Subtle sparkle: The art of holiday dressing with a little shine

Wearing sparkles this season doesn't have to mean sequins. This season's hottest look feature items with a subtle shine. A model wears a look from Le Chateau.

An all-black outfit is infalliblychic. But this holiday season, the most stylish set will be stepping out in something with a touch ofsparkle.

While wearing a glittering holiday garment admittedly isnt a revolutionary departure from traditional seasonal wear, the latest iterations feature a subtle shine that will have fellow revellers taking an appreciative second look rather than shielding their eyes from the glare.

Again this season, you will see sparkle everywhere,Magalie Harvey, the public relations coordinator for Le Château, says. Festive fashion is for anyone who wants to celebrate theseason through their personal style. You just need to be conscious of what works for you.

Harvey says its easy to shine when you exercise a modicum of moderation, such as by donning an item crafted from a textile with a pared-down, built-in sheen — such as satin or Lurex.

Optfor an embellished cardigan or a long sleeve metallic duster, Harvey recommends.Or, receive family with a simple pair of black dress pants and a sophisticated metallic knit poncho.

Skip the statement jewelry in favour of a more subtle shiny piece like this glitter-accent sweater. Wear to the season's holiday parties with a pair of ankle-length trousers and heels, then pair it with your favourite jeans and ankle boots for the rest of winter. Joe Fresh | $29

Skip the statement jewelry in favour of a more subtle shiny piece like this glitter-accent sweater. Wear to the seasons holiday parties with a pair of ankle-length trousers and heels, then pair it with your favourite jeans and ankle boots for the rest of winter. Joe Fresh | $29

Heading to a holiday party straight from work? A sleek knit poncho is the simplest way to change your look without donning a whole new outfit. Pair with your favourite ankle-length trousers and a pump. Le Chateau, $59.95.

Heading to a holiday party straight from work? A sleek knit poncho is the simplest way to change your look without donning a whole new outfit. Pair with your favourite ankle-length trousers and a pump. Le Chateau|$59.95.

Whatever you do,leave those all-out sequin getups on the racks (or in the back of your closetfor your next trip to Las Vegas).Because while youll surely want to sparkle this season, youll wantto do it in a way thatssubtle and stylish — and that oftenmeans not takingglitter too literally.

A little sparkle goes a long way,Odile Panelli, the director of merchandising forMelanie Lyne, says. You dont need a lot of sparkle to make any outfit grand for the holidays.

She recommends pairing a shiny top with your go-to black trousers for a fail-safe festive ensemble. In addition to scoring your extra style points, wearingashimmery item with a pared-down wardrobe staple also ensures the outfit is safe for work.

Sparkles can be worn to work, Panelli says.The trick is to tone it down by mixing your Lurex top with something everyday, such as worn under your go-to black jacket or under a long cardigan.

Ultimately,the end goal of mixing and matching your glitter garments is tohelpthe wearer feelcomfortable enough with the understated bling to integrate it into their regular wardrobe rotationwell beyond the holiday season.

Women dont want to spend a fortune on high-glitter pieces that are restrictive and difficult to wear, Panelli explains.Were opting for versatile holiday pieces that can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

Looking to get some glitter into your holiday look without investing in a garment — or consider yourself to be completelyglitter averse? Consider adding on a statement-making accessory instead.

Thisseason, the biggest trend we love in accessories is the choker and you can get yours with just the right amount of beading and gems for a festive finish to your outfit, Harvey suggests.Or, go for a great pair of sparkly earrings or aneye-catchingglittering clutch.

RelatedSparkle like Markle: Holiday party dressing tips from Suits star Meghan MarkleFab Five: Gifts for herPatterns of Frost Multi-Coloured Crystal earrings Pandora | $85

Patterns of Frost multi-coloured crystal earrings, Pandora | $85

Feeling sparkle shy? Contain the glitter factor to your feet with a pair of sparkly shoes like these low-heeled mary janes. Zara | $49.90

Feeling sparkle shy? Contain the glitter factor to your feet with a pair of sparkly shoes like these low-heeled mary janes. Zara | $49.90

But perhaps the most fun way to wear glitter for the holidays is on your feet.

Glittery shoes are fun to wear because you can pair them with almost everything you have in your wardrobe toinstantlytransform your outfit, Harvey says.Plus, they are not only a seasonal staple but a great investment piece.

With shimmery shoes available at virtually every price point — from affordable at Zara and Le Chateau, to the super luxe at Miu Miu via Holt Renfrew — its easy for everyone to step out in glitter

You can get your glitter shoe in everything from a pump to a bootie to a glam sandal, Harvey says.

And with all these options, theres really no good excuse not to try out the seasons latest light-reflecting styles.

Everyone of any age, size and body shape can wear glitz,Panelli says. Why wouldnt everyone have fun dressing up for the holidays with a little pizzazz? Dare to mix and match, dress them up and down—and go on with confidence.

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Sport a seasonal sparkle that you can wear year-round with a diamond statement ring like this Paloma Sugar Stacks ring with pavé diamonds in 18-karat gold. Tiffany & Co. | $7,600

Sport a seasonal sparkle that you can wear year-round with a diamond statement ring like this Paloma Sugar Stacks ring with pavé diamonds in 18-karat gold. Tiffany Co. | $7,600

A Cheaper Christmas Tree May Be Just Around The Corner

This is Back of the Envelope, FiveThirtyEights home for shorter, quicker posts.

For the past several years, Ive bought my Christmas tree from a stand around the corner from my apartment in Brooklyn. It was always the same, simple price: $10 per foot, which seemed reasonable when I was buying a 5-foot tree for my tiny little walkup. This year, I moved to an apartment with a proper living room and decided to go big. I wanted a tree that was taller than I am. The stand in my new neighborhood charges less $9 per foot but I was going for a 6-footer, and something about crossing the $50 Rubicon didn’t sit well with me.

So I took to Twitter to try to gain some perspective.

Out of curiosity, how much did you pay for your christmas tree? Ideally respond with:

Price/footZip code

If I get enough Ill map it!

Jody Avirgan (@jodyavirgan) December 5, 2016

Ultimately, I got about 150 responses from 29 states. Not the most comprehensive data set, but some interesting results. The cheapest tree, other than for those who cut their own, was in Corvallis, Oregon, for $3.10 per foot. That makes sense, because there are trees everywhere in Oregon.

The most expensive tree I heard about was $35.71 per foot in the Culver City area of Los Angeles. That also makes sense, because LA is ridiculous in every way.

Overall, the average price was $8.70 per foot. Here’s where I got responses from.

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Most interesting to me, though, was the variation in results within an area. Take a look at New York City, for instance. In Hell’s Kitchen, on the western side of Manhattan, you can buy a tree for $6.66 per foot. (It is Hell’s Kitchen after all.) But walk a few blocks south to Chelsea, and somebody’s charging $20 per foot. In a place like New York, where many people don’t have cars, vendors can set the price knowing that many people won’t be comparison shopping.

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Here’s San Francisco, where you can see a similar phenomenon.

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I guess it’s no surprise that different neighborhoods have different pricing. I spoke with several tree vendors here in New York who all confirmed that many of the trees come from the same supplier (they are shipped down from Canada). But the price is set according to what the hyper-local market will bear. Sure enough, I stopped by my old neighborhood, which is rapidly gentrifying, and they’d bumped up the price to $11 per foot this year.

The one thing I heard consistently, though: If you really want to negotiate for a good price, wait till Christmas Eve. It’s a buyer’s market.

Thanks to Twitter follower @justinwzig for helping compile the data and FiveThirtyEight’s Ella Koeze for helping with the graphics.

Google Reveals Most Searched Celebrities Of 2016

By Andrea Park

MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS NEWS) – The most Googled actress of 2016 is not on “Game of Thrones” or “Stranger Things,” but she might be part of Britain’s Royal Family one day.

Meghan Markle, girlfriend of Prince Harry and an actress on USA’s “Suits,” was no. 1 on the list of most Googled actresses in 2016, putting her ahead of stars like Marion Cotillard and Daisy Ridley.

It’s not because of Markle’s work on “Suits,” though, that she was a trending topic on Google: The top related queries include “harry meghan markle,” “meghan prince harry” and “prince harry.” Searches for her name peaked on Nov. 8, when Prince Harry confirmed that he was dating the actress and blasted the media for subjecting her to a “wave of abuse.”

Markle was followed by Marion Cotillard, whose searches peaked in late September, when the “Allied” actress took to Instagram to deny having an affair with Brad Pitt. “Fuller House” actress Jodie Sweetin came in at no. 3, after making a comeback through the Netflix reboot.

Here are the top 10 Googled actresses of 2016: 1. Meghan Markle2. Marion Cotillard3. Jodie Sweetin4. Daisy Ridley5. Brie Larson6. Jenna Dewan Tatum7. Leslie Jones8. Kate McKinnon9. Alicia Vikander10. Millie Bobby Brown

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Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt (credit: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Brad Pitt was the most Googled male actor of 2016, thanks to his high-profile separation from Angelina Jolie. The actor’s searches peaked right after the couple announced their divorce.

Actresses aren’t the only ones who get attention for who they’re dating. Tom Hiddleston came in at no. 2 on the list of most Googled actors, peaking in early July after he was spotted cavorting with Taylor Swift at her Fourth of July bash. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda rounded out the 10.

1. Brad Pitt2. Tom Hiddleston3. Adam Driver4. Jesse Williams5. Tom Holland6. Jeffrey Dean Morgan7. Thomas Gibson8. Sebastian Stan9. Taylor Lautner10. Lin-Manuel Miranda

Beyonce performs on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 24, 2014 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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As far as musicians, it’s not exactly surprising that Beyonce topped searches for 2016 after the drop of her visual album “Lemonade” in April and her controversial Super Bowl performance in February. Céline Dion came in second, with searches peaking just after her husband’s death in mid-January, and Kesha came in third thanks to her legal battles against Dr. Luke.

1. Beyoncé2. Céline Dion3. Kesha4. Kehlani5. Coldplay6. Teyana Taylor7. Grace Vanderwaal8. Kanye West9. Jacob Sartorius10. Guns n Roses

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 05: Kim Kardashian West speaks during the #BlogHer16 Experts Among Us conference at JW Marriott Los Angeles at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on August 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Kim Kardashian-West (credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Surprised to see nary a Kardashian or Jenner on the list? Remember they’re not actors or musicians, but Kim Kardashian West did make no. 1 for the list of top searched selfies on Google.

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Checking In: At-par value in Mount Washington Valley

The inviting, historic inns and exciting outdoor life of New England are so close, but with the loonie worth about 75 cents in the U.S., they can seem out of reach.

Still, we have loyal friends. Here are two irresistible Canadian-at-par deals at fine BBs in the MountWashington Valley, which spans New Hampshire and Maine.

Bartlett Inn, N.H: Kids, pets — bring ’em on.

The family-friendly and outdoorsy Bartlett Inn and Cottages domain is at the heart of the Mount Washington Valley, a winter wonderland with cross-country and downhill skiing, dogsledding, winter hiking, ice climbing and the thrills of a snowcat ride up Mount Washington — the highest, snowiest peak in the east.

This is a great value destination, especially if you factor in the Bartlett’s Canadian-at-par offer and New Hampshire’s tax-free shopping at the outlets around North Conway.

The core of the BB is a rambling 1885 house. Owners Nick and Miriam Habert-Jaques have renovated with history in mind — crown mouldings, classic landscape paintings by New Hampshire artists and colourful quilts.

“We’re homespun, like grandma’s house,” Nick said. “And our inn is very personal.

“We both hike and ski, so we give our guests insider tips on the best trails.”

The Bartlett has six rooms in the main lodge, two suites in a remodelled barn, and 10 motel-style, pet-friendly “cottage rooms” with two beds or kitchenettes that are great for families.

Miriam is in charge of breakfast, which features yummy choices like blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes, or quiche with feta, spinach and tomatoes.

The BB fronts on Route 302, and backs onto a forest of towering pines. Guests can hop directly from the cottage rooms onto the cross-country ski trails of Bear Notch Ski Touring, and the family dog can join in.

Also in the neighbourhood are many other Nordic and alpine centres, and guests at Bartlett Inn andCottages get discounts. Attitash Mountain Resort is four kilometres away; Cranmore and Black Mountain are less than 20 kilometres away. The vast Mount Washington Valley also embraces Wildcat Mountain, Bretton Woods Mountain Resort and the Great Glen Trails, where Bartlett Inn people enjoy free snow tubing.

Après-sports life centres ona wood-burning fireplace in the TV lounge with hot apple cider and cookies, or at the outdoor whirlpool and firepit. Duringthe summer, there isa heated pool and a playground.

Dollar deal:US$115-$215 or Canadian funds, including breakfast, hot tub, firepit, afternoon cider, snow tubing. Some rooms are suitable for families of four— the price coverstwo adults and two children 12 and under. Additional adults pay $39.

The Canadian-at-par offer is valid forcertain rooms fora two-night stay, when available, daily through May 31 (except for U.S. holidays and some peak weekends).

The Bartlett Inn in New Hampshire has history, warmth and a wide range of room styles. (Bartlett Inn)

The Bartlett Inn in New Hampshire has history, warmth and a wide range of room styles.

Admiral Peary Inn, Maine: Strong on romance and dog-friendly to the max, thiselegant inn is in the tranquil town of Fryeburg, just across the border from New Hampshire but still part of Mount Washington Valley.So guests enjoy North Conway shopping and White Mountain winter sports, plus skiing in Maine at Shawnee Peak.

The refined BB offers simple indoor pleasures, too, with a large fireplace and a 50-inch TV in the living room, plus lots of cosy reading corners.

The Admiral Peary is a Victorian period piece, dating back to around 1865, and notable for the marble fireplace in the living room and built-in cabinets. Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary lived there when he was Fryeburg’s justice of the peace and taxidermist.

Proprietor Donna Pearce shares her home and inn with Maya, a sweet Labrador retriever, and a sociable cat named Sasha; together, they welcome well-behaved dogs. They even babysit canine guests if their owners go out for dinner.

The BB has seven elegant guest rooms filled with antiques and mementoes from Pearce’s travels. The Oriental room has Japanese woodblock prints, and the English Garden room sports her photographs of flowers. All of the rooms have high-quality bedding, one has a whirlpool tub and some have gas fireplaces and four-poster beds.

Pearce cooks up tantalizing breakfasts of egg frittatas, crème brûlée French toastor blueberry waffles, and suggests dinner at nearby spots such as Oxford House, the 302 West Smokehouse Tavern or Ebenezer’s Restaurant and Pub.

There is year-round action, with summertime swimming, canoeing and kayaking in the Saco River; and harvest traditions at the Fryeburg Fair in October.

Dollar deal: winter rates, US$119-$139 or Canadian funds, including breakfast, Wi-Fi, coffee corner, microwave, library, pool table. Booked by phone, the Canadian-at-par deal is valid daily until April 30, on availability (except for U.S. holiday weeks and some peak periods). Discounts offered for age55 and over.

IF YOU GO

Mount Washington Valley: 877-948-6867, mtwashingtonvalley.org; Ski New Hampshire, 603-745-9396, skinh.com; tax-free shopping: shopmwv.com.

Bartlett Inn: Bartlett, N.H.; 603-374-2353, bartlettinn.com.Pet-friendly.

Bartlett and North Conway, N.H., are approximately a four-hour drive from Montreal via New Hampshire Route 302.

Admiral Peary Inn:Fryeburg, Maine; 207-935-1269,admiralpearyinn.com. Pet-friendly.

Fryeburg is approximately a 4 1/2-hour drive from Montreal via New Hampshire Route 302.

Fryeburg Business Association: fryeburgbusiness.com; Shawnee Peak: shawneepeak.com; Maine skiing: skimaine.com.

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