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Holiday Outfit Series 2012



Holiday Outfit Series New Years Eve
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If you are reading this I am already beach bound, I might actually already be sitting on the beach. We are spending our final New Year’s Eve in Mexico the way that we have spent every other New Year’s Eve in Mexico, on the beach in Tulum. This time I am a bit bigger and slower, but I am hoping that won’t be a problem since I don’t plan on moving much anyway. My beach reads are downloaded and the asos maternity swim suit is packed.  See you in the new year!      

Holiday Outfit Series 2012



Holiday Outfit Series 2012: Christmas Eve Dinner
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We are in the home stretch! If you are like me you are tired, crashing to the end of the last work week before Christmas, barely finishing shopping for gifts, and trying to find the time to either pack for travel or prepare for house guests.  

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Holiday Outfit Series 2012: Posada
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This weekend is the first weekend of posadas and we have a couple on the agenda. These are usually pretty casual affairs that start earlier in the day and are focused more on eating, drinking and celebrating than on festive outfits.

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Holiday Outfit Series 2012: Office Holiday Party
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Week three of the 2012 Holiday Outfit Series and we are still going strong! My office holiday party in DC is this evening. Can you believe I will be missing it for the first time in 9 years? [!!!] I will be there in spirit though, so this week’s holiday outfit is dedicated to the dreaded office holiday party.

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Holiday Outfit Series 2012: Night at the Ballet
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I don’t know what you have on the calendar for this weekend and next week, but we have some tree buying, cookie making and decorating on our list. What I’m most excited about, though, are our tickets to the ballet.

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Holiday Outfit Series 2012: Black Tie
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are still celebrating with family in Texas and loving every minute of it. But, once the turkey is eaten and the shopping is done, the holiday party season is upon us. That means it is time for our annual Holiday Outfit Series.

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Holiday Outfit Series 2011: Christmas Soiree

I’m wrapping up the 2011 holiday outfit series with a look from our own Christmas party.  We hosted a small soiree at our apartment this past weekend.  I ordered these invites from Paper Culture.  They were so cute I basically threw a party so I would have an excuse to send them.  We served thisthisthisthese, and these and much fun was had by all.  The dress code was “festive,” so I recycled my sequin skirt from last year and paired it with a cable knit sweater and black heels.  It was easy and best of all didn’t require any shopping.  With the party behind me, I’m now counting down the days [4] until my family arrives.  I’m looking forward to a relaxing Christmas in Mexico City with tequila, tamales and mariachi music.  Feliz Navidad!

Holiday Outfit Series 2011



For this year’s diplo-event holiday outfit we are lucky enough to have a guest post from the indomitable New Diplomat’s Wife.  Being much more experienced than I am when it comes to these things, I trust her advice and will be taking notes for my next event in….oh….six hours or so.  You should too.  
Diplo-Event: Holiday Series


There is this myth about diplomatic cocktail parties, that they are full of gowns and jewels and buckets of champagne.  The events don’t quite turn out that way, though there are definitely some good host countries out there (you know who you are).  Most diplomatic events are on the quiet side, so the dress code tends to be correspondingly quiet.  The diplomatic evening events tend to take place immediately after work; most people come in work attire rather than dressing expressly for them.  For the ladies, I noticed that those who worked typically came in a pants suit of some kind, ladies who didn’t were typically in a skirt suit.  In any case, this is the time to trot out the classics: well cut jackets, a hint of Chanel, soft jewelry.  A tweed jacket would also do the trick here.  Go classic with the handbag and shoes, and go with the best that you can.  It will make you stand out in a sea of technocrats.  Flash is usually not in order unless you’re a misdirected spouse, but make sure you’re still incorporating a touch of holiday – here a bit of red on the wrist and on the heels signal that you’re here to celebrate in your own way.

Holiday Outfit Series 2011

Holiday Outfit Series 2011: Daytime Diplo Event



It is not infrequent that we have events that are during the day, rather than in the evening.  While evening events tend to have a more structured dress code — casual, cocktail, black tie — daytime events are a bit trickier.  Whenever I ask my wonderful husband what the dress code is for a daytime event in Mexico he responds, “you know, country club casual.”  Maybe this is a legitimate dress code for men.  However, having never belonged to a country club, I have no idea what this means for me.  Yesterday was one of these events.  I wore a variation of the look above - blazer, mariniere, cords [not jeans], low heels - I figured it was a safe bet no matter what the afternoon held.  I was right about the outfit.  What I had no idea about was that as part of the festivities Mr. Gringo would be required to play soccer in a bull fighting ring while a smallish bull charged around after the players and the ball.  I was dressed appropriately to cheer from the stands and take pictures while enjoying a few beers and equally well-prepared for the dancing that followed and went into the evening.  And I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with my husband’s bull dodging skills, he might have found his second calling!      

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Holiday Outfit Series 2011: Office Holiday Party Take 2



As you know, I was in a bit of a lurch when it came to my outfit for my office holiday party.  The fact that I spent all day Friday making 17 flower arrangements for the event did not help my situation.  So, when I cabbed home and had 25 minutes to change into something presentable on Friday, I was forced to be a bit creative.  This is what I came up with.  It ended up being both festive and quite comfortable.  I dressed this very casual tartan shirt up with jewelry, red lips and fun shoes.  An old standby high-waisted black skirt added a professional polish.  I wish I had this amazing Marc Jacobs panther clutch, but I did ok with out it.  In a stroke of brilliance, I made the decision to go with bourbon for the night.  This is the only part of this look I would not recommend for your own office holiday party.