It’s THISCLOSE to 2017 and most of us cannot wait for 2016 to be over. Hopefully you’ve had a great year, but either way there’s so much to leave behind in 2016 and look forward to in 2017. For me, of course it’s looking forward to the birth of my first child this spring. It’s also experimenting with new styles with my new, ever-changing body as this bump continues to grow.


I have to be honest and tried out at least 6 dresses to wear for the holidays and New Years Eve. Sequins and sparkles just don’t seem right for this body, let alone to celebrate the new year. One of the biggest trends of the season, velvet, seems more fitting than ever. It’s a throwback to prosperity and nobility—I guess fitting for our incoming administration. I also like to think that there’s something somewhat soothing about the soft feel of velvet seems appropriate to end this past year.

I’ve been wanting to try out the new velvet trend because it looks way more luxe and fresh than the crushed velvet I wore back in the 90’s. I can’t spend a lot on clothes right now, so I was thrilled to discover that SheIn has a huge selection of trendy velvet pieces and for at affordable prices (everything is on MAJOR SALE plus get 40% off your first order). See for yourself with my velvet wishlist picks below and may you ring in the new year with comforting optimism—just like velvet!

SheIn velvet dress (c/o, now on sale for only $20.99!!) // Stuart Weitzman boots // Rebecca Minkoff clutch // Nona E. Rose necklace (c/o) // Aveda Lipcolor (c/o)

photos by Lydia Hudgens