no stressing holiday dressing || looks seven & eight

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holiday looks 7 & 8

 

one of my favorite things about this time of year is honoring family traditions. when everything seems to be in constant flux, it’s nice to have something you know you can look forward to year after year. besides going to a movie on christmas day, every year my family and i go out to dinner on christmas eve. we’ve gone to restaurants up and down the san diego coast -steakhouses, neighborhood haunts, we even tried a dinner cruise on a hornblower yacht! though S and i will be with his family on christmas eve this year, i still love the idea of planning what i would wear if we were dining out. these are two of my favorite looks of the series mostly because they involve some of my absolute favorite pieces in my wardrobe. and more importantly, they’re very sparkly.

 

look seven

 

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i’ve mentioned my love of remixing casual dresses a few (dozen) times before. but to me, it’s the easiest way to get a bit more mileage out of any wardrobe staple. while this lbd would look chic on its own, i love the idea of layering a chambray beneath it for a slightly more casual (and warmer) look. tights immediately make the outfit perfect for evening as does the addition of a little bling. whether you’re attending christmas eve service or gathering at a relative’s house for a family feast, this look combines simplicity and sophistication.

 

outfit details:

ponte short-sleeve dress | everlane
chambray | gap (similar)
black tights | target
pumps | charles david
statement necklace | banana republic (similar)

 

look eight

 

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if you don’t have something in your wardrobe that makes you feel like a mermaid/princess/fairy hybrid, i highly encourage you to go shopping stat. i realize i am 30 years old but having a wardrobe consisting solely of “practical” clothes is just too boring. we all deserve one (or more) “impractical” piece(s)! you know, the kind of garment that gives you a little spring in our step. with its glittery fabric and paneled waves, this gold maxi skirt fits that description to a t. since the skirt is a statement in and of itself, let it be the star and pair it with neutral accents. it may seem cumbersome to pair a heavier knit with a light-weight skirt, but the mixture of textures definitely works. an easy trick to ensure you don’t lose your shape under a boxier top is to front-tuck it into your waistband. voila, curves for days.

 

outfit details:

sweater | madewell (similar)
maxi skirt | anthropologie (similar)
floating arrow necklace | madewell
d’orsay flats | j.crew factory

 

pssst… a look back on the past three days: looks one & two || three & four || five & six.

the final looks will be up tomorrow!

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