Have A Great Weekend!

Merry Christmas, my sweet readers!  I’m trying to look past the fact that the holiday cards we designed got lost in the mail and enjoy the upcoming weekend!  I hope you all have a wonderful, festive, and safe holiday weekend.  And just to get us in the spirit, I’ve gathered some holiday-related posts from around the web:

Didn’t have time to mail out holiday cards?  Send a cheeky holiday e-card instead!

An entire website devoted to ugly christmas sweaters and accessories!

Mason jar wine glasses… what a hoot!

Quick & easy hairstyles for your holiday weekend…

A great list of winter craft projects for kids.

And DIY holiday cards for grownups.

I am so addicted to infinity scarves!

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And a few holiday {bb} posts you may have missed…

A festive manicure.

Holiday table inspiration

My favorite makeup palette is only available this time of year!

See you back here on Monday! xo

Do you celebrate Christmas?  If so, what are you up to this weekend?  Anyone hosting family?  Going on vacation?  Tell me what you’re up to in the comments!

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Would You Rather: Holiday Edition!

It’s been a while since we’ve done a “Would You Rather” around here, so I thought I’d do a holiday version to get us in the mood!
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How did you answer the questions?  Were any these especially easy or difficult for you?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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Wedding Wednesday: Why I Wouldn’t Wear A Strapless Wedding Dress Again

I don’t have many regrets when it comes to my wedding.  The day was beautiful, and full of love, and tons of fun.  But there is one thing I would change if I could do it all over again… I wouldn’t wear a strapless wedding dress.

Don’t get me wrong, I think my dress was pretty enough, but as you probably all know if you’ve ever worn a strapless dress to an event: they’re annoying!  They slowly slide down and you’re constantly assessing whether your boobs are falling out, which is an especially terrifying thought on a day when you are literally the center of everyone’s attention!

I knew going in that strapless dresses have a tendency to move around, so I got it tailored really snugly.  I tested it in the alteration shop by moving around and lifting my arms above my head and it stayed put.  Success, I thought.

But then, I lost 5 lbs. out of stress in the last couple of days before the wedding.  Normally, I would never complain about losing 5 pounds without trying, but it definitely made the dress fit differently.  There are a few wedding photos where I can see the edge of my strapless bra creeping out of the dress, and right after I walked down the aisle, our sweet friend and officiant whispered to me that my bra was popping out.  (Thanks again, Tina!)

Needless to say, if I were to do it again… it’s all about sleeves or straps :)

Would you (or did you) wear a strapless wedding dress?  Have you ever had trouble with a dress falling down?  Style-wise, do you prefer strapless wedding dresses or dresses with sleeves/straps?  Share your opinion in the comments!

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Your Questions, Answered: Belt It!

Today I’m answering a question sent in from a reader, just like you! Emily asks…

I’d really like to integrate more belts into my wardrobe but I’ve never found a good style or size for me.  Any tips?

Oh, belts… they seem like such a simple accessory, but they can really make or break an outfit!  The great news is, once you find the size and style of belt that best suits your body, you’ve got a great way to add a little punch to your wardrobe.

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When it comes to belts, the two biggest things to consider are size and placement.  A general rule of thumb: if you’re a small person (in either weight or height), aim for a thinner belt.  Likewise, if you’re a little larger, a wider belt will suit you best.

Even more important than size is placement.  When it comes to placement, remember that wearing a belt at your natural waistline isn’t always the most flattering, even though it seems like it would be.  In truth, that look is best suited for women with longer torsos and smaller hips, like this:

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If you have a shorter waist (especially if you’re well-endowed), it’s generally more flattering to wear your belt a little lower than your natural waist:

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And if you’re carrying a little extra weight in your midsection, try wearing your belt slightly higher than your natural waistline:

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The most important thing to remember is that you don’t want to draw attention to the belt, you want the belt to draw attention to you!  So, the best advice I can offer is to visit a department store with a wide range of styles.  Wear a loose-fitting top or dress, and play around with width and placement.  You’ll be amazed to see how different your body looks with each way you wear a belt.

Do you have trouble finding the perfect belt for your body?  Do you follow the rules about size and placement?  Have you been a little unsure about incorporating belts into your wardrobe?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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I Chopped Off My Hair! Wanna See?

Remember in March when I told you all about my big post-wedding haircut plans?  Well, I finally did it!  As a frame of reference, here’s what I looked like before (sorry for the bad quality iphone photo!):

And here’s how I look now:

I went to Mane Attraction in SF and got my big cut courtesy of Kate (who is also a newlywed, so we shared lots of fun wedding talk!)  I was prepared to feel super sad the moment she cut my ponytail off, but having short hair has been pretty liberating so far!

Did you do anything fun this weekend?  Have you ever cut your hair super duper short?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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