3 Dresses Perfect for the holidays…

I love that long, flowing patterned dresses are in style right now and they are just so perfect for the holidays. Here are a few of my favorites I’ve seen so far that will make you feel “oh so pretty” this season. Click on the image to view and purchase.

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  1. Add some vibrant color with this emerald green piece by H & M. The I love the feminine pattern and boots are a perfect match.

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2) The color and material of this maxi dress are just luscious and the sleeves add an element of surprise and sexiness. Shop it at Nordstrom.com.

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3) This one from Bloomingdales is by Rebecca Taylor. I love the ruffled turtleneck. Tough wearing short sleeves this time of year but if you pair it with one of those cozy, oversized sweaters and tall boots you’ll be cozy, chic and ready for the holidays.

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I love these Thanksgiving decorations…

 

  1. Homemade welcome sign. I don’t know if you can tell, but it’s an old silver serving platter they used to create this one. So chic!                                                      Instructions: CountryLiving.com           Welcometoourhomechalkboardsign
  2. Autumn Leave Mason Jars. These are so simple, elegant and easy to make! Instructions: Pinterest  Autumn-Leaf-Mason
  3. Gold leaf strung pine cones. I love all decorations made with pine cones and the gold on these adds a level of opulence that will wow your guests. Instructions: TheSweetestOccassion.com      DIY with the Sweetest Occasion
  4. Place cards with thoughtful quotes about thankfulness. We’re used to the same old reasons to be thankful, I like the idea of giving some inspiration for true gratefulness by placing quotes near place settings at dinner. Maybe you can read them aloud to really get into the spirit of Thanksgiving. I love the quote below and you can print more at smartkidz101.com.Quotes

Thank you for reading! I am truly grateful for your time!

xo,

Hilary

Fall Back Essentials

Fall Back Essentials
Daylight savings is great  in that we don’t have to wake up in the dark any longer. But as the day goes on and I get tired earlier in the day because it’s actually an hour later, I need some pick me up items to keep me going while I adjust.
First off, a good face scrub for the dry skin that starts to appear from the cold weather is a must. I like Mario Badescu’s Strawberry Facial Scrub.  Then apply a good moisturizer (naturally). I love the Kiehls “daily revive” serum to help keep my skin looking healthy and alive all day long. You can’t forget lipgloss, I love the new holiday collection by Nars.  Throw on a good scarf before leaving the house. I always wear a scarf. It’s a great throw on piece when it gets cold and easy to stow away in your bag when you don’t need it. An added bonus is they look so chic!
Make sure you leave enough time to grab a Starbucks seasonal Pumpkin Spice latte
for the commute.
Candles, candles and some more candles…
After a long day, light some scented candles to brighten and stimulate the senses when it begins getting dark at 4pm. Dyptique is a wonderful brand but I’ve been told there are some really good ones from Magnolia for Target.
What are your tips for surviving the shorter days?

Kiehl s skincare
macys.com

Burberry scarve
nordstrom.com

Nars cosmetic
bloomingdales.com

Diptyque white candle
$85 – net-a-porter.com

Coping with Fashion Bullying

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I’ve had an interesting week dealing with multiple circumstances involving bullying. When you’re a parent it tends to come up a lot. Whether your child is bing bullied or they are the culprit, it’s a tough subject. Especially because it’s something all of us deal with throughout our lives so it’s so important to arm your child and yourself with the skills to deal with such nonsense.

What does this have to do with fashion? Fashion is one area that people get bullied about a lot. Most of us have heard or maybe even delivered the line “did you see what she’s wearing?!”  in that snobby, condescending and borderline frightened tone. And I suppose if you want to quietly judge someone behind their back that’s you’re prerogative but it’s not kind or productive to blatantly or passive aggressively hurt someone’s feelings based on something superficial and relative to one’s own taste.

So what happened to spawn my writing on this subject? My son wore a hat to school, not the common baseball hat, but a fedora that to me is adorable and even more adorable that he wanted to wear it. I had my suspicions that he may get made fun of because of it and he did. On the bus they grabbed it, through it back and forth making fun of him for wearing it. This broke my heart. As it does when something of this nature happens to your child. I want him to feel free to be himself and not care what others think of him but know this is an impossibility. I know he will forever be affected by what others think. Others opinions are good to the extent that you can learn from them when they are asked for, constructive and not delivered in a way to tear the person down.

I know that my son will never wear this hat to school again and that to me is a loss. But I will keep telling him to be himself and do what makes him happy as long as it’s not hurting anyone else. And most importantly I tell him and my other sons to “keep doing the things that make you different because that’s what makes you wonderful and will ultimately be appreciated by the people you truly want in your life.” It’s also how you will stand out among the crowd and be successful at whatever it is you want to accomplish.

Fashion is a great way to make a statement and get noticed. There are so many examples of entertainers standing out with their fashion choices. They are ultimately the ones people idolize and want to replicate. Here are some examples of fashion risk takers who influenced the world:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning routine to go from feeling “Blah” to “Fab”

You probably know the feeling, forgetting to set your alarm and waking up to frantically get yourself, and perhaps your children, ready for the day. It’s not a good start. This was my morning and I’m still having a tough time getting out of the fog. Sitting at my computer trying to plan my social media calendar and thinking of everything else I need to do to prepare for a successful week. It’s proving to be quite challenging and to be quite honest, futile. It has me thinking about how to combat the fatigue and fogginess I feel and take on the day rather than think about the next time my head will hit my pillow.

Here are a few tips I came up with to get you out of that funk and feeling fabulous.

  1. Splash water on your face, pinch your cheeks and slather on that foundation. This will wake you up, get the blood flowing and foundation, or I like to use a tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier, is always a necessary start to your day.
  2. Hydrate. Grab your S’well water bottle and drink up. Coffee is always in my morning routine, but hydrating is more important. It helps get your metabolism going and de-fog your brain.
  3. Put a little thought into your wardrobe. Everyone should have a “uniform”, a go to look that they know they look good in. When in doubt, where black. It’s slimming and look great on everyone. Top it off with a nice jacket- you must have a go to jacket that makes you feel more put together? My go to jackets: denim, cropped leather or a blazer.

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4. Eat something. I always have protein bars in my bag for when I’m in a rush. These are my favorites. You don’t want to get “hangry” so be prepared.

5. Lipgloss is a must. Add some color to that face with a nice pink lip, or red is a nice way to really add some drama to your look. I love these by Trish McCevoy.

6. Have a go to soundtrack that will get you pumped. Whether in your car or riding the train, music is such a great way to change your mood and really feel like you can take on the day. One of my favorites to jam out to right now is Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish”, it really taps into that girl power vibe I need to get motivated in the a.m.

Fall Feels.

Fall Feels.

Raey loose fit tank top
matchesfashion.com

Cut off jeans
zaful.com

Leather mule
hush-uk.com

Yves Saint Laurent lipstick
saksfifthavenue.com

Making “Fast Fashion” Work for you.

“Fast fashion is a contemporary term used by fashion retailers to express that designs move from the catwalk quickly to capture current fashion trends.”

Keeping up with the trends isn’t easy. These days it’s simple for retailers to put out different designs based on what’s just been on the catwalk and to “knock off” designer duds within a week or month. Staying fresh is not an easy task. I work at a luxury retailer so I have a deep appreciation for designer made clothes, shoes and accessories. However it’s not lost on me that these things are out of reach of the average person, myself included.

Retailers like H&M, Forever 21, Zara and the like have made being on trend, current and fashionable a possibility for the average person. With that in mind it’s not always easy to pick through the massive amounts of inventory they have to find the items that work for you.

Here are some of my favorite pieces that reflect current styles and just might be right for you, if you have any questions about how to wear these or other styles please feel free to email me: hilary@welldressedboston.com

  1. H&M Viscose Floral Dress. This reminds me of the dresses and boots that Victoria Beckham has been seen in recently and is a look that many can pull off. It’s not tight, shear or short! It’s a pretty, comfortable and confident look. hmviscosefloraldress2) Paper Waist Culottes from Forever 21.  The way it’s styles is cute and a great going out look, or if you’re a stylist like me you could wear it to work. But if you need a more “buttoned up” look I would pair these with some boots like the look above. A maroon or red color. A button down or cami with a  sweater or jacket make it perfect for work.                                              forever21paperbagculottes3) Zara embellished sock booties. Did you know that Zara has one of the best shoe shops?! And these sock booties are a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe looking to be on trend and fashionable this fall.

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