Dec 8, 2019

Holiday Quick List..The Festive Skirt

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Tulle Skirt @ Etsy.com $127.00

Holiday Quick List #3 is the FESTIVE skirt. It is always good to have a “skirt on standby” during the holidays because it’s a great wardrobe staple and far more forgiving if you’re having trouble fitting into your pants and or jeans “comfortably” due to a bit of holiday overindulging.

If you’re looking to extend your skirt wardrobe to the absolute max..then by all means go Back to Basic Black. You can take an everyday pencil skirt and give it holiday appeal by adding  accessories and  a beautiful blouse or sweater. Case in point is this lovely pencil skirt with an off the shoulder blouse and statement necklace. FABU!

Back to Black  

You can also consider a beautiful black skirt in a holiday fabrication of velvet or satin and switch up the skirt length for a bevy of possibilities.

Skirt @ Storenvy $168.00

Ezpopsy Black Velvet Mermaid Skirt $68.41

 

There are oodles of options when it comes to the look of a holiday skirt and the major tidbit of style advice I can offer is to choose something that you can mix and match with a multitude of items ….(translation -don’t pick something to fussy or ornate). Think simple lines but festive fabrications. This is an item I hope you will be able to use for years to come so keep it simple but sensational.

Here are a few fashionable and fabulous selections to consider.

SPARKLE & SHINE

Newchic.com Metallic Skirt ($79.61 SALE $49.61)

Etsy Shop Hidden Room (Available in Size and color of your choice) $60.00 5 star rating!

Tulle

Tulle Skirt @ Morning Lavender.com$66.99

Chicwish Midi $52.00)

Red Plaid Maxi (similar at Etsy Shop $77.00 Bestseller status.

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Dec 7, 2019

The Black Pant ….Holiday Style

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Wardrobe basics

Day 2 of The Holiday Quick List (Your complete guide to wardrobe staples)  (tah dah dah dah..)The Tuxedo Pant..

Before you start yawning and dismiss the tuxedo pant, might I just say that this little baby can make you appear taller, slimmer and chic as can be when  it fits to perfection and worn with a bit of a heel. The tuxedo pant is instantly versatile and can be dressed up or down.

Dress it up with a feminine tuxedo jacket or a great fitting blazer. Dress it down with a simple sweater,blouse or camisole.

I’ve selected three great pairs today all around the $100.00 price point.

If you just can’t embrace the tuxedo pant and want something a bit more high fashion, scroll down  and see my suggestion that should quell your couture craving.

Black Ultra Slim Fit Tuxedo Pant @Little black tux ($99.00)

Tuxedo Pleat Tapered Pant @White House Black Market ($99.00)

 

Marlowe Tuxedo Pant from The Dessy Group $125.00)

For the woman looking for a dressy tapered “tuxedo inspired” look with a bit of high fashion you might want to consider the pant from Retrofete available at Shopbop.

Retrofit Tally Pant @ Shopbop $385.00

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Dec 5, 2019

Holiday Quick List… The Tuxedo Jacket

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Fashion tips Uncategorized

The Tuxedo Jacket is a closet staple. It’s oh so chic, sleek and versatile. Trust me when I say that this is one wardrobe piece that you will wear for years to come.  You can dress it up or down and it can be  paired with a multitude of items depending on the occasion and your preference.

If you have a black tie event, than by all means go GLAM and wear the jacket with a slim fitting tuxedo pant. You can also pair your tuxedo jacket with a long or short skirt,  a pair of sleek leather pants or  even your basic jeans (preferably  in black) .

Tuxedo jackets are available at every price point and can be made to look even more expensive  by having it tailored to fit. Pay special attention  before you purchase to jacket details with special consideration on the lining of the jacket. A fully lined tuxedo jacket creates a more steam lined  silhouette and  isn’t that the whole point of wearing a tuxedo jacket -to look as sleek and chic as possible!

 

Dolce &; Gabbana Tuxedo Jacket @ Italist.com $1,821.00 Sale:$1375.75

Ralph Lauren Resort 2019 $1,990.00 Available at Ralph Lauren.com

Zara Tuxedo Jacket $89.90

DKNY Satin Trim Tuxedo Jacket Net-a-porter.com $245.00

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Dec 4, 2019

12 Days of Holiday Style-The Quick List

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

“I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!”

The holidays are a busy and often stressful time because let’s face it…there’s just so much to get done. Most of us can multi-task like the best of them but oftentimes we put ourselves last and when that magic hour arrives and we need to get dressed for a holiday party the expression “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR” is often verbalized in a panic as we shift through out jam packed closet. Does any of this sound familiar?

As a Style Service Announcement, I thought it might be helpful to provide a QUICK LIST of Holiday Style. These wardrobe basics will  help you pull together  a holiday look in a matter of minutes and ensure that you  look fabulous for whatever holiday soiree you’re attending.

As an extra bonus, I’ll be featuring one item from the LIST per day with resources and examples to inspire you.

Welcome to the Quick List and 12 days of Holiday Style.

 

 

12 Days of Style-Your Holiday Quick List

  1. Tuxedo Jacket
  2. Black Pant  -Preferably slim fitting pant with a tapered hem.
  3. Festive holiday skirt
  4. Black Dress or Jumpsuit
  5. Holiday Dress
  6. Jeans (dark color)
  7. Sweater  (Solid color in beautiful Cashmere)
  8. Blouse  in a luxurious fabrication
  9.  Shoes with some sparkle Preferably with a heel.
  10. Small handbag  (SMALL not your everyday bag with a bit of bling or in a pretty fabrication)
  11. Faux Fur wrap/Shawl/Pashmina and/ or Holiday Outwear
  12. Jewelry..think BLING!..necklaces, earrings, bracelets but not all worn at once. stay tuned….

 

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Dec 4, 2019

Holiday Basics

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Dec 3, 2019

Festive & Fashionable Dress Forms

Posted By: Terri
Category: Glamorous Decor

Tuesday’s tip is a stylish solution for “sprucing up”a simple dress form or mannequin. If you happen to have one in your home or office and want to amp up your tree style about 100 notches or simply have a festive conversation peice this holiday season,grab a bevy of green, add ribbon, pearls, ornaments and sparkle and whah lah…You have your very own holiday dress form that is super stylish. Here are a few images I hope will inspire.

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Dec 3, 2019

Monday Mantra

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Cyber Monday…

As we sit scrolling for Cyber deals today, I thought this might offer a Monday morning lift.

Positivity… is KEY

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Nov 29, 2019

Black Friday Sales & Shopping Tips

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Another Thanksgiving  is on the books and before you put your fork down after  partaking in the last bite of pumpkin pie, the department stores were open and ready to jump start  the official holiday shopping season…commonly referred to as Black Friday.  As I sit at my computer and scroll the MASSIVE list of Black Friday Sales, one can only conclude that EVERYONE is having a Black Friday Sale. To make things a  bit more manageable (translation-EASY),   I have compiled a list of my favorite fashion sites to peruse  (see below). I’ve also included  some shopping tips to help you stay focused on the task  at hand…Happy Holiday Shopping,

Holiday Shopping Tips…

No matter where you shop or what you’re looking to buy  this little checklist will help you stay on point  and get your Christmas shopping done in record time and at a savings….

  1. I KNOW you’ve heard this a 1000 times but it bears repeating to drive the point home..MAKE A LIST. Seriously make a COMPLETE list of every single person you want to purchase a gift for.
  2. Make a budget for your Christmas gift shopping.
  3. Next to each persons name that you’re buying  a gift for-list a few hobbies, gift suggestions  or interests and also list  budget range that you feel comfortable with per person.
  4. Divide list of gift items by category . You can cross off a number of like minded friends by purchasing gifts in a single  store or section.
  5. Consider going Homemade. Don’t think you have to go all “Martha Stewart” but perhaps put together a personalized Photo book via Shutterfly or Mixbook, make a beautiful basket of your best homemade baked goods or treating your friend to their favorite spa treatment  or service with a gift certificate.

I hope this quick list will aid in making this an easy and stress fee shopping season.

Ann Taylor

  • 50% off everything online and in-store with code BLACKFRIDAY 

Anthropologie

  • Extra 25% off sale items

Banana Republic

  • 50% off

Bloomingdale’s

  • Take $25 off every $150 you spend on items labeled TAKE $25 OFF 

Coach

  • 50% off select best sellers and 30% off additional styles

Kate Spade

  • 40% off your entire order

Kendra Scott

  • 25% off everything

Lastcall

  • Extra 40%-80% off everything

Loft

  • 50% off your purchase

Macy’s

  • Black Friday Preview: Over 100 specials

Neiman Marcus

  • Black Friday Preview: Designer sale up to 50% off

Nike

  • 25% off clearance items with code SEASONMVP

Nordstrom

  • Black Friday deals HERE

Saks Fifth Avenue

  • Designer sale up to 50% off
  • Store-wide up to 60% off

Sam Edelman

  • Samsgiving Event: Extra 30% off (almost) everything with code SAM2019

Sephora 

  • Up to 50% off select items every day until 12/2

Spanx

  • 20% off your order

Target

  • Pre-Black Friday Sale: Save $10 when you spend $40 on clothing, shoes, or accessories for the family, ends 11/27
  • Up to 40% off home items
  • Up to 40% off games

Tory Burch  

  • 30% off $250+ with the code ” THANKS 
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Nov 24, 2019

Spiritual Sunday

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Category: Monday Mantra

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Nov 24, 2019

One “Pretty” Cookie

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

I’m all about the “pretty” and this cookie  fits the bill perfectly. It’s a take off from my Mother’s Chocolate  Crinkle Cookies that she always had on hand during the Christmas holidays.I combined another recipe to come up with this version that I call Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie.  Enjoy this yummy recipe. I promise your guests will love it.

 

Xmas Red Velvet Cookies
Yields approx.: 30 cookies
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Ingredients

• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/4 tsp baking soda
• 3/4 tsp salt
• 3/4 cup unsalted butter , softened
• 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
• 3 large eggs
• 1 Tbsp milk or buttermilk
• 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla
• 2 tsp lemon juice
• 5 tsp red food coloring
• 1 cup white chocolate chips
• 1 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside.

With an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy.
Mix in eggs 1 at a time, blending until combined after each addition. Mix in milk, vanilla bean paste, lemon juice and red food coloring.
With Mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in white chocolate chips. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours or until firm enough to shape into balls.

Pour powdered sugar into a bowl.
Remove dough from refrigerator, scoop dough out and with buttered hands, shape into medium balls (about 2 1/2 Tbsp each).
Roll cookie dough balls into powdered sugar and evenly coat. Transfer to Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets and flatten slightly, then bake in preheated oven 13 – 14 minutes.
Allow to rest on cookie sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.Store in an airtight container.

****If you want them a little more “chocolatey” you can replace 2 – 3 Tbsp of the flour with 2 – 3 additional Tbsp of cocoa powder

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