Vivetta dresses, tops, and cardigan. Brunello Cucinelli sweater. Junya Watanabe top. Valentino sweater. Oscar de la Renta blouse. Miu Miu top. Preen turtleneck. Erdem top. We Are Handsome top. Top from Moda Operandi. Eudon Choi top and sweatshirt. Ganni sweater. Elie Tahari top. Tommy Hilfiger blouse. Chicwish top. Dorothy Perkins top. Ringnor cardigan. Chicnova top. Ralph Lauren Collection jacket. Ralph Lauren Black Label cape. Emanuel Ungaro jacket. Yoins blazer. Stella McCartney top. Chesca cami.
Today is the day my parents and younger sister said farewell to their Christmas tree. My parents work all day and my sister is a full-time student, so naturally the tree was decorated on December 24. That’s why, though Christmas came and went, my family wanted to hold on to this tree for as long as they could. Today I post to commemorate its beauty and spirit.
The Christmas colors are red and green, and between the two I prefer red. Red velvet makes me think of bows, gifts, wreaths, and holiday parties; in deep burgundy, a velvet top errs on the more sophisticated party side. This top, which was my mother’s, can be tricky to wear. At first it comes across as formal, but its dramatic wrap shape exposes the midriff. My solution is to wear it with a high-waisted skirt, short or long. This flouncy floral skirt continues where the shirt’s volume left off, creating a bell shape.
Brette Connolly hat. Tarina Tarantino ring.
My favorite part of the outfit is the hat because I made it myself. When I was 15 I saw a chic selection of newsboy hats for the winter at Nordstrom, and instead of buying one I decided to sew one. Herringbone tends to have a serious look to it, especially on a traditionally masculine shape. To counter this effect, I chose a pink fabric. I have always loved Barbie dolls, but these days I play with Barbie jewelry. I think of Barbie as a renaissance woman who got everything done and bought everything she wanted, and always looked put together doing it.
I don’t think one can ever be too old to wear snowman earrings. I bought these last year for Ugly Sweater Day at Nordstrom. Of course the plan was to buy a Christmas sweater, but I couldn’t seem to find any. Instead, I opted for accessories: snowman earrings, a reindeer antlers headband, a bracelet watch with Christmas charms, festive brooches, and crazy Santa Claus glasses. The headband and glasses are long gone, but these earrings are cute enough to wear annually.
Burgundy shoes tie the outfit together. Ankle boots stay on easier, but the bold cutouts bridge the gap between boot and pump.
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My cat Belle and I worked on this post together…seriously! (She sat on my lap.) Everyone knows that kitties are adorable, far superior to dogs, and a rich source of inspiration in the world of fashion and art. Here is some feline-themed clothing that is as fun to wear as it is to pet a cat!
1. Rotita earrings, $6
2. Unique Vintage leggings, $10
3. Storyland top, $24
4. Palm Beach ring, $28
5. Miss Sweety handbag, $31
6. Olivia Pratt watch, $50
7. Bling Jewelry brooch, $60
8. Brian Lichtenberg beanie, $65
9. Karl Lagerfeld tee, $115
10. Noir Jewelry bracelet, $135
11. Orla Kiely cardigan, $150
12. Burberry Prorsum scarf, $220
13. Anna Sui skirt, $245
14. Dolce & Gabbana wristlet, $289
15. Charlotte Olympia shoes, $705
16. Eugenia Kim headband, $1,270
17. Au Jour Le Jour dress, $1,274
18. Chopard necklace, $1,620
19. Judith Leiber minaudiere, $5,595