December Favorites

It’s hard to believe, but 25 Days of Winter Fashion is half over, and we’re right smack dab in the middle of holiday season! Last night we attended my husband’s holiday work party (stay tuned for pictures on Monday!!!) That event is always on the first weekend of December so I’ve started to see it as the official kick-off for the holidays.

This afternoon I’ll attend our church’s annual ladies Christmas tea, and tonight I’m getting together with friends so let’s just say I am now full-fledged into the Christmas spirit.

I realized yesterday that I haven’t shared my December Favorites yet so I thought I’d round up some of my favorite wardrobe pieces right now, and to piggy-back on yesterday’s post, I’m going to focus on quality basics and show some of the different ways I’ve worn them.

December Favorites

#1. Halogen V-Neck Cashmere Sweater

This v-neck cashmere sweater was featured in yesterday’s post, and it is super soft and flattering and highly versatile. I’m not huge on layering, but it’s a nice one to layer over a button-down shirt if you like that look, and it looks good under quilted vests, leather jackets, blazers, etc.

I wore it a few days ago with boyfriend jeans and mules.

Then I wore it yesterday with my distressed skinnies and burgundy ballet flats. I usually wear a shorter pendant in a v-neck, but I threw this long one on for a change, although I think I prefer the shorter one as in the picture above.

And of course, I’ve worn this sweater under my quilted vest with a striped scarf, as pictured in yesterday’s post. FYI, these J.Crew Excursion quilted down vests are 30% off with code BUNDLEUP.

SALE ALERT >> 30% off full price coats, sweaters, shirts and more at J.Crew with code BUNDLEUP.

#2. AQUA Bias Plaid Blanket Scarf

This bias plaid blanket scarf is GORGEOUS, really nice quality, soft, large, everything to be loved in a blanket scarf. I was so glad I had it on when we went to the football game in 30-degree weather on Thanksgiving Day. At least my top half was warm; my legs were freezing. Right now it’s 25% off PLUS an additional 25% off for Bloomingdale’s Lloyalists, bringing it down to $38. (Makes a great gift too!)

SALE ALERT >> Bloomingdale’s is running their Friends & Family Event, so you get an extra 25% off a large selection of items, including their extensive premium denim department. Then on everything else, you get a $25 rewards card for every $100 you spend. The $25 on $100 is the best offer they ever do. I splurged on this Burberry coat during one of those promotions a couple of years ago.

#3. Stella & Dot Luna Pendant Necklace

I’ve had this necklace for years, but it’s one of my go-to pieces to wear in v-neck tops. It has both silver and yellow gold so it goes with any other jewelry I may be wearing, and it also makes a nice layering piece if you want to pair it with a longer pendant, as shown on the S&D model.

#4. Bernardo Front Zip Moto Jacket

My leather moto jacket is 25% off and under $200, which is a great price for genuine leather. I love this jacket, and fortunately our weather has been mild this fall so I’ve been able to wear it a lot. I wore it with my olive green jeans and a striped shirt as shown here.

I wore it to a concert over my leopard cami with jeans and booties.

 

I’ve also worn it with a black long sleeve layering tee, leopard scarf, skinny jeans, and taupe slouch booties.

FYI, these AG raw hem ankle legging jeans are 25% off, and they’re one of my favorites. They’re the same style as the distressed ones I wear so much but without the distressing. I like the raw hem, but if you prefer a traditional sewn hem, these AG legging ankle jeans are a good option and also 25% off.

I also wore this leather jacket with burgundy jeans, a charcoal grey sweater, and black mules to go to the mall with my mom one day.

I think one of my favorite ways I’ve worn it is with this black donegal turtleneck, dark wash jeans, and black boots.

And then I wore it over my camel crewneck cashmere sweater with skinny jeans and oxblood suede pumps and a leopard clutch.

This camel sweater is another workhorse in my wardrobe, speaking of quality wardrobe basics I wear over and over again. I’ve worn it under my black quilted vest with distressed skinnies, burgundy suede flats, and a plaid blanket scarf.

I also love it with white jeans, cognac OTK boots, and a plaid infinity scarf.

And I often pair it with leopard flats.

#5. Kenneth Jay Lane Large Glass Pearl Post Earrings

These are not new, and I’ve mentioned them a gazillion times before, but I wear them so much this time of year, I thought they should be included here. The oversized pearls add a touch of sophistication to any outfit, and they’re big enough to make a bit of a statement without interfering with scarves and turtlenecks. I probably wear them 4 or 5 days a week.

#6. GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper

I have this lip gloss in three colors now, and I really love it. It’s moisturizing, supposedly plumps the lips up a bit (can’t say I notice this), and the colors have a lot of pigment without being heavy. I first got it in the Lust Red for holiday looks, and I recently added the Midnight Purple to have a deep, rich plum for fall, and the Sunbaked Sedona for a light neutral daytime look. I layer the Sunbaked Sedona over my MAC lip pencil in Spice.

I was wearing the Midnight Purple with this burgundy “at the shoulder sweater” for a fun holiday look.

#7. Leopard Flats

Again, nothing new, but I wear them so much this time of year. Even though I have the Tory Burch travel flats in leopard, and I do like them a lot, I often opt for the Sam Edelman ones because I really like the hair calf look, and the colors are so much more vibrant. Plus they’re like wearing slippers so I often go for them even when I’m just going to be at home all day.

Here are just a few ways I’ve worn them. In the interest of time, I’m not going to post details on each look, but you get the idea!

Okay, so that’s a wrap! I have to get a move on. Paul and I are meeting Alison early this morning to shoot a look for Nike… so stay tuned for that later this week!

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