It’s around this time of year that I start looking for a versatile holiday dress: something glamorous but understated that works for everything from family dinners to a night out. I think I’ve found it in this French Connection dress – it shows just enough skin at the neckline and the back, but is still elegant and appropriate for any event. It hits a bit below the knee and I usually gravitate towards either short (well above the knee) or maxi, but I think with an elongating nude heel this tea-length works well.
I threw a black leather jacket over it and added some sparkly jewels. How amazing are these Tacori diamond earrings? I borrowed them for a Tacori event a couple weeks ago but had to sneak them into some outfit photos. I have to let you in on a (not so) secret – the jewelry brand Nadri makes the prettiest, more affordable “diamond” earrings. I first spotted them at Nordstrom a couple years back and bought a pair of studs, thinking I would get a few good uses out of them with holiday dresses before their shine faded. I was wrong! As long as you keep them out of the shower, they last – and go from about $40- $100. See below for some of my favorite picks (I especially those this drop pair).
What’s your go-to look for holiday events? Let me know!
It seems to me that whenever I discover a new label I love, they’re all Australian (prime examples: Cameo the Label, Sass & Bide, Nicholas, Zimmermann…). The best fashion is coming from down under (it’s also the next place I would love to visit). Enter my newest discover, Asilio.
This plaid pencil skirt is full of creamy pastel shades but the weight and felt fabric is perfect for fall and winter. Sadly I think the skirt is sold out, but the brand makes the same plaid patter in a coat version and I’m also loving this oversized check pattern jacket even more.
I combined a few of my favorite fall pieces here: a pencil skirt, staple black booties, a cozy sweater and a leather jacket to throw on once the nighttime temperature hits after sunset. I love mixing grey and navy as opposed to wearing straight black – it’s a little less predictable! Shop some favorites below.
Has anyone tried Mermaid Perfume? I was familiar with the brand and loved the pretty gilded packaging, so I was excited to test it out. The scent is just as lovely as the bottle: light and feminine with a hint of orange blossom. I love the boat dock in Marina del Rey and it was the perfect backdrop for such a pretty fragrance. The Mermaid line also carries hair products, a body oil and a candle – currently on my dresser making my bedroom smell delicious. If you try the perfume, let me know your thoughts!
This dress combines two of my favorite things – leather and lace (a little bit sweet, a little bit edgy). It also comes in a black version that’s perfect for the holidays. I chose a few more of my favorite lace dresses of the moment (see below). I’ve worn these nude sandals a handful of times since I bought them last week – they’re surprisingly walkable and match everything in my closet. These Steve Madden pumps are a near identical option at a fraction of the price.
I wish I could say I had some magic trick for mermaid waves, but the truth is I curled my hair into loose waves in the morning and it was so windy on the dock that by the time we wrapped up shooting most of the curl had turned into beachy texture. If you like the look, just loosely curl your hair around an inch wand, add some texture spray, and rough it up with your fingers! (Or stand in a gust of wind..)