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