Hi, my name is Alison and I’m a recovering Christmas over-decorator. It’s true, every square inch of my house used to look like Christmas threw up on it.
This year, I vowed that things would be different. And they finally are!
Every year, my husband Craig makes his pilgrimage to the attic to pull out bin after bin of decorations – enough to decorate six trees (you read that right, SIX) and every square inch of our two story house. Decorations that we’ve collected since our very first Christmas together almost 20 years ago.
Much to the chagrin of our daughters, I only put out about 50% of our usual decor this year. I’d like to cut it down by another 25% next year but hey, baby steps, right?
My goal was to make our decorations work with our existing decor, to scale things down a bit and have an overall simpler, more elegant look to them. In other words, no more Christmas vomit. 🙂
Here are some pics of our decorations this year. You be the judge.
(This first pic is cheating, we didn’t really get snow yet this year. It’s from a few years back, but our outside decorations are still the same!)
Yes, there are still three trees in these pictures (well, really there’s 4, I left one out) but we’re down from six so that’s progress!
I’m planning to leave our decorations up through the New Year. The house always looks so sad and empty when they come down.
Speaking of, what’s your perfect New Year’s Eve look like? Mine is spent at home with my family, eating finger foods, playing board games and propping my eyes open to stay awake to watch the ball drop! Fortunately we’re in the central time zone, so I only have to stay up until 11 for that. 🙂
Whatever your NYE groove looks like, I’ve got some easy outfits for you today to spend it in style and everything here is $50 or less! Remember to shop your closet first, I’m willing to bet you have some pieces to put these outfits together in there.
Cozy at Home
Pair up a poncho with ankle zip leggings and a little bit of arm candy to make it feel special. Wear your favorite flats, boots or slippers (I won’t judge!)
- Topshop | Colorblock Poncho
- J.Crew | Ankle Zip Leggings
- Nordstrom | Sheer Anklet
- Old Navy | Pave Bangle Set For Women
Using the all black foolproof outfit formula, pair up a peplum top with ankle pants, comfy block heels and gold accessories for a perfectly polished party with friends and family.
- Old Navy | Relaxed Peplum-Hem Top
- Old Navy | Pixie Mid-Rise Ankle Pants
- LOFT | Pearlized Crystal Dangle Necklace
- LOFT | Embellished Pouch | Silver Beam
- Target | Abigail Block Heel Pumps | Grey
Out on the Town
If you need to get extra fancy for a big night out, grab these basics from your closet – a black cami, pencil skirt and sparkly accessories – to be party perfect in no time!