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12/29/17

New Year's Eve Style: Winter-White, Bows & Sparkle

 This time of year wouldn't be complete without a little glitz, glam, and sparkle -- especially as New Year's Eve approaches. Cue all the sparkly sequin numbers! Whether you're celebrating NYE with a bang at all the premiere parties, heading out for dinner/cocktails, or keeping it low-profile with a small get-together at home, this look will have you dazzling for all of them!

Today I'm sharing a quick and simple way to transform a strapless sequin dress into a classy, feminine ensemble by wearing it as a skirt!
Styling a Mini Dress as a Skirt
By now, you know my affinity for re-styling some of my favorite pieces; I love breathing new life into them for a whole new look, getting the most use of them. Well, I'm doing just that by taking this $20 Forever 21 strapless, sequin mini dress and re-styling into a pencil skirt! I've actually done this for several years now with these types of statement pieces to break them up and keep them interesting. I don't like to spend a lot on seasonal pieces like this since I know I'll only wear them a handful of times each year. This dress fit the bill: gold, sparkly, fun, and super-affordable! This one, this one, and this one would also work well if you're searching for similar last-minute options! And since sparkly sequins are pretty much synonymous with New Year's Eve, you really can't go wrong with a splash of them!

Small Style Tip
To get the dress to lay just right, here's my small style tip: pull the strapless dress down a bit, so that the top of the dress sits just below the bust (just below your bra.) To anchor it and to smooth out any small lumps from the sequins, layer a tight bandeau-style bra or cami over it, making sure to cover the top of the dress to keep it secure. It may sound silly, but trust me, it works like a charm! I love that it allows you to wear a mini dress as a skirt, giving you another way to wear it! If it sounds too fussy for you, I've found a similar sequin pencil skirt that keeps things simple, allowing you to bypass this step altogether. ;-)

Partial to Peplum
Since it's been a bit chilly in the evenings, I knew I wanted to add a sweater for this look. What sweater drapes beautifully over a pencil skirt better than a peplum? Peplums are a girl's best friend. They don't swallow up your shape like most sweaters, highlighting the narrowest part of your waist, and then flaring out nicely over the hips for an über-flattering silhouette, making you look amazing. See? Best friend. My peplum sweater is older from Ann Taylor, but they released a similar one this season here that would look darling (and it's on sale!). I also found another cute, winter-white one here that's worth a glance!
Put a Bow on It
Adding a bow adds an extra, special touch to just about anything, doesn't it? Bow pumps, bow-neck blouses, bow embellishments -- you know I adore them all! To keep this look dressy and festive, I added a navy, silk, sash belt and tied it into a bow at the waist. Super simple but oh-so-pretty! Any dark sash belt, long ribbon, or even a skinny scarf will do the trick. My sash is actually from an old Anthropologie dress, but here's a similar one for only $10 if you're in need of one! A navy or black sash belt works best in my opinion since it's the perfect contrast against the lighter, neutral colors of the sweater and "skirt."
More Sparkle, Please
If you want an extra dose of sparkle, add a crystal statement necklace and favorite crystal earrings. My crystal logo Chanel studs were a recent gift from my hubby, and I can't stop wearing them! Who says you need a special occasion to wear your favorite pieces? If you love them, wear them; I say treat every day as a special occasion!  

Fun, festive, feminine, and pretty: everything an outfit should encapsulate this time of year... especially for New Year's Eve! 

Thanks so much for reading, and I'm wishing you a fun, dazzling, happy, healthy, prosperous, and stylish close of 2017 and beginning of 2018! I hope it's all-around spectacular!

Much love,
XO
OUTFIT DETAILS:
Ann Taylor Peplum Sweater - old (current season here - on sale!, also similar here) //
Forever 21 Sequin, Strapless Mini-Dress - sold out online (similar here, here & here; similar pencil skirt here) // Navy Sash Belt - taken from an old Anthropologie dress (similar here - only $10!) //
Saint Laurent crossbody/clutch - sold out online (similar here, budget-friendly here) //
Chanel Crystal Logo Stud Earrings - gifted (similar here) //
J.Crew Crystal Statement Necklace - old (similar here) //
Jessica Simpson Nude Patent Pumps (here - on sale!, more sizes here)






12/24/17

12 Festive Outfit Ideas (Round-up)

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house...was a girl with clothes everywhere, trying to decide on a blouse. (hehe. Can anyone else relate?)

Christmas Eve is here, and I hope you're all enjoying this holiday weekend with your loved ones! If you're still snuggled up in your favorite PJs but need some quick ideas on what to wear either later tonight or tomorrow for your holiday events or gatherings, I've rounded up 12 Festive Outfit Ideas for you! These are a few of my personal seasonal favorites that I've tweaked and adapted over the years and that are super-easy to re-create with pieces you likely already have in your wardrobe! 

I hope these will give you a burst of #holidaystyle inspiration, and if you do re-create any of them I'd love to see them! (Tag me, @stylemepretty661, on Instagram for a chance to be featured in my Insta-stories!)

LOFT winter-white cable-knit sweater  - very limited stock (also cute here) //
Crystal statement necklace, c/o (also love this one!) //
J.Crew Tartan plaid scarf - sold out (similar here for only $8; cute here & here)

Just add your favorite jeans or leggings! Easy-peasy!

SHOP THE LOOK


J.Crew Tartan plaid button-down shirt //
Forever 21 Heather-grey flippy skirt - old (similar here for only $8!; cute here & here) //
Metallic Skinny belt // Black tights //
Burgundy suede pumps - old (similar here & here) //
Ann Taylor burgundy crossbody satchel - old (similar here & here)

A seasonal hit that always garners lots of compliments!

SHOP THE LOOK


LOFT textured Pullover Sweater - old (love this one & this one!) //
Burberry scarf (great dupe here!) // 
Ann Taylor dark skinny jeans // Vince Camuto taupe over-the-knee boots //
Michael Kors dome satchel - T.J.Maxx store find (almost identical MK bag here)

A great dressy-casual option that's comfy, too!

Ann Taylor camel wrap coat - very limited stock (similar here, here, and here) //
Louis Vuitton eva damier crossbody (similar pre-loved here & heremore pre-loved LV options)

Added a camel wrap coat -- perfect for cooler temps and an extra touch of elegance!

See more photos/details from THIS blog post

SHOP THE LOOK

Talbot's striped knit long-sleeve top - old (similar here & here; also love this peplum one!) //
Ann Taylor dark skinny jeans // Reversible plaid scarf - only $18! (also in red plaid) //
Nordstrom Halogen suede bow pumps - old (cute here & here)

The quintessential, holiday-style outfit. Love the pattern-mixing and the pop of red!

SHOP THE LOOK


 Crystal statement necklace, c/o (also love this one!) //
Express ruffled dress - this color sold out (great dupes here & here) //
MAC lipstick in "Diva"

A simple-yet-pretty dressy option. Love the silky ruffles!

SHOP THE LOOK

Express ruffled dress - this color sold out (great dupes here & here) //
Chanel Tote - vintage (similar pre-loved hereheremore pre-loved options; budget-friendly dupes here, here, and here) // Dainty gold & crystal choker necklace - old (similar here)

Same dress as above, styled with black tights and over-the-knee boots. Added a lace black cami for more coverage at the bust, too.

A darling, modest option for a dinner event or party!

SHOP THE LOOK

Eliza J lace bell-sleeve dress - very limited stock (similar here, here & here) //
Chanel medium double-flap bag - vintage (similar pre-loved herehere, more pre-loved options here; budget-friendly dupes here & here)

Adore this ultra-feminine party look! A little lace dress will never fail you, even if you're in a pinch. Add a pair of sparkly statement earrings for even more dazzle!

See more photos/details & other lace party dresses from THIS blog post

SHOP THE LOOK


Ann Taylor winter-white cable-knit sweater - old (similar here) //
Old Navy plaid button-down shirt - old (similar here) //
J.Crew statement necklace - old (similar here) //
LOFT tweed flare skirt (similar here & here!) //
Vince Camuto gold shimmer pumps (similar here, here, and here!) 

Another one of my seasonal repeats that never fails me!

SHOP THE LOOK


Ann Taylor mock-neck sweater - this color sold out (similar here; long-sleeved here, cashmere on sale here) // Chicwish or Choies striped, pleated skirt - old (similar here & here - both less than $30!) // Chanel brooch - vintage (similar pre-loved herehere, more pre-loved options; love this Chanel snowflake brooch, too!) 

This look is one of my all-time favorites; it's minimal yet modest and classy! I love Chanel, but any beautiful brooch would look elegant -- this affordable crystal snowflake brooch would add extra holiday flair!

See more photos/details from THIS blog post

SHOP THE LOOK

Ann Taylor mock-neck sweater - this color sold out (similar here; long-sleeved here, cashmere on sale here) // LOFT Crystal statement necklace - old (love this one!) //

Same sweater as above, but styled with a pencil skirt and pumps for a festive, office-friendly look. Adore this longer-length skirt, which lends more refinement and polish!

See more photos/details of this skirt in THIS blog post

SHOP THE LOOK

Ann Taylor winter-white cable-knit sweater - old (similar here & here) //
Crystal statement necklace, c/o (also love this one!) //
Kate Spade gold glitterbug bag - sold out (similar here, here, and here

All the components of a pretty, festive look: cable-knit, plaid, bows, and a side of sparkle! And the skirt has pockets!

SHOP THE LOOK

Another soft and comfy casual option. The tartan scarf adds the perfect festive touch!

SHOP THE LOOK


And there you have my quick round-up of 12 Festive Outfit Ideas! I hope this makes getting out of your cozy jammies just a little easier. ;-)

Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend, whatever your plans! Be safe and be sure to squeeze your loved ones extra tight! This season and every season is about cherishing family, friends, and all the little things that we can sometimes overlook or take for granted during the hustle n' bustle of everyday life. I have so much to be thankful for including my family, friends, our health, and so much more! I'm also very thankful for you and appreciate your support of my humble, little blog!
XO

12/19/17

Last-Minute Gift Ideas: $50 or Less!

It's crunch-time!
If you're still doing last-minute shopping and looking for the best gifts "for her" on a budget, I've got you covered! I've rounded up 50 gift ideas that are all $50 or less and that will arrive on or before Christmas Eve! Most retailers are still offering free standard shipping on all orders placed now and through tomorrow morning, with several going the extra mile to expedite shipping on all orders with complimentary 2-day shipping. Get your orders in by 12/21 just to be safe! (FYI, Nordstrom's deadline is 9am, PST/12pm EST, 12/21. That's the final deadline for free standard shipping as well as next-business-day shipping.)

Now, on to the goodies! I've included everything from darling dresses, plush knitwear and other cozy must-haves like scarves, gloves, and hats, beauty goodies, glitzy and sparkly baubles and trinkets, covetous hostess gifts, handbags, and more! These are all gifts that I would love to have (or may already have, ha!) and that are sure to please your girlfriends, mom, sisters, and all the other special ladies in your life.

Click on any item in the collage above to shop!

A small tip if you want to gift like a pro and earn extra brownie points: bundle up your gifts by stuffing a pretty clutch or handbag full of several smaller gifts like makeup, hand creams, mini perfume sets, jewelry, and more. I've done this for years for friends and family, carefully choosing their favorite makeup brands/colors, perfume sets, accessories, etc. and it's always a hit! (Just make sure all beauty products are sealed tightly and wrapped to prevent any potential spills or leaks.) You can do this with a large mug, too, filling it with candies or other small goodies and then packaging it with a soft throw or serving tray. It makes such a lovely housewarming/hostess gift, too!

Lastly, take advantage of all the amazing deals available right now!
For example, you can score this adorable and festive PJ set on sale for only $10! Not even Old Navy can top that price, and they're notorious for their festive and super-affordable PJ sets, which I have and love (their thermal fairisle sets are some of my favorites!) Speaking of PJs, I just picked up this cute sweatshirt to mix and match with my other sets -- it's so soft and snugly and only $18! (I sized up for a looser, relaxed fit.)

I hope these gift ideas and tips help with your last-minute shopping! XO

See all my $50 or Less Gift Ideas below!

12/15/17

Delicate Lace for the Holidays: My Top Lace-Dress Picks


With the holidays quickly approaching, and with so many of us scrambling to get everything done before then, it's totally understandable if you haven't had any time to plan out what to wear for your upcoming parties or special events! Or maybe you've had no time for online browsing/shopping and find yourself staring aimlessly at your closet wondering what you can throw together last-minute. Well, not to worry, because I've been there, and if there's one thing I've come to rely on and know to be completely foolproof when it comes to last-minute outfit planning, it's that a little lace dress can do wonders!

Today I'm sharing a little holiday-style inspiration (for those of you who celebrate) in the form of beautiful, delicate lace that will have you party-ready and looking like the belle of the ball in no time! 
To start, it's all about finding the right dress. 
Easier said than done, I know. Finding the right dress can be like finding the proverbial needle in a hay stack! But that's why I've rounded up some of the prettiest lace dresses I could find for you, including the one I'm wearing for this look! The dresses are all at varying prices and sizes to give you the most options while saving you time and energy, and it's my hope I can find something you absolutely LOVE and can't wait to wear to your next event. Think of me as your personal shopper and stylist for the day (or every day if you'll let me, since I enjoy it so much!) ;-)

Before I share my dress picks, let's talk about this amazing Eliza J lace dress. I'm not exaggerating when I say I let out a small squeal when I saw it. It has the most beautiful details that make my feminine-style-loving heart swell. You know how much I gravitate towards all the pretty, little details, and this dress has them all for me: the delicate floral lace, the scalloped, eyelash lace trim along the hem, the sheer bell-sleeves with their medallion and floral lace motifs, the fit-and-flare silhouette, and the contrasting winter-white and nude color combo.  Yep, it was love at first sight. A party dress should do that for you, right?
Not surprisingly, sizes for this dress went super-fast online, and only a few sizes remain in stock. If your size is available, I wouldn't think twice about getting it; you won't regret it. Otherwise, I found two very similar styles here and here that are just as beautiful and actually had me doing a double-take because they're nearly identical to mine! 

Below are my other lace-dress picks, which I carefully curated. They're not style- or brand-specific, but you'll notice several by Eliza J (I'm a huge fan of her designs) as well as a few from BHLDN, which is Anthropologie's wedding/occasion-wear line that I absolutely adore. If you've never heard of it, you really must check it out. I find myself ogling over all of the ornate and vintage-inspired cocktail dresses and gowns, daydreaming of all the fabulous places I'd wear them. They're truly stunning works-of-art! See for yourself here, here, and here!

LACE HOLIDAY DRESSES: MY TOP PICKS

Once you find the perfect dress, you need the perfect accessories to complement it! With any intricate lace, you really don't need much in the way of accessories since you want to keep the focus on the lace, so I suggest keeping it simple with a hint of color or shimmer.  For this look, I went with two of my favorites: these gold, shimmery pumps by Vince Camuto (that I shared in my last post) and my vintage Chanel medium double-flap bag in ballerine-pink. I love that they're both feminine and dainty. 
OUTFIT DETAILS:
Eliza J Lace Bell-Sleeve Dress (0) - stock very limited (similar here, here, here) //
Vince Camuto "Cresida" Pumps (5.5) - old (similar here, here, love these bow pumps, too!) //
Chanel Medium Double-Flap Bag - vintage (similar herehere, more pre-loved options; budget-friendly here, here) // Ann Taylor Pearl Stud Earrings - old (similar here)

I hope these lace-dress ideas help you plan for your upcoming holiday parties or special events, especially if you're in a pinch!

Nothing turns heads more than a stunning lace number!

Thanks, as always, for reading!
XO





12/9/17

Festive Office-Party Look: Bordeaux & Stripes

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

It's officially party season! Today I'm sharing a festive, feminine office-party look with one of my favorite shades of the season: bordeaux. Bordeaux, vino, burgundy, cranberry, maroon -- they all fall into the same deep-red color family with the slightest tonal variations and are all so pretty! I'm adding classic, navy stripes and a sprinkling of gold accessories to add a little shimmer and shine, too. This look is simple yet elegant, and is one that's perfect for an office holiday luncheon or party that is dressy but more conservative/business-formal. 
Beautiful Bordeaux
This ribbed mock-neck sweater from Ann Taylor is so soft and stretchy, and of course, the color is so striking! I love mock-neck sweaters like these ones, especially when they have elbow-length sleeves. This sweater comes in a versatile navy color, too, but ultimately, this color won me over. This sweater fits nicely and lays flat, making it perfect for tucking into skirts. It's currently on sale for an additional 50% off, bringing it to only $32.49! Several sizes have just popped back online today, including XXS and XS (I'm wearing the latter.) If your size is sold out, I found a similar elbow-sleeved one here as well as a couple of long-sleeved options here and here (cashmere and on sale for $55!)
Classic Stripes
If you follow me on Instagram, you've no doubt seen this striped skirt numerous times; it's a longtime favorite of mine and I've styled it countless ways. I adore the classic stripes and the feminine box pleats. The only thing that would make it even more perfect in my book would be the addition of pockets, but I love it as-is! It nips in at the smallest part of the waist and then flares out gently into a flattering silhouette. It's a few years old from either Chicwish or Choies (I honestly can't remember which) but I was able to find a couple of very similar ones for you here and here (both are $30 or less!)

I'm also swooning over this burgundy/navy-striped number with its accordion pleats, which I recently shared in my Instagram stories and got so many comments about! I can't speak to the fit, but sizes start in size 0, which looks promising for fellow petites! It's also an additional 25% off and ships for free through December 18th! (No code needed.)
A Touch of Sparkle
Party season is all about the glitz, glam, and sparkle! As fun as it is to put on all the jewels and break out the sparkly bags and clutches this time of year, I pared it down for this particular look to keep it professional and office-appropriate. One of the easiest (and one of my favorite) ways to add a touch of sparkle to any look is to add a brooch to your blouse/top. I've collected a few vintage ones over the years that I treasure and rotate frequently, but this Chanel brooch was my pick for this look because I think it adds just the right amount of extra polish. Chanel brooches, while spendy, can still be found at discounted prices if you shop around and if you don't mind buying pre-owned. 
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Gold glitter pumps are another must-have for the season! They finish this festive office-party look and are a pretty complement to the sparkle of the brooch. Mine are older by Vince Camuto and are the "Cresida" style, but I found a few nearly identical ones here, here, and here if you're in need of some for your upcoming events!

Bordeaux, stripes, and a touch of gold = office-party-ready! I love the simplicity of this look and think it would work well for a number of other special events where you want to be dressy and stylish in a tasteful, understated way.
OUTFIT DETAILS:
Ann Taylor Ribbed Mock-Neck Sweater (XS) - on sale! (also similar here; long-sleeved herecashmere here) //
Chicwish or Choies Striped Pleated Skirt - old (similar here, here; also love this!) //
Vince Camuto "Cresida" Pumps (5.5) - old (similar here, here, here) //
Chanel Brooch - vintage (similar here & heremore pre-loved options) //
MAC Lip Duo in "Diva/Burgundy"

What are your go-to outfits for office holiday parties? Do you like to dress to the nines or do you prefer to keep it simple and follow the less-is-more principle?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay tuned for another festive look that's coming to the blog soon with the most dreamy lace!
XO






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