The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season

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The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photos from Urban OutfittersFor Love & Lemons, and Free People.


     It's that time of year again! One of my favorite parts of the Winter season is getting to dress up for holiday gatherings. Let's face it; there simply aren't enough opportunities to wear party dresses during the year. Have you got your holiday party wardrobe planned? If not, take some inspiration from my party dress edit. Here are my favorite dresses this season!



The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Urban Outfitters.

Pink Ruffles


The Satin Ruffle Cold Shoulder Midi Dress from Urban Outfitters will have you looking pretty in pink for your holiday party. I'm obsessed with blush shades right now, and the slip-like fabric is very on-trend. At $99 CAD it's the most affordable on this list, but beautiful nonetheless.


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The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Free People.


Black Lace


The Daisy Lace Maxi Dress from For Love & Lemons is stunning. Featuring peekaboo lace details, delicate ruffles, and a plunging neckline, it's definitely not for the faint of heart, but I adore it. Prepare to look romantic and sultry. $457.50 CAD.


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The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Urban Outfitters.

Embellished Details


My favorite dress on this list, the Darkest Hour Embroidered Sequin Midi Dress from Urban Outfitters is very eye-catching, boasting a stunning beaded galaxy embroidered on the corset front and skirt. There are also some beautiful, delicate strap details on the back. With its dainty fit & flare skirt, the whole look says ethereal, delicate beauty. $439 CAD.


The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Free People.

Classic Silk Gown


Kristal's Limited Edition Holiday Dress from Free People looks straight out of a Ginger Rogers film. I adore silk, and this dress looks so comfortable! It features a floor-skimming hem and long sleeves, but the plunging neckline balances the look and keeps it from being too modest. At $512 CAD, though, you'll have to be very good to receive this one for Christmas.


The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Free People.


The Mini Dress


Everyone loves a mini dress! The Ariel Pleated Mini pairs a velvet skirt with a mesh top and features pretty sequin detailing. Velvet is so popular right now, but what sets this dress apart from other velvet frocks is the romantic embellishing on the front. You're sure to look both lovely and dramatic. $384 CAD.


The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Urban Outfitters.


Holiday Red


You can't do a holiday dress edit without a red dress. I chose this Wyldr London Maxi Dress because it's a modern take on the tradition. This vintage-inspired empire waist dress has cut-out details and a slim fit. You can find it at Urban Outfitters, and it's fairly affordable at $124 CAD.

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Which of these holiday dresses is your favorite?

Friday Favorites: 18/11/17

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Friday Favorites: 18/11/2017
Photos from Free People and A Pair & A Spare.

     TGIF! How was your week? I know you must be tired of hearing me say mine was hectic, BUT I did  just manage to get this Friday Favorites post out on time. So hooray for small victories! This week, I've rounded up another item from Free People's gift shop (which is altogether gorgeous if you ask me) and a particularly stylish decor DIY. Read on below!

To Want: Berets have to be the most stylish hat ever, and I adore this soft pink Du Jour Beret from Free People.

To Listen: Another classic this week. Debussy's Claire De Lune is one of my favorite songs, and perfect for snowy Winter nights.

To Read: I was lucky enough to score an advanced reader copy of Colin Meloy's new book, The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid. I'll be sure to let you know what I think!

To Make: Wouldn't this super chic hat rack tutorial from A Pair & A Spare make a perfect place to hang your new beret?

That's it for what I'm currently loving; what are your favorite things this week?

24 Simple Ways To Practice Self-Care

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24 Simple Ways To Practice Self-Care

     This week, I've been thinking about all the ways daily life can take a toll on us. Let's face it: life is never perfectly calm. More often than not, we've got a lot of things going on at once. So how can we ever be truly well if we're stressing all the time? The trick is taking time out to do something for ourselves to alleviate that tension. Wanna learn how? Here are 24 simple ways you can practice self-care.

24 Ways To Practice Self-Care:


1. Meditate: Taking a little time out each day can do wonders! Personally, I enjoy using the Headspace app.

2. Take a personal day: Sometimes it's okay to cancel plans to care for yourself.

3. Unplug for an hour: Or two, or three...

4. Do some yoga: Sometimes a good stretch is all you need. Don't forget that deep breathing!

5. Get some exercise: Getting your blood pumping has a variety of good effects, including on your mental state.

6. Eat a healthy meal: Just the act of doing something healthy can boost your self-esteem and feelings of well-being.

7. Eat a treat: Of course, it's never a bad idea to indulge in something sweet.

8. Take a hot bath.

9. Journal: Keeping a gratitude journal is a great mood-booster.

10. Dress up: Put a little extra care into your appearance, just for you.

11. Have a spa day: Pamper yourself at home, or at a spa.

12. Try a new look: Getting a new haircut or trying a new makeup product can help pull you out of a rut.

13: Sit outdoors: Get some fresh air and vitamin D.

14. Read a good book: Why not re-read an old favorite?

15. Try aromatherapy: Light some scented candles! Lavender, Chamomile, and Peppermint are all great choices for de-stressing.

16. Practice Hygge: Find out how to easily incorporate Hygge into your routine here.

17. Laugh: Watch a comedy!

18. Take a nap: Catching up on your rest may be just what you need.

19. Get together for some coffee with a good friend.

20. Splurge: Treat yourself to something you've been wishing for.

21. Tidy your space: Make your room a sanctuary. Spruce it up with some fresh flowers and relaxing candles.

22. Get creative: Try a new DIY and make something you can be proud of.

23. Watch your favorite movie: Whenever I'm down, I watch Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice. 

24. Take yourself out to tea: Enjoy a nice lunch alone, just you and some peace.


24 Simple Ways To Practice Self-Care

What are your favorite ways to de-stress?

Friday Favorites: 07/11/17

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Friday Favorites: 07/11/17
Photos from Free People and A Pair & A Spare.

     Anyone else already transitioning into Winter prep? Life has been so hectic lately that I was late on the deadline for this post, so this is technically a Saturday Favorites. Oh well, Ces't la vie!
I had a hard time deciding which items to feature on this list. It seems the most adorable collections come out just before Winter. Luckily, I'm working on a few shopping guides and wishlists to be published this month so I won't have to pare down my favorites! Enjoy this taste of cute things to come.

  • To Want: Fit for a Princess! The Vegan Parties Flats from Free People are absolutely the only party shoes you are going to need this season.
  • To Listen: It's lovely and so relaxing to watch the snow fall while listening to Chopin's Nocturnes, OP. 9: No. 2 in E-Flat Major. Give it a try!
  • To Read: At the moment I'm reading The Wolf Wilder, and so far it's delightfully dark and funny. Totally recommend.
  • To Make: A Pair & A Spare has the easiest leather-wrapped vase tutorial ever to take your shelfie game up a notch.

What are your favorite things this week?

Cleobella: Illuminance

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Cleobella: Illuminance Lookbook

     I know, I know. When I posted my last Brand Love, I said my Cleobella feature had only two parts. But then Illuminance was released and I fell in love. So here is my super quick recap of the latest Cleobella lookbook.

Illuminance is like walking into a hazy dreamland. As with past collections, there is no shortage of ruffles, lace, and whimsical twists (I adore the Rodanthe dress). However, the current lookbook is set against an extremely vibrant backdrop of green Mooreland, creating some truly stunning imagery; it reminds me the tiniest bit of Alice In Wonderland.

I just have one question: Where is this amazing cabin where all the lookbooks are shot, and when can I move in?


Cleobella: Illuminance Lookbook

Cleobella: Illuminance Lookbook

Cleobella: Illuminance Lookbook

Cleobella: Illuminance Lookbook

Cleobella: Illuminance Lookbook

Cleobella: Illuminance Lookbook

Cleobella: Illuminance Lookbook
Photos from Cleobella.

What do you think of Illuminance?

Cleobella: Sovereign

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Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

     The other week, I shared part one of my feature on boho brand Cleobella. This week I'm back with another Brand Love, and I'm sharing the second part in the series and swooning over the carefree rock n' roll vibes.

Sovereign is another lookbook for Fall 2017; It plays with beautiful earth tones in classic 70's cuts, adding just a hint of jewel tones for a luxurious touch. Think Stevie Nicks, only much more wearable.

My favorite piece from this collection is definitely the Blyton dress; the beautiful sheer ruffles and violet hues are perfect for bringing a touch of magic into Autumn.

So, who is Cleobella? According to the founder, Cleobella is "confident, beautiful and inspiring. She is a free-spirited bohemian goddess. Her style and sensibility is effortless. She is a lover of life, nature, people, and adventure. Cleobella is my mother, Cleobelle -  born in Northern Ireland, a hippie child of the 1970's...". There's nothing cooler than drawing style inspiration from the past.


Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook

Cleobella: Sovereign Lookbook
Photos from Cleobella.

What do you think of Sovereign by Cleobella?

How To Stay Consistent On Social Media + Free Printable Checklist!

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How To Stay Consistent On Social Media + Free Printable Checklist!

     Show of hands: who's able to effortlessly manage all their social media accounts?

If you're like me, your arm remained firmly glued to your side. However, I've recently been trying to be more consistent with my posts on social media.

I've noticed a lot of posts on the subject out there advise techniques that are pretty time-consuming and rigorous. I've written about my dislike of constant social media use before, and while I like fast audience growth as much as the next person, I feel like there has to be a more realistic option. So this is my lazy-girl version of promoting blog content. With this guide, you can keep posts flowing consistently on all your social media accounts without getting overwhelmed. Read on to find out how!


Daily:


Blog: The first thing you'll want to do every morning is to publish any posts you have scheduled. Share your post in relevant Facebook groups and Pin it to both your own boards and any group boards you're a part of.

The morning is a great time to answer any comments you may have on your blog and reply to blog-related emails as well.

Facebook: It took me forever to get into the habit of promoting content on Facebook. I try to post to Jackie O My's facebook page twice per day, usually either sharing my newest post or older popular posts. Facebook is my biggest source of traffic, so I find this works best for me.

Coschedule recommends posting to Facebook only once between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., though, so it's really up to you.

Instagram: Sharing one to three Instagram photos per day is usually ideal; any more than that and you risk spamming people's feeds, which may annoy them and ultimately cause them to unfollow you. I try to space mine out evenly through the day, usually posting around 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

It's also a good idea to like and comment on the photos of others as well. I do this is short bursts throughout the day, taking a few minutes to like photos in the car, while waiting in line, etc.

Twitter: Most sources seem to agree that posting around fifteen tweets per day is best. However, I'm a bit of a Twitter newbie, and tweet far less. If you, like me, are not crazy about Twitter, I recommend posting 1 - 3 tweets per day at the very least.

Pinterest: About 80% of your Pinterest activity should be pinning content from places other than your own blog. I follow this rule of thumb: each day I try to pin two of my own pins, and thirteen from others. 


Weekly:


Comment On Blogs: If you don't do so throughout the week, the weekend is a good time to catch up on commenting on other's blog posts, which will help you build relationships with other bloggers. 

Schedule Posts: All your posting during the week will be so much quicker if you schedule your posts in advance.  I use Buffer, but there are a lot of great services out there, like Hootsuite and Tailwind. After scheduling, your Tweets, Facebook posts, and Pins will be automatic, while Instagram photos will only take a few taps to share.

Brainstorm Content: It's always a good idea to take a look at your editorial calendar weekly to make sure upcoming posts are ready. You can also remove the ones that you're not feeling as much anymore and brainstorm new content to add in the coming months.


So does this technique work?


In a word, yes.

This is not a gain-a-thousand-followers-in-a-week posting schedule. This technique is all about consistency; keeping your content flowing fresh while remaining doable. Although I can't promise you'll gain a huge new audience, my follower count does steadily climb when I follow this method.


Download The Printable!


If you like this posting schedule, I've created a printable to help you keep track of your daily social media to-dos. There's also a section where you can record your follower counts to track your growth. Download your free social media checklist here!



How To Stay Consistent On Social Media + Free Printable Checklist!


How To Stay Consistent On Social Media + Free Printable Checklist!


What does your social media routine look like?