Here's the trick to looking like a fashionista. Pick one piece. Just one. If you're a fearless mixer who likes to pile on the trends, we applaud you. But, the truth is that there are a million trends out there. And there are very few of us that can pull off every single one of them. Today, I'm giving you three that you can wear no matter your age or body type. Just wear them one at a time with your favorite basics to look like a pro.
Let's start with perhaps the most daring of the three – sparkling pants. You can really insert any bold pants here. Think bright denim, velvet pants of ruby red or silky trousers. These glam leggings from Knotting Hill are just what the maven ordered for the holidays. I'm often advocating the ease of wearing a cocktail dress under a business blazer or cardi to work on a party day and transitioning to night with some accessories then going sans jacket. The sparkling pants are a great version of that as well. In fact, to truly pull off the effortlessly chic vibe, we advise keeping the top of your look decidedly unsparkly (lest you should veer into Real Housewives New Jersey territory).
In the world of metallic details, this IND Styler can't get enough of studs. Brother's on the Boulevard has a cool army green sweater with stud details on the shoulders. We love it paired with riding boots. It would also work great with distressed jeans and some moto boots. And if a sweater with stud details is a bit much, simple accessories with studs are a great option. Over at Vanessa V., they have some amazing clutches covered in studs you can rock even if you're not a rocker.
Then there's the fur vest. I love a good fur vest. The one pictured from Little Town is great with pretty much any color you could imagine. We love it over a color blocked look. My favorite is topping an all black ensemble. We saw several ladies at Palates and Pate that went this route and looked uber chic. Remember to keep the vest snug to keep a slimmer silhouette even with all that volume. Add a long pendant and, if you're feeling super IND Style, add a floppy hat. Just promise us you won't wear any other fur with that vest.
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JUL 29 Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, who clearly is no slouch at public relations, countered any worries about his age by commenting from training camp that he'd like to play another 10 years on Friday. For the next two days, he says, he was subjected to "random" drug tests, this post on the Picayune says. Really?
JUL 29 This story in the Washington Post says Louisiana is in the top five of dog-loving states. According to this post, we have 1.27 dogs for every cat. Unfortunately, a whole lot of them are used for fighting or end up in shelters - left there by their owners. So maybe WaPo needs to reconsider that premise, because ownership doesn't necessarily equate with love.
JUL 29 Here's yet another "lady left her kids in a hot car" story, but this one is a little more ridiculous than most. KPLC reports that this lady (a Princess, no less!) Left her little kids unattended in a parking lot while she went to her boyfriend's car so she could provide him with some oral support. Hey, she left the windows down!
JUL 29 Environmental activist Wilma Subra made the Los Angeles Times this week, the star of this piece by Julie Cart in the "Great Reads" section. One interesting thing is the reference to Wilma as a "diminutive grandmother." Only someone who doesn't know her could possibly refer to her as "diminutive"!
JUL 29 Remember that "execution" in Arizona last week, the one where it took the inmate two gasping hours to die? Arizona uses the same drugs to kill its citizens as we do, this post on The Lens tells us. But hey, nothing to worry about, because state officials are "reviewing the protocol." OK!
JUL 29 Somebody over at LaPolitics is a big fan of the infographic! Here's another one, this time looking at the income of former governor, former reality TV star, and current Congressional candidate Edwin W. Edwards.
JUL 29 Blogger Crazy Crawfish got a tip that the state Department of Education was promoting a lot of people, and so he did some digging. Instead of asking a question to which he knew he would receive no answer, he just asked for payroll records. And, he found some pretty interesting stuff there.
JUL 29 Blogger Ian McGibboney is writing about the NRA in this post, and the absurdity of requiring people to follow one group's narrow philosophies. The NRA currently is floating the idea that children be required to demonstrate firearm proficiency in order to be promoted in school, and some other kinda nutty stuff. (Really?) Spoiler alert: Ian's not a fan.
JUL 27 Here's the first of four pieces from Minnesota Public Radio about the horrible legacy of Gilbert Gauthe, the pedophile who also was a priest and used his position to obtain victims. The story gets into the most shameful aspect of that time - the protection Gauthe received from the leaders of the church. This four-piece story promises to be more comprehensive than anything we've seen, because it is looking back from so far. Some of the information here has only been released recently.
JUL 27 The news gets worse in the case of the 11th hour bill that added a bunch of money to the retirement income of State Police Commander Mike Edmonson. Blogger CB Forgotston says here that the annual increase was not $30K, it was more like $55K. Also, it was Jindal buddy Neil Riser who tacked the action onto another bill - something he didn't feel compelled to tell us until now. But here's the best part - Edmonson turned down the money on Friday.
JUL 27 When you're telling people they have lost their jobs, you have to be careful about how you do it. When more layoffs were announced last week to the employees of the Office of Group Benefits, apparently that wasn't handled well, blogger Tom Aswell argues in this post. He's also got some info on who gets to stay - and how much they make. (Spoiler alert: It's a lot.)
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