Holiday Party Looks

Putting together a chic and spirited seasonal look for holiday parties can feel like another task on the to do list.  Not to mention something else tapping into the holiday budget. For the gal on a budget or just a gal who doesn’t feel like spending a lot on an outfit she may wear a few times, Zara is the place for well-priced, trendier items that get you in the holiday spirit.  This holiday, look for style details like ruffles, velvet, off-shoulder and one-shoulder which are all on trend this season.  There is no need to break the bank to look great.  You won’t regret the fun and affordable piece you find at Zara.

Dresses always look great, but I love a jumpsuit for holiday parties too.  Just add the right shoe and accessories and you are done!  (Perhaps some thought to makeup, especially lip color.) And, always consider your bodytype and make choices that are the most flattering for you.  Below are few selections I love for holiday parties…

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Cut-Out Shoulder Frilled Dress

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Shiny Velvet Dress

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Contrast Velvet Dress

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Short Sequin Dress

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Frilled Dress

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Long Jumpsuit with Asymmetric Frilled Neckline

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Tuxedo Jumpsuit

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Embroidered Jumpsuit

Warmest wishes for a Happy and Healthy Holiday!  And, have fun getting dressed!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Fall Fashion

Fall Fashion, the clothing season I love most, is nearly here!!  The Fall Runways showed all sorts of fabulous trends – many very classic and wearable.  Those resonating with me most are Cross Body Stoles, Gray Plaid, Navy Overcoats, Off-the-Shoulder, Pin Stripe Suiting, Shearling Bombers, Statement Fur and Velvet!!

Shown here are runway images.  Below each example is a wearable and affordable example of the trend.  Click on the link for more information or to purchase.

CROSS BODY STOLES

I love a fur accessory and wearing a luxurious stole across your body is a fun and versatile way of using it.  Definitely makes a statement and shows you’ve got confidence.

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Zara Small Fur Stole

 

GRAY PLAID

I will never tire of gray plaid and I am happy to see this classic is hot this Fall!  So many ways to wear – casual, for work, and even dressy and a super wardrobe staple and builder.

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Theory Double Faced Wool

 

NAVY OVERCOAT

Perhaps you already have a navy overcoat – please wear it!!  This is another classic worth having in your wardrobe and since it is on trend for Fall, wear it with everything.

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JCrew Navy Topcoat

JCrew Lady Day Coat with Gold Buttons

 

OFF-THE-SHOULDER

This is such a feminine and flattering look.  If you didn’t get a top for Spring and Summer, it’s time to get either a long-sleeved top for Fall or a great dress.

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Milly Selena Off the Shoulder Midi Dress

Milly ‘Selena’ Off the Shoulder Midi Dress (Nordstrom)

 

PIN STRIPE SUITING

A sharp and classic fabric – just a pair of slacks or a blazer would be a superb addition to your wardrobe and have you on trend but will work for years.

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Zara pin stripe trouser

Zara Pinstripe Trouser

 

SHEARLING BOMBER

Fun, fun!!  A chunky and cozy outerwear piece that makes a big statement.  Go faux and save a few bucks.

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Zara Suede Effect and Fleecy Jacket

Zara Suede Effect and Fleecy Jacket

 

STATEMENT FUR

Here is an opportunity to show off your personality and individuality. (Faux is fine.)

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Zara Multicoloured Faux Fur Jacket

Zara Multicoloured Faux Fur Jacket

 

SHADES OF TAN

Elegant, classic, cozy…cannot go wrong adding something tan.  Goes with everything for any occasion!

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JCrew Cashmere Tan Top

JCrew Collection double-faced cashmere top

 

VELVET

Luxurious and chic –  a velvet blazer or even a velvet sneaker would work hard this Fall.

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Anthroplogie Eve Velvet Blazer

Anthropologie Eve Velvet Blazer

Have fun with Fall Fashion and make selections that suit your personal style, update and build your wardrobe and boost your confidence!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Runway Images: Stylecaster.com

Zara Sale Picks

Rarely a conversation about shopping passes without being asked the question, “Where is your favorite place to shop?”  The thing is, I don’t really have a very favorite place, I have many favorite places each fulfilling a different need or desire.  However, if the question were asked, “Where is your favorite place to shop for well-priced pieces to update a wardrobe?”  My answer, without hesitation would be, Zara!!

Zara happens to be having a fantastic sale right now – everything in store and on the website is marked down.  I did a little on-line shopping and my Zara Sale Picks are below.  Click on the link and shop – don’t hesitate – someone else could be putting your item in their bag.

Poplin Top $35.99

Fresh, crisp and goes with everything.

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Long Blouse $35.99

Chic, easy and great over jeans and leggings.

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Off the Shoulder Top $25.99

Trendy, sexy and fun – must-have this summer.

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Long Parka $79.99

This Parka rocks – it’s chic and functional.

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Embroidered Top $39.99

Trendy and easy – love over white jeans.

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Faux Leather Jacket $49.99

For the price, this bright green jacket is a fun addition to a wardrobe.

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Oversize Denim Waistcoat $39.99

A long denim vest like this is versatile and a great layering piece – goes over everything.

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Office Citi Bag $39.99

A white handbag is a nice accessory to own.  Since it’s only useful part of the year, the price makes this very palatable.  Great dressy or with jeans.

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Mini Vinyl Citi Bag (Black) $25.99

This cute little “clear” bag is chic – great in black or white.

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Mini Vinyl Citi Bag (White) $25.99

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Hope you enjoy shopping my Zara Sale Picks!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Faux Fur

Fur, real or faux, is a classic and current way to add luxury and opulence to your look and wardrobe. Real fur is the ultimate, but today’s faux fur looks and feels so authentic that you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy all of real furs benefits.  There are so many gorgeous and affordable options!  One of my favorite stores for finding well-priced current pieces is Zara.  Adding a chic and cozy faux fur piece now will get you through the cold weather months ahead in style!!

Zara Duffle Coat with Faux Fur Lined Hood

Zara Duffle Coat with Faux Fur Lined Hood

Zara Soft Furry Stole

Zara Soft Furry Stole

Zara Faux Fur Maxi Stole

Zara Maxi Stole

Zara Faux Fur Snood

Zara Faux Fur Snood

Zara Long Furry Waistcoat

Zara Long Furry Waistcoat

Zara Furry Waistcoat

Zara Furry Waistcoat

Zara Long Vest with Faux Fur Collar

Zara Long Vest with Fur Collar

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Zara Coat with Faux Fur Hood

Zara Coat with Long Fur Hood

Zara Houndstooth Cape

Zara Houndstooth Fur Collared Cape

Zara Waistcoat with Fur Collar

Zara Waistcoat with Faux Fur Collar

 

Are you ready to add a cozy and chic faux fur piece to your wardrobe?

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fringe Trend

If you like being current,  jumping on the Fringe Trend is an easy wardrobe update for Fall.  Fringe has been incorporated into clothing pieces, shoes, handbags and accessories so there is a plethora of options to choose from. Especially easy to incorporate with a handbag or shoe.  But, if you are bit more fashion forward perhaps choose a clothing item like a fringe skirt, vest or jacket. However, don’t overdo it — one fringe item per outfit or you risk resembling a yarn mop!

For more information on the pieces I have selected, click on the highlighted description above the photo.

Free People Blanket Sweater Coat

Free People Blanket Sweater Coat

Wanderlust Plaid Poncho

Wanderlust Plaid Ponch

Zara Long Waist Fringe Coat with Fringe

Zara Long Waist Coat with Fringing

Zara Suede Jacket

Zara Suede Jacket

Zara Fringed Skirt
Zara Fringed Skirt

Fringed Bucket Bag with Long Strap

Zara Fringed Bucket Bag with Long Strap

Leather Messenger Bag with Fringes

Zara Leather Messenger Bag with Fringes

 

Rebecca Minkoff Moto Fringe Saddle Bag

 

Rebecca Minkoff Moto Fringe Saddle Bag

Fringe Sueded Bucket Bag

Stuart Weitzman The Fringelica Pump

 

Steven by Steve Madden Dalton Tall Fringe Boot

Sam Edelman Josephina Tall Boot

Anthropologie Elyse Kiltie Heels

Anthropologie Elyse Kiltie Heels

VC Signature Yvonne Plunge Peep Toe Fringe

 

Will you add fringe to update your wardrobe?

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Back to School 2015

Summer 2015 was fantastic but today the gang heads Back to School!!  Each year gets tougher for me.  This year my son (who will not let me post pics of him) graduates from High School, Liz heads into her sophomore year, Cate enters 8th grade and graduates Middle School and Ali, our youngest, goes into 5th grade – our last year as parents of an elementary schooler…seems surreal!  However, with Back to School comes Back to School fashion!

Here are a few photos of my girls and their choices for that all important first day back to school outfit.

Liz and Cate off to Middle School and High School

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Liz wearing a Zara skirt and top outfit and Chinese Laundry stacked heel booties.

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Cate is wearing a Top Shop tee, Ivviva leggings, Uniqlo flannel and Haviana flip-flops.

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Ali is wearing an Abercrombie top, Abercrombie shorts and Madden Girl boots.

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Dad and Ali walking to school.

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Wishing my kids and yours a happy and successful school year!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Striped tee with white jeans 3 ways

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Shopping my closet,  playing around with pieces in my wardrobe and putting different outfits together is happy time for me.  For Women over 40 the loss of a defined waist starts to become a reality. So using techniques that do not draw attention to the middle, like leaving tops out and choosing jeans that have a high waist, are helpful in camouflaging that area.

Two very basic pieces – a Gap striped relaxed black and white t-shirt and Gap 1969 destructed resolution true-skinny high-rise jeans are combined to create three classic yet different black and white looks.

First is the casual outfit.  I turned up the jeans a bit to create a cuff and mixed the pieces with a black denim jacket, super comfortable Roxy Ventura Crochet slip-on sneakers, my silver Nantucket basket necklace, diamond studs and Chanel sunglasses.

 

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Pulled hair back in an unfussy, low, casual pony tail that I don’t pull through all the way.

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A black bird paid a visit and landed on the white fence – perfectly black and white!

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The second is a comfortable day out shopping outfit.  Worn with BP booties from Nordstrom, carrying a red tote from Zara with an Hermes red enamel H bracelet.  Bringing in the pops of red makes the outfit more fun.

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Lastly, the dressiest outfit of the three.  Wearing platform heeled sandals by Vince Camuto…

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…with a fringed black clutch and a statement ring by Tous and…

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Front and Back Chain Stud Drop earrings by TopShop.

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One rainy day or any day, spend a little time picking out a few pieces and mix them with different shoes and accessories and see if you can create one outfit, 3 ways!

Photos by the talented Carola Muis www.carolamuis.com