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Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Style Link-Up: Holiday Traditions

Holiday Traditions






Coat: Calvin Klein (option, option, ) | Sweater: Express | Scarf: The Glittered Owl | Sunnies: Tom Ford | Earrings: Kate Spade (option) | Stacking rings: Forever 21 (option), Kate Spade Saturday (option) | Bag: Chicastic | Pants: Express (option) | Boots: DVF

Welcome to Week 4 of the Holiday Style Series! This week, On the Daily Express and I wanted to focus on Holiday Traditions! We are lucky that we get to spend Christmas with both our families even though my family is out of state, much less out of our time zone! I thought I'd share what each side does to celebrate!

The in laws: One Saturday in December (in this case it was this past Saturday, the 21st), all the men wake up early to male bond visit Piekutowski's and pick up packages of Krakow style sausage for each household. According to Pope John Paul II, it will rock your world. Afterwards, they swing by Amighetti's and grab Italian style subs, which we all devour at Grandpa's house. This year, they also made a pit stop at Viviano's for wine miscellaneous Italian market groceries. I've always enjoyed this tradition - just hanging out at Grandpa's for a standing lunch date every year! So fun and ridiculously delicious. It's also pretty amazing to see the family grow as the cousins get married and have kids.

For Christmas, we are usually at his parents house by 8-9am for a Christmas cookie breakfast! Afterwards we go around in a circle, ooh-ing and ahh-ing as we take turns opening presents. Then we usually veg out, play with our new toys, and/or hit up some stores and start spending our Christmas money! We may or may not end up celebrating on actual Christmas day; it usually just ends up being the day we are all available. This year we celebrated yesterday (the 22nd) as today we are on our way to see my family as we speak!

I can't forget about breakfast with Santa. This usually happens on one Sunday in December, and this year it was yesterday. So, our day started with Santa Breakfast instead of our Christmas cookie breakfast, then we had immediately family gift opening, then in the afternoon we also celebrated with the extended family! With Amighetti's on Saturday, too, it was quite an eventful weekend, to say the least!

This was the outfit I chose to wear for the full day of celebrations yesterday. It's easy - just a sweatshirt and skinnies, but the quilted faux leather front of the sweatshirt definitely kicks it up a notch, and the scarf and boots make it cozy and festive for me.

My family: I'm not sure I've mentioned this before, but my dad is a pastor of a non-denominational church in Southern California. So, even though I grew up in San Antonio, and consider Texas my "home," we always end up doing holidays in SoCal because a) my dad has to be there for church service and b) my extended family is also in SoCal. His church service is usually at night on Christmas Eve. He has a candle light service where he says a short message, then we take communion and sing Christmas Carols by candle light! We stuff ourselves with food then head back to either my dad's or my sister's to open all our gifts! It's usually a late night, but it's always worth the lack of sleep!


Before I go, I just wanted to talk about how fabulous this scarf is! It's a hand made infinity scarf - I have it looped around my neck 3 times. It falls beautifully and the color is absolutely gorgeous! One of my friends makes these over at The Glittered Owl. If you love this one as much as I do, I urge you to have one made for yourself! She also takes custom orders, so really, the possibilities are endless! (I am not being compensated for this shout out, I truly am just a happy customer, and the fact that she's a friend makes it doubly sweeter to be able to promote her work!)


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More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express collaborated  to choose our favorite looks from last week's Holiday Travel theme! Not only did they have great looks, but their tips are helpful as well! Read up, if you haven't already!



Next Week: 
The theme is New Year's Eve! Whether you're planning a quiet evening at home or a sequined night out on the town, show us what you plan to wear for New Year's Eve.

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Linking up with Doranda and Lauren

27 comments :

  1. I so enjoyed reading about each of your holiday traditions! You did a great job putting together this post. And of course, LOVE LOVE the outfit! Love the plum scarf with olive leggings and the quilted sweatshirt! I think this is the first time seeing it on the blog, no? It looks great here. And thanks for the scarf recommendation! I already checked out their site and will have to place an order AFTER my shopping ban ends. Nine days to go....
    On the Daily Express

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    1. Yep! First time for the sweatshirt, skinnies, and scarf! I hope you do get one, it's awesome and soft and not itchy as other knits can be! And glad you enjoyed the post. I didn't realize how involved our Christmases actually are!!

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  2. Such a great casual look and I love the scarf! So fun to hear about your family traitors and roots as well.

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    1. Thanks, Ginny! The scarf has jumped up to being one of my favorites for sure! Thanks for reading!

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  3. Hi Chickie!
    Those boots and bag look fabulous! I can't believe the bag is only $30! I'll have to checkout that site more often. Enjoy California. :) I'm actually hosting Christmas at my one bedroom apartment this year...which is NOT a tradition for me, so let's hope I survive. :)

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    1. Wow - good luck with your hosting! I'm sure it will be fabulous!
      I landed upon this bag on another blog! I tried to find something similar, but nothing was quite right, so ended up just ordering the same one. So far, it's been awesome! I'd recommend it for sure!

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  4. OMG you.are.FILIPINA????? I'm so happy to hear that & meet someone like you here at blog land! Our Pinoy traditions can't be equalled.....& glad you've almost replicated them traditions here. On a fashion note.....you look so cozily fab & those BOOTS are killer!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. Yes, ma'am! I'm in good company with you around!
      And thank you - these boots are so different but definitely a favorite in my collection!

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  5. I love the color of your nail polish in these pictures! It sounds like you guys have an amazing Christmas + Christmas traditions! It's so hard to balance two family's as I am now learning, but it makes the holidays that much more fun! Did you get hit with the crazy weather headed that way this weekend!? Hope you stayed safe and warm!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, and I forgot! Thank you for featuring me as one of your choices for last week! I will update my blog post to include it!!

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    2. Ms. On the Daily Express was the one who turned me on to the polish! It's Chanel Graphite and just fantastic! And yes, it was pouring ALL weekend! I'm glad we did this photo shoot a week in advance when it still looked wintery outside and not wet and miserable!
      Thanks for the note and for all the support! Happy to have you featured!

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  6. That's cool you have family in my neck of the woods! Christmas here in SoCal is so different than it is elsewhere. For example, it's supposed to be in the 70's all week :) love the scarf and boots! Very chic outfit.

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    1. Oh yes, it was a challenge packing with it being so cold at home, but not so much here!
      Cool being in your hood!

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  7. Sadly, I didn't get a chance to participate this week. Thanks for sharing your holiday traditions. I love your outfit. It's so cozy. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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    1. Aww, no worries - thanks for stopping by anyway and reading along! Have a great holiday week!!

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  8. I LOVE those boots - they remind me of this pair that were my great grandmothers - very vintage inspired! You look fantastic and I love your top knot :)
    xoxo,
    Nikki at www.BedazzlesAfterDark.com

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    1. Thank you! I was on a hunt for the perfect wine colored boot, and these seriously made me want to lick my computer screen! They're great, and the heel makes them totally walkable. Thanks again, and Merry Christmas Eve!

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  9. I LOVE those boots and that purse!!! You did a really great job mixing colors and textures! I hope you have a great Christmas!
    xo Erica
    www.casuallystyled.com

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    1. Thank you Erica - the boots ended up being perfect with the bag, and that was somewhat not really planned! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Hey I tried that sweater on at Express last week and took a pic of it. I didn't buy it. Do you have a tank underneath it? Looks amazing in person. It looks amazing on you. I hope you are enjoying Cali! Have a lovely Christmas Eve!!

    ~ Skye
    TheShopaholicSAHM

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    1. Thanks! And nope, no tank. Just the sweater!

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  11. I love the color of your scarf. :) I love making infinity scarves too and must make one in this color! :) You look so joyful and festive! Love your gorgeous look.
    ~Callie
    www.creationsbycallie.com

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    1. Thank you so much! And yes you do - the color is perfect and cozy!

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  12. Great look on you. Hope you had a great holiday filled with great food, memories and family.

    Love,
    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Sofia! It was definitely TONS of food, and lots of fun!

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