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What to Wear to
The Holiday Parties

The fashionista slinks through her life, waiting for opportunities to strut her stuff, perfectly styled, shod, and accessorized. Every trip out in public, be it work or a social event or just a quick shopping trip (ok, when are they ever quick?) becomes a test of her coordinating skills and her bargain-hunting prowess. But I have to admit, there are frequently occasions for which I am slightly, how shall I put this, overdressed. While you may think that heels and lipstick to Trader Joe’s are an obvious mismatch, in my defense there are invitations that are much more nebulous in their wardrobe requirements (what the heck is “dressy business casual”???).

But aaah, sweet December. It’s like the whole world goes black-tie in December. From the holiday party at work to the neighborhood open-houses to cocktails with friends, suddenly satin, silk, velvet and high heels are de rigueur. And then there’s New Year’s Eve: anything goes. My personal favorite is a slim tuxedo with outrageous sandals and a very slinky little top underneath, sparkly earrings and a fantastic clutch, but you could do jeans and a sweater, or a crinkly full skirt with flats and a little tee. There’s no wrong outfit! You’re limited only by your imagination. Come on ladies! Take a chance. Open your minds and try something new. Here are some ideas, from casual to dressy, to get you started:

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Family Dinner:

  • Face it; you know you, your cousin and your sister-in-law will be the only ones who really notice who wears what to this gorge-fest, so save your hottest haute couture for a more public outing. Here’s your chance to dress up those fabulous slouchy menswear-style trousers (and still have room for dessert!), with either a natty silk blouse in a snazzy color or pattern, or a chic tunic sweater. You’ll probably get roped into dish duty, so choose footwear that will let you stand in comfort: a flat, kitten heel, or snazzy oxford.

Office Party:

  • Tread carefully! Your bosses are watching. In a moment of doubt, always err on the side of tastefully elegant and covered up. Your best black suit can do double duty for a party if you upgrade your layers: trade the white shirt for a silky tank, swap your leather belt for one with a chain or ribbon detail, and kick off your workaday oxfords for a peep-toe pump in a bright color. Or use this excuse to add another knit jersey dress to your stable: sleek without screaming “SEXY!!”, it’s easy to dress up with sandals or sexy peep-toes and a clutch for evening and still wear with tights and elegant boots to the client meeting next week.

Cocktails with Friends:

Big Night Out:

  • Here’s the opportunity to slip into a fabulous cocktail dress! Lovely lace, sumptuous silk taffeta, brocade with metallic highlights, or exquisite embellishments, it’s all about the dress. If you’re brave, wear with bare legs, but my advice is to add a pair of opaque hose — a little security and a little insulation. Towering heels make the most of your stems, and one piece of statement jewelry — a giant cocktail ring, a gorgeous chunky bracelet or a long necklace — puts the icing on the cake.

The Morning After:

Here’s hoping all of your winter wishes and holiday dreams come true, and that the talk of the party is your dynamite outfit and not your table dancing. Season’s Greetings!

xoxo,

She She Me


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Ahnu Monte Vista and Madera

Ahnu’s boots are great for hiking city sidewalks or playing in the dirt and snow. And Ahnu’s exclusive Numentum™ Technology System, which is featured in all performance footwear, is engineered to encourage your foot's natural biomechanics, and designed to promote an efficient, stable and balanced stride. So you’ll always arrive in style and comfort.

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to sit inside all day. Simply slip on the Ahnu Women's Monte Vista WP Boots and you're set! Love the rugged styling of these above-calf boots — completely waterproof so you can trudge through deep snow or walk across dicey terrain without getting soaked feet.

  • Waterproof oiled leather upper with contrast stitch detail
  • eVent waterproof bootie provides complete waterproof protection.
  • Lace-up closure with long-lasting metal speed lacing d-rings for quick lace-up and a secure fit.
  • 200 grams of insulation to keep you warm.
  • TPU shank provides support and durability.
  • Numentum Hike technology with high density lateral and medial stability posts on an EVA midsole keep your foot in a neutral position.
  • Vibram outsole offers excellent traction and support on many surface types.

Don't let the weather slow you down, take on the cold with the Ahnu Madera. Love the look of this chic leather boot and it's easy slip on/slip off style. Great for jumping over rainy day puddles or skipping over slipper sidewalks while winter weather rages around you.

  • Genuine suede upper with leather inlays.
  • Lace-up closure for a secure and snug fit.
  • Interior zip closure for an easy on/off.
  • Adjust the fit to your calf with the front lace detail.
  • U shape heel stabilizer and cushioning top layer memory foam.
  • Memory foam and a double density polyurethane drop in for excellent comfort and cushioning.
  • Numentum Commute Technology - an internal midsole consisting of thick shock absorbing bottom layer.
  • Long-lasting rubber outsole for traction on many surface types.

Check out these and all the latest styles of fabulous boots and outdoor shoes at Ahnu.com!


John Frieda® hair care and Lauren Merkin

Check out the must-have item for your party-hopping this holiday season — you can have stunning hair and a great clutch, all-in-one! 

Both trendsetters in the style universe, John Frieda® hair care and Lauren Merkin have joined forces to create the ultimate style accessories for this holiday season: limited edition Lauren Merkin clutches with must-have John Frieda® stylers inside.  Starting today, they will be exclusively available on www.laurenmerkin.com, while supplies last.¦

Volume Refresher Clutch ($295): If you need to pump up the volume before (or during) the festivities, this voluminous clutch is perfect for you!  To house the Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher, Lauren Merkin created a soft, poofy pouch clutch in gold snakeskin-embossed leather to match high-volume hair 
¦Flyaway Tamer Clutch ($275): Whether you’re wearing an up-do or going for a sleek, smooth look, the Flyaway Tamer Clutch is the solution to your holiday fashion and beauty needs!  This slim, rectangular taupe patent leather clutch (with red suede lining) was designed by  Lauren Merkin  as a sleek way to  stash your Full Repair™ Touch-up Flyaway Tamer, and any other things you’ll need throughout the night.

L’Occitane’s 2011 Holiday Collections

L’Occitane’s 2011 Holiday Collections begin in a small village in the south of France, where a classic fragrance distillery, Confiserie Florian, transforms fruits and flowers into sweet, mouth-watering delights. In the workshops, fragrant flower petals are covered in sugar and sun-drenched citruses and are transformed into delicious candied fruits.

L’Occitane Holiday Confiserie Délice des Fleurs – Rose & Violet: The floral fragrance collection is inspired by the delicious scent of rose and violet petals that have been carefully draped in sugar. These products contain rose and violet leaf absolutes. The collection includes an Eau de Toilette, Solid Perfume, Shower Jelly, Body Milk, Hand Cream and Lip Gloss. ($10 to $42)

L’Occitane Holiday Confiserie Délice des Fruites – Lemon & Clementine: This collection of fragrant treats exposes the delicious aromas that escape from the copper pans where sun-drenched citrus fruits are blended with sugar. These products contain lemon and clementine essential oils. The collection includes a Lip Balm, Shower Jelly, Body Cream, Perfumed Soap, Bath Ball, Hand Cream, Sweet Candle and a Home Perfume Diffuser. ($4 to $35) 

 

Also, don’t forget to check out The Ultimate Hand Cream Experience and Stocking Stuffer: 

L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet: Hands are the most hardworking tool we have and deserve protection and luxury. L’Occitane presents a collection of everyone’s favorite hand creams in an assortment of scents inspired by the Mediterranean. The set features the best-selling hand cream from L’Occitane in 6 amazing scents: Cocoa Flower, Hibiscus Flower, Desert Rose, Shea Butter, Shea Vanilla and Pivoine Flora. ($50)

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hugs & Kisses Duo: The perfect nourishing embrace in stocking-loving sizes. Each set features a Shea Butter Hand Cream and Shea Butter Lip Balm. These sets are available in Desert Rose, Hibiscus, Cocoa Flower and our #1 best-selling classic Shea Butter. ($19)


Goody for the Holidays!

Just when you thought you’d seen all the glitz and glam from Goody, introducing Goody Glam — Exclusive to Wal-Mart through March. This limited edition collection has glittering statement pieces, delicate florals, and polished bows and gems — perfect for all those holiday parties. Also, a great stocking stuffer!


SAY GOODBYE TO DRY, CRACKED LIPS AND SKIN THIS WINTER WITH NIVEA

NIVEA’s moisturizing therapeutic lip care and ultra rich body lotions and body washes complete with Hydra IQ technology will prep your skin for the tough winter months!

 NIVEA THERAPEUTIC LIP CARE 
NIVEA’s® diverse range of therapeutic lip care provides intense relief and moisture repair for extra dry, chapped lips and smooth application with natural ingredients free of preservatives.

 

NIVEA, A Kiss of Mint & Minerals Refreshing Lip Care
NIVEA, A Kiss of Intense Moisture Medicated Healing Lip Care
NIVEA, A Kiss of Recovery Medicated Lip Care SPF 1
NIVEA, A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 10

SOFT TOUCH FOR 24 HOURS
The perfect cold weather companion?  NIVEA® body lotion and wash with Hydra IQ technology! The new line carries exclusive moisturizing technology that works to balance the skin’s moisture level and maintains touchably soft skin for 24 hours.

 


 Sumo Sultan

You've got to check out the great beanbag chairs from SumoLounge — the world's most perfect beanbags! I recently received my Sumo Sultan and I love it. The fiery red corduroy cover is so cushy and comfortable — the Sultan is my favorite place to lounge after a tough day of shopping! There is plenty of room if I decide to share my Sultan with that special someone, but I really love to rule from this throne all by myself. I can snuggle in with a good book and a mug of hot cocoa and I am in the perfect place to wind down, relax and just veg out.

Big Bean Bags are Better

  • Our Big Bean Bags Measure 54" X 54" X 42"
  • Removable microsuede bean bag cover zips off to machine wash, and we also have a brand new corduroy cover
  • 10 fit-for-royalty colors to choose from for your big bean bag chair
  • Our Big Bean Bag Chairs stay fluffy, full, and will never go flat
  • Made with 100% Polyester Fiber

The Sumo Sultan is now available in two cover fabrics, the original
big bean bags in microsuede and the brand new large bean bags


BamJamz

Bamjamz® presents their revolutionary active collection — the perfect holiday gift for any lady who wants to feel sexy yet comfortable while sporting their new loungewear.  The best part? Bamjamz® is made from organic bamboo, one of the most sustainable resources on the planet. It feels like silk, is as soft as cashmere and washes like cotton. The ideal eco-trifecta!

Natural Comfort. Performance. Sustainability. Yes, you can have it all and bamboo delivers. Organic and FSC certified, bamboo is grown naturally without pesticides, fertilizers or irrigation, and grows to maturity in only four years. Bamboo replenishes the soil, while absorbing more carbon dioxide and emitting more oxygen into the environment than trees. Add a good dose of human creativity and ingenuity and bamboo yields a remarkable next generation fabric (technically referred to as viscose or rayon from bamboo). Be warned: It's a highly addictive fabric that you will love to wear. Bamjamz® fabrics are pre-washed, minimizing shrinkage and allowing for easy care – cold wash, tumble dry low, and it's all good. If you prefer to dry naturally, we suggest drying flat. Enjoy!

It is time to spice up holiday shopping and stare away from the ordinary. Not only will this gift make the recipient feel good but will allow the shopper to know they made an eco-friendly purchase.  The line ranges from Boyfriend Tees, Tunics and Leggings to Spa Hoodies/Pants (made from French terry fabric). Check out a few of our favorite styles for holiday gift giving (and receiving!)

Spa Lounge Pants


Shape Up With Mama Mio

With the New Year just around the corner, it is time to shape up for the 2012. Mama Mio is offering a gym-free way to tackle tummy bulge with the Bootcamp for Tummies system. This 30-day skincare and exercise treatment will boost body confidence and shape your waist with an effective combination of high-performance skincare and no-gym-required exercises. Your tummy will be tighter, flatter, smoother and more defined. Your posture will be improved, your back stronger and your skin softer by simply following the three steps below.

Step 1: Skin Tight™ Toning Serum helps lift, tighten and tone

This body care breakthrough brings facial peel technology to the body, exfoliating, tightening, and moisturizing for firm, toned skin.

Step 2: Get Waisted™ Body Shaper rehab for abs

Packed with nine clinically tested waist-sliming ingredients to help flush out fat, eliminate puffiness and give a more defined, tighter appearance.

Step 3: Your 4-minute exercise program

Developed by fitness trainer Julie Tupler, RN, the Tupler Technique exercises develop abs to act like a corset by pulling in your potbelly, redefining your waist and strengthening your back.


Have a Lovely LUSH Holiday!

Tis the season to give gifts to the ones you love, and the ones who…need to take a hint. Here at LUSH we have gifts that say it all so you don’t have to.  Choose from a wide selection of perfect presents for those ‘unique’ individuals on your list.  Check out these suggestive gifts to deliver your message without saying a word:  

 

For the office holiday party lush:

Jilted Elf ($5.95 100g/$10.95 250g)
A vodka soaked, super softening, jiggly shower jelly for the office boob.

For the online dater:

Christmas Tweets ($29.95)
Have a friend who juggles dates like it’s her job? Perfect for the online dating maven filled with vanilla and marzipan scented goodies, this gift also has Tiny Hands solid hand serum to soften and protect those hard working fingers.

For the ice man and the bad boy:

Mr. Frosty ($19.95) and Dirty soap ($9.25)
For the emotionally unavailable, Mr. Frosty features three of our limited edition bath bombs to help him warm up just in time for the New Year. Do you have a dirty rotten scoundrel on your hands?  Pop a chunk of the new Dirty soap in his stocking and subtly suggest he clean his act up.

For the person who has everything:

All I Want For Christmas ($189.95)
Treat the impossible people on your list to a gift chock-full of limited edition goodies they can only find this time of year!

For the person who drives you mad:

Billy Bonkers ($59.95)
Have a friend who drives you bonkers?  Offer them a sense of calm with this limited edition tin packed with items as sweet as candy, minus the sugar high of course.

For those bitten by the travel bug:

Northern Lights soap ($6.95 100g) and Home for Christmas gift ($59.95)
Perfect for the globe trotter who prefers to see the wonders of the world, and still wants that “home for the holidays” feeling.


Eco Friendly Gift Tags!

Looking for a great hostess gift? What about a packet of these amazing eco-friendly seeded gift tags!

Joan Hornig Keep the Giving Growing Seeded Gift Tags - $25.00

 

*Pack of 25 seeded gift tags perfect for your holiday or special occasion gift wrapping needs.  Tags are plantable and will blossom into wildflowers within 1-4 weeks after planting!

 


Lizzy Couture

Looking for the perfect finishing touch for your holiday ensemble?
Check out the fabulous jewelry styles at Lizzy Couture!

Vintage Brass Flat Chain Cuff

 

 

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