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Make a style statement this holiday in clothes with plenty of sparkle and shine, from a dress meant for New Year's Eve to an edgy Rock n' Roll look meant for partying with friends. And the best part is all the items are under $100!

 

 

    

    

    

I styled all these fabulous designer items from TJ Maxx & Marshalls!

Don't get us wrong we love to dress up in our finest cocktail dresses and statment jewelry for holiday parties, but sometimes when you go from party to party to party a fun way to break up the champagne clinking monotony would be to switch the invite attire to your best ugly holiday sweater. It becomes a conversation when you compare who's is truly the "best" worst of the bunch. My girlfriend, Tracy Metro held one of my favorite holiday parties years ago when she decided last minute to turn a glam party into a white trash party. We dressed head-to-toe in our perception of a trashy look and since I love dressing in a theme and take on a chartacter full throttle from look to voice to even background we won. We DIY Divas took on the challenge to create our best ugly Christmas and Hanukkah sweaters. Enjoy!

 

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Alison's Christmas Version

    

Lauren's Hanukkah Sweater

    

Christina's Holiday Sweater

    

Trio of Pretty Ugly Holiday Sweaters

As the holidays are are about to begin, my thoughts turn to the decorated windows at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC (always a winner for creativity), Christmas caroling with my family and neighbors (yes, we actually did that for several years) and reminiscing about the time my mom and I were "ladies of the court" in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC dancing along a float carrying Olympic skaters, Brian Botano and Katarina Witt. And, of course, filling my belly with plenty of pie!

Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris, $8 Amazon

David is one of my favorites and every year around the holidays I'm pulled back into re-reading this book of short stories. You could read it in an hour. If you haven't read this book or any of Sedaris' book, guaranteed you'll become a fan. If you're not a fan, then we obviously don't share the same sense of humor.  David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow"); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations ("Six to Eight Black Men"); what Halloween at the medical examiner's looks like ("The Monster Mash"); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry ("Cow and Turkey").

 

Lauren Scharf's Pick

Day Trip Darling Dress, $252 ModCloth

An adorable dress with a storybook ending! This dress, designed by Poppy London, is lined with the illustrated adventures of little girl Poppy and her playful pup Fred. The dress can be worn with the neckline shown for a vintage look, or flipped around for a v-neckline. Even cooler, each dress is shipped with a paperback book which tells the tale that's played out on the dress. What could be better than a dress that literally comes with it's own story!

Endless Amusement

Christina Moffiitno's Pick

OPI 3 Piece Nail Polish set, $18 Amazon

I have a slight addiction with collecting nail polish and doing my own manicures. As soon as I saw these new OPI colors, I had to have them. The oxblood red is definitely what sold me. It comes as a set so you get to mix and match these great colors. The colors are so rich and perfect to wear at your next holiday party. I love that it comes as a box set so you can gift it for your Secret Santa or use them as a great stocking stuffer. 

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Christina Wright's Pick

Rockstar Pop-Color Cords, $35 Old Navy

These red corduroy skinnies from Old Navy are just what I need to make our family holiday photos "pop" this year. Plus you can't beat the price!! Typically, I am not a fan of corduroy (bad 80s flashbacks), but with the low rise and slim cut of these make corduroy cute again!

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