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No matter if you have planned a big night out or a quiet dinner at home, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to stray from your classic LBD. Sure that fancy black number still works 365 days a year, including February 14th, but why not add a little sizzle? These red hot numbers are sure to turn heads and who knows,they might replace black as your new go-to color!
Keep it ladylike in Black Halo’s 3/4 Sleeve Jackie O Dress. We love the draped bodice, fitted skirt and skinny belt which is sure to flatter your figure. This demure dress gets a little kick in a fiery red, perfect for a night on the town.
For an elegant affair we love Mason by Michelle Mason’s Cutout Gown. The skirt is fitted through the hips which give way to a luxurious chiffon mini train; however, the real attention grabber is the center cutout! If your plans are black-tie optional ,might we recommend this stunner!
Take the plunge and try on a sultry deep V-neck AND a deep slit! Donna Karan New York’s Plunge V Halter Gown is sure to accentuate all your best assets. The slinky jersey dress couldn’t get any hotter in Real Red.
Cooking a romantic dinner? Diane von Furstenberg’s New Julian Two Wrap Dress in Poppy made exclusively for Shopbop is the perfect choice. Those soft jersey fabric is super comfortable, while the V-neck and wrap detail give it some added interest. With this dress all you have left to worry about is making delicious food which will look great on instagram!
So rock some red this holiday season and thank us later! Happy Valentines Day.
There are a lot of articles flooding the internet about winter boots. After checking out many of them, I found, to my surprise that several of their suggestions weren’t really weather-proof at all! No matter how cute those little suede booties or leather riding knee-high boots look they won’t last long in three feet of snow!
We compiled our list of the top boots. Not only are they cute and stylish but they are made for all weather from rain and sleet to snowstorms!
First, the perfect rain boot:
There is nothing more annoying that rain boots. Sure they look adorable on children but sloshing around the streets in rubber boots with flowers or duckies on them is anything but fashion-forward. If it must rain, make sure to pack one of our wear one of our choice below. With so many chic options you might look forward to a little wet weather.
Burberry’s Check Belted Rain Boots are one part tough and two parts practical. The wrap around strap and metal buckle add the edge while the matte rubber fabric and rubber grip sole make them perfect for jumping from puddle to puddle.
Want even more toughness in your boots? Try Burberry’s Stud Detail Belted Rain Boot and hit those soggy streets running. Or for a more classical approach, the Canvas Check Detail Rain Boots are a rainy day must. The distinctive pleat and buckle detail add a little something extra to the classic rain boot. Plus the matte finish gives them an air of luxury.
Hate to trade your heels in for rain boots? Now you don’t have to! Miu Miu’s Pointy Toe Rain Boot features a 3 1/2″ heel and rubber sole. While heels aren’t great for those really bad days, they are certainly a good option if you hate carrying a second pair of shoes in your purse for work and would love to wear one pair all day long.
If you’re still in love with that cute sundress you bought in June and aren’t ready to put it away in the back of your closet just yet, listen up. You don’t need to give up on all your favorite summer pieces just because the temperature drops. All you need to do is add a pair of tights and a cardigan and you can transform your summer looks into chic cold weather staples!
It’s easy; start with your favorite summer piece, add a cozy knit and maybe even a skinny belt to tie the look together. Then layer on some comfy tights and a pair of boots and you’re good to go!
It couldn’t be simpler and with so many amazing tights on the market, they’re a great way to not only stay warm, but add a little extra something to your outfit.
For a little extra flair try Hanes Silk Reflections in Chevron. This on-trend pattern features a chevron cut-out perfect for those days when there’s a slight chill in the air. It’s a great way to dress up a solid color dress or change up a boring outfit by simply swapping out your regular black tights in favor of these fun patterned ones to give your look an instant boost! If patterns aren’t your thing don’t be afraid to shy away from color. A bright pop of color is a great way to change up an outfit!
To add a little feminine allure to your outfit try Hanes Silk Reflections Scrolled Floral and Sheer Backseam. These two sheer control top nylons are perfect for date night. While they aren’t as warm as say a pair of thick sweater tights or Hanes Silk Reflections Opaque Tights, these sheer options will make you feel extra sexy and heat up the rest of the night. Just make sure your seams are straight and you’ll be ready for a steamy night out!
Now maybe you don’t like tights with boots. We understand, your foot slips around, socks are so much better. However, who wants to layer socks on top of tights? Not us! Hanes has got you covered. The Hanes Silk Reflections Boot Liner Tights provides you with a sleek silhouette and the ribbed foot makes walking in boots with them a breeze!
For maternity fashion.
Keep that bun in the oven warm all winter long in these stylish coats, which maternity style mavens like Blake Lively and Kate Middleton would approve of. From a fall breeze to those cold winter nights, you can still look oh so chic while keeping cozy.
The sophisticated MAMA Wool-blend Bouclé Coat from H&M is for the downtown cool mom-to-be. With a tie belt waist and concealed fasteners, this coat is able to cover your expanding baby bump from 12 weeks to nine months.
Blank NYC Zipper Detail Faux Leather Maternity Jacket will be your favorite “throw over everything” piece this fall. This motorcycle style jacket with silver hardware is edgy and tough, but can be softened when paired with a flowy dress. Or add some great boots for the perfect fall ensemble.
Punch up your prenatal wardrobe with some color! This wool maternity coat with a high collar and a bubble hem will lend sophistication to any outfit. At under $50, this fun coat will infuse a little extra fun and the elegant shape you’ll want to wear again, well after your child is born!
When the chill in the air turns icy, MAMA Padded Parka with a detachable faux fur trimmed hood will keep you nice and warm, while looking cool. The drawstring waist and side pockets give some shape to the coat and make it a great option for the woman who’s too hip for regular old, oversized maternity wear.
While we love Thanksgiving, it’s common knowledge that the day after might just be one of the best days of the year to score some killer sales. While it’s possible to score big, be careful not to get caught up in the chaos and excitement as not every sale is really the best. Experts say this is a great time to purchase electronics and high end items, but other gifts such as sweaters and sneakers might actually get cheaper closer to the holidays! Want in on the shopping fun but are unwilling to wake up at 3am and lose some precious family time? You’re in luck; the following Monday, which is now known as Cyber Monday, provides some fantastic deals online!
While we’re sure our cult fashion favorites won’t lose their hefty price tags completely, these are the items that we’ll be on the look out for:
The Burberry Sandringham Slim Fit Trench Coat: regularly $1,795
Why we love it: This iconic coat has a rich military history which is reflected in the epaulettes on the shoulder, the gun flap fastens at the chest and a storm shield cover on the upper back. Made of tightly woven yet lightweight breathable cloth, the coat is protective against wind and rain. Made in England, this coat was originally designed by Thomas Burberry back in 1879! The Sandringham takes this classic coat and updates it slightly with a slimmer fit that nips in at the waist. The details and tradition of the coat, paired with the famous Burberry check, have landed this item on our must have list.
A blended Burberry scarf: regularly $395
Why we love it: These lightweight scarves look great paired with a classic trench or all on their own. Try the Check Wool Silk Scarf in Trench Check or The Check Wool Silk Gauze Scarf in Stone Check. No matter which material feels better to you (or which you can find a better deal for) you can’t lose!
Céline Leather Mini Luggage Tote: regularly $2,900 and up
Why we love it: It’s hard to go wrong with such a beautiful roomy structured tote. It looks great in almost every style and color from black pebbled leather to a pop of burgundy. Be wary though, Céline still doesn’t sell bags online and only certain stores sell them. (Call Barney’s or Nordstrom to see if the store near you carrie.s Céline or if you’re lucky enough to live in a big city, check there website. They have a few boutiques in Manhattan and other major cities as well as the Céline salon at Bergdorf Goodman in NY.)
Louboutin Stilettos: regularly $795- $845
Why we love them: They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts but when it comes to shoes it’s the bottom! There’s nothing more fashionable and recognizable then those red soles. For a great nude peep toe try Flo, which features a petite platform and comes in a range of “nudes” from light Lea to the darker Ada. Or opt for a classic pump such as the New Simple Pump which is sure to be your next go-to shoe.
Chanel Classic Flap Bag: regularly $4,900
Why we love it: Chanel is the epitome of fashion. It’s classic, timeless and only gets better with age. Some people literally purchase Chanel purses as investment pieces. With its quilted design, double C closure, and chain link handle, this Chanel bag goes with everything.
I hate to break it to you, but you’re wearing your boots wrong! Not only your boots but your leggings and crop tops too. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Or rather you’re not putting your body in the best light by ignoring some basic rules about your clothing. So avoid falling victim to our list of outfit faux pas and look taller, leaner, classier, and all around better!
Don’t wear a long skirt and high boots. You want to show a little leg (or tights/leggings) otherwise it will make your legs look thick and short.
Do wear a hemline that is flattering and appropriate but that doesn’t hit the boot. That little sliver of skin (or flash of tights) will elongate you and make your legs look slimmer.
Don’t wear them as if they were pants! They are NOT pants!
Do put them under long shirts and short dresses! Think of them as thick, opaque comfortable tights.
Don’t show off too much skin at once. A crop top with a short skirt and your stomach hanging out (no matter how flat your abs are) looks a little too risqué. Add a pair of over the knee boots and it comes across as very Pretty Woman.
Do pair a crop top with high waisted pants or a skirt. Showing just a little peek of skin will make you feel sexy but still look classy. Plus if you’re insecure about your midriff, a crop top with a high waisted bottom will show the skinniest part of your waist, making it a great choice, even if you aren’t a size zero.
It’s Halloween, which means it’s a great time to do something a little different. I’m sure you have your costume already (You did get a costume… right?!?!) or you’re prepared to throw something together quickly. But why not infuse a little Halloween spirit into your manicure?
That sexy school girl costume or voluptuous cop uniform probably isn’t work appropriate but with a few coats of polish you can bring the fun of the season anywhere including to the office! No ghost or pumpkin nail art here, these are all adult manicures. Best part is you can pick up everything you need for one of these creations at your local pharmacy.
Here are our top combinations:
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Pumpkin Queen = A Halloween take on a classic French manicure.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in OMGhost + Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Little Black Lace = Goul-ish lace nails
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Matte in Scaredy Matte + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in OMGhost = Modern matte nails of the night
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Big Glitter in Costume Glitters = Party-ready “Time Warp ” nails.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Fur-ankenstein = Monster accent nails!