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Stephanie Drenka

Diversity Chic: A Touch of Velvet

Diversity Chic: A Touch of Velvet

Diversity Chic is a collaboration of Dallas bloggers showcasing current fashion trends on a variety of skin tones, hair colors, body types and heights. Each month we will feature a new trend tailored to our personalities and style.

Happy Holidays from Diversity Chic! It’s been quite a year for the four of us, and I’m excited to have a few days off this month to reflect and prepare for 2017. We have our annual DC dinner planned for Friday evening at Cane Rosso in Downtown Carrollton to exchange gifts and catch up before the Christmas craziness starts. This month’s theme was an easy and unanimous choice– velvet. It’s a trend that takes us back to fond memories in the 90’s (a decade which you know we love). It also adds the perfect amount of dressiness for holiday parties and events.
diversity-chic-velvet-holiday-8586This month’s post would not have been complete without the help of Nan and The Vintage House. The historic Carrollton store is filled with brands including Vera Bradley, Kendra Scott, Alex and Ani, Swell Water Bottles, and Tyler Candles. In other words, it’s the perfect one stop shop for your holiday gifting needs. There are so many sales happening right now, including 30% off of selected Kendra Scott jewelry… cha-ching! Sweet Nan was kind enough to let us borrow some pieces for our shoot. She’s been our biggest supporter since we first started Diversity Chic, and I’m so glad she braved the cold with us to get a holiday group photo in front of our favorite pink house.
diversity-chic-velvet-8990My favorite Christmas outfit back in the 90’s was a black velvet dress, which I styled with a black choker. (I’ll have to share the look in a throwback thursday instagram post someday!) Holden’s company holiday party this year had a James Bond theme. Since our shoot was scheduled for the same day, it seemed like an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. I bought several velvet options, because I wasn’t sure how this form-fitting Bardot midi dress would work on my… curves. I tried it on and decided I didn’t feel comfortable enough, and planned to wear this burgundy oversized dress.

Here are some of the other velvet options I was considering:

The morning of the shoot, I made a game-time decision, thinking about the mission of Diversity Chic, and opted to face my insecurities and rock the bodycon dress. I’m glad I did, because I developed a terrible migraine while we were shooting, and ended up missing the holiday party. The beautiful little black dress deserved to be worn, and at least I have pictures to show for it!


Visit Sevi, Valery, and Denise for all the details of their velvet holiday looks! Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays, from our little Diversity Chic family.


  • Nan Walvoord

    December 19, 2016

    You girls rocked it for this shoot. So beautiful, as always. Thanks for wearing the beautiful Kendra Scott jewelry and mentioning The Vintage House. I love the picture with you gals and I need to get one to put on my refrigerator where I post very special photos. You lovelies are so sweet to include me. Love and Merry Christmas.

    • Stephanie Drenka

      December 19, 2016

      Love you, too Nan!! Sorry we didn’t give you enough advance notice to find something velvet to wear haha. Next year we’ll plan ahead so that you can be in our whole shoot! (And hopefully the weather will be nicer). We’re going to stop by the store on Friday– hope to see you before the holidays.

  • Brooke

    December 23, 2016

    Y’all look so beautiful, I can’t even handle it!!!


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