On Christmas morning, my stocking is always the first place I go. Nothing gets me more excited for the gifts under the tree than digging through a stocking full of makeup, mini accessories and more. Since I’m stuffing my Mom’s stocking this year, I’ve been on the prowl for the best stocking stuffers. If you’re looking to spend a pretty penny, kate spade and Henri Bendel have some of the cutest stocking stuffers I’ve ever seen. But, if you’re on a budget I found some amazing mini gifts at ULTA Beauty and Old Navy.
For your shopping pleasure, here are some of my favorites. In case you were wondering, you can absolutely get a stocking stuffer for yourself.
Living in NYC, I’m used to seeing celebrities about town. I walk by them all the time and like a true New Yorker, I don’t even bat an eye. However, if I’d seen Kate Middleton during her epic Royal Visit to New York, I would have immediately been transformed into a 13-year-old fangirl. Luckily, I just admired her outfits from a far and learned five important life lessons from her visit to the Big Apple.
1. It’s okay to roll your eyes at ignorant people
I was personally embarrassed as a New Yorker when a woman barked “keep wrapping” at Kate while she was wrapping gifts at a children’s charity event in Harlem. Whoever said that learned the hard way that when Kate Middleton rolls her eyes, it goes viral.
2. If you want to see Beyonce, go to a Nets game
Even if you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you still heard all about the royals meeting Jay-Z and Beyonce at Barclays Center. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t sure the universe could handle these two amazingly perfect women in the same room. I feared a global apocalypse that would change the world as we know it. Instead, it only proved to me even more that New York is the best city in the world.
3. Wear classy coats
Kate was seen all around New York wearing the classiest coats. Not only were they perfect for the inclement weather, they also made the outfit. I love seeing coats that could be outfits in themselves and it seems like the Duchess of Cambridge is truly a coat connoisseur.
4. Don’t touch royalty
LeBron James caused quite a stir in the British press when he put his arm around Kate Middleton at the Nets game. However, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace came out saying that LeBron was not in violation of royal protocol. In fact, there is no such thing as royal protocol and the royals want people to feel as comfortable as possible while meeting them. But, just to be safe, don’t give Kate a hug when you first meet her. Just shake her hand.
5. Blowouts are best
Kate’s hair stayed perfect for the entire visit thanks to her effortless blowouts. These styles were perfect for the rainy and windy weather we had all week. Should one meet with an unfriendly gust of wind, your blowout will still look effortlessly beautiful.
This time last year, I roped my boyfriend into creating the ultimate gift guide for men. This year, I’ve had no such luck in getting him to put together another gift guide. Since us girls need all the help we can get when it comes to shopping for the mysterious men in our lives, I decided to put together my own gift guide for guys. Here’s a few Aspiring Socialite-approved gift ideas for every budget.
P.S. – If the guy you’re shopping for is a sports fan, you can’t go wrong with tickets to see his favorite team play. It’s something you can do together and if they’re not that good this year, tickets may actually be affordable. You can find the best deals on StubHub.
For many of us, the holidays mean a month filled with parties. Much of these festivities include office parties. While they many seem high pressure, holiday office parties are the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to something new and show your co-workers just how stylish you are. Here’s how to look polished and professional with a holiday spin.
1. Look the part with bold holiday colors
When putting together your perfect party outfit, think ruby reds and emerald greens. If you don’t want to be too seasonal, classic black is always a winning color. Plus it’s slimming and elegant. Men can pair black dress pants with a red shirt and black tie. Ladies can wear a red blouse with a black skirt or go for a little black dress complemented by ruby red accessories, such as a red clutch purse or red shoes. Don’t be afraid to go for other shades as well. Jewel toned shades such as deep purples and blues also look beautiful during the winter months.
2. When in doubt, dress to impress
If you’re not sure you should dress up or down for your holiday party, it’s better to dress up than to dress down. Chances are you’d rather show up dressed more formally than to show up in jeans when others are in dresses and suits. If you’d like to dress business casual, step it up a notch with accessories or a pair of heels.
3. Keep warm
You may be tempted to dress in that snazzy little dress with bare shoulders, but you could end up regretting it if the weather doesn’t permit it. Though you may want to push the envelope a bit, comfort still needs to be kept in mind. You should also avoid wearing uncomfortable shoes, since office Christmas parties may involve standing and mingling with others for hours.
4. Leave large handbags at home
While you may bring a large handbag to work every day, you won’t want to lug it around at your office Christmas party. Instead, carry your belongings in a small baguette handbag or a clutch. Money, lipstick, keys and your cell phone should be all you need.
5. Accessorize your ensemble
Spice up your little black dress with a bold statement necklace. Or you can complement your outfit with a silk tie in holiday colors. If you wear glasses, choose a beautiful frame. Online glasses offers an array of sophisticated and stylish options.
A little more than a week ago, I had the honor of doing a fashion shoot in the West Village with the luxury ready-to-wear brand M. Bottiglieri and three of my fab fashion blogger friends. The talented Joey Pasion from Dr. Photo Photography was behind the camera.
M. Bottiglieri is a new luxury line of high end women’s sportswear. Their pieces are perfect for the NYC power woman or anyone looking to invest in high quality staples they can style their wardrobe around. What truly makes this brand unique is that everything is both made and designed right here in NYC. for this shoot, I wore the Jane Crepe Back Satin Dress. I hope to shoot again with the lovely she is red, The Style Boro and FASHinNY.