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Enjoy Ugly Sweater Season w/ Target’s #HilariousHoliday Offerings

This post is brought to you by Target, but all opinions and content are my own. Check in with Target’s Ugly Sweaters with hashtag #hilariousholiday.The holiday season is officially upon us and it’s time again for all the holiday parties and celebrations. No other holiday party celebrates the fun and festive mood of the season like the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. This sarcastic trend was birthed sometime in the early 2000’s with a steady growth every year with numerous brands coming out with their own. The ugly sweater can now be called a Christmas tradition and a great way to have a #hilariousholiday. Joining with their own line of cool, kitschy, and fun ugly sweaters is Target, whose sweater collection I’d wear beyond any Ugly sweater parties (I love their modern cool update). Are you ready for Target’s #HilariousHoliday?

The above Men’s Skull Sweater is my favorite. It kind of brings to mind a Hell’s Angel getting into the holiday spirit. I’d steal this from the man in my life on any day and the fact that it’s only $17.99, I just might get my own.

Know a guy that has a bit of a potty mouth or “I’m a man” personality (a la Andrew Dice Clay? – seriously can’t you picture him wearing this?) then the “Happy Elfin Holiday” sweater is perfect. I mean…the sweater says it all.

The beauty of the above “Light it up” sweater is that it works for both a nerdy dad or granddad who is serious when it comes to Christmas lights and decorations (a la Clark Griswald) and a young hipster son who may be a fan of……420…lol. Either way, whether they’re wearing any of these “ugly” sweaters, they’ll actually look cool, get lots of compliments and remain a topic of conversation.

One of my favorite Ugly Sweater parties was one I attended with Blackberry and hosted by Michael Strahan in December 2011. He wore a white ugly sweater similar to one Target has in their collection – also $17.99 (the only difference being Michael Strahan’s had snowmen and Target’s has cute kittens), and actually stayed (in that sweater) for the duration of the event.

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Want to see some more of what cool Ugly Sweaters Target has to offer? Just hear over to TARGET UGLY SWEATERS to see the full collection.

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From Bartender of the Year | Basil Hayden Bourbon’s Holiday Cocktail

By this time, you’re probably preparing to host a Christmas party or maybe attend one. Either way you’re sure to be at very festive event, a perfect time to wow your family and friends with some delicious Christmas recipes. I’ve shared several amazing cocktails to try and here’s one more that is sure you an instant hit thanks to Basil Hayden Bourbon and Joaquín Simó, who was just named Bartender of the Year at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail. Joaquín created the Basil Hayden’s Holiday Spice cocktail, which combines winter flavors like maple syrup and cinnamon with Basil Hayden’s spicy finish to be the perfect addition to any holiday party, or for a cozy evening in.

Basil Hayden’s® Holiday Spice (Joaquín Simó)

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
3/4 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 part Maple Syrup
1/4 part Amaretto
3 dashes Angostura® bitters
Combine Basil Hayden¹s®, lemon juice, maple syrup, Amaretto and bitters in a mixing tin with ice and shake vigorously.
Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
Grate a cinnamon stick over the top as garnish

The delicious, warming cocktail delights from head to toe and is great for anyone who loves a sweet cocktail.  Basil Hayden is a light-bodied Bourbon and incredibly smooth which makes this cocktail’s ingredients standout. It also makes for a perfect sipping Bourbon for those who want to ease into bolder spirit category. 

What to Wear | LOFT’s Holiday 2012 Collection

I can always count on LOFT for looks that are classic yet trendy, casually chic and compliment any fashion appetite. It’s no surprise then that I would turn to LOFT for my holiday and winter wardrobe. LOFT’s Holiday 2012 Collection brings lots of color, stripes, charming graphics and prints (the very chic bow graphic 3/4 sleeve sweater, the all-over bow print blouse and the zebra striped slingbacks are some of my favorites). LOFT offers several chic options for your holiday party festivities.
LOFT Holiday 2012 - Glasgow Skinner

For those who prefer to wear dresses, LOFT has looks that go from casually stunning to evening chic. I especially loved the heart print dress and even though it’s technically not a dress, I love the look of the striped sweater embellished in flat sequins paired with the layered tulle skirt

LOFT Holiday 2012 Dresses - Glasgow Skinner

Looking for more casual look, then LOFT’s separates make a wonderful choice. You can chic up a pair of skinny jeans or black leather leggings with any of these feminine tops featuring today’s hot trends – lace, floral, and graphic prints.

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With every fabulous holiday look, you need great shoes and LOFT’s variety of slingbacks, pumps and boots that not only compliment their holiday collection but your current wardrobe as well

LOFT Holiday 2012 Shoes - Glasgow Skinner

What are your holiday party looks?

Spend Your Holiday in Olive & Oak

During this festive season, not very holiday party requires a gown or a cocktail dress you possibly can’t breathe or eat much in. Believe it or not, you have another choice, you can still be comfortable yet still very much stylish and chic. Olive & Oak, a sophisticated collection of casually chic clothing that is based right here in New York, is here to give you more casually fun holiday party wardrobe options all for under $100.00.

Plan on rocking some sexy skinny jeans at your friend’s or family’s gathering? Try Olive & Oak’s collection of dazzling sequin tops – (L-R) Deco brass Sequin tank – $48.00, Deco gunmetal sequin top- $72.00 or Tank with sequins – $48.00 to add a bit of sparkle. Maybe you want your sparkle a bit lower, then you definitely need the cool Sequin mini skirt – $78.00.

Pair a solid, classic top with this feminine lace trim and glimmering all-over, sequined skirt for a not-so-typical but fashionable look. These pieces, which also makes fantastic gifts, and much more are available at Bloomingdales.com.

Haute Color Trend | Winter White

Once of my favorite colors that just happens to brighten my face is winter white. Who says the cold season should be the only one to bask in white. Why not channel your inner snow goddess by rocking this angelic color at your next holiday party.
Like its opposite hue, you can never go wrong with white and it will surely get you noticed. Exude perfection, innocence and new beginning with these pieces from JOA+CLOSET, Hale Bob, Wasteland, Madison and Wet Seal!

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Countryside Dress – $48.00 (www.joacloset.com)
Ivory So Haute It Burns Dress – $308.00 (www.halebob.com)
Motel Medusa Dress – $98.00 (www.shopwasteland.com)

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Alice + Olivia “Goddess Dress” – $297.00 (www.madisonlosangeles.com)
X-Back Lace Bodycon Dress – $24.00 (www.wetseal.com)

Remember ladies, everyone looks good in white, why not go for one of these holiday dresses and show winter who’s boss. Happy Holiday shopping.

Nifty Thrifty has you Covered for Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Season

I’ve already started getting invitations to holiday parties, which of course is natural since it’s the season for it but you know there is a special sect of holiday parties that have become a tradition to attend – The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. The Ugly Christmas Sweater has gone from “that wretched and embarrassing gift from grandma” to a holiday season favorite, and even a reason to have a party.

In honor of the season and to get you guys properly attired for your Ugly Sweater Party, new vintage flash sale site Nifty Thrifty, a members only vintage clothing e-commerce site, is holding a sale dedicated entirely to the Ugly Christmas Sweater in all its glory!

Starting Monday, December 4th at 11am, for one week, you’ll be able to raid the Nifty Thrifty closet of enviably festive and garish knit gems. From sweaters, to cardigans, to knitted waistcoats – this is your Christmas Sweater dreams come true!

And while you’re choosing your perfect Ugly Sweater, make sure to peruse Nifty Thrifty for amazing and unique vintage pieces from brands such as Hermes, Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta, Halston, Chloe, Ralph Lauren and Prada, as well as rare and covetable pieces.

The site will curate collections of 50-100 vintage pieces organized into themed sales, such as ‘Weekend Fall Getaway’ or ‘Boho Chic’ as well as capsule sales such as ‘Vintage Scarves’ or ‘The Little Black Dress’. The Brooklyn based company will initially focus on womenswear, with menswear and home goods soon to follow. By early next year, there will be an archive of 1,000 – 3,000 ‘discoverable’ pieces on the site, with an average retail price around $50.

Cache’ Holiday 2012 Collection

After Thanksgiving marks the time to start getting ready for the onslaught of holiday parties that you’ll be attending or even hosting. Or maybe you just want to spice up your everyday wardrobe during the holiday season. Cache’s Holiday Collection features looks that are both great holiday party choices and everyday wardrobe choices.

For those who want a more casual look at a holiday party, try the Lace Cold Shoulder Top ($188.00) paired with Black Skinny Jeans ($88.00), Black Embellished Tank paired with a sparkly Champagne Sequin Skirt ($118.00)

For a chicer look that will take you directly from work to the party, try the following – Venetian Border Print Sheath ($148.00), Turtleneck w/ Zip Detail ($88.00) paired with a Jacauard Animal Print Skirt ($88.00) and Ponte Moto Jacket ($148.00) and Cable Knit Print Dress ($168.00)

What are your fashion plans for the holiday season?