Do you feel it yet? That holiday twitch. The feeling of complete anxiety and panic that comes over you when you realize that the window of time between Thanksgiving and total madness is very very tiny and you need to get yourself together immediately. All the sales hit at the same time and you’re trying to get your gift shopping done while also fulfilling a few of your own longtime wish list needs (I mean what’s a girl to do when everything is 99% off?), not to mention outfitting yourself for holiday soirees. Well I’m here to help. Whether you’re looking to dazzle, shock, or ooze sophistication, here are nine show stopping holiday dresses that are sure to turn heads.
I wish I was as cool as Ron Burgundy, especially after this, but at least I can pretend in burgundy sequins with lips and booties to match. I mentioned here that my relationship with sequins has been a little rocky this season. Don’t get me wrong, I love them just as much as ever, but I was just in need of a revamp on the trend. Because sequins are about as glamorous as glamour comes, so if we start to get bored with them, where do we go from there? Where?? Well I think I found that sequin refresh with these pants. Not only are they a festive, strong statement that you can’t quite get with a sequin dress or tank, the color is nuanced and different enough to make these sparkles feel brand new again. I especially love the fact that they can be dressed up or down in a way that no other sequined piece could. Casually half-tuck a tee for a laid back dinner or last minute drinks date with the girls, or go full-on glam with a great pair of pumps and a black peplum top for a holiday soiree.
pants, Equipment shirt, Alexander Wang ankle boots, BCBG clutch (similar), Nixon watch, Bracelets: J.Crew, H&M, Forever21
Calypso St. Barth
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with gratitude and overindulgence in its true form. Today is a new day. It’s time for that change in atmosphere as we all say goodbye to fall, hello to winter, and go into full-on holiday prep mode. While this time of year typically calls for sparkles galore and deep jewel tones (which we’ll all still embrace whole heartedly), I can’t help but be fixated the pure snowy hue that serves as a refreshing yet equally timeless color choice for the season. Winter white not only looks good on everyone, but it adds an undeniable glow to our already flushed faces (thanks to general holiday excitement and plenty of bubbly cocktails) and makes a statement in a sea of dark winter staples.
Rebecca Taylor sweater / Club Monaco hat / Topshop coat / 10 bells clutch / Valentino heels / Olivia Burton watch / Dorothy Perkins top / Mango scarf / Sisley-Paris eye kohl / Kat Maconie ankle boots / Jonathan Adler ceramic penguin / Forever21 moto jacket / Threshold faux fur throw / Stila ‘Opal’ eyeshadow / Guess wallet
by Catherine & Alex
You know the drill. We stuffed ourselves with the most delicious meal of the year, gave thanks, had the “is it too soon for Christmas music?” debate, then put on our cutest sweatpants. Now that that’s all over, we immediately start plotting our holiday shopping strategy (one for you, one for me). So whether you’re braving the crowds at the public establishments or staying at home behind your computer, here are some of the best sales to take advantage of this weekend…
ASOS / 20% entire site with code GIMME20 (ends 12/2)
Barneys Warehouse / extra 30% off (ends 12/2)
Bloomingdales / 20% off $75-150, 30% off $150+ (ends 12/2)
The Dreslyn / up to 60% off site wide with code BLACKFRIDAY (ends 12/2)
French Connection / 30% off your entire order and free shipping on orders over $150 with code W13COUPON (ends 12/2)
Helmut Lang / 30% off select styles plus free shipping orders over $250 (ends 12/2)
J.Crew / 30% your purchase with code HOLIDAY
Joie / 20% off $250+, 30% off $500+
Kate Somerville / 30% off your entire order (ends 12/2)
LOFT / 40% off site wide with code ENJOY (ends 11/30)
Madewell / 25% off entire purchase with code FEAST25 (ends 12/2)
Nasty Gal / 40% off everything black (ends
Net-a-Porter / 50% off select items (ends 11/29)
Nordstrom / 25-40% off select brands (ends 12/2)
Otte NY / 20% off site wide and 40% off sale (ends 12/2)
Rebecca Minkoff / 20% off $200, 25% off $500, 30% off $600 (ends 12/2)
Shopbop & East Dane / Save 15% when you spend $250, save 20% when you spend $500, save 25% when you spend $1000 with code BIGEVENT13 (ends 12/2)
Topshop / 30% off select items plus free makeup gift with orders over $75
1. Frends With Benefits Rebecca Minkoff Taylor headphones, $250 / 2. The New York Times 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe guidebook, $40 / 3. Jamie Young chalkboard globe, $322 / 4. Burberry Brit leather trimmed trench coat, $1095 / 5. Reed Krakoff luggage tag, $20 / 6. Fuji Instax instant camera, $100 / 7. Madewell backup battery, $36 / 8. Club Monaco hot water bottle, $60 / 9. Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood train case, $220 / 10. Globe Trotter suitcase, $1900 / 11. 3.1 Phillip Lim travel wallet, $350 / 12. Modcloth All Aboard departure sign, $45
See the rest of the holiday Gift Guide!
One year when I was at home for the holidays in my early drinking age years, my mom revealed the tastiest winter cocktail and said she’d been making it for twenty years. I don’t know where she’d been hiding this recipe all my life, but wow. Once I tried it, there was no going back. Hot buttered rum combines all the best things about the holidays – warmth, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and buttery vanilla goodness. Ummm yes please! The best part is that once you make the mixture, you can keep it in the freezer for the whole season, and you’ll get a countless number of servings out of it. Serve it up at a party, and you’ll have everyone asking for the recipe. Trust me, you can’t lose with this one. Enjoy!
1 lb dark brown sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
1 pint softened vanilla ice cream
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
For the mixture: Let the butter and ice cream soften at room temperature. Once everything is soft, mix all the ingredients together to form a whipped consistency. Using a mixer makes this easy to achieve, but it’s not necessary. Put the mixture in the freezer, where it will be ready for your delicious boozy hot drink cravings all season long!
To serve: Add 1 tbsp batter into a mug with a jigger (1.5 oz) of rum and 4-6 oz boiling water (to taste). I like putting a cinnamon stick or some freshly ground nutmeg in each mug. Cozy up and enjoy!
So, last week I posted on the various social media outlets that I’m starting a new series called Stylist Q&A where I will be answering readers’ styling questions here on the blog. So let’s get down to business with our first question. Hope you find it helpful!
Q: Catherine!! I have been struggling to figure out how to make flats look good on me. My husband is my height, so my long practice of rocking heels every time I get dressed up is long gone. But this means I have spent many-a-wedding, dinners, and nights out feeling awkward in flats, and changing like 47 times before we go out to get something to look right. Specifically, I feel like I don’t know how to make my body shape look right in flats. I feel frumpy, disproportionate, and lopsided. Flats can’t only be for the toothpicks, right? What do I need to pair them with to make them look good? – Sean
A: Sean! Do not fret. I think your conundrum is one that many girls share, so you’re definitely not alone in this. Here are a few rules to keep in mind when styling outfits with flats…
1. Honor your ankle. One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is trying to wear flats with wider leg pants, which drowns your little tootsies in fabric and makes everything look heavy and off balance. Flats will always look the most flattering when the slimness of the ankle area can be seen. So that’s everything from cropped pants, rolled up boyfriend jeans, to leggings or skinny jeans. Save your wide leg pants and trousers for heels and wedges.
2. Keep em light. The nature of flats is a bit delicate and feminine, so stay away from any style that’s super heavy, thick soled, or wide when it comes to basic flats. The style should be slender around the toe (oval or pointy). Pointy toes are flattering on every body type as they elongate the leg and give off the feeling of a heel.
3. Be careful with dresses and skirts. Flats tend to be a more casual choice, so it can be tricky to style them into formal looks. I would encourage you to rock a heel when you’re going to a wedding or cocktail party, as heels will always be a bit more appropriate with a more formal dress (hey, even if it’s just a small heel). It would be a shame to dress down a special occasion look with a flat foot, in my opinion. Ian is my height, so I’ve just come to terms with the fact that I’ll have two inches or so on him when we go to weddings and parties. However, you can absolutely dress flats up for less formal nights out. Just wear them with a sharp pair of skinny pants and a cute blouse, and opt for a sparkly or patent pointy pair to add an extra touch of glam to your look. If you do want to wear flats with a skirt or dress, try ballerina or pointy toed flats with an A-line knee length skirt (a la Kate Spade) or pointy toed flats with a pencil skirt for the office.
4. Don’t obsess at the mirror. I know it may seem like flats look disproportionate when you’re analyzing your reflection in the mirror. Of course we’d all love to sport a killer heel with every outfit for more height, longer looking legs, and all around glamour, but it’s not practical nor is it comfortable. Yeah, not gonna happen. But I promise you – as long as you follow the first three rules, your flats will look fabulous!
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this first edition of Stylist Q&A! If you have a question of your own, leave it in the comments or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Come on, you know you want to!
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My favorite weather is sweater weather, so you can imagine my delight when I went into Nordstrom Rack hoping to find a Vince sweater coat and actually found the most perfect one. That’s a discount store miracle, my friends! Since the temps have finally dropped, I’ve been wearing it nonstop for everything from dog walks to pizza date night. I find that when I pair it with sleek black coated skinnies (also from Nordstrom Rack – yes!) and sharp boots, I don’t feel too frumpy or too casual. Just comfortable and happy.
this one and this one), Joe’s jeans (these are great too), Iro tee, Rag & Bone hat (similar), Alexander Wang boots, Valentino bag
Vince sweater (love
1. Kate Spade mug, $16 / 2. Savon de Marseille handsoap, $23 / 3. Modcloth cocktail shaker, $35 / 4. Ibride rabbit tray, $192 / 5. Craft Cocktails, $50 / 6. Jonathan Adler unicorn salt & pepper shakers, $50 / 7. Alessi citrus basket, $200 / 8. Anthropologie throw, $128 / 9. Eclectic by Tom Dixon champagne bucket, $235 / 10. Cards Against Humanity game, $25 / 11. Pi bottle opener, $30 / 12. Thomas Fuchs skull ice tongs, $45 / 13. Kelly Wearstler pyrite bottle stopper, $175 / 14. Jonathan Adler Animalia coasters, $78 / 15. Sharper Image electric wine opener, $36
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a wonderful opportunity to decompress before the intensity of the holidays and the end of the year are upon us, kicking back with family and friends, cooking up a storm, creating a beautiful table, and taking time to give thanks for all our blessings. My parents are coming to spend it with us this year, so it’s the first Thanksgiving in awhile that we’ll be cooking at home. There are a few dishes I always love to make (sweet potato soufflé and homemade cranberry sauce) and a few I’ll be a little rusty at (turkey and pumpkin pie) – but that’s half the fun of hosting. The other half is setting the scene and picking out an outfit that’s equal parts comfy, cozy, celebratory, and expandable (of course). While Thanksgiving tends to provoke a color scheme of deep earthy neutrals, I say go gold instead. It’s the perfect festive shade that still honors the traditional warm palette, but adds a glam factor that this holiday sometimes falls short on.
hat, LSA champagne glass, Nate Berkus candleholder, House of Holland skirt, Kenzo trousers, DKNY sweater, Ark eagle necklace, Indigo dessert plate, Pied a Terre napkin, Cutipol gold flatware, Z Gallerie ostrich feathers, Sugar Paper striped coasters, Cire Trudon candle, Z Gallerie woodland deer, Joanna Dahdah feather ring, Rochas gold slipper flats