Winter White + What I Do When I Feel a Cold Coming On

The past week has been such a rollercoaster health-wise! It seems like EVERYONE I know in Chicago is sick right now. I started to come down with something last Tuesday and it’s been a constant battle since. I’ve got a list of things I do when I start to feel sick and normally, I kick it within a day or two. I’m usually pretty good about listening to my body, but since the holiday season is in full swing and there’s been so much on the calendar, this cold has lasted much longer than it should have. Each time I’d start to feel better, I’d go ahead and follow through with plans, only to wake up even more sick the next day. Oy vey… I’m hoping I can get some R&R this week before I head home for the holidays!

And if you’ve been sick lately, too, here are some of the little things I swear by to fight colds fast…

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Merry & Bright

I’m so, so excited to share my colorful Christmas decor with you! I had a wild idea in November to play up all of the color in my living room and do something I’d never done before… Christmas Brights! I grew up with a very formal Christmas tree every year… All gold ornaments, ribbon, and wrapping paper. (My mom has a natural knack for all things decor!) Ever since, I’ve always decorated mine the same… You can’t go wrong with that classic, elegant look. But since my living room is so eclectic anyway, I thought it would be fun to do something different this year! And, you guys, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I can’t help but smile every time I walk in the door… It’s the merriest tree around!

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Bundled Up in Barbour

The holiday season is in full swing, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! After a crazy year, I’ve been so looking forward to this festive and cozy season. (Can you believe there are only 11 days until Christmas?!) I’ve been posting my annual Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides on the blog over the last few weeks and I’m back today with one of my favorite brands to give and get… Barbour!

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Black & Navy Blue for the Holidays

It was love at first sight when I saw this dress at Nordstrom! The feminine fit and flare shape… the subdued ruffles at the hem, collar, and sleeves… the black velvet bow at the waist… It’s absolutely perfect for the holidays and beyond. If you’ve got a fancy cocktail party coming up, a winter wedding, or even fun plans for New Years Eve, this bow-tied dress works for most all occasions!

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Black Bow Top + Pleated Gold Skirt

Back again with another black and gold outfit fit for a holiday party! We photographed this outfit at The Langham here in Chicago last week and it’s probably one of my favorites to date. I saw this black bow top (for under $40!) and had to have it immediately. Its perfect to wear with jeans for a more casual outfit (year-round, even) and tucks into a skirt quite easily.

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