holiday traditions

i can’t believe thanksgiving is 9 days away. i feel like it was just the fourth of july. and then all of a sudden it was halloween. and now we’re quickly approaching thanksgiving which really feels like the start of the holidays for me. and i don’t hate it.

for as long as i can remember i’ve always looked forward to the holiday season. between the cold weather and [hopefully] snow covered ground, the music, the food, the parties, the decorations and smells, and overall gushy feeling of “i love my friends and family” i can’t decide what i like the best.


growing up, we always spent thanksgiving with our amazing friends, bob & betsy, at their house in the mountains. after piling everything into the car, making sure i have plenty of snacks and going to the bathroom just one more time, we hit the road headed for silverthorne. it could never be ‘thanksgiving in the mountains’ without starting the weekend at the outlets. the rest of the holiday is filled with hiking or snowshoeing, watching football [otherwise known as occasionally yelling at the tv], board games [here are some of our favorites…], endless bottles of wine, devouring books, and making great memories with loved ones.

christmas eve we spent in the mountains. after skiing all day we ate my great grandpa’s famous pasta dinner and headed back to the mountain for the torchlight parade [which i might add is a totally random event.] it’s filled with christmas music, a big bonfire and the ski patrol team skiing down the mountain with flares followed by santa. we would drive back to denver that night to spend christmas day at home. after coffee, we opened stockings and gifts and hopefully finished with the scavenger hunt by the time dinner came. christmas day might be my least favorite day of the whole holidays because it signaled an end of the seasons for me – any ideas on how to continue the spirit??


unfortunately, days in colorado are behind me and i’ve been forced to make new traditions. being part of the medical field has it’s ups and downs – healthcare never sleeps so thankfully i’ll always be able to find another job as an RN, but that also means i’ll be forced to work some holidays and as a new(ish) nurse i usually get to work the holidays no one else wants to work. this year, i’ll be working thanksgiving and new years and will have the entire christmas holiday off which is the first time in four years! we’ll bring some food into work and celebrate together as co-workers – gorging on leftover turkey sandwiches thanksgiving and popping sparkling apple cider to ring in the new year.


since i’ve started in the big girl world i’ve adopted a couple traditions specifically for myself – some big, some not so big, but all equally putting me in the holiday spirit:

watching the holiday at LEAST twice // making christmas cookies with my sister // going to a show at the flynn // reading this blog post // decorating the house [or over decorating as some would say…] // blasting christmas music at all times // cutting down my own christmas tree

anything i should add into my mix?


stealing this amazing quote from a cup of jo follower:

Ashley Sawyer says: “I grew up in foster care, and thus haven’t had a lot of family traditions to rely on throughout my life. During my sophomore year of college, however, my best friend and I randomly spent Christmas Eve together. What started out as an evening spent eating snacks and exchanging a few haphazard gifts has now grown to become an all-out event that we both treasure. At thirty two years old, we’ve spent the last thirteen Christmas Eves together. We have a fancy dinner, a big tree, decorations and lots hugs. We’ve endured failed recipes as amateur cooks, the ending of relationships, graduate school and pets – it’s what I suspect many people experience with their brothers and sisters. I live a great life now and am so lucky. Creating this tradition with my best friend taught me that family and love is truly what you make of it. And, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?”


what are your favorite traditions to get into the spirit?

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REALLY wishing i still lived in denver so i could order one of these beauties for my front door. i went to high school with the owner – check her out! and if you order one, let me know so i can live vicariously through you!

 

 

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wishin’

oh, hello fall. nice to see you again. we’ve had a number of chilly mornings which are slowly turning into chilly days. which then have me lusting over all sorts of new goodies to help keep me warm.


everlane has come out with some seriously amazing additions this season. i’m obsessing over all of their new outerwear pieces. especially this jacket. not as if i need another jacket…. but it’s REAL cute.

and it most certainly won’t break the bank at less than $170, i think yes.


so i’ve written about m.gemi shoes before and i still haven’t stopped obsessing. i’ve tried to get over them, but it just isn’t going to happen. especially once i saw that they made these. i mean, come ONNNNNN. they come in a variety of colors and each one is better than the next – i can’t decide which one i love the most! these emerald ones sure are pretty though…Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 12.26.22 PM

but wait there’s more – through november 12th, ALL m.gemi shoes are $50 off.


somehow i stumbled on this small business in my instagram feed one day and i’m so happy i did because i’ve been a loyal follower since. the company is based out of boston but they also employ a number of women in peru making it the epitome of a small business i can happily get behind. too bad i won’t look as adorable as she does in these hats… they also make cowls and she teaches a class in the boston area – i would LOVE to attend one of her classes. these are my top three favorites.


now that i’ve listed a pile of clothes that can be worn outside in the cold temps, i can’t help but think about what i’m going to change into once i get home. i’ve always been the type of person to wear whatever when going to bed and to be honest, it’s typically a pair of oversized sweats and a big hooded sweatshirt. but now that i’m a year older (and obviously much wiser and classier) i’ve been wanting a set of pajamas to sleep in. and when it comes to buying pajamas there is a complete gamut of choices: summer ones, winter ones, nightgowns, different fabrics – the list goes on and it’s quite overwhelming. but i’ve done a bit of research and these are the ones that i need. Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 12.30.08 PM

plus they’re from nordstrom so free shipping and free returns if they don’t work out! i just can’t decide between the navy or black…


what do you have on your wish list this year?

three worthy things

another sunday come and gone already?! it was a beautiful weekend here in burlington, mother nature really came in big.


currently obsessing over this candle that i found in hudson last weekend. i have been looking for a candle that has a masculine scent without being overwhelming/overpowering, is relatively slow burning but also has the ability to scent up the entire room and it just can’t come in a super ugly jar. i’m happy to say i have finally found the one. some of the other candles i have been looking at just haven’t quite fit the bill. oh and did i mention that you’ll actually have some bills in your pocket even after buying this one??


now that i’m working full time nights i’ve had some more down time during the days and have been spending lots of time reading. i have always been the “omg i love books, and i couldn’t think of ever giving up a book for a device” reader but there’s something to be said about a kindle – trust me – you can easily pack hundreds of books for your vacation, it’s super light, you can read it in full sun [which you can’t off an ipad], and if you’re an amazon prime member you get free books! regardless, i couldn’t put the damn thing down when i was reading this book. and i promise, it’s much more light hearted than it appears on first glance. and thanks to this post from cup of jo, i’ll have all sorts of good suggestions to bring to the next book club! anyone reading something that you recommend?


it’s almost a sin to call fall in vermont complete without a combination of hiking, leaf peeping and/or apple picking. please try and find one person who hasn’t done any of those things this fall. and most everyone will try to get all three activities done in one day! anyways, i jumped on the band wagon and spent sunday afternoon in bolton going on this little hike. rounding out the afternoon with some beers at a waterbury brewery was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered. and i fell in love with this beer. fullsizeoutput_1973.jpeg


happy monday!

field + supply review

happy fall, ya’ll! how the hell is it already october 10th….? needless to say, the year is flying by. can’t believe it especially because it hasn’t quite felt like fall temps here yet. it’s been unusally warm for the season – it was 80 last week! thankfully the weather is slowly starting to cool off and the leaves are unreal pretty.


last weekend, tiffany and i did a totally “fall thing” and trekked out to the catskills to go to a craft fair. yes, a craft fair but i liked to call it a “boujee” craft fair while  field + supply was calling it a “modern makers” craft fair. the fair was held in kingston, new york along the hudson river at the hutton brickyards. let me start off by talking about how swoon worthy the location was. it’s this gorgeous and huge event venue that’s the home to many a concert, craft fair and wedding. it’s warm and inviting and i wish it was closer to burlington because i would spend hours there. just sitting. and staring. stole this pic from the hutton brickyards instagram account. start stalking – you won’t be sorry. fullsizeoutput_1923

we actually went to the fair with the intent to take this amazing calligraphy class put on by inkrevival. we aren’t that crazy to drive 8 hours total just for a craft fair. we wanted to get there in the morning with enough time to browse through all the vendors and eat without feeling rushed to make it to our class in time. but at 1:26 when we couldn’t find the table with the calligraphy class that was supposed to start at 1:30 we knew something wasn’t right… we asked some ladies at the closest “check-in” table and they informed us that the class we were signed up for, that we paid for, that we drove 8 hours round trip for was, indeed, CANCELLED. no communication was had regarding this cancelled class and the organizers of field + supply AND the woman who was teaching the calligraphy class are equally to blame. trust me, i get that life happens. and it happens when you’re least expecting it. there are certainly things that you cannot predict or plan for and it sucks and throws everything off. i get that. but seriously to not send an email about a class that was cancelled is bonkers. we most certainly wouldn’t have traveled that far OR stayed over friday night if we hadn’t signed up for the class. end rant.

i still want to take a calligraphy class – if anyone has good class options [online or in person] please send them my way!!


ranting aside, we had a great time at field + supply and wanted to take everything home. i found these amazing earrings from melissa joy manning and an amazing pair from tiny anvil jewelry. it took everything in my power to NOT buy yet another hat from trs hat company.


rewind to friday night when we arrived to the catskills. we stayed in hudson which is one of the cutest towns ever. our first stop was the rivertown lodge for a couple cocktails. the aesthetics and decor in that place make me want to re-vamp my entire space and have it look exactly like this hotel. IMG_1357

we bopped around downtown and went into some of the amazing stores that hudson has to offer. again, i wanted to buy everything to re-decorate my entire space. if you’re into the mid-century modern vibe you’ll be into hudson. moto coffee has the best lattes, finch has unreal furniture, mutiny the best store to find a gift for your guy, and fig & bella is the best store to find a trinket for yourself.


overall, it was a great weekend (even with the cancelled class…!) and i would go back to hudson in a second for another mini get-away! i highly recommend it. fullsizeoutput_18fdmy favorite fall combo – a good hat and comfy sweater from jess boutique paired with a scarf for the cooler days.fullsizeoutput_1908another shot of the hutton brickyards from this weekend. this one stolen from peak stuff vintage.

three worthy things

monday, woof. it really threw me for a loop today. altering this weeks edition just a hair…

i’m going to start with a belated birthday shoutout to tiffany; 39 never looked so good. 😉 we celebrated by coaching a lacrosse tournament in new york and then with a dinner at the lobby in middlebury. a friend introduced us to her friend’s jewelry brand, otem, which is based out of brooklyn. this is where i found tiffy’s bday gift. seriously, go check them out, because they have beautiful jewelry. IMG_0606.JPG


going off on the jewelry tangent, i can’t help but share this amazing jewelry brand. i’m seriously obsessing over everything they make. especially their choker/collar necklaces. this bracelet is the first item on my wish list. oh, and check out the instagram account, it makes you want things even more.


next up is, ‘the couple next door‘ by shari lapena. holy moly this book is INSANELY good. i literally could not put it down – i bought it sunday and closed it on wednesday night –  and the ending just leaves you wanting more. i’m desperately hoping there’s a second book. here’s a slight recap taken from goodreads:

“You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbor told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.
You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?”


a couple weekends ago, some friends of mine introduced me to a lawn game called kubb. to be honest, i was not expecting it to be that fun seeing as that it literally is a bunch of blocks and a couple dowels, but, i was pleasantly proved wrong. add a sunny afternoon, a good group of friends and a case of beer and you’ve got yourself an afternoon.

what are your favorite afternoon lawn games?

new year, new blogger.

so i log onto wordpress this morning, and what notification do i see but a ‘happy anniversary with wordpress’ post. i think to myself, “oh my gosh, how cute, can’t believe it’s been two years.” and then i click it….

you guys. it’s been FIVE YEARS. five years has come and gone and what do i have to show for it? a blog that i really love to write, but also a blog that i’m so inconsistent in doing so. a week will come and go and i’ll post a couple times, and yet i’ll let three weeks fly by and not post once. when i started sequins & sneakers i was [wishfully] thinking that it was going to be easy – posting, brainstorm, and writing about cool things – i mean, sounds easy, right? and boy was i wrong. when you don’t dedicate enough time or energy into something, (as hard as it may seem) it won’t just generate out of thin air. SHOCKER, I KNOW. so here i am, ranting about not doing something that i am perfectly capable of doing. i just have to commit and make time for the things i enjoy.


so here i am, feeling like it’s a ‘wordpress new year’. so, happy new year, folks. and as they say… new year, new blogger. with this ‘new year’, i’m going to make a few resolutions. there’s really nothing like airing all your resolutions out in the open for everyone to know because, guaranteed at least one person will ask you about them.

-make a space that’s mine to work in. i want it to feel light and airy, and full of inspiration. here are a few pinterest inspiration desks: this one originally found here. love the natural light from this one, originally found here. i’m obsessed with a crisp white peg board wall like this one, originally found here.

-be more intentional with my posts. start planning for them more – plan topics, plan outfit shoots, plan cocktail making [twist my arm…]. finding a ton of help and motivation from these bad a** babes.

-take better photos and tailor my instagram towards one “vibe” instead of hundreds. you all know what i’m talking about… can’t have ‘light and airy’ but also ‘dark and gloomy’ AND ‘bright and full of color’ in one. it’s like multiple personalities. and i currently have about 5. and i’m working on it, okay?


alright, i’m going to start there. because i could totally keep throwing out resolutions but i need something small and attainable to start with. so with those, i’m going to leave you. i’ll see you in the new year. 😀IMG_0598

life lately in photo

happy sunday, kids!! i hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. as you’re all well aware, i’ve been less than stellar at keeping up with the jones’ [aka sequins & stripes, a cup of jo, the fox & she, or the golden girl]… but i sure have been having a good time. here’s a brief recap:


we made our first maine trip of the summer where we spent the days lounging on the deck, boating over to port clyde for lunch, attempting to play polish horseshoes (HUGE FAIL – the dogs didn’t understand that we weren’t throwing the frisbee for them….], and enjoying the company of great friends. the weekend flew by and before we knew it, it was time to pack up the cars and head home. Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 preset


lake street dive played at the shelburne museum on friday night. it ended up being a gorgeous night for the show – cool and dry. mother nature really treated us to the best weather that night. if you haven’t been to a show there, put it on your bucket list.

we packed a picnic, grabbed some blankets and hunkered down right by the beer tent. 420546AE-577C-48B9-9928-829FECBB8F23.jpgthe funniest part about the whole evening was that jess and i ended up wearing the exact same outfit. and i promise you, we didn’t plan it.

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i couldn’t sit still long enough for a decent photo. sorry, jess. 😀 i promise i’ll do better next time.


saturday night was spent with co-workers and great friends celebrating the graduation of our chief residents. dinner and the award ceremony was held at the davis center followed by drinks and more drinks downtown. we wanted a group photo. this is the only one we took. oops. fullsizeoutput_15b5

and the best part about the whole thing…. it’s a blurry selfie.


we closed out the weekend at ian’s camp in colchester. it really is hard to complain about an afternoon of sunshine and a good book.IMG_0556

speaking of books… i’ve been tearing through them recently and in desperate need of some recommendations! if you know of any good ones, please send them my way!