It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving and you know what that means… Christmas is in full swing! All those people that wait until Thanksgiving are finally on board and it’s full steam ahead.
I wanted to share three holiday looks you can recreate for holiday parties or Christmas dinner.
A Night at the Nutcracker
A majority of this outfit is something you can find in your closet! If you have a neutral sweater and skirt combo all you need to invest in is a purse, and even though it’s something I only use once a year, it was a great investment.
Pretty in Plaid
Plaid is such a great holiday pattern. These dresses would be perfect for a Christmas Eve party. The LL Bean boots give it a real New England look!
The first dress linked has the fun cowl neck while the second one comes in a great holiday red! My favorite part of this outfit was that my earrings had little bows on them! Kate Spade has cute bow studs, but I got my drop earrings from Charming Charlie (same place as my Nutcracker purse). If you’re like me and loved accessorizing from Charming Charlie, I have good news for you- they’re coming back! As for your Christmas look, I’ll give you bonus points if you coordinate with your dog!
I hope this helped give you some ideas on what to wear this holiday season. Let me know what you’re wearing in the comments below!
Alright ladies it’s time to break out the LBDs. In true “ballin’ on a budget” style, we’re using your go-to black dress for a night on the town.
If you didn’t know, I work at Banana Republic Factory Store and I love my job! The people I work with are great and the discounts are so helpful! I was working one of the markdown shifts last summer and as soon as I finished all my work I put this on hold.
One of the ways to get clothes on a budget is take advantage of factory stores! They often have the same quality clothes for much cheaper!
The best part of this outfit is that everything I’m wearing I already had (or borrowed from my mom’s closet!) But, while my grandmother taught me everyone should have a LBD I have linked some below incase you need to invest!
Here is the link for the first dress: cute off-the-shoulder This one is much similar to the one I chose to wear and it is $49 at Lulu’s.
Here is the link for the second dress: little black dress- scalloped dress I love the scalloped details on this one, it’s os fun! This one also comes from Lulu’s and is $46. Neither of these photos are mine they come from Lulu’s website!
While both of these are on the more expensive side, I like to look at thing in how many hours at Banana it’s worth and both of these dresses come in at about 4 hours, but they are dresses you can wear again and again. They’re also more expense because they’re made in the U.S.! I’m working on a post really soon about the importance of being mindful while shopping and paying attention to who made your clothes!
To all my high school/college girls: you get an extra 20% off at Lulu’s. Another huge way to save money: flash that student ID! So many retailers will give you a discount for being in school. Always be on the search for discounts, one I just learned about the other day- all restraints at the mall I work at give 10% to employees who work at the plaza. There’s a discount out there for everything you just have to find it!
Accessorizing is always a must! I went with my classic pearls and two pearl bracelets I got from Claire’s forever ago!
And if you’re from New England you’re going to need a coat!
This is the same coat I wrote about in my dressed down Valentine’s Day post. While Old Navy doesn’t have the same exact coat they have a very similar one you can find here on their website and it’s on sale for $45!
Last but not least: the shoes.
Now shoes are definitely my weakness, my first part time job was at DSW and I bought so many shoes while I was there. These shoes are anything but cheap, they’re from Lilly Pulitzer and I’m so lucky my Nana, my mom, and a $25 off coupon helped fund them. Graduation here we come!
Another Friday brings another Weekly Style! If you follow me on Instagram you’ve definitely seen this dress before but I’m so in love with it I have to share!
I bought this dress last summer at the Loft so while they do not have any of the same exact dress here is an adorable blue off the shoulder dress. I love the bell sleeves on this dress so definitely check it out!
Here is a dress from Primark that is extremely similar to the one I’m wearing. I had actually gone into Primark the morning I took these photos and laughed when I saw this dress hanging up. Here is another very similar dress. This one is more of a chambray material but the top looks almost identical!
Once I left the Lawn on D I met up with another friend and we headed over to Acorn Street! I was so excited to go because it’s probably one of the most photogenic spots in Boston!
You can find my sunglasses at Old Navy! They come in tortoise shell and black.
As for the shoes, they are the same ones I wore in my last Weekly Style! While DSW does not have the same ones, Kelly & Katie just released the Poppie sandal which is just as cute!
Here’s just one more, silly picture I wanted to share with you guys! The reason I was in Boston two weekends ago was so I could surprise my best friend for her 21st birthday! I had so much fun getting to see her and meet some of her friends from school and it was such a nice break from summer school!
My parents have made it a tradition that when I come home from the fall semester we go to see the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker. This year we tied it into our New Years Eve plans.
We stayed at the Park Plaza (I’m a lucky girl!) and because of the weather we figured we would hang out in the lobby for the balloon drop at midnight.
We went to their last showing of the year and it was magical! There is something special about the final performance and I would definitely recommend going!
Next year I’ll be able to get a glass of champagne!
Earrings: mine are from Charming Charlie! I got them for $1.20 because my local store went out of business. My heart is sad but my wallet is doing the happy dance. Here is a really similar set!
Dress: from the Dressember collection at Elegantees. The Dressember collection is not on their website anymore but here is a gorgeous black dress! I don’t know how this dress fits but the one I got is a little short and I have to wear leggings underneath it instead of tights. I’m 5’8″ and I tried to size up to a small but it’s still short.
Go to my Instagram (sunflowersandseersucker) to see another outfit pic!
After dinner we went back to the hotel to figure out a dinner plan. We ended up going to P.F. Chang’s and from there we headed to Copley to see the ice sculptures and fireworks. As I mentioned earlier we were planning on staying at the hotel but there was definitely a reason we were meant to be at Copley.
The fireworks! Counting down to the New Year was so exciting! You could feel the energy and the fireworks were amazing! I even made it on NECN Boston! I was behind one of the news anchors while she was filming and I’ll post the video if I ever find it!
Look at my little BitMoji partying it up!
Comment your favorite New Year’s Eve memory below!