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Wreath Making with Girlfriends

Rebecca Taylor top, AYR jeans, Intermix coat (similar), Givenchy bag, Kendra Scott earrings

I’ve realized lately that the holidays are absolutely what you make of them.

Especially living in LA, where December 20th is indistinguishable from August 20th – to feel festive you have to make a point of it. Around Thanksgiving, Annie and I were talking about how this was such a crazy, “off” year for both of us. I think we can all agree the world is in a strange place – there’s a lot of bad news and combative opinions floating around on the daily, and we’re both people that are sensitive to what’s going on around us. That aside, on a personal note, you know how some years are fantastic and truly memorable, and others are just “off”? It’s not that 2018 was a “bad” year for me – lots of good happened, from deepening relationships to fun events. But I wouldn’t say I’ll look back it as a year of profound meaning and progression, and that’s okay. Every year ebbs and flows; I feel this is normal in life, and I have a gut feeling that 2019 will be an exciting one with a lot of positivity.

But I digress. Annie and I agreed that we needed to plan something festive to embrace the holiday season, get together with girlfriends and close out the year doing what we do best (talking, eating, laughing) –  so I was SO happy when she sent an invitation to her “wreath making” party. I’d never actually made a wreath before – have you? There’s a little more to it than I realized, but the process was such a fun activity to do together. We went to Rolling Greens in LA – if you haven’t been, it’s a gorgeous nursery that sells everything from plants and succulents to home decor and gifts. You can imagine how good the place smelled by looking at these photos.

I’ve been on a full shimmer kick lately – this Rebecca Taylor top is my latest in rotation. The ruched center and slightly gathered shoulder are seriously so flattering. It’s the perfect pairing with simple black jeans and booties. These jeans are by a brand I recently discovered called AYR, and I can’t take them off. They check all the boxes for jeans – high waist cut, slimming shape, slight faded wash and ankle cut with frayed detail. Order them; I promise you won’t be disappointed. My wrap coat is from about 3 years ago from Intermix – it’s one of those pieces you end up loving and wearing year after year. I found a gorgeous similar coat from Theory that I love, and If I didn’t already have one I’d be picking it up.

I also have to mention these graphite druzy earrings – they are Kendra Scott and I’ve worn them a ton this season! The geometric shape is so unique and the grey color feels very luxe to me; you don’t usually see grey earrings and I think it makes the shimmer much more wearable.

If you follow me on IG stories you know I just got a second piercing in one ear, which was both a longtime thought process but also an impulse decision that week. I’m so happy with it but I’ll have to take a break from the statement earrings until the hole heals and I can take out the stud.

My lip color is “Royal” by Kosas – my current favorite berry red.  Shop the rest of the outfit below!

 

Rebecca Taylor top, AYR jeans, Intermix coat (similar), Givenchy bag, Kendra Scott earrings
Photography by Felicia Lasala

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