I'm usually appalled when my mother asks for detailed Christmas lists for each member of our family in October. "Really?!" I want to scream, "I haven't even got the last stitches in the Halloween costumes, and you want Christmas lists?" Instead, I smile and politely oblige, having no other choice if I want to keep peace in the family.
This year, however, after spending several days compiling these lists (after all, I don't want my children getting toys they have no interest in, or worse yet, socks, for Christmas), I had an epiphany: I could get my shopping done in November, save some much cherished cash, and enjoy the entire month of December by baking, playing with my family, and not stressing about shopping!
No, I haven't thanked my dear mother, but I did learn some interesting information about the best things to buy, and not to buy, in November.
I recently wrote about contemporary style icon Rachel Bilson and how to achieve her style on any budget. It's great to find celebrity style role models--while we all can't afford the fashions worn by celebrities, we can use them as inspiration and as a tool to accomplish our own personal style on our budget. Celebrities are great style icons because it's easy to find pictures of them dressed up or down, no matter the season.
While Rachel Bilson is a favorite style icon of mine, there are several other women in the media these days who are just as sartorially inspiring. One is Olivia Palermo, who is a bit more daring with her fashion choices yet has a very definite personal style.
Here are some tips to achieve Olivia Palermo's style no matter what's in your wallet.
When we think of rainy days, we usually think of spring. As we all know, April showers bring May flowers! The thing is, it rains during other seasons, and come late summer and fall your candy pink umbrella and lemon yellow slicker may seem too spring-like to work with your wardrobe. I searched the web for some of my favorite fashion for inclement weather.
All of these pieces are long on style but short on price, ensuring you stay comfortable, dry, and stylish all season long:
The world is gaga over Lady Gaga. Her outfits so outrageous during an award show that the costume itself deserves an award. You can catch a small glimpse of her face through the crazy mix of carnival masks she wears. And her hair, it's so um…wait, has anyone seen her real hair? She wears wigs, lots of them.
Help her out, which wig do you think would look best on Lady Gaga from Vogue Wigs?
While it's still 500,000 degrees here in Washington D.C., the fashion world has already deemed it to be fall. While I'm in need of a couple more sundresses and pairs of shorts to get through the next couple of months, shops are chock full of chunky knits, long-sleeved shirts and wool skirts. Even though I work up a sweat in this weather just walking to the car, I have to admit I too am lusting for tall leather boots and tweed.
How do you dress for the weather, but also dress for the season?
Some seasons, I adore the current trends. Colors that look great with my skin, silhouettes that flatter my figure, shoe styles that are adorable and wearable. Some seasons I hardly spend a penny because the trends are so unwearable and unrealistic for my life. Summer 2011 has been a banner season for me--great hues, great style, and great little touches to update what I already own in my closet.
This is the year of accessories. It's amazing how one little addition can completely transform your ensemble, and how it can do it for just pennies. Here are some of my favorite ways to update your existing wardrobe for this season without spending and arm and a leg: