Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Secret Santa & Stripes/Gingham OOTD

The always stylish Jessy of The Little Dust Princess organized a Secret Santa exchange for the petite community and I was excited to join in this year.  Thank you Jessy for putting this all together!  My Secret Santa was Cynthia of Shorty Stories - make sure to check out her blog, one of the older petite blogs out there.

My goodies from Cynthia included Almay makeup eraser sticks, Burt's Bees lip balm, and a pretty beaded bracelet.  Thank you, Cynthia!  This is perfect!  I haven't tried the eraser sticks yet but they'll be great for on-the-go raccoon eye fixing and the lip balm gives just the right amount of color without any stickiness.

In case you're wondering, I drew Lor from Petite in the City.  Check out her blog if you'd like to see what I got her :)

I also received some goodies from Jean of Extra Petite and Annie of Really Petite.  These beautiful ladies have amazing blogs (the first ones I started following) and were among the first to welcome me to the blogging community.  Thank you gals for being so sweet and thoughtful!  <3

Beauty goodies (can't wait to try them!) and trim for Baby / Toddler crafting projects (perfect for my scrapbooking and shadow boxes!) from Jean.

A beautiful orange striped LOFT sweater from Annie (it was like she read my mind - stripes AND orange!) that I wore the first chance I got :)
Sweater:  LOFT Stripe Button Down Back Sweater, XSP, gift from the lovely Annie
Shirt:  J. Crew Crewcuts Boys' Button-Down in Large Gingham, Sz 14
Necklace:  J. Crew Resin and Chain Link Necklace, Navy Blue
Skirt:  J. Crew Bell Skirt, Sz 2
Shoes: Tory Burch Afrikan Reva Ballerina Flat in Razor Blue

I forgot to take a picture of my bag with the outfit!  This is a late birthday present from Hubby (not his fault, I took 2 months trying to figure out what I wanted) - a Rebecca Minkoff MAC Clutch in Stone with gunmetal hardware.  I LOVE it!  It is the perfect size for toting around my essentials and can be carried cross-body - a must for coordinating the kiddos.

If you're wondering how the Revas are doing in my breaking in process, I found the perfect shoe stretchers on accident last week.  Cardboard inserts that came with my Dansko clogs!  My problem areas are the back elastic and the pinky toe area.  This insert is helping stretch those for me and it's making a big difference.

Whew, that was a long post from me :)  Hope everyone has a wonderful and happy new year!!


  1. OMG the orange striped sweater looks PERFECT on you! So glad you like it! Great gifts from Cynthia : )

  2. Yay so glad you participated! That sweater looks amazing on you and I LOOOOOVE your MAC!!!!! The colour is so pretty!

  3. Gotta love presents huh? Loving that sweater on you :)

  4. fun! I love secret santa! so sad I didnt get to participate in any this year!

  5. Great stripes & gingham pairing! Might have to try that. ;)

  6. Loving all the goodies! Let me know how the eraser sticks work out. I've never tried that! Stripes & gingham look like the perfect combo. Creative!

  7. Gorgeous bracelet! The outfit you put together is great! And that much fun!!

    I love the color of your flats!!

    Hope you had a nice Christmas! :)

  8. I just discovered your blog thanks to Carly's blog "Chic Steals" and I love it! Your DIY 'S are beautiful, you are an artist!
    I leave my last post, a wonderful mask to go to the last divine feast of the year! Hope you like!

  9. love the tory burch flats and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D

  10. I'm really glad you like the gifts! :)

  11. so many presents! gotta love them. lol!
    love the bag you got from hubby! such a unique color.

  12. So many presents! Its awesome when someone surprises you with gifts :-) Love the outfit combo!

  13. What a great idea to give gifts among bloggers. Sad that I missed it this year but next year will def. join in on the fun. You got some great stuff there.

    I use to have quite a collection of RM bags but sold them all. You're making me want that MAC clutch again!

  14. Wow, kudos to Annie for this beautiful sweater - that's a really thoughtful gift! I was actually wondering what became of the Reva flats that you posted ages ago; I'm glad that they've worked out. The new bag is gorgeous! I can't wait to see you feature it in your outfits. Have a great New Year's!

  15. Lucky you with all the gifts...the bag is really pretty! I had to stretch out (and still doing it) my Tory Burch flats too!

  16. SPG, I nominated you for Versatile Blogger of The Year.

    Happy New Year!

  17. Sometimes I feel like bloggers give the best gifts!

  18. Beautiful gift from your hubby, SPG. That seems to be like a popular bag amongst the blogging community. Thank you again for your thoughtful handmade gift and for your friendship this year. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2012 : )

  19. happy new year to you and your beautiful family! hope you had a fun and fantastic holidays. :) i have been so busy during the holidays... i am finally getting some chance to catch up on all of my reading. :) you look amazing, girl! can't even tell you had a baby. :) i love shopping in the kids' line. the shirt from the boys dept. looks great on you. i actually like to shop in the boys dept... :) how fun it is to participate in the secret santa with other bloggers. :) hoping i can participate next year. :) i love reva flats, but they do take some time to break into. that blue is just gorgeous! i want it in that color!


  20. Annie - How could I not like it? It's like you seriously plucked it out of my head and sent it to me :)

    Elaine - Thank you!! I couldn't get your MAC review out of my head - I love how big it is and how it can be worn cross-body!

    Kat / Ying / Newpetite - Thank you!

    Eugenia - Hope you'll get to participate in a Secret Santa next year! The mystery portion is so much fun :)

    Kelly - I'd love to see a stripes / gingham pairing from you!

    Jessy - I'll definitely let you know! Thanks again for hosting - it was so much fun!

    Michelle - Thanks so much! I was drawn to the blue of the flats so I'm glad you like it too :)

    Desdetenerifeconamor - Thank you for your kind comment! I loved your mask DIY - looks so glamourous!

    Francesca - Thank you! I will definitely visit your blog :)

    Cynthia - Yes, of course - thank you - they are perfect! :)

    Ping - Thank you! The Stone color is a great gray color with blue undertones - it works well as a neutral :)

    Thu - Thanks! I used to have a much larger RM collection but have pared down to 1 Nikki and 1 MAC.

    Anna - Annie is just a sweetheart all around :) I'm still stretching out the Revas but they are definitely getting more comfortable (thank goodness)!

    Karen - Thank you! Yes, me too on the stretching! :) I hear they become quite comfy over time.

    Dietingfashions - I am so very honored! Thank you so much! <3

    Aki - I agree! You can't beat fashionista friends choosing something for you :)

    Jean - You are so very welcome! Thank YOU for all your support and kindness! The MAC is definitely popular (I love the size and crossbody carrying capability).

    Jasmine - Thank you so much for your warm wishes and kind words! You are always so sweet to me and I am very appreciative of it :)

  21. After 3 years I gave up trying to break in my revas, but brought it to a cobbler for $15! So now they're wider at the front which is much better!

    I like how you paired the sweater with that dress shirt, I'm too chicken to try pattern on pattern, but yours looks great!

  22. What an amazing color of Tory Burch flats. Are these not the most addictive ballet flats out there? I finally splurged and bought a pair thinking that one pair would be enough. I've got 5 pairs now. And I'm a guy, haha. These are mine


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