Fashion Designer Althea Harper Shares Winter & Holiday Style Tips

Monday, December 09, 2013

This year, Althea has put together a few tips to look great for the winter and holiday season – from defying fashion trends to incorporating 50’s vintage style and revamping what you already own.

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Althea is a fashion designer and entrepreneur who manages her own fashion line, ALTHEA HARPER. With a cutting edge style that combines both tailoring and draping to make silhouettes appear strong and beautiful, Althea Harper is one of the breakthrough fashion designers in today’s industry. Althea’s designs have won the attention of many people, including passionate Project Runway fans and the entertainment industry’s most respected personalities. The Kardashians are all regularly featured in ALTHEA HARPER as well as Angela Simmons. Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria, and Kerry Washington have also expressed a strong interest in her designs.

Winter & Holiday Style Tips from Althea Harper

· Forget ancient fashion rules. It’s okay to wear white in the winter. In fact, this season head-to- toe white is on trend. However, if you are planning to take on this daring style advice, make sure that your white clothing is clean with no spots and wrinkle-free. I like to use the Pro Iron Steam Station from Rowenta, because it has the steam capabilities for a delicate white silk gown and precision ironing for pleated trousers. If you don’t feel 100% comfortable in all white, opt for a champagne color.

· Mixing textures is a winter alternative to the summer/fall mixing of patterns. A beautiful and classic mix is leather and lace, but you can get a little more creative and mix feathers and knits! Or jacquard and tweed!

· The 50’s have made its way back into fashion and the most flattering silhouette is the nipped in waist with the large circle skirt. A way to make this look work for a holiday party without purchasing a new dress is to pair a full skirt with a bold colored silk top. Add some gold chunky bracelets to keep the look modern and fun.

· Peplum is still popular this season. You can find it on skirts, tops, dresses and even high-waist pants. It gives a dramatic flare to a regular LBD (little black dress). You can give a holiday look a little extra flare by finding a brocade peplum dress. The fabric not only gives the dress a very luxurious look but the medium weight fabric allows for a voluminous, beautiful peplum. Upkeep of this fabric is surprisingly easy with a Rowenta Steamforce iron. It allows you to iron out any wrinkles and then flounce out the peplum with a strong burst of steam.

· In a rush and want to look fashionable for holiday party? A good ‘go-to’ item is an oversized blouse or tunic paired with comfortable black leggings and a pair of black pumps. In fact, sophisticated sportswear, such as great leggings and turtlenecks, can stand-alone or be worn as layering pieces.

· Don’t limit yourself to grays and blacks during the winter months. Bold colors are a trend this season, which can add a pop of color. If you are not ready to give up your winter neutrals, opt for brightly colored accessories.

Coconuts Britain Riding Boots Review and #DSWShoeHookup Giveaway

Friday, December 06, 2013

Disclosure: DSW provided me a pair of boots to review. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DSW.

Boots. Stilettos. Wedges. Sandals. If a pair of shoes have a "wow factor" about them and the shoes fit, I'll wear them! The Coconuts Britain Riding Boots (Available in Black, Cognac, or Brown) fits that bill perfectly. These boots are perfect in every way - true to size, sophisticated, versatile, comfortable, and undeniably chic. I love the ankle straps and buckle accents, which adds to its sophistication.

The versatility enables these boots to sync harmoniously with a myriad of outfits, whether it's a dress, skirt, leggings, or skinny jeans! They're fashion-worthy as they're functional to get you through the cold, blistering weather! The Coconuts Britain Riding Boots are normally valued at $259, but you can buy your own pair at DSW for just $149.95. Also, be sure to sign up for their Rewards Program - it doesn't cost anything. You will receive Free Shipping and special offers, accumulate rewards for each purchase, and much more with their Rewards Program!

Dress: Anatomie Budah Mesh Dress, $225 / Handbag: Antoinette Lee Designs “Anna” Tote, $528 / Belt, Thrifted / Boots: Coconuts Britain Riding Boots, $149.95

Dress: Muse Peter Pan Collar Flounce Dress, $156 / Boots: Coconuts Britain Riding Boots, $149.95

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Disclosure: This book was provided to the reviewer. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DSW.

My love affair with shoes began at an early age. Shoes exude and provoke confidence, allure, style, and femininity. Marilyn Monroe said it best: "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world." I also like what Christian Louboutin had to say about shoes: "There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn't exist for men. A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes."

Linda Meadow, author of City Baby L.A. and founder of Guru Mommy, also help pen the ultimate book for shoe lovers! Do You Speak Shoe Lover: Style and Stories from Inside DSW includes shoe advice, including for the working girl, picking the perfect date night shoes, or style on the budget, such as signing up for DSW's free rewards program - every time you shop at their store, you reap benefits!

Although this book entails 225 pages, it is jam-packed enough with enough information to satiate all shoe lovers, whether they're male or female. One of my favorite parts of the book is the "Fashion of the Decades" section, which covers the shoe trends between 1930s - 1980s. This book also features stories from DSW employees and customers, which adds a nice personal touch to the book.

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