Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas

I can’t believe the year has ended.  If you’re anything like myself, there’s always the question, “What should I wear on New Year’s Eve?”

The answer depends on your planned activities.  Some like to enjoy a private dinner while others are dancing all night!

Either way, you want to dress appropriately and have a good time.  Simple touches for a dynamic outfit include wearing a sequins jacket, statement shoes, or rhinestone earrings.  Don’t forget to add a hint of glamour with a fresh manicure or lash extensions.

Take a look at the last-minute outfit ideas that are below.  Happy New Year!




I am excited to share that Emmy winning host and New York Times bestselling author Maria Menounos wore a Pronovias gown for her wedding to Keven Undergaro on January 1st, 2018.
The wedding took place just after midnight in Times Square as part of Menounos’ appearance as co-host on Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square. 
Menounos wore the Randala gown from the Atelier Pronovias 2018 Collection; the exact style can be viewed at


Maria Menounos wedding at Times Square

WHO: Maria Menounos, Emmy winning host and New York Times bestselling author

WHAT: Maria Menounos wears the Pronovias Randala gown for her wedding to Keven Undergaro on Fox’s New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

WHENJanuary 1, 2018

WHERE: New York City


STYLE CREDIT: Atelier Pronovias Randala Gown

About Pronovias:

Pronovias Fashion Group continues to consolidate its position as a global leader of the bridal sector year after year. It started out as a family business in Barcelona in 1922 and is now the world’s leader in bridal gowns, present in more than 105 countries with 155 stores and more than 4,000 sales points.

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions that Stick

Every year we begin a new year resolving to do (or quit doing) something and expect to be the game changer in our lives. For some it’s to workout, lose weight, cut out all carbs and sweets. For others, it’s a promise to save more money and get finances on track. Regardless of what you resolve to do, according to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, there is a way to set yourself up for failure or success. The mindset we are in when deciding on a resolution determines it’s stickiness. Below Dr. Hafeez, a New York based neuropsychologist affiliated with Columbia University, shares key insights on how to make New Year’s Resolutions that stick.

1. Envision the end result and reverse engineer it.

According to Dr. Hafeez, neural pathways in the brain can be changed through a combination of visualization and aligned action. She encourages people to journal about what it is they want. Write it all out. “How would life improve? What would all the benefits be? Cut pictures out of magazines of what you want and post them to a wall (or if appropriate, the refrigerator). Get very clear on what you think you will feel like once you see results,” she recommends.

2. Get clear on your triggers.

Set yourself up for success by understanding what may potentially get you off track. “Sticky resolutions come with planning. If you want to lose weight then begin with clearing out your fridge and cupboards of junk food. That in itself is an action that will tell your brain that you are serious. Get recipes and write out a new grocery shopping list. Writing plans, micro goals and ideas that serve the greater accomplishment you’re reaching for creates “buy in” from your brain, says Hafeez.”

For the people resolving to save more money Dr. Hafeez says to evaluate when and why you spend. If you notice you spend $40 a week on coffee, think of alternatives. “You don’t want to cut yourself off from anything cold-turkey. The brain doesn’t respond well to deprivation. It sends brain chemicals that signal displeasure which is what makes resolutions lose their stickiness. Shift to a possibility or curiosity mindset. Asking yourself, what can I do to save $5 per day invites in inspired thoughts and creative ideas,” explains Hafeez.


3. Pace yourself.

“The reason why resolutions don’t stick is because people set the bar way too high and expect achievement way too fast. Think of every week as a win! Break it down into weekly chunks and train the brain to value quick accomplishments,” she advises. The people who resolve to lose weight and get more exercise won’t stick to it if they don’t celebrate small milestones and try to do too much too soon. Resolve to lose 1 to 3 pounds per week. Do this by cutting out soft drinks or juices and drinking water instead. After 10 weeks you”ll be 20 pounds lighter with great skin just because you did one thing week by week until it became your new normal.

4. Trick your brain by making it fun.

“Our language and self-talk is everything and determines if our resolution will fade or will become something we’re still doing in June,” says Dr. Hafeez. “When someone resolves to change their diet, exercise and lose weight they already envision how difficult it is going to be so they are already dreading it before they started. However, shifting the brain to doing something fun that is in line with the goal gets you more committed,” she adds. Create a playlist of great music to work out to. Look up recipes on Pinterest to build your new shopping list. When you do the advance preparation that is more fun, and take small steps towards building the new lifestyle to support your resolution, you’re setting yourself up for a win.

5. Fuel your resolution with greater purpose worth committing to.

If you want to resolve to save more money, it’s is helpful to have a clear purpose for the money you plan to save. Resolving to save more money is vague making it hard to remain on track. Saving more money to take an amazing vacation or to purchase a home or car is something tangible you can stick to. “It’s common for people to commit to doing something when they connect it to a greater purpose beyond them or an experience they want to have. This explains why lifetime smokers can instantly quit when they learn they are pregnant. It’s not about them anymore. We see the man who is 75 pounds overweight lose weight when his daughter gets engaged. Whenever we can connect resolutions to a bigger purpose our minds get on board, and when the mind is all in, resolutions stick,” explains Dr. Hafeez.


About Dr. Hafeez:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or 

New Year’s Eve Party Prep – Start Now

It seems like just yesterday that we were getting into the Christmas spirit and now, it’s pretty much upon us. Aside from the food that we’ll eat and the presents that we’ll share, that only means one thing: New Year’s is right around the corner. The Holidays can be a busy time to prepare for, but they don’t just end when the clock strikes midnight on December 25th. In fact, for some people, they just get into full swing. So, why not think about getting prepared now?

You’re probably all ready for Christmas. You’ve got your candy cane nails on, the presents are wrapped, and the food is all planned out. So, now is the perfect time to get ready for your New Year’s Eve plans. You might even find that some of these preparations prepare you more for Christmas itself. Regardless of your plans this year, you’ll be grateful that you started early when you’re enjoying the evening with ease.


Look After Your Skin

With the range of delicious food and even a little champagne, it’s like that our bodies are going to be a little relaxed over the Holidays. It can also apply to our skin. When we’re indulging more and working out less, it starts to show all over our face. So, combat that now and do your best to fight away and problems that could pop up. Work on your cleansing routine and schedule in a few masks. Your perfect New Year’s complexion will be worth all of the effort.

Book Your Wax

If you’re a regular visitor at the waxing salon, why not swing by and make sure your appointment for New Year’s is already booked. You might even be able to get in before Christmas, killing two birds with one stone. But, if you leave it too late, you might find yourself without an appointment but with hairy legs. So think fast and make sure your appointment is set in stone.

Pick Your Makeup

You’ve got plenty of time, so why not think about trying a new makeup routine for New Years? It’s never a good idea to try something new on the night (unless you’re a professional), so start practicing now. Get your brushes, your Anastasia makeup, your lashes, and find a tutorial that will look great with your outfit for New Year’s – it might even make for a fun afternoon.

Decide What To Wear

And while we’re on the topic, you’re going to want to think about what you’re going to wear. You might already have an outfit in mind, so if you do try it all on. If you’ve seen something you want to buy, buy it now. If you wait any longer, your size might be sold out. Or, if you’re styling up an outfit with things you already have, waiting until the last minute to put it all together could be disastrous. It might not look right, or you could find that things no longer fit. So while you have the time, get your look ready.

Book Your Hair

Now that you’ve got an outfit sorted and you’ve had a play around with your makeup, you’re going to want to think about your hair. If you’re planning on having it cut or a new color applied, head to the salon and get your appointment confirmed. You might even want to get any style changes done now, just to make sure that you like them ahead of the night. If you’re thinking of having it styled, then booking it now will make sure that your slot is reserved.

Get In Shape

The year isn’t over yet, so if you’re still a pound or two off of your New Year’s Eve target, you’ve still got time to get in shape. You might not be able to see a complete turnaround, but there’s still time to get in some running and weight training. You never know, your final efforts could be the ones that make you feel incredible or finally make you fit into that dress. So get your mind in the game and stick at it!

Book Your Mani

And finally, the last appointment that you might want to make will be for your nails. You have your Christmas design on now, but it might not look right for your New Year’s Eve plans – especially now that you have your makeup, outfit and hair all sorted out. Get an appointment for the 31st itself or as close to it as possible; then you can avoid any last minute breakages that could kill your mood!

A Toast to Travel – Holiday Celebration

It’s not too late to join exclusive bespoke trips for Christmas and New Years while visiting Tuscany. While most people are leaving milk for Santa, you’ll be toasting la dolce vita in Florence.

A Toast to Travel’s weeklong boutique experiences are lead by John and Natalie, an American couple who are THE experts in Tuscany. You’ll benefit from their time living in Italy when they discovered the best the region has to offer and cultivated relationships that ensure you will see Italy like a local. From meals at the best neighborhood ristoranti, to tastings at small vineyards with special access, and to special holiday bonuses like:

  • Christmas Eve Mass led by the Cardinal of Florence at the Duomo
  • A visit to Christmas Markets
  • A New Years Eve of the Eve dinner at a 1400’s castle turned winery where Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa
  • A special New Years Eve Dinner and Celebration

The holiday trips include all the food, wine, art, history and architecture that are hallmarks of A Toast to Travel experiences.  Guests enjoy:

  • Museum and city tours led by a native Florentina certified guide

  • A unique culinary experience at one of the oldest Florentine restaurants which has one of the last wood fired grills in the city

  • A gelato tasting at one of Florence’s oldest gelateria

  • Exclusive cooking class with the chef at a five-star hotel in Florence

A Toast to Travel groups are always small, ensuring good camaraderie and the ability to keep the schedule flexible to cater to the group’s interests and desires in the moment. All of our travel within the region is done via Mercedes vehicles-never, ever a tour bus!

For detailed information about Christmas in Tuscany please visit:

For more information on how to ring in 2017 in Tuscany, visit:


New Year’s Eve Beauty Looks: Celebrity Inspiration

On Monday night, we will celebrate the new year with some fun, festive activities! But whether you’re attending a gala or having a movie marathon at your home, we should strive to look fashionable while sipping our glass of champagne.

If you’re battling with the question, “what should I wear” why not find fashion inspiration from a few celebrities that “get it right” for every occasion.

And as we review our favorite fashion looks of the year, how can we forget Rihanna’s blonde hair, Kim Kardashian’s black mesh dress, or Jessica Biel’s black, Louis Vuitton pump.   In my opinion, the celebrities gave us “great fashion” for the 2012 year!

Click on the link for New Year’s Eve Top 10 Beauty Looks:  Grazia.Daily.Co.Uk and People Style Watch

Beyonce’s Fishtail Plait 



 Ann Hathaway’s Wine Lip Color


Quick Celebrity Gossip for 2013

Beyonce will appear on the cover of Vogue 2013 Spring Issue

Kate Middleton’s baby will be due (approximately) in July 2013

R&B singer Brandy get’s engaged during the holiday season, so there may be a wedding in 2013