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Festive fashion

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We’re less than one week away from Christmas, yay!  As you wrap up your holiday shopping, it’s time to start prepping for your festive outfits.  I love to dress up around the holidays, it’s fun to change things up from your everyday work wardrobe.  I chose these pieces together because they’re a great cross between formal to casual.  Look for pieces that are red, green and gold.  These colors will scream festive without needing candy cane striped tights or a Santa embellished ugly sweater.  Go for a statement piece with your accessories.  I love a collar-style necklace.  It instantly dresses up any look and will make a simple dress complete.  Happy last-weekend-before-Christmas-shopping.

What do you wear for your Christmas Eve/Day style?

Dress: H&M
Necklace: BaubleBar
Clutch: Michael Kors
Pumps: United Nude

Dressing for the holidays

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As I was looking through my closet I came to the realization that I didn’t really have anything super “festive” for the Christmas holiday.  Yes, sequins (in black), a pair of red jeans and a few green pieces, but nothing really screamed wear me for Christmas.  This is when my stylist brain kicked on wondering– what pieces can I use in my closet to create a holiday look.  I think it’s important to use colors for your holiday outfit.  This strapless, satin emerald dress was the perfect piece for layering.  To make my look bearable in the cold, a sweater was necessary.  To fulfill the complete Christmasy look, my red heels were a must.  Throw on a bold lip color and assortment of glamorous jewelry and you’re ready to go!

What pieces from your wardrobe would you use to create a festive look?

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His polishing touches

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This is for the guys, let’s get cleaned up and ready for holidays with the family.  Sprucing up your look doesn’t just mean throwing on a tie.  Your look consists of everything from head-to-toe.  Let’s start with your pearly whites!  Give your mouth a refresh with a whitening tooth paste.  For your skin, make sure to invest in a great cleanser and moisturizer.  I love that Stubble and Stache works for the man with and without facial hair.  As much as your skin needs a wash, so does your beard– keep it clean and trimmed boys.  For the clean-shaven guys and those edging out their beards, a great razor is a must.  This will help keep your skin from becoming irritated and from getting ingrown hairs.  Now that your face is fresh, a no-shine lip balm is essential for keeping your lips from being chapped in the cold, windy weather.  This no-shine lip balm is great for men who don’t want the extra shine that most women look for in their products.  Give your mouth, skin, beard and lips the gift of revitalization for the holidays.

What’s your must-use men’s grooming products?

Beard Care Kit: Stubble and Stache
Whitening Toothpaste: C.O. Bigelow
No-Shine Lip Balm: Kiehls
Shaving Set: The Art of Shaving

Last minute ideas

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We’re just 9 days away from Christmas!  Can you believe it’s already here?  There’s no need to stress while picking out those last minute gifts.  I wanted to put together a collection of gifts that would arrive in time and be universal for almost anyone in your life.  Ornaments are always a cute gift for the hostess of your holiday party.  Look for an ornament that speaks to your hostess’ lifestyle– I say go for the sweet treat ornaments for the cookie exchange hostess.  For the fashionable girl in your life, this jewelry display plate is an effortless option.  The trendy copper ceramic dish is a perfect way to acknowledge her style and let her continue to display it at home, when the jewelry comes off.  For those of us wine lovers, these wine notes are the cutest tags for displaying your wines on a bar cart.  They’re easy, thoughtful and can be personalized.  Lastly, give the gift of comfort.  These mini-tins of tea are great for anyone’s home, as the hostess should always have an assortment of beverages at their reach.  Get your shopping wrapped up and start off the Christmas week relaxing to the sounds of Joy to the World.

Who’s left on your holiday shopping list?

Ice Cream Ornaments: Fab
Jewelry Display Plate: BaubleBar
Wine Notes: SPARQ
Tea: Fashionista Tea

Elie Saab

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Well hello there Monday!  Elie Saab‘s Pre-Fall 2015 collection is insanely gorgeous.  Saab’s pieces took a step away from their normally, ultra-feminine feel and took on an androgynous vibe.  Brocade floral prints and lace fabrics conveyed a rich, luxurious feeling.  I love the mix of intense black pieces with the punch of colorfully printed looks.  A touch of menswear peeked through the collection through the high-collared necklines and wide-legged trousers.  I seriously cannot get enough of this entire collection.  Sign me up for inserts of sheer lace fabrics, dresses with pockets and abstract floral prints, please!

Which Elie Saab look is your favorite?

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Stuff your stockings

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Now that you’re on a roll, with gifts for him and gifts for her, today is all about the stocking stuffers.  In true fashion holiday fashion, stocking stuffers are mean to be small, playful gifts.  I love the idea of gift someone a pair of prescription glasses.  They’re the ultimate way to incorporate function into fashion.  Next up is one of my favorite, classic scents– Vicotoria’s Secret PINK.  Perfumes, lotions and soaps are a great way to fill a stocking with something scented.  Lastly, I’d suggest gifting her a pair of dangling earrings.  They will be her new favorite statement piece.  Think small, personal and functional when it comes to stocking stuffers.

What do you fill your stockings with?

Glasses: Salt Optics
Earrings: Sophie Blake NYC
Body Lotion: Victoria’s Secret PINK