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5 Dining Pieces Every Hostess Needs for their Dinner Parties

Are you looking to host the best Thanksgiving party at your place this year? While the guest list and the food are wildly important, we all know that décor and presentation matters too!

Although many may say that what you serve is more important than what you serve it in, there’s still nothing wrong with going above and beyond by investing in some great classic serving pieces.

Here are five versatile pieces that will not only be helpful for this Thanksgiving, but will also work for any future event you may host in your home.

The Cake Stand

Let’s get down to the main event: dessert. Whether you made your pie from scratch or bought it from the store, you can make it look even more enticing by placing it on an elegant cake stand.

Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn
Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Multi-Size Serving Bowls

Now that we’ve got dessert covered, it’s time to figure out what you’re going to use to serve your main-course meal items. Between salads, roasted veggies, and potatoes, having multiple bowls in multiple sizes will definitely come in handy! These rustic metallic bowls from Bed Bath and Beyond will not only be practical, but will also help make your table look great!

Photo Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond
Photo Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond

The Ice Bucket

In terms of convenience, having an ice bucket will always come in handy when you’re hosting a large party. The fridge will inevitably be packed full of food and drinks, so why not use an ice bucket at the table to help with the chilling process. It’s functional and adds an elegant aesthetic.

Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn
Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn

The Pitcher

 Nobody wants to be running back and forth to the kitchen every two seconds to fetch water for all your guests. Keeping a pitcher of water, juice, or iced tea on the table is a great easy way to make your job as hostess a little simpler.

Photo Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond
Photo Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond

The Chip and Dip Bowl

Want an easy and convenient way to serve the appetizers? Whether it’s chip and dip or veggies and dip, a two-piece serving set is all you need to keep guests satisfied before the main meal is served.

Photo Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond
Photo Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond

Now that you’ve got all the serving accessories that you need, don’t forget to snap some pictures of that yummy food sitting on your table. If you’re not a food blogger already, perhaps hosting a Thanksgiving dinner will turn you into one!

By: Jaclyn Parker

How to Be A Fashionable Hostess this Thanksgiving

Being the host of a large holiday dinner can be stressful at times, but it can also be very rewarding and fun. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to seat so many people, how you’re going to decorate the table, and of course, what food you’re going to serve.

First, you must pick your color scheme. Are you craving warm fall tones like orange, beige, rustic brown, or natural green? With this color scheme you could use your left over pumpkins from Halloween as decorative pieces. Orange napkins and gold-detailed silverware will go perfectly with your delicious pumpkin pie.

Photo Courtesy of Fashionable Hostess
Photo Courtesy of Fashionable Hostess

For the centerpiece, all you need is a simple design. After all, everyone will be too focused on the food to even notice, right? Think about nature as your inspiration. Use fake greens, pine cones, leaves, and/or fruit to design your own beautiful creation.

Photo Courtesy of Julie Blanner
Photo Courtesy of Julie Blanner

Perhaps rustic orange, burnt brown, and beige are too simple for your taste. Make your table more colorful by adding one bright color to your rustic, harvest color theme. In this example from House Beautiful, a hot pink accent is used all throughout the décor.

Photo Courtesy of House Beautiful
Photo Courtesy of House Beautiful

If you’re looking for a table runner, check out these three fall-inspired ones from Bed Bath and Beyond. All of them would look great layered with your colorful centerpieces and rustic-inspired serving dishes.

Photo Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond
Photo Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond

Now that you’ve got inspiration for your thanksgiving dinner party décor, it’s time to think about all the yummy food you’ll serve.

By: Jaclyn Parker

 

3 Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Two more days until we whip out our costumes and impersonate our favorite TV character, superhero, movie star, Disney character; the list goes on and on. While some of us might plan our costume a month ahead of time, we can’t all be that prepared. Have no fear because there are a ton of great last-minute Halloween costume ideas that are easy and convenient, and won’t require you to buy anything new.

Nerd

If you’re the cool one in your group of friends, perhaps it’s time to bring out your nerdy side! Dressing up as a nerd is as easy as wearing a pair of black-rimmed glasses and a geeky button-down shirt with a preppy sweater. Or, you can throw on a white t-shirt and a pair of suspenders.

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Image Source: Tumblr user pouf daddy, Featured on Popsugar

Audrey Hepburn

If you don’t want to head down the geek route, perhaps you’re ready to bring out your classy side instead. Why not dress up as Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? All you need is a little black dress, a pearl necklace, a pair of black high heels, a pair of chunky stud earrings, a headband (or tiara), and a cigarette holder.

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Image Source: Reddit user camping is intense, Featured on Popsugar

Athlete

Sometimes the best Halloween costumes are the ones you can create from the items in your closet. Maybe it’s time to dust off your old sports uniform and dress up as an athlete in the sport of your choice!

Image Source: Instagram user byaliceribeiro, Featured on Popsugar
Image Source: Instagram user byaliceribeiro, Featured on Popsugar

We would love to see your costume for this Halloween! Take a picture and post it on your social media with #stylechatmobile so we can see all of your great creations!

By: Jaclyn Parker

 

How to Decorate your Living Space when you’re Living with Roommates

You’ve grown up, moved out of your parents’ place, and gotten your independence, but have you really?  One of the most common problems young women endure is sharing their living space with one or more people. We all know that living with roommates can be fun on a Friday night when you’re getting ready to celebrate the weekend, but when Monday comes and reality sets in, you’re left learning how to cope with the situation.  This is when you find yourself having to compromise in order to be considerate to your roommates. While compromising is good, here’s how you can decorate your living space to your satisfaction without stepping on each other’s toes.

First, have an open conversation about your likes and dislikes. You might be presently surprised to find that you have the same favorite band or favorite color. Take a minute to run through each other’s Pinterest boards to find some similarities in your interests.

If this results in the realization that you have nothing in common, don’t worry just stick to the basics when decorating. Who doesn’t like inspirational phrases or subtle neutral colors?  This picture frame from Urban Outfitters is simple, classic, and inspirational, and very unlikely to disturb a roommate like some of those other crazy colorful neon posters you may have wanted to use instead.

Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

When you’re decorating your place with furniture, there’s a fine line between having too much crammed into a small space and not enough. Try buying a piece of furniture that doesn’t take up a lot of space, while still keeping your stuff organized. The Urban Outfitters furniture rack featured here will most definitely please your roommate with your clothes and accessories will be hanging neatly rather than lying dispersed all over the apartment. A delicate furniture piece like this is effective for hanging and not overpowering in terms of size or color.

Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Just remember, your living space should reflect the tastes of everyone living there. Keep the common rooms simple if you can’t agree on a specific theme then add your own flavor to your individual bedroom.

Check out the StyleChat app to find the perfect home furnishings to decorate your living space!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Rock your Denim like a Star this Fall

Some days we can spend an hour in our closets figuring out what to wear, which denim color, which top, which pair of shoes, which pair of earrings, the list goes on and on. Some days however, we want our trusted jeans to come to our rescue; we want to be able to slide on our favorite pair in two seconds and look incredible. So which jeans should we choose?

An article featured on WhoWhatWear consults some of the best fashion experts to get their take on their most reliable pairs of jeans, and trust me you’re going to love the results!

First off, we have light-wash skinny jeans with rips on the knees. The light blue wash with the rips will give you a casual look that you’ll love! Pair them with your favorite t-shirt or a button-down shirt, and you’ll have an outfit that will keep you cute and comfortable whether you’re sitting in class or running to the grocery store! Not sure where to find a stylish pair of jeans like this? Check out Nordstrom’s Joe’s jeans featured below! They even give you a slight bit of fading to make you look très chic!

Joe’s at Nordstrom ($179.00)
Joe’s at Nordstrom ($179.00)

Next denim obsession on the list is a pair of high-waisted black jeans designed by AG. These fitted cotton jeans will give you that perfect fall look. It’s time to transition from your summer white jeans into a pair of bold black jeans! The high waist will keep you comfortable so that you’re not constantly pulling up your jeans every time you sit! Pair these jeans with a sweater for a comfy night in, or with a dressy top and chunky jewelry for a night out with friends!

AG Jeans ($225.00)
AG Jeans ($225.00)

Last but not least, we have a style of denim jeans that are one of my personal favorites: boyfriend jeans. Some people may associate boyfriend jeans with really baggy jeans, but that doesn’t have to be the case! The best boyfriend jeans are the ones that are relaxed, skinny jeans, meaning they follow the curves of your body without conforming too tightly to your leg. The relaxed fit gives you the perfect relaxed look for you to enjoy! It’s time to be stylish and comfortable at the same time.

Photo Courtesy of WhoWhatWear
Photo Courtesy of WhoWhatWear

Check out the StyleChat app; it’ll make shopping for jeans and styling your look way more fun!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Stock up on the Hottest Leather Finds this Fall

Before we know it we’ll be packing away our summer hats, sandals, and dresses, and replacing them with hot new fall merchandise. It’s time to pack away the light fabrics and substitute them with leather. From shoes to bags, and much more, Elle.com gives us some examples of leather items that won’t break your budget!

First on the list is a pair of leather flats that would look cute with anything from a dress to a pair of jeans. Whether you’re going to work or going to school, these comfy leather flats will keep your feet at ease all day!

Cosstores.com ($125.00), Featured on Elle.com
Cosstores.com ($125.00), Featured on Elle.com

If you’re looking for shoes that are a bit fancier this fall, perhaps it’s time to slip on a pair of black leather sling back high heels with a touch of fringe!

H&M ($70.00), Featured on Elle.com
H&M ($70.00), Featured on Elle.com

These moderately priced H&M sandals can be dressed up with a skirt and top, or played down with your favorite pair of skinny jeans and a warm sweater for fall. Despite your outfit choice, these fringe sandals will keep you on trend!

Next on the list, we have a leather clutch that stands out with a vibrant bold bright pink color! This cute lip-shaped clutch could be a coin purse by day and a clutch by night!

Luisaviaroma.com ($122.00), Featured on Elle.com
Luisaviaroma.com ($122.00), Featured on Elle.com

Accenting with leather accessories can be a great way to ease yourself into fall season fashion. This white leather Nixon watch is feminine and chic, and will add intrigue to any outfit. Pair it with a white or beige leather clutch for the perfect matching look.

Nixon ($125.00), Featured on Elle.com
Nixon ($125.00), Featured on Elle.com

Last but not least, it’s time to think about your jewelry choice. This simple leather bead necklace would work with great with a pair of a jeans and your favorite t-shirt or fall sweater. It’s simple, chic, and perfect for fall!

Chan Luu at Shopbop ($105.00), Featured on Elle.com
Chan Luu at Shopbop ($105.00), Featured on Elle.com

Incorporating leather into your look should be a breeze with the wide variety of leather products hitting stores this fall. From shoes, to handbags, watches, jewelry, and more, the possibilities are endless! What’s your favorite leather accessory?

By: Jaclyn Parker

Make your Summer Wardrobe Work all the Way Through the Fall

With the warm summer weather still upon us, we walk through retail stores unable to even think about wearing the new sweaters and jackets that they’re showing for fall. Of course it would be great to shop for every season, but budget wise it’s great to buy pieces that will get you through multiple seasons! Since now is the time that retailers are putting all their summer merchandise on sale, it’s time to take advantage of some budget-friendly summer pieces that will make it through to the fall. A Refinery 29 article gives us some helpful pointers on what to buy.

It’s time to invest in a denim miniskirt. Combine it with your favorite crop top in the summer, and wear it with leggings and a sweater in the fall. Dress it up with a floral top for a summer night out or wear it with a button down flannel blouse in the fall. Either way, a cute denim skirt can last you for a while! For only $22.90, we love this denim button skirt from Forever 21.

Courtesy of Forever 21 ($22.90)
Courtesy of Forever 21 ($22.90)

Next fashion item to consider buying is a short-sleeve polo. In the summer you can wear it on its own and in the fall you can throw a light cardigan over it. Opt for a bright color like blue because it will keep your look fresh.

Courtesy of Front Row Shop ($35.00), Featured on Refinery 29
Courtesy of Front Row Shop ($35.00), Featured on Refinery 29

Next up we’ve got a very versatile and loved fashion staple: skinny jeans. Check out Nordstrom’s Jolt dark wash skinny jeans featured below. In the summer, wear them with a pair of strappy sandals and in the fall wear them with your favorite booties.

Courtesy of Nordstrom ($39.00)
Courtesy of Nordstrom ($39.00)

If you want shoes that will work in the summer and fall, opt for a pair of mule loafers like the slide-on ones featured below. This sale item will be comfortable and cute with a variety of outfits from dresses to jeans and t-shirt.

French Connection at Bloomingdales ($53.99)
French Connection at Bloomingdales ($53.99)

Keep your style fresh and budget-friendly from summer to fall with these simple tips! Your wardrobe is more versatile than you may think! We can’t wait to transfer our denim skirts from summer to fall with just a few small adjustments! What fashion items will you keep through the seasons?

By: Jaclyn Parker

 

Back to Basics: How to Style your White T-shirt

Some days we look for crazy, colorful tops to add some cheerfulness to our look, but other times we want that simple and comfortable, easy to match white t-shirt. A white t-shirt does not have to be boring. Some of the hottest celebrities are using their white t-shirts as a fashionable staple. An article on WhoWhatWear gives us examples of ways we can turn our basic white tees into versatile, stylish statements.

Get a sleek, sophisticated look by pairing your white t-shirt with white pants, a white trench coat, and neutral-colored accessories. Get the most out of all your white clothing while summer lasts!

Photo Courtesy of GG/Fameflynet pictures, Featured on WhoWhatWear
Photo Courtesy of GG/Fameflynet pictures, Featured on WhoWhatWear

Want to make your white t-shirt a bit more edgy? Pair it with your favorite moto-jacket and a chic black skirt like Jessica Alba did in the picture below.

Photo Courtesy of INFphoto.com, Featured on WhoWhatWear
Photo Courtesy of INFphoto.com, Featured on WhoWhatWear

If you’re going for a more laid back look, you can’t go wrong with pairing your white t-shirt with a pair of ripped skinny or boyfriend jeans, and a pair of statement high heels. The jeans keep the look relaxed while the heels give it a feminine, stylish touch. In the summer, wear your favorite pair of open-toe strappy sandals and in the winter, rock your hottest colored booties.

Photo Courtesy of Splash News, Featured on WhoWhatWear
Photo Courtesy of Splash News, Featured on WhoWhatWear

For a more professional and put-together look, pair your white t-shirt with a blazer and skinny jeans. Make the look fancier with cool bangles, a pair of chandelier earrings, and a pair of round, oversized sunglasses.

Photo Courtesy of KHAPGGSplash News, Featured on WhoWhatWear
Photo Courtesy of KHAPGGSplash News, Featured on WhoWhatWear

Last but not least, Chrissy Teigen looks delightfully sophisticated and professional in a white t-shirt that she’s tucked into a pair of skinny jeans. Her kimono jacket and stiletto white pumps give her look an extra touch of maturity and poise.

Photo Courtesy of XPX/Star Max/GC Images, Featured on WhoWhatWear
Photo Courtesy of XPX/Star Max/GC Images, Featured on WhoWhatWear

Hopefully all of these looks have inspired you to have fun styling your white t-shirts! We want to see your style creations. Follow us on Instagram and share your white t-shirt looks with us!

By: Jaclyn Parker

How to get a Stylish Look for your Fourth of July Celebration

This Saturday as you’re getting ready to head to your friend’s house, the beach, the bar, or the park for a fun Fourth of July celebration, your style choices will be crucial! Of course, you could opt for a t-shirt with the American Flag on it, but honestly there are other ways you can do your Fourth of July outfit justice! An article on Popsugar gives us some clothing ideas that are both festive and stylish!

Wearing a loose-fitting striped dress will give you the comfort and style you want to look effortlessly chic. The J. Crew blue-and-white striped dress featured below can be paired with oversized sunglasses, a small cross-body bag, and a pair of colorful wedges for a trendy and practical look.

Courtesy of J. Crew ($98.00)
Courtesy of J. Crew ($98.00), Click to Original Site

If you want to wear an outfit that features all three of the patriotic colors, there are many stylish ways to do it. Popsugar features an image of Taylor Swift effortlessly rocking a red, white, and blue outfit in style. Taylor Swift wears a white and blue striped dress, and brings red into the look with her accessories and lipstick. Once you’ve got your white and blue striped dress, there are many different ways to accessorize with red. You could add a red bag and red shoes like Taylor did, or perhaps opt for a red belt and a cool pair of red sunglasses instead.

Image Source: FameFlynet, Featured on Popsugar
Image Source: FameFlynet, Featured on Popsugar, Click to Original Post

If stripes are not your style, try wearing an all-white outfit with a short or maxi-length dress. Just make sure that if you’re going to a picnic, you sit on a blanket, not the grass! We all know it’s great to wear white in the summer, but it’s definitely not an easy color to keep clean and stain-free!

Image Source: Getty, Featured on Popsugar
Image Source: Getty, Featured on Popsugar, Click to Original Post

This Saturday when you’re all dressed up, take a picture of your look and post it on Instagram and/or Twitter with #StyleChatMobile. We want to see all of your lovely creations, and who knows, maybe your outfit will get featured on one of our Outfit of the Week posts!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Tips on how to Make your Used Clothes Sell Well

I can remember countless times when I’ve bought a piece of clothing or an accessory that I loved when I was in the store, but then I got it home and realized too late that it was not my style! We all know that feeling of looking at something we bought a few months later and saying, “what was I thinking?!” Nobody wants to be stuck with a closet full of items that you won’t wear. Even if you loved the item and got some use out of it, we all know that our tastes can change. Now, wouldn’t it be nice to make some cash from selling the items you know you won’t wear, and using that money towards buying new items that you will wear?

An article on Popsugar, written by Kate Schweitzer, breaks down all the things we can do to ensure that our used items will sell, based on tips given on the fashion resale site, thredUP.com.

Image Source: Getty. Featured on Popsugar.com.
Image Source: Getty. Featured on Popsugar.com.

Firstly, your location can matter! The report showed that San Francisco, Brooklyn, NYC, Seattle, San Jose, Chicago, Houston, LA, Miami, and Portland have the most amount of online resale shoppers. Location, however, is just one of the few factors that can help you sell your used items.

If you’re looking to make a large profit on your items, there are certain designer brands that you should buy. These brands include, Diane von Furstenberg, Elie Tahari, J. Crew, James Perse, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, and more. While a lot of fast-fashion items are resold as used clothing, designer label clothing tends to have a larger profit margin.

Schweitzer points out another important piece of information to consider when buying items that you may eventually want to sell. Stick to brands that are known for their quality and durability, such as BCBG Max Azria, Paige Denim, Splendid, and James Perse.

There are some brands that you’ll want to buy when you see them because they are the hottest-selling resale brands. These include, Burberry, Hollister, Gucci, Lululemon Athletica, Coach, Under Armour, TOMS, True Religion, and more.

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Created with the StyleChat App

Knowing which brands to buy is important, but knowing what kinds of pieces to buy is also helpful. There are some product categories that sell better than others. Surprisingly, jewelry did not make the list. However, in particular you should keep your eye out for seasonal pieces, leather skirts and pants, dresses, designer denim, shoes, and outerwear.

With all these tips it’s time to take a closer look at what you buy and what you sell. Got any cool resale tips? Share with us in the comments below!

By: Jaclyn Parker