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Bringing in the New Year In-Style

Out with the old, in with the new....new outfit that is!  Toss out those old, dull outfits and say goodbye to 2011 with not just a bang, but with a sparkle and pizzazz.  For all those high-class parties to the much needed night out with friends while the kids play somewhere else, we've got a style for every occasion to help you ring in 2012 in-style.

Sparkle

There's no better way to say 'hello' to a new year than with sparkles!  It screams 'here I am 2012, welcome!'  For the dare devils, head-to-toe works great or just a little sparkle in your shoe or purse still starts the celebration off right.

 

The shoe says it all!

For the classic girl, the perfect LBD can never be wrong or go unnoticed.  You can very easily pair with a little bling like the above glitter shoe or stay classic through and through like Reese Witherspoon.

For a more, if I dare to say, casual sparkle, try the ever so glamourous sequin pants.  Dress them up or dress them down with a simple white T and you are set to party in comfort!

Hem Length

Long

The maxi skirt and dress hit the stores in a big way the past couple of years and you can bet they will be a big hit on New Year's Eve.  Not only are they beautiful, but the long, flowy length is very comfortable  and allows you to breathe as you dance the night way.

Short

If you've got the legs, why not show them off?!  Short doesn't have to mean un-classy; it's all in the way you accessorize.  Here, Kim Kardashian adds a touch of class by pulling her hair back in a bun and Demi Lovata pairs the perfect black, short jacket to complete the look.

Color Trend

Winter white stood out on the red carpet this season and everyone can wear it!  Short, long, dressy and casual; it's the color of the season.

For all those winter white outfits, a nude shoe perfects the look!

Continuing with the winter white trend, the color gave a new twist to the tuxedo jacket for women.  Even J-Lo added the piece to her Kohls collection that all can afford.

Casual

For those of us that opt for a quiet dinner with friends, we can still bling it up a little with our jeans.  A little sparkle here and there help usher in the new year in comfort while not missing the bling-bling.

Don't forget the tops!  A fun, flirty, sparkle top keeps the party going all night without skipping a beat.

So no matter what your plans are as you say goodbye to your old friend 2011 and say hello to 2012, staying in style is as easy as saying, 'Happy New Year!"

Have fun, be safe and have a wonderful New Year!

 

 

 

 

The Time Traveler's Dress Code: Vintage Fashion

We are a people that collect.  It's our anthropology, this human need for beauty, creativity, and a connection to the passage of time.  Our history of collecting is quite ancient.  The library at Alexandria in Ptolemaic Egypt was famed for its repository of books from all over the known world.  The Medicis of Italy are regarded as the first prolific collectors and patrons of private art.  By the 16th century, a “cabinet of curiosities” was a common fixture for scholars to acquire and study unusual items. That simple human need: to have and to hold. So deeply felt, and yet we live in a culture that provides abundant technology, but less and less room for these connections.  There is a sense of rootlessness, a constantly ticking clock, and everything ultimately being disposable.  When the term vintage originated in the 15th century, it first applied to grape gathering for wine making.  As time progressed, it came to mean the specific year in which a grape crop was produced, and eventually the connotation of “oldness” and the year in which any object was made.  Antique actually dates a century later, and relates to an object from antiquity, or the ancient world.  Only in the 18th century did antique eventually come to mean something made long ago (more than 100 years is considered the standard these days), prized for its uniqueness or beauty.

In this day and age of mass production, there still exist items of beauty, uniqueness and history waiting for someone to give them new life.  Vintage and antique garments continue to be an influence on current fashion trends.  The idea of something bespoke (meaning custom-made) has become increasingly popular.  Meanwhile, the fashion industry works overtime attempting to influence your buying decisions, telling you what the trends are, and then telling you that trend is over and here is the new trend.  But are there really any new trends, or are there simply new ways of looking at things?  What if by incorporating vintage into your personal style, you can communicate a desire for things well-made, for artistic expression apart from mass-production, for reflection on history or your environment, for a moment of escape from our buzzing world?  What if not everything has to be disposed of?  What if what we wear can dare to be about an ideal?

 

Guest Contributor, Stephanie Press

Although Stephanie’s feet are planted in Austin, TX, she travels through her imagination around the globe (and beyond) to varying times and places, bringing back and re-purposing various delightful objects and items to share, collaborate and build upon.   You can visit her online store at http://www.hold-vintage.com.

 

Keep on...

With the wedding right around the corner I can admit that I've been putting other things off to ensure all the details of the wedding are complete. Since me and Kristian are working on a budget there are lots of hands going into this wedding. Not only are our parents helping, but our aunts, cousins, friends, pretty much anyone who offers help, we say yes to. Recently I had a newly engaged friend ask me how I limited the number of people my parents invited. My response was simple, I didn't have to because I didn't feel obligated to. This is mostly because we are paying for the bulk of the expenses but also because Kristian and I agreed that we knew the family friends that needed to be invited. Our parents were incredibly understanding in this aspect. After my friend mentioned it though, I realized how easy this wedding has been. Sure we're on a budget and have to be mindful of that and of course there have been stressful moments. For example right now, while I'm watching Say Yes to the Dress, textbooks buried under the computer, staring my messy living room in the eye and completely ignoring it. My brain is tired and doesn't feel like thinking about one more thing... even school. The enormity of the wedding task has been a little exhausting, but all in all, painless. Watching wedding shows I realize more and more how fortunate I've been to have supportive friends and inquizative family members. People are interested in how the wedding planning is coming, what we need, how they can help, and it's amazing. Since the last blog I've finalized the rehearsal dinner menu, gotten my dress altered, put guest bags together, started on making wedding programs, and have created a tentative schedule for the bridal party. Not to mention exams, homework, work, etc.. WHEW! But all this to say, whatever you're in the middle of, keep on keeping on. Even after the wedding, life will be busy and my brain will get overloaded and I'll have days where the dishes won't get done and homework will be pushed aside. But the craziness of this wedding has brought me closer to my family, my future in-laws, and has even helped me to develop new friendships. After the wedding madness I can look forward to all of the people who have stuck around and I can give myself a little pat on the back for keepin' on.

Dress to Impress on V-day

Getting ready for V-Day? I am! I just love the occasion to get all dressed up and go out. But the most important question here is, "what the heck am I going to wear"?!? Whether you have a hot date planned or going to the Bobby Bones Singles Mingle event, you need something fabulous! There are ALOT of different options in dresses, so whatever style you are this year I am sure these ideas will help you get you started!  The Belmont Flirt – For this look, the color options are endless. Just stick to solid colors and think short and flow-y.

  

                                   Express                                     White House and Black Market                                    Express

 

Sexy at Sullivan’s – This fitted style will always get you noticed! Don’t be afraid to show some skin for your honey! I am sure he would appreciate it ;)

     

                                  Express                                                         Express                                                        BEBE

 

South Congress Cutie - This style is great if you just want to say “I really like you”. It’s not too dramatic or daring and just the right amount of skin exposure.

 

                                            Zara                                                                     Banana Republic                                              Forever 21

 

The Driskill Diva – Fancy-smancy! Show him that momma still has it going on! I can’t think of a better color then black or any dark color to accomplish this look.

      

                                 Nordstrom                                                              Gap                                                   White House and Black Market

The Perfect Holiday Dress

The holiday shopping season is here and so are holiday parties!  Usually with all the hustle and bustle, the party of the season you have been looking forward to all year suddenly sneaks up on you.  And somehow, every year you find yourself staring helplessly into your closet yelling, "I have nothing to wear!"  just hours before the big event.  Well, it's no time to fret because you still have time....at least 2 weeks ....that's plenty of time for the girl on the go.  To help save you some extra time, here are some helpful tips on how to look your seasons best for the 2010 Holiday season.

Stick with Metallics

Try a dainty dress like the Mad Men Ladies who have brought back the 1950's lady-like full skirt.

Lace is sexy and sophisticated

Red of course is great for the Christmas Season!

Any sequin jacket can dress up a casual party outfit or compliment the most elegant party dress.

Don't forget a clutch like these from Banana Republic.

Finally, for the perfect holiday outfit that will never go out of style.

Have fun at all your holiday parties while looking your best!

Feel of Fall Fashion

Luxurious, thick, woven, soft, tough - fashion's feel this fall is anything but boring.

Our top 3 fall fashion textures kicks off with shearling...

These shearling aviator jackets look great paired with a scarf and skinny jeans or a full skirt and knit tights!

Cozy plaid flannel takes our number two spot:

Layer it with a fitted blazer or rick it solo with leather leggings for a fun look!

And number 1 goes to...fisherman cable knit sweaters!

Dress it up or down this is one of my favorite looks! Belt it like the chloe collection above to keep your "girlish figure" try it with boots or clogs!

Whichever feel you choose this fall make sure you feel fabulous!

The Road to Love.

"Romantic love is one with unjust pressure. We must be willing to admit to those weak sides and want to change them. At its best, it is all forms of love wrapped up in one unbreakable union." I have held onto this magazine clip for five years now. Long before I met my fiance Kristian. I suppose I clipped it with that same flutter that little girls are born with, that love bug. The fascination that begins with dress up and playing wedding. It grows into high school sweethearts and college heartbreak. However, I think I held onto this clip not because of a typical fascination with love but because of my fascination with how people love. I grew up seeing love as control and dominance with my mother's abusive boyfriend. Then the other end of the spectrum, absolute loss of control, as I watched my mother spin into an alcoholic frenzy. I had never dated through high school or college. The idea of romance put me in a tailspin. Then after many years of wondering what love is, how it feels, who determines it, I met the most marvelous personification. Enter, Kristian. Don't worry, I haven't completely transformed into some gooshy lovebird who fawns over her significant other.. well not yet anyway. But knowing Kristian has absolutely opened my eyes to love.

Stumbling Into Love

In the usual way romances begin we were first friends and classmates. As friends, I was a chain smoking hippie and Kristian was more of a mischievous little brother. We'll nevermind the fact that he is older than me. The point is we were most definitely just friends and neither of us thought anything more about it. After a couple of years things seemed to fall into place. Our relationship just sort of  happened. We realized one day that we were only spending time with each other... and actually enjoyed it. Soon after we started dating I quit smoking. This would be the first of many weaknesses I would resolve to work on. He changed too. He started working on the one thing that bothered me most; his snap judgments of people he knew nothing about. For the first time in my life I felt stable. Being with Kristian made me feel normal.

So now, after two and a half years of dating, we are engaged! We have resolved to love each other daily the best we can, forever. We are planning our wedding in New Orleans, which is where I am from, and I cannot wait. I never thought I would meet someone who I wouldn't get sick of spending time with. Not to say we don't get under each other's skin, but I can hardly wait to start my life with Kristian and I can't wait to share each step here! My emotions are all over the place. I'm intimidated, ecstatic, nervous, overwhelmed, a little bit of everything and I'm just hoping I overtake the wedding process before it gets the best of me. I so look forward to every little DIY project and am just hoping I don't turn into a Bridezilla in the process!