I thought I would take a moment to show you my essentials when packing to go home for the holidays. Anyone that knows me, knows that packing/styling is my jam. I turn on music, light candles, and go to town pulling items from my closet onto my bed. Here are my no-brainer must-haves when traveling during the winter.
The velvet shorts, paired with black opaque tights, can be worn out with friends or even to a family gathering depending on the top. Whenever I'm wearing a neutral outfit with no patterns, I try to add patterns back in using accessories. This scarf is perfect to brighten up darker pieces. This knit beanie is my holy grail, cold weather hat. It goes with everything and keeps my hair hidden on lazy days when needed.
When traveling, I go for purses that are mid-sized and neutral. This one has lots of pockets for my phone, camera, and lipsticks with enough room for my wallet and won't weigh me down when out and about with the family. Finally, boots that are durable and comfy are a must in the winter. This pair will hold up between events and also look great with a slight heel and layered buckles.
BDG Velvet Erin High-Rise Short
Old Navy Men's Flannel Fringe Scarf // bought 3 years back
H&M Men's Knit Beanie // sold out
Target Merona Purse // on loan from sister
Target Mossimo Supply Co. Heeled Ankle Boots // sold out
I was going to wait to post these until we had our Christmas cards sent out, but it looks like we won't be getting them in until the 17th possibly and I just can't wait that long. This is our second Christmas as a married couple and we didn't do cards last year, which I regret. I'll blame it on being a full-time student back then. These are quite special to me as they were taken at my parents' home up north on Thanksgiving. It was definitely a family effort as my mom and sister's boyfriend helped with setup, we used my dad's gear, and my sister took the photos, so beautifully I have to add. Thank you for running around in the cold and snow with us, you all!
Shot by Elisabeth Patten on our Canon Powershot A810 point and shoot.
Edited by myself with VSCO.
Here are some of my favorite photos I've posted on Instagram within the last month. I've been obsessed with soaking up the creativity and talent I find in the feeds I'm following and love how those people push me to shoot and post more.
I never realized how much the people you follow on social media impact your mood, inspiration, and outlook until lately. My cousin caught me scrolling through my Instagram feed at Thanksgiving (oops) and asked who I follow and if I know them personally.
"Nope, not all of them. They just post awesome-sauce photos."
If you are interested, you can follow me on Instagram HERE. Who is inspiring you on Instagram right now?