25 Days of Pri-mas

Thursday, December 7

I found this image on Pinterest and then could NOT find it again! Sorry! Not mine! 

If you've read this blog at ALL you know I love a "daily-list challenge" (not totally sure what to call this, but see 26 Days of Priya/26 Days of NOT Priya.)

Well, this translates pretty nicely to a festive activity advent calendar for the month of December! Really the idea behind this is to slowly get myself into the holiday spirit in a low-stress way, one day at a time. I just don't want the month of December to pass me by and realize "I didn't even enjoy the holiday!" Some of these are very small (say "Merry Christmas" to a stranger!) some are bigger (attend my office holiday party!) but all of them result in a festive af celebration of the holidays all month long.

(The calendar is accurate up until today, and I took into account things I already had planned for the rest of the month. I might have to move things around depending on what comes up but that's not the point!)


Day 1. listen to Christmas music!
Day 2. attend a town Christmas parade
Day 3. order a Starbucks holiday drink
Day 4. buy a Poinsettia
Day 5. volunteer at a food pantry
Day 6. put up my Christmas decorations
Day 7. wear a festive scarf
Day 8. attend my office holiday party!
Day 9. shop at a holiday craft market
Day 10. buy and wrap a Christmas gift
Day 11. wear a holiday inspired outfit
Day 12. mail a Christmas card
Day 13. host a holiday dinner party
Day 14. write a Christmas wishlist
Day 15. watch a Christmas movie
Day 16. bake cookies
Day 17. wear a Christmas themed outfit
Day 18. go see Christmas lights
Day 19. give myself a sparkly manicure
Day 20. order a holiday inspired cocktail
Day 21. attend Home Alone at the symphony
Day 22. say "Merry Christmas" to a stranger
Day 23. go to a holiday show
Day 24. spend time with my family
Day 25. read a Christmas story (any one!)


What are you favorite traditions/activities at this time of year? If I'm forgetting something glaringly obvious or just really fun, let me know!

Oh and feel free to join in with me on any day! Or if you have another advent calendar going, let me know if the comments. Happy festive Friday!!

FIVE Gold-en Swing (Dresses!)

Wednesday, December 6

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 | earrings: Kate Spade | lipstick: Wet n Wild LiquidCatsuit in Flame of the Game | blouse: J.Crew {similar} | dress: Old Navy (still available!) | tights: Old Navy {similar} | oxfords: Primark {similar} | 

Hi everyone! So right before I left for Thanksgiving, I realized I still hadn't determined what to wear for our big office holiday party (Friday!) I placed an "emergency" order of a bunch of things, all velvet, all from Old Navy (their holiday collection this year is killin' it!), which included this little number. Isn't she pretty? There is *nothing* subtle about a golden velvet swing dress, but that's ok with me!

I've pretty much decided to go with this jumpsuit (still available!) but couldn't resist this dress for a festive wear-to-work ensemble. Layering your dresses with a button-up/sweater/blouse (I always think of this as "jumper style") is such a great way to make things a little more interesting, not to mention, warm! A few more jumper-style looks on the blog for inspo: here and here and here and here.

Can you tell I've really been feelin' these gray oxfords lately? Re-doing my room is one of my small goals for the month, so I'm on a massive decluttering spree. I've gotten rid of a lot of my cheap flats (it's boot/bootie season anyway), and these are one of the few pairs of flat shoes I have left! 

Everyone hanging in there so far this December? SAME. All I really want to do is finish working on my room but things are bizzyyy! Busy and good. And festive.

P.S. If anyone is keeping track, I know I said I'd be sharing my Advent calendar today...coming later this week! Stay festive in the meantime. xo

photos by Miles Price

Small Goals / December 2017

Monday, December 4

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It's small goal time! And, uh, yikes. I mentioned earlier that last month was totally nuts, and I feel like my small goal results reflect that!

November's Small Goals:

1. Find & go to the Dentist | NOPE. I did call my old dentist today which is a step! I actually completely forgot about this until like last week. I don't necessarily "roll my goals over" month to month, but I'm determined to get this done like...tomorrow. 
2. Stick to clothing/make-up budget | NOPE. I went more in depth with where my shopping dollars went in my November post, but basically, my "budget" was spent within the first couple days (including Boxycharm.) Then Cyber Monday hit, and it just felt irresponsible to not buy a few things I'd had my eye on (plus an outfit for our office holiday party.) I will say I don't have any shopping for myself planned in December. 
3. Plan wine tasting trip | DONE! Here's some pictures from our day. This ended up being less of an actual "wine tasting trip" and more just a day spent all together, but still SUPER fun. 
4. Mini cleanse | NOPE. You know, I didn't have a super clear plan for this, and then had several fun events where I wasn't about to not eat cheese etc. so it did not happen. 
5. Closet swap & clean-out | DONE! I swapped my Summer clothes for Winter, updated my Poshmark shop, and filled two giveaway bags. Done, but not completely done since I'm always, constantly, editing my wardrobe (I have more than I need/wear and I live in a matchbox.) 

December's Small Goals:

1. Bedroom re-vamp | This is a good time to redecorate my room, since nothing else is going on, right? This has been on my mind for a while (I haven't really refreshed my room situation since I graduated college!) but I went to IKEA this past weekend and that's what really inspired me. I have new bedding, a new rug, and a new dresser, and I'm hoping to complete the rest this month. 
2. Start 2018 Planner | It really IS the most wonderful time of the year. I am a planner fiend if there ever was one! My plan is to kinda transition into a bullet journal (I know! Big news!) so I'd like to start playing around with that and get a format going (plus I already need to get things on the calendar for January!)
3. "Advent Calendar" | More on this later, but it's basically a way for me to get in the spirit (without the stress) by doing some small, festive thing every day! I'll be sharing my full list tomorrow (hopefully.) 
4. Year-End blog posts | I really enjoy doing a few of these every year (last year I did my favorite outfits of the year, favorite songs of the year, and kinda a resolution recap) but it does take a bit of planning and extra work, instead of my usual blogging style (haphazard.) 
5. Gift shopping | I don't know the exact metrics of this goal, or even who all I'll be buying gifts FOR, but, let's be real, this is a time-consuming project that WILL get done this month. Do you guys have any advice for buying gifts? Any tips and tricks? Please share! 
6. Make some new salads | I do my best to bring lunch to work everyday, usually a salad. It's amazing how much more I enjoy it + feel satisfied and fuller, longer, if I put like just a LITTLE extra effort into it. This week I'm already planning to make a taco salad, and next up, this Thai Beef one! 


I'm already way overwhelmed and stressed out about the holidays (which is just so dumb and I don't want to be) BUT, making several small, attainable goals is a good way to focus on what I know I can get done. Let's cheer each other on and we'll all make it through and maybe even enjoy it! :) 


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