THE PERFECT GIFT FOR EVERY WOMAN IN YOUR LIFE

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This year we thought instead of coming up with a generic list of gift giving ideas we would capitalize on the rich variety of women we have on our staff and have them share a few of their favorite things that would make perfect gifts for women with their unique areas of interest.

GIFT GUIDE FOR FOOD LOVERS

Lauren who joined us in 2015 has studied at the Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy and worked in the restaurant industry as a chef; once the reality of the rigors of the restaurant business set-in she decided to switch gears and leave the culinary creativity for home. She offered up her gift suggestions that even the novice home chef or food lover will be delighted to receive.

ART INSPIRED CUSTOM KNIVES:
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This item is definitely a splurge, each knife is handmade and designed not only to work well but to be a work of art in and of itself. This is a dream gift for me but I have added it to my list for Santa.

Middleton Knives

THE WINE WAND:wine-wand-christmas-giftGenerally, if you love food you love wine; this rule definitely applies to me but I hate dealing with the allergic reaction I can sometimes have to sulfites and histamines in wine, a headache and stuffy nose can really rob this indulgence of its enjoyment. The Wine Wand allows you to enjoy your favorite wine with no down-side. This amazing filter aerates the wine, absorbs histamines and removes sulfites so you can enjoy every glass with no regrets. Pure genius!

Wine Wand

HEIRLOOM CUTTING BOARD:
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This item is also on the pricey side but I feel so inspired by its beauty every time I use it, definitely worth the splurge.

Heirloom Cutting Board

MCCONNELL’S ICE CREAM PINT-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB:
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Even the most experienced chef or home cook really doesn’t want to go through the effort to make ice cream, so this is the perfect treat. McConnell’s makes all of their ice cream in small batches with raw unpasteurized grass-grazed cows. All of their gourmet blends include raw, local, sustainable, organic ingredients.

Pint of The Month Club

STRAPLESS MAXI DRESS:
hale-bob-white-maxi-dressOne of the most important things when I am in the kitchen prepping food or entertaining guests is to look good and be comfortable. I love this simple strapless maxi dress by Hale Bob; I can move around easily, no worrying about flashing someone if I have to bend over to take something out of the oven and there is plenty of room if I decide to have a second helping of dessert.

Braxton Maxi Dress

SEXY LINGERIE:

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I like getting something personal and feminine from my significant other that makes me feel like I am still his babe. Personally I love wearing sexy lingerie under everything, even jeans and a sweatshirt, It just makes me feel like a woman.

Adore Me Noreh Bra and Panties

 

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE OUTDOORSY WOMAN

Alexis is the outdoors woman of the group. When she is not working she spends her time training horses and teaching horse back riding lessons to the youth in her area. Here are a few of her favorite things.

SMITH OPTICS SERPICO SUNGLASSES:
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I am always in need of new sunglasses. Being outside all the time means lots of sun protection. I have had several pairs of these glasses they fit good and they last. A definite favorite.

Serpico Sunglasses

CUSTOM COWGIRL HAT:
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Cowgirls For Christ is a company I discovered last year at Cowboy Christmas. I got one of these last year and I absolutely love it. It provides great shade from the sun, fits great and is unique to me.

BOGS RAIN/SNOW BOOTS:
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I spend a lot of time in the mud and snow, a good pair of boots goes a long way. I love these because there are not laces so they are easy to slip on and off. They are dry, warm and cute; of course it is important to look cute even if you are cleaning out stalls.

Bogs Plaid Boots

STRETCH PONTE LEGGINGS:
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Let me just say, I love leggings! They are so comfortable and easy to move around in, you can dress them up or down, they fit nicely inside of a pair of riding boots and can be worn as riding britches. The Ponte fabric on these keeps them from stretching out so they hold their shape.

Ponte Leggings

CLASSIC COMFORTABLE UNDIES:

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Okay, so I know undies for Christmas is not usually high on the list or is the classic gift from grandma no, no but when they are this cute I think any woman would be happy to receive them.

Adore Me Rosalia Bralette and Panty

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE WORKING MOM

Hannah is our working mom in the group. As all working mom’s know finding the right work life balance is challenging to say the least. Below is her wish list this year. Oh hubby, are you listening?

SEND A MEAL:
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This company delivers gourmet meals right to your door. Having dinner covered every once in a while is at the top of my list for gifts I would love to receive because that means when the kiddos get home from school I could actually give them my undivided attention with homework or play a board game.

Send A Meal

PORTABLE PHOTO PRINTER:
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I love capturing moments on my phone but never get those photos printed and they end up staying in this supposedly smartphone instead of on my wall, so a photo printer that can print image directly from the phone is the perfect solution. Not to mention when we are at Grandma and Grandpa’s house I can live them with a printed photo of the kids on the spot.

Sprocket Photo Printer

HOME THERAPY:
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No not the psychological kind but I have to admit some days I feel like I need that as well. Some evenings I just need to wind down and I feel bad even thinking about going to the spa so this home spa retreat set is my choice, it definitely helps me keep my sanity.

Invigorating Retreat

CHARM BRACELET:
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I’m sentimental but not to big on crazy knick knack’s to remind me of special times with my family (dusting is not my favorite chore). Solution, I’ve always loved charm bracelets but have never felt great about purchasing one for myself because I’ve always felt that something like that should be a gift.
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LEATHER EMBOSSED SWEATSHIRT:
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I like being fashionable but with kids acticality and comfort normally come first, I love this sweatshirt because it is comfortable and the leather detail gives it that fashionable edge so I can wear it without looking frumpy.

Alma Embossed Sweatshirt
LUXURIOUS JAMMIES:

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With kids around lingerie is not really practical but I still want to feel feminine and sexy in a toned down sort of way, of course. I love this Adore Me Fallon knit jogger set, it is comfortable but still makes me feel really feminine.

Adore Me Fallon Jogger Set

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE STUDENT

Brittany is our student, still in the process of growing her young mind and deciding which PHD she is going to pursue. But she definitely knows her own mind when it comes to the perfect Christmas gift. Here are her selections.

BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH-CLUB:
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I love to read. I strongly believe that by reading regularly it keeps your mind fluid and very imaginative. Whether random articles about the fluctuation of bird populations in the Northwest of the United States, fun tips on how to be more energetic every day or a great mystery novel; you can never go wrong getting me a book. I love this book of the month club because you pick the genre and your interest and then a knew literary adventure shows up at your door once a month.

Book of The Month Club

FASHIONABLE SNUGGIE:
one-piece-jumpsuitWhat better to cover up under while you’re studying or reading than a One Piece? Especially when you are forced to sit at a desk, a One Piece is a sure way to keep your entire body warm and still have easy arm access. This is totally what I look like at my desk, LOL.

One Piece Onesie

PIZZA CUTTING PROTRACTOR:
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I am sure this is an amazing two-fer that is definitely a students dream!

Pizza Cutting Protractor

WACKY COFFEE MUGS:
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When I’m cuddled up at home I like to have coffee and it’s always nice having some sort of wacky mug to remind me of home. Another favorite; travel mugs they make staying awake during class a lot easier.

Wacky Mugs

THE PERFECT SWEATSHIRT:

 


This sweatshirt by Liberty Garden is perfect to wear to class or at home studying. You can look stylish while also being comfortable.

COMFY SLEEPWEAR:

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I can always use another pair of adorable PJ’s.

Adore Me Nicoletta Jammies

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE TRADITIONALIST

Ashley is our traditionalist of the group, she loves all things feminine, tailored and luxurious. Here is her Christmas Wish List.

CASHMERE INDULGENCE:
cashmere-scarf-glove-setMy Christmas List indulgence this year is a 100% Pure Cashmere Hat, Glove, Scarf set from Fisher’s Finery. I love Pure Cashmere; it is so soft and warm it gives you that sense of being snuggled up by the fire every time you put it on.

Cashmere Winter Set

AURA CONNECTED ALARM CLOCK:
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What I’m dreaming of for Christmas is a good night’s sleep, so on my Christmas List is the Aura Connected Alarm Clock. This little gadget provides the right light waves to promote a relaxing environment to induce sleep, along with sounds that can help soothe you to sleep. It can also be customized to your light and music preferences for a gentle wake-up experience.

Aura Connected Alarm Clock

MASSAGE ENVY GIFT CARD:
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One of the bests gifts I ever received was a massage. I had never done anything to pamper myself before and this was a novelty that I always considered outside my usual time and expense. However, once I did take advantage of this amazing gift, I was completely hooked. Thereafter, I made time and set aside the finance to make this special occasion part of my routine every few months. Each time I went in for pampering I felt more and more rested. An added perk is that I got to develop a friendship with my massage therapist.

Massage Envy

RUFFLE NECK BLOUSE:
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There is a revival of the ruffle neck blouse and my Christmas List is not immune to its attraction. I am in love with this trend as it lends femininity to what is usually a stiff, buttoned down tradition. So this year I am wishing for Ann Taylor’s Tie Neck Ruffle.

Tie Neck Ruffled Blouse

JACQUARD KNIT DRESS:
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This Hale Bob dress perfect for any occasion, it’s flattering, demure and a great transition piece.

Morgan Jacquard Knit Dress

TAILORED PAJAMA’S

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I confess, I am even traditional when it comes to P.J.’s. I love these because they are so soft and comfy; and honestly I think leaving something up to the imagination can be very sexy.

Adore Me Matilda Pajama Set

 

Well there you have it, some advice from the girl’s on  our staff here at Posh At Play. We hope you have found there suggestions helpful and will have some very pleased recipients of your generosity this Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STRESS LESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” or so Andy Williams would have us believe in that much loved Christmas carol, at least it is supposed to be, so what simple things can we do to make sure the sentiments from this legendary Christmas song actually become our reality? I want to experience Christmas this year without all of the frantic stress and tension that so often come along with this holiday and rob me of the “spirit of the season” leave me feeling jaded instead of jolly. We assembled some tips for reducing stress that don’t require any unrealistic commitments of your time, which there already is not enough of, but rather can be incorporated into the to do list you already have attached to your schedule.

1. Take Time For A Simple Act Of Kindness

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While you are rushing around finishing up last minute details, stop and open a door for someone,  bring back coffee for a co-worker or spouse, let someone who looks “really stressed” go ahead of you in line. These are simple things that studies show actually reduce your stress level.

2. Take In The Sights, Sounds and Smells Of The Season

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Instead of stressing out over getting that last parking spot close to the door, intentionally park far away; use this as an opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise, relish the invigoration of the crisp winter air as it touches your cheeks, listen to the enchanting sound of the salvation army santa’s bells or christmas music surrounding you, observe the beauty of the decorated lampposts and sparkling lights. Breathe in the smell of fresh pine trees as you pass by the Christmas tree lots. Being mindful of and enjoying your surroundings immediately lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress.

3. Wrap It Up

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Make gift wrapping an event. Plan a movie excursion for hubby and kids, make yourself your favorite beverage; hot chocolate, tea, coffee with a little baileys maybe, put on your favorite holiday music, sit by the fire, have all of your wrapping tools out and organized and enjoy wrapping each gift with attention to detail. This time to focus on one task will put your mind at rest and the tension of the day will just melt away.

4. Take Note

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Pick a handful of people who have had a special impact on your life this year and take a few minutes at the beginning or end of your day to actually write them a personal thank you note/Christmas Greeting expressing how they blessed your life in 2016. Expressing gratitude makes you feel mentally stronger and reduces frustration and irritability.

5. Establish New Traditions That Suit Your Lifestyle

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Most of the stress we experience in our lives is tied into expectations we are striving to live up to. A belief that events SHOULD be executed in a certain way. Forget the should surrounding where you should go, what you should do, how you should celebrate, who you should get a gift for; lose the expectations you normally place on yourself and instead be open to establishing new traditions that fit into the lifestyle of you and your family.  This time of year is all about enjoying and sharing with the ones we love; instead of the full Christmas dinner perhaps a tapas style presentation of a few simple hot hor d’oueves & cocktails or soup and salad bar would be just as fun and give everyone a chance to mill around visit and enjoy one another instead of being relegated to an assigned seat at the table. Agree to just one gift per person, draw names. Decorate a tree outside in the yard with lights and ornaments instead of making a mess inside. Celebrate with different parts of the family different days or host an open house where people can drop by whenever they have time. Participate in a santa run for charity which will eliminate any arguments over whose house you have to visit at what time.

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Remember to live in the moment. Don’t miss the magic of the season, embrace the additional to do’s and events it added to your schedule as a welcome change, step out of the mundane for awhile, find that spark of childhood wonder where the world is full of hope, excitement, and all things good.

 

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:
DRY-BRINED TURKEY
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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HOW TO SPARKLE WITHOUT LOOKING TACKY

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5-4-3-2-1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s the Season to bring out the sparkle and shine bright like a diamond. But, how to style a stunning sequined outfit without looking like a prom queen? Don’t worry, we have you covered. No matter what your age or taste, there is no need to shy away from the holidays’ favorite clothing pattern. Take a look at our favorite ways to fashion your favorite sequined items that will have you standing out in style this New Year.

TEXTURED PATTERNS

Taking a tip from the Paris runways this year, look for sequins laid out in intricate patterns and shapes. From floral to geometric to stripes to polka dots, you are sure to find a sparkling dress to suit your style. The interesting patterns diffuse the brightness of the sequins, giving you a holiday glow without too much glitz. We like Hale Bob’s gold sleeveless sequin dress with plain black back panel paired perfectly with black tights and Topshop’s black cage sandal. Or, go with the “Bianca” two toned blue and black sequined cocktail dress from Hale Bob accessorized with Vince Camuto’s simple yet elegant black ankle strap heels and matching textured sequined clutch from Badgley Mischka. Let your party style show through in an elegant patterned sequin piece this Season.

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MOVEMENT IS KEY

Fashion’s been loosening up this Season, so look for pieces that have longer hemlines and are farther away from the body to tone down  sequin’s glare. Flow prevents the shininess from looking too “clubby” and updates the look to fit 2016 fashion trends. Opt for Tracy Reece’s gold flared skirt paired with a black cashmere sweater for a cozy fit. Sweep your hair into a low chignon and accessorized with strappy pumps from Calvin Klein and a black envelope clutch from Rebecca Minkoff and you are ready to dance the night away.

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Spruce up your LBD this Season with a loose fitting, swingy sequin jacket. We like Hale Bob’s black sequined cropped jacket paired with your favorite “go to” little black dress. Or, shop your favorite black dress at our online store. Whether you prefer an “A” line shape like the ponte and lace dress, lace like the black embroidered mesh long sleeve, sequins like the black long sleeve, or maxi like the solid black jersey halter, we’ve got a fit and style to suit just you. Skirt, jacket, pants, or dress. Opt for a flowy sequined look this New Years.

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MIXED MEDIA

When styling sparkle, think opposites. Tone down shiny sequins with fluffy fur, matte wool, or nubby knit. Pair your sequined pants or skirt with a cozy black or festive red rabbit fur vest from Hale Bob. Or, go with Hale Bob’s ivory embossed faux fur jacket layered over a black studded silk tank top and this Season’s popular 70’s inspired gold sequined flare pants.

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No time to prepare for your holiday party or event? No sweat. Grab a pair of sequined skinny pants like Diesel’s sparkling silver and pair with your favorite snug holiday wool sweater or knit jacket. We like the black “mixed media” fur sleeve pullover sweatshirt from Liberty Garden or go “athlesiure” in an ivory long sleeve menswear sweatshirt paired with comfy ballerina flats or black suede tasseled loafers from Stuart Weitzman. Whichever way you choose to style your sequins, tone down your bright sparkles with “mixed media” material mixing this Season.

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ATHLEISURE

Speaking of “athleisure,” what better time to try one of this Season’s trendiest styles than in the New Year. This year, try mixing sequins with your favorite wide leg pants, comfy leggings, or denim jeans. Start with Citizen’s of Humanity’s wide leg relaxed Dylan cropped jeans or Joe’s Jeans rolled classic cropped denim and pair with a sparkling gold sequined long sleeve top from Zadig and Voltaire, accessorized with contrasting silver heels from Aquazzura and a fur clutch from Alexander Wang for perfect party style. Sparkles don’t always have to be formal. Try wearing your favorite sequined top during the week, paired with Hale Bob’s ivory suede trimmed pencil skirt and ankle booties, or layer over Liberty Garden’s grey quilted jogger pants and high top sneakers for daytime glam. Dressy or casual. Sequined items can fit into every part of your New Year’s plans and events.

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UNCONVENTIONAL BEAUTY

Toss your stilettos aside and think out of the box this Season. Accessorize your sequins with your favorite everyday items like ballerina flats, button down cardigans, cable knit sweaters, and chunky ankle booties. Stand out in style by toning down “over-the-top-glitter” with classic fashion pieces YOU like. Start with Diane von Furstenberg’s A-line sequined skirt paired with a cozy wool button up sweater from Acne Studios or Hale Bob’s unique fur trimmed sweatshirt and cable knit sweater accessorized with Tory Burch classic leather ballerina flats and timeless gold watch from Michael Kors.

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Rock another “unconventional” look and spice up your style with Hale Bob’s gold floral sequin dress paired with chunky black leather ankle boots from Rag & Bone, iconic round sunglasses from The Row, and a black leather jacket from Sam Edelman for a contemporary, edgy look that will make you stand out from among the rest this Season. When accessorizing sequins, go beyond the “tried and true” and pick items that stand out to you and reveal your inner “diva.”

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HEAD-TO-TOE SHINE

And finally, don’t be afraid to shine in glitter from head-to-toe this Season. The key to not looking like a 70’s disco ball is to choose darker colored sequined outfits and to complement your style with color matching accessories for a sleek, streamlined look. We like Hale Bob’s black sleeveless sequined cocktail dress paired with classic Christian Louboutin black pumps accentuated with a delicate black clutch and drop earrings from Givenchy.  Go”winter white” in Hale Bob’s ivory sequined cocktail dress with high low hem matched perfectly with Badgley Mischka’s embellished ivory open toed heels . Or, step into 2015’s top color choice for Fall/Winter in a “Marsala” colored sequin dress from Dress the Population with matching ankle strap heels in lush velvet from Stuart Weitzman. Whichever color suits your fancy, you are sure to sparkle without looking too tacky in head-to-toe matching fashion pieces this Season.

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Textured, mixed media, monochromatic, or accessorized with your favorite fur or leather jacket, there are many ways to fashion your sequined outfit without too looking tacky. Don’t let your dress outshine you this Season. Take our tips listed above and let your inner beauty match the fashion you wear on the outside. You are sure to turn heads at your next cocktail party or evening out on the town. Start the year anew and let the real you shine through. And if you need a little help with that extra “sparkle,” shop our extensive line of sequined pieces available NOW at Posh at Play. We wish you a Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

RAIN, SLEET, SNOW OR SHINE: HOW TO STAY FASHIONABLE THROUGH WINTER WEATHER

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“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful”….. winter weather is upon. As many of us pack our bags and travel to see our loved ones this Season, it’s time to start thinking about winter weather fashion options. There is a way to stay stylish yet warm throughout whatever Mother Nature may throw our way this time of year. Rain, snow, sleet or shine, we’ve got you covered with our favorite cozy winter fashion finds. Grab your hot cocoa and cuddle up next to the fire as you peruse our favorites and start planning your holiday look this Season.

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CLASSIC BOUCLE COAT

Rain, snow, sleet or shine, one of our favorite “go to” jackets to fit any winter weather situation is the classic boucle coat. Popularized by the French designer Coco Chanel decades ago, the look is still on trend today. The word “Boucle” actually refers to material made from boucle yarn, looping several colors together to create an endless variety of designs and patterns. The great thing about this jacket is that it is easily adaptable for work or play, dress or casual. Try Guess’s powder pink double breasted Boucle coat paired with Hale Bob’s black stretch A line skirt and black satin blouse with lace for everyday work wear to the office. Segue into the evening hours and party the night away by combining your Boucle coat with a chic cocktail dress from Hale Bob. Choose from a wide selection to fit and flatter every figure and fashion taste found at our convenient online store Posh at Play.

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Your Boucle coat can go triple duty by pairing with your favorite jeans and sweater for everyday comfort and style. Try this year’s favorite cropped jean silhouette with Citizen’s of Humanity’s Dani dark wash skinny cropped jeans or go for flare in the Dylan wide leg cropped pant. Layer your look with Liberty Garden’s ivory ultra suede sweatshirt or stay snug in the fur trimmed sweatshirt and cable knit sweater. However you choose to style, you’ll definitely want to add the versatile Boucle coat to your wardrobe collection this Winter.

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COZY FUR VEST

Our second favorite chilly weather option is the fur vest. Easy to layer over a blouse or sweater by itself on warmer days or underneath a wool coat on cold winter days, be sure to add the fur vest to your closet this Season. Get a similar look as pictured above with Hale Bob’s black rabbit fur vest paired with Hudson’s Nico mid rise super skinny jeans or try the Signature skinny jeans if you prefer black. Accessorize with Dooney & Bourke’s classic oversized leather tote,  Betsey Johnson’s heart pendant, and waterproof leather booties from Aquatalia, perfect for rainy or snowy Winter weather. If you’re feeling festive this Holiday Season, go with Hale Bob’s red rabbit fur vest instead. You are sure to spread some Christmas cheer in style.

Your fur vest can also carry you from the ski slopes to the office place. Rather than lug a heavy coat with you, top your fleece lined black leggings from Zella and cozy wool sweater from Free People with your fur vest and you ready to ski the day away. Impress your Boss and turn heads at the office by combining your favorite long sleeved shift dress with Hale Bob’s fur vest, black opaque striped tights from Elie Tahari, knee high suede boots from William Rast, and a crocodile embossed tote from Badgley Mischka. The fur vest is definitely a fashionable warm winter option to have with you this Season.

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THE PONCHO

With “Boho” still all the rage, it is no surprise that the poncho is one of this Season’s trendiest winter coat options. Updated for 2015, look for ponchos made with unusual materials such as lace from Free People and different patterns such as striped from Ralph Lauren. Or stay simple in Liberty Garden’s black faux suede trimmed lace poncho easily paired with your favorite jeans and boots for everyday wear or thrown over your favorite cocktail dress at your next holiday party.

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Get in on one of this Season’s top trends with the “poncho dress.” From Valentino to Chloe, designers are pushing the limits of how to style the classic poncho and are giving it a chic, updated look. We like Free People’s soft Toltec poncho dress or BB Dakota’s black burnout velvet dress for casual occasions. If you’ve been extra good this year, Santa might just spoil you with an elegant Valentino black flutter poncho dress, perfect for your dressier occasions. Or, you can simply grab your favorite knee length poncho and wear it solo on your next dinner date or holiday party.

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For extremely frigid climates, layering is the key to staying warm against the seasonal elements. Layering also works in warmer winter weather when the daytime is hot but nighttime brings in the chilly air. In cold temperatures, start with your favorite button down blouse like Hale Bob’s black velvet floral top paired with a gray lace pencil skirt with half slip. Layer with a gray wool sweater from Eileen Fisher, gray cable knit scarf from Phillip Lim, wool blend peacoat from Michael Kors, and knee high leather boots from designer Antonio Melani. For a different look, combine your layers over Hale Bob’s grey ultra suede leggings or AC Collection’s grey stretch skinny jeans. In warmer climates, forgo the heavy peacoat, and simply layer a blouse and sweater combo over your favorite pair of pants, accessorizing with a cozy scarf for nighttime chills. To keep from feeling like “Frosty the Snowman,” make sure you start with thinner fabrics underneath, and end with your heaviest fabric on top.

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LOOKING GOOD IN GALOSHES

Lastly, one of our favorite winter weather items that you can incorporate into your fashion wardrobe this holiday Season is the waterproof rain boot. From Tory Burch’s “equestrian” style to Hunter’s wedge to Santana Canada’s fur trimmed, tried and true galoshes get a facelift this Season with updated looks and unique styles. The girls will never know you are wearing waterproof rain shoes when you pair your Tory Burch boots with a red plaid shirt from Current/Elliot, black A line skirt from Hale Bob, and holiday red flare overcoat from Via Spiga on your next coffee date.

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For another wintery weather look, stay dry yet stylish in cute knee high plaid rain shoes from Burberry or go mid-size as featured above in “Cara” plaid lace up boots from Chooka. Pair with Hale Bob’s  black ultra suede leggings ,neutral fur trimmed cable knit sweaterand add your favorite plaid button down for extra warmth on chillier days. Don’t be afraid to incorporate galoshes into your wardrobe this Season. With this year’s updated looks, you’ll stay dry yet sleek in the newest rain boot styles.

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Rain, snow, sleet, or shine…..how will you fashion your winter wear this Season? Whether you choose to include new trendy items like the fur vest and poncho, or rely on updated versions of the tried and true Boucle coat and rainy day galoshes, there are smart ways you can stay warm yet fabulous throughout the holiday season. Stay ahead of the weather and get to planning your winter style by shopping your favorites today.

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FASHION LIKES THE NUTCRACKER

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The lights. The costumes. The music. The magic. The Season would not be the same without Sugarplums dancing in our heads to the ever popular Nutcracker tunes. This week, we focus on the iconic Nutcracker ballet seen continuously on stage every year throughout the world since 1892. Though not all of us can be as graceful as a ballerina, this week we focus on fashion inspired by this beautiful holiday classic. Whether you go see “The Nutcracker” ballet at the theater or only dance to the music in your head, you’ll feel a part of this holiday tradition with our top picks based on the iconic characters from the story.

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“THE NUTCRACKER PRINCE”

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Fight off the winter chill and emulate the ballet’s hero in a chic military-style jacket, snug leggings, and knee high boots. From DSquared2 to Rag and Bone, military jackets are one of this Season’s trendiest coats of choice. We like Hale Bob’s taupe beaded stretch Ponte jacket paired with grey ultra suede leggings and suede knee high boots from Sole Society. Switch up your look by changing the color of your pants each day from red suede, to winter ivory, to chocolate brown. If you prefer dresses over pants, you’ll look smashing in Hale Bob’s black long sleeve silk jersey wrap dress accessorized with chic slouchy ankle booties from Vince Camuto or classic shiny black knee highs from Franco Sarto. You are sure to win this holiday Season in a outfit inspired by the iconic star of “The Nutcracker” ballet.

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“CLARA”

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Like Clara, the heroine of the story, you will shine like a star in a luscious blush pink maxi dress this Season. Rather than go with traditional red and white, wow your “audience” in style with one of this year’s most popular colors. We love Liberty Garden’s pale pink embroidered cami crinkle maxi dress paired with matching delicate heels from Betsey Johnson and a “Nutcracker” themed handbag. Top with a warm grey cashmere sweater from Tibi, perfect for the chilly theater or a cold winter night. For true “ballet” fashion, go with ballerina flats from Steve Madden and a cozy ballerina wrap sweater from Diane von Furstenberg, perfect for any holiday occasion.

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“THE BALLERINA DOLL”

81917b846789394fb5246aac78e233b3Entertain your guests this year with an outfit inspired by the “Party children’s” favorite gift from Uncle Drosselmeyer. Look for colorful geometric patterns on blouses, skirts, and dresses to dazzle in style at your next holiday party or event. We like Hale Bob’s black and blue printed crepe de chine shift dress paired with warm black tights and black booties from Topshop. On dressier occasions, whip your hair into a topknot, swipe on a splash of cherry red lip tint and top with Eileen Fisher’s cozy velvet stole, embellished heels from Badgley Mischka, and a sparkling silver clutch from Rebecca Minkoff. Forgo the dress and try  Vince Camuto’s soft pastel colored geometric print sweater paired with your favorite jeans on casual winter days. However you choose to style, try the “ballerina doll’s” geometric patterns this Season.

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“SPANISH DANCE”

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Spice up your holiday style this in a fiery red look inspired by “The Nutcracker’s” Spanish hot chocolate. From dresses, to blouses, to pants, to shoes, brighten up your wardrobe this year with one of the Season’s favorite color schemes. We like Hale Bob’s long sleeve red lace dress with peplum topped with black patent leather pumps from Charles David, a velvet black clutch from Claire V, and accessorized with a handmade red rose hairpiece. We also like Hale Bob’s elegant red stretch silk  Charmeuse gown perfect for a night at the ballet, or go with Michael Kors’ red fringed cowl neck sweater paired with your favorite jeans for easy, everyday style. However you choose to style, add a pop of “Spanish” red to your wardrobe this winter.

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“CHINESE DANCE”

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Bring a touch of the Orient to your holidays with an outfit inspired by “The Nutcracker’s” Chinese Tea. Start with Hale Bob’s cute cropped floral pants in pink or mint paired with Liberty Garden’s pink “tattered” long sleeve shirt or go with a trendy mixed pattern style in A.P.C.’s striped tee and Ralph Lauren’s bright burnt orange overcoat as featured above. For your next holiday party event, we like Dosa’s “Chinese”inspired tunic dress paired with Chinese Laundry’s “ballerina” embellished flats and pearl clutch from Badgley Mischka. Brew a hot green tea and spread holiday cheer this Season in your “Oriental” style fashion.

“ARABIAN PRINCESS”

Like “The Nutcracker’s” Arabian Princess, bring an air of mystery and romance to your holiday Season this year. Start with Hale Bob’s wide leg crepe de chine pants in blue or grey and top with a blue beaded silk blouse with dolman sleeves. On casual days, go with Liberty Garden’s grey quilted jogger pants paired with the black long sleeve shirt with mesh inserts and embellished pointy toes flats from Kristin Cavallari. Sparkle in gold, Arabia’s favorite metal, at your next holiday party in Hale Bob’s gold sequined sleeveless dress accessorized with ankle strap heels from Betsey Johnson, gold box clutch from Moschino, and a spritz of spice from Marc Jacobs’ Decadence fragrance.

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“WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS”

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Whether you favor Clara’s pink dress, or The Prince’s military jacket, or Spanish’s fiery red, or the Flower’s floral pattern, you can bring a touch of “The Nutcracker” to your winter wardrobe this Season. If you get a chance, attend your local ballet school’s annual production this year and donate to the live arts. You don’t have to be a dancer to be a part of the loveliness of the art form. Channel your inner ballerina dreams this Season, choose your favorite inspiring character, and twirl in style at your next holiday gathering.

 

 

 

HOLIDAY PARTY TRENDS

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With Thanksgiving past us and the holidays ahead, it is time to start planning the perfect party fashion attire for every occasion this Season. From the office party to present exchange with the girls to Christmas dinner, we’ve selected the perfect outfits to suit any and every event this year. Whether you decide to go traditional or try something new, take a look at our top trending looks for the holidays 2015. Take advantage of Black Friday sales this weekend, and start shopping our top choices.

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One of our top holiday looks trending this Season is winter white from head to toe. Stay with the Season, and look for luscious ivory and off-white colors rather than Summer’s crisp white hue. For your next holiday party, we love Liberty Garden’s NEW long sleeve mixed media ivory sheath dress paired with Menbur’s matching ivory ankle strap sandals and Topshop’s “Polar Bear” faux fur ivory overcoat. We also like Hale Bob’s romantic ivory embroidered mesh lace dress or the ivory floral A line dress, flattering on “Apple” shaped figures. Or, go maxi style in Liberty Garden’s “Boho” ivory embroidered strapless dress or Hale Bob’s classic stretch lace dress with half slip. For more casual occasions, go with Hale Bob’s ivory ultra suede leggings and ivory lace sweater knit long sleeve shirt, topped with Liberty Garden’s ivory terry knit lace jacket. However you choose to style, be sure to include one our favorite head to toe color trends this Winter.

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MAD FOR PLAID

Our second favorite holiday party style trending this Season is plaid. Go with a fresh, updated look for 2015 with a sleek plaid midi pencil skirt, or bundle up in a cozy plaid wool jacket. You can even accessorize with tiny plaid stud earrings or a chic plaid crossbody bag. Get a similar look as above with Topshop’s wool blend midi length skirt paired with Hale Bob’s black long sleeve embroidered top and black ankle strap heels from Steve Madden. Bundle up against Winter’s chilliest weather in Ann Taylor’s brushed wool blend plaid coat or go for holiday cheer in Trina Turk’s double breasted emerald green plaid jacket. If plaid isn’t quite your clothing style, simply accessorize with Coach’s mini red plaid crossbody bag or go for just a hint with plaid stud earrings or classic plaid watch from Burberry. Bold or subtle. Be sure to include a little plaid in your Winter wardrobe this year.

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WINTER FLORALS

Not just for Spring anymore, Winter is the perfect time to let the flowers come out and play. The key to fashioning florals for Winter is to look for darker prints and longer sleeves, or accessorize your dress with heavier coats, scarves, furs and boots. For a day party with the girls, try  Hale Bob’s pink and white bold floral print maxi dress topped with a red rabbit fur vest and black booties from Via Spiga. At your next holiday office party, wow them in style with Betsey Johnson’s floral print stretch midi dress accessorized with emerald green satin T-strap sandals and a “Fall Follies” embellished flower bangle all from the designer herself. Dance the night away at your next holiday cocktail party with Hale Bob’s flattering gold sleeveless floral sequin dress paired with a matching copper sequin jacket and Topshop’s laser cut gold sandalsMaxi or mini. Sequined or satin. Add a lovely floral dress to your holiday party style this Season.

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A SHORTS STORY

Even though Winter is upon us, don’t rule out your favorite pair of shorts at your next holiday party. As with florals, the key is to layer your pair of shorts with heavier knits, wools, and furs, and on extra cold days, a pair of wool tights. Get a similar “Winter White” look as pictured above with Liberty Garden’s NEW ivory lace skort paired with Hale Bob’s ivory lace sweater knit blouse classic ivory jacket from Shopbop, and a “Boho” floppy hat from Eugenia Kim. Or go with our other favorite “Mad for Plaid” look in a frosty blue plaid romper from Soft Joie layered with soft wool blend tights from Falke and trendy suede fringe booties from Sam Edelman. If lace and plaid don’t please you, take a look at our wide range of shorts in all patterns and styles at our online store Posh at Play. There’s one to suit you perfectly at your next holiday gathering.

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TANGERINE IS THE NEW RED

From Elie Saab to Alice + Olivia, designers this year brought us a new shade of red – bright tangerine. What better time than the holidays to try on one of this Season’s top trending colors. Stand out from among the rest at your next office party in a Phillip Lim sleeveless silk ruffle dress or go for a more tailored look in Black Halo’s tangerine shift dress. Off set the bright color with nude ankle strap sandals from Suart Weitzman and a bead and crystal clutch by Natasha Couture, or head to toe color with tangerine suede pumps from Gianvito Rossi and a matching leather clutch from Rag and Bone.

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You are sure to dazzle and shine for your next formal affair in a sweeping floor length tangerine color maxi dress. We’ve picked one out just for you. Try Hale Bob’s stretch satin halter maxi dress paired with shimmering crystal embellished pumps from Badgley Mischka and dainty crystal drop earrings. Be the “belle 0f the ball” this Season in bright tangerine.

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DENIM AND LACE

Lastly, as featured in Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s top party picks, we couldn’t agree more with unexpected dynamic lace paired with denim. Suitable and chic for any holiday gathering, what better way to spruce up durable denim this Season than with an elegant, vintage Victorian lace blouse. We like this updated look with pencil skirt and lace up booties, perfect for the office party, dinner with the parents, or the annual holiday get together. Our top picks include Hale Bob’s supple satin and sultry black lace blouse or go with black stretch floral lace tunic paired with AC Collection’s faded denim pencil skirt and Alexandre Birman black lace up booties. Change up your style at another holiday occasion with a trendy midi length denim skirt from Frame Denim or go with relaxed cropped denim pants from Citizen’s of Humanity. And you could always switch things up by topping Hale Bob’s ivory or grey lace midi skirt with a tie back denim top from Nicholas. However you choose to style, try the denim and lace combo this year.

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Which holiday style do you fancy most? Whether you choose to go winter white head to toe or pair denim and lace, change things up this Season. Forgo the predictable LBD and wear something that expresses your unique personality and beautiful YOU. Start shopping your favorite looks today from the convenience of your home and take advantage of the remaining hours of our online Black Friday sale here at Posh at Play. Find all your favorite looks right here.

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HOW TO STYLE THIS SEASON’S FAVORITE SWEATERS

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Winter weather is finally here and with it comes a change in wardrobe essentials. While staying warm yet fashionable can be tricky, we’ve selected our favorite ways to style your cozy sweaters this Season. The key is to streamline your look without looking too bulky. Take a peek at the top trending looks for Winter 2015 below and start shopping the styles today. No need to forgo fashion in the chilly months ahead.

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SWEATER AND BUTTON DOWN

On those mornings when everything feels rushed and you have no time to plan, grab a button down blouse and pair with your favorite pullover sweater for quick, classic office wear style. Choose from a wide variety of Liberty Garden and Hale Bob button down blouses at our convenient online store, one for any occasion and every style. Top with Liberty Garden’s ivory ultra suede sweater shirt and complete with AC Collection’s high waisted skinny jeans or pants. You’ll be out the door, espresso in hand, and rocking your workplace in no time.

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The blouse and sweater style is also perfect for casual days out running errands, or coffee with the girls. When you’ve exhausted all your newest Fall and Winter fashion purchases, mix and match items from your closet for a stylish yet warm Winter look. Start with Joe’s Jeans’ cropped rolled pants or Citizen’s of Humanity’s relaxed Dylan cropped jeans and top with Ann Taylor’s classic oversized white button down shirt  paired with Chloe’s asymmetric hem sweater in trending blush pink. Accessorize with Betsey Johnson’s NEW charm bracelet set and a comfy pair of leopard print kitten heels from Cole Haan and you are ready to start your day off in style.

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SWEATER DRESS

Another “no brainer” classic look to return this Winter is the sweater dress. On your busiest days, simply throw on your favorite sweater dress style, pair with an oversized bag and your favorite boots, and you are ready for any occasion morning, noon, and night. We love Current/Elliot’s soft gray wool and cashmere blend dress accessorized with booties from Jeffrey Campbell,  chunky gold bangles from Kendra Scottand a black leather bag from Kate Spade. Sweep your hair into a chic topknot and segue into the evening hours by combining your sweater dress with Vince Camuto’s “Sugar Plum” suede pumps and a sparkling gold clutch from Loeffler Randall.

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Make your sweater dress go “double duty” and combine with your favorite leather leggings or skinny jeans for a completely different look. This is also a great style for chillier Winter days when the weather is at it’s snowiest. Try pairing with Hale Bob’s black quilted faux leather or go with the mixed media leggings. Spread a bit of cheer at your next holiday party by combining with Hale Bob’s red ultra suede leggings or go “Winter Wonderland” in the soft ivory suede. If leggings aren’t your style, go with your favorite pair of skinny pants like Hudson’s black super skinny jeans or go matching with Citizen’s of Humanity’s grey stretch skinnies. At your next holiday event, arrive in the colors of the Season’s by pairing your sweater dress with Hudson’s deep red skinny jeans or go bright in Hale Bob’s green cotton sateen pants. However you choose to style, the sweater dress is definitely a versatile choice to add to your wardrobe collection this Winter.

 

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STRIPED SWEATER AND MIDI SKIRT

From Valentino to Miu Miu to Isabel Marant, stripes are definitely one of this Season’s trendiest patterns. Echoing the iconic candy cane, what better time to try a striped sweater than during the holidays. Update the look for Winter 2015 by pairing with your favorite midi length skirt, one of this Season’s trendiest skirt lengths. We like Madewell’s cable knit striped sweater or go with Philosophy’s cozy cashmere striped sweater with star detailing, perfect on your next party or event. Who says you have to stick to black and white only? Get colorful this Season in Rag and Bone’s orange and red toned sweater or change things up and go with Tory Burch’s asymmetrical striped fitted sweater. For a perfectly polished office look, pair your striped sweater with Hale Bob’s lace midi length pencil skirt in basic black or soft grey.

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Bring a bit of vintage classic 50’s style to your next holiday party in your favorite striped sweater and A-line midi skirt. Get a similar look as pictured above with Theory’s solid black A line skirt accessorized with a beige suede jacket, Vivienne Westwood’s legendary mini Yasmine black handbag, and leopard ankle strap heels from Brooks Brothers. If you are feeling especially festive and daring, go with this Season’s popular runway “mixed print” look in your striped sweater and red plaid midi skirt from Kate Spade. Work or play. Parties or errands. You are sure to look stylish and trendy in your sweater and midi skirt combo this year.

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SWEATER AND OVERALLS

With the revival of 90’s fashion this Season, the return of the overalls is inevitable. What better way to try out one of this year’s trending pant styles than to pair with your favorite cozy turtleneck or chunky knit sweater. For an updated style, look for overalls in different colors and patterns such as navy, rust, or striped, and unique material such as leather, cotton, or knit. For dressier occasions, we like Topshop’s cropped faux leather overalls paired with Hale Bob’s ivory sweater knit lace top or the black faux leather long sleeve shirt and Michael Kors’ jeweled ankle strap pumps. On casual Winter days, try wide leg steel gray overall pants from YOOX topped with DKNY’s ivory chunky knit turtleneck and Rag & Bone’s cozy Shearling lined clog booties. You’ll definitely stand out from among the rest this year in your overall pant style. And, your purchase will go double duty for you as designers from Nicole Miller to Adam Lippes keep overalls trending on the runway for Spring Fashion 2016.

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LOTS OF LAYERS

It’s easy to stay warm yet fashionable with this Season’s trending poncho and sweater “robe” coat options. Stay warm with ponchos made from wool and cashmere and stay fashionable with plaid, striped, and jewel toned color patterns. Choose a perfect Winter outfit with Luisa Brini’s navy plaid poncho paired with Hale Bob’s rust colored turtleneck top layered over Hudson’s Nico super skinny navy jeans tucked into knee high leather boots from Tory Burch. Opt for the striped look with MIH Jeans’ oversized reversible wool blend poncho, and segue into the evening hours by topping your favorite cocktail dress with Halston Heritage’s elegant black mock-neck ribbed poncho. Casual or dressy, be sure to add the poncho into your Winter wardrobe this year.

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The sweater robe coat is another favorite trending sweater find this year. Warmer than a sweater yet lighter than a coat, this jacket is a perfect layering option and also great to wear on warmer Winter days. We love Hale Bob’s teal wool sweater coat or go with the longer “robe” style in the Birdseye knit sweater coat in teal, purple, and beige from Hale Bob. Paired with your skinny jeans for daytime activities, and thrown over your favorite cocktail dress for evening, the sweater robe coat is your perfect styling option this Season.

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SWEATER SCARF

One of the simplest ways to stay warm yet fashionable throughout the Winter season is to make your favorite sweater double as a chic scarf by day and warm outerwear by night. Take your favorite sweater such as Hale Bob’s fur trimmed sweatshirt and cable knit sweater or the terry knit pullover with cable knit sleeves and tie around your shoulders for perfect Winter style. As the sun sets, pull over your evening outfit to stay warm against the night air. No matter which sweater style you choose, try this simple yet chic “sweater scarf” style this Season.

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No matter which sweater style you prefer, there are many creative ways to style your outfit this Season rather than relying on the predictable sweater and jeans combo. Pair with a midi skirt for your next holiday party. Or combine with slacks and a button down on your way to the office. Or go back in time and style under your new pair of vintage 90’s overalls. Think out of the box this Winter and try a few new fashion creations all your own. We’d love to hear your ideas on how you will style your favorite cozy sweaters this year. Comment below and give us your feedback.

Don’t forget to visit our Pinterest Board for more creative ways to style your Winter sweater wear.

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

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While everyone is focused on this week’s holiday, it is not too early to start thinking about the other big holiday right around the corner, New Year’s Eve. Whether you prefer hosting or attending, going out or staying in, big party or intimate, start planning your New Year’s Eve activities now. End the year making memories to last a lifetime and ring in the New Year with class, style, and panache.

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SEQUINED PARTY DRESS

Forgo the usual little black dress for New Year’s, and sparkle and shine in some “bling” this Season. Try sparkling sequins for a change of pace, perfect for New Year’s Eve. We love the great selection of Hale Bob sequined cocktail dresses, paired with chic Jimmy Choo heels for a sparkling holiday night.

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Or for a change of pace, go with gold sequined leggings paired with chic black pumps and a cream silk Hale Bob blouse. Either way, you are sure to shimmer and shine this New Year’s Eve in sequins.

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PARTY CART

If you are entertaining at home this New Year’s Eve, we love the fabulous idea of a rolling “bar” cart. Grab a cart from your local flea market or garage sale, and decorate with checkered paper to cover the trays. Next, fill your cart with an ice bucket, a selection of glasses, mixers, drinks, and small party horns to pass around to your party guests. A perfect solution to keep your guests partying all night long.

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LAST MINUTE DRINK IDEAS

Didn’t have time to prepare for New Year’s Eve? For an elegant and simple solution, grab ordinary champagne glasses and fill each with rock candy. Place glasses on elegant silver trays on the table for an elegant centerpiece as guests arrive. Just before midnight, fill glasses with champagne for the toast, and re-fill as needed after the toast. To select the perfect champagne for your party, see this easy to use champagne guide for the perfect brand of bubbly.

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For non-drinkers or children, a fun solution is to fill champagne glasses with cold frothy milk and top off with homemade cookies or gourmet cookies from Harry and David. New Year’s entertaining can still be fun and festive without all the stress and hard work.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE DECORATING

When thinking of decorating for New Year’s Eve, try fun and festive touches through the house, uncomplicated yet elegant. Collect your favorite gold and silver variety of candles on top of a silver tray and light for a glittering and cozy touch. Collect gold, silver, and black masquerade masks from your local costume store and fill into clear bowls. Add a collection of gold party horns and confetti poppers stored in glass goblets for your guests at midnight. You can even make your own custom confetti party poppers with this easy DIY party popper guide, filled with surprise candy.

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DATE NIGHT NEW YEAR’S EVE

Reserve your spot NOW at your favorite restaurant spot for you and your date this New Year’s Eve for an intimate way to ring in the New Year. If the thought of being with a bunch of people seems overwhelming, grab your date and celebrate with a romantic dinner out. It can be as simple as dinner out, or look for New Year’s Eve celebrations complete with dinner, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. Check out your city’s favorite New Year’s Eve spots at Gayot. Let someone else do all the work this New Year’s and relax your way into 2015.

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CITY CELEBRATION

If you are lucky enough to live in New York City, Times Square is THE place to be on New Year’s Eve with the Ball drop at midnight. Las Vegas also participates in city-wide activities with the Strip transformed into one big block party and a choreographed fireworks display at midnight. Check out great deals at Innkeeper Vegas. Most cities across the US celebrate New Year’s Eve with special events and activities. Check your local listings, gather friends and family, and celebrate New Year’s Eve with a night out on the town. Even if you do not want to go out on New Year’s Eve, plan a “Ball Drop Party,” invite friends and family, and gather around for a televised version of the midnight ball drop.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE HAIR

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to try something new and fresh for the coming New Year. Try our top three hairstyle pick’s popular this year. To get Diane Kruger’s chic ballerina bun, seen across the runways this Season, spritz hair with a shine spray like Kerastase. Sweep hair into a high ponytail at the crown, twist hair into a topknot, and secure in place with embellished jeweled hairpins. Complete the look with a spray of Bumble and Bumble holding spray. For Amanda Seyfried’s “classic Hollywood” sideswept waves, popular on the Red Carpet this year, set hair into hot rollers, tousle hair, and touch up with a curling iron. Complete the look with a spritz of TIGI Bed Head Masterpiece Hairspray to last all night long. Finally, we love Taylor Swift’s embellished jeweled hair accessories. Try the great selection of hair jewels at Anthropologie or Nordstrom. Try something new this New Year’s and go for a new hairstyle look, sure to dazzle and shine.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE APPETIZER TRAY

If you are running out of time and are not sure what to serve your guests for New Year’s Eve, we’ve got the perfect solution. Grab a selection of your favorite chips and crackers, and serve them in style in a classic top hat. Serve a variety of different dips in martini glasses. Rather than rely on the basic ranch or bean dips, surprise your guests with new dips found at Caramel Potatoes. For a sweet tooth, also serve Stacy’s Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips with a sweet dip to satisfy everyone on your New Year’s Eve guest list.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE TABLE SETTING

Rather than dealing with the restaurant crowds, you might opt for a more formal dinner on New Year’s Eve at your home. We love this elegant yet festive table setting idea perfect for the celebration. Set your table with a white table cover, set with silver place settings, and a champagne bottle service as your centerpiece. Find easy to print “Clock Printables,” print, and insert on your silver chargers placing a clear glass plate on top for a stylish yet elegant New Year’s Eve table. Place a party horn and party popper at each setting for the big midnight toast and you are ready to celebrate in style.

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DIY NEW YEAR’S EVE GLITTER GIFT BOTTLES

For a simple yet glittering New Year’s Eve party favor or decoration, decorate your own mini-champagne bottles to give as gifts for your guests. With Mod Podge, finishing spray, and glitter, you’ll have the perfect New Year’s Eve gift for your guests. You can also decorate your champagne and wine bottles for a glittering and festive centerpiece or beverage table display. Follow the simple Glitter Champaign Bottle Tutorial and you’ll be ready to greet your guests with style.

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Whether you opt to stay in or party the night away, try some of our New Year’s Eve ideas and suggestions for this year’s celebration. Check out more creative ideas at our Pinterest Board New Year’s Eve. As you prepare for your New Year’s event, cherish the memories of the year and look forward to the new things to come. We thank you, our readers and followers, for the support and look forward to hearing more fashion ideas and tips from YOU in the coming year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Posh at Play!

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS OLD AND NEW

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With the Holidays right around the corner, we here at Posh at Play are getting into the Holiday Traditions, both old and new. The Holidays are great time to reflex and reflect on not only the past year, but also the new year to come. It’s a time of giving and sharing, and a time to reflect on how and why we do the things we do. What are the Holiday Traditions that bring us “home” every year, and what are the new Traditions to investigate to make each holiday season special and unique? We want to hear from you our readers. What are some of your favorite “must-have” Holiday Traditions and what are some new Traditions you would like to try this Season? To give you a head start, we’ve gathered a list of Old and New Holiday Traditions we love. Take a look and let us know what you think.

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ADVENT OR ELF ON THE SHELF?

A much loved Holiday Tradition for young and old alike is counting down the days until Christmas Day. A favorite is the Advent calendar, tracing back to19th Century Britian, with the first known published Advent calendar produced in 1851. One door, featuring a Christmas image or small present, is opened per day starting December 1st, and continuing  through the 24 days of December, building anticipation and excitement for Christmas Day. We love the beautiful selection of Advent calendars found at Byers’ Choice Lmt. A newer Holiday Tradition many are embracing is the “Elf on the Shelf,” a tiny Elf doll who is sent from Santa starting December 1st to monitor good behavior each day of the month. Each night, the Elf flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa all he has seen and heard and “reappears” in a new hiding place each day. The fun is to find where the Elf may be hiding each new day. Which countdown to Christmas do you prefer?

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REAL OR ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE?

A winter tradition going all the way back to the Egyptian times, decorating with a tree during winter symbolizes the hope for Spring ahead. Right after the Pumpkin Patches start disappearing after Halloween night, the stands start stocking up their lots with a variety of real Christmas pine trees. A much loved Holiday Tradition is to pack into the car and shop for a Christmas Tree at the local stand a few days before Christmas. With the fresh smell of pine, a real Christmas Tree warms the home instantly. Some, however, prefer the easy-does-it set up of a pre-lit artificial Tree, for easy set up and take down. Artificial Trees are also suitable for those allergic to pine trees or those who love to decorate early for the holiday. We love the beautifully realistic artificial Christmas trees at Balsam Hill in a variety of sizes and styles. Which do you prefer? Real or artificial?

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TRADITIONAL OR THEMED HOLIDAY COLORS?

Red and green, the traditional colors of the Holidays, harken back to the Roman times when wreaths made of holly and ivy were given as gifts, looking forward to the promise of Spring ahead. Today, many still decorate homes, offices, and buildings with the traditional colors of Christmas from wreaths, to Christmas trees, to table settings. However, a current trend is to decorate around a Winter Theme, from “Frozen,” to Candy Cane Lane, to Winter Wonderland, complete with ornaments and decorations surrounding each specific theme. What is your favorite decorating Holiday theme?

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A favorite Holiday Tradition is the the iconic Christmas tree. Decorated with ornaments and lights, the real or artificial pine Christmas tree is seen all over the cities from homes to offices to schools to stores. Many love to host a “Christmas Decorating” party in which guests help decorate the pine tree  over socializing and snacks. A newer modern Holiday Tradition is using tree branches, lights, or other creative ideas to form a “Christmas tree” shape made out of other materials. Some even use the “Charlie Brown Christmas tree” with one lone red ornament and a tree branch as the centerpiece of the Holiday Tree. Do you decorate with a Christmas tree or go the modern route?

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CHRISTMAS DINNER OR CHRISTMAS MOVIE ON CHRISTMAS DAY?

On Christmas Day, a favorite Holiday Tradition is to wake up early, open Christmas presents, and then prepare for a big Holiday Christmas dinner with family and friends, enjoying spending time with loved ones over a feast of wonderfully prepared food and drinks. Check out the delicious and easy Christmas meal ideas at Food & Wine. In recent years, “family” has come to not only include relatives but friends, extended family, or those with no family to go to over the holidays lending to new Christmas Day traditions including going to see a movie on Christmas Day, as well as other festive activities like shopping, going out to a restaurant, or site seeing. Film companies often release their year’s top hits into theaters on Christmas Day. Check out IMDB’s film releases for Christmas Day and choose which flick you will want to enjoy.  How will you celebrate this year, with a big home cooked meal or try something new and unique, but just as festive?

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BING CROSBY OR IDINA MENZEL?

A great Holiday Tradition is holiday music blasting through the home and car all Season long, making things merry and bright. There are so many wonderful Christmas and Holiday albums worth enjoying throughout the Holidays. Enjoy old classics like Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” for a good old fashioned Christmas season, or go modern and pick up Broadway star Idina Menzel’s “Holiday Wishes” filled with updated versions of all the holiday classics. Which one will most likely be filling your home this Season?

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HOMEMADE GIFTS OR STORE BOUGHT GIFTS?

Traditionally, all presents used to be handmade toys, cookies, soaps, and woodcrafts that friends and family would spend time working on and keeping a secret from their loved ones until Christmas Day dawned. The holidays have since turned into a haze of shopping madness with stores pushing to buy more, more, more. This season, consider crafting your own homemade lotion, soap, cookie recipe, or other creative ideas found at Buy Nothing Christmas. If you do decide to buy your gifts at the store, thinking creatively, not expensively. Think from the heart and choose a gift that will mean something from you to them. Whichever way you choose to give gifts this year, remember the reason for the season.

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OLD FASHIONED SLEIGH RIDE OR ICE SKATING?

For a festive winter out, couples used to wrap in a cozy wool blanket, cuddle together, and take a ride in the sleigh, enjoying each other and the crisp winter weather. Some climates still allow for an “old fashioned” sleigh ride through the wintery white snow just like days of old. Instead of complaining about the frosty winter weather, consider enjoying a ride through the snow. A more modern twist is enjoying a skate for two, or gather the entire gang for a glide around the rink. Many cities today set up outdoor skating rinks during the winter season in the downtown areas. Check your local city for details and enjoy some fresh Winter Wonderland. Which festive Winter activity do you find most appealing?

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Holiday Traditions old and new are always a fun, festive part of the Holidays. Traditions warm our hearts and bring joy and cheer to end the year on a happy and thoughtful note as excitement builds for a fresh, new year to come. Whether you prefer old traditions like Christmas trees and handmade gifts, or new traditions like seeing a movie on Christmas or listening to Idina Menzel, make traditions a part of your festive holidays. We’d love to hear YOUR ideas on what the holidays mean to YOU. What are YOUR favorite Holiday Traditions from the ones we’ve listed? What Holiday Traditions do YOU love best?

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM POSH AT PLAY.