The countdown to holiday parties and festive family gatherings
is on. But instead of pulling out that trusty LBD and same ol'
statement necklace, consider giving some of this year's trendiest
pieces a try. Here are a few I think are just right for busy,
Don't let leather scare you. It can be tamed and toned down for
those of us without Harleys. A tailored leather dress is a
tasteful, age appropriate way to rock one of this year's hottest
This one is "vegan," which is a fancy word for fake. But you'd
never know it. It's the perfect cut and style for busy kid-chasing
moms and it's half the price you'd pay for the real deal.
Eva Franco Haven dress, $268, notice-this.com
Or, if you want to try leather pants, Kirna Zabete pants are
$29.99 at Target. They have
just the right amount of rocker chic mixed with functionality. Pair
with a sleeveless silk blouse and tailored jacket or a long fitted
cardigan, and wedge booties or black patent pumps for a
sophisticated approach. I love the stretch material along the sides
and the easy pull-on style.
It's all about the Midas touch this season, and a simple way to
add instant "boom!" to any holiday dress is by going for the
gold. Layer several delicate necklaces (three is the perfect
number) or go with a thick and twisted bracelet/necklace combo.
Here a few of my faves.
The whole line of gold accessories by Jillery makes my heart
skip a beat. Wire-wrapped ball bracelet by Jillery, $74
Don't underestimate your daughter's favorite store for quick and
cheap chic. And it's OK if you wear it for one season! Check out
the golden baubles you can snag at Forever 21 for under $15. I like
the dimpled and etched gold necklace, $12.80. Gold leaf
necklace, $4.80. Curved Metal Cuff, $3.80
There's something innately sexy and chic about animal prints.
But they're easy to wear all wrong. If you want to get it right,
consider these beautiful pieces by Ann Taylor in this season's
"it" cat hide: the white leopard. Me-OW. White leopard ponte dress,
$138. White leopard denims, $88.
If there's ever a time to try a sexy red lip color, it's during
the holidays. But picking the perfect hue can take a bit of know
how. Jodi Risley, MAKE UP
FOR EVER Education and Artistry Executive, shares her expert
For a warm skin tone, choose a red lipstick that consists of
orange-red or brown-red. A few common warm shades are red brick and
fire engine red. For cool-toned women, blue-reds or berry-reds
complement the complexion best. Choose shades such as raspberry red
or bordeaux red.
Gina Brooke, Madonna's makeup artist, teamed up with MAKE UP FOR
EVER to create a custom shade of Aqua Rouge for Madonna to be used
during her MDNA tour. The result was Aqua Rouge #8-a universally
flattering true classic red shade that's so highly pigmented that
it doesn't show undertones and looks great on 99 percent of
complexions. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge #8, $24, Sephora