Monday, December 22, 2014

Manic Monday: Christmas part 1

The Christmas celebrations have officially begun over in these parts! We are headed to SoCal today to see my family, so we had an early Christmas with the husband's family this weekend. This outfit was from Saturday night when we celebrated with the extended fam - just a casual house party where the kids entertained us with song and dance. I certainly wanted to be comfortable for the marathon eating and drinking.

The necklace reads "Shake it off"

Necklaces: Gifted, The Foundrie, Express | Bag: Lauren Ralph Lauren (other colors here) | Tank: Express (option) | Sweater: Old NavySweater leggings: Express (still available in grey here, option) | Shoes: Sam Edelman (option)

Yesterday, we exchanged gifts with his immediate family. We met for breakfast, opened gifts, and then basically lounged around watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. I may or may not have taken 3 naps during this process. 

My in laws are very generous gift givers. They do ask us for our lists, which are always hard for me to put together because I always buy everything I want as I want them. (I'm just impatient like that.) This year, I decided to ask for a few pieces that would make my little corner of the living room where I blog more functional and complete.

Left: New side table and lamp | Right: New lap desk

I was using the smallest stool ever as a side table, which just ended up being all my necessities stacked on top of each other, as balanced as possible. I was looking for a legit side table with a drawer and space below to stack magazines. I already have a padded lap desk, but I wanted one that was more like a stand, so my laptop could sit up a little higher. And finally, I wanted a floor lamp because I feel like the other lights in the living room are too bright when all I'm doing is blogging.

Yes, we do have an office, but the majority of the year, I'm watching baseball while I'm blogging, and well, I am just more comfortable under a blanket and in my recliner vs. sitting upright at a desk. Not very extravagant, but I'm definitely enjoying my freshened up space!

Have a great week! If you have to work this week, I hope it's quiet and goes quickly!


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  1. Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

  2. I love that you glammed up this casual look with those killer heels! Love the "Shake it Off" necklace. That's my girls' current favorite song. Sounds like you had a fun but laid back party with the family. Sounds a lot like mine. Have a great Christmas week! ~Cynthia

  3. Such a cute and comfy look! Love those shoes!! Glad to hear you had a great weekend with lots of family!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  4. Oh my gosh, those shoes!!! LOVE them! They were the first thing I saw when I clicked. I really love the "Shake it Off" necklace too. So cute!

  5. Couldn't wait to see this look after your preview yesterday. That bag is so pretty and this outfit looks comfy and chic. Happy Christmas week and have fun in SoCal.


  6. I am in love with those shoes. Such a pretty look for a holiday get together. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  7. Maligayang Pasko Carylee - enjoy the holidays!!!


  8. Love your accessories! The layered look with necklaces always make an outfit pop! For the first time in a long time I actually don't want the week to finish quickly, I'm on vacation :)


  9. Loving those pumps, girlfriend- super cute!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  10. love the cardigan!


  11. Just wanted to say thanks for hosting the link-up. It's fun to see what other bloggers are doing, and wearing. Have a good holiday.

  12. Love Saturdays Cardigan! And those shoes!! I totally need that lap desk in my life. I am like you also, I just buy things for myself as I see them!! Have a great week! Merry Christmas!

  13. Comfort is key when marathon eating and drinking are involved. You still managed to look chic though! Your blogging corner looks great! I love seeing where all the magic happens. :)

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  14. It sounds like a great early Christmas! Your blogging corner looks cozy and cute!

  15. I love this outfit so much that I want to go get that sweater at ON and wear it myself. :/ I have to do some returns at old navy for kid stuff so that might end up happening...eek. Anyway, I want a lap desk like yours! That's genius! I agree with Amy Ann - it's fun to see where the blogging magic happens.
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  16. Your blogging nook looks so cozy! I love your casual outfit! Your necklace is so fun and those shoes are fabulous!

    Doused In Pink

  17. Love your outfit. That cardigan looks so warm and cozy. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  18. this cardigan is dreamy, love it! and love you styled it all :)


  19. This is my style of an outfit for everyday, stylish, cozy, comfy and has little details to look for all over. <3 I love the cardigan, and those shoes are a dream. ( girl you are a shoe maven - I respect all the shoes :-)) I also really like the layered necklaces. Holiday celebrations sound like fun, great gift wish from in-laws to improve your blogging space. Makes it more fun. Have a wonderful week of celebrations darling, XOXO, Elif

  20. LOVING this fun holiday look...especially that cozy sweater and those amazing wine heels! Enjoy your time visiting family! Happy holidays!


  21. The shoes, the bag and the peek a boo cami glitter, all add perfectly for a festive outfit!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy holidays.

  22. Those really are some generous gifts, I need to think of a lap desk sometime- good idea. Cute cardigan and heels! Rachel xo

  23. I love this look from head to toe! It's probably one of my favorites :) I'm excited you're in socal, see you soon :)

  24. I love your shoes, bag, and accessories in this outfit, Carylee! These are such gorgeous details!


    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  25. That sweater is so perfect! I'm a bit of sweater junkie, but clearly I need that one;)
    xo Adri

  26. How fun that your Christmas celebrations have started! I am counting down the hours until tomorrow when ours is!

  27. That's a cute little blogging corner and looks comfy too! That lap table is such a great gift idea. BTW loving your cardi!! Happy holidays hun

    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

  28. That looks like the perfect little blogging corner! Love the cozy Christmas outfit:)

  29. Love this casually elegant look and neutral tones on you! Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
    Red Reticule

  30. I love this outfit. The necklaces are so fun! Yay for a space you can work!


  31. Very cozy and cute! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Carylee!!!

  32. I am loving the color combo with this outfit. Loving this. Happy Holidays

  33. As always you look amazing!!! Your little corner look so cool.

    Happy Holidays to You and Your Family!

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

  34. You look amazing!
    Happy New Year dear <3
    Surprise Inside 7