I cannot explain how excited and honored I am to be sharing these holiday party looks with you all! I dreamt about this party and these looks for a while and it was surreal to see everything come together so perfectly! This shoot was a labor of love; so many gracious friends contributed, and everything was styled and shot at Ballenger Farm, a favorite new-ish Airbnb riiiight down the road from my house!
All the vintage pieces came from Shop Nostalgia, a vintage clothing and antique shop right here in Purcellville, Virginia. Silas, the proprietor, has a an eye for collecting some of the most beautiful and diverse pieces. His dresses range from the 1910s to the 1990s. I’d guess that he has nearly 5000 pieces in his boutique, along with some exquisitely curated antique furniture, art, mirrors, and other finds. His prices are incredibly reasonable, and it’s fun to just get lost in his shop for a few hours. My assistant Meghan and I did just that for this shoot, and pulled a selection of nearly 50 dresses for all our ladies to try. It was really magical; each woman found a piece that uniquely expressed her style, and fit to a T.
Every single time I walk into Shop Nostalgia, I’m in awe over not only Silas’ collection of vintage fashion, but also his knowledge on the subject. He knows everything! I asked Silas for a little bit of info on each of our looks, and he oh-so-willingly obliged. If you are anywhere near Purcellville, I HIGHLY recommend checking out his shop for any holiday party looks you might need (or any vintage needs you may have in general). He’s got a vast collection of fur coats, business suits, casual dresses, cocktail dresses, jewelry, hats, purses, and so much more. Oh, and I hear he has extended holiday hours this month, and TWO FLASH SALES. Check out his instagram to learn more! Here’s a bit more about what we’re each wearing:
Here’s a bit about what each of us are wearing, in order from the top, in case you want to recreate any of our looks (OH, and lots of these dresses are still available at Shop Nostalgia, so RUN OVER THERE if you’re interested)!
And now, our hair and makeup! I recently discovered a new-to-me in-home (or at work or hotel, etc) hair care company: Concihairge. I was introduced to Stephanie (the founder) and Meghan (the regional stylist for Loudoun County) when my friend Bonnie hosted a little hair party for my assistant and I. Our kids were playing together, we ate lunch together, and we had our hair done, all without a babysitter or leaving the house! It was incredible, and I started scheming ways we could work together!
Conciharige has stylists in Philly, DC, Arlington, Alexandria, and right here in LOUDOUN COUNTY. We’re so lucky to have them in Loudoun County! Conciharige is perfect for busy moms who never have time (or a babysitter) to get away for a little self care. They’re perfect for folks who can’t get away from the computer for long enough to get their hair done. You can literally nurse your baby or work at your desk while being pampered. They come to you, set up shop, do their thing, clean up, and when they leave you’d never know they were there! And they are truly artists who love their work. BONUS: Stephanie has generously offered 20% off all services from now until February 18, 2019, plus a small gift at the time of your appointment for all new clients in Virginia. Simply mention “A Daily Something” when you book!
For this holiday shoot, we worked with both Meghan Moody and Alysha Marie from Conciharige. Meghan expertly and impeccably styled our hair. After a quick chat with each of us about the vintage piece we were wearing, she whipped up stunning looks. And Alysha! She’s the brow, eyelash, and overall makeup (and hair, actually) QUEEN. The holiday looks she put together for each woman were pure perfection…she worked so well with everyone’s individual style and preferences. I could watch both Meghan and Alysha work for hours (and did)! They take such pride in what they do, and they are truly artists! I really can’t recommend them enough for all your holiday (and everyday) hair and makeup needs!
I asked Stephanie, the founder of Concihairge, with over 10 years experience working as a hair stylist before founding Conciharige, to give us some HOLIDAY HAIR AND MAKEUP TIPS AND TRICKS, and she said YES! So, here you go:
Happy Holiday Partying! (And don’t miss the other two posts in this series at Ballenger Farm: DIY Holiday Mantel Garland, DIY Minimal Wreaths, and Dessert Buffet Styling Inspiration and A Simple, Scandinavian-Inspired Holiday Table & Party.
AND A HUGE THANK YOU to the contributors for this post:
Photography: Hilary Hyland
Hair and Makeup: Concihairge
Vintage Pieces: Shop Nostalgia
Wardrobe Stylist: Kelsey Bethune
Venue: Ballenger Farm
Best Assistant Ever: Meghan, who held the day together
AND OUR MODELS: Theresa, Mary, Emma, Maddie, Marina, and Meghan!
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