Our scientific data on temperatures feeling a tick warmer when you're in a great outfit might be a bit embellished (or fully fabricated), but it still feels like that's true! When Winter winds start howling and the snow starts falling, the quickest antidote we know is slipping into a layered outfit that makes you feel like the best version of your stylish self. Here, we've collected 10 street style outfits to inspire your next festive outing this season.
The cutest part of Christmas is watching children belt out their favorite carols, but one girl raised the level of adorable at her school's annual concert. Rather than stand still during the performance, kindergartner Claire Koch chose to sign the songs. What was meant to be a surprise for her parents, both of whom are deaf, ended up being the ultimate show stealer. Try not to smile during her performance.
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In case you aren't feeling broke like the rest of us during the holiday gift-buying season, luxury goods website VeryFirstTo.com is offering the ultimate Christmas decoration: a jewel-studded wreath worth $4,645,800. Made to order (yes, the company is expecting multiple buyers), it's encrusted with more than 40 rubies and diamonds totaling a whopping 138.8 carats of bling. The stones include a 17.49-carat vivid red ruby and a 3.03-carat fancy yellow diamond. After the garlands wilt and the carcass of the Christmas goose has long been cleared away, you can remove the jewels to seriously impress your neighbors again next year with another wreath or have the stones made into a custom piece of jewelry. Because everybody needs a little pick-me-up treat after all that holiday stress, right?
The floral and greenery base of the rather traditional-looking wreath is made of hellebore flowers; hedera berries; and laurus, lingonberry, and blueberry stems, as well as what the website promises are "hand-curled" eucalyptus leaves. For that price, we're imagining that magical elves' fingers and maybe a forest fairy or two did the curling. The flower head of one of the hellebores is stuffed with 22 loose diamonds — let's hope nobody sneezes. Finnish floral designer Pasi Jokinen-Carter, who is the director of Scandinavian florist Flor Unikon Flowers in London, designed the wreath. Jokinen-Carter has reportedly created arrangements for European royals, CEOs, designers, and film and television production companies, so presumably VeryFirstTo.com will be hitting up his Rolodex for potential buyers.
We'll admit: we're usually dressing for our girlfriends. So, how do you get the attention of every other woman in the room? For the friend's holiday party, it goes something like this: statement top, cool-girl denim, sexy heels, enviable accoutrements. With a pal's bash, your mom's not there to scold you for the rips in your jeans — on the contrary, your lady friends know that those jeans are right on trend and make the perfect counterpart to offset your sparkly top. This is the holiday occasion that lets you get festive without censoring your trendier side. By all means, pull out your feathered clutch, jewel-drop earrings, and sky-high heels. Get started with the inspiration below, and remember to have fun with this one!
Shop clockwise from top left: Derek Lam 10 Crosby Digital Sequin Top ($550), Club Monaco EB Statement Earrings ($170), Zara Ripped Jeans ($80), Tibi Carine Heel ($365), Pour La Victoire Clemence Pony Hair Minaudiere ($195)
Sometimes, it's nice to give the shine a break and go for sleek minimalism for the holidays. We headed to Stacey Todd Boutique and styled three black and white party-perfect outfits; take a look!
On Allison: 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket
Crisp, white-covered landscapes, begging for a child to burst onto the scene — freshly fallen snow is the perfect backdrop for a Winter photo session with your kids. But how to capture your children and the light and fluffy snow accurately? We turned to Minneapolis/St. Paul-based photographer Amy Lucy Lockheart, founder of Amy Lucy Photography and a Clickin Moms mentor who teaches the "First Steps with a DSLR" class, to get some pointers for photographing this season.
She shared, "We take hundreds or even thousands of pictures of our kids outside during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. When it gets to be Winter, our kids go out to play, but our cameras tend to stay inside. It’s time to change that! Bring your camera when you go play in the snow. You may just get some of your favorite photos of your kids!"
Read on for Amy's 10 best tips for photographing kids throughout the Winter months.
White Elephant gift exchanges are a great excuse to get kooky and find those random, bizarre, hilarious gifts and bring them to the table (or office party). Whether you're just trying to understand your mother — there's a breath spray for that — or want to upgrade your selfie game, these gifts have you covered.
On Kirbie: Shoshanna dress
Party hopping? No matter how amazing you look when you walk out the door (and you definitely do!), sometimes things happen. But keeping a mini emergency kit can help you avoid serious mishaps. Grab a cute pouch, and stuff it with some of these must-have items:
- Mini deodorant: Getting asked if you're dating anyone over and over again at dinner can really make you sweat, so keep a deodorant on hand for when you need a little extra protection.
- Pain reliever: That red wine that you're swilling in order to get through dinner can make your head spin, but an emergency stash of aspirin can help you get back on your feet.
- Hand lotion: Cracked, dry hands are the worst party accessory. Keeping some lotion in your emergency kit will make sure your fingers stay smooth.
- Travel perfume: Sephora gives out free samples of all its fragrances. Just ask a sales associate for a sample, and you can stash one in your bag for when you need a little lift.
- Travel toothbrush and toothpaste: With all the eating that goes down on the holidays, keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste in your emergency kit is a necessity.
- Makeup stain: A stain like Stila Lip and Cheek Stain ($24) can be used in a bunch of ways, making it the perfect makeup-in-a-pinch product.
- Detergent pen: Spill something on your party dress? Kiss that stain goodbye with that handy detergent pen you have hiding in your purse.
We grew up watching Disney princess films, playing dress-up as them, and singing along to songs by them. So this holiday season, give the women in your life some nostalgia by giving them these presents inspired by Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, and the rest of Disney's royal ladies. Whether it's a girlfriend who's still waiting for her prince charming or a sister who dressed as Belle every Halloween, anyone who's still got a soft spot Disney princesses will love these gifts ideas. Check them out now for a happily-ever-after holiday!