I wrapped up my final business trip of the year last week. I was in San Francisco for a few days and planned on taking the Friday night red-eye home. Five minutes before we were supposed to start the boarding process, they canceled the flight. This wasn’t my first rodeo, I’ve logged enough hours in the air to have some pretty extraordinary travel stories, yet Friday night and all day Saturday proved to be the craziest and funniest 14 hours I’ve ever had trying to get home. It was as if the universe was telling me it’s time for a break. Because I’m a lunatic, Bri and I still snuck out for a quick date night on Friday. I think he needed to get out of the house for a minute, and we already had a sitter lined up. We talked a lot about how our travel takes more out of us than we realize, and how we want to make this holiday a fun and peaceful as possible, for the kids and us.
With that in mind, I started thinking about how I could jazz up what I already have for some of the events we have on the calendar. Here’s what I’m thinking of picking up to get through the next six weeks in style:
Velvet Blazer, $149 – I love Christmas Day, surrounded by my extended family. No one gets too dressed up, but everyone does a little extra. I was thinking of pairing my skinny jeans with this velvet blazer from Nordstrom. It’s classically cut (love a one button blazer) and timeless.
Lace Blouse, $60 – First of all, this blouse was originally $250 and it’s marked down to $60! I love this with a pair of black slim pants (think a cigarette pant) and a pair of suede pumps for a mid-week, after work holiday party.
Hair Bow, $128 – I’m not totally disconnected from the world, and not suggesting you spend $128 for a hair bow, it’s just a good picture. These long velvet bows are everywhere right now. It’s a lovely, feminine way to add some detail to a low ponytail. It’s especially nice if you have long hair. For a reasonable alternative, I found this $8 option from Etsy.
Clutch, $25 – A little bling on your clutch is sometimes all you need to update your look. This clutch is from Aldo (I know – who knew they made such fun pieces?!) You can carry this with anything, from jeans and a blazer to a simple cocktail dress.
Earrings, $28 – If you lean toward casual during the holidays, just switch up your accessories. It’s a fun excuse to play with things you may otherwise never wear. Tassels are still a big trend, but don’t spend a lot on them. These earrings are under $30. Wear them with your favorite sweater and jeans combo for a wink to the season.
Faux Fur Wrap, $70 – We have a black tie event in early December. I’m figuring it’s going to be freezing but I don’t want to ruin the look of my gown by adding my wool coat. Instead, I’ll throw this wrap over me to keep the chill off my shoulder and add to the overall style of my dress. It’s like an updated pashmina. Will I wear it all the time? No, but I think it will get some good eventual use, and will likely be lent out to friends as well.
Heel, $198 – I talk all the time about the gold Jimmy Choo’s I bought years ago on a crazy sale in New Year. I wear them all the time. ALL THE TIME. So I’m a big believer in owning one pair of glitter covered shoes that scream “special”. These stunners by Badgley Mischka serve the same purpose. They are available in silver or gold, with a reasonable heel and perfect point.
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