Dressing for the Holidays

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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SNOW DAY STYLE

The Steele Maiden: Snow Day Style - Apres Ski Sweater, Red Beret and Plaid Skirt

Still humming ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’ after Saturday’s snow. There’s just something about the first snow day of the season in New York City that’s pure magic. Especially when it falls in December and the whole city feels like it’s a Christmas snow globe come to life. I was originally saving this ‘Aprés Ski’ sweater for, well, actual post-skiing attire… but it just felt like I needed to break my own rules and break it in early over the weekend.

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To be completely honest, these photos were hard to take. My hair was getting soaked, Adam was trying to hide the camera lens underneath an umbrella while also dodging cars in the middle of the street and we were both freezing after a couple of minutes. But even though we only got a few good shots, I love that we’ll look back on these photos and remember that day. Laughing and slipping our way through the streets and taking cover in our favorite neighborhood restaurant afterwards to share a drink while the snow blanketed the city outside. While this blog hopefully serves as inspiration for all of you, for us – it reads like a diary. Thanks for reading.

Talbots Après Ski Sweater | Lands’ End Down Jacket | Red Beret | Plaid Skirt – similar | Marc Fisher Boots

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4 CASUAL HOLIDAY OUTFIT IDEAS

The Steele Maiden: Casual Holiday Outfit Ideas - denim, sweaters, blazers and vests

If it’s any indication what November was like at work for me – know that I shot all of these looks over the past month and am only now getting the chance to find time to post them (I’m ready for you Christmas break!). In any case, now that I’m ready I figured I’d compile them since they all have a bit of a common theme – festive yet comfortable. Below, a closer look at these casual holiday outfit ideas:

The Steele Maiden: Casual Holiday Outfit Ideas - red sweater and boyfriend jeans

I picked up this oversized red sweater during Black Friday sales and honestly can’t stop wearing it. I’ve dressed it up with heels and a skirt for work, but I like it with boyfriend jeans, fancy flats and a fisherman’s cap too for holiday shopping or weekend errands this month.

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The Steele Maiden: Casual Holiday Outfit Ideas - red sweater and boyfriend jeans The Steele Maiden: Casual Holiday Outfit Ideas - red sweater and boyfriend jeans The Steele Maiden: Casual Holiday Outfit Ideas - overalls and metallic sweater

It’s been awhile since I last pulled out my overalls but I quickly remembered why they’re my favorites (spoiler: SO comfy). Dressed them up a bit with this metallic striped sweater and metallic kitten heels and this outfit made going to the grocery store for cookie baking supplies all the more merry.

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The Steele Maiden: Casual Holiday Outfit Ideas - overalls and metallic sweater The Steele Maiden: Casual Holiday Outfit Ideas - plaid puffer vest and sneakers

I’m calling this my tree-trimming outfit. I love a good puffer vest in the winter – and all the better if it’s in tartan plaid – and I’ve been wearing these sneakers non-stop lately. I spend a lot of time in heels, but sometimes you just can’t beat a pair of comfy kicks. The olive green feels a little Christmas-y too which I love.

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This one is a little bit unexpected, but no less festive in my opinion. I like mixing in colors like bright gold or deep navy blue to holiday style and this velvet blazer and plaid heels are just the ticket. Mixed with fun socks just because.. more is more this time of year, right?

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