I love Christmas, I really do. I love decorating the house, I love buying presents, I love finding excuses to make calorific baked goods. But I think, honestly, if you put a gun to my head (please don't), what I love most about this time of year is all the excuses there are to dress up.
Weirdly, I find it harder to pull off an 'undone' look than a 'done' one. It's probably my reluctance to wear jeans and my hair's inability to be worn naturally without being enormous and frizzy that means I can never pull off the casual look, so if there's an excuse to look glamorous, I'm much more at home with a structured dress and a more formal hairdo.
Pretty much since we were old enough to celebrate it, New Year's has been spent at one of my friends' houses, drinking wine and - in later years - eating excessive amounts of cheese. I usually make a bit of an effort, but it's never a hugely formal affair, so my work Christmas do is probably the most dressed up I get all season. And I bloomin' love it.
This year, we held the party at one of our holiday parks and I brought my sister along to celebrate. It was an amazing night with fireworks, awesome entertainment, a dance off and, er, a free bar. The party was still going when I crawled to bed at 2am, and I still felt wobbly come Monday. Pretty much everyone there had a go at using my camera at some point, which means lots of random photos - many of which did NOT make it onto Facebook!
In addition to wearing a pretty banging outfit, I also achieved the perfect glamorous side ponytail through trial and error, so if I remember at some point, I'll pop a tutorial up. It was so easy! AND my smoky eyes didn't smudge everywhere. Everything's coming up Sarah!
Dress - Topshop via eBay
Bracelet - Swarovski
Rings - Topshop
Earrings - Accessorize
Jacket - H&M (not recently)
Necklace - New Look (recently!)~+~