Suede Vest and Over The Knee Boots

Black Suede Vest, Over The Knee Boots, Oxblood Sweater, Oxblood Purse

Just a few days ago, Santa himself shimmied his way down our chimneys. This time of year always has me reaching for dark red and black (faux) leather accessories. Not to mention cute sweaters and legging to match. Although I started shopping at the end of November I didn't finish until December 22! lol. My family uses Giftster and I swear it has saved Christmas on a number of occasions but it has yet to stop my from impulsively buying stuff for myself! lol


Black Suede Vest, Over The Knee Boots, Oxblood Sweater, Oxblood Purse

This Christmas, we celebrated with both sides of our family, surrounded by (almost!) all of our nieces and nephews. It was magical. Since I had already known the grandmas had bought almost everything on Taylor’s wish list, the only things I got him were some Scholastic books and a couple animal hand puppets. Needless to say, Mama and Dada aren’t the coolest people to be around this Christmas but I don’t want him getting too spoiled. We also live in a condo so it’s not like we have a basement or a playroom to toss all the toys. Hopefully, I’ll have some time in the New Year to go through all of the ones he has and pack up, donate or swap with other moms.

Black Suede Vest, Over The Knee Boots, Oxblood Sweater, Oxblood Purse

 At the end of most years, I always think the next one has the potential to be the best year yet! Early in 2018, Tom and I will celebrate 14 years together (8 married) and continue to grow with Taylor by our side. I already know we’ll continue to be impressed with how fast he’s learning, talking and climbing and I can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve.

Black Suede Vest, Over The Knee Boots, Oxblood Sweater, Oxblood Purse

99% of 2017 was amazing. We created so many memories and enjoyed some family trips and weekends at the lake house. When I think back, I can't help but feel lucky to have a healthy family that makes our weekend time together a priority. We really got the most out of the warm weather. The other 1% was the times when we celebrated without my father in-law (who passed away shortly after Taylor was born). Although he passed away in 2016, I missed him most whenever Taylor had a small victory, pointed to his pictures, or repeated “ampa’. This past weekend we visited his grave and showed Taylor his beautiful gravestone. It's hard to think that they'll never meet so it's important that we talk about him often so he grows up knowing his Grandpa. 

Black Suede Vest, Over The Knee Boots, Oxblood Sweater, Oxblood Purse

I think it’s pretty funny how the only thing I’ve thought about is making Christmas special for all the kids in my life. I used to think about what New Year’s party I’d go to and now I’m happy at home with my dudes. Maybe we’ll do a nice dinner out before T’s bedtime like we did last year.

Black Suede Vest, Over The Knee Boots, Oxblood Sweater, Oxblood Purse

In the meantime, take some time to reflect on 2017 before ringing in 2018. I swear it makes me so thankful for everyone and everything I have.

Black Over The Knee Boots

What I wore:
Dynamite vest | M for Mendocino (Seven Sisters) sweater | H&M necklace + purse | Steve Madden boots


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