Yesterday I was reminded that next week is Thanksgiving here in the states. This should excite me — as this is my favorite holiday ever — but instead it sent me into my annual holiday tailspin. We never know when it’s going to happen, we just know it will. This is where I immediately start crying like a mad woman and spouting out a random to-do list because I remember all the things I need to accomplish in the following weeks as well as buying gifts, attending parties and generally not falling apart during this time of year because for some reason I am one big ball of emotion. (Does anyone else do this? This time of year makes me so soft. I blame the emotional holiday commercials — they are working people.) The holiday tailspin ended with my husband calmly telling me it’s still just mid-November and that everything is fine. After I made him prove it with a physical calendar, I calmed down. 
But on the upside of that sad paragraph above, the good news about the holidays (besides it being the best time of the year) are holiday dresses. I have started keeping my eyes out for the best ones and ended up snagging this one last week. As I get older, the less ‘holiday’ I want my outfit to scream but I still want a bit of sparkle. After all now through January 1st, is the season of shine. That’s what I loved about this dress — the small but poignant embellishment at the collar. The perfect amount to wear now or later, it translates as holiday or not at all. Holiday in disguise —  I like it. And while I was feeling early on getting my holiday dresses this year, yesterday made me realize that I was just on time. 
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  1. Stephanie says:

    I love this look! I’m sorry the sudden realization of upcoming holidays is so traumatic for you, I totally get that, but at least you look cute. πŸ™‚

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    • Kendi Lea says:

      Haha thanks girl! Meh — less trama and more drama πŸ˜‰

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  2. Gwen says:

    I hear you on the seasonal stress vibes!! I’m kinda the same when the holidays come round – except I don’t get sad, I just get angry and turn into Ben Stiller. Bright side of freaking out now is that it might help us get stuff done on time, right? πŸ™‚

    Anyway, if Audrey Hepburn and Madewell had a cool-girl love-child, you’d be IT in that sweet outfit!

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  3. Laura says:

    Apart from the holidays stress you look amazing!


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  4. Sasa Zoe says:

    The dress is so pretty! Love love love<3

    Shall We Sasa

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  5. All of the pops of red are so pretty!!

    Kristina does the Internets

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  6. Natali says:

    Looking absolutely flawless in this girly and retro-ish outfit!!


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  7. Maggie says:

    The red details are perfection. Love!


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  8. Sharyn Busick says:

    Seeing all the blue, red and white the past few days has me thinking of the French flag. This outfit is a subtle nod to the lovely Parisian women who have been through so very much. Very pretty. Peace for everyone!

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    • Kendi Lea says:

      πŸ™‚ absolutely. My head and heart has been with those in Paris over the last few days.

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  9. Juliya says:

    The first thought that came to mind was Christmas when I saw this. Festive and beautiful. Nice styling!


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  10. Super cute girly!

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  11. Courtney says:

    Adorable outfit! Love the embellished collar and pops of red! πŸ™‚


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  12. Anna D Kart says:

    I love everything about this outfit! The navy and the red look oh so hot on you girl. Plus the dramatic pony – oh Kendi! You are moving to a whole new level of sophisticated chic

    Anna // Happy Medley

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  13. Kimberly Ann says:

    I LOVE this outfit! The collar is so cute and it’s perfect for Thanksgiving. You’re not alone.. I get a little frantic too hahaha but I love it πŸ™‚

    http://trendkeeper.me .. Pumpkin sugar cookies!

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  14. Kathleen Harper says:

    I love how you lipstick matches your bag and heels! So perfect.

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  15. My immediate reaction: WOW! This is such a high-impact look and I’m loving it head to toe. Please always look like a glamorous French woman!


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  16. Pretty much obsessed with everything about this: the dress, the color of the dress, the sparkly collar, and your matching accessories. *heart eyes*


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  17. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I love this red, white, and blue combo! It’s so pretty and gorgeous and I love it!



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  18. Alyssa Thomas says:

    This is absolutely perfect! All of the red is amazing!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

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  19. This is another perfect outfit! Really love the red color πŸ™‚

    Big Dreamer

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  20. This is the perfect color on you – you look stunning! I love the pop of red.

    Daily Style Finds

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  21. CelebratingthisLife says:

    Really cute dress that works for dinner with the fam or drinks with co-workers. I love dual duty items! xx http://www.celebratingthislife.ca

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  22. Such a cute look, love the red!

    xo Jessica

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  23. Jeanne says:

    This dress is perfection, love the whole look!!

    Fashion By Committee

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  24. Love the dress! Cute preppy look! πŸ™‚

    And those heels.. super nice! πŸ™‚

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  25. CristenFortier says:

    This look is SO Blair Waldorf! Love it!

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