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I'm Dreaming of a Vintage Christmas...

Jessica Wagner

Scottish Wool Pleated Skirt 

Make your holidays a little merrier this year with some timeless romance.

This winter I have been adding a little touch of vintage to our home – from classic glass ornaments to bottle-brush glitter Christmas trees. 

Always looking to add to my collection of inspiring vintage wear, I recently stopped into House of Dow planning to leave with an authentic ugly Christmas sweater, instead I happened upon the most magical Laird-Portch of Scotland wool skirt.

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Of course I was chatting it up with the sweet sales girl, and she told me it was new item to the shop, made in Scotland, probably from the 1970s. It’s beautiful in person you guys. The pleated kilt is made of pure wool with genuine leather straps and metal buckles at each side of the waist for adjusting the fit. I tried it on to be sure and loved how it hugged my waist. There is a moment that happens in the fitting room when you find a piece like this – it’s like discovering buried treasure. The wrap front with traditional fringed side is so classic. Plus that pine evergreen color! I basically wore this out of the store.

While I adore vintage clothing I am no trained expert. I will say I know a work of art when I see one. My best advice when shopping second hand is to converse with the seller. They know their stuff and will help point you in the right direction. If they are good they should have vast knowledge on what they are selling. Each piece usually has a story behind it. To me that’s the perpetual charm – getting to take home all those feelings of nostalgia.

Make sure to try everything on and know your budget. Some places might compromise on a price tag depending on the shop. Don’t be afraid to ask! And when you find something you love, get it! Nothing haunts you like the clothes you don’t buy, (or so I hear.) If you ever come across a Scottish wool skirt, say yes! It’s sure to draw admirers.

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As for the rest of my outfit, Rob picked out my velvety textured off the shoulder top and my shoes were another vintage find. My 1960-ish tapestry coat is an old Target purchase if you can believe that. It reminded me of Anthropologie. My love of granny fashion is nothing new. #oldladyswagger I wore this to a holiday gathering and felt all the holly jollies.

As we are only 12 (!) days away from Christmas, I hope you are finding time to enjoy the holiday magic and wish you many rich blessings as we head into this special time of year.

Peace and love friends! XO


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Outfit Details:
Coat: Old Top: Forever 21 (similar here & here & here) Skirt: House of Dow - Vintage (similar here & here & here) Shoes: Vintage (want these)

Party Tights

Jessica Wagner

Statement Stockings

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house; Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The holidays are here and along with them the most festive of galas. I have number of Christmas celebrations to attend this season, (one of them being the Nutcracker Ballet -- I can’t wait!) all will be complete with my favorite leg wear – statement stockings.  

Getting glammed-up is a part time hobby of mine! While I adore a good party dress I abhor being cold. The best way to keep warm in a twilrly dress is with an extra layer to protect your exposed limbs.

While tights can be practical they can also be styling accessory. I first introduced Berkshire tights (here.) Today, in collaboration with Lipton Publicity, I want to break down a few striking options for a wintery-wonderland look.

FISHNET

From street-style, to the runway, to Instagram, fishnets have gone from being “tights” to a full out "it" layering piece that's completely versatile. Not only have these stockings been worn under everything from skirts to jeans to shorts, but fishnets have found their way to becoming a defining trend of 2017 (as seen here, and in nude form here.)

Fishnets are a great way to add some texture with a subtle touch. You can elevate your fishnets with a bright color or stay black – creating an even more dramatic look with this print. Check out this post here for a sweet pair of thigh-highs that bring about the holiday magic!

Drawing inspiration from the Christmas classic "A Christmas Story" –a FRAGILE leg lamp– complete with a full skirt and a little fringe, (glow of electric sex!) just add an elegant stiletto heel and you’re Yuletide {and party} ready.

Bandana embroidery done locally by Jones & Co. She has an amazing selection of items and can embroider anything you bring her way! Would make such a cute Christmas gift!


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SLIMMING
"Get Skinny" Microfiber Shaping Tights

Get skinny in some slimming opaque tights for a full coverage look that also offers support. These will allow room for seconds of dessert and also come in a microfiber for the real cold temps to help you stay warm and cozy.

These go perfect under any little black party dress. I love how Berkshire makes their tights super soft but they don’t sag or bunch up. It’s a smooth look - flattering under a skirt or even under cropped ankle slacks. You want your tights to fit properly, and Berkshire has options for every size and shape. This slimming style is seriously comfortable. Lets's be real, no one wants to be walking around like a penguin with their legs glued together, plus they breathe. (YAY!)

I found this pair easy to slide into. I even put mine on standing up, not horizontal on the bed! A good set of shape-wear tights will hit the right places and show off the contours of the leg. This is a great option for a natural and slender look, in any shade.

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SHEER ANKLET

Another look I have been attempting to master is the heels + socks. It’s a little tricky to get just right, but I found a great way to experiment with this look is with sheer anklet socks.

You can see a sheer set of tights I styled with Hunter boots last winter here, and a dainty dot pair here, but what's fun abut these socks is their charm - a slight cuff and ruffled anklet make for a simple and sweet look. 

I can not tell you how long I’ve wanted to pull-off this combo, but you know how it usually goes?Either you don’t have the right shoes, or you don’t have the right socks or it’s not the right time. Well, now the stars have finally aligned and I did it (or so I think!) Classic turned into an eccentric statement.

Try sheer socks with a pair of heels to avoid a blister, or add some protection to your feet. I played it rather safe with the simple black, but I have a drawer full of stockings that I envision charming combinations of sandals and socks. (Glitter! Stars! Tulle!) Perhaps this will be the year. Until then, if you are looking for a new way to style you socks or want to add a little style without a full tight, give it a try and be sure to share you looks with me!

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Outfit Details:
Fishnet Tights - Style 8010: Berkshire c/o
"Get Skinny" Microfiber Shaping: Berkshire c/o
Sheer Anket Socks - Style 6753: Berksire  c/o

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DIFF - Charitable Eyewear

Jessica Wagner

Autumn Shades

Together we can make a DIFFERENCE

I am so happy to support DIFF Eyewear. You guys know my affinity for sunnies and these are seriously the tops. You may have seen me post about DIFF in the past (here and here.)

For every pair of sunglasses sold, DIFF donates a pair of reading glasses to someone in need! 

DIFF creates chic sunglasses that stand up for greater good. I am all about rallying for a cause! They have a grand selection designer options in effortless and affordable styles.  

I have been styling these cat-eye mirror shades to add a bit of glamour to my bundled up fall layers. I love that they can hide my tired eyes from early mornings // late nights. They seriously give me mega-confidence!

Sophisticated, stylish, and just in time for the holidaysDIFF is running their biggest sale ever! Starting Thanksgiving evening through Cyber Monday purchase a pair of sunglasses and help DIFF continue to do good in the world! 

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>> Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales <<

Buy One Pair, 30% off

Buy Two Pairs, 40% off

Buy Three Pairs, 50% off  



A PAIR OF READING GLASSES MIGHT SEEM INSIGNIFICANT, BUT IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD IT’S OFTEN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POVERTY AND PROSPERITY.
— SHERRY GRIGSBY, FOUNDER EYES ON AFRICA

This is one of the biggest sales DIFF has ever run, no code needed! (Excludes new styles and licensing.) Make a difference today! Wishing you all a happy and peace-filled Thanksgiving!

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Outfit Details:
Sunglasses: DIFF Charitable Eyewear Becky BLACK + FLASH GREY GRADIENT LENS c/o

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