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12.05.2010

getting into the holiday spirit.

wreath

winter wonder

ugly-sweater party!

upper west side dream

double exposure

all aglow

space-man

sled
sidewalks transformed

sometimes i forget that new york is place people come from around the world to photograph. 
i see it through eyes that have seen it for seven years. 
and so i cease to see. 
until i remind myself to look up and around. 

this year, since i'll be staying in the city, i'm making a concerted effort to celebrate the transformation of the island in this month of december and to allow myself to be swept up and away by the holiday spirit. 

ps: that picture of me was taken just before i headed off to an ugly christmas-sweater party. strangely enough, my parents were off to an ugly christmas-sweater party themselves--i on the upper west side, they somewhere in the houston metropolis. funny, huh?

46 comments:

jillian m. said...

xmas in the city is magical! i think that the ugly sweater idea is genius. i want to have an ugly sweater party, too!

by the way, i'm a new follower and just wanted to let you know how much i enjoy your blog. looking forward to more posts!

A Serenade for Solitude said...

Lol. I was thinking how cute your sweater looked on you! I hope you get to experience the fullness of the holiday on a new level this year. xx

Briel79 said...

That sweater is nowhere near ugly on you! It actually looks really cute! haha

Yelena said...

you look lovely!
love all the photos - i dream of one day seeing new york at christmas time - it all seems quite magical! :)

Wisdom + Understanding said...

ugly sweater? but you look SO cute! :)

hehe - p.s. is that your apartment? i'm loving the vintage vibe, did you find the table and suitcases on a random hunt? i'm actually looking for a similar table and would love to hear where it was unearthed!

katherine h. said...

you are precious - and i don't mean that in a fragile, porcelain way.

adorable. and the sweater works for you!

Steffi said...

Sorry, but this is not an ugly sweater, it rocks! Hope you have a great christmas time in new york, i imagine it very wintery and romantic from afar ;-)

Francesca Forzoni said...

I so want a Christmas jumper this year - I've never had one! It's my must have!

http://forzoni.blogspot.com/

Mary Grace said...

You just made the ugly sweater look so chic.

P.S. I'm feeling the Christmas spirit.

heather said...

haha, um, that christmas sweater is so NOT ugly! you look adorable. i have never been to the city & i want to go more & more after reading your blog!

communikate. said...

yes yes. please enjoy nyc this christmas. I've been dying to see the city in winter time since I was a little girl!

Love the ugly sweater!

Lauren said...

Everything looks so magical! And you are so beautiful!!

Claire Kiefer said...

I hate to say it but that sweater is anything but ugly and you look adorable in it! So funny! I'm heading to one this coming Friday and I haven't found my gem yet . . . gonna scour the local Goodwills for some particularly heinous Christmas knit abominations!

brigid rose said...

i love your "ugly" sweater and the flannel shirt you're wearing! would you mind sharing where they're from? xo

Emily said...

Wonderfully cheery holiday photos! And I think your Christmas sweater is quite fetching - not ugly at all - at it looks so sweet on you!! Happy Christmas season!

The Childlike Empress said...

oh dear, i was thinking what a nice christmas jumper, and then i read that you were wearing it an ugly sweater party and thought oh my goodness i must have really bad taste, but having just read a few of your comments i relieved to see that some others have liked to it, so maybe my taste isnt quite so bad after all....phew...

kylee said...

i know its weird when people compliment your ugly sweater in a good way, but really i love your ugly sweater.

wilybrunette said...

to all the lovely ladies: i kind think the sweater is cute too, but i could go either way and i was in a pinch. it's currently being sold at H & M for like 35 bucks and the flannel shirt is from Old Navy--it was on sale for like 20 bucks.

Eva said...

I gotta get in on the sweater loving!
If I had money I'd go get it..

Larissa Wunder said...

I think you make a good job with getting in the spirit:)
I love your sweater. It's Christmas times 10000 ;)
xo

Roxy Te said...

It's always good try to look at the world through different eyes sometimes! Happy Holidays Meg!

Camilla Leila said...

k - you look amazing. and really, you look like you feel amazing. you're glowing in that picture, meg fee, positively glowing!

i'd like you to teach me.:)

Tucker said...

i'm in love with you. hope you aren't too creeped out. happy holidays!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

oh, um...i was going to comment that i loved the sweater. in a non-ugly way. whoops!

perfectionisboring said...

I love that sweater! Can I steal it?

Mackenzie said...

is it bad that i actually really lurve your sweater?!?!

and has anyone ever told you that you look like the stunning regina spektor?! you have her essence as well, methinks :)

sigh, one day i will have a brooklyn christmas in a cosy, little studio apartment. and a cat. that's a given.

and i totally relate to you on not seeing the beauty of your town, i live in orlando and work at the theme parks here and it's so odd for me to realize the magic of where i live somedays!

dull boy said...

you are spot on with the familiarity thing....ever realised something has changed only to be told that it changed weeks/months ago??

Micaela said...

claire, i LOVE this photo of you--- ugly sweater be damned- you made it look smashing! ;) your pose and paired with the plaid and your smile-- I LOVE IT! seriously. i am also loving the vintage suitcases in the background.

my favorite christmas quote: "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." -Norman Vincent Peale

if i had to put photos with that quote, your city would be it.

xxx

Jay said...

Hey, I liked that sweater!! What was funny, was that I was looking at your NY picture (the one of the houses) and was thinking how nice it would be to visity NT and just wander amon the streets admiring (and photographing) all the pretty old buildings :) Best wishes from Norway

Ana* said...

Yes, nothing like embracing the christmas spirit!! You are prettyful. Great photos!!

{av} said...

Being a native midwesterner, I never thought I'd find beauty in the city at the holidays. Not so! I have been to NYC the last few years in December and it quickly changes my mind! Great photos...and that sweater is totally envy-worthy ;) have a great week! xo

Ashley said...

New york city seems like the best place to be around this time of year. I long to be there and to be experiencing it first hand.. hopefully one day soon.

the sweater is actually really cute!!

angela hardison said...

yeah, that sweater is awesome. reindeer!

Anna said...

I love your hair!

Sara said...

I really do like that origami tree.

And I'm not sure what this says about me, but I liked your sweater.

I guess it's back to watching reruns of TLC's "What Not To Wear."

Clinton and Stacy would be so disappointed.

Autumn Lynn said...

You are too cute, I love your dimples!

I also love Christmas and these make me smile.

Shorty said...

Funny. My sister was just telling me about an ugly sweater contest her in-laws are having this holiday. Sounds fun!

becky said...

Is it bad that I think that sweater is beautiful?...

meig said...

I was thinking, aw that sweater looks so cute with that outfit!!

We'll be spending part of the season in NYC this year & I can't wait to return home. It's been years since I've been able to be there to see the hoilday decorations.

Em & Gar said...

you look AMAZING! And I mean in every way of course! You just look like you feel so good too! I love that! bow chica wow wow!

Also, I'm coming in April I think.Can we meet up? And can you throw me some "must do's...? :)

Alexa said...

It's my first time spending Christmas anywhere near the City ever - so seeing all the awesome window displays, the growing amount of Christmas decorations and catching a glimpse of the Rockefeller tree are making me smile.

Laura Marie said...

love all these photos -- but i'm espeeecially loving how happy you look :) really, truly, from-the-inside-out happy :)

vintch said...

meg! i just have to tell you-on this week's episode of glee, rachel berry is wearing that EXACT sweater. the exact one. i just made my husband pause the DVR, then rushed over to verify on your blog. yay!

Awesome Guy said...

Magical Xmas city

Betsey said...

ahh, i LOVE these photos. Okay, your blog is awesome -- is it okay if I link you on mine?

I also truly love your "ugly" sweater -- i think it's super cute on you!! It's so fun to see pictures of Christmas in the city!

Chelsea said...

you look extra cute in that sweater!