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Woodland Queen

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I own approximately six evening / cocktail dresses. (I didn’t actually get up and check because I am feeling lazy right now, but I can remember six off the top of my head) I attend approximately zero cocktail parties each year. Thus, I have a lot of dresses that don’t get worn that often ever, so every time I find even half of an excuse to wear one, I take it! Last weekend was the Christmas party we have every year on my mom’s side of the family, and though it isn’t a dressy party by any means, I jumped at the chance to dress up in a “Christmas” ensemble with one of the neglected cocktail dresses.

I picked this dress up at the thrift store last year, and though it isn’t something I would normally gravitate to, as it is made out of some kind of parachute material and knitted polyester, it is a surprisingly versatile dress to have. It is true that you should never underestimate the power of an LBD! The first time I wore this dress, was to a swing dance with a theme of “Dancing Under the Stars”. When I wore it that time, I quickly grabbed some gold star garland and fashioned a crown so my outfit would fit the theme of “stars”. I quite liked that outfit, so when I was thinking of what to wear to this party, I decided another crown of stars would be just the thing. I cut out some stars from faux leather, painted them gold and then glued them to a headband. It turned out nicely and is a much more permanent, and slightly fancier, alternative to a tinsel crown 🙂 I think that the stars  are just the sort of thing that a flapper would have worn in the twenties, or maybe something a sprite would wear while flitting about the winter woods.

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Anyways, I have nothing else much to say about this outfit, so I’ll stop typing now 🙂

Happy First day of Winter to you all!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Thrifted

Shoes: Miz Mooz

Necklace: Ten Thousand Villages

Headband: Made by me

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Five Headbands to Wear for the Holidays (Or Anytime)

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Headbands and hair accessories are a great way to dress up any outfit with a festive flair which is perfect for the Christmas season.(But, really, who am I kidding? These are great to wear any time of the year! See Tuesday’s outfit for proof. Or this one.) Anyways, at this festive season of the year, we do tend to like making things at bit more fancy, and hair accessories are such a quick and easy way to do so. Put on a dress and you look nice, but add a hair accessory and you have an ensemble, right?

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Here is a dress, but not an ensemble. What hair accessories to add?

Here are five headbands to wear for any and every occasion you might find yourself at this holiday season.

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1. Occasion: Holiday Baking Day.

A bow is a super sweet addition for a day spent baking sweets and decking the halls with Christmas cheer. And it isn’t too fancy for daytime wear either. Pair with a cozy sweater, some plaid, and an appropriately festooned Christmas apron, and your ready to bake up enough sweets to last you until. . .  the end of the week.

 

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2. Occasion: A Christmas Luncheon

A large pom-pom flower made out of chiffon with a centre of pearls is perfect for daytime. (Pearls for daytime, diamonds for evening, remember?) The shape of the flower is reminiscent of a small hat, and is the perfect stand-in for a real hat, when out with the “ladies who lunch”. Add some luscious red velvet for a look that Mrs. Claus will most definitely be jealous of.

 

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3. Occasion: Christmas Day

Christmas calls for a very simple, yet elegant style. On the most wonderful day of the year, you certainly don’t want to be fussing with your outfit, because you will be too busy eating Christmas dinner, all manner of sweets, and spending time with those whom you love. A simple strand of pearls is classic and sweet, but goes with everything (including your favourite cozy pajamas if need be). Pair with a cozy sweater and any and all Christmas themed garments you own.

 

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4. Occasion: Christmas Cocktail Party

Christmas can be the most dressed down time of year, but also the most dressed up, when the occasion calls for it. For a work party, or any other Christmas cocktail party, a feathered headband is the perfect accessory. Reminiscent of a fascinator, feathers and gems create an elegant evening ensemble. Wear your loveliest Little Black Dress and let the feathers take centre stage.

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5. Occasion: New Years Eve Party

Of course, the holidays are not finished without a New Years Eve celebration. Whether you are taking part in a dressed-up New Year’s Countdown party at midnight, or spending the evening in, a crown of stars is the perfect addition. Gold stars of all shapes and sizes will look festive and go with the any ensemble, regardless of whether it is an evening dress, or simply jeans and a shirt. Add all the sparkly jewelry you can find, and you are all set to ring in the New Year with style.

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Are you planning on attending any Christmas or New Year’s Festivities? Do you like to wear headbands? Would you wear any of the these looks?

By the way, I used to hate wearing headbands because they always pressed behind my ears and gave me headaches after a while. Have you had that problem before? I recently discovered that if the band is narrow enough, or it is elastic (like so many you can find nowadays), you can push the headband farther back so it doesn’t sit right behind your ears, but it is still hidden by your hair. I wear headbands in this way all day and it usually doesn’t bother me anymore. That being said, for some reason, some days my head just doesn’t like them, and I can’t wear a headband that day. Anyways, I just thought I’d pass on the info, in case it can be of any use to you 🙂

Leave a Little Sparkle . . .

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. . .  wherever you go. It’s a bit sappy of a quote- but a great one where holidays and festive outfits are concerned! I love sparkly things- as this outfit, which I wore to the craft sales, clearly shows. I chose to wear this outfit for the Christmas craft sales, because it felt festive to me, with the beaded cardigan, and also because I really wanted to wear one of my headbands in order to “promote” my products 🙂 I don’t know if it really worked, but I ended up quite liking how this outfit turned out, so there’s that. Actually I did get quite a few comments on the sparkly headband, so I am thinking that next time I will focus more on deco inspired headbands, as they are fairly trendy right now, and also just plain fun to wear.

I chose to wear my trousers (yes, my only trousers) because I wanted to wear boots (as I was going to be standing a fair bit) and then the cardigan just seemed to “go”. This cardigan is one of the very few good items I have ever gotten in a clothing swap. (Maybe that is because I don’t know anyone who has a style similar to my own? Or maybe because people only ever seem to get rid of ugly things?) Anyways, I got this lovely cardigan, and shortly after, I was speaking to the girl who had gotten rid of it and discovered that the only reason she parted with it is because some of the beads were coming off, and she didn’t know how to sew them back on 🙁 Well, isn’t that just the pits? It was sad for her, that she got rid of this sweater, but great for me! (BTW she didn’t want it back, she was just telling me why. At least I hope she didn’t want it back. . . ) So, I sewed the few beads that were coming loose and it was perfectly fine. Actually if you look closely at the beading on the front, you can see that some of the beads are missing, and as I don’t have the right colour to match them I haven’t replaced them. The pattern is so detailed you can’t even tell, but I am thinking that at some point I may take them off and sew different silver beads (which I do have) on instead. In the meantime though, it doesn’t really bother me too much.

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The last piece of this outfit I would like to mention, is the necklace. I may have gone to the craft sales in order to sell, but I most definitely did some shopping for myself. This is the only piece I bought, and I absolutely love it. Everyone needs a kraken, right? The lady who was selling these was two tables down from us, and she had come by a few times just to say hi, and she actually ended up buying some things from me too. Then a while later, when I decided to wander around and browse, I looked at her jewelry, and saw a kraken necklace. As I was looking at it, she mentioned that she had another one with a pearl on it, and asked whether I wanted to see it. I most definitely did- and I bought it too! You just can’t say no to a kraken with a freshwater pearl.

So there is my slightly festive, but not really, Winter/Christmas casual outfit. 🙂 Have you been dressing up “festively” for the Christmas season? Do you like to dress in sparkle and bling? And, have you ever gotten anything good in a clothing swap?

Outfit Details:

Cardigan: Clothing Swap

Necklace: Euphoria. Needful. Things.

Headband: Made by me

Trousers: Made by me, Burda 7122

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Outfit: What Do You Wear With Weather Like This?

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Ok, I am going to be that person, and talk about the weather. But really, it has been a strange, strange year weather-wise! This fall, for example, we got snow on October 8, which then lasted for two weeks, taking all of our fall colour with it. Then the temperatures rose and the snow melted tricking us into thinking that it was springtime and we should pull out all the summer clothing again! Except for the fact that the calendar clearly told us it was October. Then, it got cold again, but there was no snow, and no fall leaves left either. So we’ve been living with the bare trees, and the brown grass for the last few weeks. But, now it’s snowing again, and I am sure that winter is here to stay this time. That’s OK though with me because, of course, my main concern when it comes to weather, as boring as it may be, is what to wear.

When the weather is chilly, but it doesn’t really feel like fall time, and it doesn’t really feel like winter time, what do you wear? I was ready to start wearing my more winter appropriate clothing, but I didn’t want to hurry into the season either. So, I have been trying to balance the two seasons, and coming up with combinations like this one I wore last week.

My trench coat kept me warm enough, because as dreary as it looks in these pictures, it wasn’t actually that cold out. And the wool beret and my favourite wool skirt made this outfit look wintry enough (OK, you caught me. I say everything is my favourite. But that’s just because I couldn’t choose a favourite anything if I tried…) Going with such a monochromatic, non-patterned outfit was really a change from the norm for me as well, and allowed me to use some of the accessories I have, that never seem to go with anything, like this scarf and clutch. The scarf added a nice jolt of colour, because, while I absolutely love mint, I have hardly anything in my wardrobe to wear this scarf with, thus, it doesn’t get worn as often as it deserves to be!

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The other item I was glad to wear, is this hilarious/amazing vintage clutch. I picked this up in the summer, and this was it’s debut! I found this one in a thrift store, and it is covered with feathers, and then completely wrapped with clear plastic. There is a crack in the plastic on the back, but I don’t mind too much. I can’t really decide if the clutch is cool, or just plain weird, though. What do you think? It is the stupidest thing to carry though, as it is so narrow, it can only hold my phone, a lipstick, and some loose change. My wallet doesn’t even fit in it, but that’s a clutch for you: fun, but not very functional. (Maybe if I just schlepped less stuff around with me . . . )

Anyways, this outfit worked out pretty well for a transitional kind of outfit. I always find the changing seasons a bit difficult to dress for. Now that we have snow again, and the temperatures have dropped, I’ve started pulling out my winter coats, I guess I won’t have to really worry about that until Spring.

How about you- do you find it easy, or difficult to dress for the changing seasons? Does it feel like Winter now where you are? Are you excited about dressing for the upcoming season, or sad to see Fall go? (And, for my readers south of the Equator, just reverse the seasons 🙂 !)

Outfit Details:

Beret: ? I think my sister gave me this one?

Scarf: Thrifted- my sister gave me this too! 

Clutch: Vintage

Shoes: Gabor

Coat: Hell Bunny

Skirt: Thrifted

Blouse: From my Mom

Brooch: Also from my Mom

Earrings: Also gifted. (Wow I get a lot of stuff from my family. Thanks, eh!)

Necklace: Also had for years

Tights: What Katie Did Retro Seamed Dot Tights with Dots (ps- I love these, and have worn them several times with nary a run or snag to be seen yet! Definitely a good quality purchase.)

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