Holiday Party Outfits, Red Skinnies & More Bubble Necklaces

I had 2 holiday parties to attend last week: one was held at hubby’s office downtown and the other was at a bouncy castle play-center. For the Office party, I paired my favorite H&M lace dress with a cuffed charcoal grey cardigan (to disguise the boxiness while highlighting the pretty lace sleeves). I wore my latest statement necklace from Forever21 – I’d been staring at it for months and am so glad I finally ordered it – the quality is amazing – can’t believe it was only CAD$16! Since I was taking my kids downtown on the train, I decided against heels and wore flats.

What to wear for a Holiday Party
Lace Dress: H&M (similar, pricey but classic), Cardigan: Garage, Necklace: Forever21, Shoes: Wanted (similar),

For the play-center party,  I finally got to wear my sequin H&M sweater that I bought back in May. The sweater is beige with silver sequins…it is definitely more gaudy than my Express sequin top – while I was wearing it, someone came to ask where I bought it from as she wanted one to wear to a Lady Gaga concert! It may be too sparkly for day wear – but I can’t help it – once the holiday season starts, I have to break out the sequins!! I plan on wearing this sweater on New Years Eve as well.

What to wear to a holiday party
Sweater: H&M (similar), Jeans: Garage, Boots: Hunter, Scarf: purchased from Turkey

I also went to Garage during the weekend, to exchange the “London Blue” skinnies I bought during their sale. I think the colored denim trend will still be going strong in 2013, and I wanted something I could wear both in the cooler and warmer seasons. So I set aside my inhibitions and went for the boldest of colors – red! I was definitely influenced by Lauren Conrad:

Although the color is VERY bright and will take getting used to – it coordinates well with my existing wardrobe (unlike the London Blue denim). I plan on wearing them with camel or cream tops and cognac or metallic shoes. Here’s a quick dressing room shot…I also purchased the navy polka dot sweater from the first pic.

Red Denim

Lastly – my bubble necklace collection has now gone up to 5 – think I should stop now? I found this adorable mini-bubble necklace by JoeFresh while doing groceries – it was in the clearance section and cost only $7! The beads are smaller than the regular necklaces (you can see the size difference against my red H&M bubble necklace). By the way – the original J.Crew necklace is now on sale for $75 here, while Arden B has a blue-green one for $34 (plus 20% off) here.

J.Crew Bubble Necklace dupe

Hope you had a great weekend! What will you be wearing to Holiday Parties?


  1. Beautygirl24
    December 10, 2012 / 5:10 pm

    I want everything you are wearing! I really do! I love both looks for the parties. The lace dress with tights and little cap toe flats is a beautiful look, and something I would totally wear! Love the red pants too. I'm so happy you are doing more outfit posts 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 11, 2012 / 2:39 am

      Thanks Noelle – I was especially happy to find a different way to wear my lace dress – I LOVE the lace material, but the fit isn't the best…

  2. alison*elle
    December 10, 2012 / 5:33 pm

    I love both your holiday party looks, Ella! So glad you ended up buying that F21 necklace… it looks great on you.xo, alison*elle

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 11, 2012 / 2:41 am

      Thanks Alison – I wish F21 would show their necklaces on actual models – it would make it so much easier to choose …ordering their necklaces online can be hit or miss style-wise.

  3. Skylette from Sequins&Stilettos
    December 10, 2012 / 5:50 pm

    I'm with Noelle on this one – that sequin H&M sweater made my jaw drop! It looks stunning!Sequins&Stilettos

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 11, 2012 / 2:42 am

      Thanks Skylette – I'm so glad I picked it up back in May (even though it wasn't sweater weather then) – it's perfect for the holiday season 🙂

  4. Jenni
    December 10, 2012 / 6:23 pm

    I am loving all your cute sequins! Especially like the looks with the red skinnies…I pinned them! =)

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 11, 2012 / 2:44 am

      Thanks Jenni – I LOVE all your target colored denim – I SOOO wish they were available here – can't believe they're a dupe for AG jeans but so much more affordable.

  5. Jessica [MOSCATO VILLA]
    December 10, 2012 / 6:42 pm

    I love your sequin sweater outfit. SO cute! And now I'm going to google that JoeFresh necklace because it seems more my size. The original ones are so HUGE on me! Thanks!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 11, 2012 / 2:46 am

      Thanks Jessica – love your blog! I think groopdealz had an offer on mini-bubble necklaces a while back – they were SUPER cute.

  6. Jen @ redsolesandredwine
    December 10, 2012 / 7:07 pm

    Love your holiday party outfits – the sequins and the red pants are fantastic and all the jewels – I love jewelry as I have my own designers/ecommerce store :)Red Soles and Red Wine

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 11, 2012 / 2:48 am

      Thanks Jen! I checked out your jewelry store – love the necklaces, the minty luxe necklace is gorgeous!

  7. Kind Of A Style Blog
    December 10, 2012 / 11:48 pm

    Lauren Conrad never gets it wrong. I have a bubble necklace in turquoise and I love it!For Christmas parties here in old Australia it's t-shirts and shorts because it's just so damn hot at Christmas.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 11, 2012 / 2:50 am

      Yes – LOVE Lauren Conrad's style – she's trendy but not too out there. I think turquoise is my favorite bubble necklace color – but I also love the light yellow version too.

  8. pretty little things
    December 11, 2012 / 12:00 am

    I love the white lace dress paired with the black jacket and tights — perfect! xo

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 11, 2012 / 2:51 am

      Thanks – it was nice to be able to wear the dress in colder weather 🙂

  9. Lindy May
    December 11, 2012 / 1:03 am

    You look super cute, as always!! I love your sequin sweater!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 11, 2012 / 5:55 am

      Thanks Lindy 🙂 the sweater is super comfy – now to see how it holds up in the wash.

  10. Schnelle
    December 11, 2012 / 9:54 pm

    Ella, you look stunning in both outfits. I love the how the scarf downplays the sparkly shirt and those flats in the first outift are gorgeous!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 12, 2012 / 4:06 am

      Thanks Schnelle – I'm so happy I ordered the flats Lilly recommended before they sold out – not only are they unique and gorgeous – they're comfy too!

  11. Mal
    December 11, 2012 / 10:08 pm

    I absolutely love that lace dress!Mal @ The Chic Geek

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 12, 2012 / 4:07 am

      Thanks Mal – I love the print so much – apparently there was a shirt in the same print – I have it in black but SO wish I had the cream as well – it's SO pretty 🙂

  12. Clement
    December 13, 2012 / 6:42 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog and love your style. Silly question but, can you tell me what brand the white shirt/tank is that you have on underneath your sweaters? I need one that length and am having a hard time finding one! thanks

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 13, 2012 / 7:11 am

      I love the length of this tunic tank – thanks for asking this question because I keep intending to stock up on these tanks! The brand is street wear society tank – it's from Stitches (not sure if you're in Canada- it's a random mall store). I got it in L for extra length. I know Old Navy have similar tanks but they are often too low cut for me if I size up for length.

    • Clement
      December 14, 2012 / 7:08 am

      awesome, thanks! I live in Vancouver, so I'll head over to the mall tomorrow!

  13. Rachel
    December 15, 2012 / 8:43 pm

    Sequins and Hunters together are always a must!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 16, 2012 / 4:04 am

      I'm really loving my hunters – they're the only shoes I've worn out this week lol!

  14. Lena!
    December 15, 2012 / 10:54 pm

    I too can't help but break out the sequins once the holidays approach! LOVE all your looks!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 16, 2012 / 4:06 am

      Lena!!! So happy you stopped by my blog 😉 I love all the sparkly and shimmery options available now – I have to stop myself… I just picked up a sequinned sweatshirt!!!

  15. Katherine
    December 17, 2012 / 5:34 am

    Oh red is the perfect color for a pair of brighter pants – they'll always still be classic. Great choice 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 19, 2012 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks Katherine – I never thought I'd buy red (because I had red jeans in high school and still shudder at the memories LOL!) but I guess it was meant to be!

  16. Chocolate Cookies & Candies
    December 17, 2012 / 11:19 am

    I'm sad to say that I don't own a single party frock (!!) and nothing in sequins either. I like how you pair the sequin top with jeans and Hunters and a simple scarf. I love the red denim on you. I find them far more versatile compared to the cobalt blue jeans that I own.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      December 19, 2012 / 9:14 pm

      Oooh – I'd love a sequin party frock – but I'd definitely not have anywhere to wear it LOL! I really liked the cobalt blue jeans I bought – the shade is SO pretty – but for some reason, it just didn't work with my wardrobe – so I totally know what you mean!

  17. Meg Kerr
    January 22, 2013 / 4:20 am

    Newest follower – Came over from Lilly at simplyme091909.blogspot.comCute blog and style,

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 22, 2013 / 4:39 am

      Thanks for following Meg! Lilly's the sweetest 🙂

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