holiday fun

five holiday traditions i can’t wait to partake in

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disclosure: a special thank you to sas shoes for providing the boots worn in today’s post. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

and just like that, the holiday season is upon us! i can’t believe how seemingly quickly it arrived. (wasn’t the fourth of july just last week?) despite how hastily november came (and went), i am eager to partake in several fun, festive activities!

my family and i plan to stay local for christmas. (i look forward to visiting with extended family in issaquah and seattle.) this allows more time to participate in the festivities around us! i have several items filling up my calendar—it feels very full—and look forward to experiencing a few new happenings, too.

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seattle fashion blogger, diary of this girl, holiday list

to complement our holiday spirt, i’ve rounded up my top five traditions—including a holiday outfit—for you:

one (1): enjoy a hot coco date

nothing says “holiday” quite like a hot coco date, right? for my local readers, i love popping into dilletante mocha café to enjoy a tasty treat. you are encouraged to select your cacao percentage from five chocolate varieties. (i love the dark hot chocolate or mocha with 63% cacao.) and what pairs well with hot coco? a homemade brownie or coconut macaroon, of course!

two (2): decorate the christmas tree

at the end of november, my family and i typically visit a local tree farm and look for a noble fir to bring home! (noble firs have ample space for those extra large—and extra long—dachshund ornaments.)  after stringing lights, my mom and i enjoy adorning the tree with festive ornaments and decor. we play christmas music, wear christmas pajamas, and strive to create a beautiful space in which to celebrate the holiday season.

several of our ornaments are from my childhood. we have a few that were made by my brother and me in our preschool and elementary-school years. they’re fun to bring out and reminisce over!

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seattle fashion blogger, diary of this girl, holiday list, sas shoes
three (3): put together a holiday-inspired outfit

velvet, sequins, sparkle—all styles that embody the holiday season! i enjoy planning outfits for parties and gatherings; i love any excuse to dress up this time of year.

during the month of december, i will attend several parties and events. while i would love to purchase a new outfit for each occasion, (unfortunately) my budget won’t allow this. instead, i plan to mix and match pieces in my closet to create seemingly unique looks. i have a pleated metallic skirt and black velvet dress that will act as my seasonal “staples.” i can add a sequin bag, printed scarf, or lace blouse to elevate my look.

additionally, i plan to style my “simi” ankle boots, courtesy of sas shoes, with several holiday outfits. (i’m wearing the color “mirage wine” in a size 8, and they fit true-to-size.) today, i paired my ankle boots with a vintage floral dress. i think these boots will look equally cute with a velvet dress or a pair of black culottes!

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four (4): bake something delicious

who doesn’t love holiday cookies? whether you prefer sugar cookies, pie, or homemade fudge, the seasonally-timed recipes are endless!

my mom and i enjoy browsing pinterest for gluten-free options. she baked a flourless chocolate cheesecake for thanksgiving. i won’t tell you how many pieces i consumed—it was so tasty—i couldn’t help myself. i am itching to bake this triple-chocolate brownie mousse stack and these mississippi mud medallions. (all the chocolate dessert, please!)

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diary of this girl megan, seattle fashion blogger, sas shoes, holiday fun
five (5): create a holiday-themed calendar

one of the families i nanny for puts together a holiday calendar for the month of december. each day has a recommended activity. (for example: watch a holiday movie together; build your own hot coco bar (with several toppings); volunteer at a local soup kitchen; go for a walk in your neighborhood to look at lights) i absolutely love this idea! while i don’t think you necessarily need an elaborate—or costly—activity outlined each day, simple gestures and outings can help foster holiday spirit.

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photos by chelsea macor photography

dress: vintage, jacket: zara (old), boots: c/o sas shoes (exact here), clutch: nordstrom

what are your favorite traditions? do you have a holiday outfit in mind? and coming soon—i want to compile a list of seattle activities you simply can’t miss during the holiday season. happy end-of-november, everyone!

little letters :: fourth of july edition

**little letters inspired by this post.

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june, where did you go? hello, july! a group of friends and i are heading to lake chelan this week, and i could not be more excited.

when packing for our trip, i made sure to include festive fourth of july attire. and no, i don’t mean a flag t-shirt—though i may or may not own one. instead, i picked out several red, white, and blue pieces to style! i love this patriotic combination and cannot wait to wear my blue and white romper (with red accessories) on the fourth.

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dear zara sale, why oh why must you always taunt me? there are so many dresses, bags, and shoes i need in my closet.

dear fourth of july, you continue to be one of my favorite holidays! any excuse to barbecue, enjoy sunshine, and wear patriotic-themed attire—yes, please!

dear iced coffee, i need you in my life. especially after a long, busy weekend.

diary of this girl, seattle fashion blogger, fourth of july

dear white sandals, i am desperate to get a hold of you. this girl is embracing 70s-inspired fashion, and white sandals are an integral component. if you have any recommendations as to where i can find white sandals for summer, please send them my way!

dear lake chelan, i can’t tell you how excited i am to visit. i look forward to basking in the sun, reading lakeside, and of course, trying out a few of the local wineries. the weather forecast looks great, too!

dear pink sprinkle doughnut (from top pot doughnuts), why oh why must you be so delicious? i miss eating you, and you are the perfect breakfast accompaniment (with coffee, of course) on any and all holidays!

diary of this girl, seattle fashion blogger, fourth of july

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photos by karya schanilec photography

tank: loft (exact here), gingham shorts: zara, denim jacket: loft, sandals: fred meyer, purse: target

do you have plans for the fourth? how do you typically celebrate? and of course, i have to ask, what do you wear? i packed this tank and short combination for lake chelan, as well as a navy blouse with stars. i hope you have a wonderful holiday!

you can read past little letters here and here.

 

 

baking with metropolitan market holiday pears

the holidays are around the corner,

and while i have yet to begin shopping,
decorating, cooking and baking, and other festive
holiday activities are on my mind.
what are some of your favorite ways
to get into the holiday spirit?
i have to admit, cooking and baking
are not my greatest skills; i do enough to get
by (when in doubt, make a smoothie (or order
takeout)), but i am determined to experiment with
a few new recipes this year!

disclosure: metropolitan market graciously gifted me the pears photographed
in today’s post. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

metropolitan market generously sent
a flat of pears my way just before thanksgiving.
grown in medford, oregon, metropolitan market’s
(exclusive) holiday pears are delicious!
picked at their peak, the pears are cold-
conditioned and shipped to your local market.
after two days at home, the pears were deliciously
ripe and ready to snack on and bake with.
quick aside, metropolitan market’s biggest fan? my 
family’s dachshund, bailey. she is a fruit-lover, 
and pears are among her favorite treats!

photos by karya schanilec photography

i have to admit, my family and i ate a few
more pears than originally planned (leaving less
than we anticipated for food preparation
purposes). another trip to metropolitan market,
before the holidays are over, is in our future.

two recipes we did try, however, were the
pear and fennel salad and cinnamon baked pears.
both were quick, easy, and tasty.
many of the ingredients are likely in your
pantry, so pick up a flat of holiday pears, and
let’s get baking!

pear and fennel salad
dressing: 
2 tbsp sherry vinegar or lemon juice
1 tsp dijon mustard (to taste)
1 tsp honey
1 tsp salt (to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oilsalad:
6 cups arugula or other baby salad greens
1 and 1/2 cups thinly sliced fresh fennel bulb
2 ripe holiday pears (sliced)
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1/2 cup feta or gorgonzola cheese
preparation:
in a medium bowl, toss arugula, pear slices,
walnuts, and dressing. drizzle with
remaining dressing, and enjoy!cinnamon baked pears
ingredients:
4 ripe holiday pears
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tbsp cinnamon sugar
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt (to taste)preparation:
preheat oven to 400 degrees,
halve pears and scoop out center to fit oatmeal crumble,
brush pears with melted butter and sprinkle
with cinnamon sugar,
combine oats, almonds, brown sugar,
cinnamon, and a pinch of salt,
pour remaining melted butter
into mixture and spoon into pear halves,
bake until pears are soft (approximately
30-40 minutes), enjoy!

have you begun holiday baking?
what are your favorite recipes?
xoxo.

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