a little bit of sparkle

I wore this outfit to a Christmas party a few weeks ago, but neglected to get any photos of it, so I figured I'd recreate it for New Year's Eve!  I only have one sequined dress, so it's my go-to dress for any sort of event requiring a little glitz.  I'm not a big glitter girl, but these shoes are too much fun.  I knew I wanted to wear these shoes for NYE, so going all out with the sparkle seemed the natural thing to do.  I don't really have many excuses to get sparkly and gussied up, so it's fun to primp and get done up. Our new year's festivities were a little more laid back this year, but it was still fun to make drinks and munch on party food all night.  Our neighbors usually put on an enormous fireworks show, but they didn't this year, so we just watched the other people on the lake lighting off fireworks.  We'd set up a fire pit with some seating around it, so we were all cozy outside watching the new year being rung in.

dress/lulu e. bebe :: tights + shoes/courtesy of modcloth :: star crown/handmade
As much as the holidays are so fun, and I love looking forward to the holiday season, I'm glad it's all over.  We moved into our new house right smack dab in the middle of the holiday craziness, so it'll be nice to have things settle down so we can focus on homeowner stuff.  I'm excited for the new year and doing all sorts of projects on the house!  We've got some huge projects we need to get done, but for the most part it's all fun stuff, like painting and decorating.  W'e're going to be spending a lot of time at Ikea and Home Depot in the next year.  

I'm also pretty happy to settle into routines again; climbing, taking photos, designing, cooking, etc. etc. I've been feeling so scatterbrained these past few weeks, but being back home I'm starting to feel like my brain is coming back to normal mode. I love the holidays, but I also love that they only happen once a year.  I've never been the type of person who wished that the holiday season lasted all year long.  I feel like part of the reason there aren't very many holidays in the months following December is that we all need to recover!