Sorry for being MIA lately. My family and I took a much needed vacation over Thanksgiving break and now I feel all relaxed and rejuvenated. I have submitted 3 out of 6 college applications (!!!) and my stress has seemed to vanish over this past week.
But alas, I am back, and now it is crunch time. My favorite time of the year is finally here, and I have a ton of fabulous treats prepared for you guys (keep checking back for some extremely chic holiday gift guides).
2011 is almost over, and like everyone else, I like to do a recap of my favorite style moments. If you look in the archives of The Fashion Barbie, you'll see the Top Ten Girls of 2010, with Blake Lively taking the crown as last year's It Girl. But the crown is entirely up for grabs this year, so if you feel someone deserves the title of It Girl of 2011, leave a comment! And expect the first installment of the countdown once December rolls around.
Winter always reminds me of death. Of fallen leaves and spooky evenings. Of deserted forests and dark oceans. Of gossamer night gowns and dimmed candles. There's always a sense of loneliness, of innocence leaving the soul. But it's so poetic, that loneliness, and so beautiful.
(images found on various tumblrs in other words not mine)
Sweaters are a fall staple, so why not amp your knit supply up with these handy tips for some of the coolest sweaters of the season?
Fair Isle Sweater
Bring your apres-ski sweater from the chalet to the streets with sleek black and edgy textures. Pair with a neon accessory like shoes or a purse to give your look a stylin' pop of color.
Mix with proportions and textures by pairing an oversized knit with a form-fitting mini and leg-lengthening boots. Add a sparkly clutch if you're meeting up with friends or some old-school shades if you're cruising the town.
An embellished cardigan can go many ways, but why not amp up your winter-time evening wear with one? Pair with a maxi and sandals to get an artsy debutant look -if that makes any sense.
Pumpkins are smashed on the streets. Costumes are lying on the floor in a corner. And somewhere a Starbucks is setting out their holiday cups once again. Yes, it is November First, also known as the beginning of the Holiday Season!
I know for me the holidays mean parties. From charity luncheons to gingerbread house making parties, everyone has a lot to do. But what to wear!?
Have no fear! I have plenty of tips on what to wear this holiday season!
Thanksgiving is a cozy family holiday, but I always like to look somewhat put together for the feast of the year. A sweater dress or long sleeve frock in a rich hue does just the trick.
Make like tinsel and glitter it up! Be the center of attention with a sparkly mini dress and let the dress do all the talking. Pair with black accessories and you got the glam factor that will get everyone talking.
Baby, it's Cold Outside
Even a California girl like me understands that it gets chilly in the winter, so pick up a perfect coat that can function for any occasion. Black or leopard works for any event and adds sophistication to any ensemble.
Give that charity luncheon or office holiday party some color in one of these neon power dresses. When everyone else is wearing a pantsuit, all eyes will be on you!
The holidays are a busy time, and sometimes you need a reliable do-anything dress. Look for something long, loose, but polished (nipped at the waist or an elegant neck tie) that you can throw on as you run errands all day. These dresses are perfect because they are one-item outfits. Add some shoes and a handbag and you are ready to go!
Got a black tie event this holiday season? Make it a high-drama event and go for a daring dress with a brilliant hue, an artsy print, or a daring plunge. Be sure it's a night to remember and a dress that no one will ever forget!
Have any more holiday style questions? Feel free to ask!