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Dress Up Sunday

I’ve been really stressed with school and work lately. So when the opportunity to travel presented itself last week, I grabbed it and packed my bags without much thought. I missed home, so much that I didn’t mind spending the weekend only there (usually when I visit, I clear my schedule for a week). Despite the short amount of time I spent in Naga, I was happy. Coincidentally it was my little sister Denice‘s birthday too and I never wanted to miss it for the world.

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I think we’re the closest in the family. When we were kids people actually thought we’re twins. But of course, like any other siblings, we’ve had our own share of squabbles–but that only made us closer. Until today we still borrow each other’s clothes, laugh at silly things, gossip, and spoil each other. I always thought of her as a fragile being, so I didn’t like seeing her hurt or sick–I still don’t, but I’m confident she can now handle every obstacle thrown her way. I can’t believe she’s grown to be a tough–and very stylish–young lady who is great at what she does. She also likes cameras so when I’m home she takes my pictures for my blog. 😉

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We took these photos at the iconic Basilica Pavilion located within Basilica Minore, home of the famous Our Lady of Penafrancia–Bicol region’s patroness. I’ve taken so many pictures for this blog but I only have very few from my hometown so this time I made sure I was able to take some before the Sunday mass began.

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Hence the people at the background. 😛

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Before we got there though, my sister was laughing at me because I looked too formal for church. Lol I’ve always been the most maarte in the family so they’re kinda used to me being so dressed up all the time. I was actually going to wear heels but I didn’t want to be teased again so I opted to wear my chic pointed flats instead just to balance things out.

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Didn’t wear much jewelry too because the collar already has gold sequins. Adding more accessories is overkill. And I’m not big fan of jewelry too, except for these gold earrings my dear grandma gave me for my college graduation years ago. 🙂

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EZRA dress | Mendrez flats | MANGO quilted shoulder bag

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That Little Black Dress

The little black dress has become a wardrobe staple by women ever since Coco Chanel popularized it in the 1920s. The initial design Chanel published in Vogue in 1926 was just a simple, straight dress that falls just right at the calves.

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Today however, decades after it was introduced, the little black dress aka the LBD has undergone different transformations in terms of cut, length, and embellishments. While many manufacturers still subscribe to the original design, many LBDs available in the market are shorter, more body-hugging, more revealing, and more decorated that sometimes they tend to look tacky. However, many are still well-designed just like the following little black dresses I found on DressFirst.com, which will certainly suit women of various tastes.

The Ballerina

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This A-line LBD reminds me so much of the film The Black Swan. This dress is perfect for girls who want to show off a bit of skin while still looking chic and regal.

The Heiress

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This sequined dress is perfect for those girls who are fond of attending cocktail or corporate parties. The embellishments are balanced by the modest cut. Additionally, girls who want to show off their gorgeous collar bones may find this dress suitable for that agenda.

The Vixen

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This dress can make or break your outfit depending on the styling. Sexy LBDs like this do not need much accessorizing—a simple pair of earrings and bracelet would do the trick. After all, the main accessory for this kind of dress will be YOU.

The Sweetheart

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Designs like this will always be my favorite. It has all the qualities of the above-mentioned dresses. It has the right amount of embellishments—it may be a little short but it’s perfect for petite girls like me. The one-shoulder venus cut also provides the right amount of playfulness. This kind of LBD is fit for occasions such as the school prom; it’s definitely something sweet and fun girls would opt to wear.

DressFirst has a wide array of little black dresses to choose from. It’s important to remember though that to make an LBD standout, overaccessorizing is not very advisable. LBDs are usually great when paired with very minimal jewelry and simple shoes.

Shimmer and Shine: Ten Fashion Looks That Light Up Your Christmas

During the festive seasons, there are dinners, happy hours and get-togethers with friends and family, all crammed within a few short weeks in November and December. Of course, you cannot forget the office party, which has made a comeback after years of being shelved due to the financial crisis. With all these invitations, it’s difficult to fit them all in your oversubscribed schedule.

You also want to want to make a good impression when you attend these events. Finding just the right Christmas party dresses can be a real challenge. Fortunately you have numerous choices that allow you to stand out whether you’re schmoozing with your boss at the office party or snuggling with that special someone over an intimate dinner for two.289975501

The Little Black Dress

It’s difficult to go wrong with the iconic little black dress. The little black dress can go effortlessly from office to the club. Whether you go with bare shoulders or crushed velvet, there is an LBD that has your name on it.

The Little Red Dress

With all the gray skies and slushy snow, the winter could do with a little color. Stand out from the sea of black in a little red dress. When you wear a little red dress, you will automatically command attention – perhaps even from your longtime crush.

The Little Gold Dress

When the invitation says “festive attire” and you want to look elegant without going for a full-length ball gown, what are your options? A little gold dress could be just the ticket. Sweep your hair into an elegant updo, add simple jewelry and shoes and you’re done.

Elegant Long Dresses and Skirts

For those white tie and black tie occasions, only an elegant long dress will do. You can wow the crowd in a sweeping ball gown in black, red or a beautiful jewel tone. Or opt for a body skimming sheath with a discreet slit to show just a flash of your legs.

Shimmery Tops and Skirts or Slacks

For a festive look suitable for less formal occasions, choose a shimmery or glittery top. Pair it with a short or long skirt to mimic the look of a cocktail dress. Or pair your top with slacks and a jacket to keep away the chill while maintaining a festive look.

Dressing for the Office Holiday Party

289542593The key to proper dress for the office holiday party dressing for the office party is to remember each of the two words: office and party. It is still a work-related affair. This means that plunging necklines, too short hemlines and too-tight anything are off limits. On the other hand, it’s a party, so you are expected to dress up. Translation: a little black dress that hits a few inches above the knee is fine. A skimpy black number cut to the navel and barely covering your bum? Not so much.

Pajamas: Not Just for Bedtime

Of course, you would never roll out of bed and show up at a party wearing your pajamas. Or would you?  Beautiful gold-colored gowns with a satiny sheen, or silky pajama bottoms in black or a jewel-toned color can absolutely make their way to your next occasion, and no one would ever suspect.

Crushed Velvet

Few fabrics are as inherently luxurious as velvet. Whether you opt for a black velvet dress or a crushed velvet jacket, you instantly look dressed up no matter what else you are wearing. A velvet skirt and jacket are ideal for a sit down dinner party. While black is always appropriate, crushed velvet also looks glamorous in jewel tones like green or blue. Red or even gold crushed velvet jackets are eye-catching when matched with black skirts or pants. White velvet is a lovely alternative for daytime affairs.

Leather

For elegance with a bit of an edgy appeal, rescue your leather skirt from the back of the closet. Pair it with a silky top or a soft angora sweater and you will look sexy and elegant all at once. Dress up a leather jacket by pairing it with smooth wool slacks and a glittery top. Plain pumps or flats to match the jacket complete the look.

Ugly Sweaters

Yes, ugly sweater parties are all the rage. From reindeer-covered creations to colors that seem to have been inspired by a fever dream, the motto for ugly sweater parties is the uglier, the better.  The best part of an ugly sweater party invite is that you likely already have suitable attire stashed in the back of your closet.

Sophie West studies style design. She enjoys blogging about flattering fashion and beautiful looks.

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