It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
The most wonderful time of the year has finally arrived - Christmas. Christmas trees are up, the neighbour's over the top lights are visible from miles away and we're ringing in the holiday cheer with some classic, beloved Christmas films. (Home Alone, anybody?) Duvet days also become acceptable especially when you're snowed in but hey, I'm not complaining. Having said that, we can all agree that Christmas is a stressful time of year too. With numerous Christmas parties, outings, gift exchanges and shopping, it can all get too much. Thankfully, I've managed to keep on top of it all this year which still comes as a surprise to me considering that in previous years I've always left it to the very last minute. It has been overwhelming but It feels good to be on top of things, allowing me to carve out time for some social fun.
What does Christmas mean to you? To me, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus and spending time with friends and family. We grow up celebrating Christmas with our families but after we move away as young adults, it becomes more difficult. From being a University student, part time retail assistant and now a young professional, trust me I know the struggle. After 4 years living away from my family, Christmas is the perfect time to reconnect, spread Christmas cheer, attend church services together and gratefully eat Christmas dinner, nom! I also cherish Christmas reunions with my childhood friends, cracking jokes and reminiscing on the good old days - what more can you ask for? Working in an office also comes with the perks of having a flexible-ish rota, allocating more time to spend with family. And may I add that this is officially my first Christmas as a graduate. No deadlines. No exams. F R E E D O M. I'm sorry, students!
Being in the spirit of Christmas and all, I have to say that 2017 has been a year full of ups and downs but I am extremely grateful for all the things in life that I am fortunate enough to have. We speak about the hustle and bustle of everyday life, making excuses and tend to forget how lucky we are to have shelter, food on the table and people that genuinely care for us. There are so many people in the world that do not have the same luxuries as the rest of us and for that, I remain thankful not just at Christmas but every single day.
Gratitude. Kindness. Compassion
Now is a good time to show gratitude for the people who anchor you. Taking some time to be appreciative of what you have in your life, is what will make the most difference to you.
People you are close to, or friends that are not near, but have impacted you in some way - they matter.
Taking time to feel the gratitude - This is what matters.
Expressing that gratitude - It matters.
I thought I'd steer up this post by showing some enthusiasm for Christmas, but I'm sure you've been waiting for the outfit deets. Are you ready to get the low down on the outfits featured in this post? Keep reading, sweet pea...
So, I had the honour of shooting in London with the beaut Alisha Dandy. I selected 4 looks for this editorial - The Faux Fur Jacket, The Velvet Dress, The Suit and The Sequins. I've opted for some easy, and definitely wearable, Christmas outfits which YOU can even incorporate into your festive wardrobe. Instead of packing away these pieces come January, I can assure you that I've found plenty of ways to wear them post holidays. A lot of people think the glitz and glam of Christmas equates to 'drama dressing' but let's be real - you don't have to be adorned in glamorous glitter or even have to strut in the BADDEST dress. Make do with the simple things. Following on from my current obsession with all things basic but stylish, I've gone for 4 pieces this season that I can even incorporate with into my work wardrobe. You know you're getting old when all you care about is finding the right outfits for work... sigh!
It's Winter - everyone needs a faux fur coat. I have to say that I am a massive fan of all the faux fur coats currently available on the high street.
A velvet dress paired with ankle boots - This will definitely be my go-to outfit for the office!
A Cord suit? - the fashionista in me wants to take her suit game to another level! I'm blending in with Christmas, sporting a dark green corduroy suit and red turtleneck knit.
Sparkle and Sequins - I love me some subtle shine.
Sequin Top (Similar)
Side Slit Satin Trousers (Similar)