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Patch Me Up

12_09_14_Fashion IllustrationShoulder and elbow patches always come in with the cold weather. I love the supple leather that is soft to the touch and adds a splash of prep to any outfit. It can make a simple sweater or dress pop a bit or it can take a fancy sweater and bring it down to an everyday occasion depending on what you pair it with.

This green sweater is perfect for the cold winter months with a muted tone color scheme. It can go from fall through early spring and still look fashionable and appropriate. The length is great because it’s long enough to wear without tights on those balmy fall nights or you can add in tights and boots to handle the winter months.

How to keep your winter wardrobe bright

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It is officially cold in Boston. I can no longer stand to walk around in cute, light outerwear but I’m huddled into a giant sleeping bag of a coat with giant boots covering my legs. The only pop of excitement in my outfit these days is a scarf.

When it gets cold, it’s hard for me to think about dressing in bold colors. I start to go for the black wool, cashmere or really anything soft with some sort of insulation!

While it’s always sophisticated to dress in all black, I try to keep these outfits fresh by adding different scarves and shoes to make a statement. I love a bright scarf or a bold pattern like the leopard above to make the outfit my own.

Bold Blocking

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Color blocking is one of the fastest ways to make you appear slimmer. The long strips of black in this dress help to nip in her waist and remove inches from a quick glance. The dark purple can help to conceal any bumps from the holiday food frenzy.

The different shapes made by the blocking can be flattering style for all body types. It’s hard to find a shape that flatters everyone but a simple body skimming sheath can do that. This dress would be perfect for all occasions from work to a holiday party.

Dressing the Bridesmaids

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Being chosen to be a bridesmaid is a great honor. It shows that you are loved, appreciated and one of the special people in the bride’s life. It’s a chance to be a part of every inch of the preparations and ensure her special day goes well.

It’s also a great excuse to buy a new dress. The dream and clique is to get a dress “that you could wear again” but lets be honest, that rarely happens. I love the idea of mismatched gowns that each bridesmaid picks out but in the same color scheme. It’s a chance to show each woman’s personality but still creates a uniform front. Here’s an example fun, formal bridesmaid gown I would love to wear.

Black Friday Frenzy

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One of my family traditions is to brave the Black Friday madness. I do admit, we are a bit mad to go with the masses, fighting our way for the perfect sweater or the giant TV. However I just love it!

I hope everyone who braved the shopping today had a good time and came home with minimal bruising!

 

 

Safe Travels and Happy Thanksgiving!

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I hope everyone has safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for this holiday where you can take the time to appreciate family, friends and great food.

Wrap Me Up

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With the holidays approaching it’s time to start stocking up on festive outfits. The stores are full of dresses, skirts, fun tops in red and green with sequins and velvet galore! You can also get a good deal at stores having sales to attract customers for Black Friday. I’ve been checking out the department stores and little boutiques around Boston to pick out some great outfits and start getting ideas for presents. My tactic to get the best deals is to do a sweep, figure out what I want to buy and wait until the store has 40% off or more off everything. That way you can buy more presents and even something for yourself!

Belle of the Ball

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Growing up my two favorite Disney Princesses were Belle and Ariel. I loved that they went on adventures, fought the bad guys but still wore beautiful gowns. This is my modern take of Belle in a whimsical poof of a skirt with a form fitting bejeweled top. This dress would be perfect for a princess or a girl who just wants to be a princess for a day.

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Grocery Shopping

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I love grocery shopping. It’s a chance to stock up on food for the week and refill any of the basics I’ve used up. Going through the aisles I always see things I want to try. Each week I try and pick a new food or brand that I’ve never tasted before. I usually shop at Trader Joe’s so there are always new funky things to try.

Some of my favorites are trying out their different cookies or pastries. Last week I bought the frozen chocolate croissants and thought I had experienced heaven on earth. You put them out the night before, let them rise and pop them into the oven for 15 minutes first thing in the morning while you’re grabbing a quick shower. You get a delicious, warm breakfast with almost no work or clean up!

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