Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter's Most Wanted Nail Polish Colors

Wherever there's a set of hands with 10 naked nails, there's a round of winter nail polish collections just waiting to shellack. New holiday nail polish colors are the perfect vehicle to add some relaxed glamour, serious bling, or elegant edginess to your winterized get-up. Ready to indulge in a season loaded with festive, get-you-noticed shades? Then this fresh crop of style-invigorating polishes is your hot holiday ticket.
 Solid Gold Turns Molten Metal

Dior Vernis in Timeless Gold, $21,  Nordstrom;
Priti NYC Nail Polish in Weeping Birch, $12.50, Priti NYC;
Sonia Kashuk Nail Polish Reach for the Stars Nail Trio, $9.99 the set, Target.



Classic Reds Stay Classy

Sephora by OPI Nail Polish in What's Your Point-settia, $9, Sephora;
Butter London 3 Free Nail Polish in Knees Up, $14, Butter London;
Givenchy Vernis Please! in Vintage Garnet, $15, Sephora.

The New Green Stars

 Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Viridian, $14, Sephora;
 OPI Nail Polish in Glow Up Already, $8.50, visit
Essie Nail Polish in Going Incognito, $8, Essie;

Pinks and Purples Mix Delicate with Drama

Nars Nail Polish in Pokerface, $16, NARS Cosmetics;
Essie Nail Polish in Smoking Hot, $8, Essie;
Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Feeling Saucy, $7, drugstores nationwide

Dark Iridescent Plays the Wild Card
Topshop Nail Polish in Iridescent Gray, $10, Topshop;
Paul & Joe Nail Polish in Orchestral, $14, Beauty Habit;
 Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Sequin Scandal, $7, drugstores nationwide

Frosty Shades Keep It Cool
Barielle Nail Polish in Snow Day, $6, Barielle;
Orly Nail Polish in Winterwonderland, $6, Head 2 Toe Beauty;
NARS Vintage Nail Polish in Full Metal Jacket, $16, NARS.

By: Betsey McLain

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dressing Up for the Holidays

The holidays are in full swing, so it is time to get the party started. If you are like me, when it is time to transform from everyday casual to holiday party chic you don't want to spend an arm and a leg.  Keep these fashion items on hand and you'll be ready for any special occasion.  All it takes are a few dressy basics to mix and match your way to glamorous party success!


Little Black Dress

It just doesn't get any better than a perfect little black dress for party wear.  Satin, velvet, jersey and crepe are some of the best fabrications for this style.

Ann Taylor, $69






Beaded Top

Head-to-toe beading is too much, but a sparkly top is festive enough to stand on its own. An embellished cardigan looks especially fresh right now. Pair with black trousers or a straight skirt, pull back your hair and slick on red lips for a classic party look
Nordstrom, $78












Soft Trousers

A wider-leg pant is the perfect special occasion partner for sexy tops and jackets. Choose basic colors -- black and winter white are faves -- and festive fabrics (velvet, satin, crepe).
White House Black Market, $88











Dressy Wrap

A beautiful shawl does more than just look good: it can cover bare shoulders, too. Embroidered styles go great with basic strapless dresses; velvets and fringed pieces add richness to separates. Stick with a shawl in approximately the same fabric "weight" as your outfit (you wouldn't want to pair a heavy velvet piece with a gossamer gown).
Chico's, $89















Perfect Clutch Bag

Complete your outfit with a sophisticated clutch bag. Look for clean lines with subtle details (like gold or silver hardware) to get the most mileage. Some styles have short strap to go over your shoulder or a loop to hang around your wrist, but holding a dainty bag in your hand is still the chicest way to go.

Express, $20.93

From AOL Contributor Marquette Heaven 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Fabulous Gift Ideas for Your Husband

Great gift ideas for the toughest person on your list: your husband.  All under $50!

Quality shaving soap for him means no more stubble burns for you., $45

Because his old sweatshirt had to go and this one has built-in headphones., $44


Great-grandpa style slippers + your guy = major cuddlefest at home., $42.95

Give him that whole fancy-shave experience, bottled., $12.50

The lumberjack look is hot in Hollywood — but will be hotter on your husband., $21.90

Nip that "I can't find my pliers" excuse in the bud., $47.58

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wierd Fashion

With our online store opening just in time for your last minute Christmas shopping, we thought we would reassure you of some looks you won't be seeing from the House of Thread.  If you are looking for something like the images below, good luck getting around town, in and out of doors and away from hungry dogs!

Weird Fashion 01

Tim Walker Vogue Italia
Tim Walker, “Magic World,” Vogue Italia, January 2008.