Can you believe that Christmas is one week away? I sure can't! The holidays fly by, and with each passing year I vow that I won't procrastinate on buying gifts, sending out cards, and figuring out what I'm going to wear to a couple events. I did pretty well this time, aside from mailing out any cards (oops) but I'll give myself a pass!

In lieu of my usual monthly edit, I decided to instead do a holiday edit. I know this is a bit last minute, but I wanted to share with you a couple outfit ideas that you most likely already have in your closet, along with some other things I like to enjoy in December.

Christmas in Temecula, CA

Outfit ideas: I keep seeing a lot of sparkle as outfit inspiration, and I agree that sequins are always fun for the holidays. But let's face it, not all of us are going to any fancy celebrations. If I showed up to my in laws decked in glitter they'd assume I had too much spiked eggnog already. Instead, I favor a more subdued outfit that's still pretty and polished.

Casual look: A cozy chic sweater, my favorite comfortable jeans, and these gorgeous cognac booties I scored on major sale!
(sold out Madewell booties but I'll keep checking)

Dressed up: Instead of something shiny, I think a little black dress is perfect for a holiday party. You can always add some fun statement earrings to elevate the look even more. Nate's birthday is December 30th and this is what I plan on wearing for dinner at our favorite spot. Add tights and ankle boots if you live in a colder climate! This dress also comes in other colors if you want to stand out a bit more. It's a beautiful classic piece to have in your wardrobe. It's true to size.

Beauty: When it comes to beauty in December, glowing skin comes to mind. You can refer back to my post from last year since my philosophy (and many of the products I used then) haven't changed much. I will say that I'm not going for a dark red lip this time around because Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk collection has me permanently hooked! I'm all about dewy skin and plump sexy lips.  

Ultimate holiday treat: I can't take credit for this recipe but I can definitely share it! Warm gooey brie, puff pastry, and sweet fruit...what could be better? I can make an entire meal out of just this! Photo and recipe courtesy of The Recipe Critic. I get after it with a fork, but some people put theirs on a cracker. Either way, delicious!

Non-traditional holiday music list: I listen to music every single day, but I'm not too keen on traditional Christmas music. Yes, many songs are beautiful and some also quite meaningful, but when I want to get in the holiday spirit, I tune into these (mostly) romantic songs instead. They make me want to curl up on the couch next to the fireplace.
Adele - Hello
Chris Stapleton - Tennessee Whiskey
Vance Joy - Lay It On Me
The Lumineers - White Lie
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
The Fray - Look After You

Last minute gift ideas I actually own and love: I didn't do any in-depth gift guides this year, but if any of you are still scrambling to find last minute gifts, I swear by these! Click on each to shop.

I hope you enjoyed this! Please feel free to share any of your own tips, ideas, and traditions you like doing for the holidays! Linking up with On The Daily Express and Straight A Style.


  1. have a great holiday Noelle, today is my last day at work and I'm so excited.

  2. Loving the holiday edit! And have we seen that white sweater + jeans outfit before? I don't remember it but I love it! It looks so cozy and classic.

  3. I love your holiday outfit ideas, and that brie looks amazing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style


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