Cozy Holiday Looks: Dress Up, Don’t Freeze!

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Is it not such a cruel, cruel irony that the time of year that we are most likely to have a reason to get dressed up is also the coldest? Holiday parties, New Year’s Eve, end-of-the-year celebrations abound as the wind chill factor drops.

But just because the invitation says “cocktail attire” does not mean you are required to don a LBD (little black dress) and freeze AFN (all freaking night.) Here are three outfit ideas that will keep you warm and looking hot for that special event.

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Jumpsuit with Gold Accents

Gals, do not knock the jumpsuit until you have tried it. It is the most flattering piece of clothing on the planet! This three-quarter sleeve, flared leg number from Zara will make you look long and lean. The plunge front is just low enough to be chic, but not so low you will be squirming. Personalize your jump with classic gold-tone accessories like statement earrings, a clutch and pumps and you will be the hottest woman in the room, even on the coldest night.

Jumpsuit – Zara $99
Earrings – BaubleBar $34
Clutch – C. Wonder $68
Pumps – Penny Loves Kenny at Zappos $69

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Tunic Sweater + “Leather” Leggings

We know, we know: a sweater, leggings and boots is your go-to look for every day. But choosing luxe details such as faux leather pants (that are crazy slimming, by the way!) and a long chunky woven but close-to-the-bod sweater takes it up a notch. Add some sultry heeled booties and some modern jeweled ear cuffs and you will look smokin’, even when it is freezin’. (Check out these additional on-trend sweaters, too.)

Sweater – Nasty Gal $128
Pant –  American Apparel $148
Ear Cuff  – Forever 21 $4
Ankle Boot – H&M $40

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Long-Sleeved Dress with Cozy Touches

When nothing but a dress will do, skip the strappy short ones and go for a long-sleeved, mid-length frock. Pair it with chic pieces that will also keep you cozy. Over-the-knee boots, a faux fur vest and coordinating gloves will warm you up elegantly.

Dress – Soma $69
Vest – Guess $98
Necklace – Express $15 
Boot – Chinese Laundry at DSW $60
Glove – Ann Taylor $40

Which look is your favorite? Where would you wear it? Share in the comments! 

All the Boots You Need for Fall

When it comes to Fall fashion, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s always boots. From ankle booties to knee high styles, they’re my favorite part of cool weather fashion. But are you unsure of where to start with your boot collection? I’ve got you covered with the boots you need for Fall!

Buckled Up

Edgier boots and booties are having a major moment this Fall. Add a touch of toughness to your style or fully embrace the leather-clad moto look by trying a pair of buckled up boots!

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Zappos / Nordstrom / Target / Nordstrom / Target 

Equestrian Style

Do you have more of a classic style? Then timeless riding boots are a must-have. The clean lines will work with everything in your wardrobe. Bonus: this classic will never go out of style!

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Target / Nordstrom / Zappos / Nordstrom / DSW

Suede

Suede leather boots and booties are another always-classic style, but what makes them great for Fall is the added texture. They are a simple, easy way to add interest to any Fall look!

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DSW / DSW / Target / Nordstrom / Nordstrom

Stacked Heeled

Even if you’re not a high heel fan, you can still rock a pair of stacked heel boots. The thick, substantial heel offers plenty of comfort and stability along with a little height!fall boot trends 2014

 

Nordstrom / Nordstrom / Nordstrom / Macy’s / Nordstrom 

Tell me: what’s your favorite style of boot for Fall?

5 Minute Makeup Tutorial – Doing the Minimum for a Maximum Effect

I don’t know what your mornings look like, but in my house, the chaos is real. Between getting the small people (and myself) out of bed, breakfast, helping with hair and uniforms and getting out the door for carpool, I often don’t have too much time to dedicate to makeup….however, full disclosure, I feel better when I at least do something.

5 Minute Makeup Routine

So, just for fun, here is a look at what and how I do my basic morning routine. Because it’s me and I love the ‘show-and-tell’ aspect of video (and because I KNOW seeing me without any makeup to start must be at least vaguely entertaining), I put it all together for you here. Why is the video a little more than 5 minutes? Because I talked through the entire process instead of just doing it.

Here are a list of the products I mentioned (and love).

BareMinerals Concealer, Bare Minerals Broad Spectrum Powder, Mac Cream Colour Base Blush, Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, Bare Minerals EyeShadow, Cover Girl InkIt Eyeliner – Cocoa Ink , Younique Mascara and Buxom LipGloss in Dolly. As for Makeup Brushes…. you could do an entire set like this one from Sephora (many of mine are from there) or you could do the individuals. This slanted brush is what I use for blush and this is the one I use for powder.

What are you favorites and how do you look your best in the least amount of time? I’d love to hear your tips as well.

For more ideas… hop around to visit a few of my friends – all of whom wanted to share their very own 5 Minute Makeup Routines.

Ever curious about how other women are doing it? Check out these other 5 minute makeup routines:

Jodi from Mom’s Favorite Stuff, Nicole from Momtrends, Kate from The Shopping Mama, Whitney from Mommies With Style,  Melissa from Married My Sugar Daddy, Jo-Lynne from Musings of a Housewife, and Laura from Hollywood Housewife.

So…come on, share your tips and tricks!

Seize the Day with Jockey Skimmies® – Embrace Comfort AND Style

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I was trailing about two feet behind her as we traipsed across the grass heading for yet another soccer game. It was hot, the type of heat that sits – thick and heavy, the sun blinding in its brilliance. And I loved everything about it. This is MY kind of weather. I live for the warmth of Spring and Summer.

And then I saw it – her wheels turning as she looked around and then shook her head in disbelief. My nine year old daughter burst out with her fashion assessment, “Who in the WORLD wears a skirt or a dress to A SOCCER GAME?”

I glanced down and slowly, I raised my hand, “Hey Punky, yoo-hoo…. that would be me.”

I have a habit of dressing for both comfort AND fashion. More often than not, you will find me in a skirt or a dress at all of my kid’s games – soccer, baseball, softball, basketball. I LIKE skirts and dresses. They make me feel fresh and happy. My small girl, on the other hand, prefers basketball shorts, high socks and tennis shoes.

As you can imagine, she was appropriately dismayed to realize her MOTHER was of the offending-skirt-dress-wearing-to-a-sporting-event type.

Do I run the risk of a wind gust blowing my dress up? Or my skirt sliding as I sit in the stands? Sure. But I have that covered.  How, you ask? Jockey’s Skimmies ®.

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Here’s what I love about Skimmies®

They are designed for comfort – meaning, I am comfortable in whatever I wear – no worries about twirling, dancing or sitting in my role as a professional fan at my kids games.

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They are soft – they feel like a slip, but cover me as though I’m wearing shorts.

They can be worn to ‘skim’ over any problem areas and make pants, tighter dresses or skirts fit beautifully.

They come in different colors to easily match (or hide) underneath whatever you choose to wear.

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Have you tried them? You should.

For the next few weeks, on Jockey’s Fackebook page – they are challenging women like you and me to ‘Seize the day’.… knowing that we often have only one or two outfits we always grab (they are easy, comfortable-ish, but signal being stuck in a rut), knowing that we sometimes worry about how a dress, pants or skirt ‘fits’ us, and knowing that we often pick comfort over fashion – the idea is to step outside that comfort zone and wear what makes you feel FABULOUS.
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Since I DO worry about my dresses and skirts clinging AND I know that modesty is often a need, especially when playing and jumping with my kids – or, as I mentioned, heading to their games….this challenge above is the one I embraced. Note: my jump for joy without fear of exposing anything you don’t need to see.

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When you enter the Seize the Day daily challenge, you are entered to win $5000 towards the adventure of a lifetime, a style consultation with Rachel Zoe, or a $1000 shopping spree (among other amazing prizes).

Additionally, because I love you (and I’m loving these Jockey Skimmies®) I would love for you to have the chance to win a pair of your own. From now until June 9th, enter to win a pair of Jockey Skimmies®. From this giveaway 240 winners will be chosen. Comment below telling me what fashion or comfort challenge you believe the Skimmies® would solve for you.

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If only I could show you my daughter’s face when she realized that I was, in fact, well within my fashion and comfort rights to wear a dress to her games. Priceless.

Good luck entering the Seize the Day Challange and the giveway above.

Don’t forget to share your challenges with me!

Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with Jockey. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

5 Easy Ways to Wear Spring Trends Now!

Are you ready to leave the cold behind and embrace Spring weather and style? Considering the “polar vortex” phenomenon many of us experienced this year, I’m going to assume that was a resounding “YES”! However if your weather is not quite cooperating yet, there are still easy ways to add some Spring to your wardrobe now, while still staying warm!

1. Go light!  (In color, NOT your layers!)wear mint in winter

Pastels are a great way to infuse a little Spring in your Winter wardrobe. Why not layer up with a pastel sweater and accessories? Or you can try throwing on a leather jacket over a Spring blouse! Pale pinks, purples and mints are great color choices to get you in the Spring frame of mind.

2. Add a little bright to your beauty routine!how to refresh your beauty routine for spring

It’s amazing how much freshening up your beauty routine can change your whole look. Switching to a punchy blush can give you an extra glow, and a bright pink lip will brighten your smile. My favorites? Nars in Orgasm and CoverGirl’s Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ruby Twist (both featured above).

3. Go floral!black and white striped teeNow don’t worry. I’m hardly suggesting you break out your sundresses just yet, but a little floral print can go a long way. My go-to is a pink printed scarf that keeps me warm while adding a healthy dose of Spring to any look. Not into scarves? Try a floral necklace or printed flats!

4. Embrace white.max studio wrap silk blouse, paige laurel canyon

Do you pack away your whites for Winter? Break them back out! White, even paired with Winter-y neutrals, adds a Springlike freshness!

5. Think nautical. nautical inspired lookNothing like a little nautical inspiration to get you in the warm weather mindset, right? Grab your favorite striped tee and pair it with white, red or anchor-themed accessories! (And yes, that peacoat counts!)

Do you have a favorite Spring theme at the ready? We’d love to hear it!

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5 New Spring Fashion Trends – Keeping Style in Your Life

Spring Fashion Trends 2013I don’t know about you, but I am actually counting down the days until Spring officially starts – 16 – in case you are wondering. In the middle of the country where I live, we’ve seen more snow and lower temperatures than we have in quite some time, and I’m desperate to start seeing buds on trees, tulips popping from the ground and temperatures that hover somewhere about 65 degrees.

If I’m honest, I don’t think the temperature should ever drop below 75, but clearly, I have to work through that…

The good news is, Spring really is around the corner. Soon, we’ll be putting away the boots and whipping out our warmer clothes.  For this weeks Keeping Style in Your Life, I have a collection of new Spring styles to share with you for this year – and some of the best news?  For some of them – you don’t have to head to purchase a whole new wardrobe, you can shop your very own closet.

Take a look.

What are your favorite styles for Spring?

Hair Tutorial: Create Quick, Easy Beach Waves

10 Ways to Tie a Scarf

Organize that Kid’s Room

Healthy Smoothie Recipe

5 Must Have Fashion Items for Your Winter Wardrobe

Hair Tutorial: Quick & Easy Double Braid and Fishtail Braid

Wine Tasting: 6 Amazing Red & White Wines for $15 or Under

How to Organize Your Home Office in 10 Steps

This video was shot and edited by my good friends at Pounds Media. 

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Hair Tutorial: Create Quick, Easy Beach Waves: Keeping Style in Your Life

Quick Easy Beach Waves Hair TutorialAs I begin my final week in my 30’s, I am fully embracing the fact that style matters to me.  Even more than that, MY STYLE matters to me.  It isn’t as though I had lost all sense of style…. I haven’t forgotten how to get dressed or do my hair, how to organize my home, or take care of my health. I’ve simply decided to re-embrace the effort I used to make.

I’m enjoying my life.  I’m Keeping Style in My Life and in doing so, hopefully introducing you to a few ways to do the very same in yours.  Last week I took you inside my closet for 10 Ways to Tie a Scarf.

Today, together, we are tackling a hairstyle I love.  Beach waves.  Yes, I know it isn’t Summer.  Trust me. I know it isn’t Summer.  But that doesn’t mean your hair can’t embrace a soft wave – and one that lasts.

I love it because it is easy.  (If I can do it, you can do it)

I love it because it is quick. (Less than 10 minutes and I have long hair and a lot of it!)

Here we go!

A Hair Tutorial: Create Quick, Easy Beach Waves in Minutes:

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