Up on the Rooftop Reindeer Pause

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend - and I hope everyone is gearing up for the holidays! I just booked my flight home for Christmas earlier this week and holy moly I was surprised at the price for my ticket! If you gals are considering going somewhere for the holidays with - or to visit - family DO IT! There is plenty of time to still book and flights are cheap! Wow, I've turned all exclaim-y.

Next week marks my last biz trip for the year. This has been a tough traveling fall and winter for me, so I am looking forward to taking some time to finally relax and see my fam up in the NE (except I am kind of over this whole flying business - ughhhhh).

The only real problem I have every holiday season? The BF and I have been together for a few years now and we typically spend the holidays apart with our respective families in our respective hometowns. We figure it is only fair since we see each other all the time, but not our fams. So in all the time we've been together, we've never spent Christmas together. We try to make up for it by spending New Year's together but I always miss him a bit more than usual come Christmas morning.

How do you guys handle splitting your holiday time?

Top: Forever 21 Effortless Calm woven tunic (worn here before - similar online here)
Sweater: Anthropologie Guinever Roaming Frills (worn here and here before - similar online here or here)
Skirt: Anthropologie Blue Robin Twilit (via the lovely Lauren from the EA Trade Market - similar online here or cheap here)
Tights: Anne Klein herringbone (worn here before - similar online here)
Shoes: Nine West Temani patent wedges (similar online here)

Top: Forever 21 H81 brushed plaid (worn here and here before)
Sweater: J. Crew shawl popover (similar online here or cashmere here)
Jeans: Banana Republic classic skinny (similar online here)
Boots: Born Taro (worn here before - similar online here or shearling-lined here)

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Lastly, a slew of cool bloggers are hosting cool giveaways this week - here's a quick sampling:

★  Melissa from A Working Mom's Closet is giving away a gorgeous floral statement necklace. Contest ends December 12.

★  Roxy from Effortless Anthropologie is giving away a week's worth of holiday goodies (check out her right middle column for the prizes). Contests end December 12.

  Dear Crissy is giving away a $300 gift card to Bare Necessities. Contest ends December 13.

  GiftRap is giving away a Kindle e-reader. Contest ends December 16.

★  Debby from Inspired Design is giving away a $50 e-card to Pottery Barn. Contest ends December 16.

  Fashionable Academics is hosting a giveaway from We Love Colors. Contest ends December 16.

  I am Style-ish teamed up with Ebates to give away $100 and an Apple iPod Shuffle. Contest ends December 16.

  Mammamoiselle is giving away a clutch from Charm Design. Contest ends December 16.

★  Francesca from Le Kiss Kiss is giving away a $75 gift certificate to CSN Stores. Contest ends December 17.

  Still Blonde After All These Years is giving away two pairs of Kamik Ellie rainboots. Contest ends December 17.

★  ekimura from a little bit of eki is giving away a Coach wristlet and lip gloss from melliesh. Contest ends December 19.