Tis The Season

The festive season is upon us and that means its time to celebrate with friends, family and sometimes complete strangers you are forced to make small talk with at the office Christmas party. With so many social events to attend the number one thing making us stressed is, what to wear?! We’ve broken it down into an easy to follow guide so that now all you have to worry about is not drinking too much egg nog and end up making out with Jim from accounting in the broom closet.

Work Christmas Party

This is your time to shine girl! You’ve put up with everyones nonsense all year and now its time for a well deserved celebration on the company dime. Depending on what you do for work you most likely can’t dress the way you want at work and you’re probably not bringing your A-Game everyday when you have to wake up at 7.00am every morning. This is your chance, your chance to show the office how HOT you are on weekends.

Outfit : Look fierce but not trashy, this jumpsuit is fab because its long sleeves keep your top half covered while showing off your pins! If you are worried about the cold pair it with some sheer tights. Add a feature necklace and some ankle boots and voila!

Hair & Make-Up : Keep it classic Swifty style with red lips and winged eyeliner. Style hair in textured waves to add a little edge.

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Girls Holiday Brunch

You’re all busy slaying your careers, dating and family commitments all year round so take some time this year to get your BFF’s together for a holidays celebration. Brunch or an afternoon lunch is the perfect excuse to get the Mimosa’s flowing and swap Secret Santa gifts. You can keep it casual with these gals, they are the family you chose for a reason so theres no danger of judgement here!

Outfit: Shirt dresses are back this season and for good reason! They flatter every body type and can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with flats, you can wear them to the office with a sleek bun and some sensible heels or dress it up for the weekend with some statement jewellery and sky high boots. Its the perfect outfit for the festive season because the loose fit means you can over indulge on christmas treats, just adjust the draw string after heavy meals!

Hair & Make-Up: Pair a messy side braid with dark plum lips which are all the rage for winter. Statement brows and a generous dose of mascara top it all off beautifully.

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Your Family Christmas 

They’re your family and you love them but lets be real, they are going to judge you. It doesn’t matter how old you get your family are always going to see you as their little girl so do them a favour this festive season and play by the rules. Wear a pretty dress go all girl next door with your hair and makeup, you will feel fab and look adorbs as a bonus!

Outfit: A flowy printed dress will make you feel feminine but is also practical because you can eat as much turkey as you like and nobody will see your food baby underneath! Pair it with some black tights and cute heeled sandals.

Hair & Make-Up: Stay super natural with your make-up, a pink gloss and a little blush goes a long way. If you want some extra oomph a light smokey eye with neutral colours will give you something a little extra. Keep hair down and styled in loose waves, think Rachel Evans “girl next door” look.

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Bae’s Work Christmas Party

If you have a significant other then you know attending their work Christmas party is just as if not more stressful then meeting the in-laws for the first time. You have to impress their boss, mingle with their co-workers, laugh along to all of the inside jokes nobody will explain to you and meet the dreaded “Work Wife”. You need to look fierce but also absolutely stunning so that everyone will be asking, “Who’s the Victoria Secret model over in the corner?”.

Outfit: Once again the key here is to not look trashy while still making a statement. A mid length classic pencil skirt will hug you in all of the right places but because it goes below the knee you won’t look trashy and you won’t be awkwardly shifting in the corner trying to keep it from riding up! Pair this with a backless blouse like the one we found from H & M below to show some skin but keep the cleavage under wraps, add some statement jewellery, heels and voila! babe alert.

Hair & Make-Up: Think long flowy loose curls for the hair, remember you’re a Victoria Secret Angel after all! A smokey eye will make the whole outfit look glam but avoid black eye shadow and stick to bronzy golden tones so that your eyes pop but you don’t look like a raccoon. Keep your lipstick a neutral tone and preferably a long lasting lip stain because in that outfit Bae is going to be planting kisses on you all night.

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Christmas with the In-Laws

The holy grail, probably the most nerve racking meal you will eat all year, don’t spill anything on yourself, don’t drink too much and don’t slip out anything inappropriate in conversation. Its stressful just being there so that last thing you need to add to it  is everyone staring at your outfit or judging your make-up choices. Make them think you haven’t put in too much effort but make sure you don’t look like you’ve just rolled out of bed. Much like with your own family Christmas lunch you want to keep it as “girl next door” as possible. You want to give off the “she could be the future Mother of my grandchildren” to Bae’s parents and you also don’t want creepy Uncle Dave staring at your cleavage from across the room. The outfit we have picked is simple, feminine and chic.

Outfit: Jumpsuit’s made a big comeback in 2015 and for good reason, they are comfy, flattering and can be dressed up or down. Make it a staple in your wardrobe now! Add some colour to your outfit with a printed kimono or cardigan and then co-ordinate with a statement necklace.

Hair & Make-up: Bless the beauty gods for inventing the top knot! Its quick its suits all face shapes and it looks fab! Team your top knot with some winged eyeliner and a peach lip stain. Don’t fret girl you got this!

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Best Beauty Boxes

Christmas is around the corner and a subscription to a yearly beauty box is the perfect gift for your BFF or even yourself! There’s so many options on the market so we narrowed it down to our five favourites and ranked them in order to make it easier for you.

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Glossybox

Cost – $26 per month

Frequency – Delivered every month

How much you get – 5 Full size products

What you get – Combination of skincare and makeup products

Glossybox is our number 1 pick because you get five FULL SIZED beauty products AND it’s delivered every single month! It is on the more expensive spectrum because you are paying for delivery from the U.S but we think it’s definitely worth it.

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Fabfitfun

Cost – $14.99 per month

Frequency – Delivered every 3 months

How much you get – 6 Full size products.

What you get – Combination of skincare, makeup, fitness and home products.

The only reason Fabfitfun didn’t nab the number one spot is that it only gets delivered every three months. If you have more patience then we do and can wait three months for a delivery then this is definitely for you! You get SIX FULL SIZED products and not only do you get great beauty products, they also include fitness stuff and cute little things for your home! Also for only $14.99 per month that’s pretty amazing value.

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Tipsy

Cost – $14.95 per month

Frequency – Delivered every month

How much you get – 5 sample sized products

What you get – Combination of skincare, makeup and hair products.

 

The price is right with Ipsy and you get a delivery every single month which is a lovely letterbox treat all year round. The only thing that lets it down is that the product sizes are only sample sizes, you do get a combination of beauty AND hair products which not a lot of the beauty boxes offer so that’s a nice bonus!

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Lookfantastic

Cost – $23.06 per month

Frequency – Delivered every month

How much you get- Between 6 and 8 sample sized products.

What you get – Combination of skincare and makeup products.

 

Lookfantastic is a little on the pricey side considering you are only getting sample sized products BUT you get between six and eight every month. That’s a tonne of products delivered to your door and even if they are sample sizes that’s more stuff to play with!

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TOPBOX

Cost – $12.00 per month

Frequency – Delivered every month

How much you get – 4 sample sized products

What you get – Combination of skincare and makeup products.

You only get four sample sized products with TOPBOX but you do get a monthly delivery which is fab and its only $12 per month so if you are on a budget but still want to treat yourself to some goodies in your letterbox every month this one is great. TOPBOX always have high end products every month so even though they are sample size you are getting some lush products.

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Brighten Up Your Winter Wardrobe

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We generally associate winter fashion with a lot of grey, black and tan. But just because the weather is dull doesn’t mean your winter outfits have to be! 

You can add colour to your drab winter wardrobe with these 7 essentials items, without breaking the budget of course (you do have those million christmas presents to buy after all).

Tote

You carry a bag everywhere so why not make it a statement piece? Totes are ideal for Winter because all of the little extra you have to carry, gloves, toque, cough drops, tissues…Ugh!!  

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Urban Outfitters $180  ALDO – $60.00 Urban Outfitters $84

Scarf

Obviously an important winter staple, its going to get cold and you’ll be wearing one every day so make it cute! If you don’t have the funds to buy a new winter coat this season dress up your old one with a brand new brightly coloured scarf.

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  Urban Outfitters $42         American Apparel $34         Urban Outiftters $54

Boots

Boots were made for walking and looking fabulous while you’re at it. We all have a tonne of grey, black and maybe even tan boots in our wardrobe so this year mix it up with some colour. Those sidewalks can be slippery so a sensible boot with a nice sturdy heal is a great option OR go sky high stiletto and Uber everywhere! Treat Yo Self!

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 Hudsons Bay $120                            ALDO $160                         ALDO $90

 Gloves

Gloves, mittens, fingerless gloves, glove-mitten hybrids the options are endless! They are another important Winter staple, unless you’re fond of frostbite, keep your fingers nice and toasty while adding a pop of colour to any outfit.  

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Urban Outiftters $29         Aritzia $19.80 Urban          Outfittes $19.99

Coats

Want to make a big statement this Winter? Forget adding pops of colour with accessories and go all in with a brightly colours coat. Theres so many options from pastels to neons in all styles, its something you will have for years, unless you move somewhere warmer (we wish right?!), so why not splurge!

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Zara $139                              Zara $150                             Top Shop $95

Toques

The only thing that makes hat hair worth it is an insanely cute toque. Don’t be boring this year while keeping warm choose a brightly coloured toque that will freshen up your Winter wardrobe. Why stop at bright colours? Get crazy with pom poms, tassels, animal ears and multi coloured prints!

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Urban Outfitters $42               H&M $14.99                   Urban Outfitters $34

Tights

Down with pants! At least until its minus 40 then please wear pants otherwise we are in big trouble. 

If you want to still wear a cute dress to the office Christmas party pair it with some brightly coloured or patterned tights or alternatively get year round use of your favourite ripped jeans by wearing some brightly coloured tights underneath for a pop of colour! 

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American Apparel $17     American Apparel $19      Top Shop $10

Happy Winter shopping Dolls!

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