Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Lookbook: Casual Get Together

I'm excited to start my Holiday Lookbook series today! There are tons of parties happening this season, so I'm going to show you what I plan to wear to the ones I'm attending, from head to toe! With each outfit, I'm  also going to be showing my hair, makeup, and nail looks.

Coat- Zara, Sweater- Gap (limited sizing, similar), Top- Target, Leggings- H&M, Boots- Calvin Klein
I'm starting off the series with a more casual look perfect for a holiday get together with friends, whether its a party at a friends house or a fun dinner out. I chose a mostly neutral palette and added a pop of red for a Christmassy touch that isn't too obvious. The sequin collar on my shirt adds a bit of sparkle which is perfect for any holiday event!

Earrings- Dorothy Perkins, Bracelet- J.Crew Factory (on sale $19.50), Druzy and Gemstone Rings- c/o Waffles and Honey

I wanted to wear some fun jewelry with my outfit, but nothing that would compete with the sequins. I skipped the necklace since I already had sparkle around my neckline, and chose some small rhinestone drop earrings instead. My rhinestone bracelet and sparkly rings completed the look. If you like these rings (aren't they gorgeous!?) stay tuned tomorrow for a coupon code to Waffles and Honey!

Crossbody bag- Target

A small crossbody bag is perfect for a casual get together, especially if you are going to be standing a lot. It keeps you hands free so you can easily hold on to your yummy drinks and food. This one feels a little luxe with faux fur accents, and its super affordable! I like that the color of it contrasts with my red top for to add more dimension to my look.

Sleek eyeshadow palette in Storm, NYX blush in Spice, Benefit They're Real Mascara, Revlon lipstick in Black Cherry

I won't claim to be any sort of makeup application expert, but I do like to play around with different eyeshadows and lipcolors. For this look I wanted to play up the drama with darker makeup since my outfit was very neutral. I mixed the gunmetal and bronze shadows in my Sleek palette and applied them all over my lids up to the crease. I placed a piece of tape diagonally from the corner of my eye up towards the end of my brow to create a clean line. I then applied the black shadow to my crease and outer v, feathering it in from the tape towards the center of my lid. I popped a bit of the gold shadow in the middle of my lid to create dimension. After two coats of mascara, I applied a cinnamon colored blush to the apples of my cheeks, and my favorite dark lipstick.

For my hair, I created loose waves by wrapping my hair around my 1" Conair curling iron without using the clamp. I took a small section from the front and braided it, then secured it with a bobby pin underneath the curls.

 Revlon Posh, Revlon Urban, LA Colors nail art polish in Red and White, Love Ring- Boutique to You

Plaid screams holidays to me, so of course I had to recreate a plaid design on my nails. A good trick to creating a realistic plaid design is to take something you have, such as a plaid scarf, and copy that specific print. Since my top is red, I started with a green polish as the base color for a subtle festive touch to my look. I used a navy polish to create a thick horizontal and vertical stripe across my nails. Then I painted white lines on either side of the navy stripes, and a thin vertical and horizontal red stripe opposite the navy.

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This is the only the first of 4 holiday looks so make sure to come back for more! Next up is what I'll wear to my boyfriend's work Christmas party.

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  1. Excited for this series! And your nails are so intricate... did you do them yourself? So talented!

  2. Stopping by from Style Sessions Link-up! This is such a great holiday look! I love those nails! :)

    <3 Vicki

  3. I like how you didn't go over-the-top wearing all festive clothing but instead incorporated bits and pieces (like that fabulous sequined collar). This looks like it'll be a great series throughout the party season! :)

  4. I love this!! It's perfect for a holiday gathering with friends. A little dressy and edgy, but not over-the-top in any way! Love the wearable way you styled your leather skinnies too!

  5. Thanks Johanna! I had a lot of fun planning out these looks. I did do my nails myself! I like to do them about one night a week while catching up on my DVR. They take some time, but it feels mindless to me so its kinda relaxing :)

  6. Thanks Danielle! I like the idea of dressing in really festive gear, but sometimes its just a little too much for real life. We want to look stylish, not tacky, right?! :)


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