The song “I’ll Be home for Christmas” has never resonated with me quite like it has this year. Yes, Globe trotting and being based in London for a year is phenomenal, but nothing is like being home, especially during this time of year. Northern California, specifically San Francisco, is my favorite place to be during Christmas. The city is already gorgeous with its pastel painted houses and soaring skyscrapers, but even more so as it is decorated in the red and green uniform of the holidays. Combine the beautiful scenery with being surrounded by those you love and you have the perfect outing. Does life get any better?
It may be touristy, but my family and I love to pay a visit to the tree in Union Square and shop in the Christmas department of Macy’s; It’s like stepping inside of a Merry Monster: surrounding you are Christmas trees of all colors, an assortment of nutcrackers, and shiny ornaments. There was even one for Big Ben, which I definitely bought to commemorate my first semester abroad.
I could not visit my favorite city without wearing the right outfit! This ensemble has a ton of statement items in it, but they all seem to mesh so beautifully together. As seen on the New York Fall 2015 Fashion Week catwalk, fur is very in at the moment. This black tweed coat with its fur collar and sleeves display the recent trend in a subtle, classy way. Over the years, I’ve worn this coat over evening dresses, but thought it would be equally elegant to dress it down with a pair of dark jeans. The tie at the waist accentuates an hourglass figure, making it okay to wear both skinny or wide leg pants on the bottom. I decided to stick to my good old skinny jeans as they are comfortable for tons of walking in the city.
In a sea of dark everything, I topped off the look with some Burberry sneakers and a white and black dress shirt. There are many patterns to this look that seem to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. That’s something I love about fashion: you can afford to put what may seem like stand alone pieces together if you’re willing to make it work.
It feels great to be home. Whether travelling to my city or hometown, there isn’t a second of this familiarity that goes uncherished. I cannot wait to have bottomless cups of hot chocolate and tons of homemade cooking while surrounded by my family this month. Stay tuned for some American and London fashion articles coming your way real soon!
Keeping it Krischic,