This month’s edition of my Must-Have List is focused on tips and tricks to get you through all of the parades this Mardi Gras season, including some special outfits. I have so much fun putting together my Mardi Gras parade outfit for the weekend, especially this one! Mardi Gras is the time of year where pretty much anything goes, so I like to put a few kind of ‘out there’ outfits together. And, you don’t really get many crazy looks with whatever you are wearing… because, hey, it’s Mardi Gras!
Must-Have List: Mardi Gras Essentials
Mardi Gras is my all-time, hands-down favorite time of the year!
My parents tell me that I took to the Mardi Gras beat very quickly at my first parade when I was four-years-old, and I look forward to the holiday each and every year. I’m so lucky my family is from New Orleans and that I grew up celebrating Mardi Gras, because I can’t imagine a year without it. Over the years, I have learned tips to comfortably making it through parades and balls, and my Mardi Gras style has evolved to include lots of color, sequins and costumes! Whether you are celebrating in New Orleans, Baton Rouge or anywhere else, here are a few Mardi Gras essentials to keep in mind when planning what to pack.
Hosting a Holiday Party
Shea and I love to have people over to our house, but since our December is filled with official visits, bowl prep and now an early Signing Day, we don’t have as much time to host as we would like. We double booked our holiday parties in the week leading up to Christmas, so we could see as many friends as we could before the holiday. I invited the ladies from work over during the week, and then after official visits ended on Sunday, we had another group of friends and their kids over. Even though I am exhausted right now, I’m so glad we fit these into our week, because we had so much fun having everyone over!
After these two parties plus hosting Thanksgiving for my family last month, I feel like I have found some good tips on how to throw a holiday party complete with the perfect table, stocked bar and even a festive outfit!
Gameday | November Sideline Style
I have so much fun putting together gameday outfits each football season. I think it’s something that makes working in SEC football unique, because Saturdays can become somewhat of mini fashion shows. This is the second year that I documented my sideline outfits, and I’m constantly thinking of better ways to share this. I buy quite a few items way in advance of certain games, and by the time I post these updates some things are already sold out. I’m trying to think of a way next season to share as I buy items as well as my gameday outfit updates each month of the season.
I only have one more gameday outfit to geaux this football season! We head to Orlando at the end of the month to face Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl, and I have NO CLUE what I am wearing but I better start the New Year off right. I will have to get creative with my rack of purple and gold clothes. Once we get back from the bowl game, I have a big 2017 football season recap coming plus some other new content for the blog. I hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday season so far!
Here are my other Sideline Style posts from this season:
Sideline Style | September – Sideline Style | October
LSU VS ALABAMA
Dress: Anthropologie | Boots: Seychelles (old, similar here) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Watch: Apple | Cable bracelets: David Yurman | Purse: Louis Vuitton
LSU VS ARKANSAS
Dress: Leith | Boots: Tory Burch (old, similar here) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Necklace: Kendra Scott – Baublebar | Watch: Apple | Cable bracelets: David Yurman | Purse: Louis Vuitton
LSU VS TENNESSEE
Sweater: Anthropologie | Pants: J. Crew | Boots: Sperry (also here and here) | Hat: J. Crew | Watch: Apple | Cable bracelets: David Yurman | Purse: Louis Vuitton
LSU VS TEXAS A&M
Jacket: Tory Burch (old) | Cami: Edge Boutique (in Baton Rouge, La.) | Pants: J. Crew | Boots: Tory Burch (old) | Earrings: Kendra Scott [c/o] | Purse: Louis Vuitton
Gameday | Neutral Colors for the Win
I am always on the hunt for purple and gold clothes to wear for LSU gameday, but I also like to style everyday neutrals when I’m on the sidelines. You don’t necessarily want to invest in a ton of items that won’t transition from gameday to everyday, so I’m showing you how you can wear your gameday outfit and accessories once the football season is over.
I am doing a gameday giveaway + a special promo code, so keep reading this post to see how to enter!
Sideline Style | Choosing My Gameday Outfit
I purchase quite a bit of purple and gold clothes and accessories throughout the year getting ready for the football season. A lot of times I already have a game in mind for when I am going to wear one item over another. I found a perfect purple dress in August and knew it was going to be my Bama outfit in November. I also scooped up the cutest gold sweater in September that is going to be either my gameday or travel outfit for the upcoming Tennessee game. It might not seem like it, but there is a science (haha) to picking out a successful gameday outfit.
We are eight games into the season, but I still have four more to dress for this year! This is what goes on in my mind when I choose what I am going to wear on the sidelines each week.
Top: J. Crew | Pants: Splendid | Shoes: Dolce Vita (old – similar here and here) | Purse: Henri Bendel | Watch: Apple | Ring: Kendra Scott | Nail polish: Lincoln Park After Dark