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Little Treasures

Tis the season for beauty gift sets! They are popping up everywhere from your favorite makeup brands. I particularly love these little treasures because not only do they make great gifts they also are an easy way to experiment with new colors, products and brands in smaller quantities, larger assortments and a better prices.

A few of my faves this season, perfect for giving or getting!

Bobbi Brown has two makeup sets worth purchasing this season. Her 20th Anniversary Lip Palette contains the 10 original lip colors launched by Bobbi as well as 10 bright, modern colors. A color for every mood and event.

Get party ready with Bobbi Brown’s Ultimate Party Collection that features eight matte, metallic, shimmer and sparkle eye shadows plus four glitter lip glosses.

Bare Minerals’ Putting On The Glitz Kit wins the prize for the best bang for your buck. This nine piece collection of bestselling, illuminating shades for eyes, lips and cheeks also includes a double-ended cheek and eye brush and sparkling clutch all for $54. Available at Sephora.com.

If you, like me are always on the search for the perfect mascara you must get this kit from Sephora. This limited edition sampler includes 10 of Sephora’s most sought after mascaras as well as a makeup remover. Try to your hearts content for only $45. Available at Sephora.com.

I am a huge fan of Josie Maran’s makeup collection and her newest kit, Josie Maran Seductive Golds Argan Oil Color Collection, is on my must-buy list. This luminizing line up of five high-performing products revives and polishes skin with an Argan Color Stick, Pure Argan Oil, Argan Illuminizer in Gold, Natural Volume Lip Gloss, GOGO Mascara and Rapid Eye Makeup Pen. Available at Sephora.com.

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Hidden Treasure

As I mentioned in my last post (Unlikely Places), my brother is getting married and that has precipitated the search for an amazing outfit to wear to said wedding. After finding the perfect dress, I was in need of an amazing statement necklace. While searching the web in vain for a necklace that was the perfect mix of bold yet dainty, I stumbled upon this hidden treasure.

Ayana Designs creates modern necklaces with a vintage feel. Each piece is hand-made and absolutely stunning. The attention to detail as well as the mix of colors, materials and textures make for little treasures that will bring you years of joy. Each piece can be worn dressy or casual, the sky’s the limit! Available online at Ayanadesigns.com.

The necklace I bought:

The next necklace I want next:

Love these too:

How gorgeous is this bracelet!

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What To Wear: New Year’s Eve

Christmas has come and gone, hope it was merry, and now on to the New Year! Time to celebrate, toasting the past year and ringing in the new one. Let’s get festive!

What To Wear on New Year’s Eve:

My dream dress, Purple Metallic Cocktail dress by Victoria Beckham.

Cheap Trick: Navy one-shoulder flower embellished dress, will stand out in a sea of black dresses and is easy on the pocketbook priced at $36.

Retro inspired cocktail style looks sophisticated and party-ready! Halston Heritage silver top looks amazing with slim pants or pencil skirt.

This Lanvin dress is the perfect relaxed yet festive dress to wear out to a private dinner for two.

If your festivities are more denim than cocktail pair a party top with your favorite pair of jeans.

Miss Me Metallic Ruffled Top

If you decide to stay in and cuddle up and watch movies them do it in style with Anthropologie.

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What To Wear: Casual Family Gathering

Fun family gatherings abound this time of year and this outfit walks the line perfectly between comfy, casual and fashionable. Plus, it also works well for dinner out with friends and is work appropriate.

Take one part slouchy cowl-neck merino sweater add one part stretchy, straight leg cargo pants, throw in leopard kitten heels and mix thoroughly with fun jewelry.

Ann Taylor Merino Drape Neck Tunic

White House Black Market Slim Cargo Pants

Ann Taylor Leopard Kitten Heels

J Crew Earrings

 

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Weary Feet

No rest for the weary this holiday season between the shopping, the decorating and the parties. Your feet take a beating whether you are pounding the pavement at the mall or standing all evening in elegant high heels.

Soothe your feet with theses stretches designed by Katy Bowman, a human-movement expert in Los Angeles courtesy of Real Simple magazine. Do the three-move circuit—up to three times daily while you’re on, say, the holiday party circuit—holding each move for up to a minute. These stretches really work and allow you to keep partying in your stilettos.

Move 1: Straight Leg Stretch

Sit on the floor facing a wall with your legs straight and your feet flat against the wall. (You may want to sit on a pillow to make the move more comfortable.) Bend forward as far as you can to stretch and lengthen your calf muscles and hamstrings (wearing heels can cause them to tighten).

Move 2: Toe Release

Stand as if you’ve just taken a step forward with your right leg (so your left leg is behind you). Tuck your left foot under so the tops of your toes touch the floor. You should feel a stretch along the top of your foot. Hold, then switch feet.

Move 3: Five Finger Toe Spread

Sit on a chair and cross your left leg, resting your ankle on your right thigh. Weave the fingers of your right hand through the toes of your left foot to separate them. Focus on spreading your toes wide; try not to pull them up or down. Hold, then switch sides.

A warm water foot soak can also do wonders, fill your tub with warm water up to your ankles, add epsom salts and a few drops of lavender or peppermint oil and soak away!

 

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What To Wear To A Christmas Casual Party 2010

Christmas Casual or Dressy Casual usually means comfortable and relaxed while still looking put together.

You can wear a relaxed day dress, or a mix of separates such as a sweater with a trendy skirt or a fashionable jacket paired with slacks. You can pull the outfit together with elegant high heel shoes or sassy flats and don’t forget the accessories, belts and scarves are huge this season and a little jewelry never hurt anyone.

Perfect examples of Christmas Casual from Ann Taylor:

 

 

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What To Wear To A Holiday Festive Party 2010

Holiday Festive fits right between cocktail and business attire, a tad less dressy than cocktail and a bit more fancy than what you would wear to work. Holiday Festive dictates that you can be playful, women can wear a silk or chiffon top paired with a pencil skirt or slacks or a playful shorter length dress in a holiday color like red or emerald green.

Dress down a cocktail dress by throwing on a matching jacket and belt or wrapping a cashmere kimono sweater over the top. Women can also pair a basic black shift dress with a bold, glittery necklace and killer heels. This look is all about having fun while still being stylish.

Just an FYI, Holiday Festive does not mean wear a Christmas themed sweater, please, please throw those away!

Holiday Festive Party outfits from Net-A-Porter:

The perfect example of how to dress up a simple black dress to be appropriately festive:

Holiday Festive Ensembles:

I love the way a fitted black blazer anchors a flirty party skirt and tough heels pull the look together. A white button-down shirt can add sophistication to a metallic skirt and a simple black chiffon top pairs well with a winter white skirt. A slinky sleeveless tunic makes capris festive.

Holiday Festive Dresses:

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What To Wear To A Cocktail Party 2010

If you get an invitation to a party that dictates a cocktail dress code, consider yourself lucky, it is the most fun dress code. Women should wear shorter evening dresses in a wide variety of styles, colors, prints, and fabrics. Look for dresses with unique silhouettes, beading, sequins and bright colors.

If you opt for a black dress make sure it is made from a dressier evening fabric and add glamorous accessories to make it pop. Keep in mind if you are wearing a shorter dress special attention should be given to your shoes, make sure they are as dressy as your dress and always if possible opt for a slim kitten heel or higher. Please do not wear your work shoes to a cocktail party, take the time to get a new pair of shoes to match your dress.

Women can also wear elegant pantsuits in dressier fabrics but to keep the suit from looking frumpy make sure it fits perfectly and the accessories really sparkle, like red satin high heels worn with a black pant suit.

Gorgeous cocktail dresses from Kate Spade:

J Crew also has an amazing collection of cocktail dresses in non-traditional holiday colors that will stand out in a crowd of black and red:

The perfect LBD to wear to any cocktail party, completely timeless, elegant and universally flattering, available at www.whitehouseblackmarket.com.

A cocktail worthy suit:

 

 

 

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What To Wear To A Black Tie or Black Tie Optional Party 2010

Life’s a party and tis the season! Invitations beckoning you to festive luncheons, swanky cocktail parties and elegant balls fill your head with the iconic question, what to wear? It seems that hosts have gotten a bit more creative with their dress codes in recent years, adding extra confusion.

To take the confusion out of the equation I have assembled a guidebook, if you will, for navigating through the holidays in style and according to dress code. Each day I will post a what to wear guide for Black Tie, Cocktail, Holiday Festive and Christmas Casual.

Let’s kick it off with What To Wear to a Black Tie or Black Tie Optional party:

The tradition of dressing up after dark has existed for centuries. Black tie stems from the Victorian era when wealthy men would dress for dinner because they had spent all day outside riding horses and hunting on their estates. They would change out of their dirty clothes into a black version of the military dress uniform which we call “white tie” today and as time went on and fashions changed men began to look for a more comfortable dinner outfit. The very formal “white tie” eventually evolved into a black dinner jacket and the outfit began to take on the look of a tuxedo.

Women have a bit more variety than men when it comes to black tie, floor length formal evening gowns or opulent ball gowns work best, but as fashions have changed and clothing has become more relaxed, short very dressy cocktail dresses have also become popular and acceptable for black tie events.

Black Tie Optional or Creative Black Tie can get a bit tricky but what it essentially means is that you can be free to try your own interpretation of black tie. Women can opt for long sleek gowns or flirty and colorful short dresses but remember to keep it very formal by choosing a dress in an evening fabric like satin, chiffon or velvet and in a darker color. Very decadent ball gowns with full skirts may look a bit overdone for the occasion, save those for strictly black tie events. Look for dresses that are traditional with a modern twist and use glamorous accessories to add witty touches.

These two BCBG dresses fit the bill perfectly for Black Tie Parties, formal with a modern flare.

Both of these BCBG dresses are dressy enough to satisfy the requirements of a Black Tie Optional Party, just remember to add dressy jewelry and shoes.

The perfect black tie shoe, also available at www.bcbg.com.

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What To Wear: Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and now is the time to start thinking about your costume. Instead of spending your hard earned dollars on overpriced, mass produced, ill-fitting, cheap and sleazy looking costumes that come in clear plastic bags opt for one of these stunning looks.

Sephora has put together make-up kits for 4 different amazing looks, Vampire, Sexy Kitten, Devil and Peacock. Each kit contains everything you need to create the look including step by step instructions as well as videos on their website that show you exactly how to create these fabulous looks. Then finish off your look with an amazing cocktail dress that you already own or buy a new one that you can wear during the holidays, because you know you will never wear that vixen pirate wench costume again. You end up with great makeup and a dress that you can get more than one use out of, a total win-win!

Jump on the Twilight bandwagon and channel a gorgeous vampire with the Sephora Beauty In A Box Vampire kit and BCBG’s goth yet sweet tulle one shoulder dress, available at www.shopbop.com.

Go sweet for Halloween with the Sephora Beauty In A Box Sexy Kitten kit and this pale pink, silk chiffon tutu dress by Rebecca Taylor, dress available at www.shopbop.com.

Feeling a little wicked for Halloween? Look be-deviling with Sephora’s Beauty In A Box Devil kit and a wickedly stylish silver sequin dress, available at www.shoptwigs.com. Don’t forget naughty red heels from Stuart Weitzman, available at www.zappos.com.

Get glamorous for Halloween with Sephora’s Beauty In A Box Peacock kit and Nanette Lepore’s mosaic velvet dress, available at www.shoptwigs.com. If the peacock feathers on the face are too much for you, just tuck a few feathers into a chic ponytail or updo, peacock feathers available at local craft stores or online at www.featherplace.com.

 

 

 

 

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