Festive not formal holiday occasions

Festive not formal holiday occasions

This is the final post in my current collaboration with Susan of Unefemme on the difference/similarities between dressing in LA and London. We have been exploring “what to wear for specific occasions.”

It is the season of office parties, drinks with friends and festive dinners in restaurants. I love going out to diner. It is such a treat. Whether an intimate visit to a romantic restaurant with your significant other or meeting up with friends at a trendy bistro. It is one of the few occasions when I might wear a pair of court shoes with a mid-heel. As we live near London Uber is a good option for transport in the evening.

During December in London the weather can be chilly so a coat is necessary. I love a brightly coloured coat. I find that it cheers me up when the weather is dull and grey. Both Susan and I spotted several blue coats on the streets of Paris during our recent trip. I have teamed this stunning blue coat with a simple cream silk top and wide leg trousers. I have several cream shirts and tops. They provide excellent basics and always look smart as do black trousers. You can add a touch of bling with the stud earrings and bronze clutch. Metalics are very on trend this season.

I shall be wearing my black trousers with a pair of diamond earrings on Christmas day. I will be swapping the heels for a pair of flat black pumps and the cream shirt will be substituted with mid or soft grey. As I will be cooking the Christmas turkey this year I will need to wear clothes that are comfortable and adaptable.


SHOP BLUE COATS – Popular in paris as seen here.





  1. Mary
    19th December 2016 / 13:08

    I can see you put the look of the blue coats seen in Paris to good use. Like Susan’s, very chic yet comfortable and warm.

  2. 19th December 2016 / 14:05

    Love how you’ve incorporated a blue coat here! Love this simple chic look, and imagine you could adapt for lots of occasions just by changing up the accessories.

    • 19th December 2016 / 14:56

      Yes Susan B I find all the pieces very adaptable.

  3. Karen
    19th December 2016 / 14:40

    I love these options/pairings and I enjoy your blog very much. I live on the East Coast of the United States and I find your selections very much in keeping with what I and other women in my area enjoy wearing. Your blog is a wonderful source for fashion inspiration. Thank you for sharing your good ideas!

    • 19th December 2016 / 14:54

      Hi Karen
      Thank you so much for your kind words. Glad you like my blog.It makes all the hard work worthwhile.

  4. Marguerite
    19th December 2016 / 16:10

    Ooh, this is gorgeous and luxurious! A blue or green coat is on my radar this year. Was recently in London for a few days of vacation. We had dinner one night at Rules. Such a treat. Most women, including me, were in black or black/red combo dressy clothes. A blue coat would have been noticed! Merry Christmas, Josephine!

    • 19th December 2016 / 19:28

      Thank you Marguerite and a Merry Christmas to you too.

  5. Anne
    19th December 2016 / 17:31

    I too, like other readers, have loved your UK/US pairings with Susan. Thank you for sharing your good ideas across the pond! I love that blue coat from Carven!

    • 19th December 2016 / 19:16

      Hi Anne
      I love the blue coat by Carven. Wonder if it will go in the sale. Probably not as it is sold out at Net-a-Porter

    • 19th December 2016 / 19:31

      Thank you for your comment and wishing you Happy Holidays as well.

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