I'd like to thank Leslie of My Fashion Forward Blog for guest blogging! Leslie had signed up to be a guest for the Halloween issue, but I decided not to do the issue, because of Hurricane Sandy, and also for other reasons that got me behind a little. Anyway... I asked if she would like to be part of our Holiday 2012/2013 issue, and she agreed! I hope you all enjoy her article! Be sure to stop over at her blog to see what it's all about.
It's a very cute blog! You'll love it!
Tis’ the season to deck the halls with joy.... which means, soon your mailbox will be filled with those elegant envelopes that indicate the fact that holiday parties soon will abound. Every new invitation means that you are faced with two new dilemmas. What am I going to wear? And, what am I going to bring? Don’t panic! We have the answer to those questions, and more in our must read holiday etiquette guide.
What am I Going to Wear?
We all love a great holiday party. What we do not love however, is the price tag that comes along with having to dress for them all. There are a couple of key factors when it comes to creating style on a budget this holiday season. First, consider how many circles you will be encountering this season. For example, if you are attending a party for your employer, and your husband’s employer odds are no one else will be attending both parties. For that situation take your key from Princess Kate, and recycle your look. Since no one will be at both parties, but the two of you, that fabulous dress that was the highlight of your party needs to find its second wind at your spouse’s party. If you have occasions though that you will be at the multiple events with the same people... then you will need multiple looks.
If you are looking for the most affordable option for creating those looks then start your look with a basic shell, and change the accessories, and the top for your outfit. For example... if you choose a black sequin pants suit as your blank canvas, then you can alter the appearance at every party by changing the dress shirt underneath the blazer.
You can also change your look by selecting a different statement necklace, or metallic heel as the anchor for your look. The most important thing to remember when creating versatility in your appearance is to have that one conversation piece that everyone remembers. If you create interest that way, then no one will even take a second look, and the rest of the outfit. That means that no one will notice that the rest of your ensemble remained unchanged.
What am I Going to Bring?
The best hostess gift I ever received was a 3-piece accessory ensemble. It had a scarf, glove, and cap in the same fabric bundled together. I loved it because it was something that I would never have bought for myself, but one I would love to wear. In fact, it is one of those things that get the most use in my wardrobe. The amazing thing about this gift combination is that depending on the fabric used to make the goodies, there are options available in every price range. Another reason why I love this gift choice is because they are so popular, they are made in every color, and pattern option imaginable. All those options mean that you are sure to find a bundle that will fit every personality.
Finally, this one size fits all option means they are the perfect gift to have on hand for an unexpected event or unexpected gift.
Holiday time is a time to reflect, and a time to gift. Make this year the best year yet by eliminating all the stress, and stretching your dollar, and your dress with these great fashion, and gift ideas.