a grown-up puffer vest to chase away the chill

merry christmas eve day y’all. well, i have all, but six presents safe and sound under the tree. six packages managed to go awol with shipping. yes, 2020 is a year to be remembered from many perspectives. even though i ordered all of my gifts on black Friday, only 60% arrived. but, hey, the tree is trimmed, the fridge is stocked, the table set, and christmas eve will go on as planned. merry christmas eve, dear reader! and i’m sporting a grown-up puffer vest to chase away the chill. oh, the weather outside has been delightful the past few days, but it’s about to turn frightful. 

yesterday, i braved the grocery stores (plural as i hit three in my quest for bread) and couldn’t help but think of mr. style who always liked to tag along. the produce section was stocked with clementines – his favorite this time of year. there are so many sweet memories of him every day but especially during the christmas season. i can’t help but be thankful for all the years we spent together. i was one darn lucky girl to have had him by my side through thick and thin for close to thirty-six years. blessings upon blessings. so i continue to choose to look at the glass half full instead of empty. and that’s how we need to treat 2020. what are you thankful for this year? let me know in the comments below.

grown-up puffer vest 

this opens in a new windowmetallic grown-up puffer vest (limited sizes opens in a new windowsimilar here) from opens in a new windowTalbots is back in action. puffer vests, in general, have a preppy vibe, but they can easily be dressed up or down. it was last seen with a opens in a new windowfair isle sweater and blue jeans. this go-round, i popped it over glen plaid trousers from opens in a new window Ralph Lauren (old, opens in a new windowsimilar here) and added an adorable opens in a new windowembroidered sweater Chico’s sent to me for Christmas. thanks, opens in a new windowChico’s! i added a opens in a new windowruffle neck shirt from opens in a new windowJ.Crew to add a feminine vibe and a pair of croc-embossed pumps from Talbots (old, opens in a new windowsimilar here). all in all, it’s an easy outfit to throw together that gives the nod to elevated casual chic. this ootd kind of reminds me of my mom. i miss her too!

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merry christmas eve! 


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  1. Fran wrote:

    I’m looking for ways to make my outfits look more girly and this fits the bill. I’m wanting to add a softer look to the clothes I already have.
    Your positive attitude has been delightful to start my day.
    Merry Christmas you and all your family!

    Posted 12.24.20
  2. Sangita M wrote:

    Beth, thanks for the reminder of how lucky we were to be with those we loved for whatever time we were granted. Looking forward to a brighter 2021 and your posts! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Posted 12.24.20
  3. Monique Wilson wrote:

    Happy holidays Beth to you and your family. I have a question that perhaps you may answer in an upcoming post. In letting my colored hair (blond) go gray this pandemic year, I’m wondering if this will affect my clothes color choices. I saw that puffer last week online at Talbots and considered buying it. It would look great with my “blond” hair but I’m now reconsidering my clothing choices. Do you notice that about your hair and clothing colors? Does it affect your purchasing?

    Btw, I’m thankful for being healthy and my husband surviving a cancer scare during the middle of a pandemic. Appreciate every day.

    Posted 12.24.20
  4. Suzanne Kerr wrote:

    Merry Christmas, Beth!
    I am thankful for the health and the care that God has given to me and to my family throughout this year with its many unique challenges.

    Posted 12.24.20
  5. Helen Heffernan wrote:

    First, you look delightful! Since our son is a respiratory therapist, working the COVID floor at two hospitals, our daughter-in-law a nurse, and two college age grandsons we find it too risky to be together; however, here is the THANKFUL part–we are all healthy and staying well. Now that is a blessing that I’m truly grateful for through these trying days! Stay well! Looking forward to 2021 when we can once again gather to share joy and hugs!

    Posted 12.24.20
  6. Madeleine wrote:

    2020 was an “adventure”….a year that will go down in history…I am feeling pleased to have been a part of it….I’m stronger than I ever believed I was….grateful for all the hidden blessings this year has given us.

    Posted 12.24.20
  7. Mary Lou Muncy wrote:

    Happy Holidays to you Beth. Thank you for your posts through this challenging year, and all the efforts made to continue your communications.

    Posted 12.24.20
  8. Eve wrote:

    This just be my favorite look this year. I love it, I have a friend who says she wouldn’t wear anything whimsical but I think she misses so much. It just adds to the joy of life to kick something up a notch. I love your blog, Beth and it’s been a blessing watching the way you’ve handled everything that’s happened to you with such courage and grace. Merry Christian and be blessed.

    Posted 12.24.20
  9. I am thankful and blessed at Christmas this year! I have my health! That’s 99 percent on top of that my family and friends are mainly close by. We live just minutes apart! We will get through this pandemic by following the rules and although it will be hard to do this year it guarantees we’ll be together all our years ahead! Bless you Beth!
    Merry Christmas!

    Posted 12.24.20
  10. I’m on linked in but should add Twitter and Instagram to further publicize my novel,Dear KISS, very hard in the time ofCovid Enjoy your posts.I’m 81, but we have similar taste in clothes, though I still cling to skirts with Colorful tights.We are separated from our family but face time almost every day sharing views of our houses and of course, recipes! Have a wonderful holidays time and special greetings to Oscar, mb

    Posted 12.24.20
  11. Vanessa Lam wrote:

    Thank you , Beth , for your transparency in your grief, and your optimism by choice. It is encouraging in this season of hope for people who seem to lose faith in this tumultuous time.

    Posted 12.24.20
  12. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Bless you, Beth, for sharing sweet memories of your Mr. Style. There’s a quote that states something about a man who’s loved one woman, and loved her well, has “loved them all.” He would be over the moon to see his beautiful Beth today. He loved you beautifully and you’ve translated that love into a gift you beautifully share to help us be beautiful women, too! Merry Christmas Eve, Beth~

    Posted 12.24.20
  13. Sharyn D wrote:

    Beth : Merry Christmas to you and your family. You look lovely as always. Your comments about Mr Style so often echo my feelings about my husband. I am thankful for good health, a loving family and the blessings of safety and security, which so many across the globe have never known.

    Posted 12.24.20
  14. Carroll wrote:

    Merry Christmas, Beth!

    I am grateful for many things, but especially for staying well this year. Everyone close to me has managed to do the same!

    Posted 12.24.20
  15. Stephanie wrote:

    Merry Christmas Beth! Wishing you and your family a fun and healthy 2021 after this crazy year. I am thankful that we have stayed healthy. We have been able to see my 15 month old grandson now and then, & thank goodness for zoom & FaceTime.

    Posted 12.24.20
  16. Carolyn wrote:

    Merry Christmas, Beth.
    Mr. Style will always be with you. Your dear comments touched my heart. You have shown us how to be positive no matter what circumstances we go through. I think of all my family I have lost. I am so grateful for the time we shared and the memories we created.
    Have a lovely Christmas.

    Posted 12.24.20
  17. Violet L O'Brien wrote:

    Merry Christmas to you!! I admire your attitude and way of looking at life. Very much an inspiration to others. Enjoy the holiday with your family in this very different year and be safe as we go into a new year and new hopes!

    Posted 12.24.20
  18. Kay Lyon wrote:

    Love your positive outlook. Beautiful inside and out.

    Posted 12.24.20
  19. Linda Aulgur wrote:

    You always look so cute! And are so positive and open. I’m grateful for family and ‘health this year, even if I dont get to see them as much!

    Posted 12.24.20
  20. Claudia wrote:

    I read your mail daily and look forward to trying to try new things. Especially in 2020 when it would be much easier to stay in flannel pants and fleece in MIchigan.
    I am so glad to see your memories of Mr. Style. I have a dear friend who has lost her husband in May. She isn’t ready for the glass half full attitude yet. I will try to help her along. Thanks for counting your blessings.

    Posted 12.24.20
  21. Marcie W. wrote:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Wishing you all good health and joy in 2021.

    Posted 12.24.20
  22. Angela Grafe wrote:

    Frohe Weihnachten 🎄!
    Thank you for all your efforts, your blog is great!

    Yours Angela

    Posted 12.24.20
  23. Shan wrote:

    Happy Christmas Eve Beth!
    I am thankful for the health of my family this year. We have been fortunate.
    Thank you for the being so generous with your positivity!

    Posted 12.24.20
  24. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, I am thankful that both hubby and I are safe and also our friends. It has been a horrible year, we did loose one friend to Lung cancer which was unexpected but I know he wouldn’t want us to be miserable this Christmas so we’ve raised a glass to his memory this evening, he’s probably having a beer wherever he is. Thank you for your posts and wishing you and your family a Merry and safe Christmas, regards Julie from England 🇬🇧 xx❤🎄🥂

    Posted 12.24.20
  25. Nancy wrote:

    Beth, thank you for sharing your wonderful outlook on life. The loss of a loved one is always magnified during the holidays, but you have the perfect philosophy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Posted 12.24.20
  26. Linda Pietrucha wrote:

    I want to thank you again, Your fashions are out of my price range, but I believe I can find them at a price I can afford. thank you so much for being an inspiration to me and many more,
    Linda Pietrucha

    Posted 12.24.20
  27. Bonnie Bosch wrote:

    I am deeply grateful that my family – kids, grands, cousins and 2 ninety plus year old Aunts and 1 100 year old Aunt are in good health and have jobs – not the Aunts. The cake topper is my 4th grandson due the end of january!💖

    Posted 12.24.20
  28. Liz wrote:

    Merry Christmas, Beth!
    Being a caregiver for my dad and putting my life/professional life, on hold for the past ten months has been life changing for me. Something I guess no one is prepared for. But I’m thankful my family are doing well.
    And thank you, I look forward to your blog, it’s one of the highlights of my day! Many blessings to you and your family for healthy and joyful new year!

    Posted 12.24.20
  29. Hermina Buneta wrote:

    Happy Christmas !🎈🎈🎈

    Posted 12.25.20
  30. Alec wrote:

    Merry Christmas! I’ve been blessed by many things this year. Most importantly by safe family and friends.
    But because of you, I have “gone grey” and love it. I am “styling” my clothes and have an outfit of the day everyday. When you have a OOTD, of course, you are have to update your makeup and trim up your body.

    So I am healthier, less wealthier and much wiser because of you.

    But mostly, this is great fun.

    Thank you

    Posted 12.25.20
  31. Julie Greene wrote:

    Merry Christmas, Beth

    So appreciate your positivity and gratitude,

    Wishing you all the best with your family.


    Posted 12.25.20
  32. Linda wrote:

    I love your glass half full attitude. Our attitude is all we can control anyway. I choose to be happy. I’m making a “21 in 2021” list. 21 things I want to accomplish in the next year. One of the things on my list is to look at my wardrobe and try to pair things I haven’t thought of pairing together in the past. Your blog is inspirational! I would never have thought to pair a frilly shirt with a vest! Great look! Thank you, Happy Holidays!

    Posted 12.25.20
  33. Ezell T Bell wrote:

    Merry Christmas Beth. You have such a warm and welcoming spirit. I learn something of value with each of your posts. Even though I was physically by myself this holiday, between the text messages, phone and zoom calls, I was not alone. Caring about others and having them care about you is the best!

    Joy to you

    Posted 12.26.20
  34. Dora Renata Pala wrote:

    Cara Beth le persone che portiamo nel nostro cuore non moriranno mai. Spero comunque che questi giorni così particolari siano per te sereni.

    Posted 12.26.20

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