Monthly Archives: November 2019
It’s that time of year, bring out all the metallic details and sequins! If ever there was a time for getting away with wearing sequins and metallics, it’s the holiday season. You can wear them to Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas parties, holiday happy hours, and New Year’s Eve parties. Every year, I add something new to the mix.
Since my NYE plans are shaping up to be pretty low key this year, so far I haven’t added a new sequin top. I’m really considering a cute sequin cami though to pair under a blazer. It’s the perfect outfit to look super chic with a little sparkle.
What I did opt for this year was a top with a hint of metallic detailing. This black metallic top will be perfect to carry me through the entire holiday season. The details are subtle enough for a casual Thanksgiving dinner, chic enough for a holiday happy hour, and pair this top with a black leather skirt for a fabulous office party or NYE event.
This top has a few other details that I love to make it feel a little dressier like sheer sleeves and a cute smocked cuff at the wrist. I wore a cami underneath it. If you are wanting to wear this to work or a family event, it may be a little to low cut. For parties, I think it would be fine.
If you are in the mood to add a little sparkle to your holiday wardrobe, I found more tops below. I have everything from subtle to statement depending on your sparkle mood.
MORE METALLIC AND SEQUIN TOPS
Photography By: Banavenue
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Today’s gift guide is Man Approved! 😉 My boyfriend helped pull together a few of these Christmas gift ideas for men. I figured he would be a good resource and utilized the drive to College Station this past weekend to pick his brain a little. He came up with some really good ideas, and then I just filled in a few with some of my favorites to round out the guide. As always, I tried to hit a variety of men from cooks to outdoorsy to stylish.
A few spotlight items:
SOFT SIDE COOLER – I attended a pool party over the summer, and a few party goers brought these coolers. These coolers are much easier to carry than the normal hard ones, and still super sturdy. You can also still feel them with lots of ice and beverages!
TOILETRIES BAG – I include one of these every year, because I think it’s such a good idea! This year, I found one with organizational compartments to make travel even easier.
GRILL LIGHT – Another idea from my boyfriend was a grill light. If your guy is a big griller, this will help with any night time grilling and is a much better option than a flashlight or phone light. It’s heat and weather resistant and can clamp on to free up hands for grilling.
Still stumped for a gift idea? I found a few more items shown below. You could also opt for something like a gift card to their favorite restaurant, an order from Omaha Steaks or something similar, or an experience gift like sports or concert tickets.
CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN
(gifted by Dermalogica, the decision to review and opinions shared are my own)
A few months ago, Dermalogica sent me one of their newest products, a 2 in 1 firming serum, to try out. I’m a long time fan of Dermalogica’s skincare products because they always deliver great results for me. The Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming serum claims to both firm and lift with results like reducing fine lines and delivering luminosity after one use and reducing visible wrinkles after 4 weeks. Dermalogica is a clean skincare brand, and this serum features an ingredient list free of parabens, artificial fragrances and colors.
The ingredient list includes plant-derived bio-extracts to visibly tighten skin, Amazonian Camu Camu to help prolong radiance, Hyaluronic Acid delivering a filler effect, and the antioxidant Moroccan Rockrose Extract and Madagascar Green Coffee Bean to visibly revitalize skin and help decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
I primarily used the product twice daily both in the morning right after my shower so it had time to soak in and in the evening before bed. Since I like mixing up my skincare routine in the evenings, I did not use solely this product but I did use it quite a bit.
Overall, I was pretty pleased with this product. After the first night time use, I did notice more of a glow in the morning. I felt my skin looked more hydrated reducing the appearance of some fine lines. When I use this product several days in a row, I can tell fine lines and wrinkles are improving. I think the forehead area was where I really saw a difference and improvement. It didn’t completely erase lines, but I did notice them improve and look less deep.
It’s a pretty simple product to apply. It contains 2 products that come out as one when you pump. I used 2 pumps with each application. It went on light and absorbed quickly. I was usually able to start my makeup routine not too long after applying. I like to give morning serums at least 10 minutes to soak in, but I had a few days I was in a rush and did less time.
If you are looking for a clean skincare serum, this would be a really good option. I will say I don’t think it would be my top serum choice over all beauty brands, but it would be pretty high on my list. For just clean skincare products, it would be a little higher on the serums list.
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Well it has been a long week! It started with me having a small cold which made me just want to come home and sleep after work and is ending with a little road trip to my first Aggie football game. I’m really excited to experience a Texas A&M game because I have heard it’s pretty cool. My college was not a big football school, so I feel like not many people went to games. I always wondered what it would be like to go to a game for a big school, and now I get to find out. In fashion preparation, I picked up a maroon coat because it’s supposed to be cold and a clear purse because apparently that’s a rule.
Enough football, let’s talk fashion. My look today definitely gives me a 70s inspired feel. This polka dot bell sleeve top with a semi-cropped banded waist made me think of the fashion of the 70s when I tried it on. I knew it needed to be paired with some flared jeans and tan suede heels to complete the outfit.
When trying to be inspired by past fashion trends, I try to give nods to the old but also keep the look present. You can do this with the print you choose or the accessories. I went with a smaller flare leg over a full bell bottom look, and went with a currently popular polka dot print.
You can instantly transform this top to current and chic by changing the jeans for a leather pencil skirt or skinny jeans. I love adding in a pop of color with my earrings. I think the big statement earrings were the perfect compliment to the overall look.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Photography By: Banavenue