Weekend Recap: Holiday Party Style

The holiday season is officially here!

I sported this look to a vegan holiday party this past weekend.  It was such a nice change to be able to eat everything available at a party.  You see, I’ve been vegetarian/pescatarian for over a decade, but I became vegan after realizing that I’m 100% lactose intolerant.  Now that I’m living dairy-free, I’ve never felt better!

Sweater—Old Navy; Skirt—c/o Loft, Tights—c/o Loft

Earrings—Kendra Scott ‘Danielle’, Ring—c/o Loft

Watch—MICHAEL Michael Kors via TJ Maxx

I’ve received a few questions about my lipsticks lately.  Thanks for noticing!  I used to be a bold eye shadow/nude lip kind of woman, but I’m now into bold lips and bare eyes.  Mac ‘Rebel’ lipstick  is my fall favorite, but I must now add Mac ‘Girl About Town’ lipstick (a fabulous fuchsia) to my list of favorites.  I’m wearing it above with the Mac ‘Beet’ lip pencil.

FYI:  I purchased the animal print sweater above using the Old Navy friends and family coupon (valid until 12/21).  It was about $18 after the 30% discount.

Spots, Stripes, and Leopard

You all remember that striped H&M dress I bought for $29.99, right?  I mentioned in previous posts that I envision the dress easily transitioning into fall and winter wear.  Here’s how I made it work this past chilly weekend.

Dress—H&M (American Apparel alternative)
Tights—c/o Loft (buy)
Flats—Banana Republic Factory Store (Betsey Johnson pair on sale at Dillard’s)
Jacket—Kenneth Cole New York via Marshalls ($39) (similar Kenneth Cole jacket)
Scarf—Ann Taylor (gifted from family)
Earrings—Kendra Scott (Danielle in pink agate) (various colors at Nordstrom)

Dressed for Success

This morning, I helped facilitate a mock job fair for participants in the Pathways to Success program at Connections to Success (the umbrella organization for Dress for Success in St. Louis).

Since I had to conduct interviews and such, I dressed up a bit more than I would normally on a Friday.  I always get assigned a particular hotel chain, so my look was classic but chic.

A snapshot of the details in this outfit.  There were a lot of things going on—bold black/white print with a subtle ombre effect, teal cardigan, leopard sash, and spotted nails.

Dress—Claude Brown c/o Daffy’s (B/W A-line alternative)
Sash/belt—Ann Taylor
Cardigan—Gap
Tights—c/o Loft
Shoes—SE Boutique via DSW

Have a wonderful weekend!

Preppy Chic for Casual Days

Since we’re on the homestretch to the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m not feeling motivated to get “dressed up.”  Are you feeling that way too?  I think this will be a week of casual looks.

Me Too “Fairy” heeled loafer via DSW

Top—The Limited (J Crew gingham top and Madewell gingham top)
Cardigan—Old Navy
Pants—Kohls (similar black jeggings at Kohl’s)
Shoes—MeToo via DSW (similar Nine West heeled loafer)
Earrings—Kendra Scott Danielle in pink agate (Kendra Scott Danielle at Nordstrom)
Sunglasses—Marc Jacobs via Solstice Sunglass Outlet
Saddle bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via Nordstrom (other colors on sale at Zappos)

Dressing Up a Sheath

I know.  You’re probably starting to say, “Aww no, Psyche, not that black Tahari sheath again!”  I can’t help it y’all.  This dress is so versatile and always a joy to wear.

Today, I’m experimenting with dressing it up a bit.  Tis the season of office parties and after-work holiday get-togethers.  So, I’m gonna need this dress to work overtime to avoid feeling pressured to purchase new items.

For a dressy take on the sheath, it is belted with a cobalt, calf hair, skinny belt.  Textured tights provide some easy flair.  A velvet blazer, black pumps, and blueberry chandelier earrings complete the look. 

Dress—Tahari via TJ Maxx (buy similar)
Blazer—Gap (buy similar)
Belt—Ann Taylor (buy)
Tights—Betsey Johnson via Nordstrom Rack (buy similar)
Shoes—Adrienne Vittadini via Marshalls ( buy similar)
Earrings—Kendra Scott Gwen Chandelier (buy on sale)

Same sheath, different looks:

  1. How to Jazz Up a Work Outfit with a Scarf
  2. Business Travel
  3. Black Sheath Dress, Unlimited Possibilities
  4. Dressing Down a Sheath