I am getting so excited about my trip ‘home’ next week. Yes I’ll miss MM and the kids – but that is what Skype is for no? I’m still in a packing quandary but I see light at the end of the tunnel – now if it was sunlight not the threat of snow that would make things 10x easier. But hey ho it is England and nothing is more certain than the uncertainty of British weather.
I was picking up a few things for friends and family yesterday. One of the most requested items funnily enough is nail polish. OPI is half the price here. Mum wants A-to-Zurich and Sue wants Nein Nein Nein. I’ve been 50% successful – will keep looking Mum! Now, if I rate shopping for myself, I was 100% successful and I got myself a new favorite polish. I like nudes but some of them make my yellowy skin tone just looked so washed out when I haven’t had any sun. I found this one – My Very First Knockwurst – it’s a lovely grey nude and as ever it goes on beautifully. Still need to sort out my cuticles though – this darn weather plays havoc with my hands!
It was a tad dreary this morning – and I wanted to wear a snuggly knit. Also, I have decided that my AllSaints leather trousers need to be worn for everyday wear too – they were being saved for ‘best’ and therefore hardly worn. They are actually really comfy and warm – I love them with sneakers and a jumper. The Boden sparkle Skye jumper is perfect – and there are still quite a few of the regular versions in the clearance. You might want to size down if between sizes though as the fit is loose. I’m wearing it over a Forever21 color blocked top – mainly because it was close at hand this morning. Of course the sneakers are the Ash Alex. Sorry about the raindrops on film – not sure I had the right exposure considering how dark it was!
I’m sorry but I hate decorating for Christmas. I love the end result – but hate putting it all up and then taking it all down. I just want the tree to magically appear perfectly dressed. We always get our tree from a local school that uses the tree sale to raise funds for the PTA and each year we’ve had a beautiful 8ft pine in the house. Now an 8ft tree takes a lot of decorating and for someone who is a tad OCD that is a lot of lining up, leveling, and gaps to fill to make sure that the ornaments and lights are appropriately positioned. Nay fun for neither me, or the folks around me who have to deal with my OCD. I love the idea of us all decorating it together, as a family – but in reality it gives me palpitations and anxiety beyond belief – especially if one area of the tree is overloaded with ornaments at Hugh’s height – meaning they are not located equidistant from one another around the tree. Last year I actually left the country to avoid decorating the tree. I happened to be in the UK and though I tried to provide instructions and directions via Skype, in the end I had to let MM take control and get on with it. The tree arrives on Friday and both children are so excited to help decorate – the control freak in me is tempted to do it all before they get home – but that’s just mean isn’t it?
You all know that I am a fan of Zara’s harem pants. I wore these back in June then these here more recently. They are definitely not to everyone’s taste – but personally I love them as an alternative to skinny trousers and jeans. The only issue I have with these pairs is that they are quite dressy and silky – not ideal for office wear – well not in my very relaxed office anyway. Fortunately I found these herringbone pants – less harem – more just cuffed trousers – but they are so comfy, and even better they are warm – plus they have an elastic waist! I think they will be great for traveling in as an alternative to sweatpants. Today I paired them with a Zara camo top (my I do like my camouflage), Sam Edelman Petty boots in burgundy (they appear to be sold out on Zappos.com after Cyber Monday) and a Zara scarf.
Have you got your tree up yet? Do you decorate as a family?