Christmas Party | Outfit Details

Like I said in yesterday’s post, Saturday night was Christopher’s work Christmas party. Every year, they have a dinner at a really nice restaurant downtown (the last two years it’s been at Saltlik). The first year we went, two years ago, Chris wasn’t sure of the dress code and after asking one of his colleagues, thought that jeans would be okay. We showed up in jeans (though still dressed nice) and all the other wives were wearing cocktail dresses and I felt so out-of-place. I’m one who would rather be over dressed than under dressed, so that night was difficult for me. I’m sure no one else noticed it, or remembers it, but I did and I do, so every year I feel like I’m trying to make up for that. This year, I knew I wanted to find a classic dress and special shoes. I searched high and low for the perfect black dress (and shared my favourites in this post), but couldn’t find one that had everything I wanted at my price point. While shopping for something else a few weeks back, I found a dark green/teal dress that was the perfect silhouette. I bought it a week later, and was so happy that I did. Since I didn’t get a sequin or glitter dress, I decided to go with sequined shoes. Keep reading for all of the details!

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Lip gloss // Dress // Necklace // Nails // Clutch // Pumps

I love the retro yet modern fit of this dress. The colour is great, since it will see me well beyond the holidays, and can be easily dressed up or down. The clutch, which was the first item I bought nearly two months ago will see me through many date nights and evening parties. I love the gold detailing and the art deco feel to it. For my makeup, I decided to go with a bronzed smokey eye with a bit of champagne/gold in the centre of the lid to add some dimension and extra shimmer. I used matte shades from the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette as transition shades and for smoking out the outer edge and underneath my waterline. For the bronze, I used the L’Oreal Infallible Shadow in “Bronzed Taupe” and added “High” (also in the Naked Smoky Palette) for that hint of champagne/gold. Although I probably didn’t need it (and they ended up causing me some issues later in the evening by becoming unglued), I added some lashes to finish off the eyes. Originally I wanted to use a red lip, but decided to go with a nude pink gloss in order to keep it simple (since I’d already added the lashes), and I was already making us late. Though I love everything about this look, what makes it is these shoes. I’ve received so many compliments on them so far (I also wore them to church yesterday) and love over-the-top — but not tacky — they are.

What is your go-to look for parties this time of year?