Happy New Year!

Just wanted to take the time to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Wishing you a 2018 filled with love, laughter, health, wealth…and great clothes.



Party Picks: Holiday Outfit Favorites

Party Picks
Continuing on the subject of my last post, here are a few of my favorite items for any holiday get-together.


If you’re going to classic:
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Not only does this dress feature the classic Black Watch plaid, but also is a super flattering cut for a multitude of body types. J. Crew Drapey Long-Sleeve Dress in Black Watch Plaid, $168. 

BR Pearl Clutch

Who can go wrong with classic pearls? This can also be worn with a casual outfit to elevate your look. Banana Republic Large Zip Pouch with Pearls, $68. 


If you prefer more whimsical: 
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I have now featured this heel in almost all of the colors and styles it is available in between this post and my last, so needless to say, I’m obsessed! (Be sure to check out the leopard too!) Sam Edelman Haide Feather Pompom Pump, $129.95.


Or you would like to be more elegant:
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I love a pajama top, pair it with a pair of skinny jeans or trousers and a heel, and you will have the sleekest outfit at the shindig. Banana Republic Dillon-Fit Pajama-Style Shirt with Piping, $88.

Crystal Choker

And to top off your pajama clad outfit, or to give any outfit an elegant edge, try this super chic necklace. Loft Crystal Choker, $24.50.


And for those who are bohemians: 
Fringe Gem Drop Earrings

Statement earrings are still hot through the holidays, try these colorful oversize ones. Loft Fringe Gem Drop Earrings, $34.50. 

Frock And Frill Tall Cold Shoulder Velvet Smock Dress With Floral Embroidery

You’ll be sure to stand out in this yellow, velvet, frilly, embroidered, floral, ruffle dress…for all the right reasons. Frock And Frill Tall Cold Shoulder Velvet Smock Dress With Floral Embroidery, $245, asos. 


Happy Holidays from The Tastemaker Strategy!



The One Question to Ask Yourself Before Dressing for Any Occasion

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It’s that time of year again, party after party after party. And not just with your nearest and dearest friends and family, but with your coworkers, bosses, and more distant (and sometimes more judgmental) relatives. I don’t know about you, but these kinds of events give me serious anxiety, usually because I have little to no context as to what to expect, especially about what to wear. Even if I am told what to expect, “Just dress casually!” I still have a million more questions; what if their idea of casual is my idea of dressed up? Like, “casual” as in yoga pants and a hoodie or “casual” as in jeans and a real top with buttons and stuff?

Main Image - Sam Edelman Haide Feather Genuine Calf Hair Pompom Pump (Women)

Haide Feather Genuine Calf Hair Pompom Pump, $139.95. 

After some time of stressing and worrying about what to wear, I developed a question to help guide my clothing choices to find an outfit I can feel comfortable and confident in. The question could be asked before picking something out or applied to an outfit idea you already have in mind. The question is this: What would I be comfortable in this if other guests were really dressed up and if others guests were dressed down?

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J. Crew Circle Earrings, $48. 

The sweet spot is choosing an outfit right in the middle. I know this sounds impossible, but once you think of the event in this perspective, you start to realize that there can be a happy medium. So, if you have no context to the event, think of an outfit fancy enough to fit in with a dressed up crowd but casual enough if guests showed up in jeans and a tee shirt. The same method can be applied to a designated “dressy” event, because there are hundreds of options in this scenario too. You can show up in a elegant top and dark wash jeans or a full-length gown. If you ask yourself the aforementioned question and still feel comfortable in one of those options, great! If not, perhaps a cocktail dress is the perfect compromise.


ASOS Velvet Plunge Kimono Midi Dress with Tie Waist


In all honesty, most of the time there is a mixture of people in their Sunday’s Best and others who wore the same sneakers that they walked the dog in earlier that day. But if you take this situation into account, you dress to feel confident no matter what the anyone else is wearing. And there’s no better feeling than being comfortable in your own skin. So, party on, people!


All I Want for Christmas

#PolyPresents: Wish List
Let’s get this out of the way up front: I love shopping. I am referring to gift-giving over the holiday season, of course. Finding that perfect gift for someone takes a lot of time and effort, from scouting online, to scouring in stores. But with all that comes dangerous risks; finding more and more items that I want.
Here is a list of a few of my top picks for, well, me. I’m sharing because maybe you will find some things you want too.  You’re welcome in advance.
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Food Network™ 4-pc. Marble Coaster Set

Food Network™ 4-pc. Marble Coaster Set, $24.99. (These are gorgeous in person.)

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Trending Now: Beyond the Moon & Stars

Beyond the Moon & Stars
Perhaps the celestial trend was inspired by current magical-related events, such as the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book published, or the increasing buzz of a Sabrina The Teenage Witch reboot, or we could simply accredit Dior with its latest collection, Either way, this trend is continuing strong into the holidays. Here are a few of my favorite picks:

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New Season, New Makeup, New Look

New Season, New Makeup, New Look

One of the things I love about a change of season, along with the change of clothes, is updating my makeup choices. Makeup can play an integral part in finishing your outfit, really completing the “look.” As much as an outfit can determine your makeup (such as wearing a fuchsia lip to coordinate with a fuchsia handbag), the seasons can also help or hinder your look. Think about it, how would face shimmer and candy pink lips look with a thick maroon sweater and black jeans? Looks like your face didn’t get the memo that it’s not summer anymore.

So, that brings us to Fall, with its earth-tone hues and chillier temperatures. My favorite make-up for this season are lipsticks and blushes in varying shades of berry, mauve, and nude with matte textures. Now I love shimmery cosmetics, but I save these for the Spring/Summer months, when it makes sense to look a little dewy in the hot sun. If you simply can’t live without your highlighter, choose one with a cold-colored shimmer, such as a neutral shade, instead of a warm, bronze one. I suggest NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in Snow Rose.

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For lips one of my favorite products is matte liquid lipstick, it goes on smooth and even, making it easy to apply with precision. I highly recommend L’ORÉAL Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick for it offers a bunch of great shades for Fall.

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I would also suggest investing in a lighter/colder shade of foundation, since your tan will quickly fade away. L’ORÉAL also offers True Match Super Blendable Makeup foundation categorized by cool, warm, and neutral shades, to make the selection easier. A paler face makes a dramatic backdrop for deep berry or nude matte lips, as well.

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I encourage you to shake things up and try a new shade of lipstick or blush this season, you’ll instantly feel updated. New season, new face (plastic surgery is not advised…)