Holiday Style: Christmas Dress

I wasn’t looking for a Christmas dress, I was going to re-style something that was already in my closet, but then I randomly saw this dress. Bright red, flowy, ruffles and flutter sleeves. Loved it! Tried it on, felt good in it, but didn’t buy it. I didn’t need the dress. I wasn’t sure if I would wear something so bright, because hello, I’m the girl who wears black on a regular basis. But then I was working on a few things, planning some more things for the blog and got an invite to a party. I will also have a wedding to attend in the fall of next year that this would be perfect for, so I went ahead and bought it. Because after long contemplation, I would get my wear out of it.

This dress is perfect for any festive event you have coming up this holiday season and it’s even more perfect because I know you are spending a ton of presents and the perfect decorations. This dress is under $35.00 and would be flattering on so many skin tones and shapes. This can be taken really festive, retro glam or even just kept simple and all three ways to style it would still be great for the holidays.

I just paired this with an oversized fur coat and block heels for a simple 70’s glam look. Not overly festive but also I can say Happy Holidays in this without feeling like a grinch. Seriously if you are in Target, check out this dress, it’s worth the double take.

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Dress // Similar Coat // Heels // Necklace

Turkey Day Outfit

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Top // Jeans // Booties (similar) // Earrings // Hair Clip (in stores only at Versona)

I honestly can’t believe next Thursday is Thanksgiving! How is this even possible?

So I start thinking about the holidays and how my wardrobe will work for the holidays early on. Probably when Fall fashion starts hitting the shelves. I’m not the hugest sparkle fan (even though you will be seeing a fun skirt soon) so it’s ok for me to start looking early. A few things come to mind. First off I want to be stylish because I’m known as the fashion blogger in the family and because I know pictures are going to be taken if I’m not planning on them. But then there are a few other things to keep in mind but mainly is it comfortable. I mean there is a lot of cooking, a lot of relaxing, a lot of running around and then there is a lot of eating.

So when I saw this blouse at Target I knew it was the perfect thing to wear to Thanksgiving dinner! It screams fall, the color is perfect for Thanksgiving, it’s flowy and it has some awesome detailing. I was sold! I’ve decided to pair it with distressed denim and booties for a casual, comfortable yet chic look. I’m going to go ahead and call this my sophisticated pilgrim #ootd.

Feminine Lumberjack

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Flannel // Skirt (similar) // Tights // Booties (similar) // Necklace (similar) // Lip Color // Eyeshadow

I grew up in the 90’s and lived in a small country, farm town. So I love flannel, I love plaid. When I moved to Asheville I thought I would be wearing plaids and flannels all the time, but little did I know I would fall in a rut with both the print and fabric. Asheville weather is well, Asheville weather. It can be warm one part of the week and snowing by the end of the week. Also elevation changes are intense here so it may be semi warm in downtown then up the mountain you are freezing. So it was hard to wear them because if you wear a real flannel you know you are burning up. Plus when I turned 21 and was in to being at a bar in beer city almost every night, wearing plaid or flannel made you look like that hipster lumberjack wannabe. So I retired them. But recently have brought them back because now I know how to wear a flannel and plaid without either looking like a total lumberjack or burning up in them.

Dressing them up! That’s the answer. Paired with a skirt or dress and they are instantly more feminine. I paired this dreamy buffalo plaid flannel from Old Navy (only $14.00 currently) with an old black lacey skater skirt and went a step further with the statement necklace for a pop of glam. As far as burning up, either layer or go up a size in a flannel so it isn’t so tight to your body. Also if you go up a size you have plenty of other layering options for the flannel.

I love this look! It’s actually perfect for the upcoming holiday season and screams Fall! If you are leary of plaid or flannel (which at this point it’s everywhere so you shouldn’t) try a scarf in the print which can go with just about anything or layer a cozy sweater over your flannel so only the hems, collar and sleeves are showing.

 

Black and White For New Years Eve

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Sweater-Target // Skirt-Target // Leggings-Target // Booties-Charlotte Russe (sold out, similar) // Necklace-Viva La Jewels (sold out)

So you think your New Years Eve outfit of the night has to be sparkly overload? Wrong! Personally I find sequined and sparkly outfits pretty uncomfortable (most are itchy) and not to mention they snag on everything. So since I’m a lover of black clothing, I’ve come up with an equally festive outfit. Black and white is the perfect go to for any holiday get together including NYE. I picked up this skirt from Target recently with a huge score thanks to the Cartwheel app and knew it would be perfect for holiday pairing. Since the skirt has a pattern and a fun flirty shape, I am keeping everything else simple. A fitted sweater, leggings and fringe booties to add some more texture to the outfit. I also have some bright blue shoes that go perfect with this outfit for a pop of color. Add the sparkle in your jewelry and you are ready to bring in the new year. If you still want more sparkles I would opt for sparkly shoes like these which is more affordable than a sparkly dress and you will probably get more wear out of them. What are you wearing for New Years?

Remember if you are going out for New Years please be safe. If you can’t find a driver or can not drive yourself, here is an Uber Code: UPN1T

XOXO

Stephanie

Chartreuse is the New Holiday Color

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Top-Versona // Skirt-H&M (old, similar) // Leggings-Target // Boots-Charlotte Russe (old, similar) // Necklace-Wal-Mart (old) // Bracelet-Forever 21 (old, similar)

Ahhhh! We are in the final countdown to Christmas!! It’s time for all the dinners and holiday get togethers to start. I’ve been looking in my closet and trying to decide what I will be wearing to what and I’ve noticed I don’t really have a lot of green or red. But I do have this chartreuse piko style top that I think is the perfect alternative to the traditional holiday green. Paired with navy, this color combo is heaven! This year the holidays are pretty warm so going casual, comfortable and light weight might be the best option for me. So when you are looking in your closet, look for different shades of the holiday colors to put your own unique spin on your holiday #ootd!

Subtle Green

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Sweater-Target // Dress-Target (old, similar) // Leggings-Target // Booties- Charlotte Russe (out of stock, similar) // Sunnies-Charmed // Rings-Pandora and Ashkal

This time of year we can really find ourselves in a style rut, even if we look stylish. This time of year, we as women and fashionistas feel we need to dress in holiday red and green, sparkles and fancy dresses to be festive. Now I love a good pop of red, fancy dresses and sparkles but we don’t have to dress that way to be festive. You actually can dress however you want, whenever you want. That’s a good motto right? As my style has changed over the years one thing has been constant lately, the need for subtle colors, more earthy tones and black because black is always a good idea. Since it’s Christmas time and that bright holiday green is everywhere, it’s starting to hurt my eyes. So I’m opting for a green in the olive family. I picked a sweater in this olive green color to look and feel cozy without going over board on the Christmas colors. I paired this with (go figure) grey and black for the more edgy cozy vibe. If these fringe booties and sunnies don’t scream edgy, I don’t know what else will. So when you are dressing for holiday get togethers or activities don’t feel you have to fit in to the holiday color scheme exactly. You can opt for more wine colored items instead of red and you can pick more earthy tone greens. Play up the textures in your #OOTD to create a cozy look but something that also fits with your style! Happy holiday styling.

XOXO

Stephanie

Cozy Casual Holiday Errands Outfit

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Sweater-Target // Tunic-Old Navy (no longer available) // Leggings-Target // Booties-Charlotte Russe (sold out, similar) // Necklace-Viva La Jewels // Watch-Michael Kors // Bracelet-Forever 21 (sold out, similar) // Clutch-Target

It’s a busy time of year, trust me I get it. But just because it’s busy and you are stressed and/or tired doesn’t mean you have to run out not feeling put together or stylish. It’s the time of year when we are running out for errands at all times of the day for tape, batteries, extra wrapping paper, cranberry sauce, booze and last minute gifts. You don’t have to run out for these things in your sweats or let alone your pajamas. You can throw on something that is just as comfortable but a little more chic. The perfect way to do this is with leggings, a tunic and a sweater. These are just as easy to throw on as pjs and honestly just as comfortable. For this look when you aren’t wanting out of those cozy clothes, I picked leggings and relaxing, oversized for the top. It’s a great proportion for any body shape and it’s also comfy. Since my tunic and leggings were hues of black, I added a blush colored sweater for that pop color I was wanting in the outfit. To make this feel a little more dressy, even though it’s not, I added a large gold statement necklace, a pop of color with the clutch and chunky booties. Everything goes so well together and it looks like you spent a bunch of time preparing your outfit, when in reality you were simply walking out the door!

Don’t forget you still have time to enter my huge holiday giveaway over on the blog where you can when some exciting local goodies and a bunch of stuff from Target. All to help raise money for Helpmate in Asheville. You can enter HERE!

Ugly Christmas Sweater

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I honestly have no clue why “ugly Christmas sweaters” became so popular. They remind me of teachers (sorry all my teacher friends), but they are here for a seasonal trend. You can find ugly sweaters at thrift shops (expect to pay more because of the demand), Hamricks, Michaels, Target or you could get a bunch of odds and ends and make your own. Target has a lot that are actually really cute. I found mine at Michaels Arts and Crafts and picked it up for a steal on Black Friday weekend. This one is actually cute in a way and I would probably wear this out in public and not just to the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party; also I have been feeling a lack of Christmas cheer and this brought it out in full force. To style a more cute (rather than really hideous) I kept everything else modern with the outfit. I paired the sweater with some straight legged pants slipped in to some red boots. I didn’t wear any jewelry for the distraction. While doing my make up, I went for a more soultry look to keep the look as feminine as possible. I found these gold glittery antlers in the Target Dollar Spot and thought they were the perfect touch for the outfit. I could really see myself wearing this #ootd to get togethers, work or grabbing coffee with some friends. Are you wearing the ugly Christmas sweater this season?

Also don’t forget you can enter to win some really great prizes in my holiday giveaway that is currently going on. Also remember I will be donating $20.00 for every 50 entries to Helpmate in Asheville. You can enter the giveaway HERE!

XOXO

Stephanie