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Monday, December 17th 2012

Shopbop Party Girls: Elise

Let’s start by stating the obvious: it’s party season. Weeks of fêtes both casual and fancy, culminating in the party of the year on New Year’s Eve. Our staff, naturally, is not immune to the influx of invites that define December, so we asked them to share their party looks, and while we had their attention, we posed a few holiday-themed questions. Tune in all week as they share their holiday style, wish lists, and traditions.

Elise is wearing a DVF blouse, Opening Ceremony floral skirt, and Aquazzura sandals.


What are your plans for the holidays?
I’m heading west to Half Moon Bay, California, to celebrate with my family. My cousins will be coming from Seattle, and my uncle will come out from Colorado. Throw some boyfriends in the mix, and it’s going to be our biggest family Christmas yet. I’m excited to introduce some new people to how we party down on the California Coast. They’d better get ready!

Favorite holiday tradition?
Every Christmas Eve since I was a kid, my dad has read “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” by Dylan Thomas, to our family after dinner. It’s such a great piece of writing to hear aloud, and I love the way my dad reads it. I look forward to it every year.

The best present you received as a child was...
A wooden puppet theater with interchangeable backdrops and little wooden marionettes. When I found it on Christmas morning it was all set up, with the puppets in a little tableau. My sister and I played with it for years. I think I still have it tucked away somewhere.

What items are topping your wish list this year?
I love big, beautiful coffee table books—I can’t have enough! Shopbop has a couple I’d love to add to my coffee table: Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen and Kate Moss by Mario Testino. Other than those, Santa can put these Jenni Kayne flats in my stocking.

What's on your holiday playlist?
“Father Christmas” by The Kinks
“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” by The Ramones
“Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses
“A Christmas Gift to You” by Phil Spector

Your go-to brand for dressing up is…
A closet and jewelry box full of Kelly Wearstler, and I’d be ready for any party, ever.

Do you have a fail-proof hostess gift?
During the holidays, I like to make little bouquets in pretty jars to bring with me to parties. I don’t think you can go wrong with a fresh flower arrangement.

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