DRESSING FOR FALL FUN!

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The cool, crisp air of fall along with the changing shades of falling leaves all signal the beginning of the holiday season. I can’t even believe that it is only 1 week away from Halloween, crazy!. We thought this would be the perfect week to treat you to some of our ideas for maximizing fall fun, while at the same time giving you some tricks for staying stylish during every activity. Take a look at some of our favorite Autumn activities and how you can dress the part for every occasion.

VISIT A FALL FESTIVAL 

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Fall festivals are always a fun way to expose yourself to some down home, local flavor and an excellent excuse to indulge in those carbohydrate rich treats we do not allow ourselves anywhere else; can you say funnel cakes and deep fried oreo’s? When venturing into a haunted house, perusing a pumpkin patch, or opting for amusement park pandemonium one thing is for sure; comfort is key. You can’t go wrong in a chic pair of skinnies, a cozy sweater, and ankle boots to keep you warm, also this outfit makes it easy to outrun any ghosts or ghouls that may cross your path.

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Leggings will suit you just as well with your oversized sweater and cozy scarf.

Check out our favorite jeans and leggings to keep you warm AND stylish:
Pascalla Ultra Suede Black Leggings
Jepson Black Leggings Black Leggings
Nico Black Skinny Jeans

 HOST YOUR OWN HALLOWEEN PARTY

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Boo! Make your own fun by hosting your own Halloween party. Check out our favorite Halloween Snacks you can easily create at home and don your favorite black dress for a “hauntingly” good time! Entertain your guests by creating your own haunted house, or settle in for a “scary movie” night. Some of our favorites are “Scream,” “The Shining,” or the classic thriller “Psycho.”

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Click below to start shopping our favorite black dress styles you can use. Just accessorize with a “witch” hat and black tights, and you’ll be the perfect “haunted” hostess.

“Witch” Black Dress styles:
“Cinderella” A Line Black Dress
“Urban Fancy” Black Knit Dress
“Flutter” Black Silk Dress

ENJOY FALL’S COLORS ON A CRISP WALK

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Don’t let the Season pass you by. Get out in nature and enjoy the beautiful colors around you. Go for a hike, get a little exercise, and break for the perfect picnic.

No need to forgo fashion and dress up like a lumber jack! The key to keeping warm is to layer. Why not try a jogger pant, paired with a long sleeved shirt and vest, and comfy hiking sneakers to keep you fit and free. Check out our other favorite hiking options below:

Our other top hiking choices:
“Pascalla” Ultra Suede Black Leggings
“Roxanne” Brown and Black Stretch Leggings
“Rylie” Black Satin Jogger Pant

BAKE EVERYTHING PUMPKIN

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Now is the time to bake everything pumpkin. From breads, to pies, to cookies, to candy, to coffee, pumpkin is IN. We love The Bitter Side Of Sweet’s pumpkin popcorn balls. They’re perfect for children and adults this season.

INGREDIENTS

6 cups popcorn
1 (8 oz.) bag pumpkin spice marshmallows
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans.

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INSTRUCTIONS

In a large microwavable bowl. Melt marshmallows for 1 minute on high.
Stir. Then add in cinnamon and stir again.
Add in popcorn and stir.
Coat hands with cooking spray or butter and roll popcorn into balls.
Sprinkle with pecans and ENJOY!

 

TAILGATE YOUR FAVORITE FOOTBALL TEAM

It’s the season to vote on your favorite team. Pack up a stash of goodies and tailgate your favorite football team. What to wear? We’ve got you covered. How about a chic little dress paired with a denim vest and your favorite comfy booties.

Get the look here:
“Sandra” Long Sleeve printed Dress
GAP “Icon” Denim Jacket
Lucky Brand “Honey” Bootie

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However you dress this week, remember we here at Posh at Play always encourage you to
BE YOU, BE FABULOUS, AND ALWAYS BE FEMININE.

 

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OUTFITS TO FIT EVERY FALL OCCASION

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Festivals. Parties. Events. Dinners. Autumn always seems to fly by with a plethora of holiday activities. Don’t let your fashion style go with the hectic pace of the Season. Your wardrobe can work for you this year with just the right accessories and a little advanced planning. We’ve selected our favorite outfits to fit every Fall occasion or event you have planned in the coming weeks. So peruse our fashion tips below and get to planning your Winter style.

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A TRIP TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH

It wouldn’t be Fall without a trip to a  pumpkin patch to pick out your favorite size, shape, and color. Today’s pumpkin patches have expanded to include carnival attractions, pony rides, and fair food to keep you and the family entertained for an entire day’s outing. If you are really feeling festive, plan a trip to visit one of Fodor’s Top Pumpkin Festivals across the US or check your local listings for pumpkin patches in your area. Since weather can be uncertain at this time of the year, be sure to include a snug scarf or oversized poncho trending for Fall 2015. We love Hale Bob’s olive lace trimmed satin shift dress paired with a purple printed scarf or a cozy gray fringe poncho from Zara and your favorite low heeled ankle booties for all day comfort and style.

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APPLE PICKING

After you’ve picked out your favorite pumpkins for the Season, head to an apple orchard to harvest Fall’s sweetest and most versatile snack. Check out Huffington Post’s 10 best places to go apple picking or take a look at the Old Farmer’s Almanac for tips on planting your own apple tree. Look hip while harvesting in a flowy floral print skirt and cozy knit sweater paired with suede ankle boots perfect for all day picking. We like Bergdorf Goodman’s “Haute Hippie” floral skirt topped with Liberty Garden’s oversized gray knit sweatshirt and matching gray suede booties from Sam Edelman.

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If skirts aren’t really your style, go with a pair of skinny jeans tucked into knee high boots and a simple Tee topped with a leather jacket and scarf. We like the slightly faded wash “Chelsea” skinny jeans from Joe’s Jeans combined with your favorite loose Tee, a cool camel colored leather jacket from YOOX, accessorized with waterproof red knee high boots from Hunter and a warm cashmere red plaid scarf from Nordstrom. Whichever look you choose, show off your chic Autumn style picking apples in the orchard this Season.

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WINE TASTING

Looking for adventure this Fall? Consider making a trip to California, known for some of the best wineries across the US. From the Navarro Vineyards in Mendocino to Beckman Vineyards near Santa Barbara, California’s wine makers hope you will stay awhile with updated tasting rooms, tours to the vineyards, wine and dinner pairings, and personal tastings with the owners themselves. If travel isn’t ideal this Season, make your own little “tour” to your city’s top restaurant wine offerings. Either way, you’ll look chic without trying too hard in a midi length plaid skirt, soft blush pink sweater, and classy ankle strap heels. We like the A line plaid midi skirt from Anthropologie paired with Liberty Garden’s soft powder pink pleated sweater and Sam Edelman’s round toed suede ankle strap heels. You are sure to shine with comfort, confidence, and class as you sip your way through your own wine taste outing.

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HALLOWEEN PARTY

Not all Halloween parties call for outlandish costumes or hours of preparation. Say “yes” to your next Halloween event with confidence knowing we have you covered if “costumes are required.” Our simple solution is the go-to “Little Black Dress” paired with your favorite party shoes, elegant jewelry, and classic masquerade mask. We love Hale Bob’s beautiful black beaded silk velvet cocktail dress or the beaded stretch lace dress, both flattering and suitable for the occasion. If you like a little more “bling,” choose Hale Bob’s black sleeveless sequined cocktail dress accessorized with Betsey Johnson’s rhinestone enhanced black lace pumps, handmade vintage pumpkin necklace, and a Gothic crystal studded masquerade mask from the Victoria Trading Company. A fourth option is to go a la “Morticia” from The Addams Family with Hale Bob’s floor length solid black jersey halter knit dress. Don’t be “scared” away by your next party invite. Take our simple dress up tips and you’ll be the “Queen of the night.”

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FALL WEDDING

While Summer weddings are easy to dress for with strapless sundresses and sheer fabrics, Fall can be a little tricky due to the chillier weather. For the cooler months, look for heavier skirt fabrics and long sleeve dress sweaters to keep you warm yet fabulous. We like Hale Bob’s floral print maxi skirt paired with the black chiffon and faux leather long sleeve blouse or go with Hale Bob’s black novelty floral lace crochet sweater, accessorized with Louise et Cie classic black pumps and elegant envelope clutch from Rebecca Minkoff.

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For a simple Fall and Winter wedding style, sweep your hair into a low classic ballerina bun and pair you favorite Summer sundress with a black leather jacket or fur stole, black chunky heels,and black clutch. Get a similar look as picture above with Hale Bob’s mint floral maxi dress, black leather jacket from Halogen, Opening Ceremony’s black suede chunky heels, and classic Saint Laurent “Monogram” clutch. However you choose to style your next wedding outfit, don’t shy away from florals for Fall.

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AUTUMN PICNIC

No need to stay indoors just because the weather gets chilly. Browse the web for your city’s favorite hiking and picnic areas, pack a blanket and lunch, and spend the day with Nature. The most essential fashion necessities when outdoors include comfortable hiking boots and warm layers when the temperatures drop. Start your style with Hudson’s snug “Collin” skinny jeans, ivory mixed media flyaway top from Liberty Garden, red long sleeve plaid shirt from Rails, and complete with UGG’s water resistant black ankle boots. Change up your denim style with Citizen’s of Humanity’s variety of different Autumn colors from Lunchbag to Astro turf to Poison, appropriate for the Season.

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Another fun Fall picnic idea is to rent a boat and spend the day on the sea. Visit your local lake or beach front for boat options and daily rates. We love celebrity Lauren Conrad’s chic sailing style with a warm sweater paired with skinny pants and comfy knee high boots topped with a sailor’s cap. Shop her look here with black “jeggings” from Joe’s Jeans, Liberty Garden’s cozy ultra suede sweatshirt, black knee highs from Barney’s New York, and wool sailor’s cap from Gucci, borrowed from the guys.

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Take a little time off this Season, and plan to do something you love to refresh your soul and create lasting memories with your loved ones. Whether it’s romping around in a pumpkin patch, wine tasting through the hillside, or picnicking in Nature, these are the moments we most cherish and remember. No need to forgo style and class at each one of your holiday events. Take our simple tips and remember to… be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

HAUTE HALLOWEEN

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Halloween is here! Like many of us, we are often so busy with our daily schedules that we wait until the last minute for holiday celebrations, but have no fear! We’ve discovered some easy, elegant Halloween costumes and make-up techniques for you to choose from your very own closet this Halloween. Check out our top picks below and comment on your favorite options. We’d love to see what you came up with from your closet this Halloween. Forgo the cheap Halloween store picks and opt for a Haute Halloween holiday this year.

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 FREE PEOPLE’S BLACK MAGIC WITCH

For an effortless, classic “Witch” outfit, try pulling out your favorite black dress, paired with tall black boots or booties and a “Witch” hat or Boho floppy hat. Accent with a broom and play up your make-up with false eyelashes, bright red lips, and black nail polish. We love Free People’s Allyson dress paired with the Clipperton black floppy hat for an elegant, wickedly-fashionable “Black Witch.”

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DIY MARY POPPINS COSTUME

Actress Lauren Conrad brought back the “practically perfect” iconic Mary Poppins outfit during 2012’s Halloween, and made the character popular not just for children. Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram blew up with followers and fans dressing as the popular nanny. This year, “Step in Time” and bring Mary Poppins back again by pairing a white button-down long sleeved blouse with a midi black skirt, and accessorize with a bright red belt and bow tie, and black booties. Grab an umbrella, flat black hat, and oversized handbag to finish the look. Pull your hair into a bun and grab your favorite red lipstick, and you are sure to have a “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” Haute Halloween.

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WICKED MASQUERADE AND LEATHER

Even if you don’t have a suitable costume this Halloween, just the right accessories can enhance a basic black outfit. Start with your favorite black leather leggings or skinny jeans, add a black tank and black leather jacket, and pair with tall black boots. Next, add “bloody” red nail polish and red lips. Enhance your look by adding glistening “Blood Red” ruby and red jewelry, and finish off your wicked look with an elegant Masquerade mask. We love Etsy’s elegant Venetian black wire mask, and their collection of Masquerade masks online, or shop at your local theatrical costume supply for a collection of elegant masks to enhance your “wicked masquerade.”

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THE ROARING 20’s FLAPPER

Go “Great Gatsby” style, kick up your heels and get ready to shimmy the night away this Halloween in an easy, elegant, throwback to the roaring 20’s. We love the Milly fringe dress from Revolve , the fringe strapless mini dress from Express, or the lace fringe ivory dress from the Piperlime Collection. Since fringe is trending for Fall Fashion 2014, your dress will be perfectly in style even after Halloween. Or, grab your favorite sheath dress from your closet, and accessorize with strappy heels, a string or two of pearls, red lipstick, and a chic bob or low wavy bun. Point the way to the “speakeasy” and get ready for a rollicking great Halloween night.

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CHRISTIAN DIOR’S CIRCUS CLOWN

With “American Horror Story: Freak Show” all the rage this season, take a tip from designer Christian Dior and go as a circus clown this Halloween. Grab your favorite white, flowy blouse, and pair with cropped black harem pants. Accessorize with white or black gloves, a black floppy hat or fedora, a black tie around your neckline, and black or white booties. For a different clown look, you can pair the blouse with white or black shorts, and over-the-knee long contrasting socks. Add suspenders if you have them. For a Harlequin Halloween How-to, try pale foundation, red lips, heavy eyeliner, and paint on “Harlequin eyes” for a dramatic look. Follow the Pinkstylist’s “how-to” Harlequin Halloween make-up tutorial on Youtube for an in-depth, yet easy make-up session.

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND’S “MAD HATTER”

Take a walk “down the rabbit hole” this Halloween, and join the “Mad Tea Party” as the “Mad Hatter” from Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice in Wonderland.” As a throwback to the 19th century Victorian culture, the “Steampunk” trend has made it fashionable to bring out your top hats and coat tails once again. For inspiration, check out Clockwork Couture or Steampunk Emporium to spark your imagination. The key to your “Mad Hatter” look is lots of layers. Grab your favorite knee-length “A-line” skirt, and layer a shorter skirt on top. Pair with a fitted tank top and layer a button down top, finishing with a peacoat or even a long plaid shirt. Complete the look with a top hat, or floppy hat and you are on your way to a curiously “maddening” great Halloween.

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BONNIE & CLYDE COUPLES COSTUME

If you are looking for a classy “couples” costume that you can quickly throw together for that last minute Halloween invite, take a cue from Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest and go as “Bonnie and Clyde.”  For your man, grab a grey suit and tie from the closet and accessorize with a toy gun and fedora. For you, grab your favorite pencil skirt and blouse. Accessorize with a chic scarf, strappy heels, and “Newsboys” cap. Complete your look by arranging your hair in a short, straight bob to achieve that perfect 30’s hairstyle. For history and style inspiration, check out the real Bonnie & Clyde.

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VAMPIRESS

“Vamp” up your look this Halloween with a wickedly wonderful “Vampiress” costume. From the ever popular “Vampire Diaries,” to the “Twilight” trilogy, to the recent film “Dracula Untold,” vampires are among us this Halloween and you’ll stay right in style. Start with your favorite all black dress and try adding a big sash for style. Accessorize your look by teasing your hair at the top, and adding a black netting hairpiece for a faux “vampire collar.” Play up your make-up with a pale foundation and pale lips for that “underworld” effect, dark navy and black “winged” eyeshadow, and finish with dramatic black eyeliner and mascara. Grab a pair of faux “vampire” teeth, and you are ready to ravage the night!

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ETHEREAL SPIRIT

When all else fails, one of the easiest Haute Halloween costumes is the Ethereal Spirit. Head to the fabric store before your Halloween event, and grab 7 layers of white tulle fabric, 140 inches long and 108 inches wide. Gather the sheets together around the neck with a loose tie to make a billowing “hood.” Accessorize the look with white face paint and black eye shadowing around the eyes for that “ghostly” look. You can also add a little dark shading at your cheekbones for a “hollowed” skeleton appearance.  Add bright red or black lipstick and you are ready to scare up a storm this Halloween.

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Don’t let Halloween give you a fright this year, choose from one of our favorite “last-minute” Haute Halloween costume ideas that you can put together right from your closet. Think out-of-the-box from the cliche characters and icons that most others will decidedly be wearing, and go for a classier Haute Couture Halloween costume. By thinking creatively, you might just win that Halloween costume contest. Share with us your photos on what YOU decided to be this Halloween. We’d love to see your creativity, staying haute, stylish, and trendy this Halloween. Happy Haunting!