|Red Plaid Button Down Express (similar) | Navy and Black High Waist Skirt Express (here) | Skinny Gold Metal Bow Headband, Gold Bourgeois Bow Earrings, Say Yes Gold Cheers Necklace, and Vegas Jewels Bangle Kate Spade New York | Leather Tassel Wrap Bracelets E. Kammeyer Accessories (here) | Black Princess Coat Steve Madden (here) | Red Suede Heels Diane von Furstenberg (similar here) | Le Rouge 307 Grenat Initie Lipstick Givenchy (here)|
Last time I shared a baking post and since then I had not been feeling as inspired to blog.
Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of outfits I can wear and plenty of content to share, but not blogging these past two weeks has given me the opportunity to reset and to really think about what this website's future will look like. I've really enjoyed collaborating with brands, but lately it feels like that's all I get to share instead of my own content. I started blogging as a hobby, and while I am not getting requests to work on things everyday, it adds up since work is involved with any sponsored post. At the end of the day, I wouldn't want my blog's success to be measured with the number of sponsored posts I've worked on. I also don't know how I would measure my blog's success, and that is still something I am trying to figure out for myself.
I got to really enjoy life these past two weeks, primarily because I was present in the moment for get-togethers with friends and family. I wasn't on my phone as much taking photos or trying to get the perfect shot and caption ready for Instagram. I was really enjoying the company of the people around me and really trying to absorb the holiday spirit. I felt Christmas went by too fast, even without spending too much time on a screen, and feel the year is ending too soon. Despite those feelings, I am ready for the New Year and for the opportunities to take risks and try new things. There are changes I have been thinking about and just need to decide to make them.
And now on to the outfit details:
This outfit is what I wore on Christmas Day. I found the plaid top at Express early in December and managed to pick up the last one in my size. I do not typically pick up button downs, although I realize with this top just how comfy they are. I was on the hunt for a black and red plaid button down, and this was one I liked the most. It isn't flannel, but I like that this top can be dressed up or down. I paired it with one of my Express skirts I picked up from last year and my red suede DVF heels I scored from Marshall's.
I picked up some goodies for myself during the last Kate Spade Surprise sale and bought the Skinny Mini Metal headband and Vegas Jewel Bangle along with a few other items as gifts. Signing up to be alerted for Surprise Sales can be dangerous, but it is a great way to find great gifts at a lower price point.
I hope you've enjoyed the holidays so far and I look forward to sharing more in the New Year!