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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Look + Lunch :: Four Days of Christmas













Outfit details: Shirt - Tea & Tulips. Sweater - Borrowed from my sister. Scarf - Windsor. Pants - AT. Boots - Payless. Bag - Salvo.


My holiday was spread over a couple weeks this year. And, I think it was more fun that way, though I didn't expect it to be! As you know, I went to Michigan for a weekend (see posts one, two, three) and then over the past four days I celebrated here in LA.

On Saturday (Christmas Eve Eve Eve) I went to Laurel Tavern with Aimee, Shereen, Jen, and a few other fabulous people that I've had the pleasure of working with. But this wasn't really a holiday thing -- we went out to celebrate the promotion of Aimee and I to assistant manager! Yes, this is actually in addition to the promotion I received last month. I'm still in shock. And I gotta admit, I squealed a little when I was handed keys to the branch. It's crazy that I'm now a BOSS.

So, that was amazing. :) Then on Sunday, after sleeping for half the day, I walked to The Americana with Jessica for food, shopping and catch-up time! I hadn't seen her since Disneyland over the summer, so I was really glad that we were able to hang while she was in town. She also got me the sweetest little surprise gift of nail polishes and lip gloss! We stuffed our faces at Granville Cafe, then picked up a few cute things at Forever 21. I'm hoping to get back down to San Diego and visit her within the next couple months, as long as I can budget my time and money accordingly. Jess has become such a good friend of mine; even though it may not seem like it to a casual observer of this blog, it's been hard to find good girls in LA. Thank you, Jess, for being so supportive of me -- in blogging and in life!

Christmas Eve, I worked for most of the day and then just relaxed at home until it was time for church at 11pm. Going to midnight mass was always tradition in my family, so I hope to continue that. I went to Mosaic, where I've attended before. I'm not a regular church goer, but maybe I'll make it a resolution for 2013. We'll see. ;) Anyway, it was really nice. The message totally resonated with me, and they had fake snow at the end of the service. Awesome.

I did absolutely nothing on Christmas Day, and that was honestly exactly what I wanted to do. I slept in super late (I know it seems like I do that a lot but I swear I normally don't sleep much so I fit it in whenever I have a day off), talked to my family on the phone (mom + dad + brother + sister + aunt), and creeped on everyone's presents via Instagram. I finally left the house at around 4pm to get pizza and coffee (taking the Starbucks drive-thru even though I'm .3 miles away), then worked on organizing my room a little (I'm still finding cool stuff in my boxes post-move, like those cute Paul Frank cards).

So, all in all, it was super low-key this year. I went back to work this morning feeling happy, blessed and relaxed. I'm so grateful for everything I have -- my family, my friends, my job, my apartment, my life. This city has tried to eat me alive, and I know it will again. But for now, I've learned to tame the beast that is LA. And that's the best present I could have asked for this year.

14 comments:

  1. Awww, such a cute post! I love that background and I'm convinced I'm an aspiring photographer! Probably not, but I can dream....And my parents were asking about you at dinner. You missed the weirdness of my family because there was so much confusion when my mom was trying to pay the bill. And the food was delish! Anyhow, I'm glad your Christmas was low-key how you wanted, and we need to go vintage shopping some time. Also, I'm glad we became friends, too. I never expected that just from following your blog since Live Journal. Remember that? How weird is that? But you inspired me to start my own blog, so I guess friendship is the best way to pay it forward. ;) And we saw each other at Disneyland- remember? Okay, off to pack and procrastinate some more. I'll probably get stuck reading more blogs! Hee hee! BIG X's and O's! -Jess

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    1. I seriously have the WORST memory! First off, I can't believe I didn't think about our Disney adventure. Of course I remember going, but for some reason it didn't come to mind. SO weird. And it was such a great time, too! I promptly fixed that in the post! Secondly, I don't remember us meeting via LiveJournal! My first memory of our friendship is commenting on each other's blogs! I swear, this is why it's so good that I document my entire life haha. I would totally forget everything if I didn't. ANYWAY... talk to you soon! XO

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    2. No, we never talked on LJ, but that's how I first found your "blog"...and then I went to read it one day and it was gone. You had moved to Blogger. I'm not getting responses in email. I think I turned it off a long time ago, and I don't know why.

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  2. Creeping on presents via Instagram is a really great past time. I also support creeping on their pets!

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  3. I enjoyed a VERY low-key and relaxing Christmas as well. Glad you had a good one, too. Love the photos :)

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  4. Sounds like things are going your way. Glad to hear it.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  5. i had a low key christmas too and i really enjoyed it as well, this year seems to be the year for low key, i've learned a lot from doing nothing much lol so speak. Glad life is behaving tamed for you lately!

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  6. I'm glad you had a nice Christmas! :) ours was pretty low-key too, just me and the fam without us going anywhere or anyone coming over. Congratulations on the promotion too, that's amazing news! xo

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. My Christmas was pretty low-key too :) Mmm, all that food looks so good!

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  8. Even thought I don't know you in real life I find myself super-proud of you for all these promotions. Way to go girl! I simply die over your food pics and awesome outfits :).

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  9. Those burgers look yummy! I've really been liking the time with friends too.

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  10. Congratulations on your promotion to Assistant Manager! Well done that's awesome!

    I loved your food porn pictures, in fact I think that's your blog's signature the food pictures always make me hungry lol!

    It'a great to hear you had a good Christmas, even if it was a low key one. Those are often the best in my opinion.

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  11. It sounds like you've been having a fun Christmas Stephanie! I love the Americana, it's like disneyland for grown ups :) Most of all congrats on your promotion--you deserve it! I'm still looking forward to getting together in the new year. I'm traveling for the next few weeks but let's try for late January? Lunch? Wishing you a very happy new year!
    xo Mary Jo

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    1. I'm down! I'll email you my new number. And that's exactly how we described the Americana, too, as we walked through :)

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