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Tips for Setting A Stylish Holiday Table

Every holiday season, you invest hours planning and preparing the perfect menu for each celebration you host. While easy and fun may be the name of the game for buffet-style events, when it’s a sit-down soiree, the delightful cuisine you produce deserves a presentation worthy of your efforts. A beautifully set table can elevate your holiday dinner from just great to simply perfect.

Layers look lovely

Tablecloths, placemats, table runners and chargers not only help protect your table from spills and scrapes, but they also create a lovely backdrop for dishes, glasses, stemware and — of course — the food. Layering these items adds depth and interest to the tabletop.

Consider starting off with a simple white or red tablecloth, and then add either placemats in seasonal patterns or a festive runner. If chargers take up too much room on the table (or too much of your holiday budget), you can layer dinner and lunch plates to create the same effect. For example, place a Pavillion Berry Dinner Plate from Princess House beneath a Poinsettia Lunch Plate. The solid deep red of the dinner plate is the perfect complement to the elegant creamy background and poinsettia pattern of the lunch plate.

Keep dishware seasonal and simple

“It’s been said simplicity is the soul of elegance, and that’s certainly true when you’re setting a holiday dinner table,” Bernardo says.

Choose dishes with a basic white or cream background accented with a traditional holiday motif. Flatware should also be simple; if your everyday collection is in good condition, feel free to use it for your holiday celebrations. If you don’t have enough pieces, supplement with basic flatware that’s free of embellishment or heavy designs. Glassware should also be simple and, whenever possible, multi-functional. For example, stemless wine glasses can be used for soft drinks and water, as well as wine.

Add seasonal accents

Even the simplest table setting can feel festive when you add holiday-specific touches, like napkin rings in jewel green or red, a centerpiece filled with evergreen or holly and twinkling candles.

For a centerpiece that’s festive and practical, consider using your favorite holiday serving bowl, such as a crystal bowl, for the foundation. Then add holiday decor items, like mini Christmas packages, your favorite Christmas tree decorations or a pillar candle in a holiday hue like red, green or snow white. Top with a few sprigs of evergreen, holly or fresh flowers and you have an easy, elegant DIY centerpiece.

Finally, don’t overlook the opportunity to extend the table’s festive atmosphere to the chairs as well. You can add to their elegance by adding simple decoration such as a mini-holiday wreath strung on a piece of ribbon and looped over the back of the chair.

“The dinner table is where holiday magic occurs,” Bernardo says. “With a few special touches, you can set a holiday table that’s perfect for the festive and welcoming spirit of the season.”

Stylish Winter Boots

Braving the snow is tough, we know. If it’s not the actual weather that’s distressing you, it’s your outfit—and vice versa. So before winter actually begins, we’re helping you prepare to make make the experience just a little less painful and a lot more fashionable with today’s roundup of stylish snow boots.

Sorel Caribou Boots

It doesn’t get much more classic than this. The Caribou from Sorel seemingly has been around forever, and we love the combination of comfort, style, and performance. First off, this is a very warm boot with a 9mm felt liner, stout leather upper, and wraparound rubber lower. Most manufacturers nowadays turn to synthetic fill to reduce bulk, but the throwback felt liner insulates well and adds soft cushioning along the interior. You also can remove the liner, which is a great feature to expedite the drying process should the boot get wet in deep snow.

L.L. Bean Boots 8” Thinsulate

Many boots on this list trend toward the casual or performance sides of the spectrum, but L.L. Bean hits a nice combination of the two. On the bottom, you get a waterproof rubber construction for protection from snow and other moisture. On the top, the leather upper is both comfortable and gives the boot a polished look. Throw in a quality build that is put together and sewn in Maine, and there’s good reason why L.L. Bean’s winter boots have been so popular for years.

Columbia Minx Mid II Omni-Heat

With light insulation and a foot and leg-hugging fit, the Columbia Minx is a very comfortable option for mild winter conditions. The Minx isn’t as capable in deep snow as the Joan of Arctic and our top-rated Bugaboot above, but its woven upper fabric has a nice feel that is far less bulky. As with the Bugaboot, Columbia inserts its Omni-Heat lining into the Minx to give it a boost in insulation, but it still falls on the low end of the spectrum in terms of warmth.

Merrell Decora Chant

A go-to winter boot for finicky feet, the Merrell Decora Chant is all about casual comfort. This 10-inch tall boot is outfitted with a zipper on the inside to make it a cinch to get on and off, all while retaining a clean looking leather exterior. The Decora Chant really can shine during a snowy night in the city too: the full-grain leather upper is complimented by the addition of a faux fur collar.

Holiday Outfits That Won’t Break The Budget

Get the most bang for your buck this holiday season! We show you how to wear four great pieces: a ruffled blouse, velvet dress, satin pants and brocade skirt-to more than just cocktails

Ruffled Blouse

PARTY: A top can be tucked in if the skirt has a high waist (otherwise the fabric balloons over). Finish with a sleek clutch and sparkling heels.

WORK: Belting the waist emphasizes the shoulders to create a traditional “power suit” silhouette out of an unstructured vest and ankle-length trousers.

WEEKEND: An understated military-esque cardigan is the bridge between a fancy silky shirt and casual skinny jeans, keeping the overall effect playful.

Velvet Dress

PARTY: Adding a sheer lace cardigan under this sleeveless burgundy sheath creates an entirely new dress. Ocher pumps are the perfect color contrast to burgundy and black.

WORK: Velvet at the office can be tricky to pull off, so downplay the sexiness by covering skin with a prim cardigan and opaque tights.

WEEKEND: A pea-green army coat and sturdy boots give a functional vibe to what is essentially cocktail attire.

Satin Pants

PARTY: A silver lame top and strappy pewter heels not only look opulent, they lighten up the dark, solid color of the pants.

WORK: The silk top has a flowy feeling, but the structured bag and tailored jacket prevent the overall silhouette from seeming too casual.

WEEKEND: These loose pants could look like PJs if worn with just a tee. Layering a jacket and button-down is an easy, polished way to complete the ensemble.

Brocade Skirt

PARTY: A high neck gives a sexy sheer blouse a touch of modesty. Rhinestones on the purse echo the sparkle in the skirt.

WORK: The collegiate blue blazer and white shirt mean you’re serious, even if your mini is festive. Keep the vibe studious with tights and oxford pumps.

WEEKEND: The skirt’s femininity mixes with the casual edge of a jeans jacket, a filmy T, and motorcycle-inspired boots.

7 Fashionable Hostess Gifts

The holiday season is just around the corner, which means there are countless dinner celebrations, festivities and fêtes coming up. It’s a major faux pas to show up empty-handed to any fashionable event and you’ll want to make sure you bring your gracious hostess a present they’ll truly appreciate. After all, you don’t want to bring the same nondescript candle or bland box of chocolates as every other person invited to the gathering.

Here are 7 fashionable hostess gifts for our next party

DIY Assorted Coffee Kit

In a small box assemble some instant coffee or coffee pods to create a mini coffee kit so your hostess can have a delicious cup of coffee in the morning.

DIY Cinnamon Spice Muffins Kit

Fill your hostess home with the delicious scent of cinnamon by making them a cinnamon spice muffin kit that includes all the dry ingredients they need to make a batch of muffin, and to top of the mason jar add some beautiful patterned muffin cups.

Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour:

This book comes from celeb stylist, designer and all around fashion darling Rachel Zoe. In these glossy pages, she shares tips, advice and inspiration along with style insights from her fashion insider friends and family. It’s the perfect gift for the glamour girl in your life.

Vogue & The Met Museum of Art’s Costume Institute :

For art and style lovers, the Met’s annual Costume Institute exhibition is the most spectacular event on the planet. This book’s pages are filled with photographs from the exhibitions in tandem with the Vogue fashion shoots they inspired—as well as party pics from the uber exclusive galas.

Thymes Kimono Rose Sink Set :

Show your appreciation with this chic set featuring Thymes Kimono Rose Hand Wash and Lotion in an attractive ceramic dish. She’ll be proud to display it next to the kitchen sink.

kate spade new yorkPierrepont Place Two-Piece Bar Set

With this stylish bottle opener and corkscrew set, she’ll never be unprepared for an impromptu toast. The best part? This duo comes pre-boxed, so all you have to do is throw on a bow and you’re ready to go!

Sugarfina Jonathan Adler Tall, Dark & Rich Candy Bento Box :

Gift some seasonal sweets with this chic Sugarfina x Jonathan Adler collab. And who doesn’t love dark chocolate sea salt caramels, brown butter brittle and dark chocolate toffee almonds?!

10 Stylish Gifts For your Man

While some men will tell you what gifts they want this holiday season, there are still those stubborn few who will leave you clueless. But before you start stressing out about what you’re going to get your man, take a deep breath and have a look at our fun and stylish gift ideas for your man.

For the Tech Obsessed Guy: The New Echo Show

Because now Alexa can actually show you how to do things instead of just telling you! Watch your video flash briefings, listen to music or watch videos, enjoy hands free face-to-face calling, hook it up to your home security cameras or monitoring systems and simply ask Alexa to “show you the front door” to see who’s there. It can basically do everything that your first echo could do, but now way more!

Best New Shaver for 2017: Braun Series 9 Electric Shaver with Cleaning Station

Because this wet and dry bad boy can shave his beard in so many different directions (since his hair pattern is usually all over the place). Plus it’s waterproof so dropping in the sink is no big deal. He’ll love how it looks sleek AF!

For the Fitness Guy: New Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker

Because now he can track workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and steps. Plus, monitor how long and how well you’ve been sleeping (YES!) and can even receive texts and calls at a glance when you’re on the move. Oh, and did we mention it’s water resistant?!

For the Groomer: Birchbox for Men of the Month

Best Seller: Deluxe guy-related grooming and skincare (and more!) product samples delivered to your door every month. Let him test out new things each and every month. He’ll love it!

For the Techie Who Needs Answers: The New Amazon Echo Plus

New and improved and getting smarter all the time. Hands-free, ask Alexa anything and she’ll answer. For real, she has 1M answers. It’s pretty fun and helpful all at the same time. Weather, questions, horoscopes, stocks, traffic? Done and done. Plus listen to music because, music!

For the Home Chef: Hello Fresh Food Subscription Box

The Classic Box features a variety of recipes for meat, fish, produce, and grains. Starting at $69 per week, choose dinner for 2 or for 4. Then decide on 3, 4 or 5 meals per week. Along with pre-measured, fresh ingredients, you’ll also receive recipes.

For the Shoe Lover: J&M 1850 Wingtip Slip-On Loafer

Because he really should show up everywhere in style. Plus, a wingtip-loafer hybrid is blowing our mind.

For the Binge-Watcher: The All New Fire TV Stick

The latest it finally here! Quickly connect it to your TVs HDMI port and watch over 250,000 shows from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO GO, and more. Hi Orange is the New Black! Bye family and friends! Plus, enjoy Alexa voice control and over 7,000 apps and games.

For the Music Lover on the Go: New Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

For the Traveler: The Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Now he can make his own little cocktail right on the plane (TSA approved)! This holiday gift set includes the kit to make a Moscow Mule, an Old Fashioned, and a Gin and Tonic. Wheels up!

Affordable Exotic Handbag Line Set To Feature On Fashion Forward

Fricaine is proud to announce that its line of affordable exotic handbags made from globally-sourced fabrics will be featured live during the Fashion Forward segment on FOX 16’s (KLRT) Good Day Arkansas program profiling exotic purses. Hosted by Little Rock Fashion Week’s Brandon D. Campbell, the scheduled airtime is 7:15am (central time) on Friday 23rd October 2015.

Affordable Exotic Handbag

Fricaine Eleganza Exotic Shoulder Bag

According to Stephen Kayode, Fricaine’s founder and CEO, “this event will definitely provide an engaging platform for us to showcase the uniqueness and freshness of Fricaine’s affordable exotic handbags to all lovers of fashion worldwide. Also, women who are remotely interested in looking good while expressing their individual sense of style will be exposed to another dimension of fashion that is much easier to embrace and definitely won’t drain their wallets of hard-earned cash.” In the last year, Fricaine’s portfolio of affordable purses and handbags has rapidly expanded to include exotic wallets, exotic clutches and exotic backpacks. In essence, for any woman of style and class, there is something on offer at very competitive and reasonable prices.

Types of Fricaine Affordable Exotic Handbags

Consisting of jacquard, wax fabric materials and embroidered purses, Fricaine’s line of fashion pieces is distinctively stunning and a head-turner wherever spotted. After carefully selecting unique, superior quality fabrics, the company engages in a deliberate and careful redesign process to create well-crafted and very attractive designer handbags.

“Our primary focus is to empower our sophisticated customers and accentuate their appeal for the world to admire and enjoy every time they wear Fricaine’s products.” Customers who carry Fricaine’s handbags exude an exotic and highly fashionable image that complements their personal style”, added Kayode.

Monthly Affordable Exotic Handbag Giveaway

Are you dying to have exotic purses in your closet? Fricaine recently launched a program for giving away exotic purses from our portfolio each month to our customers. One randomly picked lucky fan of Fricaine will receive an affordable exotic handbag free. Interested lovers of fashion may participate in the ongoing Fricaine Monthly Exotic Handbag Giveaway Program.

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ABOUT FRICAINE

Fricaine is a mainstream fashion brand that celebrates humanity by embracing the special fabrics that are essential parts of identities worldwide. We provide high quality fashion products made from globally-sourced exotic materials that accentuate the tastes and preferences of our customers. Our line of affordable exotic handbags offers exceptional value.

Exotic Handbag Line Turns Heads in Collective Cultural Designs

NATIONWIDE – With bright, attractive colors, intricate embroidery work and various styles, Fricaine has hit the fashion scene with head-turning exotic handbags that will stop any fashionable woman in her tracks.  Designed by native Nigerian, Stephen Kayode, Fricaine is an exotic handbag brand that celebrates humanity using special fabrics that are essential parts of identities worldwide. “Our portfolio of products is nurtured by expansive global travel,” explains Kayode, “in Europe, Africa, Asia and throughout the U.S. The line is also inspired by the beautiful traditional and eclectic expressions of identifiable native fashions from these areas.”

Fricaine, the creatively apt brand name is derived from the French word “Africaine”, which means “African”. As a refreshing fashion concept, it has deliberately evolved over time into a business built on exceptional quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail. “We spent 18 months conducting extensive research and development that involved interviewing our target customers across a broad spectrum, conducting focus group sessions, seeking the opinions of people in the fashion industry and traveling internationally to validate the core concept of our business. All of this was done before our first acceptable sample was ever made,” said Kayode. “We gained invaluable knowledge and exposure from this endeavor that is bound to remain relevant and very useful to the evolution of Fricaine and our portfolio of products in the coming years. Our objective is to continue to offer affordable handbags that are trendy and exquisite to our customers.”

Exotic Luxury Purses in Fricaine’s Portfolio

The Fricaine line consists of jacquard and wax fabric materials, and embroidered purses. The company carefully selects unique, superior quality fabrics which are then redesigned to create well-crafted exotic purses and handbags. “Our products accentuate the appeal of our sophisticated customers, empowering them for the world to admire.” Kayode added that customers who carry Fricaine’s products exude an exotic and highly fashionable image that complements their personal style.  The portfolio of exotic luxury purses has rapidly expanded to include exotic wallets, exotic clutches and exotic fashionable backpacks. In essence, there is something on offer for any woman of style.

Monthly Exotic Handbag Giveaway

As a fast-growing fashion brand, Fricaine recognizes and appreciates the critical role our loyal customers play in our journey. To demonstrate our gratitude, each month, Fricaine will give one of its affordable handbags to a lucky customer that is randomly drawn from a growing pool of followers and ardent supporters. You’re invited to participate in the ongoing Fricaine’s Monthly Exotic Handbag Giveaway Event.

Follow Fricaine on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter @Fricaine_Brand, to stay connected.

ABOUT FRICAINE

Fricaine is a mainstream fashion brand that celebrates humanity by embracing the special fabrics that are essential parts of identities worldwide. It provides high quality fashion products made from globally-sourced exotic materials that accentuate the tastes and preferences of its customers. We offer affordable handbags to our fashion-conscious customers.

Monthly Fricaine Exotic Handbag Giveaway Event

Do you love exotic bags that are guaranteed to give you a very unique look? Do you like to make fashion statements by carrying very cute purses that don’t cost you an arm and a leg? Do you like to be the center of attention everywhere you go because you’re wearing an affordable luxury bag? If any of those statements correctly describe you, then you need to get a Fricaine Exotic Purse for your fashion closet. Free!

Monthly Exotic Handbag Giveaway Event By Fricaine

Fricaine Exquisite Rattan Handle Exotic Shopper Bag (Green)

As fashionistas, among many reasons, it’s quite natural for us to want to look and feel different but very good at every occasion. Be it at work, play, while shopping, attending special functions or mingling with family and friends. As stylish individuals, we’re always in our awesome fashionista mode in order to fully express our unique sense of style, showcase our creativity, inspire others to be fashionable, boost our own confidence and feel very attractive to others. Perception is our fashion reality. The type and make of a handbag says a lot about the person carrying it. What does your handbag say about you? How many (truly) exotic bags do you have in your fashion arsenal? By exotic, we’re not talking about the typical run-of-the-mill, me-too handbags that the average woman on the street carries. Seriously, how do you standout from the crowd when you’re wearing a handbag that’s not truly affordably exotic and is very much similar to what every other lady is carrying?

An Exotic Purse Gives You A Unique Feeling

In life, there’s a natural instinct that we display whenever we come across anything that’s fresh and new. At the minimum, we give it a second look. Possibly, a third look, fourth look or many more looks so we may satisfy our curiosity and stoke our continued interest. The situation is the same when we see a friend, coworker or passerby carrying a unique piece of fashion item around us. We stop to look and ponder. For a moment or more, we aspire and wish that we were the ones making the crowd turn its head to acknowledge our presence and make a majestic bow in unbridled respect for our keen and infectious fashion prowess.

Fortunately, for all women with a well-honed fashion sense that is constrained by a limited budget, Fricaine, the truly unique fashion label, presents an opportunity to resolve this lingering dilemma. Fricaine specializes in exotic handbags, backpacks, wallets and clutches that are made from carefully selected, globally-sourced exotic fabrics. These exotic luxury fashion pieces are works of art that made from jacquard, wax fabric and embroidered materials. They are colorful, bold and exceptionally made with very high quality and strict attention to detail. The women who make Fricaine exotic bags a staple of their fashion wardrobe get compliments all the time (especially from total strangers) simply because of the sophisticated sense of fashion they exude.

Even better, Fricaine will give away one exotic bag each month to a random selected lucky winner. This is a huge opportunity for all lovers of fashion from all walks of life. Cease it!

Exotic Bags Giveaway Event Participation Rules:

There is no purchase necessary or required. To participate in the Monthly Fricaine Exotic Handbag Giveaway event all you need to do is submit your name and email address so you may be notified if selected as the lucky winner for the monthly drawing. This ongoing event is open to all legal US residents, aged 18 years and older. There is a one entry limit per household. By entering this Monthly Fricaine Exotic Bag Giveaway event, you agree to and will provide your name and valid email address to Fricaine. You also consent to receive future communication from Fricaine regarding newsletters, promotions, new products, offers and events. The Giveaway event ends at midnight (central time) on the last day of each month. A winner, selected randomly, will be announced one week later. The selected winner will have 48 hours to provide the correct shipping information to facilitate receipt of their prize. At any time, the odds of winning depend on the total number of entrants at the end of the month of drawing. Fricaine reserves the right to discontinue, cancel or suspend this Monthly Fricaine Exotic Handbag Giveaway event at its sole discretion at any point in time.

Here’s wishing all the fashionistas that are into exotic bags and looking fabulous at all times, good luck!

We always appreciate your thoughts on Fricaine Exotic Handbags. Please leave a comment and share this post with friends and family to tell them about your preferred exotic purses and handbags in our line. Carrying an exotic handbag always makes you feel much better!

Amazing Fricaine Exotic Luxury Handbag Giveaway Event!

Attention all lovers of Fricaine portfolio of exotic luxury handbags and fashion products! The reputable and foremost fashion staples – In Touch Weekly Magazine and Life&Style Magazine – are offering a unique and rare opportunity to their esteemed readers to spruce up their fashion closet.

Both magazines are concurrently hosting a Fricaine Exotic Luxury Handbag Giveaway Event during the New York Fashion Week. One lucky winner will receive the incomparable Fricaine See Fancy Embroidered Handbag. The Fricaine Luxury Handbag Giveaway event runs through 23rd October 2015 and is open to residents of the USA aged 18 years and older.

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Fricaine See Fancy Embroidered Exotic Bag

Fricaine Luxury Handbag Giveaway Event

Please check the following links for additional information and instructions on how to submit an entry:

Here’s wishing all Fricaine lovers the best of luck!

What Makes the Perfect Handbag (for you)?

Fricaine’s Cloud Nine Satchel

Women love fashion. That is possibly one of the greatest understatements of all time. It is probably safe to assume that by reading this blog post, you’re either one of those very desirable women, her partner or somebody who has a fashionable woman in his or her life. A woman’s love for fashion is arguably one of the most creative and fulfilling aspects of her life. Handbags and shoes tell you a lot about a woman’s sense of style, worth, appeal and the general image they wish to project to others. To many women, carrying a handbag is so much more than carrying any other fashion accessory. It is a sign for something much bigger and with a deeper meaning. It is almost similar to how many men perceive their love for electronics, cars and other gadgets.

In some context among many women, carrying a particular handbag or purse could be deemed aspirational or an outright expression of class. Ample market research has shown that some women would not be caught carrying any handbag or purse that is not manufactured and sold by a leading (and often obscenely expensive!) brand name. Other women place more emphasis on the functionality offered by the purse, irrespective of the brand. Some women are very strategic and often use some complex calculations that are often difficult to put on paper before they acquire any new handbag. This arithmetic, often without a time limit or expiration date, is constantly running at the back of their minds. Before they ever make a decision to go for the kill and buy a purse. Different strokes for different folks.

At Fricaine, one of our key areas of focus is to sustainably and directly engage our customers in an attempt to understand what is important to them. So, we ask you: what is important to you in a handbag or purse? What features do you place a premium on when looking to buy a new handbag or purse? Why (and how) do you choose one handbag over another? What makes you make buy a particular handbag out of the overwhelming array that is available in the market? Is it the appealing designs? Is it the attractive patterns on the handbags? Could it be the lucrative color schemes? How about the functionality of the handbags? In essence, how do you decide on which handbag to buy and deploy in your fashion arsenal?

We look forward to hearing from you.

Please join the conversation for a chance to win our special giveaway prize for this blog post – Fricaine’s Cloud Nine Satchel (pictured above).