Let’s Sparkle and Shine! December’s Stylish Monday Link Up

December 14, 2020
Let's Sparkle and Shine! December's Stylish Monday Link Up collage

Christmas is just around the corner now…that crept up so quickly! I still have to send out my Christmas cards and buy a few more presents yet. This year will be a quiet one with just the three of us, but I’m not taking that as an excuse to slob out in PJs all day. Quite the opposite – we’ve made it almost to the end of an extremely challenging year…so let’s sparkle and shine!

The sweater celebrities love

A lurex jumper is an easy way to add festive sparkle to your outfit without compromising on comfort. I bought this ‘Golden Girl’ sweater The last winter, and when it popped up in an Instagram memory I thought it would be perfect for this theme. It seems I’m not the only one who loves it because I’ve seen several celebrities wearing it on TV in the last week. Previously I wore it with a faux leather lace skirt and black glitter ankle boots. Keen to try it a different way, I switched the skirt for faux leather leggings.

A budget-friendly alternative to Spanx leggings

I’ve been debating buying a pair of Spanx leggings for ages, but the cost puts me off. Whenever they go on sale (which isn’t often) my size sells out immediately. In the end, I decided to try a more affordable option and found these from Mint Velvet on the Very website. At only £25 they were around a quarter of the price of the Spanx leggings. (They’re currently sold out at Very but they’re available at John Lewis). As I’ve never actually seen the Spanx leggings IRL I can’t offer a comparison, but on appearance alone they seem quite similar.

These Mint Velvet leggings are quite thin, so not very forgiving on the bum (I think I’ll save them for tunic style jumpers!). I was unsure which size to get so was going to order a small and a medium. However, before I could complete the purchase the medium sold out so I was just left with the small. They weren’t as difficult to get on as I anticipated, and while they are very snug, they’re not at all umcomfortable thanks to the generous amount of stretch.

I finally managed to get hold of these gold boots after patiently waiting for months…

True to the slogan I had to add more gold; I finally managed to get hold of these gold boots after patiently waiting for months for them to become available on eBay in my size (they sold out very quickly in Zara). I think they were worth the wait! They are not the same shade of gold as the jumper but the studs on the clutch help to bring it all together. When it comes to wearing this outfit to actually go out in I would need a coat or jacket. Cue my latest charity shop find: this satin black jacket from Whistles. It’s in immaculate condition and was only £4.99! It’s perfect for pairing with trousers, a skirt or wearing over a dress.


Vega Golden Girl sweater from Joanie clothing | Mint Velvet leggings | Zara boots (from eBay, similar) | Whistles jacket (from a charity shop) | Asos clutch (old) | Yaa Yaa London ring | H&M sunglasses (old, similar)

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Let’s take a look at how my blogger friends are shining and sparkling this festive season!

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

“I recently found this sequined mini skirt on a thrifting adventure for something sparkly for another style challenge. However, I ended up wearing something different for that one so I was excited for this style theme to wear the skirt. I added my floral sequined boots, a leopard print sweater, and my faux fur coat (also thrifted) with statement gold jewelry for my shiny festive outfit in black, tan, and gold. It never hurts to add some sparkle and shine to our days! Happy holidays!”

Nicole of High Latitude Style

“Being a dancer sparkle is my thing. Can you imagine a ballroom gown without Rhinestones or sequins? Of course, the sequins also can be worn at day.”

Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood

“This has been the year of rediscovering my closet – COVID and all – so I am wearing an outfit featuring pieces I have owned, like this fitted cropped beaded+sequined hot pink tank top styled beautifully with a maroon shimmery tweed skirt (love that asymmetrical ruffle). I went for a monochrome look by pairing it with these cranberry studded suede booties. Between the top, my rhinestone hair clip, my jewelry and my gorgeous gold tree I got a lot of sparkle in this look. ‘Tis the season to Shimmer and SPARKLE!!”

Julie of Fashion Trends and Friends

“Can a girl ever wear or have too many sparkles? I think not! This month’s theme is totally in my wheelhouse! I love and am most attracted to all things sparkly: rhinestones, glitter, shimmery threads and material, metallics, and the more sequins the merrier! I know that December is typically the month to shine but why not all year long? Since we’re staying home more than ever and wearing more leisure wear than perhaps we have in the past, I’m really excited that current trends are incorporating sparkles into leisure wear! Being fancy and sparkly brings me great joy even if I’m only sitting on Zoom all day! If over the top sparkle isn’t your thing, it can be super easy to just have a touch sparkle! Shine on Friends!”

Suzanne of Ask Suzanne Bell

“This holiday, our activities may look different than seasons past, but we cannot give up and let the Covid steal our sparkle. These days, running errands, baking, picking up take-out, or binge-watching classic holiday movies on the couch are opportunities to swap out the yoga pants for something more festive in order to feel a bit more put together, and in the spirit of the holiday season. By swapping out a plain white tee for this thrifted sequin rocker tee and velvet duster, I felt a whole new level of festiveness.”

Andy of Pearls and Pantsuits

“I’ve had this jacket for a while and just love the subtle pop of sparkle on the sleeves, so when I found the fully sequined top at TJMaxx I just knew it would work well with that jacket and so many other things in my closet! It’s a lovely rose gold color and is lightweight enough for our warmer Louisiana winter weather. I adore sparkle! Give me all the sparkle!” 

Michele of @seechele_styles

“My Sequined top is thrifted, the camo joggers are from Walmart and my sneakers are from SHEIN. It’s a party on the top, and casual on the bottom, showing you can mix it up.”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style

“I’ve been looking for a perfect gold sequin top for months now but can’t find it! So annoying! However….I do have this gorgeous rose gold shiny metallic kind a skirt. Very glowy and perfect for the holidays with a gorgeous black blouse and black heels. But for now I am wearing it for these cold days before!”

Amy of Amy’s Creative Pursuits

“Since Christmas will be spent in the comfort of our home this year, I decided to create a comfy casual yet sparkly outfit at the same time. I paired comfy jeans with a sequined tank and then I added even more sparkle and shine with jewelry and fun gold sandals.”

Nina of Sharing a Journey

“It’s that time of year when glitter and glitz, sequins and bows can and should be worn daily! Hop over to lift your spirits and add a little glitter to even the smallest of things.”

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11 responses to “Let’s Sparkle and Shine! December’s Stylish Monday Link Up”

  1. Emma, the boots are magnificent! Oh how I swoon! And I love your jumper. It looks so great with the lacy skirt and with the faux leather leggings. It is difficult to choose which outfit I like best since they are both completely fabulous! Well done, my friend!


  2. Jennifer says:

    Those boots are amazing!!!

    Curated By Jennifer

  3. Amy Johnson says:

    You look fabulous in all your sparkle. Those boots are so fun!

  4. my favorite is that lovely lace skirt of yours!! and so fun to see all the ladies in their sequins and sparkles!
    xo eva

  5. Michelle says:

    What a fun outfit! Those boots definitely sparkle and shine. And the lace skirt from the previous outfit is just fabulous.


  6. Nancy says:

    I thought your lurex sweater was already device, but those boots tick all the boxes for me! Fa bu lous!!

  7. Anna says:

    I think there is never enough sparkles in life especially during festive season like Christmas and New Year. The boots are fabulous

  8. Jill says:

    Your boots are amazing! Love every detail of this fabulous look!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  9. Hi Emma!
    I LOVE all the fancy outfits and sparkle! I am dressing up on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! I feel there will be plenty of time for loungewear afer! Great find on those pretty gold boots and they go so well with your Golden girl sweater! Meant to be! I love the lace skirt, and those leggings look great. I have thought about buying Spanx too, but I am the same, the price puts me off. Nice alternative!
    jess xx

  10. Ashley says:

    So many super festive babes! I love all your golden accents!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  11. Alexandra says:

    This is such a fun themed post! I love to see all the hosts versions of “sparkle”. I don’t think I have any sparkly pieces in my closet. I think I may just need to fix that now!

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