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Holiday Red-y

Jessica Wagner

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Bow Back Jumpsuit - Gal Meets Glam

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Just in time for the holidays - the newest Gal Meets Glam collection is here to help you get holiday red-y! And it’s EVERYTHING! From dresses to jumpsuits, Julia Engle has designed joyful pieces with the woman who will be wearing them in mind! Festive colors, playful cuts, oversized bows and plenty of sparkle, each item is sure to inspire, delight, and infuse happiness into your holiday celebrations!

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A few months ago Julia teased this red jumpsuit (it also comes in pink!) and ever since I have been saving up to make this special purchase fit into my shopping budget for all of our holiday soirées! I ordered it the very second the collection launched and when It arrived, with fingers crossed, I tried it on hoping it would deliver romance and elegance. (It did!)

I can’t explain how, but this jumpsuit fits so perfectly - to the point where it feels like it was made for me! I attest this fact, to this concept - “made by a woman for a woman!” Julia just GETS IT you guys! Like perfectly. I wish I could purchase every piece from her collection!

I will admit, I am a feminine dress girl and look for pieces that are glam, romantic, and vintage feeling. Gal Meets Glam meets these goals! Plus adds a modern flair. I will buy anything with ribbons or bows. 

I think it can be tricky to find pieces that feel special and feel special sometimes! I can only imagine Julia being so precise about every detail that goes into her garments. The big red bow and the way it draps over the shoulder! The length of the wide leg jumpsuit and the way it flows with your every move!

I don’t know about you , but I am either mingling, sipping, or dancing when it comes time to hit up the holiday party scene! This is an outfit that will allow me to feel comfortable if I need to bend over, pick up my kids, kick up a leg on the dace floor, or just taking in the festive scenes around me. 

When something makes me feel beautiful and special, it’s worth the investment. Plus I love to be celebration-ready and appreciate when it’s made easy! I love that this is a one piece and elevated with the attention to detail so you don’t have to worry about adding anything extra. Julia already included all the statement-making you need

When Gal Meets Glam first launched in the spring, I purchased a pink one-shoulder dress that might still be my favorite dress ever! I will include a few photos below, as they also showcase the amount of work, thought, and attention to detail that goes into each item until it’s perfect! Julia - your passion and mission to create beautiful dresses for women to feel amazing in, is 100% coming true! 

If you are looking for something to elevate your holiday gatherings this season check out the full collection here, or just visit for some major holiday inspiration in all silhouettes, prints and sizes!

I’m wearing Carmen in the shade of ruby. Both my pieces have fit true to size, and sizes range from 00 Petite - 20, which is similar to (16W-18W.)

Right now Gal Meets Glam has 40% off select dresses and styles!

Put A Bow On It

Jessica Wagner

The Joy Of Wrapping Presents

Hey guys! So this post is a little late! It’s been a {winter} whirlwind around here! (You too?) So Friday night Rob and I had a date night in and enjoyed the wonderland from the cozy confines of our tree lit living room, sipping eggnog martinis and giggling (ok I was giggling) over my terrible signing voice and the fact that Rob is a better pressie-wrapper than me! 

I love wrapping gifts! I think I love wrapping presents almost much as I love shopping for them. Actually, everyone loves gift-wrapping in my house. Wrapping pressies isn’t about precision, it’s about imagination! We all seem to get a vibrating excitement from making the package as fun as the present. This doesn’t always equal pretty paper and fancy bows, as technique is something that can be improved over time, (ahem-yes you can see me trying not to cringe when corners aren’t sharp!) but I love pulling out the big box of ribbon, twine and strings, and letting the kids get creative and funky. The best part is seeing how they are always so proud of their elfish work. (I know Santa would give them a 5 star rating on effort alone.)

In the past I have done a Christmas wrapping theme, but nothing too precise. I just find it delightfully fun to coordinate when shopping for wrap. From rustic and simple, to glitter and gold. Presents can be as much of the holiday decor as the tree and ornaments, so I say let’s make them extra pretty. I also love browsing Pinterest for gifty beautiful inspo.

I found this luxurious gift-wrap, by Sugar Paper at Target. I wanted to buy it all you guys! Haha, but that’s another thing I love about the wrapping trappings -you will use them again, so when you see a pattern or paper that speaks to you, go for it! I love the simply sophisticated look of this whole collection (blush pink and gold #swoon.)

Whether you like sparkly glitz, brown paper rustic, or over-the-top ornate, it’s fun to make gifts match the personality of the receiver. (Hence why I like keep all the above on hand!) This particular pressie is for my daughter, so I‘m going for pretty and clever. <3

As for labeling, a metallic, red, or black sharpie are great options, and if you want to one-up it a good calligraphy pen is a gifter's best friend. I love this one, with a double end size option, and no skill needed! This baby even makes my sloppy kid-ish handwriting look good!

Not sure where to venture outside of ribbons, and bows? There are so many brilliant ways to wrap a Christmas gift. Giftology 101: Try feathers, sprigs of eucalyptus, tiny silver bells, little ornaments, even bold stripes, furry texture, soft velvet, lace, or tiny clothes pins! If all else fails, brown paper and string is always charming and just as sure to delight. Keep in mind presents don’t have to be in a Christmas-y color or print. Pink, black and white, and even dinosaurs can be brought into the wrapping game if you get crafty. Speaking of crafty, craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels are my other favorite places for scoring affordable extras to go with the paper and bows. Before you know it, you will be wrapping presents like an artful gift stylist!

So while the Christmas countdown is on, if you can, make time for wrapping night (or date-night.) Keep it feeling special by getting all prettied up yourself. This cold shoulder velvet dress is so soft. It’s actually as cozy as my favorite pair of jammies, but made the night feel elevated, as opposed to every other night in. (Dress is from Ragazza, which you can read about here.) A bit of over-the-knee floral tights brought that extra “spark” and made me feel as prettified as the paper wrapped gifts. If you take your wrapping seriously, pull your hair back in a velvety red ribbon, as wielding scissors and drinking nog can be a dangerous combo! Turn on your favorite tunes, (mine is the She and Him Christmas vinyl!) sit under the Christmas lights, and get arty-crafty.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Ragazza Tights: Old, Similar here Earrings: Francesca's Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Nails: Butter London Thames Bow: Gift Wrap Velvet Ribbon