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Sherry is an Events Planner with a passion for fashion and interior design who lives in beautiful Hawaii with her husband and two kids. She enjoys lunch dates with the girls, walking the gorgeous beach of Kailua and most of all spending quality time with her family. In her free time you will find her blogging about life, fashion, interior design and parties at The Life of the Party blog or setting trends with the Polyvore community . You can find her on Twitter: @acherishedevent and Facebook

With the holiday season in full swing and New Year’s Eve on the horizon we’ve all got a few more things on our wishlist. Today I’ve found nine fabulous finds ranging from a great bag to a pair of inexpensive earrings sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Fabulous Fashion Finds

1. A high quality bag in either a black is a wise investment because it’s a timeless staple that will get a lot of use for years to come. This particular bag is fantastic for travel and its roomy enough to use as a diaper bag as well.

2. These Aldo Baulch pointed toe snakeskin pump is a great find for under $50. If snakeskin is a little too wild for you, you’ll be happy to know they are also available in black.

3. There is nothing better than statement jewelry to give your ensemble a little wow factor. These vintage cluster earrings are under $25. Keep in mind that you don’t have to save these earrings for a little black dress party, we are seeing them paired with the most casual outfits lately.

4. Another great statement piece is this Stella and Dot necklace. It’s a bit of investment but given its combination of gold and silver it is one of those versatile pieces to have in your jewelry stash.

5. Fedoras are not just a summer hat, consider this fashionable felt fedora for winter to spice up your look.

6. I know, as mothers we don’t always have the opportunity to carry a clutch since most often times we are stashing away matchbox cars and dolls in our giant bags. But this gold clutch is a purchase you wouldn’t have to feel bad about since it’s priced under $20. It would make a fabulous accessory to have on those rare date nights.

7. It’s all about glitzy gold lately and this polka dot scarf makes for the perfect opportunity to bring that trend home. It will give your outfit a little sparkly boost.

8. A leopard flat is a comfortable way to spice up a casual outfit.

9. Give your wrist a little sparkle and interest with this Banana Republic bracelet which would also pair nicely with the earrings on our list.

What are some of your favorite accessories lately?

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Add a vest to your look!

Vests are a great way to add a layer of warmth and interest to any outfit and this season the olive drab and camo vests are spot on trend. They can be worn with a variety of ensembles ranging from ultra-casual, like the outfit I’m wearing below, to topping it over a lace dress. This season is all about mixing of patterns and textures that you wouldn’t normally think of pairing together.
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For this look, I started with a basic long-sleeved, black and white striped T-shirt that was under $11.  The jeans were another steal for under $20. I topped the T-shirt with the camo vest from Forever 21, which again was under $20.  This is an outfit that can also be worn with a pair of pointed toe black or nude flats or heels. Another fun option is to wear a pair of leopard shoes if you really want to spice it up. This is a great look to play around with since you can take it from really casual to a night out. I’ve added an extra statement with a mixed chain necklace to complete the look.

Mix it up!

Remember when we talked about mixing and matching fabric textures and patterns? Well the camo vest just happens to be one of those versatile wardrobe staples that can really be mixed and matched with a variety of tops you probably already have in your closet. Take a bright T-shirt or even a pair of floral skinny jeans. It doesn’t seem like a great match but go ahead and give it a whirl! It translates to casual meets fab.

An olive drab vest like this will certainly go a long way in your wardrobe and it’s one of those effortless wardrobe staples that can be worn in a variety of ways. Think sparkly skirts for a holiday party worn with a basic white blouse then top with a vest. Layer up those wrists with a few fabulous bracelets to give your look a statement or throw on a pair of animal print pumps to give your look a little wow factor.  It’s those unexpected combinations that will grab attention, in a good way.

How are you sporting the camo vest trend this season?

 

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Those crisp and cool breezes of fall have arrived! So like it or not, it’s time to pack away those flip-flops and tank tops and break out the sweaters and boots. Turns out, as fashion trends go, this is a great time to find fabulous pieces, such as vests, denim jackets, cardigan and cableknit sweaters that will spice up any old outfit.

Today, I’ve come up with three looks that can be layered up to keep you warm on those bitter cold days and leave you looking spot on trend.

Fall layered looks


Madewell dress / American Eagle Outfitters vest / Gerbe tight, $54 / G by Guess boots / Chain necklace

Colored tights are a great way to add interest and dimension while also adding a little layer of warmth to your ensemble. If that gold color is a little too bold for you, simply swap them out with a pair of black tights. Throw on a pair of riding boots and top this look with a great vest and you are set.

Fall layered looks

 

Layered Looks for Fall #2 by thelifeoftheparty featuring gold jewelry

Now is the time to stock up on plaid! It is huge right now, not to mention a very versatile wardrobe piece to hold onto because it can be worn in a variety of ways — especially when layering. For this particular look, I’ve added a black vest and completed the look with a pair of fashionable ankle boots.

Fall layered looks

 


Yumi red belted dress, $64 / Denim jacket / H&M faux-suede boots, $48 / Stella & Dot drop earrings

This is one of those outfits that can be worn from sun up until sun down. Tame the bold pattern down by topping with a jean jacket and add a little glam by wearing a pair of booties to finish the look.

What are some of your favorite fashionable ways to layer it up in the fall?

 

 

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Like it or not, the skin-tight faux leather pants trend is hot this season. These sleek and stylish pants may be one trend you’ll want to embrace with the endless possibilities of styling them from chic and polished to rustic flair. I’ll show you five ways to incorporate these pants into your wardrobe.

What to Wear: With Faux Leather Pants

 

Edgy Chic

One of the most eye-catching combinations with these pants is the addition of a clean and crisp blazer. This is a look that can be changed up a couple of different ways, by adding classic black pumps for a more polished look or stick with a little edginess with a pair of buckle strap ankle boots. Finish the look with a fabulous leopard clutch that compliments this outfit to perfection.

Polished

If there is anything these pants can do for you, it would be giving your look a polished feel. Wear a simple black peplum top and add a little bling with a great statement necklace that will really make this outfit stand out.

Military Style

We’re seeing a lot of mixing of textures and colors this season in unexpected ways, like this military style jacket worn with the faux leather pants. The pulled-in waist on the jacket will give this look a feminine feel while the camo pattern on the military boot will pull the olive drab and black faux leather together.

Cozy Comfort

Sweaters with hearts are on trend this season and this look screams classic cozy comfort with an oversized sweater and faux leather pants. Throw on your favorite ballet flats and simple hoop earrings for a lazy day at home or that rare moment alone in your favorite coffee shop.

Rustic

Another one of those unexpected combinations is a flannel shirt paired with faux leather. Take the rustic feel of this look a step further by adding a pair of country chic boots and a simple tote. Change up this look by wearing a pair of skinny jeans and topping the look with a faux leather vest which is another good combination.

Have you joined the faux leather trend this season? What are some of your favorite ensembles?

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What to Wear with Ankle Boots

What to Wear with Ankle Boots

by thelifeoftheparty featuring a nautical striped dress

 

The ankle boot is spot on trend this fall, not to mention they are such a comfortable and a surprisingly versatile shoe to wear. Today I’ll show you how you can pair these boots in a few unexpected ways by transitioning your favorite summer dresses to fall and combining different patterns and textures.

  1. If it’s still warm in your part of the world, a simple ivory lace dress is perfect paired with these ankle boots. Layer it up a bit with a great army vest like the one shown in our second set.
  2. For this look you can easily adjust to your temperature by wearing a basic white short or long-sleeve T-shirt. Top with an army vest and a neutral tassel necklace to complete the look.
  3. Polka dots and leather — or faux leather — is everywhere right now and the perfect look for fall. For an added element of pattern and texture, grab a chain link bag with a quilted pattern to finish this polished look.
  4. Plaid is another trend we’re seeing a lot of this fall and it works perfectly with the ankle boot for a casual and comfortable rugged country look.
  5. I’ve included a stripe shift dress but you could also throw on a pair of leggings with this dress to warm it up a bit. Wear a a great statement necklace for a pop of color.
  6. Here we have another classic comfortable look with a lace tank and an open knit cardigan, perfect for a day of lounging around or grabbing a cup of Joe with the girls.

One of the nicest things about the ankle boot is the fact that they are more comfortable than most shoes and they give that extra wow factor to your ensembles. Play around with those jeans by rolling them at the bottom or layer a pair of socks over those leggings to create even more looks. The possibilities are endless.

Have you joined the ankle boot trend?

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A white t-shirt is a wardrobe staple I think we all need to have a few of in our closets. It’s one of those tops that can take us through all the seasons but adding delicate accessories for summer looks, scarves or layering with denim jackets for fall or a fabulous chunky sweater for those cold winter months. It doesn’t cost a lot and you can reap the benefits all year long.

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Today, I’ll show you show I transition my white t-shirt to fall and yes, on the rare occasion the temperatures drop ever so slightly on the island or maybe I’m just used to being warm all the time so when it drops a few degrees, I feel the need to grab a sweater.

During those summer months I wear lighter jewelry or a light scarf with my white t-shirt.  To transition my look to fall I added a denim blue scarf which is slightly heavier and just looks like the perfect fall accessory. I kept the accessories simple with a pair of silver earrings, a studded gold bracelet, a mixed gold and silver bracelet with a little bling to tie the mixed metals together.

To complete this look I dusted off my riding boots. The ankle boots are all the rage right now but don’t get rid of those riding boots just yet because they are still going to be on trend this season not to mention they are the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe.

What are some of your favorite wardrobe staples that carry you through the entire year?

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It’s already time to update that Fall wardrobe again and what better way to do so then with a fabulous pair of high-heeled boots.  Well if high-heels aren’t your thing, don’t worry, I’ve also included a few low-heeled cropped boots as well.

Over the last few years our closets have been graced with the riding boot, which will still hang on in popularity I might add.  This fall we are seeing the ankle boot really take off l. The nice thing about these boots is their ability to really add to a sleek and polished look. Today I’ve come up with nine pairs which vary in both price range and style so there is a little something for everyone if you are thinking about joining in on this trend.

High-Heeled Ankle Boots

 

1. Ralph Lauren boots come with a higher price tag of course but you will see the quality with that price tag. These particular boots are available in a few color options and would be sure to add a bit of sophistication to any outfit.

2. The Bethany by Calvin Klein is a gorgeous suede boot that would be perfect with a pair of jeans or worn with a pencil skirt and tights giving off a polished and professional look.

3. These boots have a bit more detail and dimension but if you are looking for warmth these probably won’t measure up but they will make a statement.

4. Feeling adventurous? Try these platform stiletto ankle boots on for size. If it’s height you are hoping to accomplish they will definitely add a few inches to your frame.

5. If a high-heel is not your thing these Kiriana Ankle boots available at Target would be a good choice. They come with the low price of $35 and are available in various colors.

6.  Another subtle black ankle boot by H&M would be a smart choice if you aren’t willing to make a big investment in this trend and the zipper will offer a fun detail.

7. At just under $17 we have another pair of Mossimo boots available at Target.  The faux suede with buckles will give a casual look an edgy vibe.

8. The File Away by Unlisted is a boot that would work well with a straight leg pair of jeans providing an element of casualness.  At just under $50 this is another safe option for joining in on the trend.

9. The Baily Double Buckle bootie accomplishes another edgy look but will also provide comfort with the lower heel.

How do you feel about the high-heel ankle boot?

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Last call for warm beach days!  The summer flew by at lightening speed but there might just be a few more days to bask in the sunshine depending on where you live. But if you’re already dreaming of those Pumpkin Spices latte’s and gearing up for Fall, don’t pack away that summer tunic just yet.

Today I’ve found a few great beach tunics that can easily be transitioned into your Fall wardrobe.  The nice thing about a tunic is that it’s really a timeless and functional wardrobe staple.  Here are a few of my favorites and bonus, they are all under $20 and with end of season sales they may even be lower than that.  Throw on a pair of leggings and you are all set for those cooler months ahead.

Summer Beach Tunics Under $25

 

1. The white tunic is a classic, add a pop of color with a  pair of coral leggings and a simple pair ankle strap ballerina flats.

2. This tunic was a great summer piece to wear over a solid swimsuit, transition it to Fall with a pair of gray leggings and a hot pair of platform stiletto boots. The pattern adds interest to a casual ensemble.

3. Still a little warm in your part of the world? Wear a neutral tank under this transparent tunic with a pair of neutral leggings and throw on a great pair of coral sandals.

4. How about this edgy tunic, again another great statement look with a pair of white leggings and keep it simple with a pair of wedge heels.

5. Tribal print is still hot and will look great during those warmer autumn months.

6. Give yourself a sexy and sleek look by adding a basic pair of black leggings to this animal print tunic. Throw on  a great pair of heels to finish the look.
How do you transition some of your summer pieces to fall?

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This summer is all about several hues of blues, greens, and mint colors.  These color provide a light, crisp and breezy cool vibe on those really hot summer days. Today I’ve come up with eight pieces under $30.00!  All of these pieces can easily be mixed and matched to create several different looks.

Summer Style on a Budget

1. Tunics are very trendy this summer and can be worn as a cover for a beach day or pair them with white capri jeans or a pair of shorts.

2.  This multi-toned blue stripe tank will look great with any of the bottoms in this set but I’ve paired them with a pair of denim cutoff shorts. This top is also available in Maternity.

3. This summer has been full of mint everything. This top would work well worn with any of the bottoms, except for the last one. You could also wear a white pencil skirt or khaki pants for a professional look.

4. This year chambray is everywhere and can be worn a couple different ways to achieve the look you’re striving for. On its own or over a tank top are the two most popular ways but the possibilities are endless. Again all of the bottoms would work well with this top.

Where do you look for style on a budget?

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The best part of a little black dress or a little white dress are the endless possibilities in creating several different looks. A white dress is a great summer time wardrobe staple that can be worn from a lazy day at home to a night out on the town. Today I’ve come up with five looks with one simple white dress.

One White Dress: Five Summer Looks!

1. The yellow geometric clutch from Ann Taylor is the perfect addition for a bright and cheery summer look. If heels are not your thing then simply replace them with a pair of white or yellow sandals.

2. Keep the look simple and add a few neutrals like this brown leather swing pack bag and a pair of gladiator sandals worn with a fringe and beaded necklace to complete the look.

3. Black and white combinations are spot on trend this year. Give this look a monochromatic feel with a black and white pair of shoes and handbag. To finish this look I added a pop of color in a statement necklace.

4. In this look we have a breezy mint and neutral bag with a matching pair of sandals and for the final detail a pair of three tier earrings which will pull the look together.

5. Glam up the white dress with a mixed chain and flower statement necklace and a classic pair of black pumps.

Do you own a little white dress? How do you dress it up?

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