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Make a Wish

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It’s almost 2015 where I hope to be more fabulous, fashionable and fit than ever! Even though I’m awful at following through with them, I’ve decided to make some new years resolutions. My favorite part about resolutions is looking back over the past year and admitting to yourself the successes and failures. It’s important to address both sides to help yourself grow.

Here are my top 3 fashion resolutions for 2015.

1. Buy more clothing that focuses on quality over quantity. There isn’t a sales sign posted that I didn’t love. I’m guilty of being a constant pillage of the sales rack. Those four letters get my heart pumping and I view the purchase as “basically free” if it’s 70% off or more. I’m going to try to exercise more restraint and be more conscientious about what I purchase.

2. Buy more up and coming designers. Living in Boston, it’s easy to fall into the trap of going to Newbury Street and browsing the big name designers or popping into Marshall’s for a steal. However by focusing on the big names I know I’m missing out on the little local boutiques of Beacon Hill, North End or Cambridge. This year I’m going to make an effort to take the time to explore.

3. Get out of my comfort zone for work clothes. I’ll admit, I have a uniform of clothes I wear. My work wardrobe is the same routine of blazers, cardigans and shift dresses. It’s tough to find clothes that are professional, classy and have a touch of fun. Looking for those pieces that pop will be a pleasure and a challenge I gladly take on!

What are your resolutions this year?

New Years Preparation

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New Years is almost here! It’s the change to pop some bubbly and make resolutions for 2015. (Although, in my case they only last about a week.) One of my favorite ways to usher in the New Year is to go to a party to celebrate with some of my close friends or enjoy one of the big bashes at hotels, bars or resturants in Boston.

It’s a great excuse to buy a new dress and pick one that’s a bit trendier. One of my favorite parts of New Years Eve is looking back on old photos where I’m wearing a terrible trendy outfit that looks outdated by the next year. The height of fashion is frozen in that moment where you are wearing sequins, bows or giant shoulder pads! It’s fun to think you were the cat’s meow for the night.

If you are looking for a trendy outfit this year look no further than the leather trim trend. It’s hot, fun and sure to be one of the looks that memorializes this year. In 2014 leather patches, sleeves and jackets could be seen in every store. The fun number up top has a combination of flashy colors and leather patches. Perfectly trendy and guaranteed to be one of those dresses you love to look back on in a couple years and laugh.

Present Procrastination

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You are looking at one of the biggest present procrastinators. I always start “thinking” about shopping for others around Thanksgiving and usually make a good dent. Not only for the people on my list but also for myself!

Then after the initial push I become lulled into a false sense of successful preparation only to remember the final few days before Christmas that I still have several people on my list. This last minute shopping does pay off with generous discounts at many stores and I usually complete my list with a number of items.

Each year I vow to become better and each year I repeat the pattern. Coffee in hand I am still on my present mission. I hope others are better prepared this year than I am!

Formal with Flare

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When it’s time to dress for more formal occasions it can be hard to find a dress that strikes the balance of classic but still exciting. Especially if you’re not walking down the red carpet or you’re going to an event with your boss.

My favorite type of formal dresses leaves something to the imagination but maintains a touch of sexiness. One of the best ways to do this is to contrast the top and bottom of an outfit by either going tight on the top or bottom but leaving the other section loose.

The dress pictured above shows how effective it can be. The skirt hugs her curves and shows off her waist. The top of the dress has a graceful draping that hints at her shape and bares a bit of shoulder to add a touch of suggestiveness. It’s the type of dress that your boyfriend and your grandmother would think you look great in!

Who Said Red Heads Can’t Wear Pink?

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Growing up I always wanted red hair.  It was beautiful, fun and fiery. I thought it was a shame that my youngest brother was the red head and not me. However after a bad dye job in college, I grew to appreciate my brown hair and embrace my natural color.

One thing that you rarely hear when you have brown hair is that you shouldn’t wear certain colors but red heads hear it all the time. It’s one of those style cliques that seems to resonate and continue through the years.

I happen to disagree with this. I’m not encouraging red heads to run out and buy the first pink piece of clothing they see but rather to pick a shade that compliments their hair. Choose a pattern with pink in it or a soft tone that doesn’t clash. Rules are meant to be broken and there is always the exception to the rule.

Green Jewel

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One of the top colors for the 2014 Fall/Winter season is this deep green. The beautiful jewel tone goes well with every complexion and is easy to accessorize. It’s a great choice for the holiday season because it’s a festive while still being fashionable. Most colors and traditional accessories work well with this from the deep gold tones to the lighter silver.This would be a great choice for a holiday work party or a family gathering.