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Top 4 Shops to Hit for Holiday Dresses in a Pinch

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Red BCBG MaxAzria party dress from my personal collection.

While gift shopping I also did a little bit of holiday window shopping. If you’re looking for a holiday or New Year’s party dress in a pinch, I’ve whipped up my list of favorite go-to’s when I’m on a time crunch.

1.) White House | Black Market

If you’re looking for luxe this is the place to go. I was mezmorised by the outfits in their holiday window displays. Check out their Holiday Boutique online and in stores. The White House Black Market collection this season is absolutely luscious! I’ve never been big fan of velvet but after taking a look at their pieces, I was converted. You’ll find a beautiful blend of velvet, florals and lace. (Currently running a 40% entire purchase SALE).

2.) Dillard’s

Dillard’s offers a wide selection of dresses in all shapes, sizes and styles. The prices are very reasonable too. My favorite section to hit up is BCBG. The brand is fresh and contemporary.  I love how fashionable and stylish the designs are. You’ll find a fun mix of colors, textures and prints.

3.) Francesca’s 

They’re currently having a 40% Off on select holiday dresses. The store only carries 4-5 sizes in each style, so it’s not very likely anyone else will be wearing your dress at your party. Need accessories? Sparkles and pearls are a plenty.  You’ll be sure to stand out in style!


4.) ROSS

I’m surprised at how much luck I find at ROSS. I almost always find a dress here for most occasions, and for much less. I found a gorgeous evergreen romper in a sheer and lace fabric a few months back. I snagged it for just $12.99! I’ll have to post a share a pic on my instagram @thewindowshoppingdiva for you all. The shoes are hit or miss.

Style Tip: For a New Year’s outfit I recommend shopping on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas). Most evening wear and dressy attire go on sale this time of year and the markdowns are hard to beat!


Holiday Gift Cards: ‘Tis the Season to be Styled!

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Still looking for the perfect holiday gift? The Window Shopping Diva now offers Personal Style Gift Cards! You don’t get any more personalized than that! Spread the joy and style this Christmas. Give a gift that keeps on giving.


She is clothed with strength and dignity, and laughs without fear of the future.

Proverbs 31:25-26 is a verse that has always resonated with me. I came back from a mission trip six years ago. A friend from the trip had written each one of us a card. In mine he wrote, God gave me this verse for you:

She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.

I got chills after reading his card. Those words spoke to me personally and came to life. In 2011 I began volunteering as a Personal Shopper at Dress For Success Tampa Bay. I worked one on one with women coming out of prison and poverty, to help them find clothes and suits for upcoming job interviews. I found volunteering very rewarding. I wasn’t just helping these women find an outfit, I was empowering them and giving them new hope for a better future.

As a personal stylist and consultant it is my mission to carry out that verse through my work as well, by helping others find confidence in themselves and their wardrobe.  Through The Window Shopping Diva style services clients discover clothes that bring out who they really are and empower them to be the best version of themselves at work and in life. I love making my clients (and soon to be NEW clients) happy! This gift card will do just THAT! Think shopping gift cards to her/his favorite stores and a personal stylist, all rolled into one! OR a closet cleanse to refresh his/her wardrobe with pieces they love and feel inspired by!

My passion for fashion has led me to something more, a need in our community and a chance to give back. The communities I’ve been a part of have offered me opportunity, encouragement, love and growth. Each one of us deserves to be poured into and should in turn pour into others. All clothes donations from each Closet Cleanse and Personal Shopping session  will go to Dress For Success in an effort to restore dignity and hope in women. I make giving easy by personally taking the items he/she wishes to donate to Tampa DFS.

Gift cards can be applied to any service, starting cost at $50. Contact me here to make your gift card purchase.

Dress For Success, Tampa Bay

Dress for Success is a non-profit organization with a mission to empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.