I’m spending Christmas Eve attending to my roots. Not sure why I thought a Christmas Eve booking for a cut and colour was a good idea but it’s happening and I will be blonde for Christmas.
Because that’s important, right?
Tonight we’ll sit down to dinner – the five of us will all actually be home (it’s a Christmas miracle as the eldest has been working some very long hours and will be working Christmas Day too) – feast on some prawns and settle in for our annual viewing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. NEVER. GETS. OLD.
Consider today’s post kind of like a family Christmas newsletter. Do you receive them still? Or send them?
Social media seems to have taken over in the family and friends news’ department. I guess we don’t have to wait for an annual update when it’s played out every day on the internets?
There are a couple I still receive that I very much look forward to receiving and reading. One is from a friend I met in my first year of university – she was on exchange from the US for six months and staying at the same college I was. She has written EVERY Christmas since then. Her babies are now at College; my big babies are too. Wish I could say I’ve been just as consistent a letter writer …
Another I love receiving is from a very funny husband of a girlfriend of mine – it’s always emailed – so even thought it’s Christmas Eve I know he’ll come through. I know it.
Anyhoo … back to the Styling You family Christmas letter.
Dear SY reader,
As you know, 2014 has gone very ok. Not all days have been diamonds but there sure have been plenty of reasons to embrace the sparkle.
I’m now officially a “Brisso”. The move from the Sunshine Coast has been a good one.
Sure the packing and unpacking was far from fun; and wrangling with my telecommunications provider for five months afterwards heightened by stress levels but all in all it’s gone very well.
I’m still not used to Mr SY being around in the mornings and evenings. He tried (once) to complain about the 10 minute commute on the bus. I shut that complaint down quick smart. He’s finally even stopped nervously twitching each time we drive the Bruce Highway north to the Coast.
Master SY has taken to his new natural habitat with gusto. So far these holidays he’s rarely been home, spending time with his band of new mates or when he has been home, one or more of those new mates have been with him.
The “bigs” are home for the uni holidays but for most of the year they like – and embrace – the 10 minute separation between our lives.
2014 will always be remembered as the year that I had my first book published. It’s all been a crazy ride since. I’ve been everywhere from Bundaberg to Perth and met so many SY readers thanks to sponsor NIVEA Australia. That my friend is a MASSIVE highlight. There are already more dates booked in for 2015 – check for details here.
Big, big love and smooches to all who have bought Unlock Your Style. Don’t think I’m stopping with the shameless plugging either: snap up a copy for yourself for Christmas (the iBook version has been super popular and even made the 2014 best iBooks’ list). Just quietly I love what my mate Smaggle did at bookstore in Canberra yesterday. She got sprung doing so but took one for the team.
I must give a big shout out to Mr SY. I’ve been away A LOT since my book published. I couldn’t have done all that without his support – and that of a fabulous group of new girlfriends at Master SY’s school.
We did get away ourselves (well with our mates the BabyMacs) to the Whitsundays in September. We thought 10 years of marriage justified a night at Qualia after our sailing weekend. Turns out the luxury hotel gods were shining on us and a cancelled flight saw us back there for a bonus night.
On the blog YOU showed up and worshipped at the Offspring alter for what seems to be the final time. Can you tell I’m in denial? Until I hear an official announcement from Channel TEN, I’ll hope against hope that we’ll see the Nina Proudman in all her kimono-wearing glory in 2015.
My #everydaystyle Instagram challenge continues to showcase a diverse range of styles on women on all ages, shapes and sizes. I love that something I started as a personal challenge so I would spend time putting together an outfit for a day at home on the computer has become something that has inspired others to shop from their wardrobe and develop their everyday style for themselves. Don’t forget to share your Christmas outfit with us all. I’ll be including lots of Christmas Day style on the blog on Boxing Day.
This year we’ve given away lots of prizes too – 98 prizes worth $19,916 to be exact – and that’s not including the prizes we gave away as part of my work with sponsors. Were you a winner? There will be more to win on SY in 2015 … stay tuned.
Speaking of my sponsors – and my banner advertisers – thanks so much for supporting them. This blog relies on sponsors and advertisers to keep going. I don’t work with every sponsor that approaches me, instead choosing ones that fit with me and hopefully you.
Lastly I want to thank YOU. Seriously. You’re the reason I show up here every day. The SY community is a pretty damn fabulous one and that fabulousness comes down to YOU.
Merry Christmas. May your glass be filled with your favourite beverage, may the Christmas cracker jokes be lame and may Santa bring you just what you wished for.
Styling You’s top 10 blog posts 2014
How to dress like Nina Proudman (all were popular but this one to kick off the series was the most read)
The Model and Me: Sacha Drake (jumpsuit)
I’ll still be popping up on the blog over the next few weeks – but I may not be here Monday to Friday as you’ve come to expect. Please don’t panic. I’m just taking some much-needed down time.
We’re actually not going away until January 2 (road tripping to the New South Wales Central Coast for a week) and then Master SY and I are “on assignment” in Tasmania for a week.
Then it’s the final week of the school holidays so normal programming will return when school does.
If you don’t want to miss when a new post goes up on the blog, you can subscribe to the “daily” email here. Basically if I post a blog on any given day, you’ll receive an email containing that blog post not long after.
Facebook is also good way to follow along with what’s happening. To never miss a notification from the SY Facebook page, check the “Get Notifications” tab which you’ll find when you hover over the “LIKED” button.
And you’ll always find me hanging out on Instagram. #everydaystyle #justsaying
Tell me your plans for the next few weeks and don’t forget to share your Christmas Day outfit with the hashtag #everydaystyle.