A Houndstooth Holiday

It’s December 4, and I’ve already listened to more Christmas music than most people can stand. And I’m not even close to changing the channel, bring on the eggnog!

I seriously love the holiday season. Love it! Oh, sure, the commercialized consumer-fest  is something to lament, but I can’t resist the cozy joy that comes from frequent gatherings with friends and family;  it makes working for the weekend even more rewarding. On Friday, I caroled my wee little heart out over a laptop-assisted Christmas sing-along (to make sure we got all the Frosty lyrics right of course), and on Saturday we wined and dined a group of 15 friends, my husband made a successful turkey, and I got to dress for holiday parties both nights. Oh, Christmas, you’re the best!

Enough with the talky, here are a few pics of one newly-thrifted holiday party outfit. As usual, I didn’t like anything I had in the closet, so I made my way over to the Salvation Army for some last-minute Saturday shoppin. I came upon a houndstooth skirt, which I’m pretty excited about (and yes, I googled “Scottish fabric patterns” in order to come up with the proper term for the pattern. You can’t tell from the pics, but it’s actually a stretchy knit. Which means two very important things: It’s warm, and it’s comfy! I also bought the chunky gold necklace at the same time, to provide a little holiday razzle-dazzle, and added the belt to keep it from getting too office-friendly. I put on some the red lipstick, and whistled for my one-horse open sleigh. Okay, I can’t whistle. But I do have a sleigh, and by sleigh, I mean car.

The following night, we held our annual “family Christmas”.  A few days before the festivities, we did a quick survey of our dish ware, and discovered that we have four wine glasses. Four. Now, four is usually plenty for Friday-night wine nights over some Chinese food and Netflix, but it was far short of the 15 we needed to host all our friends. One day, I may cave and buy a nice-looking set of wine glasses (you know, different shapes for different kids of wine and all that silliness). But for two twenty-somethings with student loans and cat, that is not this day.

Someone suggested I stock my cupboards with Dollarstore glasses while I wait for that day to arrive, but why on earth would I blow a $1.25/glass at the Dollarstore when I can get perfectly good (unmatchy) glasses for $.45/glass at my faithful friend, the Sally-Anne? Well, that’s exactly what I did. And everyone was able to enjoy my Sangria without having to drink it from coffee mugs like last time! Man, when did I become such a grown-up?

Oh, and I also made something. In the oven. With ingredients! They even looked kind of like they were supposed to:

(the original recipe)

I’ve also got to give a shout-out to one of my clients, Cheryl, who did a hilarious post on Christmas baking on her newly-designed blog . It involves boob cookies. Now I know you’re intrigued.

The holidays are here folks. Next up: my entirely thrifted Santa costume!

9 thoughts on “A Houndstooth Holiday

  1. After surgery and several weeks of physiotherapy a few years ago I can say that dollar store glass is pretty poorly made. Thrift store glass is definitely better quality and value. Great photos!

  2. The table looks gorgeous, and so do you! I’m going through a ‘love-houndstooth-and-tweed’ phase right now and I picked up a large tweed tote. Now I need one in houndstooth! And those oreo pies look so yummy, I am actually crushing some oreos into my cornflakes. Great blog, will visit more often! Happy holidays!

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