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Want to glam it up while staying practical?
by Amina Aranaz-Alunan

I have always considered myself a "glam girl." High heels and sparkles were my constant companion. Against my doctor's orders, I would still wear heels until my eighth month of pregnancy! I could not shake the habit off.

"Dressing down" just did not exist in my vocabulary.

Then, lightning struck: the arrival of my three children! Running around on three-inch heels and planning an outfit for the day proved to be a bigger challenge. Yet I refused to succumb to flip-flops and sweat pants! I knew that I urgently needed to find a quick and easy solution to this fashion dilemma.

It's just fitting that for my debut article, I share with you my solution: my list of glam-girl must-haves, instant glamorizer accessories.

Whether worn with jeans and tee, a basic dress, or work pants and blouse, these accessories will spell the difference. Stand-outs with high impact, these will be your go-to items for days when you don't have the time to labor over that perfect outfit-proving that despite a lifestyle filled with mommy and household duties plus being a career woman, one need not sacrifice style.

1 Chandelier earrings- Long and festive: an ultra eye-catching pair that will be the crowning touch. Choose one with a handmade element with beads and crystals to allow ease in daywear, another with serious sparkles for those evenings out.

2 A statement neckpiece- Either sleek and bold or intricate and elaborate, it should be special enough to transform even a basic cotton tee.

3 Cocktail rings-The bigger, the better. Wear one solitary or pile them on.

4 Leather cuff-A studded or buckled version gives just the right amount of edge.

5 Embellished evening bag-A beaded or feathered evening purse is a great investment. It can dress up even the simplest dress for those unexpected formal functions.

6 A glitzy clutch-A grab-and-go style you can toss into your day tote for a spontaneous dinner date. A metallic leather or embellished piece would work best! 7 The statement shoe-These are sure to make you feel like a million bucks and look 5 lb thinner! Choose one with a platform for added comfort.

8 The metallic flat-Gladiators, embellished, or simple thongs. A shiny gold or silver hue is key. This, I think, is a better alternative to rubber flip-flops.

9 The platform shoe-A throwback to the '70s, I thank Mr. Ferragamo for creating these height-boosting wonders! Much more feet-friendly than stilettos, they make heels more tolerable.

10 A bold day bag-A designer brand is not the only rule of thumb. Shape, details and color are key. Try a metallic tote, color-block satchel, or one of exotic skin.


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