Lavender dress + silver shoes ... and a fashion challenge

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that my friend Jessica and I have launched a little mini fashion challenge that's running through the end of the month.

So today's look is an homage to pastels, and how to wear them in winter without looking silly. It was Jessica, in fact, who gave me this awesome (and vintage!) dress, so it's fitting that I brought it out to wear for this challenge. 

I actually thought this dress was contemporary when I first saw it — the contrast shoulders gave it a fresh look to me. The color isn't one I probably would have chosen for myself, but that's one of the awesome things about gifts — they are unexpected and get you to try new things. That's what I like about fashion challenges, too — I get nudged to try things I wouldn't otherwise. 

I wasn't quite sure how to style this dress so I just went for everything sparkly/shiny I could lay hands on. I'm calling it a success. 

I hope you'll join us and play along with some of the prompts of this challenge. We're also giving away some pretty awesome prizes: 

Hand-knit bag

Made with love by yours truly! Fully lined, with a zip closure. (For you knitters out there, this is the Brea Bag.)

Vintage rhinestone brooch

Courtesy of the jewelry counter at my local Salvation Army. So sparkly and pretty!

'Autumn Spice' perfumed nail polish

I'm definitely prejudiced toward a super dark nail, but I figure if you can't wear them in winter, when can you? And this shade just seems to go with everything.

Vintage pink cocktail dress

Donated by the lovely Jessica, this dress is a real stunner! 

So if you would like to win your pick of these prizes (the winner will be able to choose any or all of the items she would like to receive), be sure to follow me and Jessica, and tag your outfit with #decemberduostyle any time through the end of the month. And even if you don't decide to participate, be sure to take a look at the outfits that others are sharing. 


  1. I really want to do this! Except I think I have exactly zero garments with any sort of feathers, leather, glitz, etc. Hmmmm...I'll take a look at my wardrobe and see if I can swing it.

    1. Want to hear something funny - I don't really have anything feathers, fringed or fur either! And I am the one who came up with the prompt ... so clearly I have lost my mind :) I am trying to think creatively, though - my friend Jessica pointed out that scarves have fringe, and I think I have a feather-print dress, so we'll see what I come up with!

  2. OOOH I love this challenge! I'm going to try to do it; I don't know if I have much in the pastel region (maybe... a dress...?) but I can totally do the other three!

    1. Yay! Yeah, I thought the pastels one would be hard for me, but I did dig up a few things. Definitely not my usual go-to palette, but it was fun to come up with some pastel-themed outfits for a few days.


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