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pencil skirts


Have you made your New Year’s Eve plans yet? How will you be ringing in the New Year? House party? Club? Lounge? Upscale restaurant? We have a look appropriate for almost any function (except for church). So take a look at these outfits I created to have you  “shine bright like a diamond” *Rihanna Voice” and enter the New Year in a spectacular way.

Look #1 (click the image for product details) For this look I wanted something sexy, yet cool. So I paired multi-color sequins pants with a black peplum top and red blazer for a pop of color. For accessories I added a gold collar necklace, gold cuff earrings, and a multi-colored cocktail ring to complete the look. Lastly a great clutch and pair of shoes are a NECESSITY, but because I wanted the focus to be on the pants I paired simple black peep toe pumps with a simple black clutch for the finishing touches.

New Year's Eve Look #1

Look #2 (click the image for product details) Gold and other metallics are perfect for the New Year. I wanted something classy and sophisticated so I paired this sweetheart sequins peplum dress with gold pumps and gold/glitter accessories. The dress has a hint of rose, so I added rose gold earrings and to the look. Because of the intricate detailing of the dress, I kept the accessories to a minimum. Lastly I would use the Urban Decay naked palette to create a a soft neutral eye with gold highlights.

New Year's Eve Look #2

Look #3 (click the image for product details) I call this my spicy look. The first was edgy, the second was sweet, but the third will definitely take your style game up a notch. I paired a sequins gold bustier top with a black pencil skirt (high-waist skirts are optional). For my accessories I wanted to add a color to break up the black and gold so I went with maroon/burgundy accessories. With this look you get to show a little skin, but also keep somethings to the imagination.

New Year's Eve Look #3

What will be your go to look to bring in 2013?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is all about Pink! About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime (source). My grandmother passed away from breast cancer when my mom was 12, so I never got a chance to meet her. My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, but I am glad to say that she is cancer free today! So today’s Color Coded post is all about PINK. Below you will find some great pieces in this bold and vibrant color. So let’s continue to fight and find a cure for this disease that plagues so many.


Leather is a huge trend for this fall and HGB has got you covered on some of the hottest and affordable pieces to incorporate in your wardrobe! Leather is definitely luxurious. There is nothing like wearing a rich leather jacket. It changes the dynamic of the entire look. So if you want to incorporate leather in to your wardrobe and not just for outerwear, rock a leather skirt. When I say leather,  faux leather is included. Some people aren’t afforded the luxury of being able to purchase a leather skirt for $150 so faux leather will do. My favorite type of leather skirt is the pleated skater skirt. It is edgy, yet ladylike. You can pair it with a simple white blouse and a pair of black pumps and be ready for work. Now for the evening, a sexy camisole and blazer will be perfect for a date with the beau. I also love the classic leather pencil skirt. I just purchased a faux leather pencil skirt from jc penney for $25 and it will be making it’s debut to the world sometime next week lol. If you do not want to go for the entire leather look for fear of looking like a dominatrix, try going for a skirt with leather panels or a leather waist band. Below are some options for leather and faux leather skirts that you can add to your wardrobe this fall.


I will be returning to work in a few weeks *insert sad face 🙁 * and I have been looking for inspiration to take my professional look up a notch. I love wearing skirts but I’ve always kept it safe with some of my work attire. We do not have a strict dress code, so I can wear pretty much anything I want (of course it will be work appropriate) but I want to go beyond my black, navy, and tweed pencil skirts. So Keke Palmer’s look is exactly what I need.

I love the pop of color with the skirt and I also love the fact that she didn’t play it safe with a solid color shirt. The print takes this look to a new level of sophistication. It was paired perfectly with nude pumps as well. Kudos to Keke and her stylist they nailed this look!

You can get a similar look with the items below.

With Valentine’s Day being two weeks away we thought we’d get a jump start on giving you some ideas for the special occasion. If you are in need of special assistance for this day, we also offer personal styling services. Send an email to Janique@hergoodybag.com or click the Betterfly link in the right side bar. Ok now with all of that said, here are some outfit ideas for Valentine’s Day.

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The first look consists of a cocktail dress, pumps, and bold jewelry. You can never go wrong wearing a cocktail dress. Most likely you have one in your house that you have never worn or you haven’t worn in years (or maybe I’m just the guilty one). Cocktail dresses are simple and easy to accessorize. You do not have to choose red, you can choose any color that you would like, as long as it compliments your skin tone.

Date Night Look

The second look is a little more sophisticated. Cocktail dresses are usually very sexy. So if you are more conservative, you can wear a pencil skirt and a nice blouse with a pair of  ankle boots. I like the raspberry and teal color combination so I decided to mix those colors.

Dinner and Dancing

The last look is a bit spicy. It features an intricately detailed black jumpsuit with spiked heels, rosette clutch and bold cocktail ring. The design of the jumpsuit is edgy yet sexy. The straight leg allows you to wear almost any type of shoe but I would go with a pump. Because the jumpsuit is all black, I decided to add blue spiked heels for some contrast.

Jumpsuits and Blue

This is just part 1. Stay tuned for part 2 coming later this week!