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Dressed Up: Christmas Cocktail Party


I am definitely one of those people who feels tempted to buy something new for every occasion–something that would be just perfect for whatever I’m attending. When it comes to Christmas parties, that “something” is probably a cute red dress that is just right for December, but hangs in my closet for the rest of the year. Over the last few years, I’ve been making a much more concerted effort to stay away from impulse purchases and invest in classic pieces that can be mixed and matched in a hundred different ways. Case in point? My favorite little black dress, and even though it was ironically an impulse buy before an event (I suppose there are exceptions to any rule :)), I find myself pulling it out anytime I’m not sure what to wear. The versatility of an LBD is far from news, but it bears repeating at a time when I’m tempted by red and gold party dresses–with a few sparkly accessories (and a bright red lip, of course), this look is just as festive!

Christmas cocktail party outfitPearl tassel necklaceEssie Forever YummySparkly hair clipSparkly gold heelsCheers Y'all napkinsDress, pearl tassel necklace, link bracelet (similar here and here), gold heels, hair clip, red lipstick, red nail polish






  1. Kelly says:

    I love the gold sparkly heels!! So precious. And you can’t go wrong with an LBD that has scallops ;)

  2. Stephanie says:

    Such a classic yet festive look, Lisa! I have these gold heels, and they’re especially perfect this time of year!!

  3. Dana says:

    very cute! That necklace is a new style element for you!

  4. Kyla Fetzner says:

    The scallop detail is my favorite! You are lovely, Lisa :)

  5. Dave says:

    I’d take that girl to a Christmas party ;) Great post hun!

  6. Jadzia says:

    Red statement jewelry would also make it festive and very Christmas-y! You look great! Your photographer did a great job too!

  7. I have this dress in navy and I love it! I bought it for my son’s baptism this past July and I’m counting the days for another event to wear it to!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Love this look, Lisa! Especially the necklace- so cute!


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