It's a Bird, It's a Plane...

What are you doing for the New Year's Eve? My best friend is getting married and I'm the Maid of Honor. I'm so so so excited and can't wait to celebrate her all weekend. This will be a bit different than my typical NYE, I usually have a low key night with a few friends and toast in the New Year. 

While I will be wearing my bridesmaids dress on NYE, I do need a fun cocktail dress for the rehearsal dinner! This green dress fits the bill perfectly. The brocade fabric is just the right weight and its a fun alternative to typical shimmer. 

And we can't forget the best part of this dress... it has a cape!! Do I feel like a super hero when I wear it? YES I DO! 

Since the silhouette of the dress is still classic, I know I'll be wearing it for years to come. I can see myself wearing it again for a winter wedding!

This will be my last post until the New Year! See you in 2017!

Ankle Wrap Heels, old - Glitter clutch, old (similar here and here)

Kara Krittenbrink

Casual Plaid Weekend Look

While I love the Holiday glitz and glam this time of year (like this outfit), I also love a fun casual look. This outfit has been my go to for running errand and picking up last minute Christmas items. I'm happy to say that I am now done with my Christmas shopping but I still have some wrapping to do.

I've purchased several plaid button downs through the years. I've learned that spending a bit more and getting better quality is worth it in the long run! When running errands, if I can, I like to avoid wearing a coat. It adds bulk that I don't want. To stay warm I layer a quilted vest and I'm good to go.

Over the knee boots are typically a dress up item. I like to think they can go casual as well! Layered over my favorite jeans, they are a comfortable option instead of booties. 

Plaid, sold out (similar here and here) - Quilted Vest
Jeans - Flat Over-the-Knee Boot, old (similar here and here)
Kara Krittenbrink

Christmas and New Year's Outfits

This time of year is so festive! I love picking out what I am going to wear to different Christmas parties! I've worn this black on black number number to one. I added tights and booties to this dress for a Christmas party with my girlfriends.

This gold brocade number has to be one of my favorite dresses I've seen this season. The shimmer and pattern is stunning! This halter brocade dress comes in 2 colors. This ruffle strapless number is a beautiful green color. You can wear it for more than just Christmas, it would be great for New Year's eve or a wedding. 

Sometimes a new accessory is all you need to feel festive. I got these earrings as a gift and they are my go to for nicer events. This velvet clutch will give any outfit a fun touch. This choker adds a great amount of sparkle! 

Kara Krittenbrink

Velvet and Lace

Dressing for holiday parties is half the fun! Party dresses are always a fun option but I wanted to mix it up a bit with a fun pant option. I bought this tank and lace pants both from JCrew! Their latest collection has had so many great pieces and I want about everything. I love this and this too! 

To keep black on black from being boring, focuson on mixing textures. These lace pants may be my favorite find of the season. The fit is flattering on many body types. The waistband is elastic and its so comfortable! I'm always drawn to peplum and this velvet tank was no exception. I love how the velvet and lace mix together. Add just a few gold accessories to complet the look.

What are you wearing to your holiday parties?

Gold Clutch, old (similar here & here)  
Gold Heels, old (similar here & here) - Gold Earrings
Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide for the Girl Who has Everything

We all have the friend that seems to have all of the latest and greatest! This is great for her but makes it is not so easy to shop for her. I've put together some special gift choices. 

I've been looking for some unique gifts for the home. These geode coasters are a conversation starter and look great on a coffee table. These champagne flutes come in a set of 4 and would be the perfect gift with bottle of champagne. 

Most of us own a curling iron and maybe a curl stick. This is supposed to be one of the best curling wands and you can buy more attachments for it. This wand set has several interchangeable heads to achieve different looks. It is one of those gifts that is something many girls may not buy for themselves which makes it even more special to get as a gift.

If you know a purse girl like me, then another purse would almays make a new gift. This velvet envelope clutch is a stunner! As I've said a few times velvet is on trend this season and fun to add to any outfit. These interchangeable straps are a way to personalize a purse you already own. It is meant to go with many different Kate Spade purses but I bet could work with many others that have detachable straps.

I've had this pave link bracelet for several years and it is still one of my favorites. I pull it out for almost every night out and special occassions.

One of the best purchases I made this year was a mophie! For anyone that is on their phone alot, it is a lifesaver! It charges your phone whenever you need it. I can go a full day of using my phone and not have to plug in my phone for a charge.

Kara Krittenbrink

Men's Gift Guide

I may sound like a broken record but I really can't believe how this year has gone by! It's already December 1st! I'm a big proponent of getting Christmas shopping finished early so it is out of the way and you can enjoy this season with less stress! To help with that goal I have another gift guide and it is for the men in your life! Dads, Brothers, Sons, Uncles.... they will all love these gifts!

A big portion of the Christmas gifts I buy are for men. My brother and Dad are not easy to buy for! I typically try to find something they wouldn't buy for themselves or something that has to do with their hobbies. 

Every guy can use a great fitting leather jacket! This one is soft and at a great price. 

To beat the cold this time year, I recommend these snow boots and tech gloves. This mock turtleneck makes a great layer under a heavy coat or this bomber jacket.

For the tech guy, a portable charger is a lifesaver. It will keep his devices going when he can't get to an outlet. This portable bluetooth speaker will fill his home or office with great tunes. Beats by Dre are a popular gift but pricey. I've heard great things from everyone that has them so they seem to be worth the splurge!

I've seen whiskey stones and glasses given as a gift before and it always seems to be a favorite gift. Add a nice bottle of whiskey and you've got the perfect gift! 

For the gym rat, I'd recommend a new gym bag customized with his favorite team.


Kara Krittenbrink