my everyday style: Christmas Traditions, 3!

Five years ago my husband and I started a family tradition that all four of us get really excited about each Christmas season.  Each year in December we all go see the Grand Rapids Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker.  When we first started, this was a new tradition for me as well as for my kids - I had NEVER seen The Nutcracker before! After a few years it morphed into the ballet and then a fancy meal out as a family.

It's an event I really look forward to myself and one that my kids enjoy too.  I will say that my son did give me the infamous tween eye-roll about going 'ugh, the ballet mom!?!?'.  But he can't resist those Russian dancers towards the end... we all know he's just playing the part - hahaha!  Plus this is one of those events that I love picking out the outfits for myself and my kids.  We usually go to the matinee so a dressy jeans look is perfectly acceptable.  My kids have fun dressing up in festive outfits too and we make a whole day of it.  The Nutcracker is always one of those events that really tips the scale for feeling the holiday spirit.  Once we are there and the music starts it's all down hill to Christmas and I enjoy every moment!

This plaid top has been my holiday work-horse! It has sold out a few times, but has then been restocked - so check back if your size isn't available.  It's also available in plain white which is really pretty too. You can see me wearing it here!












Details:
Jacket (no longer available, similar or I love this furry option)

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my everyday style: Christmas Traditions, 3!

Five years ago my husband and I started a family tradition that all four of us get really excited about each Christmas season.  Each year in December we all go see the Grand Rapids Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker.  When we first started, this was a new tradition for me as well as for my kids - I had NEVER seen The Nutcracker before! After a few years it morphed into the ballet and then a fancy meal out as a family.

It's an event I really look forward to myself and one that my kids enjoy too.  I will say that my son did give me the infamous tween eye-roll about going 'ugh, the ballet mom!?!?'.  But he can't resist those Russian dancers towards the end... we all know he's just playing the part - hahaha!  Plus this is one of those events that I love picking out the outfits for myself and my kids.  We usually go to the matinee so a dressy jeans look is perfectly acceptable.  My kids have fun dressing up in festive outfits too and we make a whole day of it.  The Nutcracker is always one of those events that really tips the scale for feeling the holiday spirit.  Once we are there and the music starts it's all down hill to Christmas and I enjoy every moment!

This plaid top has been my holiday work-horse! It has sold out a few times, but has then been restocked - so check back if your size isn't available.  It's also available in plain white which is really pretty too. You can see me wearing it here!












Details:
Jacket (no longer available, similar or I love this furry option)

Shop the look below...



my everyday style: Christmas traditions, 2!

I thought it would be fun to chat about another Christmas tradition that I love to keep each year.  Yesterday I talked about why they are so special to me... you can read about that here. Another Christmas tradition that is a favorite is the 'day date' with my husband.  Usually this time of year he has way too much left over vacation to really use, so he can take a day off on a random week day.  He and I get to hang together while the kids are at school - which is so rare and also really super fun.  Usually there is some "chores" involved like a few items from the 'honey-do' list or some Christmas present wrapping.  But there is also some fun involved... wrapping up Christmas shopping together, grabbing a boozy lunch and generally just taking in the holiday spirit together without kids makes for a pretty fun and memorable day.

It's fun to dress up a little to spend the day together... but this look would be just as perfect for Christmas with your family, a casual holiday party or a night out with the girls.  I love the monochromatic feel to this look. Jeans and a blazer look extra special while still being comfortable yet festive. A little lace always adds that extra layer of festive fun.  We recently were out together and walked by a Christmas tree lot.  The smell was absolutely intoxicating! I just love the scent of fresh pine - so we had to stop in and take in all the smells and ohhh and ahhh over the trees.  It really put us in the holiday spirit!

Do you ever do day dates with your guy?











Outfit Details:
Lace Top (mine is old, this is almost exactly the same!)
Bag (similar or similar)
Pom Pom Keychain (similar or similar)
Sunglasses (no longer available, similar or similar)

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