Friday, December 19, 2014

A Holiday Program - Festive Wear

Jacket: Pendleton (gift/similar); T-Neck: French Connection (similar); Jeans: Loft;
Boots: Sole Society (similar); Necklaces: Talbots/J.Crew (similar); Bracelets: J.Crew;
Ring: Etiquette Boutique

Yesterday we attended McKinley's first holiday program and I couldn't help but beam with pride! The whole school sang a mix of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs and they sang with gusto! McKinley was so attentive, an active participant, and according to another mom, he knew every word. Being an active theater participant myself, I could be a stage mom in the works!  

 Because it was a holiday program, I wanted to look festive without looking Christmasy. I wanted to be chic without trying too hard. I originally thought of wearing red, but thought that seemed to obvious. Instead, I went with this deep green jacket. Skinny jeans, tall boots (it snowed overnight), and a fun statement necklace are my definite go-to's these days when wanting to look a little more pulled together.




 
 

Between the children's chorus of carols, and this amazing green jacket, I was totally in the Christmas spirit! This time of year can leave us frazzled and that 30 minutes was all I needed to help calm my nerves!

What do you do take your look up a notch during the holiday season? Do you go subtle or all out in color? I can't believe this is our last weekend before the big day. Take a deep breath, let it out, and get a little dolled up!

Happy Friday, Fashionista's!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tres Chic December - The LBD

Dress: Ann Taylor; Shoes: Valentino (gift/similar); Earrings: Made by Me (similar); Ring: Gift;
Lip Color: MAC Ruby Woo; Nail Color: Sephora OPI Personal Shopper 
Nicole by OPI: Rainbow in the S-Kylie

When we thought about December and what we wanted to style, we all agreed with the LBD or Little Black Dress. We all have something to attend this month. Holiday parties, New Year's Eve events, work events, and cocktail parties and the LBD is the easiest piece to style in your closet. Throw on colorful shoes, gobs of jewels, fun tights, a little jacket, or go with all black. It's a blank canvas! 

We also thought it would be to get together for a little Tres Chic photo shoot. My dad graciously accepted the job! Our little shoot took place on the balcony of Aloft and we loved looking out over Park Place! The ice skaters were in full swing while others were shopping or lunching. Such a fun experience. As you can see, we all went in completely different directions with our dresses and I think each one is as chic as the next! Check out Lauren at Classy and Fab Girl and Caitlin at SophistiCAITed to see more! 

 Caitlin's Outfit Details:
Leather Limited Dress (old) similar here and here, BCBG blazer (old) similar here,
 JustFab bow pumpsJoie clutch c/o Shopbop, J.Crew tights (old) similar here
 Stella and Dot necklaceJ.Crew bracelet, J.Crew Factory bracelet (old) similar hereKate Spade studs

 
Lauren's Outfit Details:
dress - White House Black Market (similar) | leather jacket - Envy (similar) |
 tights - Loft | shoes - Ellen Tracy | lip color - Revlon Blushing Nude





We have had such a great time with our Tres Chic series and I can't wait to see what we come up with in 2015! As always, if you have any wardrobe challenges you would like us to tackle, send them on over! We love a styling challenge! 

See you in January with our next Tres Chic post! Until then, stay fashionable!

Photos Courtesy of Richard Lawson

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Shopbop: Hostess Gifts

I have several parties coming up this weekend and I'm trying to think outside the box in terms of of hostess gifts. I always seem to give the same thing, a bottle of wine or a plate of baked goodies like cookies or bread. This year I'm thinking of going down a more chic route and I'm loving these little nuggets I recently found! There's something for the fashionista, the wine lover, the neat freak, the foodie, coffee expert, and the baker. And each one is as sophisticated at the next! See my favs below!


What's on your list for the host or hostess in your life?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dancin' in my Seat

Top: Joie (similar); Tank: Loft ($10); Pants: J.Crew (gift/similar); Heels: Sole Society (c/o/similar)
Clutch: Ann Taylor (similar); Bracelets: J.Crew/Banana Republic; Lip Color: MAC Ruby Woo

Saturday afternoon my hubby and I attended Motown the Musical and had a blast! The music, and performances, were incredible! They just don't make music like they used to! I don't know how anyone was able to sit still in their seat. I was constantly tapping my foot, rocking my shoulders, or nodding my head to the beat. If I could have, I would have been on my feet getting my groove on!

This is not the look I had planned. I was all dressed, only to find moth holes in my favorite cashmere dress! Thank god I discovered them before I left the house. I scoured my closet, looking for the next best thing, when I stumbled on these pants. I love these pants! And side note, they fit 10 times better than they did last year. Love that even more! I decided to glam them up with black lace and delicate heels. I went with bracelets versus necklaces to keep it simple. A touch of red lips and we were out the door!




 The Pants: Before and After

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Hope you're having a fashionable week!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holidays at Crown Center

Sweater: Anthropologie (old/fun option); T-Neck: Loft (similar); Jeans: Loft
Boots: Sole Society (c/o/similar); Handbag: MbyMJ (gift/similar); Shades: Loft
  
Every year we have a tradition of heading down to Crown Center for a day of fun. We take McKinley to lunch at Fritz's, his favorite place to dine, and then head across the street to play on all the over-sized wooden toys. The first year we went, he was only eight months old, so it was a pretty quick trip. At a year and a half, he was barely walking, but we had a blast. Last year he didn't really know what to do first. He was a little overwhelmed and seemed more enamored by the fountains than the toys. This year, he was crazy! He literally ran from one piece to the next. I loved watching him playing, using his imagination for each toy, and asking us to join him on this journey. It was a great day!

It didn't end there. We walked over to Union Station to check out the train displays. I've never seen anything like it. I was like a kid! If it wasn't McKinley telling us to look at something, I was telling him to look! And, to top it all off, he got to ride in a train around the darling Christmas display in the main hall. This was the best day and I can't wait for next year! 

   
Even the weather was amazing! It was a gorgeous mid 50s day with sun. I knew we were going to be outside for most of the day and I didn't want to have to wear or carry a coat. And, I wanted to look a little festive for the occasion. I reached for my favorite sweater, skinny jeans, and boots. The perfect combo for a day of play. What I didn't anticipate was all the walking! My dogs were tired!



This sweater is an oldie but goody. I've had it for years and can't seem to part with it. And, I received tons of compliments on it so I can't even begin to think of tossing it now! It really is the best sweater for this time of year! 

What are some of your holiday traditions? And, how do you try to look festive without going over the top? I can't wait for you to share!

Happy Monday!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Shopbop: Party Pieces

I've got party on the brain! Whether it's a holiday party that's on the horizon, or New Year's Eve, I'm so into styling party looks right now! Earlier in the week I showed you my party shoe picks. Today I'm bringing you my Party Pieces picks! Instead of going the party dress route, I decided to go with separates, bottoms really, that I feel will make a great impact on the party circuit! However, I did have to pick my signature jumpsuit fav! I mean, what party look isn't complete without a jumpsuit, right? But as much as I love it, I have to say that the metallic wide leg pants are everything! Paired with a sleek, black t-neck and the chunkiest statement necklace I can find, I would wear them in an instant. But the striped skirt.... It's the one piece I dream of adding to my wardrobe!

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What piece is your favorite? I could find a reason, place, and/or event to wear each piece! They are truly timeless, classic separates. And even better, they would all go with the shoes I picked! Gotta love when it all comes together!

Happy Friday, Fashionistas!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Girl's Night

 Jacket: H&M (similar); Tank: Target; Shorts: Zara (similar); Tights: We Love Colors;
Booties: Marc Fisher (c/o/similar); Necklaces: Ann Taylor/Tori Spelling (similar);
Belt: ASOS; Shades: MbyMJ; Lip Color: Chanel (c/o People Style Watch)

Monday night was our annual Holiday Girl's Night Out! For the past three years, my girlfriends and I go out to dinner to just simply hang out before the holidays take over and we don't see each other until after the first of the new year. We gabbed over pasta and wine and it was delightful!

Prior to the night out, I spent the day playing excavators with my son inside and out in the sandbox. For a winter afternoon, it was just warm enough to play outside for about 45 minutes. Prior to this getup, I was in boyfriend jeans and a fisherman's sweater. What a difference faux leather shorts make, huh?

And let's talk about this jacket for a minute. I picked this up at H&M for $10 on clearance! That's right, $10! Yet another point to my whole "you can afford to shop" post. It's a great fuzzy fleece piece that is warm and comforting. Just what a girl needs when in the warmth of girlfriends!




The Shorts: Before and After

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 What are the pieces you're wearing this holiday season? Apparently, I'm very into black and leather (real or faux). Let's see what else I style up for all the other festivities we have planned! And to see if I can break out of my black phase!