RACHEL’S TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIP #1: JUST GET STARTED
“I know when you begin to unpack, it can feel a little overwhelming. Don’t run the other way — just pick something small to start with like the wreaths or the entryway and soon things will start to fall into place.”
TIP #2: TAKE YOUR TIME
“Easier said than done, am I right? When I was younger, I thought I had to put everything up overnight. As I’ve gotten older, I try to take my time and enjoy each step of the holiday decorating process and what it means to me.”
TIP #3: SWITCH IT UP
“Traditions are wonderful, but give yourself permission to be OK with a little change. It’s fine if you don’t use every ornament or handmade item you’ve ever received. It’s OK to go with a new color scheme or new stockings … Santa won’t mind.”
TIP #4: SEE DOUBLE
“Imitation is the best form of flattery. Copy a great holiday theme from Pinterest, a blogger or a dear friend. That’s a compliment to them!”
TIP #5: B&B
“Basics and building. Just like other home and lifestyle design, holiday décor is no different. Pick a theme and then add the texture, color, sparkle, smells and everything else that makes that theme feel like Christmas.”
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WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOLIDAY PARTY BY SHAWNA O'BRIEN Classic Cleaners, Marketing & Communication
If the invite doesn’t specify the preferred attire, don’t fret! Items with color, embellishments and texture paired with statement pieces, dress up standard wardrobe items making them instantly party-worthy. Need inspiration? Here are ten ideas to spruce up your party outfits: Add class with a brocade dress or pair a brocade skirt with a silky blouse or crisp white shirt. For finishing touches, Add statement jewelry and layer on a jeweled or beaded cardigan. For a classic look, try a flirty knee length tulle skirt with a slim cashmere sweater or tailored blouse. You can't go wrong with a little black dress, strappy heals or heeled booties and a glittery clutch. Add a little edge with metallic shoes and a mirrored clutch. Bold and simple play well together. Go with a knee length sequined dress, a pair of suede shoes and a matching clutch. Pants can be perfection. A Sleek jumpsuit with a glittery metallic jacket is a fun alternative to a dress or skirt.
Make a statement with a sassy leather mini skirt, a chunky wool sweater and booties.
HOLIDAY SONG: "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
Be fashion forward in skinny tuxedo pants with a sequined or slinky white tank or blouse. For a fun element, add a preppy cardigan with beading detail.
GIFT TO GIVE: The gift of time (see page 44 for Hadley's time-saving hostess gift). GIFT TO RECEIVE: Wine and candles CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY: A Christmas movie by the fire CHRISTMAS MOVIE: “'Santa With Muscles" is the worst and best movie ever. Ten years ago, when my son was 7, it was his turn to pick the Christmas movie. ‘Santa with Muscles’ starring Hulk Hogan was on pay-per-view. It took me three years to finally find it on Amazon, and now every year I make my whole family sit and watch our Christmas movie tradition.”
Balance the tough of a sequined skirt with the softness of a solid color cashmere sweater.
Rock sleek and skinny leather pants with a long sleeveless cashmere or wool cowl neck sweater. All eyes on you in shorts made with lace, sequins, and satin worn with a slinky/loose blouse, topped with a long chunky cardigan. OUR RULE OF THUMB: It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. So, go for it! Delicate materials or items with embellishments require attention to detail when cleaning. Check the care label and if it’s dry clean only, hand clean or spot clean, trust the experts at Classic Cleaners to carefully clean your party wear. Bring them to any of our 21 locations before or after your next party! Visit classiccleaners.net for locations.
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