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Holiday Party Outifts – What to Wear to Work Gatherings

8 Dec

I did a short 3 mile run on Monday at an easy pace. My legs are killing me now from a BodyRockTV exercise challenge I did on Tuesday. I also did a tough workout yesterday morning, so before work today I decided to just get in some yoga and stretching to loosen up.

Today I got in a longer run at the gym. I decided to do a steady 5 miles, but it was pretty rough. First, I was ridiculously sore and then half way through I had to take a bathroom break.  Running to the bathroom totally threw me off, but what can you do. This weekend I will definitely be taking it easy to allow my body some time to recover with some rest, a lot of stretching and very easy cardio, if I decide to do any.

Due to a change in plans I will end up in Boston next weekend. I was originally going to visit a friend, but one of my exam periods is scheduled for Friday evening so it would have been a lot of traveling in a short weekend. Seriously, why would my school schedule an exam on a Friday?  Now I’m a little conflicted because there’s a Jingle Bell Run that I’m now free to possibly run. It’s next Sunday, but I’m still a little undecided. The weather seems decent enough for a run, granted it’s a little chilly, but it’s a $38 registration. I’m not sure if it’s worth it.

What to Wear to Work Gatherings

As promised I thought it would be a good idea to put together some holiday party outfit ideas, and this will be a 2 part series. Part two will focus on more fun night out outfits. Picking outfits for work gatherings can be tough because it’s important to look professional, but you also want to get into the holiday spirit.

Casual Work Holiday Party

Oasis boatneck top, $95, Minuet Petite cigarette pants, £38, Ted baker shoes, $90, Mango shoulder bag, £55, BCBG Max Azria white pearl jewelry, $78, Blu Bijoux white jewelry, $18

I liked this for a casual work party. The lightly sequined sweater is festive and cute. It could also be worn with collared shirt underneath for a little bit of layering. I love these deep purple ankle pants. Bold colored pants are in this season and these achieve that look in a subtle way. Kitten heel pumps are great for comfort in an office setting and the slight accent on the heel of these shoes make them interesting. The accessories help bring this all together with the small drop earrings and layered pearl bracelet. I personally like having a large bag for the office to carry all my stuff for the day.

This is an outfit that can transition from day to night. It could be used for a party during work or to head out for drinks and happy hour right after.

Evening Work Holiday Party

Dorothy Perkins purple evening dress, $69, H M knit cardigan, £30, Armani Exchange seamed nylon stocking, $15, Platform pumps, $50, La Regale metallic clutch, $58, Natasha Couture metal jewelry, $38, Vince Camuto silver jewelry, $48, Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian pave earrings, $39

I’ve personally never had one, but many offices have formal holiday parties. I’m a little jealous because I love any reason to put on a cocktail or evening dress. For a work event it’s still important to stay professional, nothing too short, too tight or too skimpy. This dress is a nice medium, the one shoulder only shows a little skin and the detailing is gorgeous. I would recommend dark colored nylons or tights to avoid showing too much leg. The sequined cardigan will be good to have if the event is chilly, a nice shawl would also do the trick. The metallic clutch, drop earrings, ring and bracelet also add some appeal and slight drama to this outfit. An evening event is also a good time to bring out the pumps.

Is anyone else doing a Jingle Bell run?

I’ve never done one and thought it might be fun. If I do it, I am definitely running in a santa hat.

Does anyone have a work holiday party they are attending?

I have one next Friday during work, we do a yankee swap and have small snacks and chat. It’s a nice change from the usual workday and it’s nice to catch up with people from the office that I don’t see regularly.

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Top Fall Fashion Essentials for Fun, Work and Exercise

3 Oct

I absolutely love the Fall. It’s my favorite season because you can go pumpkin picking, drink apple cider and dress up for Halloween. I also think the Fall has some of the best fashions. Here are a few sets of my fall go-to styles for everyday, work, and going for a run or heading to the gym.

Fall Fun

Longsleeve shirt $40, Single breasted jacket $110, Seven For All Mankind dark blue skinny jeans $95, Bandolino tall boots $149, FOSSIL leather cross body handbag $158, Black jewelry $30, Wayfarer shades

I love blazers and I think they are a fun way to layer for a day of shopping or grabbing lunch with friends. Horizontal stripes are also in this season and I think a striped shirt is a great casual piece. I’ve also been searching for a pair of riding boots, which has been tougher than I thought it would be. I bought these gorgeous Etienne Aigner Costa Riding Boots from DSW, but the shaft height was too tall for me so I had to return them. I did some research and found that petite ladies (I’m only about 5’2″) need to look at shorter shaft heights, anything under 15 in. Other than that the wayfarers, large watch and cross body bag bring this outfit all together.

Fall Office Brights

H M blouse 9.99, Cotton pants $76, Via Spiga sling back shoes $67, Halogen grey handbag $168, White pearl earrings 8, DAY BY BIRGER ET MIKKELSEN buckle belt $42

I have a tough time finding outfits for work that are appropriate but also stylish. Red is a big color this season and acts as a great pop of color in this trouser. I would most likely have to have these hemmed so they would actually hit me at ankle length. Since the pants are so bright, the other accessories are more subdued. A kitten heel is great for those living in a city or that are constantly on their feet. The blouse is also very cute and can go with just about anything and can also be worn out of the office.

Layering for Colder Temps

Nike activewear $40, Nike 20, Nike activewear 20, Nike dri fit socks $8, Champion activewear $20, Nike lightweight shoes $100, Puma handbag $75

When it comes to running I’m definitely more about function than style, but lately I have seen some nice comfy options that do look good. In the fall I tend to layer. When I first start my run I’m sometimes cold, but by the end I’m really over heated so I like to have something I can easily take off in case I do start to get too hot. It’s been pretty rainy in Boston lately so I tend to pack my gym bag to be prepared in case I won’t be able to do a run outdoors and I’ll be stuck on the treadmill at my gym.

My favorite fall item are my black over the knee boots that I got from Matt for Christmas last year. They are from the Aldo company Spring and they are really comfy and go with just about everything.

Do you have a go to item that you love to wear in the fall?