Hey Beautiful People! I’m Mary from StyleFyles (http://stylefyles.tumblr.com/) and I’m thrilled to be guest posting here at Leslie’s lovely blog.
Almost every day, I take photos of my outfits and post them on my blog. Sometimes I discuss fashion-related material, but most of the time I share personal anecdotes, bits of history from my life (especially if they’re funny), or discuss lifestyle topics that are currently on my mind.
I’m highly sarcastic and often try to bring a smile to my readers’ faces. If you know me in real life, you’ll find that’s my real personality as well. Of course, not everyone is blessed with the ability to understand my highly sophisticated sense of humor…but we’ll leave those minions (like my boyf.) alone.
Can you tell I’m trying to impress you?
I just took a shot at my boyfriend.
We should move on….
Dressing for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do. I love assembling an arsenal of holiday-specific pieces, but then incorporating one unseasonal item into the mix. While this teal dress is definitely an off-color for Christmas, I think it substitutes nicely for the more seasonal (but also more expected) green. But with deep red pumps, houndstooth printed tights and a wintery cardigan; this outfit still feels appropriate for a daytime holiday party.
I know it’s all well and good to throw together a holiday ensemble when your full wardrobe is within arm’s reach. But if you’re traveling for the holidays (as many of us do), holiday wear suddenly gets a bit trickier. Despite living far from home, I’ve always had trouble packing light.
I absolve myself of all responsibility regarding my packing deficiency.
It is my belief this is an incorrigible genetic failure.
It’s totally corrigible.
But over Thanksgiving, I discovered a couple keys to efficient packing. (http://stylefyles.tumblr.com/post/1681120200/one-bag-packing-for-four-days)
First: identify versatile items that can be worn and re-worn without feeling repetitive. During my four day trip to Ohio, I wore the same cardigan three days in a row (the cardigan I am wearing right now, in fact!). And while it’s a pretty distinct statement piece, each outfit was so different so they each felt fresh.
Second: lay your outfits out ahead of time. Even though laying out your clothes seems elementary, it’s a fantastic way to determine what you’ll actually need. During my Ohio trip I wore almost every single item I packed. I was pretty impressed with myself, given my track record of often wearing less than half of the clothes I bring with me on trips.
Third: attempt the bundle packing technique. (http://www.academichic.com/2009/05/30/unpacking-methodologies-rolling-vs-bundle/) In my experience, it’s the most space-efficient way to pack clothes (of course, if you have another technique, I’d love to hear about it!).
Thanks for tuning in, and special thanks to Leslie for letting me take up some space around here.
heels: Guess via Ross
black tights: Express
hound’s-tooth tights: Target
dress: Goodwill, Dayton, OH
multi-necklace: Buffalo Exchange
pendant necklace: Mayme boutique, Silverlake, CA
(psst- yes, I am wearing two pair of tights. Since the hound’s-tooth tights end at the ankles, I almost always wear a second pair underneath, to cover my feetsies)
What are some of your holiday fashion tips? What are your go-to fashion outfits and accessories this holiday season?