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Now that Halloween is behind us, mom's are beginning to think about what their daughters will wear to this year's Thanksgiving dinner and holiday parties. Our first stop for girls Thanksgiving outfits is always Tea Collection. Not only are the clothes adorable, every girl we know loves these easy to wear pieces. The rompers and coordinating leggings are not at all confining and their soft durable fabrics pass most girls “itchy & tickle tests”. We also love the bright colors and fashion forward prints that satisfy our constant need to be teaching our children about the world. (Tea Collection clothes are authentically inspired with a fundamental artistic interpretation of the global destination. Continue Reading →
Party Pretty & On Budget with zulily
Ivory Ruffle Dress | Midnight Blue Rosette Bubble Dress | Black Patent Mary Jane Pumps | Black Evening Sandals
It is always a challenge to find budget friendly special occasion outfits. If you are anything like us, we really, really dislike spending lots of money on a dress that will have limited wear yet we do not want to sacrifice style and fit – basically we want to party pretty! So today we are featuring zulily, our go to shop for fabulous women's clothing finds at affordable prices.
Halloween is one of those days that we always have trouble spending money on ourselves. We have no problem buying a costume for the kids but hate to spend anything on those hot itchy polyester (read plastic) Halloween costumes for one, sure to be uncomfortable, night out. Instead, we much prefer finding a fabulous (but inexpensive) dress that we can transform into a costume for the night but whip out again for another evening on the town. This ivory ruffle dress (
$223 $39.99) fits both those criteria. Pair it with a black boa, Long Satin Gloves, a Costume Cigarette Holder, a flapper wig or headband or hat, flapper beads / pearls and these great flapper style Mary Jane black patent pumps ( $42.00 $24.99) for Halloween and you are now donning a fabulous Great Gatsby Roaring 20's costume. Next summer pull it out and wear it again with a pair of sandals already in your closet and you have a second outfit for no added expense. Now that's what we call a great get!
Likewise, this Midnight Blue Rosette Bubble Dress by Samuel Dong, originally priced at $423.00 is available on zulily for just $89.99 and is quite the find. Not only is it is an extraordinary holiday party dress but is also perfect for any New Year's eve party, most winter weddings, and even a special occasion dinner. The color is rich and vibrant and the intricate rosette detailing makes for a posh statement piece. Pair it with sparkly black heels (
$130.00 $24.99) and you are set to go – no jewelry necessary.
Total savings on these 4 pieces from zulily: $818.00 (original prices) – $179.96 (zulily prices) = $638.04 (a whopping 78% savings)
This weekend was dedicated to finding the perfect luau theme cocktail party dress. No easy task considering the the stores are now featuring their fall lines – resort wear has not yet been released and summer dresses have been banished from showroom floors.
Bright purple platform sandals as cute as they are comfortable!
Did we find the perfect dress? Not quite perfect but we settled for a flouncy orange and purple baby doll dress that can be paired with some fun lilac strappy sandals, dangling earrings and the piece de resistance, this lovely realistic orchid hairpin to tie the entire look together. Izzy will wear her hair in a beach wavy style and slide the orchid just behind her ear. Now that's what we call Party Pretty!
Oddly enough, we had an even more difficult time finding the perfect hair accessory than the dress itself. There are lots and lots of flower hair clips available, but most are fake and cheesy looking. They usually are either too small or too large and don't fit comfortably. These orchid hair pins are both priced right and fit well.
This orchid hairpin is also the perfect hair accessory for a summer casual or destination wedding, as a beautiful accessory to a beach or surf theme party or even an upscale costume party since island theme costumes can easily straddle the fine line between elegant and sexy. It is always fun to find an accessory that is not only pretty but can be worn over and over in many different contexts – we will definitely be adding this hair piece to our must own accessory list.