Monday, December 5, 2016

'Tis the Season for Plaid

Who else is feeling that holiday spirit? It's like December hits and I want to dress like a dang Christmas tree every day. #sorrynotsorry. Plaid is the quintessential way to make an outfit look festive, so you better believe you'll be seeing a lot of that over the coming month.

I'm also loving this trend of layering that's making a comeback from the early 2000s. Not like a sweater over a long sleeve shirt layering, but the kind where you throw a sparkly dress over a sweatshirt, or literally any dress over a long sleeve knit top. That's why jumpers are killing it this season!

So, if you have any sleeveless dresses with winter patterns, fear not. Just layer it up! I love this sheer overlay plaid dress, but it's a little chilly to wear bare-armed, and I just haven't found a sweater to layer over it that shows off its nice silhouette. Enter schoolgirl-jumper-style-layering! A cream colored button down helps dress up the look a bit and I just love the black tie look over a button down in place of a necklace.

The thing I love most about these over-the-knee boots is that they typically get close enough to my hemline that I can forgo tights if it's not too cold out. I layer tall socks under them, and they're much warmer than wearing pants.

A bright red lip gives the look a vintage flair. Overall, this ensemble is a perfect mix of modern trends with throwback influences. What about you: are you loving layering dresses this season? Or do you find it too painful to relive trends from your earlier years? 

Outfit Details: Dress: Target (similar), Top and bow: Boutique in Japan (similar), Boots: Forever 21

Friday, December 2, 2016

Gold Lion

First things first, I know the title of this post is Gold Lion and this is indeed a leopard print top, but just go with me on this one. Once I get something stuck in my head, it's hard for it to find its way out again. Plus, I don't want to overdo it on the Christmas puns already. I'm saving some of the good ones for later. 

Ok, now let's get down to business. This top is fab-u-lous! I mean, just look at those structured shoulders. Absolutely perfect for all of the holiday shindigs you have coming up. While it would look great paired with all sorts of things, I picked these extreme wide leg pants to balance out the top. 

That's right, I said PANTS! These are pants, but really easily pass as a full skirt. All the comfort of wearing pants while still looking elegant AF. Pants are a great alternative for a fashionable formal look. There are tons of options out there now, ready for your holiday party pleasure. 

Since the top and pants are so outrageous, I kept everything else minimal, except for my shoes. Those are also pretty outrageous. Okay, okay, you got me. The whole get up is a bold statement, but that's how I roll. ;) I'm looking forward to wearing this outfit to a party this season. How are you dressing for your various get-togethers? 

Outfit details: Top: Zara (similar, also love this one), Pants: Vintage from Donna's Dress Shop (similar), Clutch: T.J. Maxx, Shoes: BCBGeneration

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

If you're like us, it can be hard to think of the perfect little something special to get for friends and family on your gift list, which can lead to quite a lot of  holiday anxiety this time of year. Have no fear! We've rounded up our top picks for both gals and guys (though many of the items are interchangeable!) that are perfect for stuffing stockings or wrapping up for that special someone in your life. Check out our lists below!

1. Drop it Like It's Hot Teacup
2. Minimergency Kit for Her in Glitterbomb (perfect for the person on your list who is always on the go)
3. Macaron Soap Set
4. Elephant Bottle Opener
5. Planet Collar Pin (Jodi's top pick!)
6. Stegosaurus Candle
7. Moscow Mule Carry On Cocktail Kit (get yourself one too, no one is looking)
8. Holiday Light iPhone Charger (also available here)
9. Smartphone Selfie Light
10. Disco Ball Sequin Earrings
11. Velvet Turban Headband (Molly's top pick!)

1. Beard Grooming Kit
2. Shoe Cleaning Kit
3. Leather Coasters
4. Record-cleaning Groove Washer Kit
5. Swiss Army Knife
6. Tobacco and Sandalwood Candle
7. Balla for Men Powder (a top husband-approved pick!)
8. Wheel of Shots game (your cousin home from college will definitely approve)
9. Corkcicle Canteen
10. Weekender Wash Kit
11. Headphone and Cable Tidy

What are your favorite stocking stuffers or small giftable items? Let us know in the comments!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Winter Garden Party

In case you need a refresher for our favorite trends this Fall and Winter, statement sleeves were the first thing we were jazzed about this season. Ruffles, cutouts, and fun details can really take a look to the next level. We're also pretty bonkers over dark florals and winter florals here at Mod Circus, so when I saw this dress at Zara, I knew I had to have it.

I mean, look at those shoulders! I love the scuba material structure of the dress because the ruffles really stick out all space-age style, and it also gives the dress a nice boxy '60s shape.

Cut aside, I adore the hyper realistic floral pattern on the dress. The muted and rich color palette make it perfect for a winter party or elegant event.

I paired the dress with some triple buckle Mary Janes for an edgy look and a black  purse to keep it simple. A serious statement necklace and large green ring help add a cocktail vibe to the look and dress it up. 

A dark maroon lip color, similar to a floral color found in the pattern makes the ensemble perfect for an evening out or a holiday party. Are you loving big sleeves this season? 

Outfit Details: Dress: Zara (similar), Necklace: Stella + Dot, Ring: Chloe + Isabel, Shoes: Modcloth (similar) Purse: Target (similar)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wear it Two Ways: A Very Vintage Holiday

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we can officially, without judgement, be totally, 100% into Christmas, right? Good, because we're kicking off this holiday season with a super fun Wear it Two Ways post featuring holiday vintage outfits. The holidays are a super nostalgic and classic time of year anyway with family traditions and Bing Crosby wafting out of every store you walk by. That, combined with the fact that December is loaded with holiday parties that may be a bit fancier than usual, makes it a perfect time to show off your vintage pieces! For more vintage-styling ideas, check out our Bold Vintage W2W from earlier this year.


When I visited Molly a few months ago and we went to Donna's Dress Shop in Kansas City, I spied this caftan and knew I had to try it on. Luckily, it was just my size because it was going to come home with me one way or the other. It's a gorgeous champagne color with rhinestone details along the neckline and sleeves which makes it perfect for the holiday season. 

I've gotten really lucky in the vintage department this year, because on another trip to Nashville a few weeks ago, I scored this pristine condition 1940's fur coat from a vintage pop up at Third Man Records. It even has "Davis" embroidered on the inside lining of it. Bette Davis perhaps? 

Now, since both of these items really speak for themselves, I kept the accessories to a minimum. Vintage earrings and a bold red lip help to play up the old Hollywood glamour vibe while still being current. 

The absolute best thing about this caftan is that it feels like pajamas while being super elegant and classy. If you've been reading here for a while, you know that those two things are very high on my list of priorities. Plus, I feel a little like Batman with the huge sleeves and that is never, ever a bad thing. 

Outfit details: Caftan: Donna's Dress Shop, Coat: vintage, Earrings: The Jewelled Gypsy


For my holiday look, I hit up Donna's Dress Shop's Holiday preview party a few weeks ago. I was walking around with this gorgeous green dress when Donna herself stopped and asked if I wanted to try on the dress in the velvet maroon dress on the mannequin in the front window. It was decked out in dramatic gold necklaces, but unfortunately I couldn't justify springing for all of those. Anyway, needless to say, that dress is the one that made it home with me. 

The velvet material is dreamy enough in itself, but I also love the trapeze silhouette of this dress. It's nice and comfy, but not too stuffy because you're still showing some leg. Since the dress is trimmed with both silver and gold, you could accessorize either way! I went with silver accents this time around. Silver ruffle shoes and a silver purse add a delightfully festive vibe. Since the trim is pretty bold, I opted for no necklace or earrings. 

I did, however, go all out with statement cocktail rings from Chloe + Isabel and a silver filagree vintage ring. Maroon lips matching the dress are a fun modern addition to the look, and matchy-matchy is perfect for vintage looks. A baby beehive hair style was an obvious hair choice here. I secured it with a maroon velvet bow to match, but unfortunately didn't get a great shot of that. 

The best part is that you can eat lots and drink some bubbly and the dress won't get tight, but you still look fancy. I can confirm this because I already took it on a test run at my office Thanksgiving party, where I ate entirely too much. You can bet that won't be the last time it makes an appearance this season!

Molly's Outfit Details: Dress: Donna's Dress Shop, Shoes: H&M (similar), Purse: H&M (similar), Rings: Chloe + Isabel (here and here)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ipsy Overview

Have you heard of Ipsy, the monthly subscription where you get beauty samples delivered to your door in adorable little makeup bags every month for only $10? I typically post a picture of my monthly haul when I receive it, so I just thought I'd break down my experience and show you some of the things I've gotten. (FYI-We are not getting compensated, or working on behalf of Ipsy in any way, I'm just providing some insight to those of you who may be curious or on the fence!) Below are some of the products I've received in the little bit over a year that I've been subscribing.

First of all, how about those adorable little bags the samples come in?! These are super fun and functional parts of getting the Ipsy package in the mail every month. They typically center around some sort of theme, often seasonal. I will forever have an amazing stash of travel bags for makeup, jewelry and skincare. Each bag comes with five products and I've gotten everything from tweezers, to makeup brushes and every type of makeup imaginable. 

One of the best things Ipsy has done for me is gotten me more serious about my skincare routine. From facial masks (many of which I've used up) to amazing moisturizers, face serums, and exfoliating products, I've become much more serious about caring for my skin. I've really noticed a difference in the reduction of fine lines and more hydrated skin, both of which make makeup go on much easier! Some of my favorite things I've received in this category include Ren Skincare moisturizer, Glamglow Firming Treatment, and BioRepublic's masks

I've also gotten some amazing lip colors that are different shades than I might not ever buy, but it's been super fun to experiment with those. Favorites in lip care and color include Hanalei lip scrub, Seraphine Guava Butter (this works for lips and cheeks!), and Meet Matt(e) Hughes lip color, which comes in a super well priced set of 6 and stays on really well.

I've also loved all of the nail colors I've received. I was especially impressed with the super metallic Formula X glitter color. I'm also realizing now that I left out some colors from Trust Fund Beauty out of this photo, but they've been colors that have held up super well.

Thanks to Ipsy, I will never have to buy eyeshadow again. Favs here include the NYX trio palette and the Pixi by Petra brow duo. It's not all roses and sunshine; every single item I get isn't a winner. I can't ever see myself in a dark purple eyeshadow, but there are way more neutrals than anything, so more often than not, I'm pleased here. 

Above include all time favorites that I've gotten the most day-to-day use out of. I used up every last drop of the Illamasqua Precision Eyeliner, I love the added hair volume from Alterna Caviar Volume, and I've really fallen in love with the entire Pixi brand. Liquid Gossamer from Jelly Pong Pong is the perfect shimmery highlight. 

Overall, I love and use over half of the items I get in every bag, many of which are at least $20 retail. I'd totally recommend Ipsy if you're a makeup novice who doesn't have a budget to spend on trying out lots of products and brands. It's a really fun way to step outside the box a little bit for not much money out of your pocket. Let me know if you have any specific questions about products (it would have taken me about 1,000 years to go through each one), or if you'd be interested to see a breakdown of what I receive monthly. And, if you're interested in trying Ipsy out, remember Christmas is right around the corner! What a perfect gift for yourself ;) 


Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Blush

Last week, we shared our current holiday wishlists full of nontraditional holiday attire. This dress was on mine and it definitely fits the bill. It's perfect for the office, but can easily be made festive with the right accessories. It would also be totally appropriate for Thanksgiving dinner this week! To take the dress to dinner appropriate, I added festive, tights, heels and a beret. 

This pretty blush coat is also a perfect nontraditional holiday statement piece. It plays up the blush tones in the dress and the gold hardware matches the gold of my heels

Speaking of my heels, how freaking festive are these suckers? They're the definition of "merry and bright."

And, as an added surprise, my tights match my shoes! As I said, it's easy to take a dress from "everyday" to "holiday" with the right accessories. A little glitter and rhinestones goes a long way! How are you dressing to eat your dressing this Thanksgiving? 

Outfit details: Dress: Modcloth, Coat: J.Crew, Tights: Modcloth, Heels: Modcloth