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    Tuesday
    Dec202016

    Last Minute Tips: What To Wear To A Holiday Party 

    Holiday season is here and it can all be a little stressful and overwhelming when it comes to deciding what to wear to all these parties but with just a little bit of planning the entire process can be fun and enjoyable.

    My friend and photographer Tazmin Smith came over last week for tea and she was telling me how she had two back to back holiday parties and she was trying to figure out what to wear. Tamzin ended up ordering a colorful dress from Rent The Runway and bought a new pair of black pumps and both ended up working out great. I mentioned to her that if the dress didn't work out it's always good to have a few key pieces in your wardrobe at all times so you have a backup. A sparkly little black dress, fun lace top, statement shoes, or a pleated skirt are all items you can play around with and create fun and festive holiday outfits with. 

    We did this very impromptu photoshoot at my house just for fun just to show that if you have the right items in your wardrobe you can put together a holiday outfit last minute. I love lace and the combination of this lace blouse, black pants, and a pair of statement shoes is a great look if you are struggling with what to wear. You could also do a brighter lip and add some jewelry for a little more sparkle. 

    Below are some things to consider when dressing up for a holiday party. 

    Style Tips For The Holidays 

    1. Consider the type of event and where it's being held at.  Start your planning process by answering these questions first. If it's an office party stick with an outfit that is appropriate-so no short skirts and limit the flashy attire. If it's at someone's house ask the host what the dress code is. Usually these type of parties call for a more dressy casual look.  And if it's a gala or more formal holiday party be sure to dress up for the occasion with a fancier cocktail dress or gown. You can show some skin but make sure you do it in a classy way. Lastly if the party is at a bar or restaurant go for something more chic and trendy. 

    2. Add some fun and sparkly jewelry to your outfit. The holiday season is a great time to pull out those pieces of jewelry you may not be regularly wearing. And it's the perfect time of year to elevate and dress up your style. 

    3. Try a bold beauty look. The holidays are a great time to try a bold pink lip, smoky eyes , or just a make up look that is fun and new to you. Experiment and have fun with your makeup. 

    4. Experiment with textures and layers. When it comes to your outfit take some risks and be playful and festive. Try velvet, lace, suede or other fun winter textures and consider prints and patterns to add some interest to your holiday looks. 

    5. Introduce some color into your outfit to reflect the festive season. If you're like me and like to wear neutrals and black a lot use this holiday season to change up your style and reach for a bright blouse or dress. Step out of your comfort zone and change up your style. 

    6. When in doubt shop your closet. Pair up black pants like I have done here with a lace or sequin blouse or something festive in your wardrobe.  As long as you wear your outfit with confidence and a smile you will look and feel great! And by the way these leggings I am wearing are AMAZING and I am planning on buying them in the wine color too. They are flattering, soft, and wash really well. I have literally been living in them this week. 

    Tuesday
    Dec062016

    A/W Trend Guide: Velvet 

    One of the biggest trends for the cool weather season this year is velvet. Not only is it warm, it’s also incredibly luxe. Adding a few simple accessories or one statement piece (like a blazer) turns a simplistic outfit into a street style worthy ensemble in seconds. Basic black is always a good option, but deep jewel tones and pretty blush shades are some of the must have colors for the season. Think - royal blue ankle boot or a blush pink clutch!”- Faith

     

    Monday
    Dec052016

    My Favorite Winter Moisturizer 

     

    During the colder winter months it is essential to change up your skincare routine to avoid dry and irritated skin. I like to use a humidifier to keep moisture in the air and I always apply a moisturizer immediately after cleansing to lock in moisture. It's also a good idea in the winter months to switch to a thicker cream or ointment. I like to use Creme de la Mer in the winter because it luxurious and my skin instantly feels hydrated, soft, and well nourished. I use this all year but in the winter months I use it much more regularly. I also like to use the La Mer eye concentrate every night as well.

    What's your favorite winter moisturizer?

     

    You may also like- Video: My Skincare Strategy

    Monday
    Nov282016

    Cyber Monday Sales 2016

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    If you are looking to do some shopping today for Cyber Monday here are some great sales to check out! 

    3.1 Phillip Lim // 60% off handbags

    And Other Stories // 50% off select items

    All Saints // 30% off Sitewide (use code CYBER)

    Ann Taylor  // 50% off Sitewide and In Store (use code CYBER50)

    Anthropologie // 20% off  + free shipping on orders over $150

    ASOS // 30% off Sitewide (use code GOGOGO)

    Banana Republic // 50% off everything online 

    Barneys New York // 40% off select items online 

    BaubleBar // 35% off everything (use code SAVE25)

    Club Monaco // up to 35% off (use code THANKSAGAIN) 

    Coach // 30% Off select styles (use code THANKS2016) 

    J.Crew // 40% off in stores and online (use code MONDAY)

    Madewell // 25% off your purchase (use code CYBERMONDAY)

    Nordstrom // 20% off select sale items & 40% off designer clearance 

    Serena and Lily // 25% off Sitewide (use code BESTEVER)

    Shopbop // Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off (use code GOBIG16)

    Vince // 25% off sale (use code FALL 25) 

    West Elm // Up to 30% off 

     

    Friday
    Nov182016

    Redbook Beauty Box Review 

    This month, as a contributor of the Redbook network, I am reviewing a few new beauty products. The products include the Dove Dry Oil Body Wash, Ogx Bamboo Root Boost Spray, and the Skinfix Hand Repair Cream

    This was my first time using a root booster so I was curious to give the OGX Strength + Body Bamboo Fiber Full Thickening Root Booster a try.  Usually my hair is a little flatter and weighed down on "second day hair" so I thought this would be the perfect time to give this a go. I just sprayed it right onto my dry hair focusing mainly on the roots.   After using the root booster my hair seemed to have more lift and more volume at the roots. Also I liked that the scent is light and pleasant. I will have to give it a try on damp hair and see what the results look like. It's also nice that this product doesn't contain any silicones, alcohol, or oil-all of which can damage or make hair flat. 

    To Use- lightly mist onto clean, damp hair, focusing spray nozzle directly on roots. For extra volume flip head upside down and blow dry with a round brush. Do not rinse. Can also be sprayed on dry hair for touch-ups throughout the day. 

    Dove Dry Oil Moisturizing Body Wash is new and it's deeply hydrating and gentle cleanser. Infused with argan oil, it is specifically formulated to address one of women's biggest concerns-dry skin. This thick white body wash cream with tiny gold bubbles in it has a light and soft floral scent. Personally I like using body wash over soap because it is way more hydrating and this one is even more so with the addition of the argan oil. So if you're like me and you like a body wash that lathers up and leaves your skin smooth and soft then this one is worth a try! 

    I have been using the Skinfix Hand cream daily since I received it and love it. This product is designed for dry, cracked and irritated hands and delivers healing benefits beyond the average hand cream. I keep it next to the sink and use it after I wash the dishes. The cream comes in a squeeze tube with a flip-top cap that makes it easy to apply. the cream is thick but it rubs in nicely and absorbs into the skin.  I also like this cream because it is free of heavy fragrance and doesn't feel oily at all. 

    Skinfix Hand Repair Cream contains 1% colloidal oatmeal and oatmeal is a proven anti-irritant shown to soothe redness and itchiness-which is often associated with eczema and dry skin.  It is also packed with soothing botanicals, rich natural butters, and emollient oils-all which help calm redness and itching. 

    I would definitely buy this and recommend it. It has even won several beauty awards by Allure, Shape, and Redbook. 

    This was a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. 

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