Festive and Casual for NYE



charcoal cardigan: leith | plaid top: j.crew | jeans: current elliott | shoes: j.crew | bag: tory burch {on sale here + similar style} | glasses: karen walker | lips: ‘red revival’ by maybelline

Have I told you before that New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday?

I think I say the same about the 4th of July every year, but I really love NYE because of our traditions. We keep everything low key (hence my casual outfit). I don’t think I’ve ever “gone out” for NYE. Matt and I usually end up at one of my older siblings’ houses to play games, eat yummy food and share goals/resolutions while all the kids play downstairs. For some reason it’s the only holiday where we actually get quality adult time with each other and it’s honestly my favorite way to ring in the new year.

This year there’s a twist, though. We have little Benjamin and he goes to bed at 7pm. So we’ve been talking all week about what we’re going to do. I don’t want to miss out on making fun memories, but I also want to put Benj’s needs before my own. Any advice from my fellow mamas?

Also, this isn’t intended to be an afterthought, but here are a few of my (non-fitness-related) resolutions for 2017…

  1. Spend more quality time with Matt. Whether monthly date-nights out or weekly date-nights in. I’ve let our together time get bogged down my endless to-do lists the last 9 months and I’m really missing the days when we were more present with each other.
  2. Learn to cook healthy dinners. For real this time. I’m thinking of trying Sun Basket again and looking for simple-ingredient recipes on Pinterest (please share if you have a board a should follow!). At least once a month I’d like to make dinner for our family (I am spoiled and Matt does all the cooking around here. Always has.).
  3. Clean out my inboxes. I don’t know if any of you can relate, but between my personal email, my 2 blog emails and my Adobe email, I currently have 25,951 unread messages…and counting. Aggh! Most of it is unwanted marketing emails and I can’t seem to get unsubscribed from things, but I really just need to clean out my inboxes and then keep them clean. I feel so much more organized when I do, but I literally only get around to it once a year. But this is the year!
  4. Wear all the clothes in my closet. Or get rid of them.
  5. Read one new book per month. I am that person that buys all these great, inspiring self-help books and then never finishes them. I love learning new skills and reading things that inspire me or give me new ideas. It’s so hard to find the time, but mom life is teaching me how to prioritize, so I think I can do it. Would you be interested in monthly updates on the books I’ve read/am reading? Let me know and I’ll share highlights in future posts–this will also help keep me accountable. 😉

Now for my favorite part…

What are YOUR 2017 resolutions?

Share in the comments or send me a link to your resolutions blog post. I’d love to support you, and I’m sure I’ve missed some good goal ideas.

Photos by The High Pines.



  1. Natali says:

    Looking so pretty in this casual outfit!


    Posted December 28, 2016 | Reply
  2. Loving the casual look, it’s something that I can easily take inspiration from!

    My resolutions for 2017 are still undecided, but I hope to read 10 books in the coming year.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted December 28, 2016 | Reply
    • Thank you! Yay for book reading! I’d love to hear what books are on your list. Happy New Year!

      Posted December 30, 2016 | Reply
  3. Rach says:

    Wear all of my clothes in my closet is one of my goals for 2017 too. Lately, I’ve been purging a lot. This is a very cute outfit – love the top!


    Posted December 28, 2016 | Reply
    • Thanks so much! And we can do this! It’s such a strange thing that we love something when we buy it and then fall out of love with it before wearing it very much. I’m really trying to not do that anymore. haha. Happy New Year!

      Posted December 30, 2016 | Reply
  4. emily says:

    2 blogs emails? Do you have another blog besides Little Miss Fearless?

    Posted December 28, 2016 | Reply
    • I don’t, but I have one email address for blog questions/collabs and the old email I used when I first started that I now use for online shopping and it is so hard to keep them both clean. Ahh!

      Posted December 30, 2016 | Reply
  5. Erica says:

    These are great goals! You seem determined & disciplined, you’ve got this!
    I became a mom this year as well, my little girl is about to be 10 months old. It’s been nice to follow you on instagram during this season!
    I have similar goals for 2017– be present with my husband more, worry less about my daughter, read my Bible daily before checking all the things on my phone, check my emails (? More like unsubscribe & delete my emails!), be active at least 3times a week (it’s SO hard to find time to workout now that I have a baby & work! ?) do what makes me feel joy & last but not least be confident in myself!
    As for NYE & your little guy, we’re planning on helping our daughter nap a little more during the day in hopes of her lasting a little longer than normal. We tend to stick to a bed time schedule pretty regularly & figure since it’s NYE we can be a little flexible & help her sleep in different circumstances (even if that means cuddles until she’s out!). Good luck, have fun, & Happy New Year!

    Posted December 30, 2016 | Reply
    • You are SO inspiring, Erica! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I love that our babies are so close in age. Your goals have me wanting to add a few more to my list. I love your goal to read your Bible before checking your phone. It reminds me of when I was a teenager and I’d read my scriptures before doing my homework because I felt like it helped put my mind in a good place so I could be more efficient. I seriously want to start doing this again. And emails… haha. Yes! Let’s delete them all!

      For NYE, we were hoping to host my family at our house so Benj could just go to sleep at his normal time in his own room. But I have too many rowdy nieces and nephews and not enough space for them so we’ll probably end up at my sister’s house and try putting Benj to sleep in a pack-n-play. We’ve never tried it, so it’ll be a first for us. Fingers crossed.

      Hope you have the Happiest New Year! XOX

      Posted December 31, 2016 | Reply
  6. Stephanie says:

    Love this!

    Eating healthier and exercising is certainly a resolution all could relate to but here are mine that I hope to carry into each new year.

    1. Sit alone in silence more. I’ve found myself so busy with my constant to-do lists that I never have time to clear my mind enough to figure out all that I truly want in life.

    2. Get up earlier on weekdays before work to enjoy my morning and not rush it.

    3. Read more (currently halfway through the “Magnolia Story) would love to hear about your reads.

    4. Take the photography classes I’ve always dreamt of taking.

    5. Pray daily – like really pray.

    6. Breathe more – panic less.

    Posted December 30, 2016 | Reply
    • Thank you for sharing these, Stephanie! I’m so inspired. Have you ever read The Miracle Morning? I read it back in 2015 and now you’ve reminded me to add it to my list again. It’s all about making the most of your mornings before your day starts, including sitting in silence and making time to actually think about your wants and goals. I think you’d love it if you haven’t read it already. It seriously changed my life.

      What kind of photography classes are you going to take? I’ve had that on my list forever, too, and never get around to it. I even thought I’d do it while on maternity leave, but had the shock of the century at how busy motherhood is. 😉

      Love love love #5. I need to do this more, too.

      Wishing you the happiest 2017! XOX

      Posted December 31, 2016 | Reply
  7. minau says:

    Such a great look!

    Posted January 8, 2017 | Reply