How to Spruce Up a Fake Wreath

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Decorating for the holidays is one of the best traditions of all. Growing up in Wisconsin we always bought a real Christmas tree and had real wreaths hung on our doors, but living in Arizona when the temperatures can still get into the 80's during the day, real greens dry out quickly. So, for the past 8 years I have opted for faux evergreen, and I must say it's a lot easier, less messy, better for the environment and more cost effective. However, there's just something missing when you know it's fake. So, here's a little DIY process on how you can spruce up our fake wreath to get the best of both worlds:

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Materials Needed: One fake wreath Two to three different bundles of real greens or berries Florist wire Shears Ribbon to hang wreath

Steps:

1| Choose a simple fake evergreen wreath. I found mine at Ikea.

2| Buy a couple bunches of greens and berries from your local grocery store or florist. (You can even include air plants). We used eucalyptus and red berries. I've seen magnolia leaves and rosemary used as well. You want to add different textures than the evergreen to give dimension and color. It will help the wreath appear fuller.

3| Clip a small spray of berries, poke it through until you can see the stem in the back of the wreath. Then fasten the stem to the wreath using florist wire (you can purchase it at Michael's).

4| Repeat step three with the other live greenery you purchased. Alternate around the wreath.

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5| Once you have gone around the whole wreath, select your ribbon and tie it to your door or place your wreath around your dog for a picture perfect photo. (Our golden-doodle, Wendy, was a real sport).

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Photos by Melissa Jill Photography; florals by Hoot and Holler; art direction by A.V.E. Styles

How to Style a Sweatshirt

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Nothing says fall and football season like a sweatshirt. It's the comfiest and coziest piece of clothing I own next to my plush bathrobe, and I can actually wear it out of the house. Anything with the word "sweat" in it doesn't sound fashion forward at all, but what if I told you that you could actually wear the most comfortable thing in your closet and look fashion forward? Are you listening?...

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I bet you are! Here are two ways to style your sweatshirts - one of the tomboy and one for the feminine gal.

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1. The tomboy option: Boyfriend jeans, button down shirt underneath, heels and a jeweled necklace. The heels and the necklace dresses up this very casual outfit - balancing the tomboy flair with some femininity.

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Get this look from Shop & Apparel! 

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2. The femme option: Floral pencil skirt, button down shirt underneath, jeweled necklace and booties. Pencil skirts are everywhere right now, and I especially love this one with the sweatshirt. The addition of a colorful pattern is pleasing to the eye. You could wear heels with this or you could wear booties like I am. Either way it's a fashionable outfit that you could wear out with your friends.

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Get the look: Sweatshirt, pencil skirt, necklace all from Shop & Apparel's latest fall collection. Make sure to go check them out. They have stylish closet staples for great prices!

Cropped Sweaters & Pencil Skirts

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If you had told me five months ago that I would be able to rock a crop top I would have told you that you were crazy. You have to like your stomach to wear a crop top, and I have never liked my stomach. Granted it can be just a sliver of skin, but even that amount was scary for me. Even as an 8 year old kid I preferred wearing one pieces to a bikini. My stomach is whiter than white even though I have olive skin and can tan in a second. So, this fall trend of cropped sweaters was scary, but I decided to try it. blog shoot 2_11web

I think I'm hooked on this fashion forward peekaboo trend. I found this striped cropped sweater at ZARA on sale the other day, and decided it would be so fun to pair it with my Agnes & Dora floral pencil skirt. Mixing patterns can be tricky, but trusty stripes won't steer you wrong, and they almost always go with floral prints.

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Tomorrow I'll show you another cropped sweater version of this trend, but for now I want to know if you are intimidated by this trend. If you are, I'm challenge you to try it. You can always put it over a maxi dress if you don't want to bare your midriff.

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Get the look: Pencil skirt, cropped sweater (ZARA no longer sells the one I'm wearing, but Nordstrom has a great one that is similar), shoes

Photos by Michelle Herrick

Purple

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Everyone has a color that they don't like. For me it has always been purple. I don't know what it is, but I have never warmed up to the color. Magenta is about the closest I can get to the color. What is really interesting is that I'm not alone in my dislike for purple. I often find that people either are obsessed with the color to a crazy degree or they really don't like it either.

Well, up until a couple weeks ago I didn't own anything purple. The closest thing I had was a Marc Jacobs midi skirt with purple feathers on it. LE TOTE sent me this sheer purple floral shirt, something I would never have picked for myself, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Well, it turns out purple is growing on me. It still may not be the first color I reach for, but I sure do like this blouse. What about you? Do you have a color that you have never been fond of?

Get the look: blouse, skirt, shoes

Photos by Michelle Herrick

Embroidered Details

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As spring approaches floral patterns are starting to flood the storefronts. If you are a person that sticks to solid colors and simple prints this trend may be a bit overwhelming for you. vest4

I have a couple floral pieces in my closet, but in general, I stick to geometric prints and simple stripes. So, a simple way to incorporate florals is in the details of your outfit. This beautiful top from Frances Vintage it a great example of this approach. The embroidery is lovely and gives my outfit a relaxed vibe. I paired the top with my favorite military vest from Forever 21 and skinny jeans from Madewell. I think this top would look equally cute with leggings and a denim jacket. Another way you incorporate floral details would be in in a scarf, headband, belt or handbag.

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Side note: I have become obsessed with lavender lately, so I couldn't resist buying this Sally Hansen polish called Lacey Lilac and trying it out. I think it's a new favorite of mine.

Photos by Kym Ventola

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