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With Christmas just around the corner and party season practically upon us, it's time to get geared up for the most glamorous time of the year.

While this season is all about luxe velvet and unicorn sequins, it's also prime time to pull that little black dress out of the wardrobe and get your money's worth.

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And as extravagant as this season's collection of party dresses may be, the accessories are to die for.

A great accessory has the power to transform any outfit, and we're proving this by spicing up our fave LBD with some of this season's most fabulous adornments.

For this style challenge, SHEmazing! opted to hit River Island – it's affordable and there are loads of festive-appropriate steals there at the moment. 

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1) Sequin sista 

A sequin bolero is a power piece that just screams 'PARTY!' This number will add instant festive appeal to your basic LBD, and will perfectly complement your fabulous glittery garments.

Dress, tights and shoes; SHEmazing!'s own

Silver Sequin Bolero, River Island, €60

2) Gatsby glam

If you invest in one accessory this season, make it a faux-fur tippet. Draped over one shoulder, it adds an instant air of luxury to any festive frock. Team with a chain-strap handbag to channel that classic Gatsby glamour. Who said all-black was boring?

Black Faux-Fur Tippet Scarf, River Island, €30

Black Glitter Mini Chain Bag, River Island, €25

3) Silver belle

Metallics are having a major moment this Christmas, and statement silver jewels will transform your basic LBD into a real festive treat. Start with a statement bejewelled choker, complement with a cuff, and finish the look with a matching clutch bag. Shine bright like a diamond! 

Silver Glitter Soft Foldover Purse, River Island, €20 

Silver Crystal Embellished Bracelet, River Island, €17

Silver Tone Embellished Pave Choker Necklace, River Island, €25

4) Gold, pom-poms and faux-fur 

While Christmas may be about the gold, frankincense and myrrh; party season is all about the gold, pom-poms and faux-fur – and little pops of this season's luxe textures can really amp up the 'wow' factor! Accessorise your LBD with a pom-pom choker and a glitter-encrusted box-bag, and voilá; a fresh, cute and quirky take on a classic look.

Gold Glitter Mini Chain Bag, River Island, €25

Pom-Pom Choker, River Island, €10 

The 'silly season' serves up the perfect opportunity to experiment a little, and the most important thing is that you have fun with your festive gear!

Happy outfit-planning, ladies!




If you've been looking out for that perfect party dress, but have only came across the usual suspects, then you're going to be delighted with this lot.

PrettyLittleThing has launched a premium dress range, and we're getting serious Balmain vibes. And the best thing? They're nowhere near Balmain prices!

Whether you're hitting the club, the races, or just having a party in the house, take a look at these show stoppers:

The Kendika Gold Premium Sequin Maxi Dress – €105


The Cecilie Premium Jacket – €112


The Anisha Black Premium Dress – €140


The Anisha Green Premium Dress – €140



The Nhyla White Premium Dress – €140


The Tala Gold Premium Applique Dress – €70


The Sakara Black Premium Dress – €84


The Alania Black Premium Dress – €91


The Lorannia Premium Fringed Dress – €91


The Loriah Black Premium Dress – €91

We think we're in love…



When party season springs around, it can be difficult to choose what to wear.

Will I be too dressy? Too casual? Is this outfit too much? And most importantly, do I feel good/comfortable in it?

We'll admit that sometimes the best option is just to go with our good oul friend black. And then choose the structure, and fit to match your mood.

Here's seven great black dresses that are perfect for party season:

1. The Classic

If you're heading for the classic look, this dress is perfect. With an asymmetric neckline and peplum hem, it's like buying designer on the highstreet. Team with simple black heels and your fave jewellery and you're good to go.

ASOS Scuba One Shoulder Midi Dress – €50.67



2. The Preppy 

If you want to add a little bit of fun and funk into your look, we'd suggest something like this. It's not your usual crochet pattern and with the flesh neckline, you'll be turning heads. This is totally on our #WishList.

ASOS Endless Rose Lace High Neck Mini Dress – €80.00



3. The Glamorous

Need something for a glam night out? Then this is your best friend. Velvet is like party season's old reliable, and will look great whether you spent two hours or two minutes getting ready. And with the asymmetrical peplum waist, who's to know you ate all the cupcakes?

River Island Black Velvey 90s Frill – €87.00



4. The Cover-Up

We all know it can be super chilly around party season, and coming out of *da club* at 2am is no easy feat when you're freezing. This dress not only has an on-trend neck tie, but it has long sleeves too so you're guaranteed some comfort in it, without sacrificing any style points.

New Look Black Tie Neck Tunic Dress – €24.99



5. The Flirty

If you fancy being a little flirty during this time of year, this is perfect. Without giving away too much, the cut-out shoulder and slim fit will definitely have heads turning. Pop on some accessories and you're sorted.

New Look Black Cut Out Shouldere Bodycon – €29.99



6.The Shift

Now, we're not talking about the shift you get at Coppers, we're talking about the fab shift dress. This has stayed in season for so many years now purely because it suits every body type and it's really comfy. So whether you're sitting down to a big meal or grooving all night on the dance floor, the shift dress has you covered.

Penneys Black Long Sleeved Lace Dress – €19.00



7. The On-Trend

If you want to go with something that is very on-trend this season, the slip dress is what you need. This Topshop one is great as it has a bit of length, but you can also put a little top underneath if you're afraid you'll be too cold.

Topshop Two Strap Satin Midi Dress – €84.00


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Hurrah! It's finally that time of year again. We are happy bunnies here in SHEmazing! HQ as MAC has just released its new Christmas collection.

Full of shimmering shades and deep, smokey hues, MAC's Magic of the Night collection is something you don't want to miss. 

Magic of the Night includes bold lip and shadow tones, as well as new colour-drenched pigments, so it will be easy to make an impact on nights out.

Metallic nails are going to be HUGE for Christmas but if you really want to get your glow on, MAC's Mineralise Skinfinish will make you shine from morning to night. 

Blue is also going to be major for this party season, and MAC has introduced cobalt, teal and royal blue finishes into its eyeshadows. If you really want to have some fun though, the new eyeliner – which comes in petrol blue and black – is perfect for making an impact. 

Along with the new shades of eyeshadows and lipsticks, MAC has also welcomed striking blue packaging for the Christmas collection, just so your make-up bag can look as good as you. 

And if you're struggling to find the perfect gift? MAC is bringing back its coveted mini-kits for Christmas, which we all know is the perfect present. You can choose from a lip pencil collection, a pigment collection or a lip gloss collection that all come in this season's most enviable colours. 

Sorted for Christmas now? So are we. All Christmas collections are available in Brown Thomas or online tomorrow.