Sunday, November 25, 2012

Shopping Local and Family Portrait

I very rarely post things about my family on this fashion blog.  But for a change, and because I'm hoping this may inspire others, I am sharing my "Shop Local" experience--which included my family.
(and now the fam becomes visible for Visible Monday!)  

We actually started this tradition last year.  For Christmas the four of us get together and Christmas shop in Rockport--an artistic, ocean-side community with a slew of cute little shops.  One gift each.  Then we go for lunch.  

We started off the day with a family picture--as it is rare now to have the whole family together with one of my sons in San Diego.


Coffee was first on the list, then we wander around picking out our favorite items, then drop hints where our picks are at.

The main street in Rockport--Bearskin Neck~

One of the many cute shops!  My fingers were freezing and it was hard to take pictures!


After we go for lunch and maybe a cocktail.

View from restaurant.  
Christmas shopping is a delight now! My family loves the day together and it feels like the holidays should:  no stress, just enjoyable time together. 


Mademoiselle Coco Chanel and me!
Later this week, more "Trends" pages and "DIY"!

29 comments:

  1. Looks like a great time, and I love your tradition of small-business, specialty shopping. I think I've eaten in that restaurant. Great view, indeed.

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    1. --The only thing Anne--IT WAS REALLY WINDY AND COLD!

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  2. What a brilliant "tradition"! What an intriguing shopping venue!

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    1. tHE IDEA came to me from an old movie called (i think) "Shop around the Corner". I love Christmas again!

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  3. Looks like you had so much fun.

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  4. Very nice!nothing beats family
    Rockport? Will have to check this place out!
    Love small American towns they are so charming!

    Ariane xxxxx

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  5. I love this Paula...thanks for taking us along with you! This is a perfect day as far as I am concerned! have a great week ahead!

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  6. Perfect! You've started a wonderful tradition, Paula. And I used to love to wander around Bearskin Neck when I lived in Beverly MA - Rockport is so charming. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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  7. I love cute little seaside villages. Sounds like a nice day. I love your pants and hair thingy.

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    1. lol-hair thingy is a knitted headband with the frou-frou thingy. CVS if you can believe it!

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  8. Enjoyed your Christmas shopping story, its great knowing bloggers are real, normal people. Saturday was "shop small" day and I had a blast spending my American Express $50 credit to shop at my local consignment shop.

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  9. I love this idea! Rockport looks like one of those postcard towns!

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    1. Postcard town, totally. And they do have decent artist shops and some second hand stores too. And some cheesy souvenier shops.

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful day and you have a lovely family. You have some amazing colourful pants going on too!

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    1. The pants are wild! I was inspired by Desiree over at Pull your Socks up blog.....

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  11. I love the photos! Some of the expressions....lol!
    What a great way to spend time with family!
    I'm loving your pants!

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    1. Its so hard getting us all together! It'll be my Christmas card photo too. Thx!

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  12. Whoa, those leopard print pants are the coolest thing ever. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I have never been to any place like that and it looks so interesting and charming.

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  13. It takes a real woman to wear lime leopard bottoms ... and you're just the one to do it well. How cute you are with puppy, and what a lovely way to do your family holiday!

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  14. Looks like a fun and relaxing day! I'm loving your headwrap.

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  15. I had to google Bearskin Neck, Rockport to find out where these photos were taken. What a great looking place!

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  16. I'm glad you're back and it's wonderful to hear from you! Adrienne and I are doing "How I Wear My: Plaid" for December. Any interest in joining us? You can send a picture to me if you'd like. I'm working at Bloomingdale's again this holiday season so I'm a bit MIA from my blog and commenting but I wanted to stop by to say hi and I'm glad you are posting again. XO, Jill

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  17. Thanks Jill. I've been by your blog; glad to hear u are well. I'd like to play, although I don't have much plaid! Ttys

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  18. Thanks Jill. I've been by your blog; glad to hear u are well. I'd like to play, although I don't have much plaid! Ttys

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