Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cardi party

Old man winter has settled in; time to celebrate cozy-style! Look chic in the season's most comfy item: the cardigan. Break out a hot toddy, say yes to the sweater fest, and meet me by the fire:
Duster buster: pumps up the jam and doubles as a long coat.  Looks cool with leggings, a t-shirt and motorcycle boots or fringed booties.  Try all black underneath and party hard with a hip, bold print like aztec, ikat or stripes.  A slouchy hobo, while predictable, always gets the party started.
Mighty mini: fitted, tiny, and can really bust a move. Cashmere and knits are both invited. Pairs well with dresses that nip at the waist.  Her wing-lady is the cropped sweater, and looks cool in a fair isle print which is on trend.  Rock the bottom with high-waist, flare-leg jeans and wedge booties.
Crazy lady: the fashionably late guest, look for a medium gauge knit in a textured black or white.  Pretty trim, gorgeous buttons, and a slim box cut are the markers.  Pair with cigarette pants or skinny dark jeans.  Riding boots or leopard ballet flats add some jazz.  No need to sport a 2.55, as any small chain strap bag will do. 
Boyfriend central: oversized, and always adorable, he's got the moves.  Look for a fine, merino wool in heather grey or oatmeal, or go bold with ochre or red! Plaid pants will not get past the bouncer, so shimmy with a boyfriend jean or a shift dress with a skinny belt and seude booties.
It’s almost 2012! Party like a cardi-gan.
stylingstage suggests:

Oasis textured cardigan
Oasis Textured Stripe Cardigan

Long line cardigan Forever21:

Jenna's v-neck cardigan J.Crew:

Jenna's V-neck cardigan

Fair isle cardigan Old Navy:

Vera Moda waffle knit cardigan
Vero Moda Long Waffle Knit Cardi

Leifsdottir military cardigan
Leifsdottir deep navy stitched wool military cardigan sweater style# 314083601

Textured trim cardigan Forever21:

Boyfriend cardigan French Connection:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Hunt

'Tis the season for dressing up! On the hunt for a great holiday outfit? Gear up to make your season sparkle:

The accessory: resin cuffs adorned with stones, chunky rhinestone necklaces with a vintage vibe, oversized cocktail rings and big studs (not your beau) rock.  Color is in again, but nothing says super chic like black and white. Aim for: Forever21, Akira Chicago, J.Crew,, Banana Republic

The dress: bright little numbers are all the rage, as are prints, but caution wearing cheap material. A classic cut or updated version of the LBD is a always a sure thing.  Pair with nude-colored mini fishnets, go bare, or possibly an opaque black tight married to a black shoe.  Aim for: White House Black Market, Bloomingdales,, ASOS, BCBG

The dress-alternative: Don’t like your stems exposed? No prob.  Try a super cool tuxedo jacket, with a slim lapel and cigarette pants.  Pair with a sequin or silk cami for a little pizzazz.  When done right, a jumpsuit is another pretty option; just beware of looking “J-Lo.” Aim for: Club Monaco, Max Studio, Zara, Bloomingdales

The shoe:  Lord have mercy, don’t be boring! Opt for color in a satin or suede pump, or go texture via lace, studs, bows, rhinestones, you name it.  If you can only do one, this is the item to buy.  Aim for: Marshalls,,,

The bag: can’t live without it, just make sure it’s not the size of your date.  Both the envelope clutch and the skinny, chain bag are on trend. This is a fun and subtle way to show your festive side.  No fakes, please. Aim for:, Nordstrom, T.J.Maxx

The topper:  fur always gives a luxe vibe. Go cropped, short haired with no detail. Neutral is your best bet and fake or faux is fine.  Mini leather jackets also give some edge to a gorgeous dress! Aim for: Zara,, Forever 21, H&M

Now that’s what I call hunting season.  Be merry and bright!

stylingstage suggests:

60's Buckle dress ASOS:

ASOS BLACK 60's Buckle Dress

Resin colorblock necklace J.Crew:
Resin colorblock necklace

Feather barette Banana

Asymmetric jumpsuit Zara:


Scarlett Blue Suede Spiked heels

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Menbur Corcosa clutch

Menbur Corcosa Clutch
Sequin striped chemise White House Black Market:
Sequined Stripe Chemise

Elegant Laquered ring Forever 21:

Ted Baker Keaeh pump
Ted Baker Keanah Pump

Short Sequin jacket Zara:


Maltese Cuff
Maltese Cuff

Free People Fur jacket

Kate Spade Putting on the Ritz studs

Free Spirit Nine West pump:

Glitter peep toe pump with ankle strap.  4 1/2" heel.  *Please note that this style is available for pre-order and ships approximately 12/27.*