NYE Clutch Essentials!

New Year’s Eve is TONIGHT everyone – can you believe it? It’s amazing how fast each year goes by! Tonight, I will be celebrating with friends out on the town and for going out, I have assembled the perfect NYE clutch! You need to make sure that you are prepared for that fun night out with friends and today, I am going to show you exactly what you should pack in your bag for the big night!

NYE Clutch Essentials

1 Clutch2 Portable Phone Charger3 PhoneBlinged out Bobby PinsSetting PowderMake up Brush7 Matte Lipstick

For a night out, you don’t need to bring a lot – but there are a few things that you may want while out past midnight! Some are optional, others are completely necessary!

NYE Clutch Essentials - Pearls and Polkadots

My NYE clutch for 2015!

iPhone (or your phone) – I know, I know – the iPhone 5S is an older model…but the main point is: Make sure you have your phone on NYE! Plain and simple it’s safe, and fun because you will want to take tons of pictures!

Blinged out Bobby Pins – Whether they are blinged out or not, I always make sure I have a couple of pins in my bag. You never know when your hair may need to be pinned back. These pins are the perfect bobby pins for a great NYE night because they add sparkle instantly!

Setting Powder – Rimmel‘s translucent setting powder has been a saving grace for me on many occasions! It minimizes the shine on your face, and is quick to apply, meaning you only need a smidge! When you are amongst a lot of people, sweat may become a problem – but this powder takes that sweaty glow right off your face, so you are looking perfect all night long!

Make up Brush – You need something to apply the setting powder with! This is really the only reason that you would pack a make up brush in your clutch! This is my favourite brush right now by e.l.f. cosmetics. It’s light, fresh looking and cleans really easily!

Matte Lipstick – I have a lipstick obsession right now which falls into two categories: nudes and mattes. This creamy matte, nude lipstick that I am loving right now is by Mabelline and is in the shade “Daringly Nude”. This has been my go-to, daily shade this past month! For the big NYE, you will need to pack your lipstick for touch ups throughout the night!

Magic Wallet – Unfortunately, this is not in stores anymore (which is why I didn’t feature it up above), however this is what I carry my necessary cards in when I go out. It’s simple, small and fits in pretty much any clutch. You will want something to carry your cards in so you don’t lose them!!

BONUS: Portable Phone Charger – This is something that I have been meaning to purchase (but always forget to). There is a great, compact, gold-coloured portable phone charger at Lord & Taylor – perfect for NYE! There is nothing worse than a dead phone (plus it’s not too safe on NYE!) Charge up with this cute gold portable charger!

My clutch is not being sold online, but the one linked up above is very similar and equally as cute!

NYE Clutch Essentials - Pearls and Polkadots

NYE Clutch Essentials - Pearls and Polkadots

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR AND I WILL SEE YOU IN 2016!

(new post in the new year!)

Trends to Try in 2016!

BANNERPeople say it every year – new year, new me! Although that is a super over used phrase, I feel there is a tad of inspiration and truth to it! This saying may be a crazy cliche that everyone says at the beginning of each year, but it is a positive statement to start your year off right! Those who are lucky, will actually accomplish those New Year’s resolutions that we all think so hard about in the first two weeks of January!!

Well today, I am bringing to you some new fashion trends to try in 2016! Why? Style keeps us on our toes, and being the style blogger that I am, am always looking to try new things!

TULLE

I am currently obsessed with tulle. I have never worn it…but it is on my list of things to try – fashion wise. In mid-December when I was hunting around style blogs and Pinterest for holiday party looks, I came across so many fashionable tulle based looks and thought to myself – “I need a tulle skirt!”. There are so many cute tulle skirts to try out there, but what’s great is that tulle skirts are (apparently!) simple to make as well! Which is what I am planning to try very soon…

Inspiration: 

Serendipity Tulle Skirt:

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DAS ist das Must-have der Saison! http://www.gofeminin.de/styling-tipps/tullrock-styling-tipps-s1412681.html:

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Tulle Midi Skirt. I would definitely wear this to dinner.:

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FAUX FUR 

Collars, vests, coats…it’s all in trend and I am on board! However, I must say…this is a bit circumstantial. If you are strutting your stuff at the mall, or downtown…fur completely jives. However, I have to say that I do get peculiar looks on campus when I am sporting my ultra-furry vest (probably because it is an attention grabber…and looks a little strange amongst the sea of sweatpants that is lecture). However, smaller accessories made in faux fur steal the show…nevertheless, I love faux fur!

Inspiration: 

Faux fur scarf:

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Faux Fur Vest | MURPHY'S LAW:

Lauren / Murphy’s Law

Finish your holiday dress look with a fab faux fur coat. | Warm and chic! find similar on sammydress:

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LEOPARD

Leopard print is quickly becoming my most favourite pattern to style. I stick to accessories with this print because it is so versatile and it really goes with (surprisingly!) a lot. We have seen blogger after blogger tell us to pattern mix (and I do!), and this is one of the patterns that I highly recommend to do so with! Leopard and plaid, leopard and stripes…the possibilities are endless. I wear this print in booties, scarves, beanies and gloves (so far!)…maybe it’s time to branch out to bigger and better things? A.K.A. Sweaters, cardigans, and anything else I can get my hands on.

Inspiration: 

Leopard Scarf Outfit Idea by With Love From Kat:

Kat / With Love From Kat

Courtney Kerr of What Courtney Wore featuring 7 For All Mankind and Steve Madden.:

Courtney / What Courtney Wore

Fall Fashion - 20 Fashion Outfits that you can put together with cardigans, jeans, sweaters, and jackets that you may already have inside of your closet. These are super cute , easy, and comfortable fall outfit ideas!:

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PATTERNED LEGGINGS

Prior to this day, I really did not consider leggings to be a valid replacement for pants. In fact, I usually find leggings to be incredibly annoying when worn in place of pants because I can’t every get them to stay up (which results in always yanking them up over my hips). However, it turns out that I really hadn’t given them a chance. SO I ordered myself a pair of red tartan leggings…and I have seen the light. Worn correctly, patterned leggings are a blessing in disguise!

Inspiration: 

Wearing ideas for a Christmas party, see on http://pinmakeuptips.com/dont-know-what-to-wear-on-the-christmas-party-check-out-our-suggestions/:

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Amanda / Little Southern Life

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Cara / Cara Loren

THE CAMEL COAT

I was heading into an exam earlier this month, and what do I see? A camel coat here, a camel coat there. Now what is a camel coat you ask? Pretty much what it sounds like…a coat that is camel-coloured. Well, wouldn’t you know after seeing them one after another, I saw them all over the mall, in catalogues…and I’m going to be bold and say…the camel coat is totally in. I am completely digging the colour and of course…the in-trend material (which is usually wool or faux wool).

Inspiration: 

winter camel coat outfit:

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Helena / Brooklyn Blonde

Chic and warm winter outfit idea. | Winter Style:

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FEATHERED SKIRT

Feathers are too bird-like for me, however, you never know what could come into trend. Many bloggers have hopped on this style train already, and it’s something that has caught my eye as well. It’s becoming so in style that chains like Winners – believe it, I saw it!! I am loving the black feathered skirts the most, because although it’s a wild trend, it also passes as as a dressy casual bottom that you can really rock (all seasons!)

Inspiration: 

banana republic ann taylor fringe petite style

Jean / Extra Petite

Fashion Blogger Haley Skirt From Shop Dandy Shirt From J.Crew factory Purse From Michael Kors And Sunglasses From Karen Walker:

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Top :: Three Floor dress worn as a top Bottom :: Milly Shoes :: Christian Louboutin Bag :: Valentino Accessories :: Karen Walker sunglasses, Stila ‘Fiery’ lip color, Dior earrings, Lulu Frost rings, Wendy’s Lookbook X Tacori Promise Bracelet.:

Wendy / Wendy’s Lookbook

There you have it – six style trends to try in 2016! I am going to do my best to try every single one of these trends. Why? Well because it’s fun, and because it will broaden my horizons in style! Besides…jeans and a top gets boring from day to day.

Morning Must-Reads: For Style

MORNING MUST-READSIn the last year, I have become a real blog junkie. Being apart of the blogger community, I have found numerous blogs that I love to read and read regularly. I bookmark them, subscribe, and share as much as possible. After all, bloggers need other bloggers to support them!

Morning Must-Reads is a concept that I am going to carry out every so often in order to share the blogs that I love to read for particular niches.


 

Helena always looks amazing. I envy her style and am inspired by her outfit selections every day! I always look forward to a new post, and regularly are shopping her looks so that I can try and look as jazzed up as she is. The blonde from Brooklyn is a gal that I would love to be friends with…which is why her blog is so great! She is relatable and that’s why I read her regularly! Check her blog out here.

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Helena / Brooklyn Blonde

Extra Petite

Jean has been one of my blogger idols for a long time. Since I got Pinterest, I have been following Jean along on her style journey. Her outfit posts are bright, cheery and joyful – and her clothing is to die for. I am almost always turning to her blog for inspiration, style tips, outfit ideas…and well, everything else!! Not to mention, she and her husband are adorable together! Check out her blog here.

boston public garden fall foliage outfit

Jean / Extra Petite

Convey The Moment

Eleni is such a sweetheart and has been one of my inspirations from the beginning. Her unique style is hard not to love, and her pictures are always impeccable. Even better? She is Canadian just like me, which I is always so great to find! Although I love all the American fashionistas out there, it hits closer to home when I see my country in the background (snow, snow and more snow!). Check out her blog here.

blanket scarf season

Eleni / Convey the Moment

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Lyndsey is another Canadian beauty that I am new to following. Don’t you just love hashtags? That’s how I came across her page and fell in love with her clothing…and her dog, I mean…how cute! Lyndsey’s use of colour and patterns have given me inspiration in my daily outfits and reading her posts make me smile! How much better can it get? Check out her blog here.

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Lyndsey / Over My Styled Body

Grace is a blogger that I kept seeing pop up on my Pinterest home page and after seeing outfit after outfit that I was drooling over…I clicked a few times and found her blog. It’s been a morning must-read ever since. She is a fashion guru – whether it is a pair of rain boots with jeans, or a fab red mini-dress like below, she looks gorgeous! Check out her blog here.

bb dakota fit and flare dress, holiday dress, nordstrom dress, holiday outfit ideas, little red dress, lace up pump, taupe pumps, statement necklace, chain statement bib, holiday makeup, nude lip, lace dress // grace wainwright from a southern drawl

Grace / A Southern Drawl 

42 Party Looks to Try this Season…

42December is the month to try the greatest of party looks out. There are Christmas parties, work parties, NYE parties…which means style needs to come out! I see this time of the year as a time to be daring, beautiful and rock whatever you want to! Tulle, sequins, glitter…the works are brought for this season and it is awesome! As Pinterest is my favourite procrastination tool when studying for finals, today I am bringing you a whopping 50 party looks YOU need to try this season! 

TULLE

@jilliandillon THIS is what I want to wear to the wedding...in periwinkle or navy with silver shoes. ;):

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NEW YEAR EVE OUTFIT grown up tutu #style:

Sara / Collage Vintage

Holiday outfit idea: new years perhaps?:

Delmy / Fashion Bananas

Wendy / Wendy’s Lookbook 

Tulle is such a great fashion risk for a party look! Not only can you dress it up, you can also dress it down and make it look less ballerina and more chic! Who says you can’t rock a tutu in public? If I can get my hands on one of these…then I would rock it hard!

SHORTS (WITH/WITHOUT TIGHTS)

Black jacket white blosue sequin silver shorts black tights heels street fashion new years eve fashion:

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Dinner Date... by A spoonful of Style => Click to see what she wears:

Jade / A Spoonful of Style

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Shorts and tights are a great way to keep it casual, while dressing it up. I love this trend because it gives you the best of both worlds! Plus, sometimes, you just don’t want to put your cute pair of shorts away for the Winter! Why not rock em’ out for the end of the year?

SEQUINS

<plaid + sequins for work christmas party> tie a ribbon bow around your collar to dress up a shirt for a holiday outfit:

Jean / Extra Petite

Sequins are a holiday staple, and this season we love them on billowing midi skirts. #sequins #party #outfits:

Ashley / Side Smile Style

11 cool girl new year's eve outfit ideas - leather biker jacket, black heels + gold sequin pants:

Ester / Mi Armario En Ruinas

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Emily / The Sweetest Thing

Sequin blazer going to get one i have a ugly black dress that i need to spice up:

Alexandra / Lovely Pepa 

sequins and plaid. clothes from Lulus:

The Girls with Glasses / Babble 

Barefoot Blonde - Sequin Skirt:

Amber / Barefoot Blonde

Sequins and glitter are great to liven up the party outfit! I also love to accent my outfit with sequin pieces…they certainly make a statement and for the holidays…it is the number one choice in my eyes! You aren’t going to wear a gold sequin mini skirt to work, right?

LEATHER ON THE BOTTOM

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Jessica / Hapa Time

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Alana / Alana Marie Style

Peplum top + Skinny leather pants + neutral pump... I love it!:

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Jessica / Hapa Time

Leather on the bottom makes for a great look and I love how casual and dressy they can look! If you want to rock the full leather pants, then leather leggings are a great option – especially for a holiday party!

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

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Grace / A Southern Drawl 

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Helena / Brooklyn Blonde

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asos black dress

Jean / Extra Petite

Everybody knows that the LBD is an absolute essential in a lady’s closet. When the holiday season comes around, it’s always good to have your trusty LBD hanging there ready to be wined and dined. You really can never go wrong with a look like this – why? It’s cute, simple and effortless all in one neat little package!

COZY

NYE Ready in black, sequin track pants + blush pink sweater w/ black bowtie on www.forallthingslovely.com:

Megan / For All Things Lovely

Southern Curls & Pearls: Holiday Party Outfit...:

Caitlin / Southern Curls & Pearls 

30 + Fun and Flirty Holiday Party Outfits - This Silly Girl's Life:

Rach / Pink Peonies

Winter:

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Holiday parties come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes they call for a cozy blanket scarf over a five inch pair of glittery heels! These cozy looks are perfect if you are staying in with friends or going to an intimate gathering. Still dripping with style, but style in comfort!

RED, RED, RED!

Tibi Silk Faille Skirt from Pink Peonies:

Rach / Pink Peonies

Bethany / B Soup

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What to wear to a holiday party:

Caitlin / Southern Curls & Pearls 

Red is probably one of the best holiday colours out there. There is nothing shy about the colour red and how it is used in the looks above is exactly how you should rock it this holiday season! Whether you are sporting the LRD (Little Red Dress) or using it as a complimentary colour…all is well in the colour red!

 VELVET

Slip into this velvet dress for any holiday occasion and look absolutely stunning!:

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sparkly + velvet:

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Red Velvet Xmas <3 (by Imogen De Souza) http://lookbook.nu/look/4385239-Red-Velvet-Xmas-3:

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Velvet is such a great fabric – the texture is a real statement and you can do so much to compliment your look with it. Pair it with tights, put a tunic underneath for a more business casual look, or dress it up with some jewels and sparkle and you have a dazzling New Year’s Eve look!

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Office party? Meet the parents? Christmas Eve service? Here's your perfect outfit.:

Sarah Lynn / Love by Lynn

thigh high socks, knee high socks, topshop skirt, holiday outfits, holiday party outfit, holiday outfit ideas // grace wainwright from a southern drawl

Grace / A Southern Drawl

Courtney / What Courtney Wore

Lots of good choices for teens adn moms too! 55+ Fall Outfit Ideas, super cute clothing inspiration for fall!:

Rach / Pink Peonies

Wonderland Skirt:

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Plaid is always a great option. Patterns are fun and fun to try and mix – especially for a fun night out with friends! I love tartan shirts, shorts, skirts and dresses…they are a great option and I love how they look in the holiday season.


Hopefully you were able to get a few ideas from this post. I’d like to thank all of the lovely ladies who make these outfits happen! I love all of these lady bloggers so much and their style – which needs to be shared! All links are available underneath each picture so head over to their platforms and check them out!

What do you have coming up this season? Any crazy party plans? Let me know in the comments below…

These are a few of my Favourite Things…

BannerWhen I was little, my Mom used to sing me to sleep and one of the main songs she would sing me is My Favourite Things from the musical The Sound of Music. I love this song so much and every time I hear it, I think of my Mom. So today, because I was doing a little thinking back (and because it is #throwbackthursday), I am going to throw it back to this memory, and tell you some of my favourite things that I am loving right now!

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PINK ROSES 

Although red roses are romantic and beautiful, there is nothing better than the colour pink! I love pink (shocking, I know) and these hot pink roses are right up my alley. Being that it was my birthday this past weekend, I was absolutely showered by my beautiful friends and family…and that included pink roses from my best friend (she knows me all too well).

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PEARLS, PEARLS, PEARLS 

I obviously love pearls (Pearls and Polkadots)…so it probably doesn’t shock you how much I love pearls. Especially this factory multi-strand pearl necklace from J.Crew Factory! I have rocked this piece so many times before and every time, I love how it looks. The cream tone, the gold accents…and just overall how many there are!! I love them!!

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FELT HATS 

It’s kind of hard for me to rock hats because I am always in lecture (and trust me, people do not appreciate the big floppy hats in front of them…), but when the time comes and I’m not in school…it’s hats, hats and more hats. My hat collection keeps growing and no wonder because they are the perfect accessory. This one is from mark.Avon from roughly a year ago.

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CHUNKY JEWELRY 

Chunky jewelry is one of my favourite types of accessories. I would love it if I my own personal wall of chunky jewelry (jewelry goals). This pale pink-coral chunky bracelet is one of my go-to’s when I am chunking up the accessories in an outfit. This colour goes with a lot of different things, and even though it’s super chunky…it is still not so overpowering – one colour, one type of stone…and you’re good!

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CUTE DESK ACCESSORIES 

My desk is a mess. That is no joke. I try to keep it clean (I am actually writing on it now), but usually it is stacked high with books. However, that does not mean that I can’t make it look nice with cute accessories like this Kate Spade New York eraser. Imagine bringing that to a final? It’s actually a real eraser and it does the job well…but way too big to bring to an exam…pure decoration only!

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Well there you have it – a few of my favourite things…I may have to continue this next Thursday for #tbt. We will have to see!

Happy Thursday everyone!