Stuart Weitzman

Your Guide to NYE Party Looks

We’re only a few days out from the big night. What will you be wearing?

Whether you head to the fanciest steak joint with your loved one, gather with old friends for food and laughter or paint the town red with your girls, this is the perfect night to show a bit more skin or wear something flashier. Think silk, sequins, leather and lace! Below are a few styles that work great for ringing in the New Year.

1) Sport a cape top with silky shorts and suede heels. The blouse provides a little more breathing room for a night of overindulgence and the sleeves add proportion to bare legs in winter months.

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Shirt: Olivaceous (purchased at Aimee boutique). Similar dress in black – ON SALE.
Shorts: BCBGeneration (No longer available). Similar here – ON SALE.
Shoes: B Brian Atwood (No longer available).  Try this great, affordable style.

2) Try a flirty romper with a feminine bag and strappy heels.  I love that this romper covers a bit more skin than most on the market. Again, play off proportions and show some leg but keep arms and chest covered. Or vice versa. You could also do a longer pant jumpsuit with a strapless top!  The open back and flouncy short bottom on this one offers subtle sex appeal without going over-the-top. See links below for a variety of jumpsuit/romper options.

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Romper: The Fifth Label (purchased at Aimee boutique). Similar here. See other styles here.
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Shades: Quay Australia (purchased at Aimee boutique)

3) Wear Sequins.  Hanging with friends at home? Dress the jacket down with flare jeans, pumps and a fun graphic tee. Or dress it up with a silk cami and black pants for a night on the town.

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Sequin Jacket: MinkPink (purchased at Aimee boutique).
Pants: Rag & Bone. Similar here.
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Clutch: Marc by Marc Jacobs (No longer available). Similar here.

4) You can NEVER go wrong with a LBD.  This one by Amanda Uprichard comes in a faded black and features a beautiful high neckline which is very of-the-moment. I’ll keep it simple and pair with fun earrings or a gold cuff and black heels for a “classic, can’t fail”  look. Top with a leather jacket for extra oomph and added warmth when bar hopping.

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Dress: Amanda Uprichard (purchased at Aimee boutique). See other Amanda Uprichard styles here.
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Moto Jacket: Banana Republic

Ultimate Vegas Outfit

I love Las Vegas so I was excited to showcase a few looks I’d wear in Sin City — inspired by some of the most beautiful Las Vegas hotels.

I’m no stranger to The Strip. Between getaways with KT and our annual trip with close friends, to tradeshows with the client and colleagues, I spend upwards of 20 days a year in Vegas. I love that it offers something for everyone: luxury resorts, incredible eats, never ending nightlife options, sightseeing tours, high-end shopping experiences, lazy days poolside, gambling and more!

Below I share where I stay, eat, shop, drink and sit poolside… and a little outfit inspiration for each!

So join me now as we spend a day together in Vegas.

Book a Room
In summer months, my husband and I go for the pool experience so I love to be at Caesars Palace.

For a little upgrade, book a room in the Palace Tower. For the ultimate luxurious experience, check out NOBU Hotel (inside of Caesars). The Japanese-inspired décor is to-die-for, the service is on-point and you get priority access to Nobu restaurant.

In fall and winter months, consider Aria. A corner suite provides full panoramic views of the beautiful mountains not far from The Strip!

Traveling on a budget? Rooms at The Linq are renovated, modern and clean.

Airport Style & Check In
I always go comfy but skip the sweats. A graphic sweatshirt, skinnies and white sneakers do the trick until after we get checked in and unpacked for the weekend.

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Shirt: Spiritual Gangster. Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Jeans: AG legging ankle jeans
Shoes: Derek Lam 10 Crosby (Sold Out). Other sneakers here.

Grab Breakfast & Hit the Pool
I’m starving after a long morning of travel but anxious to get to the pool. A gorgeous tunic or hi-low kaftan is easy to throw on over a bikini and appropriate for dining.

Mon Ami Gabi at The Paris is a great place for a late breakfast. We enjoy the open air environment while sipping on mimosas. The eggs benedict is always a great choice.

Before we hit up Venus Pool Club at Ceasars, we always stop for a drink at Fortuna Pool and say hi to our favorite bartenders Kevin and Eric. The pool behind the bar features a swim-up blackjack table if you want to test your luck!

European pools call for sexy swimwear. I always pack some of my favorite brands: Lolli, Mikoh and Acacia.

Note: Many of the pools close in late October.

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Kaftan Dress: BCBG (This print is no longer available). Similar here.
Tunic: The Jetset Diaries. Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Sunglasses: Dior. Purchased at Optica Caesars.
Bow bikini: Lolli (No longer available) Similar options here.
One piece: Mikoh
Black bikini: Acacia

Let’s Go Shopping
When the pools aren’t open in Vegas, no worries. There is still so much to do.

We like to sleep in, grab a pastry from Jean Philippe Patisserie and then head out to do some shopping at the Forum Shops at Ceasars or Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. You must check out Alexis Bittar, Banana Republic, BCBG, Scoop NYC, Ted Baker, Sephora and Stuart Weitzman.

When shopping, several eateries are dispersed throughout. If you want a place that is good but not too fancy, Grand Luxe Café (off the casino floor at The Venetian) has a large menu and affordable prices. The huevos rancheros are fantastic. Tip: You can skip the lines and sit at the bar for immediate service!

What to wear for a day of shopping:  Flare jeans with a floral silk blouse and gold rimmed shades! This outfit plays off of the 70s trend and is fashionable enough when stepping into luxury retail destinations. A mini backpack is the perfect size for my room key, gloss, phone and spending cash. Booties or flats are great for shopping. Throw on some new heels for lunch and a cocktail.

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Shirt: Amanda Uprichard. Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Jeans: Velvet. Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Lariat Necklace:  Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Dior. Purchased at Optica Caesars.
Shoes: Banana Republic

Meet the Guys for Gamble and Cocktails
It wouldn’t feel quite like Vegas without a visit to O’Sheas Casino and Bar. After shopping and lunch with the gals, we meet up with the guys to catch part of a game, play a little blackjack and throw back redbull vodkas while watching the other patrons participate in a beer pong tournament. Anything goes at this fun, lively bar inside The Linq.

Take in the Nightlife
STK at The Cosmopolitan has an in-house DJ and lively bar scene which makes it such a fun spot to dine with a group or as a couple. The people are sexy, the music is great and the food doesn’t disappoint.

After eats, we  hit up a lounge for music and cocktails but absolutely recommend taking in a show during a weekend in Vegas. Last year, we went to the racy and raunchy Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Soooo good if you can handle a foul-mouthed host and some mild nudity.

Want a casual night off The Strip? Check out the one-of-a-kind Frankie’s Tiki Room.

My nightly ensembles always vary depending on my mood, the company, festivities in the works and more, but below are a couple looks you might see me wear in Vegas. Both are also great holiday options!

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Look 1:
Dress: Stylestalker. Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Sunglasses: Dior. Purchased at Optica Caesars.

Look 2:
Sequin Jacket: MinkPink Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Pants: Rag & Bone. Similar here.
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Clutch: Marc by Marc Jacobs (No longer available). Similar here.

All photos by Andrea Altman Photography

Book Your Next Stay
Vegas.com has the best deals on Las Vegas hotels of every type to help you find the perfect room that will fit your budget. Make sure to visit the website when booking your next trip!

Get Out of that Wardrobe Rut

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Ever get stuck in a wardrobe rut and feel like you’re wearing the same exact pieces the very same ways? I have been guilty of this but wanted to challenge myself – and my readers – to find a piece of clothing and make it work at least three different ways in the coming month.

This ruffle dress (which I’ve featured before) is very versatile. In this post, I’ve tried to showcase a few different styles and offered additional thoughts on how you can pull different pieces together from your wardrobe to create some super fun looks. Here I played off some of the same accessories  – my shoes and bag – but you don’t have to.

Look at the list below for some outfit inspiration and then try it out at home. Please share your pics and ideas on the Facebook page. I look forward to seeing what you put together.

  • A Day at the Office: Pair with feminine heels, oversized shades, a boyfriend blazer and ladylike crossbody.
  • Quirky and Fun: Mix prints and go unexpected with a camo jacket and pumps. Suede booties would look great, too! Style points for pairing blush and shades of green together.
  • Make it a Skirt: By pairing with feminine heels and topping with a black cashmere sweater, you create another look that is fantastic for the office. Consider a leather oversized clutch vs the crossbody.
  • Warm Weather Day:  Wear the dress alone and throw on strappy nude sandals. I love the idea of pairing it with an oversized tote for an afternoon of shopping or running errands with the kids.  Cooler nights? Layer a fitted denim jacket on top and reach for a casual tote (style not shown).
  • Make it a Tunic: Layer a trench dress (like the green one I’ve featured in a previous post) over the pink. Put on skinny jeans, booties and fun accessories like an arm full of leather wrap bracelets or gold bangles (style not shown).

 

Elevated Grunge

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This outfit is a little grunge, very comfy and elevated just a tad with heels, satchel and black-framed aviator sunglasses.

Want to go all in? Tie a flannel around your waist while still wearing the jacket. Pair with shredded or black denim and combat boots.

I wore this with black leather sandals to lunch/farmer’s market with friends and then put on heels for drinks with the hubby later that afternoon.

Jacket: Banana Republic
Sleeveless Hooded Sweater: A.L.C. (No longer available). Purchased at IntermixOnline

Boyfriend Shorts: Current/Elliott
Shoes: The Nudist Sandal by Stuart Weitzman
Sunglasses: Quay Australia Find this style and others at Aimee boutique
Bag: See by Chloe Satchel (No longer available). Similar option here.

The Perfect Dress for Any Occasion

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If you’re anything like me, it seems like there is always an event on the calendar where I need something to wear. There is the cousin’s wedding, a friend’s bachelorette party, the charity benefit or an awards banquet for work. Sometimes an event just pops up and I don’t have time or the cash to shop for yet another dress.

While you can never go wrong with a LBD, I’ve found this timeless skater dress by Ted Baker to be the perfect option for so many occasions.

The bold color alone makes a statement. You won’t go unnoticed when entering the room but it isn’t too revealing. The dress says flirty and fun without showing too much skin. It is conservative enough for  a work function and also won’t steal attention away from a bride, whether its her “last fling before the ring” or the big day.

Even more amazing?! The dress is so comfortable and easy to move around in. Soooo, kick up your heels and hit the dance floor with that crazy uncle . Every wedding has one.  ; )

Dress: Ted Baker Skater Dress (on sale)
Sunglasses: 3.1 Phillip Lim Thick Frame Sunglasses
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandal in Black Goose Nappa
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (no longer available). Similar here.

Photos by Andrea Altman Photography

Flirty Dress & Boyfriend Blazer

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Yesterday a photo I submitted from my Who Says You Can’t Wear White after Labor Day post was selected as this week’s #brcontest winner by Banana Republic. See the winning Instagram post here.

In celebration and to give some love back, I thought I’d showcase another recent look from their fall line.

This flirty and fun ruffle print dress with spaghetti straps (it is longer in the back) is office appropriate when paired with a boyfriend blazer and feminine cross body. Even better?! You can slip off the jacket and you’re ready for post-work cocktails with friends. Happy Friday, everyone.

Style tips: Opposites attract. Combine masculine and feminine pieces. Pair shorter, loosely-fitted items with longer, more structured styles for juxtaposition and balance!

What are your favorite Banana Republic pieces? There are six more chance to win. Share your latest looks on social with tags #itsbanana and#brcontest for your chance to win a $100 gift card.

Dress: Banana Republic 
Blazer: Banana Republic
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: The Nudist Sandal by Stuart Weitzman
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples

Photos by Andrea Altman Photography

Linen & Legs for Days

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Summer will be over before we know it. Sad. Soooo, I’m working to wear my linens while I still can.

This simple black and white linen tube top is easy breezy and loose enough to cover up the beer and BBQ bloat I’ll be experiencing this Labor Day weekend. Oh joy.

Because I’m showing quite a bit of skin on top, I play off proportions and keep my legs covered. But… just because I’m covering them up doesn’t mean I can’t still show them off. This high-rise, wide leg pair by Rag & Bone is super comfortable, on trend and gives me legs for days.

I keep the look casual but feminine and reach for some classic black aviators, a satchel and feminine heels…. Done.

What are you wearing this weekend? Hope you all have a safe and fun-filled weekend with those you love. Check back soon!

Top: Olivaceous (No longer available – Aimee boutiqueSimilar option here.
Jeans: Rag & Bone – The Justine Wide Leg
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (in Gold)
Shoes:
The Nudist Sandal by Stuart Weitzman
Bag: See by Chloe Satchel (No longer available). Similar option here.
Lariat Necklace: Aimee boutique

Photos by Andrea Altman Photography