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Monday, 19 November 2018

How To Stand Out At A Festive Party! | Ted Baker Jewellery

Lipsy Exaggerated Ruffle Bardot Black Maxi Dress
You could mistake these photos for having been taken in the height of summer, because hello bare shoulders.  But that's the thing about the festive season and all of the celebrations that come with it; for some reason they make us (feel) invincible.  No need for coats, goodbye comfortable footwear and hello goosebumps.  Because if you can't dress OTT at this time of year, when can you?  And besides, there's a reason we cherrypicked that drop dead gorgeous floor-sweeping gown, or embellished mini... to show it off!  I've brainstormed a few ways in which we can add a little flamboyance to our festive party looks this season and so if you're looking to steal the show and do so wearing six inch stilettos and glitter on your eyelids, read on...
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Dress - Lipsy

Bracelet - Clemara Faux Pearl Bangle c/o Ted Baker

Necklace - Elvina Enamel Mini Button Pendant c/o Ted Baker

Faux Fur Stole - Jaeger   |   Clutch - Biba

Psst!  There are tons of gorgeous new season Ted Baker jewellery pieces available via John Lewis - enjoy browsing!
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D R E S S   M E   U P 

It doesn't need to cost the world, but if you (comfortably) can this season, budget for a new season dress that gives you that 'heart-eye emoji' feeling at first sight.  For this look I've opted for a bardot Lipsy dress via ASOS.  I'm a sucker for floor-sweeping gowns, and the ruffles across the chest are just enough to take the design from plain to special.   

Things to look for: embellishments; glitter, sequins, pearls, feathers and ruffles

Things to avoid: designs that highlight your least favourite areas


T H E   H I G H ER  ,  T H E   B E T T E R

Stilettos.  That is all.

Things to look for: pointed toes and metallic heels

Things to avoid: wearing new shoes for the first time to a special event (break them in first!)


J E W E L L E R Y   A L W A Y S   F I T S

... and so it's something you can purchase in advance, despite the mass of mini quiches and fondant puddings coming your way next month!  Rather than reaching for whichever necklace is least tangled in your jewellery box before heading out the door, start looking now for a couple of classic pieces that you can wear throughout, and long after, the festive season!  

Things to look for: dainty designs for flamboyant dresses and statement pieces for block colours

Things to avoid: anything likely to catch and tear your dress


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O N E   F O O T   I N   T H E   D O O R

Okay, okay.  I know I mentioned 'tis the season to feel invincible and bare some skin, but I'm also keen on everyone staying healthy this Christmas and so... you'll need a coat to get to the venue.  But not just any coat, because have you noticed most photos at a festive party tend to happen just as people are arriving and/or leaving?  Opt for something unusual to ensure it's in keeping with your outfit.  My advice?  Reach for the faux fur, or throw a tuxedo jacket over your shoulders 

Things to look for: faux fur, or a tuxedo jacket, and in a complementary colour for your dress

Things to avoid: that coat you throw on to pick up milk from the corner shop


T A K E   A   W H I  F F 

You're at the party, you're mingling.  What's the first thing you notice about someone when kissing their cheeks?  Their fragrance.  It's hard not to notice what someone smells like when your face is pressed up against theirs, right?  Don't forget a couple of sprays before heading out the door, and perhaps even slide an atomiser of the same fragrance into your purse for the occasion!

Things to look for:  warm, inviting scents 

Things to avoid: anything overpowering


I T ' S   A L L   I N   T H E   D E T A I L 

As with any styling tips, I'm always sure to mention your beauty routine; because the devil truly is in the detail!  The manicure wrapped around your champagne glass, the skin revealed when you step forwards in your thigh-split gown and the rose gold shimmer that becomes all the more visible every time you blink...  

Things to look for: the perfect lip shade and a blow dry

Things to avoid: clumpy eyelashes and mani-free nails


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I'm totally standing by the idea of this season paving the way for the best styling opportunities; it's a chance to go OTT and know that everyone else will be doing the same.  Though, the most important thing?  Enjoy yourself!  What would you love to wear to a special festive occasion this year?  Let me know in the comments below!

If you liked this post, you might also enjoy >> Five 'Power Dressing' Tips | The Feminine Way

With love,

Gabrielle x

Thanks to Ted Baker for working with me on this post!



  1. You look so beautiful!
    xx- Nina

  2. I already told you on Insta but really you're so stunning in this dress.
    The place for this event was so beautiful !
    I love to wear special gown for special events. It's not everyday we can wear a beautiful gown like this.

  3. Amazing the place too. Gorgeous post lovely x

  4. This is magical...Love the dress SO much!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  5. The pearl bangle is gorgeous! Ted Baker is such a lovely brand, I always love everything they do. It's all in the details, and they do make you stand out in a crowd of people - it's what makes the difference!

    Julia x
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  6. wow love the long black dress on you! the bracelet is so feminine and delicate - and I have the same feeling when I do a shoot outside when it's cold, I do feel's the moments after when arghhh 'now i do feel how chilly it really is' XD

    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

  7. Oooh, you can never go wrong with Ted Baker!😍 Love the bracelet!

    Teresa |

  8. The dress is so pretty, it would be perfect for a wedding or a party or for New Years Eve!!! You look amazing Gabrielle!!


  9. I can't describe you how I adore your style and your photography. These are so gorgeous,from background, til detail, dress and you. That dress is amazing, I really like details and that is dress which I wear for festive season in combination with faux fur stole. Thank you for inspiration.

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  10. Gab, you're so gracious!! And you always pick the best locations :)
    Love the dress and the bracelet!!

  11. Yes about focusing on the details!! And that dress is so stunning on you Gabrielle. Such a magic piece with the ruffle detail and elegant silhouette. Gorgeous background as always too. And yes, an extra spray of perfume can do so much. Have a lovely week! Xx

  12. You are so gorgeous! And these tips are super helpful!

  13. Gabrielle, you look like a true screen siren! I feel like these are photos from a luxurious magazine. What a beauty and Ted Baker pieces are all so fab! xx


  14. You look stunning Gabrielle! This is such a gorgeous look. The jewellery adds a nice touch to the whole outfit. :D


  15. OMG such a stunning dress, such a stunning look- you look like a move star my dear xx

  16. That is such a stunning maxi dress on you! So perfect for a party. I like the gold accessories with all of the black too :)

    Hope that you are having a nice week so far :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  17. Great styling tips, and you look amazing!

    Anika |

  18. You would definitely stand out at any party in this gorgeous look Gabrielle! That dress is smashing and your delicate jewelry adds the perfect chic and feminine touch.

  19. You can stand outfit any function with such outfit dear. You are looking really stunning and cute. I love this outfit.
    Have a lovely day.
    Kisses <3

  20. Id love to wear a dress like this, but I don´t think I would feel comfortable in it right now, so I think I´d opt for a more loose fitted version.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

  21. How beautiful do you look here?! And the jewelry is the perfect touch!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  22. It is so easy to stand out in such gorgeous and elegant dress!
    Lots of love ♥ January Girl

  23. I totally love your dress and outfit *o* Ted Baker makes great products, I got a notebook from this brand and it's one of my favourite notebooks I own.

  24. The most elegant Gabrielle! I adore your dress so much and the location is amazing. The jewelry is dainty and pretty, my fave!!


  25. You are the total party princess and belle of any ball gorgeous Gabrielle! Such a smokin' stunner in this timeless dress, made for all the sparkly party fever :) Your jewels are so on-point and pretty, all the delicate dreaminess. Total heart eyes for your faux fur stole too! ♥︎ This location is pure elegance and I'm loving all your tips, anything with glitter or sequins always gets my vote, same for pearls and feathers! Looking like a true starlet, all the ruffles and chic! ♥︎

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  26. I agree with you, the festive season always makes me feel invincible, I always getting a little OTT at this time of year and I absolutely live for it. You look stunning as always and those jewellery pieces are beautiful, they're definitely timeless which is something I look for in my collections :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  27. Oh babe!! You look so so beautiful and so festive!!



  28. The jewelry looks absolutely stunning! I love how delicate the pieces look yet they still stand out.

  29. That dress is truly a stunner, I love the style and it's perfect for the festive season upon us. I've not tried Ted Baker jewellery but my bf wears his jackets a lot. Lovely, lovely post Gabrielle.

  30. You look absolutely amazing in this outfit! And Ted Baker always make such cute jewellery!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

  31. Looking absolutely stunning dear! Love the elegant look on you, and the luxurious jewelries pops out beautifully.
    Jessica |

  32. You are amazing Gabrielle!!!
    Have a nice day and don't miss my latest post, now on my blog Eniwhere Fashion. Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,

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