This Holiday Gift Guide Is Fashionista-Approved

Holiday season is officially here. Today, I’m sharing my first holiday gift guide of the festive season. It features a combination of current favorite items and some items I have on my personal wish list. From the beauty palettes I’ve been using nonstop to super stylish essentials like scarves and cardholders, these gifts are sure to please.

 

holiday gift guide 2018

Holiday Gift Guide 2018

1.  (see review here)

2.  (more about it here)

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6. Card holders (, , , ) | 7.

P.S. Be sure to enter to win a . Then, stay tuned for my Urban Decay giveaway. I’ll be giving away the ENTIRE Naked Cherry collection to one lucky winner.



How To Upgrade Your Holiday Style With Affordable Finds + Giveaway

This post is sponsored by J.Crew Factory.

Holiday season style can be fuss-free, fabulous, and affordable. I shopped some of my favorite pieces from to show you just what I mean. From a luxe, faux-leather skirt to chic black pants with a velvet tux stripe, the items in this post can cover all your holiday style needs. The best news? EVERYTHING is affordably priced. Want even better news? The upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals will slash prices even lower. I hear that you can expect up to 60% off the already low prices. There’s more. I’m also giving you the chance to win a $100 J.Crew Factory gift card at the end of this post.

I’m sharing two holiday season looks below as well as my top tips for upgrading your style for the holidays.

Holiday Season Look #1

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What I’m wearing:

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1. Choose luxe fabrics

One of the easiest ways to upgrade your style during the holiday season is by adding luxe textures and fabrics into your wardrobe. Two of my favorites this time of year are undoubtedly leather (and faux-leather, of course) and velvet. And, y’all, J.Crew Factory has so many options available right now. Today’s featured won me at first sight, but I’m also eying the  (you must see the Raspberry color), the , and the .

2. Add metallics with your jewelry

Real talk. When I saw the , I purchased 3 of them as gifts for friends. I’m wearing the gold circle earrings from the set. But, you must see the pearl loop studs included in the gift set as well. Every pair of earrings in the set adds that perfect shimmer to every look this holiday season.

3. Go bold with your coat

I don’t even own a coat in a boring color. What I do own, however, is the in green (see me rocking it here). The new Spectrum Red color in the City Coat screams holiday-ready. So, I had to have it and highly recommend it.

Holiday Season Look #2

What I’m wearing:

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4. Opt for classic black with a twist

Nothing outperforms wardrobe classics. They’re reliable. They’re versatile. But, classics can be jazzy like these . I envision styling and restyling these beauties all holiday season. They’ll pair well with the featured above. I can wear them with a .

5. Choose festive color combos

Red, black, white, and sparkle are reliable options for looking and feeling festive this holiday season. The combination is holding down both looks in this post. I’m also a fan of the deep emerald greens this season. See that green color I love on the .

Get a head start on your holiday shopping by winning the $100 J.Crew Factory Gift Card giveaway at the end of this post. Entries can be made until 11:59 p.m. CST on 11/21/18.

Be sure to enter the (enter  until 12/3) as well. Get this. The grand prize is $2500! 10 second prize winners will receive a $100 J.Crew Factory Gift Card.


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2 Fresh Ways To Wear Your Favorite Jeans This Holiday Season

This post is sponsored by .

Chances are you own a pair of cropped, wide-legged denim. If you don’t, you absolutely should because the right pair can be super flattering. They’re also quite versatile. I’m sharing how I’m styling one pair two different ways this holiday season. Holiday jeans style will take the pressure off getting ready for all the events of the season.

One of my style goals for the rest of the year is to add a few unique treasures to my wardrobe. To find these gems, I’m planning to do more shopping on the local boutique scene. As always, I’ll be sharing the journey with you. The good news is that boutique shopping just got easier in St. Louis since opened. Kindred (read more here) is a collective boutique featuring 7 different boutiques. So, with one stop to its , I have access to the merchandise of SEVEN boutiques.

holiday jeans style

What I’m wearing:

Juju B’s top via | Juju B’s jeans via

Addie & Ains earrings via  | | Pumps () |

If you’re in St. Louis, Kindred is a must-shop this holiday season. Want proof? This top from featured boutique Juju B’s! I tried this top on in-store and immediately started dancing. I only break out the happy dance when my imagination runs wild with style ideas. And, the styling opportunities this dramatic shirttail offers are plentiful.

You can let the shirttail hang in all its glory as I did above. Or, you can tie it for an even edgier vibe.

I slipped on some glitter pumps and some bright earrings (from Addie and Ains, another Kindred boutique), and I was ready for some holiday fun.

Location: South City, St. Louis

When it gets too cold for the styling above, here’s how I rock my denim culottes.

What I’m wearing:

Juju B’s cardigan via | Juju B’s jeans via

Addie & Ains earrings via  | |  |

Long cardigans are style heroes this fall and winter. And, this color blocked style by Juju B’s in Kindred is stunning. It’s the perfect piece to cozy up in when it gets cold, and it pairs beautifully with denim.

Once I added the long cardigan, all I needed were some booties to keep my ankles warm and to complete my holiday jeans style. Don’t booties look amazing with cropped denim?

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An Easy Guide To Layering With Dresses

I’m back with another dress layering post because I’m that committed to rocking my dresses all cold season long (see more tips here). And, it is totally doable. Using an , I’m sharing just how easy dress layering is when it’s cold outside.

Layering outfits is an easy way to make a look more visually interesting. So, when it’s necessary to layer, outfits are so much cooler. Layering without adding unnecessary bulk though? That is always the tricky part.

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What I’m Wearing:

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1. Tights are a must

Perfect wintry weather looks begin with tights, especially when wearing dresses. On days that are seriously cold, tights under pants might become necessary too. Under dresses, though, tights add an essential and stylish layer of warmth.

2. Boots are your best friend

From ankle boots to knee-high boots, no shoe can hold down your perfectly layered look like a complementary pair of boots. In this look, I went for my new favorite .

3. A coat (or two) always works

Layering on a coat is an obvious way to stay warm, but a coat can also adds texture, dimension, and hence loads of interest to your look. This season, you can go the extra mile by doubling up on your coats (more on that here).

4. Scarves are essential

A chunky scarf is such an essential layer. It protects your neck (and perhaps even your face and head). With the right scarf, you can add color, print, and texture to your outfit. I went for a monochromatic vibe with my scarf.

Cheers to the Weekend: Restyling a Shirt Dress

Happy Friday! I shot a campaign for a local liquor brand that I love (learn more about that ) recently. I knew I would be taking images for the campaign in the most colorful bar in St. Louis–El Burro Loco. So, I wanted a look that was toned down in color but strong in shape and silhouette. I decided, then, to do a little restyling of my (seen before here) because it met both demands.

restyling joie sephira dress

What I’m wearing:

(on mega SALE, also ) | | Booties ()

Eyes:  | Lip:  (Marfa)

Of course, I was instantly drawn to this dress because of its dramatic puff sleeves. I fell more in love with it because it’s so versatile. It has buttons up the front and the sides for all kinds of styling possibilities. For this campaign, I wore the dress like a tunic over leggings and played with the buttons, by leaving them undone in the front and the sides.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Interested in this dress? It’s available (and on sale) at a few retailers: