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6 Creative Ways To Simplify The Holidays This Season

December 5, 2017

This post is sponsored by Tidal Labs on behalf of Banana Republic however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Vegan Leather Top, C/O| Denim Jacket, C/O | Pants | Leopard Booties | Earrings, C/O| Sunglasses

 

This morning I had a phone conversation with a friend of mine about how stressful the holidays can be. Whether its financially, emotionally or physically, the holidays can be, just plain chaotic. The holidays are supposed to be about spending time with family and friends, but I always feel that I never really get to do that anymore. I always feel like I am too busy making sure everything is in place for when the big day arrives on December 25th. What if we simplified things for once? If we could just simplify a few small tasks this holiday season, then maybe, just maybe we could enjoy the holidays a little bit more. I mean, how wonderful would it be to really be mentally present when we get the opportunity to spend the day with the people we love most?

1. Simplify Gifts for the Kids– I saw friend of mine last year (who has 4 kids) follow these guidelines when buying her kids Christmas gifts: Want, Need, Wear, Read. Each kiddo got 4 presents, something they wanted or asked for, something they needed like clothing and then a book or something they could read. I really love this idea and have been thinking about doing it for my son, Bennett.

2. Order Takeout. Honestly, this is my favorite. Since having a child,  I feel like when I get together for the holidays with my family, we spend our time running around after kids, getting the food prepared, and then cleaning up. What if we just ordered takeout food and made it easy on everyone? I would love to see my own mother get to relax on a holiday for once and be able to just spend the time enjoying each other’s company.

3. Just Say No. Instead of trying to attend every single holiday get-together and event that you get invited to, decide which events truly bring pleasure to your life and skip out on the ones that don’t.  You don’t have to say “yes” to every invitation just because its the holidays.  This brings me back to number three and cooking. If something doesn’t sound fun or pleasurable to you, no matter how much it fits into your “perfect holiday picture” just don’t do it!

4. Make Any Outfit Festive. Glam up what you already have in your closet to make any outfit “holiday ready.” You can easily do this by adding just a single item to an outfit you already have in your closet without having to go on a shopping spree. One way that you can do this is  by adding some “faux fur” to your look, to give your outfit a little bit of holiday appeal. I love all of these faux fur pieces from Banana Republic right now, especially these faux fur heels or this faux fur bomber jacket (all items are 40% off right now until December 10th and take an extra 20% off all outwear and winter accessories, TODAY ONLY!) Also adding pearl accessories to your outfit can add some holiday flair, like these Pointed-Toe Block-Heel Pumps With Pearls.

6. Make Holiday Packing a Breeze. Traveling for the holidays? Pack just one statement coat that will complement almost any outfit. I love this Ruffled Denim Jacket that I’m wearing, and I paired with a Vegan Leather Shirt Jacket for extra warmth! The ruffles are darling and I feel like it could go with almost anything!

The key phrase for this month is: “Keep it Simple.” Try to find ways that will allow you to enjoy yourself this month  during all of the festivities and avoid having to make decisions that will complicate things! Remember that the holidays should be fun, stress-free and spent with the ones that matter to you the most. I’ve been trying to keep things simple and in perspective this month by asking myself “how will I feel about this decision once the holidays are over?”If I have any feelings of doubt, I ditch the whole idea.  It doesn’t always work, but I am definitely trying! What are some ways you are simplifying your holidays this season?

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25 Comments

  • Reply Ciera Chang December 5, 2017 at 3:56 am

    I’m loving all of your holiday tips! And your outfit is also super cute 😊

    xoxo, CiCi
    http://www.worldwidestylista.com

  • Reply Jessica December 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

    You got me on #1 and #3! You are so right! Keep it simple! And I totally am loving your entire outfit! Holiday inspired look for sure! Love it! xo, Jessica

  • Reply Kate December 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Great tips! And that ruffled jacket is such a fun take on a classic denim one!

  • Reply Mindy Thompson December 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    LOVE the pop of red! So cute
    Xo Mindy amixofmin.com

  • Reply Kimberly Smith December 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Love this look – those leopard booties are amazing!

  • Reply Maggie December 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    These are such great tips!! and I love your top!

  • Reply Jessica December 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    All such great tips! I love how you paired leopard with red. So bold!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

  • Reply ashley December 6, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    What a cute outfit! I love those boots – especially paired with the red pants. xo

  • Reply Oh to Be a Muse December 6, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I have a Banana Republic denim jacket just like yours. You look great in the ruffles.

  • Reply Cassie Rea December 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Love these tips! You really nailed it, and it can be so easy to get overwhelmed in the “stuff” of this time of year. I love that jacket too! The ruffle detail – SWOON.
    XOXO, Cassie Rea
    http://www.cassierea.com

  • Reply Ruth Ridley December 8, 2017 at 8:06 am

    You always have the best tips! Simply saying no goes so far!!

  • Reply Amy December 8, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Loving the red + leopard!

  • Reply Ashley Zeal December 8, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Number two is definitely my favorite!!!

  • Reply Melissa December 8, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    1 is definitely something I’ve never heard of before. We usually just get my kids one present each. I’ll have to keep 1 in mind!

  • Reply Anna English December 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    TOTALLY loving these tips! And that outfit!

  • Reply Erica @ Coming up Roses December 10, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Yes to all of these and especially #3! It’s totally okay to say no and take care of yourself anytime, but most importantly during such a busy season!

  • Reply Meghan December 10, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Love your look babe and yes I think it’s a great idea to simplify the gift for the kids this season!! I grew up like that as well. My mom would wrap up the gifts we needed (clothes etc) and always got us one toy that we desperately wanted!

  • Reply Sara December 10, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Those leopard boots are so fun and I love your red pants!

    xo, Sara

  • Reply Annie December 10, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Love this outfit! Those booties are so cute!

  • Reply sarah tripp December 10, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Saying no is so good! We can’t always do everything!

  • Reply Ashley DTKAustin December 10, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    So many great tips! I’m definitely taking full advantage of takeout! Being lazy is one of my faves during the holidays! And who wants to fight crowds? Not me!

  • Reply Tayler Malott December 11, 2017 at 2:18 am

    I’ve definitely been working on the ” just say no” part. It’s so hard but so important to take time for yourself and not feel like you have to be at everything.

    XO,Tay
    http://www.taylermalott.com

  • Reply Amanda December 11, 2017 at 3:50 am

    I am all about simplifying— especially during this crazy time. Allows you to slow down and enjoy the special holiday moments . Loving your look– the red jeans are amazing!

  • Reply Lindsay and Whitney December 11, 2017 at 3:50 am

    These are great ideas for sure! December gets so crazy! Loving this oh so cute leopard booties too.

  • Reply Tristan Dennington December 11, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Loving those boots, and this is such great advice! The holidays can definitely be stressful. I am definitely working on keeping it simple this year.

    -Tristan

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