Style and The Darkest Days

During the time of year when we have shorter days and it seems as if the sun has requested its own holiday, there’s still room for dazzling inspiration. Brightness does not have to translate into literal sunshine instead, just bring your own bit of intensity in any environment through your clothing.

I know, the dreary and often lifeless weather doesn't help at times, especially when it’s blended with the bitter cold. 

If you’re a dedicated follower of this blog, then you know that I immensely adore colour! There are times when I wear darker hues, but they still convey a cheerful mood. And, to top it all off, when I need to add a comfort element in my outfit (in general), jersey comes to mind.
Gudrun Sjoden Styleblogger winter 2014
I wore this printed jersey dress from the Gudrun Sjödén winter collection and paired it with tights, and a scarf for this look. The dress silhouette is quite simple, yet the print screened on the fabric makes it somewhat marvellously elaborate. It’s comfortable and easy to style, be it for versatility or dashing out quickly in layers. So, to me it was a clear winner. I almost forgot that it had pockets until I randomly tried out a few more belt options for other ways to wear it—the added bonus of pockets was a smart choice.

Unbelievably, we finally narrowed down our Christmas dinner party menu last week in advance. A couple drafts and translations later, in addition to a few group e-mails, it is now complete. To be honest, I don’t know why I’m always the one elected to take the planning lead for our gatherings and dinner parties, but deep down inside … well, of course I love it. So, I will not complain too much!

How has your November been so far?  
Gudrun Sjoden prints autumn winter 2014

The goods: Klöver" lyocell dress in Cranberry, Nubuck boots in Forest Green-Courtesy of       Gudrun Sjödén. Tights-Selfridges, Leather belt-urban Outfitters, Moto-jacket-Marshalls, Necklace-SF  Flea  market,  Scarf-Goorin Brothers,  Knit hat-Express. *Shop Gudrun’s new winter collection here.

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  1. Ivana Džidić17 November, 2014

    That parsley dress is absolutely fabulous! I really like how you'd paired it with those blue tights....such a perfect outfit!

    I'm sure planning a Christmas dinner isn't easy....but in the end it will be worth it, I'm sure<3

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  2. That parsley dress is awesome and I really like the belt on it!

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  3. Nicky mywishstyle17 November, 2014

    beautifu special dress Darling...
    ciao

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  4. You look wonderful, love the deep colours and this dress is so pretty!! Gorgeous doll. I hope you have a great week :) xx

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  5. Morning Madison! I think they elect you as you are very good with them and I will be curious to take part in a one organized by you!:) Btw, looking gorgeous with this dress, the colors of the photos are so lovely and picturesque. Have a great week ahead, kisses! xo

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  6. Yes, I know and I have noticed that you love wearing colours! That dress is so beautiful and you styled it great! I also really like the boots, I have similar. About my November so far - it's been a good month but to be honest, I can't wait for Christmas to come! Happy Monday!


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  7. Vix Brearley17 November, 2014

    That dress is lovely, what a wonderful print. It is hard to muster up the enthusiasm to be colourful when its so gloomy outside, but its worth it, colour is good for the soul. xxx

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  8. beautiful look! :)

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  9. You look lovely sweetheart!
    Following you on G+ Y & Pinterest :)

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  10. What pretty look!

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  11. Loving that dress, Madison:)

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  12. sartorialsidelines17 November, 2014

    I love your injection of a little colour - and that dress is pretty great!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  13. You look stunning and who doesn't loove colours?
    You already have a christmas dinner menu? wooow!

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  14. Erika Sorocco17 November, 2014

    The color scheme of this outfit is just brilliant for fall - absolutely loving this look for November, Madison!

    xx

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  15. Such a pretty dress! Great to see that the sun is shining where you are.

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  16. It's been a busy month for me, so much so that I haven't really thought much of the upcoming holidays (apart from browsing my wish list and picking books I would like to buy comes December) :) The outfit is beautiful, love the colours and layering very much. x

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  17. Hello,

    Beautiful look ! :D

    Sarah, http://sarahmodeee.blogspot.fr/

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  18. Loving the pretty feminine dress and the print. You look great, sister.
    Have a blessed week! Alles Liebe :)


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  19. Hiya dear, no, I just finished our Christmas "party" dinner menu, the Christmas day dinner is a whole other entity, hehe. :)

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  20. Glad that you noticed, haha. Thanks for your comment dear. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Enjoy the rest of what November has to offer.

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  21. Ah, yes, and you've reminded me about sorting my wish list just, the exciting time has arrived. :) x

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  22. I also adore color and embrace the idea of making your own sunshine through your outfits! The print and color of your dress would definitely make one smile :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  23. SHE Jenmarie17 November, 2014

    Oh yes, I know you love color! You are so good at mixing different colors and prints together. It's just your thing :) That is wonderful that you already have the Christmas menu planned out! It's always good to be prepared.

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  24. Rosalind Jana17 November, 2014

    It's almost - 'almost' - worth the short days and early fall of night in order to be able to layer like this and to draw inspiration form the fabulous autumn range of colours as you do here. I love the rowan berry shades of your dress.
    The slide towards Christmas seems VERY fast though...

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  25. Wonderful autumn pieces :) this dress looks so lovely!
    Liebe Grüße aus München :)

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  26. Oh I absolutely adore the way your colour combinations coordinate so beautifully and perfectly with the Autumn season. I love your dress and of course the accessories. My November so far has been a little bit on the busy side but the good kind of busy :)

    Take care and enjoy your week,
    Daniella xox

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  27. T&amp;G|FASHION BLOG18 November, 2014

    cute outfit! Have a great week!
    xoxo, Ty
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  28. Because you're a superb planner AND know how to put things together! HaHaHa Love your outfit. A touch of color to darker hues can brighten things up.


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  29. Fashion Blawger18 November, 2014

    This hat and your hair just are perfection in any look.

    Anyway, Christmas dinner menu?! You're very much ahead of many. I'm not sure what I will eat for Thanksgiving!! lol

    Btw, I found you through a comment you recently left on my blog. This weekend I moved that blog to http://www.apreponderanceoffashion.com so please visit me there and let me know you stopped your thoughts on my new design or posts, xoxo

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  30. Elena Dal Maso18 November, 2014

    I adore colors too :)
    This red suits you so well, gives you light...

    xoxo
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  31. Did you say you have longer days around this time of the year? Where do you live 'cause i want to visit. It is quite the opposite here. The days are rather shorter here in North America. Anyway, you wear colors and prints well, i've noticed and you look so pretty. Love your dress.


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  32. That dress is gorgeous! Love the colour and print on you! :)

    Good on you for organising Christmas dinner in advance, hope it's fantastic! :)

    Away From The Blue

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  33. Haha, sorry dear I have holiday on my mind! Yes, I meant shorter days, but for me work-wise longer because of season deadlines and the time of year. :-) Thanks for your comment.

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  34. Aw, thanks so much for your comment. We wanted to be better planned this year, so the Christmas dinner party is sorted. :-)

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  35. ElleSees.blogspot.com19 November, 2014

    the darkness has been depressing me--i now go to work when it's dark and come home when it's dark. blogging has been a nightmare bc of that. idk how you style bloggers do it!

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  36. Take Me Back To Paris19 November, 2014

    I love to wear bright colors in winter, I feel a little bit more optimistic :)


    Nice outfit, btw! I love your dress!!!!


    xx


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  37. Madison that dress looks marvelous. I love to wear bright colors too. Esp. when it's dark and grey outside. Das Kleid steht dir so richtig toll. Dieses Outfit gehört echt zu meinen Lieblingen. Die perfekt Farbe für den Herbst. Ihr habt jetzt schon euer Weihnachtsmenü zusammen!!! Omg ich sollte mich vielleicht auch langsam ans planen machen. Wenn es nach mir geht würde ich den November, Dezember, Januar und Februrar vom Kalender streichen. Hab noch einen wunderschönen Mittwoch :D
    xx Mira

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  38. What a pretty dress, love it on you! Party planning can be stressful, but also super fun too. Hope you enjoy!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  39. Thank you Kim. :) Such a lovely compliment. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  40. Oh, thanks so much Daniella for your comment. Glad that you've enjoyed your November, even being busy. xx/Madison

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  41. I agree colour is good for the soul Thanks Vix! xx

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  42. Thanks Roz. Yes, Christmas seems to be arriving earlier and earlier, at least marketing-wise. :)

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  43. Thank you for your lovely comment L. Brights really do trigger your mood.

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  44. Lol, yes, I know! Well, hopefully you can be uplifted by the colours of your beautiful beauty palettes for warm inspiration. :) xo

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  45. Liebe Lola, danke!
    Alles Liebe von Madison xx

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  46. Hiya dear. Thank you! xx Alles Liebe, Madison xx

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  47. Thanks Jenmarie. I do love colours and patterns. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  48. Thank you. Yes, this year we have many stops and visits, so planning our Christmas party earlier this year was key. :)

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  49. Thank you Ivana. Yes, it's worth it, and I'm excited for our Christmas party. :)

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  50. Thank you dear. So glad that you liked the dress. xx

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  51. Liebe Mira, Vielen Dank für Deinen Kommentar. Ja, wir haben die Weihnachtsmenüs beendet. Ich bin froh, denn es ist eine arbeitsreiche Zeit der Saison. Ich wünsche Dir einen angenehmen Abend. / Madison xx :-)

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  52. Dressed with soul19 November, 2014

    Liebe Madison, ich würde Dich auch sofort für meine Weihnachtsparty engagieren, denn ich bin überzeugt davon, mit Dir würde es das perfekte Weihnachtsfest werden! Dein Kleid von Gudrund Sjödén sieht sehr schön aus, so wie Du es gestylt hast und ich weiß natürlich, dass Du Farben sehr magst. Auch heute gefällst Du mir wieder ausgezeichnet in Deinem farbenfrohen Look!

    Alles Liebe von Rena

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  53. You look fantastic! Love this beautiful colorful look! I know what you mean the days are getting so short now! Good luck with your planning!


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  54. Madison, I really loved the way your colour combinations coordinate so beautifully and perfectly with the Autumn season. I love your dress and the accessories. You look marvelous girl <3 Kisses <3

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  55. Lovely outfit. You look great

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  56. I'm enjoying November with all the rich colours around us even if the sky is so often grey. The sun has made an appearance from time to time. Your outfit is so autumnal and the colours remind me of the fallen leaves!

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  57. you look wonderful! such a pretty dress!
    happy monday!

    <3, Kathrin
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  58. These colours are beautiful and really stand out. I just love wearing brights in the darker colder weather.
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