In The Red

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!!!

  15. Carolyn
    December 24, 2020 / 10:52 am

    Merry Christmas, Jennifer!

    You look great in the red vest! It’s such a happy color to me.
    Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into writing your blog. It’s the first email I look for every morning. You’ve been through a lot this year, but you have always maintained a positive attitude. Here’s to a better 2021.

  16. Vicki Cooper
    December 24, 2020 / 10:13 am

    I don’t comment much on blogs even though I read several. I always enjoy your blog along with Pam’s. You look wonderful in that red vest – the color really suits you so hopefully you’ll branch out into that color in the next year. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Jennifer
      December 25, 2020 / 8:51 pm

      Merry Christmas, Vicki!

  17. Ellie
    December 24, 2020 / 9:30 am

    Merry Christmas!! 🎄

  18. Gerri
    December 24, 2020 / 9:19 am

    This Christmas will be my husband and I only. We were unable, unwilling, to make the trip to the mainland. I have been trying to think of ways to spend Christmas Eve. Love the idea of reading and drinking cocoa, or maybe an eggnog latte with brandy! Anyway, good choice on the red vest! Very festive, and eye catching! The color causes people to look, and then see your beautiful smile. A heart warmer for sure! Merry Christmas to all!

  19. Nancy
    December 24, 2020 / 9:09 am

    I’m currently reading The Secret Women. Just finished Bodie on the Road. Great story about a woman who adopts a rescue pup and goes on the road traveling with him.
    Merry Christmas Jennifer, thank you for providing your informative blog. I agree with the previous ladies, the red vest looks wonderful on you!

    • Eve
      December 24, 2020 / 11:31 am

      I loved Travels With Charley so this seems to be along the same lines. Will check it out. Thanks Nancy for recommending this book. Merry Christmas.

  20. Janice
    December 24, 2020 / 8:54 am

    I look forward to reading your blog every morning. Merry Christmas.

  21. Dianne
    December 24, 2020 / 8:29 am

    Great outfit!! Some good books I have read lately.., the Hideaway by Lauren Denton, and The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner. Both very heartwarming and are about the bonds between mothers and daughters and a grandmother. Hope you enjoy ‘
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Yea🎄🎄🎄

  22. Phyllis Hughes
    December 24, 2020 / 8:17 am

    Merry Christmas, Jennifer! I look for your blog when I open my email each morning. It is always one of the first things I read. Thank you for writing it. I feel like we are friends even though we have never met. I love the red vest. This year we need all the Christmas we can get and your red vest certainly says “Christmas Joy” to me.

  23. Lynn Estrada
    December 24, 2020 / 8:05 am

    Merry Christmas Jennifer to you and your family.
    Many thanks for continuing your blog during this crazy year, it was always the light at the end of that tunnel.

  24. Donna
    December 24, 2020 / 7:57 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you so much for your daily blog. I enjoy reading all your posts. It’s been a highlight of my day, especially this year.

  25. Diane B
    December 24, 2020 / 7:56 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. And to all the lovely ladies who comment and read your wonderful blog. We always learn some fun facts from you and appreciate your hardd work.
    Jan did remind many of us of the great treat of the bowl of nuts and I actually like the brazil nuts as hard as they are to get out of the shell. We had two sets of tools to share and such fun with a hot chocolate and Christmas excitement. We are getting freezing rain and much snow so staying in and safe is even easier. Best to all.

  26. Suzanne Herder
    December 24, 2020 / 7:20 am

    Merry Christmas Jennifer and family. You have brightened my days through the pandemic with your postings. Hope your days are bright throughout the holiday season and in the new year. Suzanne

    • Jennifer
      December 25, 2020 / 8:52 pm

      Merry Christmas, Suzanne

  27. Dawn
    December 24, 2020 / 7:06 am

    I love love love the Talbots sweater and vest on you! It’s very flattering and festive! Enjoy a very Merry Christmas with your family and a healthy happy New Year!

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 7:09 am

      Thanks Dawn. Merriest Christmas wishes to you too 🎄🎄🎄

  28. Rose
    December 24, 2020 / 7:04 am

    Merry Christmas to you and hopefully a much happier new year 🎄⛄

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 7:08 am

      Merry Christmas, Rose 🎄🤶🏻🎅🏻🎄

  29. Pink Azalea
    December 24, 2020 / 6:58 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I am new to your blog and I want to thank you for your posts. Hopeful for the new year for all of us. Blessings

  30. Carol
    December 24, 2020 / 6:52 am

    Oh Jan……………..your memory of the bowl of mixed nuts and the nutcracker set sent me way back! Our bowl was made of wood that had the inside all smoothed and polished, but the outside was bark (lacquered or something to keep it from disintegrating) and the tools had their own little holes in the middle. Yup, shell bits everywhere……………and avoiding the Brazil nuts!

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 7:07 am

      Ours was wooden too!! Nothing fancy, just an old salad bowl but wow, it was fun. I’m still not a fan of the Brazil nuts :).

      • Jan
        December 24, 2020 / 7:18 am

        Carol, your description of the nut cracker set is exactly how I remember it!

        • Carolyn
          December 24, 2020 / 10:46 am

          We had that same nut bowl and I love Brazil nuts! Happy memories.

          Merry Christmas, Everybody!

  31. Terry
    December 24, 2020 / 6:38 am

    Happy Christmas to you and your family, Jennifer! 🎄🎁⛄️ Thank you so much for your wonderful blog!

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 7:04 am

      Thanks for being here with us Terry. Happy and Merry Christmas!🎄🎄🎄

  32. Violet L O'Brien
    December 24, 2020 / 6:30 am

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! You look lovely in the red which is my favorite color. Have a wonderful holiday, be safe and well. Love, love, love reading your blog each day!!

  33. Nancy
    December 24, 2020 / 6:17 am

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.🎄
    The red looks great on you. So flattering.

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 7:03 am

      Merry Christmas, Nancy

  34. Susan R
    December 24, 2020 / 6:03 am

    Merry Christmas to you and to all your fun subscribers.
    You look wonderful in that clear red.

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 7:02 am

      Thanks, Susan. Merry, Merry Christmas!!

  35. Pam
    December 24, 2020 / 6:00 am

    Merry Christmas. That red makes your whole face come alive. So happy to see you branching out into more color. I love the whole outfit, but then I love Talbots winter clothes.

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 7:01 am

      They make some of the best, festive clothes!! Merry Christmas, Pam

  36. Karen M Kroll
    December 24, 2020 / 5:59 am

    Hi Jennifer,

    I recently found your blog and absolutely love it!
    I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Stay safe and be well.

    • Jennifer
      December 25, 2020 / 8:52 pm

      Welcome! Merry Christmas, Karen.

  37. PatB
    December 24, 2020 / 5:58 am

    Wishing You and Yours a safe and happy Xmas.

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 7:00 am

      Merry Christmas, Pat🎄🎄🎄

  38. Linda R Gaertner
    December 24, 2020 / 5:56 am

    I know it’s been a challenging year for you Jennifer but I just want you to know how much I value your posts. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year!

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 7:00 am

      You’re so kind, thank you Linda. I’m so glad you’re here. Merry Christmas!🎄🎄🎄

  39. Jan
    December 24, 2020 / 5:28 am

    Some of my earliest memories of Christmas Eve probably are from the 1950’s. My mother would use her cast iron skillet and make a batch of old fashioned cocoa/sugar fudge. The recipe was on the cocoa can. We would gather around the kitchen table and thoroughly enjoy this treat while it was still warm! There would also be a large bowl of mixed nuts and the nut cracker set put out as a holiday treat! Needless to say, little bits of shells flew everywhere!
    These simple joys brought a lifetime of precious memories!
    Merry Christmas to all!

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 6:58 am

      Beautiful memories❤️ Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!🎄🎄🎄

  40. Dolly Nugent
    December 24, 2020 / 5:26 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Jennifer! I came across your blog this year and have enjoyed it very much! Lots of fun inspiration! BTW – You look great in your outfit!

  41. Eileen
    December 24, 2020 / 5:19 am

    Happy holidays!

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 6:57 am

      Happy Holidays, Eileen!

  42. Lana I Peterson
    December 24, 2020 / 4:46 am

    Merry Christmas!

  43. Paulette Levy
    December 24, 2020 / 4:29 am

    Merry Christmas, Jennifer ! Enjoy your day.❤️🎅🏼

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 6:56 am

      Merry Christmas, Paulette 🤶🎄🎅🏻

  44. Gayle
    December 24, 2020 / 4:27 am

    The large vest fits fine over the bulky sweater, In Ohio you would be zipping it to the top! It’s raining now but is expected to be 18:degrees by Christmas morning. We are excited to have a cold white Christmas this year. Books and chocolate for certain!

    • Jennifer
      December 24, 2020 / 6:55 am

      That’s chilly! Merry Christmas

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