Archive | December, 2011

Holiday Style

2 Dec

Glisten,  sparkle & glam basically sum-up any holiday look. Your skin should glisten, your outfit should sparkle, & your overall look should tie both together for a glamorous outcome.  Beauty routine is up first:

Clinique

Everyone knows these cold winter months can be damaging to our skin.  Thus, it’s important to give your face a little extra TLC prior to any makeup application. Exfoliating is key- Get rid of all that dry, flakiness. It’s no secret I have an obsession with Clinique. Their skincare is never-fail for me so I recommend the Clinique Exfoliating Scrub (Sephora- $18.50). Purchase It!

KNOWWEAR

Follow up with your usual moisturizer/ primer routine. If you’ve read about makeup contouring then your next step will probably involve your contouring routine (I am so addicted & apply makeup this way everyday).  Next, it’s time to add the glitz with great holiday blush, eye product & lippy:

Beauty Banter

I am HIGHLY recommending all my readers to check out Beauty Banter & her advice on how to maximize your makeup with the NARS holiday collection. It sparkles & shimmers to add a special feel for the holiday season.

Moving on to the holiday wardrobe…

First, & foremost, it’s important that any key piece you choose make you feel beautiful, especially during the holidays. I am a huge advocate for sparkle, but with any “trend”, it’s important to mix with classic pieces as well. Here are a few sparkle & shine pieces that would be perfect when paired with more classic & neutral counterparts:

DKNY

This DKNY Sleeveless Dress with Allover Sequins (DKNY- $345.00) would be perfect when paired with black opaque tights & a black blazer for simple complimentary pieces.  Purchase It!

MICHAEL Michael Kors

This MICHAEL Michael Kors Sequin Front Tank (Nordstrom- $69.50), paired with a dark skinny jean & classic black heels would look stunning. Add a black open-front cardigan if you’ll be chilly or show off the racerback detail. Purcahse It!

Alice + Olivia

If the two previous hues were too bright for your taste, then this Alice + Olivia Asymmetric Sequined Dress (NET-A-PORTER- $600.00) is a bit more toned down while still adding the sparkle. Pair with a great bootie for an edgier look either with or without tights. Purchase It!

I am a firm believer that some sparkle is warranted for the holidays, but if you’re shying away from too much shimmer, look for some sequin accessories or heels that could help with the glitz without overdoing it.

Happy Holidays!

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Man Up: Menswear Trends for Women!

1 Dec

From a casual t-shirt to a classic button-down, menswear has always looked more structured, while still looking more comfortable than traditional women’s styles. Finally, the menswear trend came crashing into female wardrobes & it’s bigger now than ever. Some of my favorite menswear inspired pieces include (all featured can be found at Nordstrom):

Betsey Johnson

Menswear-inspired footwear doesn’t get much more chic than these Betsey Johnson booties (Nordstrom- $139.95). I absolutely adore a good suede shoe & these chunky booties definitely do it for me. Purchase It!

Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy made a lovechild by combining a traditional menswear piece, the blazer, with femininity. This structured blazer is all “business in the front, party in the back” with a flirty draped back (Nordstrom- $498.00). A fitted blazer should be a staple in all closets & won’t be headed out of style any time soon. Purchase It!

Alexander Wang

Over-sized button-downs or utility shirts add the perfect touch of masculine over leggings. This Alexander Wang design combines a girly silk fabric with the menswear design of a utility shirt (Nordstrom- $475.00). Add chunky jewelry & heels or boots to make this manly design feel fun & flirty. Purchase It!

MARC by MARC JACOBS

Chunky menswear-inspired jewelry doesn’t get much better than this MARC by MARC JACOBS rose-gold watch (Nordstrom- $275.00). The crystals & rose-gold color glam up the masculine face of the watch making it the perfect jewelry piece  for the menswear trend. Purchase It!

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