Festive Flare / Giveaway

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Festive Flare - The Life Styled

If I'm not careful, this whole holiday festive wear thing can end up becoming a major obsession/distraction from all the other important things going on around this time of year. Exhibit A: I spent an entire day this weekend shopping for the perfect pieces to wear to a party, brought home armfuls of stuff, then ended up wearing an outfit comprised entirely of stuff I already had, and now all the new stuff is going back. Oops. There went that Saturday! In order to avoid things getting out of hand, I'm finding that it helps to get your hands on just a few key individual pieces that jump out at you, and can be paired with other things in your closet. That way you don't feel like you have to run out and buy entirely new looks for every party, yet you still feel like you're wearing something fresh and new from previous years. For example, the new pieces in this outfit are a statement necklace and sparkly ShoeMint boots which I've been having fun repeating in various party outfits this season (pssst! ShoeMint is giving away a pair of shoes to one lucky reader! Details below). These pieces brought an element of newness to a vintage gold tuxedo jacket that I got a couple of years ago but always forget about, and staples like a white tee and black tennis skirt. It's a win win- the bank remains unbroken yet I'm all dressed up and ready to go!

Festive Flare - The Life Styled

Festive Flare - The Life Styled

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Festive Flare / The Life Styled

Festive Flare / The Life Styled

Festive Flare / The Life Styled

Festive Flare - The Life StyledVintage tuxedo jacket (similar here and here) / J.Crew necklace / Isabel Marant for H&M tee (similar) / T by Alexander Wang skirt / Commando tights / BCBG clutch (similar) / Michael Kors watch / Kate Spade ring / ShoeMint 'Nadine' booties (c/o)

GIVEAWAY: One lucky winner will win 1 pair of shoes of their choice! You can enter by paying a visit to ShoeMint, signing up if you haven't already (completely free, no obligation to buy anything), and then leaving a comment on this post about which pair you'd like to get your hot little hands on. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only. If you're not familiar ShoeMint, it is free, members-only website offering stylish, high quality, affordable shoes designed by Rachel Bilson and her stylist Nicole Chavez, and manufactured by Steve Madden. Each month you get personalized style recommendations of real leather shoes, each at $79.95. Not too shabby! In fact, you may have noticed from a few of my posts that ShoeMint shoes have been starting to show up in my wardrobe quite a bit...

DISCOUNT: ALSO, ShoeMint was kind enough to offer a 20% discount to readers who are making a first time purchase! Just use this link and shop away!

Photography by Ian Sheppard
*This post was sponsored by ShoeMint. All opinions are my own.