Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

While the snow hasn’t begun to fall yet, I know the time of year has come when you’re expecting my Christmas list of wants and wishes.  After working hard and trying to stay out of trouble, I’m positive to be on your nice list this year. That being said, I’ll try and keep my list somewhat short and only give you 5 of my obsessions for this season.

1.  Leather – in the form of leggings, a quilted jacket, or a chic dress (you know, like the one Jennifer Aniston wore from the Celine collection).  It’s so edgy, so fresh, and so classic, especially when worn with a tastefully simple shoe and eye catching lipstick. Less is more with a leather inspired ensemble.

2.  Glitz – whether in the form of a pair of shoes, sequins blazer, studded handbag, or shiny new watch, tis’ the season to sparkle and be bold. Even something as simple as adding a bit of sparkle and shine to your nails can step up a look! I’m loving Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci’s buckled sandals as well as Kate Spade’s glittered bags. It’s a must have for the season.

3.  Going Green – Trying to remain the good girl that I am, I find it important to do what I can for the environment even if it’s the tiniest change. This season, I’d like to add to my cabinet an eco-friendly water bottle such as the Klean Kanteen, which is made from stainless steel, eliminating the use for plastic water bottles so much. It even has several lids I can switch out depending on whether or not I’m drinking a warm chai tea or ice cold water!

4.  Accessories galore! There is nothing better added to an outfit than the perfect accessories, wouldn’t you say? I know you understand my obsession with belts and buckles! This season, it’s about mixing and matching different lengths, textures, and styles of jewelry. You can stack up a pile of bangles on your wrist, right next to your watch or throw on numerous necklaces, mixing pearl and jewel if you’d like! Monogram is back and bigger than ever. Gold necklaces and rings initialed with your personal letters let anyone and everyone know just who’s stylish. The possibilities are endless!

5.  Lace and suiting – but not the frilly kind of lace around the tops of my socks which my Mom used to make me wear with my saddle shoes when I was 5. I’m talking about sophisticated lace. One that oozes a sense of demure and romanticism. And let’s not underestimate the appeal of a menswear inspired look. Take an example from Elizabeth Olsen who dressed in Chanel from head to toe in a crisp button up tucked into a pair of high-waisted, wide legged pants. Sophisticated, yet always chic!

There are a ton of choices out there and I know you are busier than ever; therefore, I hope I’ve given you enough tips for just a few of my favorite things this season. When in doubt, ask Mrs. Clause for advice. And as always, the cookies and milk will be in the same place!

Love,

Nichole

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Finding the Fashionable You

Recently, I went out to dinner with a good friend of mine and we came across the topic of getting older, knowing who you are, and where you want to be in your career.  At 24, I find a large portion of my friends are either engaged or married, settled into a job that will undoubtedly lead to a long, happy, career, purchasing their first homes, and beginning to talk about possibly expanding their families.  That being said, I am the polar opposite.  Feeling as though I am still too young for a ring on my finger, constantly craving a change of my surroundings, and not even able to fathom the idea of having a child yet (sorry Mom); I am still trying to figure out what it is I want and more importantly – who I am.   Day by day, I slowly piece together the ever-growing puzzle that is life.  Still trying to finish the border, I have figured out a few things along the way.  I love change (as any Gemini does), all forms of art, adapt to new situations and surroundings quickly, and most of all, travel. 

 

Realizing in my first semester of college that a degree in communications wasn’t exciting enough for me, I began to investigate other interests.  My difficulty lay in picking just one of them to build a career upon!  Fortunately, my wonderfully observative friends pointed out my armoire doors in my dorm, covered in torn out magazine photographs of designer collections and motivating words. I viewed my doors as simply an inspiration wall, while my friends suggested it signaled a future career path. It was settled. I changed my focus of study to the ever changing and fast paced major of fashion merchandising!

After reading an article where Joy Behar said, “Do what you loved doing when you were young,” I thought about what things I remember truly enjoying as a child. Other than trying to annoy my older sister, I loved playing dress up for hours in my Mom’s old clothes and accessories.  Another, would be spinning my Grandfather’s globe around with my finger tip, eyes closed, destined to live wherever the globe stopped. It amazes me how well those memories suit my lifestyle today.

Finding your own sense of fashion comes with finding yourself.  Year by year you find another piece to fill your wardrobe puzzle. Fads of harem pants and Gaga-inspired looks will come and want to join your closet and I urge you to explore these new trends; however, never wear something you feel uncomfortable in when outside the house unless maybe at the annual Halloween bash!  Fashion has the ability to change in an instant.  Last season’s must haves are this season’s old news so don’t worry if the new trend just isn’t working for you. More than likely, the next one will be right up your alley!  Regardless of what decade is back, and where you are on your style path, here are 10 classic pieces that will never fail you and always be in style:

1. The Classic Button Down – plaid, stripe, or plain…the look remains the same.

2. The Boot Cut Jean – a great cut that works on everyone.

3. The Long Cardigan – wear it with jeans, dresses, or even your comfy pj’s.

4. The Pearl Necklace – a timeless and classy addition to any look.

5. The LBD – always a flattering go-to piece for any last minute occasion.

Jen Aniston always in her trusted lbd.

6. The Peacoat – warm, functional, and sophisticated.

7. The Leather Tote – well made and well kept, this will last you more than just a few seasons.

Classic Prada Tote

8. The Army Jacket – from John Lennon in the 1960’s to today, this makes any outfit cooler.

John Lennon modeling his famous jacket.

9. The Ballet flat – in the name of practicality, a good looking flat is always essential.

Chanel

10. The Classic Striped tee – French fashion will forever cease to fade.

Karen Walker S/S '10

It’s ok to spend a little bit more on these stylish, staple pieces for your closet.  As the late, yet ever great, designer, Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”