How To Do Holiday Style When It’s Freezing Outside

Brrr…ain’t nothing like freezing temperatures to make us rethink our holiday outfit choices. Cold weather doesn’t have to cramp out style though. Here are 5 cool styling tricks to master your seasonal holiday style, allowing you to show up as your best, extravagant self this holiday season.

1. Layer under

That skinny strap dress or jumpsuit can still work even when the temps are in the teens. Just layer under it (and then throw on a puffer coat on top, of course).

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2. Incorporate your coat in your look

Chances are you’re going to be spending more time in your coat this season, so make that coat a stylish element of your outfit. This (on sale and available in 7 more colors) is my secret style ingredient this cold season.

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3. Embrace plush winter accessories

That . That . I can’t think of a better time to rock plush winter accessories. They’ll keep you warm while adding uber chic finishing touches to your holiday looks.

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4. Rock opaque tights or leggings with your dresses and tunics

We don’t have to retire or dresses and tunics when it gets cold. Just make ’em work. Tights and leggings can usually help make that happen.

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5. Choose seasonal fabrics

Tis the season to say yes to lush velvet and luxe brocade. These seasonal fabrics are perfect for creating holiday style that are weather-appropriate. They have the added bonus of always looking super luxurious.

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A Guide To Holiday Shopping At The St. Louis Premium Outlets

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Last Week, I spent the day wrapping up my holiday shopping at the . This is my go-to outlet destination in St. Louis because it has over 90 designer and name brand stores, including some of my favorites like Kate Spade New York, J.Crew Factory, Michael Kors, and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.

Since I know this mall like the back of my hand, I’m sharing some of my top tips for maximizing your visits. And, since I found so many right-on-trend treasures on my last trip, I’m also sharing some of the top holiday finds (and deals) there right now.

What I’m Wearing from St. Louis Premium Outlets:

Free People burnout velvet top via Saks Off 5th, $44.99 (retail $98)

Michael Kors paperbag waist pants, $56 (retail $140)

Stuart Weitzman booties via Saks Off 5th, $143.99 (retail $575)

Earrings via J.Crew Factory, $19.80 (retail $49.50)

Total savings: $597.72

Guide to Holiday Shopping at the St. Louis Premium Outlets:

1. Join the for FREE. Before you even visit the St. Louis Premium Outlets, join the free VIP Shopper Club. It’s literally your passport for deeper savings. Members of the club receive the latest news of year-round deals at the center. For example, from December 7 to 14, members will get early access to the Ultimate Holiday Outlet Sale. There will be gift guides with exclusive deals from an extensive list of retailers that won’t become available to everyone else until the 14th. First dibs to deals? I’m here for that.

2. Plan your visits. The St. Louis Premium Outlets, especially this time of year, gets busy. Savvy shoppers know where to go after all. Make your trips hassle-free by outlining the stores you’d like to visit and noting their locations. There are maps available at the center or you can explore the online.

3. Check for events. There are fun events at the St. Louis Premium Outlets throughout the year. I saw Demi Lovato there last year. I’ve also attended a Teen Vogue runway event there. I hear that Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making special appearances on December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 from 1-3pm.

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4. Grab those deals. The St. Louis Premium Outlets is one of my favorite places for finding designer deals. When I’m presented with a great shoppertunity, I grab it. For example, I’ve been wish-listing Stuart Weitzman footwear all year long. When I found a pair of Stuart Weitzman booties in my favorite color at Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th marked down from $575 to under $145, there was only one thing to do–Get ’em! So, I did.

I found my entire look at the and saved $600 by taking advantage of current deals there. Did I mention I saved $600? My earrings, part of larger set, are 60% off at J.Crew Factory (see more of my holiday finds from this store here). The fabulous paperbag waist pants are from Michael Kors and are 60% off. Just so you know, bags and accessories are 70% off at Michael Kors right now. My festive holiday top by Free People is clearance-priced (58% off) at Saks Off 5th.

Want to see even more fabulous holiday finds at the St. Louis Premium Outlets? I’m going to be re-sharing favorites in my today.

How To Do Laid-back Holiday Style

I’m here for all the glitz and glam of the holiday season. But, some occasions don’t call for all that. Game night at a friend’s house. Movie date with your partner. A drive about to watch festive light displays. Some outings demand a laid-back holiday style. I’m sharing how I achieve that look today.

laid-back holiday style

What I’m wearing:

Sweater, jeans, earrings via | | |

I’m so excited that opened in St. Louis, and I’ve been enjoying sharing my top finds with you (see my favorite look so far here). I created today’s featured look for an , but I thought I’d share it here too because it is the perfect laid-back look for the season.

The Kindred items I’m wearing are from Addi and Ains, one of the St.Louis-based boutiques featured in the .

The jeans have the right amount of distressing and strike a great balance between casual and edgy. And, y’all, they’re as comfortable as .

Comfortable jeans? Check! All that is needed is a sweater in your favorite holiday hue, booties you can hang in all night, and accessories to seal the deal. Et voila: Laid-back holiday style.

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A Super Stylish Way To Wear Leggings

I don’t know why leggings have such a bad a reputation. I know you’ve heard it too, “tights is not pants!” True that. But, leggings can add a chic, functional layer to an outfit when styled the right way. And, they’re comfortable. Today, my black leggings are helping me restyle this old shirt dress and make it work in fall weather.

black leggings

What I’m wearing:

Coat (sold out, ) | Dress () | | | Booties ()

What I love most about layering is it allows you get creative with old favorites in your closet. This striped shirt dress, for example, feels brand new when worn open and belted over a pair of leggings.

By the way, if you’ve been considering getting this , a brighter alternative to the classic black/gold belt, I have to say that I’ve found it so wearable. Want evidence? I’m wearing it here, here, here, here, and here. It’s always adds a touch of luxury to an outfit. Today’s featured dress was under $20 and looks so much sharper with this belt instead of the self-tie belt it came with.

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How To Wear Rust This Fall

One of the top colors of the season (and probably next season) is rust. The orange-red-brown hue is more universally flattering that the brighter members of its color family . Since getting my rust blazer dress, I’ve been excited about the rich hue and all the color mixing opportunities it offers. I found today’s featured rust jumpsuit in a small STL boutique. I got it for an end-of year vacation, but I couldn’t wait to wear it. With a cozy warm layer and some booties, I’m making it work right now.

rust jumpsuit

What I’m Wearing:

Rust jumpsuit (find it ) | Cardigan (, , ) |  c/o

Earrings: c/o | Lip:

My favorite combination is rust and navy (see here how fantastic my rust blazer dress looked in front of a navy blue wall). Today, I’m sharing another magical combination–rust and brown. My brown cardigan coat (an old favorite seen before here) was the perfect warm topper for this rust jumpsuit because of its color but also because of its length and texture.

The , with their beautiful cognac hue, complement the rust-brown combination well.

Location: South City, St. Louis

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