Bell Sleeves + Christmas Traditions


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This is the most wonderful time of year!! Growing up, my family was not overly traditional.  We never had a real Christmas tree, mainly because my parents couldn’t be bothered but we still loved it!!  We always went away during Christmas time as well, which was very exciting for my brother and I! Ben and I have started some traditions over the past few years that we plan on continuing for years to come!

  • We get our tree the day after Thanksgiving, preferably from a tree farm, but we have
  • definitely gotten a few trees from Home Depot in years past lol!
  • Every year the kids get a new ornament.  This year I got them one with their initials.
  • Every year Ben and I exchange a heart ornament.
  • We do advent calendars for each kiddo.  My mother – in – law sends them every year for Christmas.
  • We go Ice Skating.
  • We go to the fabulous 40’s and check out all the cool lights on all the homes here in downtown Sacramento! This is literally miles and miles of residential areas filled with Christmas lights.  It is the best!!
  • On Christmas eve we exchange Jammie’s for the whole family, along with a new book for the kids!
  • On Christmas eve we also watch a Christmas movie! Some of our faves are: Elf, Home Alone, The Grinch and a Christmas Story.
  • On Christmas morning we have cinnamon buns and for our Christmas supper we have lamb.
  • We have to listen to the Queen’s speech before we open presents (A tradition Ben had as a child.  He is from the UK).

On to this outfit! This is the perfect time of year to be dramatic in your clothing choices! I consider this outfit a little dramatic! From the sleeves, to the mixing of prints this is a stand out look!! Confession: This is my first bell sleeve top this season!! What do you think of my choice!?!? I kinda went big! This skirt is my favorite.  Very feminine in the style, the colors and the print.  I don’t wear skirts often, but when I do, you better believe it is one that I am in love with!!  I have linked the exact skirt and top below! Both are under 45.00!!










So what are some of your favorite Christmas traditions!? Please do share below! Happy hump day friends!! It is almost Friday!! Much love,

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    Ashley DTKAustin

    This outfit is PERFECT!!! And I love hearing about y’alls traditions!! SO fun!!

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    That top is ADORABLE!! I love the pairing of patterns (:

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    This is such a chic look! I love that you mixed the patterns so flawlessly!

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    Styled Blonde

    So many fun Christmas traditions! I love sharing those family moments!

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    Chels (@InspoIndulgence)

    You totally had me at bell sleeves! Obsessing over this!!

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    Ruthie this outfit looks incredible on you! I just adore everything about it. I love your Christmas tree tradition and keep on doing girl! Love you friend!

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    Ana Prodanovic

    This outfit looks gorgeous on you!!! 🙂

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    Courtney bentley

    I absolutely love these traditions! Seriously it is so important to keep with tradition and have all of the special moments and things look forward to every single year! I love the pajama tradition I want to steal that for my husband maybe I’ll give him a game for his PS4 and a new pair of pajamas so cute! Also this outfit is everything I absolutely love the bell sleeves and the skirt length and the shoes are adorable love it!

    Courtney Bentley ||

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    Nicole Leffew

    This shirt is my favorite ever!! And we exchange pjs on Christmas Eve too!! I love all of your traditions and your crew is the CUTEST!! Xoxo

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    Such a gorgeous look, Ruthie! I love this outfit from head to toe. And I love your Christmas traditions – very similar to mine!

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    That skirt is gorgeous, you look perfect as always!

    xo Kelsey |

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    Such lovely traditions! Your crew is gorgeous and so is this outfit

    Life is just Rosie

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    GORGEOUS outfit! I absolutely love the bell sleeve blouse, and the combination of pattern looks so good!

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    Those bell sleeves are STUNNING! And I love that skirt! Such a pretty pattern!
    xo Jessica

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    Ahhhhh I love your top so much, I need to get me some bell sleeves!
    xx, Nicole

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    Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary

    Your style is perfection. I am seriously SO obsessed with this outfit! You look gorgeous as usual!

    xo, Amanda |

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    Beautiful family first off! Next I’m loving this look, I love the mix of prints! And great traditions to start with your family!

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    Ice skating is also a tradition of mine 🙂 I love this post and learning fun things about you and your family. And this outfit is absolutely gorgeous!

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    Lee Anne Benjamin (@leeannebenjamin)

    Love these traditions, thanks for sharing! I adore this look, too…this top is amazing! I love the sleeves.

    Lee Anne

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    Brittany Giles

    Love your style! The skirt is really cute!

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    You look gorgeous!!

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    Amanda Kruse

    This bell sleeve top is fabulous! I love it paired with that floral skirt!

    Amanda ||

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    I like hearing other people’s traditions, it’s a great time of year.


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    ahh i’m dying over these sleeves!!!

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    Kait Elizabeth

    We always have cinnamon buns and lamb too! All your traditions made me go ‘awwwww’. Christmas traditions are one of the most important things in the world to me, definitely part of my core identity. Thank you so much for sharing! Also these pieces have a gorgeous profile together- killing the style world as always babe. Hugs, Kait

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    I am loving this outfit! I’m so excited that the bell sleeve trend is making a comeback!

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    Such a pretty combo and I love those bell sleeves on you!

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Sounds like you’ve found some great holiday traditions to enjoy with your beautiful family! And can I just say that this outfit is EVERYTHING! You look fabulous, and I just love it!

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    This outfit is fabulous. The mix of prints is SO cute and yes, girl…I love the bell sleeves!

    xo Ashley

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    Jessica Sheppard

    Ruthie! Loving your glamously, gorgeous, DRAMA look! That top with those statement bell sleeves is on point. And I luuuv the mixed patterns. This is perfect for the holidays (or any day). Your fam has the sweetest Christmas traditions. As I read them, I tried to pick my fave but couldn’t decide on just one. LOVE this post!!!

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    Cait Weingartner

    This outfit is just lovely! That skirt looks incredible on you and I love how you’ve paired it with the festive bell sleeved blouse.
    You look beautiful.

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    Such a lovely look! Loving that skirt. We get our tree the day after Thanksgiving and have cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, too! Happy Holidays, mama! xo

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    Rachel Catherine

    I love those sleeves! This outfit looks beautiful on you. We get our tree the day after Christmas too!

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    I love the ornament tradition! My family does that as well

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    This is such a beautiful top!!! Love it so much!!!

    – Meghan, Beyond Basic

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    Gennifer Rose

    Hi Ruth-Ann!

    I LOVE the bell sleeves! It is one of my favorite trends this year.

    Your family traditions for the holidays are so sweet. When I have kids I would love to collect ornaments every year 🙂

    xo Gennifer

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    I think bell sleeves are so classic and elegant! I’m far too short to pull of the trend but you look amazing in this outfit!

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    Debbie Savage

    This outfit is my favorite! Top beautiful top and stylish pencil skirt and sexy heels! You look gorgeous, my friend!
    xo Debbie |

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    Erica Gwynn

    First off, those sleeves are epic. Second, what BEAUTIFUL traditions! I love that you exchange heart ornaments every year…how sweet! Do they have to say the year on them to track them???

    Coming Up Roses

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    Love your whole outfit but that tops kills me!! ?❤️ And what beautiful and lovely traditions you have started with your family.

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    First off you are killin it in this outfit!!! You look fabulous!! And secondly, I LOOOVE all of your Christmas traditions!!! I may be stealing some of them when I have my baby!! I can’t wait to start some once my baby is here!!!

    Xo, steph

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    Such a cute skirt! The whole outfit is adorable, but that skiiiirt is the thing of dreams!

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    I LOVE bell sleeves and the sleeves on this top is just amazing! I love that you paired it with the floral pencil skirt. Great outfit, it looks amazing on you.

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    Heather with WELLFITandFED

    The whole outfit is really amazing. I love the shoes and the dress is so sweet but really sexy! I love it. And so fun to see your kids in the post this week!

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    Vet Leow

    You have great style! Dressing up the Christmas tree, watching a Christmas movie and going ice skating as a family are such fun things to do for Christmas….

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    Chels (@InspoIndulgence)

    You look FAB!!!! How did you know bell sleeves are my weakness!!!

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    Bobbi | Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

    Such a gorgeous outfit! I was just looking at a bell sleeve shirt, and wasn’t sure about it. Now I need to track it down and buy it!

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