Getting ready for the holiday party

Can you believe it is that time of year already?!  For me, 2009 has absolutely flown by and now as the year is coming to a close, holiday parties are keeping me very busy.  For some, holiday parties are the one time of  year the entire family or group of friends are able to get together so of course everyone wants to look their absolute best.  No worries though, I am here to walk you through the hottest trends for the 2009 holiday season!

Let's start at the top of the body and work down ladies.  When it comes to your hair, this year BIG is IN.  Whether your hair is up or down, large curls are in.  And there is a solution for those of you with pin straight, fine hair that doesn't like to hold curls--slicked back ponytails are also in.  Be sure to accessorcize your hair with pins or headbands featuring sparkles or crystals.

It doesn't work many other times of the year, but the holiday season is a perfect time of the year to wear RED lipstick.  If wearing red lipstick makes you a little nervous, try a red lipgloss.  This will create a more sheer effect.  Smoky eyes are also in this season, but don't wear red lipstick with smoky eyes--you will end up looking overdone.  But if you plan on wearing a smoky eye, stick to a nude lipstick or lipgloss.  One thing everyone should be doing this season is layering mascara to create long, lush lashes.  In addition, keep the sparkles for your clothing or hair accessories-matte makeup is the only way to go this holiday season.

Hair and makeup can really pull an outfit together.  But what should you be wearing this holiday season?  The answer is:  dresses!  Long sleeve minidresses are all the rave.  They show off some leg but keep you warmer than most dresses by having your arms covered.  Or dress up the LBD this year but purchasing one with glitz and sparkles.  One shoulder dresses are also a very elegant look.  Floral prints in deep, rich colors are very festive and the hot color for clothing is--yep, you guessed it--PURPLE!  It's been in season all fall and isn't going anywhere anytime soon.   Top off your look with some oversize hoop earrings, multi-strand pearls, peep-toe booties, and a leopard clutch.

The key to holiday looks this season is simplicity.  Take one area of your look to make a statment and keep the rest simple.  For instance, if you choose a sequin little black dress, pair it with peep-toe booties, a leopard clutch, large hoop earrings, smoky eyes with nude lips, and big, curly hair (sans the hair accessories).

Take this advice and you will be all the talk at the holiday parties!

Have a wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend!

-Stefanie-

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