Ready for Christmas, I wish! It's a rare occurrence for me to be fully prepared for Christmas in advance of the actual due date, in particular the buying of gifts. Even less likely to be gift ready for those I know who celebrate Hanukkah since the due date for that is even earlier! You probably think I have a fear of deadlines... perhaps so!
At least I have the decorations up! Last year the hubby didn't erect the tree until it was so late I didn't have time to hang the baubles on it! We had a naked tree all through the holidays with the only consolation being that it's pre-lit so it sort of had it's underwear on!
With not too much time left before Christmas, and Hanukkah well underway, I'm sharing my last minute finds from in and around the high street and online! They're fun, trendy and even useful but none are over $60! You can click the pictures and shop the item straight from your screen if you so wish!
Starting out with a gift that serves a fetish of mine! This is the perfect gift for the avo lover like me. Saves wasting tons of plastic sandwich bags AND keeps your avocados from turning black longer! I'm avocado obsessed, so now we've got that out of the way, we can move on!
Pom beanies are trending big again this year and the great thing about making them a gift is that one size fits all! Here are three fabulously priced and super cute examples! How is it everything from Free People looks like cuteness overload, even a picture of a white beanie!
A faux fur scarf by itself or coupled with a beanie is always a welcome gift! Adding that fur element around the collar can totally glam up a cardigan, jacket or coat!
For the wine lover!Choose their favorite wine and cosy it up in this faux fur bottle cover. And just in case your recipient is concerned about having to polish off the whole bottle, this wine bottle stopper eliminates all the pressure!
This is a lovely gift for any of the girls in your life if they like wearing jewelry. It combines a choker, a necklace and the layering trend all at once, and adds just enough glimmer to dress up an outfit for day or evening!
I just love these bags! Such a great fun gift. Either color will look fabulous for any festive party or gathering, plus when you want to fancy up a pair of jeans during the day they add a certain romantic sass to your street style!
This recently published book was written by a friend of mine Lisa King and her sister Lauren Daniels. Between the two of them they have over 45 years of health and wellness experience and combined with their life experiences, they have co-written this helpful guide to get you on track for the life you've always imagined. Do you know someone who could use a little inspiration?
This Kate Spade desk diary is a bloggers dream. I've been using this exact diary throughout 2017 and will definitely be getting my 2018 very soon. Couldn't resist the cute little pencil case with supplies to complete the set!
This is one of Anthropologie's top selling monogram pieces. The letter is angled on the chain so it hangs off center for a more unique style!
Christmas ornaments make for a fun holiday gift that can last a lifetime. Pottery Barn have a variety of characterful gems that you can match with the personality of your recipient. There are many to choose from and I've linked four of my favorites that speak to me. For example the British red telephone box, oh how I miss those icons. The quirky little terrier, my favorite type of dog! The tennis racquet and ball, I own this one already, and the New York taxi - this one's for hubby, a little reminder of his birthplace!
We need an avocado ornament for those of us obsessed with avocados, plus it would look super cute hanging on a Christmas tree... just saying!
I truly hope the season is treating you well, and you have fun plans to look forward to with friends and family. Be safe if you are travelling, and stay warm if you have snow!
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Wearing a suit definitely gets you taken more seriously. The epitome of power dressing, a Prince of Wales check suit is one to be reckoned with, and this one is serious on so many levels: style, comfort, price and versatility.
It's quite possible I may have saved you from the arduous task of searching for the perfect little black dress that can be styled up or down, is simple, comfortable, versatile and inexpensive. You're welcome! My perseverance has paid off and "voila", say hello to my little friend the perfect LBD!
Don't underestimate shopping in your daughters' favorite stores. Whilst they're not likely to become our be-all and end-all shopping euphoria, the prices are ridiculously cheap, and if you seek out the right fit, fabrics and styles, you can snag yourself a wardrobe gem that doesn't look cheap or Forever 21!
What could be easier than jumpsuit dressing? One piece only, doesn't require much thought to the coordination of other items with the exception of shoes and accessories. Not only does it offer effortless style, but the jumpsuit trend is still holding steady this season, almost to the point of encroaching on the classic evening attire of dresses. A jumpsuit strikes a pose with it's long line and fluid silhouette. It's created a class entirely of it's own, a sort of "sophistichic"!
Previously limited to the grunge department unless actually wearing them for exercise, jogger pants were only a small step up from lounging in PJ's all day. Hardly surprising, since they are athleisure wear. Not the case anymore... enter the fashion trending jogger pants, the new wave entering the playing field are carving a re-launch of this old informal favorite!
Joggers have been re-invented in a variety of hybrid crossovers. A sort of trouser, if you will, made to look like joggers with a cuffed or ruched ankle. Even those with no ankle cuffs have the addition of side stripes creating the illusion of track pants. Still in high demand are the classics we all know and love in a variety of cozy cottons, comfortable loose fitting form, elasticated waist and ankles. Fabric options are no longer limited to the old norms. This season's coveted options of satin, silk and velvet are among the choices available, as well as classic cotton twill for a more formal interpretation.
Fall tentatively flutters it's way back into our lives for those of us in Arizona at the end of a long hot summer and the excitement of wearing a jacket looms ahead like a chocolate fudge sundae after a four month diet! It's not cold enough for a coat, but a jacket is the perfect transitional piece to take you from summer into fall and beyond.
Here is my pick of five jacket styles that are still carrying a major torch on the fashion scene of hot trends this season. I've linked several cute finds beneath each style that you can shop directly from the thumbnail.
Palazzo pants, also known as wide leg pants, generally fit around the body, flaring into fullness as they gain distance from the hips such that when standing still, they take on the effect of wearing a mid length or long skirt.
Until now I've never had my "Lady in Red" moment! This is the first red dress I've owned since a red pinafore dress my grandmother made me when I was five years old. Why has it taken me fifty years to do this? I've had all out pink dresses, the brightest of floral dresses, all of which I could have been seen from outer space in, but why not red?
With the beginning of September upon us, most people across the US are starting to think about fall, whether it be the upcoming holiday plans, when they will have their first taste of pumpkin anything, or what they will need for their fall wardrobe. Even here in Arizona, we're thinking about fall in a drooling sort of way - for us it means only four more weeks at the mercy of the desert's relentless heat, hooray!
A number of styles are playing a huge role this coming fall / winter season and plaid is one of them. Plaid prints and bold checks from seasons past are not going anywhere. It is my theory that the buffalo check is the continuation and grown up version if you will, of gingham!
The minute I saw this sleeveless top with the roll neck it reminded me of something Jackie Kennedy Onassis would have worn. As one of the most undeniably great style icons in history, I had a picture of her in my minds eye wearing this top with big over-sized sunglasses. This vision firmly transferred itself in my head as me, minus the Manhatten penthouse and the 325 ft yacht!
Keeping up with the fast pace of fashion on a modest budget is a challenge to say the least. Just when you think you're covered with an outfit for every occasion, at the sight of an invitation to something you suddenly find yourself with nothing to wear! Have you ever pondered your closet and wondered if you hadn't bought so many clothes you could have purchased the Louis Vuitton purse or the Gucci shoes, probably yes! Well you still can, at a fraction of the cost. With a few extra pennies from heaven to help keep your closet current, consignment may keep the fashionista in you afloat!
A floral wrap dress is the ultimate favorite for comfort, effortless style and summer chic. The simplicity of a one piece garment begs only the question of what accessories to add. Easy to pack and lightweight, so no worries on exceeding the weight limit for checked baggage if you're travelling, plus they need little or no ironing when you get to your destination. Cosy it up with a scarf in the evening, a denim jacket or even a leather jacket during the cooler seasons. Plus, a wrap dress accommodates both our fat and thin days with ease, and who doesn't need clothes that do that?
There are some things in fashion that I've loved since I can remember despite the coming and going of current trends. Whether considered by those in the know as "in" or "out" I couldn't have cared less, I've been wearing pink since I was able to buy my own clothes, and animal prints have never really been out of fashion. I've undoubtedly made adjustments over the course of time yielding to a particular hue of pink or a varying print of leopard in order to stay on top of my game, but never have the two favorites waned.
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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