Style Edit | Holiday Party Outfits

2017 has flown by so fast! I have admittedly been listening to Christmas music since the beginning of October, so I'm excited that the season where that behavior is acceptable is upon us. It's always nice to get a head start on holiday shopping, and that doesn't just include buying gifts! Now is a great time to start planning outfits for your holiday parties--work events, glam nights out, family dinners--to avoid a panic at the last minute with nothing to wear. Below, a style edit of picks in a range of pieces curated for every occasion! CLICK THE IMAGES TO SHOP EACH STYLE! 

Classic Red..and Green!

Go the classic route and rock the colors of the season! While a red dress is the ubiquitous holiday party outfit of choice, choose a green dress and stand out. I love the metallic green material popping up in House of Harlow's latest collection.

Luxe Fur 

Inject a bit of Old Hollywood glamour to your holiday party ensemble with a cozy fur accessory. Whether its a coat, stole or scarf, adding fur is a great way to spice up a little black dress or even a jeans + boots outfit! From neutral tones to bold colors, fur pieces are available in so many colors and styles right now. For more budget-conscious shoppers, stick to faux fur! 

Metallic Shine 

Give me all the shiny!! Metallics are one of my great joys of the holiday season. Everyone embraces the glimmer and glitz, so this is the perfect time to go bold with metallics. These looks would be great for not only holiday parties, but also New Year's Eve! 

Velvet Everything 

Velvet is a trend I expected to burn out fairly fast, but this trend has some staying power! Personally, I love it--especially for winter! The luxurious, warm feel of this fabric is great for cold months. The texture of velvet (and fur, as shown above) allows you to get away with wearing traditionally "spring/summer colors" in the winter--pastels, white, etc. Crushed velvet is having a MAJOR moment right now. However, my advice is to go easy on the crushed velvet pieces in your wardrobe as I think this variety of velvet is definitely more trendy. However, a holiday look would be a perfect time to try out the crushed velvet trend while it's hot! If you prefer to stick to a classic-style velvet in deep jewel tones or black, this will be a piece to pull out again in seasons to come. 

Keep It Cozy

Not all parties are glittery, cocktail bashes--don't forget your family dinners and lazy lounge sessions by the Christmas tree! When comfort (or hiding your food baby) is key, throw on an oversize sweater and leggings. Sweater dresses are always a great way to create a polished, yet comfortable outfit. Ponchos are my new thing; they are perhaps the only socially acceptable way to go out in public more or less wrapped in a cozy blanket. Yes please, all the ponchos!

Statement Shoes

One of my favorite outfit hacks is simple--just add killer shoes. With any of these looks, your outfit will be instantly elevated. Go with an all black look and add a pop of color or sparkle. Go full out glam and pair statement shoes with one of the metallic or velvet looks shown above! For an irreverent approach to a casual holiday night out with friends, wear an oversize sweater, ripped black skinny jeans...and one of these glitzy pairs! 

Update on Life | Journal

It has been awhile since I've blogged a journal post, and if you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you have probably seen a lot of photos and posts about Kansas City Fashion Week. If you aren't already following me on social media, click here. Lately I've been getting a lot of questions about what I am doing with modeling, how I find photographers to work with, etc. Read on friends and lurkers, I am about to address these issues. 

Photo:  Mira Visu Photography  (2012) 

Photo: Mira Visu Photography (2012) 

When I started Luna Elise nearly a year ago, I definitely didn't consider myself a "model," just a girl with an overdeveloped closet. However, ever since I started shooting with Rebecca from Mira Visu Photography way back in 2012 (see pic above for a throwback to my first ever photoshoot!), she was insistent on my "model status." For those people asking how I get professional photos done--the answer is, start by having photographer friends. For most photographers I've encountered, photography is their passion and they welcome a model with open arms to try out new locations, lighting or styles of photography! Remember, you should NEVER have to pay for modeling images--there are so many talented photogs willing to trade creative time!  

Dave Gillispie and me! :)

Dave Gillispie and me! :)

At this point you are probably saying, "come on Elise, you can't have THAT many photography friends!" To that, I say, yes that's true. I don't even have that many friends in general (too stressful). Once again, Mira Visu's Rebecca has been instrumental by adding me to a photography group on Facebook. I have met so many great photographers through that group who have been excited to work with me. The point here is, value the connections you make, AND learn how to recognize good connections. That guy in your Instagram DMs who wants to shoot in his basement at night=no. Photographer setting up a shoot through a Facebook private and pre-vetted group=yeah man! When you work with a photographer you like, make a friendship with them, and you never know what could come from it. I shot with Dave Gillispie for the Women of K-State Swimsuit calendar in 2012 and we are still friends who shoot together to this day. 

Top:  shopthelocale.com  Shorts: One Teaspoon Shoes: Adidas Bag: Alexander Wang

Top: shopthelocale.com Shorts: One Teaspoon Shoes: Adidas Bag: Alexander Wang

My location has made a huge difference in my blog. I live near KC now and I take full advantage of that. I try to get into the city at least once a week to work with a photographer, meet friends or check out an event. You never know where you're going to meet people! 

Model Selection Photo for TRBrown Fashions

Model Selection Photo for TRBrown Fashions

After a year of blogging, I turned my perception of myself as a model on its head by getting involved in Kansas City Fashion Week. I tried out for the runway and will be walking in three of the four shows in March! This achievement has been HUGE. I've gotten to meet so many amazing designers, models and photographers--and fashion week hasn't even happened yet. I won't lie, I'm slightly nervous for my first time on a runway, but I am excited to push myself out of my comfort zone and take my blog modeling to something next level! Get tickets to see me walk the runway HERE

Photo: Jason Atherton MUA: Sophia Binder Designer: Atelier Samosi 

Photo: Jason Atherton MUA: Sophia Binder Designer: Atelier Samosi 

When you book three shows your first season of fashion week, you get noticed and people want to book you. I was honored to be chosen to represent the first launch of the new Moda Shoot collaborative sponsored by the Kansas City Fashion Council! More on that (and all the photos) in another blog post. 

Behind the scenes:  Shop the Locale  photo shoot 

Behind the scenes: Shop the Locale photo shoot 

The more I have put myself out there, lately I have had photographers approaching me instead of vice versa. Last weekend, I did a fun commercial shoot for ShoptheLocale.com shot by Jerry Wang Photography. It is interesting to try out the commercial side of photography and fun to meet even more fashion and photography friends! 

I am also dabbling in the design end of fashion...but that's all I have to say about that, for now. :)

So, to summarize this tutorial-turned-explication--I am at an exciting point in a process that started years ago when Rebecca first wanted me to style and model a shoot I'm using my resources, feeling things out and having a great time doing it. If photo shoots, runway fittings, and red carpet charity events sound out of reach...don't be so cynical (rich words coming from me, I know). I never in a million years thought I would find these types of opportunities in KC, but you never know until you try. Unfortunate news for the extra lazy out there--you have to actually work to make it happen.

Not Just Another Gift Guide

I follow a lot of fashion bloggers like myself, so I have seen an abundance of gift guides pop up on my feeds lately. There are so many guides out there, and I feel like they are all giving the same kind of presentation. To be honest, I've been a little annoyed with the "gift guide" posts. However, in the spirit of the season, I feel obliged to post some sort of seasonal tidbit. Hopefully these tips will guide you in a more creative direction than the typical for "Mom, Boyfriend, BFF, etc." lists that abound since I will be breaking it down by unique store instead of person. 

Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods has been my go-to for unique gifts for quite some time. This online shop has so many cool products, you will be able to find something perfect and unique for anyone on your list from the beer lover to the map enthusiast. Uncommon Goods will impress your gift recipient as they'll think you took hours finding such a perfect gift--not only are these products super unique, they are also gorgeous pieces that are in most cases handcrafted by small-shop artisans! My favorite of the bunch: The pair of long-distance touch lamps shown above, handcrafted in Kansas! 

Artifact Uprising 

Photos are one of my favorite gifts to give. There is something so unexpected and personal about getting a nice print made as a gift--it's all about presentation. Artifact Uprising takes presentation of photos to a whole new level with their elevated designs. I especially love the clean look of Artifact Uprising's photo books (gifting hack, they offer a photo book formatted for Instagram which syncs directly to your feed!). Every year I get a nice print for my dad of an image taken on our yearly Colorado climbing trip. This year I had the image mounted in the Float Frame, pictured above. 

Candy Club

Candy. Club. The name itself pretty much says it all in why this is a hands down great gift. It's like the jelly of the month club except quite a lot better, because it's candy. Arriving at your doorstep. All year long. Aside from gummies (which I'm obviously partial to), the boxes can contain a range of candy from chocolates to caramel corn. Candy Club offers several levels of plans, so you're sure to find something to satisfy the sweet tooth on your holiday shopping list. 

Mou Footwear

Step aside Ugg boots (pun intended)--Mou Footwear is giving the puffy boot a fresh look. Mou offers men's and children's shoes as well as women's, so you will be able to find unique slippers or boots for everyone on your list. I guarantee once you browse the Mou site, you'll want to put these bad boys on your own Christmas list too! 

ColourPop Cosmetics

These eyeshadows from ColourPop Cosmetics should be on everyone's Christmas list--for beauty junkie friends as well as in your own makeup bag. Not only are the shades gorgeous, but they are for a great cause. ALL proceeds go to No-Kill Los Angeles, an organization that helps homeless pets avoid euthanasia. Since population of homeless animals in LA is so high, pets in shelters have as little as 24 hours before they are put to sleep. NKLA and ColourPop are trying to help these poor little guys buy more time and get homes. This is the best gift of all--gifting AND gifting back! 

Bonus--Gift for Medical Professionals

Not only do I live and love with a doctor, I also have several friends and family who work in the medical field. I have not read "When Breath Becomes Air" (yet), but Kalanithi writes about mortality from the perspective of a neurosurgeon in this nonfiction selection. Mortality weighs heavy on those in the medical field, and learning to live with it is one of the daily challenges. Perhaps this book will convey insight to the medical professional on your gift list. Additionally, I 100% recommend giving books in this sad era of non-readers! 

That does it for my gift guide! I hope it stood out just a little from the crowd. Comment below and let me know what you thought! What is on your Christmas list this year? Make sure to follow me on Instagram and like my Facebook page so you don't miss a thing here on LunaElise--exciting stuff coming soon! ;)

 

 

Revolve Holiday Shop | Style Edit

Once again, Revolve has made event styling easy with its Holiday Shop. I have previously raved about the amazing break down of styles for weddings in the Revolve Wedding shop, and the holiday shop lives up to expectations. It can be tough to figure out what to wear for each of your many holiday functions--cheers to Revolve for breaking it down and playing stylist to curate a selection of outfits for each holiday occasion! Below are my picks from each of the categories on the Revolve Holiday Shop. 

Office Party

Lovers + Friends Harley Top 

Lovers + Friends Harley Top 

For an office party, you want to keep things classy yet fun. This top by Lovers + Friends (a great Los Angeles brand) achieves that perfect balance. The long sleeves give it class and modesty while the cropped length and deep neckline make it subtly sexy. Pair it with the matching skirt or with black skinny jeans. 

Family Time

Free People

Free People

Giant sweater dresses--the ultimate winter life hack. As pictured, I would team this one by Free People with over-the-knee boots (flat heel for ultimate holiday comfort), and tights if it was super cold. Since this is technically a dress, you'll get all the benefits of looking nice for family photos while still enjoying the singular comforts of a giant sweater. Added bonus: you can binge on delicious mashed potatoes and pie with no food baby regrets in this little number. 

Friend's Soiree

NBD

NBD

Assuming the rare chance that your friend decides to throw a bash involving attire other than tacky sweaters, Revolve has you covered. Holiday parties are usually dominated by the seasonal Christmas red frocks, but why not give the sometimes forgotten green a go? Velvet is such a perfect fabric for the holidays with its sumptuous sheen, and this frosty olive color is absolutely to die for. This dress by NBD is perfect for that party where elegance meets vodka shots.

A Fancy Affair

Halston Heritage

Halston Heritage

If you're lucky enough to have a holiday event on the agenda that is more red carpet than red solo cup, you might as well go all out. This icy silver slip by the classic American designer, Halston Heritage, screams glamour. Amp it up with bold accessories--heels, sparkly jewelry and a fur jacket to give it the look a touch of old Hollywood glitz. 

The Sleepover

Spiritual Gangster

Spiritual Gangster

Revolve has been thoughtful enough to make sure we are stylish even during a very lazy time of the holiday season--the snow day with your friends, the chill evenings with family after the holiday meal cycle. Spiritual Gangster not only is an awesome brand name, but their "Believe in Miracles" sweatshirt couldn't be more perfect for the holiday season. How freakin' cute are the stars on the elbows?? Throw this on with black yoga pants or gray joggers and you will be recovering from your food coma in style. 

The Holiday Shop: Dresses

If you have browsed the pre-curated collections listed above and just haven't found "the one," don't worry. Revolve also collected a bunch of holiday-ready dresses for us to be indecisive about. Above are some of my favorites from the general holiday dress style edit.

If you guys are anything like me, dressing for events can be stressful because I always want to find the perfect look. As always, I can't recommend Revolve enough for making this process easier. It really feels like you have a stylist at your fingertips! I hope this post was helpful to you guys--please share your holiday looks as we head into the most festive of seasons! Use the hashtag #LunaElise. I would love to see what looks you put together.