Fail of the Week (now with added holiday spirit)

Is it a faux pas to still make Black Swan jokes?

FotW might be a misnomer as I’m not sure when this special aired. (I don’t live in the U.K. although I think it would be fab if I did.) But I just saw the video this week, so I guess it counts. And I have two different thoughts about Ms. Rowland’s outfit, and lucky you, I’m going to share both.

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Glitter. Glam. Shazam!

Sparkles! Fur! Lace! Pearls!  This season it’s super-easy to show off your glamorous side. Here’s how to do it without crossing into Crazy Grandma territory.

Pick your statement piece
How about a sequined dress? Perhaps some glitterific pants. Or maybe a big fur scarf. Let attention-grabbing pieces like these make the statement, and keep the rest of your outfit (and makeup) more subdued.

Sequined wrap dress by Michael Kors. Love it paired with the shiny black pumps!

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Brighten Up!

It’s January. You’re cold. The stores are filled with strappy sandals and string bikinis. I’m no good at statistics, but I’m guessing you live in one of the 49 states that got snow last week.

We’re all getting a little surly with Mother Nature right now. I mean, she’s just MEAN!

Fortunately, there is still bright, sunny and (most importantly!) warm winter wear out there. Better yet, it’s probably on sale.

So until the sun comes back, warm up with these picks.

Gap fleece striped scarf, now $8

Victoria's Secret slipper mocassins. On sale, $19.

American Eagle snowflake toggle sweater. Sale: $30.

Stoplight-red Calvin Klein coat. A pricey $160-- but it was originally $380.

Insulated pink rainboots will keep you warm AND dry in the winter, spring AND fall. (Maybe even summer, too. ) So pretty! Useful! Three-seasonable! I'm soon to rock these kicks. On sale for $50 at Piperlime...and $36 at These babies also come in METALLIC SILVER.

–By Tara Cavanaugh