Jingle bell rock!

We had our staff Christmas party this evening!!

Of course, spouses were invited too; and the husband of one of my co-workers said “you look like a rock star!” when we arrived at our venue.  I decided to interpret this as a compliment (despite the current state of some of our musical celebrities!)… and let it inspire today’s post title!!

I’ve done dresses – gowns, even! – for many staff holiday parties, but this time I decided to go with my floral jeans and this fitted, faux-leather peplum top.

Our temperatures have been a bit milder again recently, and since I didn’t want to cover up my festive look with a coat, I thought these pieces (together with my black wool shrug) would keep me just warm enough to get me from vehicle to restaurant; which they did.  But was I cold when my husband took these photos?!  Ummm…maybe just a little!!

This feather ring is a brand-new addition to my jewellery collection; I love the way it swoops over my knuckle…so unique!! And my little multicoloured “gemstone”-studded bag was a gift from my mom, who knows the value that an extra touch of sparkle always brings to a look!! Thanks, Mom!!

Please remember my “Twelve Posts of Christmas” contest!!  Leave me a qualifying comment (it needs to refer to a specific part of my look) and you will have a ballot entered to win a sterling silver, pearl, and peridot bracelet!!  Details are on my November 28th blog post.



  1. December 18, 2013 / 4:11 pm

    This is a great party outfit. I really like each piece individually, but together they kind of wow. The bling of the bag is like a finishing touch of festivity.

    • December 18, 2013 / 10:23 pm

      I wear dresses and skirts so often for NO special occasion, so I thought it would be fun to do this kind of look for a holiday party (you know, just to switch things up!!). Your lovely note has earned you another entry for my Christmas giveaway… thank you!!

  2. December 18, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    I love, love, love this outfit. Peplum tops are great and give any look that certain something. And this husband is absolutely right – you really look like a rock star. And your jewelry underlines this image. Perfect. Your mother is a wise woman and has a good taste – a great gift …. Is she the German part in your family? πŸ™‚ I hope you know that I have just made ​​a little joke. πŸ™‚
    And love Monika, your shoes are extraordinary. Many greetings to Canada – Conny…
    A Hemad und a Hos

    • December 18, 2013 / 10:58 pm

      Of course I inherited my "good taste" from my German family, dear Conny!! πŸ˜‰ And my mom's father was a tailor, too…so I guess it's in the genes!! Your sweet comments are the best, and I am very happy to put another ballot in my "Twelve Posts of Christmas" contest box for you!!

  3. December 19, 2013 / 4:23 am

    You look amazing in this leather top!! I keep trying on leather peplum tops and they just never seem to fit quite right. I think you must have the perfect shape for it. And I love that you dressed up more "rock" for your staff party! I was in that same mood this year and I think it works. Definitely a good way to stand out from the crowd!
    Also, great taste by your mom — the bag is gorgeous!

    Hope you have an amazing night,


    • December 19, 2013 / 3:02 pm

      Hi Alison!! I think I really lucked out with this top, 'cause let me tell you…I've tried this style before; and as you've experienced, they don't all fit so well!! But that's a design issue, not a body issue, right?! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for visiting and leaving such a nice comment…I am putting an entry in my Christmas giveaway for you!!

  4. December 19, 2013 / 12:04 pm

    This looks perfect for a holiday party! And I'm loving your bag! I have my work one tonight…I'm going with pants and a dress. We'll see how that works out!

    xo April

    • December 19, 2013 / 3:09 pm

      I hope you have fun at your party tonight, April!! I've been tossing around a few ideas for the dress with pants look, too…I'll bet you'll be the "belle of the ball!!" πŸ™‚ Thank you very much for taking the time to leave me your nice comment – I am happy to enter a ballot in your name for my Christmas contest!!

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