WINTER VACATION ESSENTIALS

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Whether packing for the holidays or for your anticipated Winter getaway, it’s time to start planning your travel fashion essentials. When deciding what to bring, keep in mind the climate and the activities you will engage in on your vacation. No matter where you plan to visit, be sure to include a warm scarf that can double as a blanket, moisturizing lip balm to keep smiles healthy, hand sanitizer to ward off illness, and a sturdy Tote that can also be used as a beach bag or carry all. Take a look at our helpful hints below on how to pack the perfect Winter wardrobe based on your final destination.

BEACH

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FLORAL TUNIC DRESS

What better way to escape Winter’s chill this Season than a trip to the beach. Whether you are enjoying the Bahama islands or soaking up the sun in Miami, don’t forget to include a floral patterned tunic dress in your suitcase. We like Hale Bob’s coral floral cotton sateen dress paired over your favorite swimsuit, Badgley Mischka’s crystal embellished wedge sandals, Free People’s sea straw Boho hat, and chic cat eye sunglasses from Prada for daytime fun. Segue into the evening hours by whipping your hair up into a loose topknot, and accessorizing with Stuart Weitzman’s strappy heels and sparkling clutch from Loeffler Randall. Casual or dressy, the tunic dress is a “must have” for the beach.

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 IVORY BIKINI

Flattering on all skintones, we like an ivory colored swimsuit paired with loose, flowing wide leg pants for seaside style. Check out Hale Bob’s ivory lace crochet string bikini combined with the white lace trimmed wide leg pants. Or, match your swimsuit with crepe de chine wide leg pants with crochet from Hale Bob and a Flora Bella York crochet oversize tote. Simply throw on Hale Bob’s coral silk crinkle tunic and you are ready to lunch in style after a day catching some waves.

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FLORAL MAXI DRESS

Keeping with the tropical theme, be sure to also include a floral maxi dress in your travel wardrobe. Perfect thrown over your swimsuit or glammed up for a night on the town, the maxi dress is easily adaptable for all your planned trip activities. During the day, pair Hale Bob’s coral floral maxi dress with sandals, beach hat from Helen Kaminski, and an authentic handmade sea shell necklace. Style your romantic dinner for two by combining your maxi dress with strappy sandals and a “Garden” fringed shawl by Wildfox for breezy evening walks on the beach.

CRUISE

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SHORTS ROMPER

No need to pack a shirt and shorts separately. Save room in your suitcase and include a tropical romper in your packing this Season. A big trend on the runways this year, we like the tropical print romper from Tory Burch or go for a streamlined tailored look in Nicole Miller’s double breasted tuxedo shorts set. Whether you throw it over your swimsuit at the pool, pair with sandals as you tour the city, or combine with your favorite pair of dancing heels at night, the flattering and versatile romper is a key item to include on your cruise ship getaway.

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ELEGANT JUMPSUIT

Pack your bags and cast away in a chic jumpsuit, trending on this year’s runways from Versace to Elie Saab. Easily adaptable for casual days on shore or elegant dinners on board, the jumpsuit should definitely be included in your cruise ship luggage. We like Liberty Garden’s sleek black lace and twill pantsuit paired with flat sandals during the day and strappy heels at night. Or go colorful in Hale Bob’s tropical print jersey jumpsuit combined with Steve Madden’s lace-up ballerina flats and oversized tote bag from Michael Kors, suitable for any occasion on your getaway.

SKI SLOPES

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FUR OUTERWEAR

While most “snow bunnies” will be sporting their latest insulated outerwear, turn heads on the slopes in a cozy warm fur vest or coat. Layer Hale Bob’s black rabbit fur vest over Liberty Garden’s ivory ultra suede long sleeve shirt, Hale Bob’s black mixed media leggings, waterproof booties, and cashmere stocking cap from Dolce & Gabbana. On evening dinners at the lodge, pair your vest with Liberty Garden’s long sleeve ivory mixed media sheath dress and black leather knee high boots from Ralph Lauren. However you choose to style, you are sure to stand out from among the crowd on this year’s ski vacation.

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WINTER OVERCOAT

Don’t forget to include your favorite snug overcoat amongst your packing for skiing this Season. We love this year’s trending winter white, a slightly ivory cream color to complement the winter season. Go with Helene Berman’s shaped wool blend coat paired with Liberty Garden’s gray draping sweatshirtHudson’s “Nico” mid rise skinny jeans in black, and stylish waterproof “mixed media” boots from Santana Canada. Or, spread holiday cheer in a red wool sweater coat with rabbit trim from Hale Bob and forest green shirt waterproof boots from Bernando Footwear.

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SEQUIN COCKTAIL DRESS

As nighttime falls, and the evening winter festivities begin, shimmer and shine in your favorite sequined cocktail dress. We like Hale Bob’s gold sleeveless sequined dress or shimmy and shake in Hale Bob’s vintage 20’s black and blue beaded feather dress. Neither appeal to you? Take a look at our wide selection of sequin dress styles at our online store Posh at Play, one to suit any taste. in You can easily adapt your dress to accommodate the snowy weather by pairing with cozy black tights and your favorite matching black booties or heels. Cover up in your Winter Overcoat and you are ready to conquer the snowy slopes day or night.

CITY

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If you are vacationing in the big city this Winter, the key to staying versatile and adaptable to winter weather is layers, layers, layers. Whether dressing for lunch with the family or a romantic holiday dinner for 2, be sure to pack lots of layering options in your suitcase. To keep from looking too “puffy,” be sure to start with thin materials and work your way outward to bulkier fabrics. For an easy yet stylish daytime look, pair Hale Bob’s Melange turtleneck sweater in rust, navy or black with AC Collection’s dark wash high waist skinny jeans, navy wool coat from Kenneth Cole, and your favorite pair of knee high boots. For a trendy look, substitute a this Season’s favorite cape coat from Alice + Olivia and cozy navy ultra suede leggings from Hale Bob.

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SKIRT + SWEATER

No need to tuck away your favorite Summer skirt or dress. Take a tip from celebrity Olivia Palermo’s chic city look and pair your favorite skirt style with a chunky knit, warm leggings, and short heeled booties. Start with Liberty Garden’s ultra suede black patchwork skirt and layer with Tory Burch’s chunky ivory turtleneck pullover sweater, Topshop’s faux fur cozy peacoat, Hale Bob’s black ultra suede leggings,  and classic Christian Louboutin black booties as pictured above. On warmer days, forgo the leggings and coat, and layer with a snug wool scarf from rag & bone to ward off the brisk winter breeze.

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LINGERIE INSPIRED

 Hey you’re in the city, so what better time to be a bit daring and try one of Spring 2016’s trending styles. From Givenchy to Calvin Klein, Spring and Summer 2016’s runway previews were filled with “lingerie” inspired blouses, skirts, pants, and dresses. Get ahead of next year’s trend and start wearing the style today. Start with Hale Bob’s black satin blouse with lace paired with Alice + Olivia’s embellished mini skirt, black tights, and Clarks Artisan’s comfy low heeled black pumps or trendy black platform mules from Calvin Klein. If the weather turns warm, forgo the tights and replace with a pair of strappy black heels from Sam Edelman. We also like Hale Bob’s delicate ivory embroidered long sleeve mesh dress or go long with the ivory stretch lace maxi dress with half slip.

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Whether you are vacationing to a warm climate like the beach or the Caribbean, or a chillier site like a ski resort or big city, we’ve got you covered. Take our handy fashion advice, and you are sure to stand out among the rest in style. No matter where you travel, be sure to include items that you can layer and intermix for a variety of looks with minimal baggage. Any last minute travel essentials you are missing? Check out our wide range of clothing items suitable for the islands to the mountains. Happy Holidays and safe travels to your winter getaway.

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FESTIVE OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY WEAR

 

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It’s that Season once again for the annual holiday office party. Whether you love it or hate it everyone is obligated to go, knowing the Boss will be there with bonus checks and greatly appreciated end-of-the-year gifts. The dilemma of what to wear to a party in front of those you closely work with in a professional setting everyday can be tough. But have no fear. We have come to the rescue with our favorite picks on how to catch your co-worker’s interest without trashing your reputation. Take a look at our selections below and start shopping your favorites. You don’t have to dread this year’s office party knowing you’ll be the one they all will remember with class yet style.

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KEEPING IT CLASSY

If you’re the kind of girl who prefers demure hemlines and classic style, you can never go wrong in a knee length A line skirt, brightened up with a holiday red silk blouse and jacket. We like Vince Camuto’s A Line pleated black skirt, and the red silk blouse with necktie from Hale Bob , accessorized with a black fur coat and matching black “flex” heels from Michael Kors to keep you comfortable all night long. Jazz things up a bit in Hale Bob’s black lace pencil skirt  paired with your red silk blouse and cropped black bolero jacket, finishing with delicate diamond drop earrings from Lafonn for a touch of holiday sparkle. Keeping it classy and simple is always in style when you can carry the look off with confidence and poise.

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PLAYING WITH THE BOYS

Channel your inner “Marlene Dietrich” with a one piece jumpsuit for sleek yet feminine style. Your outfit will show that you can keep up with the men without forgoing your womanly side as well. We like Hale Bob’s sleeveless black lace jumpsuit, or go for a bit of “Hollywood” holiday glam in a sleeveless black one piece with sequin front. Adhereing to your “menswear” style, sweep your hair into a sleek low bun and accessorize with an oversized blazer from Paige Denim, patent pointy toe Oxfords from Paul Green, and an industrialized box clutch from Whiting & Davis. If you prefer a more feminine look, go with Hale Bob’s ivory faux fur coat, matching ivory Brocade kitten heels from Simple Soles, and tiny pearl earrings from Mikimoto. Whichever way you choose to style your one piece pantsuit, be sure to include this look in your office party planning this Season.

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VINTAGE CHIC

Nothing attracts looks more than a hint of a simple more refined classic time period in fashion. As Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” plays in the background, transform your style to a differernt era with a throwback to 1950’s glamour. The easiest way to achieve this vintage look is with an “A line” fitted dress, a trending silhouette at the time. With a fitted waist and a flare skirt, this shape works best to accentuate a tiny middle and toned legs, while hiding wider hips and thighs. Get the look with Hale Bob’s black stretch Ponte and lace A line dress paired with black tights and matching black heels for a streamlined style. Or “let it go” a la Elsa from Frozen in Hale Bob’s bright icicle blue A line dress and matching embellished blue heels from Menbur Sanco. From brights to neutrals to patterns, select your favorite vintage find from Hale Bob at our wide selection online, one to suit every taste and style.

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NAUGHTY BUT NICE

There’s no shame in flaunting your fit physic at the annual holiday party. However, you do want to keep it posh yet professional in the office setting. Select your favorite holiday red mini dress and pair with black tights and matching black heels, revealing a little leg but not too much. Get a similar look as pictured above with Hale Bob’s long sleeve lace dress paired with matte opaque tights from Wolford and black suede heels from Dolce Vita.  For a different silhouette, we also like Hale Bob’s short sleeve soft jersey wrap dress paired with trendy Elie Tahari black tights with side stripe and black suede booties from Saint Laurent. A little flirt is fine as long as it’s done with good taste and style.

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SAY YES TO SEQUINS

Don’t be afraid to glitter and glisten at the holiday party in a shimmering sequined dress. The key to not appearing too “overdone” is to pair your look with neutral accessories and natural hair and makeup. Reserve your flamboyant side for the upcoming New Year’s Eve festivities.  Get the above featured style with Hale Bob’s gold sleeveless sequined dress topped with Rebecca Minkoff’s long black silk blazer or again, go with Hale Bob’s cropped bolero jacket. You could also try one of this Season’s “winter white” trends in the ivory sequined cocktail dress from Hale Bob combined with an ivory Ponte stretch jacket and delicate ivory satin heels from Kate Spade. Let your hair fall loose and wavy in a slightly “tousled” manner aided by Bumble and Bumble’s surf infusion spritz spray and you are ready to rock this year’s office party in style.

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PARTY ANIMAL

If you just can’t contain your excitement and are always the “life of the party,” there is a way to tame the animal within and still have a good time. The office party setting is not always the best place to “let loose,” however  there’s no need to feel uncomfortable with who you are. We suggest our favorite animal printed wrap dress from Hale Bob paired perfectly with Lafayette’s sleek tech jacket, black tights, and black leather Mary Jane’s from Shoes of Prey. You could even go a bit edgier with Vince’s  black paneled leather jacket and knee high boots from Steve Madden if you dare. Another chic way to reveal your inner “tiger” is to accessorize a favorite LBD with animal print items such as Michael Kors’ “cheetah” kitten heels or Cleobella’s leopard fringe clutch. Don’t be afraid to express yourself this holiday Season. Just be sure to do it with moderation and an “Oh So Chic” style.

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Classic or edgy. Vintage or trendy. There’s a holiday office party style that’s waiting for you this Season. Instead of wishing the event was already over, look forward to being able to express your individuality and personal style with the people you work with everyday. Let down your guard a little and let your true self shine through. Sincerity is always refreshing and your Boss is sure to take note. Your co-workers will see you in a whole different light and by being able to express yourself, you might actually enjoy going to work this year. Be you, be yourself, but always be feminine.

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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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.

PASSIONATE ABOUT PONTE

It seems that everywhere you look these days the word Ponte keeps popping up, but if you are not a committed fashionista or in the garment industry it is very likely that this is word that you, like me, just skip over without giving it much thought. Big mistake. It turns out when a designer lists an item with the term Ponte they are trying to communicate some very important pieces of information to us about the wear, fit and durability of the fabric. Ponte has become so popular because it can overcome a lot of challenges for us ladies in the traditional problem areas; curious? Let me explain. 

BEADED PONTE MILITARY JACKET

BEADED PONTE MILITARY JACKET

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The word Ponte is derived from the phrase “Ponte Di Roma” which means “Roman Bridge.” It refers to the double knit design of this fabric which creates a mirror image so that the fabric looks the same on both sides. As a result of its double knit construction it resists wrinkles and creases, is very durable, it is soft and flexible while still holding its shape (it does not stretch out) and is firm enough to hold in and hide all of your extra baggage (if you get my drift). All in all it is the perfect fabric for fall and winter. Shop Posh at Play where we always have a great selection of women’s clothing.

PONTE LEGGINGS w. SUEDE PATCH

PONTE LEGGINGS w. SUEDE PATCH

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