As the POPSUGAR fashion and beauty director, I get the best of both worlds. I picked out everything from my fantasy gifts (hint, hint!) to pieces I'm sure to buy for loved ones. Everyone wants a new purse or wallet, and there are great options at every price. I always love getting a new book or something for my home, and who doesn’t hope for makeup in her stocking? Since I'm from Texas, I always want pieces to keep me warm. A little something for you, a little something for me.
You don't have to wear sequins to get noticed during the holidays. That's a lesson Ashley Madekwe practices and preaches. The actress and style setter behind the blog Ring My Bell showed off a pretty perfect, if not low-key, party look in a leather jacket, t-shirt, and Bebe Gold Collection embellished miniskirt ($298). Note: those are studs, not sequins.
That's because the fashion-savvy Madekwe knows that if you want to be a standout, you've gotta separate yourself from the pack: "Move away from the sequins, everyone is going to be wearing them. I'm more about embellishments like chunky jewels, studs and nails." Call it the downtown girl's holiday look if you want; the effect is a bit edgier and so much more unexpected than the sequined party top or glittered mini. Add lace-up booties à la Madekwe, and the result has "style pro" written all over it.
Though we are currently in denial about tonight's midseason finale of Scandal, we know Olivia and company won't disappoint on the suspense or style front. This season was chock-full of political and personal drama, but our favorite fixers tackled their woes in style. From statement coats and structured suits to ladylike sets and designer accessories, Liv and company are bringing their A-game to the small screen — and proving polished separates aren't just for the boardroom. Each week, we are tracking down exact items worn by the most fierce and fashionable fixers on The Hill.
After last week's emotional roller coaster — mommy dearest is less than perfect (understatement of the year), Quinn is in a position to execute Command (who is now the good guy?), and Cyrus showed actual emotion (team James all the way) — we're not sure how much more our hearts can take. Before settling in for another seat-gripping evening, get a sneak peek of all the regal looks from tonight's episode.
We'll admit: we're usually dressing for our girlfriends. So, how do you get the attention of every other woman in the room? For the friend's holiday party, it goes something like this: statement top, cool-girl denim, sexy heels, enviable accoutrements. With a pal's bash, your mom's not there to scold you for the rips in your jeans — on the contrary, your lady friends know that those jeans are right on trend and make the perfect counterpart to offset your sparkly top. This is the holiday occasion that lets you get festive without censoring your trendier side. By all means, pull out your feathered clutch, jewel-drop earrings, and sky-high heels. Get started with the inspiration below, and remember to have fun with this one!
Shop clockwise from top left: Derek Lam 10 Crosby Digital Sequin Top ($550), Club Monaco EB Statement Earrings ($170), Zara Ripped Jeans ($80), Tibi Carine Heel ($365), Pour La Victoire Clemence Pony Hair Minaudiere ($195)
Break out your white hat and a bottle of red — Olivia Pope is going to the Golden Globes! And what better way is there to celebrate Kerry Washington's nomination for best actress — and tonight's Winter finale of Scandal — than by indulging in one of this gladiator in a (designer) suit's most iconic accessories? It's time the white hat goes to Hollywood.
The piece: Wildfox Classic Fox Deluxe Sunglasses
The price: $179
Why we want it: When it was announced last week that Pantone chose Radiant Orchid as the color of 2014, I admit I was a little disappointed. When it was all about emerald in 2012, I eagerly pulled out from the depths of my closet statement necklaces and party dresses in the jewel tone. But purple didn't feel so promising — the color is all but absent from my current wardrobe. So after a little digging, I came upon a pair of shades that might make me a lavender-lover yet. Plus, perhaps by ditching my typical Winter-sunglass lineup of all-black frames, this pop of purple is just what I'll need to make the season literally bright.