Surviving the Holidays: {She Likes to Party}

First of all, I need to say thank you for all of the sweet comments on yesterday's post! I'm glad everyone enjoyed the pics and that y'all think S and I aren't a completely hideous couple. The things you said made this Southern girl blush : )

I've gotten several of the same questions via email in the past couple of days, so I thought I'd get those knocked out first:

1) Where did you get the brown coat in the pic from yesterday? Where did you get the top you wore to the Ryman?

The coat came from Victoria's Secret's fall catalog last year and I love it! I would love to provide a link to it online, but I think it has been retired : ( Tweed is super durable and the style is classic, so I have a feeling I'll be wearing it for several years to come.

The top came from Francesca's (Rise of the Venus blouse in Burgundy, $38) and I purchased it last week at their Pinnacle Hills Promenade location.

2) I need a great leather moto-style jacket and don't want to spend a fortune, (i.e. under $150)...any tips on where I might look?

I'm in the market for one myself, so I did a little digging for ya. I love the BB Dakota Avery Washed Leather Moto Jacket ($119.99) from Piperlime and also the Fleece Collar PU Biker Jacket ($125) from Topshop.


Now for holiday survival...

I'm not sure about you chicas, but my social calendar is positively bursting with exclusive and very fancy party invitations for the next 30 days, (insert sarcasm here.)

I mean, I have friends and all, but the attire for our get-togethers usually consists of cute jeans/heels (dressy) or maybe even tacky Christmas sweaters (not dressy) when the mood strikes, and doesn't typically involve party dresses or ball gowns.

There's always that one holiday function that calls for a little extra effort in the wardrobe department and when that invite arrives, I want to be prepared.

I usually advise my style clients to keep one to two complete dressier holiday looks on hand during November-January for more formal parties. No matter where you're going, one of these looks is bound to work for wow-ing your friends and co-workers, (and maybe even your main squeeze), during the holidays:

Diamante Trim Shift Dress, Cream and Pearl ring, Embellished Box Bag, Brighten in Moonlight all from TopShop

Grid Beaded Neckline Dress, Ronnie Twist Sandals, Stone Embossed Ring, Liquid Eyeliner in Rook all from Topshop

Tibi Sequin Dress, Nine West Verbenia, Steven by Steve Madden Hard Case Clutch, Essie polish in Velvet Voyeur

City of Lights Dress,  Fireworks at Midnight Heel, Street Level 103 clutch, Mac Creamsheen Glass in Just Superb

Do you have a go-to dress or ensemble for holiday parties? If so, submit your winning looks to StyleBy.Me and maybe you'll be featured on the site!

P.S.- The skirt at the top of the post comes from ModCloth, the Un-tulle You Skirt. Thanks for asking, Meg!

Be blessed, lovelies-


  1. I love all of these looks. I have one dressy holiday party this year but i'm recycling a dress so nothing new.

  2. Ahh! You are my fashion emergency life saver! Where can I get that gorgeous tule polka dot skirt in the very first photo?? Did I miss it?!


    It's exactly what I've been looking for! Thanks for these look collaborations - definitely a helpful guide for holiday gatherings! :)

  3. oh, i am DYING for that topshop dress...ahhhhhh

  4. Soooo I'm behind on my blog reading, and just read your Ryman post ... and I totally went to high school with S. Just an FYI. hahaha, small world!!

  5. I want that white Topshop dress RIGHT NOW! haha.

  6. Gorgeous looks, its always good to have a few great outfit ideas in mind (because you never know what amazing party invites are just around the corner!!)

  7. I love the shoes for the glam party and edgy evening! And the clutch for the formal affair is precious!!!

  8. That eggplant dress is amazing. Thanks for the email yesterday :)

  9. I love the shiny soiree idead! Super cute & could go from day to night!!

  10. Oh, God Bless AMERICA, I wanted that top cream and silver dress from Diamante for the silver and white party I'm going to! But it's sold out! Dangit.

    Great outfits, Leslie! I'd wear it ALL!

  11. I love that dress you have for a glam party! So cute!

  12. I'm a fan of the LBD for holiday parties. You can either make it pop with bright red lips or glam it up with silver jewelry!

  13. I just joined Bon Bon Rose Girls' Rosebuds. I saw your blog on their list. It is a pleasure to "meet" you!


  14. get me to a Shiny Soiree, stat!! i just want a reason to wear that outfit. and great choice on the MAC lipglass - i own that color and love it! now to find a soiree...

  15. ooooh I love that first skirt and last dress! So adorable.

  16. You, my friend, have the best fashion posts EVER! You give great tips on clothes, cards, holiday attire... You rock! Now if you could help me come up with something to get my boyfriend's mother who I ADORE and want a gift that expresses the same without being overly, I think I'd leap for joy! ha! :) Happiest of Turkey Days to you, my friend!

  17. All of these looks are so wonderful!



  18. That last dress is amazing! I would love to be able to pull something like that off!

  19. I love all of the sparkles and frills that are in this season! What fun!


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