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Holiday capsule wardrobe 2019

Casual Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

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Casual holiday capsule wardrobe for daytime and in-home events from left: green scarf / fair isle cardigan sweater / red long sleeve tee / black long sleeve tee / charcoal long sleeve tee / red and gold earrings / silver and crystal earrings / mother of pearl, silver, and cz earrings (sold out, also love these) / coated leggings / bootcut jeans / skinny jeans / black belt /

I’m mixing things up here on Bay Area Fashionista! You all gave me such great feedback on my “what’s in my suitcase” posts this past year, that I decided to take those style posts a bit further, and show you my seasonal capsule wardrobes! If you like this type of post, please let me know and I will continue it into the new year!

The holiday season is a combination of cool, winter-like weather and parties! Yipee! This means we all need clothing which offers a festive vibe, keeps us warm, and can take us from day into evening for all those parties! Yipee!

The capsule wardrobe pictured above features denim styles we all have in our closet. Skinny jeans and bootcut jeans are basic, go-to denim styles which work well for mixing and matching our daily looks. This fair isle sweater is the perfect “hero” piece for this wardrobe. It offers a wintery vibe which is both fashionable and festive for the season. Love that! It can be worn many different ways, making it a great central focus for a holiday capsule wardrobe.

This sweater pairs well with skinny jeans, bootcut jeans, and over leggings for a more casual and comfy look. It can be layered with a long sleeve tee. I love black or charcoal paired with a green scarf, or worn alone with the red tee for a more holiday look. This is my workhorse capsule wardrobe this holiday season; you will see it a lot!

Hopefully you can find most of these items in your closet to create a similar capsule. I recommend adding this sweater to update your wardrobe basics and make them scream holiday 2019!

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What is your favorite piece from this holiday capsule?

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Casual holiday capsule wardrobe for daytime and evening from left: white faux fur vest / red long sleeve tee / black long sleeve tee / white turtleneck sweater / red and gold earrings / silver and crystal earrings / coated leggings / bootcut jeans / skinny jeans / black belt /

This holiday season, sometimes we need to be casual yet fabulous. This vest will make you fabulous! It can be paired with everything pictured above, so it’s an easy add to your closet. I love it paired with a red long sleeve tee for a holiday vibe, a black long sleeve tee for a chic look, or over this thin, white turtleneck sweater for a winter wonderland look. I prefer it over leggings with furry boots for an apres-ski look, or paired with skinny jeans or bootcut jeans for an everyday look.

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I love this capsule for a girls lunch, daytime holiday party, school party, office party during the day, and for everyday fabulous-ness. (haha, is that a word???)

Holiday Party Capsule Wardrobe

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Casual holiday party capsule wardrobe from left: black pleated skirt (also seen here) / mother of pearl earrings (sold out, also love these) / green sequin top (under $25!) / patent black pumps / black booties / coated leggings / bootcut jeans / cropped wide leg jeans /

Looking for something day into evening? Or maybe something festive casual? This green sequin top is a game changer! It’s really affordable, and can be paired with jeans from your closet; and paired with pumps or high heel booties for a daytime party. This is also great for casual evening events too! This is my favorite party style. If I can get away with jeans, I will!

This top can also be dressed up with a black pleated skirt-which you may already own-for evening events. It can be paired with booties for a daytime or funky look, or with pumps for a dressier, evening vibe. This is a great holiday party, casual wardrobe, which can be integrated into items from your closet. Love that!

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Do you see a theme here? Almost everything goes with the jeans in your closet-did I state the obvious? You can save a ton of money this holiday season just investing in a few “hero” pieces and then mixing them into items from your closet. I am sure you already own jeans, but I also recommend investing in a black pleated skirt, and if you dare, coated leggings for the season. They are basic pieces you can mix into your wardrobe during any season of the year.

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Holiday party capsule wardrobe from left: light gold sequin dress with on-trend puff sleeves (under $50!) / coated leggings / silver and crystal earrings / patent black pumps / black booties /

How fabulous is this dress?! The price is magnificent too! It can be paired with pumps for a holiday party look, New Years Eve party, or night on the town. It can be dressed down if paired with coated leggings; this also works if you are attending an outdoor event. The leggings will keep you warm while keeping you in a festive theme. Love coated leggings!

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I don’t like buying expensive clothing when I know I won’t wear it often. This dress is perfect and guilt-free since it is so affordable! I actually am obsessed with it over leggings. It look so festive and funky. Love that!

This is my first time posting a seasonal capsule wardrobe. If you like, or dislike, the format, please let me know! Here is another breakdown of what’s shown in this post:

Closet basics which transcend season and should be in everyone’s closet:

Holiday 2019 key pieces to pair with closet basics:

I hope this holiday capsule wardrobe for 2019 helps you plan your holiday outfits! Stay tuned for more holiday style!

Happy Holidays and thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Area 51 Halloween costume idea

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On me: Area 51 Guard costume: hoop earrings / sunglasses / lipstick / camo tee / camo pants / Buzz Lightyear toy gun (old, this one is perfect) (great for shooting at escaping aliens!) / black boots (old, this pair would be great) /

On my husband: Area 51 Raider: tin foil hat-feel free to make your own, I am sure it will turn out better than his! haha / sign-cardboard and sharpie! Easy peasy

On my son: Alien rescued from Area 51: Green Alien bodysuit costume /

“They can’t stop all of us!” That was the battle cry of the Area 51 raid in September. While the raid didn’t really happen the way the joke meant it to, it did happen just a teeny, tiny, little bit. This makes it a fun family Halloween costume!

As you can see, my two teenage girls were too cool to participate in the family costume this year. Thankfully my son still think his parents are cool, and he suggested we dress as the Area 51 Raid for Halloween. I am so glad he did, this is really fun! He even taught my husband how to Naruto Run. Did I spell that right??? He did a pretty good job, haha 😉

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So to make this costume happen, all you need is an Area 51 Guard, an alien, and an Area 51 Raider. My husband is the raider, and he didn’t want to carry the sign around when we take our son trick-or-treating, so he tied a string on the sign so he can be hands-free on Halloween. To be authentic, you can forego the string, and carry the sign.

He also attempted to make a tin foil hat. This one flies off his head. I recommend using bobby pins to tack it to your head. The tin foil hat is key for the Area 51 Raider costume. You must protect your brain from the government, who is trying to read your thoughts. haha

The Area 51 Guard costume is easy. All you need is camo and voila! You are an Area 51 Guard. I borrowed my son’s Buzz Lightyear gun to complete the look. This Buzz Lightyear toy gun is old, but there is a new one on the market which would be perfect. You can find it online here.

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This is a really fun costume the family, or a group of friends, can put together for Halloween. I hope you have fun putting together your Area 51 Halloween Costume!

What are you planning for Halloween this year?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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Heading to New York Fashion Week for the spring 2020 collections

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travel outfit details: pearl earrings / sunglasses / black 3/4 sleeve tee / Chloe bag / jeans / nail polish / cowgirl boots (so comfy!!) /

I’m heading to New York for fashion week! Normally I travel on Wednesday so that I am there for the Thursday shows, but this season, the schedule was a little thrown off. First off, I originally booked my trip to be my usual Wednesday-Sunday. Then, the CFDA put out a press release stating that NYFW would be Friday evening through Wednesday. I was like-whaaaaat??? So, I called my airline and moved my flight to Friday through Tuesday. The ticket turned out to be a lot less expensive and I ended up with a $248 credit. Yee-haw!

Well. . .early August rolled around and the production arm of fashion week posted the New York Fashion Week schedule online. Guess what?! It had shows from Thursday through Wednesday. Um, what??? Sooooooo. . . .I changed my flight for nothing! At this point, I already had my trip planned, and I had help arranged for my kids while I would be gone, so Friday through Tuesday I would travel!

Having a different schedule this time around is actually going to be fun. While I am missing a few shows I normally attend on Thursday and Friday such as Tadashi, and Laurence & Chico, I have the opportunity to attend some designer runways I haven’t seen before. This will be a ton of fun, and I will be able to bring some new designers to you! Yay! Everything happens for a reason, right?!

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I’m flying out Friday morning, and I will attend one late show Friday night; barring any flight delays. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see my Insta-stories which will be filled with everything NYFW! If you would like to see any specific types of coverage such as street style, behind the scenes, etc., feel free to email me or leave a comment below!

Thanks for following along, and see you in New York!

XOXO
Cathy