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You may have seen ads floating around from Rose Wholesale advertising their Christmas dresses. I saw one of them and excitedly told my husband that I really wanted this red dress in particular. He, being the awesome person he is, actually ordered it for me.
So here we are, me with my awesome new Christmas dress, sharing my thoughts on it with you.
First, I really love the vintage style of this dress. I could easily wear this as a pin up dress making it non-exclusive to Christmas. When my husband told me he had ordered it, I was a bit skeptical of how it would turn out as I have ordered clothing from online stores before and they always seemed to fail to meet my expectations. And seeing how this dress was $15, I wasn’t expecting much.
I’m glad to tell you, my expectations were met. The dress is true to the picture and actually fit! I have a very small bust (as some of you may know from my how to dress a small chest post) and buying clothes is such a pain and is a gamble when I can’t even try it on. My husband ordered me a small (size 4) and while is a little loose up top, it’s not so terrible that I can’t wear it. For those of you more endowed than me, consider this a warning that the top may be a bit too small. Although, they do offer a plus size version if need be.
My complaints are small ones. I’m not a fan of the material. It is made of polyester and it feels extremely thin and wrinkles easily. It almost feels made of lower quality fabric. The website says the dress is knee length, but on a shorty like me (5’3″), it falls below my knees which I don’t prefer.
All-in-all, I love this dress and would recommend it, especially with it being as cheap as it is. I can’t wait to sport this dress at Christmas this year!
Happy Blogmas! (Day 10)
I’ll see you on Tuesday!
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My family and I love Christmas. My grandmother goes all out with unique Christmas traditions that are a hit by the whole family. Here are four of our Christmas traditions that are sure to be loved by anyone’s family.
1. Find Your Ornament on the Christmas Tree
This is a Christmas tradition started just before I was born 24 years ago. My grandmother buys everyone an ornament that represents a big accomplishment he/she made during the year. For example, since I got married this year, I will probably get an ornament related to our wedding. My grandmother then hides them on the Christmas tree and one-by-one we take turns looking for our ornament. Her children hide an ornament for her so she isn’t left out.
This tradition is a lot of fun and a great way to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and important events. It’s fairly cheap (depending on how big your family is), but stands as a special memento for the recipient. I, personally, had amassed quite an ornament collection by the time I moved out of my mom’s house and had my own tree to decorate.
These ornaments also make for a special Christmas tree if you’re into unique and personal decorations as opposed to traditional ones. I have decorated my tree with a mix of traditional ornaments and the unique ones I’ve received to make a tree that is beautiful and matches my personality/style.
2. Find the Nut
My family doesn’t make a Christmas dinner. Instead, we have a bunch of appetizers to snack on throughout the day. My grandmother sneaks a peanut into a few of these appetizers (about 5 or 6) and if you’re lucky enough to find one, you get to pick out a gift basked filled with treats. You can only win one per Christmas, so if you find another nut, you don’t get to pick out another basket.
This is a fun Christmas tradition that puts people in a good mood. The gift baskets are usually filled with candies, chips, knick-knacks, etc, so there’s something for everyone. My grandmother fronts all of the expenses for this and I imagine it can be a bit pricey. However, you can have multiple people go in on it to reduce the cost of the gift baskets.
3. White Elephant
Most people know the rules of a white elephant exchange; however, my family does things a little differently to ensure everyone gets a good deal. Again, my grandmother provides the gifts. (I told you she likes to go all out for Christmas). She purchases Christmas music boxes for every member of our family (we have a small family), and then buys gift cards of varying prices and locations. On Christmas, she places the gift cards underneath the music box and we each draw a number. Then we proceed with the usual white elephant rules until everyone has a gift card. Finally, my grandmother pulls out an envelope and tells us that we can exchange our gift card for what’s inside the envelope. However, we have no way of knowing what’s inside. Could be better. Could be worse. First person to take the deal, gets it.
I enjoy the tradition, although it has accounted for a few arguments in the past. You can easily change the rules to meet your family’s needs. For example, instead of one person providing the gifts, everyone could bring a gift card instead. It’s a fun little tradition where everyone gets a prize and a good way to engage in some silly banter.
4. Christmas Fudge
This Christmas tradition was started by my great-great-grandmother. She came up with a delicious fudge recipe that has been handed down to the daughters. Currently, my mom makes the fudge, and technically I should be next in line to inherit the recipe, but I am a vegan and don’t eat the fudge anymore. However, this fudge is our Christmas staple. Christmas would not be the same without making fudge and making the fudge any time other than Christmas feels wrong.
So consider adopting making a Christmas treat as a Christmas tradition. It will give family members something to look forward to all year long and can perhaps, provide a bonding opportunity between parents and children.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my family’s Christmas traditions. Please comment below any of your unique traditions!
Happy Blogmas! I’ll see you on Tuesday!
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Office wear doesn’t have to be boring! (Thank God!) So why not spice up your office wardrobe with some super cute shoes? The right pair of shoes can drastically change the look of an outfit, making it easier to repeat outfits without getting bored with the look. Here are four of my must have office shoes that pair well with almost anything. From pencil skirts to lacy blouses. Bonus: they’re great even outside of your office job!
The Classic Black Heel
Do you even have an office job if you don’t own a pair of classic black pumps? These shoes are great for those days you’re running late and don’t have time to coordinate your outfit. Or even those days you don’t feel like putting effort into anything. They’re great for any occasion, so make sure to throw these into your wardrobe!
Closed Toe Ankle Boots
These are my favorite pair of shoes. I wear them everywhere and on most days at work. They’re sexy, but modest and best of all, they’re really comfortable. I love pairing them most with my pencil skirts and dresses, although they wouldn’t look bad with simple slacks either. Adding in these ankle boots to your office attire will give your style a new edge. You’ll feel like the dominant woman you are!
Simple Boots With a Chunky Heel
When you’re feeling a little edgier than a high heel, these boots with a chunky heel are the way to go. They’re easy to walk in, even for the klutziest of people and they add a little more oompf to your style. These specifically are a little more challenging to pair things with, but I reserve them for our casual Fridays where I wear them with my skinny jeans and a cute blouse.
I don’t know how I’d survive without my flats. On those days where my feet are killing me and need a break, my flats come to the rescue. In fact, their permanent home is located under my desk. That way I don’t have to worry about taking them home and bringing them back every day. Adding a simple pair of flats to your office wardrobe is a must; our poor feet would appreciate the occasional break.
What are your must have office shoes? Let me know in the comments below!
I’ll see you next Wednesday!
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