This week at Crossroads, we’re featuring fun athletic-inspired pieces that scream, “Go team!” Even better, you can pick any of these up at your local Crossroads for less than $30.
The holiday season is in full swing and you’re probably getting party invites left and right: happy hours, gift exchanges, the annual work Christmas party, and more! Not all of these parties require a shopping trip and a brand new outfit; most likely, there’s a party outfit just waiting to be put together in your closet. Check out some of my favorite blogger-inspired looks to inspire your holiday party ensembles for the season.
A happy hour invite will inevitably come up during the holiday season, and being prepared to go from work to drinks will help lessen stress when you get a last-minute invite. Trust your favorite blouse-and-trousers combo to take you from your office to a fun evening out.
A gift exchange party should be fun and casual. I love the idea of a blouse or sweater with an embellishment—like ruffles or bell sleeves—plus some dark denim and a pair of statement flats, like Christina’s outfit above. Add a dramatic lip and you’ll be ready for some holiday fun!
Dinner out is a wonderful excuse to dress up, no matter the time of year! Restaurants are festive, people are happy, and the wine is flowing. Liz of Late Afternoon recently wore this beautiful velvet, dark floral print dress, showing off two of this season’s biggest trends. Perfect for a dinner out to celebrate the holiday season!
If you’re attending or hosting a formal holiday dinner party, you’ll want to dress to impress but also be comfortable enough to last through the evening. Try something new, like a menswear-inspired suit. It’s the perfect way to stand out and impress your friends at your dinner party. Go with a navy or a deep green color, and throw on a faux fur coat like Mary from Memorandum.
Your annual work party is a time to celebrate with your coworkers, but you’ll still want to keep an air of professionalism. Remember, you’ll have to go back to work on Monday! There is no such thing as being overdressed during the holiday season, so add some sparkle and glam to your outfit with metallic accessories and statement pieces.
Every season fashion trends come and go. Some we miss once they’ve gone while others we’re happy to say goodbye to. The fanny pack might fall into “bye-bye see you later” category for most, but if you ask me I’m ecstatic they’re back!
Gone are the days of calling these bum bags “fanny packs” because these days they’re being worn across the chest, with an evening dress and even over a thick winter coat. This year they’re being featured as the ultimate hands-free accessory that can hold your gadgets and gizmos and look polished all at the same time. Here in tech country these hip bags are fast becoming the next-must have designer purse.
What do you think? Yay or Nay?
Have we changed your mind about belt bags? We sure hope so, because we think they’re so hot right now.
It’s that time of year again: the holidays are upon us, and the next thing we know, 2016 will be gone and we’ll have a clean slate to begin again. Instead of letting the holidays sneak up on you this year, take the time to enjoy the little joys of the season. Whether you’ve been listening to holiday music since Halloween or are slower to get into the festive spirit, check out a few of my favorite holiday activities below for enjoying the season to the fullest this year.
1. Listen to Holiday Music
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Buddy the Elf wasn’t wrong! Sing along to some classic holiday songs to spread a little cheer to the people you love. My personal favorite? Mariah Carey’s classic album Merry Christmas.
Whether you’re into traditional or unconventional holiday décor, decorating will surely put a smile on your face and give you those warm fuzzy feelings inside!
3. Pace Your Shopping
Don’t wait until the very last minute to get all your shopping done. Create a list and take your time shopping, whether online or in-store. Shopping and spending money can be the biggest source of stress during the holidays. You may be surprised at how much more you will enjoy the holidays with a little planning and time management!
4. Do Unto Others
The holidays are ultimately about spreading love, and the best way to do that is to help people who are less fortunate than you. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, participate in a toy drive, and donate what you can, whether that be your time or money.
5. Plan a Gift Exchange
Plan a gift exchange with some of your closest friends. I love White Elephant and Secret Santa gift exchanges during the holidays to put everyone in a joyful mood. Plus, who can say no to a holiday party? Dress it up with a formal dinner, or dress it down with an ugly Christmas sweater or pajama party!
6. Have a Holiday Movie Marathon
I started this tradition with my husband last year, complete with cinnamon rolls in the morning, pajamas all day, and hot chocolate. Cozying up on the couch with a loved one or a best friend while watching all the cheesy holiday movies that you pretend you don’t love is a great way to spend quality time together.
7. Take a Day Trip
I love taking a day or overnight trip up to the mountains to play in the snow during the holiday season. Living in LA, the weather leaves a lot to be desired during the winter months, so I always make sure and take time out to go somewhere close that will cure those sunny winter blues. If you already live where it snows, take the time to go outside and build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or just walk in the snow. I end these trips with a drive around town looking at all the holiday lights. Use this Light Finder to find the best places near you!
It has been said that suits make people feel powerful and confident. Think about when someone walks into a room wearing a suit—everyone stops to take a look. It’s hard to resist. I’m here to give a few style pointers to make sure you light up every room you’re in when you’re wearing a suit.
When it comes to a gentleman’s suit, shoes are one of the first things people will look at. It’s absolutely essential to have a good rotation of dress shoes. Choose timeless styles like double monk straps, wingtips, and oxfords. Pick colors that can go with most attire, like light browns and darker tones.
Lapel pins are a simple, underrated accessory that can easily make you stand out from the crowd. They’re a great way to complement an outfit and add some spark to your suit jacket or coat.
Ties are a great way to convey your personality. When choosing a tie, the width of the tie should match the size of the lapel on the suit jacket or blazer. Slim-fit suits usually have smaller lapels that skinny ties pair well with.
Last but not least, confidence is key! It’s the most inexpensive part of your outfit, yet also the most difficult to attain since it cannot be bought. However you choose to wear your suit, believe in your style and wear the clothes instead of letting the clothes wear you.
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