Dressing For The Holidays – Inspiration

I absolutely love the holidays!  I love everything about it.

Classic Christmas movies, cookie decorating, parties, family, friends, and obviously: FASHION!

Every year for Christmas, I go up to Maine to be with my family. I spend Christmas Eve with my dad’s side of the family, and Christmas day with my mom’s side of the family, along with my immediate family.

I love to make statements with my clothes on a daily basis, however, during the holiday season I amplify my style.

This year, I am going with the traditional green and red, and I thought I would give you some inspiration for your holiday parties!

Christmas Red:

Christmas Red

Christmas Red by brilliantlychic featuring a cushion-cut ring

Red is such a classic and a staple for everyone’s wardrobe. I decided to amplify the red with detailed sleeves, sheer sleeves, and a neck-bow. Adding monochromatic details can elevate any look. Red and gold are a match made in heaven so think about gold details and bags to make your holiday look pop.
Christmas Green:
 Christmas Green

Christmas Green by brilliantlychic featuring cotton dresses

The tradition in my family is to wake up on Christmas morning and go to church at 9:30am. My mother is in the choir and I love to make a Christmas mass statement. Every year, I make or buy a fascinator, so I felt it appropriate to add it to my outfit inspiration.

My green looks feature textured skirts, stilettos and of course, diamonds! After all, they are a girl’s best friend. Depending on your geographic location, you may want to rethink the open-toe stiletto!

One of the most important aspects to remember is to be comfortable, and if you have a large family like myself and you will all be jammed in a house with hot ovens on to warm mounds of food, make sure that you have layers to take off!

Please make sure you have a happy and safe holiday season!

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How To Build A Basic Wardrobe 101

What does it mean to have a basic wardrobe?


I like to think of a basic wardrobe as having very simple closet. What do you actually need in your closet?

A few weekends ago, I had the privilege of hosting a style event at my “vacation home” DressBarn. I gave free body shape analysis’, I helped the ladies in attendance shop for their body type, and show them what to do and what not to do with clothing.

The event was amazing and I was so happy that I could be a part of this day and all of the ladies in attendance were lovely.

One question that was asked during the style event was a question that not a lot of people think to ask: “What do you need to have in your closet?”

If you think about it, it is a great question! What do you need to have in your closet?  Do you know the answer?  I will tell you my answer: you can have whatever you want in your closet!

Obviously I cannot stop my blog there, that’s only 140 words! So let me tell you what a “basic wardrobe” consists of:

  1. 3 pairs of jeans…you do not wash your jeans after each wear (at least I hope you don’t…that can cause premature aging of the denim)
  2. 2 tops for each pair of jeans. You can certainly have more, but this gets you two tops that can easily go with at least 1 pair of jeans.
  3. 3 pairs of work pants in neural colors: black, grey, brown, blue, whatever your preference is. If you do not work in an office or business setting, then you may not need these.
  4. 2 tops for each pair of work pants. If you want to have more than that, then that is certainly up to you, but you do not want to be the person who wears the same shirt with the same pair of pants.
  5. 1 blazer. I prefer black with no colors, or textures on it, so I know it can be paired with black, or grey.
  6. 3 work appropriate dresses. They can be colorful or neutral, this will be dependent on your style and personal preference.
  7. 2 work skirts. If you would rather wear a dress, that is fine, however, I think that a skirt is a staple in every wardrobe.
  8. 2 shirts for each work skirt, this will help give you variety, and the look can be changed since you have a blazer that might go with the skirt!

Now, do most people have more items than that in their wardrobe? Absolutely..I have two closets full of clothes.

A basic wardrobe is how you start building your closet. Having quality neutral or general pieces will help you grow your basic wardrobe, into a closet that is full of items that you can chose from.

If you are not into clothing at all, then you may only need a basic wardrobe, 20 pieces that keep rotating; and that is not wrong either.

Your closet is your own. You make it your own with simple pieces, complex pieces, adding jewelry or any other accessories.

People do not need an extensive wardrobe (I do…but that’s besides the point!), when you have a solid foundation, adding pieces will only become easier.

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AmiClubwear Shoe Review – Coral

Happy early Thanksgiving!

‘Tis the season for giving thanks for what we have in life, and spending time with family and friends.

This year I am of course giving thanks to all of my friends and family sticking by my side through some tough times; in addition I will be giving thanks to my readers and subscribers, having a job, and giving thanks to AmiClubwear.

I am definitely thankful to be a fashion blogger for AmiClubwear.

For this post, I will be reviewing my gorgeous Giuliana pumps.


If you have ever seen a photo of my shoe wall, you know I am a sucker for a pointed toe stiletto.

You can buy your own pair here! They are currently on clearance for $4.50!

I love these stilettos, for multiple reasons:

Color: The color is so vibrant. It is the perfect color, it can go more red, or it can go more pink, it really is an amazing color.

Heel Height: The heel measures 4.5″ high and has a thickness of .5″ . They are still pretty easy to walk in. There is no platform on these shoes, which gives a certain allure to the shoe lover. These shoes have a cushioned footbed that allows for ultimate comfort.

Size: I find that these heels do fir true to size, as with the majority of my AmiClubwear shoes. They do need to be broken in, so make sure that you set aside some shoe time so they have a chance to be broken in.

AmiClubwear Coral


Material: These shoes are made out of a man made material, however they are very comfortable. I have not encountered any rubbing or pinching. The stitching in the shoes are even and finished meaning that there are no lose strings.

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AmiClubwear Shoe Review – Edward

Happy shoes-day!  It is time for another AmiClubwear shoe review!

I know I was supposed to do this yesterday, however, I fell slightly ill, and instead fell asleep at 6:30pm.

This blog is not about my sleeping habits, but I had a valid excuse! 😛

Now: AmiClubwear blogger picks. I got three gorgeous pairs of shoes this month and I really am unable to chose a favorite. But can a shoe lover really ever pick her favorite pair? I would argue that you cannot.

This post is about my gorgeous Edward Black Suede heels. You can find a purchase these heels here

I understand that it is almost winter time in the northern New England states, but how can you resist these gorgeous heels!?


On a comfort level, I give them an 8 out of 10. I love how the straps can be as tight or as lose as you want.

Now, I must admit. I did have to look at the photo on AmiClubwear’s site to make sure I was putting the heels on correctly. I think I was so overcome with excitement and joy that I forgot what I was doing.

In my box of goodies, I actually searched for these shoes because I knew I needed to try them on first. They are definitely on my top 10 shoes of all time. Not only are they comfortable, but they are stylish and easy to walk in. Your ankle feels supported from the strings.

I know what you are probably thinking, do the strings stay up though? The answer: Yes. If you tie the strings correctly and make sure they’re nice and tight, the strings will stay up. Granted. I am sure if you ran a marathon in them they will not stay up, however, walking to and from offices, to the bathroom, to and from your car, standing in line, they will not fall down on you, which I find to be SO exciting!


I am absolutely in love with these shoes and I feel like I want to wear them all day long everyday!

Please be sure to tune in on Wednesday and Friday for the other two pairs of shoes I got this month! You will not want to miss it!

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