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Holiday Attire

The Holiday Season has finally arrived! This year has been an incredible whirlwind and it is hard to believe we are here already, but I love it!  I love that everyone seems to be a little more cheerful, everything is decorated and people are constantly dressed in festive attire.  When dressing for holiday festivities I tend to turn to reds and sparkle to stay within the theme of the season.  It seems as if flannel is here to stay and that luckily, sequins and tastefully glittered clothing aren’t going anymore, which means you must have something holiday appropriate in your closet.  Stick with the holiday classics but make sure to pair it with a modern piece to bring your ensemble current.  As always, I turn to leather, but there are so many incredible options to turn to to update your festive attire.

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Skirt: H&M (old, similar here), Tights: J. Crew (found here), Shirt: Thrifted (similar here), Sweater: J. Crew (old, similar here), Shoes: Michael Kors (old, similar here), Bracelets: Fornash (found here & here)

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Holiday Attire

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Wedding Guest Fashion: Black Tie

My life has completely been taken over by weddings!  By the end of September I will pretty much be able to add professional wedding guest/bridal party member to my resume.  Weddings are the ultimate party and the most special of celebrations.  Everyone is happy, ready to have a good time and you can feel the love in the air.  Weddings are also so wonderful because they provide the perfect opportunity to dress up, which if you are a follower of the blog you know I love to do.  Dressing fabulously and flawlessly for weddings can be tricky  at times and because of this I decided to put together a weeklong Spring/Summer Wedding Guest Dress for Success Guide.

To put this post together I turned to some of D.C.’s glamour staples.  Carine’s Bridal Atelier provided the gorgeous dresses.  I also sat down with Carine and chatted with her about wedding trends, bridal market, her beautiful boutique and so much more.  For the video of this interview head over to Carine’s blog & Facebook page.  For the baubles I, of course, turned to Charm Georgetown & Fornash.  As you know accessories provide the perfect finishing touch to each look and must be given as much attention as the clothes themselves.  Special thank you to Jackie from Charm for graciously opening up her store to me and helping me complete each ensemble.  Also, in case you missed it check out my exclusive (vintage) interview with Jackie here.  For the hair I turned to none other than Drybar.  This was my first Drybar experience and it was absolutely amazing!  The staff was super friendly and knowledgable, the atmosphere was absolute perfection and of course the blow out was impeccable.  My stylist even instructed me on how to secure an easy and fabulous up do.  I could not recommend Drybar more highly!

And now for today’s wedding look feature….the black tie wedding.  Black tie is less common, but with that said it is virtually impossible to make it through wedding season without being invited to one black tie wedding.  I love long dresses so I jump at the opportunity to wear a long gown.  Floor length gowns are also the most appropriate for a black tie wedding or function, but a shorter dress can work, but really go long, when else will you be able to!  Long gowns are also flattering for all body types and just truly stunning.

Gown: Nicole Miller, Jewelry: Charm Georgetown, Blowout & Up do tips: Dry Bar

Gown: Nicole Miller c/o Carine’s Bridal, Jewelry: Charm Georgetown, Blowout & Up do tips: Drybar

The draping of the dress is incredible, but also calls for an up do.  Always make sure your hair complements the gown.

The draping of the dress is incredible, but also calls for an up do. Always make sure your hair complements the gown.

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The back is just EVERYTHING!

If you choose a more subdued color, vamp up your look with a bright lip or dramatic eye.

If you choose a more subdued color, vamp up your look with a bright lip or dramatic eye.

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One of the most magical things about this gown is that the bottom is sequins with a chiffon overlay, which gives the gown a subdued sparkle.

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When going long remember the hemmed length is crucial.

Seeking shade and showing off the gorgeous jewels.

Seeking shade and showing off the gorgeous jewels.

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Whatever you wear, make sure you have fun in it!

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Holiday Gift Guide

This Holiday Season Garden of Glam will be dedicated to making your lives a whole lot easier!  With the help of other bloggers, fashionistas, chefs & DC stars I have compiled a thorough and accessible holiday gift guide.  I absolutely love this time of year, not only because there are twinkle lights on every tree and “Love Actually” is always on TV and Christmas carols are played on the radio, but also because there is extra cheer in the air as everyone gets in the Holiday Spirit.  With that said, this can also be a stressful time of year.  I normally drive myself absolutely insane trying to find the perfect gift for loved ones and spend weeks scouring the internet, malls, and stores in search of THE gift.  So I would like to help you out this year and hopefully save you some of the stress that inevitably comes with this magical season.  Each day Garden of Glam will host a different contributor who was kind enough to share their wish list and gift list with me (and you) in an attempt to inspire and ease your holiday shopping.  So sit back and relax and let Garden of Glam act as your compass as you navigate your way through this holiday season.

Day One of the Garden of Glam Holiday Gift Guide: Meaghan (District Sparkle)

Meaghan is the ultra fabulous blogger behind District Sparkle and G.L.A.M. (Giving Labels a Meaning).  G.L.A.M., which Meaghan is the founder of and yours truly is the Director of Operations of, is an organization that uses fashion as a way to raise money for local child advocacy groups.  G.L.A.M.’s Inaugural Fashion Event raised money for CASA DC, a non profit that works with children in the foster care system, by bringing together local vendors and fashionistas.  Stay tuned for details for the next G.L.A.M. event!


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Found here

The Palma Leather Crossbody Camera Satchel by Ona.  I’ve been searching high & low for a classic camera bag for my new treasure & the palma. 

This bag is so chic and the perfect present for any blogger, photographer or camera ready user that is sick of the bulky old camera bag.

Found here

Found here

Sequin Sleeve Blouse by Ark & Co.  I’ve never met a sparkle I didn’t like & this Ark & Co blouse is no exception.

I love this blouse and it is perfect for the holiday season! It can be dressed down with jeans or up with a high waisted skirt.  It has just the right amount of bling for the day to night transition. The blouse is an excellent gift for a girlfriend, friend or family member.


Found here

Found here

Emily Shuman’s new release: Cupcakes & Cashmere (the book).  While Emily is a favorite fashion blogger of mine, she’s also super crafty & creative in the kitchen. Her latest book shares great secrets for entertaining, amazingly glam fashion advice & the pictures are absolutely stunning. Blogger or not, I highly recommend this chic coffee table book for your girlfriends this holiday season.

So much inspiration can be found on Emily’s blog Cupcakes & Cashmere, and her book is a compilation of her best posts & work with special extras that are great for the DIY aficionados.  Cupcakes & Cashmere is the perfect present for a friend, girlfriend, co-worker or sister.

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A little sparkle to start off the Holiday weekend

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