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11.21.2014

What to Wear to Your Office Holiday Party


It's office holiday party time!  Ahhh, yes.  Tis the season to have uncomfortable conversations with coworkers you hardly know over a glass of bubbly.  To aid in your mental preparation, I've come up with the following list of topics to help fill awkward silences when forced to make conversation with the guy in bookkeeping that has a weird affinity for porcelain figurines.  Discuss the following:
  1. the weather
  2. all of the porcelain figurines at his desk
  3. how cold it is outside
  4. how cold it is inside
  5. whether he expects to receive more porcelain figurines for Hanukkah/Christmas
  6. this weather though...
Voilà! Holiday party conquered.

Blouse: Vince Camuto  |  Skirt: Banana Republic (also love this one and this one)  |  Jacket: Topshop  |  Shoes: SJP Collection  |  Earrings: not sure! similar here and here  |  Bangles: c/o Julie Vos (similar here and here)  Minaudière: (very similar here, here and here)




Oh, and I've also assembled the below guides to help you dress for the occasion.  Whether your office party is a casual gathering over lunch, a business formal gathering in your building, or a swanky cocktail party at a local venue, the following will hopefully help spark some ideas.

It's always a bit tough to strike the right balance between festive and appropriate at these types of work events.  A sequined pencil skirt would certainly be odd for a party in your office where most are in business attire, but if it's a formal cocktail party at an upscale bar or lounge, it may be just the right mix of not-too-revealing yet still very festive.  Thus, the following guide is organized into three general categories: casual office party, business formal office party, and professional cocktail party.   Keep in mind that many of the pieces in each category could crossover, depending on how you wear them, so take a gander and then go ahead and amp up your seasonal sweater/sequined skirt/sparkly slacks game.  Tis the freakin' season yo.

P.S. Don't miss the Piperlime sale that ends today!  Use code 'BESTEVER' for 25% off everything.


_______________CASUAL OFFICE PARTY_______________


_____________BUSINESS FORMAL PARTY_____________


__________PROFESSIONAL COCKTAIL PARTY__________



Happy Friday, you nog-guzzling animals!  

11.19.2014

Periwinkle

Culottes: Topshop  |  Shirt: Topshop (sold out online but similar herehere, here and here)  |  Coat: Topshop  |  Pumps: SJP Collection  |  Sunglasses: Stella McCartney (similar here)  |  Nails: Essie (Ballet Slippers)


One of the many reasons Nordstrom is my main squeeze when it comes to online shopping is their unrivaled blend of both high-end designers and more affordable brands.  If you follow this blog, you know that I fervently subscribe to the high-low philosophy of mixing splurge-worthy classics with lots of budget-friendly pieces as well.  Pulling this off sometimes requires a lot of leg work, but it shouldn't always have to.  Finding both types of merchandise at one place is mission critical when you don't have endless hours to run between a million different retailers.  In this arena, Nordstrom crushes it.

In yesterday's post, the winter white wide-leg pants were one of my favorite finds from the Chelsea28 line which offers really beautiful, quality pieces at great price points.  Today, I'm sporting some new favorites from Topshop, another brand at Nordstrom that kills it in the affordability department.  I've rarely met a culotte I didn't like, but the flowy drape and perfect high-waisted, pleated fit of these babies is particularly on point.  If you're in a part of the country that's been #blessed with a soul-crushing cold front as of late, try pairing them with tall boots or sheer tights and pumps―they'll still look like a million bucks.  And this fuzzy delicious periwinkle coat?  Take that cold front.

Since the current collection at Nordstrom is unreal, take a spin through some more of my Topshop favorites below.  I'm enamored with this skirt (styled beautifully by this amazing blogger) and this incredible bag.  I'm also planning on snagging this fringe top for some holiday soirées.  Fringe is so fetch right now.


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This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All product selections, styling and opinions are my own.

11.18.2014

Ebb and Flow

Pants: Chelsea28 (similar herehere, here & here)  |  Blouse: Vince Camuto  |  Vest: Classiques Entier (50% off right now! Looks weird on the model, but great in person!)  |  Shoes: Louise Et Cie (available here in suede; similar here, here, here & here; and previously styled here & here)  |  Necklace: c/o Gorjana (available here and also here) |  Earrings: Mikimoto (similar here)  |  Sunglasses: Nina Ricci (similar here) |  Lips: MAC  |  Polish: Essie (Ballet Slippers)



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