Choosing a holiday dress your grandma will approve of is an art form. It can’t be too flashy or high fashion. It must be relatively modest, with feminine details like lace, floral prints, and peplums. Bonus points for retro styles that harken back to your granny’s youth (peter pan collars, full skirts, etc). Does this all seem overly complicated? It is! Which is why I’ve done the work for you and scouted out 10 holiday dresses that will have your famously snarky grandmother singing your praises (at least until she finds out you’re living with your boyfriend out of wedlock, you’re on your own with that one). Click through to check ‘em out!
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It’s not always possible to buy a whole new wardrobe just for the holiday season, but of course you want to look fancy and festive at all the parties and events the next month has to offer. The solution? Accessories. This satin corset belt, for example. It’s not only gorgeous, it’s sexy and eye-catching enough to take a simple dress from “basic” to “holiday party ready.” You could also layer it over a blouse with slacks or even one of these fabulous jumpsuits. Bonus: it’s made to order in your exact waist size so it’s a great choice for any body type. [$30, Etsy]
“Giant hair bows” were recently featured on a Huffington Post list of fashion trends guys hate, which made me love them even more than I already did. This loose, half updo would be totally man-friendly on its own, but once you add the big ass bow, it’s like, “Sorry dudes, I do my hair to please me (and also my 6-year-old niece).” Plus, as The Cut pointed out, that list can be used like a guide of What To Wear To Get Basic Bros To Leave You Alone. Yet another reason to embrace the big ass bow.
Ladies and gentlemen, behold the world’s first champagne vending machine, which has been unveiled at Selfridge’s department store in London. The shiny dream machine uses a golden robotic arm to gently dispense jewel-encrusted mini bottles of Moet & Chandon champagne for $30 a pop, and I want one of these in my house RIGHT NOW. I know what you’re thinking: But Winona, couldn’t you just fill your fridge with champagne and call it a champagne vending machine? Well… that’s an excellent point. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go buy 100 mini bottles of champagne, some jewels, and a hot glue gun. Cheers! [Daily Mail]
I’ve always liked The Washington Post‘s advice columnist Amy Dickinson, AKA “Dear Amy,” but after reading her recent response to a homophobic parent, I LOVE her. Here’s the letter:
DEAR AMY: I recently discovered that my son, who is 17, is a homosexual. We are part of a church group and I fear that if people in that group find out they will make fun of me for having a gay child. He won’t listen to reason, and he will not stop being gay. I feel as if he is doing this just to get back at me for forgetting his birthday for the past three years — I have a busy work schedule. Please help him make the right choice in life by not being gay. He won’t listen to me, so maybe he will listen to you. — Feeling Betrayed
Ugh, right? But don’t worry, Amy’s response is on point: Keep reading »
Lily Allen is back with a new song, a questionable music video, and her signature funky/feminine style. I’m pretty in love with this dusty pink coat, and pairing it with leopard print pumps is a fun, Lily-esque choice that totally works. Want to steal her look for yourself? Get all the pieces (for around $100 or less!) after the jump… Keep reading »