Holiday Dresses

Holiday Dresses

 

 

Hooray for holiday season! From LBD’s to LRD’s (little red dresses) and satin to lace and to velvet. Tis’ the season to rock a dress that makes you feel confident. From going to a work party to a dinner party with your friends, get creative this year with festive colors and textures.

I am so excited for the holidays this year despite the weather not cooperating, there’s nothing quite like holiday music to get you in the spirit. I decided to pull our fake tree out earlier than usual this year, but it didn’t last more than two days in the house. Fact: I actually celebrate Hanukkah, but love being able to decorate a tree for decorative purposes. Mia decided that the tree would become more of her toy than decor. While I was at work on day 2 of the tree being out, I came home to 4-5 ornaments shattered on the floor. In fact, one of the ornaments-she managed to shove down into the sofa. I checked her paws-all clear, cleaned the mess and assumed that for the next day I could simply remove the remaining ornaments.

I was wrong! She decided on day 3 of me at work, she would go ahead and eat the tree lighting and tree lights. I texted my roommate and said “either we crate Mia or we take the tree down” and the final decision was to remove the tree. To be honest, at this point the tree wouldn’t function with no lights so it was time to bid farewell to the tree. I’d say we’ve kept our decorations to a minimum this year because of Mia’s behavior towards them. Is this something a teenage dog does?

I love that the holidays give us reasons to get dressed up. Not that we need one, but it gives the opportunity to get creative, try something different. Red is hands down my favorite color for the holidays. I also love metallics, so that’s my second favorite. It’s always the first two things that I search when I am shopping online.  The color red is a show-stopped and it is so flattering on everyone, so use the holidays are the perfect excuse to wear that bold red dress-even if that means showing a little skin!

I found this one and was instantly drawn to the sleeves and fit. I found that the dress was so flattering and I loved the idea that I could wear with my OTK boots. I also had my eye on this cut-out midi dress, which is another great option for the holidays. Below are a few more perfect red dresses for the holidays!

 

 

Photography: Christy Kendall 

 

Looks like a watch, acts like a smartwatch

Looks like a watch, acts like a smartwatch

Our world revolves around being connected all of the time, checking our emails, checking our missed calls and in recent time checking how many steps we’ve taken and making sure we get 10,000 steps a day. As much as I love wearing my apple watch, sometimes I feel too connected. I was excited when I was introduced to the Fossil Q Hybrid Smartwatch, I felt a sense of connection but still living in real time. The Fossil smartwatch still looks like a normal watch but has the capabilities that the apple watch without feeling overly connected.

Leggings | Boots (sold out, similar here and here) | Sweater | Fossil Watch | Fossil Bag

The Fossil smartwatch tracks both activity (steps, calories, distance) and sleep (awake, light and restful). It also allows you to track progress towards a person goal like drinking water or exercising. It’s best suited to track steps when walking, running or doing similar activities throughout the day. It also allows you to receive notifications for social media, text, email and any other important alerts you wish to receive. You receive a gentle buzz through Bluetooth technology when a notification or alert arrives.

I chose a neutral band for my Q Accomplice but I love that I can interchange my band with all 16mm watch straps allowing me to dress it up to go out or down to exercise. I was hesitant on whether to share with you this next event in my life but in light of being transparent with you and since you follow me, I gave it enough thought to share with you something I have decided to take on these next six months. About 3 weeks ago, I decided that I would compete in a bikini competition by end of May. If you know anything about prepping for a show, you know these next six months will be a transition and tough. And, if you don’t, I am excited to share my journey with you.  I am looking forward to taking my Q Accomplice watch on many hikes, walks and runs with me as I encounter these next six months towards my stage look. It will be important for me to count calories, track my steps and monitor my sleep. You can save  25% off everything in-store and online until midnight tonight! It’s the perfect gift to add under the tree or to gift yourself and take on 2018 with a fresh start.

 

Photography: Christy Kendall 

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Accessorizing with Sequin NYC

Accessorizing with Sequin NYC

Crystal Gem Ring | Charm Key and Crystal Gem Necklace Metallic Dress

I love a good holiday party, but what I love even more is getting dressed up for a good holiday party. We’re still a few weeks away from the festivities that come with the season, but I wanted to share this metallic dress I’ll be wearing for various occasions. There’s something about the holidays that always makes want to get a little bit more dressed up than usual, whether it’s sequins, faux fur or a fitted metallic dress. Today’s post is with the last one and I am loving the jewelry I chose to pair with this festive dress.

Crystal Gem Ring | Charm Key and Crystal Gem Necklace Metallic Dress

This metallic low-cut Express dress immediately stood out to me when I was online shopping for a holiday dress. In a sea of over the top sequins and simple dresses, this one stood out to me. It was no where boring, it is fitted, has mild shoulder pads and is soft enough that you can accessorize with some fashion jewelry. I recently came across a new jewelry website, www.sequin-nyc.com, which carries a variety of fashion jewelry from tassel earrings to cuff bracelets to gem rings.

I chose to pair this metallic dress with subtle jewelry but found that the jewelry was still bold enough to make a statement without over powering the dress. For my necklace, I decided to go with the “Charm key and Crystal Gem Neckalce” and chose the crystal gem instead of a colored gem because of the dress color. I usually prefer to choose neutral gems to be able to pair them with more outfits. This necklace is also the perfect gift for mom, a best friend or a sister.

To continue with the flow of the dress and the necklace, I paired the Crystal Gem ring with the rest of the outfit. It’s a major statement ring but also ideal for stacking. I went with the crystal gem to pair the necklace but also to match the look I was going for. But, if you want a twist I think it would also pair beautifully with this green gem.

These accessories would make beautiful stocking stuffers or little gifts to add to your holiday shopping. Currently, you can get 20% off your Sequin-NYC purchase with code “MELANIE20”.

 

 

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Photography: Christy Kendall 

 

 

Holiday Look: Black Sheer Pants

Holiday Look: Black Sheer Pants

The holidays come once a year, use it as a time to go outside the box (in terms of your closet). I was hesitant when I picked out these pants due to the sheer look of them. But, as I showed them to my roommate, she said “YES” you must wear these. If the sheer isn’t your look, I went ahead and linked many other beautiful similar styled pants below.

One benefit to these “sheer” pants is that they are not completely sheer depending on the angle that you look at them. You’ve got to admit, it’s a pretty fun and different holiday look. Besides being able to wear it as a holiday look, it is also so versatile. You can swap out the long sleeve ruffled sweater for a bodysuit or a cute crop top. You can also swap out the open toe for a cute pair of pointed toe shoes. If you’re going for a more elegant look, add a light weight fur jacket and a little bit of jewelry and voila! You are ready!  Oh, and be sure to add a bold lip!

 

Photography: Christy Kendall 

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Red Velvet Jumpsuit

Red Velvet Jumpsuit

What I love the most about the holidays is gathering with friends over drinks and the opportunity to get dressed up. I recently found this red velvet jumpsuit, which I found to be perfect to wear at one of the many dinner parties we have planned over the next few weeks.

Velvet Jumpsuit | Velvet Heels | Clutch

The red velvet jumpsuit is perfect to wear to a dinner party, night out with the girls and to holiday parties because we all know we will be attending so many of these events. I recommend sizing down, I usually wear a size small but would go down in an XS for this jumpsuit. I also loved that the jumpsuit has pockets, if you choose to leave the clutch at home and keep your bare minimum essentials in your pockets.

I paired the velvet jumpsuit with  some velvet heels and a black clutch. I also love this pair of velvet heels (less expensive), and this pair.  I also love this black striped jumpsuit, this pink jumpsuit with a tie belt, and this pleated pearl jumpsuit. The last three jumpsuits are all under $100. See more of my favorites linked below.

Photography: Christy Kendall 

 

Cable Knit Sweater

Cable Knit Sweater

I have been craving sweater weather. And, pretending it is sweater weather has been rather difficult with temperatures soaring near 110 these last few days. At first, I thought I could swing a sweater and some boots during some cooler weather, but as the heat wave came back, the wardrobe switched quite quickly back to summer dresses and flowy dresses.

Sweater (less expensive here) | Frame Denim | Chanel Boots | YSL Bag (less expensive here

I am one of those people that finds a good sweater and will wear that sweater over and over because of its comfort. Not only did I find this sweater recently, but I love just how cute and easy it is to pair. Here, you can see me wearing the sweater with a pair of black denim and some booties but I am so looking forward to wearing this sweater with some leggings and OTK boots during my Colorado trip.

 

Photography: Christy Kendall