My Christmas week outfits are varied and diverse this year. Hubby and I had a number of holiday parties to a attend. I will admit that dressing up was really fun! I was planning on wearing the dress below to his annual work party. I had terrible pack pain, so I ended up at home in comfy pjs instead ! No glitter and shine that day!
It was the perfect Christmas party dress, styled with the red shoes pictuted above. I did get to wear it to dinner later that week. I spent most of Christmas week in Manhattan.
I was not well enough to travel to Anguilla . This is where my sisters, nieces, nephews, and grand nephews were.
Also there was my son, daughter and his fiancée . We did Facetime and that was very nice. FaceTime really adds a nice window into somewhere else!
The first of my Christmas week outfits was actually rather simple.
But it was not plain as I did add a lot of jewelry! One of the necklaces is one I made years ago. Everything I am wearing is vintage, except for my T-straps pumps!
Jeweled hues popped my outfit , as the strand of gem stations were composed of many colors; the blue hues came from sapphires and iolite, the red from garnets and ruby.
Leafy tsavorite garnets lent some holiday green. Baroque pearls added both ivory, misty grey, and golden hues.
The second necklace I did not make. It came from my friends at KCSignatures!
Sounds expensive, right? I bought the stones years ago for actually very little, and then made it myself! As well, my thrifted items were almost free. My little bag only cost three dollars from a tag sale years ago!
I suspect you are tired of hearing about this. The point is you don’t have to spend a lot to look good. Shopping your closet is good for the planet too!
My second outfit is vastly different with metallic tweed ( made for Barney’s and bought at consignment ) layered over a folkloric embroiled shirt. A gold belt added some festive sparkle. Red faux fur ensured that I would look party ready and stay warm!
Christmas week outfits can indeed have different vibes, and ALL can be festive.
You have seen this vest paired with a vintage Oscar de la Renta dress. More recently I wore this vest over a coat, on the way for dinner with Allie of allienyc.
What a wonderful week I had with small gatherings only. Air travel is very difficult for me, and not recommended by my doctors because of my immune status. I do not feel sorry for myself though.
Truly, I do feel like I can go a bit east, west, south or north to feel like I am somewhere new. This is what I love most about Manhattan life!
Feel like traveling to Italy? Go to Little Italy! A yen for China? Off to Chinatown in lower Manhattan ! All I have to do is walk a bit, hail a taxi or call a Uber!
This was a few years ago! You may remember it, as it is still a favorite camel coat.
Celebrate this holiday season with an outfit that you already own, if possible.
Buy second-hand, shop small and always shop with heart ! Have a great week.
—— XOXO, Elle ——
You have such a positive outlook Elle. That’s exactly what we all need, even when we have bad days!
And your style is so refreshing and fun. That red fur vest is something that adds pizzazz to anything!!
You do as well and you and your family truly inspire me!
It’s a shame you couldn’t fly with your family, but you still had a wonderful and stylish Christmas at home it sounds like! You always accessorise so well 🙂
Hope that you’ve had a great weekend and wonderful start to 2019, and that you are feeling better! 🙂
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Yes I still had a great time! I am feeling better and also wish you a very happy New Year!
So much of the “yes” in your outfits comes from your exquisite accessorizing and your mastery of colour, Elle. That multi-strand necklace looks like it was pulled right off a vintage Christmas tree. Wonderful looks! Sending much affection to you, on the other coast!
Thanks so much Sheila! It does have a Christmas tree look! I am sending buckets of love your way!
Yes, I feel it!
sincerely and warmly. Elle
I’m not sure if you saw my last comment…
I did, I am sorry, I am slow to respond some times as being on my laptop requires an ouchy sitting position !
I love that you aren’t allowing your disease to define you and you keep a positive attitude. That shows great strength. I admire that.
Love all the eclectic vibes.
Yes to shopping small!
Thank YOU Suzanne! I don’t let it define you that is true, and you don’t let your fibro define you either.
OH Yes, shopping small !!
So sorry to hear that you were unwell, and that your Christmas celebration plans were scuppered by your back pain! Sending you lots of healing vibes from Belgium! I love the metallic tweed dress layered over the folkloric blouse, and topped by that fabulous red faux fur vest. In fact, I love that vest in all its incarnations. It’s looking quirky, fun and chic worn over your coat! You’ve got such amazing sense of style, Elle! xxx
Thank you very much Ann!
We both have an eye for the unusual ! I am fine with not going , so grateful that I could just spend some time with friends and hubby!
I focus on what I can do, rather than what I can not!
Great faux fur hope your Christmas and New Year was fabulous.
Thanks Jackie !
It was and i so hope your celebrations were wonderful !
So sorry to hear that you had a lot of pain. Of course your outfits are amazing, they always are. The tweed dress is gorgeous. I love tweed but it’s not available a lot, but…..yes I found a pre loved tweed skirt!. I can’t fly either, because of my lungs, but we drive by car and get anywhere we want to go!
Flying is pretty dreary these days so car travel can be wonderful. But i am haven trouble with that! Your holidays outfits have been so gorgeous too sweet friend!
Ah yes it seems you can find what ever you want in Manhattan and it is so international. I love all these looks but the first one in particular just gorgeous. And yes Face Time is great I use it to speak with my family in Paris.
Yes, manhattan is such a shopping mega!
So nice to have family in Paris!
Hi Elle, I can relate very much, as you have a great attitude. I know it always isn’t easy and am sorry to hear about your back pain and trouble. Glad you got to “see” your relatives with Face Time. I couldnt visit my little 1 yr old nephew at Thanksgiving, so we thought of Face Time. I am so glad for you that you live in a place where there is so much to do, right around you. Your outfits are glorious! I love that red faux fur number and your little bag! Oh, we would have fun shopping… Read more »
yes, thank heavens for FaceTime!
Yes, omg shopping together would be such fun!
LOved all these looks. You look amazing in this white skirt, and the red faux fur vest look fantastic on you.
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Yes i do love red for the holidays!
Elle, I’m really sorry that you had that much pains in the back that you can’t attend these Christmas party. How good you could finally wear the beautiful planned outfit later during Christmas! I love all the other looks you wore, too, and you are so brave that you don’t complain that it is not possible for you to travel far away. How good that Facetime exists! And you are right, you have the complete world in Manhattan, you are really blessed!
Have a wonderful, healthy and very happy new year, dear Elle!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
Thanks Rena, I do in fact feel blessed ! I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start!
Hi Elle, It looks like you had a lot of fun wearing that cute red vest. What a perfect Christmas acessory. I especially loved it with the skirt and those sparkly booties – Michael Kors? Happy 2019! Cheers, Deborah
Thanks so much Deborah!
The red vest was warm! No, I am not sure whose they are, as I have put insoles in.. But not designer. I am pretty sure they were an eBay find and are about 4 years old!
Happy week ahead!
No, not MK ! Bought on eBay years ago, and pretty comfy too!
happy 2019 to you!
The necklace that you made yourself is exquisite! Love all of the featured outfits, sparkles and elegant shine. You are gorgeous!!
Thank you Natalia!
I do love to be creative.
It is a good time to feel festive!