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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

7 Ways to Look Good When the Weather Gets Bad (for Every Figure)

We've just had our biggest snow of the season in Maryland this week, and it's freezing outside. Local news stations are calling it The Polar Vortex - The Sequel. :) I've had my fair share of blizzards while living on the east coast, but this is by far the coldest weather I've ever experienced. I'm from the Midwest after all. After moving to Maryland some years ago, I quickly realized that a simple coat wouldn't be enough to keep me warm.

"It can be challenging to dress warm and stylish at the same time, but I like to think I've got it down to a science."

1. Diagonal Alley Coat in Black - A wool coat is a must. I love one that is somewhat fitted through the waist but is still roomy enough to wear over several layers or my chunky sweaters. I love how the Steve Madden coat featured above has a removable knit collar for extra warmth. The semi-fitted waist and flared bottom half make it flattering for pear shapes and plus size. The diagonal zip gives it a motorcycle jacket feel, while the fabric and silhouette give it a sophisticated look. I could totally wear it with sneakers and jeans or dress slacks and heels. I'm pretty much in love with this coat. Even if you live in a warmer state, now is the time to get a winter coat on sale. This one is currently 50% off, marked down from $139.99 to $69.99.

2. Any Way, Shape, or Formal Necklace - A sparkly statement necklace is my go-to jewelry piece during cold weather. With the long sleeves and gloves I'm prone to wear, it isn't the time for stacks of bangles or big cocktail rings. Whether I'm in a dress or a simple sweater, a big statement necklace is the perfect accessory, especially if I need to go from casual to evening wear in hurry.

3. Structured Success Bag - A big structured satchel or tote is a great way to add interest to a bundled-up winter outfit. I love the "Structured Success" Modcloth bag in tan and black because it helps tie in any shoe with the black coat. During summer, it's easy to stock up on little clutches and sandals in every color, but when I spend over $50 on a winter coat and another $50 on a good pair of riding boots, it's important that any accessories I invest in will look great with my coat and whichever color shoes I'm wearing each day. A multicolor accessory in neutral shades helps pull together just about any look. Better yet, it has enough room to store my scarf and umbrella!

4. Chill in the Air Circle Scarf in Red - A warm knit scarf is a must during the winter here, so it might as well add to the style of a look. I love to go for bold patterns or bright colors to break up my big neutral-colored coat. A beautiful infinity scarf can also serve as an extra accessory indoors.

5. Brick Oven Boot in Black - Riding boots are the most stylish way to warm up. Back when I lived in Oklahoma, all I needed during winter were shoes that simply weren't open-toe. With all the rain and snow I get up here, however, it's a matter of staying dry as much as it is keeping warm. Sleek riding boots add an instant chic factor to any look, and they really help keep my legs warm. It's also a great time to get riding boots on sale!

6. Front Row Fashionista Jeans - The boots lead to my next essential - skinny jeans. Not jeggings nor leggings, ladies...say it with me, leggings are NOT pants. I'm talking about structured honest-to-God skinny jeans with back pockets. They look great with tunics, blouses, as well as cropped sweaters; so no matter which kind of top you wear, your bottom half will look equally great. I used to shy away from skinny jeans and riding boots. I've always been pear shaped and average weight, not to mention short. I just assumed I couldn't pull it off with my figure. Then I tried black skinnies with black riding boots and a top that hit just below my waist. It worked! It's all about proportions and going monochromatic on the bottom.

7. We're Young at Heart Sweater - Of course a sweater is on the list. How awesome is that featured sweater with the hearts on the elbows? What a sweet little touch to the design. The subtle gathered detail in the shoulder seams adds a nice feminine touch. This type of sweater has pretty much been my winter wardrobe this season - a simple crew-neck sweater. It's great by itself or with a collared button-up shirt layered underneath, and it look perfect with a statement necklace. Put it all together with skinnies, the necklace, coat, and some riding boots and you've got yourself the perfect dressy-casual winter outfit.

What are some of your cold-weather style essentials?

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  1. I went straight to those boots! I've been looking for a nice pair for ages. It's indeed been far too cold lately, I'm already looking forward to spring:)

    1. Looking forward to spring too!:) I LOVE snow, but I'm not use to these freezing temps!!

  2. I picked up a new coat over the holidays... wool, stroller length type jacket, big enough that I can wear something underneath if it gets really cold, like a leather jacket. Beyond that, it's all about dressing in layers to get through a winter.


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