Time to Earn your New Years Stripes!

I absolutely did NOT see that coming! Really? Today’s the last day of 2014? Wow! This year positively flew by! Lots of changes for me this past year; a new job, a new blog and we just found out on Thanksgiving that our granddaughter is going to be a big sister next year! Yes, I’m a grandmother! And will be again in June. There’s absolutely nothing to make you feel as old as trying to keep up with a sixteen month old toddler on sugar steroids! But all is great. I love my new job and this blog isn’t even a month old yet but really has me pumped up! It’s been a huge blast so far!

New Year outfit 2015
New Year Look

Today’s New Year’s Eve outfit features a cool colorful theme. A more traditional black white combination often has the chic factor going for it but I love a bright color for the New Year. Color really makes my eyes happy. I think it’s a great way to add cheer and beauty as we look into the future. I’ve mentioned my weakness for animal prints recently and have been featuring a few leopard print items. For this look I’ve changed species and went with a very bold zebra print on the mid length flared skirt. This adds that chic touch with the basic black and white pattern. The color comes in big with the rich solid green sweater. Another reliable choice to pair with the B & W of the skirt is red. Both look great and are holiday ready. Maybe because I lived in China most of my life and Jade and Emeralds are treasured for their beauty but I really liked the depth of the green.

New Year outfit 2015

Being petite can add some challenges when choosing a skirt length. I rarely go too long as that makes me look even shorter than I am. Fuller is better when it comes to shape and it really helps to make sure it cinches to really show your waist. I’ve accentuated that area by adding a soft pink belt to act as a contrasting border between the zebra print and the green. My usual highlight of bright was accomplished with a vibrant blue clutch purse with ooohhh shiny chain and matching blue suede heeled pumps. Another tip for us vertically challenged is to avoid booties with a longer skirt as they can look to cut off height. And on New Year’s Eve NO ONE wants to be cut off!

Mid Skirt

green sweater

pearl necklace

blue bag

Green Sweater @TJ Maxx
Necklace @Banana Republic
Zebra Skirt @Express
Shoes @Nordstrom Rack
Purse @Forever 21

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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Leaping into the New Year with Leopard Print!

The last few New Year’s Eves we have celebrated the “out with the old and in with the new” at a local comedy club. Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, MI has done a great job supplying party hats, noisemakers, a splash of bubbly and lots of laughs! This has been a great way to unwind and let go of the past year’s baggage. There’s absolutely nothing like laughing until you cry to put a nice finishing touch on the hectic and busy holiday season!

New Year Look
New Year Look

This is my second post for a great look that’s suitable for helping the New Year roar in with style! I’ve had this black sweater dress in my closet for some time but thought it was just right to break out for this outfit. The first post in my New Year’s look series had a more classic and classy feminine feel. This time I wanted to loosen up a bit. The mid length dress is season appropriate and added the touch of edge I was looking for. I have always loved animal prints and was thrilled to recently bag these leopard print booties and clutch purse to spice up the basic black.

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Animal print accessories and coats are a timeless and essential addition to anyone’s wardrobe. The leopard pattern is one of my favorites and adds a bit of color without any clash. If you’re still bargain hunting to fill the safari section of your wardrobe, you could easily use a bright color purse and some black booties or heeled pumps with equally successful results. I used another of my signature pearl necklaces; but this time went with a long single strand design. I blinged it up a bit with an accompanying bright metal chain necklace to help keep it chic and modern. I really wanted to tone down the formal feel so the grey sweater jacket with leather accents made sure I wasn’t taken too seriously! After all, you never want to look like you’re trying too hard. This look was right on target for me by coming off as easy and effortless.

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Jacket & Booties @Nordstrom Rack
Purse @Express
Sweater Dress @TJ Maxx
Cheers!

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