29 December 2015

DD's Style File - Minty Fresh

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are gearing up for a wonderful New Year!

Outfits around holiday time tend to be of bolder, richer hues, but wearing pastels in winter months can be fabulous! Fall has moved your wardrobe into deeper hues, but pastel shades are cool tones that work just as well when there's snow on the ground (though thankfully, we haven't had much thus far).

In keeping with the spirit of the holidays I added a bit of metallic sheen and sparkle to my leather. Though, I will be the first to admit that I find sparkly flats to be a wardrobe staple that I reach for throughout the year. There is no shame in my personal fashion mantra that "more is more."

Blouse: ASOS - old (very similar)
Sweater: Charming Charlie
Skirt: The Limited
Flats: Zara - old (similar, similar, similar)
Clutch: The Limited - old (similar, super cute option)

Since there was so much shine going on with this outfit, I went super minimal with the jewelry, opting only for studs. I think bringing materials into your pieces that reflect light are great ways to switch things up a bit from your standard wardrobe choices.

I was super excited when I found this sweater in store, after I'd been fawning over this one from J. Crew from a couple seasons ago. And now I kinda want the black one too!

Consider bringing glitter or metallic pieces into your casual NYE outfit, it's a great way to keep with a festive feel while also adding some glam to a sweater and jeans.

After all of the Christmas flurry I hope you all are having a peaceful and relatively relaxing week whether you're back at work or in the house with the kids or visiting guests!

22 December 2015

DD's Style File - Outfit Inspiration from Kylie Jenner

I'm not the least bit ashamed to admit that sometimes, on an occasion or two, I've been inspired by one of the Kardashian klan (like this here shirt). I even may or may not have been an avid Keeping up with the Kardashian's viewer at some point or another.

So, yeah, they can be influencers. And to my own surprise...this time it was Kylie that got me.

Kylie's coat: Guess

When I saw Kylie all bedecked in fur and leather it was a total "hello" moment, there's something I could appreciate about such a bold outfit choice. Now, let me preface this by saying, I didn't actually jump up and go buy a coat similar to Kylie's. I just so happened to already have it. I'd picked it up a while ago and hadn't worn it yet.

I'm not exactly sure how Kylie managed to pull it off in seemingly sunny, warm weather, but mine definitely fit the bill for one of our first day's of snowfall. I think she may have gone with a tank top underneath, where I needed full-on turtleneck coverage.

Coat: Forever 21  (another option)
Leather leggings: Express
Booties: Amazon
Turtleneck: Merona
Clutch: Payless

And since I'm not all rich and serious, I grabbed a fun clutch to wear with my furry statement coat. But this is certainly a simple way to sexify your holiday!

As I type this post, I'm thinking of all the presents that still need wrapped. Which is basically all of them. Ugh...my lovely Christmas tree looks so lonely without presents.... I hope all of you are feeling stress free and ready for the holidays...because I'm not!

15 December 2015

DD's Style File - Falling for Faux

Last week I posted a gift guide that was all about fun, affordable fur a.k.a faux fur. And I have to say I'm alllll about the faux furs. They work in fall and into winter, and make your look feel a bit more luxe!

I wanted to do something a little different with color, so I went for deeper, richer tones in wine, mustard (one of my favorite shades) and forest green. Then I added a dash of fur, a touch of leopard and a splash of gold.

I picked up this scarf and another one last winter, but find myself reaching for this one all the time. Then I got all inspired after seeing some belted furs on Pinterest, so I decided to give it a try myself!

Leather skirt: The Limited - sold out (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Top: Charming Charlie - sold out (similar, similar, similar)
Fur scarf: The Limited - old (similar, similar, similar)
Tights: Forever 21 (similar)
Booties: Amazon
Clutch: Clare Vivier

I have to say I'm suuuuuuper thrilled about this weather we're having in the northeast, and it can stay right on through to April! I'm not the least bit disappointed if there's no snowy white Christmas (don't hate me).

Can you believe Christmas is little more than a week away?? If you haven't yet entered my Holidays on Chic Giveaway for your chance to win a glittery pair of Kate Spade earrings and some beauty goods, click HERE! Today is your last chance to enter! Good luck!!

11 December 2015

Faux Fur-Real $10 Stocking Stuffers!!

Faux fabrics are seeing a resurgence and faux fur is definitely one that is experiencing its season right now! Anything done poorly can be terrible, but times have changed since the days of my mother's faux fabrics and they can feel practically as supple and soft as the real thing!

From winter whites to rich wines - today I've rounded up a few fun fur options that would make great stocking stuffers or last minute gifts and all around price points of $10!!

Take a look!Fun Fur - $10 Gifts!

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And for the chance to grab a few gifts for yourself, you've still got time to enter my Holidays on Chic Giveaway for the chance to win a fab pair of Kate Spade earrings and beauty goods! I mean, you've been good this year too, right?!

09 December 2015

DD's Style File - A Little Unusual

First things first...I hope you all are having a fabulous week and if you haven't yet entered the Holidays on Chic Holiday Giveaway, click HERE for your chance to win a pair of Kate Spade earrings and other gifts!

Now, on to fashiony things...

I don't consider my style picks to be "stuck in a rut," I just know what tends to work for my body and I gravitate toward those shapes. Often. I do, however, tend to feel like I go through "seasons" with retailers. I shop any and everywhere, but whoever is my retailer of choice becomes my go to place to shop, so I usually head there first and often. Eventually, I either find that their offerings become stale or something about their quality changes - like sizing or fabrication.

I recently started trying some things from Loft. Unfortunately, we don't have one locally, so I did an online shopping adventure (which is what I call running the risk of paying for shipping and returns).

One thing that I find myself not finding enough variation in, are prints. I adore leopard print (obviously), love polka dots, and have a thing for stripes, but I needed something else.

I've only made a couple purchases so far, but I picked up a couple of dresses, including this one, which I'd consider very different from my standard choices. The large striking print on the loose, breezy fit of this dress was a tad unusual. But I really, really liked that it's different and that it's a dress with sleeves! Because of the softer weight fabric it can also be worn through the seasons.

Dress: Loft - sold out (similar styles in different prints here, here, here, and here and this is super cute too)
Bag: H&M - sold out (almost exact match here and similar, similar options)
Booties: Amazon

The last three months I've worn A LOT of black. Probably more than I ever have. Ever. Which was because I was wearing the same pair of black leopard print New Balances every day. And I just didn't feel quite right covering myself in softer colors until your eyes reached my ankles.

Now that the doctor has given me the go ahead to slowly transition into regular shoes (flats, of course), I am uber excited about shopping my closet and wearing some things that I haven't in a while.

07 December 2015

GIVEAWAY!! Holidays on Chic featuring Kate Spade!!

Ho, Ho, Heyyyy!!!

I am grateful for the year I've had, even with all of its not so great parts (such is life, right?!). I had some amazing experiences, like getting to appear on the Today Show, and I want to put some positive energy back into the universe. Since it IS the season of giving,  I'm hosting a holiday giveaway!

There will be one winner randomly drawn on December 17th, who will win the following goodies:

A pair of Kate Spade Multi Glitter Stud Earrings
An original piece of artwork (8x10) from Melsys Illustrations featuring four glittery dresses inspired by the Sex In the City characters
Victoria's Secret candle in the fragrance "Bombshell"
(2) Victoria's Secret body lotions in the fragrances "Mango Temptation" and "Pear Glace"
A colorful Victoria's Secret PINK chug mug
An Izak makeup train case
Deluxe sized samples of:
Nude ProGenius Facial Oil
Orly nail polish in Fabulous Flamingo
Buxom lipgloss in Dolly

PLEASE NOTE that this is not a sponsored post and everything in the giveaway was paid for by me. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Thank you all for visiting and good luck!!!

Holidays on Chic Giveaway feat. Kate Spade Earrings

27 November 2015

Giftsgiving! - 25 Gifts Under $25

'Tis the official kickoff for holiday shopping season! Smart shopping can allow for great gift picking and sticking to your budget. To help get you started, here's my list of wallet friendly gifts for the loved ones on your list, that they will be sure to appreciate (and use)!
Giftsgiving! 25 under $25 - Pt. 1

1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12.

Here's a chance to do away with the impersonal feel that can come with gift cards, and what's better, is there's no sizing required! Giving a thoughtful gift and all that's needed is having a tiny bit of insight into her regular activities or things that she's into!
Giftsgiving! 25 Under $25 - Pt. 2

13. / 14. / 15. / 16. / 17. / 18. / 19. / 20. / 21. / 22. / 23. / 24. / 25.

And you can always pair two gifts together and still be under budget - like a multi pack of fashion earrings with the jewelry box, the tea bag caddy (or tea bag variety pack) with the tea kettle, or a couple hand towels with the foaming hand soap.

It really takes less effort than you think! Happy Black Friday shopping to all of you!

12 November 2015

Getting it Together - Glove Storage & Organization DIY

Tis' the season, people, tis' the season!

Cold weather is moving in quickly and it won't be long before we'll be adding more layers to ward off the chill. One of my fav chilly weather accessories are gloves! I love them for adding something to my wintertime personal style, I have various types from fingerless to half cuts to elbow length. Only problem was the storage situation...

I kept them tucked into a multi pocket organizer, which limited visibility. And this contraption was upstairs in my closet, while my coats were downstairs in my coat closet. Needless to say, that didn't help with getting out of the door on time in the mornings.

Here's my easy DIY hack that I pulled together to resolve all of that:

Clockwise from top left: Blush and Gray Elbow Length Gloves: The Limited - sold out (similar)
Black Half Gloves: eBay (exact match)
Cream Pearl Fingerless Gloves: received as gift (no match available but these are super cute)
Black Quilted Fingerless Gloves: Forever 21 (similar)

First, I added a Command Hook to the inside door of the cabinet closet in my laundry room. If I have never sang my love and adoration for Command Hooks, insert it [here] because I seriously loooooooove them! They are seriously like the best thing evuh!!

For supplies, I found this belt ring at Ross Dress for Less for a $1.99 (you can find relatively similar belt rings at Dollar General for a few dollars).

And I ordered some Ikea curtain clips from Amazon for less than $10, since we unfortunately don't have a store locally.

I just slid the foam piece off of the belt ring, leaving me with a single chrome loop.

I line each pair of the gloves up where the tags are on the inside and put the clips there to prevent and/or hide any possible indentations that may get left behind. and then just slide the clip rings on to the hook.

This way things are orderly and I can easily see what I have, plus my coats are right there for easy decision making.

For storing unused clips, I use this little capped jar that I found at H&M a while back and it takes up negligible space on the shelf, but keeps them right within reach.

I'd love to hear how you store your winter essentials!

10 November 2015

DD's Style File - The Moto Vest

I certainly pride myself on being budget savvy, but sometimes you have to give in to those investment pieces, so you splurge and spend a little more than normal. In my opinion, the key to these types of purchases is first all about quality and longevity. I consider this faux leather moto vest to be a perfect example of one such purchase.

I've had this piece for a couple years now, but I consider it a staple piece. So this is one of those times that I detour from the CPW (cost per wear) formula, because I often don't wear statement pieces as often, however I tend to keep them for a much longer period because they transcend the ever-changing trend scene.

Vest: The Limited - old (similar, similar, similar, similar, different alternative)
Dress: NY & Co - sold out (similar, similar, similar)
Handbag: H&M - sold out (similar, similar, similar)
Boots: vintage (similar, similar, similar)
Half gloves: eBay (exact match)

This piece also has greater versatility which offsets the investment. It can work at the office, church or date night. And can be worn with a variety of color palettes and add a punch of attitude to dresses, slacks or jeans.

In this case, taking a black dress (that I was going to get rid of) and adding the vest, some gloves and a fringe bag, easily added edge to a very simplistic base.

Just keep in mind that when it comes to purchase investment pieces, think long term about it will work with your wardrobe. You're not seeking to justify the price, I am just suggesting that your listing of reasons has more pros than cons. 

On another note, I've finally transitioned out of "the boot" and I'm now wearing a these New Balances...every day. Ugh...so yeah, I'm not really a sneaker girl, but I have to give myself time to heal. 

But I've never been so excited to finally get into a pair of flats! This broken foot has totally made getting dressed in the mornings more challenging that usual!

I hope your week is off to a great start! Be sure to check back often in the upcoming weeks, I'm working on a pretty sweet holiday giveaway for my readers and I wouldn't want you to miss out!

06 November 2015

Getting it Together - Home Organization Day 2

My closet is one of those places that stays relatively tidy. Relatively being the operative word, but I do generally try to maintain some consistent order in there. However, THIS was driving me bonkers...

I have fewer pants than anything else (more on that later) and I generally dislike plastic hangers, I use them occasionally, but have an affection for the thin velvet hangers. This little area designated for my pants just wasn't working, it felt cumbersome to get them in and out without bumping into my bracelets. I didn't want to move them because I don't seem to wear pants as often as skirts and dresses.

And these saggy, tangley plastic hangers just caused the pants to slide around and not lie flush against each other. Now, despite my love for velvet hangers, I hate the way my pants clutched the fabric when trying to remove them and that corner area just didn't seem provide ample room for the full size hanger.

Left: Unsorted                                                                    Right: Sorted by Color
I finally got the idea to use kid size velvet hangers, so I purchased a set of 24 from Target for about $20 (I had a $10 gift card). Their more petite size allowed for better maneuverability in the smaller wall space and eliminated tangle and sliding issues. Sorting by color doesn't appear to make a lot of difference with this section, but I just personally prefer it because it makes getting dressed easier for me.

With this little experiment I also discovered two things:

1. I used up every hanger in the pack, so I had more pants than I realized. (I even had to purge a few pairs)
2. I loved the clean, unified look of all of the hangers being the same color and now I want to make sure all my hangers look like that!

I'm still on a organizing kick (when time permits) so I'd love to hear any tips and tricks you might have!

05 November 2015

Getting it Together - Home Organization Day 1

So, what have I NOT have time to do as of late?

1. Take blog photos
2. Edit already taken blog photos (reason #2 why this is not a style post)
3. Write blog posts
4. Manicure my nails
5. Give myself a decent facial
6. Brush my dog (and when I finally do, it's not pleasurable for either of us)
7. Anything fun

Those things, for the most part, are definitely all about me; but that's because work, school and family get the overwhelming majority of my time. Then comes sleep. Precious, dreamless sleep. 

So, I won't lie and say that I have felt any less than frazzled some days, but I'm trying to manage.... What I have found though, is that when my brain feels over crowded with schedules, lists and deadlines, I begin to feel a serious urge to bring some order to things.

And my laundry room was not helping with my mental chaos... Every time I walked in there, my brain went on the fritz.

So, with less than a $20 dollar investment, I literally brought myself some peace of mind...

I already had the large chalkboard labels, I purchased the hang tags and oversized clothes pins from the Target Dollar Spot, and at Dollar Tree I picked up several baskets and a chalkboard marker. And now, I feel a little piece of happy every time I walk in. *contented sigh*

And I immediately felt like I wanted to put my entire life into little blue bins. Since I could not, I moved on to the kitchen and organized the top of the refrigerator and my freestanding cabinet. Getting rid of the clutter became almost therapeutic.

Are any of you guys organization junkies?? Because I seriously think that I could become one!

06 October 2015

DD's Style File - Fall Brights

As much as it's a sign of things to come - i.e., bone chilling winter, I do have a fondness for fall. I enjoy being able to see the leaves on the trees change hues and they way it lights up the skyline. It's just that all the trouble starts once they begin to lose their foliage.

Fall is definitely synonymous with deeper richer hues, like currants, hunter greens, chocolates and golds. What it certainly doesn't mean in that you have to trade in your brights just because the temperatures cool down.

If you've come to know me at all, you know I love me some bright colors. So instead of trading in my summerish colors, I just go for richer jewel tones. Case in point, this saturated raspberry blazer paired against a deep teal dress made for a perfect seasonal appropriate pairing.

Dress: old (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Blazer: The Limited - sold out (similar)
Necklace: gift from my mom (similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Kate Spade

I kept my base shade all within the similar family, my dress, earrings and necklace were all varying shades of turquoise/teal, but I aimed to have the darkest shade of that family take up the greatest amount of space.

Incidentally, I wore one of my fav lipsticks, Wet n' Wild Sugar Plum Fair, which was also happened to be complimentary to my color palette.

As we delve into the chillier whether, I plan to try some color pairings that are new to me, in order to fresh things up  a bit. Like trying more jewel pairings, some winter pastels, and maybe even a mixture of both!

I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

I'd love to hear some of your favorite colors to wear in fall (I know basic black is always a classic)!