Christmas at EPCOT

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Happy last day of 2013, everyone! So I’ve been sharing my Florida vacation outfits with you the past few days, and I saved this, my favorite one, to end the year with a bang! This was what I wore for Christmas day at EPCOT with Kristin’s family. It was quite a challenge to find a look that felt festive, was appropriate for the weather (high in the 70s but chillier when the sun went down), and comfortable enough for a long day. I don’t mean to brag, but is this not the perfect Christmas at EPCOT outfit? I do believe it is. I mean I saw a lot of other Christmas at EPCOT outfits last week because there about a jillion other people there, and mine was the best. I saw some people in princess gowns – I mean seriously, can we say “overdressed”?

So what did everyone else do for Christmas? Anything special or out of the ordinary? EPCOT was fun, but I’m definitely looking forward to a more chill holiday next year. If you’re interested, you can see more of my vacation photos on Instagram!

similar Shirt // another similar Shirt // Hat // similar Watch (on sale) //  Bag (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips

Florida in December

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Florida in December is a strange experience. There are Christmas lights everywhere and yet you can get away with bare legs and a light jacket. You can sit on a patio watching people play golf while “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” plays from the speakers. Keep dreaming, people. Keep dreaming.

I’ll share a few other outfits from my Florida trip over the next few days – so those of you in cold climates (including me) can look at them and be jealous. You’re welcome!

similar Dress // similar Jacket // similar Necklace* // similar Shoes // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Bracelet (on sale) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

Get Under My Tree

Remember when you were a kid and people would ask: “What did you ask Santa for this year?” Have you noticed that people stop asking you that once you’re an adult? I know, I know, it’s better to give than to receive. No argument there. But why is it cute when kids tell everyone the presents they want, and it’s greedy for a grownup to do the same?

 

I’ve seen a lot of “gift guides” around the style blogosphere recently, but very few wishlists. I don’t think it should be taboo to tell people what’s on your Christmas list! I mean if we were all 9 years old, hanging out on the playground, we would be comparing notes – “Which American Girl doll do you want?” “Well I already have Felicity, but I want her canopy bed.” If anything, we’re more mature now and better equipped to handle jealousy, right?

 

So with that speech out of the way, here are a few things I would be excited to unwrap in a couple weeks! More importantly: What did you ask Santa for this year, little girl? 😉

 

Christmas List

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In the Holiday Spirit

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Necklace* (on sale) // similar Shirt (50% off w/ code HOLIDAY50) // Boots (on sale in brown) // Hat // similar Ring // similar Bag // Lips

Yes, my remix challenge is over, and yes, I’m remixing these boots again. I swear it’s not an addiction. I can stop remixing whenever I want.

Anyway, when I got this necklace from Sylca Designs, I felt like it had “Christmas” written all over it! So naturally I wore it on Friday to Circle of Lights in downtown Indianapolis. That’s when they string lights on a big monument so it looks like a giant Christmas tree. The night involves calling four restaurants to get a dinner reservation, sitting in traffic, paying $15 to park, fighting huge crowds of people, and standing outside in the cold…but it’s just so darn festive you don’t really mind.

See?

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*Necklace provided courtesy of Sylca Designs.

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My Xmas in Over-Processed Photos

Hello there, friends! I don’t know about you guys, but this Christmas season is rocking my cat socks off. We left Indianapolis the day before a snow storm hit and are spending the week with my in-laws in blizzard-free South Carolina. I wanted to share a few photos from the past couple days. Enjoy!

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A selection of my favorite Christmas gifts. Sweaters, a mint green bag, leopard print watch, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion on DVD, and a page-a-day shoe calendar? Clearly my family knows me well.

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Even my father-in-law’s bounty dresses up for the season. Don’t worry…these aren’t reindeer, just regular deer.

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My place at the table for Christmas dinner; A collection of Christmas cards we got from friends and family (we’re clearly pretty popular); A giant tree with gifts for 7 spoiled adults; Some of my mother-in-law’s lovely decorations

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Probably the best decoration: this major award! And yes, it’s in the front window of their house.

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And finally, the present I asked Santa for and the only reason I tried to stay on the nice list this year…the pavé link bracelet from J. Crew. Yay!

Do They Know It’s Christmas Time at All

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On Saturday, Kristin and I went to see a special exhibition of Islamic art at the IMA. After all, what’s more Christmasy than learning about a culture that doesn’t celebrate Christmas?

The exhibition is really great (props to Brigham Young University Museum of Art, the organizing institution), so if you’re in the Indianapolis area, I highly recommend it. It’s open through January 13.

Unfortunately, photography was not allowed, so you’ll have to go to the museum yourself, or you can see a few highlights on BYU’s website (although thumbnail pictures don’t do this stuff justice!)

The prior day’s snow made for some good outfit photos…I felt like a little snow bunny in my cozy sweater!

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I’ll be honest: I knew basically nothing about Islam before – and obviously one afternoon is not going to teach me everything there is to know about a centuries-old religion and culture – but I feel at least a little more familiar after this exhibition.

First of all, Arabic calligraphy is beautiful, and there are so many different styles. Some pieces looked so bold and avant-garde that I thought they were modern, but they were actually from the 18th century. Mind blown.

I also learned that while pictorial representations aren’t allowed in objects for religious/worshipping purposes, they are allowed for everyday, secular objects.

Islamic art also has a strong emphasis on pattern and rhythm. There are lots of repeating patterns, which parallel religious chants. The chants are considered “the heartbeat of Islam.” There was even one room of the exhibition that had a huge painting with a circular pattern and a chant was playing over the speakers. I seriously felt like I was going to be sucked into the middle of the painting. Mind blown. Again.

Oh, and there was jewelry! Big surprise here: I was drawn to the things you could wear. There was one really cool gold cuff that had three-dimensional doves all over it, and the inside had an Arabic inscription that said something like “joy and happiness to its owner.” Unfortunately, there were no cheap replicas of that bracelet in the gift shop, but there was this necklace, which Kristin and I bought together so we can share it:

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Hopefully you can see in the picture that on top of the veins of the leaf, there’s some Arabic calligraphy. The translation is roughly: The best people are the ones that help other people.

So in case you’re one of those people that just associates Islam with terrorism, here’s the real deal…In the end, it comes down to the same philosophy as every other religion: Don’t be an asshole. There might be some difference of opinion on the details, but in the end…just don’t be an asshole. So for the love of Allah, let’s stop fighting about our differences and celebrate the ways we’re all the same.

I wish you all a happy and peaceful December 25th, whether or not you know it’s Christmas.

Love, Sarah

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Turtleneck: Target, old

Dress: H&M, old but I’ve seen similar in stores recently

Sweater: Victoria’s Secret, old (similar here)

Boots: Aldo, old (similar here and here)

Necklace: J. Crew, old (similar here)