The Only Winter Party Dress You Need

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a Maggy London off-the-shoulder look while walking around Beacon Hill, Boston.

 

Winter Party Perfection

Christmas has come and gone. We’ve rung in the New Year. The holidays have passed, but one thing is for certain, winter is here to stay. Hopefully, your social calendar hasn’t dried up completely. At least mine seems to have, following the madness that was the holiday season. To be quite frank, I am glad! I needed the break! My ability to give attention to The Lilac Press was definitely lowered during the holiday season, but not to worry! I am back, and ready to take on 2017 with all I’ve got!

One thing I do wish I’d known about back in November, before all the holiday festivities started, was the Maggy London dress pictured here. To be honest, this is the only dress I would have needed all season. I know I know, that is a bold statement to make, but let me tell you why it’s true…

 

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a Maggy London off-the-shoulder look while walking around Beacon Hill, Boston.

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a Maggy London off-the-shoulder look while walking around Beacon Hill, Boston.

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a Maggy London off-the-shoulder look while walking around Beacon Hill, Boston.

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a Maggy London off-the-shoulder look while walking around Beacon Hill, Boston.

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a Maggy London off-the-shoulder look while walking around Beacon Hill, Boston.

 

Why This Dress is Perfect for Any Winter Occasion

One // Who knows how long the off the shoulder trend will last?! It took me a little while to warm up to the look. I may be a little slow to come around to trends at times, but I like to tell myself it is because my style is more timeless. Well, while the OTS style is in and while I’m into it, I fully plan to take advantage.

Two // The blended cool tones of winter: blues and greens and icy purples, actually make this bold print quite versatile. I might even go so far to call in a neutral! While you wouldn’t be able to pair just anything with this dress, you could most certainly match grays, nudes, navys, blacks, greens, and purples (especially if they come in velvet) for a well coordinated style.

Three // It is knee length. This makes it super appropriate for work or church events. But, you could still fully dress it up for a night out with a high heel.

Four // It is festive! That shimmery sheen – so perfect for standing out an any party!

So, have I sold you yet? I sure have sold myself on this little number again….I may have to wear it to work tomorrow….?

 

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a Maggy London off-the-shoulder look while walking around Beacon Hill, Boston.

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a Maggy London off-the-shoulder look while walking around Beacon Hill, Boston.Photos by @venturetravelist

Outfit Details

Maggy London: Aurora dress  (c/o) || Topshop: Gray velvet buckle heels

 J.Crew Factory: Wool stand collar city coat

Has anyone else come across a dress you wish you’d found before the holiday season? Leave the link in the comments below, so I can check out your must-have of the season!
xo -L

Snow Day in the Berkshires

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press frolicking in the snow after a storm in the Berkshires

 

Snow Day Paradise

There is something to be said about a fresh snowfall. The quiet that follows a snow storm is like no other. One of my favorite times to go out exploring or for a walk outside is in morning after a big storm. The leaves aren’t rustling, and the birds aren’t chirping; it is just pure silence. You can just be alone with your own thoughts. Plus, I love to be all bundled up and protected from the elements. A cozy sweater and a pair of thick socks go a long way in ensuring warmth.

After the most recent snowstorm, I was so excited to throw on my boots and play. Too old to play in the snow? I don’t think so! You can bet we threw lots of snowballs at each other (and someone may have even fallen gotten pushed into a snow bank or two)! All in all, it was just like the snow days I remember from my childhood of playing outside with my siblings and neighbors.

 

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press frolicking in the snow after a storm in the Berkshires

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press frolicking in the snow after a storm in the Berkshires

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press frolicking in the snow after a storm in the Berkshires

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press frolicking in the snow after a storm in the Berkshires

 

Cozy Sweaters & Puffy Coats

This puffer coat is a lifesaver…quite literally. Growing up in bitter northeast winters, I have most certainly owned my fair share of winter coats. Everything from ski coats to down jackets to knee length parkas have graced my closets, but this down parka by The North Face is by far the warmest. For a while, I had been wanting a Canada Goose coat since I knew I needed the best coat for shielding against the windy and frigid winter days walking around the city. However, last Christmas, I got the parka I’m wearing in these photos, and I’m obsessed! Frankly, I’ve never felt cold while wearing it! Well…maybe my fingers and toes have felt the freeze – but definitely not my core!

 

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press frolicking in the snow after a storm in the Berkshires

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press frolicking in the snow after a storm in the Berkshires

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press frolicking in the snow after a storm in the Berkshires

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press frolicking in the snow after a storm in the Berkshires

 

Outfit Details

The North Face: Arctic down parka || Topshop: High waisted moto Jaime jeans

L.L.Bean: 8″ bean boots with Gore-tex/Thinsulate

J.Crew: Red camp socks || J.Crew: Always chambray button down shirt

Gap: Fair isle sweater (similar from Boden here) || Tuckernuck: White knit hat with fur pom

 

How do you enjoy the calm after the (snow) storm?
xo -L

Casual Chic Denim Days

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a dressed up casual denim look in the streets of Boston

 

Denim Days

Denim is such a versatile fabric. Whether it is skinny jeans (like the ones featured here), trouser jeans, a jacket (like the one featured here), a skirt, or another piece, we see this fabric represented in so many ways in the industry. I’d mentioned this before, but I used to steer clear of jeans (well, and pants in general…in favor of dresses) during my childhood. It actually wasn’t until more recently that I started coming around to jeans and to denim in general.

Nowadays, I love the feeling of a great-fitting pair of jeans. There really is no better confidence booster than a great pair of jeans that you feel make you (your butt) look good…am I right, ladies?!

 

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a dressed up casual denim look in the streets of Boston

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a dressed up casual denim look in the streets of Boston

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a dressed up casual denim look in the streets of Boston

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a dressed up casual denim look in the streets of Boston

 

Dressed Up Casual

I especially love how jeans can be dressed up or dressed down. For a more polished look, I opted for my new favorite pair of velvet buckle block heels by Topshop (seriously can’t get enough of these guys…also featured here and here). Lastly, you can never really go wrong with a cozy sweater – especially a turtleneck. Seriously though, you’ve gotta stay warm!

 

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a dressed up casual denim look in the streets of Boston

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a dressed up casual denim look in the streets of Boston

Lifestyle blogger Leigha Gardner of The Lilac Press wearing a dressed up casual denim look in the streets of Boston

 

Outfit Details

525 America: Knit turtleneck sweater  || LOFT: Marble cateye sunglasses

Topshop: Velvet multi buckle shoes  || LOFT: Embellished pouch

cabi: Destructed skinny jean (c/o); similar here and here 

cabi: Zelda necklace (c/o); similar here and here || Clarins:  Lip liner pencil in nude rose 

 

What is your favorite way to wear denim?
xo -L