Very Merry Traditions and Such

Dec 21, 2012

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Happy Friday! I'm so happy I shared my perils with you yesterday- you gave me the BEST present ideas!  Now I have 5 that I seriously love and need to narrow down, and I'll no longer have to get an ulcer from stress :)

Christmas Eve is at our house this year, which means the second I get home today my mom is going to arm me with a windex bottle and a mop. It's going to get Code Red: Cinderella all up in here.  And since we're Polish we're going to go back in time to the early 1900s and celebrate with our motherland's traditions.  No, that doesn't mean I'm going to be wearing a bonnet, but it does mean that we'll be making Christmas Eve dinner the same exact way my great-great-great grandma used to make it.  Including the sprinkled straw under the tablecloth.

Sounds nostalgic and wistful, but have you seen what poor Polish farmers used to eat? I'll tell you- jello made out of broth that has bits of meat bobbling in it and twelve different plates of fish that stare at you with dead eyes.

Suffice it to say my brothers and I have been nibbling on bread that day for the passed 20 years or so.  It's our very own tradition ;)

What are you all lovely ladies up to?

Sweater- Gap
Grey sweater- F21
Chambray shirt- F21
Skirt- F21
Purse- Thrifted
Booties- Topshop


  1. I really love this layered look! It looks cute, comfy, AND cozy. The perfect triple C combination for the winter. haha.

    I'm going to be baking my butt off this weekend! That's what I'll be up We always go to my grandparents' for Christmas Eve. When I was little and they still had their house, the ENTIRE family would come and my Grandpa would make fried dough balls that I loved. But now that they've gotten older and moved into a smaller apartment, we just have the close family together. I just love getting to spend time with my cousins. :)

  2. That's a fascinating tradition. I've never heard other people do it. I do have a couple of Polish friends, but I guess they've never spoken about their Christmas traditions.

    I love old folk traditions and things that have been passed down for years.

    In my family we have macaroni cheese as well as our Christmas dinner. At the same time. Because we had macaroni when we lived in the Carribbean on Christmas Day. So my parents love food enough that we just have everything!

  3. This sweater is so lovely!! It looks great with the button front skirt, such great colours together.
    Sounds like a pretty interesting Christmas tradition, haha, but it's always fun to do stuff like that with the family.
    My family and I for some reason always have seafood Christmas eve, so we'll be doing that and playing the game "things in a box"

  4. I'm super busy baking as well! Luckily, Christmas is NOT at our house, so I won't have to don my cinderella wares, but that doesn't mean it's any less stressful!

  5. I want a little tie skirt like this, its so cute! Isn't asking for advice on your blog one of the best things ever? You can seriously throw out " what should I buy, where should I go, what's the best so-and-so". Andyway, glad you got some good ideas! I loved reading about your traditional Polish celebrations! The windex and mop makes me VERY reminiscent of my own mother going a bit nuts whenever anyone else was coming to the house!
    xo Hannah

  6. Oh that sweater and skirt, those colors! I LOVE.

    Your Christmas food sounds....awful. I would be shoving so much bread in my mouth, no one could understand my "no thank you, I'm full" when offered some fish and what not...

    I had my family Christmas last night and we brought home The Olive Garden and I made "cherry cheesecake bars" was heavenly...


  7. that cardi is fabulous! hope you're having a beautiful holiday season :)

  8. Love this look! Especially all the layering.. and that cardi!

  9. Absolutely love that sweater! The pattern on the shoulders give such a nice pop of colour. I had a traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner last year and it was actually quite delicious- but I guess family traditions do vary ;) Hope there's lots of bread!


  10. I'm so glad to be back and seeing your adorable outfits and reading your hilarious posts! Haha, oh, your traditional Christmas Eve dinner sounds very... scary. :D What great stories you'll be able to tell your kids, if you ever want to have kids!
    I have no idea what my husband and I are doing for Christmas eve, other than baking cookies. I SO want to start some new traditions with him, now, though! It's our first Christmas married, and I'm really excited!

  11. Ha- That's gonna be me with the Windex as soon as I finish my blogroll.

    You look cute with the layers though.

  12. I love your outfit once again, your cardigan and skirt are super cute.
    Thats so cool that you guys celebrate the same traditions as your great grand parents. My grandpa came from Poland, but he never talks about his family or traditions.


  13. Every time I see your outfits I get so inspired to layer because you do it so well! I love all the colors in this outfit.
    Much love,

  14. You're seriously the best writer. So hilarious! I feel for you, and those poor fish! I'm not even going to ask about the meat jello...

    Love that great bag, too!

    Kate from Clear the Way

  15. I love that button up sweater, what a great length!

    Hope you have fun cleaning... we're having people over tomorrow and that's exactly what I'll be doing tonight haha

    Happy holidays!

  16. I love your layering in this outfit. Have a great weekend, hopefully you get a break from cleaning :)

  17. We're having Christmas at our house too! I love this holiday....but it really stresses me out too! The need to find the perfect gift, host the perfect holiday party, moves away from the real reason we celebrate this holiday! Anyways, I'm sure your bf will love anything you get him, so don't sweat it! Have a wonderful Christmas darlin:)!

  18. Haha I loved hearing about your Polish traditions! The food sounds a little scary but I'm sure you all hold those traditions close to your heart :). I hope you have a great holiday Marlen!



    Southern (California) Belle

  19. This is so perfect. I love how you pair unexpected items and make them work together so well. Love your boots and cozy sweater!

  20. Your cardigan is lovely!

    Your Christmas sounds very traditional. I hope you relax lots afterwards :)

    I can't wait for Christmas!! I'm gonna stuff myself and watch silly Christmas movies with my boyfriend and family.

    Carmen Ri.

  21. Wow I love the natural colors in this outfit, the olives and the browns make such a lovely color combo :) And I really like the bit of print on your cardigan! jello broth and plates of fish? hahaha I would be nibbling on bread too.

  22. Haha, aww. Well I hope you had some tasty bread to nibble on! Does the sprinkled straw under the tablecloth have a function or is it just symbolic?

    also, your outfit is super adorable. I love all the colors you chose - perfect! :)

  23. How are you Marlen? Love the layers. <33

  24. Your skirt! I swoon over anything in green family.
    Hope you had a very merry Christmas!

  25. Love your tights, your cardigan, and your skirt! Cute! Cute! Cute! I love forever21! <3


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