For the fitness buff on your to-buy-for list, or even someone who’s getting back in the swing of things for 2015, here are some stylish ways to gift. I’m obsessed with rose gold lately, and you’ll see it pop up in a few other gift guides this week, but I wanted to incorporate it here as you’ve got to feel good about your look if you’re going to work it. I was also introduced to a local start up called Paridaez, who’s mission is to make yoga apparel that works hard for you, transitioning from the office to the studio to the bar. The items in the current Cambridge-based line can all be worn multiple ways depending on your schedule for the day.
Rose Gold FRENDS x BaubleBar Layla Headphones (& bonus earrings) – $175
Lululemon Speed Tight – $94
Tory Burch Fitbit – $195
Paridaez Bird of Paradise Tank (can be worn two ways) – see Kickstarter for more info
Athleta Gleam Tight – $74
Wrap-dress: plunge styles are great for this type of dress, allowing a low enough neckline so as not to show your bra. Use Fashion Tape, if you’re worried about your bra peeking out.
Square-neck, bateau, or wide scoop-neck: demi or balconnet works well with this lower neckline, as they allow the neckline to come front and center, as the bra sits straight across the body. These styles tend to have wider-set straps, with a neckline that is more straight across as opposed to full coverage or plunging.
If you want to be a little risky, hint at what’s beneath, by showing just a hint of the bridge of your bra especially if it has beautiful details and matches with your outfit, but keep it classy. You can control how much or how little you show by using the Fashion tape.
It’s officially Christmas time in the city, which can only mean a few things: sidewalks become extra crowded with shopping bags hanging by the sides of people rushing around, frog pond is open, the upside-down christmas trees are up at The Liberty Hotel and Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker is here!
More than 300 dancers will perform in this year’s production, all with beautiful and ever-so-detailed costumes by award winning designer Robert Perdziola, who also designed the set. Beyond being such a holiday institution, the new production takes style to a whole new level. More than 200,000 jewels adorn the costumes along with 2,000 yards of net and tulle. The Sugar Plums and Dew Drops each have 3,600 jewels on their tutus and bodices alone! All of the sets were domestically made and hand painted to perfection.
The Nutcracker is here through December 31. For tickets visit www.bostonballet.org and take in the beauty of the production at The Boston Opera House!
Photo Credit: Liza Voll Photography and Lauren Pajer.
hey girlfriends – here is a down and dirty list of some of the black friday and cyber monday offers by my favorite brands and retailers:
Ann Taylor - 50% off (no code needed, starts Black Friday)
Athleta – 20% off with code: FIT20 (starts Black Friday)
Capwell & Co. – 35% off with code: BLACKFRIDAY
J. Crew – 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping with code: HOLIDAY
J.Crew Factory - 50% off everything (no code needed) + fee shipping with code: THANKS
LOFT - 50% off everything with code: TREAT
Off Fifth - 40% off with code: GOBBLE
Kate Spade Saturday - Black Friday 30% off sitewide + free shipping with code: DEALME
Piperlime - 25% off site wide (starts tomorrow) with code: THANKFUL25
Sole Society – 30% off select shoes + free shipping (no code needed)
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday and it’s always in good fashion to support local businesses. Here are some of my favorites and what they have up their sleeves this weekend:
Ku De Ta 20% off (excluding Alex and Ani)
Neatly Nested 10% off
Covet 20% off (photo above was taken during their first anniversary party just a few weeks ago!)
Salem Style 20% off
Black Friday: Take 25% off the entire site on shopboutikey.com and in-store plus a free gift set with every purchase over $50.
Small Biz Saturday: Take 15% off your entire purchase in store plus your chance to win a Boutikey stocking
Cyber Monday: Up to 40% off the entire site on shopboutikey.com and your chance to win a Boutikey stocking
Take a little risk this holiday season and integrate bold colors, patterns and textures. During this almost-Thanksgiving, through New Years Eve time frame, I like to think of red as a neutral. It’s the cheeriest holiday color, and can be added to your wardrobe in so many different ways depending on your comfort level, for almost any occasion. If you want to start out with baby steps, add red statement necklace to a base of black, white or gray. If you’re ready for more, try something like this top from H&M on Newbury Street. The shape is so interesting, as it’s just short enough to be considered a crop, but without your belly exposed. The lace around the neck stands up, ever so slightly, creating an almost mock turtle neck. Keep the rest of your outfit simple, but add in accessories that play up the look. I added a leopard hair calf clutch from Treesje, that I’m obsessed with for a little extra ‘oh lala’. Throw on some booties and you’re
good to go for a holiday night on the town with your girlfriends.
H&M Lace Blouse $34.95
Joes Jeans Low Rise Skinny in Brynn $172 (Enjoy free shipping & returns)
Tory Burch Kendall Booties $288 (From $385, plus free shipping & returns)
J.Crew Linked Crystal Earrings $24.99 (From $40)
Leopard Clutch by Tresje (No longer available)
Similar: DVF Haircalf Envelope Clutch $208 (From $348)
With the holidays fast approaching, I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite items. From stocking stuffers, to where to shop local, to what to wear to your boyfriend’s holiday company party — stay tuned. To start I’m putting a spotlight on Loren Hope, a line made by hand in the good ole’ US of A. These baubles are sure to add some sparkle to your holidays, and aren’t going to break the bank. The drop earrings would look amazing with wavy hair pulled all the way to one side to expose them, and the bracelets are meant to be stacked. Use code “THANKFULLY” for 20% plus free shipping!