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What I Wore {The 2016 Favorites}

1.11.2017

Let's see, what did I learn to embrace in 2016 when it came to my wardrobe?

I'm going to go with: birkenstocks (bought my first pair ever), wearing ankle boots with not just skinny jeans, but knee length skirts & dresses, owning boyfriend jeans even though I'm not a skinny gal, blanket scarves, utility vests, and the return of the super long flare leg jean!

Here's my faves (that mostly have nothing to do with the above list, actually)...




I'm already looking forward to trying new (to me) trends this year... and that's why fashion is so much fun!

(Linking to The Pleated Poppy)

What I Wore No. 310

1.04.2017

What I wore the last week of December...

No. 1
Old Navy top, Forever 21 cardigan, Jag jeans, Trend Shoes booties, Nickel & Suede earrings & cuff

No. 2 
Old Navy blouse, Kut From the Kloth boyfriend jeans, Trend Shoes booties, Maurice's necklace, Nickel & Suede earrings

No. 3 
TJ Maxx top, YMI vest, Kut From the Kloth boyfriend jeans, Trend Shoes booties, gifted scarf

No. 4 
Old Navy top, Faded Glory cardigan, Jag jeans, Trend Shoes slip on sneakers, finger-knitted scarf made by me

No. 5 
Old Navy top, Costco sweats, Old Friend sheepskin slippers

Next week I'll share my favorite outfits from 2016 - one of my favorite posts to put together each year!

(Linking with The Pleated Poppy)

Wrapping up December {in January}

1.03.2017

Hello, 2017!

I'm so happy it's a new year. For one, it's no longer election year. PRAISE GOD. For two, I'm flying to New Zealand this year! In 3 months to be exact, and I caaaaan't wait. And for three, January is one month closer to the return of summer :)

2016 was a really good year for us, and I can't properly move on until I wrap it up...

Presenting: December!

We picked a tree...

and we decorated it.

Jana and I went on our annual Christmas outfit shopping day (where we also finish up our Christmas shopping, eat out, exhange gifts with each other, and discuss all of life's issues and problems ;)

We had our first winter storm that left 4 inches of snow...

and we took some family pictures out in it! 



Kendall performed a beautiful music special with two of her friends at our Christmas church service,

Blake sang in the children's choir,

and we found out Cooper grew 4 inches since summer!

we had fun playing in the snow that lasted and lasted (and consequently started our kids' Christmas break earlier than planned.)

I got my first pair of sheepskin slippers and died of feet happiness.

And on New Year's Eve we celebrated with friends young...

and old. 
(Old as in long-time!) 

It was a fantastic night. 

Now here's to a fantastic new year!

'Twas Two Days After Christmas

12.28.2016

So I figured I should recap a little.

And by recap, I mean share some pictures :)

First up: Wilson family Christmas at my parents house on Christmas Eve.
The cousins - this was the best of 10+ shots. 


Traditional siblings + spouses picture

My cousin Ben got to join us from Sydney, Australia!

Awesome games from Mike & Linley

There was food and presents aplenty, with a few fun surprises, like this smoker for my brother...

And a beautiful wedding photobook for my parents from Jay & Christine

All in all, a perfect day. 

Christmas morning we had to wake all three of our kids up to finally get things going! Russ and I cooked breakfast together and we had a nice slow morning taking our time opening gifts and enjoying everyone's reactions to everything. 
"Let's take a picture in front of the tree", I said. 

Funny thing... her gift started ringing as she opened it! We've always told our kids they won't get a cell phone until they're 16 and driving, so Kendall had no clue this was coming. We made it to 15 and a half so we decided it was close enough ;)

Mind blown!

Blurry but adorable shot of Blake crying when he got his dream gift... a pair of heelys, haha.

After finishing up we got ready and then headed over to Russ's parents for Halverson family Christmas.

The cousins

Everyone!

There were fun gifts...

funny gifts...

funny moments...

and shennanigans. 
(Yes, Russ asked for Roundup for Christmas.)

We had an awesome day, finishing up with a movie (Magnificent 7) and round two of Christmas dinner before heading home around 10pm. 

Christmas is THE BEST. Hope yours was merry and bright!

What I Wore No. 309

12.21.2016

Well I haven't blogged in two weeks so I'd just like to update you on the status of my present wrapping...

It hasn't happened. 

I have high hopes for today. Or tomorrow ;)

No. 1
Ross dress, Old Navy heels, Burlington bracelets, gifted necklace

No. 2 
Old Navy tee, Target cardigan, Jag jeans, Trend shoes booties, Ross scarf

(these jeans are the new pull on style - GAME CHANGER. Mine are the Nora skinny jean and I bought them at Nordstrom Rack.)

No. 3 
TJ Maxx top, American Eagle jeans, Target booties, Ross scarf, Nickel & Suede bracelet

No. 4 
Old Navy sweatshirt & tee, Maurice's jeans, Ugg boots, finger-knitted scarf made by me

No. 5 
Old Navy top, YMI vest, American Eagle jeans, Converse sneakers, Forever 21 scarf

Merry almost Christmas! 

(Linking to The Pleated Poppy)