Well I have to say, my New Year's Eve this year (or last year?? Eh, close enough) was actually one of the best ones I have had in a long time. Normally, New Year's Eve is not a big to do for me. The most common thing my friends, family, and I do is partake in a taco margarita party and play Cards Against Humanity until it's time to watch the ball drop. So this means no dressing up (honestly I'm usually in my pajamas by 8:30PM every year) and certainly not going out.
Well this year was a bit different as well as a bit more special for me because my wonderful boyfriend, John, actually surprised me by coming up from Florida to visit me so we could be together on New Year's Eve (cue the big "awwwwww how adorable!"'s). Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled to be able to spend the holiday with my beau, so I decided that this year, New Year's Eve called for some dressing up!
An Elephant Never Forgets
The dress I chose for John and I's New Year's Eve date is this gorgeous, gold embroidered elephant dress from my sponsor SheIn. For those of you who may recognize this dress, it's because it was actually on one of my old Wish-list Wednesday Posts. I know, I know, I was supposed to have a post about it up after Thanksgiving dinner with John's family (which I did wear it too by the way!) however I got a bit busy in Florida and just didn't have the chance, but hey like I always say, better late than never!
To start off I have to say this dress is impeccably made. Now note that all of SheIn's clothes are well made, however this dress is from their "Boutique Collection" and I would say it is more comparable to clothes from Anthropologie or Madewell, not like SheIn's other pieces that are more comparable to Forever 21 or H&M.
The first thing I noticed about this dress was how heavy the material is. The dress itself is made of a thick, wool like material, and then is lined with polyester to keep you comfy. The stitching of this dress is also immaculate, as you can see in the photograph above, not a pleat is out of place and the elephant pattern just looks darling.
Another thing I love about this dress is it's fit and flare shape. The sizing for starters was absolutely perfect and this dress fit me like a glove! The waist of the dress is neatly fitted and really accentuates my curves. The pleating of the dress also adds the perfect amount of fullness to it, giving it a fun but sophisticated flare. Which was perfect for John and I's mini outing to Sewickley for the holiday as well as our quiet, romantic dinner at his family's home in Fox Chapel.
Lastly, to accessorize this piece, I chose to carry my grandmother's vintage Coach mini bag and pair this pretty dress with my simple hammered Gorjana bracelet, compliments of my sponsor Rocksbox. The reason I chose these dainty accessories is simply because I did not want my accessories to overpower this gorgeous dress.
One Last Look
So babes, what did you all style for New Year's Eve? I'd love to chat about it in the comments below or you can tweet me at @StarkRavingChic. Want to show off your New Year's Eve look? Feel free to tag me on Instagram at @StarkRavingChic!
Once again, I am wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and happy New Year. Remember to enjoy yourself this year, and let's make some memories in 2017!