New Year’s Eve is one holiday that I feel is appropriate to bring out the inner glitter in you. I’ve always been drawn to sequin details and sophisticated embellishments causing New Year’s Eve to be one of my favorite holidays to dress for.
Sequin items are the perfect way to express your excitement for the new year and join in on the shimmery festivities. The outfit you wear on New Year’s Eve is the first outfit you will be wearing in the new year, so it is important to start the new year off right! Entirely sequined dresses and dresses with just a touch of sequins will definitely be spotted this New Year’s Eve, as well as trendy sequin blazers and shorts. No matter what outfit you decide to wear, don’t leave out a little glitz.
Scope out some of my favorite sequin finds for this New Year’s Eve below and begin planning your outfit today!
Velvet has always been a texture I’ve been fascinated with, but not bold enough to wear after the age of eight. However, this holiday season I have seen fabric transition to high fashion with velvet clothing and accessories popping up on many store mannequins. The other week I took it upon me to try on a black velvet skirt from Urban Outfitters, just to see if I could pull the material off, and instantly fell in love!
Velvet is the perfect texture to add a touch of uniqueness to any winter outfit. Whether it’s a velvet blazer or a scarf with a simple accent of velvet, the material creates an expensive and festive look for the season. To ease your way into the velvet scene, start by replacing some of your every day items, such as black jeans, with the velvet version of them. You’ll find yourself receiving many compliments for your creative choice in fabric.
I plan to wear my black velvet skirt on New Years Eve with some type of top and beaded, shimmery belt. Find your own velvet touch this season now!
With the holiday season underway, I am definitely beginning to feel the pressures of finding gifts for everyone on my shopping list. Surprisingly enough, the most difficult people to find cute and clever gifts for are my best girl friends. Last week we drew names for our Secret Santa swap and the limit is $50, hence the inspiration of this post!
While many stores have great sales during the holidays, it still can be a challenge to find special gifts on an affordable budget. When I shop for gifts, I always look for items that can be used again and again. Nail polish sets, iPhone cases, and fragrance sets are some of my favorites for this price range. With these types of gifts, your friends will remember you every day that they get use out of your gift!
I ended up giving my friend a subscription to Cosmopolitan magazine, Essie nail polishes, and Hershey Kisses for her Secret Santa gift. Take a look at some of my other ideas for gifts under $50 below!
1. Sephora by OPI Glimmer Wonderland Eighteen Piece Mini Nail Colour Set – Sephora– $48
2. Tinsley Beaded Headband by Petit Plume– Threadsence– $26
3. Kate Spade New York Rigid iPhone 4 & 4S Cover– Nordstrom– $40
As a girl who is always glued to her beloved iPhone, it has become undoubtedly noticeable how inconvenient it is to use my phone every cold winter season. Gloves are a necessity to keep our fingers warm, but how much of a hassle is it to take off our gloves every time we hear that text alert and vibration from Twitter? Fear no longer texting pals- our solution is here, texting gloves!
Texting gloves are gloves that either have fold-back tops at the tip of the thumb and pointer finger, or have touch screen sensitive material at the tops of the fingers to allow a smart phone to read touch. Some texting gloves are similar to fingerless mittens, but instead allow the most important finger to texting, the thumb, to be exposed as well.
Many major brands such as Burberry and Michael Kors are beginning to design texting gloves, so we can even be fashionable while keeping warm and playing Angry Birds on the train ride home from work. How much better does it get than that?
Check out some of my favorite picks below and get texting!
1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jersey-Stitch Texting Gloves-Michael Kors– $55
Maybe it’s because I’m beginning to look for professional yet stylish tops to wear for my first work experience in an office setting, but I have been noticing the great collection of blouses that brands are carrying this season.
Blouses are a classic piece that can change an outfit from casual to sophisticated in an instant. Opt for blouses with ties at the top and buttons down the front to create a chic look that can take you from the office to a night out. To try out a bohemian look, wear a blouse with a colorful pattern or interesting cut. One of my favorite blouse finds is the one featured below by Zara with the interesting back cut-out.
From denim to skirts, a blouse is a staple item that you will not hesitate to wear again and again in different ways. Find your favorite today!
As the early days of November roll along, looking stylish while staying warm can pose a difficult feat for many women. For the days when wool pea coats and cashmere sweaters just aren’t enough, faux fur items are the perfect amount of cozy to fight off the wind.
Faux fur is a trend that can add instant glam to any outfit if chosen tastefully. Whether on the trim of a coat or peaking out of the tops of booties, a healthy amount of fur is sure to keep you looking chic and feeling toasty. Even better, many faux fur items look as expensive as real fur, only with a much better price point.
No need to fear animal lovers! Faux fur does not include any real animal fur and no animals are harmed in its production.
Check out some of my favorite faux fur items below!
As a self-proclaimed shoe fanatic, I’m always looking for new styles of shoes to add to my ever-growing collection. The top shelf of my walk of my closet is home to my many pairs of heels, and the floor has a special place for my favorite type of shoes, boots of course! This fall my favorite addition to my boot collection is the lace-up bootie.
Lace-up booties are the perfect way to add some edge to any daytime outfit. The clean, sophisticated lace look in the front creates a stylish update to the already popular bootie style. Try sporting these booties with a skinny pant and oversized sweater, or with a pair of tights and a dress for a city-chic look.
The best part of this shoe style is that the wedge lace-up booties are comfortable enough to wear for a full day on the town. I wore my pair out shopping on Newbury Street last week and the number of compliments I received was endless!
Don’t hesitate, start looking for your favorite lace-up bootie today!
As I was shopping on Newbury Street the other weekend, I couldn’t help but notice the distinct way in which many stores incorporated leopard print in their visual displays. Whether it was an entirely leopard print clothing piece, or just a pop of the pattern on an accessory, I was awed at how the print made an outfit look sophisticated and expensive.
If there is any season that leopard print looks best worn in, it is definitely with the darker, burnt colors of a fall wardrobe. Leopard print is used by designers in a variety of ways ranging from faux fur coats, to shoes, to jewelry. As the proud owner of a leopard print wallet and dress, I recommend trying out the print in a few different forms as I did before you decide on which styles best suits you. Be sure to keep in mind my tips below before entering your own safari!
When wearing leopard print as a clothing piece, try adding an accent color, such as burgundy, to offset the pattern.
If sporting leopard print as an accessory, consider wearing it with an outfit that’s made up of a more neutral color pallet.
Be aware that the leopard print speaks for itself; don’t let the pattern overpower you!
Now that we are well into the month of September, it’s time to start packing up those summer sandals and replace them with the cute shoes of fall. If there is one item that I believe all women must have for their fall wardrobe, it is a killer pair of boots. However not just any boots, riding boots!
Riding boots are one of the best investments you will make this season since you’ll be able to wear them with practically every fall outfit. Pair them with jeggings and an oversized sweater or with a casual dress and tights, both ways the boots will look great! Riding boots can be found in many shades of browns ranging from chestnut to mocha, along with darker, less traditional shades such as taupe and black. The best part of a riding boot is that they add a sophisticated look without overpowering a perfectly put together outfit. Try wearing boot socks with riding boots to add a cute pop of color or texture peaking out from the top of the boots.
I’ve owned a different pair of riding boots every fall season since the beginning of high school and I faithfully continue to add to my collection every year. Check out some of my favorite riding boots below (I have the Michael Kors waiting in my closet for their debut this year!) and get searching for your most important fall item now!
Lately as I’ve ventured outside, it has been difficult to deny the definite shift in the air. As summer fades away and we enter the month of September, it’s time for us to prepare ourselves and our wardrobe for the cool breeze of Fall. Over the next few weeks, I hope to fill you all in on unique and necessary items to build your perfect Fall wardrobe.
A Fall jacket is the perfect place to begin. Whether it be for a short walk to the bank or an all day outdoor event, it is important to have a light to medium weight jacket to layer over an every day outfit for those chilly days. Fall jackets come in many different styles and colors ranging from the trendy trench to the classic denim. When choosing a Fall jacket, be sure to opt for something that will keep you warm until winter, but also match with your sweaters and scarves of Fall. My favorite Fall jackets are those in an autumnal color or any range of deep green. If you’re looking to be a little more adventurous, try a coat with a pattern or intricate embroidery such as the ones shown below. No matter what Fall coat you choose, I can promise it will look great with those new boots you’ve been dreaming of (coming up as a Fab Find soon!).
So go ahead and start creating your latest look with a beautiful Fall jacket of your own style before Fall catches up on you!