Aah, New Year’s Eve, the most over-hyped night of the year. Whether you’re a NYE lover or hater, chances are you may have plans that will involve you wanting to look hot. I’ve put together a few outfits to inspire you, whether you’re headed to a black tie gala or to your local bar.
This outfit would be great for going out to dinner and drinks with friends. It’s New Year’s, so don’t be afraid to step it up with sequins and killer heels! Sequins are EVERYWHERE this year, but some of my favorite pieces are from Alice + Olivia.
I’ve always wanted to go to a fancy schmancy ball on New Year’s Eve that involves me wearing a gown and drinking champagne that costs more than $9 a bottle (Andre, anyone?). It hasn’t happened yet, but maybe one year. If you are going that route, I like choosing a classic dress and then playing with your accessories. A navy gown is a bit unexpected in a crowd of black, and sparkly jewels make a big impact. I’ve had really good luck with finding long dresses at Nordstrom and Macy’s.
Somewhere in between dinner and drinks and the black tie gala is the all night open bar event. These parties usually involve girls in cocktail dresses and lots of cocktails being imbibed. Have you noticed I’m stuck on clutches? This one is, unsurprisingly, a Lauren Merkin. I have an almost identical one that’s my go-to for fancier outfits.
Last but not least, here’s one for you ladies that will be spending your night at a house party with friends. You might notice that I own a few of the pieces in this set, and that’s for a reason. This is the type of outfit that most of you can build from your closet — a nice dark wash pair of jeans, a cute top, some comfy but fun flats and whatever accessories you have to spice it up!
Time to start outfit planning — I hope this helped. Feel free to leave a comment sharing your NYE plans!
If you live anywhere on the East Coast of the U.S. you are dealing with the same thing I’m dealing with — a week of 100 degree weather. And while I know that back in blizzard season I would have loved a hot day, now it just feels like my skin might melt off. There are really only two acceptable activities in this weather: being submerged in a pool, or sitting on your couch with the air conditioning blasting.
But for the those of us who don’t have the luxury of these activities, the challenge is figuring out how to dress for work in a way that will keep you as cool as possible while still maintaining some level of professionalism. I put together a few outfits for inspiration if you’re struggling this week. Keep in mind that depending on your office environment, certain things (bermuda shorts, sandals) may or may not be appropriate. I’m building these looks with a business casual environment in mind. Don’t blame me if HR gives you a hard time
Outfit #1 features linen pants, which are a great lightweight substitute for dress pants, paired with a sleeveless blouse and wedges.
Outfit #2 shows that you can wear shorts without looking like you’re off to the beach. The key is the right fabric, and pairing with a nice top and shoes. I’d recommend wedges or heels instead of flats to make the outfit look a little bit dressier.
Dresses are an obvious option for the summer, but skirts are often overlooked (including by me). Outfit #3, featuring a loose cotton skirt, is a great breezy alternative, and can be paired with a more casual top and sandals to wear on the weekend.
With that, I wish you all luck in surviving this heat wave. And I hope that your air conditioning works better than the system in my office, where it is currently 78 degrees indoors and rising.
Going to a 4th of July party this year but don’t want to wear that Abercrombie & Fitch flag tee shirt you’ve had since high school? Here are a few ideas for how to be patriotic without sacrificing style. My overall tip: focus on the color palette without being too literal. Of course, if you manage to work in some stars and stripes, that’s okay too
This is bad news. My husband can not comprehend how I can spend all day on the computer at work, and then come home and sit on the couch with my laptop all night (whatever, he’s watching sports, it’s not like I’m neglecting him). But what he doesn’t understand is that there are so many things to occupy my time, like my ever-expanding blogroll, Facebook stalking, Sporcle, and now Polyvore.
I’ve seen other bloggers posting things from Polyvore, but I had never checked it out myself until yesterday. And let’s just say, a majority of my night last night was spent on that site.
I decided to plan outfits for my weekend, which will be spent traveling to New Jersey for a wedding that my husband is in. So if I could go on a shopping spree with no limits, here’s what I’d end up with.
This first set is for the rehearsal dinner. I’ll be coming straight from work, so my outfit needs to do double time. Helloooo gorgeous Louboutins.