Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Seattle!


This morning, I was up bright and early with one happy baby Sven. We played and ate some breakfast before he laid back down for a short nap before going to church. Tonya and Peter took me to their local church Mars Hill where I enjoyed a really nice service. I was surprised to see how many young adults were there, some with families and some without, and so many seemed to be active within the service and with each other. I could see why Tonya andPeter enjoy going each week. The message was relevant, meaningful, and easy to listen to and the band sounded great!


After church we grabbed some devious Thai food for lunch and came back home to put Sven down for a nap which didn’t seem to go so well. Tonya started to prepare dinner and we Skyped with Mom and Dad again with Tonya and Pete’s new web cam which sits on the mantle next to their 55″ television screen which doubles as their computer. It makes it. It makes it much easier to see everyone while Skyping and to also not temp Sven to crawl over and push the laptop buttons.

Tonya and Peter got me two umbrellas in hopes of a soon move to Seattle for me. They also bought me the book, Vintage Jesus, a book written by Mark Driscoll (the founding pastor of Mars Hill) and Gerry Breshears. It looks to be an interesting read and I’m looking forward to diving into it.


Tonya prepared a wonderful spread of prime rib, broccolini, and mashed potatoes with artichoke dip and toasted French bread for our appetizer. Hands down the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever eaten in my life! To top it off we ate chocolate soufflés for dessert along with a small piece of homemade apple pie I made from scratch the other night. Couldn’t have asked for a better meal!

We’re finishing the night trying to find a Christmas movie to watch and relaxing on the couch. All in all, a very enjoyable Christmas. No hype, no hoop-la, just good ole’ fashioned qualityt time spent with family. New tradition? I wouldn’t mind it at all.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

~ Nichole


A Christmas Conundrum

It’s that time again!  The end of the year, when one holiday comes right after the other, and your daily planner begins to fill up more rapidly than ever with special occasions, get-togethers, and holiday parties.  I know the first thing that comes to mind for me, is usually, “What am I going to wear?!”  Well, don’t worry.  No matter what the festivity is from the company Christmas party to your beloved family gathering on Christmas Eve, there is a perfect outfit for you (and it might be in your closet already)!

The Situation: Annual Family Gathering

The Solution:

It’s Christmas Eve and your family gathers every year, from all over the country, to celebrate being a family and enjoying the holidays together.  If your family is anything like mine, after a delicious meal of all your favorite foods, the night will end with a rowdy game of catch phrase, phase 10, or dare I even mention it…a dangerous game of spoons!  As it is a tradition to come all together once a year, you might want to dress in a festive fashion but also remain comfortable.  This season, I suggest pulling out your Nordic sweater that may or may not have been hidden in your drawer from years past already. Admittedly, you might have only worn them before at the annual “ugly Christmas sweater” party, but designers have done what designers do best and the made the not so popular, popular again.  Whether you are a recent recruit or already a Nordic sweater aficionado, these new designs are great looking on anyone at any age.

Originally from Norway, Nordic sweaters are called by its name because it is made using the Nordic knitting technique.  In the beginning, they were only offered in plain black or white because these were the sheep’s natural colors.  Soon to follow, knitters began combining these two colors to create patterns in a “V” shape.  These patterns then evolved into more colors and elaborate designs woven on the upper part of the sweater.  The reason for the location of these new patterns was for the fact that Nordic people tucked their sweaters far down into baggy pants.  Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since the 1800’s and don’t need to tuck thick sweaters into our pants.  So, I suggest pairing a version of these beautiful sweaters with great fitting denim or a fitted trouser to this year’s Christmas extravaganza and save the gingerbread man sweater for the “ugly Christmas sweater” party.


Dolce & Gabbana


The Situation: Office Christmas Party

The Solution:

When the words, “office Christmas party” are brought to my attention, I always revert back to my favorite show, The Office, where the boss, Michael Scott, will inevitably do something idiotic or wear a costume as ridiculous as a James Bond Santa outfit.  While I hope your parties are just as fun, you can still dress to impress while not wearing your normal 9-5 work attire. If your party is during or right after work, choose an eye-catching piece such as a red velvet blazer.  The rich color mixed with the plush fabric offers a sophisticated yet fun look while still wearing your dress pants.  If the fun filled get together is later in the evening, try a classic navy, silk or velvet dress, with a cardigan or blazer over it, wrapped in a belt.  Clean cut pieces like these allow you to show a more relaxed side while still keeping that professional feel.  Just remember not to pull a “Meredith” and drink too much of the office punch. No clothes can save you from your actions!


Actress/Singer Demi Lovato showing how to wear a red velvet blazer.

Fergie on the cover of Glamour.


To all of my readers, Merry Christmas! May your travels be safe, time enjoyable, and gatherings well dressed!