Have upcoming seasonal festivities? Whether you’re attending a work gathering, or a soiree with some hip friends, you’ll most likely want to put together a fun, yet stylish holiday ensemble to suit the type of celebration. Here are two options to consider depending on the setting. Click the links below for where to buy. Enjoy your weekend and holiday parties :)
Scarosso booties in the perfect shade of oxblood
Tory Burch's Christy Riding Boot with elastic panels and gold zip details
Yosi Samra Two Tone Zip Booties with haircalf and gold hardware
Aberdeen boots from Madewell. Anything with tassels has my name written all over it.
Elizabeth & James Cohl Flat Booties. Perfect for work or play
Kinsey leather boots in Bordeaux by Rag & Bone
First things first. Your outfit can make or break your mood at a party. Rock an ensemble that embodies you. In my case, I was one of only a few women not dressed in head-to-toe black at last night’s soirée. Shown here in my new Target jacket with a Topshop peplum top and Joe’s Jeans black skinnies.
If you can swing it, find a private event space. Let someone else handle the clean up ;) This gathering, hosted by our realtor, was in GT Fish & Oyster's private event space, the Whale Room - subtract the tables and chairs like they did last night for a cocktail party!
Include menus to let your guests know what to expect. Add some fun or unique names to build excitement. The passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks menus from the gathering we attended were simple and modern and the food was fresh and delicious!
Plentiful wine is always a must. This is a shot from inside the wine cellar.
Finish with some bubbly (Rosé, specifically) and some personalized art (note the GT logo flag hanging from the ship!) and you have yourself an amazing gathering!
Got any weekend plans?! I’d love to hear about them!
Allison Williams in Calvin Klein Collection. Okay, it’s orange not pink, but she looks so effortless!
Ashley Madekwe in white pinstripes
Alexa Chung in asymmetrical Christopher Kane
Alessandra Ambrosio in a tulip pink, flirty dress accented with… you guess it, white!
Lea Michele in neutral, cut-out Calvin Klein Collection
Michelle Williams, simple and beautiful in Louis Vuitton.
Street style shot of pink edged up with leather and dark, angular shades
Fall, or winter white, as it were, is all the rage lately. See how the stars break the “no white after labor day” rule.
Charlize Theron is perfection (
as always) in her swingy, white Stella McCartney and pointed-toe pumps. Charlize balances the look with a black and white shoe and dark bag to avoid looking too summery.
Jennifer Hudson looking slim in a peplum, Yigal Azrouel dress with a shoulder brooch. Sleeves can help take a white body-con dress into the colder months, again, with a dark shoe.
Kate Bosworth in a modern Thakoon top with a jeweled chain. I love a white pant in a heavier fabric to make it cold-weather appropriate.
A photo Kate Bosworth posted to her Instagram account showing a different all white ensemble. A white, tailored coat is another great way to try out this trend.
Actress and blogger, Ashley Madekwe in a printed white dress and white ankle-strap heels. A pattern and dramatic makeup can also help balance an all-white look.
Taylor Swift in a pale, sparkly mini-dress and Jimmy Choo’s. This outfit would work well for a fun holiday party.
Is this trend tryable, or should we stick with the traditional rule of no white?
If you read my blog regularly you know that I have my few tried and true beauty products and brands that I stick to, but I also don’t hesitate to experiment with new options too. Here are some items that may have you rethinking your usual go-to’s.
I’ve sampled a fairly extensive array of mascara, from the drugstore stuff to pricier varieties. During Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Sale, I scooped up Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara and I love it! It’s great for lengthening top lashes and coating bottom lashes and doesn’t seem like it will dry out quickly.
With chillier weather coming soon, a heavier moisturizer seemed necessary. At Target, I was drawn to the packaging of the Shea Moisture products and the amazing smell was the tipping point. This lotion is thick like a cream, but spreads like a lotion. It’s also made of natural products like raw shea butter and argan oil and contains no parabens :)
Speaking of trying to go paraben-free, I’ve been switching between several different concealer pens over the last few months and when I saw that Lorac’s Touch-Up To Go pen I had to give it a whirl. I would recommend shaking this pen before use to maintain consistency of the product, but I love this stuff. You can use it as a concealer under powder or as an all-over foundation.
Airbrush tans provide a safe way to get a flawless tan quickly and easily, but they can run anywhere from $30 to $50 a pop. TANtalizer Body Bronzing Spray is a little scary at when you first start spraying brown streaks on your limbs, but you use a sponge (included) to spread it out evenly for a realistic looking tan. I got about 5 full-body uses out of one can and it dries in about 5 minutes. I wouldn’t recommend using it on your face but it’s great for everywhere else. I’m already on my second can!
Last but not least, I’ve been trying to train my hair to produce less oil so that I only need to wash it every other day. Lush’s Jumpin Juniper Shampoo Bar (center) aims to control sebum production while providing a rich lather and juniper scent. This stuff is awesome and easy to travel with if you buy the shampoo tin.
The best part is that these products range from $10 to $32 and are worth a try. Have you tried any of my pics here?
Blake Lively at Milan Fashion Week in mustard leather by Gucci
Blue Velvet lacquer from Marc Jacobs’s new beauty line
Perfect plum lip
Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder
Oh Jessica Alba! What are you famous for again? Who cares! Your hair, makeup, and clothes are consistently impeccable and I’m tempted to try your version of a long bob :)
Did someone sneak into my room and shoot this photo of Anya and I last weekend?
Open & Clothes turned 2 today! It’s hard to believe to be honest. Thanks for reading my feelings, thoughts, and advice and for your continued support and feedback. Have a great weekend :)
- Becks -
I’ve been carrying the same black, Kate Spade messenger bag to work for years now and although my trusty satchel is still in good shape, it’s time for something new. In a work bag, I typically look for something that has multiple strap options like a crossbody and a shoulder drop. I also like a secure closure to hold in a laptop, folders, an oversized planner, and anything else I may need. Zippers or flap closures are preferred. I also appreciate having several, pockets of varying sizes and shapes.
This Henri Bendel bag looks similar to a Birkin with a much more reasonable price tag at $450.
3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder Satchel - $1050. A buttery leather investment piece.
Nanette Lepore Secret Love Satchel - $598. A slightly edgy option with multiple ways to wear it.
Rebecca Minkoff Mab Tote - $295. A pop of color at a reasonable price.
Michael Kors Selma Studded Satchel - $428. Valentino mixed with Celine, anyone?
Frye Jamie Work Bag - $648. Rustic, weathered, and very cool.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Get a Grip Satchel - $598. Classic square shape with a twist of pintucked leather.
Help! Which one do you like best?!