Two Ways to Style a Black & Gold Jacket

The holiday season is in full swing and I’m seizing every opportunity to dress up in my sparkliest separates! I picked up this black and gold embroidered jacket at Old Navy just before Thanksgiving and it’s been one of my go-to pieces for creating festive looks for all sorts of occasions. (Parties, dinners, cocktails, or even just meetings.) It’s the perfect topper for a variety of black and gold outfits, for both the holiday season and beyond. (I think we could all use a little extra shimmer come January and February!) Here, I styled it two different ways for dressier holiday gatherings! I’ve also worn it atop a black turtleneck sweatergrey jeans, and over-the-knee boots for a casual (but jazzy!) daytime outfit.

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Minted.com Giveaway | It’s not too late to order cards!

Holiday cards were such a thing in my family when I was growing up. My mom would plan our whole photo… Scheduling the photographer, picking the location in our home, outfits for the five of us, what pets would be joining in, etc. And then my dad would write the greeting inside, usually in the form of a poem. (And he’s a veterinarian, not a writer. They are seriously hilarious!) Our collection of family Christmas cards over the years is honestly my most prized possession… I love how you can see the physical changes in each of us kids from year to year, and get of glimpse of what life was like that year from my dad’s synopsis. It was never the holidays without our family Christmas card playing a big part of it!

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Gift Guide || Monograms

I’m fairly certain I would monogram just about anything. Sweatersjewelrybags and totessheets and pillowcasestowelsBarbour jacketsscarvescollared shirtsstriped shirtsdecor, you name it. (Heck, I just ordered JRS for my new license plates.) I love how a monogram adds a little something extra to any piece, especially a gift. When it comes to gifting, it shows that you put a little bit of extra time and thought into it, rather than just picking something up last minute, you know? Whether it’s his or her initials or a full name, pretty much everything is better with a monogram. When it comes to personalized pieces, most of them are made to order so it takes a little bit of extra shipping and handling time! Make sure to get your monogrammed gifts placed early (like, this week!) so you don’t run into a rush shipping, not-going-to-make-it-by-Christmas-situation down the road.

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Blue Bon-Bons

It doesn’t get much more festive than fair isle! Fair isle sweaters are my favorite to wear this time of year… Perfect for the holidays, great for ski trips, and just right for a cozy night in, too. When I saw this one in my favorite color combo, navy blue and white, I knew I needed to add another to my collection! While I typically save my statement earrings for party dresses and going out looks, I couldn’t resist wearing my new bon-bon earrings with this sweater. They match perfectly! And we all know I love a good matchy-matchy look.

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