Have a one night stand with a designer dress

As a military wife, I go to a lot of balls. Whoever decided it is absolutely necessary to dress like royalty and then  wine, dine and dance the night away  is a genius.

If you’ve ever headed to a ball, an elegant wedding or even a fancy five-star dinner you may have noticed that dressing like a princess is hard to do without any old family money to dip into.

So what do you do when you need a fabulous designer dress for a night? RENT IT!

If you live in a big city, call around to designer stores – odds are some of them lend out clothing for a fee.

If you’re like me and the nearest high-end store is more than a full gas tank away, check out sites like RentTheRunway.com

Thanks to the internet, you can have gorgeous designer pieces delivered to your door when you need them at a FRACTION of the cost. (I was browsing today and saw dresses costing nearly $1000 for rent for around  $100, and some dresses renting as low as $50)

Lets be honest, most gorgeous gowns get worn once and then spend a lifetime in the closet, so why splurge on something you’re going to tuck away? Wearing your dream dress for a night – for a price that leave you able to buy a few extra glasses of wine -will make you feel like Cinderella (and you get to look fabulous way past midnight). So give your budget a break and try renting for your next big event!

Have you rented ?

Go Nerd or Go Home

Glasses are hot.

Seriously, I’ll never understand those teeny-bopper movies where the dorky girl removes her glasses and BAMN she is gorgeous. You shouldn’t be tossing glasses to the side. They are in, they are sexy and big black frames have gone high-fashion!

Even if you don’t need glasses to see, you still need some black frames! I picked up a fabulously affordable pair on Amazon (only $8 bucks…just do a quick search on their site) and they are great.  Can’t wait for shipping? Check out a Target or Walmart and you can probably find a thrifty pair. I’d been wearing them all day when a family friend said, “I’m pretty sure your eyesight is just fine, why are you wearing glasses?”

“Because,” I said, “they’re fabulous.”

She then said what you can expect to hear from non-fashionistas everywhere.. “but you don’t need to wear them”

Well guess what. You don’t NEED makeup, you don’t NEED heels, you don’t NEED  that incredibly gorgeous dress you saw on sale the other day…oh wait YES YOU DO!

Fashion is about wearing what make you happy and right now nerd glasses = happiness. It’s amazing how much a pair of frames can change your whole look. 

Try some nerd glasses next time you want to look oh-so-hot and casual or make a statement at your next meeting.

Here’s some big black frames to inspire you:








Pull it up to pull it off

As cold weather rolls in, you don’t need to bury your skirts away until spring. Skirts have become essentials for fun, flirty winter-time looks.

Tights and a skirt is a given. It’s cute, fun and shows the world that you’re aware your tights are not pants. (let’s repeat that: tights are NOT pants ) For the extra blistery nights, switch out the tights for some cozy leggings and you’re still looking fabulous.

But what about your longer skirts?

Knee-length skirts paired with leggings can be bit on the frumpy side, so how do you wear them without freezing? Easy, pull it up!

Grab that skirt and bring it up to just under your chest (or wherever you like) tuck in a cute shirt, add a belt and BAM: instant adorable.  Pair it with a pair of amazing leggings and you’re ready to head out. You’ll look and feel like you just bought a brand new outfit.

Need to hit the shops to get this look? Victorias secret 2/$40 tops are PERFECT for this (and they are having holiday sales right now) And I love Kohls for skirts. They all carry different stuff, but are worth checking out.

Here’s a little inspiration to get you going: (my photos and reviews will be back as soon as the camera is back from getting repairs!)