THE ART OF DRESSING

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DRESSING YOUR TURKEY AND YOURSELF FOR THANKSGIVING
There are two crucial components no Thanksgiving dinner can do without; a perfectly appointed turkey and you; the hostess with the mostess. But juggling all of the shopping, decorating, cooking and entertaining can leave you feeling frazzled rather then thankful, especially after having to referee uncle Bob and aunt Jenny who feel they need to boldly share their political views with everyone in attendance. Never fear, with a few simple tips we can help you pull this event off with grace and panache. You will be the master of all the madness.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: THE TURKEY

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Before we can get our turkey dressed we have to get it cooked properly which can be stressful even if you are not a first time turkey preparer. Let’s take the stress out of this:
Tip 1 – Get your turkey the Monday before Thanksgiving, don’t wait, this will assure it has plenty of time to thaw properly if frozen.
Tip 2 – Once thawed or if using a fresh turkey let it set in the refrigerator uncovered for a couple of days before cooking. It sounds scary I know, but this will cause the juices to get pulled into the meat of the bird and dry the skin so it will become a beautiful picturesque brown just like all of those photos you see. Yes, it will look shriveled by the second day, DO NOT WORRY, after cooking it will look and taste fabulous.
Tip 3 – There must be at least 25 different ways to prepare a turkey, here are a couple of our favorites:
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PERFECT ROAST TURKEY

Tip 4- We want the turkey as our centerpiece to look beautiful but just use what you already have; sprinkle around some hazelnuts, cranberries, clementine’s, a little greenery, even kale works, and you will have a work of art with very little expense and effort.

ADDRESSING THE DRESSING

I don’t know about you but for years I have wondered why some people call stuffing dressing. Thanks to this blog I actually took the time to do a little research and discovered that when your bread mixture actually is stuffed inside the turkey if is officially defined as stuffing, when it is prepared as a side dish separate from the turkey it is called dressing because you are using it to dress your plate. There you go, I feel smarter already. We can let our guests worry about “dressing their plates”, as a hostess our only responsibility is making sure the turkey is well dressed; both on the table if we plan to feature it as a centerpiece and then with our prepared side dish. No stuffing, thank you very much, it keeps the bird from cooking correctly, brings the risk of food borne illness and comes out goopy, yuck!
Try two of our favorite dressing recipes:

SAGE APPLE CRANBERRY DRESSING

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HERBED CORNBREAD DRESSING

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FOOD FRIENDLY FASHION

As a hostess or even a guest we all want to look stylish and pulled together in front of our family and friends but when you are going to be spending 80% of your time in the kitchen and juggling people, plates and pandemonium you need clothing that you feel comfortable in, otherwise you will find yourself feeling awkward and irritable which isn’t good for anyone involved. Here are our favorite tips fro stylizing some comfortable basics from your own closet. Find many of these items and more in our #blackfridaydeals at poshatplay.com, save 70% sitewide on your entire purchase with code BFF at check-out.

MAKE A STATEMENT

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A statement piece from your wardrobe is all that you need to take jeans, leggings or a simple monotone dress to a whole new level. What qualifies as a statement piece you ask? It is that item that hangs in your closet you just had to have but probably do not wear very often, example: fur vest, sequined anything, brightly colored jacket or shirt. This is one of those items that immediately draws attention to itself every time it is worn. Today is the day to give it a chance to “come out of the closet” and shine.

 

WHERE TO FIND:
Black Fur Vest
Button Down Denim Shirt
Black Leather Leggings
Black Jeans
Sequin Skirt

ELEVATE WITH ACCESSORIES

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No statement piece, no matter, you can also add some flair to one of your closet basics with thoughtfully chosen accessories. We are talking scarves, jewelry, belts, and shoes. We are including shoes here because believe it or not the right shoe can set off an otherwise boring outfit and give it new life. These are statement accessories that scream “look at me” so it is important to pair them with a toned down look.

No heels for this girl, when I need to move and get things done the last thing I want is to feel unsteady on my feet. All of these flats are comfortable without giving up one ounce of style.

WHERE TO FIND:
Lace-up Ballet Flats
Silver Sequined Flats
Leopard Print Flats
Gold Lame Flats

The great thing about a belt or scarf is that they can be thrown on over last minute so you are free to cook comfort and then can easily adorn yourself moments before company walks through the door.

WHERE TO FIND:
Silk Scarves
Leather Belt
Jewelry
Sweater Dress

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Regardless of what your plans are for Thanksgiving Day just remember the bottom line is not perfection but gratitude for all of the imperfect people we are surrounded by who make our lives rich by making us laugh, causing us to cry and teaching us how to love the often unlovable part in all of us. HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Posh At Play!

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ROAR INTO FALL WITH FABULOUS FELINE & ANIMAL PRINTS

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Lions and tigers and bears- Oh my! Roar into the new Season with animal inspired prints and patterns for Fall. From tops to dresses to skirts to accessories, we’ll show you our top picks that are just right for you. Peruse our choices below and start incorporating the trend into your wardrobe today.

TIGER PRINT

One of the jungle’s fiercest felines roars onto the fashion scene this Season. Take a cue from Saint Laurent’s 2016 runway show and show off some of your boldness in a chic tiger print jacket paired over a silver sequin dress. For daytime glam, offset the busy pattern with a pair of solid black slacks and a silky white tank while you are on your way to conquer your “jungle” this year.

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We like Kate Bosworth’s take on the print trend in a comfy “tiger” tee and shorts. Easily segue into the cooler Season ahead by pairing with your favorite boyfriend jeans by day and suede trimmed maxi skirt by night. Or, take things up a notch with a cool clean tiger print sheath dress, carrying you all the way from work in the morning to cocktails in the evening.

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Like a more subtle approach? How about accessorizing with a tiger print handbag, scarf, or jewelry? Perfect for the woman who wants to keep up with the trends in a more conservative style.

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And finally, if all that is a little much, why not go for “tiger” print nail art at your next trip to the salon? You can also do it yourself at home with our handy “how to” video here:

DIY Tiger Print Nails

However you choose, be bold and loud this Season in tiger print.

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ZEBRA PRINT

For those of you willing to walk on the wild side, Africa’s inspired zebra print is the pattern for you. Delight in style with a feminine flowing silk dress. We like the updated look shown above paired over a pair of cropped jogger pants, casual yet glamorous accessorized with strappy heels.

Get our favorite “zebra” print dress styles here:
“Sequin” Printed Sleeveless Dress
“Blouson” Sequin Mini Dress

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Or, you might prefer as silky maxi skirt paired perfectly with a simple button down or fitted tank on warmer days.

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Zebra print doesn’t have to JUST be black and white. Branch out into a multi-color striped style as well. You can pair your look with a lace kimono while the weather’s still warm and switch to a fur wrap as the Season changes.

Our favorite color zebra striped fashion:
“Emily” Pink Zebra Striped Maxi Skirt
“Can’t Be Tamed” Cabana Tunic Top
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REPTILE PRINT

“Slither” your way through Fall in a chic reptile print patterned outfit this year. From neutrals to brights, from dresses to pants, from shoes to purses, this print is sure to add some shimmer to your style.

Check out our favorite “neutral” color reptile wear:
“Nikko” Faux Leather Snake Print Pants
“Annis” Reptile Print Romper

 

Don’t just stick to natural snakeskin colors either. Look for the print also in deep yellows, blues, and reds. Whether you choose to accessorize with a reptile belt, clutch, or bangle, or opt for a printed dress, shirt, or pants, you won’t want to miss this versatile trend.

Try our favorite color snakeskin fashion items below:
“Reptile” Lime Printed Palazzo Pants
“Lise” Blue Reptile Print Jersey Dress
“Fatima” Red Printed Jumpsuit
“Java” Blue Printed Pantsuit

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LEOPARD PRINT

Roar into Fall with the Season’s most popular print pattern. Suitable for any occasion from the office to errands to cocktail hour, the silky leopard blouse is the perfect solution for you. Mean “business” paired with a sleek pencil skirt or trendy wide leg pants for lunch with the Boss.

Other favorite “leopard” options to mix and match:
“On the Prowl” Vintage Short Sleeve Shirt
“Martina” Lime Green Tank Top
Joe’s Jeans Cropped White Leopard Print
Hudson’s “Streetside” Super Skinny Jeans

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You can certainly start wearing your blouse NOW combined with your favorite summer cutoffs. Accessorize with a pair of comfy ballerina flats or go glam in classy ankle heels and matching leather handbag, also trending this Fall.

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Segue into the Fall season with a favorite pair of skinny jeans, chic jacket, and knee high boots, perfect as the weather cools.

Favorite trends you can pair your blouse with:
“Leigh” Cropped Distressed Jeans
“Carly” Straight Leg Jeans
“AC Collection” Flare Leg Jeans

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Don’t just limit the trend to blouses only. Step out in style like celeb Kim Kardashian in a chic full body leopard dress. We like her simple yet classy approach. With unfussy hair, minimal jewelry, and nude colored heels, she lets the dress do the talking and you can do the same.

Check out our favorite leopard print dress styles here:
“Cale” Jersey Wrap Dress
“Bright Young Things” Bodycon Dress
“Vintage” One Shoulder Peplum Dress
Zada” Fuchsia Wrap Dress

Or go the subtle approach and bring out the print to accentuate your everyday style. Add a little “sass” with cute comfy ballerina flats perfectly paired with your favorite jeans or pants and crisp button down. Hold all your necessities in a chic envelope clutch, or dress up a simple jeans and tee combo with a flowing silk scarf.

However you choose to wear it, leopard is your look this Fall.

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And finally, has all this fashion talk made you hungry? Well grab yourself a cup of coffee and make a cute yet tasty “leopard” milk bread loaf. Here’s how to do it:

(1) Make one batch each of your favorite vanilla and chocolate dough.
(2) Refrigerate the cocoa dough, roll it into cylinders, and wrap it in vanilla dough
(3) Layer the rolls on top of each other in a bread tin and bake for the appropriate baking time.
*For added nutrition, we recommend eating this bread with Nutella

Invite your best girlfriends over with your scrumptious creation, or enjoy it all to yourself as you peruse Fall’s favorite fashion. And while you’re at it, include a couple of leopard print coffee or tea cups as well to set the mood.

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Well there you have it. Which jungle creature do YOU identify with most this Season? Will it be tiger, zebra, reptile, or leopard? No matter which pattern you choose, we here at Posh at Play encourage you to be “fierce” and fabulous wherever your path takes you. You can be the “king” of your realm this year just like the rulers of the jungle, and no need to back down from what makes you YOU.
We want you to always remember to:
Be you, Be fabulous, and always Be feminine.

FALL STYLE: TOP HAIR, MAKEUP, COLOR, AND ACCESSORY TRENDS

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October has begun and the Fall Season is underway, so now is the perfect time to start thinking about changing our beauty routines and styles to reflect the cooler temperatures. With this time of the year’s crisper weather and chillier air, it’s time to invest in a beauty regime that will nourish the skin and enhance the Autumn Season. We’ve selected our favorite hair, make-up, color and accessory trends with different ways to implement the styles to suit your personality and taste. Peruse our top picks below and try something new this Fall.

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MINIMALIST

Fall is all about expressing your unique style and individuality. Bend the rules this Season and go with the flow. No need for flashy accessories or overdone color. This Season look for understated jewelry, classic handbags, natural makeup, “undone” hair, and a simple wardrobe. Start your Fall beauty regime each day with Ren’s global protection day cream, formulated to protect skin against the environment’s harmful elements. Build a classic natural face with Bare Minerals’ tinted hydrating creamTartelette’s Amazonian Clay Matte eyeshadow, free of harmful chemicals, and finish with Bite Beauty’s all natural cinnamon plumping lip oil. Accessorize your Fall wardrobe with classic family vintage pieces, meaningful to you. Or help support creative artists around the world by shopping unique and handmade items on Etsy. We especially like the brass dagger necklace from Natura Metallum or the minimalist black leather handbag from LimorGalili. Wind down your day with natural face and body products from Edel Beauty Shop for your own little at home “spa” treatment. If simple, clean, classic beauty is your style, this is your Season to shine.

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70’S FRINGE

As mentioned in our previous blogs, 70’s Boho fringe is here to stay. Look for fringe on jackets, handbags, ankle boots, blouses, skirts, and even jewelry. You can take the look further and update your “do” with a 70’s shag haircut and fringe bangs, one of this Season’s top trending hairstyles. Start your “Boho” look with Hale Bob’s orange short sleeve shirt with fringe, AC Collection’s flare jeans, Topshop’s floppy wool hat, and fringe leather handbag from Rebecca Minkoff. Accessorize your style with unique feather fringe earrings from designer Fiona Paxton or a metal fringe leather cuff from Cynthia Desser. Carry your “Boho” look into the evening hours with BCBGMAXAZARIA’s elegant gold fringe collar necklace paired with the Henna embossed fringe and leather  clutch. However you choose to style, be sure to include a little “Boho” fringe into your wardrobe collection this Fall.

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MARSALA

It’s wine with everything this Fall. Named the Pantone 2015 color of the year, “Marsala” is this Season’s most popular Autumn hue. From Monique Lhuillier to Rebecca Minkoff to Oscar de la Renta, the runways were buzzing with this color of choice for Fall fashion. Not only can you add a “Marsala” top or skirt to your wardrobe collection, but also look for the color in makeup and beauty trends. The next time you go for a mani/pedi, go with the look and ask for Butter London’s “Afters Patent Shine” nail lacquer. Or try a natural, “minimalist” makeup paired with a bright “Marsala” colored lipstick from Bobbi Brown. Looking for a hair color change? Ask your stylist about incorporating a hint of “Marsala” highlights to your natural color or take the plunge and go for an all over dye. Subtle or bold, be sure to include 2015’s color of the year to your beauty style.

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JEWEL TONES

A second color trend for Fall 2015 is bright jewel tones like emerald green, sapphire blue, and ruby red. From Balmain to Altuzarra to Michael Kors, jewel tones glittered down the runways this Season. Now is the time to bring out your favorite blue sapphire ring or deep ruby earrings to sparkle in style. Accessorize your Fall wardrobe with a classic Dooney & Burke emerald green bucket handbag, Hale Bob’s purple printed silk scarf, or Calvin Klein’s red ankle boots for a splash of color at the office. Spruce up your Fall evening wear by treating yourself to a ruby bracelet from Kay Jewelers or create your own gemstone necklace with your choice of favorite jewels. Switch up your mani and go with Opi’s NEW Fall 2015 Venice Collection of jewel toned nail lacquers from crimson red to deep purple to blue sapphire. Don’t be afraid to live bold and bright this Fall and Winter Season.

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BLUSH PINK

A third favorite color trend for Fall 2015 is soft, blush pink. In contrast to bright “Marsala” and bold jewel tones, powder pink is the perfect counterbalance. Incorporate the look into your daily beauty routine with Too Faced’s “Boudoir Eyes” eyeshadow in soft pinks, a sweep of Nars‘ iconic glittery pink blush, and Dior’s Addict luscious pink lip polish. Brighten up the dreariest days ahead with Liberty Garden’s new powder pink pleated sweatshirt paired with Hale Bob’s ivory suede leggings and powder pink ballerina flats from Tod’s. If pink is a little too “girly” for your taste, try accessorizing with a Saint Laurent mini “Paris” clutch, delicate tourmaline stud earrings from Anthropologie, or a warm scarf from Missoni.

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ANKLE BOOTIES

If you only add one new piece to your wardrobe collection this Fall, choose the ankle boot. From wedge, to fringe, to oxford, to fur trimmed, to vintage, the ankle bootie is your “go to” shoe of the Season. With just the right accessories and style, your ankle boots are versatile enough to take you from work to play to cocktail hour. Try Calvin Klein’s “Charlaine” wedge ankle boot for classic style and all day comfort. Go “Boho” with Steve Madden’s fringe suede “Countryy” pointy toe booties or vintage with Phillip Lim’s “Harleth” lace-up bootie. One of the newest styles to hit the runways this year is the Loafer bootie. We loved Opening Ceremony’s marbleized loafer booties on the runways from Fall Fashion Week 2015. Get a similar look with the “Zan” black leather loafer bootie from Opening Ceremony at Nordstrom or go with Tod’s slip on loafer boot with trending “Marsala” ombre color. There are a variety of patterns, colors, and shapes to choose from as you shop your favorite ankle boot style.

Fall hair, makeup and accessories

Which will you choose to try this Season? A new shag haircut or a sapphire  blue manicure? A blush pink clutch or ankle booties? “Marsala” lip color or fresh faced look? With Fall’s variety of hairstyle, make-up, and color choices, anything goes this year. Be bold. Try one of our top selections this Season and modify to suit your style. Be your own fashion stylist and live everyday being you, being fabulous and always being feminine.

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