Tree time: Oversized turtleneck, patterned skinnies, booties, and woolen beanie

My husband and I did some Christmas tree (window) shopping this afternoon…for the first time in over five years!!

styling an oversized turtleneck with printed skinny pants, booties, and a woolen beanie

Our previous condo was just too small for a proper Christmas tree, so we’d been making do with a tabletop version created from driftwood with a starfish for a topper; very appropriate for the beach-house vibe we had happening at our other home…but not quite the same as the real deal!!

oversized turtleneck and woolen beanie

styling an oversized turtleneck with printed skinny pants, booties, and a woolen beanie

Which brings us to our current conundrum.  Robin and I can’t seem to decide if we should go “traditional” with a cut tree…or take the environmental high road with a live tree…or totally “modern” with an artificial one!!  I’ll be honest – artificial trees don’t hold a lot of charm for me; not when so much of the holiday has already gone the plastic, “made in China” route.  But we don’t have a garden to plant a live tree after it’s done its Christmas duty…and nowadays, killing a tree simply for the pleasure of decorating and admiring it for a couple of weeks doesn’t feel right, either.

styling an oversized turtleneck with printed skinny pants, cognac satchel, and a woolen beanie

oversized turtleneck, fingerless gloves, and a cognac satchel

Since we’re planning to host a holiday/housewarming party in a few short weeks, we really need to make up our minds as soon as possible…which means I’m open to any and all suggestions!!  So please tell me, dear readers – do you think that a real tree or a fab fake is the way to go?!

styling an oversized turtleneck with printed skinny pants, booties, and a woolen beanie

P.S. Speaking of parties – be sure to stop by Fashion Should Be Fun, link up, and celebrate another Fun Fashion Friday!!  ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. November 28, 2015 / 1:16 am

    We made the switch to a fake tree last year – I just didn't feel good about cutting down a tree for the sake of a few weeks. It was weird at first, but just fine in the end. It actually allowed us to pick one that has a fair amount of space between the branches (so the ornaments actually hand), and it looked lovely.

  2. November 29, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    You look super adorable … cozy chic at its finest! As far as trees go, we go to a mountain Xmas tree farm that had people cut off only the top of the tree to take home to decorate. (The trees are huge so just the top is plenty). The trees keeping on living and growing. Just a thought!

    Thanks so much for linking up!

    Dawn Lucy

  3. November 29, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Christmas trees are a crop, grown on tree farms. No forests harmed. . . And while they are growing, they positively affect the planet's atmosphere. But it does take fossil fuel to get them to your house, and then to take them away as garbage. However, my city has a tree recycling program–you drop off your tree and they grind it up for mulch to use in parks, or to give away.

    Artificial trees use fossil fuel to manufacture. However, once at your house, no more trips to get a tree, so I suppose that balances out something?

    I say, follow your heart. To me, nothing replaces the lovely smell of a real tree, invited indoors for a few weeks.

  4. December 1, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    I grew up on a tree farm. They are a crop, just like corn or lettuce. Yes, it takes a few years instead of weeks to grow them, but we planted new ones every year so there were trees of every size, from small to LARGE. I am not a fan of artificial trees since eventually they end up at the dump. Most towns have a composting program for the cut trees after the holiday season. Or get a live tree and donate it to a park or other such program. (make sure you find out what kind they will take) All that said, my neighbor has a giant white tree that is pre-wired for lights. It is stunning.

  5. December 2, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    I never get a real tree it just seems like so much work, plus I have two dogs and I am sure they would be a pain to deal with with a real tree haha. But I am sure whatever you get it will look stunning and I would love to see it ๐Ÿ™‚ Cute sweater btw x


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