Happy Monday, friends and hellooo Christmas week! My weekend was jam-packed full of food, fun, and festivities and it was great to spend some quality time with my friends and family. That’s the best thing about the holidays, isn’t it? Lots of activities means a long post so let’s jump right into the recap!
On Friday, we headed to Jessica’s house (Ryan’s sister) for their neighborhood dirty Santa party complete with yummy apps, desserts, and tacky sweaters. Too bad I left my awesome tacky vest/turtleneck combo at my Raleigh apartment so I wasn’t prepared but at least Ryan & I kept our outfits in the Christmas color wheel. By the way, how stinkin’ cute is Ryan’s dad’s sweater?
My parents came up Saturday and we exchanged presents, had some good sushi at Cowfish (best sushi in Charlotte, in my opinion), and did a little shopping (but failed to take photos, boo). Both of our fams hung out together and made our way through the craziness that is Southpark Mall. Let’s just say I won’t be heading there anytime soon until Christmas is done and over with. All the crowds, lines, and crazy drivers are exactly why I prefer to shop online.
Saturday evening continued with the annual Secret Santa Christmas party with my girls. We usually go out to a restaurant, but this year we had it at Logan’s place because she has a great living room with a super tall tree and a cozy fireplace… the perfect setting, right? We had a delicious meal, had our first cookie exchange, and then came the best part… presents!!! Just kidding, the best part was us playing Evil Apples and getting super competitive during Catch Phrase but the gifts were definitely fun. Kate Spade made a lot of appearances and my friend Lindsay got me a must-have item for any style blogger, the oh-so-fabulous Kendra Scott Rayne necklace– in the limited-edition holiday rose gold. Obsessed!! We stayed up til 1 am chatting about life and wedding plans and nothing is better than nights like these with my best friends.
Sunday was spent at Jessica’s with Ryan’s family- we had a nice breakfast and had our gift exchange complete with lots of lounging and football. Ryan’s dad has been loaning me his Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens for several months and it was time to give it back (which we wrapped up to be funny). I told Ryan that if I didn’t get it for Christmas then I was just going to buy it for myself (can’t blog without it y’all!). Well, you could say I was super excited when I opened up the same brand new lens complete with lots of fun accessories for my camera!! We finished the night with some Chinese food and a viewing of Home Alone (hands down my favorite Christmas movie- I can quote every line).
Don’t you love my steak saw? Definitely the funniest gift we got!
Because the McAllisters running through the airport never gets old!
Ps. If you’re getting a Christmas mani and are looking for that perfect holiday red, look no further than “In my Santa Suit” by OPI. It has a hint of shimmer and make me feel oh-so-festive!