10 Posh Holiday Party Dresses Under $150





The holiday season is here and you've got fabulous parties to attend! Don't wait until the last minute to snag the perfect celebratory frock. Promptly procure one of these posh holiday lovelies, all under $150 (most, in fact, are currently under $100!), and have one less thing on your "must do" list. 

Which one is your fave?







Holiday Style: Prim and Polished






Meeting the boyfriend's parents? Having dinner at a friend's? A simple sweater dress and tall boots are great for looking impeccable and polished at holiday time.


stretch sweater dress, $98
mixed media jacket, $72
over-the-knee boots, $280
messenger bag, $60
skinny bow belt, $28
bracelet watch, $95
bow wool cloche, $24

Shop the full look, plus other posh holiday styles in my 'Dressed for the Holidays' Lookbook at Keaton Row.




Travel Style // Home for the Holidays





It's the part of year where the time spent traveling to see friends and family increases exponentially. From Thanksgiving dinners to December holiday gatherings to family vacations--most of us will be hitting the trail at some point over the next couple of months. No matter whether you're flying or taking a road trip, travel home for the holidays in comfort and style with these cozy layers.


boyfriend fit denim shirt, $68
floral print peg pants, $53
jersey maxi kimono, $60
wrap strap booties, $178
infinity scarf, $32
leather & suede satchel, $130


Shop the full look, plus other posh holiday styles in my 'Dressed for the Holidays' Lookbook at Keaton Row. 



S is for Style // Layers A to Z Tour




My style helps me to feel like my selfI currently work from home, and the ease of staying in bed, in my pajamas and just sliding my Macbook onto my lap has a pull of black hole proportions. 

But there's a part of me that misses the part of corporate life where I got up in the morning, pulled on a sweet frock, slid my feet into a pair of heels, and slipped a statement necklace around my neck. That felt good. I felt creative and self-assured and ready to take on the day once I was pulled together and polished. Feeling great in my clothes, and in my skin, made me feel like I was about to be a creative rock star--and my own self-belief made other people believe that I was capable too. 

So I get dressed every day--usually in jeans as opposed to a dress--but it makes a difference. Taking time to get tastefully and comfortably dressed and to put on my eyebrows and a bit of lip gloss is what helps me to feel capable now, and to send that energy out through the work I do virtually. 

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”
― Rachel Zoe


Personal style is about so much more than how a person looks--it's a window into how she sees herself. What she's proud of, what makes her feel strong and confident; and likewise what she's afraid of, what she wants to hide, and what makes her feel insecure. 

Your true power may come from what you write, or create, or how you carry yourself, but your style is the outward expression of that power--of that awe inspiring authority--it allows you to bring what's inside of you outward for the world to see, and use that to be of influence

You see, they go hand-in-hand to create a brand. The "You" brand. The version of you that people see before you ever speak or flip your lips upward into a smile. 

It may be in your flawless makeup, or your beautiful dress, your casual jeans and tee, or your oh so fly twist out--but it affects how people view you before they ever get to the work. So it's best when it all comes together to create an ease and a warmth that draws people in and makes them want to learn more; that light that lets them get close enough to take in your soul shaking work.  

That's why your personal style, the way you show up, matters. 

For some people, personal style is something to be disregarded. Vapid. Self-indulgent. Unimportant. Useless. But I would argue that it's all in an effort to let the world know who you are and what's important to you. Even choosing not to care about how you present yourself visually is a manner of expressing who you are. You are always making an impression, for better or for worse, whether you want to be making one or not. 

So, humor me for a minute. 

What if you chose to look at personal style as something fun and artistic and imaginative? 

What if you viewed getting dressed in the pieces that speak to you as a confidence booster, a way to express creativity on the human body, a walking billboard of your gifts and talents, a way to share your mood, to create value, and to feel decidedly unique and unstoppably powerful? 

Yeah, that's how I prefer to view it too. 

This post is part of The Layers of Self-Discovery Tour created by GG Renee of All the Many Layers. Follow the tour through the blogs of 26 women exploring the complexities of womanhood and self-discovery from A to Z. Click here to keep up with each post and enter to win a giveaway package full of goodies for your mind, body and soul. #LayersAtoZTour

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It can be seriously empowering knowing that you have the ability to create any mood or feeling you want just by donning the right pieces or textures or fabrics. I strongly believe in approaching style according to what fits a person's distinctive body and personality--and that this should be done with reckless abandon! Not sure how to tap into your personal style? I can help. I'm a personal stylist with Keaton Row--meet me there, and sign up as a client so we can discuss your likes and dislikes and determine your style goals one-on-one, virtually and for free (all you pay for with this service are the incredible clothes you'll buy). 




Rainy Day Essentials // Joules Rain Boots




Seasonal inclement weather will soon be upon us, and the savvy girl knows to be wardrobe ready in advance! I got an adorable pair of Joules rain boots around this time last season (you can see how I styled them here) and they were fabulous at getting me through from puddle splashing to braving the ice and snow. And even though I already have a pair, a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes--especially ones that are cute and functional to boot. Plus, I've been browsing the website recently, and I am loving Joules' entire range of wellies at the moment. 

Because my Joules wellies are navy polka dot, the simplicity of this black pair with the pink logo are speaking to me. They'd be the perfect neutral, versatile pair to wear with anything. I can totally picture rocking out an outfit, like the above, that's chic and feminine, but still utilitarian and completely weather appropriate. 

Have you checked out Joules rain boots this season? How would you wear yours?

*This post is written by me, and sponsored by Joules. All selections, styling and opinions expressed herein are my own. Promise.



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