It’s Christmas Eve already! How did we get here so fast? Wasn’t Thanksgiving just last week? Between travel and all of the other holiday preparations, this month has just flown by. I’m ready to slow down, and make some space to savor the rest of the holiday season.
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Over the years, I’ve come to embrace simplicity, and that includes how we celebrate the holidays. While there’s much to be said for traditions and how they connect us with our families and history, they can also create added pressure and expectation. I’ve been working on letting go of what no longer feels meaningful or authentic. And on letting go of self-criticism, comparisons, or trying to live up to someone else’s Instagram-fantasy life. (This is as decked as our halls are going to get this year.)
Several friends of mine are in the same place. They’re creating new traditions with families and friends: taking a trip or cruise, perhaps, or even just cooking something different (and simpler) for holiday gatherings. Some are letting their adult kids take over the hosting, or getting together with a group of friends. In one way or another, many of us are looking to simplify and make space to enjoy what matters most.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is my favorite part of the season. The rush is over, the pressure’s off. It’s like a deep breath after a sprint. I look at this interval as a time to regroup, restore, and reflect before launching into a new year.
Festive, Not Fussy: An Easy Holiday Outfit
We’ll be gathering with family for New Year’s Eve at my BIL and SIL’s home to enjoy some delicious food (BIL is an amazing chef), play games, and ring in the New Year together. “Festive, Not Fussy” is my holiday style mantra, and simple shapes with gorgeous texture and color make for stress-free dressing. Comfort is non-negotiable for me, so I love the soft fabrics and easy fit of these pieces.
The sweater (gifted) is the softest cashmere/silk blend, and lightweight enough to wear indoors. (Everyone who’s hugged me while I’m wearing it has remarked, “ooh, soft!!”) I’ve been styling it with casual outfits as well the last few days. The Easy Pant is one of the EILEEN FISHER System pieces. They’re comfortable, flattering and washable, and can dress up or down. Also now offered in Midnight (navy)!
The accessories are all from my travels. The silver and pearl necklace was purchased during one of our visits to the Napa Valley, and ring is from a prior Paris trip. I found these shoes on a clearance rack during a girlfriends trip to Vancouver a couple of years ago.
Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been a big fan of EILEEN FISHER for many years. Her simple, wearable styles are the foundation of my wardrobe. The pieces are designed to work well together, which makes it easy to build a wardrobe over time and across seasons. The company commitment to sustainability and ethical manufacturing makes EILEEN FISHER a brand I feel really good about supporting. And the clothes travel well too!
Cheers!! How will you be celebrating the holidays?