What I'm Wearing... Holiday 2015

The Holidays are coming and the party invitations have already been rolling in. This year instead of stressing myself out figuring out what to wear at the last possible second, I decided to plan my outfits. Now I can sizzle in my outfits, not fizzle into the background.

Here are 3 outfit choices for 3 very different events...

Falcon & Bloom sequin dress perfect for a holiday gala

Falcon & Bloom sequin dress perfect for a holiday gala

First up is Fashion Fest, a gala benefiting the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, a cause near & dear to my heart. Our store is actively involved in the Fashion show, the pop-up shop, and getting to know the wonderful supporters of the cause. It is a fun, glitzy event with local celebrities and athletes involved in the fashion show & mostly women in the crowd. I need a fun party dress that's comfortable and lets me move easily through the crowds. Sequins - check, furry clutch - check, gold & sparkly accessories - check!

Thanksgiving is for family, food & comfy clothes!

Thanksgiving is for family, food & comfy clothes!

Thanksgiving Day is a tricky one - you want to look nice and festive; a little conservative because you are around family, but not stuffy or too dressed up. You want to be comfortable to fit all that good food & wine in your belly, but a sweatsuit just wouldn't be appropriate - wouldn't it be awesome though, for that after-turkey nap? No,no, no- it would look terrible in pictures & doesn't quite fit with the beautiful table setting your Mom spent weeks getting just right. The next best thing to sweatpants are the stretchy James Jeans joggers with a dressy velvet tuxedo leg. This adorable bulldog sweater keeps it on the fun side (and it's boxy which is great for covering up that second slice of pie you "just had to try." The silver flats feel like wearing house slippers but look festive. And no Turkey Day is complete without the family football scrimmage - hence the adorable fur pom pom hat & leather/knit gloves.

Mix of textures: lace, sparkle, and snakeskin - a fabulous corporate holiday party combo

Mix of textures: lace, sparkle, and snakeskin - a fabulous corporate holiday party combo

After my 2 favorite events comes the corporate party (waaa-waaaaa...). Not my cup of tea and probably my least favorite thing to dress for. No worries - that's where planning and shopping at Stephanie's makes it fun and gets you psyched to go. Here are the requirements: cocktail reception, casino night with dinner & entertainment. Sounds fun, right? Keep in mind there are executives, accountants, foreman and equipment operators at this party - quite the mix. Here is how to dress to blend in with this mix, but still look & feel special. I chose this gorgeous, extremely flattering fit-n-flare Shoshanna lace dress contrasted with sparkly Helen Wang crystal necklace, snakeskin clutch and wool & sequin scarf (in case it gets chilly).