it’s holiday memory week over here on the blog. you all really seemed to love Kelly’s Thanksgiving holiday memory. and we got a lot of requests for tutorials on how to make tamales. we just might have to feature them on fridays with oscar sometime in the near future. today, my oldest son will be sharing his favorite Christmas holiday memories, and i’m giving you the first taste of winter over here on the blog.
outfit of the day
i’ve got a warm and cozy fall outfit that i’m going to transform into a winter one. to start off, i’ve paired a J.Crew mockneck sweater with an Everlane denim pencil skirt. i’ve pulled out my knee-high boots for the first time this fall. what a statement piece. am i right ladies? and if you’re looking for fall or winter shoe suggestions, make sure to check out the list below.
skirt and boots
as you all know, i’m big on skirts. and with skirts, it always comes down to what you pair them with. you can’t go wrong matching these knee-highs with this Everlane denim pencil skirt. and if you want more advice on dos and donts with skirts, make sure to check out my latest friday fives.
Christmas holiday memories
guest post by Alex
“I remember clearly Christmas when I was in sixth grade. So that puts me about 12 years old, and my two brothers 8 and 5. You have to understand that, at the time, my dad (mr. style) had gone out on his own professionally. So, money was tight to a certain extent.
Not that any of us knew. That’s the thing: “God always provides,” my parents used to say. And He did. (And he does.) To my 12-year-old mind, we were the richest family in the world: the year prior, we had moved into a mid-century farmhouse on a few acres. A real fixer upper in retrospect, but imagine being 12 years old and being able to run around for what seems like miles and miles—in your own backyard. I’ll never forget it.
But back to that Christmas. All three of us—my brothers and I—got sick with the flu. We were totally bedridden the entire winter break: Christmas straight through New Years. But here’s something I’ll never forget. Remember now—and unbeknownst to my brothers and I—money was tight that year. But all year we had begged and begged for Starter jackets.
I wanted a University of North Carolina one. (why? God only knows. I have no connection to the school.). My middle brother wanted a Dallas Cowboy one, and I *think* junior style wanted a Forty Niners one. All midwest mother’s raising boys in the late 90s/early 2000s will remember Starter jackets. And it’s worth pointing out, they’re not cheap. Especially for three boys, all of which will outgrow them by the following year.
But that Christmas morning, the starter jackets were there under the tree. My parents had listened and provided, even when it was probably hard for them to justify the economics.
Where the jacket is today, I have no idea. But when you throw together the flu, a winter wonderland, a powder blue UNC jacket, and a family that loves and cares—-there’s a memory I’ll never forget.”
it’s hard to believe, but winter is right around the corner. here in Athens, we’ve got a freeze warning out today. feels like almost yesterday, we were facing 90 degrees. (probably because it was!) how cute is this Anthropologie wool sweater coat? the red color pop on the sleeves just makes this coat and pairs quite nicely with my Talbots hobo bag. so easy to turn a fall outfit into a winter one when you have the right outerwear.
in case you missed it
all week on the blog, we’re sharing our favorite holiday memories. yesterday, my daughter-in-law, Kelly, shared her favorite Thanksgiving holiday memories. today, my oldest son shared his Christmas holiday memories. and stay tuned tomorrow for my favorite New Year’s one.
for those of you following my YouTube channel, you may have noticed we’re no longer publishing a daily fashion flash. instead, we’re aggregating them into one, single video and demoing them on Wednesday. below, you’ll see last week’s. and tomorrow, we’ll have an all new one for you. don’t miss it.