Dress Code 101: Office Holiday Party Style

The holiday office party. A time for co-workers to mingle, have fun and enjoy the holiday season. Don't use poor fashion etiquette and judgment when attending a work event. Women in the workforce have to work hard enough to build a professional image, one that can easily be ruined by using a work function to strut the goods with clothes that are inappropriate or too revealing.The key is finding balance between work and play, read how with these simple tips.

Holiday Fashion Faux Pas

It may be a festive party but it doesn't mean that you should get too carried away with it. Find a balance between festive and normal with what you're wearing. Do not wear novelty socks, excessive holiday colors and items like reindeer antlers. Channel the season with pops of green and red color like red pumps or a green silk blouse (not together). Unless the party has an ugly sweater theme, steer clear.

Best Holiday Party Fashion Choices

With the sparkle of snow and Christmas lights, glitter and sequin have long since been a holiday fashion favorite and are super trendy this winter. Glitter accessories like pumps, clutches and belts are great festive accents while sequins sweaters are modest and fun.


Be sure to match bright sparkling pieces with plain counterparts like black skinny jeans to avoid looking like a living holiday decoration. It's hard to not look amazing in a classic red or black dress. Pick one you feel pretty in and avoid anything too tight. Embellished accents on everything is also a big trend this season. 

Bags, shoes, collars, dresses, hair accessories— adding statement pieces to a simple outfit is chic and can be festive. Try long, thin button-up blouses with a pair of red skinny jeans and plain pumps or booties. Layer with colorful blazers and subtle print trousers that you might not wear on a typical work day. Sheer, lace and patterned tights are great with a simple skirt and blouse and red lip-stick brings color to any outfit. And finally you can never go wrong with the classic LBD (little black dress).

{Inspiration from Valentino Spring 2013}

ASOS In Your World { S/S '13 Collection }

With Asos's new Summer collection launch today, my world just got a whole lot more chic.

The look is undenyingly feminine and retro chic with an abundance of pretty A-line, embroidered and floral printed sun dresses to choose from.

 I can already think of so many excuses to wear these gorgeous frocks in the up coming warmer months and just in time for the Spring Racing Carnival and a few Summer weddings to look forward to.

The Asos In Your World collection is exclusive and first for Australia but you can shop conveniently online as always with a few of my favourites here

Transition Summer Favorites into a Fall Wardrobe

Fall is upon us and many of us are still working with our summer wardrobes. The weather in some areas is a little cooler, inspiring a fashion enthusiast to begin looking at changing-up their wardrobe to reflect the new season. Others living in regions that stay seasonably warm during the first couple of months are still wearing shorts and sandals.

Fashion dictates that when the seasons change, so should our wardrobe. Spring is for bright colors, cotton tees, and casual wear, while summer is for floral prints and crop tops. Fall, like the leaves on a tree, expects us to shed the bright pastels and sandals and don the appropriate attire to compliment the earthy tones of autumn.

It is possible to design your own fashion sense of style during the fall season and incorporate some of your summer wear into your wardrobe with subtle blending of two distinct seasons that will keep you comfortable and in style.

Handheld Leather

Making a big splash this fall is the leather handbag, Purseblog states. Large leather handbags are a great addition to an outfit but the neutral colored tote you used during the summer works just as well. With its neutral beige color, it will blend in with any color you choose to wear. A beach-type tote made from woven straw is both roomy and lightweight.

Keep It Tight

Tights or leggings are not just for wearing with a tutu. They are the perfect enhancement to any outfit. Wear your favorite summer frock with a pair of tights and fall-inspired boots, or shoes. With the addition of these two elements, you have created an upbeat look for an old favorite.

Layers Upon Layers

Layering clothes is a positive process on many levels, according to Glamour Fashion. For traveling, it assures you will be warm or cool depending on the temperature on a plane, train, or ship. With fashion, it serves the same purpose. Wear a bright summer tank top as a spark of color layered with a blouse and a darker color sweater or jacket.

Bright & Warm

A light yellow, creamy ivory, soft tangerine, or refreshing mint green scarf that brightened up your summer outfit makes a beautiful accessory to enhance the colors of fall. Drape around the collar of a dress, top, sweater, or jacket to liven up the outfit. Intertwine a solid autumn colored scarf with the pastel for a bold fusion of color. Add summer jewelry, such as a pin or broach, to the scarf for a fun, flirty look.

Sunny Side

Nothing says summer louder than floral patterned sun dresses. For fall, try pairing the sun dress with a long-sleeved solid colored pullover shirt or wear a leather jacket. Accessorize with a belt, tights or leggings, and a pair of boots to turn your summer dress into an autumn delight.


Summertime and sheer blouses go hand in hand to create a casual or elegant look to pants or evening attire. Bring those lovely blouses to the fall season by simply adding a vest to the outfit. The summer lightness is still apparent but toned with a solid or patterned autumn colored inspired vest. Accessorize with jewelry to highlight the colors of the vest and blouse.

Zac Posen { Spring Summer '13 NYFW }

In hues of blush, teal and sorbet lemon, infused with floral prints, New Yorker Zac Posen showcased his Spring / Summer 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week in an ode to old world Hollywood glamour. 

As I watch the Emmy Awards tonight, I can't help but wonder how many of these gorgeous and divinely designed gowns will make their way down the Red Carpet in the upcoming awards nights. 


London Style { Inspiration }

It's about time we discussed the city that sets much of the world's eclectic trends. Londoners are known in the fashion world for being a little bit weird; c’mon, it’s true, they clash everything and mix up trends until they’re no longer recognisable, all in the name of fashion. Compared to the other capital cities across the world, their idea of style might be a little crazy, but it’s there nonetheless and nothing shows this more than the enthusiasm for prints and neons that took the London by storm this year.

Londoners definitely benefit from having the great British high street to choose from, as well as designer boutiques, charity shops and the vast numbers of vintage shops to trawl through in their quest to find a unique look. Every new trend is picked up here and paraded around for all to see, and designers are often known to take their inspiration from the outfits they see in and around the city.

Practically anything goes here, and the only tool you need to emulate these fashion forward Londoners is confidence; wearing whatever you feel whilst looking like you own the place is the best way to pull any outfit off – no one’s going to question it, rather they’ll wonder how you put it together and make a mental note to try something similar!

 One of my favourite places to shop for London style is House of Fraser; this luxury department store delivers British style around the world and showcases up-and-coming designers and fashions on their blog and Pinterest.

{ I’ve put together a long list of clothes here from House of Fraser
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Friday Fancies { Sun Savvy }

I've been to many beaches around the world, from the coast of Australia, the islands of Thailand to sailing around the Mediterranean. Also growing up in Australia, it has been the way of life to spend almost every summer day by the beach. But I had never been so inspired by the beach side fashion until my trip to the Cote-des-Neiges (South of France).


Being sun smart does not have to put a stint on your style. It can actually be quiet fun and fashionable. Dress it up with a large brimmed hat, flowing beach cover up that may also come in sheer, flowing printed and bedazzled kaftan as well as this seasons hottest wide cat-eye sunglasses. And the most important, never go without a strong sun protection lotion with at least 30 SPF.

Summer Sun
My Mediterranean take on this sun savvy style is to go for a nautical look with blue, red and white hues and mixed with the French sophistication, best seen along the shores of Nice and Cannes. 

You may find these here :
Camilla Kaftan 
Miu Miu bow-embellished bikini 
Sam Edelman T strap Sandals
Striped Canvas Tote
Karen Walker Cat-eye Sunglasses

And don't forget to join the beach party here thanks to AV from {Long Distance Loving} as part of today's Beachy Chic {Friday Fancies}.

Have a glorious weekend! xo

DailyBuzz Style 9x9 { Classic White T-Shirt }

White T-shirt

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The simple white T-shirt should be a staple in every wardrobe as much as a pair of blue jeans. Like a blank canvas, the more simple it is, the more you can do with it. However many times, the basic white T-shirt can be overlooked as an item to be worn casually around the house, during a work out or even just to bed, when in fact it is the most essential piece that can be dressed up or down. The classic white t-shirt can make an outfit truly chic. 

White T-shirt outfit

There are several fits one can decide on when looking for that perfect basic white T-shirt, to suit each personal style and preference. You may choose from ultra classic crew-neck, a more fitted v-neck or casual chic round neck. It is also a great solution to wearing with all those loud statement pieces this summer, such as neon or printed pants and skirts. You may also keep it neutral for the office with tailored slouch trousers in black. I also love layering it with a blazer or tucking it in with a high waist skirt. 

The other great news is that the white T-shirt won't have to burn a hole in your pocket, it can be one of the least expensive items of clothing you can purchase, and one of my favorites is from Topshop here.

It is also inspiring seeing celebrities embracing the simplicity and clean look of the classic white tee, even off the sidewalks and on the red carpet. One of my all time favorite celeb style sporting the white t-shirt is of course the gorgeous Miranda Kerr, who although looks impeccable in anything, wears it so effortlessly with a mini skirt and matching black accessories. 

Also, Olivia Palermo was spotted here in New York during the day in a very casual yet chic look wearing her white t-shirt with khaki skinny jeans and tailored blazer. 

And why not dress up a casual outfit with a white t-shirt and cut off shorts layered with a statement leopard print coat? Making this one elegant yet easy-going look.

And of course worn recently to the Hollywood Style Awards, Kate Bosworth in a Jil Sander styled outfit. She proves that simplicity can look chic, and in an under stated outfit, that less can definitely be more.

So...If you haven't already embraced the versatile look of the white t-shirt, now is the perfect time for summer as the options are endless. What do you ladies think of the white T-shirt? Have you found your perfect one yet? If it weren't for being on a budget, these would definitely be my favorite picks of the white tee : from T by Alexander Wang, Thakoon and Phillip Lim in a gorgeous silk jersey. }

A huge thanks to DailyBuzz Style for selecting me today to take part in their 9x9 blogger style challenge. Make sure you check them out here for more style updates.

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