December 21, 2017

Holiday Party Looks: Christmas & New Year’s Eve

What I’m wearing this holiday season!

Party dresses are one of the most exciting parts of the holiday season. Each year, I look forward to having more than one excuse to pull out the heels and get dressed up. This year, I loved my outfit choices so much that I decided to share them with you on a special Holiday Dress-Up post. I’ve also included some alternative options for each look that almost made the cut. 

Holiday Party with Friends

 All photography by Rachel Brooks of 5 o'clock Sunday
All photography by Rachel Brooks of 5 o’clock Sunday

I mean, this outfit speaks for itself. The minute I saw it on the rack I knew I had to have it. There is a subtle hint of sexy with the lace bodysuit but it’s surprisingly modest when you put it on. I couldn’t wait to find a party to wear this little number to. When I saw the red leather jacket to go with it, I was absolutely ecstatic! I paired it with my favorite gold Gorjiana earrings, a simple gold Motif necklace, and my go-to nude Ego stilettos to elongate my short little legs with such a long skirt. Scared of an all red Christmas outfit? Don’t be! Nothing is more festive and this is the one time of year that red actually helps you blend in rather than stand out. This is the perfect statement-making look for a holiday party with friends.

Shown in this look:

GUESS Women’s Casper Scuba Moto Jacket • GUESS •
GUESS Tony Lace Bodysuit • GUESS •
GUESS Women’s Selena Lace Skirt • GUESS •
Cayne Crescent Pendant Necklace • Gorjana •
Sam Edelman Patti Leather Sandals • Sam Edelman •
GUESS by Marciano Women’s Jasmeen Lace Maxi Dress •
GUESS by Marciano Women’s Aisha Lace Skirt •
Bagatelle Faux Leather Moto Jacket • Bagatelle •
Halogen Horizon Disc Pendant Necklace • Halogen •
Office Hallucinate strappy heels • Office •
Warehouse Vinyl Faux Leather Jacket • Warehouse •
Love…Ady Chemical Lace Midi Slip Dress •
bebe Lace A-Line Dress • Bebe •
NSR Floral Lace Midi Dress • NSR •
BAUBLEBAR Moonstruck Layered Necklace, 18-21″ • BaubleBar •
Elise Strappy Point Toe Pumps • French Connection •


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New Year’s Eve on Vacation

I’ll be in Hawaii this year for New Years, so I needed something festive but comfortable and not too warm. This dress had all the pizazzyou want when ringing in the New Year. It is also the perfect shape for an event with my in laws (who I will be traveling with). You don’t need to add much to make this outfit complete, which is exactly why it was perfect. Add some beachy waves, some fuzzy Ego shoes, a slew of layered necklaces and let those stars do the talking for you. Oh, and I can’t forget my favorite Auguste clutch.

Hint: If you are spending your holiday somewhere a bit colder, add a giant fur coat and some sky high booties for an equally perfect pairing. 

Shown in this look:

GUESS Sierna Beaded Star Dress • GUESS •
FOREVER 21 Faux Fur Velvet Strappy Heels • Forever 21 •
Elizabeth and James – Greene Embellished Crepe Mini Dress – Black • Elizabeth and James •
Qupid Combo Lace-Up Sandals • Charlotte Russe •
Haute Hippie Sequin-Embellished Beaded Silk-Chiffon Mini Dress • Haute Hippie •
Charles by Charles David Kandy Block-Heel Pom Pom Sandal • Charles by Charles David •
W118 By Walter Baker Kora Beaded Crepe De Chine Mini Dress •
Loeffler Randall Nicolette Fox Fur Heel • Loeffler Randall •
Joie Sanibel Fringed Beaded Gauze Mini Dress • Joie •
Schutz Lori Suede & Rabbit Fur Heels • Schutz •


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Holiday Party with Family

This dress’ hanger appeal vs. real life appeal was insanely different. I loved it when I saw it but I cannot express how much more I fell in love with it once I put it on. The shape of it, the cut, the neckline – oh my goodness. The waist line hits at the perfect place at my natural waist. A perfectly placed waistline is the key to making you look as trim as possible, and the slit elongates your legs in the best way! I wanted to down play the sparkles making it a bit more subdued. To achieve this look, I added a chunky Gorijana necklace, and my red-hued Auguste clutch.

Plus, I added my favorite part, the velvet mules I designed myself from Shoes of Prey. This company is makes shopping much more fun with anyone with an itch to create that shoe you’ve been dreaming of but just can’t seem to find anywhere. First, you choose a type of shoe and then pick whatever color/colors you’d like it to be. It’s so fun, and they are insanely comfortable and unique shoes. 

Shown in this look:

Red Sequin Wrap Hem Midi Dress • Missguided •
ASOS Petite ASOS PETITE Sequin Cami Wrap Midi Dress • Asos •
boohoo Petite Laura Sequin Wrap Front Midi Dress • boohoo •
Anthropologie Belinda Clutch • Anthropologie •
Sole Society Karen Faux Leather Envelope Clutch – Black • Sole Society •
Sole Society Velvet Foldover Clutch – Red • Sole Society •
Pave Stone Tassel Layering Necklace Set • LOFT •
Crescent Moon Necklace •


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Drinks with Friends

This two piece set from Show me Your Mumu is the perfect slightly casual holiday dress. Mumu is one of my favorite brands and they have expanded their style soooo much in the last year. This crop top also has shorts to go with it, if you prefer. I threw on stilettos by ego to dress it up, but my go to probably would have been some open toes booties, depending on the occasion of course! My star necklace from
Gorjiana is a new fav. So simple and gorgeous. I clearly have a crush on that brand as well 😉  

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Barcelona Skirt ~ Risque Rose • MUMU •
Penelope Crop Top ~ Risque Rose • MUMU •
Halogen Horizon Disc Pendant Necklace • Halogen •
Sam Edelman Patti Leather Sandals • Sam Edelman •
Super Slip Dress ~ Risque Rose • MUMU •
Crescent Moon Necklace •
Show Me Your Mumu Super Slip Dress • Show Me Your Mumu •
Cayne Crescent Pendant Necklace • Gorjana •
Tamara Top ~ Risque Rose • MUMU •
Sawyer Short ~ Risque Rose • MUMU •


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With love,

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