3 Ways to Pack a Carry on Better

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Long weekend trips away are how many of us survive the winter months. With less activities going on it’s fun to getaway for a change of scenery or to visit friends. The only thing that’s not so fun is trying to cram your entire life for several days into a tiny carry on. Often we find ourselves both over on the superfluous and under packed on necessities. To prevent that this year here are a few packing best practices.

1. Plan your outfits ahead. Whether you consider yourself a planner or not, this is one of the most crucial steps. The more you know about what kinds of activities you’ll be doing on the trip the better you can assess what you need to bring.

2. Coordinate a color scheme. This next tip may sound kinda strange but hear me out. I’m not advising that you wear only one color the whole trip (people may start wondering if you’re in a gang or cult if you do that). But do try to have a color palette of complementary and or coordinating colors. Personally, I wear a lot of neutral colors so most of my wardrobe falls into this, but especially when I’m traveling. This allows you to bring less accessories like shoes, jackets, and hats (which is especially helpful in the winter months).

3. Roll with the flow. For as long as you can remember you’ve probably been taught to fold your clothes. Well stop. When it comes to packing a suitcase it’s much better to roll your clothes. Rolled outfits (think shirt on top of pants then rolled together) take up less room and reduce wrinkles.

Whether you made a New Years resolution to travel more or are on the road for work, pack better this year by keeping these tips in mind.

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What to Buy Now: Fur Scarves

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Last year was all about the fur vest, two years ago fur hats were blocking everyone’s view at fashion week. This winter it’s all about the fur scarf/snood. Much more practical than some of it’s predecessors, the fur scarf is the perfect way to add a little extra warmth to your winter look. Whether it’s vintage or faux, a nice soft fur layer will help to keep the cold at bay in the chilly months to come.










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How to Wear Over the Knee Boots

How to Wear over the knee boots at night

Over the Knee boots (or OTK boots for short) have been on trend for a few seasons now. This year the trend is bigger than ever (well since Julia Roberts wore them back in the 90’s) and easier to wear than you think! Check out these tips for how to wear this trend day or night.

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Day time: OTK boots are a girl’s best friend in the winter and fall. These boots go great with oversized sweaters and jeans for a cute comfy look. Pair these boots with a loose sweater dress or leggings for a slightly more polished daytime outfit.

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Night time: Yes, it is possible to wear over the knee boots at night without looking like a lady of the night. To pull this look off try pairing it with less form fitting silhouettes. A skater dress or skirt can look great with over the knee boots as long as the hem is shorter than the boots. OTK boots can also be paired with leggings and a chic blouse for a sultry evening look.

The key to wearing OTK boots is all in the proportions. Whether you’re wearing these boots for day, evening, or both — remember to wear something looser on top.
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3 Coat Trends to Wear this Winter

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Wearing a coat can often feel like a (much) necessary evil. All winter long you’re stuck covering up your cute outfits and lugging around an extra heavy layer. Many of us end up buying the default black coat because it “goes with anything”. This year, instead of fading into the sea of black pea coats, why not try standing out with a chic coat in a daring color?
This season blush, leopard, and crimson color coats are all on trend. While they may seem like bold statement coats, they all actually function as neutrals.

How to Wear Sequins – Five Ways

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Now that the Christmas lights have been put away and the confetti has settled from NYE, the realization that we are in a whole new year is starting to hit. January is a great time of year because it signals new beginnings. Now is the perfect time to change bad habits and try new things! And what better place to start than in your closet?

Sequins Definition: Sequins are a shiny, usually metallic, decoration or spangle. Sequins are sewn to clothing because they shimmer and sparkle in the light.

You may have worn a little sequin for your NYE look and there’s no reason to stop after the ball drops! Keep shinning all year long with these five tips on how to wear sequin.

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The Sequin Shirt – Murphy’s Law

1. The Sequin Shirt: the sequin shirt is probably the easiest of all sequins to wear. It can be paired with almost anything (except for more sequins) for an instantly glammed up look. Wear this piece as you would normally wear any other blouse with boots, jeans, and a blazer or with dress pants for the office. For the winter time a sequin sweatshirt is a great way to stay warm and comfy while still looking cute.

2. The Sequin Leggings: sequin leggings is one of the newest variations of the sequins trend but don’t let that intimidate you. Sequin leggings are a great alternative to leather pants or cotton leggings. They can easily be dressed up with heels for a night out or down with flats for the daytime. Pair it with a sweater, blouse, or even statement tee and you’re good to go!

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The Sequin Blazer – Style Pantry

3. The Sequin Blazer: adding sequins makes for a fun twist on this classic wardrobe staple. A sequins blazer can be added to any outfit for a touch of glam. Jeans or leggings with a solid color top goes great with this item. Try pairing this piece with solid colors to let the outerwear do all the talking.

4. The Sequin Skirt: I like to think of the sequin skirt as a “sister” to the sequin dress. Both are great for big occasions. Despite it’s inherent “wow factor”, the sequin skirt can be toned down to casual (even office

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The Sequin Skirt – Chicly Yours

5. The Sequin Dress: The sequin dress is iconic in terms of special occasions like birthdays and big nights out like NYE. Make this look everyday appropriate by opting for a looser fitting variety and pairing it with thick tights and chunky boots for a more relaxed look.

Overall incorporating sequins into your wardrobe is a fun way to update your closet. Whichever piece you decide to try remember these three things:
– pair it with solid pieces
– opt for more neutral colors
– wear only one piece of sequins at a time

While the tips above are general guidelines, remember style is meant to be fun and personal! Break the “rules” as you see fit!
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Five DIY New Years Eve Nails Ideas

Hard to believe it but 2014 is almost over. With Christmas done, most people are focused on their NYE night. A great way to accessorize your NYE dress is by doing a holiday inspired mani! While designs at the nail salon can be pretty pricey, there are limitless designs you can do at home. Below is a list of five Pinterest inspired looks that are sure to compliment any NYE look.


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1. The Silver Accent Nail


How to Find the Right Foundation Shade


The proper way of checking if a foundation color is good for you is by the three swatch techniques: Swatch a cool, a neutral, a warm foundation near the jaw line and see which shade “disappear” onto the skin. That is your “undertone”. Then you can select the color intensity base on your undertone family.


If you are going to a makeup counter to get matched for a foundation shade, make sure the makeup artist does this technique. A lot of time to save time, the makeup artist may just brush on the foundation and may not check your undertone. The result is often too chalky or ashy coverage that is hard to notice right away. This is because when you use a sponge or a brush, you get less color intensity onto the skin as compared to using hands. Almost all shades can go if they do not have the right shade of foundation to sell you. This is why you always look better in store than out of the store. Ask the girls to swatch you for a proper color selection.

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10 New Years Eve Worthy Dresses

It’s never too early to start planning your look for New Years Eve. Many of the best dresses are online only and waiting till the last minute may mean having your dress delivered after the big day (gasps). Get a leg up on your new year’s look by checking out these ten glitzy dresses NYE approved dresses.

Anya Two-Piece Sequin Dress • GUESS by Marciano

Tiffany Long-Sleeve Sequin Dress • GUESS by Marciano

Sleeveless Metallic Tulip Belted Dress • White House Black Market

Kendall Sequin Dress • GUESS

Shakuhachi Eve Cutout Dress • Nasty Gal

MICHAEL Michael Kors Sequined Lace and Feather-Trimmed Dress • MICHAEL Michael Kors

Butterfly Dress With Beads • Milly

FELICITY & COCO Metallic Lace Fit & Flare Dress

City Lights Dress

Bonded Gold Sequin Dress

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What to wear to an Office Holiday Party 2014

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Keeping things festive yet work appropriate at the annual office holiday party can be difficult, but it’s totally do able! The best bet is to wear a work appropriate ensemble with fun and decorative details.

Try wearing a holiday color such as red, green, or metallic in a still work appropriate silhouette like in this first look. This look pairs a classic work shift dress in a holiday color with a glitzy necklace and bag for a subtle holiday look.

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This second look takes another classic work silhouette (the pencil skirt and blazer) in holiday colors as well. Paired with cute booties, bow details, and a bright lip this outfit is perfect for a day or night holiday party.

Need more inspiration? Check out more holiday items below and more outfit ideas here!


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