16 November 2012

Preparing to Dress to Ingest


gilded blues

As much as I’d sometimes like to wish my holiday social calendar resembled that of one of the fictional socialites-to-be from Gossip Girl or SATC’s Carrie Bradshaw, let’s face it, what real life person has the time (or bank account) to be that glammed out all the time (OK, Tinsley Mortimer, Olivia Palermo, I am not looking at yous)?

Granted I’m a gal that likes an excuse to dress up, but honestly my daily persona is more beer bar than ultra lounge (don’t ever say “party dress” to me, because I have none). I’d rather get $1 tacos than be white-gloved with silver platters, if you know what I mean. My fam and my friends are a pretty come-as-you-are crowd and even on more celebratory occasions, we’re typically donning denim and tees (i.e., my dad’s retired. He lives in baseball caps, white sneaks and sweat suits now. I know he sounds like he’s one diamond pendant away from being a Beastie Boy, but try to get him to wear anything else nowadays – navy fleece is good for any occasion). 

gilded blues  gilded blues

So this coming Thanksgiving, in the interest of not sticking out like a sore sequin and tulle-covered thumb amongst my family (and wanting to maximize my food consumption potential), I’m planning to be in my dressed up/down/sideways best. I’ll be rolling in a collared polka dotted shirt under my new puffin sweater and my roomiest jeans. I’ll probably also leave the bangle party at home so I’ll have more flexibility to reach across the table to snatch that third (or fourth) roll.  Expect something similar come Christmas. 

Do you and your fam (and/or friends) dress up for the holidays? What are you planning to wear on Turkey day?

gilded blues

gilded blues

Jacket: J.Crew downtown field (worn here - sim, sim, pricey, sleeveless)
Top: J.Crew stretch perfect (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Skirt: Yoana Baraschi via Anthropologie gilded estate (worn here - sim-ish, full)
Necklace: J.Crew factory chandelier (sim, sim)
Bracelets: F21 colored stone, Asos, J.Crew (sim, sim, sim)
Shoes: Zara cap-toe court (worn here - sim, ivory, pricey, luxe)

51 comments:

  1. That's the best kind of holiday attire. I just don't see the point of beautifully curating your look only to spill something delicious on yourself. And if you aren't eating fast enough and talking excitedly enough to spill, you're pretty much doing the family meal part of the holidays wrong. :)

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    1. Hehe, well I usually get the spill part down - and I usually sit next to the nephew, which means I should expect some bonus spillage! ;o)

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  2. My family doesn't get too dressed up for the holidays either. I haven't actually thought about what I'm going to wear yet. Also something pretty casual that will most likely involve jeans. You gotta be comfy after such a large meal :) Have a great weekend, Lisa!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  3. Ha, I was just telling my hubby that I may have to re-think my outfit for Thanksgiving. I was planning on dressing around a pair of boots that I love. If we are going to my brothers, we have to leave our shoes at the door. He lived in Japan and married a wonderful women while there. I always make sure to wear something that allows me to eat.

    Now I want $1 tacos....

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    1. My fam is totally a take-your-shoes-off-at-the-door fam too. Which makes sense because their house is immaculate and you can roll around there in bare foot and never hit a crunchy or sticky spot. But that's a reminder to me to wear good socks to dinner, hehe.

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  4. Well I don't need to start thinking about that for weeks seeing as we don't celebrating thanksgiving over here. I might go for a christmas jumper this year depending on where we are :-D

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    1. "Christmas jumper" reminds me of Bridget Jones' Diary and poor Mark Darcy!

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  5. First off I love this look. The pop of yellow and mix of patterns works together beautifully and is ultra flattering. As for dressing for maximum Thanksgiving consumption last year I made the rookie mistake of wearing high waisted jeans... don't do it! This year I'm planning on wearing a jersey maxi skirt and a loose/gauzy top. Plenty of room for my food baby.

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    1. Yeah, I don't think I'll be wearing skinny little jeans to the dinner table. Though I probably should, because that should mean I'd be more conscious about how much I'm eating. But it's Thanksgiving!

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  6. Gorgeous outfit! Love the Zara shoes & your lipstick color :-) Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. I was thinking about stretchy maxi skirts. All the comfort of sweats, but the dressed up factor of a skirt. My Christmas am is pjs...but we head to my Grandma's in the afternoon. That usually involves loads of holiday-themed sweaters and black dress pants. I will probably do something sparkly, but with pants.
    SO jealous of your puffin sweater. It is the only crew critter that I wanted!

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    1. I actually wore the puffin sweater the other day, and while I adore it, a lot of folks mistook it for a seagull. Puffin sweater - cute. Seagull sweater - mildly weird. ;o)

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  8. Love this combination of masculine and feminine! The skirt is gorgeous on you:) Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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  9. I usually dress up a bit, but only cause that's me. Everyone else is always in jeans and tees. LOL I love your pattern mixing today Lisa! Great look for you--the blues are your colors!

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  10. We usually do dress up, even including men in suits. I love it this way, we live in such under dressed culture as it is. That said, I am not sure yet what I will wear, but I am thinking sparkly skirt or red print dress.

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    1. That sounds cool. I think it'd be fun to be able to get dolled up once in a while, especially with those you love most. I'd love to suggest it to my fam, but I'm pretty sure my parents will be like, "are stretchy pants considered dressy?" ;o)

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  11. What you said about your dad's "Beastie Boy" style cracked me up!! My friends and family are the same way, and I'm so glad. Give me a casual bar and chicken wings any day over some fancy "pinkies in the air" restaurant. I'm still usually the most dressed person, but not in a she-belongs-at-a-society-party way.

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    1. Yeah, I have a habit of dribbling sauce on myself pretty much once every few days, so while I do appreciate the formality of fine dining every once in a while, it's just not me on a daily basis.

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  12. 1) love the necklace
    2) love the skirt
    3) love the lip color
    4) LOVE this post!!!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

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  13. We don't dress up, but there are no PJs at the table either. Like you we keep it comfortable!

    Lauren
    Fizz and Frosting

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    1. Well PJs would be like saving time for the eventual mandatory nap after gorging ...

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  14. Haha it's so funny cuz my "real life" i have no need to dress up but I'm always the most dressed up for family functions. And when I do have an event to go to I don't want to feel like I'm trying too hard and I end up feeling like I'm too casual :P I can never get it right!

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    1. I know what you mean - it's hard to get that "trying but not looking like you tried too hard" look, hehe.

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  15. We're a super casual family, too. However, a few Thanksgivings ago we decided to dress up in our Sunday best, so nothing too fancy, but it was a lot of fun to be a little more done-up!

    So bummed I missed out on that skirt. I love it!!

    xoxo
    Kerry

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    1. That does sound like fun, I should suggest it for my fam to do for Christmas - but I bet my dad still ends up in sweats! ;o)

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  16. Jeans and a comfy sweater are to norm in my family! Jeans with extra room are a must!

    Have a great Thanksgiving Lisa!

    lifeandstylebylisab.blogspot.com

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  17. nahh.. jeans and a sweater. i'm all for comfort when it comes to stuffing my face on a day like thanksgiving ;)

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    1. I figure anything where gravy may be involved, I better be dressed to hunker down, hehe.

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  18. OK, Lisa, that's still a super glam t-giving look!!! I'm thinking more along the lines of sweat pants! :) I love that skirt!
    :)
    Allison
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    A's Fashion Files
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  19. I am totally in love with that skirt! It's gorgeous and I would wear that once a week if I had one! My fam is pretty small so dressing up seems a little ridiculous for T-giving. I will do a morning run and then throw on some jeans (or other buffet pants) and slop butter and cream cheese into the mashed potatoes. Is that TMI?

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    1. Every Thanksgiving I think back to that episode of "Friends" where Joey readies himself for dinner by putting on a pair of maternity pants. Seems kind of like a great idea ...

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  20. lisa, i'm a "comfort" girl too! hahaha and so is my family. i'm not dressing up at all. i'll look nice, but for me there's nothing to get glam for. hahaha LOVE that skirt! it makes a statement girl.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  21. I love your pattern mixing today Lisa....it is totally working for me. I have this skirt too, but I haven't worn it yet because of my poor styling vision. I'm so glad that you put this outfit together. I'm going to try to recreate this one.

    My family is pretty big and getting everyone together usually happens once or twice a year. My family (mostly the women) does enjoy dressing up a little bit for the holiday. We are a bunch of hams and we love to take family pictures. I haven't figured out what I'm wearing yet, but it will probably involve some polka dots or stripes or maybe both :)

    Moody Girl In Style

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    1. I think if our fam was bigger, we'd probably make a bigger fuss at getting ourselves dolled up, it sounds like fun!

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  22. Lovely combination! In Europe we don't really have Thanksgiving, so no dress-up for the occasion...but again, christmas will be here so soon ;) Would you like to follow each other?
    xx from Vienna
    evelyn

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  23. This is such a nice outfit!I love how you combined it all,but I don't think these are the right shoes for this outfit.They are too dark for this fresh and elegant outfit.They pull the outfit down!I'd go maybe with some white or,why not,yellowish ones... And I think some good thights would really be good with it.You can't be elegant without thights.
    I'm sorry if this sounds like a non-compliment.It's not!It's just an idea.
    Anyway it's my first time on this blog.It's a nice one :).
    XO

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    1. Thanks for your recs, Jasmina, those are great ideas for next time I pull this skirt out!

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    2. I'm so glad you understood it as an idea,because I really didn't mean anything bad.
      Mwah :)!

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  24. This is such a bright and cheerful outfit - so very Lisa! Love it!

    Thanksgiving in Canada was last month but we still partake in U.S. Thanksgiving to some degree - my father is coming up from the States to visit us next weekend. Our next big event is Christmas Eve. We do make a point of dressing up for the holidays as it is fun and gives a bit more meaning to the whole occasion.

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    1. I wish my fam would do the whole dress up thing for an event or holiday, that'd be kind of fun, but probably too much trouble for them.

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  25. I love both sequins and tulle (I'm a super girly girl) but I love how you look so structured and elegant... Always! I haven't picked out my Thanksgiving dress yet, but it's definitely going to be a dress <3

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  26. I'm watching what I eat in these few days before Thanksgiving but I've got to figure out something nice to wear then too!

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  27. Hi!
    I really like the different pattern types utilized for this look. I like to dress up for thanksgiving but this year I'm going to be in a really cold weather climate, which means I prefer to be warmer than cute!
    xx
    The Fashionable ESQ
    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

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  28. I love the mix of patterns!

    My family always dresses very causla while i dress up, btu still usually pretty causial. i usuually buy a new nice dress and wear flats and tights!

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth

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  29. this outfit is PERFECT! i am a sucker for all things j. crew.

    www.hellolibbydear.com

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  30. Lisa, I really like your skirt! I love the contrasting colors and the print! :D

    For the holidays (we don't really celebrate thanksgiving here), we usually just stay casual and comfortable, so we can eat and lounge around for hours.

    Abi
    http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com

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    1. Eat and lounge, best ways to do the holidays, imo!

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  31. Love that you are planning an outfit to maximize your eating...I'll be doing the same :) LOVE love love that pencil skirt!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  32. Such a cute outfit! I love all the blue matching going on here. Not to mention how you tucked your shirt, very cute :)

    Tasia

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