Saving the best for last, this holiday look is classic and effortless. It's a no-fail, always-flattering, perfect go-to for any festive affair. But I recommend reserving this type of ensemble for the big day itself - it's just THAT good.
Lace dresses with nude underlay were huge this year. They're a modern take on a romantic favorite and I am ALL for this chic trend. While I styled mine with a fun coat, a piece like this looks JUST as stunning all on its own.
Throw on a killer outer layer for a look to remember. Of course Christmastime is all about those bold pops of red, so this cherry peacoat compliments my holiday LBD perfectly. Matching red lips are encouraged but not required ;)
Going along with the theme of my entire outfit, these grownup Mary Janes are super fresh and stylish yet provide that classic touch that just screams sophistication. Chic heels like these are the perfect way to polish off your favorite party look. Trust me, you can't go wrong.
I'm always gushing about this black patent leather clutch - and for good reason! Its simple, no-fuss design makes this bag an ideal companion for more detailed looks. In short, I find myself relying on this bad boy on the regular!
To add even more modern appeal to my timeless ensemble, I threw on a black velvet choker - after all, nothing says born-again-2016 trend more! Donning this necklace style is the quickest way to update any look in your arsenal.
A fearless spin on a true classic, pearl-back studs are a NEW forever piece.
It's so tough to wear this coat without pulling out some red lipstick! Here, I'm rocking Kylie Jenner's KoKo Kollection in "Okurrr," but this brand has a similar color. Red lips are a total necessity this time of year and you better believe I take full advantage!
Out of all my holiday looks this season, I'd say this one is definitely the most relatable. This is an outfit that anyone can pull off quite easily. And while I love sparkles, feathers, and cutouts, I also totally get that they're not for everyone. But an ensemble like this? Completely doable no matter your taste! Even better, it's 100 percent family-approved as it's classy, flattering, and definitely not over-the-top.
How about these Christmas decorations - SO gorgeous, am I right? These photos were taken at Lotte New York Palace (in 26 degree weather I might add), and I could not get enough of the festive ambiance. A hotel staff member even told me that in 18 years, these were the best decorations the Palace has ever had!
Photos by Antonio Owens
[dress: Ann Taylor (old, but I also like this one) // coat: Ann Taylor (similar here) // heels: Ann Taylor (sold out, but I also like this pair) // clutch: Hobo (similar here) // choker: Urban Outfitters // eyeshadow: Lancome in "Rose Satin" // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics KoKo Kollection in "Okurrr" (similar here)]
Is it just me or did the holidays creep up on you too and then fly by WAY too fast? This truly is the most magical time of year and I can't believe this spectacular season is quickly coming to an end. But the good news is, it's not over yet! I can't wait to fly home for Christmas this week and spend the holidays with my loved ones in Chicago. Merry Christmas, everyone - don't forget to live it up!
// SHOP //