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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!

 

 

 

 

Coats, Boots & Sparkle! A Coat-aholics Favorite Addictions

Last year, I painfully admitted I was a coat-aholic.  This year, I must admit that therapy didn’t work and my addiction is worse than ever!  As my closet expands with coats, cardigan, long knits, crop, and you name it, outerwear seems to take up most of the real estate.   As I plan my outfit every day, I begin with which coat I'll wear and then build my outfit from there.  Often times, after the coat of choice is chosen along with the normal jean, my go-to boots always fall into place.  If you know me at all, you know that fall is my favorite time of year. So without further ado, here are my favorite fall pieces – coats, boots and sparkle!  

Being the classic girl that I am, my #1 favorite coat is the trench coat.  Although I have several novelty trenches in several different colors, my ultimate dream trench coat is the classic Burberry Trench that's been a staple for over 100 years!  So, if any of you are wondering what Christmas gift to buy me...

 

These coats have been paired with two of the hottest trends this season; the Mad Men's 50's cut with the tangerine color.  This hot, summer-esqu color is not going away anytime soon and itt's just been named the 2012 color of the year by Pantone, Tangerine Tango.

 

The poncho trend also popped up this summer and is still going strong.  Fun & elegant all in one!

The maxi coat is another one of my favorites. If I lived in a land that had a real winter, I would live in this coat!  This floor length style transitioned from summer skirts to winter coats seamlessly.

Ankle boots continue to be fashion staples, but I must admit they took a while to grow on me.  Now, however, I'm searching feverishly for the perfect ankle boot to add to my closet!  This red suede is perfect for the holidays and adds the perfect pop of color to our fall wardrobe.

Lace-ups, lace-ups, lace-ups!  This style was all over the runway and can be worn in knee high, calf, or ankle boots.  It's a touch of edgy that every girl needs.

Suede made the top fashion trend for fall 2011 in everything from boots to purses. For 2012, this fabric is still going strong!  As with any trend, everything comes back around in about 10 years so investing in some great suede boots will bring you pleasure this year and in years to come.

The riding boot has always been popular with the equestrian crowd, but the fashionistas have taken them to the main stream.  These boots were my go-to everyday while I was pregnant. I have to admit that the practical yet stylish boots have become one of my all-time favorites!

Finally, the holiday season wouldn't be complete without a little sparkle!  Adding shimmer to the eyes and playing up eyelashes with extensions make you stand out in the crowd at holiday parties.  For those that tend to shun the sparkle, be a little daring during the holidays. I promise you wont' regret it!

An easy way to add sparkle is to put on a great polish to your normally buffed nails.  I know what your thinking, 'nail polish doesn't stay on.'  True, but for a great party and all those pictures you'll be taking Christmas morning, it's worth having a little sparkle that's easy to take off when necessary.

So, to all my fellow coat-aholics, boot lovers and sparklers, enjoy the fall season wearing all your favorite addictions! And share with us your deepest, darkest fashion dependencies!

One of my favorite coats in my closet!

This spectacular coat was found in Dallas at a designer consignment shop and a good friend told my husband how much I loved it!  Christmas 2009 was a good year!  I love the bustle on the back and the mandarin collar.  When people ask me what kind of coat it is, I feel like I'm on the red carpet as I reply, "Vintage Chloe".  Yummy!

Celebrating the Holidays in Style! Fashion & Fun

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!

For great holiday hair tips, email CW's hairstylist, Coby, or visit her website to get your hair looking fabulous for all your parties!

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?!

Express Dress

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!

Express Shoe

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!

Merry Christmas!!

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Created Woman Devo Team-Meet Coby & Erika

Saturday morning devotionals begin on Oct. 2. The writers are  smart, courageous and they're women who are honest about life. Meet  two members of the CW Devo Team.

Coby Gonzales finds delight in discovering beauty. This is obvious in her career choice as a hairstylist, where her desire is to find the natural sparkle in each client and bring it to the forefront. This delight is nurtured by her 19 years with her loving husband Mario,cultivated in the raising of her three beautiful children ages 3, 10 & 14 and  matured in her relationships with others. She treasures lifelong friendships and the small group she and Mario have hosted for  5 years. Finally, she is forever being refined in her walk with her Creator. She has been honored to be involved in writing for several devotional/study projects. She is an avid reader and enjoys authors such as Beni Johnson, Bill Johnson, Danny Silk, Donald Miller, Kris Vallotton, and Lisa Bevere. Coby finds rest in painting and  in her regular date nights with her husband.

After countless prayers, Erika Gonzalez heard the call of God to move from South Texas to the ATX last year. What the 25-year-old thought was a career move, wound up being the most important step in her walk with God….the change from religion to relationship. She works as a bilingual reporter for KEYE TV and Telemundo. After months of hardship and trying to settle in in an unfamiliar environment, she realized it was time to cement her relationship with the one true love of her life…Jesus Christ.Through an invitation to Shoreline Christian Center by her now, spiritual mother, Erika  found everything she had been longing for… family, friends, increase in work and finances and all because she humbled herself, got down on her knees, turned to the cross and asked to come “home”. Erika is an energetic and charismatic young woman hungry for God. Her writing is based on the new-found glories and encounters in the vibrant world of a latina woman searching for it all and smiling in the pursuit.

Look for Coby on  the 1st Saturday of each month and Erika on each 2nd Saturday

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