A very Merry Christmas to each and every one of you! This is my third attempt to post today (apparently the tech gods also take Christmas Day off). I hope you spent the day either A) cuddled up next to a fireplace or spectacularly decorated tree with multiple cups of hot cocoa, B) surrounded by loved ones at a yuletide shindig or two or C) in festive PJs far into the afternoon/evening hour, taking in the likes of The Santa Clause or Miracle on 34th Street.
Today marks only the second time in my life I have not had a white Christmas – last year being the first – and it remains an adjustment, to say the least. The nostalgic quality of spending the holidays in the same setting and manner as your childhood..well there just isn’t anything like it. A piece of my heart is certainly back in Minnesota today, with all of the family I am missing terribly. Thankfully, my mom was out for Thanksgiving, which helps fill the void. And on the bright side, my not being in the frigid North does afford me the opportunity of spending the holiday with my boyfriend’s truly incredible family, in the sunny, warm So Cal weather.
I recently ventured out into one of the many nearby neighborhoods chalk full of Christmas cheer, and being amidst the lights and festive décor left me more in the holiday spirit than I had been all season. It was the perfect setting for a quick shoot. I hope your holidays have been all you have wanted and then some — Merry Christmas!
VELVET JACKET: J. CREW | TOP: ANTHROPOLOGIE | PANTS: BANANA REPUBLIC | HEELS: ALDO | CLUTCH: URBAN OUTFITTERS | RINGS: EXPRESS | NAILS: SALLY HANSEN NAIL COLOR IN ‘JUMPIN’ JADE’ | LIPS: COMBO OF NARS MATTE LIP PENCIL IN ‘ROMAN HOLIDAY’ & STILA LIP COLOR IN ‘EXHILARATING’
Photos by Mike Avery