WINTER DECOR + HOLIDAY FASHION | Anthropologie-style | Also, watch out for sex-crazed bucks.

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but Thanksgiving was this past Thursday.

Tee hee.  I hope you had a good one!  Ours was incredibly pleasant, even though car conversation on the way there involved lines a-like a-this a-one:

“Well, I guess you’d have to ask a woman who’s given birth and been shot in her patella.”  – My Mother said that.  Whoever can guess the question that brought on that answer gets a virtual face hug courtesy of me.

So, the fading of fall into winter is upon us.  And you know what that means, right?  That means it’s time for deer gone wild!  They don’t sell videos of this late at night on Comedy Central, but you’re bound to see it on a highway near you, so be careful.  Bucks (male deer) have one thing on their minds round about now, and it rhymes with shucking.  (I almost said “shucking clams.”  But saying that would be completely over the line inappropriate, so I’m not going to say “shucking clams.”  Besides, I don’t even know if lady deer have what we would call cl… I’m gonna stop here.)

I thought I should let you know about the sex-crazed buck situation.  You know, in case you care about your car and your life.  Because I’m not kidding about this.  Bucks are idiots this time of year.  Procreation is paramount.  Highway shmighway.  Their testosterone levels are so high that they don’t see risk.  Interesting thing, that testosterone.  Kinda explains a lot of things, and not just deer-wise.

Anyway, The boy and I went to the mall on Black Friday, and I’m pleased to tell you we did not get trampled.  So, thankful for that.  Our express goal in visiting the mall on Friday was to cut people in long lines, holding zero merchandise, and tell them, “sorry, we’re in a big rush.”  But, upon arrival, we were magnetically yanked into the Apple Store, where we remained for the better part of the day.  Apple was having a one-day sale, and we were *this close* to buying an iPad.  *This close.*  But we didn’t do it.  We’ve got our hearts set on the next generation.  That’s just the way this couple works.

Anywho!  When we finally left that magical place, we went to the second most magical place in the mall.  And I think you can guess to which place I’m referring, that is, if you know me AT ALL…

And, if you don’t, I’m referring to Anthropologie!!!

Anthro doesn’t seem to believe in Black Friday, based on what seemed to be their complete lack of any sale tickets on any items anywhere in the store (save for their sale section, which exists 365 days a year).  But it really didn’t matter, because with Anthro, ticket prices are easy to ignore, especially when faced with what I’m about to share with you… … so, I hope you’re looking for some winter fashion and decor inspiration… because I’ve gathered some up for you, and it’s all pretty ridiculously awesome.  Come, take a look:

Zibo Midnight Sheath

Hammered Gold Wrapping Paper

Royal Tailor Cuff + Blossoming Trees Cuff

Pompom Twine + To You, From Me Gift Tags

I am in serious like with this dress.  I want to have babies with it.  Pretty, lacey babies.

Spinning Lace Dress

Dress It Up Ribbon

Etoile Ribbon

Golden Gauze Wrapping Paper + Lacy Wrapping Paper

Jute Wrapping Paper + Merry Menagerie Gift Tags

Large Cableknit Candle

Shaggy Garland

Snowball Fight Decoration + Santa Lucia Snowflake Set

By the by, during my visit to Anthro (and while perusing the Anthro catalog for the last several WEEKS), I noticed the loveliest, most hipsteresque ornaments in zee vorld.  And I don’t even mind how hipster they all are!  Like zees:

And like zees, too:

Now.  You can put those on your Christmas tree or your Channukah bush, and stop there.  But why?  Why be so… banal?  Why, when you can label them with kitschy labels, USE THEM AS ESCORT CARDS and hang them on a plastic white or silver miniature escort card tree??!!!  Just a thought.  :*)

So… anything tickle your fancy?  What do you think of those rockin’ frocks?  And what about the wrapping elements, and precious ornaments?  I’m dying over this post, myself.  I hope you guys enjoyed all the inspiration half as much as I do!

xoxo!  – Alison


… Silly me.  I almost forgot to mention that the GIVEAWAYS ARE STARTING!  Stay tuned, my pretties.  That is, if you like free things that happen to be amazeballs.  This is sort of my own personal Oprah’s Favorite Things.  Which is great news for you.  Because, like Oprah, I like to think that I have remarkable taste.  All right… sit tight… and visit back soon.

Label(s): {Fashion}, {Holiday}

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  1. Brancoprata on November 29, 2010

    After reading this post the only thing i want to do is Christmas decors…. ok… and buy lace dresses ;)

  2. Kate on November 29, 2010

    Oooooh that lace dress. Dying!!

  3. Jennifer on November 29, 2010

    I definitely need both of those dresses. And I would like to decorate my entire home in everything you’ve placed within this post. Beelining to Anthro…’s online shop. Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  4. Jennifer on November 29, 2010

    I am assuming the question is “what hurts more, childbirth or being kicked in the groin area?” or I guess shot would be the real question since it says shot. I am just guessing though.

  5. Alison on November 29, 2010

    Jennifer #2 – that’s right, we were talking about what would hurt more! Face hug comin’ atcha… can you feel it? :*) Thanks for playing. FYI, some *real giveaways* are coming shortly, so stay tuned!

  6. Lauren Elise on November 29, 2010

    The velvet ribbon is awesome! I already bought it in three colors: grey, yellow, and pink (and this is coming from a girl who doesn’t really like velvet). And my next purchase is the Santa Lucia snowflake set…it’s all laser-cut wood…so beautiful!

    Let me just say, the Zibo Midnight Sheath is just as pretty in person (sometimes the dresses look better photographed). It is so shimmery and perfect for holiday parties :)

  7. The Demoiselle on November 29, 2010

    You are SUCH an Anthro addict – which is TOTALLY understandable being that they’re so fabulous. Especially loving the luxe details – my fave being the velvet ribbon.

  8. on November 29, 2010

    yeah! Love the holidays and your picks above! Anything Anthro makes me happy!

  9. Stephanie Thompson on November 29, 2010

    LOVE all of these details. Great inspiration thanks for posting.

  10. Naomi on November 29, 2010

    I have a holiday party (2) to attend with the hubs. That little lace number is gorgeous!!

  11. Super Burbs on November 29, 2010

    Basically I want everything in this post. But you already knew that. Can you imagine a tree of just anthro ornaments?! That should be a life goal.

  12. postcards and pretties on November 29, 2010

    ok i want to redo all my chistmas decoration after seeing this post…i want a anthro christmas

  13. Mia Cupcake on November 29, 2010

    JFYI, I’ve been shot in both patellas (once with a BB gun and once with a paintball gun) and given birth twice.

    Do I win? :D

  14. Mary on November 29, 2010

    So, since I’ve been stalking your blog for a little while now, I feel compelled to announce here that I got engaged on Thanksgiving evening! Ahh! So excited!

    Annnnd the Anthropologie stuff is amazing! I can’t wait for the wedding collection to bust onto the scene!

  15. Alison on November 29, 2010

    Mary – OMG!!! You must be on cloud nine right now. Congratulations, that’s such wonderful news! I am so glad you told me and everyone else here – we’re all so thrilled for you!!! I freak out over this kind of news. I am currently freaking out.

    And yes, the Anthro wed collection will officially kill me. I will not survive the thrill of that – it will tax my body beyond what it can handle, physically. ;)

  16. Lenal on November 29, 2010

    Ooh, Anthro! I adore that lace dress, and the Golightly’s favorite ornament is also MY favorite-it’s too cute!

    Glad to hear you weren’t trampled in a Black Friday crush! I skipped out one the iPhone 4, so I know what you mean about waiting for the next generation. They’ll get it righter, and it will probably cost less, too!

  17. Aleah + Nick Valley on November 30, 2010

    So glad you didn’t get trampled!! …and this post is almost just way too fabulous. Really. That sequin dress + pom pom ribbon and velvety goodness?! Love! A

  18. Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride] on November 30, 2010

    Can’t wait for the giveaways and those are some CRAZY amazing finds at Anthropologie! I love the twine!


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