Posts Tagged ‘holiday parties’

2011 Holiday Nail Art and Nail Design Tips

Friday, December 9th, 2011


As you are preparing for the 2011 holiday party season, don’t forget the little details that bring together an outfit – like your nail polish. There are many possibilities of designs to both match and accentuate your holiday fashion.

Get in the Spirit with Holiday Colors
There are a lot of holiday nail colors associated with Christmas that you can use to add some festival cheer to your attire. Red is the obvious go-to, but also consider some other possibilities, like rich greens, gold, blues or silvers. If your holiday party schedule is a little more on the funky side (rather than, say, work functions), get playful with your nail polish execution. Have one color on the nails of the left hand and another color on the right or alternate from several different colors with all your nails.

Go Glitter
Adding a glitter polish either on its own or on top of a layer of color polish can really jazz up your look. Whether the glitter you choose is silver or gold or some other bright-colored glitter, your hands are sure to attract attention as you mingle among guests at parties this holiday season.

Dressing Up Artificial Nails
If your own natural nails are short, chipped or otherwise nothing to write home about, you can still have fun this holiday season. As a holiday treat for yourself, plan to go to a nail salon to have artificial or gel nails placed on your hands. You can ask the nail artist to take an impression of your cuticle shape so you can easily switch between designs for different holiday parties.

Embrace Holiday Nail Art
Want to get really into the holiday spirit? Nail art takes basic nail polish to a whole new level, creating everything from interesting designs to full out holiday scenes right on your nails. It may be easiest on those who have longer nails – either natural or acrylic – but don’t be afraid to experiment! A tiny Santa or presents on each fingernail? Go crazy! What about snowflake nails like the one in this tutorial? Perfect not just for the holiday season but for spicing up your whole winter wardrobe.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that your holiday nail style is all your own. Even if you are not normally the artsy type, it doesn’t require a lot of work to dress up your nails at the same time you are dressing up the rest of the you. Think of your nails as an empty canvas just waiting for your own personal expression. With all of the comments that you are sure to get and the fun you are bound to have, you won’t regret having lived it up a bit.

2011 Holiday Countdown: Holiday Party Dresses for Every Occasion

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


The holiday season is officially in full swing and that can only mean one thing: holiday parties! We know, looking fab at all off those functions can seem overwhelming but don’t worry, we are here to help. We have compiled some of the best styles out there so you will be ready to hit every party looking your best.

Likely you’ll be hitting up a company Christmas party. Just about every company throws one, and it’s the best opportunity to show off your feistier side. For any company soiree you will be better off sticking to a knee-length number which a little sheerness in the sleeves, but don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to boring black. Go for red or green to jazz things up – just try to steer clear of any major cleavage when you’re hanging lose with your coworkers.

What if you’re going to meet the in-laws for the first time or maybe just attending a party with the family? Either way, you want to look your best, and a tea-length frock with a square-cut or asymmetrical neckline in your favorite festive color will help you do just that. Pair it off with a piece of statement jewelry and your favorite cardigan, and even your more conservative grandma will be squealing with delight!

Okay, so you have got the company dinner down and dinner with the ‘rents, but what about that night out on the town with the gals? A shimmery long sleeve tunic dress, paired with your favorite booties and opaque tights, will keep you toasty warm and comfy, while getting some much needed girl time with your pals. And you can trade the booties and tights for a bare leg and some peep toe pumps for when the girls decide they would rather dance the night away.

Sequins are so much fun that they should be an everyday staple, and the holiday season is the perfect time to bring out that sequined cocktail dress you have been storing in the back of your closet. Pair it off with some platform heels, a matching clutch, and you will have a look that is worthy of ringing in the new year.

The holiday season is the one time a year when you don’t have to worry about playing it safe when it comes to fashion. And no matter what kind of gala you are attending, these ideas for holiday party dresses will have you looking your absolute best. Top it off with a fun-loving attitude and a beautiful smile, and you will be the center of attention wherever you end up.

2011 Holiday Makeup Tips

Friday, December 2nd, 2011


Well, it is that time of the year again. All of the sights and sounds of the holidays are upon us. The shopping, parties, and the hustle and bustle back and forth can put a demand on our time and spirits, and that can seriously wear a girl out. All of that activity can really wear a girl out. How can we be expected to look our best in the midst of all the excitement? Well, we’ve got some easy holiday makeup tips you can use for every type of party.

First, we will begin with the skin since we all know by now that clean skin creates a wonderful canvass on which to paint and show off your best features. To keep skin fresh and flawless all throughout the day and right on into those late-night holiday parties, try spraying a light mist of your favorite toner all over your face and pat dry. Then, apply a dusting of loose powder for a picture-perfect finish. If you need a face pick-me-up, take your concealer and put a little in the corners of your eyes and along the sides of your nose. Pat gently and then use your bronzer lightly over your cheeks. Instantly, you are ready to go.

The 2011 holiday makeup looks range from elegant to edgy, and it doesn’t necessarily mean dramatic eyes and red lips. There’s a neutral trend this holiday season that plays great off the right baby doll dress or one-shoulder draped outfit. Use a light shade on the eyes that just a degree or two darker than your natural skin tone and use a light touch with a brown mascara instead of a heavy black. Top it off with a rosy blush and a pink gloss for a fabulous, fresh look.

If you want to do dramatic, don’t be hog-tied by the usual grays and blacks in your holiday makeup either. Break out of the box with color in your eye shadow in hues like blue, purple and green. Bonus points for picking up shades that had a sparkly metallic finish. Don’t forget eye liner for a little extra drama. You can never go wrong with a little black to contour your eyes and make them really pop.
If you go with smokey, dramatic eyes, though, remember to balance it with a lighter lip. The idea is sass and sophistication, not over-the-top stage makeup.

It may seem like old hat, but you honestly can never go wrong with a red lip, especially during the holiday season when red is such a major focal color. Combine one of the new shades of red out there or take it even further and pick up a dark, dark plum, and pair it with the natural eye makeup for a touch of old school glamour.

The possibilities are endless and as unique as you and your look, but the real goal is to just have fun and enjoy all the festiveness of the holidays.