What did you love this week? I’d be so glad to hear. Have a great weekend! xoxo
Seriously, I’m getting the best of all worlds this Christmas season. Last week and early this week we were running around NYC, soaking up the festivities and taking in sights like this one…
And now we’re home with family for a quiet, happy Christmas, just like I like it. We got into town last night and had dinner at my favorite taqueria, then drove my niece around to see the houses that are decked out with Christmas lights. And somehow she always suckers me into giving her a bath before bedtime (which I secretly love). Those little hometown things are just the best, and they’re all I need for Christmas.
How was your week? xoxo
We leave NY on Sunday, and it’s been a beautiful week! We saw some pals in their Broadway shows, ate an inappropriate amount of good food, and maybe even spotted a star or two (Any other Downton fans out there? I may or may not have become a bumbling idiot when we ran into Jim Carter on the street). Add to all of that the holiday cheer that’s out in full force and I’m a happy camper. How was your week? xoxo
P.S. I just realized it looks like I’m giving a big ol’ thumbs-up in that last photo. I promise I’m not. I mean, I love that tree and everything, but you know me better than that.
I’ve been on a mission this week to get lots of awesome blog posts and DIYs done for y’all, because we’re taking off to NYC tomorrow! I’m so excited to head back and visit some friends, and to be in the city to get a little bit of that holiday magic that only New York knows how to do. On top of that, we’re seeing one of our best friends make his Broadway debut in A Christmas Story, and another pal go on for the lead in Evita! I mean, it seriously doesn’t get better than that.
I have a ton of good stuff ready to post for you next week, so be sure to check back daily! I’ll also be posting about our trip, and taking a ton of Instagram photos, so follow me there too. And the winner of the Jazzmin giveaway will be announced on Monday, so make sure you’ve entered!
Have a beautiful weekend! xoxo
Guys, there was actual Christmas magic this week. A bona fide, legit moment like you’d find in a movie. Well, maybe not a movie, but at least a t.v. Christmas special.
So I usually am a stickler for real Christmas trees. It’s a thing. But this year for some reason I’ve been dying for one of those crazy white tinsel fake trees. So Mr. Lovely and I had been hunting all around town for one of those suckers and no one — I mean no one – had them. So after trudging all over the place we doggedly marched into Big Lots, and lo and behold, the perfect tree! Six and a half feet tall, pre-lit, and as fake & white as they come. But that’s not even the Christmas magic part. Wait for it.
So we sort of wandered around the Christmas section debating whether to use our old decorations (which are all of these wacky colors) or to get a few new cheapo things and put all gold ornaments on the tree. We decided on gold, got what we could afford, and said that we’d just make some stuff at home to fill in the empty spots. We tried to find a topper but they were all pretty scary (deformed angels?), so we called it good and left.
Cut to us back at home, me taking out all (two) of our Christmas boxes. There was one box that I wasn’t sure what was in it. So I opened it up, and BOOM. Gold ornaments, gold garland, and a gold star for the top of the tree. It was a box that I had taken from my Grandmother’s house when we were cleaning it, after she passed away earlier this year.
I just about fell over and I couldn’t help but smiling all night. It was like Grandma knew what we would need and reminded me of it when we needed it. So her vintage glass ornaments are on our tree, and her star is on the top. Couldn’t be more perfect. xoxo
This week was fall. Heater, socks, tea, blankets, fall. It was awesome. It made me want to simultaneously hibernate, and get down to business on a bunch of projects. So we kind of did both. Days were full of working, planning, meeting, and making things happen. And evenings were spent in, cooking, drinking wine, and catching up on t.v. under blankets on the couch. It was kind of a delicious week.
Also, I’m finally learning to play the banjo (and have the callouses on my fingers to prove it). Last year, I did a show that required me to play the banjo, but I totally wimped out — instead, I played the banjitar, which looks and sounds like a banjo but you play it like a guitar. I chose to play that instead because I already knew the guitar and thought it would be easier. Don’t know why I did that — I wish I wouldn’t have. I wish I would have just met the challenge head-on and picked up a new instrument and learned it. Well, better late than never, and here we are. Mr. Lovely is on the verge of earplugs what with all of the plucking and strumming. In any case, I hope your week was lovely, and here’s to new challenges! xoxo