Category Archives: Holidays

…And a Happy New Year!

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So my New Year’s resolution of posting more things to the blog in a timely fashion is obviously off to a great start. So incase anyone still cares about the holidays now that were a third of the way through January, here is what I wore this year on New Years Eve! Probably the only reason I’m even posting it at this point is because this is an outfit that could be worn any time of the year, not just for holiday celebration.

Am I the only one getting old enough to feel like every year having two holidays within a week of each other is overwhelming? I always travel for Christmas, making my grand return to LA a couple days before the new year usually. This year for Christmas, I had a jam-packed schedule at home with family events with a boyfriend in tow, not to mention some airport drama on the way home…so by the time we got home the last thing I wanted to start thinking about was what to do on NYE.

It’s always fun to have a reason to get dressed up and sparkly, but honestly, as I get older I realize that all I REALLY need to kick off the new year is time spent with good friends. So this year, we made our final plans about 7pm the night of, winged it at a bar in West Hollywood with some great friends, and it was awesome. I was toying back and forth between this outfit and another dress, and ultimately wanted to get some use out of this awesome multi-colored sequin top from H&M’s 2014 Holiday collection. Paired with one of my many skater skirts for some girly flare, and my newest black shoe obsession, the Joe’s Jeans “Ali” pump, I was set for some West Hollywood action to ring in the new year.

Top: H&M, sold out (similar here)
Skirt: H&M, sold out (similar here)
Leather Jacket: Zara
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: Joe’s Jeans (on sale!)
Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff

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Merry Vestmas!

IMG_0462IMG_0486sqIMG_0407IMG_0373IMG_0381IMG_0454IMG_0544IMG_0526IMG_0534IMG_0568IMG_0563sqIMG_0656 The holidays were a blur for me this year, so as always, getting around to posting for these in January. My goal for 2015 really should be to be a little more timely with these…but honestly, I go home to my family at best twice a year, (this year it was once), and it’s a lot of time away from family and friends to snap pictures, format them, write posts, and dig up links. It felt a bit self-centered to spend my time that way when I’m at home for the holidays, so I don’t feel bad about my lack of posting this season. There’s absolutely nothing wrong if you’re a blogger who can find the time to blog on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and for New Years, but for me it just wasn’t top priority. I missed my family and friends too much!

That said, I had such a great trip home this year, bringing my boyfriend for our first Christmas spent together! He usually stays in LA with his family, while I head home, but this time we got to introduce the California kid to the Nebraska Winter! Mildly disappointing at first, since it was rainy and too high of temps (everyone in the Midwest wants to kill me), but finally toward the end of our trip we got some real Midwest snow for him to experience. And it was colddd.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were wonderful as well. My sister and her boyfriend were back from Ohio, so the four of us got to spend lots of time together which was amazing. I’m very lucky to have a sister who’s so awesome and WE are very lucky to have boyfriends who treat us so well :)

These photos were taken for my Christmas day outfit this year, traditionally spent in my Grandma’s town of Crete, Nebraska. Very small and cozy little place, and Christmas Day has been at her house for as long as I can remember. The weather, once again like last year, was particularly nice and even sunny, so layers were a good choice. I chose my favorite flannel of the season, this absolute steal from F21, for its holiday vibes, layered with a big furry vest to keep me warm. Paired with a skirt, tights, and my favorite knee-high boots, I was comfortable, yet fashionable for a lovely Christmas Day!

Flannel: Forever 21, sold out, similar here
Vest: H&M, sold out, similar here 
Skirt: H&M, similar here
Tights: Target, (Haynes Opaque and Super-Opaque are my new favorites)
Boots: Dolce Vita (On Sale Now!)
Necklace & Bracelet: from my wonderful boyfriend this Christmas, Rebecca Minkoff

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LBD From Day to Night Challenge with DailyLook!…Holiday Style!

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I was thrilled recently to be asked to participate in a styling challenge with DailyLook, taking an LBD of my choice from their online selection and styling it from day to night. I love a good LBD, so this was a lot of fun for me. I feel like DailyLook has some amazing dresses available right now, and being asked to create some style sets was perfect timing to kick off a few Holiday Posts I have coming up.

After carefully browsing the selection of Little Black Dresses on DailyLook, and finding several I wanted in my closet, I chose this simple black shift number that I kept not being able to take my eyes off of. Maybe that sounds silly for this style challenge that is seasonally timed with the holidays. A good part of me wanted to gravitate toward some of the beautiful lace, embroidered, and beaded dresses I had in my wishlist, however, there was something about the extremely flattering shape of this simple shift, it’s versatility to fit the challenge, and the lack of shift dresses currently in my closet that sealed the deal for me. The winner for me was the “Richie Shift Dress”, and it’s affordable price and deep V made it the perfect amount “simple sexy”. I styled these two looks based on something I would actually wear to my office at work, and how I would switch it up to wear the same dress for a night out on the town, particularly a Holiday party.

For the Day Look, I paired the dress with comfortable, casual printed slip-ons, a neutral gray crossbody satchel, and gold art deco inspired bangles. An absolute staple in my wardrobe this time of year, along with several LBDs, is a faux fur vest, and I absolutely love the texture in this one. I know I know, this is probably not a super practical work outfit for a lot of people, but I am very fortunate that for working in a non-fashion related field, I get to pretty much be myself and wear whatever I want to work. I work for a major animation studio in a production environment, and half of my job is at a desk, and the other half is running around. So this is 100% perfect my job in entertainment.

Moving on to my Night Look, I definitely used the addition of some eye-catching accessories to spice this up and make it Holiday Party ready. The 60s-70s wannabe kid in me went straight to a fantastic over-the-knee boot to compliment the sleek tapered shape of the shift. With a mixture of more avant-garde statement jewelry and a contrasting beaded metallic clutch, this simple shift just went from zero to hero and is completely party ready without showing too much skin.

To shop the selection of LBDs at DailyLook, visit this page!

DAY
DailyLook Richie Shift Dress
Jack by BB Dakota Macklin Vest
DailyLook Classic Saddlebag Purse
Dolce Vita Zoren Slip Ons
House of Harlow 1960 Aztec Bangle
House of Harlow 1960 Aztec Bangle, thin

NIGHT
DailyLook Richie Shift Dress
Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry “Cassie” Boots
Baublebar Mariposa Ear Jackets
Baublebar Pearl Orwell Bib Necklace
Forever21 Sequin Beaded Clutch

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Easter Look.

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After yet another week of slacking on the blog, here’s an Easter flashback to last weekend where I spent a beautiful day down in Manhattan Beach with my boyfriend and his family. We went to sunrise Easter service on the beach at 6:30am (!!!!!), napped of course, had an adult Easter egg hunt which turned out pretty awesome, and ate too much as usual. Fun times.

I’ve posted before on how I like to dress a touch above casual for holidays, since I think they are special days of the year, so for this fun day of beautiful spring weather I chose this loose and breezy, retro-print dress. It was really too warm for the fur vest, but I tossed it on for one shot anyway. You all know my take on being casual and comfortable when having holiday lunches with the family, so this dress’s loose and comfortable fit was perfect for the food and activities of the day. Paired with comfortable booties for the boho vibe, it was a fun and manageable outfit perfect for spring! :)

 

Dress: F21
Boots: Target
Vest: H&M
Necklace: 2020ave (similar)

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Little Leather Valentine.

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So apparently I have some sort of all-black approach to “holidays” in 2014 thus far…and I use the term holidays loosely, because…well, is Valentine’s Day really a holiday? In my book, it’s not. If I happen to get a special night out, then great, but if not, no big deal. Too often, we glamorize the behavior on this day that we should consciously display year round for our loved ones, but I will always look for an excuse to dedicate an evening to just the boyfriend and I! It’s not that often we take the time to plan an evening start to finish without other people involved, so that aspect is definitely fun!

To start, we got comfy at home and made an awesome dinner together. After that, we relaxed and let the food settle before changing and heading out for drinks at Firefly in Studio City. We neither one are into the crazy “2-weeks-in-advance-dinner-reservations” thing that happens in LA on Valentine’s Day, nor do we love fighting crowds when we are trying to spend time together on a date, so heading out in the later hours of the evening was perfect for us.

It’s always fun to feel a little fancier and sexier on Valentine’s Day, but truth be told, I had been itching to put this outfit combination together for a while and I would have worn it for any night out! This leather skirt is a smidge too big in the waist, and it actually worked out pretty well once I pumped my tummy full of way too much pineapple fried rice and wine! It’s form fitting, but definitely bodes well that it’s not too skin-tight. A high waisted pencil skirt, leather or not, is something you want to sit comfortably at the waist and hips without digging in. Why, you ask? So you can pair with a fun crop top!! Duh. The longer, and conservative-fitting skirt (especially in leather!) keeps a reallllly sexy vibe while over-compensating for the way the crop top is under-compensating in coverage. This is my absolute favorite crop top I own, and the sweetheart neckline and off-shoulder design were perfect for that “classic” sexy vibe.

I left out the red lips this time, (My boyfriend hates red lipstick – I think all guys do, bummer), and opted for a red suede pump instead to accent with. I didn’t realize until afterward how similar this look is to my NYE look a few weeks back, but oh well! The broken LBD look will never go out of style! Once again, excuse the iPhone snaps (NEED to start remembering the real cam when I head out), and hope everyone had a Happy Love Day as well! Kisses!

Leather Skirt: BB Dakota (size down if possible)
Crop Top: Tobi
Pumps: Jessica Simpson
Bag: Aldo, shoulder strap detached for a clutch (similar here and here)
Vintage Statement Earrings

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