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Make Room for Fashion: Time to Sparkle

Every year, the holidays seem to creep up on us earlier and earlier. And between all the shopping and parties (both for kiddies and grown-ups), any mom knows that the season can feel a little rushed and crazy. What's more, the influx of emails urging me to shop for hot deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday came in long before I had a chance to digest the turkey. Now I feel the need to get into the spirit of things ASAP.

For me, that means adding a little sparkle to my wardrobe. When I’ve got a cute little sparkly top, sequin embellished sweater or a gold or silver dress hanging in my closet, I somehow feel more prepared for the holiday season ahead.

The shelf life for these items is short—think Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve—so it’s not worth shelling out a ton of money for festive attire. Instead, browse affordable high street stores such as H&M, Club Monaco or Topshop. And while you’re at it, pick up a new pair of fun glitzy earrings, a new shimmery eye shadow or a red lip stick (have you checked out Tom Ford’s lipsticks yet?). Most of us can’t get away with dressing all glitzy the rest of the year, so why not have fun with it now? Check out a few of my favorite finds below.

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This versatile cardigan may be the only holiday item you need to buy. Wear it on top of a little black dress or over skinny black pants to change up the look. And although it’s non maternity-wear, if you happen to be pregnant, this would be perfect to wear over the bump.
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No time to get glam? Throw on this black sequin short cardigan over jeans and a tank and you’re ready for anything.
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If all over sequins are not your thing, consider going for a shimmering skirt instead. It certainly adds glamor to your holiday look, but could be easily toned down with a slim fitting cream or black turtleneck or deep V-cashmere sweater and tights.
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Pair them with a blazer and a loose T—it's rock-and-roll glam done right.
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Dresses are so easy. So next time the babysitter rings the door bell and you’re still in your towel thinking, “What should I wear to the party?” a simple but fabulous dress like this color blocked sequin style will make up your mind for you.

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