pretty things no. 29

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Happy Saturday! This week, I wanted to collect all things for a cozy winter weekend at home. I’ve always dreamt of spending Christmas at a cozy cabin with lots of books and a fully stocked kitchen. Luckily, we’re able to recreate much of that at home, so that’s my goal this month. Grab the essentials, pick up a cozy book, and choose which holiday film you’re going to watch!

The first order of importance is to keep your feet warm with a pair of cozy socks or slippers. Ugg makes the cutest cozy slippers and I particularly love this shearling pair.

I know we’re all familiar with dry brushing at this point, but did you know that you can actually dry brush your face (with a softer bristle of course)? Before you get settled in for the night, exfoliate your face and then follow that up with a calming mask like the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Masque.

Once your face is clean and soft, put on a pair of cashmere pajamas for the most luxurious vibe of all time. This set is great for lounging at home, but it’s also a really nice option for long haul flights. You’ll be cozy and comfy, but still look chic and pulled together.

Next step, boil some water in your kettle then brew a pot of your favorite tea in this chic little teapot. That way, you can carry it up to your bed or the couch and have it nearby for easy refills.

Finally, you’re going to need the coziest blanket ever, so check out this ribbed blanket from Barefoot Dreams. I promise, with this formula, you’re not going to want to leave your spot until it’s time for bed ☺️.

five festive outfits for your holiday activities

December is a busy month for most with things like holiday shopping, family get-togethers, and Christmas parties to occupy our time. It’s a time for peak cozy and that should totally be reflected in our outfits, if you ask me. Here’s a couple outfit ideas for the most common holiday season activities.

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Holiday shopping with a cup of hot chocolate
If you’re out at your favorite stores and, hopefully cobblestone, shopping streets under all the tree lights with a cup of hot chocolate, you’ll want a look that’s both comfy and elegant. I like a slouchy cream sweater to keep cozy paired with black skinny jeans and a pair of suede, knee high boots. As for bags, the Longchamp Le Pliage is perfect for a shopping day because it’s big but lightweight.

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Picking out a Christmas tree
Go for a more rustic, functional look when you’re at the farm picking out your Christmas tree. A quilted jacket will keep you warm and rubber wellies will protect your feet from the inevitable mud. Pair those two items with skinny jeans that are easy to tuck in, then accessorize with a festive scarf and coordinating beret for that picture perfect look.

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Holiday party
I love a chic, neutral look for holiday parties. You can totally be festive without having to resort to sequins and sparkle. I love the idea of a ribbed sweater dress paired with textured suede ankle boots. To add a little seasonal vibe, try a burgundy velvet bag and add some sparkle with gold celestial earrings. Finally, the look isn’t complete without the perfect red lip.

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Baking cookies and watching holiday movies
When you’re in the kitchen baking gingerbread men and watching your favorite holiday movies in the background, you definitely want something warm and cozy and comfy for home. I love a white Patagonia pullover with warm leggings, holiday themed socks, and a cute apron, of course, to protect your clothes.

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cozy on christmas morning
Finally, when the big day arrives, we’re all spending the morning in our cutest pajamas hopefully drinking something warm around the tree before going out for the day. For this, try a pair of the softest gray pajama pants with the perfect white tee, and a cuddly cardigan layered over it all. To keep yourself at peak cozy, add slippers for your feet and a pom-pom beanie for your head.

celebrating sweater weather with boden

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Is this not the prettiest photo spot? I can’t get over the magnolia trees and that classic architecture. It’s only right that I paired this location with some classic pieces from British clothing brand Boden. I absolutely love classic British style and pieces made from high quality fabrics, so I was really excited when Boden asked me to collaborate with them for the next few months to share some favorite pieces with my readers.

From the current collection this month, I chose a couple of pieces including the cute London themed mug I shared with you all in yesterday’s post. But the main pieces were two major fall staples: the Francesca sweater and the Clapton boots.

You guys, these boots are so good. They’re brilliantly made with leather and suede, are super comfortable, and have this slightly worn-in look that make them feel like a really cool pair of boots you found at a vintage shop. I know they’re going to be on heavy rotation in my fall wardrobe and also during my upcoming trips because they’re so comfortable for walking.

Moving on to the sweater! I’ve always considered myself to be a sweater person. I was known in college for sometimes wearing sweaters in the summer because I just think they’re so my style and so indicative of what I’m all about.

I really fit into the entire stereotypical narrative of sweater wearers and sweater weather so much, I feel like I must have been a sweater in a past life. When I think sweater weather, I think of many of my favorite things including thick rimmed glasses, cups of tea, burning candles, and reading cozy books by the fire.

I’ve shared a selection of Boden’s coziest sweaters this season and to go along with that, I’ll give you some of my favorite book selections to read while you’re wearing your new sweater and hopefully drinking a cup of tea.

Cozy Authors & Book Selections

AUTHORS:

  • Agatha Christie

  • Louise Penny

  • Marisha Pessl

  • Dan Brown

  • J.K. Rowling

  • Donna Tartt

  • Alexander McCall Smith

BOOKS:

  • Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

  • Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

  • Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen

  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

  • The Witch of Willow Hall - Hester Fox

  • The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell

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five outfits for thanksgiving day

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I feel like everyone’s saying this, but I actually can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week! It felt like October lingered on and on, which was so nice, yet November has passed by in a blink. I imagine you, like me, are excited for mashed potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin pie, right?

So, I have a couple of Thanksgiving outfit ideas for you. They range from super comfy to a little bit dressy and a couple vibes in between. I really think Thanksgiving outfits should strike the balance between functional and special. You should look cute but feel super comfortable the whole day.

The first look above is kind of inspired by the whole Sezane, French girl aesthetic. A chic printed blouse paired with burgundy flared trousers feels super fall. Finish it off with a pair of suede ankle boots for texture and gold earrings for a bit of shine.

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For a dressier look that may or may not be inspired by a chic Pilgrim, layer a tissue turtleneck underneath a dressy, black pinafore then add burgundy boots for a seasonal pop of color, a simple gold necklace, and a tortoiseshell headband for that Blair Waldorf feel.

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If you have a bit of a vintage vibe to your style, this look is for you. It reminds me of something from Inside Llewyn Davis. This fair isle sweater from the brand Sea looks so chic put together with a pair of blue Goldsign jeans and matching slides.

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I love this classic, neutral look because it feels so pulled together yet a dress is just the kind of thing you want to be wearing when you eat all that food. This cozy Madewell dress pairs perfectly with a Ralph Lauren blanket scarf, suede knee high boots, and stacked gold rings like these from Cartier and Johnny Was.

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Finally, I wanted to wrap things up with the coziest option. Even if you don’t wear this look to dinner, you should definitely change into it immediately afterwards and watch a cozy movie. Pair a comfy grey sweatshirt with your favorite black leggings, then slip on a pair of the coziest slippers, and a chic, gold necklace.

pretty things no. 27

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Happy Saturday! As I mention below, fall outfits tend to have a 70s vibe that I love. At least that’s the case when I’m styling them. For this edition of Pretty Things, I put together some pieces that give me vintage, fall vibes.

A feminine, silk blouse always has a place in your wardrobe and I love this one because it comes in such a beautiful, fall color. Pair it with white jeans or the blue Goldsign pair I feature in this post.

I got my first teddy coat last year and seriously wore it all winter because it was the most cozy, warm thing in my closet. This year, the teddy trend is still going strong, so check out this jacket from Off White.

I think a pair of slides in a subtle yet autumnal shade can be a really good piece to step up your looks. This pair from Mansur Gavriel is tanned with vegetables in Italy, which kind of ties it together with fall even more, don’t you think?

I’ve been so into Goldsign jeans lately. There’s something so classic about them that I love very much. This pair looks like something you might see in a 70s inspired look or on Audrey Hepburn.

Fall outfits, for me, inevitably end up having a bit of a 70s vibe don’t you think? These Chloe sunglasses are such a great way to add some vintage vibes to your outfit.

Another thing I’ve been loving lately is anything shearling. I recently got a shearling bag that I’ve been carrying around constantly because it makes any outfit look autumnal. This bag from Maison Margiela is definitely a splurge, but good for taking inspiration!