What To Wear With a Lace Dress

For the next few weeks leading up to the holidays I will focus on holiday fashion. This week’s post will be all about lace dresses and what to wear with a lace dress. Lace is the perfect fabric for holidays. It gives of a romantic, soft allure and can be worn to a variety of holiday events.

However, one problem with lace dresses is that sometimes they can look too cheap, like underwear, or too old. You want to look for a dress with a simple contemporary cut. That will help the lace dress from looking too much of any of these things.
I chose these three lace dresses because they are simple and appropriate for the holidays. They are also not so trendy that you can’t wear them in years to come.

I love the first white lace dress because it is so fun! It is pulled tighter right below your bust line making your waist look smaller. I also love the polka dots on this lace dress which makes it fun and refreshing. Polka Dots are another popular trend for this holiday season. Because this is such a fun party dress, I added a few fuchsia accessories. The earrings and heels make outfit pop, but I kept the clutch simple as to not over do it.

The black lace dress is perfect for the holidays. Long sleeves give it a little extra warmth, but because it is so fitted, it doesn’t lose its sexiness. I added a few simple accessories. You definitely want to pair this with black heels. I always prefer pointed toes because it elongates the legs. This is also a lace dress I would not wear tights with. I also paired it with a simple black and gold clutch. This lace dress is perfect for a company party or over at a friend’s house.

The third white lace dress is something you can pair with tights or leave your legs exposed. I love the black belt and it is something you can definitely change to mix up the dress a little bit. Like the other lace dresses, keep the accessories simple. The focus is on the beautiful lace dress. Because we already have a black sash, black shoes, and black tights, I added some neutral accessories.

what to wear with a lace dress

The perfect hairstyle to go with the lace dress is a chignon.

How to Get the Look:
Step 1: Mist damp hair with a wave spray, and scrunch to create beachy texture.
Step 2: Make a deep side part, and sweep the front of your hair across your forehead to the opposite side.
Step 3: Roll it into a loose twist, and bobby-pin it behind your ear; then gather the rest of your hair into a messy bun, and secure with an elastic

Visit Seventeen for more information on this hairstyle.

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J Crew Vest

I saw this outfit on the J Crew website and totally loved it! Soo cute for fall and into winter!  Here are a few different color ideas and variations!

The outfit on the right is obviously the most similar to the outfit in the picture.  For the outfit to the left, I used a toggle vest, a flannel shirt from American Eagle, and a striped sweater.  I love mixing stripes and flannel and throwing the vest over it so it’s not too many patterns going on.

How to Layer with a vest

Shades of Gray

Here are a few simple outfit ideas. As the weather has been turning colder and getting cloudier, it makes me want to wrap myself in warm sweaters and hibernate. What better way to reflect the weather than to wear gray?

Shades of Gray

Dell Osso Farms: Holidays on the Farm

I posted earlier about Dell’ Osso Farms and their Halloween Festival, but now that it’s officially the holidays, they have a new themed attraction.  Called ‘Holidays on the Farm’, Dell’ Osso Farms features Santa’s Village, Lights on the Farm, and Snow on the Farm.

Santa’s Village:

  • Take a photo with Santa Clause!
  • Real Live Reindeer!
  • Come get a fresh cut Christmas Tree!
  • Ice Skating Rink!
  • Visit the gift shop and learn how to make ornaments and wreaths!

Snow on the Farm:

  • Features a 300 foot long tubing hill complete with snow!

Lights on the Farm:

  • A 200 foot long drive through a  lighted tunnel featuring 44 drive through arches.
  • Hay rides and train rides!

Dell’ Osso Farms is located in Lathrop, CA, about an hour east of San Francisco.  They are easily located directly off the freeway.   Holidays on the Farm at Dell Osso Farms is open November 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012.  Bring gloves and warm clothing.  Hot chocolate can be purchased at Dell’ Osso Farms.

Santa’s Village in Holidays on the Farm features a few different activities.  The wreath/ornament making includes 2 options for $20 or $25.  A picture with Santa is $6 for just the photograph or $10 for the photograph and a CD.  * Limited hours for pictures with Santa.  Monday-Thursday from 3pm to 8pm.  Friday-Sunday from 11am to 8pm.

Reservations for Snow Mountain are strongly encouraged as there are very few walk ons available.   Snow Mountain is open 5pm to 9pm weekdays until the week before Christmas.  The weekends are open 11am to 9pm.  The week before Christmas they are open 11am to 9pm.    There are a few days with special hours so please check out their website at SnowontheFarm.com.  Your 90 minute tubing session will cost $16.50. The Zip lines are$6 for one ride or $10 for 2 rides.  Be sure to bring gloves and warm clothes!

For Lights on the Farm, there are three options.  You can choose to drive through the light show in your own car for $10/$12 per car for weekdays/weekends, take a hayride/tram ride for $5 per person, or take the Express Train Ride for $3 per person.

Visit Dell’ Osso Farms for the most up to date information.  I have been going to Dell’ Osso Farms for a few years now and everyone who works there is always so friendly.  I highly recommend it.  I can’t wait to see how Holidays on the Farm will be.

For directions to dell’ Osso Farms:

From the Bay Area – take I-580 east to I-205 toward Tracy. After the I-5 merge to Sacramento, take the first exit at  Mossdale Road. Turn right at stop sign, then make first right and go under the freeway.  Turn right onto S. Manthey Road. We are on the left. You are there!

From Sacramento – take I-5 south through Stockton/ Lathrop. Take the Manthey Road exit, turn right at stop sign.  Follow approximately .41 miles to Holidays on the Farm on the left.

From Modesto – take SR-99 to SR-120 to I-5 South.  Take the first exit (just before I-205) Manthey Road, turn right at the stop sign.  Follow approximately .41 miles to Holidays on the Farm on the left.

Perfect Imperfection

I always want to make the point that no matter how many posts I do about fashion or beauty doesn’t mean I also don’t have some criticism of the industry. I wish there were more models out there who looked like me; had hips and a butt, and maybe a little less Photoshopping. I feel the need to balance out my fashion posts with posts about real beauty that examines what we should strive for rather than what beauty magazines tell us we should strive for.

The above photo is of model Katie Halchishick showing what would need to be done to her body to get a Barbie like figure.

Here’s what would need to be done: a brow lift, a jaw line shave, rhinoplasty, a cheek and neck reduction, a chin implant, scooped-out shoulders, a breast lift, liposuction on her arms, and tummy tuck, which would also have to be sculpted as if it were lined in whale-bone from the inside.

Our desire for perfection in the form of a size 2 body is ridiculous.  Just look how much training and diets the models of the Victoria Secret Fashion show have to go through in order to look ‘perfect’ on TV.  The role fashion can play is encouraging people to dress for their body type and feel confident in their own skin.  You can hide those 5 pounds you want to lose instead of going on a crash liquid diet. You show off your wonderful curves or highlight your beautiful eyes.

Below is a really awesome depiction of how Photoshop can alter someone’s image and how what we see in magazines is most likely not what the model looks like in real life.

Dove’s Evolution Video

Read more about the above images here. 

 

While doing research for this post I found this awesome quote.  I’ll end it here.

You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.

Cyber Monday Deals 2011

This post is a little late, but working retail on Black Friday weekend tends to take all your time.  I have compiled a few websites that will show you the best cyber Monday deals.

The following Cyber Monday deals are from Atlanta Bargain Hunter. 

Gap, Athleta, Banana Republic, Old Navy: 30 percent off your purchase. Use “hugecyber” at checkout.

Macys:tons of sale items including buy one get one free and additional percentages off clearance items.

Piperlime: 20% off.  Use “Hugecyber” as your coupon code at checkout.

Fabsugar is featuring a list of high end designers including DKNY, Nike, PUMA, Urban Outfitters, French Connection, and Betsey Johnson having Cyber Monday deals. 

College Fashion also has a huge list of cyber Monday deals as well.

SheFinds is featuring Cyber Monday deals.  You can also sign up for email alerts of last minute deals and extra awesome promos!

Enjoy surfing the web for deals from the comfort of your own home!

County Style

I’m a little bit of a country girl at heart and if I had to describe my style it would definitely be something a little bit country. To me, this style is feminine, but not afraid to work hard and get dirty. It’s characterized by lots of floral prints, chambray, jeans, and an awesome pair of boots.

County Style

Wearing Brown and Black together

Wearing Black and Brown together is definitely a must do! I love the colors for Fall! One thing to keep in mind is that not all black/brown combos are created equal.  Here are what makes or doesn’t make the outfit.

Must do:
Animal Print
All black clothing and brown boots
Bomber Jackets/Leather Jackets in either black or brown
Use a belt in black or brown to offset the one color
Keep accessories simple

Do Not Ever Do:
Don’t do too much and don’t mix shades of the colors.
Don’t mix black and brown and another color.

Wearing Brown and Black together