What to wear for the holiday parties

What to wear for the holiday parties

So you checked your list twice and everything. What’s next? The outfit situation. WHAT ARE YOU GONNA WEAR! Especially if you’ve got more than one party/gathering to attend, you’re gonna have to turn that closet upside down once or twice in the hope of a revelation. Or, you know, online shopping. Either way, here are some outfit ideas you can mix and match for the holiday parties. Let’s start with…

4 holiday party dresses (sort of)

What to wear for the holiday parties | Kittenhood

&Other stories dress – This is definitely not what everyone else will be wearing for Christmas! The green dress is elegant, beautiful, and, most importantly, warm! 

H&M jumpsuit – Is it a dress? Is it a plane? No, it’s a jumpsuit! That means you can break the dance floor without worry. 

Topshop dress – A little black dress may be safe, but it’s safe for a reason: it works! This one has a simple and pretty silhouette, so you can accessorize away! 

H&M sequined jumpsuit – The opposite of a safe little black dress is this sequined jumpsuit. Again, freedom of movement at its best, but also tons of sparkle! 

4 holiday shoes

What to wear for the holiday parties | Kittenhood

5 festive accessories

New Look sandals – I got these sandals on Black Friday and I’d love to wear them on NYE! The block heel is comfortable and the color is rather festive. 

&Other Stories booties – If it’s not as warm as you hoped, you can still look adorable with these governess-style lace-up boots (that still manage to be stylish). 

Swedish Hasbeens clogs – A generous Santa may leave Swedish Hasbeens under the tree. How amazing are they in silver? 

BAIT Footwear shoes – An absolutely delightful retro touch and the perfect combination of colors for winter holidays (or any holidays, really!). 

What to wear for the holiday parties | Kittenhood

Bauble Bar necklace – This delicate pearly necklace would be a perfect match for any of the dresses above. And, I’m guessing, for any dress you’ll decide to wear eventually. 

Sephora lip stain – Red lips forever! I envy all of you ladies who can pull off red lipstick, and I say you should do it more often! 

Guerlain perfume – The whole Aqua Allegoria collection from Guerlain is a refreshing dream, and this bad boy is even on sale! 

River Island clutch – This clutch is a party in itself, with all the jewels and the tassel adorning it. It would go so well with the little black dress above! 

Orelia headband – Because, clearly, you have to be the star of the night! 

 

Holiday outfit ideas inspired by Pre-Fall 2016 collections | Kittenhood

Holiday outfit ideas inspired by Pre-Fall 2016 collections

I don’t know how it passed by ears (eyes), but there’s a full range of Pre-Fall 2016 collections out now! You can check all of them on Vogue.com. BUT, my question is: how can we use this information in the current context of the holidays? I’ve decided to look at all the new collections as potential holiday outfit inspiration and came to the conclusion that it can be done. Here are some ideas you could try, they’re not full outfits, which means they can be adapted to your taste, silhouette, weather, and so on. And what’s more important, they’re all accessible. 

Holiday outfit ideas inspired by Pre-Fall 2016 collections | Kittenhood

Original photo from Brooks Brothers Pre-Fall 2016. Get the look: Modcloth dress + Jack Rogers flats 

Holiday outfit ideas inspired by Pre-Fall 2016 collections | Kittenhood

Original photo from Area Pre-Fall 2016. Get the look: Kenneth Jay Lane earrings + Asos earrings 

Holiday outfit ideas inspired by Pre-Fall 2016 collections | Kittenhood

Original photo from Piazza Sempione Pre-Fall 2016. Get the look: Topshop skirt + Asos blazer

Holiday outfit ideas inspired by Pre-Fall 2016 collections | Kittenhood

Original photo from Delpozo Pre-Fall 2016. Get the look: Free People scarf + La Double 7 scarf

Holiday outfit ideas inspired by Pre-Fall 2016 collections | Kittenhood

Original photo from Co Pre-Fall 2016. Get the look: &Other Stories blouseShop Ruche dress 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

10 gift tags to download & print last minute

Now that you’ve (probably) got the Christmas shopping done, and possibly even the gift wrapping, it’s time to assign each gift a gift tag! There are a lot of free resources available online, so I rounded up some of my favorites that you can simply download and print. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

1. Gift tags by Place of My Taste. You (and your little helpers) can color these before attaching them to a gift, or let the receiver do it themselves. 

10 gift tags to print at the last minute | Kittenhood

2. Gift tags by Kittenhood. A set of four stylish and feminine gift tags that cat lovers will adore. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

3. Gift tags by Homey Oh My. Adorn your packages the easiest way: with stickers! These are minimalist and very pretty. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

4. Gift tags by Kendall Jackson. Enjoy these stylish gift tags by printing them on cardstock and using them for every single gift. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

5. Gift tags by See That There. The watercolor effect is seasonless, but the words are perfectly suited for Christmas. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

6. Gift tags by Squirrely Minds. If you love gold, you’ll love these printable gift tags! They would look so good against simple craft paper. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

7. Gift tags by Falt Manufaktur. Make a fantastic bird-shaped 3D gift tag, which doubles as a decoration as well. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

8. Gift tags by The Lovely Drawer. Not only can you download these simple gift tags, but you can get the matching gift paper too. Super combo! 

Free printable gift tags | Kittenhood

9. Gift tags by Kittenhood. These small gift tags come with designs of Christmas trees, snowflakes, and people, a little of everything. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

10. Gift tags by Almost Makes Perfect. Simple, funny, just what Santa ordered. Plus they’re so neutral, they’ll work on any gift wrap! 

Lauren Hutton

Put some color on: Lauren Hutton party look

Whenever I do a bit of research for this section, I get somewhat attached to the person in the picture and very much nostalgic about a time I didn’t live in. This girl, for example, had no problem pulling off a metallic outfit, and she did it with tons of confidence. There are plenty of gorgeous pictures of Lauren Hutton available, and she’s always got a big great smile on, (which makes her even more likeable). In this particular photo, she is attending an Oscar party in a golden mini dress, which I find inspirational for the holiday season. What do you think? 

Get the look: H&M dress + Topshop clutch + Revlon lipstick 

Put some color on: Lauren Hutton party look | Kitenhood

Image source: Getty Images

& Other Stories, Winter garden | Kittenhood

&Other Stories, Winter Garden

& Other Stories, Winter garden | Kittenhood

Florals can be so refreshing in winter. And if you, like me, thought the 70s trend won’t influence you, think again. The beautiful, flowy dresses paired with leather accessories seem to be getting more and more into my mood boards/Pinterest boards. And I’m fine with it. This lookbook from & Other Stories is a perfect example. I love the “behind-the-scenes” type photos, showing the model being styled in these wonderful boho pieces. I’m head over heels with this high neck lace blouse, which I imagine layered forever under everything. I’m also thinking of bringing pussybow blouses back into my wardrobe, just to see what happens. How about you, are you into this retro look? 

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10 last minute gift ideas to make yourself | Kitenhood

10 last minute gifts to make yourself

Hands up if you like to give handmade gifts! Hands higher… higher…? Alright, you can put your hands down, I can’t see anything from this side of the screen. But I’m sure some of you raised your hands. And I’m sure some of you left Christmas gifts for the last week, eek! Here you go, try some of these last minute gifts that (most of) the ladies on your list will appreciate. All DIY. 

10 last minute gift ideas to make yourself | Kitenhood

1. Pearl gloves.  Everyone can use an extra pair of gloves in wintertime, especially when they’re particularly pretty like these are. 

Salt body scrub with orange and ginger | Kittenhood

2. Ginger orange body scrub. Has anyone ever refused being pampered? I think not. And the cool part is you can make a big batch of this scrub, for all the girls on your list. 

10 last minute gift ideas you can make yourself | Kittenhood

3. Faux cross stitch wall art. I’m a big fan of cross stitch, but it takes up so much time! This version is made with a surprise material and can be customized infinitely. 

10 last minute gift ideas | Kittenhood

4. Tassel necklace. A stylish necklace that’s easy to make and always gets tons of compliments. Think of all the color combinations you could try!

10 handmade gift ideas | Kittenhood

5. Recipe display & cards. Revolutionize your mom’s recipe book with these free printables and display idea. 

10 last minute gift ideas | Kittenhood

6. Succulent plant holder. Upcycle a toothbrush holder to create a stylish succulent planter. A touch of green is always a good idea. 

DIY Faux Fur Hat | Kittenhood

7. Faux fur hat. This is the warmest hat I’ve ever had in my life, so I recommend it for all the women in your life. Just grab your sewing machine and some faux fur. 

How to Make Air Dry Clay Bowls | Kittenhood

8. Constellation bowls. Whether used for jewelry, coins, keys or other small essentials, these bowls make the cutest addition to one’s desk/hallway/bedside table. 

10 DIY gift ideas | Kittenhood

9. Golden chain bracelet. This minimalist bracelet will take up about 20 minutes of your time and guess what? Your friend is gonna enjoy it forever. 

DIY deer hair pins | Kittenhood

10. Deer hair pins. I don’t know if you’re aware of how easy these fancy deer hair pins are to make. SO easy. 

London Retro sunglasses - Kittenhood

How I wore London Retro sunglasses (+ some Photoautomat love)

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London Retro sunglasses (c/o) + TRF coat + H&M Divided scarf + Gap ankle boots 

One thing you will quickly notice in Berlin is the groups of people queueing up in front of photo booths. What’s all the fuss about? You will find these “photoautomat” all around the city, and for 2 euros you can almost instantly get your own cool 4-picture strip. The awesome part is that it’s all analog, on black and white film. You have to wait for five minutes, during which time you can actually hear the machine working, and when the pictures come out they still need a few moments to dry. You know, like the old times! You can’t control the outcome like you would in those digital photo booths, and sometimes the pictures turn out really silly. But they make wonderful souvenirs, that’s for sure! And they feel so much nicer than the regular selfie. Below you will see the photo story of a photo. My boyfriend and I were inspired by these old school women’s sunglasses I just got to explore the interesting cohabitation between the new and the old. The retro photo booth was the perfect spot for that, and I love how these pictures turned out. Taking pictures - Kittenhood Photoautomat Berlin - Kittenhood TRF coat - Kittenhood Retro photo automat - Kittenhood Instant photo strip - Kittenhood London Retro sunglasses - Kittenhood

DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

DIY festive drink stirrers

DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

If easy Christmas crafts are your jam, then welcome to your jam! Since festive drinks aren’t really traditional in my area (no eggnog here!), I’ve been thinking of ways to make regular drinks more festive. That’s how I came up with these drink stirrers, super easy to put together with just some small branches that you can probably find close to where you live, and very basic crafting supplies. You can even go a little crazy and spray paint the branches gold (with matching baker’s twine), but I preferred to keep a natural, more traditional look. Here we go: 

Materials for festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

What you need:

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Start by cutting the skewers to size. This can depend on the glasses you use most often, as well as your personal preference. Then cut the branches into smaller pieces. 

Making festive drink stirrers | KittenhoodUse the x-acto knife/cutter to split open one end of the skewer. 

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Insert the branch into the opening you just cut. 

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Cover the entire area with baker’s twine (or whatever yarn/thread you have on hand) and knot the ends together. Cut off excess thread and you have a drink stirrer. 

DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Repeat the steps to get as many drink stirrers as you like! You can also use these as cake or cupcake toppers and even to decorate gifts. 

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10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper

Are you the type who wraps all presents using the same coherent style, or do you like to go with whatever you have at hand for each receiver? I have years and years – in my craftier years, all my gifts were perfectly matched and looked great together under the tree. Some other years, well, I just couldn’t decide. A solution to such indecision is to just use brown craft paper. What comes after is pure creativity… Here are 10 DIY ways to gift wrap with craft paper:

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

1. Splatter // Almost Makes Perfect. A simple splatter of white paint completely changes the look of brown paper. And the black ribbon is such a classy touch. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

2. Sew bags // Bo3mia. For irregular-shaped gifts, bags are an easy solution. And fortunately, you can sew your own! 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

3. Metallic leaves // Tikkido. A wonderful way to decorate brown paper gifts, using all natural elements such as twine, (painted) leaves, pine cones and herbs. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

4. Felt // Kittenhood. This is a great way to get rid of some felt scraps and sequins. Just cut festive shapes and glue them to your wrapped gift. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

5. Dried citrus // Diana Dragne. Citrus is a wintertime classic, but this one is upgraded with painted wood balls. Wonderfully rustic! 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

6. Envelopes // The Merrythought. Craft paper envelopes are easy to stitch or staple, and they’re a blank canvas for numerous decorations. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

7. Dried flowers // Craft Hunter. Flowers are not traditionally Christmassy, but they are such a nice touch between all the fir! 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

8. Wreath // Craftberry Bush. Wreaths with winter greens are the perfect topping to simple, boxed packages. A little wish on a cardstock banner makes them even prettier. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

9. Stenciled // Skona Hem. These black stenciled leaves are minimalist and gorgeous. A little pine branch, twine, and a hand-stamped gift tag are all the add-ons used. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

10. Painted // Inspired by This. You can always upgrade brown paper with a few strokes of paint. The red, green and gold combination couldn’t be more appropriate.