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Filtering by Tag: Holiday Outfit

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)

Plaid With A Pom

Jessica Wagner

Christmas Tree Farm 

Family traditions can fill you with blissful joy or send you to into survival mode.  

So you better dress the part! (Let’s see who can guess by the end of this post if we were in “blissful joy” or “survival mode.”)

Layers of plaid and pops of primary make for a festive (and toasty warm) outing. Christmas Tree Farms require you to go outside and walk around, so while it seems obvious, this is a place you want to be cozy and comfortable. Say no to tulle skirts and heels, unless you plan on freezing your pretty tail off and leaving without a tree.

A playful hat, a thick scarf, and tall boots are a must. This dark blue equestrian-inspired cap adds a contemporary touch to a casual look. Layer under your woolliest coat with a solid turtleneck and preppy button down. The more berry red and mistletoe green the better.

Classic Hunter boots will keep your toes and feet protected from the blanket of needles, and prove once again to be the best boots ever. (Last seen here.) They are also a requirement for chasing after hot chocolate-fueled children.

I seem to have a category of clothing that comes out once a year (my sequin deer sweater for one) and these bright red skinnies. This candy-red vibrant shade brings any outfit into the holiday spirit.

Speaking of holiday spirit, I’m in a sharing mood. (Can you sense that this post has a lot of parenthesis? Hinting that I have comments to interject between my attempts to just write this out.)

Our trip to the tree farm this year almost sent my husband and I on a holiday strike (yipes!) Somehow (as they always do) things have a way of working themselves out, and we pulled together and were able to enjoy the crisp outdoors among the wooded forests hunting for the perfect pine. (No matter that one child refused to put on pants and the other only wanted to wear the same shirt he’s been living in for the last three weeks. I mean, I knew he would like a Grinch shirt - I did not know he would refuse to wear anything else and start to smell like said Grinch. Let’s hope it runs its course by the 25th.)

Last year we started the Christmas Tree Farm family tradition, and had the most magical time. We selected the sweetest Charlie Brown tree that needed some love; sipped hot chocolate on a horse and carriage ride, and the tree man snapped one of my favorite family photos to date.

This year . . .  let’s just say it was a little less enchanting and little more holiday comedy of errors. Coco was there to see the chickens, and made it her life’s mission to try and escape every chance she got (birds of a feather.) We could barely keep her hat on (it was cold!) and Noah just wanted to hug trees. We didn’t get a great family pic and as these things go, no matter how much you prep to make it all fun down to the dirty details, it all felt a little – dare I say it, forced?  So we stopped trying to channel that charming experience from last year and went with the nutty chaos. Do you know what? We still found the one, shared hot cocoa by a giant campfire and as tradition, listened to our favorite holiday record as we trimmed our tree that night, and she’s a real beaut.

So yes, while these family outings and traditions usually call for a good time had by all, don’t feel bad if you’re dashing through the snow and no one is laughing all the way. Or if no one seems like they want to be there. Ha! Because someday you will look back on that awkward family photo and smile, and the kids will remember that growing up you gave them more than just the things the asked for, but built them a castle with a forest, they will always be able to walk through, each tree filled with a memory. Raising young ones and keeping tradition alive can be a challenge, but know keeping those traditions is something everyone will look forward to year after year. 

Hope you are all enjoying this time of year to the fullest. As for me, I am off to enjoy what I hope will be a quiet weekend at home. Right! So wish me luck babes! :)

Outfit Details:
Hat: Old (similar here) Coat: NY&C (similar here) Top: J. Crew (similar here, also like this one) Turtleneck: Forever 21 (comes in many colors under $8) Scarf: Abercrombie & Fitch Bottoms: Old (similar here) Boots: Hunter Original Tour in Hunter Green Lips: MAC Lady Danger

Silver & Gold

Jessica Wagner

Holiday Jewels

Accessories are the best. By switching them up you’ll be sure to have something to wear to you 100+ holiday parties! It’s the easiest way to elevate an outfit. Ever notice how adding even one necklace can change your whole look? Instant glam can be achieved in a white tee and jeans, by adding a touch of sparkle and glitz.

A lot of what I write about for this blog focuses on building a classic wardrobe by investing in key pieces you can wear long term, but maintaining a distinct style is achieved with fashion forward or fun and quirky accessories. Jewelry is all about personality. By keeping your accessories, or what I like to call “third piece,” (post here) up to date you are sure to have something to wear to all your holiday soirees. Tis’ the season to be triple booked! 

Jewelry can be an instant mood-lifter. Colorful, sparkly, superfun. Have you heard the term “arm party?”  Try incorporating a few new pieces each season. It can be an inexpensive way to keep your wardrobe feeling fab and fresh.

Mix high and low, trendy and classic. Spice it up with the latest on-point styles, but invest every so often in exquisite everyday pieces that make you feel good. For example, Stella & Dot’s  Covet line or their custom engraveable options. 

Amid the whirlwind of the holidays, it can be easy to skim over the little details, but sometimes the most intriguing pieces and gifts, are the smallest. Outfit ornaments are the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Earrings, bracelets, and necklaces make this season’s best looks complete. Stella & Dot’s latest style options sure to please both the minimalists and maximalists among us. 

Ok -- let’s break it down! Stella & Dot holiday style.

HOLIDAY PARTY: Sparkly, Minimal, Trendy
The doorbell’s ringing non-stop, there is standing room only, and the battle of the playlists is about to begin. It’s party time! This leather and gold collar is all things minimal and chic, while the second layer of silver and gold will keep your look poppin’ all night long. This statement necklace can be worn 5 different ways (see Movie Night look below for full piece.) It can be taken down long, loose and laid back or clasped up, as seen here, for a party making entrance. 

Holiday Party Jewelry Details:
Mia Collar Gold Leather ChokerSutton Necklace Mixed Metals (versatile 5 in 1) Sparkle Studs Smokey, Renegade Cluster Bracelet Gold & SilverMaylee Ring Silver

MOVIE NIGHT: Stacked, Mixed Metals, Statement
Laid back sophistication with an edgy rock ‘n’ roll attitude. The answer to “hmmm what should I wear tonight?” This look has you covered from the movies to the fancy-shmancy cocktail party to the un-schmancy dive bar afterwards. This combo can elevate any plain tee or graphic top. Don’t be afraid to stack it up, arms and neck. I love the Electra statement necklace for it’s vintage silver plating and gradient jet black to clear sparkle. Add in a leather jacket to compliment your bold statement of metal mixology.

Movie Night Jewelry Details:
Electra Vintage Chain Statement NecklaceSutton Necklace Mixed Metals (versatile 5 in 1) Triangle Path Ear Climber Hematite, Renegade Cluster Bracelet Gold & SilverWishing Bracelet Bisous, Rose Gold Lips

GIRLS NIGHT: Dangle, Layered, Elevated
If you add one new piece of jewelry to your wardrobe this winter, it should be a lariat necklace. This style is awesome for layering and looks good with everything. Let is dangle against a low cut slip dress or double it up on against a silky soft fabric. You can wrap this piece so many ways, or even tie it in a knot! I love the around-the-neck chocker-option. Tie it in your hair, or use it was a belt with a flowy dress. Here it's paired with a few dainty necklaces, and a luxe leopard clutch. This look is perfect for a weekend gift swap with girlfriends (including your very dearest friend – wine.)

Girls Night Jewelry Details:
Celestial Choker, On the Mark NecklaceZoe Lariat Necklace Gold (versatile 3 in 1) Wishing Bracelet Bisous, Rose Gold Lips, Renegade Cluster Gold, Maylee Ring Silver, Leopard Print Clutch 

NYE GALA: Celestial, Choker, Embroidered
It’s in the written in the stars. Smokey sparkle and gunmetal details with a chic bowed ribbon are all you need for a magical start to the New Year. The embroidered Emme choker can be worn as a lariat, wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet, or even swept up in your hair as a headband. This quick-change piece is perfect for a flurry of holiday festivities. Layer in hints of sparkle with the delicate celestial choker, and dreamy Luna crescent. The starlet in you will be black tie ready for cheers and (and maybe a midnight kiss) this NYE.

NYE Gala Jewelry Details:
Embroidered Emme Choker Ribbon Sparkle Necklace (Versatile 4 in 1) Celestial ChokerLuna Pendant NecklaceSparkle Studs Smokey

AT HOME: Delicate, Luxe, Layered
Snuggle up cozy and chic with your favorite holiday movie (Netflicks and chill anyone?) for a fabulous night in. Whether you are a robe and pjs, sweatshirt and tee or just diamonds kind of girl, this is a minimal everyday look that is luxe and timeless. Delicate styles have been huge lately. There is something inherently elegant about simple statements, like Stella and Dot’s Covet line. Minimal with multiple diamond options that are distinctly romantic and perfect for layering on meaningful mantras or motivating reminders. Simple shapes, engraveables and charms are anything but a snooze-fest.  So lounge in your everyday favorites that are sure to please, from the warm confines of you home to the day-to-day out and about.

At Home Jewelry Details:
Covet Pave Intention Necklace Yellow Gold, Signature Engravable Bar Necklace Silver, Sparkle Studs Smokey


Stella & Dot Gift Guide:

Who’s on your gift list? Stocking stuffers to diamond stunners, bold statement makers to delicate layers Stella & Dot has a gift for everyone (no gift receipt needed!)

$25 & Under -The perfect stocking stuffers.
-Sparkle studs in Classic or Smokey
-Wishing bracelet in Rose Gold

$50 & UnderBig statement, little price.
-Mia Collar
-Celestial Choker

$100 & UnderMake an entrance.
Signature Engravable Bar Necklace
Zoe Lariat Necklace

Luxe GiftsThe best of sparkle and shine.
- Covet Pave Intention Necklace
-Sutton Necklace

A special thank you to my lovely Stella & Dot Stylist Hannah Creager for partnering on this post! Be sure to check out her Instagram account here, and her Facebook page here