Our personal style often comes in the form of a contradiction: boho glam, sporty & chic, classic yet trendy. Stylish e-tailer Sugarlips’ descriptor is no exception. “Flipping” through the site is the equivalent of raiding the closet of your slightly older (and sartorially wiser) cousin, who somehow manages to make an embellished peter pan collar look tough. Simply put: “the edgy girlie girl.”
Needless to say, when the generous folks at Sugarlips offered to send me an item of my choice I was thrilled. After mentally and physically bookmarking a long list of items, I chose the Window Embers top – a flirty, burnt orange peplum covered in small, flattering pleats. I should preface this by saying that I am well aware of the current popularity surrounding the peplum. One might even go so far as to call it a “peplum frenzy,” as you rarely walk into a clothing store these days without seeing at least one rack of artfully flared fabric. I, however, had yet to take the plunge. I’d been tempted – sure, but the thought of accidentally drawing attention to my hips scared me straight and my courage maxed out at gentle a-line.
When my package from Sugarlips arrived I noticed a few things: one, this was definitely a quality item. While the back of the top is quite sheer, the front (and entire peplum) contains an added layer that gives the shirt a little more heft. It’s 100% polyester, so it has a bit of give to it and should keep its shape quite nicely. The color is indeed in the orange family, coming closest a burnt sienna, which is lovely for the cooler months. I hesitantly ordered a small, as I am usually right between a small and a medium, but the top fits perfectly. The zipper up the side is helpful, considering the seam where the peplum begins does not stretch at all and hits right at the waistline. I chose to style my new shirt with my classic Gap jean jacket, recently purchased and admittedly perfect Club Monaco Alexi Pant, my Bass & Co suede ankle boots and an H&M fur vest since it’s still pretty chilly out there (evidenced by the snow.)
Other options? When it comes to styling for daytime, I love paring the Window Embers top with colored denim in similarly rich shades and gold accessories. Lace-up booties and a simple leather tote draw attention to the delicate details without clashing. For night, I like the idea of throwing some leather into the mix, along with colorful accessories and printed pumps – a pair of edgy, Art Deco earrings keep things interesting. Interested in your very own Window Embers top? Head over to the Sugarlips website and take a peek at their adorable merch – I’ve got my eye on the Signed By Scarlett dress & Frolic in the Forest top…happy shopping!
When it comes to last minute shopping, my go-to gifts are almost always beauty related. Whether it’s stocking stuffers for mom or that secret santa you just can’t crack, a pretty little box o’ beauty is enough to make any girl swoon. Make no mistake – one size does not fit all. Would you dare give your au natural sister a set of artificial skincare products? I think not. The good news is that during the holiday season our favorite brands really lay on the loot, most offering stellar deals & discounts. The bad news? All those gift sets can be a real pain to weed through. I’ve pulled my favorite into one collection, as has fellow OTY Expert Heather. Don’t forget to check out what our community members are quick to pick when it comes to gifting. Read of for a taste of the magic.
1. For the Flower Child: Claudalie Divine Oil Set
If the aforementioned crunch rang any bells, try grabbing this gift set from Claudalie. The company prides itself on creating a natural and environmentally friendly product, and for each Divine Oil that is purchased a tree is planted in the Amazon.
2. For the Lipstick Lover: Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar
Beauty blogs are a buzz with this infamous product. Combining the “longevity of a lipstick with the easy application of a gloss,” this Lip Tar gift set is not for the faint of heart.
3. For the Beauty Beginner: Sephora Prestige Luxe Brush Set
If you’ve got a buddy who just needs to go back to basics, surprise her with this excellent brush set – it’s amazing what a great set of bristles will do. It’s pricey, so reserve this pretty prez for those you truly adore.
4. For the Hard Worker: L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet
Winter can be tough, and it’s even tougher on our hands. I never leave the house without (at least) one tube of hand lotion. Gift this yummy set of mini hand creams (in scents like almond, mango and rose petal) to keep her running smoothly.
5. For the Nail Art Enthusiast: Sephora by OPI Tinsel Town Collector’s Set
You know that friend whose nails are always polished to perfection? Well I bet she’d swoon over these dazzling shades from Sephora by OPI, packaged in miniature bottles that help avoid the dreaded dry-out. Conveniently, OTY is giving this set away in our holiday nail art contest, so shoot us an entry and you just might win it for free.
Make: DIY Gift Tags
Though I might be in the minority, I find the annual task of purchasing holiday cards to be one of the most enjoyable parts of the season. I could spend hours in the local Papyrus piling boxes upon boxes of cards onto the checkout counter. Needless to say, I’m left with an awkward amount of leftovers each season. The solution? Trim your favorite designs into gift tags! If you’re like me you’re constantly running low, and finding (cute) gift tags don’t come cheap – so start snippin’!
Snack: Peppermint Bark Popcorn
In need of a healthy(ier) snack to dole out during the holidays? Look no further. Cookie and Kate has whipped up a batch of treats that are a little lighter than your average christmas cookie. Salty, sweet and everything in between, this snack will quench your craving for chocolate without giving you a stomachache.
I love a good party dress as much as anyone, but why not try spicing up a pair of pants for your weekend shindig? These satin haram-esque trousers will have heads turning, especially when paired with art deco accessories and a sultry smokey eye. Lest we not forget to channel Miu Miu with a sparkly shoe – because nothing gets you going like a little glitter. Click the collage above for info on picking up these gorgeous pieces.
Watch: The Family Stone
There’s a tradition in my house when it comes to festive films. While we all have an appreciation for classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, when the snow starts falling I prefer a more contemporary take on the holidays. If you have yet to see The Family Stone, all I can say is: you’re in for a treat. Starring Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson, Rachel McAdams and SJP herself, Family Stone will make you laugh, cry, and most of all – it will make you thankful for what you’ve got.
This year, our experts have everyone covered on your shopping list – literally. From the foodie to the fashionista and even that confused artist friend of yours, there’s a gift to be found for everybody in their collections. Here’s the breakdown:
2. For The Travel Girl: You know that jet-setting friend you envy oh so much? Even she deserves a cute little gadget for the holidays found by our global expert, Lilian (who definitely knows a thing or two about hopping planes, trains and automobiles).
3. For The Crafty Girl and DIY December: Have a pal who loves to roll up her sleeves and experiment with her creative side? Our resident beauty expert, Emily, shares the cute, crafty necessities of the season while Calli, or DIY guru, shows you how to make a gift or two yourself.
4. For the Fashionista: There’s no better personal shopper than our style expert, Rebecca, when it comes to scouring the best finds for that fashion-obsessed friend who just has to be sporting the latest it-items.
6. For the Foodie (Part 1 and Part 2): We’re so into food here at OTY that one collection just didn’t suffice. Both Rebecca and Heather have some seriously mouthwatering finds for the foodies in your life.