It’s been feeling like Chiberia lately in Chicago. Remember that surprise snowstorm we had a few weeks ago on the day I scheduled our family holiday photo shoot? Yep, ever since then I’ve been freezing my toes off. But luckily for me, this season I have a gorgeous coat from NOIZE to keep me bundled all winter long. NOIZE is designed in Montreal, and let’s just agree that Canadians know a thing or two about keeping warm, eh? NOIZE coats are designed for cold northern temps, which let’s face it, for six months out of the year Chicago might as well be in Canada! I’m wearing this Donna coat and it is everything! Its snug fit feels like the best kind of warm hug and the stylish hood frames the face just right. Best of all, the faux fur and faux leather accents are vegan-friendly – the type that looks amazing but doesn’t kill for it. Know what I mean?
Speaking of other great Canadian born ideas, I am thinking of having a Bad Axe Throwing birthday party for The Giant. (It’s just like what it sounds. You throw axes. For fun.) Am I not the best wife ever, or am I??
I call these my ‘lazy day’ winter boots. They’re super comfortable, plush and, best of all, WARM! My girlfriend and I had some downtime a few weekends ago so we headed to Cortland’s Garage for some yummy burgers. We had a couple hours to leave the kids at home (thank you, hubbies!) so I took advantage to wear this cozy look while we chowed down on decadently greasy bar food and then strolled it off around downtown. Who else loves a sleeveless sweater dress this season? I paired it with these tall suede boots from Payless ShoeSource, and its faux fur trim and lining kept my bare legs warm. I love the versatility of these boots – you can wear them folded down or unfolded as an over-the-knee boot as I have done here! Afterwards, I had date night planned with The Giant, so before I went to meet him, I slipped into these easy tassel pumps with the perfect heel height – a surefire way to dress up a cozy look and still be comfortable!
The boots are on sale under $35 and the pumps are just $18! Whether you’re running errands and shopping for the holidays, enjoying a night on the town or cozying up by the fireplace, Payless has you covered with a variety of on-trend styles that won’t break the bank. For more cozy styles, I also love these whiteout weather boots, these toggle closure boots, and these moccasin-inspired flats.
What do you do when a snowstorm hits the day you scheduled your family’s holiday photo shoot? Put on your best festive threads and go play in the snow! While it may look like Christmas threw up on us, we had a blast being silly in a winter wonderland. All this was a happy accident. The snow was a surprise and my original vision for this shoot was for me to go as Momma Elf, with each of my kids dressed as Santa, a reindeer, and an elf. However, the holiday costumes at Target were slim pickings, so instead we gathered up three matching jammies. I decided to be Mrs. Claus (found this little gem of a get-up off of Amazon!) and The Giant got an Ugly Christmas Sweater.
This year I ordered our holiday photo cards from Minted. I was pleasantly surprised by the printing quality and paper stock selections. Minted has tons of unique holiday card designs to choose from (I went with this design with a gold-foil lettering) and free custom envelopes to match your card.
For more Melissa Takes Fashion tips on how to style a holiday photo shoot, check out these other posts:
This season my ultimate holiday party look includes luxe velvets, pleats, and of course, the perfect strappy heel, because we all know it’s the shoes and accessories that turn a pretty dress into a standout look. You know, the kind that has heads spinning and jaws dropping. From work happy hours to merry dinners with friends, there are a million opportunities to showcase your holiday style but only one way to look flawless on a budget and Payless ShoeSource has you covered for all your feet candy needs!
For a recent holiday dinner out I paired this sexy, simple strappy heel from Payless with a metallic velvet dress. This shoe has the perfect heel height – it’s not too high and not too low and looks so pretty when you’re twirling the night away! Topped off with a leather moto jacket (and don’t forget to accessorize with a shiny clutch), the whole look exudes a vintage glam vibe that is both flattering and romantic. Whether you’re running errands on the weekend or cozying up by the fireplace, look no further than Payless for a variety of on-trend footwear that won’t break the bank. The new holiday collection from Payless is killing it and if you love to dress for the occasion like me, then you will want to also snap up this red suede lace-up pump(only $15!), this python mule, and this leopard suede caged pump before they’re gone!