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November 28, 2016

VOUCHING FOR VELVET

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The holidays are officially here and that means copious parties, delicious goodies, and gifts galore. I don’t know about you, but I always seem to collect dresses around the holiday season, even if I don’t necessarily have that many parties to go to– I like to have options, what can I say? This season is no different. I’ve started my dress collecting early and this taupe velvet midi dress was first on my list. I was a little reluctant to get on board with the velvet trend. I know it’s huge right now, but when I think velvet, I think of ALL of my childhood Christmas dresses that I wore with white tights and black patent leathers. You know the dresses I’m talking about, full velvet with either a bow or an embroidered poinsettia? They were absolutely appropriate for the church pageants and family gatherings when I was 10, but as a 20-something I couldn’t wrap my head around a full velvet dress. I decided to take a chance and jump on the bandwagon, and I couldn’t be happier. Not only is this dress silky and soft, but it’s classy and sophisticated. The high neckline makes it modest, while its bodycon fit is sexy and stylish. Not only will this be a dress for a holiday gathering, but I can even wear it for a date night. Stay tuned for more of my holiday dress picks.

xx

Jacqueline

November 30, 2015

HOLIDAY DRESS OVERLOAD

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I spent this Thanksgiving holiday with my family, in New Jersey and it was just what I needed after a busy few weeks at work. It felt good being surrounded by the people who mean the most to me, and not to mention all the delicious food. Along with quality family time I made sure to hit up all of my favorite local spots; considering Bostonians don’t know what good bagels are,  I made sure my first stop was my favorite deli for a breakfast sandwich. When I wasn’t stuffing my face, I managed to get some Christmas shopping done at a couple boutiques I love. As you all know, I can never visit home without returning to Ladyfingers, my old stomping grounds, and as always I managed to find some major must-haves. But I also stopped at a new favorite, Beyond Trends in Somerville, NJ. When I arrived Wednesday night they were preparing for the weekend; setting up displays featuring brand new holiday dresses and some much-needed winter accessories. I literally wasn’t able to control myself, but the one dress that I couldn’t manage to leave without was this burgundy long-sleeve body-con number. The thing is, I like the idea of wearing dresses for the holidays, but it is SO hard; it’s always cold, my legs are pale and 9 times out of 10 I intend on stuffing my face with food (dresses aren’t meant for that). This one is different because it’s perfectly practical.  Its long sleeves and high neck don’t make you self conscious about your casper arms and chest and the length hits the middle of your calf so your legs are somewhat protected from the colder temps. I have been stocking up on so many dresses lately I’m running out of places to wear them! If you didn’t have a chance to stop at your local shops on small business Saturday, take some time this season to give them some love; your community will be better for it.

xx

Jacqueline

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