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what to wear + new year's eve

I'm jumping the gun a little bit and going straight to New Year's Eve prep. Fortunately and unfortunately, I believe I've used up all my festive holiday spirit already...and it's only December 23rd. I went to Santacon in NYC a couple weekends ago, and last weekend was my family's holiday party. I've been listening to Christmas music since October, and honestly with the combination of parties and work I am very exhausted. 

I also have completely dropped the ball on posting, which I completely apologize here is a what to wear post for New Year's Eve. 

Last year, my friends and I went out in Stamford, CT. It was a big deal since we were all finally 21, and could actually go out (legally) to a bar for the holiday. This year it's a bit trickier since all my friends live in different places around the country, and no one really knows what the "cool thing" to do is on NYE. 

But, as of yesterday, I've got two celebrations to go to (no idea what my game plan is going to be considering on is in Manhattan and the other in Brooklyn), but let's be real...the fun part is the hair, makeup, and outfit. 

I'll get to the hair and makeup in another post next week, but today, here are my favorite options for what to wear on NYE. 

Black Jumpsuit I've put this on my what to wear + holiday party post, and I'll put it on this post too. This jumpsuit is literally the best option for dressing up or down, and for a multitude of situations. I'd go with black for this specific occasion. 

 I am 90% sure I'm wearing booties next Saturday night. They're the most comfortable option, and can be worn with basically anything. I love these leopard print booties with an all black outfit.

Choker THE CHOKER. So ideal for NYE. I'm personally going for a gold layered choker, but literally any kind works.  

Clutch / Crossbody Bag Just don't bring anything without a long strap. I always have my black Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac with me, but don't be afraid to be festive with your crossbody as well. This Box Clutch from Revolve is a clutch and crossbody.

Fringe Earrings If you're not wearing a choker, go for statement earrings. I'm trying to be more adventurous with my jewelry choices (it's usually gold hoop earrings or nothing). New Year's resolution? 

Leather Jacket You're not going to be wearing a puffy coat out (as sad as that may be - there's nothing worse than being cold when going out), so stick to a leather jacket as your source of warmth. 

Romper Yeah it's going to be cold in New York and yeah that's going to suck but I love rompers, especially long sleeve rompers. I originally was going to wear this very tight black dress with cutouts (why not, ya know), but I just found this long sleeve backless romper that's actually perfect for the night! Here's the question: what are y'alls thoughts on tights and rompers? Comment below and let me know!!

Sequined anything Dresses, tops, bodysuits, skirt, pants, LITERALLY ANYTHING. I know it's so cliché to wear sequins on New Year's Eve but whatever they're fun and festive. Don't wear a gold or silver bodycon sequin dress, because absolutely not, but a black shift dress or silver skirt with a high neck bodysuit - much better. I am loving this bustier-inspired bodysuit from House of Harlow...great for the holiday season in general.

What are y'all wearing / doing for New Year's Eve?

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what to wear + holiday office party

It's office holiday party time. While I'm 99% sure my own office doesn't have a party, I've been helping my friends out with what to wear to their own. 

The goal is to stay appropriate, while still wearing something different than you would actually wear to work. 

Here are some of my favorite options for a work Christmas party.

Tuckernuck Peplum Top I've been loving Tuckernuck lately. Definitely for the kids at the preppy table. I think this black peplum top is so chic, especially with huge tassel earrings (Baublebar has them in literally every color). Pair with black leather skinny pants!

J. Crew Plaid Bow-Shoulder Top With black skinny pants? Yes. Great for a messy bun and red lipstick, which leads me to...

Red Lipstick I prefer the Kylie Lip Kit in Mary Jo K, but this Urban Decay Vice Lipstick (shown above) is perfect for the holiday season. 

Madewell Velvet Slip Dress Velvet is always good for a holiday party. I am actually wearing a velvet dress to my family's party I've been talking about for weeks! This Madewell version is great to dress up or down, and you'll definitely wear it beyond your office Christmas party.

Club Monaco Jumpsuit For the tall girls. I have been obsessed with Club Monaco lately, and I actually tried this jumpsuit on to see how much I like it. Unfortunately, it's better suited for girls 5'7 and taller (my 5'5 frame was drowned), but SUCH a great pick for a year round jumpsuit. 

J. Crew Lace Pencil Skirt My mother is actually wearing this to an office party, with a tartan shirt and pearls. Perfect.

Kendall + Kylie Knotted LBD Honestly really liked Kendall + Kylie's clothing line. I have a dress that's similar to this that I wear to work all the time, but I like this particular dress because of the slit. It's also knee length, which makes it a little less questionable.

Jeffrey Campbell Ankle-Strap Sandals Sandals in December? You're going to be inside, so whatever. These are thick strapped and just amazing in general.

What are y'all wearing to your office holiday party?

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beauty + the blunt cut

We're totally in the time of year where I get super bored with my hair and want to just chop it all off. 

Two years ago in January I made my millionth "big chop," but since then I've been growing it out. It is currently the longest I've ever had it since 7th grade (so almost 10 years), and don't get me wrong, I like it a lot, I just get so bored, so easily. 

So, I've been looking at blunt bob/lob pictures on Pinterest.

I do not like layers. At all. I have too much hair to completely forgo all layers, which is a shame, but the dream would to have a blunt cut. 

More realistically for me, I would have a blunt cut at the ends, with invisible layers throughout to lighten the load. 

The important thing with a blunt cut is to use the correct products so it doesn't triangle out or become a "mom bob." This is a nod to the post I wrote last year, "Beauty + The Cool Girl Bob." Product is everything with a short cut. You want your hair to be thick and messy, but still manageable and definitely not crunchy. 

I love the Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, and obviously the best texturizing product of all time, the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spay. Bumble and Bumble's Un-Dressing Creme was a favorite when I was figuring out how to work with my ultra-short cut a couple of years ago, and a good curling iron to strategically wave out your hair works wonders. 

I've been stalking Anh Co Tran and Kristin Ess' instagrams lately to see if I become particularly inspired. Just makes me want to have an in-house hairstylist. 

Unfortunately for me, whenever I cut my hair, I immediately become focused on growing it out again, and never fully enjoy having it being short and swingy and so easy to manage. Will I actually let temptation take over and cut my hair? We shall see. I'm starting a new job in January so it may be time for new job, new year, new haircut! 

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beauty + my new fave foundation

Fairly certain every woman is constantly on the hunt for the perfect foundation. 

I myself am a crazy person and have tried five different kinds since August. 

Honestly no shame though, foundation is so tricky. You never know how the color is going to change throughout the day (thanks oxidation), and each person's skin reacts differently to each different formula. 

I did my research with this product. I watched YouTube videos, stalked Instagram posts, and read  the comments section on Sephora. I was deciding between this foundation and Born This Way by Too Faced, and after hounding a consultant at Sephora, I chose the Ultra HD Foundation. 

The question that the woman at Sephora asked me that really was the deciding factor was, "Are you in a lot of photos?" Considering I'm a 22 year old ex-sorority girl lifestyle blogger, yes.

I recently just took my family Christmas card picture, and I wore this foundation...absolutely unreal how untraceable this product is. It's a tiny bit darker than my skin tone, but blends very well so it's not very noticeable. But, there are like 40 different color choices so it's fairly easy to find one that matches your skin. When I was buying it, I was in a rush, carrying two bags that collectively weigh more than I do, and wearing heels that killed my feet, so I just wanted to get in and out of Sephora as quick as I could.

For daytime, I wear a thin layer to even out my skintone. If I'm going out, I layer it a little bit more. It's medium-coverage, but it doesn't feel heavy in the slightest. One pump of it is enough to have a light layer, which is perfect.

For the time being, this is my new favorite foundation. I change my mind every other week about what products I like and use consistently, so stay tuned if I decide to actually buy the Too Faced foundation as an extra option. 

Happy Thursday! It's been INSANE at work this week and honestly I just want to stay home and chill this weekend, but one of my best friends from college is visiting on Friday so I'm staying in the city this weekend. I get out of work in two weeks so I'll get to relax then! 

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