The Secret Place - 20 of 30

Outfit Details:
Top: NY&CO
Skirt: H&M
Tights: Marshalls
Mary Jane's: Aerosoles
Belt: F21

Each year, my family gets a real tree. We had a period of darkness during the '90's where we succumbed to the prefabricated, manipulated fake tree. I'm glad those days are behind us.
There's been this silly little tradition since real trees have been reinstated to our family: The kids don't know where my mom and dad get the tree. It always took them 2 hours to get it and we started dreaming up places in our head. They started calling it "The Secret Place."
We were in awe the first year because they brought home an 8 foot tree! We have cathedral ceilings in our home and it was majestic & stately. We were in such delight & interest - but they wouldn't tell us where they got this tall tree.
Another year passed - and the trees seemed to get a little smaller and smaller each year. They would just say, "The Secret Place didn't have any tall trees. I guess it's a short year."
Until this year.
Since I live in Chicago and wouldn't be back until too close to Christmas, we broke the tradition and went with my parents to The Secret Place during my Thanksgiving Break. My sister and I were so hyped up to finally see this place! I imagined it was in Pennsylvania somewhere...we'd be cutting down our own tree... 
Boy, was I wrong. Turns out The Secret Place was HOME DEPOT!
I asked my parents why it took them so long to get the tree and come home and they admitted that it was because they would wander around the store for awhile and drive home very, very slowly.
I was shocked. 
Yes, yes, I would compare it to finding out about Santa Claus. That much of a blow.
This year, we got a 9 foot tree and it is beautiful. I am longing to be back home. So soon.

My roommate and I followed suit and got our lovely tree from Home Depot, too. Turns out they do have a pretty great selection... :)

Fashionably Yours,


  1. Gina, I really like that skirt! This is one of my favorite outfits you've posted in these 30 days. And you really do get excellent use out of that belt! :)

  2. I love how you paired that skirt. I never go into NY and Co but I've been seeing some cute stuff on people lately. I work by the State Street location, I really should stop by one day.

  3. Pretty outfit for a pretty young lady!
    And...ahh, alas...you now know the Secret Place. It was fun while it lasted. Dad and I had a blast finding the perfect tree during those years. :O)
    I believe the tree we have this year is the best ever. It is so full and tall. Glad we were all there to pick it out!

  4. This skirt is so pretty!! I love the way you paired it with dark colors, it really makes the skirt pop!

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  6. Ha! I love that story. The secret Home Depot, too cute.
    The skirt is really pretty and that belt is great.
    The Auspicious Life

  7. Hi, Gina! I could NEVER wear such an outfit, but you wear it very well. I love the print!

  8. Love the skirt! Super cute! Like how you put it together!


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