Strut to Street: Jacquard
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Jacquard Fabrics  

One of the more festive winter fashion trends I love is the reemergence of jacquard fabrics. The texture, shine, and colors scream holiday cheer, and when you get it right, it’s absolutely stunning!

A dress is a great option for working this trend into your holiday wardrobe. There are so many gorgeous jacquard fabrics in dresses and it can be a different and welcome change up to all the velvet and sequins. (although I LOVE these fabrications as well, don’t get me wrong!)  I think a blazer or a great pant, like I have done here, can be another fun and daily wearable option to add into your closet. A blazer is great to wear with jeans and a simple top or even with slacks for business. The pant can be great for work or a meeting but then can be dressed up for a holiday party, as an alternative to a dress. If you had a great suiting option, that is tasteful and subtle, that could be striking!  

Great for holidays, weddings, or nights out.  This rich fabric will add depth and beauty to your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to mix your textures together when working with jacquards. For example, in my look, I have the jacquard in my pants and then have the metallic kimono and a lace top layered underneath. Here I have played with small textures and mixing prints for a unique look. Find pieces that accomplish the (any) trend goal in a way that works for you! That will be how you nail any trend.

XO Tamara

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Is another great way to work in a jacquard or uniquely printed fabric into your wardrboe. It can be put over dresses, with a slack or even a distressed jean.

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Holiday: Sparkle and Shine and All Things Divine
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NYE: Spark and Shine and All Things Divine  

Every year we get so consumed with Christmas shopping that New Years Eve can pop up and we are frantically thinking WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?!  Just as years past all things that sparkle and shine are great for NYE.  However to ring in 2019 maybe do something a little different like wearing a fantastic dress with piettes or some other form of shine like I am doing in my look.  

Take the regular sequins, as wonderful as they are, and add a new bling to your wardrobe.  Also go back and visit the Holiday post for Velvet or Suit up, just as something new and unique. Mix it up this year. These are other wonderful options to add into your NYE repertoire and also mix beautifully with all things that shine.

This look is also super fun as it is that winter white meets silver metallic, both trends I have talked about this season. So you can look amazing while ringing in 2019 but also stay fashion forward and keeping hitting on trends from the season for the look!

XO Tamara

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Strut to Street: Retro
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Throwback Fashion  

We are falling back in time with trends like wide whale corduroy, fanny packs, white shoes, branded garments, chunky sneakers and suiting.  These trends were made famous in part by such fashion icons as Annie Hall, Working Girl Melanie Griffith, and Twiggy.  Often times it can take years or even decades for trends to circle back in time… but, somehow they always manage to resurface.  I hear my mom say all the time “That’s back in style?! I wish I wore that when… Wish I would have saved it!” How many times have you heard that?! But it’s so true, things do come back around.

But let's not confuse these trends with fads which happened once upon a time and should never happen again!  Now may be a great time to go rummaging through your mother or grandmother's closets for some incredible finds or hit up your favorite vintage stores.  Nothing makes retro better than finding authentic pieces that you can freshen up by giving them your own personal fashion spin.

But if you are looking in department stores and online and seeing stuff that feels like you’ve seen it before, it’s because you probably have! The curent stores and trends are reflecting is so heavily. So whether you want to go find fun and vintage finds or if you want to shop new these trends are out there and ripe for the picking! Go find the styles you loved from older movies or go find things that speak to you now and make it happen, make it work, for yourself!

XO Tamara

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Holiday: Suit Up
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Cocktail Suit  

Want an option for this holiday season and beyond that is not the typical dress?  Don't get me wrong, I love a good dress more than any other garment I wear! But sometimes it just feels right to break the mold and go for something fresh and chic and this season that would be… the cocktail suit!  

Whether you mix a blazer with a skirt or pants there are countless ways to create the perfect look.  Tuxedo style jackets or pants along with rich silk or velvet fabrics are some great examples of ways to rock this look. And don't feel like you have to go out and pick an exact set.  Find a jacket and a pant or skirt that you love and mix them together.  Club Monaco has some great options to create this look as does Vince and Alice and Olivia just to name a few.  And as always you don't have to break your bank to get this trend with stores like Top Shop and Zara. All the clothing pieces I am wearing for this trend are from Zara, so it seriously can be done on a budget!

After the holidays mix the blazers with jeans for a night out or take this look to an after 5 event or a wedding.So these pieces can be versatile for you for all year.

For my outfit and the example of how you can wear this trend, I did the ribbed turleneck tank. This is a more causal look with the suit. But, if needed, you can absolutley add in a satin or velvet camisole underneath for that dressier feel!

At least once this season put the dress down and suit up!

XO Tamara

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Winter White

I swapped out the blazer for this adorable white cape jacket, just to give it a different look!

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