Here Come the Holidays With Louise Roe

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With American Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah fast approaching, we asked our resident style expert Louise Roe to weigh in on some of your most pressing questions about shopping, office parties and holiday entertaining. Who better to answer your inquiries on how to make the season festive and fun than the veteran television hostess, blogger and author of the recent book Front Roe: How to be the Leading Lady in Your Own Life.

Here are some of the best questions you all Tweeted into Louise with the hashtag #AskLouisexJF, along with some of our own tinsel-tinged queries. Plus, Louise is already in the spirit of the season and wearing a selection of her favourite pieces from our holiday collection.

What’s your strategy for Black Friday shopping, apart from hiding under the covers?

With Black Friday and so many other end-of-year sales fast approaching, this is an important question to think about. You want to take advantage of the best deals, but at the same time not waste money on things you don’t need simply because it’s on sale. For Black Friday shopping, I stick to classics. I always take an inventory of my wardrobe and think of what fall staples I might be missing. Make a mental note of fall trends you should look out for while shopping—comfy jogger pants, oversized chunky knit sweaters, and wide brim hats are some good ones to stock up on this season.

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Shop the look: Shaker Knit Turtleneck & Sweatpants

Office parties: what do I wear to look fun and festive, but still within the realm of professionalism?

A metallic mini skirt is perfect for all your upcoming holiday parties. Since it’s a work setting, you don’t want to wear a mini skirt with something tight and revealing on top – a cashmere V-neck sweater is always classy, and this oversized fit makes it chic. Throw on a pair of fun statement heels for a little extra flair!

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Shop the look: V-Neck Merino Sweater & Lamé Mini Skirt

What’s a nice hostess gift that’s chic and affordable?

A chic and easy hostess gift I’ll be giving this season is a beauty set and macarons—I think it’s such a cute idea to get macaroons that match the colours of the products. For a hostess gift, you want to get something that is special and just for her—we all know how stressful hosting a holiday party can be. Loving these new shades from —Joe Fresh they’re perfect for any season. For the fashionista hostess, my style bible Front Roe is a fun and easy gift!

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How do you make the holidays feel festive in sunny places like LA?

I make sure to take advantage of the few cold days that we have and wear lots of fun layers. Dark nails, red lips and cozy scarves get me in a holiday mood. A pumpkin spice latte always helps too!

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Joe Fresh Beauty is available in Canada and can be purchased at Real Canadian Superstore

I’m planning a holiday party at home. Apart from spiking the eggnog, need tips for a successful soiree!

When decorating for a holiday party, pick a color scheme. Are you going for cool winter metallics and glitter, or rich and warm fall tones like burgundy, rusts and browns? Handmade floral arrangements and centerpieces always add a touch of soul to any party—look up an easy DIY!

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Shop the look: Plaid Lace Trim Shirt & Raw Ultra Slim Jean

For kids who love fashion, what are some of the cutest children’s trends right now?

Buying gifts for the little ones is so much fun. I love seeing a grown-up fall trend adapted for kids—this cute faux fur coat for instance. A mini fashionista could certainly appreciate such a statement piece!

What’s the most meaningful holiday gift you’ve ever received?

It was a package my granny gave me, full of very old letters, photographs and stories, from my family’s past, going back about 200 years. She had carefully annotated every picture, describing my ancestors. I found it so fascinating. The most special was a sepia photograph of my great-great grandmother, Louise, who I’m named after.

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