Holiday Heels

When I have an occasion to go to that requires me to dress up, I have to say I am not quick to throw on a dress and do it up that way. I do not imagine my holiday calendar being packed with parties, but there are a few get-togethers that are tentatively on the calendar. I am sure that most will be decked out, and awesome for them. But knowing me, I will be getting decked out a different way.

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These JBrand Velvet trousers are exactly what I picture wearing. I swear everything always comes back in style eventually. I had a pair of black velvets 15 years ago when I worked in the city that I loved. They are loooonnnng gone, but the style is back again. These can be found at

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With this fitted black blazer from Zara as the topper. Simple and can be worn dressed up or down later with jeans and trainers. Try for similar looks or this exact style.

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This simple top would work perfect with what I am thinking of wearing. This is found on

And it is always about the shoes. They will always be my downfall.

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Sigh. Oh how I love these. Not happening, but I love them. These are also on Add a long gold delicate gold necklace and a visit to my hair guy for a perfectly imperfect blow dry and I am good.

This is what I am picturing. The idea can be replicated in countless ways, with varied price points. What I like is that truly these are all basics for a night out and some version is probably already in your closet.

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Library Lessons



The local library has such wonderful events and classes for local children. I have been taking my kids there for years, starting with the amazing summer reading program. Throughout the year though, the library offers Saturday events for children and weekly classes. Every week, Miss F and I go to one class on Wednesday. This early literacy program includes, singing,fine motor skill development, reading books and making crafts. Every week centers around a theme and she loves it.

If our week days are not as jam packed, we stop by to play with the puzzles or say hi to the librarian who Miss F adores. A few weeks ago, she read pirate stories and made a pirate hat.


We also read books on colors and how sunflowers grow. She made her own sunflower and showed everyone in town after we left the library.


She learned that when you pick colors together you create new colors. This was awesome because my home remained clean for this activity!


And on another day, her Poppy joined us for a walk to the library to play with the puzzles and then a stop at the park afterwards.

I cherish all these moments with her. They are very special to me.

My little guy


Where does the time go? I remember taking this picture two years ago. I miss them this way, but I love them so much more now. Is that even possible? My little guy is growing up to be such a kind person. Over the last few months, he has really matured, found his footing. Found what he loves to do, soccer. Found out that he loves to read. Phew. And found a way to express his feelings using words from his heart. I love him. He is so special.

Black 47




Over the summer we went to the Newport Irish Festival. I hadn’t been in ages. The entertainment line up was fantastic, but with an already packed summer calendar, we could only go up one afternoon.


We have seen Black 47 many, many times. I play them home a lot actually during the day, and Miss Fin loves them. When I heard they were retiring, I knew it was our last chance. I would love to see them play their last show, on November 19th in the city, but it is Mr. S’ birthday.



The kids at first were in awe of the sound. Miss P was worried the entire show because they wanted to know if there were any Irish dancers in the crowd. She was freaked out that I was going to make her get up on stage!