Saturday, December 31, 2011

Keepin it simple...

I am having so much fun reading everyone's retrospectives and seeing all the amazing fashion and style of everyone's year!  Fashion is walking art and personal style is something that is so awesome to me. 
This last year has truly been the best year of my life and if you've been following me this last year you know what I'm talking about!
From Europe to California, from renting to owning, from long to short, adding a tattoo, adding a puppy to the family, diamonds and Disneyland with a side of Michael Kors... I cannot begin to be thankful enough for all that I have in my life.
My husband is the best of the best.  My daughter is a blessing and an angel.  My family is beyond amazing and my friends are relentlessly there for me.  Life is so full.  I do not want this year to end,,,
So hopefully next year will bring more of the same!

I have goals, not resolutions... I have hopes and dreams but no expectations... I want to be healthy, happy and productive and have a few ideas of how to make that happen, so stay tuned for more!

Love you, blessings from whatever form of spiritual love you may believe in, and always be grateful for what you have!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, welcome 2012... I can't stop ya from coming!

xoxo...
Vanessa

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I am around

 Lyrics from the musical Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street:

Nothing's gonna harm you, not while I'm around.
Nothing's gonna harm you, no sir, not while I'm around.

Demons are prowling everywhere, nowadays,
I'll send 'em howling,
I don't care, I got ways.

No one's gonna hurt you,
No one's gonna dare.
Others can desert you,
Not to worry, whistle, I'll be there.

Demons'll charm you with a smile, for a while,
But in time...
Nothing can harm you
Not while I'm around...

Not to worry, not to worry
I may not be smart but I ain't dumb
I can do it, put me to it
Show me something I can overcome
Not to worry, Mum

Being close and being clever
Ain't like being true
I don't need to,
I would never hide a thing from you,
Like some...

No one's gonna hurt you, no one's gonna dare
Others can desert you,
Not to worry, whistle, I'll be there!
Demons'll charm you with a smile, for a while
But in time...
Nothing can harm you
Not while I'm around...



Sometimes I feel like Mrs. Lovett.
"Times is hard.  Times is haaaard."
And Aveline is my darling, sweet little angel that makes me feel safer and happier than anyone else in the world.  Makes me feel like the burdens I bear and try to bear are not truly mine or they are a lot lighter than they seem.
This year has been so amazing...
just wishing it would never end.... for the most part.

xoxo...
Vanessa

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Outfit: Nude and Neon

I am loving the trends that incorporate all the cool fluoro and neon pieces.  I am always a fan of the cobalt blue but I am loving the neon limey greens.  I like being able to wear neon and not feel like a teeny-bopper or a back-up dancer for LMFAO! hahaha!
The trick I discovered:  mix it in with super neutral tones, a la taupe, tan and black!
I really love this outfit.  It totally embodies a lot of essential pieces I am inspired by lately.  The slouchy blazer reminds me of the one SJP wore in Sex and the City 2 with her Pucci dress.  The boots remind me of the Isabel Marant Dicker boots and I love furry and leather goods mixed with brassy metals.



What I wore:
Thrifted vintage blazer. H&M faux fur stole. Neon tee bought at Ross. Black pants from Love Culture. Vintage leather clutch. Booties by Qupid from Reflection.  Cuff from F21 (michael kors inspired!).

xoxo...
Vanessa

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I must have been good

Apparently I was a good girl this year!


Thank you thank you thank you to my own personal "Santas"... my awesome husband and my parents!
Love you guys!

Forever 21 purl knit scarf in lime.  Michael Kors Hamilton tote.

xoxo...
Vanessa

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The most Joyous

I feel like this is the best Christmas EVER... epic beyond belief.  I am so blessed and spoiled and happy and cannot be thankful enough for everything and everybody in my life right now.
Christmas was on the 24th for us for the most part.  The husband had to be on shift on the 25th so "Santa came early" for us...
I am so tired with the cooking and wrapping and just the all-around fun-having...
Maybe I'll let the photos speak for me.
Getting the cookies, milk and carrots ready for santa and the reindeer!










Without my mom and Jorden this day would not have been the same... and of course all my family, friends and neighbors, and my doggie too, I was able to spend it with!

more to come...
xoxo...
Vanessa

What I wore:
Gold lurex sweater from kohls. Thrifted denim shorts. Classic short Uggs.  Tights and earrings Christmas F21 gift from the husband!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Outfit: Paperbagged leather goods

The winter in California is something I will never take for granted again.  It is simply glorious and I will bask in it daily.
Dressing is more fun when you don't have to pile on layers like an eskimo.  I have this new coat-type-jacket and I love it.  It's fleecey, yet has a slouchy blazer fit to it, but add on a furry trimmed hood! What more could I ask for?
Doesn't my clutch look like a brown paper bag?!



The hubs asked me if "flares were back in"... I told him "perrty much.  These are the only ones I have that I really love.  I need to style them up more often.  Have you seen my newish boots?  They are pretty much the best!

What I wore:
Thrifted jeans. Vintage leather clutch (bought at Sac Antique Faire).  Top bought at Ross. Jacket from some cute girlie store at the mall.  Booties by Qupid.

Gotta love my hun for volunteering to snap these photos quickfast before we headed out on our errands!

Ready for Christmas yet?!

xoxo...
Vanessa

Monday, December 19, 2011

Awkward Friendly Holiday Party Photos

Our Holiday Ornament Party was an inaugural bash and I forsee next year's being bigger and better!
I made tons of appetizers and pots of gluhwein!  Deliciousness in large quantities.  The ornament exchange was fun albeit a bit polite.  :-) 
The night was wrapped up with awesome photos taken... Awkward Family style!
Step Brothers

sibling rivalry








I just gotta say I love my friends... especially when we can get crazy and funny like this.  It makes me so grateful once again to be back in Sac, where I feel like I belong!

Hope your Holiday Celebrations are going as well as mine are!

xoxo...
Vanessa

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Outfit: How to Ugly Sweater

The holidays are upon us! Christmas cheer and tackiness is in the air. Enjoy it and have fun with it. It only comes once a year!
If you get invited to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party I do not think you need to look ugly at all.  Get your geek on and look cute!



I chose to go with the "ugly" vest and color blocked the outfit to keep it fun and more simple.

What I wore:
Vest from Goodwill.  Skirt and tights from F21.  Shoes, from Reflections. Top from TJ Maxx.

xoxo...
Vanessa

ps...
My husband is a nerd!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Packing

I would rather be doing this... but I am just happy knowing I COULD be doing this in about 12 hours from now! 

Packing for Disneyland and San Diego right now!




I like neutrals with pops of bright... gotta wear super comfortable shoes and for me that means never wearing sneakers... sneakers hate me and I them (blisters! always), so I stick to Australian sheepskin... and for visiting San Diego you can't go to Ocean Beach without having a pair of TOMS.  I am keeping things pretty simple with my dressing this time... trying not to overpack... but trying to pack layers to be as comfortable as possible!

See you all later!!! I will try to blog along the way.

xoxo...
Vanessa

The Halls are Decked

It has taken me a few days to finish all of my decorating for the Holidays, but I think the result is more awesome than even these photos can show!
So I think you all should just come over and see my decor :-)
Christmas and holiday decorations are so fun and cheerful... I do not understand the people that say they don't enjoy the holidays...

our first little nativity



some of my fave ornaments

floating ornaments!



jingle wreath!

mantel piece from Germany

new stocking hangers

first decoration from mine and Jorden's first tree together
We have all the bright colors in the living room and on the christmas tree, and more traditional red, green and gold in the family room and kitchen areas.

I cannot WAIT to see how Disneyland is all decorated for the holidays!

What are your decorations like for the holidays?

xoxo...
Vanessa