22 November 2014

Sienna Saturday: The New Hot Holiday Red

Port Wine Leather Skirt, Raoul *on sale // Sienna Silk Drop Blouse, DVF, similar & similar // Burgundy Heels, Zara, similar // Navaho Poncho Wrap, Met Museum Store // Red Crystal Clutch and Shades, Aldo // Necklace, Vintage // Lips, L"Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extrodinaire in #304 "Ruby Opera" // Nails, "Head Mistress" by Essie Polish

There is nothing more striking than a woman in red... And when it comes to holiday dressing this season's new hot holiday red is a luscious wine toned hue that evokes instant glamour and classic elegance. A burnt sienna leather skirt or a burgundy blouse can take your ensemble from holiday fun to truly holiday fabulous. And if the cabernet color palette strikes outside your comfort zone, try finding a merlot toned accessory to amp up your look. I love a great wine tone patent leather stiletto, and always have a pair on hand when I travel throughout the fall and holiday months as they pair so easily with camel, beige, black, navy, and pop beautifully off of a winter white or cream. I love this silhouette and shade from Topshop's collection (they are almost identical to the Zara pair I am wearing above). And if you're feeling more adventurous try a "sparkling wine" with your holiday look by grabbing this amazingly affordable and fun clutch from Aldo. Happy holiday shopping and cheers to finding that hot new holiday red just right for you!

Photos by Bekka Palmer

21 November 2014

Holiday Spirit Leather Skirt, Black Booties and Fur Boa

Black Leather Skirt, Zara // Black Booties, Altuzarra for Target *on Sale // Black Chiffon Blouse, ASOS // Fox Fur Collar Scarf, Theory, similar // Wide Buckle Belt, Vintage // Ring, Mango // Drop Earrings, Aldo & similar // Purse, Celine // Nails, "Fishnet Stockings" by Essie Polish // Lips, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Mat Lip, #203 Rouge Rock

Nothing signals the start of haute holiday fashion more than a textured black ensemble. Mixing sheen and shine with soft furs, skins, and chiffons gives excitement and intrigue to a dramatic single tone outfit. To make this monotone look less minimal and more merry, opt to accessorize with only a few bright but bold gold touches, keeping the look classic, glamorous, and girly. Add a hint of glitter in your eye shadow or in a fun cocktail ring, and go for classic red nails and lips. Try giving your midi skirt an edge of sophistication by testing out an ankle boot. I am obsessed with these Altazurra for Target booties I picked, that you can nab for 50% if you are quick- they are a true steal and super comfy, to boot... Lastly, add a soft curl or wave to your hair that compliment the various textures throughout your look by sending your eye cascading along the fabric lines. This look will absolutely alert everyone that you've got this season's style under high power control. Work it girl.

Photos by Bekka Palmer

13 November 2014

Layers the Limit: 10 Holiday Layered Looks with Modcloth

Coat // Necklace // Blouse // Belt

Cardigan // Necklace // Sweater

Dress // Earrings // Belt

Sweater Dress // Leather Tote // Necklace // Cardigan

Blazer // Stole Scarf // Lace Blouse

Cardigan // Sweater // Belt
Sweater // Earrings // Bow Bag 

Coat // Scotty Scarf // Sweater // Watch // Earrings

Blazer // Dress // Bow Bag

Dress // Necklace // Clutch // Hair Bun Set

Today I've teamed up with Modcloth to bring you my favorite holiday layering sets from their incredible selection of fun, festive, and affordable clothing and accessories! As the chilly air sets in fall into holiday dressing becomes all about layering. The art of layering can at times seem daunting, I admit, but it always helps me to look at layers as winter accessorizing. If I am keeping my outfit base monotone, say all black or neutrals, I know I need a piece that adds either a pop of color, a definitive texture, sparkle, glitter, leather, or a print pattern to make my look come alive. Waking up your look through layering is truly how you develop your own personal style and what better time to hone and show off your style than throughout the holidays? 

I hope these 10 Holiday Layered Looks inspire you to embrace this season's holiday fashion and may it get you shopping early to take advantage of all the great deals internet wide! Shop the looks above on Modcloth.com today and receive $20 off any $100 you spend. By providing your email you'll receive a personalized emailed Modcloth code AND receive free shipping exchanges and returns if you shop before December 17th! It's a fab sale on a great site: drop me a comment on what you like above or even what you find for yourself!

Happy Layering Lovelies

09 November 2014

Sweater Weather

Cream Chunky Knit Sweater, Saks Fifth Avenue // Knit Scarf, Handmade // Fox Fur Vest, Purdey // Jeans, American Eagle Outfitters // Rigby Suede Ankle Boots, Joie via Piperlime // Skull & Stone Bracelet Stack, Chavez for Charity & Whole Planet Foundation // Leaf Cuff, John Hardy // Double Pearl Ring, Zara, similar // Leather Tassel Fold Over Purse, Michael Kors // Shades, Vintage Gucci // Nails, "Malaga Wine" by OPI // Lips, Shiseido Perfect Rouge in "Showgirl"

Sweater Weather is better weather...or so they say, but it's FREEZING here in NYC, and I don't know about you, but I'm just never truly ready for a sudden immediate plunge into winter. However the cooler temps this weekend, that will *warning *only continue this week, mean that it's finally time to pull out all those chunky knits, sweater dresses, and heavy crochet scarves I've been hoarding since the summer pre-fall sales. It's officially layering season, and the so called sweater dressing obsession is by far the winning breakout trend for Fall-Winter. So just what is the au-currant take on this seemingly humdrum back of the wardrobe staple? It's all in the layering. Layering knitwear and knit scarves, and pairing chunky sweaters with unexpected trophy items: luxe fur, skinny jeans, fringed skirts, leather leggings, and glam accessories is what elevates that old sweater to that oh-so-fab sweater!

But there's a story here. The high fashioning of the old boyfriend winter weekend sweater is nothing terribly new, but what is new is how it's styled, cut, accessorized, and worn. The winter white palette craze means that your sweater weather allowance would be best spent on soft detailed and intricately woven off whites and creams. And be fearless with how you pair it! I fully plan to take my knit sweater and crochet scarf, that my incredible Grandma handmade for me last Christmas, amazing I know, from a crisp Sunday walk in jeans, to a fun dinner downtown dinner. On cold evening, I'll pair my knitwear with a flowing silk maxi skirt and an embellished belt or slimming cigarette pant and stilettos. The key is to off set and balance a chunky, thick, or oversized sweater with something slimming and sleek. Now you know what I'll be wearing to combat this coming polar vortex ridden week! Remember, no matter how chilly it gets, you can still look chic.

To find that perfect cream knit sweater to keep you warm this week and get you ready for Christmas sweater season, shop my Ultimate Sweater Weather Guide Below:


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