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Somewhere in the inner recesses of your closet, you know you have one. The dreadful ugly Christmas sweater. Long been regarded as gaudy, ill-fitting, and geriatric, this winter essential has cemented its place in pop culture and has even prompted “Ugly Christmas Sweater” parties to emerge all across the nation in celebration of such a fashion tragedy.
Sweaters: J. Crew
However, the lurid holiday sweater just got a much-needed upgrade. The Fair Isle sweater has seamlessly made its way from the runways at Alexander McQueen and Burberry right down to your local J. Crew. And this is not your grandma’s light-up Rudolph sweater. Named after a knitting technique founded in Northern Scotland, the Fair Isle sweater is the perfect union of sophisticated and playful. Its versatility ranges from being paired with jeans for a casual look to being tucked into a pencil skirt to pull off a polished look for the office. Despite its flamboyance, it is one of the few pieces of clothing that isn’t age or gender discriminant, making it a great gift idea as well.
In a winter wonderland plagued with tired taupes, glum grays and mundane maroons, ditch the cashmere and add a touch of bright holiday cheer. It may not win the certified Ugly Christmas Sweater award of the year, but it’s the perfect sartorial way to usher in the holiday season.
We can’t get enough of cuff bracelets. These accessories are the perfect addition to “complete” any outfit. A little advice from the editors at LOLO: when purchasing a new cuff don’t hesitate to go big! Cuffs are fierce statement pieces meant to catch your bystander’s eyes. Check out a few of our absolute favorites. Dear Santa…
I love hairstyles that take no heat, energy, or time. I am the girl that is always late to work and running out the door with my hair all crazy because I have no time to fix it. I get funny looks at work all the time. Maybe it is because my coworkers think there is a bird’s nest on my head? Maybe they are overstimulated by the amount of hair on to of my head? Not anymore! These fun styles can be completed in less than ten minutes. A special shout out to the editor Lauren who let me play with her beautiful hair!
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If I could pick one item to add to your wardrobe for the upcoming winter season, I would say a faux fur vest is a must! This stellar item can make layering up in the cold weather a bit more fun. Take inspiration from stylist Rachel Zoe, as she is caught wearing fur vests often along with Kim Kardashian and the Olsen twins! Styling Tips: Wear a solid colored long sleeve top under your vest, pair with wide leg jeans or skinnies, throw on an over-sized ring and you are ready to go. Oh, and don’t forget those pumps!! Note: This is a great gift for someone fashionable in your life for the upcoming holidays!
The holidays are around the corner, meaning gift shopping will become a priority on your “to do” list. And we can’t forget about those birthdays that pop up! Not everyone is easy to shop for, so we decided to give our readers a little help to spark some ideas this year. We have come up with 5 fabulous gifts for birthdays or holidays!
Making something local global seems to be the name of the game in the coming times. We are tired of the “everyone has that” item. We want the undercover, hole-in-the-wall, unique thing with some local love. Is there a story behind it? Even better. A few weeks ago I stumbled across Merry Janes. Founder Jane Alvarado has a keen eye for awesome soles as well as a talented artist radar, and it was when she decided to put the two together that this genius collaboration was born. Hello gift idea!
How many times have you heard someone say “ I love your shoes?” While not directly in your sight range, your shoes are rarely missed. I have always loved shoes, and I want them to make a statement about me and how I am feeling on a particular day. My motto: keep the clothes classic, and let the shoes do the talking!
The Story and the Company
I was on a girl’s trip last winter with lifelong friends, and the idea to hand paint shoes and boots came to me; it was a perfect “fit”. Merry Janes is a unique company engaging the services of three very distinct artists.
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Designer shoes are carefully selected. Each pair is then studied to see what colors and design will compliment the style of the shoe. Each pair becomes a wearable piece of art.
Our hand painted cowboy boots are quickly becoming our most popular item. We also hand paint TOM’s shoes with school and corporate logos.
You can request photos of shoes and boots in our inventory in your size, or special order in colors that you love! You can even send Merry Janes an old favorite and let us paint it for you to match that great new scarf or belt.
Joan Huey is our logoed TOM’s expert. Joan has a technique that incorporates several different elements one of which is a special blend of paints to produce a product that shows your school spirit!
Katy Bandish is a canvas artist that pulls inspiration from the things that she loves and enjoys in life when painting magnificent cowboy boots.
Chris Pinales finds that painting shoes brings a new expression to his creativity. The texture of the leather and the lines of the shoe bring a new dimension to his art.
Get to creating by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and check out her website here!