This holiday season, you might want to consider some fresh fashion alternatives to set yourself apart from the red satin and black sequin brigade at festive functions.
There is a healthy variety of textures and hues to explore in the current crop of holiday pieces. The wise place to start is with an honest assessment of your budget. You should account for your projected gift list, extra groceries and gas for travel and any other fees you can think of.
Once you do that, you will have a clear plan of how to maximize your holiday dressing with a healthy dose of chic.
Sparkle on a Shoestring Budget
If you can honestly say you can’t afford a new dress this season, consider re-working some old favorites.
You can breath new life into a plain black strapless dress by donning a lace bodysuit underneath it or investing in a new lace shrug. A simple side braid or low ponytail will help keep the look streamlined and you can add interest by creating a custom belt or headband for shine.
The simplest way to achieve this is by purchasing some black grosgrain or satin ribbon and sewing on clusters of rhinestone buttons or a pretty brooch in the center to create a unique accent.
If you have an old pantsuit, you can take it to the tailor to have the pants brought in and tapered to a pretty retro cigarette pant length. This will allow you to put the focus on a new pair of glitzy pumps in a fashion-forward shade such as chartreuse, blush or royal blue.
Host a Fashion Swap
If you have a few stylish friends or family members, you may want to pool your resources before the holidays to give everyone fresh looks without ever opening a wallet.
Your formal brocade pencil skirt might look stellar with your friend’s black gloves, velvet booties or plum tights.
Be sure to have each lady bring the same amount of pieces to the party so each person is more likely to end up with a complete look.
Skim the Sales Racks
You can find some great unconventional colors on the clearance racks if you look carefully.
Late summer pieces in cream can easily become winter white with some careful styling. A gold sequined cardigan or black textured tights will make you look decidedly more expensive.
Mint green has also quietly become a hot color in 2013. A mint green brocade dress from spring will look “Mad Men” sexy when paired with a vintage fur neck wrap and some deep bronze leather kitten heels. You can keep the look from looking too costume-y by pairing it with a messy milkmaid braid or loose waves.
Perhaps you have an old black tulle formal dress hanging in the black of your closet. You could easily have the skirt cut off and hemmed into a fresh high-low shape. A cropped mohair sweater will keep you on trend.
Or you can have the back of a plain black blazer cut out and replaced with appliqued lace for a new take on drama.
With a little imagination, the clothes in your closet can be re-mixed into something worthy of a private boutique.
Invest Wisely in New Pieces
If you discover you do have the funds to buy a new dress, try to look for one that will give you some more mileage into other seasons.
Fuschia, emerald green and goldenrod are great jewel tones that look just as perfect in the spring and fall as they do in front of a Christmas tree. Look for classic shapes that have a modern twist, such as an exposed zipper, peplum or a modest cutout.
With a little planning, you will be the best dressed at every party you attend.
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I’ve been searching high and low for a dress to wear on New Year’s Eve and it hasn’t been the easiest task. Sure they’re tons of cute maternity dresses but they never ever seem to fit me the way I want them to. They’re always too lose at the bottom giving it a tent like look. I understand the purpose of the fit and I’m all about the comfort but when it comes to just wanting to look and feel normal for one night and snap some pics it just doesn’t work for me. In comes Pink Blush maternity who graciously sent me a beautiful burgundy lace dress that not only fits me perfectly but it also has three quarter sleeves, a flattering must and a good amount of stretch for comfort. I literally did the happy dance when I opened the package. The burgundy color gives the affordable dress a luxurious look that would be perfect with any of my heels once I have the baby and can fit back into them. Check it out below and make sure to check back next week where I will style the other adorable piece that they sent me.
Winter is here, and it is snowing, raining, and cold. How can you stay warm, and still look stylish? Just because it is cold outside does not mean that you have to layer up so much that you look like a blob. Just follow our tips for staying warm and chic, and you will light up any room that you walk into.
- If you live in a place where it snows regularly, the best thing you can do for yourself is to invest in quality thermal underwear. Stores like Essential Apparel and Land’s End carry great lines that will keep you warm during the day, and will not bulk you up unnecessarily.
- Whatever you do, do not go bare! Unless you live in sunny California (and even there you are not guaranteed eighty degree weather all year round), you will freeze your butt off in cold weather. Instead, if you want to wear dresses or skirts, opt for textured tights, which will keep your legs warm, and add a bit of visual interest to your outfit. Pair them with boots of any length. We especially like sweater dresses over tights with knee high boots, for a classic schoolgirl look.
- Be a bright spot. During the winter, everyone wears blacks, greys, and neutrals. It creates a very blah fashion landscape. If you want to stand out, wear bright colors. Opt for a bright red overcoat, or accessorize your outfit with a teal scarf. Jewel tones always look especially great in winter. To make sure you do not overdo it, pick one piece for the bright color, and keep the rest of your outfit neutral. You can find pretty accessories and great coats at stores like Boscov’s.
- Invest in a signature coat. Everyone needs a coat during the winter, and you might as well splurge on the nicest, most comfortable coat you can afford. The classic trench is always a winner, but if you want to update your coat for this winter, we love the pink overcoats that are on trend right now. Fur lined parkas are also a great option.
- Have fun with accessories. During winter, you will be wearing a hat, gloves or mitts, along with scarves, boots and thick socks and tights. There is absolutely no reason why any of these items have to be boring. Go along with your inner whimsy and pick playfully textured scarves, colorful gloves, and boots that are made for looking at.
- Skip the scarves and wear a turtleneck. Turtlenecks are making a comeback this winter season, and they are an easy outfit choice. We especially love solid jewel-toned turtlenecks paired with dark jeans or basic black pants.
- Do not be lazy with the outfit underneath your coat. It is easy to just throw on any old thing underneath a fabulous coat and call it a day, but we highly recommend against it. For one thing, you never know when you will need to take your coat off, and for another thing, you will feel more confident when your entire outfit, from head to toe, is put together and thought out.
When Sauze Sparkling Margaritas asked me to share some ideas for a perfect girls night out holiday party, I thought “PERFECT TIMING!” I absolutely love this time of year but it can be a bit stressful juggling the gift shopping with work and kids. I can think of no better gift to than a fun girls night together that included some DIY holiday projects, chips, dip and of course fabulous cocktails!
First I would find a few easy holiday projects from Pinterest (that can also be used as gifts – check out some cool ideas below). Before the party I would have each person pick a project ahead of time and then bring their own supplies. The décor for the evening would be simple so as not to distract from the crafting; last year I made snow jars that lit up and it was a big hit.
While the party is getting started I would have some yummy avocado and mango salad along with some corn chips to go with the drinks. Now normally during the holidays I would pop a bottle of champagne, but that’s the genius of Sauza Sparkling Margaritas – it’s like having a summer treat with a celebratory drink all at once! For my cocktail creations I would choose Wild Berry for the festive color and mango because it happens to be my favorite fruit. For a touch of glam I would add blackberries to the raspberry drink. For dessert I would serve coconut sorbet with the mango margarita and top it off with some bananas and coconut shavings.
Simple mango salad it’s a year round favorite that takes only minutes to make.
chop up 1 whole red onion
1 whole peeled mango either chopped into cubes or cut into long slices
1/4 of a cup of fresh cilantro leaves
1 small tomato cute into 1/4 inch pieces
2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
salt and pepper to your liking
Pinterest DIY Projects:
Serving Sauza Sparkling Margaritas is a fab new take on holiday drinks and one that will make the night fun and bubbly.
Sauza® Sparkling Margarita is our brand new, ready-to-serve sparkling margarita. It’s available in three delicious flavors: Original Lime, Mango Peach and Wild Berry. Now you can add a little more sparkle to your ladies’ night.Connect and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
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I meant to post this last night but I unfortunately I got sick the night before Thanksgiving and haven’t really been able to do much. I wasn’t even able to go out and hit the stores but I did manage to do a little online shopping. Check out my top 10 #blackfriday deals below as well as some of the items that I purchased.
Forever 21 has TONS of items starting at $3, 50% off all boot & bags and 50% clearance items. I bought my niece the 3 pieces below for a cute comfy christmas day look. The entire look was under $40!
Lulu*s has an aamzingly simple method of black friday shopping by price. You have the option of picking $5, $15, $25 and $35. Make sure you take a peak at the $5 mark it has a lot of cute picks that are perfect for stocking stuffers
Kmart has ADORABLE Joe Boxer slipper socks for men and women for only $2.99 I bought a few pairs to use for stocking stuffers.
Old Navy will have everything 50% off
She Inside has up to 80% off starting 11/29 – 12/2
Yesstyle Black Friday & Cyber Monday deal – Get an extra 15% off + free standard shipping on ALL orders til Dec. 2nd by using coupon CYBERMONDAY. Terms: http://goo.gl/xawwhW
Target will be offering 40% off sweaters & jeans for the entire family
Aeropostale has 60% off of everything. I bought my two oldest these two cardigans for under $50.
Free People has 5 fabulous styles for only $50 til monday 12/2
maurices has bogo 50% site wide
Maybe we’re all getting in the mood for Christmas, but white is a HUGE trend at the moment. This angelic shade certainly has an innocent, fairytale feel to it. And although there’s a greater chance of slopping your dinner down your front and regretting it forever, there’s no doubt that – in style terms – it’s worth the risk. For inspiration, let’s take a look at the red carpet!
This beautiful satin gown by Christian Dior was worn by Jennifer for the UK premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. We love the gorgeous smattering of colour down the one side, as well as the backless feature. And whoever said Jennifer’s new ‘do was a big no should re-evaluate some stuff.
We all know her from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but Rooney Mara stunned us at Rome’s Film Festival (for the premiere of Her) with her stunning Balenciaga gown. The oversized collar and sheer skirt hit all the right notes.
Gowns are all very well and good but why not power dress in a white t-shirt and trouser set like Allison Williams? This Calvin Klein two-piece is sophisticated and simple – perfect for a lunch with L’Oreal Paris.
Off the shoulder is a gorgeous cut – we don’t know why we don’t see it more often. Emma Watson supports it perfectly, with a gorgeous clutch purse and lovely band detailing. Plus, look at that foot candy! This ensemble is a hit on so many levels.
We rarely see a fashion faux pas from Miss Swift. We love how she knows how to balance flesh-showing with a little leg and a plunging mesh panel. This lady always looks classy and beautifully presented, so we weren’t surprised to see her in this white number.
Cate Blanchett nails a fantastical gown here – both modern and ethereal, it looks charming with the full white clutch purse and her sandals. A current day Galadriel in the flesh! But we expected nothing less.
Amanda stays chic in Vegas with a long-sleeved white top layered over a Stella McCartney skirt, to promote her new film, Lovelace – anything more ostentatious may have been a bit inappropriate! We adore the pairing with grey Calvin Klein heels – the whole ensemble is modest, which is fantastic.
This textured, brocade white dress gives a whole new dimension to ‘all white’ fashion. We even kind of like the lace up boots and say ‘boo’ to the naysayers. At the wee age of just 15 years old, we bow to your style and impressive acting career.
A pint-sized Carrie Bradshaw, AnnaSophia has upped the ante with not just feather details but lace and sparkles too. This little white dress is cutely matched with a pair of silver heels, which has truly done her screen alter ego justice.
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I love that leather is huge this season. Leather is a trend that instantly makes things look more chic, edgy and if you buy the right piece more expensive! For this three way I chose a pair of leather panel pants from Yesstyle in a gorgeous shade or burgundy. A luxurious color that is the perfect companion for your fall and winter sweaters and super easy to dress up or down. Tip: Style leather pants like a pair of leggings and keep the tops simple and not too tight. Check out the 3 looks below.
Cozy these pants up with a faux fur vest and flannel. It’s casual, comfy with a touch of glam.
You can also keep it simple and classic with a chunky knit sweater and sexy pumps.
If practical is more your thing then try a stylish coat over a glitzy sweatshirt and wedge booties.
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More often flower girls can be the show stoppers of your wedding. They’re too cute to behold in their curly locks and flower halos and pretty little flower girl dresses.
Up their cuteness level one notch higher by letting them do something different on your wedding day. Here are some ideas for giving their flower girl job a fanciful twist:
Instead of letting them toss petals on the aisle, let them keep the basket filled with flower blooms or carry a small bouquet of lovely flowers or a lovely corsage what a picture perfect sight.
Let your flower girls blow bubbles in lieu of the customary petal tossing. Or tote up the fun and whimsical factor by adding pops of color to your wedding by having them carry bright jumbo balloons in cheerful brilliant hues like marigold yellow or hot pink. This is going to be a wedding to remember especially if you dress up your flower girl in a flowy dress in the same bubbly hues as the oversized balloons.
For whimsical touches on your wedding have your flower girls genuinely smile by letting them carry pinwheels. As the breeze blows the pinwheels, the sight will surely elicit genuine smiles and giddy giggles from the cute little ones. It’s a sweet idea and it’s definitely uber fun not just for the flower girls but for everyone.
Getting married outdoors? Shade your flower girls from the sun’s heat by letting them hold fancy colored parasols. Add a sweet message on the parasols for everyone to read.
Your flower girls are too little? Let them ride on a fancy wagon then deck out the wagon with lots of flowers and blooms. Let the ring bearer ride along for double fun.
Let your flower girls carry dozens of pretty flower garlands instead of flower baskets. Let them hold hands as they walk down the aisle. Don’t forget to let them wear flower halos to complete the perfectly cute flower girl look.
Inviting your pets to the wedding? Let your flower girl hold its leash â€“ festoon the leash with flowers and sprigs and all things beautiful.
In lieu of the traditional baskets filled with petals let your flower girls carry fanciful signs to prepare everyone for the bride’s entrance. Or to carry messages of romantic love.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned this pregnancy it’s that a maxi dress is your best friend. I’ve always worn them but never have I appreciated them as much as I have these past couple of months. Besides being the comfiest thing to wear in between sizes, they’re SO versatile and great for post baby as well. This one from meet mark has been sitting in my closet forever because it was too big but now it’s a real life saver. I LOVE the blue and its lace cap sleeves. I’ve worn it a ton of times in so many different ways for day and night. For day I wear it with my green anorak, chain link necklace and my one of my favorite lucky brand bag (which comes in handy to when switching out heels for flats when your feet can’t take it anymore). For night, I just added a sparkly necklace, metallic satchel and took off the jacket.
What I’m Wearing: Blue Maxi Dress c/o meet mark | Green Anorak from Ross (also seen here) | Clear Stone Necklace (also seen here) $10 from Target| Gold Satchel also seen here - $8.98 from Target.com | Chain Link Necklace c/o Twisted Silver | Animal Print Heels – $14.99 at Target.com | Bag from Lucky Brand | Timex watch c/o Timex | Penny Wayfarer Sunglasses (also seen here) c/o Stun Sunglasses
Looking for a chic top to pair with your denim for the holidays? Try any one these stylish turtlenecks for a casual yet glam look. Tip: for a dressy feel just add some plaid or velvet bottoms, sparkly jewelry and a sexy red lip.
A embroidered turtle neck top will instantly give a denim pencil skirt a more expensive chic feel.
Frill Panel Top – $35
Pair this striped turtleneck with leather elbow patches with your favorite skinny jeans and over the knee boots.
Leather Elbow Patch Top - $32
This piece is actually a dress but I love the idea of it with light colored denim and either pumps of booties for a quirky look.
A lace panel top can dress up a pair of gray skinny jeans. Pair with ballerina flats for a comfy look.
Lace Panel Turtleneck – $38
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