Velvet Leopard and All the Gold.

My birthday falls on New Year’s Eve (you can imagine how this got infinitely more fun post-21), which is the perfect excuse for me to get super dressed up and drink fizzy beverages with my best friends.

I normally know exactly what I’m going to wear weeks in advance. This year was different– I kept waffling between choices (LBD or an all-white tuxedo suit? Sandals or glitter ankle booties? Smokey eye or red lip?), before finally settling on the outfit below. My focus was on the details, starting with a little black dress.

The cut of the dress is simple, but the velvet leopard embellishment makes it a bit more sassy. The sandals look silver from afar, but up close you can see they’re metal mesh (I feel like I’m wearing that chainmail divers wear during Shark Week). Accessory-wise, I went with the “more is more” methodology and layered on a ton of gold necklaces and bracelets, with a few bits of silver thrown on to tie in the shoes.

black leopard dress, mesh sandals, statement necklaces
Dress- ASTR (on sale!); Shoes- Jessica Simpson (old; similar); Pendant Necklace (sold out; similar), Lariat Necklace (sold out; similar), and Pave Links Bracelet- BaubleBar (sold out; similar on sale); Chevron Necklace- Madewell (sold out; similar on sale)
black leopard dress, mesh sandals, statement necklaces
Dress- ASTR (on sale!); Shoes- Jessica Simpson (old; similar); Pendant Necklace (sold out; similar), Lariat Necklace (sold out; similar), and Pave Links Bracelet- BaubleBar (sold out; similar on sale); Chevron Necklace- Madewell (sold out; similar on sale)

An over-sized tuxedo blazer (it’s quickly becoming the official Holiday Jacket, is it not?) adds a layer of warmth and an  element of interest with its satin lapels and boyfriend-y feel.

I did go with the red lip, as you can see. Courtesy of NARS Dragon Girl– every girl needs this lipstick!

isabel marant for h&m blazer, mesh sandals, statement necklaces
Dress- ASTR (on sale!); Shoes- Jessica Simpson (old; similar); Pendant Necklace (sold out; similar), Lariat Necklace (sold out; similar), and Pave Links Bracelet- BaubleBar (sold out; similar on sale); Chevron Necklace- Madewell (sold out; similar on sale)

One of my fav shots of the night, taken by my best friend.

ashley on nye
Sake bomb! More NYE fun on my Insta.

Hope everyone had a fun and happy NYE! Let’s make 2014 brilliant. 🙂 Cheers!

Linking up today with Glitz and GoldAll Things Pretty, and Perfectly Coutured and Style Elixir

130 Comments

  1. Awww, happy belated birthday! That is too fun that it falls on NYE. I loveee this outfit! It’s so sexy and chic. I love that the heels are actually mesh! So unique and fun. I’m loving the long gold jewelry as well. This is the perfect NYE/bday outfit. I hope you had a fabulous time Ashley!! It certainly looks like it from the last photo : )

    xox,
    anna-lamode.blogspot.com

  2. Love this outfit! And I love the more is more methodology! I think I practice that quite frequently. Happy Birthday! My Mom’s birthday is the 30th and she’s always hated it so it’s nice to see someone embrace it!

  3. You looked Divine which I expected nothing less from you. The crushed velvet animal-print on that dress is gorgeous. Love all the necklaces you layered it with and the tuxedo blazer takes it to another level.

    Amen for a brilliant 2014!

  4. I’m a little behind on my blog reading, so forgive me for the very late happy birthday and happy new year! You look fabulous! I love this dress on you and those heels are killer 🙂

    Katie
    Style Diary

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