Dressing for Holiday Shopping

As much as I prefer online shopping this time of year, certain things need to be seen and examined to make the cut. One of those things is our family Christmas Tree.

Welcome to this week’s Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, my weekly collaboration with Pam from Over 50 Feeling 40.

You’ve hit your Style Sweet Spot when your appearance is sending the message you intend, and you feel confident that you look your best. Today we are sharing how we dress for holiday shopping.

My grandson is visiting and our weekend was about shopping for our Christmas Tree.

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My feet and their comfort will make or break any shopping experience so I chose cushioned flats. These Eileen Fisher platforms have a thick rubber platform and are very comfy. They also have side cutouts so I wore them with black socks. Black socks and sandals, Jennifer? Let the comments commence:)

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Wearing: Eileen Fisher Turban Platforms // Eileen Fisher ponte knit pants // Halogen Cashmere Poncho (gray only now) // Navy wool fedora (similar)

Since we were spending time outside all weekend, I wore a wide brimmed hat for sun protection.

Fashion and Lifestyle blog for women over 50My navy cashmere poncho was perfect for this early December day. My grandson wanted to wear a hat too so he borrowed one I’d handknit a few years ago for my husband.

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We stopped to examine the bees and discuss how they were making honey from the Rosemary flowers.

You may notice the ace bandage on my left hand. I’ve had a lot of pain in my left thumb lately and assumed it was from overuse trying to finish my grandson’s Christmas stocking. An X-ray on Friday showed a lot of arthritis in the joint and my doctor suggested I immobilize it. Full stop on the stocking.

Red and purple flocked Christmas trees

I’ve already justified decided my grandson will use my stocking this year and I will try to finish his over the next 12 months.

I may be old fashioned but who is putting purple, red, turquoise, pink or black flocked Christmas trees in their home?

Dressing for Holiday Shopping

I admit the white are fun, but my husband wanted none of it.Dressing for Holiday Shopping

This is how I hit my Style Sweet Spot for holiday shopping. Let’s go see what Pam wears.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.xo-Jennifer




  1. LA CONTESSA says:


    1. A regular old green tree 🙂

  2. The picture of your grandson with the red and purple flocked trees is darling!

    1. I’m not so sure he thought they were as unusual looking as I did, but we sure had fun!

  3. Adorable grandson and pup! They steal the show (as they do) but you look beautiful too. xo

    1. You know what they say about getting your picture taken with kids and dogs…:)Thanks, Jen.xo

  4. brenda barker says:

    Jennifer -I also have THE COOL COMFORTSPLINTS (among others- they are all based on the Game keepers Splint – named after English Gamekeepers on English Estates and a function they would do with their hands which would put a strain on and damage their thumbs) – this Splint normally comes in black but you can order them in beige which is not as noticeable when you are dressed up. Good Luck.

    1. Beige would be a nice option! It looks like a wardrobe of thumb splints is in my future. Who knew?

  5. How I wish that I could go out dressed like that at this time of year, but here in Alberta it was -18ºC (about 0F) with a brisk wind blowing today! You looked comfy and casual, but nicely put together.

    I agree with the others… your grandson is SO cute!

    1. Wow, that’s cold, Elaine! Stay warm.

  6. You and the little one in hats – so cute. He wants to behave as his grandma does. And seems to have the same style sense as you by the look on his face at those colored trees. Sorry to hear about your hand – age does have a way of slowing us down, doesn’t it? Acceptance and flexibility are key – and I love that you’re doing both as far as that stocking goes.

    1. You’re so wise, Barbara! Acceptance and flexibility make life so much easier!!

  7. I love those shoes…saw them on your blog and bought them! And I have definitely been known to wear them with socks in cool weather – knee high black hose or such. They are super comfy.

    Great shopping outfit!

    1. Yup! I’m wearing black knee highs. I thought I was the only one Laurel!!

  8. Your grandson is adorable…I know I have said it before but his eyes twinkle and that smile is infectious!

    1. I know I am blessed!

  9. Your outfit was perfect for this!

  10. At first I thought you might be wearing SAS shoes as they looked so similar to a pair I bought a few years back for just such walking adventures. Then you pointed out the cutouts. Mine have little perforation holes so they breathe. Not my most stylish but they take me miles when required.
    I, too, have arthritis in my hands and wear hand braces when necessary. They ease the pain. And hopefully, will hold off surgery. I know how much you wanted to finish the stocking but your hands are telling you something. Listen…
    You’re outfit was perfect for strolling and shopping with your grandson. He is so precious!

    1. You know, I’ve never worn SAS shoes. Thanks for mentioning them, Joanna. I’ll check them out! For long distances or long days on my feet, comfort is critical. What type of hand brace do you wear? Just wearing this ace bandage has helped some but I want a better option.
      I’m sorry about the stocking, but I simply can not work in it so will let it go for now. Thanks, he’s beyond precious to me:)

      1. They are Comfort Cool. They don’t make my hands sweat and It feels good to have that support on my hands, thumbs especially. I think you’ll feel relief when you start to wear a good brace.

      2. Thanks Joanna!! I’ll look for that now.

  11. Your grandson is adorable!! What fun it must be preparing for Christmas with him.

    1. Thanks, Susan. It brings the magic of the season alive to share it with him:)!

  12. Betsy Hinson says:

    Jennifer, you look beautiful as always. And, one of the benefits of becoming a “certain” age is, along with arthritis, we’ve earned the right to wear socks with sandals (although I’d hardly call those love EF shoes sandals!)

    1. Thanks, Betsy! We have earned that right! Go us. I love these shoes too. EF makes the most comfy shoes.

  13. brenda barker says:

    Jennifer – if you are having arthritis problems with your hands especially your wrists and thumbs you may want to contact your local Arthritis Society (in Canada you can self refer) and see an OT and be fitted for a Game keepers Splint to immobilize your thumbs (to avoid future surgery – I’ve had both thumbs rebuilt and wrists and my hands will never be the same again) and wrists while you sit and watch TV, use the computer or even in bed at night (this way you may not have to have support on your hands while you are out and about. The Arthritis Society can also teach you exercises to help relax and strengthen your hands. on another note I read your blog everyday (I am the same height and body shape) and I really enjoy your shopping comparisons as they give me an idea of how something similar would look on me. Have a very Merry Christmas and a great holiday season!

    1. Thank you for that, Brenda! It’s funny, but I would have never thought to contact the Arthritis Society. My hands are so important to me )I’m always making something), and not being able to use this thumb is driving me crazy already. I’m sorry you’ve had such a rough go of it with your hands and wrists. That must be so painful. I will take your advice, gratefully. Thanks so much for suggesting it. Have a very Merry Christmas!

    2. This is helpful info…my DH is fighting the surgery, but has been saying this fall that he thinks it’s time. We’ve heard other stories that it’s not great, so this could be really helpful. We didn’t think of the Arthritis Society.

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