Thursday, December 26, 2013

Friday Favorites: 6 Essential Steps to Get Ready for New Year's Eve- Part One

Tuesday marks the biggest party of the year- New Year's Eve.  Whether you plan to celebrate in your living room or out at a major night club, you want to look and feel your best in order to start the year off right.  I have prepared for you a list of the 6 essential steps to getting ready for New Year's. These steps are easy to follow, and can also be used to prepare for any night out. After all, 2014 is going to be your year, with so many reasons to celebrate!

For Part One, it is all about getting the essentials figured out ahead of time...

1. Choose Your Clothes

Searching for the perfect New Year's Eve outfit can be a little stressful. Maybe you have gone to the mall the day of or spent a fortune online trying to get an outfit  shipped on-time. Lucky for you, the four inspiration looks below are far less stressful and the items are on major sale right now.

 Jennifer Lopez Snakeskin Sheath Dress,  $24 (orig. $60), available at Kohls. Worthington Sequined Top with Cami, $11.99 (orig. $28)& Joe Fresh Fringe Sequin Skirt, $19.99 (orig. $29), available at JCPenney  Wayf Sequin Chiffon Wrap Top, $68 & Michael Kors Faux Leather Front Leggings, $59.70 (orig. $99.50) available at Nordstrom Rack; LC Lauren Conrad Sequin Sheath Dress, $51.80 (orig. $74), available at Kohls.

2. Choose Your Stand Out Piece

I firmly believe that the accessories make the outfit. Even if you wore a black top and pants or skirt from your closet, you can have a killer New Year's outfit by completing the look with a sparkly statement piece. I am all about the costume jewelry. It can light up your face and "fancify" nearly anything. Below are 5 statement pieces you can find at your local Kohls, Target, and JC Penney stores. 

 Jennifer Lopez Gold Tone Simulated Crystal Cheetah Bangle Bracelet,  $22.40 (orig. $32), available at KohlsCall It Spring Naponach East/West Studded Clutch, $25.99 (orig. $35), available at JC PenneyApt 9. Simulated Crystal & Bead Bib Necklace, $13 (orig. $20), available at Kohls; Lauren Conrad Crystal Stackable Rings, $11.20 (orig $16), available at KohlsWomen's De Blossom Nadine Jeweled Peep Toe Pumps , $44.99, available at Target.

3. Putting in the Work 

When I workout for even just a few minutes before I go out, I feel so much better in my outfit. I can't even begin to tell you the difference confidence makes. I know women of the same size and body type that look completely different in an outfit just based on how they "work it." Your confidence from the inside shines through and so the better you feel about yourself, the better you actually look. Below is a 30 minute treadmill workout that will give you the confidence boost you need. And don't forget to put on the Creatively Lu Energizing music playlist so you can rock out accordingly. (You know that anything by Beyonce will get you ready to "work it").

Stay tuned for the last 3 steps of the 6 Essential Steps to Getting Ready for New Year's guide, which will be launched tomorrow. On Saturday, I will cover all things you need to know for getting ready day of. From skin to makeup to hair tutorials, I've got you covered.  Create a great Friday everyone! 

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