This time of year is filled with buzz about what to eat, what party to go to, where to shop and, of course, WHAT TO WEAR! For me, the holiday season is just an excuse to dress up and feel 'fancy' in my otherwise normal everyday life of work, wife and mommy-hood. Why shouldn't a girl feel like she's walking down the red carpet, even if it is just up a side-walk that leads to our neighbors' beautifully Christmas decorated house. We can all pretend cameras are flashing all around as we strike a pose and show off our new dress or the new accessories we bought to make an old outfit look brand new. It's Holiday Fashion Fun at it's best! As we search our stores or our closets for the best look for each and every holiday event we must attend, or actually want to attend, here are a few tips to make sure you celebrate the Holidays in Style!
The LBD is always a safe and glamorous way to step out for any occasion. I must admit, it's always my go-to choice. Here, Jennifer Aniston wears a tank cocktail dress that, yes, can be worn during the holidays. No need to worry about the weather! Just grab a great coat or wrap and take it off once the party is underway.
Of course, a little more glam always gets extra attention! Gold or silver sparkle helps you stand out amongst the sea of LBD's while remaining festive, just like Eva Longoria.
Lace is the fall trend and it's showing up from everyday wear to cocktail & formal dresses. No matter what the occasion, try lace to add that feminine touch. If a lace dress is a little over the top for you, try a lace top paired with pants and coat or stole or any kind of wrap.
Tomato Red is the new red for the season. It's the color of Christmas, but its deeper hue adds a touch more sophistication and brings the fun out of all of us!
The Fur Vest made its debut a couple of years ago and it's still going strong. The great thing about a Faux Fur Vest is that it can dress up a casual party outfit or make a splash as the accessory that ties the sparkle together. Try a long or short one this holiday season to add an extra bling to your wardrobe.
Be sure you don't overpower you perfect holiday dress with too much bling on the ears. Let your dress continue to do the talking while your earrings compliment.
Of course, there are those special informal parties we attend almost on a weekly basis during the holiday season. The best way to look holiday appropriate for these small get-togethers, whether it's at home or office, is to add a tweed cardigan to jeans or pants. Then, top it off with an accessory in a seasonal color like red. You'll stay party and holiday appropriate!
We all know that keeping up with our mani/pedis during the summer is a must. But even though our toesies may be hidden under warm boots, our hands are still open for all the world to see! Keeping up our manis (and our pedis too, for those open-toe party shoes) is still important during the cool winter months.
Instead of the normal glitzy sparkle necklaces, pair a pop of color with your dress. It's definitely a fun way to add sparkle during the holiday season.
Stella & Dot, my favorite new jewelry line, has made a splash in the past few years with appearances ranging from "Live with Regis & Kelly" to this summer's hit movie "Bridesmaids". Check out their holiday line, along with other spectacular affordable pieces for your everyday wardrobe, and find a Stella & Dot party near you! It's worth it!
With all the fuss about what to wear, it's the hair that adds the finishing touch. Don't let it be an afterthought. Either a sleek, sophisticated pull-back or a whimsical ponytail will allow your dress to shine instead of hiding behind a floppy mess!
Hair accessories are another great way to accessorize your party fashion while being a conversation piece. Fun, flirty and fabulous!
Of course, we would all love to pair our well thought out cocktail dress with the perfect Jimmy Choo shoes. But for those of us that live in the real world, we can get a little taste of the fancy life by spritzing on a little Jimmy Choo perfume for only $150. What girl shouldn't have Jimy Choo?!
If you're in the mood to shop for a new holiday dress but have blown the budget on Christmas gifts, stay fashionable and thrifty. Stores like Express and Banana Republic carry great holiday cocktail dresses and shoes. Your friends will think you spent a fortune!
Banana Holiday Perfect Party Outfits
Banana Republic 'Red Hot Purse' is the perfect accessory!
Makeup for Holidays
Makeup is always my favorite finishing touch! Red lips, paired with more natural eyes, make a statement and are the lips that everyone wants to kiss under the mistletoe!
For a more natural holiday look, check out Victoria Secrets Holiday Makeup Collection to look and feel like an angel!
Have a blast celebrating the holidays in style, being the Created Woman you were made to be, both inside and out. That's what it's all about after all! Created Women are Fashionable, Fun & Fabulous!
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