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Just Dance

Napoleon Dynamite at his prom.  Awkward much?

Prom.  That little four-letter-word conjures up so many memories:  my own dream dress that I lusted after for months; my less-than-stellar prom date who turned out to be my friend's lifelong secret crush (she was crushed that he asked me); and of course, my besties and I ditching our dates to dance with each other most of the night to a beyond bad deejay.  

Whether your date is The One or just someone, a girl's prom night is next in line to her wedding and like every other major moment in life, is loaded with expectations.  By now, you've probably picked your dress but how much thought have you given to your accessories?  A cool statement necklace, a sweet clutch or a killer pair of shoes (that don't kill your feet) are, like a great after-party, the icing on the cake, and can turn a pretty dress into something jaw-dropping.  

We hope you have the best night ever and if all else fails, take a cue from Gaga and just dance, gonna be okay, da da doo-doo-mmm just dance....(I had to include the Shawn Desman video - love him or hate him..such a fun prom video)

Here, some ways to glam up your dress for a perfectly pretty prom:





Paco Rabane, Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2012, Jennifer Lawrence promotes The Hunger Games - images style.com/Getty

As a true girly-girl, I've always been a sucker for shine.  When I see a pair of gold skinnies or a stunning silver statement necklace, I lapse into a mini fashion coma and the world disappears for a minute.  When I come to, my credit card's in the hands of the store clerk and I've bought myself something fantastic.  I don't know how it happens..it's not my fault really -  I blame it all on the sparkle.

From gold gowns to modern silver pencil skirts, designers showed loads of heavy metals on the spring runways.  And though we're used to busting out our metallics only after the sun sets, it's now totally acceptable to wear them all day long.   Whether you're bold enough to wear a full metal jacket or just want to go for the gold with your accessories, shiny silver and gold pieces add the perfect dose of rockstar chic to any outfit.  For work, try adding a cool gold shirt collar or statement necklace to your basic white button-down.  For weekends, throw a shimmery metallic tote or sandals to the mix to instantly glam up even the most casual look.  And since metallics are considered a neutral, they will work with literally everything you own.  Brilliant! 

Click on the thumbnails below to drool over these shiny silver & gold finds.  Resistance, as they say, is totally futile: 


A Little Mom Love




Whether you're 2 or 42, your mom will always be your mom.  You want to get her something personal, something to thank her for all those times she was there for you...and yet, year after year, it all goes back to chocolates and soap.  Not that there's anything wrong with that...

After I had kids, I realized that my mom changed a lot of diapers and I owed her BIG TIME.  So now on Mother's Day, even though she loves the card best of all, (and like any woman, can't live without chocolate and pretty soap), I also try to get her something just a little more personal. These finds will make your mom swoon; from little luxuries that she wouldn't normally buy herself, to stylish treats that she'll absolutely adore, to impressive presents that work perfectly for a group gift (or for the person who wins New Sudbury Centre's $10,000 UWinBig contest.  Here's your Bonus Code: YXQN.  Seamless segway, non?)

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.  Hope you take some time to really relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour this Sunday.  From one mom to another, I know just how much you deserve it!