After months of designing and re-designing, Capitol Hill Style has moved.  Over the last eighteen-months, Capitol Hill Style has been a labor of love.  And I can’t tell you how grateful I am that all of you take the time to visit this one-horse-blog each day, and I hope that my insights have helped you and that my snark has entertained you.  The readers, commenters and lurkers certainly make writing this blog the most enjoyable part of my day.

As of today, Capitol Hill Style can be found at its new home on Squarespace.  The new address is www.caphillstyle.com.  Beau, Miss M and I look forward to seeing you at the new location.  Thank you for stopping by!

xoxo

Belle

My apologies, but there will be no third post today.  Why?  Well, there are two reasons:

1)  I spent last night adding items to the CHS Resale Salon.  We have new pieces from J.Crew, Nanette Lepore, Zara, BCBG and TopShop.  So head on over and see if your new holiday dress or winter coat is for sale at a great price.  Happy Shopping!

2) After months of hype and hand-wringing, CHS is finally moving!!! That’s right, tomorrow is the big day, and I could not be more excited.  Terrified, but mostly excited.

Tomorrow when you log-on to CHS, you will find a link to the new page which I was assured will be working at midnight tonight (fingers crossed).  The new design is cleaner, simpler and more indicative of my personal taste than the current design.  So if you read this site with an RSS feed, Goodle Reader or like product, remember that tomorrow, you will need to change the link.

Godspeed, Ladies, Godspeed!

Yesterday, it was -4 with a -20 degree windchill in the town where I grew up.  This “cold spell” is unlikely to subside anytime soon.  And since I am headed back home in a few weeks, it occurred to me that I don’t really have a coat suited to such Arctic temperatures.  I mean, my J.Crew Thinsulate Lady Day coat can barely handle a strong breeze off of the Potomac.

Wondering how I would survive the holidays without turning into a popsicle, my father helpfully reminded me that he still has my “banana coat.”  Also known as the yellow ski coat that he forced me to wear for the latter part of the 1990s because it provided warmth and extreme visibility at all times.  (You try surreptitiously sneaking out of the house with a coat that could double as a runway beacon.)

Sadly, my father thinks that this coat is stylish.  I believe his exact words were, “Everyone wears coats like this Belle.”  And of course, by everyone, he meant the 1992 Jamaican bobsled team and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man’s banana flavored compatriots.

For twenty minutes, my father pleaded his case like a litigator.  However, I still win.  Why?  Two words: belted peplum.

Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go kill myself.  Send donations, in lieu of flowers, to Share Our Strength.  Fight hunger and bad fashion

Not entirely sure how I feel about Oxfords.  Maybe with tights and a tweed skirt.  Cause if you’re going to dress in a style, you should go for the W.

Elected Official

Belle by Sigerson Morrison Cut Out Oxford (LaGarconne, $220)

Hill Staffer

Trump L'oeil Wingtips (Anthropologie, $140)

Unpaid Intern

Steve Madden Tuxedo Oxford (Delia's, $59)

The traditional Christmas gift for the lady in your life is jewelry.  Why?  Because nothing says, “I love you,” like sparkling, shining baubles that cost a week’s salary (or at least that’s what DeBeers and Tiffany have made us believe).  So if you’re planning to give the gift of jewelry this holiday season, here are some suggestions.

If I could add a fourth rule to the guidelines posted this morning, it would be this: Unless you are planning to propose, NEVER buy your significant other a ring for Christmas.  Because the second she sees that ring box, whether you’ve been dating for two weeks or two years, engagement is going to be the first thing that pops into her mind.  And once it does, you’re going wind up having “the talk.”

And who doesn’t want to spend their holiday have relationship defining conversations?  Take it from me: spare yourself a lot of trouble by selecting another piece of jewelry.

Tiffany Clover Pendant ($1,000)

Necklaces with key pendants are a hot trend this year.  The pendant above is one of the myriad of choices available from Tiffany.  If the thousand-dollar price tag is too rich for your blood, you can find other options in every price point and design imaginable.

To ensure that you select the right metal or style, look at the jewelry she wears every day.  If it is yellow gold, get yellow gold.  If it’s flashy and sparkly, get something with bling.  Make this the necklace she’ll put on every morning by matching it to the jewelry she already wears.  Key phrase here: be observant.

Mikimoto Akoya Pearl Studs (Nordstrom, $300-$1,420)

It is my personal belief that pearl stud earrings are a solid holiday gift for any woman (unless she already has a pair).  And if pearls are what you are after, then Mikimoto is the gold standard.  The studs above are cultured pearls set in white gold.  If you want something in a lower price point, J.Crew sells a nice freshwater pearl and silver alternative for $50.

Elliott Vermeil Wrought Iron Cuff (Max&Chloe, $245)

If you’re not sure what to get her, a cuff bracelet is a solid choice.  These pieces are very fashionable and easy to wear with almost any outfit.  The piece above is a good gift for the lady who likes gold jewelry, wide leg jeans and a glass of spicey read wine.  If you need something for boho chic woman who likes long flowy sundresses and iced coffees, try this feather cuff.  And if she’s a preppy girl who likes classic shapes and designs, try a twisted metal bangle from David Yurman.

These are just a few of the many jewelry options available to the discerning gift giver.  However, if you still need help and don’t know who to ask, feel free to email me at capitolhillstyle (at) gmail (dot) com and I will help you in any way that I can.

Contrary to what you may have seen on television every kiss does not begin with “Kay” and pap smear appointments do not a good holiday gift make.  If you want to get the lady in your life a gift that she will use and enjoy, then you need to follow these three simple rules:

1. Meaning is important. If you’re looking to purchase a great gift without spending a lot of coin, you need to focus on a gift’s meaning.  For example, sending flowers is fairly pedestrian but sending an arrangement that is a replica of her wedding bouquet is genius.  Just this simple little change increases the gift’s value beyond its meager price tag.

2. Be cautious about fit. Several years ago, my father sent me a gorgeous black rain coat for Christmas.  Said coat was exactly what I was looking for except that he drastically overestimated my size and sent me a coat that I could have used for a  bed spread.  Thus, you have two choices never by anything where size will be an issue or make sure to have her measurements (not her size) handy at all times.

3. Consultation leads to proper preparation. Don’t know what to get your wife/girlfriend/partner? Ask her friends, sisters, mother or female children.  Most women will share their holiday desires with their friends and shopping buddies, so don’t be afraid to ask us.  Needing a little advice doesn’t make you less of a man, it just makes you a man who knows better than to guess.

Keeping these guidelines in mind, this week we will be featuring gift guides designed to help my male readers (yes, there are guys who read this blog) choose gifts for the women in their lives. And not one of them is an embellished purse mirror, monogrammed gardening gloves or a year’s supply of wish candles.  Red Envelope, give me a break.

So if you need a little help choosing a gift for your wife/partner/fiancée/girlfriend/friend-with-benefits, stay tuned all this week.  And ladies if you want to sneak a gift into the mix and then casually forward the email onto the man in your life, we can make that happen to (*wink*).

Only 17 days til Christmas!

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, a pair of jeans was an inexpensive purchase. You could stroll into your local department store and buy a new pair of jeans for $50.  Then one day, a design house called Seven for All Mankind came along and began charging $125 per pair.  And before long, women everywhere were spending hundreds of dollars on jeans with fancy designs on the pocket and clever brand names.

We became convinced that only pricey, designer jeans could hug our curves and make us look fabulous.  But what if we were wrong?  What if we could be fiscally responsible and find cute jeans?

Real Straight Jeans (Gap, $70)

This weekend, I went on the hunt for two pairs of jeans.  One matchstick skinny jean to wear with my boots and one pair of straight leg jeans to wear with high heels.  I went to several stores and tried on somewhere in the neighborhood of three dozen pairs.  Ready to quit, I stumbled into the Gap.

Within twenty minutes, I had found exactly what I was looking for and my shopping companion had found a super cute pair of distressed boyfriend jeans even though she wasn’t shopping for any.  We were both shocked at how well the jeans fit.  And she was more than a little perturbed when she realized that the Long and Lean jeans looked better than the Rock & Republic’s that she was wearing.

If you haven’t been into the Gap in a while, now is the time to visit.  Grab a few pairs of jeans and a dressing room and see what develops.  I couldn’t be happier with the jeans that I found or the price that I paid.  Because contrary to popular belief, jeans don’t have to cost a fortune to look good.

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