Black, White, and Red all over

Topshop Dress, Moonstone Tassle Earrings Doolittle Jewelry, Gucci Bag, Hermes Sterling Silver Collier de Chien Cuff, Eyeshadow M.A.C. Jest, Urbam Decay Woodstock, Lipstick Revlon Cherries in the Snow, Essie Nail plosh Leading Lady

Topshop Dress, Moonstone Tassle Earrings Doolittle Jewelry, Gucci Bag, Hermes Sterling Silver Collier de Chien Cuff, Eyeshadow M.A.C. Jest, Urban Decay Woodstock, Lipstick Revlon Cherries in the Snow, Essie Nail polish Leading Lady

This season I am seeing various shades of red everywhere. While red has historically been a popular color for the month of December, the variations this year have been plentiful. From burgundy and crimson to wine and maroon, not to mention RED in its traditional sense, the color has been almost unavoidable. While admittedly never my favorite color, I have found myself venturing into DUN DUN DUNNNNNN… RED TERRITORY and actually liking it. Looking at my closet one would never know that it’s a color that I have never really even considered, let alone pulled out my credit card for. While I have always admired the color on others, I’ve just never thought it to be me. Clearly tastes change and it is adding a rich brightness that I think my wardrobe lacked. As my girlfriend and I were discussing just the other day, when paired with black, it either works or doesn’t. I think Topshop was spot on in their rendition of the marriage of the two–in a fun aztec print to boot.

I thought white would be a nice addition to the dress and I decided to do it in the way of moonstone and geode tassle earrings and bright silver jewelry. My earrings are by Doolittle Jewelry on Etsy. I’ve mentioned this artist in many of my posts as I have become a huge fan of her work. She is both on-trend and classic in her designs. All of Doolittle’s pieces are made with real gems, which as a budding gemologist (just for fun) is important to me. Many of the items in her shop cost close to the same as costume pieces found in department stores. For real gemstones that will last a lifetime, you really can’t go wrong.

I believe in the mixing of high and low pieces. Investing in the right items that carry one through seasons, years, and even decades is important. Buying trendy items is nice but not if you’re spending big money on them. I may wear this dress four times but for the price I paid, I can do so without any guilt.

My other accesories are a huge silver cuff (I love jewelry with a presence), strappy sandals, and a black suede bag, which also happens to be the only black bag that I own. Seriously. I am constantly on the lookout but this is the only one that I have found in years. I typically go for colored or brown handbags.

My eyeshadow is Jest by M.A.C. which is a shimmery neutral peach that I applied to the lid. I used Woodstock by Urban Decay in the crease. Lipstick is Cherries in the Snow by Revlon which has been around since 1953. I think it’s pretty safe to say that I don’t think we have to worry about this classic being discontinued.

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