Dressing for the Holidays

From office parties to festive friend gatherings, we all know how many cute outfits the holiday season requires. Le sigh. Usually I am oh-so-excited by this, but the busyness of late has gotten me panicked and throwing together my outfits last minute. Blech, I hate when fashion becomes a chore! So, to save you some time, below are a few of my favorite trends for the holidays, with links to purchase a few on-trend items below. And if anyone is wondering where the velvet is, it's in the past, along with neon, spandex and sweatbands.

1. Burgundy

I am in love with burgundy. Its rich, warm undertones scream luxury to me. I feel like I am in the minority when I think back to how much I loved the 2015 Pantone color of the year, Marsala (Pantone 18-1438). Seeing burgundy just evokes images of the theatre (gorgeous stage curtains), the warm colors of fall, and delicious wine.

2. Shimmer

Please Note: I said Shimmer. Can this trend be overdone? Of course. But I just can't deny the festive feel provided by a bit of shimmer and shine!

3. An Unexpected Color Choice

I had to throw this one in the mix. Probably because I wore a simple bright blue sheath dress to my husband's Christmas holiday party, and I guess I'm still sitting here trying to justify it. Ha! I loved the color, although I think I could have found a more flattering silhouette for myself. Alas, my last minute shopping trip yielded me little else. I tried to find the perfect rich, burgundy look or a great shimmer top, but in the end I chose an unexpected color as my statement. I also planned my outfit around the fact that I would be stuck in my winter coat most of the night. Every year, his office party has an inside/outside set-up and with the free booze outside we do a lot of outdoor mingling. Just keepin' it real y'all. 

P.S. While writing this I noticed Ann Taylor is having an amazing sale right now: an extra 60% off Sale items (in store and online).

What are your favorite trends for the holidays?

My Holiday Beauty Haul (Drug Store Edition)

Happy Monday beauties!

I hope your weekend was fabulous and full of style. My weekend consisted of some thrifting (courtesy of Clothes Mentor: I highly recommend, one of my favorite go-to shops), a great date night with my love, and the best couch potato day ever with my sweet baby. Let's just say I'll have Sesame Street songs stuck in my brain for a few days- ha!

Wanted to take this time to share a few of my latest beauty finds with you. Here are some of my new makeup favorites for fall. BONUS: They all come in under $10. 

  • L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Gloss in Bare Attraction: recommended for those of you who want to try the matte lip trend, without investing a chunk of money in Kylie Jenner's makeup venture.  
I actually wish I had gone one shade darker, this shade is very similar to my natural lip color.

I actually wish I had gone one shade darker, this shade is very similar to my natural lip color.

Ladies: this is the first matte lip color I've tried that doesn't leave my lips feeling like the plains of the Sahara Desert.

Ladies: this is the first matte lip color I've tried that doesn't leave my lips feeling like the plains of the Sahara Desert.

  • NYX Liquid Illuminator in Gleam
This product is great for testing out the new highlighting trend without breaking the bank and comes in several shades.

This product is great for testing out the new highlighting trend without breaking the bank and comes in several shades.

Can you believe Thanksgiving week is already here? Where will you do your Black Friday shopping?