How to add a touch of shimmer to your everyday holiday looks

The holidays are coming. Which means now is your time to shimmer and shine. Or sparkle. Or glow. Whichever you prefer. So how do you add that holiday sparkle to your every day looks without looking like you’re heading to an evening holiday party?

 

Red ruffled cropped cardigan, sparkle tank top, brown leggings, brown fur lined boots, black and white Betsey Johnson purse + silver feather earrings

 

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Red ruffled cropped cardigan, sparkle tank top, brown leggings, brown fur lined boots, black and white Betsey Johnson purse + silver feather earrings

Red ruffled cropped cardigan, sparkle tank top, brown leggings, brown fur lined boots, black and white Betsey Johnson purse + silver feather earrings

Red ruffled cropped cardigan, sparkle tank top, brown leggings, brown fur lined boots, black and white Betsey Johnson purse + silver feather earrings

Red ruffled cropped cardigan, sparkle tank top, brown leggings, brown fur lined boots, black and white Betsey Johnson purse + silver feather earrings

Red ruffled cropped cardigan, sparkle tank top, brown leggings, brown fur lined boots, black and white Betsey Johnson purse + silver feather earrings

Red ruffled cropped cardigan, sparkle tank top, brown leggings, brown fur lined boots, black and white Betsey Johnson purse + silver feather earrings

Red ruffled cropped cardigan, sparkle tank top, brown leggings, brown fur lined boots, black and white Betsey Johnson purse, + silver feather earrings

Red ruffled cropped cardigan, sparkle tank top, brown leggings, brown fur lined boots, black and white Betsey Johnson purse + silver feather earrings

Red ruffled cropped cardigan, sparkle tank top, brown leggings, brown fur lined boots, black and white Betsey Johnson purse, black cat eye sunglasses + silver feather earrings

 

Without sounding like I’m stating the obvious, add shiny jewelry.

Add a sparkling top with a bit of silver or gold threading in it to add that touch of shimmer to your look.

A touch of sequins will always do the trick!

Sparkle leggings or tights are a good option with an otherwise un-sparkly outfit. Added benefit, they’ll keep your legs warm if you’re wearing a dress or skirt.

A shimmering body lotion, bath wash or hair gel will also add subtle daylight sparkle in unexpected places.

Glitter accessories like shoes, purses, or belts can add just that touch of sparkle without going overboard into night time party mode.

Couture embellished sneakers or heels can also be a add a bit of zing to a day time outfit.

A reflective / metallic shirt or skirt will add a bit of pizzazz to a daytime office look. Or a dress if you break it up with a non-shiny blazer over top. A blazer or cardigan over the top is also a good way to take your day time holiday look to a night time one for a day when you are heading to a holiday affair right after work. Just ditch the top layer at the party and you’re good to go.

Bonus points for wearing sparkly nail polish.

It’s the holiday season, go ahead and shine!

 

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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

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Chasing Sunsets

I’ve been obsessed with catching sunsets lately. I was trying to catch a good one from Crown Point off the Columbia River Highway and mostly just got some golden glow in the sky. Sometimes you can catch a good one, sometimes not, and sometimes you just have to go chasing sunsets! It’s all about being in the right place at the right time. From the golden glows to the brightest of pinks, here are a few of my favorites. How absolutely beautiful when God paints the skies in glorious colors for us to enjoy at the beginning and end of our days!

 

That one day, when I saw a cloud that looked like the angel of God painting the heavens in beautiful colors as she glided slowly across the skies...

That one day, when I saw a cloud that looked like the angel of God painting the heavens in beautiful colors as she glided slowly across the skies…

 

Summer Sunset

Summer Sunset

 

Late spring sunset by the iconic beaver dam at Schwabachers Landing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (USA) by Jerry Patterson

Late spring sunset by the iconic beaver dam at Schwabachers Landing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (USA) by Jerry Patterson

 

Dandelion against sunset skies

Dandelion against sunset skies

 

You see my eyes like an open door

You see my eyes like an open door

 

Sunset, Columbia River Gorge - from Vista House

Sunset, Columbia River Gorge – from Vista House

 

 

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