A Holiday Hit // ruffle-sleeve dress + statement necklace

Monday, December 11, 2017

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper in holiday dress
The perfect holiday dress doesn't have to be red, green, or even metallic. A deep plum hue is a refreshing take on festive dressing -- and with statement sleeves, a dress like this becomes an instant hit. Just add a statement necklace.
Nyc beauty blogger Kathleen Harper showing holiday makeup ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday party outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper carrying a gold holiday clutch by Rebecca Minkoff
While ruffle sleeves truly make this dress stand out, the accessories you add will send it into home-run status. For this look, I chose delicate gold jewelry -- including a unique dreamcatcher necklace -- and a metallic clutch that's right on-point for party season. To polish it off, sock booties give off sophisticated chic vibes while still being comfy enough to wear all night.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper in Rockefeller Center at Christmas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear black sock booties
Nyc beauty blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Stila glitter eyeshadow
In terms of holiday beauty, you can't get much more festive than a shimmery glitter eyeshadow. This one by Stila is hands-down my favorite -- it's got quite a cult following too! It's tasteful, elegant, yet doesn't skimp on the shine. I'll be rocking this all holiday long! 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a ruffle sleeve dress
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a 2017 holiday dress by Ann Taylor
 [dress: Ann Taylor // booties: Ann Taylor // necklace: & Other Stories (I also like this one) // clutch: old Rebecca Minkoff (I also like this one) // glitter eyeshadow: Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in "Smoky Storm" // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics KoKo Kollection in "KHLO$" (similar shade here)]

How gorgeous is Rockefeller Center at Christmastime? Of course we had to get there early (try 8 am) to beat the crowds for these pics, but it was so worth it. This dress was also surprisingly warm, as it's a thick sweater material - perfect for chilly days! 


All Aglow // golden pants + ruffle sweater

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear gold pants
With this party look I'm embracing traditional holiday favorites. Think metallic, ruffles, cherry red, and golden accents - aka the makings of a fabulous Christmas ensemble! 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a red coat
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a holiday outfit in 2017
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a ruffle sweater
The ruffles on this sweater make it truly special, not to mention uber stylish (and festive). Paired with gold pants and pops of red, it's THE perfect Christmas sweater -- no need for sequin Santa hats and embroidered snowmen.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a holiday outfit
Beauty blogger Kathleen Harper wearing holiday makeup
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear sock booties
An outfit like this works for so many different events this time of year. I can easily see myself wearing this to an office holiday party, a festive gathering with friends, or even Christmas Eve dinner with my family. But the best part? It's insanely comfortable! Never underestimate the coziness of silky culottes and a soft sweater.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a Christmas party outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday outfit ideas
[sweater: Anthropologie (similar style here) // coat: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // pants: & Other Stories (in silver, here) // boots: Ann Taylor // purse: Furla // necklace: Kate Spade (I also like this one) // earrings: Alexis Bittar // gold knot bangle: Kate Spade // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics KoKo Collection in 'Okurrr']

These photos were taken in front of the Lord & Taylor flagship store on 5th Ave., NYC. Aren't the decorations gorgeous? But the craziest part is that EVERY department store here in the city goes all out like this. It's truly a beautiful sight. 

Christmas music even plays on the streets here. No one does the holidays like New York. If you're coming for a visit, make sure to check out the decorations outside Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier, Macy's, and Rockefeller Center too! 

// SHOP // 

The Nutcracker Suite // military jacket + bow blouse

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's denim fall street style
I always try to incorporate at least one jeans outfit into my holiday roundup each year. While denim isn't something you immediately think of wearing to say, a holiday party, it totally works for most occasions (even the festive ones). Here's the proof...
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper shows how to wear a military jacket
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday outfit ideas denim
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a metallic bronze clutch
Interesting hardware or embellishments help make a pair of jeans fit right into any holiday situation. I love how this pair has a bunch of buttons front and center, making them standout but in a subtle way. 
Nyc beauty blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday makeup ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear military trend
A sophisticated top instantly dresses up denim as well. I chose a bow blouse in festive burgundy. Add a jacket over your whole look and you're golden. Technically my blazer is "military" style, but, especially this time of year, I like to think of it as a nutcracker jacket. You see it, right? It's pretty much exactly what nutcrackers wear, which means this is the ULTIMATE Christmas ensemble. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing fall work outfits
Of course heels also help denim become party-appropriate. For standing/dancing on your feet all night, the shorter heel the better. But just because you're not wearing sky-high stilettos, doesn't mean you have to skimp on style. Leopard goes with everything and guarantees major polish. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Ann Taylor leopard pumps
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a holiday outfit
[top: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // jacket: Zadig & Voltaire (I also like this one) // jeans: STS Blue via Nordstrom (similar pair here) // heels: Ann Taylor // clutch: Carlo Fellini (I also like this one) // earrings: gift (I also like this pair) // dominant eyeshadow: Urban Decay's "Maui Wowie" // lip color: Urban Decay's Vice Lipstick in "Manic"]

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can OFFICIALLY turn our attention to Christmas! Do you ever feel like Thanksgiving sometimes gets the short end of the stick? I mean, I personally like to celebrate each holiday one at a time. No Christmas music until AFTER Turkey Day -- who's with me?

// SHOP //