Photos thanks to Taylor Cole
How fun is this little fringe-y number for the holidays? If you're still searching for that last-minute party dress, this one is definitely a great choice. It's the perfect little shift fit (which translates to forgiving after all those holiday treats), but the fringe elevates it to a whole new level of fun. I found it for a steal at H&M, and it's quickly becoming one of my favorite LBD's. Happy Friday, everyone!
Photos thanks to Taylor Cole
DL1961 jeans; Forever 21 sweater; Zara scarf (similar); Wallis jacket (on sale!); JustFab boots (c/o); GiGi New York clutch; Henri Bendel sunglasses; Michael Kors watch; Vita Fede orange ring
If there's one piece in my closet that I can't get enough of this winter, it's definitely the oversized, oh-so-cozy blanket scarves that rarely leave my neck. I've paired them with every outfit, from dresses to jeans to sweats, and today's look has become pretty standard. If you're still looking for those last-minute holiday gifts, these scarves are seriously a no-brainer. How's that holiday shopping list coming along?
Getting dressed up for the holidays is always a must for me, and whether it's a new cocktail dress or a favorite cashmere sweater, I like to take full advantage of a fancier-than-normal dress code. I must admit though that as the holidays creep by, the pile of things that I need to take to the dry cleaner grows and grows, and my motivation to take that pile just disappears. Recently I got the chance to check out Dryel's at-home dry cleaner kit, and it's made my actual dry cleaning pile shrink to nothing. It's safe for most of your "Dry Clean Only" clothing, and it helps keep your clothes looking newer longer. To use, spot treat first with the booster spray and then throw everything into the provided bag with an Ultra-Cleaning Cloth. The bag goes into your dryer for 15 minutes to refresh pieces or 30 minutes to deep clean. I tested it out on a favorite dress (shop similar here in black) and cashmere sweater tunic. The results were great, and I can now think of a few dresses that I'll never have to hand wash again. Score. What holiday hacks are you using to save time and money this season?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dryel, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.
Photos by Taylor Cole
With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's so nice when you find versatile pieces that can work from day to night, from work to holiday party. This little ivory dress from Piperlime's collection is definitely a dressed up little party dress at first glance, but in a pinch, it works just as well for a day around town. Add on a military-inspired jacket (this one from CAbi has been on major rotation lately), booties, and an easy crossbody to take a lacy number from night to day. Once the sun goes down, switch up the footwear to heels, add a dressy jacket, and grab a clutch to fit right in at the holiday soiree. How are you making your holiday chic a little easier this year?
Piperlime dress (c/o); CAbi jacket; Steve Madden booties (c/o) Piperlime; Joelle Hawkens bag (c/o); Henri Bendel sunglasses; Michael Kors watch
For the beauty lover or girly girl on your list, you can't go wrong with a great makeup collection or kit, and bareMinerals has a ton of great ones. I'll be wrapping up a couple of the above kits for gals on my list and saving a few for myself. (I mean, they're too good to give them all away, not gonna lie.) Check out the eight gifts below to give the gift of beauty this holiday season.
Photos thanks to Taylor Cole
Andrew Marc dress (c/o) Marshalls; H&M jacket (similar); Rebecca Minkoff bag; Sam Edelman Circus booties (c/o) Fatal Obsessions; Knockaround sunglasses (c/o); Kendra Scott ring (c/o)
You may have noticed I've taken a much-needed little break from the outfit posts lately. I've still done a couple of holiday posts with companies and shops that I really love, but I've used the last couple of weeks to unplug just a bit. This time of year, although it's my favorite, can get so hectic and stressful with events, parties, and gifts to buy, but this year I wanted to enjoy the holiday season. We took an amazing trip to Hawaii (my first time there), and I decided to skip Black Friday sales and posts in favor of a trip up to Big Sur. On top of that, I've successfully managed to get a pretty good start to my holiday shopping, something I usually save for the last minute. But today I'm back, feeling recharged and 100% in the holiday spirit. (I actually woke up singing "Santa Clause Is Coming to Town"... Strange but true.) This little pocketed shirtdress (seen here in white) has definitely become one of my favorites, and for the slightly cool winter we've been having, it's perfect with a leather jacket and easy moto boots. Add a black bag and simple aviators and I'm done. Hope everyone is having a great week and an even better holiday season!
It happens every year: I think I'm all set and good to go on the gift front, and then I remember that certain someone or gift exchange that I've forgotten. This year I'm determined not to let it happen, and I'm teaming up with Marshalls, T.J.Maxx, and HomeGoods to give you last minute gift ideas for anyone on your list, whether you originally planned to buy for them or not. First up? That office gift exchange that always leaves you stumped. Resist the urge to give that Santa-themed whatever it is, and instead go for a designer crossbody that she'll be able to use year-round. I found this bold red version at T.J.Maxx, and at around $50, it's an easy gift that is sure to please.
For your boss who seems to have it all, you can't go wrong with giving a little at-home movie night. A luxe faux fur throw and a gourmet treat are the perfect additions to a Netflix card or movie of your choice. This combo was scooped up at Marshalls, and with a blanket this soft, it's sure to become a favorite.
Finally, for those last minute holiday party invites, step up your hostess gift by bringing a loaf of fresh bread paired with delicious jam or preserves. My HomeGoods store had a great selection of jams and jelly along with this marble cutting board that can be used for so many future parties.
Feeling inspired yet? Well good news! One lucky reader will win a $100 gift card courtesy of T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods so that you can pick out those last minute gifts as well. Simply follow the prompts below. Good luck, and happy shopping!
I've probably passed by Gatehouse hundreds of times since moving to Newport Beach, and for some reason, waited until just recently to stop in. You guys. I love a good home store these days, but this one is kind of the ultimate. Somehow the owner Kim (who's a complete doll) managed to stuff my complete dream home all into one store. And on top of that, it's my dream home at Christmas time. #Winning. There are so many decorative touches from Gatehouse that my house needs right now.
What I didn't expect from Gatehouse, though, is that it is the perfect gifting spot for so many people on your list. From adorable hostess gifts (Hint: if you're coming to my house this season, I'll take some toffee, please.) to chic jewelry and accessories, you don't have to be a home goods fanatic to fall in love with this store. If you've still got a bunch of gifts to buy, stop in tomorrow for Gatehouse's "Girly Event". From 10:00 to 6:00, stop in for 20% off, treats and sips, free gift-wrapping and general holiday merriment. Trust me, it's worth checking out.
Great hostess gifts
Definitely left with this one
Cutest ponchos and Turkish towels
Jewelry and accessories for fashionable friends and family
Adorable magnetic boards with customizable magnets / decorative glass bottles
Perfect stocking stuffers
1. Studio S 7-Piece Bangle Set $7
2. Seventeen Jewel Cluster Statement Necklace $20
3. Bongo Over the Knee Riding Boot $40
4. Covington Plush Bathrobe and Slippers $24
5. Bongo Moxie Moccasin Slipper $15
6. Covington Chenille Flip-Top Fingerless Gloves $7
7. Covington Checkered Infinity Scarf $17
8. Studio S Goldtone Chain Stretch Bracelet $11
9. Studio S Critter Knee-High Socks $4 each
Wow. Can you guys believe that Thanksgiving has passed and we're already in December? The holidays this year need to slow down, or I need to start my shopping, one of the two. With my family and Eric's combined, we have quite a few gifts to shop for, and this year I'm determined not to wait until the last minute. (Famous last words...) So the hunt has begun, and today I'm teaming up with Sears Style to bring you gifts galore for guys and gals for under 40 bucks. We'll start off with the ladies, and I'm pretty sure you can never go wrong with a cozy robe and slippers set. (Pair it with gourmet cocoa and Netflix, and you have a nice little relaxation gift.) Statement jewelry, an on-trend scarf, or cozy gloves are all can't-miss options as well, and for your fashion-forward friend or family member, these over-the-knee boots are a totally chic steal.
And as for the guys, I've always found it best to keep it simple for the men in my life. Eric pretty much lives in plaid, and this Sherpa-lined option is perfect for the middle of winter. For the classic guy, you can't go wrong with a basic sweater or t-shirt, and I love this simple puffy vest. For smaller gifts, a knit beanie or tie are great options, or go for a new wallet with a couple of gift cards already inside. Whatever you choose, just remember that "it's more than a gift - it's the joy of the season."
1. Structure Men's Basic Knit T-Shirt $8
2. NordicTrack Puffer Vest $20
3. Structure Men's Watch $30
4. Structure Men's Textured Wallet $10
5. Outdoor Life Men's Sherpa Lined Flannel Shirt Jacket $33
6. Structure Reversible Belt $18
7. Outdoor Life Men's Flat Knit Beanie $12
8. Structure Men's Silk Necktie $20
9. Structure Men's V-Neck Sweater $20
It’s more than a gift. It’s the joy of the season.#MoreThanAGift
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sears via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears.
Black Friday has come and gone, but if you somehow missed out on the fun of waiting in lines in the wee hours of the morning, fret not my pet. Today is Cyber Monday, and the online sales are just as good. Today I'll be sharing my favorite picks from a few favorite online stores, and I'm kicking things off with a few holiday must-haves from ASOS. Receive 30% off of everything site-wide with code "ILOVEMONDAYS". Head over to my Facebook for more Cyber Monday deals today. Happy shopping!
1. ASOS Handmake Acetate Retro Sunglasses $66
2. Rachel Roy Spike Hinge Cuff Bracelet $72
3. ASOS Faux Fur Muff $42
4. Catarzi Exclusive to ASOS Classic Fedora $66
5. ASOS Textured Biker Jacket $104
6. Esprit Chunky Cable Knit Wrap Scarf $104
7. ASOS V-Neck Cricket Sweater $66
8. ASOS Oversized Knit Scarf $28
9. ASOS Early Bird Ankle Boots $66
10. Catarzi Exclusive to ASOS Classic Trilby Hat $66
11. ASOS Perfect Day High Heels $80
12. River Island Pink Fur Clutch $57