How do Dress from Work to Party

Recently I had a chance to style a segment for the zulily blog on how to take your daytime look to evening in a pinch by Claire Magruder, zulily’s in-house style expert. Here it is!

Ok ladies, November has arrived, and we all know what that means: Holiday parties, gift giving extravaganzas, piles and piles of cookies to bake, and all of this on top of your everyday workload!  All of the social events that come along with the holidays are such fun, but can seem a bit daunting when you think about your daily routine, and how to possibly fit it all in.  To make life a breeze from the office to a night out on the town, here are a few ways I stay organized day to night.

But first, the bag…

work to party bag

Make sure you have a designated tote bag with a simple makeup/hair kit, room for a great pair of heels, jewelry, dry shampoo, and a sparkly layer.  Carry this to work with you, or leave some of these little extras stashed in your desk.  You never know what events might pop up on the agenda at the last minute, and being able to do a simple prep to get party ready at the end of the work day makes life so much easier.

Rouge the night away

cherry red lip for going out

Cherry Red is the color of the season.  I’ve seen it all over the runways and in the pages of every magazine, and what I love about the color is that it’s easy to incorporate into your everyday routine. It can be as simple an addition to your work attire as a glossy red lip and red suede pumps.  Or,  try wearing a pretty red dress and blazer to work, then remove the jacket for night, add metallic heels and a clutch, throw your hair up in a casual French twist and you’re ready to hit the town!

It’s all in the details

work to party black pencil skirt

Most of us need to look polished, serious, and professional on the job, which often means basic black pencil skirts or A-line dresses and blazers.  If you don’t have much time to get ready for an after-work function, try something as simple as packing a pair of stockings that have some flair and detail to them.  My favorites right now are sheer black with a lace pattern, or anything with embellishments like little pearls or rhinestones.  I love how easy this makes dressing up… sometimes it’s just a little touch that really makes the outfit!

Smaller is better!

maroon skirt party outfit

Always pack a smaller purse to bring out at night.  I suggest a cross body bag that you can fit the essentials in… house keys, credit cards, phone, lipstick of course, and leave your work items at the office.  That way you’re not lugging a big bag around all night, and you can bring everything else home the next day.

Don’t forget to add eyeliner!

eyeliner for after work event

Nothing says party like a smoky eye, and what an easy update this is.  I don’t go overboard here, just a little extra liner to define the eyes do the trick.  Smudge it in a bit, add a shimmery highlight right below the brows, and you’re all set.

Add a little sparkle

sequined skirt party outfit

Sequins are my major holiday go-to because they’re such a seasonal fashion item.  I love sequined pencil skirts paired with a flowy blouse, or cozy lightweight crew neck sweater.  Again, stay simple with this trend and wear just one piece that incorporates sparkle.  I always try to balance the whole look, so that I’m on trend and look festive, but still approachable.

Channel your inner rocker with a moto jacket

moto jacket party look

Office holiday parties are always the hardest to dress for.  You want to look festive and pretty, but it’s important that you maintain a sense of professionalism… maybe save the mini skirt for girl’s night out?  My go-to are always black pants, with a bunch of sparkly bling.  Statement necklaces or chandelier earrings brighten up that basic, and a leather moto jacket is the perfect topper to stay warm while out and about.

Remember to have fun with it all and that the holidays only come once a year.  I try to revel in the business, and enjoy the hustle and bustle while it lasts… soon the festivities will die down, and we’ll all be back to our regular routine in the New Year.  Celebrate now with a little extra festive fashion thrown in for good measure and check out our work to party event from 11/10/2015 to 11/12/2015.

zulily Trend Expert- Claire Magruder

claire magruder

As zulily’s trend and fashion expert, Claire constantly has her eye on what’s next. Whether it’s the best new look for an upcoming event, that necklace you just have to have, or a bigger picture look at this season’s trends, Claire is our go-to for fashion and style advice.

Claire has a background in styling and design, with published work in the likes of Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping, OK Magazine, Seattle Magazine, and more.  She has worked on such television series and feature films as Boardwalk Empire, The Big C, The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Winter’s Tale, and more. Claire is the founder and author of the blog, That Pleasant Surprise, which focuses on finding the beauty in our everyday lives.

Claire lives in Seattle with her husband and Black Lab, “Scout”, and loves exploring the beautiful Northwest with weekend hikes, ski trips in the mountains, and boat rides on the Puget Sound.  Traveling to new places is a passion, and her favorite way to discover the newest and greatest next thing.  Sharing all of this, and life’s great experiences with friends and family is the icing on the cake!


Creme de la Creme Wedding Show at the Four Seasons Vancouver

cremeshow four seasons vancouver

by CountDown Events


Today I had the pleasure of working at the Creme de la Creme Wedding Show at the Four Seasons Vancouver alongside Sandra Leung of Yaletown Wedding Gallery, my wedding photographer! She has such a beautiful eye and is constantly capturing beautiful moments.


Photo by Leanne Pederson.


The Creme Show took my break away! Every detail was considered, not a petal was out of place. Aren’t these the most exquisite gowns? Photo by Tamiz Photo, gowns by Bisou Bridal, makeup by Nadia Albano Style Inc., flowers by Celsia Floral, jewelry by Jeweliette Shop.

cremeshow by tamizphoto

Top image: Booth by Countdown Events, Eclat Decor and Granville Island Florist.

Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Bride of Frankenstein


Ever since Felicity dressed up as the Bride of Frankenstein in 1998, I’ve wanted to dress up as this iconic monster. So when I happened upon a vintage wedding dress at Value Village a few weeks ago, I knew it was time.


Costume Components

  • Bride of Frankenstein Wig
  • Monster makeup
  • Edgy jewelry — bonus for screw earrings!
  • White dress
  • Black separates

I found that the costume had more impact when I threw on a black bolero jacket and heels.


The monster makeup is critical for this costume! Here’s my makeup tips for the Bride of Frankenstein:

  1. Start with a white base.
  2. Cover your eyebrows with a glue stick to hide the texture so you can draw over them. Then blend with a light concealer.
  3. Apply dramatic eye makeup.
  4. Apply false eyelashes (tips on applying falsies here)
  5. Contour with grey eye shadow to emphasize your bone structure.
  6. Using a black liner, draw seams in your face.
  7. Take a brown eye shadow and line either side of the seam.
  8. Using a black pencil liner, draw in the holes and stitches.
  9. Apply dark lipstick.
  10. Then do the Monster Mash!

Photographer Brian and I doing the monster mash on set!



Show & Tell

Did you pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photos by Brian Weiss.
Model, costume designer + makeup artist: Sarah Ward

Back in the Classroom at Conselle


This week I’m back in the classroom at the Conselle Institute, my alma mater, re-certifying in Image Management, and I’m always floored by the racks of clothes! My mentor Judith Rasband has dozens of racks of clothes that are chock full and filled with variety and diversity!

Over the years Judi has showed me so much variety in clothing and has helped me break out of the mold through exposure and I’m so grateful to her for it.