8 Tips You Should Be Excited to Try Decorating With This Christmas

Christmas Decorating

With the holidays just around the corner, many are changing their focus to make the most of the season. Preparing for Christmas means finding ways to decorate your home with an atmosphere of joy that fits the season. As many combine new holiday trends with traditional decorations, here are eight ideas you’ll want to add to your décor:

1. Start With Tradition

Everyone continues to enjoy classic Christmas decor. A green Christmas tree with lighting and ornaments continues to remain a seasonal staple. If you place your Christmas tree in front of a window, it will provide both indoor and outdoor decor.

2. Add Shine

Gold and silver ornaments, ribbons, tinsel and other materials that add shine are in style this season.  Adding shine can make any corner of your home as bright as your Christmas tree. You can try accenting your tree, tables or exterior areas for an even more glamorous look.

3. Bold Displays

Traditional red and green settings are classic, but many are adding in ornaments and displays that are brighter and bolder in color. You may need sunglasses for these ornaments! Neon greens and reds are being seen more and more in holiday decorating. Adding these to your outdoor decor allows you to show a colorful level of joy this season.

4. Sound the Bells

A traditional style that is a fashionable accent this year is bells.  Tie them with bright ribbons and add them to your Christmas tree or around your home to create an accent that sounds like the Christmas season.

5. Snow and Frosting

If you don’t want to move into bolder colors or gold accents, then you can try the frosted look. Ornaments with white frosting and white accents give your home a winter look. If you are in a snowy area, you can add to your home’s holiday decor by building a stylish snowman.

6. Patterns

Christmas décor now comes in sets. If you want to add vibrant accents in the form of ornaments, wall hangings and table settings, then look for patterns that fit well together. Red and green zig-zags, stripes and even dots can be added in as a stylish touch.

7. Lighting Styles

Many will place Christmas lights in and around their home. However, this year is taking this to the next level with different colors and styles. To add a little something extra, look into making patterns and shapes with your lights.

8. Candle Scenes

The beauty of Christmas is all in the lights. If you want a more traditional look with accents of candlelight, then candles are an addition you will want to highlight in this year’s décor. Candles that come in patterns, textures and themes can really brighten up your home.

The Christmas season is one that is known for joy and celebration. As long as you’re not taking a huge family road trip this Christmas, you’ll want to doll up your house. Adding in festive décor allows you to make the most of the season. Perhaps there’s a new Christmas style you want to try for the first time this year.

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An Exclusive Interview with Philadelphia-Based Men’s Fashion Designer LeGrand Leseur

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Today, I’m mixing things up a little on Aspiring Socialite with my first ever men’s fashion feature. When I came across LeGrand Leseur a Philadelphia-based men’s fashion designer newly named “the next big thing in men’s fashion” by The Huffington Post, I had to know more about how he’s revolutionizing the world of menswear. So if you’re a guy looking for fashion tips or just want to spruce up your boyfriend’s wardrobe, you’ll find all the fashion advice you’ll need in this riveting Q&A.

1. What are three pieces every guy should have in their wardrobe?

A true gentleman’s wardrobe should include a scarf, a good big face wrist watch and few pairs of brightly colored socks. These three items are the top accessories every man should have and the reasons are pretty simple as to why. A scarf will keep you warm in the fall and winter months as well as making your neck area look splendid. Big face watches are more functional than fashion but luckily they serve as both. You can look at your wrist in a flash, even in the dark, and be able to tell the time quickly. Also, with very few jewelry options for men the big face watches can make up for that while being visually appealing but not necessarily overbearing. And last but not least, brightly colored socks because they are just so fun.

2. How can a custom suit boost a man’s confidence?

Knowing something was made just for you changes the way you feel about yourself. Confidence is a fickle beast. It may be hard for some people, especially men, to find a look that works for them and makes them feel decent about themselves. Having a suit made for you, picking the fabrics out and getting measured can make anyone feel like a king. After you’re done wearing something you know was made for you and something that no one else has brings a strong sense worth regardless of social class or standing.

3. I love horror movies. How did you come up with the idea to create a line of pocket squares inspired by a famous horror movie, story or event?

When you name something it becomes yours. What I have noticed with a lot of brands is they will create a product and call it something generic like “silk pocket square.” What the hell is that? That’s all you got? I wanted to name something but I didn’t want it to be named for no reason thus I decided to have something that influences me influence my art. The biggest things with horror movies for me are usually the plot or images from the flick last with me for a long time. I wanted my line to be like that as with all of my clothing; once you see it, it will burn an image into your head just like Regan Teresa MacNeil running upside-down down those steps.

4. What fashions do you think are going to be big for men this fall?

I think cravats are going to make a huge comeback over the next few seasons. They are so classic but people aren’t really doing lately. I think it’s going to come back around. Men’s fashion sucks because it just goes in cycles.

5. What should a man look for when choosing the perfect tuxedo for a wedding, red carpet event etc?

Outside of fit, creativity. Most rentals don’t fit men well; they aren’t made for them. They’re just kind of like off the rack. They are made to fit as many people possible so they can be available for as many people as possible. The reason I point out creativity is because red carpet events are so boring now. Everyone reasons the “classic” black tuxedo a few try to pull off the white and then a handful try the navy blue with black shawl lapels. Find something that stands out. In most cases you aren’t going to be going to red carpet events everyday so make it count.

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6. What celebrity would you like to dress that you haven’t yet?

Leonardo DiCaprio. Dude is so sharp but I think I can take it to him to another level. Like the true Gatsby.

7. What made you start designing suits based on a man’s life goals?

It is easier to make things with inspiration. To have a gentleman come to me and let me know what his vision is helps me create something that is more personal and intimate. It helps make something he will always want to wear.

8. What’s your take on men’s urban street fashion (i.e. baggy pants with boxers showing)?

It sucks and it should end. If you are a gentleman you should wear something that if the President were to walk in, or someone you truly admire such as an actor or musician, you would be dressed well enough to hold a conversation or be invited to converse more about other things.

9. What’s the most unique detail you’ve ever put into one of your custom suits?

It has to be the angled cuffs. I created them to help show a little flash around the wrist area. Not only can they be colorized, but they can also match the color of the overall suit. Thinking of that idea has to be one of my proudest moments thus far as a designer.

10. Which qualities do you think truly make a man a gentleman?

Respect. Respect is the only thing people truly want. They want their voices to be heard and they want people to respect that voice. Men have to learn to be respectful of people’s ideas, space and opinions. As a man, you have to do it more so with women and be even more understanding. Another quality I am a fan of is knowing who the “most important” person is in the room. It can help out in a lot of situations. I have been to events when the Mayor was in the room and people didn’t even realize it. Know the most important person in the room and remember the basic laws of respect and as a gent, life would be swell for everyone.

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My Favorite Fall Trench Coat

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Fall is hands down the best time of year to be in New York City. Between the cool, yet comfortable air, changing leaves and holiday finds just entering the stores, you simply can’t beat Autumn in New York. A while ago, I came across this fab fall trench by bebe at a random store  on 45th St. At the time, I was holding off on buying a trench coat until I found one that made me feel like I was strolling through the streets of London and this was it. I just love how the contrasting sleeves and asymmetrical zipper make it one of the most fun and unique pieces in my wardrobe.

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RumbaTime Watch Giveaway

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Daylight savings time is here! With the clocks falling back an hour, all of us can enjoy an extra 60 minutes of sleep, online shopping, partying or time with friends. Whichever way you swing it, your extra hour is filled with endless possibilities. In celebration of my extra hour, I’m giving away a RumbaTime watch to a lucky reader. For the next two weeks, Aspiring Socialite readers will have the chance to win a RumbaTime Orchard Rose Gold 35mm Paloma timepiece. I love the modern femininity of this watch along with its paloma and rose gold color scheme. Since all RumbaTime watches are designed in New York, they look amazing against the dynamic city scene and breathtaking NYC architecture.

To enter to win this fab RumbaTime watch, follow @RumbaTime on Instagram and show me a little love on Instagram too. Then leave a comment on this post with your email and a way you make the most of your free time. Don’t forget to include your email.

*This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US only. It will run from November 1, 2014 – November 15, 2014. Winners will be contacted via email around November 17, 2014.

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Celebrate the Holiday Season In Style

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The best way to prepare for the holidays is by finding out what’s hot for the season. Between shopping, entertaining and finding the perfect dress for that Christmas party or New Year’s Eve soiree, the holidays can often be more stressful than jolly. Luckily, I got the scoop on everything that’s hot this holiday at the Celebrate in Style event hosted by Single Edition Media and InStyle Magazine at the The Glasshouses in Chelsea. With braids, red lips, bold eyes, bejeweled sweaters and pieces that transition perfectly from day to night all on trend for Holiday 2014, it’s going to be an excellent holiday season! After the event, it was great to come home with Rap Protein Gummies, Beautiful Textures hair products, Alassis Candles, holiday home accessories from Balsam Hill and much more. Here are just a few of my fav picks for the 2014 holiday.

Flight Song Wine

No holiday get-together is complete without wine. As an avid white wine drinker, I’m now a big fan of Brancott Estate’s Flight Song Wine in Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Not only do they have a smooth finish, they’re also crafted to be 20% less calories. Happy Holidays to me!

Gardein Vegan

As a vegetarian, I’ve recently become a huge fan of Gardein and their line of delicious meatless foods.  Choosing not to eat meat can often make you feel left out over the holidays, especially on Thanksgiving. But, Gardein’s meatless choices are so tasty that even meat lovers will flock to them. With less fat and calories than their meat-filled counterparts, they’ll satisfy dieters too. Serve Gardein at your next holiday party and you’ll make everyone happy.

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Bulova Watch

According to the Creative Director of Bulova Watches, winter white is going to be hot for women’s watches this holiday season. After seeing this stunning watch, I can see why.

Jergens

Want to shine at your next holiday party?
Jergens BB Body Cream hydrates, smoothes and illuminates skin to the fullest.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door

The classic Red Door fragrance by Elizabeth Arden has been modernized making it the perfect holiday gift.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are all my own.

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