How to Wear One Jumpsuit to ALL the Holiday Parties

Remember my velvet jumpsuit (shop it here)? I bought it as an option for New Year’s Eve, but I’ve already worn it twice this holiday season. And, that was the plan, y’all. I’ve committed to buying as little as possible to get through the holiday party season. To do that, I’m relying on a few pieces that I know can be styled and restyled. This black velvet jumpsuit is one of those go-tos because its silhouette allows me to layer under and over, which offers serious styling possibilities.

Velvet jumpsuit (shop it in 3 colors here) | Lace blouse (similar, option) | Pumps (similar) | Belt

Both times I’ve worn the jumpsuit so far, it’s been too cold to wear alone. So, I turned to layering to make the outfit weather appropriate and to make it look fresh. I wore it with a white blazer the first time (get details on that look here). Last weekend, I decided to layer under the jumpsuit to create an outfit for a fashion show.

Express velvet jumpsuit

For the fashion show, I layered an old lace blouse (see it worn before here) under the jumpsuit, and the combination was magical. Looking for a sheer blouse to layer under your go-to party dress or jumpsuit? This sheer mesh blouse and this fitted sheer blouse would be perfect.

Instead of wearing the self-tie belt I usually rock with this one piece, I wore my Gucci skinny belt to introduce a new texture to look.

And, since it is the holiday season, I wore my glitter pumps. If you can’t be a little extra during the holiday season then when can you? Am I right? Lol.

All in all, finding a solid piece that allows you to layer over and under makes styling through the holidays a breeze.

Location: St. Louis Union Station Hotel

When Shopping Small is the Good, Easy, Smart Way to Go

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You’ve probably heard it before. Shopping small is good because it helps support and sustain local economies. And, who wouldn’t want to do that, right? I have a few favorite small merchants I’ve been shopping for years. But, I don’t remain loyal just because they’re small. I continue to shop with them because it’s also convenient.

Many of my favorite small businesses have online stores that make it super easy to shop. Don’t want to deal with traffic or brave the holiday crowds? No problem. That well-curated selection of unique items and gifts you can only find at a small boutique is just a click away. What can I say? I’m especially fond of shopping small when I can do it from the comfort of my home this holiday season.

Shopping Small

Here’s a cool example. I’d been searching for a blush sweater with a little pizazz. You know I like pieces with a little flair. Instead of hopping from store to store, I decided to shop online. I was beyond thrilled when I found my dream sweater at PinkBlush, a small online boutique that aims to style women through all phases of life. And, I mean all phases of life. The store carries modern styles in sizes small to 3X to maternity fits. And, there’s more. The price point at PinkBlush is quite affordable too.

After an extended session of adding and removing and adding items to my cart, I was finally ready to check out. Naturally, I chose PayPal at checkout because it makes the process easier. I don’t have to find my purse nor enter my credit card number. Actually, since activating PayPal One Touch, I don’t even have to remember my PayPal login information nor fill out my billing information when I shop. Furthermore, I can shop with confidence because even though small boutiques like PinkBlush don’t offer free return shipping, PayPal will refund the cost of returning an item (up to $30 for 12 orders a year) that doesn’t work out. Win-win situation!

I’ve been wearing the sweater I found at PinkBlush in this post. This cozy sweater is the exact color I’d been searching for, and its crisscross accent sleeves are just my kind of flair.

Pieces like my PinkBlush sweater make looking chic so effortless. I simply wear it with jeans and booties, and I’m ready to slay the day.

Location: Fiddlehead Fern Cafe, St. Louis

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These Fun Booties are Party-Approved

I’m spending most of the party season here in St. Louis where we get all 4 seasons. So, party season is about to get pretty cold, y’all. For those days when it’s so cold that it doesn’t make sense to wear my party pumps, I’ll be reaching for some party booties instead. Here are 6 options I’m currently eying.

Party Booties

Party Booties:

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Need some bootie style inspiration? Check out this post.

Styling Wardrobe Classics for a Holiday Party

So far, so good. I’m trying to ease my way through party season without buying new outfits for every occasion. I attended a cocktail party at the newly-opened Diamonds Direct store in St. Louis, and I restyled my fringe skirt (see it styled 3 ways here). For another occasion, a more casual affair, I dressed up some black skinnies and my gingham shirt, two wardrobe classics, with floral pumps (this Sophia Webster pair is so old) and my Gucci skinny belt. Another party down!

wardrobe classics

Gingham shirt (similar) | Black high-rise jeans | Floral pumps (old, option, option) | Skinny belt

Want more insight on creating fabulous high-low holiday style, be sure to check out this post.

Location: The Muny, St. Louis

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I Tried Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored

In How to Maximize Holiday Sales to Your Style Advantage, I shared my top 3 tips for taking advantage of holiday deals as well as the two things I shopped for during Black Friday weekend. One of those items was Rihanna’s new universal red lipstick—the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored (get it here). And, what can I say? It’s such a perfect red! Today’s post is all about it.

This lip paint has a liquid-y formula that applies smoothly and dries to a matte finish. Once it dried (very quickly, by the way), it felt like I wasn’t wearing anything at all. And, I love that.

Fenty Beauty Stunna

I found the wand applicator a tad bulky and hence clumsy to use at first. See what it looks like below. I think I’m getting the hang of it now though.

12-hour wear? The product promises to give 12-hour wear. I put it to the test the first time I wore it because I did a photo shoot, went straight to brunch, and then ran some errands. After eating and drinking, I experienced some color fading, but for the most part, I still had a bold red lip I could continue wearing without touch-ups. I didn’t experience any cracking, which I was really happy about. I have dry lips, y’all.

All in all, I’m a fan of this lip paint. The color had my love at first application, and it wears pretty well too.

Shop the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored and other Fenty faves:

For reference, I wear 390 in the Fenty Beauty Foundation.