Lisa Leonard Designs

holiday dressing

November 10th | older posts


i recently brought home this dress from melanie renee.  i love this dress.  i mean, i seriously fell in love with it.  i met melanie at a local show and was so impressed with her craft.  at $148 it’s just a bit more than i would usually pay, but, i’m pretty sure i can justify the cost (hehe).  it’s a versatile dress so i put together two outfits.  i’ll be wearing this beauty to more than one holiday gathering.

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the first way…

this is exactly how i thought of the dress when i first saw it.  the perfect brown leather boots and layered with a sweater.  the scarf and silk flower dress it up a bit more.



this outfit is so comfortable.  it really feels like ‘me’.  love it.



i’ve been wearing these boots pretty much every day.  this outfit is casual and fun enough for lunch with girlfriends, but i’d also wear it to a casual holiday party.


okay, the second way.  i had to think outside of my box for this outfit, but i ended up loving it.



i added grey tights and t-strap mary janes.  over the top a black cardigan and deep red scarf.  i thought the red in the scarf made the whole outfit feel more ‘holiday’.  i think this version is a bit more dressed up.




this outfit is so comfortable, too.  and tights really flatter the dress.

which outfit do you like better? aqua with boots or red scarf with t-straps?


looking for a holiday dress?

you’ll find this one here.

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other sources…

brown leather boots, frye

aqua cardigan, old navy

cream knit scarf, kelly mccaleb

pink silk flower pin, darlybird

grey tights, anthropologie

black t-straps, aldo

black cardigan, target

deep red scarf, target

black flower clip, salon luxe

56 Responses

  1. Noelle White says:

    Both outfits are darling….okay, I am pulling out my boots today. You look so darn cute!!!!!!!!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I think they both turned out great, but I personally am a fan of boots. Either way looks gorgeous, what a great dress.

  3. Denise C. says:

    Very cute! I have 40lbs. to shed, then I can get myself a snazzy dress like that! 😉

  4. Christy says:

    Both ways are super cute!! You have great style.

  5. cheryl says:

    both are gorgeous, but i LOVE the outfit with the red scarf! i love your scarf tying too!

  6. michele stump says:

    Lisa, you are so pickin’ cute!!! You’ve always been so stylish.
    I really love the aqua/boots and the way the aqua compliments your skin and dress color. But those tights/shoes are great. They remind me of some shoes you had in college. Remember how you had to make up a sign out sheet for your closet because everyone wanted to borrow your clothes so much? Good times.

  7. The tights and shoes with the aqua sweater buttoned at the waist and cinched tighter with a skinny belt would look good too. A super fitted, thin sweater UNDER the dress, and either tights or boots is another option. A shrug with heels and sheer hose would look really fancy (ohhh, lONG pearls with that one) You could wear this at least 5 different ways. Flip flops and a jean jacket…leggings, boots and a pretty poncho…just keeps getting better! It’s a great length, I think that’s what makes it so versatile.

  8. Amy says:

    you can totally justify the price, it looks great on you, soooo pretty! i love both looks but my favorite is probably the aqua because it’s just about my fave color–also love the scarf and the flower. and the boots, lovE!

  9. Dan says:

    Work it! Strut your stuff. My sister the jewelry maker, model and photgrapher. Is there anything you can’t do?

  10. Sandra says:

    Both lokk great, but I especially LOVE the second one!! You really look awesome in it! :)

  11. Kathy says:

    Gorgeous I love both outfits and the fact they are mixed with things from Target and Old Navy.

  12. Joanie says:

    I’m so inspired to see a real-life mommy wearing such darling, glamorous outfits! Thank you, Lisa! i love the tights and t-straps. You have such great style!

  13. Denissa says:

    Both are adorable!! Hard choice, but I think that I would go w/ the aqua sweater and boots :)

  14. marcea says:

    both look great! I do like the look with the red scarf the best! Great taste!

  15. Both are just lovely, but I’m leaning towards the black & red–so chic and festive! But like i said, I like them both. 😉

  16. Tiffany says:

    Awesome! absolutely adorable outfits you put together using just one dress! I do this all the time with my outfits. I really only have a couple of dresses that I wear so often thinking outside the box is required! Headbands, jewelry, cardigans, scarves etc always help to make a completely new outfit. Love it!!!!!

  17. Jenny says:

    I don’t think it really matters what you wear – you are beautiful! I like how you’re growing your hair out… so pretty.

  18. Tiffany says:

    You are adorable!! Love both looks, I think do the aqua sweater and boots for a day time thing and the tights and t-straps with black sweater for an evening event!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  19. Heather says:

    I really love both of them.. that is an gorg dress and really am loving both style.. i think the aqua is a little more fall/thanksgiving and the red totally gives a punch for the Christmas season.. i do love the tights with those shoes.. fabulous! All around beautiful and most justifiable find! :)

  20. Heather says:

    Seriously? You are too darn cute!

  21. Jenny says:

    Love them both! I’ve been wearing my boots a lot too. I am looking forward to wearing dresses again…I’ve been a nursing mama for over 2 1/2 years now. Dresses are not so nursing friendly and the nursing dresses are well, not so cute. You picked a winner there!

  22. AbbyS says:

    You are adorable! Love both ensembles!! You are SO inspiring! :) Have a Happy Day!

  23. Sarah Jane says:

    You have such an awesome sense of style Be grateful for that!!
    And speaking of justifying purchases. I just bought frye boots this week!

  24. patti says:

    Both are great! You are so very stylish and your longer hair is beautiful!

  25. Kim says:

    I love both outfits! I wish I had your sense of style! I love the boots! Frye is my new obsession but I can’t get my husband to see through the price. :-(

  26. Stacey says:

    I absolutely love your style – both outfits are just beautiful!!!

  27. Robbin says:

    Oh to be able to find a dress that fits so nicely and flatteringly. Too many rolls that show. But it’s an inspiration. Maybe I can shed the pounds and buy some new outfits. You are too adorable, Lisa. Love your fashion sense and the way you can change an outfit from casual to dressy. Beautiful!

  28. treeathie says:

    They are both great outfits! I pick the second outfit but with the boots instead. :)

  29. Sandy says:

    I love the aqua sweater and the boots! Big fan of the scarf too. Adorable! Would love your figure.

  30. jasmine says:

    From what you share here, both versions are very ‘you’, Lisa! Love them both, love your creativity and everything you bring to this blog.

    And you are all over my reader… Tara Whitney, Morgan Moore, whew! :) :) :)

  31. deezie says:

    Okay I love both, but I like the Aqua better. Love the boots, the scarves, and can I have your hair??? I have curly hair your length, why doesnt’ my hair look like yours??
    anyway, you are just adorable in both outfits, great buy Lisa

  32. i think i like the first way best. but what i like the most is your hair! it’s longer than when i last saw you. super cute!

  33. Chrissie says:

    Hot Diggity Dang! You are one hot little mama. Smokin’.
    Ha ha, Michele’s mention of the college sign out sheet. Awesome.

  34. Holly says:

    They’re both super cute, but I love the boots!

  35. Merideth says:

    WOW! You are one HOT mamma! That outfit is so you.

  36. love paige’s ideas. love both outfits. so, so cute. the dress IS amazing. enjoy.

  37. Gail says:

    Love them both. Honestly you look way better in the dress then the model on the Melania Renee site. They should have you model for them!

  38. Cindy says:

    Have you seen the website where the woman is wearing one dress for an entire year??? Adorable! There’s so many things you could do with this dress. I love it both ways, very Anthropologie. You have to google the one dress girl and be amazed….

  39. Jackie Smith says:

    MUST HAVE BOTH LOOKS…..HEE HEE….so cute, and those tights and t strap shoes……luv it!!!

  40. Kimberly says:

    It’s an adorable dress. Sometimes one must treat themselves to something special. KUDOS!

  41. SarahBfromMN says:

    It’s so flattering on you with the waist the way it is. I’m going to say aqua with boots b/c it’s casual yet cool and aqua is my new fav color (wearing it today actually *smile). If I saw you on the street I would most definitely turn to my husband and say, “did you see that girl? Where do people find cute stuff like that?!”

    Have a fabulous day, Lisa. :)

  42. Kenna says:

    both ways look great! I have that same red scarf from Target and absolutely love it!!!!!

  43. beth says:

    too cute !
    love the dress and there’s probably even a few more ways you’ll find to wear to it….
    you’re just too stinkin cute…nothing ever looks bad on you, I’m sure !

  44. Dee says:

    both outfits are great! maybe its the subject.

  45. Heather says:

    Both are lovely, but I prefer the red scarf and dark cardigan. The darker colors seem to better complement your beauty.

  46. You are darling in that dress. I love how you support other people and want to make them succeed. I love how you “shout out” to other stores, designers, etc. Way to go! You’ll continue to be blessed b/c of it.

  47. denise says:

    you didn’t tell me where i could get your awesome hair! it so cute growing out. your just adorable!

  48. penny says:

    Both looks are cute, but you’re going to wear a Team Edward shirt to the New Moon premiere, right?


  49. angie says:

    i have the same cardigan in your black from target! But mine is brown and orange. I love all of your outfits-SO YOU! =)

  50. Paige says:

    It is a great dress! Looks super fabulous on you! I especially love those t-straps. I must get a pair of those to brighten up my fall/winter wardrobe!

  51. Mary Beth says:

    I love both looks. You have great style, Lisa. My favorite is the brown look. Have a great weekend!

  52. You look a.w.e.s.o.m.e in this dress! Love, Love Love both of them, but if I had to pick….I would pick the brown look.

  53. Love, love the dress! love your give away wish it included the dress! lol Isn’t it wonderful when you fall in love with something you just have to have it even when you know it more than you usually would pay! I sure you will love it for a long time! It is wonderful!

  54. Forgot love it with the tights, and the boots!

  55. Kirsten says:

    What a fabulous dress! I love both outfits you put together – your style is impeccable. And you have fabulous hair btw. From one curly haired girl to another :) Happy Holidays!

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