MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR’S EVE SPARKLE

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Faster then the speed of light here we are once again at the cusp of a New Year. It seems that the entire 365 days of 2016 have been leading up to this one event; New Year’s Eve. There is always so much pressure around this night to make it memorable so we have some traditional ideas combined with a fresh perspective to make your New Year’s Eve sparkalicious!  (sure it’s a word LOL)

FASHION FIRST

This is the one night of the year that glitter is appropriate; anytime, anywhere, no holds barred. So live it up! Grab that sequined dress, jacket or skirt out of the closet that has been hanging back there for years waiting for its debut and knock-em dead.

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If an entire garment full of sequins feels to bold for your wall-flower personality, make it a little more subtle with some glitter tights, jewelry or make-up. If you can’t find glitter tights in your area and do not have time to order them from online we have instructions on our Facebook page for a DIY version that looks terrific.

 

FOUR SPARKTACULAR CITIES FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE

New Year’s only comes around once a year, so why not make the occasion memorable and join the celebration in one of these sparktacular cities.

New York City – Although New York may be too much for some people, there is no denying that it is one of the best parties in the world when it comes to New Year’s Eve. Whether you are down in Time Square watching the ball drop or out on the water enjoying the fireworks, New York will give anybody an experience to remember.

London – The iconic Big Ben is the gathering place of hundreds of thousands of people on New Year’s Eve. The banks of the Thames and all of London’s most famous bridges are crowded with people watching the incredible light show and listening to the clock chime at midnight.

Paris – The “City of Lights” lives up to its name during its New Year’s Eve celebration. From the spectacular fireworks show at the Eiffel Tower, to the massive block party in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe and finally to the show at the well known Moulin Rouge, Paris provides an experience not soon forgotten.

Sydney – Because of its unique location Sydney is the first major city to ring in the New Year and they do it in style. The city is known for having one of the largest firework shows  in the world, the show starts at 9 PM and ends when the clock strikes midnight. The large waterfront provides a place for millions of people to gather and enjoy the show which features aerial acrobatics, an Aboriginal smoking ceremony that is said to cleanse bad spirits, and the Harbour of Light Parade.

LET THE NEW YEAR SPARK A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

So, if you are like me and are so over the hype and hubris surrounding this holiday there are others ways to make it memorable without all of the hubbub.

Indoor Camping – Set up a small tent and to add some sparkle put up some lights and light some candles. You can even venture outside and ring in the New Year under the twinkle of the stars. If you are really feeling adventurous you can light a fire (in the fireplace of course) and roast some marshmallows.

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Create An At Home Spa – This is a great way to pamper your spouse and it sets the mood for a romantic New Year. You can plan out the spa treatments you will offer. Don’t forget the candles and champagne.

 

Spark The Inspiration Of Those Around You, Create A Giving Calendar for the New Year – Create a calendar of ways you want to give in 2017. Plan something for each month, find a charity or ministry that you would like to support and create unique ways to give back to them, it could be as simple as the gift of your time.

 

Put Some Sparkle in Your New Year and Plan a Trip to Vegas in 2017 – Spend your New Year’s Eve planning your next vacation. There are a lot of great ways to enjoy Vegas, from Cirque Du Soleil shows to Wynn Night Clubs, there is something for everyone. Vegas is a great place to make your New Year sparkle.

 

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FALL STREET FASHION…ON THE LOOSE IN NEW YORK CITY

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This week one of our fashion bloggers is set loose on the streets of New York City to discover and report the latest trends in Fall fashion street wear. What is the common girl on the street wearing to business, lunch, and evening? And how do New Yorkers incorporate fashion into their busy, non stop lifestyles? Let’s discover what’s trending and find out ways you can implement into your Seasonal wardrobe and your lifestyle needs this year.

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PRACTICAL COATS WITHOUT THE YAWN 

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In preparation for the trip, I ended up packing only one bomber leather jacket. However, I should have followed the chic coat option all of New York is wearing this Season. In the city that never sleeps, women know that an all purpose, durable coat is the way to go for Fall. Lighter than fur or wool, the camel trench coat is one of this Season’s favorite jacket options, suitable paired over your work suit and later with a chic midi dress and over the knee suede boots.

Be FURocious 

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Being from L.A., I had wondered if “fur” is a taboo touchy clothing piece for Fall so ended up leaving my faux fur vest and real fur jacket at home. That’s not the case here in NYC. Cozy fur vests and coats are all the rage paired over anything from business suits to a day out in Central Park, faux of course for the protection of animals.

And Don’t Forget The Brights

You hear the myth that all New Yorkers only wear black and dark colors, so as to not stand out too much as a tourist, I opted to pack and wear neutral colors only. Boy was I wrong. New York women know how to stand in color, but with a more sophisticated approach. They pair one brightly lit statement piece and accessorize with solid colors and minimal jewelry. Try your black slacks with a bright outer piece to stand out like an “Oh So Chic” New Yorker.

ALL WHITE IS STILL OK 

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Throw out the “no white” after Labor Day rule, and make your own rules like the New York women do. I tend to always push my white and ivory clothes to the back of the closet for Fall and Winter, but the New York women know that rules were made to be broken. They steer clear of silk and chiffon pieces, in favor of heavier fabrics like wool. I am actually on the look out for a white leather jacket for Fall here in the Fashion District.

Seen outside Carnegie Hall, I liked how she dressed up for the night in a tailored dress and crisp heels for a busy night out on the town.

Some Of Our Favorite White Pieces 
Ivory Tailored Bolero Jacket
Catrinah Lace Dress
Laszio Sequin Cocktail Dress
Silk Charmeuse Dress
Joe Ultra Suede Leggings
Bruna Embossed Faux Fur Jacket

SILKY SLIP DRESS

I’ve always been a bit leery of wearing a barely there silk slip dress during the Fall. But New Yorkers are pairing the slinky silhouette this Season with hardier fare, from tees underneath, to moto jackets, to long trenches. Combine with your favorite ankle boots for downtown shopping style and switch to strappy heels as you head to a Broadway show. Check out this flowy one I found at Bloomingdale’s in the heart of the city.
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Need a little romance in your afternoon? Try a glitter knit slip dress paired with a chunky oversized cardigan for a chic and comfortable New York errand running girl. No time for a trip home? Pull slinky heels from your tote and meet friends at Hudson Clearwater hidden restaurant.
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Check out the Brooklyn Museum  in a sophisticated black & white slip dress and leather jacket then dine at Saul for a NY evening to remember.

ANKLE LOVING BOOTS 

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And speaking of ankle boots, they are my “go to” shoes roaming the streets of NYC. As I expected, the streets are covered with every single boot style imaginable, from combat, to suede, to rocker style, to patent leather. My ankle boots were perfect to pair with my leggings all day and with my jumpsuit at night for the ballet. If you only get one shoe this Fall, get the versatile ankle boot.

LONG VESTS AND SKINNIES MESH

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What a great styling option, suitable for women from young to old. Skinnies are easy to pack and slim the leg on everyone. I brought a variety of these adaptable pants to switch out with different shirt options. How does New York style their skinnies? With an oversized chunky sweater and ankle boots or heels for a night on the town. I just had to head to Macy’s on 34th to grab me a pair of NYC’s favorite.
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The vest and skinny work easily for the office or a chill fall NY day. Pair your black lace skinnies with a long sleeve knit top and oversized vest for office days or shimmy into your favorite jeans and satin top and stroll Manhattan for a totally you afternoon.

LAYERED LIKE A LOCAL

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Since I only took 1 carryon, I had to think about layers while in NYC. How do they keep so warm, especially on brisk windy Fall days? I spotted jeans paired with a plaid long sleeveinfinity scarf, and a chic wool blazer; an A line skirt with long sleeve sweater tucked in; and I myself wore leggings, tight sweater, and warm vest that kept me comfy all night long.
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On the go? Shimmy into a pair of leggings, pullover an oversized sweater and slip into to some concrete loving kicks for a busy New York Minute.

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No matter how you choose to layer, the ONE item all New Yorkers never go without is a long warm scarf. From Central Park to Broadway to Greenwich, these girls know how to style a scarf. Layer a long draping sweater over a knit top and infinity scarf with your favorite jeans tucked into some serious leather combat boots for a NY City walk about.
So whether you’re in The City to see the sites, taste to food, listen to the music or everything in between. Be sure to dress like a local, but always remember to
Be YOU, Be Fashionable, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.
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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.

WHITE IS RIGHT THIS SPRING

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From Alexander McQueen to Chloe to Miu Miu, white is right this Season. Usher in Spring 2016 with a pure, clean head to toe white outfit. Flattering on all skin tones, you’re sure to be the talk of the town this year. Take a peek at our favorite fashion outfits and start shopping the trends today.

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BOHO LACE DRESS

Get groovy in this Season’s trendiest fashion blast from the past. From Chloe to Zimmermann to Rachel Zoe, designers have brought back the 70’s “Boho Chic” style from last year with new and updated silhouettes and adornments for 2016. Start your collection with Hale Bob’s embroidered mesh long sleeve lace dress paired with sandal clogs from MIA and crossbody bag NEW from Rebecca Minkoff. Accessorize with a silk scarf “head band” from Free People , or pull your hair into a high pony for a sleek look. Carry your look to the office in Hale Bob’s classic long sleeve A line lace dress combined with matching lace pumps from Benjamin Adams London, a white Bolero jacket, and croco-embossed leather mini case from L.A.P.A. On your next evening out, get in on one of this Season’s trendiest silhouettes in Hale Bob’s off the shoulder lace dress complete with a snug fit to show off those curves. Casual to formal, the white Boho lace dress can be incorporated into any event or activity this Spring.

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LACE MAXI DRESS

Another favorite “Boho” look to try this Spring is the flowy longer lace maxi dress. Cool and carefree, this style is perfect for days at the beach, errands out, lunch with the girls, or a hot night on the town. NEW from Liberty Garden, we like the sleeveless white lace crochet maxi or the charming vintage empire waist dress paired perfectly with matching flat gladiator sandals from Free People, straw floppy hat by Helen Kaminski, and Lucky Brand’s fringe crossbody for perfect “Boho Chic” style. If you prefer a more classic look, you can still get on the trend with Hale Bob’s sleek sleeveless long lace dress accessorized with gold floral flat sandals from Kate Spade on casual days and ankle strap satin heels from Menbur for dressier occasions. No matter your personal style, there is a white lace maxi dress to suit everyone this Spring.

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OFF THE SHOULDER BLOUSE + SKINNIES

As we mentioned in last week’s blog, off the shoulder is one of this Spring’s most popular blouse styles. Flattering on any body type, this silhouette elongates the neckline and hides “trouble” spots like a thick waist or bigger arms. We suggest pairing your billowy top with skinny pants to avoid a bulky or “heavy” appearance. Get the look pictured above with Marques Almeida’s gauzy white blouse combined with Citizen’s of Humanity’s mid rise skinny jeans, leather handbag from Vince Camuto, and classic heels from Christian Louboutin. If your day calls for a “no jeans” rule, simply swap out the denim for Hale Bob’s cotton sateen skinny pants or sleek ultra suede leggings for elegant Springtime style.

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WIDE LEG PANTS

In contract to the skinny, the second favorite pant style among designers on the runway this Spring is the wide leg. Suitable for any body type, the wide leg pant is easily adaptable for any occasion casual to dressy. For slimmer body shapes, you have the freedom to pair your pants with anything from a snug cami to a loose fit sweater to a “Boho” crop top. For fuller figures, avoid appearing too bulky by combining your look with a tucked in tee or a tailored crop jacket. On thinner silhouettes, try Hale Bob’s white studded satin wide leg pants accessorized with Liberty Garden’s pleated swing tank , short sleeve lace back swing tee, or crochet silk cotton halter by Hale Bob. On stocky figures, emphasize a smaller waistline by pairing your wide leg pants with Hale Bob’s fitted cotton lace tank top or a crop stretch Bolero jacket. You can also wear this look combined with your favorite swimsuit at the pool or beach. Swap out the dressier satin pants for Hale Bob’s crepe de chine wide leg palazzos with smocked waist for perfect all day comfort.

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TOP + SHORTS

As Spring’s weather warms, switch out the white pants outfit for much cooler shorts. Not just reserved for casual outings, this fashion style can also be worn in more formal occasions if paired with the correct accessories. Look for a “dress short” such as Liberty Garden’s loose fitting lace skort or go with a longer version in Marni’s Bermuda style knee length shorts. Keep it classy by accessorizing with Hale Bob’s silk satin burnout blouse or go a little “Boho” in Liberty Garden’s lace trimmed chiffon top combined with a matching tote from Michael Kors and trendy clear suede toed heels from Gianvito Rossi. On more casual days swap out the dress shorts for Hale Bob’s lace crochet  or  Citizen’s of Humanity’s white denim distressed shorts and switch the heels for Jeffrey Campbell’s clear platform oxfords. Remember our tips on how you can look classy not trashy this Season in a head to toe white shorts outfit and you’re sure to turn heads wherever you go.

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ROMPER

A second shorts outfit to try this Season is the romper, connecting a blouse and bottoms together in one. Though this fashion was popular last Spring and Summer, designers have updated the look for 2016 by loosening up the silhouette and adding a “cold shoulder” neckline. Try this outfit today with the white lace crochet romper NEW from Liberty Garden paired with Castaner’s wedge sandals and rag + bone’s Panama hat for daytime fun. Segue into the evening hours by switching out the wedges and hat for lace up ankle strap heels from Aldo and matching white crystal trim clutch from Whiting & Davis. If your style is a bit more traditional, go with the long sleeve lace trimmed twill romper from Liberty Garden accessorized with flat sandals or even a pair of your favorite comfy white sneakers for the perfect “athleisure” look.

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STRUCTURED DRESS

And finally, for those who prefer a more structured silhouette, the all white style can still work for you this Season. In addition to all the suggestions we’ve listed above on how to turn the “Boho” style into a classic look, you can also include the trendy solid color sheath or shift dress into your daily wardrobe. Popularized by Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn in the 1950’s, the shift is characterized as a usually sleeveless short dress featuring little to no detailed shaping. We like Hale Bob’s ultra suede filigree short sleeve dress, perfect for work, play, or your next Springtime party. In contrast, the sheath dress fits snuggly, emphasizing the curvy female form. For this style, go with Liberty Garden’s long sleeve mixed media sheath dress paired with your favorite booties or strappy heels for nighttime fun. As mentioned above, don’t forget that you can also accessorize your dress with sneakers or flat sandals for a casual, comfy style.

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From dresses to pants, casual to dressy, Boho to classic, head to toe white is a “must do” this Spring. With all of our fashion tips listed above, there is a perfect style to suit any taste and flatter every figure. Start your Spring off right with a clean, bright new Season.

 

 

SPRING’S TOP TRENDING ACCESSORIES

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Gone are the days of barely there jewelry, slip-on shoes, and minimalist bags. If there’s anything that this Season’s runways taught us, it is that “bigger is better.” From oversized dangling earrings to bright colored satchels to embellished heels, this Spring is all about the more is more approach to accessorizing. These finishing touches may feel a little foreign to your usual straightforward style, but that’s the point. Take a deep breath, embrace their “wow” factor, and let them take you way out of your comfort zone this year. Peruse our top 6 accessory finds trending on the runways, and take a chance by adding one or all into your wardrobe collection this Season.

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SILK SCARF

One of the simplest yet stylish looks seen on the runways is the unique use of Spring’s silk scarf. Apart from its practical use in keeping you warm throughout the transitional months of Springtime, your favorite scarf can be used as a statement piece as well. Transform a simple denim outfit into that “wow” factor by coiling  Tory Burch’s “Souvenir” silk scarf around your neck like a necklace, one favorite look on the Nina Ricci and Dior runways. At a loss for other ways to tie your favorite scarf? Take a look at the “Posh at Play” Facebook page for our 3 quick video tutorials on other top trending ways to fashion your favorite scarf. Staying stylish this Season can be as simple as finding creative uses for the items already in your closet, and utilizing them in new ways.

EMBELLISHED HEADPIECES

Bye bye 2015 floppy hats and hello 2016 embellished headpieces. While “Boho” is still a trend on the runways for Spring, designers this Season are updating the look with unusual new pieces. From Saint Laurent’s tiaras to Diane von Furstenberg’s flowers to Dolce & Gabbana’s scarves, head wear got an upgrade this year. Long hair or short, add a new embellishment to dress up your everyday style. If “bling” is your thing, let your hair down and drape Rahaminov’s Forevermore diamond necklace across your brow or accent an up do with Oscar de la Renta’s  crystal embellished headband. If you are the girly type, try adding Nina’s white organza flower clip to a side ponytail or topknot. And for those really bad hair days, try tying one of Bally’s wide selection of silk scarves around your tresses in vintage 60’s style. Whichever head piece you choose, be sure to include one of this Season’s hair accessory trends into your fashion collection.

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BRIGHT MATCHING HANDBAG 

Playing off of last Season’s all over color, designers this year are matching bright handbags with same colored outfits. Forget contrast. This Spring is all about single toned style. First, start with your favorite trending Spring color like canary yellow, or cherry red, or quartz rose and serenity blue, Pantone’s colors of the year. Next, match your pants, dress, or overcoat with your handbag and shoes in the same color tone. Shine like the sun in Kate Spade’s solar yellow crossbody bag paired with Hale Bob’s cotton sateen skinny pants, and Liberty Garden’s scoop neck tank with high low hemOr, tone things down in a tranquil pink and blue long sleeve tie dye dress from Hale Bob accessorized with a matching blue leather satchel from Rebecca Minkoff and quartz rose Adrianna Papell strappy sandals for evening or trendy “ballerina” lace up flats from Kristin Cavallari  on casual days out.

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ORNATE EARRINGS

Now is not the time to shy away from bigger, bolder baubles to enhance your Spring style. To keep your look fresh and modern, try pairing your earrings with only 1 other statement piece to keep from getting lost in all the glimmer. For everyday style, dazzle in long crystal earrings from Heather Hawkins or oversized black hoop earrings from GAS Bijoux. On dressier occasions, go with Elizabeth Cole’s 20’s inspired ocean grey stone dangle earrings paired perfectly with a gold plated crystal pendant necklace. Tap into your playful side this Season with Betsey Johnson’s “princess charming” drop earrings, white puff balls from Tuleste, or “hot snacks” dangles from Vanessa Arizaga. Whichever earring style you go with this year, just remember that bigger is better.

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LACE UP BALLERINA FLATS

From Michael Kors to Etro, designers are still obsessed and entranced by the ballet. While the ballerina flat has been a fashion staple for the past few Seasons, designers this year updated the look by adding a pointy toe and lace up ankle for true “pointe shoe” style. Pirouette into Spring with a flowy blush pink crinkle cami maxi dress fresh from Liberty Garden or ivory embroidered strapless dress paired with “fresh off the runway” lace up ballerina flats from Michael Kors. On chillier Spring days, simply top your look with a snug gray chunky sweater from Zady or ivory layered ultra suede shirt from Hale Bob. If you only add one pair of new shoes this Season, let it be the pointy toed ballerina flat.

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STATEMENT SHOES

And finally, make a statement without saying a word in a pair of embellished shoes that express your unique style. From Gucci’s chunky heels to Marc Jacobs’ western booties to Tory Burch’s ornate heels, designers went wild with their own creative foot wear creations this Season. The key to styling statement shoes is to keep your outfit simple in order to highlight the unique accessory. Get a similar look as featured above with a white lace romper from Cynthia Rowley paired with fringe chunky heels from Free People and a colorful clutch from La Regale. If “Boho” fringe is not quite your style, go for a pop of color in Gwen Stefani’s new “Malibu” sandals or kick up your heels in Jeffrey Campbell’s rainbow patterned western booties. You can also strut your style at the gym in Casadei’s silver glitter accented athletic sneakers topped perfectly with your favorite comfy Tee and black leggings from Hale Bob. Dressy or casual. Daytime or nighttime. Dinner or the gym. Let your personality shine in your own unique pair of foot wear this Season.

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Silk scarves, embellished hair pieces, oversized earrings, bright handbags, ballerina flats, or statement shoes are our top accessories trending this Season. Whether you choose to style your favorite scarf in a new way or go bold with a brand new pair of earrings, don’t be afraid to stand out in style this year. Take a chance and try something new and different. Surprise yourself by expressing your unique personality in bold creative ways this Spring.

 

HOW TO DRESS LIKE YOUR FAVORITE GOLDEN GLOBES ACTRESS

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With the People’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes ceremonies already complete, it’s officially awards season in Hollywood. We must admit that our favorite part of the award shows are the actresses’ Red Carpet arrivals. We get a hint of the new year’s trending fashions by viewing what the designers are dressing their favorite celebrities in and in turn, what the actresses are loving to wear. While this year’s Golden Globes award ceremony provided surprise wins and losses, designers this year played it safe on the red carpet with trending Spring styles from the 2016 runways.  Take a look below see how you can dress just like your favorite actress from this year’s Golden Globes.

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BRIGHT YELLOW

Our favorite stunner of the evening goes to Jennifer Lopez in a sunny yellow asymmetrical creation from designer Giambattista Valli. Not only is the bright color a major trend on the runways this Season, but also the asymmetrical skirt is this year’s silhouette style of choice as we mentioned in last week’s “New Year, New You: Top Fashion Trends for Spring 2016.” While others played it safe in neutral hues, Ms. Lopez took a chance in a colorful tone, complementing her bronze skin and accentuating her assets. This Spring, take the plunge just like the entertainer and look for fashion items in sunny yellow. Get a similar look as featured above with Mac Duggai’s lemon colored open back evening gown, perfect for your next formal Spring event. Carry the color to your everyday wear in Liberty Garden’s yellow scoop neck tank with high low hem paired with your favorite comfy leggings or cropped denim jeans. If yellow from head to toe is not quite your style, go with just a touch in Hale Bob’s printed yellow silk tank top, perfect for a day at the beach or a hot night on the town. However you choose to style, be sure to include bright yellow into your wardrobe this Season.

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CHERRY RED

Not only is she one of our favorite actresses, but Jennifer Lawrence also shimmered on the red carpet this year in a bold red cut-out column dress from designer Christian Dior. While 2015’s color of the year was “marsala,” a wine-red hue, this Season’s red goes bolder in bright cherry. Oftentimes designers steer away from any hint of red since the color can clash on the red carpet, but that didn’t stop the actress from boldly choosing one of this Season’s top colors and standing out from amongst the rest. Get Ms. Lawrence’s similar style with Hale Bob’s red silk charmeuse evening gown paired with matching ankle strap heels from Stuart Weitzman. Not just reserved for formal occasions, include the color into your day-to-day activities with Hale Bob’s red stretch floral lace tunic combined with Hudson’s black mid rise skinny jeans or Hale Bob’s black cotton eyelet shorts on warmer Spring days. Don’t be afraid to go bold this year in bright jewel toned hues.

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QUARTZ ROSE

Our third favorite look of the evening goes to the elegant Kate Blanchett in a gorgeous caped satin gown by Givenchy. The actress chose to shine in “quartz rose,” Pantone’s top “color of the year” as we mentioned in last week’s blog. Ms. Blanchett complemented her style with soft pink make-up tones and a matching evening box clutch from Roger Vivier. Take a tip from the actress and shop Liberty Garden’s NEW pink embroidered crinkle cami maxi dress paired with crystal embellished ankle strap sandals from Nina and a matching box clutch from Moschino. Or go “Boho” style with the dress by combining with fringe booties, wool floppy hat, and a matching fringe suede crossbody bag all from Free People. If structured is more your style, sweep your hair into a low pony or high topknot and carry the color to the office in Hale Bob’s ultra suede filigree shift dress topped with low heeled ankle strap sandals from Sam Edelman. Formal, Boho, or structured- there are many ways to include “quartz rose” into your wardrobe collection this Spring.

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NAVY IS THE NEW BLACK

Our fourth favorite color find at this year’s Golden Globes goes to the beautiful Kate Winslet in a sweeping halter neck gown by Ralph Lauren with shoes by Jimmy Choo. The actress shows that simple and elegant are always in style, yet livens up her look by choosing a deep blue hue rather than rely on evening’s predictable black. On your next “black tie” affair, take a tip from Ms. Winslet and go for a blue silk charmeuse halter neck gown by Hale Bob, paired with Jimmy Choo sandals just like the actress. Or, show off those toned legs and go shorter in Hale Bob’s navy long sleeve lace dress with peplum. Carry your look to the streets by grabbing a pair of navy blue ultra suede leggings from Hale Bob topped with a cool silk V-neck tunic and matching tote from Tory Burch to store all your day’s necessities. Before you reach for that classic but predictable black outfit, remember this Spring’s mantra “navy is the new black.”

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OLD HOLLYWOOD

What better time to “shine like gold” than at a Hollywood awards red carpet event. Rose Huntington-Whiteley shimmers in a gold sequined Versace gown reminiscent of the glamour of old 1920’s Hollywood, yet updated for modern 21st century style. Get the actress’s similar stunning style in a gold sequined wrap dress from Hale Bob accented with a gold glitter clutch from Diane von Furstenberg, gold embellished heels from Kay Unger, and dazzling  18K gold drop earrings from Nadri. Carry your “sparkle” throughout the daytime as well in a sleeveless sequined top from Amen paired with comfy taupe jogger pants from Hale Bob and your favorite ankle boots or sneakers. Dressy or casual, this Season is the perfect time to bring out the sparkle in you.

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VINTAGE 60’S

And finally, always the trendsetter, Lady Gaga went with one of this Season’s trendiest styles in a divine solid black velvet dress from Versace “a la Marylin Monroe.”. From Jeremy Scott to Alice + Olivia, a throwback to the 1960’s was all the rage on the 2016 runways this year. Tease your hair and grab Gaga’s similar look with Hale Bob’s black halter maxi dress paired with vintage color blocked platform heels from Zimmerman , classic pearl earrings, and a matching freshwater pearl cuff.  Or, go with a shorter version in Hale Bob’s vintage jersey knit V-neck dress with cut out shoulders accessorized with your favorite dancing heels and black leather clutch. Peruse your mom and grandmother’s old photos for some inspiration and get “groovy” in vintage 1960’s style this Season.

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If you missed this year’s Golden Globes, have no fear. We’ve provided the top fashion looks you’ll be seeing throughout Spring 2016. Whether you try a bold bright like Jennifer Lopez, a pretty pastel like Kate Blanchett, or vintage 60’s like Lady Gaga, be sure to try something new just for you this Season. Be you, be fabulous and always be feminine.

 

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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

ARE YOU FEELING BLUE?

So are we, for blue jeans that is! Don’t you just love a great pair of jeans? The feeling of snuggling up in them, paired with your favorite oversized sweater during these cold winter months. On top of it, there are just so many options to choose from! You can choose from your favorite skinny jeans, black jeans, bootcut jeans, flare jeans, Hudson Jeans or those worn ‘n torn jeans at the back of your closet. The great thing about jeans is that they’re so versatile. You can dress them up with a pair of your favorite Coach Boots or you can dress them down with a pair of sandals. It’s hard to believe that these comfy articles that we grab for on a daily basis were made for farming and mining laborers back in the day. Thank goodness the hippies made them a fashion trend that we still wear today. Cropped Skinny Jeans

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It’s all about the cropped skinny jeans this spring. These cropped jeans are trendy, form fitting and comfortable.  Wear these with your favorite heels or go with a more casual look and wear them with Tory Burch Sandals. They are sure to be the must-have pair for the season.

White Skinny Jeans

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Look effortlessly Chic in these White Skinny Jeans.  Hugging your curves with every move, these jeans are sure to get you noticed.  Pair these with our Melange Jersey Long Sleeve Black Turtleneck and the Fulton Quilted Ballerina Flats by Michael Kors to get a sophisticated look.

Black Skinny Jeans

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BLACK MAGIC! Nothing looks sexier than a pair of Black Skinny Jeans that fit like a second skin. They are sleek, modern and on trend right now with their ankle length slim fit.  Pair these with the Lanice Evening Sandals By Coach to get this look.

Hudson Jeans

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These Hudson Jeans are extremely versatile with their skinny and boot-cut blended style. Try pairing this with our Chiffon Silk Tops for a more tropical look.

Dark Wash Straight Leg Jeans

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Our Dark Wash Straight Leg Jeans fit like a glove. With their slightly distressed style and figure flattering fit, these straight leg jeans are sure to be a season must have. Try our jeans with the Neutral Boho Posh Button Sweater and a pair of Steve Madden ‘Chik’ Knee High Boots  to get an edgy look.