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One Piece, Four Parties

As a belated birthday gift, my mother in law took me shopping and I found a glittery and glamorous navy sequin dolman top from Jennifer Lopez’s new line for Kohl’s. During the holidays, I decided I would maximize my purchase wear it to every Christmas party I attended, and found ways to wear it differently each time.

Party #1: Tim’s Work Christmas Party

Since the party was a business casual dress code, I paired the sequin top with a black pencil skirt, black tights, black ankle strap shoes and simple black pearls for earrings for a more conservative look.

Party #2: My Work Christmas Party

The best accessory I have is this dapper husband of mine on my arm, wearing a custom suit by Beckett & Robb. For take 2, I paired the sequins with Banana Republic fitted black slacks, Etienne Aigner black heels and drop Swarovski earrings I crafted on the way out the door… causing us to be an hour late. Fashionably.

Party #3: Alta Moda Holiday Party

Every year the folks at Alta Moda Bridal throw a holiday party that’s easily the social event of the season. This year was no different. White slacks were added to the mix for rave reviews.

Party #4: Going Away Party

The most creative combination and quite possibly my favorite of the lot, I wore sequins with this floral skirt by Shade and taupe heels for our farewell party.

Sure, it’d be fun to have different outfits to wear to every party during the holidays, chances are you won’t see the same people at each party.

The lesson? With a little creativity, one piece can go a long way.

What did you wear for the holidays?

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Wear Red and Gold for the Holidays

Recently I was at Macy’s and saw this red and gold outfit on display. This is color scheme you can’t go wrong with during the holidays – isn’t this skirt amazing?

And if you happen celebrate Chinese New Year, these are lucky Chinese colors, so you can dust off your red and gold for the celebration in a few weeks as well.

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What to (and NOT to) Wear to Your Office Christmas Party

Photo: Keatley Photo

‘Tis the season for office holiday parties! A word to the wise, here are some things you should when deciding what to wear:

  • Cleavage — is that where you really want attention to go when talking to the guy from IT?
  • Too short/tight dresses — leave the club clothes for Saturday night
  • Too casual clothes — as to avoid showing disrespect
  • Holiday costumes — no sexy elf costumes!
  • Ugly Christmas sweater — unless that’s the theme!

Remember, you are partying with your boss and colleagues so that means your reputation is on the line. A good rule of thumb is this: Less skin is more! Because the more skin you show, the less authoritative you become.

Now that we’ve covered what to avoid, let’s talk about what to do.

  • When deciding what to wear, the word “classy” ought to be your guide.
  • Metallics, lace, and sequins are on trend during the holidays. A little can go a long way! If you add some sparkle, make sure to go simpler for the rest of your outfit.
  • If you are going straight to the party after work, bring a decorative accessory like a pair of glamorous stilettos, a bib necklace, or a feather clutch that will help make your outfit look more festive.

Here are some photos to get the wheels turning:

Photo: ModCloth.com

Photo: pinterest.com

Photo: Talbot's Catalog

What are you wearing to your office Christmas party?

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What I Wore: Chinese New Year

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Sarah and Eric exchange red envelopes.

To celebrate Chinese New Year and the incoming year of the Rabbit, my husband’s office brought in Chinese food for lunch on Thursday. Since Eric spent several years living in Taiwan, and I look for every excuse to embrace my Chinese heritage, Eric and I talked about dressing up in traditional Chinese garb to ring in the New Year. It just so happened we both wore blue!

Eric was telling us that during Chinese New Year in Taiwan, they shut down the country for two weeks to eat and party! I could go for some of that, couldn’t you?

What I wore:

  • Royal blue cheongsam blouse. The cheongsam is also a one-piece dress, made famous by upperclass Shanghai women in the 1920s.
  • Jade bracelet. It’s very common to see Chinese women wear jade bracelets like this one. The Chinese believe that jade will protect them, that the jade will break before they are hurt. Needless to say, after our car accident, I now have a jade pendant in my car.
  • Black slacks
  • Black boots

Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? Do you have any fun traditions?

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Let’s party like it’s 4709!

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Lily and Iris Bridesmaid Boutique – Grand Opening 1/4/11

Salt Lake City wedding industry is in for a treat this year with the opening of Lily & Iris, a boutique dedicated to providing bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride, and wedding reception dresses! Lily & Iris is brought to us by the owners of Alta Moda Bridal, Hilary and Justin, prominent members of the wedding community.

At Lily & Iris, you’ll find fashionable, fresh choices in dresses, bridal accessories, and the latest, most contemporary shorter wedding dresses. To give you a sneak peek, here are some of the fabulous dresses they will be carrying:

Being a bridesmaid doesn’t have to equate with ugly dresses anymore!

The Lily & Iris grand opening is today — Tuesday, January 4, 2011! They are located at 258 East 100 South in Salt Lake City, UT. Call them at 801-413-3233 to schedule an appointment.

By Christine Olson Photography

Grand Opening Promotions
For the first 25 brides to visit us on January 4th:
Buy five gowns, receive a sixth gown for FREE*. Receive a sixth gown of equal or lesser value for free when you purchase five gowns at full price. Buy gowns for your five bridesmaids, get a party dress for yourself! Or get the value of your most inexpensive dress towards a reception gown for yourself. The options are endless!

For anyone shopping in January:
Receive 10% off your entire dress order if you place your order during the month of January (January 4-January 31).

If you’re engaged, or are a bridesmaid, or have a daughter getting married this year, be sure to check out Lily & Iris!

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Holiday Fashion Show: New Years Eve Outfit Ideas

Earlier in December, Cable Car Couture teamed up with Mikarose to product a holiday fashion show and showcase great holiday outfit ideas. If you’re looking for something to wear New Years Eve, read on for some inspiration! All photos by Elisabeth Kate Photography.

New Years Eve Outfit Idea #1: If you’re having a quiet New Years Eve with friends or family, Ruthy’s fun outfit with a boyfriend cardi, whimsical tunic, leggings, belt, and houndstooth scarf will be perfect. The fullness in the tunic will help camouflage a tummy.

New Years Eve Outfit Idea #2: This little black dress with an empire waist is spiced up with a sparkly belt and fun dove necklace worn by Laureen. With extra coverage at the arms, you won’t be self conscious about not having gone to the gym for a while :)

New Years Eve Outfit Idea #3: Jen’s bohemian look is great for someone with a romantic personal style. Layered over the black and white baroque pattern dress is a Forever 21 boyfriend cardigan, thick belt, and shawl with fringe. If you’re going to be taking in outdoor festivities, the boots and additional layers will help keep you warm!

New Years Eve Outfit Idea #4: You can put your distinct fingerprint on a little black dress like this one worn by Gina by choosing a unique belt that draws attention to your tiny waist! This fun animal print belt is actually a guitar strap, like we showed in the innovative belt ideas video, showcasing creative ways to wear a belt.

New Years Eve Outfit Idea #5 & 6: If you’re going to an elegant dinner party, this Moroccan blue dress with matching shawl worn by Jessica is sure to fit the bill. With a full skirt, it’s a great way to camouflage fullness in the hips.

Sarah wears a satin Mikarose top tucked into a ruffle skirt with sequin detailing and a multi-strand gold necklace to top it off. Hard to go wrong with satin and ruffle during the holidays!

New Years Eve Outfit Idea #7: The elegant Hollywood dress is a great template for however you want to style it. We used a scarf as a belt, though you could change it up with layered necklaces, faux fur throw and long evening gloves.

New Years Eve Outfit Idea #8: Jen channels Grace Kelly with this black and red polka-dot ensemble. The cowl neck helps amplify a smaller bust with the flared skirt accommodating nicely a fuller lower torso. She plays up the polka dots in the scarf with pin-dot tights. Red lipstick adds additional glamour!

To see more from Mikarose, check out their online modest dress collection.

So what are you wearing New Years Eve?

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2010 Emmy Awards Red Carpet Winners

Sunday market the 2010 Emmy Awards with plenty of glamour and topics of conversation on the red carpet.

Love it!

Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta at the 2010 Emmys

Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta. Frazer Harrison/Getty

Tina Fey rocks the house in her elegant and glamorous Oscar de la Renta gown.  Modest yet fabulous.  Hot mama!

Claire Danes in Giorgio Armani Prive.  Frazer Harrison/Getty

Claire Danes in Giorgio Armani Prive. Frazer Harrison/Getty

Claire Danes looks radiant in her Armani gown embellished with Swarovski crystals and beading.  In a complimentary color to her skin tone, the look is instantly harmonious.  Gorgeous.

Jenna Fischer.  Frazer Harrison/Getty

Jenna Fischer. Frazer Harrison/Getty

Jenna Fischer’s gown nicely incorporates structural design in the bodice with a flowy persimmon chiffon gown.

Kelly Osborne wearing Tony Ward Couture.  Jason Merritt/Getty

Kelly Osborne wearing Tony Ward Couture. Jason Merritt/Getty

Wow, look at how lithe Kelly Osborne is!  While not my favorite dress on the red carpet, the texture in the gown gives it great visual interest.

Maria Menounos.  Jason Merritt/Getty

Maria Menounos in custom Ralph & Russo gown. Jason Merritt/Getty

This stunning chocolate brown bejeweled gown is even more alluring with the cut-out.

Emily Deschanel in Max Azria Atelier. Mathew Imaging/Getty

Emily Deschanel in Max Azria Atelier. Mathew Imaging/Getty

Emily shines in this purple tiered ruffle gown.  She does right to keep her hair and accessories simple so the dress remains the focal point.

The Verdict is Still Out…

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What Are You Wearing New Years Eve?

new-years-eveNew Years Eve is around the corner and a marvelous opportunity to get glammed up for a night on the town!  So, what are you wearing New Years Eve?

If you have been having a hard time deciding what to wear for New Years Eve, consider the occasion.  Depending on whether you’re attending the social event of the season or an intimate house party, this will give you a better idea of what would be appropriate for your party.

What to Wear New Years Eve: The Social Event of the Season

If your engagement calls for dressing to the nines, here are some fabulous dressy suggestions!

French Connection - Sophia Swirl Dress $136.80

French Connection - Sophia Swirl Dress $136.80

Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret - Double Breasted Jacket $128 and Marisa Fit Pants $88

Forever 21 - Virtuous Beaded Dress $29.80

Forever 21 - Virtuous Beaded Dress $29.80

What to Wear New Years Eve: An Intimate Dinner Party

When paired with a pair of bootleg jeans, skinny jeans or satin pants with heels, these tops will be fabulous!

Forever 21 - Embroidered Tunic Top $22.80

Forever 21 - Embroidered Tunic Top $22.80

Lulus - Make Me Blush Blouse $53

Lulus - Make Me Blush Blouse $53

Accessories

Pull out all the stops on New Years Eve with fabulous and glamorous accessories!

Chloe Clutch and Brooch $75

Chloe Clutch and Brooch $75

Blue Bijou - Ginger Chandelier Earrings $16

Blue Bijou - Ginger Chandelier Earrings $16

White House Black Market - Sequin Pump $88

White House Black Market - Sequin Pump $88

Hopefully this provides some inspiration for your NYE party.

So…  what are you wearing New Years’ Eve?

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Alta MODA Bridal’s Annual Sample Sale Saturday!

‘Tis the season for winter weddings!  If you are a bride-to-be, you will NOT want to miss Alta MODA Bridal Boutique’s Annual Sample Sale on Saturday, December 12th!

Don't miss the Alta MODA Sample Sale on Saturday, December 12th!

Don't miss the Alta MODA Sample Sale on Saturday, December 12th!

Alta MODA is a leader in the Utah bridal industry with gorgeous brand name gowns and temple ready wedding dresses as well!  Hilary Anderson, the co-owner of Alta MODA, gave Cable Car Couture the inside scoop and divulged this:

“[O]ver 15 of the styles involved are available modest, and several already temple-ready styles will be included.”

One of the brides we featured on Wedding Wednesday this year, Abigail, wore a Model Novias gown she scored at Alta MODA.

Abigail wears Novias from Alta MODA Bridal!

Abigail wears Model Novias from Alta MODA Bridal!

So here are the details you’ll want to know to take full advantage of this Sample Sale at Alta MODA Bridal:

  • Sale hours are 10am – 5pm, December 12th only
  • No appointments: First come, First served (wait list)
  • Gowns are sold as is
  • No holds and all sales final
  • Most gown are suited for street sizes 4-12
  • We only do this once a year, so now is the time
  • Space is limited; bring along only the key decision makers

alta-moda-bridalAlta MODA prides themselves on taking excellent care of their dresses, so you can rest assured that these gowns will be in great condition.  On an unrelated note, Alta MODA has given over $50,000 in donations  to Brides Against Breast Cancer since their inception three years ago.

Alta MODA Bridal has a beautiful 3000 square foot showroom located at 637 E 500 S in Salt Lake City, Utah.  For more information, call 801-531-1215 or visit them online at www.altamodabridal.com.

Brides, you are not going to want to miss this!

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Wedding Wednesday: Introducing Enizio

Cable Car Couture recently caught up with Cynthia, the co-owner of Enizio, and have brought you the interview just in time for Wedding Wednesday.  If you’re not familiar with Enizio, you’re in for a real treat!  In that case, allow me to introduce Enizio.

Bridal hair and make-up design by Enizio.

Bridal hair and make-up design by Enizio.

Cable Car Couture: What is Enizio?
Enizio:
Enizio is a team of hair and makeup artists that work on location or in studio. We specialize in Bridal Hair and Makeup Design but we also work in Film, Print, Runway and one on one sessions in our studio such as cutting, coloring, makeup education, hair and eyelash extensions and permanent cosmetics.

CCC: How did Enizio begin?
E: Enizio started out as an onsite business. We, initially, were “kitchen artists” LOL. Our father advised us to find the clients first and then take on the overhead. We happened to be at the right place at the right time and met Hilary Anderson (owner of Alta Moda Bridal Boutique) and she introduced us to the bridal industry. Shortly after we quit the Kitchen business and embraced the bridal industry. From there we were able to take on film projects, photography and runway and then 3 years later, we opened our studio.
CCC: What services does Enizio provide?
E: Enizio is dedicated to all things hair and makeup. So whatever the need, we can do it!  We offer styling and makeup on-site and in our studio, we also offer traditional cutting, thermal cutting, coloring, waxing, makeup application and education, permanent cosmetics, eyelash extensions, Instant gratification hair treatments and education for the client on every level with all things hair and makeup.

Shoot with Beckstead - Hair & Make Up by Enizio

Shoot with Beckstead - Hair & Make Up by Enizio

CCC: What are some projects Enizio has participated in recently?
E:
Some of my favorite projects would have to be “Shoot with Beckstead 2009″ Hosted by Julie Parker. Its an event where the best photographers around the state and other parts of the country come to train with David Beckstead–The “It” wedding photographer. I love it because we are free in our design and we get some amazing shots! This year we were able to team up with Chad of Switch Salon and Keith Bryce from Project Runway to create some really amazing looks.

Another is creating the editorial spread for January’s issue of Utah Bride and Groom, which were still in the process of doing. We have had to stay within design limits but we have had so much fun designing and seeing the looks come together. The spread is based around hair and makeup so your in for a treat!
We also have been able to participate in the filming of Forever Strong, Gordon B. Hinckley–A Giant Among Us, and other local film projects thanks to Laurie Vuckich. Next week we will be filming the UT portion of  Bully Beatdown an MTV reality show. I’m really excited!

New York Photo Shoot with Enizio and Alta Moda

New York Photo Shoot with Enizio and Alta Moda

CCC: What are some trends you’re seeing in the bridal industry this year?
E:
I had the chance to travel to New York with Hilary Anderson and Heidi Uhl for Bridal Fashion week. What I saw a lot of was bling bling and more bling. Bows, Flowers and Lace. I’m no gown expert but the fall is bringing in some great stuff. As far as hair, I try not to follow the trends. We design around the gown and the feel of the wedding in general. We try to keep it as classic as possible and try to bring in the trend with a hair accessory. Since your wedding pictures last a lifetime, we never want you to be embarrassed about how you chose to wear your hair! Editorial and Runway work–That’s a whole different ball park. This year, Stuffed birds in the hair! LOL! I’m not even joking!

Thanks to Cynthia and Carol of Enizio!  If you are in the Utah area and need professional hair and make-up for your wedding day, Enizio is definitely the way to go.  You can visit them online at www.enizio.com and check out their blog at http://enizio.blogspot.com.
Here’s some other beautiful samples of Enizio’s work.
enizio-hair-white-flowers
enizio-raven
enizio-hair-curls
enizio-makeover
enizio-hair-flower1
Aren’t these hair designs beautiful?  Which would you do (or redo!) for your wedding day?
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