happy holla days

Wrapped up Thanksgiving with a big sparkly bow – happy holla days everyone! I hope you all spent the break with loved ones surrounded with endless leftovers, or at the least, had a restful, long weekend. My family and I ate off our Thanksgiving leftovers up to Saturday (perks of having Thanksgiving in your own home). We were still eating leftovers while putting up the Christmas tree on Friday! Fun fact – my family has had the same Christmas tree for 20 years now, my parents got it when I was just a few months old. Surprisingly, it’s still as big and full as ever and brings the Christmas spirit just as it has for years.

Over the past two decades, our tree has been decorated many different ways. Every year we find new ornaments to add, or different color lights to use. Our tree topper has changed from angels to stars, to now a big giant bow! I can remember literal fights with my little brother about who would get the great honor of placing the star on top of the tree – these day’s we argue about who isn’t helping decorate as much. I remember the ornaments made over the years in school that you just couldn’t wait to place on the tree when you got home – I even remember bringing home an ornament from my sorority my freshman year in college. All my life I’ve woken up on Christmas morning, teamed up with my little brother and sought out the tree to see what goodies mom, dad and Santa left. The last few years my parents have been saying it’s about time to retire the old tree, and maybe that’s true. However, the tradition my parents never even knew they were creating has brought us all so much joy, we’ve made countless memories around it. I can’t imagine our Christmas any other way.

This beauty of a tree behind me in these photos is the Graham Christmas tree in our town square. Every year our square is lit up with different light displays assorted on the lawn. It’s nothing like the Christmas lights you pay to see, but it is festive and cute and I love that our little town puts them out each year. I was happy to see they had already put them out while I was still home for the break. I’ve been waiting to pair my recent purchase, this plaid blazer, with a fun graphic tee and since everyone is already in the Christmas spirit I brought out my festive graphic tee reading, ‘happy holla days!’ Blazers don’t mean your outfit has to be serious business, pairing them with a graphic tee creates a more casual look – plus if I can get away with wearing a comfy t-shirt, I will.

I loved this plaid blazer from Missguided because of the gold buttons. If you haven’t noticed, I wear gold jewelry a lot! In fact, I’m on the hunt for more silver jewelry because I only buy gold – I get it from my momma, she loves anything gold. I stacked some gold bangles on my wrist, paired these gold and grey Kendra earrings and wore a couple gold rings to make the buttons part of the look! I just adore this envelope bag I got from Target, it paired so well with the blazer in that it is also so well-structured, almost could resemble a briefcase with this outfit. I told ya’ll I’ve been waiting to pair these girlfriend jeans with so many outfits, and this look is one of them! I love the high-waist look with this blazer, they’re the perfect height for the buttons! Because the bottom of the jeans are cropped higher, I chose these nude, mule booties to complete my look.

As we gear up for Christmas, I wanna know – does your family have any special traditions you can’t imagine the holidays without? Leave me a comment down below!

As always,

Ara

Plaid blazer: (sold out already) similar also from Missguided | Graphic tee: Target | Girlfriend jeans: Amuse Society | Kendra Scott earrings: Skylar in slate | Envelope bag: Target | Mule booties: Target

 

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