December 2011 archive

Celebration Time

Steps to having an evening to remember:
First, you start with an awesome venue-

Then you find a fabulous dress-

Add in a handsome date-

Results in two happy sisters and a successful celebration!

How To Do A 25th Wedding Anniversary

I know I’m a little late posting today.  But it is my sister’s 25th wedding anniversary.  I’m going to post pictures (albeit fuzzy ones from my phone) of the day unfolding.  I hope all of this technology works for me today!
She and her husband are having a vow renewal service and then a fancy reception.  Then we’re off to see a band play so we can dance and have a great time.
I hope you enjoy!

Day 25- New Year’s Eve

This could be the first year that you won’t be staying at home with the kids watching It’s A Wonderful Life (probably my favorite movie) and sipping champagne from a Pizza Hut cup.
If you actually have big plans, you need a killer dress.
I love this dress and even though it is a little bit out of budget, consider what it was originally-
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Tibi Metallic Jacquard Strapless Dress from Net-a-Porter $154
It already has a lot going on with the metallic and the jacquard, but I’d pair it with a statement necklace (doesn’t New Year’s Eve=excess?)-
 Relativity® Black Glitter Necklace - Silver
Relativity Black Glitter Necklace Silver on sale at Younkers $24
And complete your look with some statement platforms with ankle strap and this little bow detailing-

Michael Antonio Ladina Pump at DSW $40 (save a little money on the shoes)
Have a Happy New Year and remember it really is a wonderful life!

Top Five Holiday Movies for Style

Tomorrow’s post will be Day 25.  It’s all about New Year’s Eve.  But today, I’m still loving the holiday season because I love the music and I also love the movies.  Here are my top five holiday movies for style:
5)  The Family Man- Not your typical holiday show, but definitely has a Christmas theme.  It is a little bit It’s A Wonderful Life for the modern day.  If you have a family, you’ll relate so much to this movie.  It is adorable.  I love Tia Leoni in it, it is by far her prettiest movie.

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4) Miracle on 34th Street- I’m talking about the newer (1994) version (although the older one is a classic too).  This movie was carved out of cream cheese.  Every piece of clothing is so thought out, it almost makes you want to wrinkle a shirt on purpose.  But it is beautiful.  Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause and he wants your outfits to be strategically coordinated.

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3) White Christmas- This is such a classic.  Every outfit is so stage-worthy.  You have to love this old movie when it’s time for the holidays.

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2) The Holiday- This movie made my top ten style movies of all time.  So naturally it is a choice here.  You just can’t beat Cameron Diaz’ coats and snow bunny appeal in the middle of winter.  Oh ya and Jude Law is pretty fabulous too…

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1) Surviving Christmas-  Wow.  This one is definitely not going to win any Oscars but it is a fun movie.  It was out in 2004.  And the outfits are still classic for today, seven years later.  (How can that be that 2004 was that long ago!?) Moreover, Christina Applegate looks amazing in this movie and has on a wonderful outfit for just about every type of family event you can think of.  I especially love how the color choices in this movie play up her complexion and blue eyes.  Very stylish!  Oh, and looking at Ben Affleck isn’t too bad either…

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I hope you had a chance to catch a few of these movies.  Not only are they enjoyable, but they are also stylish!  What is your favorite holiday style movie?
Honorable Mentions:
Love Actually
It’s A Wonderful Life
Home Alone
Edward Scissorhands
Muppets Christmas Carol
A Christmas Story
Little Women
Chronicles of Narnia
Meet Me in St. Louis
Holiday Inn

Five Things NOT to Wear on Christmas

Christmas is over now and if any of the following was part of your wardrobe for the holidays, go promptly to your closet and donate it.
5) Badly printed sweaters, aka Neil, Charlie’s stepdad in The Santa Clause-

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Oh circa 1986, these sweaters have done their service to humanity.  Now let’s let the past lie.
4) Jeans to church-
I don’t care if you just got done doing chores, this is a time for your dress pants.  Please!
3) Any sort of elf hat, Santa hat or reindeer antlers-
Unless you are handing out gifts on Christmas Day, in the privacy of your own home, give these to a small child for their own entertainment.  That is who these articles of clothing are suitable for.
2) Christmas jewelry that lights up-
In general, I don’t find too many style icons running around with some light up trinkets.  I’m just sayin.
1) A Christmas sweater-

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If you are reading this blog post, most likely you are not 87.  Save the merriment for your house decorations or cookie decorations, not your sweater.
I hope you didn’t find any of the above in your stocking this Christmas.  If you have, you may exchange for a lump of coal and try harder to be more stylish next year!

Merry Christmas

Thank you to all my readers!  I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with those you love.

Day 24- Opening Presents

Hopefully it isn’t six a.m.  If you’re getting together with family to exchange presents, wear something that makes you feel like you’re still in your bathrobe.

Cha Cha Vente Top, Kimono Sleeve Accordion Pleated Belted Chiffon Blouse at Macy’s $48
(If it’s too sheer for you, wear a black shell underneath.)
Add on your favorite straight leg jeans.  Here is a favorite-
1969 Real Straight Jeans from the Gap $70
Finish with peep toe heels.  Okay, so these aren’t like your slippers, but they are comfy and way cuter-

Women’s Mossimo Isabella Peep-Toe Pumps- Red at Target on clearance $16
I hope everyone gets what they wanted!

Day 23- Christmas Day

Merry Christmas!  It could be a marathon day for you, so wear something formal but also comfy enough to last all day with the fam.
I like the idea of a tweed dress-

Melange Tweed Knit(!) Dress by Guess $115
I love the colors but it needs a little something in the middle.  I’d try it with this leather look-alike belt-

Perforated Leatherette Belt from Forever 21 $9
Now add on some sweet moccasin type tall boots, oh so comfy-

3-Layer Fringe Boot by Minnetonka Moccasin $90 on Piperlime
And for accessories, try a gold chain necklace and two cuffs (wear one on each wrist)-
a.n.a® Link Necklace, Gold Chain
JCPenney’s a.n.a. Link Necklace, Gold Chain on sale for $13

Jennifer Lopez Gold Tone Open Work Cuff Bracelet from Kohl’s $18

Jennifer Lopez Gold Tone Cuff Bracelet $21 also from Kohl’s
Have a Merry Christmas!!

FYI-tonight I will be posting twice and will not be posting the next two days. I’ll post Day 25 on Monday and will be posting Beauty Shop Saturday this week.

Day 22- Christmas Eve

It’s here.  It’s finally here.  The kids are just about foaming at the mouth excited.  How excited are you?  Are you feeling frazzled, tired, stressed?  Try to remember what the holiday is all about, just like Linus in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, like Humphrey the camel in the children’s book, like the little drummer boy in the song.  We come tonight to honor him.
So wear something special tonight.  Something you wouldn’t normally wear.  Tonight is a special night and please save the jeans for another occasion.
I love this dress by Jessica Simpson-

Bubble Hem Dress on sale $70 
It’s fancy and can be easily covered with a jacket or cardigan or say, a beautiful coat.
Don’t forget some fancy heels.  Take those out of the box that you save for something special.  This is it.

Two Lips Ali Pumps at DSW $70
Don’t you just love all the fun textures on these pumps?  Such a simple shape but so much visual appeal!
As I tell my kids on their way out the door each morning before school, remember whose you are.  You are a child of God. 
“I play my best for him, so to honor him,” sings the little drummer boy.
Humphrey covers the baby with his blanket, even though he has been cold, and kneels down before the baby Jesus.
Linus puts it simply quoting Luke 8:14, “Sure, I can tell you what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown. 
“‘8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'”
“…And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
And that is why tonight and every day, we honor him.

To purchase the book, Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer, click on the book image below:
Humphrey's First Christmas (Religion Beliefs General Inter)

Day 21- Family Dinner Part 2

Night two’s theme is Cast Away.  (Maybe that’s how you feel when you are with your family- or your spouse’s.)
Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt have a holiday family meal when he gets a page from work that leads to being stranded on a deserted island.  It is interesting that both of these movies star Tom Hanks!
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Just like in this movie, keep your mood light (and avoid work!) and your outfit from being too serious.  I’d start with this gold pleated skirt from Victoria’s Secret-

Metallic Skirt $70
Keep with the metallic theme and intentionally mix your metals with this cardigan from 6pm-

A/K Anne Klein LX Lurex Cardigan with Ruffles $22
Just like the model above, I’d wear it with a black cami.
Add in some toughness with some tall black boots and a cute leather jacket-

Gomax Women’s Fashion News-10 Knee-High Boot approximately $50 at Endless
Lois Veggie Leather Jacket  by BB Dakota jacket $57 at Revolve Clothing
Loving this jacket and the price!
For accessories, I’d wear a black skinny belt, like this one-
Apt. 9 Leopard Skinny Belt Set
(Save the other to wear with another fabulous outfit.)
Apt. 9 Leopard Skinny Belt Set on sale $13 at Kohls
And mix feminine and tough with this chain necklace in black and gold from Macy’s-

Vince Camuto Necklace, Brass Tone Link Necklace on sale $62
Remember when Tom Hanks gives Helen Hunt hand towels for Christmas as a joke?  Love it.

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