It's been a fantastic week on Clara Mae James. A project that is very dear to my heart was re-born with the comeback of the Dream Catcher Series. I also announced a contributing writer and you can read more about Dina here. Yes, these moves may seem small, but I'm brimming with excitement about what the future holds for my little blog. The positive reaction to yesterday's post was amazing and I hope that you found some inspiration - I know I did.

Beyond the blog, life is Pittsburgh is shaping up nicely too. Last night, we had one of our best meals at a restaurant called Cure. We put the finishing touches on our Christmas tree, lit the Menorah and turned on the newest episode of Serial (we will talk about this more later...right now, I'm eh). Weekends, for me, have been focused on the blog and I finally got back into yoga. Next on our list is getting back to the gym, but I'm sure I'll find an excuse to get out of it - after all, it's holiday shopping season!

And speaking of the holidays, I know I'm always late to the game, but gift guides will be up soon. One brand that's topping the list is Gift Shop Brooklyn by Annie Bukhman - handmade leather goods that will make you swoon. The quality and craftsmanship is perfection and lately, I've been obsessed with the Mary Wallet. I couldn't be happier with my decision to go metallic blue and this will, for sure, be with me for every holiday party along with my new favorite lipstick from Chanel. In fact, I'm kind of digging this outfit as a holiday work party option. It's not sparkly, yet a hint of festive with the flannel and the right amount of profesh.

So anyway, be on the lookout for more of Annie's pieces along with other fun gift ideas. For my procrastinator fans who spend most of the month of December shopping for yourself (aka me), this guide is for you!

Until then, have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. 


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SHOP THIS POST: Leather jacket from Zara, a few years old, but similar here and here. Turtleneck from Uniqlo. Skirt from Creatures of Comfort found at Bird last year, but into this one too for some edge and the price is right. Boots by Rebels. Wallet from Gift Shop Brooklyn