Permission to Celebrate: The Casual Christmas Party

Rachel Off Duty: The Casual Christmas Party

December is always kind of a whirlwind, don’t you think? Work is hectic, with bosses throwing deadlines and end-of-year goals around left and right, and dozens of holiday events and functions you’re required to make an appearance at. And, to make things even more stressful, our personal life often feels like it’s holding on by a thread, with all of the errands you need to run, friends you need to spend time with, gifts you have to buy, and holiday traffic you need to brave in order to get everything done. It’s pretty easy to feel burnt out as the end of the year draws closer.

Rachel Off Duty: The Casual Christmas Party

I always feel my own personal emotional whirlwind in December, especially as I get older. It seems like life puts all of these hurdles in front of you at the end of each year, and you have to stumble and jump over each one until you are finally able to take a breather, grab a gingerbread cookie and a glass of mulled wine, and take a look back at just how far you’ve come. We’re in the home stretch leading up to the holidays, and if you’re feeling the effects of end-of-year hustle and bustle like I am, you know that holiday parties are our opportunity to unwind, spend time with the people that matter, and forget about all the craziness and stress that led up to where we are now. It's our time to give ourselves permission to actually kick back and celebrate. The exhaustion melts away, the tiredness fades, and it’s all replaced by an undeniable feeling of holiday cheer and warmth. I love that feeling, and it’s what’s keeping me going through all the 12+ hour days and sleepless nights that’ve become more frequent in my life in recent weeks.

Rachel Off Duty: The Casual Christmas Party
Rachel Off Duty: The Casual Christmas Party

Last week, I laid out my take on the “work holiday party,” but obviously, that’s not the only kind of gathering there is. I wanted to take a stab at a more understated, yet still classy, look that’s perfect for more casual gatherings like house parties, drinks with friends, or even a nice holiday dinner. I plan on going to as many gatherings as I can possibly get my hands on (slash sneak in to), and not all of them will require a dress. Jeans and a blazer can take on a holiday vibe when paired with something more eye-catching, like an embellished bodysuit and strappy heels. Since this embroidered mesh bodysuit is a bit on the showy side, I aimed to pare it down a bit by opting for boyfriend jeans (I cut the hems myself!) and a soft faux leather blazer. Small touches of gold and white jewelry here and there complete the look and make things more festive.

Rachel Off Duty: The Casual Christmas Party
Rachel Off Duty: The Casual Christmas Party
Rachel Off Duty: The Casual Christmas Party
Rachel Off Duty: The Casual Christmas Party

Here’s to surviving the last few weeks of this crazy year and finding some much-deserved moments to live it up this holiday season.

WHAT I WORE: 

Embroidered Bodysuit | Kacie Bradleigh (Get 15% off your next order at Kacie Bradleigh with promo code "LOVERJF15") • Boyfriend Jeans | Levi's (DIY distressed hems!) • Strappy Heels | Macy's • Blazer | BB Dakota • Rock Stud Earrings | Nectar Clothing

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