Arrows and Stripes

sweater: f21 // orange cords: anthropologie // necklace: made by me & gift // shoes: payless

This year we stayed home for Christmas. When we found out we were pregnant, we started thinking about it, but then when we found out my sister, Janssen, was pregnant and wouldn’t be going to my parents house either (on account of her three week old baby), the decision was made. As much as I love being at my parents house for Christmas, being home has been so much fun. Philip has ten blissful days off, and with an entire new place to explore, we’re having so much fun spending each day doing something fun — the aquarium, the beach, Christmas lights, boat parades, riding the ferry, Knotts Berry Farm, and of course eating a lot of good food. Peanut is in heaven with all this fun, and we’re all sleeping like rocks every night. What more could a girl ask for?

Tomorrow on the blog? An easy little tutorial for that fun leather necklace I’m wearing. It might be my favorite piece of jewelry right now. Don’t miss it!



  1. Lins says:

    I feel ya. Last year we stayed home for Christmas and it was so nice to be home, but I missed my family like cray. This year we traveled, but came back early. I'm grateful for some down time.

  2. Bri Marie says:

    I love living close to my family for that exact reason – I can sleep in my own bed and "be home" while still spending the day or evening with family. Sounds like you've taken full advantage of the time off at home though – how nice!! Excited to learn about this necklace!

    Bri @ Work Clothes, I Suppose

  3. Sarah S. says:

    Sounds like you guys are having fun. Enjoy!

  4. Sarah says:

    sounds like you're embracing the cali life! Good to have your hubby off for 10 days I'm sure!

  5. Janssen says:

    Wasn't it GREAT to have our own Christmases? I loved every second of it.

  6. cleartheway says:

    I love that necklace. I can't wait to make one for myself!

    Kate from Clear the Way

  7. ~Kori~ says:

    I miss, so much, all the things you listed! I would give anything to any one of them right now. I really hope you enjoy H.B. and SoCal in general! Have a great new year!!

  8. Mary says:

    I love reading your blog, but have never commented. I am expecting my second baby any day now and am thinking about post-partum style. You don't seem to wear a ton of button front or obviously-nursing-friendly tops. What do you do when you need to nurse? Pull up the top and expose your tummy? You look so great, that I'd love your advice about this!

    • Hi Mary! Congratulations on your upcoming baby!

      I don't bother with nursing tops or button ups — I just always wear a tank top underneath my shirt so that my stomach is covered when I pull my top up to nurse. I've found it works great and then I'm able to wear everything in my closet (except dresses — and I miss them!). Good luck!

    • Mary says:

      That's a great idea! Baby is here and I hope to look as great as you…as soon as I take this robe off!

  9. Julia says:

    Hi Merrick, I'm sure others have asked this before but do you use a camera with a timer on a tripod to take your fashion photos? Thanks!

    • I do use a camera on a tripod, but I use a remote rather than a timer. The remote allows you to stand in front of the camera and let it focus on you before it takes the picture, which a timer does not (since you're behind the camera when you push the shutter release). They're sold at any camera store for $10-15.

      Hope that helps!

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