Brave The Cold

I had to create a good dose of back log posts for the blog before I entered the well-feared January exam period. I know I said that I was going to cut down the amount of outfit posts, but they’re easiest content to come up with and easy does it in this hectic month. #examstress.
These photos were made on the day of Christmas Eve. Mom wanted us out of the house so she and dad could prepare our Christmas family dinner and decorate the house. It was a bit too chilly to stand outside in just a simple dress, but there was plenty of coffee and hot chocolate to warm myself up afterwards. Have you ever tried hot chocolate with a shot of espresso? GOOD STUFF. Our Christmas Eve dinner was pretty traditional with family, food and opening presents before diving into the homemade dessert. I got new PJs, a coffee mug with filled chocolates and Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom cologne to replace my almost empty bottle of Peonies & Blush Suede this Spring. I’m going to smell nice this new year!
To tell you a little about the outfit: I have no idea what has gotten into me, but I’ve been wearing my body contouring dresses a lot lately and also recently added this maroon one from Primark to my collection. My two pencil skirts have been on high rotation as well and I actually have about 10 outfits would share on the blog if I could. It’s as if I’ve made a 180Β° turn away from the full skirts and am going through a new phase in my personal styling. And the boyfriend sure don’t miiiind. The handbag is a “golden oldie” as I’ve bought it the first time I ever was in London, and my boots are spanking new and were a gift from my mom. Fun fact: my handbag was also featured in the very first outfit post on this blog, 4 years ago! 
The Ginger Diaries turned 4 on January 2nd and I started my 7th (!) year as a blogger. Since the past year wasn’t a very good one for my blog, I will not even try to explain why I didn’t make any of the goals I had set out at the beginning of last year. For 2015 and the 5th year of The Ginger Diaries I just want to get back in the game by posting more frequently, but most of all: I will do my best to be more present on social media and in your comment section because, guys, I’ve missed you!

  • You look STUNNING in this! That maroon color looks fabulous on you.

  • Congrats on 7 years of blogging! Love the boots–there’s nothing quite like leather boots, and they match your bag nicely!

  • We miss you too. I love that color one you. And how do you keep your bags so nice? I’m a terrible bag destroyer!!

  • I never thought to put espresso in hot chocolate but that sounds amazing! I love the color of this dress on you!

  • oooeh mooie kleurencombinatie! staat u prachtig en ook perfect voor dit weertje, die handtas is trouwens moooi

  • hello little miss pretty! jij hebt echt wel het lijntje voor zo’n body contour dress, dus terecht dat je ze meer draagt πŸ˜‰

  • K W

    i love this outfit. its simply perfect. you totally have the bod to rock that cute dress and i’m super jealous! also hot cocoa with a shot of espresso i will have to try that basically any excuse to drink hot cocoa is good to me. haha.

  • I think you pull off the bodycon style so easily, I can see why you’re drawn to it πŸ™‚ this dress is such a pretty one to add to your collection! πŸ™‚

    I hope 2015 is a good year for you – in everything, and not just in blog-land. While blogs can take up a bit of time they are a nice distraction and good to focus on something else now and then! πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue

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  • love that bag!

    xx nikki

    http://www.dream-in-neon.com

  • Wow 7 years!! That’s incredible! When life gets in the way I go for the easiest posts to put together as well! This dress is a lovely shade on you! Jealous that you didn’t have to wear a coat! Good luck with your exams!
    ~Sara

  • Kacie’s Kloset

    Happy 5th Year of The Ginger Diaries! I love the color of your dress! Don’t you just hate taking pictures in the cold?! I always grab some hot tea after I take mine πŸ™‚

    http://www.kaciesklosetblog.com/

  • birtegovarts

    Damn, die tas, supermooi! En dikke proficiat met je vierde blogverjaardag :-).

  • Bedankt voor de lieve comment op mijn blog, Nikki.
    Proficiat met je vijfjarige blog, you did a good job!
    Voor jou ook veel succes met de examens! Nog even doorbijten πŸ˜‰

    x
    http://bohomantic.blogspot.be/

  • AmΓ©lie De Rycke

    Schone bottekes! En happy blogversary, lang geleden dat we mekaaar zagen, moeten we eens verandering in brengen!

  • We’ve missed you toooo! Jij rockt die kleuren nogal, heel mooi <3
    Naomi, x

  • Super mooi Nikki, die kleuren gaan u echt perfect! Jeej meer van jouw blogposts! πŸ˜€

  • Mooi! Vind de kleuren in de foto’s geweldig!

    http://www.theavantguardian.com

  • Oh super super super mooi! Ik ben helemaal fan!

  • June TKhaing

    I love your pictures and wow 7 years of blogging is such dedication haha you inspire me I hope i can blog as long as you! All the best x