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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Easy New Year's Eve Party Looks


Hey Fashionista! If you're reading this, hooray! the world did not end. We're alive and well on our way to 2013! And can I just say....thank goodness for being alive?! I would've been pissed if I missed a chance to dress up for a New Year's Eve party! ;)  For today's post, I wanted to share with you the little adventure I took through my closet in an effort to find easy new year's eve party looks without all the fuss of shopping.  After all the Christmas shopping, my wallet needed a break! How about you?? Let me save you money, Fashionista with my guidelines on how you can create easy New Year's Eve party looks just by wearing what you already have at home. 




Classic Colors ONLY.
When it comes to New Year's Eve style it's important to scout for your best classic colored pieces. Look for gold, back, white and silver clothing and accessories -- (ohh, and don't forget the pieces that have LOTS of SPARKLE! New Year's Eve demands sparkle, so however you can incorporate it -- purse, belt, necklace, skirt, top, jacket- do it! Here are my favorite classic colored pieces above. :)




Sexy {Heels} Only.
I'm making myself laugh a little bit, because I don't consider myself sexy. at. all. But I kinda tap into it when I wear black heels! Heels are fun and feminine, not to mention they make my 5'2 size look taller and my legs leaner! Who doesn't love that "sexy" side effect? :) Find your favorite pair of heels - whether they are black, gold sequins, or heck, bright yellow (you can totally pull off fun blasts of color here!) for your heels and wear them- as long as they make you feel sexy!   


Black Tank + Black Skirt = One of a kind Glamorous Dress.
I bought this ruffle skirt on sale weeks ago from LOFT and thought about wearing it for New Year's Eve. It's fun and stylish and matched with everything.  I took this piece and started mixing it with my classic colored tops and accessories so I could decide which style looked best for the big night.  One of my favorite style secrets is to pair a glamorous camisole with a skirt, and add a belt to make it look like a fancy dress. If you don't have an ultra feminine black camisole, you can always use your favorite fancy tank in another color and still have it look fashionable. 


Conservative & Feminine.
I loved pairing my ruffle skirt with my classic white jacket. It looks feminine in a fun yet conservative way. (If you're meeting your significant other's parents that night? This would be a great option!) I included a blush sleeveless top (adorned with gold buttons) which seemed to tie the jacket and skirt together nicely.  For jewelry, I added my favorite clear bib necklace for more sparkle. I like my black wedges best with this look because it softens it and really brings out the "feminine" vibe. 


Radiant Red.
Red + black are my two favorite colors for parties. If you have a red blouse pull it out and try it on with your black skirt! Or put it over a black dress to revamp your look. I am especially loving red chiffon this season because it adds a dash of sparkle against ruffles and black.  I made sure to layer it with a classic black camisole to eliminate the transparent effect and added my favorite black sparkly belt at the waist for a fun and classic look!

Black & White Paired.
I took my favorite sleeveless white cotton top and tucked it into my skirt to highlight my waist - (a style trick to make you look taller and thinner!) I added a vintage gold belt (passed down from my Fashionista Great Grandma Dorothy) and added my *sexy* black pumps and crystal clutch. This look is comfortable, fancy and fun. Find your favorite white top and tuck it into your skirt to see what type of look you get. Then make sure you accessorize with a belt, statement necklace, and shoes! 

There you have it, Fashionista - my easy New Year's Eve party looks straight from my closet. You can easily follow this template by rummaging through your closet to find similar pieces. Mix and match your favorite, black, white and gold pieces to come up with a dazzling party look for New Year's Eve! Feel free to share on my Facebook page what you came up with! Happy New Year, Fashionista!!
Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Main Photo Courtesy of: BreakfastinNewYorkCity.Tumblr.com

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Re-Styling Summer Dress for Holiday Style!

Hey Fashionista! I am happy to report that I am writing more this month than I originally planned. I don't know if it's the Christmas season or all the candy canes I've inhaled but, I felt this topic was worth mentioning because re-styling your summer dress for a holiday party will save you money and is easy to do! So I invite you to check out this outfit idea and get ready to open up your closet! 

How I pulled this look together...
I found my favorite white summer strapless dress hanging in the back of my closet and it dawned on me to re-style this frock for upcoming holiday parties! Shopping Tip: Whenever you buy pieces like, dresses, go for white and black because they can always be re-styled for future occasions and seasons. 

Then, my sparkling gold belt (which was passed down to me from my Great Grandmother! :) caught my attention. Gold is ALWAYS a good choice for holiday parties! I added it to the waistline of this dress.  

With just these two pieces... 
My re-styled summer dress became holiday appropriate. In an effort to carry on with this theme, I found my gold Kate Spade tote, which led me to my nude Steve Madden patent leather pumps! Coordinating like colors, is the fastest and easiest way to come up with a fashionable ensemble for parties. 

This is what these gold accessories looked like together...

I felt the need to make it casual without compromising glamour! I changed the shoes and added a scarf. At first I bundled it around my neck, but I wasn't quite satisfied with it so, I put my scarf down, around my neck and let it dangle around my dress. Then I placed the belt around the scarf at the waistline. 


I switched out my platforms, and put bohemian boots on. I kept my Kate Spade purse to keep the dressy appeal. Then for a fun Anthropologie styled accessory, I pinned my pink flower to a piece of glittered string that was left over from gift-wrapping. 

Re-styling my summer dress for holiday style was a lot of fun and super easy to do! All you need to do is find a simple black, white, or red dress that's sitting in your closet. Adorn it with gold or silver accessories. Depending on your comfort-level (casual or fancy), style with a few simple accessories. Enjoy your holiday style, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Party Staple Accessories


Hey Fashionista! This is the third of four holiday posts! I've covered just about every angle of holiday style because each area has an easy style equation to adhere to in order to achieve style success.  And since you've most likely got multiple holiday parties on your calendar,  I want to make sure you make the most of your holiday pieces. So, welcome to the third "Holiday Style" post!

Hey Fashionista! Accessories are important to master. Because it's like the frosting on a cake. If you get it right, it will look delicious and people will "oooh and awww" over it.  And it's incredibly simple to pull off! Here are a few simple rules to understand before you shop for your holiday party staple accessories.


Shop this necklace here for only $18.99!

First, let's talk color. No matter what religion or holiday you're celebrating, there are FOUR colors that will work beautifully: Red, Black, Silver and Gold.  Keep these three colors in mind when you're picking out necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings.  They won't steer you wrong. And they are season-less. Which means you can come back to them year after year. 



Second. Balance. The most awesome accessory equation to date is: Statement necklace. SMALL earrings (like, studs) and dainty bracelets. The weight of each piece need to vary. The necklace gets the heaviest weight because it's the boldest. Earrings, bracelets and rings get lighter colors and weights because they are the supporting members. They can't all have the spotlight because then it would look chaotic. Which is not the look we're after. 



Third. Statement. The statement necklace has the floor. As in, it's the main piece that's standing out. Give it a bold color, like black, red or even an array of subtle, deep colors that remind you of nature during winter time. It can be shiny, full of sparkle and gosh-darn-it, too hard to look away from because it's so dazzling. That's right, Fashionista, dazzle the pants off the crowd! ;)

There you have it, Fashionista...a guide to holiday party staple accessories. Rest assured you can re-wear these gems for many years to come and it does not require much dough either. Win-win, right? :) Wishing you the happiest of holidays and merriest of Christmases!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach


Photos Courtesy of: BrunchatSaks.blogspot.com, etsy.com, faycullen.com, SimplyAudrey.com

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Q & A Fashionable Thursday: Tall Brown Boots


"What types of outfits match tall brown boots?"

Q: Hi Amanda!

I have a pair of tall brown coach winter boots. What is the best outfit to match this with?

- Luci
New Jersey

A: Hi Luci!

Coach boots? Luck you! Tall brown boots easily match just about everything! Another important thing to note: Coach makes a great quality boot that lasts for many years to come!

The best way to answer your question effectively is to categorize by occasion. 




Let's start with casual wear. The easiest way to wear tall brown boots is to pair them with skinny jeans (or leggings!) + your favorite t-shirt or sweater  + scarf. Mix in some patterns at the top of your outfit, like say a patterned tee with a leopard scarf. This little addition will infuse your outfit with ample style.  



Now, if you're looking to go out to a restaurant or bar with friends, wear a long-sleeve shirt dress. Add textured tights with your boots and a scarf and jacket. It looks fun and modernistic for an evening out. Don't have a shirt dress? No problem! Grab your favorite skirt, add tights, a cute top and jacket! 



Now, if you work in an office and need a professional look, you can always pair these with a nice dress, professional tote, add a belt and a nice sweater or blazer. It looks polished and put together for a professional atmosphere. 

I hope that helps, Luci! Enjoy your Coach boots!

Fashionista --- do you have a question? Email it to me at info (at) The Fashionista Coach (dot) com!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Photo Courtesy of: Copygr.am.com, Polyvore.com

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Easy Christmas Nails


Hey Fashionista!
'Tis the season for Christmas nails! I've seen lots of really creative Christmas nails but they seem difficult to master on my own and just plain expensive at the nail salon. Of all the Christmas nails I've come across, these Christmas nails are the easiest and prettiest to master. After all, as the great Oscar Wilde said..."Simplicity is beauty and beauty is simplicity, nothing more, nothing less." So, let me show you how to do these easy Christmas nails.

Here's how to create these easy Christmas nails....
First....Apply a base coat to your nails for ultra long lasting color.
Two...Then apply two coats (or more) of white nail polish.
Three....Grab glistening red nail polish and make 5-7 dots in a sporadic pattern.
Four...Grab a glistening green nail polish and make 5-7 dots in a sporadic pattern. 
*Note: Make sure you keep is down towards the tip of your nails, so you can see the contrast of white against red and green.
Five....Let them dry, then add a top coat.

You're done! You've achieved gorgeous Christmas nails for little to no money at all. And, you don't even have to be a pro at doing your nails. Cool, huh? Have a Merry Christmas, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, December 10, 2012

6 Holiday Hairstyles to Try!


Hey Fashionista! This is the second of four holiday posts! I've covered just about every angle of holiday style because each area has an easy style equation to adhere to in order to achieve style success.  And since you've most likely got multiple holiday parties on your calendar,  I want to make sure you make the most of your holiday pieces. So, welcome to the second "Holiday Style" post!

Hey Fashionista! No matter what season it is...if there's a party to attend we always wonder how to fix our hair! Am I right? Or am I right? Ha! I found several of my favorite holiday hairstyles that look ravishing! Give 'em a go before you head to your next holiday soiree just to make sure you dig it, too!!





This up-do works best for short to medium length hair.  
Normally, you'd see magazines advise you to save fancy hairstyles for fancy occasions. But, I believe in mixing it up! If you're going to a semi-casual holiday party, you can still wear this do. If it's a fancy holiday party, you can still rock this do too! Check out the short up-do tutorial here. 


I know these are normally considered "beach waves" but they are super glam for holiday parties.  Follow this tutorial from Cupcakes & Cashmere for a total step-by-step process on how to achieve this look. This style works on semi-short, medium and long lengths and can be rocked at casual or formal parties!

3. Half Up-Do

Half up-do's are so pretty! They're easy to accomplish and ultra "haute" -- especially with a little teasing. ;) I could not find the original source of this photograph, however, the steps seem pretty self-explanatory.  This hairstyle works best for medium to long hair. They will look great for your holiday parties!

4. Half Up Braid

Braids make me happy. Do you feel the same? Braids aren't reserved for summer only. They look great with a dress or skirt! This photo sequence is pretty easy to follow. Unfortunately, I could not find a source for this on Pinterest either, but I was able to do this one just by the photo.  

5. Braid Bun

I found this hairstyle on Pinterest, which led back to a Portuguese blog. On top of that, it was pinned to the main page. Needless to say I could not find a tutorial for this hairstyle.  From the looks of this picture, it seemed fairly straightforward to follow. Here are the steps I used to create a similar look. Create a loose french braid on each side that runs an inch past your ears. Take the loose ends and pin them into a messy bun. Pull down a few loose strands on either side of your face - give them a little curl and you're set for your holiday party!

6. Elaborate Updo for Long Hair

Ok, my hair isn't this long, but I know a fabulous hairstyle when I see it. If I did have long locks I would so rock this hairstyle! So, all of you long-haired Fashionistas, be sure to try this hairstyle by visiting Fashion Week Digital's blog here! I'm sure you'll turn a few...hundred heads with this look! 

There you have it, Fashionista -- 6 Holiday Hairstyles that are SURE to be a HIT at your holiday parties! Enjoy and have a happy and safe holiday!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Photos Courtesy of: TheSmallThingsBlog.com, Cupcakesandcashmere.com, Pinterest.com, SheKnows.com

Monday, December 3, 2012

How to Dress for a Semi-Casual Holiday Party


Hey Fashionista! This is the first of four holiday posts! I've covered just about every angle of holiday style because each area has an easy style equation to adhere to in order to achieve style success.  And since you've most likely got multiple holiday parties on your calendar,  I want to make sure you make the most of your holiday pieces. So, welcome to my first "Holiday Style" post!

Hey Fashionista! Time to wave a BIG "HELLO" to holiday party season! It's upon us, in fact, it's probably starting this weekend for most of you. Each holiday party comes in a variety of sizes, it's true. But, lately, I've noticed an ever-growing trend of semi-casual holiday parties.  Which are my favorite to dress for! But to some this dress-code can be kind of confusing. Do I wear a dress to my boss's semi-casual holiday dinner at her house? Are jeans okay? Lots of questions, right? No worries! I've got a couple of pointers on how to dress for a semi-casual holiday party!


Choose casual glammed-up denim.
Denim is considered casual and yet it can look totally glamorous with the right pieces. These skinny jeans (pictured above) work well for a semi-casual holiday party because they highlight your shape, like a flattering dress or skirt would and they accentuate glamorous pieces like patterned heels and classic chiffon blouses. Pick a dark denim pant to dress up your overall look. 


Choose casual pieces in FANCY finishes.
Black, white and denim are CLASSIC colors.  They are neutral yet striking when you choose them in luxe fabrics.  For instance, a top can be casual, but if you choose it in a fancy fabric like white chiffon, it's casually glamorous.  Denim jeans are totally casual, unless you pick a dark wash, then they look dressed up. 


Choose Small Areas for a BIG Statement.
Continuing on with this "classic-glamorous" theme we've got goin' on here....choose a simple statement necklace in one color like, black (which, is stunning and universal in the holiday style handbook-btw!).  Add several gold bracelets together and you're set. If you feel naked without earrings, go for diamond studs. They will balance this look nicely and are easily adaptable to any type of semi-casual holiday party.


Choose a little bit of pattern.
When your semi-casual holiday party ensemble is classic and striking with minimal color, it's safe to add pattern in unexpected areas, like, your pumps --or clutch! I like the way this Fashionista ((pictured above)) stayed in the black and white theme with her peep-toe pumps. It adds a nice finishing touch to a semi-casual holiday party ensemble. 

Fashionista be sure to view more holiday party styles on my Pinterest board! I've got all kinds of different looks from casual to super formal you can implement to your holiday parties this year. 

Alright, Fashionista! You're ready to 'wow' at your next semi-casual holiday party! I'm sure you have several to go to! Stay safe and please enjoy yourself this holiday season! 

Love,
Your Fashion Coach



Photos Courtesy of: Pinterest.com, OldNavy.com, Etsy.com, Target.com 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Q & A Fashionable Thursday: Winter Nail Polish


Q: Hi Amanda!

I love your fashion blog- I am a fan! :) I am hoping you could tell me which nail colors are stylish for winter? I know red, white and green are great for Christmastime but, I want to wear something different in the meantime.  I was hoping to find another nail polish brand that's less expensive (than say, OPI) but doesn't skimp on the quality.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Tina
Rhode Island




A: Hi Tina!

What a great question! Winter-like hues are appealing to me this year, too!

I recently shopped at my local drugstore and found several winter hues that struck my fancy- and I know would strike yours, too!  

My 3 favorite winter nail polish colors are -- 
1. "Bite Me" (pictured to the left - on the very left-hand side) it's a very deep dark shimmery maroon.  2. "I Got So Plastered" (in the middle) is a soft deep shimmery winter pink. And... 3."Deeper Dive" (to the right) is a fabulous ultra glamorous deep blue shade with lots of sparkle.  Not huge, rhinestone-sized sparkle but, more of a seductive sheen.  Right now I have "I Got So Plastered" on my finger nails and I'm about to paint "Bite Me" on my toes!  Do you need some quick tips on  how to paint your nails perfectly? Check out my post here!

And most importantly.....I found these winter nail polish colors from a brand that doesn't disappoint on quality and only costs $1.99!  The brand I'm referring to is: Spoiled by Wet n' Wild.  They have a great formula that dries quickly and also come in a wide n' fabulous range of colors! 

I hope that helps, Tina! Enjoy your winter nail polish!

Fashionista -- do you have a fashion challenge? Email me! info (at) The FashionistaCoach (dot) com! 

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, November 26, 2012

5 Fall-Winter Styles You Must Try!

5 Fall-Winter Style You Must Try!

1. Peplum Top
Definition:: Pep-lum [pep-luhm] - noun 1. a short full flounce or an extension of a garment below the waist, covering the hips.

Why This Style Rocks...
Oh, I can think of a dozen reasons, but the most important reason you should try the peplum top is to indulge your femininity! Not only is it this year's most feminine top, it's so easy to implement into work-wear, going-out-wear and casual-wear! Check out my peplum top pictured above.  Ultra feminine, right?  I love wearing it with teal or white denim jeans. It's the ultimate pretty & stylish statement that's easy to wear! Give it a try!


2. Large Polka Dot Anything

Why This Style Rocks...
I don't know a single Fashionista who does not smile when they wear polka dots! Polka dots are classic and embody timeless appeal.  Add a large polka dot sweater, flow-y skirt, or tights to your usual go-to's for an updated look!

3. Leather Leggings

Why This Style Rocks...
Who doesn't like channeling their inner-bad-ass? I know I do!  Leather leggings ooze "bad-ass" energy.  They are expensive - unless you go faux- but are oh-so flattering. Thanks to the natural thickness of leather material, these babies hug and accentuate every awesome inch of your curves!  Not to mention, black provides a natural slimming effect too! If you can fork over the extra dough, buy the real thing and wear them out with the ladies! Or on that special date. :)

4. Clutch 
(As Your Main Handbag)

Why This Style Rocks...
Think about it. Do you reeeeally enjoy lugging around all that "stuff" in your hand bag? Do you reeeally use every single thing in your purse? If you answered 'no' to any of these questions, you must switch immediately! Clutches come in many vibrant colors and patterns with mucho adornment. Purses make bold statements now-a-days. Hunt down a new clutch and add into your daytime look. If you're hesistant, try it for a week and see what you think! Prepare for compliments and shoulder relief! :)

5. Chambray 
(aka. Denim Top)

Why This Style Rocks...
I admit, I haven't added this to my closet...yet because I'm still searching for the right fit and the right shade.  There are many un-stylish versions out there, but once you anchor in an authentic, simple and classic chambray top, you'll have a best friend for life. Remember it's ALWAYS a good idea to add pops of color here. They fancy-up this laid-back style. Pair them with colored denim, cords, leggings and skirt!

I hope you enjoyed 5 Fall-Winter Styles You Must Try! Do you have a favorite style you would like to try or have already tried? Share with me in the comment section below! Wishing you a happy day, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Photos Courtesy of: Carolina-prep.tumblr.com, TheBerry.com, Pinterest.com, OutfitFinder.com

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Style


Hey Fashionista!! Thanksgiving day (aka T-Day!) is just a hop, skip and a jump away!  Many of us will travel short or far distances to spend time catching up with family around the dinner table while devouring turkey, mashed potatoes, and many, many more scrumptious dishes. Lucky for me I have a short distance to go and lots of family to see -- which, is my favorite part of Thanksgiving day!  AND....Lucky for us, Thanksgiving is much more casual than Christmas.  Which means, dressing up for it will be easy and comfortable. Double-win in my opinion! ;) So, how does a Fashionista go about finding the perfect outfit for fabulous Thanksgiving style? 

Easy!

You have two options here: pants or dress.  That's it. Just kidding. There's more! Let's say you are a pant-girl.  What else should you add?  




Pants, like denim jeans, colored-jeans, or leggings (preferably black, Fashionista) will do well. You already have at least one pair of each, so pick your favorite one and start your ensemble. 




Add a nice knit sweater with a pair of boots, scarf or statement necklace and voila - you're set to go! 

Maybe you prefer wearing a dress.  Awesome. Dresses are my favorite too.  Wear a shirt dress. Why? They are the BEST dresses to wear when you will be...how should I say this??...enjoying a lot of food. :)  The shirt dress has a simple and stylish shape.  No need to feel self-conscious after indulging! All you need to add are tights (for style and warmth), boots and necklace to complete your look.  

All in all, Thanksgiving style is about feeling relaxed and stylish.  There's no need to go all out - unless you want to, then by all means go for it! All you need to do is decide your level of comfort. Do you want to wear pants or a dress? Then choose accessories accordingly.  I hope you and your family have a fantastic Thanksgiving day, Fashionista. I want to THANK YOU, for being a loyal reader!  Your support and words of encouragement are so appreciated.  I hope you have a beautiful week! See you after T-Day!!

Love & Hugs,

Your Fashion Coach



Photos Courtesy of: BenMillerPhoto.com, Polyvore.com, Stylezen.net, 
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