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Holiday Parties

Last week I spent much time in my kitchen prepping what I thought was my last batch of French Macarons for the year (turns out I’m baking again this week), packing and prepping to go out of town, and finally heading to Omaha to attend a whirlwind of parties & socializing! I did manage to pull myself together in the middle of it all!

Some outfit recaps: 


  1. Cardigan: Kate Spade
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Secondhand
  4. Shoes: Sam Edleman

 What I wore to fly home Saturday morning (sadly I failed to snap a photo the day I left!)  

  1. Cardigan: Target
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Belt: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Sam Edleman

Friday-day I had intended to wear this skirt with a cardigan, but I sadly left planned cardigan at home, and packed this one instead: (also the only flats I packed!)


  1. Sweater: Banana Republic
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade
  3. Shoes: Sam Edleman

Sunday….in a dress I picked up while in Omaha at the outlet in Gretna:      

  1. Cardigan: Banana Republic
  2. Dress: Kate Spade
  3. Necklace: Kate Spade
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade

Today….milking the Christmas themed attire: 


  1. Cardigan: Banana Republic (4 years ago, holiday…its held up quite well!)
  2. Skirt: French Connection
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade

And finally….the two ensembles I packed for the two events we went specifically to Omaha for. 

Thursday night, I pulled out the Madison Avenue dress my husband purchased for me earlier this year: 




  1. Dress: Kate Spade Madison Ave (I still can’t believe we tracked this one down, and in my perfect size!!)
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simples strassed in Crystal AB
  3. Handbag: Kate Spade (AKA The Muppet)

I also dragged my dark mink coat with me, thinking it would be quite cold, but the weather ended up being so mild! It was nice to have, as evenings with the wind were quite chilly.

Friday night was the black tie affair, which I had found out about when we were in Phoenix earlier this year, finding this dress the very next day tucked away in a Dillards sale rack! At first I thought it was maybe Alice & Olivia, but whatever brand it was, I will never know! The tag was gone inside and it just had a generic price tag on it. But the moment I put it on, I knew with the addition of straps and the right belt & accessories it would be spectacular! The belt I found just a couple of weeks ago, the clutch back in November, and the jewlery I already had (necklace & bracelets are all Ben-Amun)

My husband and I had a wonderful time, and I loved my ensemble. The dress also had pockets! Not my typical “sparkly” look, but sometimes one must change it up a bit!  We have one more party to attend later this week, and then I shall put my fancy party wear away for a bit. (Kidding!)

Happy Holidays! Are you ready for them? I’m getting there…I am sorely behind this year though, eeks!

Until next time,


4 responses

  1. Tina

    The “Madison Ave” outfit is just dreamy in every way (muppet included) and I love how you put together your Black Tie ensemble, ah that feeling you get when everything just falls into place! Due to clashing schedules I’ve had to bow out of a couple of Holiday parties this year so seeing all your pretty outfits helps to make up for the fact that I won’t be planning that many for myself this year.

    December 15, 2015 at 18:23

    • Awe, thanks! This is the most we’ve ever attended (outside of family stuff), and usually they are super casual. The last one we went too (this past Friday) was actually kind of casual, but I decided to break out the sequins anyway. (I just posted photos today) I have to admit, I’m partied out! Haven’t even started on Christmas cards. But I DID get them…so half the battle! Lol

      Merry Christmas!!!

      December 21, 2015 at 00:44

  2. I loved the polka dots! It reminds me of this amazing Jovani dress I had a couple years ago… so so so cute!! You already know how I feel about the Madison Avenue dress. So dreamy.

    December 16, 2015 at 01:28

    • Thank you! It’s some no-label. But it had pockets…lol. I’m always looking for that Madison for you. Haven’t seen it though. Boo

      December 21, 2015 at 00:42

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