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  • Writer's pictureHannah Applequist

Merry and Bright

Shop this look: Hinge Maxi Sweater Dress, similar here and here, Leith Macee Booties, similar boots here, here, and here, similar bag here, here, and here, Kate Spade Initial Pendant, similar here, similar bracelet here, similar rings here, H&M Stud Earrings, Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kit in Exposed, Conair Scunci Curved Bobby Pins

We finished up our holiday festivities yesterday with a fun get together with some at my in-laws. Even though it is crazy this time of year, I always love how much time we get to spend with family! I am thankful, however, that I get to go back to normal programming this week. While Christmas decorations are coming some point... my holiday spirit has not quite faded! That is why I chose this colorful outfit with my favorite hue for this time of year. Yes, red is bold, and this dress might have scared my husband a little.. He kept saying, "It's just so bright!". Nevertheless, through this blog, I have been inspired to step outside of my boundaries a little and those risks have paid off!

This amazing red sweater dress from Nordstrom is a great option for a bold winter look! Also available in black, it works well dressed up or down. It is a nice knit material, perfect for a cold, winter day, but still light enough to work in the nicer weather that we have been having here in Kansas lately! This is a shift dress, meaning that it is supposed to hang straight. I originally bought a size small but decided to size down, as I wanted a more fitted look, but even the extra small ended up being a little too loose. I just went with it but I will probably wear it with a belt in the future and would suggest that you order a size or two down depending on how fitted you want it to be!

I love this detail shot that Gus got! Since the dress is brighter, I decided to tone it down with the rest of my look and chose neutral colored accessories. This bag from Target was the perfect choice! I love that Target makes bags that are super affordable and look so classy! Click here to see it in a different look. Unfortunately, this bag is sold out, as I bought it a while ago, but I have linked some similar bags for you above.

I think these boots, also from Nordstrom, have to be one of my favorite pairs that I have in my closet. White boots have been super popular lately, and these are such great quality and super cute! When buying white boots, I always suggest that you look for a pair that has a light colored sole, as darker soles leave scuff marks on the boot.

This picture also shows my great rings and bracelet from H&M! The gold tones worked so well with this look!

To finish off my accessories, I also wore this initial necklace from Kate Spade and some simple stud earrings from H&M. When wearing such a bright color, and lots of it, it is good to stay with more simple accessories if you want to tone it down. Depending on the occasion however, I say go with however much or little color you like!

For something different, I wore my hair straight and pinned back one side with some blonde bobby pins from Target! This is a little, modern detail that can elevate an everyday hairstyle. Keep adding bobby pins and/or make geometric shapes or patterns with them like this for something fun! I also stepped away from my comfortable bold lip and went with a nude instead. This particular color is a matte liquid lipstick from Kylie Cosmetics!

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