Christmas Recap

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Sweater: Jcrew Old (similar) (similar)  (similar) Necklace: Versona Old (similar) Boots: Old (this years version) Purse: Similar

Christmas began early this year for my family.  My aunts, uncles and cousins all came in town on the 22nd and we celebrated on the 23rd.  It was a little smaller gathering this year than in years past due to scheduling conflicts, but it was still so much fun to spend time with family!  My cousin has been wanting me to make my hot chocolate for her ever since I posted about it, so I promised her that when she came in town for Christmas I would make it then.  We got in the car and braved the grocery store to pickup the ingredients and had fun making hot chocolate.  Afterwards we all gathered around and opened presents.  All too soon the time came for family to head home, but thankfully Christmas weekend was still just beginning!

Christmas Eve I went to a candlelight service in the evening.  I am an old soul at heart, so I loved being at church in a room filled with candlelight singing carols of old and remembering the true reason for Christmas.  Christmas has always been my most favorite time of the year, everyone is a little nicer, the winter evenings are lit by twinkling lights, and there is this wonderful feeling of expectation, knowing that something is coming.  It is the time that we celebrate when God set his biggest and most beautiful miracle of all time into motion, the coming of His son as a baby to grow up and die for our sins to save us all.  The miracle that would be completed thirty three years later on a cross and then in an empty tomb.  It truly does not get better than that!

After the candlelight service my dad read one of our favorite Christmas stories to the family.  It is in this tiny old book called A Budget of Christmas Tales and is maybe three pages long, but it leaves us in stitches of laughter every time.  It is called Billy’s Santa Claus Experience and tells the tale of a young boy named Billy who tries to be Santa Claus to his little brother Tommy, but things quickly get out of hand.  My dad first read the book to my sisters and I when we were quite young, and it is one of my favorite stories to read at Christmas.

Before we knew it, Christmas morning was upon us!  We all gathered around the tree where my dad read the Christmas story from Luke before we opened presents.  This year all I asked for was money to buy books for school.  I was sooooo excited when between my Christmas and birthday money I was able to buy a commentary set for the New Testament!  I cannot wait until it arrives in the mail early next week!  We spent the day with some of my grandparents and in the evening we decorated gingerbread houses together.  When it came time for the judging I came in last place, but what can I say, it was my first time and my house kept falling apart while I was decorating it, lol.  Lesson learned, NEVER decorate the house until the icing is dry!

How was your Christmas?  Do you have any special traditions that you enjoy doing each year?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

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A Very Versona Christmas

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Shirt: Same c/0  Necklace: Versona (not online) c/o  Shoes: Old (similar)

I was so excited when Versona reached out to me asking if I’d be interested in sharing their Christmas collection!  They have the cutest things not just for yourself, but also for the other women in your life.  I literally had so much fun shopping not just for a fun Christmas party look, but also finding presents for my friends!  I’d share with you what I found, but since they haven’t opened them yet I think I better not.  😉  One of my favorite parts about Versona is that when I am shopping I can always count on the wonderful sales associates to help me out if I need some help.  I fell head over heels in love with this shirt, but I couldn’t decide on a necklace.  When I shared my vision with the sales associate, she literally pulled not one or two, but FOUR necklaces that were spot on for what I described.  I know I can always count on them to help me figure out accessories if I need help.

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I tried on everything from the adorable work office party dress, to Christmas Eve and staying comfy at home with your family look.  In the end I decided upon this beautiful blouse and necklace.  I loved the idea that I could wear it to a more casual party with jeans as shown here, or I could pair it with a cute midi or tutu skirt for a dressier occasion.  Versatility is a key for me when choosing items to add to my wardrobe.

If you have any last minute parties or family get-togethers (or just want a cute festive outfit “just because”) check out Versona’s  holiday collection.  I promise you that you will not be disappointed.  I even found my perfect New Years Eve dress that I can’t wait to share with you after Christmas!

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

*a special thanks to Versona for sponsoring this post*

Christmas Bucket List

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Shirt: (old) Similar  Vest: Same  Boots: (old) Similar  Necklace: Same

In honor of the Christmas season, I decided to share my Christmas bucket list today.  Christmas is my most favorite season of the year, so is basically goes without saying that I love all of the fun activities and traditions that come with this time of year.  I would love to know what is on your bucket list for this season, so please comment below with what you want to make sure you do this year!

  1. Read Maggie’s Miracle- Maggie’s is my all time favorite Christmas story.  I discovered it when I was thirteen and have read it every Christmas since.  It is the sweetest story and if you haven’t read it I can’t recommend it enough!
  2. Go Look At Christmas Lights- Can you really have celebrated Christmas if you haven’t gone to look at lights?
  3. Go On A Horse Drawn Carriage Ride- We don’t get enough snow where I live to be able to do a ride in a one horse open sleigh, but there is a nearby shopping center that does free carriage rides every Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas, so I definitely plan on going on one.
  4. Sip Homemade Hot Chocolate While Watching Christmas Movies- No need to explain this one, the title says it all. 😉
  5. Watch White Christmas- This is my most favorite Christmas movie of all time, and if I am being totally honest, probably just my favorite movie period.  It has everything, a sweet story line, hilarious moments that leave you laughing, gives you all the feels (I even sometimes cry during it, and I NEVER cry) and a beautiful love story.  Definitely all the ingredients for a perfect movie.
  6. Go To a Christmas Party- Christmas Parties are so much fun, so I definitely plan on going to as many as I can.  I love the festive spirit and spending time with dear family and friends.
  7. Read the Christmas Story With My Family- every year before we open our Christmas presents my dad gathers the family together and we all read the Christmas story.  I love starting Christmas remembering what it is all truly about.
  8. White Elephant Gift Exchange- I cannot WAIT to go to a white elephant Christmas party.  I figured out the PERFECT gift last year and can’t wait to put the idea to use this year!!!!
  9. Decorate Gingerbread Houses- I have never decorated a gingerbread house before, so I bought a kit this year and can’t wait to do it with my sisters.  Expect a post on that!
  10. Play Christmas Music On The Piano- I enjoy playing the piano, and Christmas music is always my favorite music to play
  11. Make Cinnamon Rolls- I don’t know why, but I always love cinnamon rolls at Christmas.  While they are good anytime during the year, they are always extra good at Christmas.

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Fall Bucket List Review

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Shirt: Same  Skirt: Same  Vest: Similar  Boots: Similar  Purse: Similar

How can Thanksgiving already be only a week away?!  I feel like fall has only just started, but for fun, I thought I would revisit my fall bucket list from this post and share what all I have had the chance to cross off from it before the Christmas season is upon us.

  1. Corn Maze I went to the corn maze not once, but TWICE before it close two weeks ago.  Once with my mom and again with friends and had so much fun both times.
  2. Carve Pumpkins Once again I can mark this one off my fall bucket list.  I carved my first pumpkin last year in a snoopy theme and decided to continue the theme this year basing it off of this pumpkin from Pinterest.
  3. Camp Fire Unfortunately I didn’t get to do this one, the night we were supposed to have one when we carved pumpkins it ended up raining.  That’s Midwest weather for you.
  4. Hay Rack Ride They had hay rack rides to take you out to the corn maze, so I was able to mark two off in one night!  Woot woot!
  5. Eat S’mores I don’t know if this counts, but I make s’mores rice crispy treats and have made them twice this year and thoroughly enjoyed them both times.
  6. Eat Apple Pie I’ll be crossing this one off my list over Thanksgiving and am counting down the days until I get to eat it!
  7. Make Pumpkin Bread I’m crossing this one off my list because while I didn’t make it myself, my mom actually made it last night and I have eaten more than my fair share!  lol
  8. Go to a Haunted House  I was getting worried I wouldn’t get to do this one since no one wanted to go this year, but last minute a group got together and I was able to go.  We went to a new one this year, and not gonna lie, it was a little disappointing.  Way too short and not scary at all.  Oh well, it was still fun though and we made good memories.
  9. Go to an Apple Orchard  I was so disappointed that I was not able to do this one this year, I did some research and evidently all of the apple crops in my area failed this year and there were no apple orchards open.
  10. Pumpkin Patch  They have a pumpkin patch at the corn maze we went too, so check!  Marked this one off the list.

Not gonna lie, seven and going to be eight out of ten is pretty good!  Who wants me to do a Christmas bucket list?  I think I might share one right after Thanksgiving!

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Layers

Vest: Same c/o Shirt: Similar Shoes: Same (or very similar!) Earrings: Kate Spade Old (Similar)

If you’ve followed my blog for any point of time, you know that my most favorite things to wear in the fall and winter involve LAYERS!  The catch is, here in the Midwest, our weather is forever changing in the fall.  One day is absolutely beautiful, and the next could be freezing cold or even hot.  This vest from Versona though is such a great transition piece.  The sweater like material is so warm, but still light enough that I can wear it on those days that start out cool but are bound to turn warm later in the day.  When Versona invited me to come see their fall collection, I had to do a sneak peek on their website before heading to my local store and it was love at first sight with this vest.  Then when I tried it on I knew that I had to have it.  I love how I can dress it up with a nice button down and riding boots or wear it casual with keds like I styled it for this post.  Versatility is huge for me since it is not unusual on the weekends for me to go from a study session to hanging out with friends.

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Fall With Versona

Kimono: Versona c/o Striped Tee: Same  Denim Skirt:  Same  Booties: Similar

I was so excited when Versona invited me to come see their fall collection and pick out some pieces to share with you!  They have so many cute pieces that I couldn’t wait to share with you!  My three favorites are pictured up above, and let me tell you, it was so hard to choose!  I ended up walking out with almost all of them!  This kimono was a no brainer for me, as you know if you’ve been following me on Instagram, falls in the Midwest take a little bit longer for the cooler weather to set in.  This doesn’t change my desire for layers and autumn inspired colours, which made this kimono the perfect transition piece!  The colours are so gorgeous for this time of year, and the light weight material makes it the perfect transition piece for layering!  I have already worn in also with jeans and a white tee and a military inspired necklace too.  I love the look of it though with the distressed denim skirt and booties, it has that perfect dressy casual look for spending a Friday night or weekend with some friends while still being comfortable.

I can’t wait to share with you on Monday the other pieces I chose as well!  Anyone care to guess which ones were the winners?  Leave me a comment to let me know which pieces are your favorite!

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

Fall Bucket List

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Jacket: Versona-old (similar) Shirt: Target- old (similar)  Shorts:  J.Crew Factory (different pattern)

This week on the blog I am sharing my fall bucket list with you.  It is still so warm these days, but on Tuesday it is supposed to FINALLY give us some fall weather here in Kansas.  In the mean time though, I am still rocking shorts and dresses trying to find creative ways to make them appear to have a fall flair.  Anyways, lets get on to the fun stuff, my fall bucket list!

  1. Corn Maze– I LOVE corn mazes and am hoping to go to one in the next couple of weeks with a group of friends, I’ll try to document for all of you.
  2. Carve Pumpkins– I carved my first ever pumpkin last fall and LOVED it, I definitely hope to make it a part of my yearly traditions.
  3. Camp Fire– growing up we used to always go to a friends house and eat smore’s next to the camp fire and go on hay rack rides and I’d love to do this again!  Which leads me to the next item on my list…
  4. Hay Rack Ride– they have hay rack rides at the corn maze I enjoy going to and I definitely plan on riding it this year.
  5. Eat S’mores– I don’t think this one even needs an explanation, just like the next…
  6. Eat Apple Pie– I’m not a pumpkin pie person (please don’t kill me, I know, it is so un-American) but on the flip side I seriously love my apple pie.  Like, for real, don’t get between me and my apple pie, lol.
  7. Make Pumpkin Bread– my mom has made pumpkin bread every fall since I was young and I want to try my hand at it this year, so stay tuned to my Instagram and I’ll let ya know how it goes.
  8. Go to a Haunted House– ok, quick disclosure, I do NOT like creepy things, but there is a smaller haunted house in some old barns and a silo I have gone to for the past couple years that I love.  I know the actors and actresses, so I actually just enjoy it instead of being scared.  I know, not the normal reason to go, but it works for me.
  9. Go to an Apple Orchard– I’ve never been to one before and after seeing several peoples adventures at them I now really want to go myself!
  10. Pumpkin Patch– I went when I was little as well as when I was a preschool teacher with my class, but I’d really like to go now with a group of friends and experience it as an adult!

What is on your fall bucket list?  I’d love to hear your plans and any ideas that I could add to mine!  Happy fall!

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

P.S. I love my bracelet in this post.  Traveling is something I love doing and for years now I’ve been trying to find a fun way to collect mementos of all the places I have been.  My mom has a spoon collection and while I liked that idea, I wanted something that was uniquely me.  I finally settled on collecting charms from each country I have been too.  It’s still a work in progress, but I am slowly collecting a my charms and am loving wearing this bracelet as it represents the adventures I have been on.

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