Wednesday, November 20, 2013

your holiday sweater strategy

And so we ask, do you have one? It's that time of year again. The time for ugly holiday sweater fabulousness. We've recently been asked to help source and style such ugliness, and thought we'd share our strategies for finding suitable wears to your next festive fete.

First, these beauties fall into three jolly categories.

We break it down.

  1. The "this was made specifically so holiday could barf all over you - and yes, we know it's uggle."

  2. The " careful, did your mother - in - law wear something similar last year?" As in, seriously wear? Cardinals on denim, matching turtleneck sets, and the occasional vest falls into this category.  Take note.  If you go this route, be sure to jazz it up with extra uggle so that folks can distinguish you and your taste from the aforementioned mother - in- law.
  3. The "someone actually wore this and thought they were quite styling once- upon- a-time." Are these so ugly, that they're fashionable? Ah the vintage beauties ( really well-made and probably a bit pricey in their day). Timeout. Is that a pig or a pink deer on that christmas tree down there? 


The trick my lovelies is to scrounge until you can find one falling into category 3 - where true holiday magic, humor and ugliness resides. The joy of such discovery is almost as fun as donning this wonderful gay apparel. But tread lightly, straying into category 2 threatens at every turn.

On to the sources

  1. Your mother's closet ( or your father's for that matter, depending on the decade) could prove fruitful
  2. Your aunt - craft a cover for the true mission at hand so as not to unintentionally offend
  3. Good Will, vintage or thrift -  go early, well nourished and be prepared to fend off ladies on similar quests
Making your own, or ordering off "the ugly sweater store" is always an option, but is that cheating? We feel it's not truly in keeping with the mystique and spirit of that which is the sacred and ever celebrated "ugly holiday sweater."

Good luck!

Monday, November 4, 2013

red + stripes = all sorts of nice

When did Halloween suddenly become the day before Christmas? Starbucks red cups arrived in full holiday force Nov 1 ( as if signaling holiday + dingle berry merriment must now commence). And, Hallmark is already running their " 'insert romantic wish-come-true' for christmas" specials ( yes, we watched a few). We're a bit dizzy from all this holiday flip flop ( as "fall harvest" goes on clearance and pilgrims + mr. turkey are relegated to the 70% off bins). Wait. We haven't even tasted a piece of pumpkin pie... much less dressing, cranberries... etc. And, yet... somehow we find ourselves inspired by the bright and jolly red crimson hue.

It's no secret that our go-to includes a blazer, stripes and skinnies. All classics, that can be dressed up, down or with a twist. We suggest investing in the same... even if red isn't your thang.

And, heels just makes the world feel better. Wouldn't you agree?  A few snaps of our striped ensemble to inspire your classics ( whether you want to get all holiday-esque just yet is up to you).

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