Monthly Archives: December 2014

How You Should Wear Your Makeup on NYE

Whether your New Year’s Eve is going to be low-key at home or you’re planning on dancing the night away at a club downtown, there’s nothing wrong with dressing a little festive and adding some glamour to your usual makeup routine. Take a note from fashion blogger Lesley of Fresh Lengths, who recommends green as the color of the season. She keeps her emerald eye shadow simple over the lid and adds some (holiday-appropriate) glitter. The lip is then muted to let her colorful eyes shine. New Year’s Eve done right!

new year's eve makeup

It’s true. Olive is basically a neutral in my book. It looks great on all skin types and matches with just about any color. Plus, emerald is one of my favorite go-to holiday colors to wear. But when it comes to what shade might work for you, take a page out of these celebs’ stylebooks from this past year.

Hopefully you’ve already got a dazzling dress picked out for tonight, so match your makeup to your outfit to make everything look cohesive and eye-popping. From rich golden eye shadow to blushing crimson lipstick, 2014 had its share of stunning fashion moments. You may not be attending a red carpet affair, but why not act like you are?

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The Perfect Playlist to Ring in the New Year

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The glittering sequins on your dress, the confetti scattered across the carpet, the sound of champagne bottles uncorking. There’s so much to take in on New Year’s Eve. So why not let us be the DJ? If you’re throwing an NYE bash of your own, we’ve compiled the perfect party mix made up of (mostly) current jams that everyone can dance to or at least slowly groove along to. These are the songs you’re going to remember as 2014 fades away and 2015 sparkles into view. From Nicki Minaj and Selena Gomez to Charli XCX and Ed Sheeran, this hour-long playlist is chock-full of songs from last year’s biggest breakout stars. So, go ahead, press play and let the sounds billow through your household. And when your music guru friend asks if you chose the songs, you can pretend you made the playlist yourself. We won’t tell anyone.

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Outfit of the Week: New Year Casual

new years eve outfit

>> K-Way jacket, Dex top, Hudson jeans, Tsubo booties, UGG Australia wallet

Ah, New Year’s Eve. The twinkling lights of the city in your eyes, screaming the end-of-year countdown at the top of your lungs, and endless picture taking. We recommend dressing comfy-casual for the occasion. Slip into your favorite dark jeans and a loose-fitting top, like this navy tank by Dex that shows just the right amount of skin in geometric cutouts near the neckline. But, don’t forget to bundle up if you’ll be walking around in the late night cold. This stylish puffer jacket by K-Way is reversible and convertible. So, you can check your coat at the door or simply fold it up into a pouch and tuck it away somewhere safe. Accents of red are especially important on New Year’s Eve when, according to ancient cultures, wearing the color encourages an overall improvement of lifestyle and love. Not the superstitious type? Well, a little red lipstick and fiery nail polish never put a damper on a girl’s style. Top off your outfit with a pair of trusty heels and you’ll be sure to feel festively glamorous. Ready to hit the town right!

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Holiday Outfit Inspirations From Our Favorite Fashion Bloggers

The presents are wrapped, your holiday plans are made, but what are you going to wear?! Get inspired by the best fashion blogger looks of the season! These girls know how to style any color, print, or silhouette, so it’s no wonder we look to them in such times of need.

what to wear to holiday party

Think festive colors – Stephanie Sterjovski of SS Life + Style paired this beautiful emerald midi skirt with a black turtleneck for a subtle, charming outfit. Emerald, crimson, pale blue, silver, and gold are the basis of the perfect Christmas palette. Take the hues you might find on your Christmas tree and go a shade darker to make it a bit dressier. Top it all off with pretty embellishments, and you’re ready for the party!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Shop by Price

Know your price range and shop last-minute gifts for everyone on your list! Don’t worry, we know you need your goods by Christmas, so we’re still offering FREE domestic shipping if you place your order before tomorrow (Dec. 19) at noon PST. After that, you can still pay to get it there in time. Check out the details here.

gifts under 50

1. Michael Kors underwear, $34 | 2. Goorin Bros. hat, $29 | 3. Steven Land socks, $9 | 4. Original Penguin thermal, $29 | 5. Rocket Dog flats, $39 | 6. UGG Australia care kit, $19 | 7. Lacoste clutch, $49 | 8. Dex top, $39 | 9. Diesel beanie, $49 | 10. Fred Perry shoes, $35

gifts under 100

1. Lacoste iPad sleeve, $69 | 2. UGG Australia Ansley moccasins, $99 | 3. Kenneth Cole jacket, $84 | 4. Creative Recreation shoes, $64 | 5. Original Penguin sweater, $79 | 6. UGG Australia hat/gloves set, $94 | 7. Sperry Top-Sider shoes, $89 | 8. Fred Perry polo, $79 | 9. UGG Australia earmuffs, $74

 gifts under 200
1. UGG Australia Classic boots, $154 | 2. Color Siete sweater, $129 | 3. Lacoste sneakers, $119 | 4. Hudson jeans, $149 | 5. Kenneth Cole coat, $109 | 6. UGG Australia Bailey Button boots, $164 | 7. G-Shock watch, $161 | 8. Lacoste bag, $179 | 9. UGG Australia Lyle slippers, $149 | 10. UGG Australia wallet, $124

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Traveling for the Holidays? What You NEED to Pack

Whether you’re flying or driving, the first rule of packing for the holidays is bring only what you need. Easier said than done, right? But when airlines force weight limits upon us, we really don’t want to be frantically sorting through our suitcases in the middle of the airport for what we can stuff into our carry-on bag. So, my number one tip to you is: Know your upcoming schedule of events, and pack outfits accordingly.

what to pack on a plane

>> Kenneth Cole jacket, Dex top, Lacoste backpack, UGG Australia boots, 7 for All Mankind jeans

Getting there >> Wear your heaviest jacket and clunkiest boots on the plane. Yes, this can be a pain when it comes to stripping down for TSA agents, but it’s worth it when your luggage is a couple pounds lighter. It’s also a good idea to dress in layers because planes tend to be cold one minute and super stuffy the next. Wearing a jacket, a sweater, and a simple tank keeps you prepared for every eventuality. Don’t forget to bring your biggest purse and a useful backpack for all your essentials!

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Outfit of the Week: Deck the Halls

mens outfit of the day

>> Marc New York jacket, Fred Perry polo, Diesel beanie, Ben Sherman jeans, Lacoste boots, Lacoste belt, Louis Chevrolet watch

There’s no two colors easier to match and pull off than navy and tan. That’s why every man needs this outfit in his closet for something simple to throw on during those winter days when it would be so much easier to stay in a warm bed. These jeans have a slim fit and a bit of stretch for the most comfortable second skin you’ll wear all season. Not to mention, the twin-tipped polo, ribbed beanie, and smooth leather boots are everyday staples that still give your look that extra edge. Top it all off with a sleek black jacket, complete with practical front pockets and a stand-up collar to brave the brisk December winds. You’re all set to trek through snowy trails and ice-covered grass, taking in nature’s most subtly beautiful time of year.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Him & Her (and Kids!)

gift guide for him

(Clockwise from top left) K-Way jacket, Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes, Sperry Top-Sider socks, Lacoste backpack, Louis Chevrolet watch, UGG Australia slippers, Diesel t-shirt, Lacoste belt, Dr. Martens cleaner, Dr. Martens boots, Ben Sherman jeans, Michael Kors underwear, Fred Perry sneakers, Ben Sherman wallet, Original Penguin shirt, Creative Recreation hat, Goorin Bros. hat

With this gift guide, you’ll realize there’s no such thing as someone who’s too hard to shop for. If he’s an outdoors kind of guy, get him a K-Way packable jacket, the compact yet durable Lacoste backpack, and an animal-embroidered trucker hat by Goorin Bros. For a guy who tends to dress minimalist, buy the Original Penguin plaid button-down shirt, clean chukka-inspired shoes by Fred Perry, and a simple leather strapback hat from Creative Recreation. If you’re shopping for a rocker dude, don’t hesitate to pick up Dr. Martens powerhouse 8-eye boots, Ben Sherman jet black jeans, and a 3D graphic tee by Diesel.

gift guide for her(Clockwise from top left) Dex dress, UGG Australia wallet, UGG Australia hat/gloves set, Lacoste coin purse, UGG Australia slippers, UGG Australia earmuffs, K-Way jacket, Hudson jeans, Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes, Sperry Top-Sider socks, Joe’s Jeans duffel bag, Rocket Dog boots, Kenneth Cole jacket, Lacoste bag, Dr. Martens boots, Lacoste watch

You can’t go wrong with this women’s gift guide filled with shoes, handbags, and plush clothing. For the trendsetter type of girl, pick up the little velvet dress by Dex, creative UGG wired earmuffs, and a dazzling watch by Lacoste. For the sportier girl, she’ll quickly fall in love with K-Way waterproof outerwear, Sperry Top-Sider’s classic silhouettes, and the cozy hat/gloves set by UGG Australia. Or, if she’s more prone to dressing edgy-cool, get her the Kenneth Cole shearling moto jacket, super sturdy Dr. Martens boots, and a smooth leather duffel bag by Joe’s Jeans.

gift guide for kids

(Girls, clockwise) MICHAEL Michael Kors flats, Sew Cool sewing machine, Lacoste sneakers, Disney’s Frozen dolls, UGG Australia boots // (Boys, clockwise) UGG Australia boots, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figure, Creative Recreation sneakers, Lego treehouse set, Lacoste sneakers // Disney gift card, AMC Theatres gift card

Get practical and buy your kids new shoes this Christmas! Boots from UGG Australia will keep their toes warm during the chilliest months, and Lacoste sneakers are perfect for running around the playground once school is back in session. MICHAEL Michael Kors offers a wide variety of sparkling holiday-ready shoes for the girls, and Creative Recreation sneakers exude that classic kind of cool for the boys. Don’t forget to pick up a few of these hot toys for 2014 and you’ll be all set. Or, if you’re buying for others’ kids, sometimes it’s easiest to go with gift cards that they’ll be sure to get some use out of at a later time. Kids could pick out a toy from the Disney store with a Disney gift card, or it could even go toward the purchase of Disneyland tickets! An AMC gift card will come in handy in 2015 with upcoming releases from the Avengers superheroes and Charles Schulz’s Peanuts.

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How to Wrap Oddly Shaped Gifts

It’s not just you or your lack of artistry – wrapping presents can be difficult. Tape is sticky. Scissors are unwieldy. Paper is fragile. On top of all that, some gifts don’t fit the box-shaped mold. Throw it in a bag and call it a day? Sure, you could, but the excitement and mystique is gone. Instead, take these instructions and make something beautiful. Or, at least try.

how to wrap difficult gifts

For stuffed animals:

how to wrap stuffed animals

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Lay your fluffy fellow down on a sheet of tissue paper and tape where the ends meet. Put another sheet of tissue on top of that, taping at the opposite end. Cover with cellophane and tie wire ribbon around the ends, in the style of a giant piece of hard candy. Snip the ribbon for a polished finish.

For bottles:

Wrap tissue paper or cellophane around the bottle. Then, roll a layer of wrapping paper around that. Tape the ends together. Fold the paper over the bottom of the bottle and tape this as well, securing it in place. Cut the top layer of wrapping paper at the top so that it’s shorter than the tissue. Cinch the paper at the neck of the bottle and fluff it out with your hands. Use wire-trimmed ribbon to tie a double knot around the neck, and add a custom bow for flair!

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Outfit of the Week: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

winter outfit

» Kenneth Cole peacoat, UGG Australia wired earmuffs, Dex leggings, Lacoste shopping bag, UGG Australia Bailey button boots

Go bold against the pale winter sky with this bright red wool peacoat. Paired with these sleek pleather leggings, the mixture of fabrics just works. Top off this cozy ensemble with plush sheepskin boots, a super roomy, classic black bag, and fluffy black earmuffs that double as headphones! Pop on some festive holiday music, grab a hot chocolate and a couple fresh-baked gingerbread cookies, and walk your entire neighborhood in search of the best Christmas light display. Winter done right? We think so.

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