I’m one of those people who is usually somewhat prepared for the holidays. I even tend to have a plan A and plan B. One year plan A was to deep fry the turkey, which only takes 20 minutes or so. Hubby decided to dry the pan by putting it on the fire to evaporate the water from it… Next thing we knew it had a big hole in it! Yep, he burnt a hole in the pan and we were expecting company to show up in 30 minutes. Plan B was then enacted with stealth and precision (okay, I was frantic for a bit, I admit it!). We pre-carved the raw turkey and pressure cooked it a little at a time. (I have a small pressure cooker.) It turned out wonderful and everyone was thrilled.
Despite my natural inclinations to be prepared, I hardly ever know what I’m going to wear for the holidays. Each little activity and function has me in my room trying on various combinations to get a look I’m happy with. This year, I’m looking for ideas early. What do you think of these?
First, remember to start with the first layer. Leggings and a Cami (we’ll skip the obvious). Let’s keep our legs warm & ourselves covered. If you are going to be around the hot stove a lot (like me) or tend to have hot flashes (like me again), you may want to go with light weight cropped leggins and a modesty panel neckline insert/ mock cami. If you are cold natured, Debra&Co. has Fleece lined tights:
and a 3/4 length HalfTee
that is sure to help keep you toasty.
Now, pick a skirt. For the holidays, dark is always dressy and tends to not show those inevitable stains. (I’m a klutz and so are my children. If I don’t spill it on myself, one of them will.) My favorite skirts are from http://www.hannahlise.
Next, a top. Usually, I like a simple t-shirt with a decorative vest, long sleeve shirt, or pretty sweater. This year I found some beautiful sweater-tops on sale that I’m looking forward to wearing for the holidays. One is dark teal and the other is burgundy. Great holiday colors.
Last, accessories. Of course, Lilla Rose hair accessories are the best! If you have little ones, you’ll be taking a bag of some sort. Practicality is key in my thinking. I love Thirty-one bags! The seasonal prints are irresistible! Scarves are versatile and fun. And in winter, I like boots or comfortable loafers.
Whether you can purchase a new holiday outfit or have to dig through your closet this year, I hope these give you a few ideas. No doubt your style is quite different from mine, but you can use the same simple concepts to get YOUR look and feel fresh and feminine this holiday season. (Don’t forget to put on your apron! I never remember until the first powdering of flour is already on me…)
Have Blessed Holidays!
Dawnita Fogleman is a fifth generation Oklahoma Panhandle Pioneer. She and her husband, Paul, have six amazing children. They have homeschooled from the start and now have two graduated and starting their own businesses. With the family business and their little farm every day is a surprise. Dawnita blogs about life on the “funny farm” at FoglemanForerunner.com.