A couple last festive outfits

Tanya's daily festive outfit challenge was to last until January 7. For this last week I did lots of repeating of outfits and relied heavily on sparkly snowflake earrings for bling. Here are just a couple that I got photos of:
1-3: also a take on Angie's red/black/cream outfit formula. Jeans are coated deep red, merino wool black turtleneck, cream alpaca cardigan and booties, rope necklace of tiny pearls.
4: warm wool reindeer sweater with snowflake earrings to attempt a festive look on a very cold day.
My other outfits were not much different from what you have seen already. I wore sweater dresses with leggings or skinny jeans and tall boots a lot. I also wore tops in shades of red quite often. And I should mention bright bra and undie sets underneath. They make me smile on a gloomy day. Thank you, Tanya, for this challenge. I am surprised that I am not sick of red and bling like I usually am this time of year but am ready to move on to pastels and midtones in what are not Holiday colors.

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  • Mirjana replied 3 years ago

    I like very much your red, black, cream version of Angie's outfit formula, you look really fantastic, your necklace is gorgeous, inspired me for that combination.

  • El Cee replied 3 years ago

    Nice outfits! Love your reindeer sweater... perfect for a cold snowy day. I am personally liking the idea of extending the "bling season" through the end of February. Need something to brighten the dreary days.

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    I love your reindeer sweater. I really like the ski resort look. We used to live at one and I guess it grew on me.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Cuddly and adorable. Can I hug you? 

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Angie, I would love a hug! Someday I hope to make it to Seattle to shop with you.
    J Aileen, I would love to pick your brain on what to get for the ski resort look and am trying to put together a small capsule from my wardrobe. We are headed for Steamboat Springs next week.
    El Cee, I love your idea of extending the bling season. A sparkly pair of Abe Lincoln's profile earrings is on my list but may have to settle for hearts instead :)
    Mirjana, I am humbled to have inspired you with that outfit. Angie has such good ideas.

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    Joy, I lived at Lake Tahoe and then in Truckee, for five years.

    Here's my idea of the ski resort look. So not for skiing, but for walking around in the town or resort, shopping, eating, etc.

    Snow boots - tall and preferably with fur or shearling at the top
    Pants - could be jeans. Should be tucked into the boots
    Sweater with cute nordic pattern
    Depending on weather conditions:
    Down vest - with or without fur edged hood
    Down jacket with fur edged hood
    Lightweight down jacket without a hood, and a knitted ear flap hat.

    All fur can be faux.

    Could look like you just came off the slopes, but then no jeans. For a fancy resort, everything is color coordinated.

    For your real trip, you should have a waterproof jacket that you can layer over your insulation layers, waterproof pants if you intend to ski or play in the snow, gloves of course, and long underwear. And sunscreen. You can get unbelievably burnt from the glare off the snow. Oh and plenty of lip balm. I hope you have fun!

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    JAileen, thank you so much. This is very helpful. Tell me more about waterproof pants. What should I look for just to play in the snow...sledding or snow shoeing?

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    Depending on how much you want to spend, ie, is this a one time trip or something I'll do every year or twice a year, and because I live in a retail desert, for something like this I would go to REI. They would have a basic waterproof pant and then others of higher quality and higher prices. I have a pair that zips completely down the outside of both legs. This makes them easy to get on and off. You could wear them over long underwear or over jeans. I did that this weekend for birding, because it was cold and windy. Online, REI has 70 pairs of waterproof pants, ranging in price from $50 to over $500. Mine are Marmot and were in the $50 to $100 range, and I've had them for 5-10 years. I've worn them snowshoeing, hiking, dog walking, etc.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, JAileen.  I don't know how often this event will be repeated so am aiming at the $50- $75 dollar range...something pretty basic.  I would love to find a group and go birding!  The lack of birds here is a big disappointment but I remind myself that I came from an ideal position on the Great Central Flyway and also had many birds that wintered in our area.  Now I get excited seeing house finches! 

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    Joy, I didn't know you were a birder! Have you looked into the Audubon Society? There seem to be two groups in Colorado. I don't know where you live, but usually the organization has outings for people. Two great things about this: you meet people who enjoy this, and also you learn the really great spots to go.

    We live near the Sierra Nevada, and even in winter we have birds around.
    They need open water, so sometimes it's cold enough that everything is frozen, but usually not. This weekend we saw nearly three dozen tundra swans.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    I think the Audubon Society has monthly bird walks at a sanctuary where we walk almost daily. So far we have had other things going on but I should contact them to see where else they meet.  I do not know my water birds very well but am willing to learn.  There are lots of red headed duck in the fall.  So far in our yard we have rarely seen anything though water and feeders are available in our yard and that of our neighbors.  Magpies are plentiful in the area.

  • Chris987 replied 3 years ago

    Love the outfits Joy, especially the reindeer sweater and the necklace.

    Jaileen, I know this is Joy's posting but I was wanting some kind of waterproof pants recently to wear walking outdoors when it's snowing. I'll definitely check out REI!

    And just for fun, now that you are talking about birds, I was just eyeing this blouse at Ann Taylor. I love swallows. Years ago we had barn swallows living in a barn attached to our house until we had it rebuilt into living space without the holes in the roof that the swallows used to go in and out. We have lots of birds around our house, including water birds since we back up to wetlands.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Chris, you are so lucky.  I love that blouse print.

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