Is there a dress that wouldn’t benefit from my three pillars of holiday dressing? The pillars being, of course, Fancy Legs (or shoes), Faux Fur and Bling. I invoke The Towering Pillars of Sartorial Festivus when, say, I’m staring at a cocktail dress, yet I can hear my jeans calling to me. (Their usual call is along the lines of, ‘BOO YOU WHORE THAT DRESS IS TOO SHORT ANYWAY’.) Or when lace and 32 degrees suddenly seems like a bad idea. Or when the nanny arrives for date night and I’m still here, banging away at the computer and Mike’s all “BABE? YOU READY?” It’s times like these when denim, wool, and sweater dresses start looking really, REALLY good.
So here’s what I’ve come up with: Three different dresses, all standing upon My Pillars of Sartorial Festivus. Will it hold up? Let’s see…
ONE – Sweater Dress It UP
I love glittery skinny scarves because they’re fancy, but in an effortless way. It’s just a scarf! That I so nonchalantly threw on! Like that. Add faux fur, fancy legs and BAM. (BTW – digging the curved hem of this LOFT dress, and I can vouch for the insane comfort of those stiletto booties. It’s weird.)
I have a closet full of teaching clothes. When I had Greenlea, I made the decision to stay home with her (hellooo day care costs on a teacher salary!) and had to come up with some new ways to style my teacher-friendly clothes in a party-friendly way. Y’all know how much I love my Portofino tops, and styling this was as easy as unbuttoning the top button and adding a statement necklace. Have a pencil skirt? Ditch the tights or nude hose in favor of back-seam black nylons (rawr) and swap the comfort pumps for some embellished ankle-wrap stilettos. (Ok maybe not stilettos, maybe some modest wedges . . . but you get the idea.) Here’s how to dress up workwear for holiday parties and nights out.
I just can’t quit this skirt. There’s something so festive and fun about a big, unapologetically glamorous skirt. Even more than a ballgown, in my opinion. It seems that these big maxi skirts – no matter how fancy – can be dressed down with pieces you already own and love *cough*turtleneck*cough* for a vibe that’s decidedly offbeat, and wildly festive.
The last time I wore this skirt, I paired it with a tshirt (of course), and a few of you commented that you’d like to see it styled a few different ways. So. Here are four ways to style this skirt, using pieces you likely have in your closet (think white shirts, denim or leather jackets, camis, etc).
I’ve always been an accessories girl. For me, the right pieces mean you can transform even your most comfortable clothes (jeans and a sweatshirt?) into something downright fancy. Whether you choose a statement piece or pile on delicate layers, you’ll be party-ready in no time. We’ve rounded up our favorite holiday pieces – the ones we’d wear with everything from jeans to LBD’s.
1. ‘At First Blush’ Crystal Bracelet: Such a gorgeous color . . . I love that the bracelet has all the tones of gold, rose gold and silver. It would go with everything.
2. ‘Poppy Flower’ Bracelet: This bracelet literally took my breath away when I saw it. Such a unique statement piece.
4. Crystal Line Bracelet: Another WOW piece . . . so much sparkle and bling. (And adjustable length for a perfect fit).
5. Fan Drop Earrings: The colors in this pair of earrings are gorgeous and you could wear them with lots of different colors for an unexpected look. (For example, I think they’d look great with a burgundy or emerald green sweater . . . and of course they’d look great with neutral outfits as well).
6. Sparkle Chandelier Drop Earrings: These are one of the most unique pair of chandelier earrings I’ve ever seen . . . they’re the kind I’d reach for over and over again (and currently 40% off with code BRFRIDAY).
7. Cubic Zirconia Ear Crawlers: Ear crawlers are the perfect alternative to dangly statement earrings, especially if your little one likes to grab at them (like mine does). These are surprisingly delicate and look awesome on the ear.
8. Gold Diamond Wrap Choker: I love the lariat shape of this necklace and unlike some of my longer chain necklaces, I don’t have to worry about this one breaking if G pulls on it. Definitely adds a little edge to your outfits.
9. Pearl Spike Necklace: This is probably my favorite! I love the juxtaposition of the edgy spikes and the lady-like pearls. And the fact that it allowed me to be able to use the word “juxtaposition.” 😉
10. Kate Spade Glitter Stud Earrings: Oversized, these are another great alternative to dangly earrings. I like this neutral color but they also come in a bunch of different colors including a fun multi-colored glitter.
11. Band Ring Set: The hammered finish of the ring and the small stone makes this ring set both delicate and statement-making at the same time.
12. Naomi Double Ring in Platinum Drusy: I love double rings and this one in rose gold is gorgeous. It comes in multiple colors (some of which are on sale right now!). I throw it on with everything from tees and tanks to dresses.
13. Druzy Cocktail Ring: This is a great statement ring . . . I love the bright blue, but it’s also available in gold with a sparkly silver stone.
14. ‘The Kensington’ Bracelet Watch: This watch is also available in rose gold, gunmetal, and sable (a cool chocolate-coppery brown color) but I loved the blue color the best because it’s so unexpected. I think it would look awesome with either silver or gold bangles. (Not to mention the fan drop earrings!)
15. ‘Open Wire’ Collar Necklace: Collar necklaces are of course having a moment but this one is unique because of the gorgeous emerald stones on the ends. (And you can always wear it backwards if you just want the plain gold collar look . . . like two necklaces in one!)
Happy, happy, happy holidays!! Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanza or the Festival of Lights…or, uh, Zeus and Poseidon (Raines is going through a Greek Mythology phase)….we welcome you. Tis the season for celebration, for light, for love.
We’re hoping that we can help, in some small way, to make your holiday season the brightest one yet. So we’ve been working on a set of style guides to help take some of the stress out of holiday dressing. We’re focusing on the pieces you already own, adding in just one or two key pieces to make your existing closet more festive. So c’mon, you blue-jean diehards, you office dwellers, you sweatpant-everyday-mamas….
Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope most of you are snuggled up with the fam, enjoying a cup of coffee. (Or, more realistically, wrestling a hopefully de-thawed turkey into the oven.) I’m about to do that as well. However, I wanted to shoot out a quick note to let you know that our Holiday Sales boutique has launched!
The Mom Edit team has spent the last week perusing all of our go-to retailers and pulled together a guide of all of our favorite things for each. A “What To Buy At ____” sort of thing. You can find all of our top picks in the drop-down menu under the Holiday Sales tab:
Furthermore, if you click on the Holiday Sales tab itself, there are more picks from retailers you may not have considered. Check back, we’ll be updating it all season!
Here’s a teaser of a few of the things you’ll find. Click on any of the “+” signs to be taken to the product page. (Side note: Amazon blew me away. See what I found.)
There’s been a ton of chatter about winter coats lately – warm, cozy and fabulously chic winter coats, of course, so I’m thrilled to share my (our) latest finds. I finally broke down and bought a long, Chicago-style puffer coat (words cannot express how much I hate to be cold), and Mike? Well. We finally found a winter coat (a Majorly Warm Winter Coat) that looks amazing over his suits.
And because The North Face is killing it right now, I also found an insulated raincoat I’ve been wearing nonstop to school drop-off (it’s such a pretty color – you may have already seen it on my instagram feed, @shanachristine)….and also what Mike and I learned about his lightweight down jackets and SIZING.
It comes as no surprise that Express is one of my favorite places to shop. (Their mid-rise flare jeans, that I’m wearing in the pic above, are my absolute favorite). Their BIGGEST sale of the year is on right now . . . EVERYTHING is 50% off. Last year I waited until Black Friday (and then Cyber Monday), thinking that they’d have even better deals. Unfortunately, by then the things I had my eye on had sold OUT. Boo. This year I thought I’d round up some of their best pieces for your shopping pleasure. Enjoy!
What are your favorites from Express?? Share them with us!
Over here, we suit up. We suit up for holiday parties and Christmas Eve service, we suit up for weddings and kid’s plays, we suit up for Ballet X, and occasionally we suit up for a fancy-ish dinner out. I want my boys to understand that sometimes an occasion calls for a suit. (For Pax, this “occasion” is also known as “everyday” during his must-dress-like-Dad phases that pop up every few months. It makes preschool dropoff highly entertaining.)
At this age, any suit I buy for my little guys have to meet the following criteria:
2. Machine Washable
3. Slim-fitting (none of that boxy suitcoat nonsense)
When we visited Philly, Zack and I were in shopping heaven. There were stores GALORE . . . H&M, Zara, Forever 21, my usual spots to check out. Shana brought me into Madewell, a store I had never actually been in, to try on jeans. I knew their jeans looked great on Shana, but I had low expectations for myself, because . . . BOOTY. Typically, if something looks awesome on Shana, it won’t necessarily look great on me. (*Although now we’re finding more and more options that actually work for both of us.)
I was super pleasantly surprised by these jeans, because they are awesome. High-rise to suck in and shape the pooch, flared to make your legs look looong and black to be as slimming as jeans can be. Here are three ways I’m wearing them: