Usually, holiday style is all about looking glitzy and glamorous. Especially New Year’s Eve – even if you never go near a sequin or a rhinestone during the rest of the year, New Year’s is the time to bring out every ounce of sparkle you’ve got and get truly decked out.
But, for those of us who aren’t generally feeling the super-fem, super-fem, glitter-covered everything that NYE fashion tends to entail, it’s hard to feel like that best, most gorgeous version of ourselves. If you’re anything like me, you tend to feel a little out of place during NYE – either you’ve covered yourself in itchy uncomfortable sequins anyway just ‘cause you think you should, or you’ve left them out altogether and don’t feel as fabulous or fun as the rest of your friend group. Which is why I was so happily surprised to come across this week’s amazing thrifty find at my local Goodwill shop. This cute little purse is the perfect size to take to a party – just large enough to hold a little cash, cards, your phone, lip gloss, etc – and it doesn’t have a drop of glitter or gems on it anywhere. But the bold, funky print and eye-catching combo of neutrals (a rich, cognac shade of brown and black) means that this statement-making clutch is still a perfect, non-glitzy accessory for a modern NYE out on the town.
You can never go wrong with black. It’s just a fashion truth – trends may come and go, but a sleek all-black ensemble will never fail you. And especially when you’re getting a little fancy, black is the perfect thing to turn to when you want to look and feel great, without a ton of (obvious) effort. Here, I’ve paired my awesome new purse with a pretty, form-fitting, off-the-shoulder black dress that’s ideal for a big night out. It hugs curves in all the right ways, but it is also stretchy and comfortable enough to really dance around in. Bonus: you can put on absolutely any shade or style of jewelry you like with a dress like this and always look smashing! With a pair of chic, classic black or metallic heels, you’ve got a night-out look that you can actually wear over and over again, long after the ball drops.
Oh what a joy it is to celebrate the holidays in some of my favorite thrift store fashion ideas! Hopefully the glitter and sparkles of the holiday bring as much joy to your hearts as they do to mine.
With the exception of my “winter off-white” vintage coat outfit, (shown above), I try to keep versatility in all that I buy. Check out some wonderful thrift finds and what I found in my closet before I went thrifting for this holiday season. You will find the black and wide-leg pants and pink wide-leg pants, red sleeveless dress and the black and white “blooming dress.
Before I go thrifting, I put together some ensembles. This helps me to narrow down what I need and to stay focused. This helps me avoid wanting to buy everything! I always had to remember to shop according to my needs, not my wants. I prefer to buy versatile pieces that are unique and speak to my character. I love when a piece turns into a topic of conversation. My vintage coat outfit would fit in that category.
Join me next month when I’ll show you my DIY thrift projects and my thrift holiday décor.
As with all good things, even 2015 must come to an end. So I’ll be taking this last blog of the year to look back with a @PlanetBrandee retrospective
2015 started off with a bang as I traveled across the country to a fabulous Las Vegas adventure! Seeing the photos again reminds me I need to get back to the West Coast for another walk in the desert with friends and family. Check out the captures for some fun, vintage and west is best inspired fashion.
Then it was back to the Catskills Mountains for some horseback riding and R&R among the trails and Bed and Breakfasts this scenic region has to offer. Check out these great photos, and keep an eye out for the fab Goodwill finds we found out there, including our beloved copper pot set we rehabbed and those glorious Fenton vases I featured.
The launch of my on point 6 Part Special Millennial Series came after. I met with and interviewed people from across the country on what being a millennial means to them and how reusing, recycling and changing the way we view consumption and style shapes this nation’s future. With so many talented artists and educators that took part, there was a plethora of knowledge to share and grow from. Be sure to check out the photos highlights below. From drag queens in Los Angeles, to designers in New Orleans French Quarter, to movers and shakers right here in NYC, it ran the gamut. We learned a lot about what perspective is shaping the future of these game changers.
Then it was jet setting off to the sunny skies of Florida where I was not only celebrating a wedding engagement, but visiting the trendy stores and designers living in this beach soaked location. From Part 1 where I gathered the best of the best in Miami vintage Part 2 and 3 where I cruised through Daytona on the back of a Harley in search of the best seafood and summer wedge heels, good times were never far from being had!
It’s been such a beautiful year filled with friends, family, travel, great food and some pretty swank thrifting scores. So going into 2016, here’s wishing you and yours a spectacular holiday season and a thrilling New Year! See you in 2016 and until then follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter andInstagram @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!
Ho, ho, ho and a gallon of glitter! The weather may be unseasonably warm right now, but that doesn’t make this time of year any less wonderful. Even though it seems right now like we might not actually have any snow for Christmas, the holiday season really wouldn’t be the holidays without a little sparkle.
If you’re planning on hosting or attending any fun, festive parties between now and the New Year, you know that there’s nothing that can instantly make an outfit feel more holiday party-ready than a little bit of sassy sparkle, glitz and glitter. Which is why this week’s fabulous thrift shop find is truly such a gem! I was lucky enough to come across some gorgeous little earrings with just enough to feel like they’re perfect for my next holiday party, and I can’t wait to pair them with all of my favorite festive looks. The faceted, cranberry-colored drop earrings are topped with slightly smaller, rhinestone-studded balls that add enough sparkle to make these jewel-toned accessories feel festive and glamorous, but they’re not too heavy or over-the-top. The color is perfect for this time of year and is sure to look great with any number of the sweet seasonal ensembles you’ve already got in your closet.
Make simple pieces party-ready in moments. During the holidays, it’s way too easy to spend way too much money – not only are their presents to buy, but there are so many things you need to ensure you look your best at all the season’s soirees! In fact, though, you can pull together a few items from your existing wardrobe, dress them up with a pretty, sparkling accessory like this pair of earrings, and have yourself looking ready for any holiday season shindig in no time – and without spending a ton of money to put an entirely new look together. Here, I’ve paired my pretty new earrings with my go-to pair of wear-everywhere black pants and sheer, silky blouse in a complementary jewel tone color – a rich turquoise. The combo of turquoise and cranberry is just as festive and holiday-appropriate as a classic red-and-green, but much more grownup and chic, making this look an ideal one for any kind of party, from a casual get-together with friends to a celebration with office coworkers.
Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer. Follow her on twitter.