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Sunday, December 29, 2019

What to wear for New Year's Eve: A Masala Mommas Edition

It's the end of a decade, and a time for new beginnings, resolutions and fresh starts. I put together a few different looks for Masala Mommas about what to wear this New Year's Eve, no matter what kind of celebration you have planned.

Head over to Masala Mommas to take a look, and from this mama to all of you - I thank you for you reading this little blog and wish you all a very happy, very healthy 2020!


Monday, December 9, 2019

All that sparkles

You know how all those glittery, sequinned things we see in the store windows this time of year call out your name? Yeah, those. So pretty.  Then you know how somehow you bring home that glittery, sequinned thing and then wonder how you are supposed to wear it more than once? Yeah, that.

I'm showing you how it is indeed possible to wear those sequinned things multiple times in many different ways. Two years ago I bought a matching white sequinned top and skirt - I know  matching! I fell in love with the look together, but hadn't worn the two items much on their own. While this particular one is no longer available, Zara has this pencil skirt and this matching blouse which has a similar feel to it. This top and skirt from H&M also has a similar feel. Another option is from Mango here and here.

The skirt can go a long way with whatever you have in your closet: a button down, turtleneck, sweater or even a t-shirt. 

The sparkly top can be dressed up with leather pants or dressed down with distressed denim. 

Tip: Use shape wear to tuck oversized sweaters (or any of the tops) into so that there is no bulkiness or sequins showing through your pants or skirt. 


Monday, December 2, 2019

Holiday Style

'Tis the season for get togethers, parties and celebrating with family and friends. December marks one of the busiest social times of the year, and I know we all can feel the pressures to look put together and festive but don't want to be breaking the bank. 

So I put myself up to the challenge of putting together some looks with some versatile basics, many of which I have in my closet and maybe one or two investment pieces that I'm willing to add into my wardrobe (twist my rubber arm!)

1. H&M 2. Intermix 3. Aritzia 4. Reiss 5. Aritzia 6. Zara 7. Saks 8. J Crew 9. J Crew 10. Banana Republic 11. Banana Republic 12. Sephora

First start by shopping your closet for some basics that can be mixed and matched to come up with some different outfits:

  • Tops: Most of us have some sparkle in our closets, and a versatile sparkly blouse goes a long way. Pick a blouse in a jewel tone, or even in a basic black but try lace or velvet or a beautiful silk that be carried throughout the rest of the year as well but one that works perfectly in the festive season. I also like this, this and this one. Cashmere is versatile and luxe and a timeless investment, or even a cashmere blend sweater will add luxury and coziness to your wardrobe.

  • Bottoms: Before investing in a new pair of pants, pull out your favourite dark denim or black trousers and try to incorporate them. But if you are looking to buy a new pair of pants this season, I've been in love my my faux leather pants from Aritzia and looking forward to them being my go to option instead of my usual jeans this season (tip: swap out the belt that your pants may come with).  Don't forget the midi or maxi skirt this season, I love a good sparkly one but I'm also into this satin slip one, and this velvet one here.

  • Basic Black Dress: we all have at least one black dress in our closet, and while we may think they are boring, they can be practical and versatile.  Try to invest in one that is flattering for your body type. I'm a fan of a sheath dress that hits just above (or below) the knee. They can be easily dressed up but also used as a base to layer other more casual pieces with.
I took a party dress from a few years ago and layered over a cozy sweater and used a belt to cinch the waist. 

  • Shoes: Now we are speaking my language! While I'm still eyeing the classic stunning Manolos, there are lots of great options in different price points. I like these and these . Also keep your eyes open for comfy, yet glittery flats which are perfect for smaller dinner parties where you want to be more comfortable or if you are over the high heel life. I like these and these .

  • Accessories: these can change up an outfit easily! I'm a firm believer in the power of a red lip, and MAC's Ruby Woo works well on most skin tones. Arm your wardrobe with some sparkly accessories such as statement earrings, a fancy clutch, a glittery belt and this season's hottest trend - the embellished head band.

Ok, now we've got some of our basics, lets see how we can put them together for different looks for different gatherings and parties you may have this season.
If you have a formal party maybe an office or corporate party, the little black dress can do no wrong.

A casual get together? Flats and Sparkles and something cozy

A casual dinner party at home calls for comfy for something more cozy. Use a belt to cinch in a bulky sweater.

Works for any event at home or out on the town

Sparkle it up for a fun night out

Start with sequins, then add more. New Year's Eve means adding in all the glitter. Staying in? Throw on the flats instead

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