This time of year one of the easiest ways to look utterly holiday lies in your accessory choices. And while we love traditional holiday wares, we've spotted a couple of cool options that can go from day to night and keep your holiday look totally fresh.
Let's start with the footwear. These flirty little patent shoes from Shoe La La are just what St. Nick ordered and certainly IND Style approved. We're all about colored footwear around here. (And never get tired of the nude hued shoe trend.) The bit of sparkle on the toe? Can't get enough sparkle this season. We'd wear them with cropped navy (or black) velvet pants, skinny forest green jeans or a demure little lace dress of with a circle skirt. They'd also be fantastic with dressy shorts of lace, silk or tweed.
Over at kiki, Alexis Bittar's newest wares are brighter than the Griswold lawn and yet (of course) totally chic. Give the neon trend an utterly uptown vibe with these bangles that would be perfect with black head to toe. (I know, I know ... I love all things with a pop of color and black head to toe.) If you're brave, pair them with this winter's surprising pastels. How lovely with mint green, lavender or bubble gum pink! (Bubble gum pink dressing for the holidays deserves an exclamation point.)
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DEC 4 This post on Philebrity, an arty Philadelphia blog, previews the lecture Bobby Jindal gave last night in the City of Brotherly Love. Sadly, not a lot of love headed Bobby's way in this post, which indicates a level of disdain for our Guv generally limited to residents of our lovely state.
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DEC 4 There's another story on state employee abuse of public credit cards in the news, and blogger CB Forgotston has the solution: get rid of them. We don't need them; it's more work without them to accomplish what you need to accomplish, but what's wrong with that, CB wants to know. The legislature needs to pass a law forbidding the things, he says.
DEC 4 Here's one of two recent posts on the Lens about spending at two charter school operations in New Orleans. This one is about training for less than 200 KIPP employees in Vegas -- which cost nearly $120,000. That's $120,000, with six figures. The other operation was the Friends of King schools, which sent the staff, including eight of nine board members, to a retreat at the beach. That cost $70,000. So far, the Lens is the only media covering this. One wonders if that would be the case if this level of spending had happened in a public school operation.
DEC 4 In the effort to lay blame for our disappearing coast, a board charged with protecting our coast voted to sue the US Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, this story on NOLA.com says. One suit will seek to force the corps to pay for damage caused by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet project, and the other will seek to force the corps to pay for a levee system in Algiers on the West Bank. Interesting.
DEC 4 Thanks to blogger Robert Mann's Facebook page, we know about this story in the Washington Blade, which says that the Louisiana National Guard has decided to process same-sex partner benefits. The story was posted Tuesday, following an interview with a guard chief by the Blade. That same day, the Advertiser ran this story, which said Louisiana is still a hold-out on same sex benefits. So which story is correct?
DEC 4 One Alabama fan shot another dead, this WWL story tells us, because she didn't feel the other fan was upset enough about Alabama's loss to Auburn. The women were at a party, and the dead lady, mom to three children, was joking with other party-goers about the loss, which didn't sit well with the shooter, the story says. Police think alcohol might have been a factor. Ya think?
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