Holiday Party Style – The Black Sequined Cardigan…

Holiday parties…oh the weight of those words!  The very phrase, You are invited … makes some women quiver with fright!  And why?  Three words…WHAT TO WEAR???

Well, let’s just clear the air and take a deep breath!  All is not lost!  Let me introduce one wonderful item that can take any outfit, no matter how drab and make it fab!

 The black sequined cardigan.   

Need reasons to LOVE the black sequined cardigan?  Here you go!

It’s not a sweater!

When I think sweater I think casual, I think jeans, I think bringing wood in and building a fire.  I DO NOT think party.  Therefore, unless it’s an “ugly sweater” party, skip the sweater and go for the cardigan.

Buttons!

Cardigans (mostly) have buttons and buttons make things seem more tailored and fitted.  Someone took an extra effort to make all of those little button holes and to sew on those beautiful button baubles.  In turn, you took the extra effort to buy and recognize such tailoring extras and this makes a cardigan more party appropriate.  If the “cardigan” does not have buttons…is it really a cardigan or just a sweater playing dress up?  Methinks it’s a sweater and if so, re-read the first reason.

Sequins!

Oh for the love of glitter and all things sparkly!  Sequins…one cannot get enough!  Do I need to tell you that sequins add depth and glamour?!  They are brightening as they reflect light and can add pizzazz to the drabbest of attire.  Sequins signal the party has begun!  Just do not be surprised if people want to “pet” your sequins…this has happened to me and the safest response is to back away slowly.

Black goes with everything!

You can wear black with just about everything..except maybe brown but even that can be made to work.  (Come on…black and brown to a Holiday party…really?…you can do better).  So, once you have the sequined cardigan, you’ve pretty much gotten the outfit all picked out!  Just grab a skirt or pair of slacks of your choosing and you’re all set!

Abundance!  They’re easy to find!

Just search “black sequined cardigan” and you’ll find many options to choose from and purchase online.  This is much easier than trying on dress after dress at the department store!

So, my friends…I hope you enjoy attending any Holiday parties to which you have been invited.  Go…eat, drink and be merry!  And wear sequins!  Cortneybre…

Cardigan: Worthington Pants: Cynthia Rowley Shoes: Kate Spade NY Sunglasses: UnionBay
Cardigan: Worthington
Pants: Cynthia Rowley
Shoes: Kate Spade NY
Sunglasses: UnionBay

A 1950’s Style – Vintage Holiday Party avec Cortneybre…

Holiday Parties..I love them so…

I just love the Holidays!  It’s such a wonderful time of the year to gather together with friends and family and celebrate the season.  I am also the type of girl who loves Holiday parties…ok..I actually love ALL sorts of parties but especially Holiday themed ones!  I’ve thrown a few themed parties in the past and this year, I decided to throw a 1950’s inspired Christmas Cocktail Party!
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Inspiration

My recent post featuring my friend, Heather Marie, was actually the inspiration for the party.  I had so much fun learning about her pinup “Vintage-lite” style that I thought a 1950’s inspired party would be the perfect theme!

1950’s Christmas Party Prep

I designed an invitation using an authentic 1950’s Santa image I’d found online and used 1950’s inspired fonts to make the invite look period perfect.  I also bought some décor from Party City including cat’s eye glasses, 1950’s style art banners and hanging art.  I draped the hanging art and banner on my white Christmas tree and it was instantly transformed into a sock-hoppin Christmas!

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Add a sprinkling of sparkling ladies

My wonderful friends came decked out in 1950’s inspired dresses and crinolines with hair rolled and pinned.  We added the cat’s eye glasses and the look was complete!  We had a wonderful time decorating cookies and munching on appetizers while Chris Issak and Elvis serenaded us with Holiday sounds!

And to all a good night

Any party with these lovely ladies would be great but adding the 1950’s theme really made it spectacular!  Everyone had a great time searching for the just the right look and I think we were all amazed at how much we enjoyed dressing up for the occasion.

Happy Holidays, friends!  From my home to yours…Cortneybre…

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How to not spend all of one’s money on one’s self during after Thanksgiving sales…

I’m a slow and steady shopper. I need time. Time to take it all in, time to walk about and often re-visit items I’ve spent time inspecting before. I also need space.

You will find none of these are available during Black Friday or any time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And so, one would think I would abstain from shopping during this mad, frenzied season….the only problem is…I also need sales.

Sales really get my blood pumping. The thought of buying with an added discount of X% off…tantalizing. Buy one & get one free?! I must!

But, here is one of the biggest questions of the season…at least for me, “How do you immerse yourself in the shopping experience and not shop for yourself”?

Obviously, I know that it is better to give than to receive and I do derive a wealth of happiness in finding just the perfect gift for a friend or loved one as well as donating to charities and the needy. However, when my distracted eye catches glimpses of colorful ladies wear…its just too much to bear. And so, here is my survival guide:

Give in – but just a little
Don’t deprive yourself of any and all shopping, especially if there are items you are currently craving and you can find them on sale. You’d be buying them anyway in the future, right? So go ahead…feed that monster…but just a snack!

Avoidance
I’m embarrassed to admit this – but I avoid the women’s clothing, jewelry, makeup and shoe aisles AT ALL COSTS! Why tempt yourself (this is after you’ve given in just a little)? You’re serious now, you got presents to buy and they ain’t for you!

Shop on an empty stomach
If you’re hungry you won’t linger and you won’t try things on! You’ll be too focused on getting in, grabbing the present for your loved one or friend and getting out!

Shop ugly
You know what I mean. This is for those of us who don’t venture out without full makeup and garb. Don’t wash your hair, don’t dare style it and leave the makeup sitting on the vanity. Throw on some sweats and sneakers and get to work shopping for those presents! You won’t dare be caught in the ladies boutique section or (egads!) the makeup aisle! Trust me…it works every time.

Go shopping in the morning and SKIP caffeine
Similar to shopping hungry but taking it to another level. No item is as appealing though a caffeine-free veil. Get that mandatory present shopping done and then head on over to Starbucks. Job well done. Mission accomplished.

I hope these tips will prove useful when shopping this Holiday season. Of course, I did not heed my own advice when Black Friday shopping and so I have a new jacket to show off today! But really….I woulda bought it anyway so I’m just following tip #1!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and happy shopping!

Cortneybre….

 

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