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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DEC 6 Here we are, at the top of another bad list: this time, Louisiana has the (dubious) honor of beating out all other states when it comes to gutting higher ed funding, this Picayune story reports. The American Association of Colleges and Universities says our cuts (nearly 18 percent this year alone) are the highest in the nation. Three-fourths of the states increased funding last year, with the top spender increasing funding by 28 percent. This is a great legacy for our governor, right?
DEC 6 Blogger Lamar White Jr. takes a look at the creepy effort over in Baton Rouge, wherein the southern, lily-white area of the city wants to secede from the union, er, create its own "city" and take all the really fat sales tax cows with it. Turns out the group campaigning for the move is a for-profit corporation, and Lamar says that means its effort won't pass legal muster.
DEC 6 Blogger Tom Aswell tells us about some fishiness he found in the state worker's comp office. There's some confusion about when one guy started working there, and there's also some involvement by a GOP lege from Hammond. It's all just another example of the Jindal administration's actions that "defy explanation," Aswell says.
DEC 6 Edwin Edwards may think it's possible he will be governor again, but columnist James Gill isn't so sure. Edwards would have to get a presidential pardon to run for governor -- unless he wants to wait until he's 99, Gill says. But even Edwards' many supporters should probably hope he doesn't get that, because there's no real chance he can win, Gill says.
DEC 6 Here's an interesting post on DIG Magazine for football history buffs. It's about the Pelican Bowl, the Bayou Classic and the history of black college football. It's a trip down memory lane and the story of a "mythical black college national crown." What killed it? Trying to compete with the Bayou Classic.
DEC 6 Nelson Mandela became famous while sitting in prison, where he was a symbol of apartheid. But his enduring legacy was his ability to forgive, to reach out a hand of peace to heal his country of division and oppression, and the Picayune talks about this aspect of his personality. The story also reminds us of the more light-hearted moments Louisiana shared with the former President of South Africa.
DEC 6 We've all been passed by a nut on the highway and assumed the driver was on drugs. Maybe that's not hyperbole: here's a story from the Picayune about a guy riding around with a meth lab in his back seat. One wonders if his insurance policy included coverage for random explosions.
DEC 6 Here's a new blog in the NOLA Defender; it's called Shift Change, and it's all about cocktails. This installment by Rhiannon Enlil focuses on the sazerac, the enigmatic cocktail made with absinthe. But Enlil also introduces herself, a long-time NOLA bartender who has "a lot of booze" in her house.
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