Duster – Azalea / Tee – Abercrombie & Fitch / Pants – Uniqlo / Boots – J. Crew
Sure, these are my 12 favorites look of the year, but they also overlap with 12 of my favorite backdrops from the year! If you’re someone who documents your OOTD’s, then you know that these two things kind of go hand in hand. This year, I experienced a major shift in my outfits and that is mostly due to a location change. Living in South Bay was a dream, but it meant that I was living in this sort of alternate reality where it was summertime every single day. The last four years of that are something that I would never give back, but now that I’m living in San Francisco, I’m glad that I get to dress for true weather. It reminds me of my days in Seattle.
In 2017, I embraced a very casual look and I pushed the boundaries of day to night wear. I showed love to some of my favorite accessories (bandana, baseball cap, choker) and revived some old favorites (Keds!) We didn’t find ourselves immersed in any crazy trends… but I did find some pieces worn by other people on Instagram that I went out and bought myself! It’s not really the same thing, you guys. It’s almost… worse.
It’s so hard to know when exactly to start writing this post to give everyone ample time to start their holiday party shopping. I’m also not the best example of this because I have purchased my dress just one week before and then also five months before the party – as in I didn’t even know the date yet, but I knew I wanted that dress! This year, for the first time ever – I have two holiday parties, but both being very different. My own company’s holiday party will actually be in January and will be somewhat non-traditional in that it’s not how most tech companies celebrate the holidays and I won’t be dressing up, but it will still be very special in its own way. The second holiday party will be with Google at the MOMA this coming Saturday! It’s the first time I’ve also gone to one this early, but I’m very excited to accompany one of my favorite couples – Mandi and Eric for what is considered more traditional – an evening of eating, drinking, museum-ing, and dancing!
It’s funny how every year I go into holiday party mode thinking that I want one kind of dress and actually end up purchasing one completely different. This year, I wanted to throw in a not so holiday party dress color – millennial pink! I know it would’ve been a challenge trying to find the perfect one (likely Topshop) but before I even got to searching, I ended up finding a long-sleeved, mock-neck, lace mini from Aritzia. Stick with what you know, right?
Well, in the brief shopping moments that I’ve had, I’ve been noticing a lot of beautiful pieces for this holiday season. I’m taking a break from work this evening to share with you some of my favorite looks!
I wanted so badly to get home early Monday evening so that I could have this post ready in time for Tuesday morning as a recap, but of course, we stayed at work a little bit later that night. The good thing about writing this post now though is that I feel like I’m not under a time crunch and I can really take my time with it.
Bee Shaffer is not exactly “in” the fashion world, but her mother is Anna Wintour and every year she continues to stun. This was one of my favorite looks from the evening. Here she is wearing Alexander McQueen with her fiance Francesco Carrozzini. #powercouple
Anna Wintour in Chanel
I’ve spent the last year consistently adding black and white pieces to my closet. I was convinced that color was dead – at least for me! That is… until this week when I discovered all of my favorite must-have wants are coming in shades of baby pink. And I’m not turning away from them. So I’m declaring it – baby pink is making a comeback this year and we are more than a little excited about it. The best part about this shade of pink is that it’s very subtle and if you want to wear a minimally styled outfit with black or white, a little pop of baby pink will do just the trick. Here are my favorite items from this week for our wishlist:
So if I’m being honest about my personal situation, I’m kicking off the new year by training myself to be more financially savvy. In the last month, I have made one clothing purchase at Oak + Fort and will probably not be needing to purchase anything else for a long duration of time. I’m also spending time researching other companies that help people save their money and invest them in more productive ways. I’m looking forward to writing a post about that soon! So for now, these are all dream items to us – a wish list if you will. It’s nice to look at nice things, but that doesn’t mean we have to always take them home with us. 🙂 (or get them delivered in a box to our doorstep.)
There’s actually not a whole lot of information released yet about this, but we are excited nonetheless. Wedding season is just around the corner and as we inch closer to it, I’m already anticipating which trends I want to see and which dresses I’ll need to have on my radar for my summer weddings this year. After the shuttering of J. Crew’s bridal line, I didn’t have too much hope that retailers could continue on with their bridal lines successfully. And then I remembered Free People and how they paved the way for even more beach and bohemian weddings. Knowing what I know about Topshop, I think they can follow the same path. In fact, it’s such a genius idea that now as I’m sitting here writing this, I’m wondering how this took so long.
This is the first shot that I’ve seen so far to give us any hint of a collection, but we’re itching to see more. I’ve also read that price points can start at $650 for wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses beginning at $160. In a world where “Say Yes to the Dress” brides can say “yes!” to wedding gowns that are $5,000, this seems pretty good to us.
Tank top – Abercrombie & Fitch / Chambray shirt – Madewell / Skirt – Brandy Melville
It’s way more fun to share your 12 favorite outfits from the year instead of the ones that just flopped, right?! We don’t always get it right, but luckily the shame of an outfit gone wrong usually only lasts a day. #blessed that my coworkers are always there to give me that immediate feedback. On the upside, I love the outfits that I’ve selected as my favorites for the year. We love that some of these outfits are ones that we’ve worn more than once and have recycled with other items from our closet to make them more versatile. And if there’s one thing that we appreciate more this year in these outfits than the ones we ended up hating – it’s that “less really is more.” Thanks Ma.
Rachel Zoe satin-trimmed corded lace jumpsuit –
We always write this post a little bit late don’t we? Last year, I wrote it the day after Christmas and today I’m starting it at the end of Christmas Day. The reason why is usually because we don’t have time or we put off doing it, but my rationale is that New Years plans always happen last minute! Unless you’ve planned a trip around it or have some kind of occasion, most people have no idea what they’re doing for New Year’s Eve – myself included. Every. Single. Year. Last year, I ended up going out on Capitol Hill with my cousins and having a pretty entertaining night, but this year? We’re still not sure. I brought my trusty long-sleeved Aritiza dress back home with me though for this specific outing. You know… just in case! I’m sharing with you all some of my favorite looks to end the year, but it’s likely you may not be able to purchase these and get them delivered on time so look to these as inspiration instead!
Hair – Drybar / Makeup – Benefit / Top – Topshop / Skirt – Trouve (Nordstrom) / Shoes (not pictured) – Vince Camuto
You guys, we totally blew it on making sure we had a perfect shot for our holiday party look this year, but thank goodness for the roaming photographer at my company’s holiday party who caught this! It’s not a full shot that is lookbook worthy, but it will do!
Before holiday party season even started I knew I wanted to wear an outfit that was going to be in two parts. In fact, I almost considered this formula for Mandi’s wedding as well, but landed on a sheer Urban Outfitters dress that was more perfect instead. The thing about two piece outfits though is that it’s really difficult to find two things that work together and even trickier if they are from the same store. I like to consider myself lucky in this case. I didn’t know it then, but I found this look on the very first day that I went holiday party dress shopping and after trying on a few options including this one, I went home empty handed. This was my favorite of the day, but something didn’t feel quite right. A couple days passed and I had my second shopping trip planned, but I couldn’t get this out of my head. So I tried this getup again for a second time and that’s when I pulled the trigger on it.
Even with some minor doubts in my head, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I loved the velvet top and it was just a little bit of a mock neck and how it paired well with the skirt to just show a sliver of my “Taylor Swift midriff!” No bellybutton involved – just the way we both like it. I initially thought the skirt was going to be too long, but it worked and I didn’t even bother trying to find a place to get it tailored. Out of all of my holiday party looks, this was different and that’s why we loved it so much.
This year, we chose to get our makeup done at Benefit instead of Bare Minerals and we LOVE this look. It felt like a very natural look for me and closely resembled how I do my own makeup except maybe 3 dials down. Our hair was done at Drybar of course and I considered doing the same “hair to the side” look I did last year, but then opted for a ponytail inspired by Miranda Kerr on the runway in the end.