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What to Wear to 3 Types of Holiday Parties

When the invitations to merriment arrive, our minds quickly turn to what to wear. And most holidays we’re not dressing for a single party but for three or four or five. Planning party wear can be preoccupying—and pretty fun.

To give us a jump-start this season, we’ve put together nine looks for three different types of affairs. Whether we’re chilling with our girls, celebrating with office mates or sipping cocktails at the in-laws’, we always look as festive as an (extremely fashionable) elf. Here are our tips, plus seasonal inspiration and shoppable styles, all wrapped up in a pretty package. (It’s OK if you didn’t get us anything.)


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Champagne, Cranberry Salsa and Entertaining in an LBD | The Realest

Why should models have all the fun? Each month we take a lady we admire and give her the model treatment in our photo shoot, The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and makeup artist; she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style. Then we all head out on location for a professional shoot that showcases the looks in our monthly Dress Spotlight.

Sheena Kalso, The Invisible Hostess

Adelyn Rae strapless jumpsuit | Topshop velvet choker | similar style flat: KENDALL + KYLIE Sage ghillie flat

When October rolls around, the holiday party invitations start rolling in. So we turned to Sheena Kalso of The Invisible Hostess for pointers on surviving the busy entertaining season in style. Not only did she give us excellent advice—and a killer recipe for cranberry salsa—but she also showed us how to rock a little black dress (or jumper) with serious panache. As we goofed around while photographing her at the funky party venue WithinSodo, we learned that part of being a great hostess is knowing how to relax and be available. Sheena’s fun-loving temperament makes her a natural. Here’s what else she told us.

Tell us about your job and company, The Invisible Hostess.

Sheena Kalso, The Invisible Hostess

I started The Invisible Hostess in 2006 to help the average party hostess enjoy her event.  Shortly after launching, I was asked if I coordinated weddings. My excitement for domestic hospitality seamlessly translated to weddings. After 10 years, The Invisible Hostess has won a record amount of local planning awards in Seattle. I’m really proud to say we executed 250 events in 2015 with a staff of 50.

With the 10-year anniversary, I reflected on what made me get out of bed every morning and what kept me fulfilled—as one will with any milestone in one’s life. This year I decided to streamline operations by offering wedding coordination only and to focus on my next adventure, mentoring college grads as The Wedding Mentor.


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Managing Vibes, Raspberry Rompers and the Best Songs to Play at a Wedding | The Realest

Why should models have all the fun? Each month we’re finding a “real woman”—i.e., of any shape and size—and giving her the model treatment in The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer, makeup artist and blog editor—she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style—and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot to showcase our monthly Dress Spotlight.

Meet Jojo: super smart and super cool, she’s a mother of two who met her husband in the local hip-hop scene. Turning their love of the culture and music into a business, they founded Bamboo Beats—a wedding and events DJ service that’s dedicated to mastering the art of DJing. They must be doing it right since Bamboo Beats was just named Best Reception DJ for 2016 by Seattle Bride Magazine. Congrats, you guys!

We met up with Jojo at one of her event-space haunts, the funky Fremont Foundry, and got right down to hanging out and trying on a handful of our party dresses. Read on to learn more about Jojo’s style, her favorite wedding songs to play right now and our favorite styles from the day.



On work and play: I own a well-known wedding DJ service with my husband, Isaac, called Bamboo Beats! We started our business in 2005, shortly after we planned our own wedding. Isaac is the DJ and I am the self-proclaimed “Vibe Manager.” Basically, I handle all the bookings, marketing, social media and customer service. For fun, we have a great time keeping up with our two sons who are 3 and 6 years old. They keep us busy with playtime, swimming and lots of excursions. When I have a chance, I love catching artists at Jazz Alley or the Triple Door.