Nov 4, 2015

From October to January the holidays are in full swing in Kansas City. Though it is Blue October in our beloved city, Fashion Designer and Style Expert to Mall of America, Christopher Straub has all the latest trends and colors for the season at the 2015 Holiday Boutique - from what to wear and serve at a holiday party to home decor - here is your holiday guide for fall to winter.

What's in for styling your home for the holiday season?

“When it comes to getting your home ready for the holidays, do what makes you happy. The holiday season is all about warmth, family, and traditions, so I say make it your own.”

Christopher's Holiday Boutique Pick: SPC Portrait Art

Nothing says family and togetherness like the traditional holiday portrait. However, just because something is traditional, doesn’t mean it has to be typical. SPC Portrait Art doesn’t just create one-of-a-kind photographs, they create and capture memories you can display as art in your home. What better holiday decor could you have for your home than your family’s smiling faces? Styling your home for the holidays just got a bit easier!

What are the ultimate must-haves for hosting a holiday party?

"Holiday parties are an essential part of the season. When hosting, offer an abundance of food and drink options, keeping those who have food restrictions and prefer non-alcoholic beverages in mind."

Christopher's Holiday Boutique Pick: Smart Cookies

Smart Cookies are chewy, gooey, dunkable cookies that are undeniably homemade. From chocolate chunk to oatmeal, white chocolate and craisins to chocolate-dipped peanut butter, and buttery shortbread, there is something for all of your guests to enjoy! Best of all, Smart Cookies candies, cookies, and treats are made from-scratch with no mixes or preservatives, which makes these treats the smarter way to indulge during the holidays.

What to wear for a holiday party?

"Shimmer and shine are always in style for a holiday get together! Break out those sequin dresses and glimmering gems. Opt for festive colors and polished metallic - save the black and white for New Years."

Christopher's Holiday Boutique Pick: Crystal Boot Persuasions

Stay warm and light up the room with designer boots from Crystal Boot Persuasions! Each pair of boots is custom-made with Swarovski Crystals that are meticulously placed by hand. And with multiple colors and styles to choose from, these boots are perfect for the season in more ways than one. Just check out their new line of collegiate themed boots (ahem, football season anyone?). Want the ultimate conversation started for any holiday party? Head over to Crystal Boot Persuasions. These boots were made for talkin'!

Holiday gifting: What's hot? What's not?

"Shop local for the most fun and unique gifts. Not only are you supporting hometown talent, but you can also learn more about the creator and get their story of who they are and why they designed the item you want."

Christopher's Holiday Boutique Pick: Frankie and Jules

Frankie and Jules offers a combination of the latest trends in women's apparel, featuring casual classics and unique, eye-catching styles with affordable price tags. Great for saving a little moolah while finding the perfect gift for a friend, co-worker, family member, or any fashion-forward person in your life!

Styling the holidays doesn't have to be hard. All of Christopher's finds and so much more can be found at the 2015 Holiday Boutique. With Christopher's fresh holiday tips and the latest trends in style, home decor, jewelry, and gourmet food all in on convenient location, you can handle the holidays like a true fashionista!

The Holiday Boutique takes over the Overland Park Convention Center November 19-22, 2015. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2 for the price of 1 when you connect with us on Facebook. Treat a friend or family member to the show (that's one present already bought!).

NOVEMBER 19-22, 2015.