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Sparkly Green for New Year’s

December 30

Green glittery long sleeve dress New Year's Eve party outfit ideasGreen long sleeve shimmery body con dressGold silver glitter strappy heelsBackless green glittery long sleeve bodyon dress and crown braid bunDouble winged eyeliner and pearl choker

If you’re ringing in the New Year at a cocktail event, you can’t go wrong with a shimmery green metallic dress.

Dress: Charlotte Russe, similar Charlotte Russe green bodycon dress or this green glittery off-the-shoulder dress // Heels: DSW (old), similar silver strap heels here // Necklace: Primark, identical here from Boohoo // Earrings: F21, similar here // Lip color: “Cruella

This particular one has long sleeves (because I want to rewear the dress and Boston will be cold until April) yet boasts a slinky back that’s anything but demure. The deep V looks great with a simple choker, and to keep the necklace as the focal point, I swept my hair up into a crown braid-bun so the accessories could shine.

2016 has been a rough year for me (and the world), so here’s hoping that 2017 brings some new changes and new hope. Have a safe New Year’s Eve!

A Perfect Holiday Dress for Office, Family & Friends-giving

November 17
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Red bow sweater dress and leopard heelsThe perfect party dress for Christmas and the holidays

I love looking at holiday dresses but I hate spending money to buy them. There are so many options and so many different variables to consider that I end up getting 2-3 for all the different events I’m going to, only to wear each dress once and feeling like I threw money away. That’s because what I wear to a family gathering might be too boring for a fancy holiday party, so I cave and get multiple outfits.

Not this year! I’ve found the one dress that I will be using for my neighborhood potluck (the neckline and length is demure enough for my conservative community), any parties (the color is festive enough for Christmas and New Year’s), and Friends-giving (the waist seam is pretty loose and the skirt flares out—perfect for hiding turkey tummy). Best of all, the dress is under $40!

The perfect red holiday sweater dressLeopard Sam Edelman kitten heelsThe perfect holiday dress for office parties, family gatherings and Friends-givingDress: TJMaxx ($40) // Fur stole: F21 // Heels: Sam Edelman // Lip color: “Cruella

Wedding Kimono

October 22

Kimono over maxi dressMaxi dress layering ideas for fallVictoria's Secret sheer lace trim kimonoGold leaf headband

Dress: JCP (old, similar here) // Kimono: Victoria’s Secret, love this black sheer one here // Lip Color: NYX // Headband: Forever 21 // Heels: Ann Taylor (similar here) // Bag: F21 (similar here for $30)

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend a bridal presentation by Candice Wu, one of Boston’s most famous bridal designers. The presentation was a chance for the public to view the designs up close and interact with Candice. Knowing that I’d be surrounded by yards of chiffon and lace, I dressed the part in a lacy kimono and full-flowing maxi dress, topped off with a princess-y headband.

After my afternoon classes, I hopped on the T and made my way downtown to the hotel where the presentation was being held, just in time to snag a photo with Candice before the general public swarmed around her beautiful jeweled creations.

Candace Wu fashion presentation Fall 2016

Made to Measure – eShakti ‘Grace’ Dress Review

September 15

Eshakti Grace dress - Review and fittingEshakti white floral navy dressBlack suede lace up sandals and gray quilted chain bag“That dress was made for you!” said a classmate when they saw my outfit. And they were right: it was! This beautiful creation is from eShakti, a site that lets you customize your dresses (hem length and sleeve style) to make a unique creation. I had partnered with eShakti last year so I knew their dresses always knock it out of the park.Eshakti grace dress customizationEshkati custom size review

For instance the dress I chose included options to tailor the dress length to my height, as well as an option to choose a different neckline if I so desired. If you’ve ever seen a dress and wished it came in a different sleeve style, you can change every eShakti base design so it can better flatter your arms or work for multiple seasons.

Although this dress was gifted to me, the original price ($60) isn’t steep either. If I were looking to customize a party dress or a nice date night dress, I could easily afford to add these customizations and walk away with something that I know will suit my body. For instance, a pink silk gown (fully customizable!) only costs $119—the same price as a pair of Lululemon leggings or something.

Eshakti white floral Grace dressAlso, pockets come with most eShakti dresses. You actually have to select an option for “no pockets” to opt out of having pockets. I seriously wish more retailers had pockets in default designs.

Another detail I loved about this particular “Grace” design is that the floral pattern continues onto the back—a sign of quality. Instead of buying a Forever21 item that only has a pattern on the front (F21 is often too cheap to continue printing the pattern on the back material), this dress stuns from every angle.Eshakti white flower mesh navy dress

Dress: eShakti (gifted to me) // Shoes: Asos // Bag: BCBG // Lip color“203 – Rose Dentelle”

Thanks to eShakti for partnering with me on this post.

Boohoo – Bow Waist Jumpsuit

August 29

Coral black strapless bow waist jumpsuitFloral black lace choker and strapless bow waist jumpsuitBlack patent parallel strap heelsTwo toned strapless bow waist jumpsuitStrapless coral and black bow waist jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: Boohoo (I’m wearing size 6) // Heels: Banana Republic (last year), similar here ($23) // Necklace: Forever 21 // Lip color: “Miami Pink” // Bag: Forever21 (last year), similar here ($34.99)

It’s pretty fitting that this jumpsuit is from Boohoo, because my weekend was full of boohoos. I had a flight back to school on Saturday, and my family was supposed to take me to the airport before taking my sister to a summer program overnight. Of course my sister held us up because she forgot to pack ahead of time (it runs in the family). And then, 30 mins into our journey, we get a flat tire!

After frantically calling a family friend for help, and after I broke two nails prying and unscrewing the spare tire from the car underside, we managed to make it back home and we threw all of our luggage into another car. Two hours of traffic later, I pull up to the airport 15 mins before my flight boards. At this point, my mom and I have gnawed our nails down to the quick and my dad is driving like a maniac, flying past Houston police cars. Luckily, I did make my flight, even with a pitstop for Starbucks, and I gratefully collapsed into my seat with a frappucino. I think I deserved that much for the boohoo.