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Celebrity, Fashion, trend hungry tuesday

{Trend Hungry Tuesday} Styled Sweats

Rihanna can add another title to her list of accomplishments. She’s now the Creative Director of Puma. Rihanna shared this big moment on social media and her outfit couldn’t have been more perfect for the occasion. She donned a white and cream sweatsuit styled with lots of jewelry, a corset top, and white Puma sneakers.

Jessica Alba has been known to rock the comfy-chic style and has paired loungewear with booties, while Jessica Simpson was spotted wearing her sweats with heels to add height to her petite frame.

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Dare to Wear, Fashion, My Style

{Dare To Wear} Holiday Dressing

Happy Holidays! Last night I shopped the new Century 21 Philadelphia store and snagged a few presents for myself. One of which is a new dress that came into my life just in time for this blog photo shoot and for holiday parties, talk about perfect timing. I love the fit, the print, the color, and I also kind of love it paired with the TOMs for Target sweater worn as a shawl.

I came home from the fruitful shopping trip, styled it, and headed across the street to my photog’s place. This shoot’s guest stars include her cat Tutty and an airy Christmas tree from Terrain.

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{Video} Simon Spreads Love

The holidays aren’t really all about buying things, though sometimes it can feel that way. It’s about spreading love. That’s the whole reason why we get into the gift-giving swing of things. Simon Malls decided to do just that.

Watch this video and remember to pay forward a little cheer and not just around the holidays. Giving is the greatest gift in life.

#SpreadLove

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{Gift Guide} Stocking Stuffers Under $30

Get ready to get gifting. I’ve scoured the internet for some of my personal present picks to recommend. These items make great girlfriend gifts, nothing is over $30, and they’re small enough to fit in a stocking. The prices get lower as you scroll. Treat yourself, someone on your list, or simply share this link so others will know what to get you without breaking the bank.

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{Ban.do Back Me Up Mobile Charger, $30.00} Everything ban.do sells I instantly fall in love with based on the cute factor alone. For a split second I want everything and then catch my breath. This charger though, it’s fashion and function. My iPhone is always going dead and a charger with some character would be worth remembering to keep in tow.

{Dogeared Midi Love Sparkle Ring, $22.00} Let this sterling silver ring be a little reminder to the recipient that love is at their fingertips. Prefer gold? For $2 more there’s a version that’s dipped in 14 karat gold.

{The Body Shop Mini Brush Set, $19.00} Most of my makeup brushes are from The Body Shop. They hold up well and don’t shed like most brushes. They’re also cruelty free and this set is small enough to throw in your bag for primping on the go.

{Blinc Mascara Duo, $18.00} I got turned on to Blinc after asking one of the experts at Sephora for mascara that won’t flake and leave me with dark circles. Blinc’s formula tubes each lash and stays put better than many mascaras. The travel size is under $20 and comes with the primer so that product will work its best.

{Essie 2014 Holiday Kit, $15.00} This kit includes five mini nail polishes in Essie’s 2014 holiday shades. As Beauty.com reads, there’s “Mademoiselle (the most classic grown-up pink), Smokin’ Hot (stone-cold fox gray) Butler Please (indulgent bright blue) Bahama Mama (warm, rich, creamy deep plum), and Jazzy Jubilant (chromatic confetti-like glitter.”

{Charmsies Iron-In Star Shaped Hair Charms, $12.00} I’ve never seen a hair accessory quite like Charmsies. Simply use your flat iron to design the design to your hair.  Expect lots of compliments. They look so cool on and people take notice.  My friends at Nich Boutique carry them as does Nordstrom.

{Bite Beauty Mix N’ Mingle Lip Minis, $12.00} After reading all the rave reviews I may have to treat myself to this gift too. Color is long lasting and product won’t dry out that pretty pout.

{Head Massager, $6.00} Some people absolutely LOVE these things. I am not one of those people but I can name a few people that I know would love to receive this and you may too.

Keep checking back for more budget-friendly gifts picks! Like to DIY it? Try a Sharpie Mug for a personalized present.

 

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The Perfect Present For The Chic Canine

Pet collars so adorable  you’ll wish they were made for humans, or that you at least have a dog to spoil and style  – got a dog lover or perhaps a pretty pooch on your gift list? BaubleBar’s current guest bartender “bark”tender is furry and has fabulous taste. It’s Jiff, a famous pomeranian, and more importantly, the collars in the collection are super swoonworthy and made to look like fashion jewelry. There’s a collar designed to look like a pearl-and-chain choker necklace, and others with crystals and glitter. The line has collars for small, medium, and large dogs with prices under $50.

The furry fashionistas modeling the styles certainly add to the cute factor.

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{BaubleBar Pearl Pet Collar, $44.00 | BaubleBar Diva Pet Collar, $48.00 | BaubleBar Seer Pet Collar, $48.00}

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{BaubleBar Mod Pet Collar, $38.00}

Scroll through the showroom to see more.

Like the styles? Comment below and share your favorite. Personally the Seer style caught my eye and I so would not mind owning it in a bracelet form.

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{Pin It} Quotes

Pinterest and I have a special relationship. It inspires me on so many levels – fashion, food, beauty, decor, and even well being. I’m a sucker for a good quote and it’s usually where I find them. I post them on Instagram, send to friends, and even quote pins in conversation. Just last night I scrolled though my quotes board and so many good feeling came over me. So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite inspiring quote pins. Hope they add a lithe more sunshine to your day. Pin now, read again later.

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Celebrity, trend hungry tuesday

{Trend Hungry Tuesday} White-Hot Winter

It looks like it’s going to be one white-hot winter. A number of celebrities have been seen rocking white outfits lately.

Nicole Kidman wore a white dress on the January cover of Elle. Ariana Grande opted for a white pencil skirt with a crop top  for her recent performance at the Disney Christmas Parade Taping. Taylor Swift also if loving the white-hot trend and was spotted in a long, all-white dress for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show After Party. And Solange Knowles, she too stepped out in an all-white outfit just this past weekend.

So why are stars opting for white well after Labor Day? Because white works. It’s versatile, chic, and never really goes out of style. It also has a way of making you look tanner.

Make a statement this holiday season with a little white dress. Pair with black tights and booties if you feel like it needs a little winterizing. I love this fit and flare style. It’s on sale, complements the figure, and has texture details that makes it feel more winter appropriate.

 

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{Shop It} Apt. 9® Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress, $50.00 $24.99 at Kohl’s | Natasha Couture Box Clutch, $38.00 at Nordstrom |  Bea Box Pleat Midi Length Scuba Skater Skirt, $26.00 at Boohoo

{Trend Hungry Tuesday} a syndicated fashion report on Ralphie TonightListen live every Tuesday night online or on NYC’s 95.5 WPLJ, 92 PRO-FM (Providence, RI), 97 WBHT (Northeastern PA), or Q105 (New London, CT).

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Dare to Wear, Fashion, My Style, Style Tips

{Dare To Wear} Match Your Bag To Your Beanie

Deck the halls, darling! For this photo session it was simply too freakin’ cold to shoot outside. Heck, it was too cold for tights. So we moved it indoors and I made myself comfortable at my lovely photographer’s place. She made me dark coffee with extra sugar and then snapping began, not a bad way to start the day.

Okay now, let’s get down to the outfit. If you haven’t guessed, the Dare To Wear item on repeat this month is the sweater. It’s TOMS for Target and so this gift I treated myself to also gives back. For items sold TOMs and Target are donating meals, blankets, and shoes to those in need. This blog has no affiliation with TOMs for Target, I just dig their vibes and philanthropic business model.

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{Style Tips}

1. Sweaters and leather play nice together. Knits give the cozy feel, while leather (faux in this case) adds a sleekness. United they create a balance look — not too dressed up or edgy, or too relaxed. It’s the right amount of casual comfort with holiday sparkle.

2. Match your bag to your beanie. The beanie is on the casual side, while the clutch feels more polished. By both items being in the same color, it he3. Accessories with your hosiery. This is one are you can really have fun with and turn a drag dress to fab. I have tons of tights – colors, polka dots, stars, and more. Sometimes I go nuts looking for the right pair when getting dressed (I need to give them a proper storage space) but a certain tight can really tie a look together or add an unexpected element.

3. A little monochrome goes a long way. When people meet me that know me from the blog and on TV and social media, they are often surprised that I’m only 5’3.  This even happens at coffee dates with new clients. I’m actually flattered, as it’s a compliment to my styling skills. A black skirt + black tights + black boots = long lines. Elongate with this tip in any color. It even works with jeweled pantyhose.

4. Accessorize with your hosiery.  Add some fun hosiery to your style arsenal. The right tight can make the whole outfit. Don’t be afraid to try a print, color, or even bejeweled tights.

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{Details} TOMS for Target – Women’s Crewneck Sweater | Vegan Leather Skirt, ℅ Lulu*s (similar)| Hat, Old | Rings, Vintage | Giles & Brother Cuff, ℅ | Shashi Bracelet, ℅ | Mid-Calf Boots, JCPenney | Urban Expressions Crocodile Clutch, ℅ South Moon Under | Pretty Polly Black Embellished Tights, ℅

{DARE TO WEAR} a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three weeks in a row. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Each month a new item is featured and will be styled three ways over three weeks. Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

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{DIY Holiday Decorating} Anything Can Be An Ornament

Over the weekend I started holiday decorating and let me tell you, it puts you in the best mood. So do decorate, don’t put it off. And don’t feel like you have to spend a lot. Save your dollars for presents (though those too can be DIYed, ahem, Sharpie Mugs) and use what you got.

Here’s a few things I did over the weekend to deck the halls without even leaving home. These ideas pertain to trimming the tree. Mine happens to be a fake one of the slim variety and came with lights.

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{Cloak With Glitter}

Glitter is gold for DIY holiday decorating. I covered floral decals that attach to shoes I don’t even own any more and bam, ornaments.

{Rework Old Jewelry}

As a vintage jewelry hoarder curator I do have some unrepairable pieces, plus I randomly save pretty things that I think may be able to turn into something. An old wreath pin missing stones becomes a wintery wreath ornament thanks to some nail polish, glitter, and a pipe cleaner for the hook. A tarnished dove necklace now hangs from one  of the higher Christmas tree branches. It’s only took some silver nail polish and shortening the chain. A star charm from a necklace and twine make another easy and unique ornament.

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{Wrap It Up}

Presents under the tree instantly add the holly-jolly vibe. Since I was on a quest to fill up the bare branches and haven’t really shopped yet, I wrapped up a tiny case that earbud headphones came in and strung from the tree. (insert noise of the “That Was Easy” Button)

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{String Things}

Got garland, a costume string of pearls, or even ribbon? Wrap around the tree. Or make your own. Paint popcorn with nail polish, let dry, then thread and string with care. Or even try a pasta garland. Or add string to something you’d to have for an instant ornament. I used some thread to turn my little macaroon trinket box into a Christmas decoration.

Have a tip you’d like to share? Comment below or tweet me @JessieHoleva!

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{Winter Escape} Tropical Travel Essentials Under $50

All I’ve been wanting is a winter escape, to bask in the sun’s glorious vitamin-D rays. Is that too much to ask for?

Planning a tropical trip? It’s difficult finding summer clothing this time of year in store, so for this style challenge online shopping is the way to go.

I love experiencing the East Coast’s four seasons, but Philly is getting a little too chilly for me. Feeling the same way? Trade in your heavy coats, scarves, and snow boots for some tropical travel essentials for your next getaway and think warm thoughts.

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Victoria’s Secret Fringe Halter, $28.50  $17.00 | Victoria’s Secret Ruched Hipkini, $18.50 $12.00 | Wildfox Couture ‘Adventure List’ Cover-up Tank, $48.00 | Free People Maya Cateye Sunglasses, $18.00 | Kate Spade Saturday Passport Case in Crosswalk Stripe, $45.00 | Havaianas ‘Slim’ Flip Flop, $26.00 $18.20

Are you planning a winter escape or just dreaming of one? Share your upcoming destinations in the comments below!