Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Holiday Series: Wedding Looks

When you were a little girl did you ever dream of a December wedding? If so, what did you picture? Glitter, sparkle, furs and maybe even snow? Snow! If I had gotten this outfit together over the weekend, my backdrop would be a beautiful landscape of white. Instead I bring you this next segment of the Holiday Series, hosted by Ada at Elegance and Mommyhood, with a patchy, dying lawn. My plan "B" is to distract you with my red nose, awkward smile and rigid poses from the freezing cold!

( Miss the previous posts? Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Holiday Home Tour features!)

Is it working? Good. Then please humor me in my attempt to do this dress and top justice. I did say dress. The dress was a fall clearance find at WHBM and I've only worn it once. That just won't do, so to make it work (well, sort of work) for winter, I added the sweater top, also from WHBM. But is the elegant top enough to pull this look off for a wedding? I think the venue may determine one way or the other, so I'm going with it - only someone loan me their fur coat!!

This ruffle, sheer-sleeved top is from our annual Christmas shopping day with my MIL and SIL. It's beautiful and I couldn't wait for an excuse to wear it (as if I need one!). Oh goodness, I sure hope that these ruffles don't go crazy once washed! You know what I'm talking about don't you? Some ruffle tops are incorrigible even under the firm application of a hot iron. Time will tell won't it?

For the final touches, I added this gold statement necklace and studs.

Here's a closer look at the print and colors in the dress...

I also wanted to see what this outfit would look like with this cast-off, velvet blazer from a friend.

What do you think? Too casual with the blazer? I need that fur vest or coat! ;) Well, my friends I just know you are going to love the looks styled by the other bloggers in this collaboration. as much as I do! :)

Outfit Breakdown:
Floral Dress: White House Black Market (Last One)/Ruffle Top: WHBM (Similar)/Velvet Shoes: Chicos Warehouse (Amazon Option)/ Statement Necklace: Premier Designs (Going Glam)/Shine Bright Studs: Premier Designs

Kellyann: "This time of year I am reaching for something with a little glamour yet comfortable.  This faux wrap dress in black is a classic piece but by adding a fun statement necklace and my short leopard coat I've added a little glamour."

Kristin:  "Would you guess that two of the items in my winter wedding look are secondhand? This black and white printed dress and coat are both thrifted! I'm talking about where I thrift in my post as well as my aversion to tights... I don't care how cold it is, if I have the choice I'll take my chances with bare legs!"

Whitney: "I'm not actually attending any weddings this season.  If I were, I probably would have wanted to buy a pretty, new holiday dress.  But instead, this post was a good exercise in wardrobe remixing!"

Chrissy: "When I think “Christmas wedding” I think silvers, blacks, reds etc, but I couldn’t resist going with this deep burgundy, ruffle top and floral skirt. These colors are everywhere right now!"

Ada: "A little black dress in velvet is the perfect dress to wear for a December Wedding since it is the Holiday season. Velvet is the IT Material of the season - so rich, elegant, dressy and beautiful. I love that this dress is in a midi length which makes it Wintery and for a pop of color I chose a coral python clutch, blush velvet pumps with a blush pink lace choker and red lipstick. I'd also wear this elegant floral kimono jacket over the dress to keep myself warm and layers are a must for a Winter Wedding or Holiday Party."

Monica: "I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season before.  As always, thanks Ada for the fun collab!  Today I've decided that for a holiday wedding I want to be comfortable and wear pants.  I paired the pants with a fun pearl top​."

Linda: "Going for a Winter Wedding on New Years Look: Heels to start off for the  more traditional look and of course a great pair of chucks for dancing into the night. I do have a shawl I will wear to cover my shoulders but heck, how fun is this amazing sequin dress from Charlotte Russe paired with J Crew Pumps or black converse."

Jennie - "A black jumpsuit is an elegant look perfect for weddings, especially in winter when you also want to stay warm. Topping it off with a bit of sparkle makes it perfectly festive for the season!"

Christine: "What I love most about this silver metallic pleated skirt is the fit and how flowy it is. This is such an elegant and chic outfit to wear to a Holiday Winter Wedding. Simply dress it up with a black satin camisole, fishnet tights, classic black pumps and layer your favorite winter coat et voila!"

Shelbee: "For my winter wedding outfit, I went for more of a dressy casual look with layered little black dresses: a button front shirt dress over a body con dress.  I kept my accessories simple with a gold link floral necklace and a black clutch. Then I let my bright pink heeled loafers be the statement.  My feeling is you can never go wrong with a little black dress and some fabulous shoes for just about any occasion!"

Monday, December 11, 2017

Thrifted Or Gifted, Featuring: Buffalo Plaid

Why hello! While preparing to work on this blog post today I received a notification from my computer warning me that my storage is filling up. Sigh. I should already have a system in place, but computer clean up is not my favorite. However, I'm working on it, but loading photos into organized albums on Google Photos as I go along. Now I just need to start transferring and deleting from my computer, which is about 6 years old now. What storage system do you use? Dropbox? Google? Inquiring, unorganized minds would love to know!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Holiday Series: Mini-Home Tour & Thursday Moda Link UP

Another day is upon us. Christmas is upon us! How quickly this season comes each year and how quickly it goes, right? I can try to fight it, but instead I'll embrace the crazy, making the most of the moments as I go.  In addition to living up to our traditions, I'm trying to keep my focus on the true meaning of Christmas to impart that truth to my precious boys; big and small. One of the many ways way I've embraced the crazy this year is by saying yes to the "Home Tour" post in "The Holiday Series" collaboration hosted by Ada at Elegance and Mommyhood blog. Sweet Ada loves decorating for Christmas, which you will see when you tour her home!