Holiday party outfit ideas from Blue Moon on the Square

fashionfairygodmother blue moonIn October, our Fashion Fairy Godmother helped you with outfit inspiration for Razorback Game Day, and then in November she talked about clothes for Date Night. Now it’s the time of year to make sure you’ve got something amazing in your closet to wear to a holiday party. Here are some beautiful choices (that won’t break the holiday budget) that we spotted at Blue Moon on the Square in Bentonville. (Click on the name of each item below to see it up close, or — better yet — go by the store and try it on!) Happy shopping!

holiday-party-collage1. Wine Bell Sleeve Velvet Dress: In case you haven’t noticed, velvet is SO big this season, and this wine color is perfect for a holiday party. We especially like the sweetheart neckline on this dress and the way the flares make the skirt fall perfectly. This dress looks so much more expensive than its $60 price tag.

2. Sequin Swing Dress: Sometimes a girl needs a little sparkle! That’s where this swing dress comes in, with its baby-doll styling and its sheer, flirty fabric and its sequins and beading. Wear it to a Christmas party or save it for a fun New Year’s Eve bash. It’s fully-lined and costs only $56!

3. Sleeveless Floral Crochet Lace Dress: The floral and leaf design in deep forest green makes this a great choice for a holiday party. The back of the dress has a halter style that closes with a keyhole back hook and eye closure. The hemline is edged in lace which will help show off a great pair of legs. Cost is only $46.

4. Dark Floral Flirt Tunic: If you don’t want to wear a dress but still want to look ultra feminine and dressy, this long floral tunic with magenta velveteen trim is perfect. It has six carved metal buttons and black lace burnout floral insets along the sides and on the back yoke (which also has a keyhole opening). Everything about it feels like Old-World romance. Cost is $110.

5. Cold Shoulder Raspberry Beaded Dress: We love the tiny bronze beads and the delicate embroidery around the jewel neckline and shoulder cut-outs of this pretty dress. In the back, it closes with two raspberry-colored buttons above a small keyhole opening. Cost is only $56!

6. Velvet Skater Skirt and Cream Fur Jacket: We love both of these pieces! The Velvet Skater Skirt is rose gold, which has become one of the hottest colors of the season. It looks so good paired with the long-sleeved Cream Fur Jacket, which would keep you warm as you head to and from holiday parties this year. The skirt is only $46, and the glam jacket is $54.

7. Deep Teal All Lace Shift Dress: This dress is all lace with crocheted lace insets. We like the strips that run in vertical lines down the dress as well as the detailed inset at the bodice. This classically-styled dress is so feminine and made of mostly cotton, which means it’s soft and comfy, too. Cost is $44.

Hope you look and feel amazing at this year’s holiday parties! For more Holiday Party clothes inspiration, swing by Blue Moon on the Square in Downtown Bentonville and take a friend! Shannon and I had a great time putting together outfits while we were there. (It’s at 113 N. Main St., on the same side of the Square as the Walmart museum. The storefront looks like something out of a storybook. SO cute. Check out the photo below.) If you have questions about any of the items here, you can call the store at 479-657-6723.

The shop is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

If you want to keep up with the store’s newest arrivals, follow them on Facebook. Of course, you can shop anytime from the Blue Moon on the Square website by clicking HERE.

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Fashion Fairy Godmother: Date Night outfits

fashionfairygodmother blue moonLast month we got you ready for Game Day when we showed you some really cute options for Razorback shirts we found at Blue Moon on the Square, the official sponsor of this fall’s Fashion Fairy Godmother series. Now it’s time to whip up a cute look for your next Date Night.

We LOVE the outfits we photographed below because they include some beautiful fall colors and can be paired with a jacket or wrap for cooler fall nights.

datenight-outfit2-690We love this cute dress and the fun fringe handbag we found to go with it.

datenight1-690This orange and blue top with the crochet accents looks so good with these white pants. (And yep, you can totally wear white pants after Labor Day.)

outfit3-690Don’t let anyone tell you that comfy stuff can’t also be beautiful. This wrap is lovely, and the addition of layered accessories and that petite purse really pulls it together. This would be great for a double date, a night at the movies or anything else. The black lace detail around the edges really gives it a feminine touch that’s perfect for a date night.

For more Date Night inspiration, swing by Blue Moon on the Square in Downtown Bentonville and take a friend! Shannon and I had a great time putting together options while we were there. (It’s at 113 N. Main St., on the same side of the Square as the Walmart museum. The storefront looks like something out of a storybook. SO cute. Check out the photo below.) If you have questions about any of the items here, you can call the store at 479-657-6723.

The shop is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

If you want to keep up with the store’s newest arrivals, follow them on Facebook. Of course, you can shop anytime from the Blue Moon on the Square website by clicking HERE.

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Fashion Fairy Godmother: Game Day Outfit Ideas!

fashionfairygodmother blue moonAre you ready for some football? Because we are definitely in the mood for the Razorbacks’ return to the gridiron.

Whether you’re going to the games, hanging out at a tailgate party or just arranging a Hogs watch party at home, you’re going to want to look the part. So we went shopping at Blue Moon on the Square, one of our newest sponsors, to check out their selection of Razorback-inspired fashion. storefront 350(Blue Moon on the Square is in Downtown Bentonville, and it is such a pretty shop. You’ll be drawn to it as soon as you spot it. See the cute storefront on the right? We love the shop’s description, which is a “modern boutique with a vintage soul.”)

Blue Moon carries a line of shirts by Be Hogalicious that is SO cute. Some of the shirts feature plaid trim, lace, soft hoodies and rhinestone bling. The line covers a lot of different types of looks, which makes it easy to change up your game day look from week to week.

Here are a few of our favorite Game Day outfit ideas.

game day outfit 690Did you notice the cute elbow patches? So cute!

Here are a few other Razorback pieces we’d love to put into rotation, too.

razorback collage1While you’re shopping for a game day outfit, you’ll find a ton of other cute things at Blue Moon on the Square. They have some great handbags, and there are SO many cute accessories.

Here are three more cute must-have Hog fashions we spotted during our shopping trip:

Razorback collage2If you want to see any of these Game Day outfit pieces in person, check them out at Blue Moon on the Square in Downtown Bentonville. (It’s at 113 N. Main St., on the same side of the Square as the Walmart museum.) If you have questions about any of the items here, you can call the store at 479-657-6723.

The shop is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

If you want to keep up with the store’s newest arrivals, follow them on Facebook. Of course, you can shop anytime from the Blue Moon on the Square website by clicking HERE.

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Fashion: What to wear to any holiday party

Fashion category banner BelleBy Meredith Bollinger, Style Coach and mama of 1

Have you ever been so stressed/annoyed/dumbfounded about what to wear to an event that it takes ALL of the fun out of even going? Let’s get real, some of you may even skip outings all together because you have, “nothing to wear!” Does that phrase sound familiar? I might have screamed that at my sweet mom a few times in my teenage years (sorry, mom!). Since I’m now a mature and emotionally controlled woman in my 30’s, closet melt-downs are a thing of the past. Ok, maybe that’s not totally accurate…but this isn’t about me.

While throwing a closet tantrum may not be your current avenue for relieving stress, getting dressed for holiday parties can bring out your inner 14 year old.  To hopefully take the edge off of holiday dressing, I’ve put together a few of my go-to looks for every party on your list, including an idea for the tween girl in your life. After all, this time of year should be about bigger things than “having nothing to wear.”

casual partyTHE CASUAL PARTY: For all of those relaxed holiday gatherings, I always want to be extra warm. So I recommend going for an embellished sweatshirt and killer ankle boots, or a bold sweater dress/tunic. It’s festive without being so obvious. I pulled this sweater dress, with a hint of shine, from Belle Boutique.  You could add almost any boot in your closet and opaque black tights to be extra cozy. Belle’s cowl neck tunic is adorable styled over a leather legging or skinny black pant. And you should be comfy enough to enjoy all of the holiday food involved.

work partyTHE WORK PARTY: can be tricky because you want to stay appropriate but be festive at the same time. This look strikes the perfect balance. If you’re a working professional, you probably have a few of these pieces in your closet already. And if you’re the guest of an employee, this looks puts the spotlight on them and not you. There are a lot of embellished pencil skirts around, so you can surely find one that suits your style. Go for all-out sequins or just a touch of lace. And almost any blouse can work since your skirt is carrying most of the flair. I love the idea of a classic white tuxedo shirt and a bag with some sparkle.  But you could also do a blouse with color or a small pattern. [See below for some adorable bags and jewels at Belle Boutique to pull your look together.]

dressy partyTHE DRESSY PARTY: It’s always a no-brainer to wear a dress to your holiday party. Because it’s the season for party dresses, this is your best chance at finding THE ONE. Almost every retailer has something festive on the rack. Look for simple silhouettes in festive fabrics or embellishments. If you can’t find THE ONE, or just don’t want to mess with it, try a simple dress you already own (a black dress is a great choice) and add a bold heel. If you just can’t stand to wear another dress, try a dressy jumpsuit. Jumpsuits are fresh but totally acceptable for cocktail attire. You can go all-out fancy, or keep it more basic and up the glamour with your accessories.

pants partyTHE PANTS PARTY: I have several clients, different ages and shapes, who just don’t like skirts and dresses. They each have their own reasons, but showing their legs is one of their least favorite things. Maybe you don’t mind a bare leg, but your holiday outing involves time outside and you’d like to avoid freezing.  Or better yet, you might just want to try something new and different. If any of this rings true, this is your best holiday look! Try a wide pant in black wool and pair it with a festive top. Or you can try a patterned wide pant. Just make sure to balance the wideness of the pants with a more fitted top. The easiest way to still have shape is to tuck your shirt in. If that’s not your thing, try adding a fitted jacket that’s slightly cropped. Make sure your pants almost graze the ground, but don’t drag.

belle partyBelle Boutique has some adorable holiday tops for the tween in your life [click to check out their Lil’ Belles line]. You probably aren’t taking your kids along to your office party, but these would be perfect for a school party or a family outing to see Christmas lights. Belle also has a great selection of bags and jewels to pull your holiday look together, no matter what the party is. While shopping, I couldn’t help but notice all of their super cute holiday gifts. A few of my faves are stemless glasses that look like Rudolph and sweet personalized ornaments for newlyweds. You could grab what you need for your holiday look, AND pick up a little something for someone else: Christmas win! Now you’re fully prepped to get dressed with a little extra confidence so you can celebrate the REAL meaning behind all of these holiday parties! Merry Christmas!

Note from the Mamas: If it’s tough for you to shop in person because you’re short on time or have little ones in tow, Belle Boutique has an awesome online store with tons of options. They also have stores in Fayetteville, Rogers, and two locations in Bentonville.

Meredith Bollinger 200 squareMeredith is a lot like a coach, but for your style: helping you take a little stress out of getting dressed. She can help you refresh your current wardrobe by styling it for you, create a personalized shopping list to update your closet and get the most out of what you already own, and she can even do all the shopping for you! She loves helping women feel confident about what to wear and how to wear it. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband and almost one year old boy. Connect with her on Instagram (@mere.stylecoach) and email her for more information or to schedule a coaching session. (Send email to mere{dot}stylecoach{at}gmail.com.)

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Fashion Fairy Godmother: Style tips from a local boutique owner

Fashion category banner BelleBy Meredith Bollinger, Style Coach and mama of 1

Brittany Bass of Belle Boutique 200As a lover of clothes, I enjoy picking the brain of like-minded people. Brittany Bass is the owner of Belle Boutique and she took some time out of her busy life as mama and business owner to pass on some of her style advice plus a few favorite pieces in the shop!

What are some of your style rules?

Must be in-season. Must be comfortable for you. Must include a standout piece (example: shoes or jewelry or accessory of some kind) And must not break the bank to purchase UNLESS it is a good staple item!

Do you have a go-to look?

That depends on where I’m going. I always want to dress for the occasion no matter what. I feel out of place if I don’t. :-) But my ultimate go-to is distressed skinny jeans and an over-sized top of some kind with Converse. I’ve been super casual lately! I always prefer the basic top and bottom with cool shoes or accessories!

On weekends, I spend a lot of time at dance competitions because my daughter dances. There it’s all about comfort! I love my workout leggings and a big, WARM sweater with my Nikes or Ugg boots to stay warm in the freezing rooms.

To work, I prefer comfort as well. Jeans and a cute top, and a MUST-have is cute shoes. I’m in love with shoes! I always feel complete when I have on cute shoes.

Dressing up is the most fun! I love a good dress with tights & booties, but a fur vest never hurt any outfit either. If it’s too chilly, leather leggings are the go-to always. Match it with a cute top and again the fur vest and booties. Of course, don’t forget your standout piece — a fun, blingy necklace is my fave.

What was your vision behind opening Belle Boutique?

Belle-Boutique-LogoI LOVE clothes and shopping A LOT! I have shopped and shopped and shopped for many years before opening my own store. I wanted to create a store that was for the ultimate shopper. I wanted to have the trendiest fashions, BUT offering them at an affordable price is key. Anyone who knows fashion knows that it’s ever-changing. With that being said, you’re constantly buying new pieces and they need to be affordable pieces because you may only wear them a few times, possibly even just once!

Who is the Belle Boutique girl?

The Belle Boutique Girl is someone who loves fashion, keeps up with the latest trends, but wants it at an affordable price. She can come to the store or shop online and get the latest from Belle and not overspend or break the bank, allowing for money to spend to go places to show off her new fabulous finds. :-)

What are a few of your favorite pieces in store now?

My favorites include:

  • Leather leggings
  • Plaid Scarves
  • Fringe Booties
  • Over-sized sweaters
  • Tshirt dresses

belle collage fave thingsPictured above are a few of Brittany’s current favorites in the store. Pictured from left to right are: Isn’t It Lovely Cardigan Sweater; Spot It Out Sweater; Time to Snuggle Scarf (in green); In and Between Dress; Life of the Party Leggings.

What shopping advice would give to other women?

If you see it and really like it, chances are you are not gonna be happy until you have it, so you may as well get it. If you’re shopping at Belle, you’re going to get the best price on it, so that makes the purchase okay! :-)  I’m not an over-thinker-shopper at all. I either like it or don’t, so this is easy for me. BUT if it is a pricey purchase, I always check around just to be sure everyone is carrying it at a similar price before I buy, but typically small business saturday logo 200anything name-branded like that is.

And now that you think Brittany is as fabulous as her little shop(s), you can get extra excited about Small Business Saturday. This Saturday, November 28th, people are showing their love for small businesses by shopping small. And just to motivate you a little more, Belle Boutique will be continuing their black Friday specials through Saturday. That includes buy one get one 50% off all denim and 40% off shoes, just to name a few.  Sounds like the perfect opportunity to apply some of Brittany’s tips. Happy shopping!

Note from the Mamas: If it’s tough for you to shop in person because you’re short on time or have little ones in tow, Belle Boutique has an awesome online store with tons of options. They also have stores in Fayetteville, Rogers, and two locations in Bentonville.

Meredith Bollinger 200 squareMeredith is a lot like a coach, but for your style: helping you take a little stress out of getting dressed. She can help you refresh your current wardrobe by styling it for you, create a personalized shopping list to update your closet and get the most out of what you already own, and she can even do all the shopping for you! She loves helping women feel confident about what to wear and how to wear it. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband and almost one year old boy. Connect with her on Instagram (@mere.stylecoach) and email her for more information or to schedule a coaching session. (Send email to mere{dot}stylecoach{at}gmail.com.)

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