Brighten Up Your Little Black Dress! How To Accessorise For Holiday Parties

Every woman has a little black dress. The one that you pull out every year for a number of different occasions – birthday parties, meetings at work, maybe even a funeral. And now the festive season is rolling around and it’s time to give your faithful little black dress a brushing down so you can slip into it again and look incredible at your holiday parties. Here are some tips on how to accessorize your LBD this holiday season without having to resort to the Santa hat that someone helpfully handed you earlier.

Tights

A pair of forest green tights is a great way to look Christmassy and festive without going overboard. That pop of bright colour will make your outfit a little more fun without having to resort to cheesy Christmas costumes. If you’re feeling particularly brave, you could go for red tights. Black sparkly ones are a safer – and possibly more elegant – choice.



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Jewelry

Adding a piece of jewelry to your outfit is the perfect way to make yourself look brighter and more sparkly for your office party! If your dress is plain, go for a chunky, colourful statement necklace or bright dangling earrings. If you want to go more obviously festive with your outfit then your earrings are the way to do that – dangling Santa hats or reindeer antlers will make you look as if you’re into the spirit of Christmas without turning you into one of Santa’s elves. If you want to go a little more low key, try a choker necklace.


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Jackets

Slip on a jacket over your dress to jazz it up a little. If you want to look more informal, go for a denim jacket. Bear in mind that dark or black denim looks more suitable for a party than faded! A leather jacket could add some rock chick vibes to your outfit, particularly if it’s a little battered and well worn.

Shoes

We all know that shoes can make or break an outfit. Heels are always a great idea for a party, but make sure they’re comfortable enough that you can move around in them! If you’re the only person not dancing because your feet hurt, you won’t feel great about your sartorial choices. If you’re more of a casual shoe person, go for your normal flats or boots with a shorter skirt that you might not always wear to work.


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Bags

Before you decide on which bag to use, consider what exactly you’ll need to take with you. If it’s an office party, then chances are you’ll be leaving your everyday purse at your desk – but if you’re going out to a club or restaurant then you can pare down your belongings to a few essentials. Lipstick and powder can jazz up faded makeup. If you tend to get oily then blotting paper can help with that. Make sure you take a bag that closes properly at the top with a zip – this can prevent any thefts, which can occur easily in busy environments. If you want to feel really put together, match your bag to your shoes.

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Ancient Bath & Body


When it comes to bath and body products, it can be important for them to be all natural. Ancient Bath & Body specializes in a variety of items for you body, bath and home that are all handmade using only natural ingredients. (She even had Bath Bombs!)

Her Clarifying Facial Toner is made with Witch Hazel and a blend of essential oils. It smells great, but most importantly, it works beautifully!

I noticed my blemishes cleared up quicker, I was getting fewer, and any redness in my skin calmed down.

I also liked that I didn’t have to use a lot of the product, a little goes a long way. 

Ancient Bath & Body also provided their Organic Asian Pear lip balm. Ooh my goodness, it smells exactly like an Asian Pear and glides on so smoothly. It provides a long lasting moisture, perfect for these cold and dry winter months!
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Holiday 2016 Gift Guide


The Holiday season has arrived, and it is time to get those gifts purchased! Here is a guide that covers items for every woman in your life!

Be sure to check out the Shops I Love page for possible Holiday specials and discounts from these amazing shops.

Home & Office:

These items not only make wonderful Christmas and Holiday gifts, but they are also perfect hostess gifts for those fun parties we’ll all be attending this year!

Chicks Love Candles has a wonderful variety of scents, candles, and wax melts. Currently on her website she has some great holiday themed jar candles!
The Enchanted Envelope specializes in beautiful, personalized stationary. They can also do your Christmas cards! 

For the Fandom Members:

I don’t think it is any secret that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, and always appreciate the thoughtfulness of a good “Fandom” gift.

While this Lovassion necklace wasn’t meant exactly as a piece from Harry Potter, the lightning bolt still reminds me of the series. The daintiness of it also makes it a great everyday piece.

Oh So Geeky has a great selection of, not only, Harry Potter items, but of many other Fandom pieces as well! She can also do custom orders.

For the Moms:

Mom life isn’t easy, but we sure do have fun, and we are always proud to be called mommy!

Alecca Trends knows the cycle of Mom Life! They also have Dad Life shirts, and shirts for kids; as well as various styles. You know your squad needs these shirts this year. 

Let It Be Yours Co. creates these adorable Mama Bear mugs, and will even add the year of your child’s birth. She also creates fun wine glasses, shot glasses, and more!
A Personal Touch:

Words, dates, initials, verses – we all have some that mean something to us. These great businesses will create a wonderful personalized piece for the special women in your life. 

Sparked Beauty XO has a gorgeous line of silver and gold bar necklaces, as well as cuff bracelets. She can add any word, date, etc you’d like!
Three Lakes Design Shop creates these adorable “Wifey” bangles! They also create more personalized pieces and have gold options as well. They also carry necklaces that can be personalized.
Day & Co. Jewelry has such delicate pieces, and I love that they can be dressed up or worn with an everyday outfit. They have some wonderful initial pieces, and their line is so lovely.
Worn Wisdom focuses on inspiring the wearer with words or verses that mean something to them. She creates long and short necklaces, as well as bracelets. 

For the Bling Lover:

We all know someone who loves to sparkle! Send them some bling this season!

Floorboard Findings makes such gorgeous Swarovski earrings and necklaces. She has a great variety of colors to match many styles and outfits.
The Split Rail and her Ear Candy earrings sure do sparkle! She creates a variety of jewelry, I think her earrings might be her favorite to make though. The colors and glitter she has are so much fun.

Pink Sugar Crystals designs phone cases, jewelry, and more that showcases the personality and style of the recipient. She uses Swarovski crystals to be sure there is extra sparkle.
For the Natural & Boho Lover:

I love a good Boho or more earthy piece. They can switch up and outfit, and are also often made by such a wonderful creator that you can’t help but feel happy when wearing it. I also enjoy a good, all natural body product! 

Sue Surdi Designs uses a variety of fresh water pearls, and other stones to create her beautiful, edgy pieces. She creates necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more.
Boho Girl Design has an amazing collection of wrap bracelets that come in many colors and designs. She also makes necklaces and earrings.
Mindy Boho is a great shop to find all your Boho items. Their wrap bracelets are lovely, and they also specialize in a wide variety of Boho inspired items for your closet and home.
Ancient Bath & Body specializes in all natural bath and body products. Her Asian Pear lip balm is organic and so smooth; perfect for this time of year! She also makes a wide variety of items for home.
Carbon and Copper makes a wonderful collection of jewelry, and I love her bracelet made with wooden beads and a cute elephant charm. She works with a variety of stones and beads to create jewelry to match anyone’s style. 
Reese & Rose knows charms, and their dainty elephant necklace is so adorable, and matches many outfits. They have a variety of other styles and pieces as well. 
Find The Beauty In Everything uses such stunning gemstones in many of her pieces. I feel like when I look at her shop, there are no two pieces alike. She also puts a lot of thought and care into her creations, so you know you’re getting a great piece!