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What to wear to casual Holiday Family Dinners #blogmas7

Finding the best casual holiday style for a family dinner is not as easy as putting together an outfit for a night out with friends. It takes a little more planning in order to be both stylish and appropriate in order to avoid any uncomfortable stares around the family table. It is better to keep your look as simple as it gets without being under dressed.

Cozy sweaters and denim

One of the most effortless, chic choices for the perfect Holiday family dinner outfit is definitely the sweater - denim combination. You can never go wrong with this outfit formula since it can be both appropriate and stylish at the same time. You can start by finding the perfect cable knit sweater (under $40) or if you need something extra warm take a look at this Billabong turtleneck sweater (under $40) .Fitted pants have only been my go-to designs especially because in family dinners ripped off jeans and baggy trousers are considered too casual. YMI super soft skinny jeans ( $28) is probably my most worn pair of denim ever and a great style for both morning and afternoon looks in December.  A major factor in every holiday family dinner outfit must be comfortless so you might need to avoid all the uncomfortable pairs of pumps for that matter. A pair of black ankle boots ($50) can always give you the stylish touch you need without hurting your feet in the middle of dinner.

What to wear to casual Holiday Family Dinners and Gatherings

Layers and leggings

Leather leggings are not only a great choices for a casual morning look . If you style them the right way It could definitely be a completely appropriate look for every Holiday family dinner or gathering. Leggings are not pants and especially in this case you should not treat them like one. Pick a long, white shirt, this one for $40 or this one for $27 , layer it with (yet another) sweater, I always prefer cropped sweater when it comes to layering with shirts, like this Topshop gray knit for only $32 or a similar one with cropped sleeves .Once again ankle boots are a great finishing touch or for a slightly more polished look pair it up with a pair of black over the knee boots $80 .

Plaid and Over the Knee boots

Plaid always reminds me of the Holiday season and every year it happens to have a different plaid item to style. This time it is all about plaid skirts which luckily are one of the easiest designs to combine all you need is a white cable sweater ( my favorite design under $40 and another favorite for only $31 here ). Moving on to the perfect outwear color for every plaid skirt, camel. Neutral tones are the most versatile outwear option like this classic, button up coat for 70$ or another slightly lighter tone for here. Personally my camel coats collection helped my style almost every one of my outfit the past months , it will never go out of fashion. Lastly put on a pair of Over the knee boots , I listed 10 of my favorite designs on yesterday's post "Best gifts for yourself/100 under $100" so make sure to check these deals out before they go out of stock.

What to wear to casual Holiday Family Dinners and Gatherings

Lace up sweaters , Skirts and Ankle boots

Lace up sweaters and skater skirts have always been the most casual yet chic combination for me. This extremely easy outfit idea is definitely a great choice for a casual Holiday family dinner. I am sure that by now you already own a lace-up sweater but if you don't (or want to expand your collection) you can find a pretty unique lace up sweater design for only $24 here but if you are interested in a basic design like mine you can find it here for $32 . I was going to suggest you a simple skater skirt , then I found this velvet skirt on Topshop and I knew I had to include it but if you still want to keep it simple here is the a super affordable choice for only $14 . Unfortunately my knitted cardigan is already sold out but you can find a few amazing designs here , here and here .


 
 

Holiday gifts for yourself | 100 under $100 #blogmas6

best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Velvet Ankle Boots

All Under $100

Velvet Ankle boots are trending now more than ever and with a good cause. Even though I currently own only Velvet over the knee boots I can't wait to put my hands on  an Asos Endoria pair this Holidays. Velvet can definitely be a great choice for your holiday party outfits since it can easily add a romantic touch to almost every style while keeping you warm, and if you choose these ankle boots designs , definitely comfy. If you are not a brave girl maybe a classic all black pair would be the greatest choice for you and all your December outfits. As for me I would love to mix the velvet material with a long, silky strap dress for the evening.

best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Basic Camel Coat

All Under $100
You can never have too many basic, camel coats and this year proves us right once again. As the most versatile piece camel coats can be styled with so many different outfits, it is ridiculous. If you are looking through your wardrobe not being able to find a coat to match most of your outfits these are the ones for you. If you look back at last month's posts you will definitely see that a camel coat like this Superdry Istegade can help you get through every time of the day without having to over think a combination. 


best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Holiday Dual Lipsticks

All Under $100

I am by no means an makeup expert but when it comes to lipsticks I hardly ever miss a good chance to add a few more colors to my collection. Sometimes instead of clothes you need to spoil yourself with a brand new lipstick that will surely upgrade your everyday style without that much effort. Maybe you should even add a holiday packaging to your gift (it always cheers me up!)
best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Silky Wrap Dress

All Under $100

Thank God they brought the satin trend back! I can't get over how romantic yet sexy this fabric looks on women and even though I am not into the total black satin-lace dresses that look like lingerie , the neutral toned once definitely have my heart. If you scroll back a little you will how much these Rococo boots can complement a satin dress like this one .Do you need anything else for your Holiday party outfits?! If you worry about the choice of outwear, what's a better idea than a gray fur coat?

best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Choker Turtleneck

All Under $100

We are back at the comfy side highlighting one of my favorite colors (gray of course!). We have choker necklaces , so not choker sweaters? I always feel like choker sweaters are so incredibly comfortable but definitely not plain. This year I found myself looking more on lace up and choker sweaters than regular ones. I guess I already got caught in this trend. If you already have many sweaters like this one , you can always get your self a velvet choker top to style with your evening outfits .

best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Triple Metal Chokers

All Under $100

Usually metallic chokers are not my top choice but I am sure you have many outfits for this moth that would go perfectly with these types of chokers. I did style a choker ( much close to this one) a few days back with a pair of black denim jeans and a white t-shirt which sounds extremely simple but it was definitely not. It is the holidays, you must feel free to add a little sparkle.

best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Versatile leather skirt

All Under $100

Leather skirts are also trending this season and you are one of the few that did not get their hands on one yet or simply want to spoil yourself with another versatile leather skirt on a budget these are for you.If you do have a black one maybe you should a red one cause both colors can be styled exactly the same way. Personally when I see my black leather skirt all I can think of is a pair of fishnet tights , over the knee boots, a graphic t-shirt and a leather jacket (or maybe a fur coat for December, see bellow)
best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

FAVORITE! Velvet Pumps

All Under $100

Velvet pumps are something that definitely couldn't be left out of this list. Actually I know it is the one thing that you stopped and looked twice . I was looking for a budget option for the last three days, turns out it was not as hard as I first thought. There are plenty of affordable velvet shoes like the Asos SO TRUE on sale for $37 and the Asos SO SWEET on sale for $32 . Even though black is a classic color you should really consider the red one first, this month demands something Christmassy.
best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

The Cozy Knit

All Under $100

If you want to gift your self something for your capsule wardrobe a basic , gray sweater is definitely a wise choice. Knitted goodies can be styled in so many ways , it is a shame to miss the opportunity for something as versatile as this gray turtleneck sweater cause after all we all have those days that we desperately need something cozy and soft to wrap our self  with. Make sure you own all the essential , versatile pieces you need before give in into buying something more statement. At some point in our lives we all looked at our filled wardrobe thinking that we had nothing to wear.

best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

FAVORITE! Gray faux fur

All Under $100

Faux Fur! The answer to every "What I am going to wear with my holiday evening outfits" question. Since faux fur coats came back our lives became a lot easier cause blazer are not as warm as you want to believe and you know it! You can always score the perfect faux fur for a great price like the Wild Pearl leopard print fur for only $54 .

best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Over the knees on budget

All Under $100

It wouldn't be a holiday gift for yourself guide if I did't include over the knee boots because this is probably the main item you can't get enough of. Asos has THE BEST deals when it comes to over the knee boots and so many color choices too! I fell in love with the Asos KINGDOM boots (way under $100) and I literally could't wait to share them.Those few exposed inches of skin can really make a difference to how your whole figure looks like. 
best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Pearl Velvet Box Bag

All Under $100

I found the perfect holiday clutch ( also available in black ) and it has pearls on it! If the following designs doesn't scream "Holiday Mood" I don't know which do. I have so many morning and afternoon bags and clutches but when it comes to eveningwear I can never find something to really love, but yesterday I found myself ordering this design ( mainly because I was sure that If I just put it in my wishlist it would most probably be sold out really fast ).

best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Holiday Liquid Lipsticks

All Under $100


best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Cropped Flare Jeans

All Under $100
Cropped Flare Jeans are something VERY tricky but also very stylish if you choose the right length and pattern for you. If you are as short as I am (1.63) or close to this height then this type of flare pants are not for you. They will instantly make you look a lot shorter and heavier than you actually are. This pair is much more appropriate to your (and my) body type case it ends right above the ankle and adds much more volume from your knees down. Also this type , even thought is it a little shorter, does work well for petite women cause on the its fit and pattern.
best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Tide Earrings

All Under $100

Many of us focus so much on clothes that we usually forget about jewelry. Well, earrings are a great gift for yourself (and for your loved ones) especially when you can find as beautiful designs as these ones. I have always been a fun of pastel stones and rose gold metals . They look so chic and pretty and can be surely combined with every outfit through the day .
best holiday gifts for yourself under $100

Midi Pleated Skirt

All Under $100

Pleated skirts are the new sensation and luckily you can wear your pleated skirt both in summer and winter. Even though neutral tones are much more easily combined , there is something about this wine ,midi skirt that I totally adore. A satin , slim strap top , a satin pleated, midi skirt and a pair of black , lace up pumps is definitely #outfit goals for every holiday party and event and totally appropriate for every circumstance 



 

Personalized gifts for her from small shops #blogmas3

Personalized gifts for her from small shops

Pineal Vision Jewelry

Hammered Sterling Silver Stacking Rings ($45) / Ellipse Stud Earrings ($20) / Meridian Ear Jackets ($25)

At the top of my personalized holiday gift guide is once again Pineal Vision Jewelry's most recent collection.Within the last two years I have been lucky enough to own many of her 100% handmade, original creations and this year is no different. Her recently launched sterling silver collection is maybe out of her ordinary work but definitely something clean, elegant and most importantly versatile .For every women in your life that prefers simple and classic designs (with a twist) these are definitely the best options for a great holiday gift just for her. Apart from her incredible work she also offers gift giving services, the most beautiful personalized gift wrapping (take a look here) along with a handwritten note.

Personalized gifts for her from small shops
Personalized gifts for her from small shops

PLEXIDA

Hand Knit Turban ($22) in 31 colors

Every time I come across a fellow Greek designer I can't help but feel proud. Plexida is a celebration of knitwear, from beanies, to headbands, tops ,scarves and gloves (including a collection for men), in other words? The perfect holiday shopping destination for everything cozy and warm. They offer a wide color palette (31 colors) that can definitely satisfy every women's taste. They also offer a custom order option which allows you to create a truly personalized gift for your loved ones in a very friendly price. 

Personalized gifts for her from small shops

MELZ-JEWELRY

Boho luxury beaded earrings / Friendship Bracelets / Velvet tan beaded choker / Boho necklace

We are back to handmade jewelry and this time I choose a bohemian luxury set that can be styled thought the year. Melz Jewelry are perhaps one of the most unique and inspirational online shops I have even visited in my life Every piece is has its own , remarkable details and the choices ,designs and colors are truly endless (Scroll back up and notice all the details on this choker, I dare you).Why I love Melz Jewelry so much? Mainly because no matter how much I search the internet, I cannot find anything similar to these jewelry designs and two, what is a better personalized gift than a luxury ,handcrafted friendship bracelet?

Personalized gifts for her from small shops

Pineal Vision Jewelry

Raw Amethyst Gemstone Ring ($45)  / Rutile Mineral Stacking Ring ( $45)  / All Cooper Rings

The second gift set from Pineal Vision Jewelry is a few pieces from her main collection. The key elements of her work are mainly raw gemstones that turn into beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings , each one of them electroformed and processed by her in her .You can choose your loved one's favorite color , gemstone , design and customize it in order to meed her sense of style in the best way possible or take it a step further and create a rig set of all her favorite gems. You can find a tone of different designs in her shop page or create your own jewelry piece from scratch !

Personalized gifts for her from small shops
Personalized gifts for her from small shops

Kin Lab Collective

Ombre Tie Dye Scarf ($95) Made in Nepal by the women of a Himalayan Women's Center

There is a whole category of ethnic textiles and handmade designs on the blog since the day it lanced and this personalized gift guide could not be completed without them. Kin Lab is a relatively new store with a great history behind it! Every piece of clothing or jewelry is completely handcrafted by in Nepal by by the women of a Himalayan Women's Center, that provides them with training for valuable skills they can use in the future and a salary that allows them to feel independent and contribute to their families. Kin Lab is a great place to search for the perfect holiday gift during the holidays since it is not only a collection of beautiful, ethic designs but also a great help to these women artisans. You can find all their products here (wait! There is a gorgeous Trancoso Tribal necklace I would like you to see also)

Personalized gifts for her from small shops

Upcycled Styles and Kin Lab Collective

Guatemala Ceramic Pastel Bead Leather Cuff ($70)  / Silver Elephant Bangle (under $20)

Last but not least I stack three statement bracelets from two different small shops that I wish I had during my summer holidays ughh! The elephant silver bangle is my Christmas gift from Upcycled Styles (Yes, you have heard of them a million times before ). They are a group of Hill Tribe  artisans that create eco-friendly textiles and designs while promoting safe working conditions and a living wage as part of their commitment to Fair Trade. The holidays are the greatest time of the year to offer something to our loved once that is not only unique and well-crafted but also comes from people that try to change the world.


 

Two bracelets to wear with every holiday outfit #blogmas2


Two bracelets  to with every holiday outfit
Outfit Details:
PEARL EMBRACE BANGLE FROM THE PEACH BOX 
 ROSE GOLD CUFF FROM DANIEL WELLINGTON

Holidays are all about love, gratitude, glitter and sparkle. If you follow my blog for quite some time you know that even though I am not fond of these two elements above this time of the year everything is different.  Having to choose between so many delicate and beautiful designs in order to pick my top 2 favorite bracelets that can be warn with every holiday outfit was way more difficult than it sounds. I was specifically looking for pieces than can be warn not only through the day but also with every holiday party outfit in December. I found myself leaning towards classic yet chic bracelets that are most importantly comfortable and versatile enough.

Then I had to pick my favorite material (mostly between gold, rose gold and silver) and as always rose gold beat everything else without any effort. Less is definitely more and that's exactly why I usually prefer slim but eye catchy jewelry designs for both my casual and formal attires , or maybe because I don't want to feel any extra wight on my hands, neck etc . Last but not least I feel like bangles and cuffs like these ones are so classic and simple that can be relevant with almost everyone's personal style, especially now that Holiday parties, brunches and gathering are a breath away.

Two bracelets  to with every holiday outfitTwo bracelets  to with every holiday outfit
Use the discount code 'KONSTANTINA' to get a 15% OFF + FREE SHIPPING on any order from Daniel Wellington  till Dec 31

As we are talking about clean and classy designs I could't leave out a collection of my current favorite little black dresses for the Holidays (yes, all of them are under $200). As you can see by my choices bellow December is a celebration of lace for me and what's a better way to wear lace than in a simple, little black dress? Even though black is commonly known as the safest choice it doesn't mean that you can catch everybody's eye with the right pattern and material.


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