This picture looks straight out of a magazine, or a movie or a Christmas card. The cool part is, I took this picture. Although I can't take all the credit. The stunning model you see is a dear friend, Zephila McDonough and she did have her hair and makeup professionally done by Christine Libby. Be sure to scroll down and read their bios*.
Achieving perfect isn't the name of the game when it comes to your holiday party look. Simplicity is the key. Making one piece of your look the star, and keeping the rest simple is what it's all about. Take Zephi's red dress, for example. She knew that the dress was going to be the star of the show, so she left her accessories simple. Black heels, a pearl choker and a sleek side pony allow Zephi's red strapless midi ruffled dress to do all the talking.
What you wear to your holiday parties this year depends so much on the type of event. They key is to not show up to an Ugly Sweater Party in anything but. If you are dressed inappropriately, people will be talking about your look... and not in a good way. A work event? depending on the venue, professional attire is always appropriate. A party at the office? Just exchange your pumps and blazer for a silk button down and strappy heels. The party is at restaurant, hotel or holiday venue? I'd up my game and go for a dress or something with a little sparkle.
Zephi is so "boss" in this dress. She owns her look and is confident in what she's wearing. If you're not a "dress person", there's a million ways to still shine at your holiday party this year. And when I say shine, I mean it. A little bling will take your look up ten notches. Try a sparkly statement necklace with a sheer button down blouse. A pair of sequined pants/leggings with a cashmere sweater is always a head turner. If you like to keep your look a little understated, layer on a light sparkly scarf over your outfit or make a statement with some show stopping shoes. A little pop of sparkle or color will really complete your holiday look.
This year, put a little extra effort in your holiday style. Finding your holiday party look is as easy as letting one piece be the star. Whether it's a red strapless dress, or an ugly sweater or a sparkly necklace. Know your venue, dress appropriately, wow them with a statement piece and for heavens sake, have a very happy holiday!
-A few thank you's:
*Thank you to the Westin Hotel in Portland, Maine for allowing us to do our shoot in their stunning lobby. If you're looking for a beautiful picture, the Westin is the spot.
*Thank you to my stunning model, Zephila McDonough:
Zephila McDonough is mother of a beautiful 5 year old. In addition to having a full family life with her daughter and husband, she is an entrepreneur who is dedicated to becoming a better version of herself everyday. She loves being of service to women in her community through mentoring. Zephi has an extensive background in the restaurant industry at many capacities. Her love for fashion and beauty brought her to becoming an esthetician and make-up artist in Boston. She is now owner of her future through a network marketing company called Arbonne.
*Thank you to the incredibly talented hair stylist and makeup artist, Christine Libby:
5 years in the beauty industry providing hair and makeup services.
Have a passion for making people both look and feel beautifulLove providing services for all types: photo shoots, weddings, special occasions
Fun, energetic, outgoing
Contact: Christine Libby: Big Day Beauty