Boo and I don't really have any fancy holiday parties to go to this year, but that doesn't mean I won't get dressed up like I'm going to one. It is sparkle season after all, so every day is a good day for a sequin skirt.

P.S, you're getting a sneak peek at a new shopHollyDolly item! I'm still trying to work out a few kinks, but I'm hoping to have these wordy wire necklaces added to shop early in the new year. 

dress (worn as top): BB Dakota

skirt: JCrew (old) (similar)

glasses: Warby Parker

necklace: shopHollyDolly (coming soon!)

holly hair clip: DIY from last year

heels: JCrew Factory

Holly In Your Hair - a DIY


Does that title sound like I’m about to show you a bunch of photoshopped pictures of miniature versions of myself hanging out in other people’s hair? Because now that’s all I can picture. 

Anywho… I wasn’t born around Christmas, but I’m a sucker for playing up the whole holly thing this time of year. I often use the phrases “holly jolly Christmas” and “happy Holly-days”, and I gravitate towards any decorations that include the leaves and berries. So when I saw all of the christmas stuff at the floral section in Michaels (and at 70% off!), I got an idea. This Christmas, I’ma be Holly… wearing holly. 

Genius, I know. 

Here’s how I did it….


You’ll need: fake holly leaves (you can get it for a few dollars at a craft store) - adhesive - felt - alligator hair clips


1. Most likely, the leaves and berrys will just pop off of the main stem with a light tug. But if not, just simply cut them off. Cut the little stems off of the berries, too. 

2. Glue a couple of leaves together to your desired look. Once they are completely dry, glue the berries to the leaves where the come together near the bottom. Note - I started out with tacky glue, which worked  really well glueing leaf to leaf. But not so much for the berries. I ended up using super glue for those. 

3. Cut a small piece of felt that is just slightly bigger than your hair clip. 

4. First glue the piece of felt to the back of your holly leaves - right in the middle, but closer to the bottom. Once dry, glue your hair clip to the piece of felt. Adding the felt gives it a little bit more stability. 

5. Voila! Stick one in your hair, or wear a bunch together. Happy Holidays!


A Boston Blogger Holiday Mixer


worn on December 11th, 2011

On Sunday I attended a cute little blogger mixer hosted at the LF store in Harvard Square. After meeting up with Jamie (A First Impression) and Sarah (Fadass), we headed to the store for some good old bloggy-girl fun. We styled up some LF clothing for a little photoshoot, decorated santa hats, drank some delicious hot cider, and had a little yankee gift swap. I was lucky enough to get some coffee cozies handmade by Sarah hereself! Score!

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dress: BBDakota via Hautelook

belt and tights: Anthropologie

necklace: Stella & Dot; won in a giveaway

purse: Coach

boots: Frye


And now onto photos from the event:

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Clockwise from top left:

Sarah, Jamie, Lei Ann, me

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last two photos taken by Jamie of A First Impression


See more photos from the event on LF Harvard Square’s facebook page here.

Thank you to the girls at LF. I had a bast!

In My Life : Lately

row one: Getting in the holiday spirit

row two: Rainy days and circus animals for breakfast

row three: Peanut butter on burgers and styling outfits/making santa hats at the boston blogger holiday mixer (look out for more photos on wednesday


Do you use Instagram? follow me! my username is hollyjollydolly

See all my In My Life/ Instagram post here.

DIY: Holiday Spirit



holiday fabrics

trims and notions

commerical patterns or pencil and pattern paper

needle, thread, scissors, etc

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There were two holiday decorations that I knew I wanted to make this year: a tree skirt and our stockings. And with some 50% off fabric from Joanns, I did just that! I wish I could provide you guys with more of a detailed DIY. But to be honest, I kind of winged them both. I free handed some patterns without really measuring (which I wouldn’t really recommend, I just got lucky), and just worked by trial and error.

I’m super happy with the way they turned out. Especially the tree skirt - how cute is it with the little pom trim?! 

**UPDATE** I may have been lazy, but Megan Nielsen just posted a super detailed (and SUPER adorable) stocking tutorial. See it here

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Have you done any fun holiday DIYs? Please share!