In The Red

Happy Thursday ladies. It’s also Christmas Eve and Jólabókaflóð in Iceland! This tradition of exchanging books and drinking cocoa on Christmas Eve is also called the Christmas Book Flood. How fun is that? book with cup of eggnog

This tradition started during World War II when paper was one of the few things that was not rationed in Iceland. It has become a cultural phenomenon that I can wholeheartedly embrace. Books can be tricky gifts to choose but are always welcome in our house.

Here are some great books I’ve either read or have on order:

Do you have some great titles to share? What’s on your list to read next?

This is as red as I’ve gone with my wardrobe this holiday and I’m finding it very festive! I hesitated to buy these Birdies because my daughter isn’t over the moon about hers, but I’m wearing them all the time! They run very generously through the toe box so I’m finding them super comfortable on my wide feet.fashion blogger jennifer of a well styled life wearing talbots red puffer vest

I’m wearing an 8 petite in the pants, a regular medium in the sweater, and a regular large in the vest which is way too large for me. I like the length but I need the small one.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season. Your presence and comments are what make this blog what it is and I am extremely grateful for each one of you.

I will be with my family tomorrow and back here on Saturday for our regular would you wear it.

Make it a great one and remember to treat yourself with love and kindness.


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  1. Dianne
    December 25, 2020 / 9:01 am

    Merry Christmas to you & your family 🎄
    I have come to term with being alone ,just the 2 of us this Christmas.
    We are going to be fine & safe,
    Your red vest looks so festive.
    You have always reminded me to look my best even though we are staying home.
    Thanks for your positive perspective on daily life through this strange time.

    • Jennifer
      December 25, 2020 / 8:45 pm

      Merry Christmas, Dianne!!

  2. Canadian Elizabeth
    December 25, 2020 / 8:35 am

    Merry Christmas, Jennifer!
    Your Icelandic greeting brought back so many wonderful memories of our month in Iceland. A couple of years ago, we explored the whole island except areas that were still snowed in and we braved snow squalls along the east coast. Having been brought up in a Danish & Germanic speaking home, I could understand a lot of Icelandic. Did your family come from Iceland?
    You look lovely in the red outfit. Thank you for such a positive, truthful and interesting blog. Good luck with your hand issues (mine have osteoarthritis & I’m early ‘60s).

    • Jennifer
      December 25, 2020 / 8:47 pm

      Merry Christmas, Elizabeth! I was born in Canada as were my parents. My great grandparents came from Ireland and England.

  3. Donna
    December 24, 2020 / 9:58 pm

    Thanks Jennifer for putting yourself out there for all of us to enjoy each day. We really needed-your sunny smile and down to earth demeanor this year. May Santa bring you and yours a year of good health and warm hearts.

  4. Jan
    December 24, 2020 / 6:38 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  5. Ruth
    December 24, 2020 / 5:16 pm

    Merry Christmas from Alberta! Looking forward to a better New year.

  6. Audrey
    December 24, 2020 / 4:16 pm

    Merry Christmas Jennifer, to you and your family.
    Love the red vest and especially with the sweater, great look!
    I look forward to reading your posts and have enjoyed learning new things and then finding I needed to be reminded about other things.
    Blessings for the New Year

  7. Susan
    December 24, 2020 / 1:41 pm

    Merry Christmas Jennifer. I am sitting here debating whether to wear either my new navy dress or the red one today for Christmas lunch. Seeing you in the fabulous red vest has made the decision for me – it will be the red, paired with tan wedge sandals. I have just started to read Antony Beevor’s book on the siege of Stalingrad, but not sure if you are a military history buff Lol. Have a safe festive season.

    • Jennifer
      December 25, 2020 / 8:48 pm

      I bet you looked amazing! Merry Christmas

  8. Cheryll
    December 24, 2020 / 1:22 pm

    Merry Christmas from KY where it is very cold and snowing right now. Since I can’t be in AL with my son and family, snow flurries are my consolation prize!

  9. Claudette
    December 24, 2020 / 12:54 pm

    The red vest is so pretty on you. Thank you for the information on the book trading tradition in Iceland. I just finished reading Daughter of Molokai by Alan Brennert and now I am reading The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez. Both very good reads. I appreciate the names of the books others have read. May you have a lovely Christimas Jennifer. thank you for all you do.

    • Jennifer
      December 25, 2020 / 8:49 pm

      Merry Christmas Claudette

  10. Joanna
    December 24, 2020 / 12:38 pm

    We’re spending Christmas alone but I won’t let that deter me from making all our favourite recipes, playing Christmas tunes, and enjoying the twinkling lights. Life is too short to not enjoy every day.

    Merry Christmas Everyone from Vancouver Island!

  11. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    December 24, 2020 / 12:31 pm

    Merry Christmas, Jennifer! I love the Icelandic Christmas Eve tradition. Perhaps I should incorporate it into our Christmas plans for next year.

  12. Eve
    December 24, 2020 / 11:47 am

    Perfect outfit to lift the spirits! I love reading all the comments. All of us are stil a little shell shocked and Christmas is different this year but we are still living, learning and loving so life will move on to better times. Happiness after all, doesn’t stay with us. It comes in bursts, moments in time, and we cherish them. Enjoy this Christmas and hold it close.

  13. Bea
    December 24, 2020 / 11:30 am

    Jennifer, I join your other readers in saying that your posts are the first thing I read in the morning! Thank you for your fun, interesting, educational, and inspiring posts.

    That red vest is a winner! Hope you will get lots of wear out of it throughout the season.

    I am reading Jack by Marilynne Robinson and The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante. Both are great reads!

    Merry Christmas and good health in the new year!

    • Jennifer
      December 25, 2020 / 8:50 pm

      Merry Christmas Bea!

  14. Mary K
    December 24, 2020 / 11:07 am

    Oh yes to RED!! You look fab in this color and should wear it more often 🙂 May you have a Merry Christmas with your family and a very Happy New Year!!!

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