I love leopard in pretty much every piece of clothing (although not all at once, that would be Crazy Lady, and not in a good way), so when I saw this skirt about a year ago, I snapped it up. It has been fun making it work appropriate - I also wore it here. Ha! I wore the same tights, shoes and black sash as I did today. How original.
Now, I know everyone is going great guns over Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, whatever. Hurray! That's all very well and good. But I will tell you something: I worked in a year-round Christmas store for 11 years. No, that's not a typo - eleven years. I loved doing all the decorating, the display windows, going on buying trips, all the beautiful things I was surrounded with every day...but some aspects of it, like the hours, the pay, the Christmas music (which we played every day from April until December), well, that's why they call it "work". Those parts sucked.
But I have a gorgeous collection of Christmas ornaments. In fact, I do two Christmas trees (a regular tree and a Star Wars/Star Trek tree), a village (complete with spooky graveyard and hookers and pimps...erm, it's not your usual village), and several other display areas in our condo. It takes me about a week to put it all up, and a couple of days to take it down.
And it feels like...work. Even though it's been almost 10 years since I was the Number 1 Elf, it still feels like a chore. I don't want putting up and enjoying my decorations to be a chore! And, since my husband is from a different town, and we alternate where we spend Christmas every year, I made the decision several years ago: I only put the Christmas stuff up on years when we spend Christmas day here. It's so much less stressful, and I find after two years, I really WANT to decorate and see all my lovely ornaments!
But, you may wonder, what about the "off" year, when I don't decorate? Why, it's Festivus! If you watched "Seinfeld" you know what I mean. We throw a Festivus party! We put up the pole, we have Airing of Grievances and we arm-wrestle as our Feats of Strength.
So, this weekend, I did all my decorating for the holiday season in preparation for the party this Saturday:
Jacket (Pelican Cove, consignment), blouse (Club Monaco, consignment), skirt (Le Chateau, consignment), shoes (Fluevog, "Listen Up" Ivanna), necklace (gift from Cat), hoop earrings (gift from L).