FIVE WAYS TO SPARKLE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE

Friday, December 30, 2016
New Year's Eve is now SO close that you can literally taste the champagne flowing, hear the end-of-year playlists playing and also have the possibility of finding tons of glitter or confetti wherever you step. If you're like me, you can find all of these quite fun - because who doesn't love the chance to sparkle + shine while you're celebrating! I wanted to share five ways to do just that tomorrow night, including everything that you will need to ring in 2017 with a dash of glitter. Make sure you've got the right wine, a few of your friends, some delicious food and you'll be ready to party. Who knows, you may even be able to wear any of these all year long!
1. A showstopping dress -  ASOS CURVE Mermaid Embellished Shift Dress ($69): The name of this dress says it all! Feel like a mermaid while dancing the night away with the absolute perfect length sleeve + hem. I'm loving the relaxed fit and the all-over embellished sequins!

MY STYLE FILE: VELVET FOR NYE

Thursday, December 29, 2016
It has been such a strange week that I wasn't sure if I necessarily wanted to post something like this during it. It's been a mixed bag of emotions - some happy, some neutral, but mostly sad. I figured I had to chin up and keep going because life is already doing it for me + everyone else. I hope that while we're all trying to get through these last few days of 2016 that you've at least been able to spend some time with family and friends during this holiday season. This time of year can be kind-of a lull between being so festive for four weeks to then realizing that midnight on January 1st is really just another day. I believe it's the night before that counts and that is what today's My Style File post is all about!

Actually celebrating New Year's Eve can be a hit or miss for me. There have been quite a few years past where I've made plans and had them abruptly canceled, to not having any plans and figuring something out last minute, to finally realizing that I may never get a New Year's Eve kiss at midnight in this lifetime. Luckily, this year has panned out to be something that I'm actually really looking forward to. Not only will I be able to spend it with some great people, but I'll be properly dressed to party the night away!
My absolute favorite trend for this year, one that I've talked about several times on here + my other social media channels, is velvet! There has been so much chatter about this deliciously gorgeous trend that I spent probably a month or so trying to find the perfect velvet dress that would make my style dreams come true. I just so happened to have found it through another favorite fashion trend of mine this year - the Who What Wear x Target collection. There were so many things to choose from the collection, but the Women's Velvet Wrap Slip Dress is finally all mine and I couldn't be happier. It's so comfortable, the perfect length and the best thing to layer with when you want to switch your look up. For today's look, I decided to make it a little more casual by pairing a striped tee (similar) from Old Navy underneath. I paired it with the best cheetah glitter clutch from Betsey Johnson, some cute flats and a big statement necklace  I'm thinking for New Year's Eve that I will put something red or sheer on instead to make it a bit more festive, so I'll be all set to watch the big ball drop!

What do you guys think of this outfit? Hit or miss? I'm pretty excited to switch up the top and a few other accessories. Also, let me know what you're wearing for NYE and/or your plans! Hope you all have a lovely time celebrating any way you decide to, we all deserve it this year. xoxo
Photos by Laura Posterick

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MY TOP SONGS OF 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Here you have it! All the songs that made 2016 a little bit more bearable for me. If you can find one song to give you chills, goosebumps or make you sing out loud - then you've found a keeper. These were just some of the many songs that I found myself singing along to when they first came out, even though some came out years previously. At least my ears found their way to their melody! Music is such an important part of my life and I hope you can find one song from this playlist that will give you a special type of feeling while the rest of the year wraps up!

Listen to the entire playlist, here
(PHOTO VIA: Instagram)
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FRIDAY FANCY: TO SING WHITE CHRISTMAS

Friday, December 23, 2016

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

Get ready for one special Friday Fancy this week and the last one for this year! Why is this one so special? Well, there just so happens to be one festive holiday coming up this Sunday. Yes, Christmas is going to be here in TWO DAYS! Where has this month - no, wait, this year gone to? I'm slowly believing that time is just an illusion and we're just living in some type of snow globe or sand timer that quickly flips up and down. Anyways, I'm not taking this weekend for granted and I'm looking forward to spending it with my family. Tonight I get to pre-celebrate with my sister and her family at their house, which means we get to watch some movies and watch my nephews open up their presents. Best Friday night ever! It's going to be a pretty low key Saturday and Sunday after that, but I'm going to spoil my parents and cook breakfast on Christmas morning. French toast, bacon + mimosas? Yes, please.

After the relaxing weekend and joyous festivities, look out for some posts next week on how to celebrate New Year's Eve! I'm going to be sharing outfit ideas, some decor options + so much more. See you then, and most of all - Happy Holidays to you and yours! xoxo

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FASHION FRIDAY: FESTIVE CASUAL

Friday, December 16, 2016
This time of year is always my favorite when it comes to fashion. I always tend to find myself wearing a little bit more sparkle, daring to wear dresses when it's freezing outside and finding ways to incorporate winter accessories into whatever outfit I'm wearing. All of this definitely tests my desire to be super casual, but I think I've actually found a good balance on how to be both this holiday season. It's all about the details!

Details are so important for any outfit - they can make it or break it, let's be honest. I've been pretty lucky to have a keen eye for finding a lot of items that have exactly what I'm looking for, and this outfit is definitely one of them. You may be thinking that an all black outfit can't necessarily be 'festive' during this time of year, but like I said, it's the details that will bring out everything you need to be in the holiday spirit. My favorite part of this casual outfit? It has to be the AVA + VIV Bell Sleeve Peasant Blouse from Target! I purchased this during the fall and I've worn it several times, especially during October, but it has transformed into one of my favorite blouses to wear on a special occasion. The bell sleeves are probably the best part of it, as they bring out extra bohemian vibes along with the lace accents on the sleeves and upper area of the blouse. It's easy to wear with pretty much anything, so that is why I put the Mossimo Loose Fitting Long Vest from Target over it. It just adds a nice sophisticated touch that you can dress up or down, which fits perfectly into my type of style. Finally, I put on a pair of my favorite Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants from Old Navy, the cutest ankle velvet booties + a velvet choker to complete the look.

This entire look cost under $100 as well, so you can't go wrong with finding something that matches your style + budget. I'm definitely looking forward to wearing this at least a couple more times, in various forms, this month and the next. At least I know I'll be casual + festive!
Photos by Laura Posterick

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INSTA-CRUSH: WISHWISHWISH

Thursday, December 8, 2016
For the past week + a half, I have been happy. Just plain happy. I don't know if it's just luck that I so happen to be feeling this way around this time of year, or if it's because I've purposefully just made myself feel content + happy with how life is at the moment. There have been so many positives in these past several days, and I'm hoping it stays that way. The #mostlylisagiftguide series this year was probably one of my absolute favorites that I have ever done, and I want to say from the bottom of my heart - THANK YOU! Thank you for receving it so well, for entering + sharing it with your friends. There is now officially only ONE MORE (FULL) DAY left of the giveaway, so make sure if you haven't entered to do so. Tell your family, tell your friends! While you're doing that, make sure to visit me at Madewell in Mall of America tomorrow for a fun holiday shopping event. It's going on from 5:30-7:30pm on Level 1, South. I'm very, very excited to actually be hosting my official first event ever in the capacity of being Mostly Lisa. Can't wait!

Anways, the point of this post is actually a little bit of what has made this month so far positive. I am always looking for sources of inspiration, and Instagram is always at the top of the list when it comes for a variety of it. One of my absolute favorite IG'ers is blogger, Carrie Santana de Silva of WishWishWish! She is a travel blogger + personal stylist based in London, who I have been following for probably a year or more. Her photography skills are beyond amazing, and her scenic shots of the bustling city and other areas she travels to, are gorgeous! Lately she's been sharing some lovely holiday-inspired photos of London and it's got me feeling the wanderlust. For this reason, she is officially my Insta-Crush for this entire year. Enjoy some of my favorite photos she's shared, and make sure to follow her for your own source of inspiration!

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MOSTLY LISA'S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: THE STOCKING + ACT OF GIVING

Friday, December 2, 2016

I CANNOT believe that it is already the last day of my #mostlylisagiftguide week! It's literally gone by in a flash and I am so excited for everything that this year has brought in regards to connections, the new brands I've found and just sharing all of this with you guys. It's been a little tough because this entire week I have been battling a cold, but I promised myself that I would get this out for everyone just in time for the holidays and I made sure to push through and get it done. There have been several sleepless nights making sure that this got done right, and I can't wait to take a breather for just a few days after this. That being said, who else is excited for this post today? It's all been leading up to this moment right here, especially if you've seen me post on Instagram, Facebook + Snapchat! When thinking of who I wanted to make this last guide for, it ended up being not for a person but for an item that you could easily add to your wishlist on its own - the Christmas stocking, the piece of fabric you hang above a fire, the best sock ever! What makes this item so special? It's obviously because all everything that can fit inside of it is under $25!

rough draft mini notebook ($12) | hot stuff ceramic mug ($14) | Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels ($8) | limited-edition gallery gals deluxe tarteist™ eyeliner set ($19) | Nest Eau de Parfum Travel Spray Trio ($12) | Seasonal Chocolate Truffle Flight ($18) | Nine and Three-Quarters Enamel Pin ($8) | Village Rewards at Arc's Value Village (Free! Shop + earn points) | Minnesota Tote Bag (SALE: $20) | Voluspa Limited Edition Japonica Mini Candle Set ($24) | Soft Matte Lip Cream Set 10 (Sold Out Online - Still In Stores ($12) | Art of Instruction Botanical Journals ($13) | E35 - TAPERED BLENDING BRUSH ($17) | STANDOUT EYES GEL EYE LINER - UNEXPECTED (SALE: $10) | Golden Wonder ($16) | Bergamot Geranium Hand Soap ($9) | Garland Jar Holder ($20) | Marled Colorblock Trouser Socks (SALE: $10)

After you're done shopping all these AMAZING stocking stuffer ideas, it's time to get ready to party! Yes, you heard right. Get ready for a party of gifts! Friends, this is probably my favorite giveaway I have ever done on this blog. The people who have graciously donated beautiful + unique items to it have won over my heart and I cannot thank them enough. The best part is that each gift is something I think everyone will really enjoy because dang it, I know I would absolutely love to have them myself. So not only are there a few new participants to this annual tradition here on the blog, but I obviously have to spoil you guys as well. Look for a few small gifts from me that are quintessentially #mostlylisaholiday! Read on for an in-depth description of all the gifts included in the giveaway, the rules and then make sure to enter through the Rafflecopter portal and tell all your friends + family to enter as well. Good luck to all of you, and thank you so much for participating! xoxo
a Rafflecopter giveaway



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MOSTLY LISA'S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: THE HOME DECORATOR

Thursday, December 1, 2016

After a last minute adjustment, this gift guide is going to be a little different than what I had normally planned on doing. There's nothing wrong that though, because it's going to be SO much fun to read through. After browsing through so many websites, I have come up with a fantastic gift guide for the home decorator, furnisher, architect! You all know how much I enjoy daydreaming about decorating my 'dream' home, so I'm actually super glad I decided to change it up. Look through for unique items that are perfect for the holidays! My favorite has to be the Be Merry doormat by Dusty Signs + Kate Worum for Target, as well as the Jane Austen pillowcase by A Thing Created! Also, get excited! There's only ONE MORE DAY until the #mostlylisagiftguide giveaway goes live. I can't wait for everyone to see what it entails. I'm pretty jealous of all of you who enter.
Reindeer Place Card Holders | Ebony Monogram Holiday Merry Doormat | Felt Message Garland - Let It Snow | Chas Navy Blue Velvet Armchair | North Pole Trading Co. Hampton Pre-Lit Wreath | Blue Chunky Knit Throw | Desktop Notepad by Rifle Paper Co. | Booze Decanter | Clear Quartz Rock Box | Salt Crystal Lamp | novelty pillow cases | Illustrated Pillow: Jane Austen books | Diptyque Vanille Candle | Gettin Blitzened Towel | Drink Me Wine Tote

// THE GALS // THE GUYS // THE YOUNGSTERS //

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