holiday party attire: casual (ok, very casual)

Peacoat 1
Scarf: Eileen Fisher | Coat: J.Crew | Jeans: Eileen Fisher | Bracelets: Tory Burch and Aurelie Bidermann | Sweater (not visible): Eileen Fisher (similar)  | Boots: Paul Green (similar)

We had two holiday events on the calendar over the weekend, and here’s what I wore to the first. While this might not look like typical Holiday Party Attire™, it was perfect for an event we look forward to annually: our friends’ Boat Parade Party in Long Beach. Because I knew it would be a cool evening, and we’d be watching the parade from the deck of their docked sailboat, casual, warm and comfortable was the way to go. But the scarf adds a little subtle sparkle, as does the jewelry.

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Peacoat 2
Love this J.Crew pea coat so much!!

Peacoat 3

The weather for the event was as close to perfect as it gets: cool, clear and calm. I decided to bring along my DSLR camera this time to try to get some good low-light shots, and I think these are an improvement over the smart-phone pictures from previous years.

Holiday Cheer 2

LB boat parade 1

The Francophile entry...berets, scarves, champagne and the Eiffel Tower...
The Francophile entry…berets, scarves, champagne and the Eiffel Tower, sparkling comme l’originel!

LB Boat parade 10

LB Boat parade 3
Dragon boat, synchronized paddling
LB Boat parade 4
following close behind, the dragon’s tail?
LB boat parade
only the smaller boats can make it under this bridge…the taller ones stay out in the open part of the marina.

LB Boat parade 8

even a few intrepid kayakers! (that water is COLD.)
even a few intrepid kayakers braved that COLD water to join the fun
King Kamehameha made an appearance...
King Kamehameha made an appearance…
and of course, so did Santa!
and of course, so did Santa!
in a sled pulled by his trusty....dolphins?
in a sled pulled by his trusty….dolphins?

We all thought this was one of the best years for parade entries in quite some time. After the parade, it’s back to the house to eat…

homemade tamales!!
homemade tamales!!

Sadly we had to miss out on those tamales and other goodies as jeune homme was still recovering from an ear infection and tiring fast, so we made our apologies and took him home to bed.

How is your holiday party season shaping up? What’s your favorite kind of holiday event?

Holiday cheer 3
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wearing: autumn colors

Stella Carakasi Dazzling Details Top
Stella Carakasi Dazzling Details Top

The lovely people at Stella Carakasi sent me some fun tops to try, and I chose this one to style first. The Dazzling Details top in Aubergine is a beautiful autumn color, which inspired me to pull out my cognac boots and the hand-woven silk scarf purchased in Vancouver a few years ago to accent the deep eggplant hue of the top. There are diagonal bands of different fabric textures, which also creates some visual interest. It has a flattering scoop neck and asymmetrical hem. I’m wearing an XS here, and the top is available up to XL, so seems to be available in a nice range of sizes. It’s a lightweight piece (rayon/spandex, machine washable) so will layer nicely under a jacket or cardigan. I’m wearing a silk camisole underneath for warmth.

Stella Carakasi top

Top: Stella Carakasi, provided for review
Camisole (not visible): Eileen Fisher
Scarf: artisan piece, similar color
Jeans: Eileen Fisher (also available in Plus and Petite)
Bracelets: Aurelie Biderman, Tory Burch
Boots: Cole Haan from last year, similar (and on sale)

The boots, well yes they’re a little wide in the calves. I bought them on sale over a year ago when I was on a mission to get some cognac knee boots. But they’re beautiful boots otherwise, and I’m still mulling over whether to invest in getting the calves taken in by my cobbler. This is such a classic style, and the color works with just about any other combo.

Stella C 2

What is your favorite accent color to wear?

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Linked up with: Throwback Thursday at Happiness at Mid-Life, Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.


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just like that

Cashmere sweater, NYDJ denim, Givenchy bag, Gerard Darel scarf, leather wrap bracelets

Almost as if someone flipped a switch, Autumn arrived in LA. We awoke on Saturday to the sound of rain which soon cleared, and the rest of the weekend we enjoyed the kind of cool-ish, crisp, clear weather that makes a sweater-boot-and-scarf-loving gal almost giddy.

Sweater: Eileen Fisher, several years old, similar shape
Earrings: Argento Vivo, similar
Scarf: Gerard Darel, not available online, similar weight/shape
Bag: Givenchy
Bracelets: Stella & Dot, similar and Tory Burch
Jeans: NYDJ
Booties: Belle by Sigerson Morrison, similar style

Givenchy Pandora, Gerard Darel scarf, Tory Burch leather wrap bracelet

Those charms you see on the bag are my lucky “Rooster” charms from the Chinese zodiac. I’m a Rooster, which means I partner well with Ox and Snake. There’s a third one on there too which looks like it might be a Dragon. I purchased the charms in Hong Kong, and have forgotten most of the quick explanation that was given to me by the Sales Associate. If anyone is knowledgeable about Chinese zodiac signs, please feel free to chime in. :-) They’re lovely hand-painted porcelain, and I’ll try to get a better closeup shot soon. The bit of orange/green/yellow you see peeking out from behind the bag is what remains of a braided yarn bracelet that a Buddhist monk placed on my wrist as part of a blessing when we visited the Big Buddha in Phuket. (More on this in a later post.)

I’m finding these dark grey denim jeans to be so versatile, and have been wearing them multiple times per week. They dress up with a pair of heels or down, as shown here.

Remember "Beatle boots"? These remind me of those.
Remember “Beatle boots”? These remind me of the pair I had during the height of Beatlemania.

What season is your favorite to dress for?


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