Friday, December 7, 2012

Just Like Snow, Glittery N Frosted

Thank you for all your sweet comments and encouragements on my previous post about our pregnancy news. Also, I'd like to thank all of you Friends who advised to me to open an account at Photobucket to solve the blogger limited photo storage problem. It took me a while and I got confused at and failed during the first try outs, but now I can add pictures again. So happy! I really, really appreciate all your support, Friends!  ^__^

If I could go back in time and give a piece of advice to a six-year-old LeeAnne, this is what I'm going to tell her...

Learn things that would serve you well in life instead of just at school: cooking, cleaning, sewing.

I was very good at school, but now I realize that math, physics and chemistry only served me well to get good grades, unless I really wanted to work in the fields that require them. On the other hand, cooking, cleaning, and sewing will help any man or woman a lot in daily life, way after school finished and after retirement from work.

So yeah, when I have children on my own, I will make sure that they would learn - and master - at least the basics of these invaluable skills.

Hmmm... I wonder what my Mom would say when she reads this post.... "I told you!", maybe.... ^_^
Anyway, I wore this ensemble about a year ago, on a cold and rainy day. That's why I wore the glittery shawl around my neck. It's a very versatile piece, I can wear it as a scarf, as a belt, or just throw it non chalantly on my shoulders. Or tie it around my purse like I did here with my thrifted tropical blue and green silk scarf. And best of all: it's cheap!
The skirt was refashioned from Mom's old longer skirt.
I love stacking bracelets like this, sometimes mixing bangles, cuffs, and dangling charm bracelet together. They make this lovely sound whenever I move my wrist, which I think is very feminine. For the same reason I always wear an anklet. The soft tinkling sound it makes when I walk makes me that very much aware of every step and movement that I make. Of course, I avoid wearing charm bracelets with loud bells or stacking too many bracelets for office wear. I don't want to look like a fashion victim or sound like a cow with a bell around its neck!

Anyway, since I'm a lady with a huge belly a.k.a 31-week pregnant now, I cannot do what I usually do at the beginning of December: decorating the house with Christmas ornaments. I'm tired and sleepy and I'm not allowed to do any heavy lifting, due to my health problem. So, my husband was being very sweet and took me Christmas tree shopping! At first we thought we just would get a 4-feet one to put on the corner table. But one look to this 6-feet tall, evergreen with gold and silver glitters Yosemite beauty, and we knew we had found our tree! My husband built it, and we decorated it together. We didn't have any Christmas tree ornament, and we didn't want to rush buying just any ornaments. So we came up with this plan:

Decide on this year's theme.

We browsed through the internet for inspiration. What kind of tree we want to set up this year? The traditional? All whites? Pink and silver? We finally agreed on white (silver and gold actually, they look white enough from afar) with splashes of red.

Just buy the essentials. Can always buy additional knick knacks later. Don't want to go overboard and e nd up with so-so ornaments.

We bought traditional colorful Christmas lights, a pack of half dozen big size sequinned gold balls, a pack of dozen medium size shiny silver balls, a pack of half dozen red glittery ornaments, a roll of gold and silver Christmas bow (to be cut up and tied into pretty bows), one silver boa, and a gold one. That's the canvas.

Use whatever we have around the house that correlates to the theme to spice up the tree.

So we put a white tiger cub doll, a white Hello Kitty doll with red bow, a white puppy doll with red scarf and red snow hat. You get the picture. We couldn't find the perfect star for the top of the tree, so instead of make do with buying less-than-perfect star or angel, we just put this Santa's hat on the top! So cute!

Well, what do you think of our attempts with our very first family Christmas tree? ^__^

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Marla said...

I am a huge fan of wearing necklaces with scarfs. Your whole outfit is so cute, and that color blue is so pretty on you.

Becky Goddard-Hill said...

I really like your key necklace do come show your out fit off at todays frugal fasahion show

Redheaded Daybook said...

cute top!
love how you blended it with the grays

happy friday!

Redheaded Daybook

Anonymous said...

Blog hopping - very nice outfit - colors look great on you!

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Jenny's Heart said...

I think your tree looks lovely.
Best wishes on your pregnancy too.
Merry Christmas

Enjoying the Epiphany said...

Super cute outfit! Yay you! I am your newest follower and was hoping that you would follow me back!


Pakize Kapan said...

Such a cute outfit, totally adore your key necklace and handbag :-) I found you through the Aloha Affair Blog Hop and followed you. Feel free to visit my blog anytime and maybe follow if you like what you see there ;-)

kisses Keke (Pakize)

A Joyful Noise said...

Your scarf and bracelets are fun items to wear. Your christmas tree will look pretty with bows and garland. Thanks for sharing at Tell Me a Story

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

You found a lovely tree! Best of holiday wishes to you for this Christmas and though your pregnancy.

Niki Caron said...

I love every single thing about this outfit!!! Every piece of it! That skirt is amazing, I love love love that necklace, and the shade of blue in the sweater is gorgeous!

Melaina25 said...

Love the black and blue together :)

✰Transatlantic Blonde✰

Tracy said...

Hi there, wow, what lovely ideas. I am so glad you linked up on Winsome Wednesday and look forward to seeing you there again next week.
God bless

Miriam said...

Love the stacked bracelets and the blue jersey is great too! Thanks for being part of Wardrobe Weds this week :-)

Dressing Up For Me said...

Your key necklace is gorgeous and congratulations on being pregnant! :)

The Busy Bee's said...

Congratulations! Babies are the best! Thank you for linking up to the blog hop Adorned From Above. We are co-hosting and appreciate you joining the party! Have a great day!
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Judith said...

Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home and sharing your tips for dressing attractively on a budget. I would love to see pictures of you now while you are pregnant ;-)

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