The holidays can be a source of stress in many ways – with the pressure of finding the perfect gifts, working hard to finish the year on a strong note and getting ready to welcome next year with a fresh start. With so much going on, there is no reason your wardrobe should be contributing to the stress (or depleting your finances for that matter) during this already high-strung time of year.
To give you a head start, check out some great outfit ideas that you can pull together for your next Holiday Party or Get-Together – based on items that most likely already live in your closet. All you need are some finishing touches (think glittery nail polish, eye shadow & red lipstick), and you’ll be lighting up the party in no time! And honestly, who doesn't love saving some money?
Items to play with:
- Chambray Shirt
- Black Pants
- White Button-Down
- Suit Blazer
- Camisole Top
- Skinny Dark Jeans
- Your Favorite Pumps
- Shift Dress
- Statement Piece of Jewelry (Necklace, Bracelet or Earrings)
Additionally, you’ll need: Festive makeup (Red Lipstick, Glittery Nail Polish, Shimmery Eye Shadow).
Office Potluck/ Company Christmas Party:
OUTFIT FORMULA: Chambray Shirt + Black Pants + Statement Necklace + Glittery Nail Polish + Your Favorite Pumps
Wear the shirt tucked in or tied at the waist to create an hourglass figure definition. Your statement necklace and glittery makeup and polish will give this otherwise simple outfit holiday power.
Friends Get-Together (that you might bring your date to):
OUTFIT FORMULA: Black Pants + Camisole Top + Your Favorite Pumps + Statement Earrings + Red Lipstick
The camisole top is revealing and sexy, playing up your curves in a demure way. Pairing the outfit with earrings instead of a necklace will make the top feel even more festive, drawing attention to your neck and face. Don’t forget a touch of red lipstick to put you in the holiday spirit!
Holiday Drinks With Clients:
OUTFIT FORMULA: Shift Dress + Suit Blazer + Statement Bracelet + Your Favorite Pumps + Glittery Nail Polish
Keeping your shift dress partially covered with a blazer will give it a more sophisticated feel, drawing attention to your arms with a bangle bracelet and glittery polish will add a nice touch of glamour to your look.
OUTFIT FORMULA: White Button-Down + Camisole Top + Skinny Dark Jeans + Shimmery Eye Shadow + Your Favorite Pumps + Statement Necklace
Roll-up the sleeves on your shirt and leave it open so that your camisole top can show through – this way you’ll also have several hemlines at your disposal to create the proper proportions. The statement necklace and shimmery eye shadow will link together to create the relaxed polished feel, and you can still stay comfortable but fashionable even when hanging out with your closest relatives.
Hot Holiday Date:
OUTFIT FORMULA: Dark Skinny Jeans + Camisole Top + Suit Blazer + Shimmery Eye shadow + Statement Earrings + Your Favorite Pumps + Red Lipstick
Date outfits around the holidays definitely call for some added feminine glamour. Your skinny jeans always make you look comfortable yet… well…skinny, right? So why not pair them with a sexy cami & polish the outfit off with your well-fitted blazer. Opt for heels over flats to make you feel more confident, and red lips will create contrast with your teeth, making them appear even more dazzling as you’ll be smiling at your date all the way through your fun holiday-inspired night!
Personally, I am over the top excited that we are on the cusp of turning the page on not only a new year but also on a new 10-year window of opportunities and possibilities!
You may be thinking, whoa…I am just embracing the fall season…yikes… it is tough to think about a new decade!
Yet it is this groundwork, this forward thought that you put in place TODAY that will propel you and lead you into greatness in 2020 and beyond. Designing a new decade rests in your ability to vision, in your willingness to be curious, in your awareness of where you are now and what you most want to curate. Essentially, curating what's next is about tapping into today with confidence, conviction, and decision. Leading YOU starts now. This is your new next. It is your choice.
Sometimes to get to that 'next', you need to take a step back to reflect. Please pardon my asking you to spend time in yesterday. Those who know me personally, know that I created and continue to grow my business based on enabling the present moment as a springboard for living your legacy. So, indulge me here! True, I am asking you to peek into the past, yet it is only in order for you to bring the essence of that past forward into this moment called NOW.
One of the best ways to tap into what's next is to clarify what drives you. To design a new decade, ask yourself this question about the past ten years:
What worked? What were my successes?
Make a list of your achievements big and small. Don't type them, but rather use ink and paper and sit with and savor them. Move your thoughts and your successes from your head, to your heart, to your pen, to the paper. Remember that on the flip side of goals not attained and New Year's resolutions abandoned, there was more than likely some traction and action that moved you forward, even if the end result was not what you expected. Once you have a full list of a decade's worth of personal and professional accomplishments, think about how this makes you feel. Do you remember celebrating all of them? My guess is no. So, celebrate them now. Give them new life by validating them. Circle the successes that resonate with you most right now. Where can you lean into those accomplishments as you power into the decade ahead?
Now comes a tougher question, one that I used myself in my own mid-life reinvention and a question I adore because in a moment's time it provides you with a quick reconnect to your unique inner voice.
If it were 10 years ago and nothing were standing in your way, no fear or excuses to contend with…what would you do?
Don't overthink it. The brilliance of this question is that it refocuses purpose. Whatever first came to mind when you answered this for yourself is at its core a powerful insight into defining and redefining the FUTURE decade. Bring your answer into the light of today and what small piece of it is actionable NOW? Where is this resonating and aligning with a 2019 version of yourself?
Then, based on your success list and your answer to the above question, what is your 2020 vision for your business and for the business of YOU?
Designing a new decade begins as a collection of 3,650 opportunities. 3,650 blank slates of new days ahead in which to pivot and propel yourself forward. Every single one of those days is a window into your legacy. An invitation to be, create, explore, and chip away at this thing we call life. One 24-hour segment at a time.
While you have a decade ahead to work on design improvements, you have the ability to begin manifesting this project of YOU Version 2020 right NOW. Based on exploring the exercises in this post, begin executing your vision. Ask questions. Be present. Let go of 2019 and the past 10 years so that you can embrace the next 10. Position acceptance and self-trust at the forefront of how you lead you. One choice at a time.
Don't get bogged down in the concept of the next 10 years. Instead position clarity and intention into each new day, starting today. Then chase every one of those intentions with an in-the-moment commitment and solution toward living a legendary life!