Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Anti-Gift Guide (See Jane Give, Not Gift)

 The holidays have me feeling all out of sorts.  I'm not exactly in a celebratory mood and frankly, gifts are the last thing on my mind.  I know I should be feeling grateful for Harry's first Christmas and excited for the time I'm spending with friends and family, but honestly, I just feel lost without my dad.  For once in my life, I'd like to fast forward a bit and skip this holiday season.  But, I can't--and I know there's more I can contribute.


If you're gifted out (guilty) or inundated with stuff (also, guilty), consider giving a different kind of present.  My family has been adopting families and giving to those in need at Christmastime for as long as I can remember.  But there's something even more important than giving things to others--giving the gift of time.  While shelters and charities receive lots of necessities around the holidays, the employees are still working on Christmas Day, while most others are spending time with their loved ones.  I tend to forget that places like hospitals, hospice and nursing homes are always up and running--how great would it be to spend time with those who can't escape their room even though it's the holiday?  This year, my sister suggested we work at my dad's favorite local charity on Christmas morning (Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission) and I think it'll be a great way to honor him and feel his presence when I need it the most. 


Monday, December 15, 2014

Black Monday (See Jane Wear)

Club Monaco dress (on sale!), Stuart Weitzman lowland boots, Chanel boy bag, Saint Laurent sunglasses
Wearing all black on a Monday seems fitting.  Aren't we all a little mournful that the weekend is over?



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gray Days (See Jane Wear)

ASOS coat (worn here), Vince turtleneck (old but similar) sweater, Zara jeans (similar), Chanel 'boy' bag, J Crew shoes--this year's version--30% off! (last worn here)
When I need to make a quick dressing decision in the morning, I go monochromatic.  It takes virtually no effort and these days, I need that.  I used to think showering was a feat in the morning; throw in a baby and an early morning meeting--I'm lucky that I remember to wear pants when I walk out the door.