Samantha Chic: Style // A Very Merry LA Christmas


Style // A Very Merry LA Christmas

Blazer: Forever 21 (Past Season) // Tank: Marshall's // Jeans: Just Black via Stitch Fix
Shoes: Adam Lippes for Target // Bag: c/o Joie (Past Season)

Woohoo! First outfit post of 2016! I hope your year has been going well so far. I've been going on job interviews recently, so a lot of my outfits, like here, are me basically throwing on jeans later and running out the door to explore with Ryan.

These jeans are from a Stitch Fix box a couple years back now, but I still love them. And I've worn this blazer a few times on here before (here and here) as well. When I first purchased it, I thought it might be too bold, but I've found it's actually really versatile.

As you can see in these photos, there are Christmas decorations all around. These photos were taken a couple weeks ago when we were exploring Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, but they were too pretty to not post (even if they are a bit late).

First off, it's RODEO DRIVE! If you have the money (which I don't) then it is THE place to shop in LA (or window shop in my case). It's the place where Julia Roberts was told she wasn't welcome in "Pretty Woman." And secondly, it is our first LA Christmas after all!

And besides, tomorrow is Russian Christmas so it's still the holidays as far as I'm concerned! I am one-fourth Russian on my father's side and I remember that each year as a child my parents would save one present, just something small, until Jan. 7 so we could open it and celebrate Russian Christmas.

I love holiday traditions like that! I noticed here in Los Angeles though they either don't go all out for the holidays (at least compared to New York City), or they have their own set of traditions that still kind of blow my mind - tamales for Christmas Eve, anyone? Actually that sounds delicious, we may have to do that next year.

Ryan and I spent our first Christmas here in Los Angeles with friends eating carne asada tacos and chicken enchiladas - a far cry from the honey glazed ham, lasagna, and hot potato salad my family makes every year! But it was so yummy, nevertheless!

Overall though, we both agreed that this was one of our best Christmases -- even though we didn't have a tree, or exchange gifts, or put up lights, or any of the things traditionally associated with Christmas. But we've been so very fortunate to have so many friends, family members and even strangers help us along the way and support us on this journey.

And isn't that the true meaning of Christmas? To borrow from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"...

"It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes, or bags! 
...Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

Here's hoping 2016 continues to be just as magical...

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