Christmas in Suburbia

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Hi, how’s it going? Are you surviving the wintry weather we’re having?

People back home in California always comment that I must be used to the cold after living on the East Coast for many years. Sure, I’ve made it through several winters in Connecticut and NYC, but that doesn’t mean that I enjoy having snowflakes pelting me in the face or losing all sensation in my limbs. Looking at these photos reminds me that I was warm, once upon a time (I know, I know, I’m being overdramatic).

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In all seriousness though, it was wonderful to get the chance to go home for nearly two weeks during the holidays. I was long overdue for a catch-up with friends that live in CA. I hadn’t been home since July 2016!

Ahhh, suburbia. I did miss you, a bit. I was just thinking that it’s wonderful that my siblings and I can still come home for Christmas. We haven’t yet reached that stage where people can’t make it home for Christmas for various reasons. I’m sure I will feel quite weird about if/when we do get to that point in the future.

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I tend to keep things fairly casual when I go home, because that’s the style in my hometown. Also, I spend a lot of time in the house when I go home (i.e. loungewear all dayyyy).

Boy, do I love these Rifle Paper Co. sneakers. They are both casual and dressy, with their gorgeous, metallic gold pattern. My friends know that I am obsessed with Rifle Paper Co. and want pretty much every product they make. I’ve had my eye on their sneaker collaboration with Keds for a while. I missed out on the first collection because it sold out so fast. Turns out that their second collection was even better and I’m very happy to have this pair in my wardrobe now.

Thankfully that was a shopping story with a happy ending. Do you guys have any shopping tales like that as well? Where a product you like sells out, but you’re still able to snag it, or a better version, later?

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And finally, I’ll leave you with one final picture of me being my true goofball/corny self!

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Outfit Details: Abercrombie & Fitch sweater, J. Crew Factory skirt, Rifle Paper Co Keds sneakers c/o Wikibuy, LOFT necklace | photos- my sister

Hello December

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Well, somehow we’ve made it to the final month of 2016. The pictures in this post were actually taken in December 2015 though, but I never got around to posting them! In case you were wondering, this is what December looks like in my hometown in California.

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The weather has been fairly mild in NYC so far this season, and I’ve worn a similar version of this outfit here (with a coat). I’m trying to appreciate these days of 40/50 degree weather before it becomes bitterly cold and the first snow falls.

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I’ve had a good start to December so far. This weekend, I celebrated my friend’s birthday in Brooklyn. She hosted a group of us over at her place and served homemade pizza, which was delicious. Yesterday I met another friend for brunch at The Wren, a place I’ve wanted to try for a while. My eyes were certainly bigger than my stomach- I ordered the bulgar wheat pancakes and rosemary home fries. Both were tasty, but I was only able to polish off some of my plate before I was too full to continue. The restaurant itself was really cute. Our coffees were delivered in mini French presses, accompanied by dainty teacups, and the front of the restaurant was covered in pine garlands, which was very festive.

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After brunch, I popped into the Strand because I had a little time to kill. I was on my best behavior and didn’t buy anything because I have plenty of unread books on my shelf, and because I’m trying to focus on holiday gifts for other people (and less shopping for myself). I hadn’t been to the Strand in a few weeks, so it felt really nice to be there and just browse for a bit. I’m sure I’ll be returning soon because I might pick up a few gifts there, and I want the free holiday tote you receive when you spend over $50.

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Then I hopped on the L to head over to the Whitney Museum. It was my first time ever visiting the museum (I never had a chance to go when it was uptown) and my friend was kind enough to take me in with her membership. I think the space is beautiful and the outdoor portions showcase pretty stunning views of the city. There’s a great exhibit there right now titled Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection. It’s all about portraiture and it’s arranged by different themes, such as self portraits and portraits without people. I really enjoyed that exhibit and I think it’s worth checking out if you have the time.

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Outfit Details: H&M sweater, LOFT tank, American Eagle black hi-rise jeggings, Zara lace-up flats, H&M sunglasses, Fossil Erin Satchel | photos- my sister