One thing I love about Christmas is having the opportunity to put on your glad rags, whether that's for the school nativity, a New Year party or on Christmas Day itself. It has always been a family tradition of ours to get dressed up for Christmas lunch - Father Christmas brings the girls beautiful new outfits every year especially for the occasion - and, of course, I have to treat myself to something new too ;)
One of the best places to shop for pretty skirts and dresses (for the girls AND myself) is Palava, formerly known as Bryony and Co and, before that, PoppyEngland.
The poor team at Palava.co really have been through a palaver this past year; being forced to rebrand due to trademark issues not once, but twice! They're a wonderful, small, independent company (I'm really passionate about supporting indie businesses) and they create beautiful items of clothing with a real vintage vibe - so if that's your bag and you've not ventured over to their new website, then you really must.
I have quite a few of their beautiful skirts (my Poppy Elspeth skirt in the London print is my absolute fave) - they're the perfect fit for my shape, sitting high on my waist and flaring out, down to the knee - and in my opinion, their AW16 collection of pretty party frocks for women and girls is their best yet!
I've put together my perfect Christmas Day outfit; a pretty party dress with a festive motif, a petticoat and cardigan with some added sparkle, a bow for my hair (because if you can't wear a bow in your hair at Christmas, when can you?!) and some gorgeous woolly socks to keep me warm!
Who knows, maybe the big man himself is reading and fancies leaving me a special present under the tree this year ;)
1. Grey linen bow clip, £9.95 // 2. Gold trim cardigan, £44.95 // 3. Navy + gold zig zag socks, £24.95 // 4. Sparkly gold petticoat, £59 // 5. Grey Reindeer Dress, £130