Black Velvet

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I absolutely love holiday party season. It’s so fun to get dressed up and be merry with friends and family. My go-to holiday party look is simple- a pretty dress + tights + heels + red lips. I’ve had this dress for a few seasons now and it always sees a lot of action during this time of year.


Does it look like it’s freezing in these photos? Because it totally was! About two seconds after I took off my coat I was completely numb and Alex and I started giggling uncontrollably. Mostly because we were both fighting a battle with the wind/snow and clearly losing. Shooting pictures with Alex is always fun. We’re like the post office- rain or snow we keep going!


I’ll be talking more about holiday party attire throughout the rest of this week. Check back on the blog tomorrow to see a few ideas on how to style your hair for a holiday party!


Outfit Details: Coat- H&M // Dress- Thrifted // Necklace and Ring- Amy O. Jewelry (necklace borrowed from Alex) // Tights- Joe Fresh // Shoes- BP ‘Trolley’ Ankle Boot from Nordstrom // Lips- Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in #2 Flirty Kiss // photos- Delayed Missives


    props to you girls for braving the elements! That dress is a great basic for events! Loveit!

  • Jenmarie

    I love the way these photos turned out! Yes, it does look absolutely freezing. I could never do that. Haha!

    • Thank you Jenmarie! Haha, we didn’t quite realize how cold it had gotten because we were out earlier that day and it was much more pleasant!

  • lol bravo for taking pics in that weather! That dress looks pretty fabulous for holiday parties :)

  • Love the dress! You look gorgeous and it does look absolutely freezing!

  • Love the chic all-black look!

  • This is such a great holiday party look! Big props for braving the frigid temps to take these pics!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • Thanks Rowena! Although it was totally freezing, I have to admit it was pretty fun! :)

  • Emily / Cake to Kale

    What a classic look! I’m LOVING those ankle boots.. I’ve been coveting a pair of black booties for awhile, finally got around to ordering some the other day. Stay warm!!!

    • Thanks so much Emily! I’m a huge ankle boot fan- I have at least 3 pairs and I’m looking to add another! Which ones did you buy?

  • I didn’t expect you to post that last photo… but the first one turned out well. I think we were outside at the worst possible point in the storm :(

    • Haha, yeah, I think so too! We thought since it was softly snowing earlier it would stay that way! Hehe, I liked that last photo. I thought it captured the scene pretty well- you taking pics and me trying not to blow over!

  • You’re so brave for for being out in the storm. Velvet looks gorgeous on you! :)

  • Mia

    Very classy! I don’t know if I’d be able to keep a big smile on my face with the weather buffeting me like that–kudos to you.

    • Thanks Mia! Haha, and sometimes that smile turned into a grimace- my face was so cold I couldn’t really tell what it was doing!

  • I can relate to your less than fun snow storm photo shoot – what a challenge just to take a few photos!
    Love you simple but chic party look, and the necklace is a stunner!

    • Thank you Lydia! And I feel like you’re always braving all sorts of weather to take photos too :)

  • I had the exact same challenge shooting my last OOTD :) You look great though!

  • Nikki Odeluga

    you’re too cute