Most of our holiday gatherings are casual, so I rely on accessories to create “festive, not fussy” looks. Here, a casual holiday party outfit gets kicked up a notch with patent leather boots and sparkly gold necklaces…
A casual holiday party outfit with sweater & jeans
I’m all about keeping it simple and comfortable for the holidays. A sweater and jeans is my “not fussy” starting point; adding bright color, sparkle and shine provide the “festive.” (Sweater shown previously here, jeans here & here.)
The long necklace can be worn two ways, either with the crystal facing out, or the gold “Dunkerque” medallion on the back side (as in top photo).
I have been on the hunt for literally YEARS for a pair of patent leather boots that are comfortable, chic, and not black. Why patent leather? They can dress up and add refinement to a simple outfit.
And the universe has finally rewarded my patience. One of the attendees of our Color Event a few weeks ago is a shoe designer! And she showed up wearing the cutest patent leather boots, her own design, of course.
Cute & comfortable shoes & boots, made in small batches locally
Meet Keli Daniels, founder of gini & albert los angeles. She designs beautiful & comfortable boots and shoes, which are produced in small batches here in Los Angeles. The company is named after her grandparents; her grandfather was a shoe maker who believed that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort for style.
I was able to visit her studio on Monday to try on a few styles, and was so impressed! They are beautifully made, comfortable, and have a vintage-inspired but timeless look.
Keli makes all of her shoes with a generous cushion of memory foam under the ball of the foot and the heel. As I type this, I’ve been wearing these boots for several hours, and on my feet for most of it. And my feet are still happy! I found most of the styles I tried run true-to-size, though there is some variation between leathers, and some styles run a little larger or smaller.
Did I have trouble deciding which pair to get? Oh, heck yes! I may have come home with more than one…😉
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