Holiday Party Pizzazz

This time of year I step outside my comfy, cozy neutral-colored little box and start searching for ways to dress up my wardrobe for the holidays. I like a little sparkle every day during the holiday season, but I especially enjoy dressing up for a cool Christmas concert, holiday shindig, or a good old-fashioned New Years date with my husband. With all the festivities, I feel justified in wearing many more crystals, jewels, and shiny metals than my typical day-to-day allows. The key to dazzling success is to accessorize appropriately. One or two shimmery items should do it–more than that will be too much. Here are a couple of my favorites for this season:

Candlelight Earrings by Evelína Palmontová (Beadwork, Dec 2014/Jan 2015) hang like delicate dewdrops to frame your face. Pair them with a scoop-neck shift dress like this one from Anthropologie, and wear your hair up to elongate your neckline and draw the eyes up.



Wrist candy like Yasmin Sarfati's ultra-sophisticated Ilona Bracelet (Beadwork, Feb/March 2014) demands adoration with crystal cup chain and a gold-plated clasp. Finish the look down to your tips with Essie's Luxeffects line of polish (color shown: Rock at the Top).



Nothing says "style" quite like a simple-chic, modern geometric necklace; try this Golden Pennant Necklace by Katie Wall (Quick + Easy Beadwork, 2014-15). Tie together your head-to-toe evening look with the Audrey strappy sandals by Christian Louboutin.


Speaking of holiday hoopla, have you made your gifts-to-create list yet? Just in time for the gift-making season, check out Mary Tafoya's Bead Embroidery Techniques and Inspiration webinar on November 25. She'll be sharing her best tips and tricks from more than 20 years experience of bead embroidery. Can't make the live event? No problem. The recording will be available as a digital download. Let Mary walk you through how to plan, design, and create your best bead embroidery projects yet! 

How do you kick your style and beading up a notch for the holidays? Any fashion tips to share with our readers? Comment below and tell us about it!

Bead chic,

Kate Wilson
Associate Editor

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