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.
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: Talbot's Catalog
What are you wearing to your office Christmas party?
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.
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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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!
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!
New 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
Victoria's Secret - Double Breasted Jacket $128 and Marisa Fit Pants $88
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
Lulus - Make Me Blush Blouse $53
Pull out all the stops on New Years Eve with fabulous and glamorous accessories!
Chloe Clutch and Brooch $75
Blue Bijou - Ginger Chandelier Earrings $16
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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Sarah is an Image Consultant and would love to help you look fab on New Years Eve! Call 801-851-0055 or email us for more info!
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.”
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 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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