What to wear to a holiday get together

What do you wear to these holiday gatherings where family or friends come together for a holiday feast or party? The weather is getting colder so you want to keep warm but look festive at the same time.

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

I got these slacks a couple of years ago and have only worn them once or twice because they are a bit much for normal day time wear. But when I stumbled across this tweed jacket for half off at Shop Girl Consignment shop in Gresham, I thought they would be perfect paired with the tweed jacket.

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

I am so into the tweed trend going on right now! Tweed? Yes please! Plus throw on a solid black colored ruffled blouse and metallic flats. So cute and trendy. If you don’t like tweed, we can’t be friends. Just kidding. Really. I am capable of living and letting others live. This is the only tweed item I own right now, so if you don’t like tweed, it can all come my way instead.

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

More on Shop Girl Consignment. I just happened to stumble in there a couple of weeks ago when she was having a tape cutting ceremony from the Gresham City Council. The owner had just taken over the shop in August and the city of Gresham was welcoming her as a new business in the Gresham area. How cool is that?

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

There were cute little sugar cookies with her logo on them made by Sugar Cubed Cakes – so delish! – and everything in the store was half off just for that day. I may have gone a little crazy. By the time I had even a few things I wanted to buy gathered up, I knew I needed to get out of the store before I bought out the store in my size. The owner only takes really nice clothes, shoes and accessories that are only a few years old, so the items are currently in trend. She also only takes good quality items, so everything was in nice shape. Seriously, this was one of the best consignment shops I’ve ever walked into!

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

If you are looking for some cute small businesses to hit up for Small Business Saturday this weekend, I would highly recommend her shop if you are anywhere near the Gresham area. Sugar Cubed Cakes is also right nearby and doing a free decorate your own cupcake event from 3-5pm, while Gresham icandy is doing a free cookie decorating event from 3-5pm on Saturday November 24th as well. There are a whole bunch of things going on this Saturday. You can get more info here.

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

For anyone who doesn’t live nearby, check out the small businesses in your town this weekend. Shop locally and support small businesses! For those of you in other countries who don’t do Small Business Saturday, at some point during the holiday season, try to stop by a small shop and buy presents there. Help our small businesses out this year. And no, I do not get paid any commission from any of them to say that. And I only get a free cookie or cupcake if I go participate in the events on Saturday leading up to the tree lighting at 6pm.

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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

How to dress for the office in fall

I do a lot of background acting work when it’s available, and recently wore this office style dress on set. Which made me think that I should throw together some of the looks I wear on set for the blog. As an extra, you always bring your own clothes unless you need to be in costume, or have a certain period the show is set in. Even then, sometimes you’ll go to a fitting and have your clothes matched with stuff they have in wardrobe to pull the look off. A lot of times, they piece my stuff together in different ways than I ever would have thought of pairing things up. So it’s always fun to see what wardrobe comes up with for me out of my own clothes.

 

Purple and black colorblock dress + large black cat eye sunglasses and bow tie heels

 

This look I wore as a business person for the set of Timmy Failure. I liked that this set wasn’t afraid of bold, bright colors. One day they had me in my fuchsia top from this blog post here, and fuchsia soft combed cotton jeans with a green and black long plaid top to break up the colors. I don’t think I ever would have thought to wear the fuchsia top and bottom and then break it up with another color over the top. Sometimes it helps to get a new perspective on how to wear the clothes you already own.

 

Purple and black colorblock dress + large black cat eye sunglasses and bow tie heels

 

This particular dress I wore with a black blazer over the top and flat black patent leather penny loafers, in this post here. It’s always good to wear comfortable and quiet shoes on set. As it is, we were walking over a marble-like floor and someone’s shoes were clicking along every take. They checked my shoes out first, being the woman walking near the noise, to see if I was the one making the loud noise, but this wasn’t my first rodeo on set. Mine were quiet flat shoes and it was actually one of the guys with a block heel on his dress shoes making all the noise. And here they automatically assumed it was the woman making the click clacking noises while walking along. Ha!

 

Purple and black colorblock dress + large black cat eye sunglasses and bow tie heels

 

Oddly enough, I’d never worn this dress before. It had been given to me by a friend a while back and I just never had anywhere to wear it. I wasn’t even sure I liked it until I wore it that day.

 

Purple and black colorblock dress + large black cat eye sunglasses and bow tie heels

 

So, if you need a more business-y look in the fall, a nice color block slim fitting dress paired with a blazer is all you need. It has been nice and warm out lately, so I didn’t bring one with me for photos. For a warmer fall day, forget the  blazer and just wear the dress by itself.

 

Purple and black colorblock dress + large black cat eye sunglasses and bow tie heels

Purple and black colorblock dress

 

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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

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