Holiday style guide

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Each year Santa travels from the North Pole to make children all over the globe happy. Although Santa likes to hang out in relaxed jeans and his favorite hoodie, he wouldn’t dream of carrying out his critical mission in anything but his special red suit. Believe it or not, Santa’s talents extend beyond toy making and naughty and nice investigations. With the help of Mrs. Claus and his stylish elves, he just published his first “What Not to Wear” holiday guide. Those who show up at holiday functions in the following attire just might find a lump of coal in their stocking on Christmas morning:

  • Distressed jeans – Santa says no holes, tears or bleached denim;
  • Holiday theme sweaters – Mrs. Claus suggests wearing sequined, beaded or lace sweaters;
  • Holiday theme ties – Solid crimson, silver or purple ties look festive and current;
  • Holiday theme jewelry – Other elegant costume jewelry options abound;
  • Activewear – For yoga but not Yuletide celebrations;
  • Athletic shoes – This fashion faux pas merits two lumps of clay;
  • LBD from Christmas past – Who says little black dresses never go out of style?
  • Wrinkled clothing – Commemorate the holidays by using an iron;
  • Baggy pants – The over-sized look is on the way out;
  • Overly tight and revealing tops – Always tacky.
Has Santa covered all the bases?

 

Stay Away from these sweaters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tacky holiday theme tie

Silver and Crimson ties make a modern style statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distressed jeans get the holiday ugly attire award

Santa wouldn’t approve of these jeans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashionable holiday gifts for under $50

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Some folks buy all their holiday gifts and wrap them by Thanksgiving weekend. Others wait until the spirit moves them to tackle Santa’s wish lists. Since I fall into the latter category, I appreciate reading other blogs that feature holiday gift ideas. I count on bloggers to give me great ideas and inspire me to shop. So, maybe something on my list of five fabulous items under $50 will end up under your tree this year:

Studded long leather glovesBrian Atwood, famous for his shoe designs, created these studded gloves for the limited edition Target-Neiman Marcus collection for $49.99. Styling women attracted to glamour with a modern edge will love these gloves;

Women’s leather strap bracelet: The Talley bracelet, decorated with crystal accents, gold studs, and gold links comes in four fun colors, and sells for $38. The Kate Carlyle Gift Boutique in Greenville, South Carolina also carries this item at a slightly higher price;

Men’s knit horizontal striped tie: Cool and casual, this retro thin tie from the Gap sells for $29.95. Choose from either grey and white or burgundy and blue horizontal stripes;

Sugar Bath lychee scented body lotion: Available at Sephora for $22.50, this ultra-moisturizing lotion is the antidote for dry skin;

Back up battery for iPhone.  Every iPhone addict will love this stocking stuffer. J Crew dressed the tiny device in polka dots for women and stripes for men.  $39.50 buys such peace of mind.

Brian Atwood

Shoe designer Brian Atwood, a designer for the limited edition Target-Neiman Marcus collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couple taking a little break from holiday shopping