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Christmas pajama pants: Aeropastle (alternative) // Top: H&M (similar)

One of my favorite traditions that I have with my sister is to buy matching Christmas pajamas every year and wear them on Christmas morning. This year we altered the tradition a little and wore them a few days early with our friend Sam to hang out and watch Christmas movies.  Some more Christmas traditions that I love are:

1.) Watching all of the ABC Family Christmas movies

2.) Making a gingerbread house

3.) Drinking hot chocolate with a candy cane in it

4.) Sitting by the fireplace

5.) Baking and decorating cookies

6.) Going to Starbucks on Christmas Eve morning

7.) Driving around to see the best decorated houses in the neighborhood on Christmas Eve

8.) Going to see the tree in New York City

9.) Buying a new ornament to put on the tree

10.) Wearing an ugly sweater

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Whether you do just one, or many of these good holiday deeds, giving back is essential to not only help someone in need, but also to create a ripple effect and inspire others to take action as well.  After you’ve done something on this list, help to pass it on by pinning or tweeting this link so that someone else can get inspired to give back this holiday season too.

1.)  Help a U.S. teen go to college. For every $1 donated to possefoundation.org, $5 will go toward a full scholarship for a standout student.  

2.) Give aid to a struggling hospital. Donating $10 to projectcure.org sends $400 worth of medical supplies to doctors globally.  

3.) Feed a family. $25 to feedingamerica.org provides a whole month’s worth of meals for a family of three.

4.) Gift a toy to a child in need. Toys for Tots has locations in every state where toys can be dropped off for children in need.

5.) Help fight cervical cancer. 85 percent of deaths occur in places where women lack early screenings.  A donation of $10 to path.org covers the cost of a lifesaving test for someone.

6.) Give the gift of clean water.  The organization, Give Clean Water, helps to provide the people of Fiji with sustainable, clean drinking water.

7.) Donate your best skills. Catchafire.org uses your expertise for a cause that needs it.

8.) Fight pancreatic cancer. 100% of all donations go toward pancreatic research if you donate to lustgarten.org

9.) Donate clothes to the Salvation Army.

10.) Prevent AIDS. A donation of $50 to unaids.org treats a mother for six months and protects her baby.

11.) Bring a box of toys to a local children’s hospital.

12.) Write a cute note or send an email of appreciation to someone you care about.

13.) Keep the planet beautiful.  Keep America Beautiful builds public gardens. Donating $10 to kab.org pays for 25 flower bulbs.

14.) Make cards for hospitalized kids.  Donate your time and creativity to make handmade cards for the organization Cards for Hospitalized Kids.

15.) Donate a tree to a military family.  You can donate a Christmas tree to a military family through the organization, Trees for Troops.

16.) Bring treats to the office to share with your boss and coworkers.

17.) Make care bags for a homeless shelter.

18.) Collect cans of food and donate them to a food bank.

19.) Adopt a family.  Fulfill a family’s holiday wish list with the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program.

20.) Donate your airline miles. Help a soldier to see their family by donating your airline miles to fisherhouse.org.

21.) Take your old coats to Goodwill.

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Dress: H&M (similar style) // Stole: Dress Gal (under $10!) // Necklace: Forever 21 (similar) // Bag: H&M // Shoes: ALDO (similar)  // Hair clip: vintage (similar)

The only thing I love more than a holiday party is a formal holiday party.  This white faux fur stole is the perfect accessory to add a little extra glam to any dress in your closet.  I also love tucking it into my coats and wearing it like a collar.  Accessories can make all the difference!  I also like to add a touch of sparkle whenever I go to a party, so I incorporated a shiny hair barrette and bold statement necklace.  What’s your favorite holiday party accessory?

P.s. I linked a few other long lace dresses that I think would be really cute for formal holiday parties!

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Cardigan: Century 21 (similar) // Top: Target (similar) // Bow tie: Amazon // Pants: H&M (similar) // Bag: ALDO (alternative) // Heels: LifeStride // Bracelet: Forever 21 // Watch: Vintage (similar) // Sunglasses: Target // Lipstick: NYX “Perfect Red”

If you’ve been following along for awhile, then you know that I kinda have a thing for bows.  Especially during the holidays, I think they add an extra girly and festive touch to almost any outfit.  I also love the way a red cardigan really makes an outfit pop.  You can definitely expect this one to be on repeat all winter long!

On another note Thanksgiving is tomorrow so I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! (:

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Outfit 1: Sweater (similar) // Skirt // Socks // Boots // Necklace // Earrings // Lipstick 

Outfit 2: Top // Pants // Vest // Necklace // Booties

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A little outfit inspiration for the upcoming holiday! 

Love,

Nicole ♡