Christmas in July with Basic Invite

I’ll take any opportunity to celebrate a holiday — any excuse to get dressed up, spend time with friends and family, and kick back. While holidays this year, let alone daily life, look a bit different, we can still dress up with nowhere to go (it’s amazing what putting on a fun outfit and some makeup can do for your mind and spirit) and safely spread joy to our friends and family. And I think we all could use some holiday cheer right now — that’s why I love the idea of Christmas in July. To help me get in the spirit of Christmas (despite the 90 degree weather we’re experiencing in LA), I decided to start planning my holiday cards with the help of my friends at Basic Invite (while watching Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, of course). I’ve contemplated sending out cards for the last couple of years, but never found the time to research stationery companies, take photos, and gather addresses. Now that I have more downtime, I thought what better year to do it?

I was immediately drawn to Basic Invite’s selection of photo Christmas cards, and let me tell you, it was hard to narrow it down to my favorites (see below). What stood out to me about Basic Invite is that you can order a printed sample of your stationery—whether card, invitation, notecard, business card—for a nominal fee to make sure it’s exactly how you want it before placing your final order. To get a feel for the design process, I placed a small sample order of thank you cards (because you can’t have enough thank you cards and, to be honest, I haven’t taken my family holiday photo yet). Getting to feel the paper type and quality and see how the design and colors all come together in person goes a long way in creating just the right look and tone for the occasion. What’s more, once you’ve picked a template, you can change the fonts and colors to your liking (there are over 180 colors to choose from!) and instantly preview how it looks. The customization process was simple and easy to follow and I was more than impressed with the quality of the cards.

I’d say the most time-consuming step of sending holiday cards is collecting all of your friends and families’ addresses. Thanks to Basic Invite’s address capturing service, they do the work for you. They’ll provide you with a link that you can share with your circle of friends and family on any social media platform to request addresses, which will be stored in your personal Basic Invite account and can be selected during the design process. Sounds easy enough, right? 

If you’re like me and looking to get a head start on your holiday cards or just need a stationary refresh, now is the time! Basic Invite is offering 15% off your order until the end of the month when you use code 15FF51. Trust me — you won’t be sorry!

My sample order of thank you cards

With my holiday card planning well underway, it got me thinking about what to wear in my holiday card photo and how I can incorporate some of my favorite winter clothing and shoes into my summer wardrobe. What would Christmas in July be without a great outfit after all? Because I live in LA, I like to invest in pieces that I can mix and match year-round (talk about a bang-for-your-buck wardrobe!). I’ve rounded up a few looks showing how I “summerize” my fave winter pieces:

This striped button-up worn as an off-the-shoulder top instantly gives the cool factor (literally).
I balanced out my tall leather boots with a light, sleeveless vest dress for a look perfect for an alfresco dinner. I know what you’re thinking — leather in the summer? Don’t knock it before you try it. 
Blazers are as classic as they are seasonless. And this plaid one is no exception. Paired with a ribbed sleeveless dress, it lends an effortless outfit for the office or dinner.

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