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sometimes i wonder if people who have met me in the past few years would recognize the old me.  there are so many things in my life that have changed in the last five or six years. some are much better. some are just different. and some. well, i long for those days. i've mentioned before that my style and self esteem have taken a major hit. i miss the days where i wore fancy dresses and heels just because it felt good! i'm challenging myself to get a little bit of that back this year. this means that i'm forcing myself to let go of my daily mom uniform and "dress up" at least one day a week. of course dress up is a relative term but i'm holding myself to no yoga pants, leggings or uggs on those days.

it's been a fairly mild winter in ohio. i only had a few errands to run with the little and none of them included sitting/playing/crawling around on the floor so i threw caution to the wind and wore a dress!

i love that this dress has enough weight to it that i can pair with tights and sweaters when it's cool but it's light enough that i can wear it with sandals in the warmer months.  i tend to layer over things and it never really occurred to me to use the dress as a top layer over this plaid shirt. don't know why i needed to see it on pinterest to make it click but thanks pinterest! here's to banishing the wardrobe blues in 2016!


simple tablescape{our holiday home}


setting a table isn't a requirement for holiday decorating but it's something that i feel compelled to do every year. it's also the direct influence of my mom. she's a jedi master at setting a proper table!

because our living and dining rooms are a connected space i wanted to keep things fairly neutral and relatively simple. the only thing that i purchased were the dessert plates. i knew they would work really well with our wedding china. they had the whole mixed metallic thing working for them and the best part was they were under $3 per plate!  

the greens were extra branches clipped off of our tree. rowan is responsible for the addition of the christmas ornaments which he pulled off the tree and the ribbon that he unearthed from a bin in the garage as i searched for tapers for the candlestick holders. 

the crystal candlesticks were used in our wedding as were the mercury glass votives. sorting through some other stuff i found these fabulous black glass candlesticks that i purchased at the world's longest yard sale a few years ago! this moment of serendipity is brought to you by hoarding.   

tablescapes that are a collection of treasures are always my favorite.