What to Wear: Holiday Dinner Party

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We’re having a few friends over for dinner tomorrow night and of course I have “nothing to wear.”  I want something chic and comfortable that allows me to cook, entertain and chase after a wild toddler.  And, as is usual, it’s the end of the month and most of our budget has gone to holiday shopping so it has to also be affordable.  Enter the mall down the street from me with an H&M, Macy’s, JC Penny, Kohl’s and Forever 21.  Not sure if I’ll get a chance to go, but if I do, here’s I have my eye on to purchase for the occasion.  Which one do you like the best?

one // skirt: h&m // shirt: h&m // shoes: joan & david

two // sweater: lc lauren conrad // skirt: joe fresh // shoes: dv dolce vita

three // sweater: h&m // jeans: levi’s // necklace: forever21 // shoes: marc fisher

four // top: h&m // pants: joe fresh // shoes: report signature

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What To Wear To Thanksgiving: Layered Sheath

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Looking for something to wear for Thanksgiving but saving all of your shopping budget for Black Friday deals? Then I have a solution for you – make something in your closet new again by layering!  My friend Lauren, who graciously modeled for me again here, has this sleeveless sheath dress that she loves.  She generally throws a cardigan over it.  Instead, I put a fun patterned chiffon blouse under the dress, added  an oversized watch, tights and heels for a change-up on her go-to look.  So if you’ve got a great sleeveless dress in your closet, try layering it with a fun blouse and add accessories to spruce up your Thanksgiving look!

Dress: (Old.  Similar here.) / Blouse: H&M (In stores.  Similar here and here.) / Tights: Spanx / Shoes: Prada / Watch: Rolex (Her husband’s)

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An Amazing Deal

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Monday’s are tough, aren’t they?  I had a great weekend though and I hope you did too.  So, at least I get a chance to bask in the glow of two glorious days off in a row; however, heading back to work can be like getting tossed on cold cement.

I got a few minutes this weekend to flip through People StyleWatch for a little wardrobe inspiration.  I stumbled upon this picture of the new style “It Girl” Lily Collins rocking a killer moto vest with boyfriend jeans and a feminine blouse and I immediately started searching for the ultimate translation for me.  My criteria: a more fitted moto vest so that I don’t accentuate my hips and look larger, and a sweet collarless blouse, all for a reasonable price.

I did a lot of online research and finally stumbled to the mall.  After browsing a few stores, I landed at H&M but wasn’t hopeful I’d find the perfect fit, in my size and within my budget.  Boy was I wrong.  Not only did I find this gem, it was on super sale.  And the blouse happened to be marked down too.  With the use of a $10 store credit, I walked out of there only spending $10.  I seriously feel a little guilty about it.  But at least it’s one of those things I can bask in the glow of on this manic Monday.

Have you found any amazing deals lately?

Moto Vest: H&M (In stores and on super-sale.  Similar online here and here) / Blouse: H&M (In stores.  Similar here and this one would be even more perfect.) / Jeans: Gap.  (Old.  Similar here.) / Shoes: J.Crew (Old.  Similar here.) / Bag: Prada (Similar at J. Crew with 25% off)

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