2 Bloggers Show Us How to Style Traditional + Non-Traditional Holiday Party Dresses
How to Style a Non-Red or Green Dress This Holiday
Britt: The holidays are my favorite time of year — multiple excuses to get dressed up and wear those party dresses that have been sitting in my closet for far too long! Since I tend not to wear a lot of red or green, my holiday style is all about rich textures and fabrics. There is something about this season that makes me want to wear velvet and lace non-stop.
#StyleHack: As much as I love rich fabrics, they tend to be a bit bulkier and stiffer than your standard cotton or jersey dresses. Therefore, my style hack for the holiday season is to pick not only a festive fabric, but also a flattering silhouette. My go-to is the fit and flare, a style that’s universally flattering on all body types and perfect for doing a little dancing! Use a belt to exaggerate your curves even more — I like a thin belt in a subtle contrast color to keep things chic. Add the flare with a metallic mani and a quirky clutch.
How to Style Traditional Colors for the Holidays
Whit: If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to holiday colors, you can’t go wrong with a festive red or green look. I’m a big believer in sticking to the festive palette — my holiday style mantra is “Go bold!”
I got this dress in 2007 at Zara while I was in Paris. It’s so old, but it’s such a classic piece. I love the high neck collar and cut across the front that makes it feel trendy. It’s a piece I always pull out around the holidays because of the bold red color.
#StyleHack: Style your favorite red or green piece with classic wardrobe staples in neutral tones to keep it feeling anything but cheesy. You can’t go wrong with pieces like a badass biker jacket, haul-everywhere clutch and minimalist strappy heels that’ll tone down the vibrance but amp up the elegance. If you prefer not to go all-over red like the sheath dress I’m wearing, reverse the color combo and amp up your LBD with accessories in fun holiday colors (and, of course, a red lip!).
Britt and Whit are San Francisco style bloggers, but really feel more like your fashion girl bffs — you know, those gals who know how to throw together the most on-point outfit like that. All through December, they’re sharing their best cold weather style hacks! Check back here for tips on how to nail your trickiest winter style dilemmas.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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