HOW NOT: To Look Like a Sparkly Slut on New Years! (Also, Your Bag Guide to New Years Eve)

The New Years holiday is what I’d like to call one of the trickiest holidays to dress for. It’s the only time of the year you can get away with leaving a glitter trail, wearing sparkles (preferably not pants), and velvet. Yet, no matter which way you look at it, New Years fashion is reminiscent of Hugh Hefner meets Rainbow Bright with a dollop of Beyonce on the side.

Though my typical New Years involves extra appetizers and watching the Times Square ball drop, there is that occasional party invite that leaves you wondering “what to wear on New Years Eve?” Sure the short skirt worked in college but so did Smirnoff Ice. Times of changed and so should you. Now that I’m officially in my quarter life I prefer hailing a cab on the street corner to looking like I belong on one.

So, let’s practice…

HOW NOT: To Look Like a Sparkly Slut (pardon the language) on New Years!

Your invite says:

“Local Bar & Drinks with Friends”

“Casually New Years”

Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Ferrous Wash (Madewell1937)

Two Tone Sequin Skirt (Forever21)

Simply Vera Vera Wang Opaque Control-Top Tights (Kohl’s)

The suede sandstorm boot (Madewell)

“Cocktails & Dinner to House Party Extravaganza”

“Skip the Cold Dress”

Blouse With Gathered Yoke (Zara)

Slim Pointe Knit Red Pant (Express)

Velvet-Block Mary Jane Pumps (Charlotte Russe)

Necklace (H&M)

“Downtown Bar Hopping”

“Need a Kiss at Midnight”

Lace Top with Frills (Zara)

620 Mid-Rise Super Skinny (JBrand)

Bandolino Rango Boot (DSW)

“Family Affair”

“Shh…I Can’t Hear Ryan Seacrest”

Sleeping Stitches Pullover (Anthropologie)

Sateen Skinny Ankle Pants (Madewell1937)

Pewter Sequin Winter Classics (TOMS)

DON’T MISS THE NEW YEAR’S EVE BONUS!!!

Your Bag Guide to New Years Eve

Suede Envelope Clutch (Accessorize)

Deco Cigarette Clutch (Accessorize)

LuLu Townsend Sequined Bow-Shaped Clutch (DSW)

FEED 1000 Clutch (FEEDprojects)

Ameko Parker Leather Fold Over Clutch (Asos)

Sonia Kashuk Sparkle Foldover Clutch (Target)

TJ Maxx/Marshalls Secret Santa! Get SJP’s Socks!

Okay ladies and a few gents, I am finally ready to share my experience as a participant in a Bloggers Secret Santa event through TJ Maxx/Marshalls.

With a $50 budget and a Secret Santa fashion blogger, Selective Potential, I was on a mission to shop as a certified Maxxionista!

I did have doubts about being able to find something. I wasn’t quite sure what to buy a blogger from Michigan whom I’d never met, and I was afraid of being overwhelmed by the massive store. Instead, it was beyond easy shopping at my local TJ Maxx. In fact it was probably too easy!

I found my gift in the first 10 minutes then continued to roam the store for another hour or maybe it was two, leaving the sales associates to wonder if I was stealing something or just didn’t have a life. I quickly found a silver classic DKNY watch for only $39.99 and then bought a pack of OPI nail polish for $6.99!

Don’t believe it? Believe it!

I had officially shopped, shipped, and then received my own TJ Maxx/Marshalls gift just a couple weeks later! When I opened my early Christmas box sent by the fellow fashion blogger I was nervous and excited to open it. Not mention it arrived on my birthday! How fitting?!

It was a super chic black with gold detail Steve Madden bag and Betsey Johnson over the knee argyle socks all for under $50!! You heard right..Steve Madden bag for under $50! And check out the socks on SJP herself below!

As a well known clothing store, I was surprised by the amount and quantity of bags, shoes, and accessories! Fossil watches for under $50, Calvin Klein shoes, etc..

There is no doubt that if you’re on a 20 something budget but have the reputation of being somewhat of a designer whore I suggest hitting up your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls!

And last but not least, don’t be down and out about this Reccesionista and simply become a Maxxionista!

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8 Can’t Miss Cyber Monday Deals!

Does shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring back high school memories? Probably not, but it does draw some creepy parallels to high school cliques in the sort of way which you probably would opt to forget!

Example Please!

Black Friday representing the high school social status known as the “Go Getters” A+ students who prefer not to do anything less than the best. Meaning they will find those deals. The “Popular Girls” who only participate in large shopping groups excluding people from not a lunch table but yes… vicious shopping lines. And the “Followers” who thought shopping at 4 a.m. with thousands of people actually looked like good idea.

Then you have Cyber Monday the shopping day where being a lazy human being actually pays off. Note the “Procrastinators” who normally accomplished their homework last minute yet still received a good grade leaving the “Go Getters” to hold a grudge against this group until there 10 year reunion. Last but not least the “Anti-Socialist” calm down politicians these are not socialist, but anti-social people who rather…well do anything than be social which means leaving a computer screen open to hunt last minute deals while of course playing a video game.

Sound familiar? Anyhow…

8 Can’t Miss Cyber Monday Sites!

DSW

25% off your online purchase

Overstock

Up to 50% off

Amazon

Deals…Deals…Deals

Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime

Free Shipping and 10% off entire purchase

Eddie Bauer

30% off entire purchase plus Free Shipping

Forever21

Free Shipping! Great Deals starting at $3!!

Vera Bradley

Up to 50% off

Urban Outfitters

Free Shipping!

Fuggs, Uggs, and Whooga! Win a Pair or Receive an Exclusive Discount!

If you haven’t heard of ugg boots by now then you might want to check out this little thing called the internet, a cell phone, and something known as…the 21st century because the popular sheepskin ugg boots are EVERYWHERE!!! Just take a stroll on any high school or college campus and you’re bound to see not one, but multiple uggs.

Since they’re everywhere, it can be a bit tricky when it comes to spending money on just any brand. So let me help!

Whooga Ugg Boots will rock your socks off!! No really, you don’t have to wear socks! Unlike other brands, Whooga Uggs are made with “twin faced” feathers which allow your feet to breathe rather than smell! Which in my book stopping one less smelly foot on the planet deserves some sort of global fashion award. Where’s Tim Gunn when you need him?!

They are the fastest growing boutique brand of uggs made with a thick Thermafleece layer that completely out does any other brand. Not to mention they come in a pretty box and their prices are cheaper too!

With Christmas around the corner Whooga Ugg Boots is giving Reality Chic readers an exclusive 10% Discount!

Don’t forget the code: 1019ERIN

Also if you sign up for Whooga’s newsletter you will be entered in their monthly giveaway! At the end of each month Whooga will draw boots for the winners!! It’s open to everyone in all countries.

How to Wear Uggs?

  • Comfort is key!
  • Don’t attempt to make uggs look classy, because you can’t!
  • Pair with leggings, jeans, over-sized sweaters, and cardigans.
  • Make comfortable look chic!

How Much “Doe” Can a Reindeer Sweater Cost?!

Alright people, it might be an unseasonably 55 degrees and strangely sunny out, but soon Thanksgiving will be here and then (start the singing please)…It will begin to look a lot like Christmas! During the holiday madness you are most likely invited to attend at least one tacky sweater party, listen to Pandora Christmas music or the classic Carpenters Cds, and probably indulge on a bit too much wine!

Like they say everything in fashion goes around then…comes back around? So apparently Reindeer sweaters are once again “cool”! But I am not convinced it’s ever really appropriate to have a giant deer on your sweater. You might ask “Does this ruin the point of having a tacky sweater party if deer sweaters are back in style?” Not exactly!

Now of course this hasn’t quite translated down to “real” people and by real I mean affordable stores. But the thought of college students and/or young adults having tacky sweater parties while more sophisticated adults could be paying up to $800 for such sweaters was quite humorous to me.

While they are not exactly as tacky as I had hoped. They are certainly EXPENSIVE! And I’m sure you understand paying $700 for a reindeer sweater! How could you not?!

In light of the future holiday sweater season upon us I put together a little glimpse of the beloved expressive sweaters!

Tacky Sweater!

Tacky Price!

The Big Compromise!

10 Fall/Winter Must Haves. Forget the Rest…

With a plethora of information on Fall/ Winter trends and so-called season “Must Haves”,  how in the world are you suppose to know what is actually worth buying or what will be “out” in just a week. After all, magazines come out with new “Must Haves” every monthly issue!

For a girl with a budget, affording these “Must Haves” every month not only puts a giant HOLE better known as a CANYON in my wallet, but also leaves me questioning whether the item I just bought is a weekly trend or stellar fashion piece.

In order to break through the clutter I’ve come up with a list for the “real girl”. They are Fall/Winter Must Haves that will not only last through this season, but next season as well!! Check out these trends that are worth buying, and Forget the Rest!

10 Fall/Winter Must Haves

1. A Giant Comfy Sweater- Whether it be a cable knit, wool, or just a bulky sweater. Comfort has never looked so chic not to mention warm!

2.Cardigan- Classic cardigans will never go out of style. You can’t go wrong! Any color, any style. If it’s looking a bit boxy, cinch it with a belt!

3. Trench Coat- Classic and effortless! It will last you years.

4. Leggings/Patterned Tight- Pair leggings with a long comfy sweater or a long cardigan. Subtle patterned tights are a perfect way to add something extra to your outfit. Match your leggings or tights with the same color as your boots!

5. Blazer- The blazer is not leaving anytime soon. Wear it with jeans and a white tee or dress it up with a skirt or dress. This item is completely versatile!

6. A Comfortable Boot- It’s your choice on the heel size. No one knows your feet better than you, but they must be easy to walk in! Everyone should have a boot for the winter/fall!

7. Skinny or Straight Leg Jean- These are a necessity in the winter months. Stuffing your jeans inside your boots will be a thousand times easier and looks ten times better!

8. Flats- A good flat can be worn throughout the year! Choose wisely!

9. Faux Leather Jacket- The leather jacket has been around for years. It’s the simplest way to look sexy and great for “going out” in the winter months!

10. Something Printed! Whether it be plaid, floral, or a striped shirt a print is a great way to add life to your outfit. This piece can be layered throughout the seasons and can be worn all year long!

Boots for “Normal” Girls!

Knee High, Over the Knee, and well..almost any self or label proclaimed boot involves actually getting that boot over your calf before being able to wear it.

You can do one of two things… pretend like you have no idea what I’m talking about and completely ignore this post (click here to go back to facebook) or own up to the fact that fitting a boot over your “athletic” calf is not only a bit of a challenge, but a miracle. At some point in many of our lives we have found ourselves at the mercy of our dear friend and/or significant other begging them while sitting on the side of the bed, couch, or chair to please help pull off the infamous boots while trying to keep what’s important still on…your feet!

It’s not that your calf is “plus size” or “big boned”? It’s probably just normal, but as we all know normal would be considered as somewhat plus size in the fashion industry. So what should we do about this? Start knocking on designers doors demanding boots that fit…Right?

Luckily, someone’s already done that for you! So check out these sites below to find boots for “normal” people!

Jcrew.com -extended calf sizes

Zappos.com -extra width for regular sizes, over 100 wide-calf boots

Onestopplus.com -45 wide-calf boots from medium to extra wide

Widewidths.com -Every boot can come in wide width

Boots for Everyone!!

Just Kidding…Who do you think I am? Oprah! However…Boots are one of my favorite things (two Oprah references in one paragraph..uh oh!?)!

Note to self: Maybe today’s premiere of the final season is on my mind.

Anyhow, boots can make your wardrobe and what better time to bust them out than the beginning of FALL!! Not knowing how to wear these can often pose a problem. One mishap of knee high boots can leave you walking the street..or at least looking like it, and a mishap with ankle boots can lead to the unflattering calf syndrome. Neither which I would strongly advise. While boots aren’t exactly made for walking (like Jessica Simpson once sang) they are great for simply standing or a day of sitting (office wear). So instead take Beyonce’s advice and be Bootie.. licious! (of course in a different context)

7 Boots Worth Fall…ing For

1. Knee High Boots- Pair Knee High Boots with the same color leggings or a long tunic/knee length dress. This will elongate your legs and leave them looking like they’re a mile long!! And trust me you can pull off this look!

2. Peep Toe Booties- Peep toe booties are hot hot hot for the fall. They’re perfect to wear with jeans because there is no stuffing, squeezing, or tucking involved! Plus choose cute polish and you’re good to go!

3. Ankle Boots- These should come with a warning. They can be great with skinny/boot cut jeans or leggings, but be cautious. They have a tendency to cut off your leg at an unflattering point… the calf!!

4. The Grunge Boot- Don’t wear this trendy look everyday, but if you’re thoughtful with this boot you’ll look better than ever! Remember when wearing something rough and tough add a touch of femininity…opposites attract!

5. Flat Boots- This should be your go to boot! It’s easy to walk in, comfortable, and can be worn with almost anything. So get yourself a pair…brown and black!

6. Rain Boots- There is no reason to be modest or conservative with these! When it’s raining all goes and all goes with rain boots!!

7. Boots with the Fur- Whether it be Uggs, fuggs, or shearling let comfort be your friend just not your best friend! While I’m all about some comfortable boots they’re not for every occasion. Pair these boots with giant sweaters or some comfy sweat pants!

Check out these DSW boots with free shipping over $35!

Blazing Hot!

Blazers are NO LONGER a place for shoulder pads, business meetings, or working professionals! Instead they’ve become a staple piece for a night out, a touch of sexy to regular jeans, and a little Coco minus the Chanel.

Needless to say this Spring/Summer’s GO TO Piece just so happens to be blazer, and while normally that would call for the word BORING, oddly enough the blazer has up the ante!

Check out these looks to be “Blazing Hot”! ( alright…so it’s a little cheesy)

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Camouflage (Trend Alert)

When I think of camouflage three things come to mind: Hunting, Army, and the Bass Pro Shop. If I had it my way camouflage would stay hidden (no pun intended)! Trying to make camo trendy is like trying to make harem pants cool….Not gonna happen! So you get the point..I’m not a big  fan!

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Rather than listening to advice from “certain sources” that camo should be a go to this season, take this advice and choose an alternative print (two meanings there). Wearing bold patterns or cargo apparel is a great way to replace this overused look. If your contemplating whether you should follow this trend think about the original meaning of camouflage. It’s best when left unseen and a mistake when it stands out!