Five Things: Effortless Ways To Look Polished During the Holidays

I met a friend for lunch the other day, and she commented that I always seemed to look put together, even during the holidays. What a lovely compliment!! But, the truth of the matter is that I stick the basics that I know work for me. I’m just like everyone else – and I have those days where I’m wearing wrinkled clothing and my jacket is misshapen with everything I’ve stuffed in my pockets. Over the years, I’ve discovered that these 5 things during the hectic winter months are the best way to feel and look a little more polished.

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Number One:: A sophisticated scarf. I tend to gravitate towards the large cashmere scarves that are a single color. I like the oversized nature of the one I’m wearing here. It wraps beautifully around my neck, and I can just as easily wear it as a shawl. Similar here, and really loving the colors here.

Number Two:: Statement earrings. A little sparkle during the holidays is key to looking a little more polished. I stay away from anything that is too heavy since I’m often running around for the entire day, and choose pieces that can transition between day and evening well. I often keep a spare pair in my bag, in case I need a little sparkle on the go. I bought these from J-Crew several seasons ago, but there are plenty of amazing options at every price point. (Like these or these).

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Number Three:: Tote Bag. For occasions, I tend to opt for the tiniest of bite sized bags, but for every day during the holidays I grab a trusty tote or carryall bag in a polished or interesting leather. This one was a chance buy from Cole Haan (the men’s department!), and I adore the character of the leather. I can toss everything in here without a thought and maintain a put together look without stuffing things into pockets and looking scrubby. I adore this and this from the Cole Haan women’s collection this year.

Number Four:: Ear Muffs. Ear muffs serve a dual purpose for me. First – they keep my ears warm and my hair style intact. Second – they look absolutely adorable hanging around the handles of my tote. These are the exact pair I have.

Number Five:: Glass Water Bottle. It’s an unusual pick, but I feel my best when I’m well hydrated and I feel more put together when I have water in my bag. This is my favorite water bottle for on the go. You can find the entire range of sizes at the LifeFactory website (and on Amazon)

 

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Thank you for visiting! Tell me in the comments what your tricks are to staying put together during the holiday season!

 

 

Gingham Again: The SF to Monterey Edit

Even though I haven’t had this skirt very long – I’ve already worn it to bits (evidence here and here). I wore it again for a day in San Francisco with my trusty Jack Rogers loafers (the most versatile and comfortable loafers I own) and to keep the wind at bay with a white denim jacket over my black sweater set.

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Sweater Set: J Crew
Denim Jacket: Lucky Brand (similar here)
Belt: Banana Republic (similar here and here)
Loafers: Jack Rogers (seriously, the best, so much so that I’ve been snapping up any and all colors I see)
Bag: Francesco Biasa (bought probably 10 years ago, and it doesn’t look like they’ve updated recently, but you can find some of their line here)
Sunnies: Lacoste (this season’s here)

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I couldn’t help wearing the whole thing again in Monterey with a windproof jacket. I walked comfortably over 3 miles in those Jack Rogers loafers, and up a bunch of rocks – so you know you can trust me when I say that those loafers are truly the best.

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Windproof Jacket: Athleta Overcast Jacket (also like this guy)

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Thank you for visiting! Have a wonderful day!