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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my favorite parts of New Years Eve is looking back on old photos where I’m wearing a terrible trendy outfit that looks outdated by the next year.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!

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.

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.

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!