Holiday must haves

Oh how I love this time of year! Holidays, families and the best sales ever. The only thing I don’t love: lines.  I love a sale, but I simply can’t handle the craziness that ensues on black Friday and prefer to spend my weekend of sales shopping online.  My current plans this weekend? Wine, my couch and shopping my JustFab.com wish list!

With the amazing deals JustFab has been putting out this week, I had to share some of the fabulousness that can be found – because this weekend things are sure to be a steal!

 

First up: some serious holiday bling.

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Say, “Hello” to  the EASY SEQUINS DRESS from JustFab.com. The Holiday season is one of the times of the year where you can wear some sparkle 24/7 , which is why I am dying to have this dress to wear night and day.

 

Next up on my list is the perfect party dress: the ONE SHOULDER DRESS

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This little number is also available in black, but that pink is just so delicious. I love everything about this style. Its a classic one shoulder look, with an unexpected drama that is simply stunning.

Finally, since it is 16 degrees out right now, my last must have JustFab item of the weekend is the DOUBLE BREASTED PEACOAT

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What can I say about this? It is perfection. Classy, , sophisticated, and a must have for all of those wanting to brave the cold while still looking fabulous.

 

Ill be on JustFab.com this weekend, where will you be ?

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy shopping to all!

Don’t be afraid to open up

The snow may be falling, but don’t let the fact that your freezer is warmer than the weather stop you from showing a little skin!
Just for clarification, this does NOT mean that you should be strutting your stuff during a blizzard rocking short-shorts and uggs.

Seriously. Just don’t. 

Instead, pull on an oh-so-cozy open back sweater. Open back shirts sweaters are a fabulous way to break free from
being constantly covered up by winter clothes without freezing to death. They can be delicate and sweet or crazy sexy without making you look like you forgot it spring isn’t here yet.

The best part about open-backs is you can show off your gorgeous back or pair them with fun bright colored tanks to make a whole new look.

Victoria’s Secret has perfected the open back. They have tops, dresses and sweaters to die for. I picked up this number here from  their 2/$40 section:

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Even got the yellow tank to match (on clearance!).  Its durable, it’s warm and oh-so cute. 

If your feeling crafty, a quick search on pinterest will reveal tons of DIY’s for making your own open back sweater for my favorite price:free. I haven’t tried one yet, but I think it may be time to grab a bottle of wine and get my craft on. If you’ve DIYed an open back, I’d love to see it! 

and if your still not sure about this open-back idea, here’s a little fashion porn to inspire you..

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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:

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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!) 

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The Big “O” …..Ombré .

Ombre is defined by Merriam-Webster as: an old three-handed card game popular in Europe especially in the 17th and 18th centuries.

wait…what!?!

Damn American keyboards.. its actually ombré  but luckily no one cares about olds cards… so if you are not completely obsessed with ombré already, you can run on over to Pinterest and type it however you want to see just how badly everything you own needs to be dyed.

Ombré makes everything better. Seriously. Your hair is kinda a drag? Ombré. You have no idea why you actually own plain white t-shirts? Ombré.  You want to wear sweet girly colors and still look fierce? Ombré.

Ombré.Ombré. Ombré. Did I mentioned I’m obsessed?

One of the fun things about living so high above the shore line, is that yesterday its was 70 degrees out  and today its 36.  But that doesn’t mean summer’s cute shorts and skirts need to disappear into the depths of closet., it means I’m heading straight to American Eagle to spend ten bucks on a pair of ombré tights!

How perfect are those? I’ll let you know if they are as great in person as they look online!

And just because, here’s a little ombré porn to get your dye juices flowing.

you can find these at free the people

dress by lyst.com

if only we could all have purple hair

Ombré hair is amazing. . but please, let it be a gradual color change like these lovely locks. not dying your  roots for 6 months isn’t ombré  …it’s ugly.

Have some ombré obsession to share? Please do below!!!

fashion funk

We all have those days where you walk into the closet and decide it’s just not worth getting changed.  Today, I’m having one of those days. I blame yoga pants.

When you own a fabulous pair of yoga pants its all too easy to get sucked into a fashion funk. You look in the mirror and think, “This is good enough, everyone will just think I’m heading to the gym and, besides, my ass looks great.”

And yes, your ass does look great in yoga pants, but that’s no excuse to live life in your gym clothes.  

Sometimes it takes a lot of inspiration to get excited about your closet again, and  I have found Polyvore is the perfect muse.

I’ll admit, the first time someone told me about Polyvore I thought it sounded ridiculous. Why would I want to virtually play with clothes I don’t have? Then I checked it out and realized I do have them and I was hooked. It doesn’t matter if the clothes aren’t an exact match to what you have, because its all about the inspiration. You can mix and match combinations you’ve only dreamed of without putting a wrinkle in your closet. Who knew a lace skirt and a sweater could be so cute?? Just how many outfits will look fabulous with knee-high boots this fall? Why don’t I wear more pink and grey?

Polyvore will get your fashion juices flowing and before you know it you’ll be back in the closet mixing and matching your own pieces to look even better than your boards.

Not feeling creative? browse! Personally, I love to get on Pinterest, type “polyvore” in the search bar and see what magic the internet provides. 

So here’s a few boards I found that got me to dress with a purpose today and hopefully you can find a little inspiration in them too  🙂 (i wish i could link the photos to their polyvore creators but I was saving them in my “inspiration” folder on my desktop for personal use and then a few hours later realized I should share them with you! )

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Know some great people to follow or have an awesome board to share?? I’d love to see it!