Thursday, December 26, 2013

all that glitters

Holidays are the perfect excuse to wear a little extra sparkle. Whether this comes from glittery sweaters, gemstone jewelry, or the bubbles in champagne, Christmas celebrations are all about beautiful light.

This month (and just about every other month of the year), I am loving vintage-inspired jewelry.

Statement earrings to be specific.

Now let's take a peek at some of my favorites!


Some of these darling pieces are recently purchased, and some really ARE vintage!

This pair happens to be one of my very favorites. They match just about everything, which is a VERY good quality in jewelry if you ask me!

Every Christmas, my sisters and I do a secret santa exchange to save a little money. These blue gems were given to me this year by my sister Chloe. I would say that she has expert gift giving taste, but I actually helped her out a little (ok actually a lot)...earrings66

The next two pairs are also blue and also from Target (I'm sensing a trend here).



These pearl and gold beauties are another vintage find. I just love how versatile and effortlessly classy they are!

Wishing you a lovely, light filled holiday with a little added sparkle!



John 1:9; Which was the true Light that enlightens every man who comes into the world.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

there's s(no)w place like home

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The drive home from Christopher Newport on Saturday brought along a long lost friend. I'll give you a hint: she's white, fluffy, and the only reason for happy children on wintry weekday mornings.

Let's hear it for SNOW, the perfect excuse for Ugg boots, hot drinks, and plenty of peppermint candy canes.

This morning, I braved the cold temperatures (with bare legs!) and did a little winter wonderland adventuring. Plenty of dashing, drifting, and laughing occurred in the making of these photos...

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dress (similar)//riding boots//bracelet and earrings (vintage)

Wishing you a wonderfully white Christmas (unless, for some crazy reason, you don't love snow as much as I do)!



Monday, December 16, 2013

J(Crew)ust in time for Christmas

Santa's elves are busily working the toy factory. On the other hand, I am sipping peppermint tea and frantically shopping at a very different kind of factory...

J Crew Factory to be specific.

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flats//pearls (girls size)//gold necklace//earrings//fur scarf

With only nine days left until December 25th, the time to finish last minute gift shopping is drawing upon us.

And to make the rush a tad easier, J Crew factory is ALL 50%, (with an extra 10% and free shipping using code 12DAYS)!

Here are some of my favorite picks from the sale, and also some samples of what I already ordered last week!




May the days leading up to Christmas be filled with hot chocolate, good company, and maybe a little mistletoe.



Monday, December 2, 2013

thankfulness & plaid



: glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc.

At this moment on December 2nd, I am thankful for three certain things:

1. That I am blessed with such a fun and loving family. There is never a dull moment at the Long house. EVER

2. Black watch plaid (my favorite thing to wear at the moment)

3. The fact that I ran into one of my favorite bloggers, the darling Rachel Timmerman of A Preppy State of Mind. We both happened to be in Colonial Williamsburg at the same time (I knew this because of instagram), and I was simply dying to run into her! I am a firm believer that God makes things happen for a reason, and he happened to put us both on Duke of Gloster St. at the same minute. It was so delightful to meet her, along with her mom and adorable puppy Jaycee. Talk about a one in a million chance!

On the topic of my favorite tartan, I recently made a purchase in a place I never shop: the men's department. Let's just say it has quickly become one of my favorite pieces! My Black Watch plaid flannel  (see bottom left) goes perfectly with just about anything, it has made appearances with leggings and riding boots, skinny cords and flats, and will soon go over dresses for a little extra warmth.

Here are some of my other favorite fall pieces. At least one of them makes an appearance in my outfit on an almost daily basis!

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1. Fur vest//2. Riding boots (similar)//3. Jeweled sweater//4. Oversized flannel//5. Camel polish//6. Skinny cords//7. Lace shift dress (similar)

These items all have one thing in common: they are fabulously versatile, comfortable, and darling.

(Just kidding, 3 things!)

Stay tuned for more styling featuring my favorite tartan.

Have a beautiful day, and Happy Cyber Monday shopping!