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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year - Greenery

Ready for some color forecasting? It's time to bid adieu to Rose Quartz and Serenity, Pantone's colors of the year for 2016. The new year is almost here, so please make room for Greenery, Pantone's punchy new color of the year for 2017. According to Pantone's announcement, Greenery is a "fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature's greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate, and reinvigorate." 

During the stressful holiday season, we can all take inspiration from nature to help us relax and regroup. I find Greenery to be a cheerful energetic, and refreshing color evocative of grass, mint, or parsley.

Pantone Greenery 2017 color of the year

As a testament to the color's strength, it made a showing on many spring 2017 runways. From left to right: alice + olivia, Balenciaga, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.

spring 2017 color trend greenery

It's a versatile color that works for all seasons and pairs well with everything from violet and blush to black, tangerine, or even brick red. 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Cute Ugly Holiday Christmas Sweaters 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Are you feeling festive yet? The holiday season just wouldn't be complete without ugly holiday sweaters. For the 2016 season, I've spotted versions that are much more cute than ugly, with references to your favorite songs (Sleigh My Name) and slang (Festive A.F.). Instead of tacky or over-the-top embellished holiday knits, these tongue-in-cheek options are sure to keep you cozy, spark conversations, and generate smiles at all your holiday festivities. Here are my twelve top options under $50.

Cute and Ugly Holiday christmas Sweaters for 2016, what to wear to ugly holiday sweater party
Top row, left to right: Chillin'with my Snowmies sweater, $27.99, Boohoo Scotty dog sweater, $26, Boohoo Plus size off-the-shoulder snowman sweater, $26, Mrs. Claus hoodie, $44.99

Second row, left to right: Fleece Navidad sweater, $42, Meowy Christmas sweater, $39, Sleigh My Name sweater, $26,  fuzzy reindeer cropped sweater, $24.99

Third row, left to right: Festive A.F. sweater, $26, red Snowman sweater, $39, Christmas ornaments sweater, $42, reindeer sweater, $26

Get holiday home decoration ideas, gift inspiration, and party outfit ideas in my Holiday Shop and follow along on my holiday shopping adventures on Snapchat and Instagram @thekeytochic.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Holiday Gifts Under $50

Can you believe that November is halfway over? The holiday shopping season is upon us, and staying on budget can be easy and stress free with these fifteen gift ideas for the whole family under $50. I'm eyeing this on-trend choker necklace for $28, these cashmere fingerless gloves under $35, and this 'Live Laugh Love' cuff bracelet for $25. They're proof that great gifts don't have to cost a small fortune. 






Now's the time to check everyone off your gift list! There's a little something for everyone here: chic accessories, cozy scarves, a comfy robe, and an adorable stuffed gnome that will make anyone smile. Most importantly, don't forget to gift yourself.

Holiday 2016 Gifts Under 50, holiday 2016 gift guide under $50

Top row, from left to right: glitter stud earrings, $38, pom pom beanie, $19, Lancôme Lancôme 'Juicy Tubes' lip gloss set, $32

Second row, from left to right: foldover crossbody bag, $39, Lovecats gold-tone ring, $30, 'Bisous' portable iPhone charger, $45, monogram coffee mug, $13

Third row, from left to right: multi-stripe wool scarf, $49.50, Tocca travel fragrance set, $45, 'Moonlight' jersey robe, $38.40, Food & Beer book, $49.95, 'Heritage' plaid infinity scarf, $25

Bottom row, from left to right: Men's Minnetonka Chukka moccasin boots, $47.95, Harry's shave set, $14.99, Gnomlin stuffed toy, $12.99 

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Above, jewelry by twixtdesigns under $40.








Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Look for Less - Gucci Crossover Mule Sandals

With their sturdy block heels, sporty stitching, and sleek leather finishes, the Gucci crossover mule sandals (a.k.a. Webby metallic crisscross sandals) first took the fashion world by storm as part of the Resort 2016 collection. In a myriad of modern colors including gold, shimmery pink, porcelain rose, and emerald, they've graced the feet of Miroslava Duma, Margot Robbie, Liu Wen and Solange Knowles. Fast forward to fall 2016, and these beauties are still shining brightly. They add instant glamour to a jeans and tee look, a fancy skirt and sweater combo, or a chic mini dress. I especially love this floral emerald style.

Gucci Crossover Mule Sandals Street Style

imagse via Pinterest

While the real deal may set you back about $595, there are tons of lower priced options.

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Here are my favorite styles at more affordable price points. Get the crisscross mule sandal look for less: