The holidays are an exciting time, and bring with them a season of gorgeous dressing.
From parties to reunions with family, there’s always an excuse to look your best. The cool air surrounds us, and the usual day-to-day run around becomes as busy as ever, so when it comes to styling, it can be hard to find the time to pick out the perfect look. There is absolutely no need for the added stress, so we turned to one of our favorite FP Me users and bloggers — Sara Libby — for some helpful tips and tricks for looking your best this holiday season. A fashionista at heart, Sara Libby has made quite the name for herself on the internet within the past year. Her FP Me profile has caught our eye a number of times, always featuring beautiful imagery that captures her perfectly styled outfits. She’s got that easy-going vibe, but her pictures reveal a side to her that is adventurous and ready to explore. We couldn’t think of a better person to lend us some advice to help get us ready for the coming season.
Get to know Sara a little better below, and find out how she’s dealing with the holiday hustle and bustle!
Hi Sara! Can you tell us a little bit about where you currently live? What’s your favorite part about the area?
Hey there! I just recently moved to South Pasadena, California about two months ago with my husband. I have too many favorite things about my new area to narrow it down to just one. We love being so close to Downtown Los Angeles, and truly adore the charming neighborhoods, shops, and cafes that Pasadena has to offer. My husband and I have been exploring little bits of our new city here and there. It is truly a gem, with so many historical buildings and antique shops. Not to mention, the Rose Bowl is practically in my backyard, which is the home of the Rose Bowl Flea Market once a month. It’s amazing!
What inspired you to start your blog? For any new readers, what can they expect to see?
I launched my blog, Sara Libby, on a whim at the very end of last year. I work in health care full time, and as you can imagine, it doesn’t exactly expel all of my creative energy. Fashion has always been a passion of mine. I used to take fashion classes because I wanted to learn how to design, but chose a different path when I began college. Not that I have any regrets… I reached a point last year, and decided to take the leap, put myself out there, and follow my dreams (as cliche as that sounds). My husband has been by my side throughout this endeavor as my cheerleader, photographer, and comic relief. Sometimes I have to pinch myself in the morning because I can’t believe that I am married to such a selfless and generous man. He keeps me going when I am exhausted and inspires me everyday to be my best self. Photoshoots are like mini adventures to us and have become a productive hobby that we share. To be honest, my blog is really my heart and soul. You can expect to see my full creative expression on that little website. It’s definitely not perfect, however I have enjoyed every bit of the journey thus far.
The holiday season can make things pretty crazy this time of year. How are you dealing with all of the hustle and bustle?
My absolute favorite time of year is the holiday season. The hustle and bustle doesn’t get to me much, as I’ve learned to enjoy it as part of the experience. I still act like a five year old on Christmas morning. The lights, the smells, and sounds of the holidays make me smile. My parents always saw the holiday season as a time to be surrounded by family, enjoying each other’s company. Now that I’m a newlywed, my family is even bigger, and the celebrations are that much more jovial and special. Being together around the table makes my heart tingly and warm. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I’ve learned to cherish these moments of togetherness.
What are three trends that you’ve been loving this fall? How will you transition these looks into colder weather?
Socks and Boots: There’s something about this fall trend that I just absolutely adore. Whether you are wearing ankle boots or tall boots, over-the-knee socks add a pop to your outfit. In order to transition this look into winter, pair with tights, or pull your socks over jeans. Easy as pie!
Tomboy Style: Save money and borrow threads from your boyfriend. Or in my case, raid your husband’s closet. I love the look of boyfriend jeans with some heels, ankle boots, or a pair of Converse. This trend easily transitions into fall when paired with an oversized pullover sweater and a beanie. Keep extra toasty by adding a layer and cozying up in one of your man’s flannels or jean button-up shirts.
Oversized Sweaters: It doesn’t get too chilly in Southern California, but I do love sweaters. For fall, I’ve been wearing large, loose sweaters over my summer dresses. As the weather shifts and temperatures cool, oversized sweaters look amazing with a trench, scarf, and skinnies. The options are limitless for this versatile trend!
Do you have any special tips when it comes to styling outfits for the holidays?
For one, be comfortable. I have learned my lesson too many times before I realized that form-fitting threads don’t work well with holiday cookies and eggnog. Next, wear some layers. If you are wearing a dress to a holiday cocktail party, wear a light sweater under your large coat. That way, if your jacket is back at the coat check, your arms won’t be bare if you catch a chill.
If you were hosting a holiday dinner party, what would be your go-to outfit?
If I were hosting a holiday dinner party, I would definitely wear The Juliet Lattice Fit and Flare Slip that’s been on my wishlist and pair it with the Hammock Thigh Highs and Cora Wrap Heel. To top it all off, I would accessorize with the Waterfalls Necklace and let my hair down; styled in long, wavy curls. The ensemble would be dressed up, but laid back at the same time… Which is more my style than something formal.
What Free People items are you hoping to add to your holiday wardrobe?
I guess I’ll give you my top three picks, since I’m a lover of all things Free People and the list could go on indefinitely. First of all, The Printed Velvet Duster is amazing. I mean, we all need some velvet in our holiday wardrobe since it can be worn both casually and dressy. Secondly, I love to dance the night away at holiday parties, so I’m dying for a pair of the Minimal Lace Up Heels. The heel isn’t too high, so you can be comfortable while cutting a rug! Lastly, the My Beloved Georgette Dress in ivory is stunning and could translate to any event you are attending this season. Wearing white after Labor Day is a must in my book.
If you could give one piece of holiday style advice, what would it be?
What does being ‘free’ mean to you?
To me, being ‘Free’ means listening to your heart and discovering what makes you happy. And not only realizing this happiness, but striving to obtain your goals in life. This may not please everyone on the outside, and believe me, I have long struggled with being a ‘people pleaser,’ further constricting my aspirations. But I don’t think being ‘free’ is necessarily easy. It requires courage and strength.
Starting my blog and re-acquainting myself with my love of fashion and styling has been freeing. Others have always labeled me as quiet and shy. and I have listened to these labels — almost accepted them. Until I started learning how to find my voice, be my true self, and not be afraid to express myself.
I also feel that I have always done what was expected of me. I am grateful to have obtained my college education, prided myself in working hard at getting good grades, and found a job after I graduated. However, I realized that wasn’t enough for me. In my heart, I know that I am a creative person. I am inspired daily by nature, photography, and the diversity of people that surround me.