For teen fashionistas, celebrating the holiday season is all about turning winter formals and festive family gatherings into red carpet events. As evenings turn frigid, hot winter fashions hit storefronts, and your stylish daughter can’t wait to get to the mall to immerse herself in the latest trends. Set aside a Saturday afternoon for a special mother-daughter shopping trip, and make it her special day with the following winter shopping tips.
Get a Stylish Start
Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy. Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti. Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli. These partnerships have been named as three powerful duos among the world’s most influential fashion forces by Elle Magazine. This season, you and your daughter will be the newest style duo, in charge of a holiday wardrobe makeover.
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Ask your daughter what her closet is yearning for this year, and encourage her to shop for specific special events, such as her winter school dance and Thanksgiving dinner. Together, find inspiration by checking out the pinboards of Glamour Magazine, Refinery29 and Habitually Chic on Pinterest. Become style experts and plan for your shopping trip by looking up 2013 (don’t forget to also think ahead to 2014) trends. After she discovers outfits she adores, visit retailer websites to find affordable pieces that mimic those looks.
Fashion Apps Are Your Friend
Apps such as The Cut, ShopStyle and chicfeed can be your stylists and shopping assistants leading up to the big shopping day. The Cut features designer collections, catwalk photos, videos and fashion updates. Your fashionista can also rate her favorite looks with this app. Your daughter will love POPSUGAR’s ShopStyle app that provides access to hot products and designer brands. It’s a dream app for online shopaholics who must know about the hottest sales and latest trends. Turn to chicfeed for fashion photo inspiration from top style and fashion blogs such as The Sartorialist and Face Hunter.
Price Points & Shopping Lists
Before you both set out on the shopping excursion, establish price points and spending limitations to avoid misleading monetary expectations. Also, prioritize what your daughter has her eye on. Is she on the hunt for a flattering teal dress for a Christmas party? Are knee-high and ankle boots missing from her closet? Does her wardrobe need to be revamped with new sweaters, scarves and denim? Make a list of the must-haves and ensure they meet your spending budget.
Photo of Teal dress from Target
Center this shopping excursion around your daughter by reserving other holiday shopping and errands for another trip. The bonding time will get you both into the holiday spirit. Make it the most cheerful and special holiday experience by starting early with Starbucks holiday treats like peppermint mocha coffees and pumpkin cheesecake croissants. It’ll be a shopaholics affair to remember, so take pictures and document the holiday fun on Instagram for friends and family to like. #holidaylooks #fashionistas #dressshopping #shopaholics — all hashtags your daughter is sure to use, making you a proud mama indeed.
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With the holidays come mistletoe, Christmas music, gifts… and the chance to wear glitzy holiday jewelry!
This is the time of the year when women everywhere bust out their jewelry boxes and don gorgeous dainty watches, eye-catching earrings, drop-dead gorgeous necklaces, and shiny bracelets all in the name of Christmas and the New Year.
Even though we women usually take the time to morph into fashionistas this time of the year, we’re also running around trying to do 100 things at a time. There’s no denying that the holidays are the busiest time of the year. Our calendars are usually chock full of shopping trips, after-work parties, weekend get-togethers, gift exchanges, family gatherings, and so on. Sometimes it’s difficult to transition your daytime or office outfit into a cocktail-friendly outfit. Well, let us make it easier for you by showing you 10 wonderfully classy day-to-night accessories you can wear around the holidays!
Victoria Townsend Diamond Bracelet
There’s no better time to wear gold and diamonds than this time of the year. This bracelet is simple enough to wear around the office (or even the house!), yet it’s still glamorous enough to don during a night out.
Victoria Townsend 18k Gold, Sterling Silver, & Emerald Earrings
Very few earrings can magically transform an outfit like those emerald earrings can. If you’re the type to dress up for work every day, then these earrings will complement your outfit beautifully. If you’re feeling a bit casual at work, simply slap these bad boys on before heading out for the evening. They will instantly add glamour to your look!
Emerald & Diamond Necklace
This necklace may look simple and unassuming, but it’s packing a whole lot of valuable stones. Add some ritz to your outfit with this gorgeous emerald necklace. Of course, this should be paired with a nice outfit, perhaps your work outfit, during the day before stealing the show with your classy evening get up!
Pearl Torsade Necklace
No piece of jewelry screams “Christmas” more than a cluster of pearls does. You can don this gorgeous necklace to add a bit of spark to your business casual outfit or even to add a bit of oomph to your cute day ensemble. Definitely keep it on while switching to your evening cocktail outfit!
This nice classy watch goes with anything. You don’t even have to take it off for a second all day, because it’ll blend right in! It’s simple enough to wear around the office or the house, yet it’s elegant enough to show off at a Christmas party.
If you’re looking for something more casual or if you want to add a touch of Christmas to your look…
Jones New York Snowflake Charm Bracelet
Whether you’re at the office, lounging around the house, running errands, or socializing at an evening party, this bracelet is bound to fit right in and add a bit of wintery accent to your outfit.
Marquise Garnet Tennis Bracelet
So simple, yet so elegant. This bracelet goes with anything, so it’s the perfect thing to wear during the day around the office or the house and then later in the evening when you’re painting the town red.
Holiday Bow Earrings
These earrings are not as expensive as the other accessories on this list, but they complement a casual outfit and a fancy outfit just the same. They would be the perfect earrings to wear to a company holiday party!
Diamond Snowflake Necklace
If you’re celebrating winter, this is the absolute perfect accessory to wear. It’s glamorous, yet simple and unassuming. Everyone around the office will complement you on it, and so will the people you hang out with after work that evening!
Alaskan Snowflake Watch
Okay, this watch won’t go well with a LBD (little black dress), but it’ll be absolutely gorgeous with a pantsuit or even a cute white or blue dress.
Do you have any day-to-night holiday accessories you’d like to share with us?
This is an article by Anita, writer for Macy’s. She loves to write about fashion, cooking and photography.
Zodiac Gift Guide
The holidays are just around the corner. While gathering with friends and family is (usually) a highlight of the season, the lead-up can be somewhat nerve-wracking, particularly when it concerns finding the perfect gift for loved ones. If you’re stumped for ideas, here are a few helpful hints for holiday gift giving based around zodiac signs. You’d be surprised just how accurate these astrological archetypes are in terms of personality traits and interests. We’ve broken this holiday gift-giving guide out by sun sign with plenty of options for a range of budgets. Check it out and simplify your holiday shopping this season!
Aries is cerebral, competitive and is all about having fun. Aries also has the uncanny ability to remember the most minute details. The gift of a game is a great idea for this sun sign. Select a fun version of Trivial Pursuit that dovetails with Aries’ interests, whether they be Star Wars or ’80s or ’90s trivia. For the Aries that has everything, consider a unique chess set with a quirky theme (Lord of the Rings? Yes, please!) that’s as entertaining as it is beautiful to look at.
This sun sign has a love for the finer things in life and an eye for beauty. Taurus also has a bit of a sweet tooth. A selection of fine chocolates in a beautiful gift box can be a wonderful gift for Taurus. You can’t go wrong with Godiva chocolates, however, Taurus certainly would not turn his or her nose up at a box or several bars of artisan or organic chocolates. Many fine chocolatiers can be found locally or peddle their wares online, allowing you to hand-pick a variety to suit Taurus’s discriminating tastes
Represented by the cosmic twins, those born under the sign of Gemini have a delightfully dual nature… Which can sometimes make it hard for them to make up their minds! While a gift certificate to their favorite store is always welcome depending upon what mood Gemini is in, that gift certificate can be accompanied by something smaller like an eye-catching accessory. Consider buying Gemini a beautiful scarf or tie in a luxe fabric in either dove grey, buttercup yellow, or a combination of the two as they’re two of this sun sign’s colors.
Cancer is a born domestic and loves to make others feel at home. They have a strong sentimental side and treasure their home and family. Those born under the sun sign of cancer have an affinity for silver. An ideal gift for Cancer is a beautiful sterling silver photo frame (with their favorite family photo or remembrance of a special vacation or place in it) or cozy throw for their couch or bed with a subtle, metallic silver sheen.
Leo is all about action! Those born under this gregarious sign are always on the move and feel the need to experience something to do. Depending upon your Leo’s interests, tickets to some sort of live event or hot spot are always appreciated. Snap up tickets for Leo’s favorite sports team, primo concert seats, or even passes to a Broadway show. Naturally athletic and a lover of the limelight, Leo will certainly appreciate any gift that lets them get out and about!
This intellectual zodiac sign loves reading and learning. A hardback book or even an eReader device such as a Nook or Kindle is ideal for Virgo. For a unique spin on this gift, track down a first-edition or autographed copy of a book by your Virgo’s favorite author, or pre-load their electronic reader with a collection of their favorite works.
Ruled by Venus, Libra is a lover of beauty in all forms. This astrological sign has exquisite taste and appreciates any gift that comes from the heart and acknowledges their impeccable taste. Airy shades of pastel blues or pinks evoke Libra’s cosmic colors and are a perfect choice for accessories (think handbag, tie, or even a cardigan) or decorative items for the home (colorful, yet tasteful photo frames, vases, or decorative plates or throw pillows).
Dark and mysterious are two descriptors that spring to mind when it comes to Scorpio. Scorpio favors dark colors and sensual fabrics — velvet, silk, and leather — that nod to their insatiable libido and lust for luxury. Consider gifting Scorpio with a pair of designer sunglasses to heighten their aura of mystery, or a striking item of apparel in a luxe fabric in either blood red, burgundy, or not-so-basic black.
Sagittarius loves adventure and has a wanderlust streak a mile wide. Like the centaur archer that represents them in the astrological wheel, Sagittarius is always galloping off somewhere and seeking a target destination. Surprise Sagittarius with something geared towards their adventurous side. Travel tickets are always nice, but not always feasible. However, attractive luggage, camping or hiking gear, or even a great camera to document their adventures is a great gift idea for Sagittarius!
Ever the traditionalist, Capricorn combines domesticity with a classy, cosmopolitan air — which makes it difficult to track down the perfect Capricorn holiday gift! Dignified and oh-so-organized, Capricorn would likely appreciate a set of matching items that allows them to put their day-to-day life in apple pie order. Avoid flashy colors for Capricorn — stick to shades of deep brown, navy, or black — and select gift items such as a handbag, wallet, smartphone case, day planner, and/or journal in luxurious suede or leather.
Aquarius embodies fun and creativity. Represented by the water bearer, Aquarius’s ideas flow freely like water, however, sometimes this sign could benefit from some help with channeling these ideas in the right direction. Art lessons, ballroom dance lessons, a pass to a writing / poetry workshop or conference, or gifts tailored to your Aquarius’s artistic pursuits are a wonderful choice of gift for this intensely imaginative sun sign!
The last (but not least) sign of the zodiac, Pisces is a lover, not a fighter. Possessed of an easygoing nature, this sign prefers to kick back, relax, and create a welcoming atmosphere for those they love. As a nod to their water sign element, an assortment of fine beverages is a great gift for Pisces. Pick up a few bottles of their favorite wines or a particularly delicious vintage they’ll appreciate. If your Pisces isn’t down with alcoholic beverages, you can gift them with a year’s subscription to a coffee or tea of the month club, providing them with a year’s worth of loose leaf teas or aromatic coffee beans in a variety of intriguing flavors to enjoy all year long!
Regardless of your love ones’ zodiac sign may be, there are plenty of options to give them the perfect gift this holiday season. And if all else fails, give them a gift of a psychic zodiac reading to give them some insight into what the new year will bring — a one-of-a-kind gift as unique as they are! Happy shopping and happy holidays!
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