Sophisticated Sequins + The Perfect Red Lip

I hope you all had a great Christmas! Mine was busy, but filled with so many great memories! Thankfully, I still have another week off of work to unwind from the holiday rush. I’m really looking forward to some good R&R. One of the last things I did before going on break was attending my Kindergarten student’s musical. I wanted to look festive and professional and ended up wearing this fun outfit. I think it would be totally appropriate for a holiday business party too!


I’m not typically a huge fan of sequins. In fact, this is the only sequined item I own! If you’re worried it’s too much for you, it’s not! The trick is to tone it down with another piece. By adding a jacket or a structured blazer, that extra touch of sparkle will look extremely sophisticated and festive, without going overboard.

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Now let’s talk about palazzo pants for a second. I used to think I wouldn’t look good in them. That is, until I tried them on one day just for fun in a dressing room. And guess what? I loved them! They gave my legs so much length, are very comfortable and flow so nicely. With some heels and a hemline that glides on the floor, you’ll love the length they give you too!




Finally, I want to share my favorite part of this outfit — the most perfect lip color I’ve ever found! I have been looking for the perfect red lip color for a while. I ended up walking into Ulta one day and literally tested about 14 different colors before coming to this one. I ended up buying Lipstick Queen Sinner Scarlet Red. I’ve been looking for the perfect red lip for a while and this has it all for me. The color, the texture, the shine. Everything is spot on and I couldn’t recommend a better one! What’s your favorite red lip color? I’d love to hear in the comments below!




Keep smiling!



Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. December 29, 2015 / 1:09 am

    Molly- I saw you in these palazzo pants on Insta and I was like ‘Oh my gosh-hottie!’. They really suit you! It’s so cute that you went to see your students’ musical- I bet they were adorable 🙂 This lipstick is such a gorgeous shade on you too

    Rachel xx

    • December 30, 2015 / 11:46 am

      Oh my goodness Rachel! I’m so glad you like them! They’re actually my first time wearing them, but I love them! Thank you so much!

      🙂 Molly

    • December 30, 2015 / 12:00 pm

      Thanks, Ashley! I love a good red lip!


    • December 30, 2015 / 12:02 pm

      I hope you have a wonderful NYE too! Thanks babe!


  2. December 29, 2015 / 9:29 am

    Absolutely stunning and chic, Molly! Love the way you styled the sequins top! It’s perfect with the blazer and palazzo pants. Hope you have a wonderful New Year. xx

    • December 30, 2015 / 12:03 pm

      Thank you, Aiko. Even though you prefer pants over dresses I know these type of pants would look amazing on you! Have a great NYE!


    • December 30, 2015 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks Kait! Just love your leather and tutu outfit, which I totally LOVE!

      🙂 Molly

  3. December 29, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    In love with this entire look! You look fantastic. Love the rep lip too.
    Hope you are having a lovely week so far.
    Much love gorgeous!

    • December 30, 2015 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks Raysa! Red lips always top off outfits for me and I just love this color!

      🙂 Molly

    • December 30, 2015 / 12:07 pm

      Thanks Ramona! I’m so glad you agree about toning down sequins! Happy New Year!

      🙂 Molly

    • December 30, 2015 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you Nichole! I totally agree! Once you find the perfect lip color life is so much better! Hehe!

      🙂 Molly

  4. December 30, 2015 / 10:06 am

    You are so beautiful & chic! Love those pants (NEED) and a red lip on you! Gorgeous girl!!!

    XO Missy

    • December 30, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      Thank you, Missy! These pants are really wearable and fun to have at least one pair of!

      🙂 Molly

  5. December 30, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    This is such a classic flattering look and you look amazing in it! have a great new years this year. Looking forward to seeing what’s to come in 2016!

    Love, Mary

    • December 30, 2015 / 4:43 pm

      Thank you Mary! I’m looking forward to 2016 as well!

      🙂 Molly

    • December 30, 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Thank you Rita! I am definitely loving this Palazzo pant trend!

      🙂 Molly

  6. December 30, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    This look is so chic and sophisticated at the same time! Love the red lip and these pants look amazing on you! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday break!

    xx Julianna

    • December 30, 2015 / 4:38 pm

      Exactly what I was going for! So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you! Have a happy new year!

      🙂 Molly

    • December 30, 2015 / 4:44 pm

      Thank you Jenessa! Love your blog!

      🙂 Molly

  7. December 30, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    SO chic and classy, you look fabulous babe! Everything about this is perfect: the top, the jacket, the clutch, the earrings, the red lip! The red lip really is perfect! Great find! I may have to make an Ulta visit…. 😉
    Hope you have the most wonderful New Year! It’s been a pleasure getting to “know” you this past year.

    Best! -kim

    • December 30, 2015 / 4:38 pm

      That means so much to me Kim! I have loved getting to know you more too and following your fabulous fashionable outfits! Can’t wait to see more in 2016!

      🙂 Molly

  8. December 30, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Fabulous outfit! just love how you styled this sequin blouse and those pants were seriously made for you! The bright lip just completes the look! So good!

    xo, Jennifer

    • January 4, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks so much Jennifer! What a sweet thing to say! Hope you have a wonderful week!

      🙂 Molly

  9. Amy Ann
    December 30, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    Love the wide leg pants on you! This is such a great look. I’m glad you had a nice Christmas. Isn’t it great to have this week off? Thankfully I get that at the university I work out too. Total perk of education.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • January 4, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks so much! Hope you had a wonderful time off and have a great week back to work Amy!

      🙂 Molly

  10. Samantha
    December 30, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    Love the outfit!! Omg if I was in kindergarten and saw my teacher dress like that I’d think she was a princess 🙂 😛

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    • January 4, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Aww Samatha that’s so sweet! The little Kindergarten girls always give me the sweetest compliments about my fashion. One of them called me a barbie LOL! Have a great week!

      🙂 Molly

    • January 4, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you! I’m such a fan of red lips!

      🙂 Molly

    • January 4, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks Kimberley! These pants definitely are a little unexpected for me, but I love them just the same!

      🙂 Molly

  11. January 2, 2016 / 12:06 am

    Killing it in the look Molly!! Totally inspired me to get a pair of these AMAZING pants. I also think I need that sequin top right about now:-)

    • January 4, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth! I so hope you get a pair of these pants! They would look amazing on you!

      🙂 Molly

  12. January 2, 2016 / 9:05 am

    What a gorgeous outfit! I’ve been a crazy fan of those loose palazzo pants, you’ve styled them so beautifully! You look gorgeous! 😀

    • January 4, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you so much for the compliments! I’m so glad I took the leap and purchased these palazzo pants! I love them!

      🙂 Molly

  13. January 2, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    This outfit is so chic and very stylish! Love the sequin top with the blazer ♥ and I adore the red lip! Its my favorite color as a lipstick and it suits you amazingly.

    • January 4, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you! I’m such a fan of this classic color combination. Glad you like it too!

      🙂 Molly

  14. January 3, 2016 / 11:10 am

    This outfit is perfect for the occasion. You look very classy and put together. I love the gold buttons on the blazer. Your red lippies are gorg! My favorite red lipstick is Wet n Wild in Stoplight Red.

    • January 4, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you Asa! I felt it suited the occasion too! I will have to try the Stoplight Red color. I’ve heard great things about it!

      🙂 Molly

    • January 16, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you Ankita! I’m all about keeping it classy!

      🙂 Molly

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