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Deck the halls this holiday season with dazzling picks and tips from our plus-size style star, Meredith Shaw.
Full disclosure: my favourite colour is sparkle. Sequins, rhinestones, beading and appliqués aren't just for the likes of Las Vegas showgirls (hello, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez!); they're also available for us mere mortals to delight and dazzle in. I realize not everyone is a fan of the more-is-more approach to holiday dressing, but maybe that's because of some absurd notion that having a curvy body relegates you to a life on the sidelines in a boring LBD. That's rubbish! No matter your size, you deserve to be in the spotlight—and the holidays season is the perfect time to dip into twinkling embellishments and gilded trimmings. From subtle sparkle to full-on shine, here are my steadfast ways to add twinkle to your outfits this season.
1. Sparks Fly
Keep your blazer or blouse looking cool, not corporate, by choosing one with a bit of draping—and a whole lot of sparkle. Wear it with dark skinnies and neutral heels, and you'll slay at any holiday soiree.
2. Tailor made
A-line skirts and dresses used to be my go-to because they highlight the waist and slide over lumps and bumps. Oh, how wrong I was. A pencil skirt is super flattering; the trick is to find one in a thick material with enough structure so it acts like shapewear. If skirts aren't your thing, try glittering trousers.
3. The party dress
When it comes to office parties, keep the silhouette sophisticated with a sheath dress—glittering, of course—that hits just below the knee. But if the bash is with friends or out on the town, let your sexy self roar by rocking a plunging neckline. Either way, all eyes will be on you!
4. That bling thing
You can go from frumpy to festive with a few carefully chosen accessories: an embellished clutch, a sequinned scarf, metallic pumps or a twinkling belt. Don't play it safe with just silver and gold tones; look for navy-, magenta- or hunter green-hued sparkles and chromed finishes.
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Poke bowls are all the rage at the moment. We show you how to make your own vegetarian-version.
Poke is a Hawaiian salad traditionally made with chopped raw fish which has been marinated in a soy-based dressing. This poke-style dish is a twist on the original: it's vegetarian and uses sweet roasted beets instead of the raw fish. Have fun with your poke bowls and top them with a variety of garnishes like green onions, nori, toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, lime wedges or pickled cucumbers.
3/4 cup golden beets
3/4 cup candy cane beets
5 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
1-3/4 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1/2 avocado peeled pitted and chopped
Wrap each beet in foil; roast in 350°F oven until tender, about 40 minutes. Let cool enough to handle, peel and slice into small wedges.
While beets are cooking, in bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar and ginger. Toss with warm beets; refrigerate for 1 hour. Stir in avocado. Serve beets over steamed white rice; garnish with thinly sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds, fresh cilantro and lime wedges.
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