Fashion Friday: What To Wear for Family Holiday Photos

A bunch of you suggested this as a topic last week and I thought it was a GREAT idea.  In family holiday photos you all want to look coordinated without looking totally cheesy and matchy-matchy.  So here are three suggestions on how to make the whole family look great for your upcoming pictures (or for the holidays themselves!)

MATCHING:  I love the concept of everyone wearing creamy fisherman knits and jeans.  Matching without being over the top and this palette looks crisp, cozy and timeless (and just the right amount of casual).  Plus it will work with a variety of card designs!

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FESTIVE:  I am sure none of you want to look like a Christmas tree threw up on you, but you still want to look seasonally appropriate.  Beige, grey and red with hints of plaid, fair isle, faux fur and knits looks dressy but comfortable and slightly holiday-themed!

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COOL:  I want to hang out with this family- all in navy and looking the perfect mix of dressed up and dressed down. Velvet, denim, sparkles and sneaks!

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Distract Yourself With This.

I’m having a hard time this morning. A lot of us are. Writing a blog post about frivolous stuff seems silly and so wasteful to me right now.  But I know that is what I must do. Move forward and do what I do best. Keep my head up and believe that something good will come of all this desperation and discord our nation is suffering through.  I am trying to focus on remaining hopeful that these massive changes will spur growth for us as a people and a country and not damage the work we have done thus far to be one of the greatest countries in the world.

But this I will say. I have a voice. I am a woman of strong opinion and conviction. I am not afraid to share it here or anywhere else.  I may be a design blogger and purveyor of pretty things, but I am not a robot or a giant company who cannot share preferences or beliefs.  If that bothers you, I kindly invite you to find another blogger who suits your sensibilities better because I will keep talking, discussing, arguing and sharing.  For this, I will not apologize and I will not change. Thank you for listening and keeping this space one of tolerance and open-mindedness.  I wish peace and kindness for all of you, no matter what you believe in.

– EG

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(a very nice faux fig tree from NDI)

And speaking of opinions, I’ve had VERY strong ones about the use of fake flowers and plants in decor for a very long time. Those opinions skewed hard towards the “ewwww, so tacky” viewpoint (and still do when it comes to silk/fake flowers- not my bag, baby!)  But then I got a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree and promptly killed it. So I bought another one, and studied up on how to take care of it. Aaaaaans cut to it dying almost instantaneously. I bought another. And another. I loved how it looked and so even though my space CLEARLY is not suited for keeping one alive, I kept trying.

And then I buckled. And committed a designer sin. I bought a fake one.

And you know what, it’s not terrible.  The fiddle leaf fig kind of looks fake anyways, so while I know it’s fake, others may not.  And now more than ever, we have amazing choices out there if you, like me, are the equivalent of human Clorox to plants!  Prices range drastically- and usually the more you spend, the more realistic they look.  But some of the more affordable options are looking pretty darn good these days….

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I have found myself also dipping my toe into the “it’s okay to buy faux branches, topiaries and succulents” pool as well.  Succulents especially look fake even when real, so it’s not visually offensive to pop one in a dark powder room or basement to add some greenery!  And preserved greenery, like boxwood and moss, are wonderful ways to add a little life to your space with zero maintenance, because let’s face it #aintnobodygottimeforthat.

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Jury’s still out on fake Christmas trees…. :)

 

 

 

A Bevy of Thanksgiving Tabletop Ideas

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I may have a child and a good job, but I’m still not a real grown-up who hosts Thanksgiving dinner at my own house yet.  My mom still rocks that for us, and until we have a place big enough to hold lots of family it will probably stay that way.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t dream about having the time and ability to pull together a gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescape!  For now it will need to remain virtual on the pages of this blog- so I had some fun doing a few for you. Starting with one inspired by the gorgeous, fun picture above!

Fashion Friday: The Most Gorgeous (Gray!!!) Wedding Dress Ever

I saw this wedding in Martha Stewart Weddings while riding the train back from NYC (I had run out of magazines to read and rediscovered how fun and inspiring bridal mags are even after you’ve been married 10 years) and gasped out loud when I saw this gown. I’ve seen some pretty alternative color gowns, but typically in blush or other feminine shades. But GREY is not one I had considered and am now in love with. This gown the bride’s mother found at Bergdorf Goodman two months before the big day.  It’s by Alexandra Vidal whose work is incredible (you can see all her past creations on her website).
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Sponsor Welcome: Petite Vigogne

I am happy to introduce one of our new sponsors today, Petite Vigogne, a luxury baby bedding company started by Kathy Boyanovich, former Director of Product Development at Ralph Lauren.   Specializing in high end items crafted of fine Peruvian pima cotton and baby alpaca fleece, these beautiful pieces make special gifts for those expecting or a special treat for a new arrival!
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