Call me sensitive but the phrase “holiday sweater” gives me the hebejebes. I wore plenty of them when my kids were little, so it conjures up images of some of my goofier looks. I was also the crazy lady who tied tiny bells onto the laces of her red boots to sound festive all season long. Come to think of it I still have those boots! The bells have long been removed:)

I wore a necklace and earrings in the shape of Christmas lights that I thought were the cat’s meow. Those were the days when everything was fair game and my attire was nothing short of jolly. I’m not sure when my style changed but the thought of wearing those looks now, makes me feel silly.

Ugly Christmas sweaters have become a “thing” and they hold contests to vote for the worst or best. Some of these designers are amazingly talented and it’s fun to see these works of art. This one is hilarious but could get very warm:)

My idea of a holiday sweater today is a soft knit with a touch of sparkle or gleam and possibly some rhinestone or Austrian crystal jewelry.

What’s yours?

The Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sales started on Wednesday and are massive. It’s the perfect time to start holiday shopping but also get those things you may have been wanting but didn’t want to pay full price for.



J.Crew is giving 40% off your purchase with the code THANKU. I have been eyeing this coat for several weeks. The blue version is stunning! It’s back ordered until January, but it’ll still be cold then so I’ve put it in my shopping cart and am thinking about it. These wreath earrings are more my holiday style now so, at 40% off, they’ll be my Christmas earrings.

Banana Republic is giving 50% off regular prices no code needed. These velvet slippers (they have rubber soles) have Christmas Eve and day written all over them, so I ordered the gray. They look a little like “old man” slippers and will be cute with jeans.

I also ordered these Italian Velvet sneakers with satin laces. Long days on my feet call for comfy and I want to up my sneaker game in the most elegant way I can.

Anthropologie is giving 30% off everything.

Gap is giving 50% everything with code BLKFRIDAY.

Ann Taylor is giving 50% off everything with the code GOPINK. This Leopard Faux Fur jacket is in my basket right now…I’m trying to decide if I would like the hood.

Loft is also giving 50% off everything with the code FRIYAY. I finally ordered this blanket scarf because I love the colors and ..50% off:)

Nordstrom is giving an extra 20% off select sale.

ASOS is giving 30% off everything with the code EPIC30. I have my eye on this faux fur jacket which is the most amazing color. How many faux fur coats can one woman own…living in California?

The Dermstore is giving up to 30% off with the code FRIDAY, so I stocked up on skin care and sunscreen plus added a few goodies for my daughters Christmas stocking.

Clinique is giving 25% off with the code 25OFF. If you’re a fan of their Dramatically Different Moisturizer, now’s the time to stock up!

I’m putting together some gift guides for you and would love to know if you have any categories you’re struggling with. Under $50? Men? Stocking stuffers? For the home?


What is your idea of holiday style? Please share in the comments.


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  1. Joyce
    November 26, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Jennifer…Olaki has great mens slipppers , hot socks are really fun and shirts..long sleeved tees by*roddy gentlemen* austin Texas….really reasonable hubs has 3…and cute. Also check out *TAT* JEWELRY …Very F)K .?better price point.

    • November 26, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      Thanks for the tips Joyce! My husband is the most difficult to buy for.

  2. Suzanne
    November 26, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Ideas for gifts for men would be wonderful!

    • November 26, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Great idea because I’m struggling with that too.

  3. November 25, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    I bought an indigo lace dress this week for the festive season. I can dress it up with silver shoes and crystal snowflake earrings or wear it with black pumps and pearls. I do have a Christmas sweater in my holiday boxes but I don’t wear it every year.

    • November 26, 2017 / 1:07 pm

      Your dress sounds gorgeous!

  4. Jan
    November 24, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I only wear sweaters with some bling.By bling,I mean glittery threads , I retired the ugly sweaters and vests, also the Christmas jewelry. I wear some tiny stars in my ears. I never really cared for the garish holiday apparel.

    • November 24, 2017 / 9:44 pm

      It’s amazes me how my style has changed. Of course what I consider garish will be subtle to others. The variety makes fashion fun!

  5. November 24, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    I’m with you! I just bought a tunic style sweater with a bit of metallic gold shimmer to wear to some of our upcoming holiday events.

    • November 24, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      That sounds perfect Elaine.

  6. November 24, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    You have such lovely taste! I picked up some tartan J Crew pieces and some home wares at Anthro. Love those earrings. They are winners!

    • November 24, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      I’m really liking J Crew again! They lost their way for a few years but have a great new direction now. You have fabulous taste Jen!

  7. Joanna
    November 24, 2017 / 8:48 am

    I like the hood on the leopard jacket. It gives it a more casual look. So fun!
    I’ve never worn Christmas attire. I prefer to dress with a little sparkle than a tacky sweater. I think an ugly sweater party would be fun though as everyone will be donning one,

    • November 24, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      It would be a fun party. Sort of like a costume party:) Great point about the hood! It’s still in my cart

  8. Rebecca Harvey
    November 24, 2017 / 5:14 am

    Check out Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs (faux furs), They are beautiful. I have purchased three this year. Be careful, they are addictive!

    • November 24, 2017 / 7:02 am

      Thanks for the suggestion Rebecca! I just popped over and found about at least 10 I would like. They can be addicting:)

  9. Cathy J Eissler
    November 24, 2017 / 4:18 am

    Like you, I used to wear not the holiday sweaters but I have a collection of holiday tees (we live in FL). I still put one on occasionally but mostly wear more reds and greens and metallic prints and/or threads through plaids or plain colors. I have a few holiday type earrings (stars, etc.) to add to my normal collection. I transferred the really tacky Christmas attire to my late Schipperke who didn’t mind wearing clothes/current Schipperke detests it!! Legs go every direction as I attempt to dress him then he sits and will not move until I take it off! Oh well! Heading out now to get Christmas decorations (3 trips) in our company cargo van! Grandson Kaden is here and says he will help me. We’ll see how long that lasts!!! We are also picking up hubby’s other bicycle from storage for K to use while here. I tend to think that will be the end of helping Nana!

    • November 24, 2017 / 7:31 am

      I think you’re right Cathy! Much more fun to ride hubby’s bike than help with decorations! My dog stands like a statue when dressed in anything and detests it! My old dog tolerated my fun but Lucy will have no part of it.Have fun

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