Must Haves in a Casual Style in the New Season

Must Haves in a Casual Style in the New Season

Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans are a must have casual style wardrobe item every winter and they are great for a relaxed fall look! They are a versatile pair and can be coupled with just about anything from long sleeve shirts to bomber jackets to a graphic tee and cardigans. Keep your ankle boots as footwear in the day and for an evening outing, you can wear these boyfriend jeans with a silky blouse, black high heels and a fur vest. Finish off you look with a statement scarf and you can rock your evening like anything!

Capes
Capes are your best friends in winters as they give you cover out in the cold and are also suitable for every body type. They look super sexy when worn over pencil skirts, skinny jeans or leggings. So this fall, throw that cape over a nice sweater and don’t forget those high-heels to nail the classy girl look!

Belts
Belts, belts and belts! It is the most important accessory this fall to add shape to any outfit. A dress cinched at the waist with a nice faux leather belt will give you a really flattering silhouette. You can put your belt on with your skinny jeans or khakis and the other option is to cinch it over a long sweater dress or cardigan.

Trench Coats

 

This fall you MUST add trench coats to your go-to outfits list. A trench coat not only saves you from the downpour, it also adds you to the list of all those fashion forward ladies who are on top of their style-o-meter! Trench coats are chic, functional, and finish up your look in a classic twist whether you are wearing them over a dress or jacket and leggings.

Statement Necklace
Other than investing in a good leather belt, you must own one statement necklace which will up the ante for your casual style clothing. They are eye-catching and add the glamour quotient to your overall look even when worn with a simple T and jeans.

Bags
Structured and studded bags can really help tie your look together in winnters.

Long Boots

 

Long boots or over-the-knee boots look fabulous when worn over leggings and skinnies. They can also compliment your oversized knitted sweaters nicely.

Bomber and Biker Jackets
Oversized leather jackets are super flattering on any body type. They cutoff nicely below your waste and can be paired with all kinds of casual wear. Jackets look amazing when pulled over form-fitted tops or dresses.

Canvas sneakers

 

Sneakers are a must for your casual style footwear. They are insanely flattering on your legs and look amazing with cut-off jean shorts, cuffed corduroy pants or with dresses and skirts.

Silky Blouses

Silky blouses are one other versatile piece of clothing that can be paired with just about anything from pencil skirts to skinny jeans to corduroys. Just throw a cardigan on top and finish off your look with a statement necklace. You can accessorize with a scarf and also if the blouse is oversized, it can be cinched at the waist with a belt if you want to add some form to your attire.

Patterned Knit Sweaters and Long Sleeves Striped Shirts

 

 

Pair your knitwear and striped shirts with denims, harem pants, boyfriend jeans, flared pants and trousers and you are good to go.

 

Hats

Hats are a must when you are on foot. Pick one of those masculine ranch hats or baseball hats for a stroll around the block. They will definitely give you the casual-chic look and keep you warm.

 

 

References:

http://www.collegefashion.net/fashion-tips/15-must-have-items-for-an-casual-androgynous-chic-wardrobe-plus-45-outfit-ideas/

http://www.instyle.com/fashion/rachel-zoes-top-10-fall-must-haves

 

 

 

 

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What Are The Trends For Fall/Winter 2016 -2017

What Are The Trends For Fall/Winter 2016 -2017

Each year fashion weeks give us a new style mantra and we follow suit by heading to the stores to pick our favorite pieces. This time it’s no different. Trends this fall had a very measured and muted color pallet. Earthy shades with an occasional hit of bold red or deep burgundy were accompanied by a deluge of mauve and pink. The coolest part of this season’s apparel was that most separates used to compliment statement pieces are probably lying right there at the back of your closet. So those white button-downs, silk tunics, over-seized sweaters and hoodies in your wardrobe will now come in handy.

List of trends to follow

Age is just a number but when you are beyond your 30s, you don’t want to look like a wannabe teenager in halter tops and skimpy dresses.  Our job is to pick and choose trends from the fall collection that are more suited for a working woman who can attend personal and professional gatherings in them.

This coming season, you must have the following outfits in your closet to pull off an elegant and stylish look:

Puffer and Leather Jackets

You can replace your denim jacket you roughed up in the 20s with a leather one now. Also, this season’s glossy and colorful puffer jackets and shearling bombers worn over midi dresses and kick flares will give you a promising look for winters.

 Turtlenecks

This fall, add a turtleneck to your wardrobe and you are good to go. Style it with some of the lightweight pieces in your closet and you will be bang on trend! It is super-easy to carry off without worrying about your body type and totally legitimize those slinky slips, and low cut cocktail dresses when you wear them over long sleeve shirts in broad daylight!

Cashmere Sweater

A soft cashmere sweater paired with a pencil skirt is the ‘it’ outfit to be worn at office or dinners.

Trench coats

Chic yet functional patent leather trench coats are absolutely drool-worthy. Wear them over denims for the streets and as office-wear when combined with a sheath dress.

Pantsuits

Pantsuits got a reincarnation this season and we are not complaining at all. Perfect for every body type, they have now become the ‘it’ trend. They are slim, stylish and suitable for boardroom meetings as well as a night out.

Mini-skirt suites

Stop worrying about your age. You can still rock the mini-skirt like anything. Pull out those white-button downs from your closet and pair them with color-contrasting tweeds for your office look.

Ruffles

Ruffles are so fall with that layering factor! This year, they came with wearable designs and are no longer over-the-top. You can fashion structured ruffled tops over silk pants for formal evenings.

Sheath dresses

If you are a woman in your 30s, you want a more collected look; something that gives off sophisticated vibes, and sheath dresses are one of those outfits. Sheath dresses with stand-out prints can really flatter your frame and are super-easy to carry off with style.   

Plaid Overcoats

This year, take inspiration from menswear and stack your closet with a couple of plaid coats in subtle, muted tones which can be pulled over cocktail dresses or outerwear too.

Double-breasted coats and blazers

You must be having both these in your closet but you can now totally nail the ‘woman with substance’ look with elegance by adding a wool or tuxedo blazer to your collection as well.

References:

http://www.popsugar.com/fashion/Tips-Dressing-Your-30s-41531290#photo-41531475

http://www.whowhatwear.co.uk/best-fall-outfit-stylist-opinion/slide24

http://stylecaster.com/new-york-fashion-week-fall-2016-trends/

 

Dishes/Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Menu

Dishes/Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Menu

A Thanksgiving party is all about the perfectly cooked, lavish dinner that includes succulent turkey, mouth-watering side dishes and crumbly pies. Since all the focus of this event is on feasting on delectable cuisines, let the event rentals handle the arrangements while you concentrate on the food. We will provide you a menu along with recipes which will leave your guests with satiated taste-buds and a happy tummy at the end of the event!

Appetizers

Butternut Squash Soup

The sweet richness of this fall soup with the following recipe will leave your guests craving for more!

  • Roast the squash with olive oil till its soft and caramelized
  • For the soup, melt 2 tbsp butter and add 2 cups sliced shallots, 1/3 cup smashed garlic cloves, 1 tsp fine sea salt, 1/2 tsp ground white pepper and 1 spice purse
  • Cook for 3 minutes and add ½ cup wine and cook to half
  • Add ½ cup cream, squash, 1 tbsp sugar, 8 cups vegetable stock to it and cook till melded
  • Remove spice purse
  • Season with cinnamon, nutmeg, and licorice root
  • Blend the soup and strain
  • Serve it hot

Other must-have appetizers are Apple-Fennel Salad with Pecans & Pomegranate and Artichoke Puffs.

Main Dish

Perfect Roast Turkey with Herbs-De-Provence Rub

  • Turkey is one major dish that you absolutely do not want to go wrong with. It is the prime thanksgivinf main entrée so make it in excess with enough to last throughout the party. It is best to first brine it for a day to give it succulent, juicy flavor. Stuff the cavity with onions and carrots and spice it up with a zesty rub made of theyme, lavender, fennel seeds and peppercorns. You can Serve it with gravy and garnish with bay and citrus leaves

 

Other main dishes that can be cooked:

  • Spice Rubbed Cornish Game Hens
  • Classic Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables

Vegetable Sides

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

  • Add some milk, salt, pepper and butter to your mashed potatoes and mix well
  • For the gravy, heat some flour till light-brown and put aside
  • Sauté onion for 2 minutes and add garlic and again sauté for 2 more minutes
  • Add vegetable stock, thyme, salt, nutritional yeast makes, tamari, sage, and black pepper to browned flour and whisk well
  • Add mixture to sautéed onion and thicken gravy
  • Serve over the mashed potatoes

Other options include:

  • Sautéed Cabbage & Leeks with Apples
  • Butternut Squash Gratin
  • Brussels sprouts with Bacon & Onions

Desserts

Pumpkin Goat Cheesecake

For a scrumptious cheese cake to nibble on along with your latte, you need to do the following steps:

  • For the crust, mix 1/4c. Granola, 1c. Graham cracker crumbs, 1/3c brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in 6 tbsp unsalted butter and bake by spreading evenly in a pan
  • Beat 8 oz. goat cheese, 1 ½ c. granulated sugar and 2 pack cream cheese separately
  • Add 1/4c pure pumpkin, 3 eggs and 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract and ¼ tsp salt to the mixture
  • Bake pie again with this mixture spread on top
  • Cool down and refrigerate covered in plastic wrap until set
  • Serve with whipped cream

Other desserts you can make are:

  • Chocolate chunk pecan pie
  • Cranberry Vanilla Pavlova

Pumpkin Spiced Latte                                   

You need some caffeine after such a huge party and for that you can beat up a pumpkin spiced latte that will invade the hearts and minds of your guests this thanksgiving.

Stir some sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, maple syrup, and concentrated puree of pumpkin into a strong coffee and snuggle up in front of the fireplace with your latte!

References:

http://www.simplebites.net/simple-chilled-pumpkin-cheesecake-vlog/

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g1395/best-thanksgiving-recipes/?slide=20

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/article/real-pumpkin-spiced-latte

http://www.simplebites.net/canadian-thanksgiving-menu-ideas-a-round-up/

 

 

Fall Fashion Trends To Look Out For

Fall Fashion Trends To Look Out For

The most anticipated Fashion Week of the year has ended with a big bang and this season left us in a daze with its in-your-face, audacious and bold pieces bordering on shear cheek and brazenness.

The style mantra has taken a total U-turn from last year’s bright hues and moved towards a more measured and muted color pallet. The earthy shades with an occasional hit of bold red or deep burgundy were accompanied by a deluge of mauve and pink, glitter lurex and electro furs, daring you to step out of your comfort zone and embrace the coming winters with an eccentric twist.

The coolest part of this season’s apparel was that most separates that were employed to accessorize statement pieces are probably lying right there at the back of your closet. So it’s time you took out those piles of white button-downs, silk tunics, long shoes, over-seized sweaters and hoodies and the fancy gloves as they will complete your fall look to a T!

The Leather Takeover!

The winter collection was rampant with leather details and leather jackets. We absolutely loved the sharp shoulders, puffy volume, oversized streetwear and corseted leather waists. All these key trends came together to create an explosive silhouette and we cannot wait to adorn it!

Here is a round-up of the dominant fashion trends from New York, Milan, London and Paris Fashion Weeks.

Slip-dresses

The spaghetti-strapped slip dress is one summer trend that made a smooth transition towards the winter season by employing leather as its main forte along with lace-trimmed silk and velvet. Go for a lot of layering, plunge v-necks and midi lengths to complete your look.

Puffer Jackets

This season’s puffer jackets were glossy and colorful with a playful take on proportions. We love the crop, oversized and overlong jackets that will keep us warm without compromising style.

Fur Stoles

The cross body fur stoles taught us new asymmetrical draping styles.

Knee High Boots

Knee highs are back with a bang and they were paired this fall with almost every look. The patent leathers are always the safest way to go, along with velvet and choose those printed ones if you are in a mood to experiment. Lengths varied from just below the knee to thigh skimming styles and we just cannot wait to put them on!

Bonfire Palettes

Flame reds, glowing oranges and burnt auburns were a welcome respite after a flurry of muted collections. The autumnal palette was truly inspiring and we are impatient to dig deeper into this awesome trend!

Turtlenecks

This fall, add a turtleneck to your wardrobe and you are good to go. Style it with some of the lightweight pieces in your closet and you will be bang on trend!

Frills

Frills and ruffles from the Spring collections have effortlessly transformed themselves for the cooler months in the form of a long sleeve. The frill details could be seen in the blouse sleeves, on front of dresses, even on sweaters and we are not complaining at all!

Metallics

Keep those metallic tones ready for the Fall as they could conveniently be a part of your knife pleat skirts, footwear and assorted accessories. Copper, purple and emerald shades are the go-to colors if you are tired of gold and silver.

Bags

Handbags came with embellished guitar straps which will definitely stir the rockstar in you. Weird ways in which you can hold your bags definitely got us thinking. Hmmm…

 Hoodies & Sweaters

Athleisure is still trending from the previous Fall so match your oversized sweaters and hoodies with the color trends of this season. Reinvent them as elongated sweaters with oversized sleeves and side slits.

Shapely Sleeves

Be a doer and acquire this trend to look super relevant this Fall.

Mini-skirt suites

Remember Cher’s mini-skirts in Clueless? If you were a fan then don’t worry, the trend is back in 2016. Be creative and style those color-contrasting tweeds with a white T-shirt and a hoodie and you are good to go!

Gloves

The freezing cold weather is an excellent excuse to flaunt these over the top, embellished gloves. The leather and knitted ones will definitely keep you warm!

Raincoats

Now you will be wearing raincoats as a fashion statement as much as for saving yourself from the downpour! The chic yet functional patent leather trench coats are absolutely drool-worthy and help you finish up your jacket in a classic twist.

Chokers

 

 

One-Shoulder Trends

Velvets

Capelets

Long Coats

Leather was a true winner throughout this Fall’s outer wear!

 

References:

http://www.elle.com/fashion/news/g27704/fall-2016-fashion-trends/

http://www.glamour.com/gallery/wearable-fall-2016-fashion-trends-from-new-york-fashion-week
http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/a16944/new-fall-fashion-2016/

 

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