We’re through an actually very productive weekend (finally photographed our Christmas tree and can’t wait to show you tomorrow!) and got lots of little chores done around the house too. We’re even on the way to finishing our Christmas cards, although I still wish they’d already gone out. One quirky thing I did over the weekend was get eyelash extensions. Have you heard of that or tried it? It seems it’s pretty popular in Houston, judging by how quickly the appointments fill up. My mom wanted them for her birthday, so getting them together was a fun, (weird?) experiment. So far, I can say I like how they look, but my right eye is also red and irritated due to the glue (but I’m told that will go away within a day). My mom isn’t having any issues like that though. Let me know if you’d be interested in hearing about the whole experience, if so, I’ll write a detailed post about it.
holiday party dresses
Today, I’m turing my attention to holiday parties and more specifically, holiday dresses! Let me tell you, trying to find a party-ready dress at 27 weeks pregnant wasn’t easy! Stubborn me wanted to try on non-maternity dresses, since it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever need a maternity holiday dress in the future, but most of them do not accommodate a growing baby bump. #shocker
I’ll show you three that ended up working for me (a dressier green one and two more casual LBD that I already had in my closet). I have lots of dress options for your upcoming shindigs! And some fun bag and shoes too. Do you have party plans?! If so, have a drink for me!
This kelly green Tahari dress was the clear winner for me. Although it’s non-maternity, the rusching on the sides worked perfectly for some extra room around the middle. I’m wearing a 4P, but it also comes in regular sizes. I figure, next year, if I need to, I can take it in a little and still wear it. Also, bonus that it happens to be on sale (I was able to get a price adjustment on it- woo hoo!)
Oh mama! I just hope I don’t look like a giant, green Christmas tree! I don’t think I’ve ever worn a green dress before, but I think it’s perfect and refreshing for December.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with being pregnant right now, BUT, if I weren’t, this dress would be calling my name! So feminine and elegant!
See more GREEN dress options here:
But, if GREEN isn’t your thing, what better time of year than now to wear RED?!
little black dress
For a couple more casual options, or for something you might already have in your wardrobe, I pulled out two dresses that I already had in my closet- the ASTR shift dress (similar) & solid black here (available in all sizes) & the Lush Karly Shift Dress (both at great prices ($58 and $48) and both shift dress style, so they hide a (small) baby bump or just dessert! 😉
I belted this dress to accentuate the bump and then, because it’s cold out and to make me feel more covered, wore black opaque tights and heeled booties (similar). My inexpensive quilted crossbody bag completes the look.
And for sure, red lips! My go-to is MAC ‘Brave Red’. Another fun accessory is a sequined scarf. Mine is a cherished gift from a girlfriend years ago, but Nordstrom has a similar black sequin wrap (especially perfect for keeping shoulders warm with a sleeveless dress & this shimmery gold sequin scarf is festive.
Next up, I dressed up this simple black shift dress (it’s only $48 and currently available in all sizes/other colors) by adding a festive red Kendra Scott pendent necklace and again with the similar fringe heels.
Size reference : XS (runs big) | red Kendra Scott pendent necklace
Fringe heels are so fun, especially if you end up dancing and making the fringe swing!
As you can tell, this inexpensive quilted crossbody bag gets a lot of mileage. You know I love my new pink Kate Spade bag, but we generally save the splurges for special occasions. #Happy8years!
For winter, or if it’s already cooler where you are, you can add a faux fur vest for an extra layer and a luxurious look. I found this one last year, and my here’s my new favorite faux fur vest. I’ve seen it go in and out of stock (so you might have to check back for your size). It also comes in black. You can find more faux fur vest options here.
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If you need a sassy shoe to complete your holiday look, check out these fringe heels. So fun for an adult night out!
sassy fringe heels
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More “night out” bag options too. Because you know you’re gonna need somewhere to stash that red lipstick! 😉
For more HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS, check out these posts:
And you can check my Facebook page daily for the Deal of the Day!
Have a great week!