Dressing for the Holidays

WINTER WHITES WITH TALBOTS

As much as I love a good, colorful holiday moment (exhibit A and exhibit B) – I also love a simple, ‘winter white’ cold weather look.

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I love how this ivory faux fur lined parka is neutral enough to go with everything but still really brightens up a dreary winter day (as opposed to my typical black parka that just plain depresses me by the time February rolls around). Perfect for taking a spin around the ice rink.

Speaking of ice skating – this Winter I’m determined to embrace the activities that can only be done in cold weather (instead of spending approximately 3 months wishing for 70 degrees to show up again). Even if that’s just cozying up inside and allowing more time to read, or finally watching a bunch of classic old movies I’ve never seen. Things I’d never do in summer. Winter is exactly the time! And if I do have to actually you know, leave the house, at least I’ll be bundled up in a cute coat.

Talbots Parka, Cashmere Sweater, Grey Ankle Jeans and Fair Isle Scarf c/o – all 40% off right now!  

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CLASSIC HOLIDAY PARTY STYLE

I always find the hardest holiday events to dress for are those that fall somewhere in between 0-NYE glitz. A Christmas Eve dinner with your in-laws for instance or your office holiday party. Where you want to be more conservative than say, a backless sequin dress, yet still dressed up and festive. This outfit is my solution.  

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I love the simple shape of this knee-length wrap dress and the fact that it’s made fun by the metallic knit – which gives just the right amount of subtle sparkle. My office holiday party is always at the end of a regular workday so finding something that doesn’t look crazy when I walk to work at 8AM but still feels party-ready at 7PM can be tricky. This would definitely work. I paired with these cute embellished flats (my family functions are usually pretty casual so heels feel overdone) and these super lightweight statement earrings for a finishing touch. 

Also – this hairstyle looks fancy but couldn’t be easier to do. I’m going to add a quick tutorial to Instagram this week! Basically a tuck and roll situation.

Metallic Wrap Dress c/o Talbots |  Statement Earrings c/o Kendra Scott | Vintage Bag |Boden Embellished Flats – similar here or here

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HOLIDAY STYLE: RED BERET AND PLAID BLAZER

The Steele Maiden: Holiday Style - Red Beret, Plaid Blazer and White Midi Skirt

This outfit feels a little bit like if I was a 2018 version of Audrey Hepburn who split her time between Paris and the West Village. Which is basically my dream.

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THE STEELE MAIDEN’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE HOLIDAYS: 2018

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I’m so excited to share with you my 2nd annual ‘Complete Guide to the Holidays’ – featuring style tips for every occasion (from office holiday parties to Christmas morning), gift guides (there’s something for your tricky to buy for brother in law and your work wife), home decor ideas + my tips on best spots to visit in NYC this time of year. I’ll be adding new content to the guide each Monday for the next month so that you can continue to check back in and use this as your holiday handbook. Enjoy!

 

 

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2018 CHRISTMAS CARDS AND HOLIDAY PARTY INVITES

The Steele Maiden: Holiday Party Invitations with Basic Invite

Can you believe the holiday season is here?!? I’m still trying to wrap my head around it honestly, but choosing to embrace it regardless. Especially holiday party season. Our old apartment was not at all conducive to having friends or family over, but now that we’re in a different space that really lends itself to entertaining, I knew I wanted to get my act together enough to host a little holiday cocktail hour this season! This time of year always sneaks up on me, so I was thrilled when Basic Invite (an online resource with over 500 Christmas card and holiday party invitation options) reached out to give me the nudge to print my invites early.

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