New Year's Fashion Resolutions

While you're making your new year's resolutions, don't forget to include ones that speak to your personal style. Here are 5 great fashion resolutions for the new year.

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New Year's Eve Fashion

Lipsy zebra sequin tunic - Cargo Clothing

Still trying desperately to find something to wear for that glamorous countdown to the new year? Here are some great suggestions for your last minute shopping dash!

The Carrie Diaries

The Carrie Diaries, prequel to Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City novel, is being released on April 27th 2010! I know some people are over the SATC hype, but I am certainly not one of them. I am probably more excited than I should be as an adult to read a novel about teen Carrie, but I am over the moon. What’s more interesting than discovering how a fashionista came to earn her title? Not much that I can think of. Well, maybe how to score her expansive grown up designer wardrobe without being able to afford it, but I digress. Spring 2010 holds so much to look forward to with the release of The Carrie Diaries in April and the premier of Sex and the City 2 in May. I’m already planning my outfit for the girls' outing to the theater. 

For now, we can enjoy the lovely cover art from the book and you can pre-order at 

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Oscar de la Renta on the Runway

Fashion Week Daily has published an Oscar de la Renta pre-fall 2010 review. If I had to describe the seven looks they featured from the collection, I would go with “dreamy” and “romantic”. The looks are sooo girly—a romantic cascading red gown, a soft fuzzy pink suit, A-line skirts. I seriously adore and cannot wait to see the full collection.

Read the full review here.

Cameron Chic

Fav look of the day: Cameron Diaz looking comfy, cozy and winter fab.

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Lucky Me

The December issue of Lucky mag features several nail polishes in shades of festive dark and foresty greens (No, foresty is not a real word. haha). I had been searching for one to add into the rotation of my normal winter nail colors--including deep purple, black, navy and gray--so I used one of those handy dandy little “YES!” stickers to mark the page and went on the hunt for Sally Hansen’s Jumpin’ Jade Insta-Dri fast dry nail color. I found it at Target. It shows up a little darker in person than in the photo, which I like! Gotta love a good cheap find!

New Shoes!

I scored these lovelies one rainy Friday night about two weeks ago. They are known as Guess Narlene pumps and are patent leather peep-toes with man-made lizard buckle embellishment and a 4" stacked heel. 

I was actually on the hunt for boots, but as I scoured the clearance rack, there they were. I initially found them in a size 6 (which I was totally willing to squeeze my foot into if necessary—never mind the pain), but I knew if I could also find them in a size 7, then it was kismet. And surely, we were meant to be, this shoe and I. They’re currently listed on the Macy’s website for $81.99, but I paid way less for them in the store—yay!

Fashionable cures for the winter blues

When winter starts to descend on us with its cold air and dark skies, it’s easy to get the winter blues. So you have to set about finding the little things you can do to help you fight them off. Sometimes the simplest items can make a huge difference in your closet and in your mood. Here are some fashionable items that can help you get into the spirit of the season:

A cozy scarf
Scarves come in all sorts of comfy materials like cotton and cashmere blends that will not only keep you warm, but help add an additional layer to your outfit. Use thinner ones in a variety of colors and prints for flair, or thicker ones for ultimate protection against the chilly air. Infinity scarves are a great trend for this season, allowing you to wrap yourself up in the luscious fabric, without being able to tie all sorts of fanciful knots. Necklush carries an amazing line of scarves—they are a cool hybrid of necklace and scarf—one single piece of material sewn in loops and then layered to create a one-of-a-kind neckpiece. With a multitude of styles and a price point of approximately $40 - $75, you’re sure to find something to boost your spirits.

Fancy shoes
The fabric and details on winter shoes can be so fun. A bow here, a suede heel there, tweed materials, soft leathers, patent leathers—there are endless styles to choose from. Use this time to stray from basic colors or simple construction and do something fun! Even though it comes in black, Steve Madden’s RoyalTII has a whimsical feel with its patent leather upper and big suede bow.

Something sparkly

This season’s best trends lie in sequin, studs and everything sparkly. Dresses, tights, sweaters, clutches and jewelry are all decked out in things that shimmer. If you’re not bold enough to grab that sequined LBD, try a sequined blazer (like Top Shop’s sequin sleeveless blazer in light grey) on for size, grab a great statement necklace or shine in something more understated like a wide glittery bangle. No matter what sparkly item you choose, it’s bound to bring you just a little bit of sunshine.

A pop of color
Color doesn’t have to be just for spring and summer. In a sea of winter gray and black, stand out with a strategically placed pop of color. Wear a bright pink headband, carry an electric blue shoulder bag, like the Norquist at, or go for those deep purple boots you’ve been eyeing. Not only will going for color make you feel good, it will make you a style standout in a crowd.

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Perfectly Inspiring {Simple Stylish Pleasures}

Ever since I was a little girl, my mother’s jewelry box has had a certain draw. When I was young, it was a place of wonderment and fantasy. I’d stand in front of her dresser wearing her high heels, and spraying her perfume--but the most magical moment was when I’d adorn myself with her jewelry, piling on piece after piece until I surely looked ridiculous and weighed down under it all, but I felt like a princess and daydreamed my very own princess fairy tales. Now that I am an adult, not one darn thing has changed! Whenever I visit my mother, I’m that little girl all over again. I wait until the very last day of my visit (partially saving my favorite activity for last, and partially because she’s less likely to say no as I’m rushing out the door with my borrowed goods) and then I head to her dresser and her jewelry box. I rummage around, trying things on, looking in the mirror, dreaming up outfits that will be complimented perfectly by “THIS” piece. I usually slip out with 2-3 “borrowed” items.

I don’t know what it is about my mom’s jewelry box that sucks me in. But it’s just such a wonderful combination of pricey things that I couldn’t or wouldn't buy for myself, and inexpensive costume pieces that I wouldn’t pick up on my own but somehow look great on me just because they are hers. Whatever the draw, it is a simple, stylish pleasure that I hope I never outgrow.