When condo hunting in Boston a while back, one of my sacrificed wishlist items was exposed brick, which I found charming in many of the historic units we saw. After moving into our current home, we recreated the look by adding brick veneer to our fireplace and intended to paint it white. As with most home improvement projects, that got delayed just a few years but finally got done last month! This space has become my happy cozy corner – an indoor white Christmas of sorts.
I’m partnering with LOFT today on their A to Z gift guide, spotlighting the letter “G” for gift ideas that are both comfy and practical. They’re having 50% off many winter pieces (coats, sweaters, scarves) right now, so I wanted to share some quick reviews on presents I’ve purchased and tried on! Cardigans are one of my favorite clothing items to both wear and to gift. They’re more forgiving in fit so there’s some leeway in sizing, and they can easily be dressed up for work or down for lounging. Wrap one up together with leggings and socks for a cozy-day package.
This mixed rib cardigan (50% off) is one I ordered as a gift in regular sizing and tried on. On me, the regular size XS is a comfortable and casual fit, substantial enough to be a sweater jacket. It has a good weight to it, and is thicker than the others mentioned in this post.
A lighter-weight layering piece that I’d recommend is this striped pocketed cardigan. In contrast to the thicker sweater-material one I’m trying on above, this is a more fluid jersey knit that has a little more stretch. It’s very comfy against the skin, and I like the pockets and curved hem detail.
This off-shoulder sweater is another piece I had ordered as a gift in regular sizing and tried on. The regular xs on me is like a tunic, just covering the crotch thus perfect for wearing with leggings. Sometimes the shoulder area on off-shoulder styles are too loose and slide down right away, but this does not.
Lastly, cute socks are always a utilitarian stocking stuffer that are bound to be worn! I got these gray leopard ones for myself, and they also make lots of taller boot socks at a very reasonable price.
Our first year in our current home, I had decorated our tree with only metallic ornaments and our friends & family must’ve picked up on the theme! We received a few treasured ornaments as holiday gifts, all in that same color scheme, so I suppose we’ll keep the tradition going : ) I have to admit though, I’m liking the plain flocked tree look and am tempted to leave it as-is this year!