Oh , the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…. You know another delightful event, a Holiday party! Sure, it’s comfy and cozy to stay inside and cuddle up in front of a fire with your flannel pajama pants sipping hot chocolate with your family-  but those holiday parties can be awesome!  Buying hostess gifts, dressing up, and getting ready for a night on the town or a special event at a friends’ home all call for a little something extra special. And let’s not forget New Year Eve!

img src="http://studio39salon /images/Radiant-orchid-colored-holiday-dress.jpg" alt="Radiant Orchid colored holiday dress, Studio 39 Salon, Kansas City, MO"You can’t go wrong wearing a cocktail dress at a holiday party. Any women knows that it is better to be over dressed than under dressed. Sometimes it is hard to tell from the invitation how formal or informal a party may be. So always error on the side of, “turn their heads when you walk in a room.” If someone comments that you seem overly dressed for the occasion, a little white fib like, “we just came from another party” can make amends for the under dressed you come across. When choosing a color this year, make sure you try on a dress in Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid.  If you watch Project Runway, you saw a lot of this color in their designs this past all-star cast. When shopping for a drop-dead, turn-your-head, dress that is bound to be the center of attention (with you in it of course) see what you look like in the color of 2014 ! If the dress color isn’t your cup of tea, think about highlighting with a Radiant Orchid bracelet paired with a radiant orchid high heeled shoe or bootie. Look for a stylishly thin stiletto heel, or chunky embellished ankle cuffed high heel, or the ballet flat, which is still is fashion this season.

Is there more than a chill in the air? Go for the faux fur wrap or short cropped jacket or longer swing coat. Don’t forget your orchid mittens or scarf to finish the outdoor look. What an entrance! Go from stylishly bundled to the big reveal underneath.

Last and most importantly, tie your holiday look together with a special hairstyle for the evening. The trends are still toward braiding. If the rest of your ensemble looks sharp and sleek, consider going the polar opposite with your hair, choose a loose fishtail braid or a loose pinned bun. You can never go wrong with a single pony tail which will highlight your face and the special event make-up that you can do yourself or have a professional make-up artist do for you. If your hair is bob length, consider slicking it back on the sides and securing with bobby pins. For even shorter hair, embellishments like a bejeweled clip or a wide orchid colored headband can add a touch of unexpected color and sparkle.

Holidays can be made even more special by paying special attention to the details that usually go unnoticed. The hair and make-up experts at Studio 39 Salon can create a holiday look that will go with your all-eyes-on-me dress. Make an appointment and bring your dress and shoes in with you. Studio 39 Salon: they are the style experts in Kansas City!