Holiday Dressing

Jill Jill Stuart Floral Lace Dress

Ever since I moved to the US from Russia, I noticed that many Americans are not aware of many European brands. In my experience, people know only the most familiar labels like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Hermes and only those working in fashion recognize less established designers. As it turned out, even some of the most famous American designers might not ring the bell in New York too…

Last week, I wore this gorgeous lace dress by Jill Stuart to the InStyle magazine holiday party. I paired it with my new Chanel bag and crystal booties from ASOS. I felt that my makeup was also on point as I paired my ruby red dress with my new favorite lipstick by Teeez Cosmetics (which actually made it into my November favorites). Many of my blogger friends and acquaintances complimented me on the dress as asked if it was by Self Portrait. (I know it’s already some sort of stereotype that if it’s a lace dress it must be by Self Portrait, but it’s a topic for another conversation.) When I answered that the dress is actually by Jill Stuart, I’ve got blank in response.

At the beginning, I was thinking it was because of my accent. Then I blamed it for loud music. But at the end of the night I had no doubts that people really didn’t know the brand… I’m not putting my blogger buddies to the test saying that they might not educate themselves enough on the fashion history, but come on, don’t you want to research the topic you are genuinely interested in?

I am actually guilty in not reading news regularly (honestly, some of the recent political events just upset me too much to even bother), but my excuse is that it’s a bit too hard to be a full-time student and a full-time blogger. Usually by the end of the day, when I’m done with my papers, blog posts, and social media comments, the last thing I want to do is to see written (typed) text in front of me. But I sort of must know what is going on in my industry, right?

As with many other things in my life, I decided to take a strategic approach and prioritize what’s important. Based on my everyday habits, I noticed that I love catching up on my blogger friends posts first thing in the morning—yes, even before I have my first cup of coffee. So I figured why not adding a few of my favorite fashion resources to the mix?

Just in case you don’t know, there is a special platform for blogs called Bloglovin that allows following all of your favorite posts and save featured articles in collections (sort of like Pinterest but less crowded). Many of the major style and beauty resources are connected to Bloglovin so it takes just a few clicks to add them to your reading list.

To be honest, my morning catching up on blogs and websites became one of my favorite rituals. I know that some people like watching news or reading the New York Times to get their day started but somehow for me it’s fashion and beauty news that symbolize the beginning of the day.

I wonder where do you get your fashion and beauty updates? Do you feel that fashion history education is important for bloggers?

OUTFIT DETAILS: Jill Jill Stuart Lace Dress (the best lace dresses of the season)
ASOS Sandals (similar party sandals) / Aldo Glitter Clutch (chic clutches to love)

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  • Such a perfect festive dress 🙂

    Lotte |

  • You absolutely beautiful! I love your lace Jill Stuart dress, its such a pretty piece and the detail on the hem is amazing! I’m pretty surprised that no one was familiar with Jill Stuart…
    Hope you have a great week ahead.

    xo, Jackie

  • Ashley Hargrove

    Girl, you look AMAZING!! Love this!

  • kristynatranslates

    Hi, that´s a nice dress and even nicer model 🙂 Just one suggestion blog-wise: maybe it´s only me, but I find reading the pink link texts quite difficult. The colour doesn´t contrast well with the background.

    • Thank you for your comment and for letting me know, Kristyna! I just updated the color so it’s all black and easy to read! I really appreciate your feedback and I hope that you enjoy this change. Have a wonderful day! xoxo

      • kristynatranslates

        I think it´s much better now 🙂 Have a great day too!

  • You look stunning in that dress, Katya! Lace is so feminine and classy, it never goes out of fashion.

    Bloglovin is my favorite way of catching up with blogs. I’ve been using it since 2010! I can’t think of a better way of keeping track of my favorite blogs. You get all the updates on one place, it’s so useful.

  • WOAH! You look absolutely stunning in that red lacey dress, the details are so pretty! Can’t get enough of the open back too! 🙂 You completely nailed this look!

    xo, Chloe //

  • Maria Jose Abad

    Red suits you so well my dear!
    MariaOnPoint | Find me on IG

  • Really love this dress and these photos! You’re so pretty Katya 🙂 This is such a great color for you!

    xo, mikéla /

  • I just adore this dress , RED is so on point for the Holidays and having the wherewithal to pull it off Bravo!

  • Beauty Follower

    YOu look amazing dear!

  • I adore this color on you, Katya! It is a gorgeous dress as well. I love reading books on fashion and a lot of where I get inspiration from is vintage style for sure. I love the ’70s and ’90s rock and roll fashion. I find that Instagram is a great place to stay in the loop with indie or new brands as long as you follow a few designers Insta now suggests more for you to follow. I totally understand what you mean about the news being too much with recent events.

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