same idea for the holidays as I had during wedding season. I plan to wear my holiday dress to every holiday function I have. Luckily, I found this white number at H&M for $25 (only five bucks over my budget!). So I got it — it’s perfect for every holiday function and I haven’t looked back.
I am also kicking around the idea of wearing this number to my rehearsal dinner. But that might be taking my frugality a bit too far.
Dress: H&M | Tights: Nine West | Shoes: Steve Madden | Belt: Borrowed from a friend | Necklace: Macy’s | Other Necklace and earrings: Delia Langan