When the holiday parties begin is when it really starts to feel like Christmas to me. This week I had two — one for H’s company and one called Kamaaina Christmas, which is a benefit gala for the Honolulu Museum of Art. My family goes every year and it’s always a good time (any event where it’s fair game to bust out a gown and diamonds is my kind of party!). Since I had to wear gowns almost weekly as Miss Hawaii, I’ve found some of the best places to score formalwear without the crazy price tag. This one from Lulu’s is under $80, and they have some other great options to choose from in whatever color you’re looking for. My other affordable holiday formalwear favorites include Rent the Runway and Faviana. Hope your holiday season is off to a great start!