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Pretty Little Things: Playing dress up

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Feeling fancy

Welcome to Pretty Little Things, where each week we bring you our picks for the prettiest little things online. If we love it, you'll be the first to know! This week we take a look at the more glamorous side of style.

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Going glam

Ever since I was a child, playing dress up was a big deal – and one of my favorite things to do. Making a huge mess of my mom's walk-in closet was a much-loved childhood activity (though thinking back she probably hated the chaos I created...), and that love of going glam once in a while has stayed with me – though I have a much better sense of style now than I did when I was five. To celebrate glamour, this week's picks are all about playing dress up with a roundup of some of the prettiest little glam finds online. From cocktail frocks to sky high heels to awesome accessories, check out these six stunning styles.

Go glam

1Must-have heels

Every glamour girl needs a great pair of heels, the kind that make you walk with a purpose and maybe even strut a little. Being on the more petite side, I tend to own many pairs of heels, but when it comes to really dressing up, I need to go sky high and ultra-fabulous. Check out these nude leather House of Harlow peep toe pumps (Lori's Shoes, $214) with a vintage-twist and decorative stitching. Very sexy.

2Make-a-statement necklace

Depending on the neckline of your party princess dress, a statement necklace can really put your look over the top (in a good way). I tend to gravitate towards things with lots of bling, like this gorgeous Sorrelli multi-strand necklace (Max & Chloe, $165) featuring a collage of black crystals of various shapes.

3Yes, I'll have another cocktail ring

The consummate high gloss accessory, I have always loved cocktail rings. Larger than life and oh-so-glamorous, I love to bust these babies out any time a fancy dress is required. I couldn't help but fall in love with this sparkling Kenneth Jay Lane ring (Zappos.com, $90) with a gorgeous, gleaming green stone.

4Small but scene-stealing clutch

I admit it – I'm not usually a clutch girl. I prefer tote bags with enough room to carry roughly 30 percent of what I own. But going glam means ditching the oversize bag for something much more sophisticated, not to mention smaller. I've been eyeing up this textured metallic clutch in a muted shade of charcoal (Nicole Miller, $225) for my next summer soiree.

5Sophisticated cocktail frock

I'm a firm believer that everyone needs a cocktail dress suitable for even the most refined event – something simple yet so well made it feels like it was made for you and you alone. You slip it on, it fits like a glove and you look spectacular. This beautifully draped, understated silk dress (Theory, $325) fits the bill nicely.

6Life of the party dress

Along with a more sophisticated option, I also think it's important to have a dress that gives you some edge, turns heads and makes you feel like you're the belle of the ball. I'm really into one-shoulder dresses lately, and I love this ultra-sparkly style (Alice + Olivia, $495) that's sure to cause a stir.


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