The Christmas gift-buying marathon: sometimes it can feel more challenging than cheerful.
While I can’t tell you exactly what to buy your Aunt Sally, I can give you a few tips that will make the process a little bit easier. (I find an eggnog latte helps, too.)
Consider this your holiday shopping survival kit.
Above all, breathe! Pace yourself if you can. That’s another reason I love shopping online; you can do a few gifts at a time, over several days or evenings. Give yourself permission to just stop from time to time, sit down, and savor the season. (Again: eggnog latte.)
And mamas, if it comes down to it, there ain’t no shame in gift cards. Just sayin.’
- Fab mamas: How do you keep your sanity during holiday shopping season?
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Is it OK to coordinate makeup color (such as eyeshadow or lipstick) with the colors in my outfit?
Coordinate? Yes. Match? Not so much. The key is subtlety, particularly in daytime and especially at work. (If you’re a 20something heading to Da Club, all bets are off.)
DO wear makeup colors that are complementary to your clothes. Think earth tones with earth tones, or cool colors with cool colors. Or you can even work within the same color family … if you avoid the following.
DON’T get too literal. Unless you’re going for A Major Look, you don’t want to seem as if your goal was “matchy matchy.” So if you’re wearing a lovely lavender blouse, try not to wear the exact same shade on your lids.
One of the joys of Thanksgiving is indulging in a cornucopia of delicious food, then overindulging, then having a slice of pumpkin pie.
This strategically crafted Thanksgiving outfit looks great while letting you be comfortable enough to fill up.
The patterned blouse has a bit of peplum at the bottom for some extra room in the midsection and the autumnal colored pattern will even hide a gravy stain or two.
Wear complementary dark hued pants with a skimming but wide-legged fit for more flattering comfort.
Add a bit of bling on your wrist and your shoes, bring a satchel that could even double as an overnight bag, and you’re good to go for Turkey Day.
Holiday bonus: Here are 3 more Thanksgiving outfit ideas:
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When it comes to accessories, it seems that you are either a Scarf Person or Not a Scarf Person.
Ladies of the Scarf Person persuasion, of which I am one, have them in multiple sizes, lengths and patterns. We reach for them to tie an outfit together, overlooking necklaces and the like. We watch scarf-tying videos to learn new ways of knotting.
(High priestesses of the Scarf Ladies: Une Femme, MaiTai’s Picture Book and Wendy’s Look Book*.)
Non scarf-wearing ladies may own a scarf or two, but never quite got what all the fuss was about.
Non Scarf People, prepare to be converted!
3 reasons why scarves are the perfect accessory
- They’re timeless. A simple square, knotted at the neck, has been seen on chic, elegant women since the ’40s. And famous silk scarf purveyor Hermes opened in 1837. Some variations are trendier than others (the temporarily ubiquitous Alexander McQueen skull print, the currently ubiquitous infinity scarf), but scarves are here to stay.
- They’re practical. Not only can a pretty print bring color to the face and tie an outfit together, a scarf can keep you warm in cold weather or protect your shoulders from the sun in summer. I always wear a scarf on the plane for an easily accessible extra layer. (And in worst case scenarios, they can function as an emergency towel to mop up spills.)
- They’re adaptable. There are as many ways to wear and tie a scarf as there are patterns, or so it seems. One scarf yields dozens of looks.
Plus, as my daughter showed me this weekend, they’re good for playing dress-up. With nothing more than my basket of scarves, she created a “Bohemian” look for me, complete with head wrap. (Like mother, like daughter?)
*At 21 million views and counting, this is the mack daddy of all scarf-tying videos. True story: there’s a kiosk in my local mall that sells scarves, and this is the video they have playing in a loop on a flat screen.
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What should a family of 4 wear to an outdoor photo session? We’ll use the pictures for our Christmas cards, but I don’t want them to be too “holiday” looking.
So no matching reindeer outfits, then?
Many family photographers recommend coordinating outfits for an overall effect that’s cohesive without looking like matching uniforms.
Start with a color palette you like and that flatters everyone in the family.
For a winter portrait, that could mean darker colors. If you don’t want to look too “holiday” themed, wear red or green but not both together.
Here are some color palettes and outfit combinations to get you started:
(You can find lots more by searching Pinterest for “family photo what to wear.”)
This capsule wardrobe was based on this outfit, an example of what to wear to a job interview at a creative workplace.
(So it’s the career that’s creative, not the clothes. Or maybe both? : )
The original outfit had lots of color, pattern, texture and slightly unusual silhouettes, so the wardrobe does, too.
Depending on the type of office, you could throw in a pair of denim (or two) as well.
- Fab mamas: Do you work in a creative office, like an ad agency? What’s your dress code, or lack thereof?
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There’s a reason a simple white shirt is considered such a wardrobe staple: with a blazer and skirt or pants, you’re instantly dressed for the office, but it mixes and matches with more casual wear, too.
White collared button-front shirts can be found in a range of prices to suit most budgets.
Here are 3 options at 3 price levels (and the differences between them):
- Starter: If you don’t have one in your closet at all, this option is a way to try it out and make outfits. Lower cost versions will be made of a basic cotton, may have single stitching, and have basic fitting.
- Staple: At a mid-range price (this one from J. Crew is $72), the cotton is a little softer, smoother and more durable and the fit is more flattering to the body. It should last a while before pilling or losing buttons
- Splurge: At $175, this is an investment piece. You’re fully on the white shirt bandwagon and you intend to wear this for years. The silhouette is perfectly draped and flattering, the fabric has a bit of stretch, and the stitching is likely to be double in the seams and on the buttons.
If the traditional white shirt isn’t your style, there are lots of options that fill the same role in your wardrobe, from silk to ruffled, tie front to scoop neck. Try a few styles on to see what feels best for you.
- Fab mamas: What clothes do you save on? Which ones do you splurge on?
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