How to Wear Dresses in the Winter

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For those of us who love to wear dresses it’s difficult to say good-bye for the whole winter. Luckily we don’t have to! I get asked all the time about this particular subject and over the years I’ve come up with a few tried and true tips! Keep reading to see my five tips on how to wear dresses in the winter.

1. Top or Bottom: As a rule of thumb when wearing dresses in the winter months, it’s best to find a dress with either long sleeves or a longer hemlines. By covering either your top or bottom, your dresses won’t look out-of-place in the chilly weather.

2. Layer Over. Layering doesn’t have to be boring. Get creative and try putting a sweater on top of your dress to get the look of a skirt and blouse. Not only will you be warmer but you’ll also get more “looks” out of your clothes. You can also try pairing your dress with a cute statement coat.

3. Layer Under: Tights are a must for wearing dresses in the winter. Don’t even attempt to wear a dress without them once the weather gets chilly.

4. Head and Shoulders: Increase your style while increasing your warmth by wearing a cute hat or scarf. This year wide brim hats and fur scarfs are a great touch to any outfit.

5. Knees to Toes: Knee length boots or socks go great on top of tights for extra warmth and style. Not only will you get the benefit of warm legs, but you’ll also be on trend.

And there you have it, five ways to keep wearing your dresses long after the Fall is gone!

Comment below and let us know if you wear dresses in the winter, what are your favorite ways to wear them?

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Best DIY Lip Scrubs

During the winter months, all of your skin needs a little extra attention, including your lips. Winter doesn’t have to mean baring with dry cracked lips. There are several great products you can buy to give your lips some TLC like the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish and Bliss Sugar Lip Scrub. But if you don’t have one of those on hand or just want to make your own it’s easy to DIY one! Many of these recipes are made with products you probably already have such as honey, sugar, and oil. Keep reading to find out the best DIY lip scrubs to get your pout back in shape!

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1. The Au Natural Lip Scrub

What You’ll need:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • honey
  • brown sugar
  • a teaspoon
  • a tablespoon
  • a mixing bowl
  • small empty jar

DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

2. The Sugar Lip Scrub

What You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp. Vaseline
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar (white)
  • a tablespoon
  • a mixing bowl
  • small empty jar

Chocolate Sugar Lip Scrub

3. The Chocolate Sugar Lip Scrub

What You’ll need:

    • pure coconut oil
    • honey
    • 1 1/2 Granulated sugar
    • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
    • a mixing bowl
    • small empty jar

 

No matter which recipe you choose, all will leave your lips kissable soft!

And if DIY isn’t your thing below are some great lip scrub you can buy now!


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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.
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How to Wear Sequins – Five Ways

How to wear Sequins

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!

How to wear a sequin blazer

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

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How to Find the Right Foundation Shade

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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.

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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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