Recreating Holiday Bling

It's a blessedly slow and lazy Christmas Eve here at chez Rae, so I wanted to record my extra-shiny holiday outfit. I had thought I'd get a photo at the party but never did, so this is a recreation from Dec. 21st. 

This $20 H&M dress fits like it was made for me. I last wore it to a bridal shower with bare legs and white chain sandals, but now I'm plotting ways to wear it more often. Styled here with patterned tights, a coincidentally matchy jeweled necklace (birthday gift from my lovely friend Stella!), faux pearl bracelet, and suede Gucci sandals (handed down from my BFF - my toes don't really hang over like they do in the pic, they slipped forward some as I was crouching down to shoot my own feet). 

The biggest hit was this satiny Karen Millen emerald green coat, which I got off Ebay before my dad's wedding. DH didn't remember it from before, but he is still talking about it - says it might be the coolest thing I own. I said lets go out somewhere fancy so I can wear it again! lol

I hope you are having a great, fashionable, shiny, happy holiday!

Jessica Howard shrug - Macy's
Graphic print dress - H&M
Spanx tights - $1 at flea market
Gucci sandals - hand me down
NY&Co. necklace - bday gift
Pearl bracelet set - $1 at flea market
Karen Millen coat - Ebay

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  • Gracie replied 5 years ago

    The dress is great, all well-put together, but that coat and its color? A-mazing!  Glad you recreated the outfit!

  • Jewell replied 5 years ago

    You're looking svelte in every photo! I love the matchy-ness of the necklace and dress. The coat is fab- what a way to wear the 2013 color of the year!

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Amazing look. Finding a perfect dress is really a holy grail quest - and you have several!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 5 years ago

    Love it and so great that you took the effort to recreate it for all of us to view! 

  • lyn* replied 5 years ago

    I love this dress - you're right, it's perfect for you! And the tights are just darling! :) Glad you're having a quiet time of the year.

  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    Oh! I love your dress! Your hair is getting longer, too!

    Merry Christmas, Rae!

  • Lyn D. replied 5 years ago

    Your trench is so very Christmas-y here!
    The sandals work well with your tights, and create a party feel for sure.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Fantastic dress- better on you than the hanger by far!

  • annagybe replied 5 years ago

    So nice!  Wait well I don't think you really do nice. So uh, sparktacular. 
    Though that may be the French Chablis and Canadian ice wine talking right now. 

  • karymk replied 5 years ago

    Rae, I understand that feeling when you find a great priced item that fits like you were the fit model!!!! The dress looks great.  Emerald seems to be a great color for you too! Will you be seeking more of this in 2014???

  • Catnip replied 5 years ago

    Smashing outfit!  By the way, you have great legs and look wonderful in those shoes and stockings.  The green coat is fab!

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    The dress, the green coat, the necklace... It's all come together for you to create a wonderful party outfit. YLF!

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    I think the term is "drop dead gorgeous":). Stunning dress and that trench is amazing. You look perfect;)

  • Aquamarine replied 5 years ago

    Wow! That trench is fabulous...your dress fits you beautifully and I hope you get to wear and enjoy these pretty items again soon.

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 5 years ago

    Beautiful outfit Rae. I love the color and patterns and the coat is the perfect icing on the cake.

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    How do you do it?! Flea market finds, H & M, and you look like a million bucks! Fabulous finds, and you wear them to perfection.

  • Debra replied 5 years ago

    Wow. You look beautiful. The dress is perfect on you and I LOVE the trench.
    Off you go now....somewhere fancy :)

  • La Belle Demimondaine replied 5 years ago

    This is such a cute outfit!   YLF! 

  • carambola replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! The fit on the dress could not be more perfect. Love the trench too.

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    I am with your DH: this coat is beyond cool (and I want one too! ) The whole outfit is perfect but the coat steals the show.
    Do you need a special outing to wear that beauty?

  • Jjsloane replied 5 years ago

    Bling works anytime, but this is grand. I love the dress and the trench is super fab. 

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Right out from a magazine! So beautiful!

  • VenusCow replied 5 years ago

    Poster girl for clever (ethical) styling. I love the fact your sandals are hand me down GUCCI!!!! and your jewellery is flea market recycled.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Rae, you look gorgeous. I love how your necklace echoes your dress and what a fab pattern on your tights. But that coat..'swoon' love it!

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