What I wore to a holiday brunch

Happy Christmas Eve! Today, I announce the winner of my holiday giveaway for a piece of Greg Michaels jewelry. If you’d like to skip ahead to see if you’re the lucky winner, feel free to do so; the winner is announced at the end of this post.

Finishing up my mini-series of festive outfits — also see here for a casual outfit and here for an informal party outfit — here’s what I wore recently for a holiday brunch (and a bit of hat shopping) with my friend Stephanie.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a holiday brunch

Just like in my recent post about what to wear to a wine tasting, my reason for wearing a stretchy knit dress for a holiday brunch was very practical. No waistlines to dig into my stomach as it expanded during the brunch! And the knit dress and cardigan did stretch as needed, so I was very comfortable. I added warm, cozy layers with my grey leopard-print cardigan and fleece-lined black leggings. For jewelry, I wore my silver ball dangly earrings — the ones my husband says looks like Christmas balls as well as silver snowmen! 😉

(If you’re interested where we went, we enjoyed an excellent brunch at Irving Street Kitchen — one of the few brunch places in Portland that takes reservations!)

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a holiday brunch

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a holiday brunch


  • Grey leopard cardigan {very similar}:  Our World Boutique, c/o giveaway this summer
  • Red knit dress {similar}:  eShakti, last spring
  • Black felt hat {similar}:  Belmar at Bonnet, local hat shop, new
  • Fleece-lined black leggings {similar}:  Fred Meyer, last fall
  • Black riding boots {almost exact from same brand}:  Marc Fisher for Macy’s, last fall
  • Silver ball earrings {similar}:  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage
  • Grey overcoat {similar}:  Mango, Abu Dhabi, 2009

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a holiday brunch

We then walked off the brunch by visiting various hat shops in the area, including Bonnet, John Helmer Haberdasher, and Goorin Bros. I picked up this black hat at Bonnet. It kinds of looks like a cross between a fisherman’s hat and a newsboy cap, yes? It is very practical — I was needing a black hat with a brim, because of all the rain here in Portland — but I liked that the fun bow detail on the side.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my new black hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my new black hat

Also for fun, I tried on this hiLARious red furry hat at John Helmer Haberdasher. I felt ready to break into a song from Fiddler on the Roof! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on hats

The Giveaway Winner

And now, without further ado, the winner of the Greg Michaels holiday giveaway! There were 68 total entries from 23 participants, and I used the random number generator on the Random.org website to select the winning entry.

Librarian for Life + Style | Giveaway winning entry from True Random Number Generator

The winning entry was #20, which turned out to be Laura! Congratulations, Laura!!!

Librarian for Life + Style | Screenshot of giveaway winning entry

A huge THANK YOU to all who entered the holiday giveaway. I hope you enjoyed looking at all the jewelry options, and I hope you all enjoy a wonderful holiday!

I still have blog posts ready to go live through the holidays, including a look at the holiday card I ordered through Treat — and previously posted about in my “Holiday card behind-the-scenes” post — set to go live tomorrow on Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Link ups:  WIWW  /  I Feel Pretty  /  What I Wore Wednesdays  /  Style Me Wednesday  /  Trendy Wednesday


10 thoughts on “What I wore to a holiday brunch

  1. amberiam

    I really like this look! I have been wanting a leopard cardigan, but I was afraid that I would look a little too “Peggy Bundy” in it. This makes it more of a neutral piece and puts the focus on the red dress instead. I’ll be scouting for one now (and a red dress also, for that matter!). Hope you and the Mr. had a lovely Christmas!


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