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Hot Heels!

17 Jan

Looking to add some sizzle to your style?

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Steve Madden

Swapping out the sneaks or flats for some height will make an instant impact.  I hit Steve Madden, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Aldo to check out the latest looks.

An animal print, heeled bootie, like the style below from Steve Madden, can elevate a denim and casual, long sleeve tee look and play equally well with a skirt or dress.

Show your wild side

Show your Wild Side

Need some inspiration for a night out? Check out these pairs from Steve Madden.  While each look clearly has its own personality, they’re all about detail… lots of detail.

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Steve Madden will get your ready for a night on the town!

Black and gold, paired together, as seen on the buckled cut-out bootie above and on the looks below from BCBGMAXAZRIA, are hot coupling!

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BCBGMAXAZRIA

There are shoes that become accessories to outfits and outfits that accessorize shoes. There’s no doubt —  a pair like this one deserves to inspire the rest of your outfit. Note the merge of ladylike and mod detail with lace and studs.

Ladylike Meets Mod

Ladylike Meets Mod

Here’s another take on the lace look from BCBGMAXAZRIA.  These pumps exude elegance.

A twist on traditional

Exudes Elegance

Next stop — Aldo. Love the buckle detailing.  An unexpected color like merlot can almost be treated as a neutral. It pairs well with black, brown, grey, navy and a number of other hues. This look almost feels like the merging of a bootie and pump.

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Aldo

Have the winter blues? Combat them with more blue! Cobalt is getting lots of mid-winter play and popping up in clothing and accessories.  This standout style is also from Aldo.

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Pop of Cobalt

Here’s another twist on an animal print look. These booties, with a zebra patterned heel, also feature a stylish open toe.

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A Touch of Zebra

If any of these heels could move into your closet, which ones would you pick?

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GURU Style Star: Allison Melocik

16 Jan

Chances are you won’t guess why Allison Melocik chose to wear this outfit today…

Meet Allison Melocik

Meet Allison Melocik

On the day we met, she and her grandmother were walking through the mall after having lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.  Allison selected the outfit for this day, because it was from her grandmother.

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 Allison’s chambray button-down and plaid skirt are from J. Crew. Her tights are from Nordstrom Rack.  Her boots, with exposed zipper trim and red piping, are by Steve Madden and from Macy’s. Allison’s infinity necklace is from Tiffany & Co.  Her bag and watch are both Fossil finds. Allison’s layered bracelets are by Alex & Ani. Some of them are from Nordstrom. 

 

 

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Describe your style.

Whatever I like. Whatever catches my eye. I like patterns.

What are your favorite stores in the mall?

Free People and J. Crew. I do mix stuff from those two locations.

What trends are you enjoying most this season?

I like bright colors. Big Sweaters.

Who is your style icon?

I don’t have one. I just wear what I like. If it catches my eye, I’m going to wear it.  

If you could go back in time to any decade for the style, which one would you pick and why?

Probably the 1970s, where they just wore the sweatpants and leg warmers all day. That would be pretty awesome.

Here are links to some recent GURU Style Star posts: 1/9 William Daly and 1/2 Whitney Neale

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Eye on Embellishments!

10 Jan

Embellishments are EVERYWHERE!

I’m not talking about fictitious additions to statements made in conversation, but the sequin and stud kind.

If your winter wardrobe and accessories could use a makeover, try mixing in some embellished pieces. You can take on this trend full force, as seen on the denim below, or if subtle is more your style — there are also toned down takes on the trend.

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Buckle

Jeans with embellished back pockets are hot sellers at Buckle!

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You can schedule a free appointment to have a Buckle stylist help you find the most flattering denim fits for you.  After you share your style and sizing, you can arrive to a dressing room full of possibilities — including tops and accessories to mix in with your jeans.

At Buckle, you’ll find sequins sprinkled everywhere — on shoes, belts, and tops!

Traditional with a Sparkly Twist

Traditional with a Sparkly Twist

Check out these belts! The key is to not go overboard. If you do a sequined belt, I would save the sequined top or shoes for another day.

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One of many sequined tee styles at Buckle

Sequins instantly elevate a tee. The sequined tee trend continues at Love Culture. This top takes on two trends. Animal prints, as in the animals themselves and not just leopard print, are IN this winter. They’re popping up on tops and sweaters.

Show your wild side

Show your wild side

Embellished tees pair well with leggings.

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Go geometric!

Feeling adventurous? Try out an embellished mini. Add on a simple top, opaque boots, boots and you’re good to go!

Pair with a solid top

Pair with a solid top

If you want to go for a more subtle take, how about a studded handbag or clutch. I spotted these two in the sale section at Love Culture.

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Simple & Studded

Love sequins? Head to Express. 

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Express

GURU Tip:  Take your outfit from desk to dinner by starting the day in black pants and cardi or blazer. Shed the work style tops for the evening and rock a standout sequined or studded top. No one will know your wearing the same pants.

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Embellished with mini mirrors

Embellished with mini mirrors

If you could add any of the pieces from this post to your closet, what would you pick?

Accessories & Shoes for a STEAL!

8 Jan

If you’re looking to freshen up your style, accessories and shoes give you lots of bang for your buck — especially right now with all the sales happening around the mall.

At Laila Rowe, you can save up to 70% off!

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Laila Rowe

Jewelry is buy 1, get 1 FREE! The free piece applies to your purchase of equal or lesser value.  The necklaces range between around $12 and $20 each. Plus, your second is free.

Buy 1, Get 1 FREE

Buy 1, Get 1 FREE

Handbags are 50% off. If you buy a second one, it’s yours for just $5. The deal applies to the handbag of equal or lesser value.

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Buy 1, get 2nd for $5

You’ll find a wide variety of shapes and sizes, including totes, medium bags and dressy clutches.  This animal print bag is just $12 with the sale.

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High Style, Low Price

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Buy ahead and you’ll be ready for your next night out!

Also, be sure to sign up to receive emails. When you sign up, you’ll get a coupon via email for 15% off your next purchase.

At Free People, treat your tablet to new outerwear. These cases were $58 and are marked down to $29.95.

Tablet Covers

Tablet Covers

Fend off the chill in cheery colors. This Free People scarf was $48 and is now $29.95.

Stay warm for a steal

Stay warm for a steal

Up by the register, I spotted these fun bangle sets and rings. Each set of 6 bangles is $19.95. The rings are the same price.

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$19.95 for bangle sets and rings

Arden B. is also running a major sale with 50% off jewelry, belts, scarves and bags.

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Arden B.

These scarves range from $12 to $14.50 with the savings.

$12-$14.50

$12-$14.50

This statement gold toned bracelet is marked down to $14.50.

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$14.50

You can score this cute bag for just $29.50.

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Handbags at Arden B. are 50% off!

It’s also a great time to score the shoes you’ve been eying up all season. At Aldo, select styles are an additional 30% off the sales price. That translates to just $56 for these riding boots and $84 for these military inspired boots.

Additional 30% off select sale styles

Additional 30% off select sale styles

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$84 with the additional 30% off

 The promotions in this post are for a limited time only.

Have you found any post holiday deals? Let me know.

GURU Style Star: Whitney Neale

2 Jan

I’m a big fan of pattern play! This week’s GURU Style Star, Whitney Neale, pairs a paisley print top with a pony hair, animal print bag!

GURU Style Star: Whitney Neale

GURU Style Star: Whitney Neale

Whitney scored her paisley top, faux leather skinnies and her on-trend belt at H&M. The faux fur vest is Forever 21.   Her key pendant is from Tiffany & Co. and her watch is Michael Kors.  For a comfortable day shopping, she finished her look with Tory Burch flats from Nordstrom. 

Whitney Neale

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Read on for our Q&A:

What words describe your style best?

Trendy, fashion forward, chic fashionista.

What is your favorite store at Towson Town Center and why?

Probably  H&M. They always have good sales. I definitely like their styles. You can go from casual to night out.

What are your favorite trends of the moment?

I do like print on print — Mixing paisley with the animal print. I just have a fetish for shoes. The tall boots. I’m really into the over the knee boots right now.

What is the best piece of fashion advice you’re received?

Don’t be afraid to step out of your box. A lot of people don’t like to wear a lot of colors or mix colors.

What is the most treasured item in your closet?

I have some Givenchy boots. They come up above my knee and have a little wedge heel. I love them. They’re versatile; you can wear them in the winter or the spring. You can wear them with a dress, leggings or shorts.

What is your fashion resolution for 2014?

I always buy shoes. I feel like I have a lot of shoes but I don’t have a lot of clothes. To focus more on clothing pieces and not shoes.

Here are links to recent GURU Style Star posts:

Pictured Top Left to Lower Right:  12/19 Vanesa Nadolny, 12/12 Katrina Brock, 12/5 Samantha Kosmas, 11/21 Sam Armstrong, 11/14 Maria Staffer and 11/7 Madison

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Check out the full gallery of GURU Style Star posts here. 

New Year’s Eve Accessories!

30 Dec

Ready for New Year’s?

Plans in place, check. Outfit, ready to rock.

How about the accessories? Accessories add instant impact to your look. Whether you are buying a killer outfit for this New Year’s or are shopping your closet, accessories can dress up or down your look, inject a touch of your personality, or can even make a simple t-shirt glamorous.

At White House Black Market, I spotted these sequined pumps. Pair a shoe like this with anything from denim to a dress. Even if you’re going to a casual event, adding on shoes like these to jeans and a simple top, will make an outfit you would wear any other day look completely different.

All that Glitters

All that Glitters

There is also a coordinating clutch.

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A pop of sequins

White House Black Market also features a number of statement necklaces. They’re the kinds of pieces you can wear on New Year’s and will give you much mileage beyond.

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Next stop on our accessories shopping spree, Express! Check out this eye candy! And, these are only a few of the many sparkly clutches and wristlets you’ll find in store.

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Express

If your outfit is all about sequins, how about going for a pair of statement earrings instead of a necklace? I spotted these at Express.

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Statement Earrings

Black paired with gold is an on-trend fashion statement. At Laila Rowe, the two tones team up in numerous statement pieces. Here are just a few of the necklaces that showcase the trend.

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Black & Gold: a hot coupling!

Are you planning to go bright and bold with your outfit? Complement a bright color with a simple piece of jewelry, like this stunning gold toned necklace, also from Laila Rowe.

Simple and Stunning

Simple and Stunning

If you’re still shopping for an outfit, here’s a link to some ideas from around the mall.

 

NYE Looks Shown on WBAL-TV

29 Dec

How are you going to exit 2013 and enter 2014? 

I showcased New Year’s Eve looks on WBAL-TV 11 News today (12/29).

Whether you’re looking to stay casual chic, want a cocktail party look or are planning to get decked out in a formal gown, I have ideas!

Click on the image below to watch the segment.

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Here is a link to more NYE looks. Plus, coming up tomorrow, I’ll have New Year’s Eve accessories and ideas for entertaining at home.

Last Minute Gifts at Nordstrom

23 Dec

We are down to the wire!  Still looking for a few last minute gifts?

You can find treasures for everyone in the family at Nordstrom. Here are 10 picks!

How about a pair of fuzzy slippers under the tree. Meet the Ansley Charm Slipper by UGG® Australia. This suede slipper, seen here in Sangria, is finished with a Swarovski crystal charm.

Ansley Charm Slipper

Ansley Charm Slipper
UGG® Australia

Infinity scarves are on trend and easy to wear. This one is from the junior’s department — one of my go-to spots for standout accessories and statement jewelry.  Brighten up those winter doldrums with coral. Also available in other colors.

Infinity Scarf

Infinity Scarf

Keep your guy cozy with the Byron Slipper by UGG® Australia.  It’s  lined with moisture wicking shearling.

Byron Slipper

Byron Slipper by UGG® Australia

Now for a kind of Hot Cocoa that is calorie free. Bobbi Brown’s limited-edition Hot Cocoa Palette has eight shades of eye shadows and blush in Bellini.

Hot Cocoa Palette Bobbi Brown

Hot Cocoa Palette
Bobbi Brown

Or, how about a set of jumbo crayons — for her lips. This set comes with five hues for “pout perfection.”

Jumbo Lip Crayon Set

Jumbo Lip Crayon Set

Great gifts include the ones we aren’t likely to buy ourselves.  How about treating her to a fragrance gift set. Dots by Marc Jacobs has a scent of red berries, dragon fruit, orange blossom and vanilla. The set comes with an eau de parfum spray, body lotion, shower gel and a roller ball, which is the perfect size to carry in your purse.

Dots Marc Jacobs

Dots
Marc Jacobs

Nordstrom also has fragrance sets for him. The Burberry Touch for Men Holiday Gift Set is described as having “a fresh blend of hard-to-define notes including violets, mandarin, white pepper, Virginia wood and oak moss.” It comes with an eau de toilette,  a travel-size eau de toilette and two after-shave emulsions.

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Burberry Touch for Men

Nordstrom features unique toys for the kids. Unexpected finds like the Glitter Heart Slinky make for fun stocking stuffers.

Glitter Heart Slinky

Glitter Heart Slinky

The Educo Pallina Game, an eco-friendly puzzle game, is all about strategy and having a gentle touch.

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Educo Pallini Game

Your budding scientist will light up to see an activity set like the NFL Rushzone 12-in-1 Light Up Football Robot Kit. This limited-edition set lets your child build a football action figure robot. 

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NFL Rushzone 12-in-1 Light Up Football Robot Kit

Just today and tomorrow remain for shopping! Who do you still have on your list?

 
 

Holiday Gifts from Coach!

20 Dec

Still searching for that standout gift?

I stopped by Coach to check out the latest styles. At Coach, the collections represent multiple color stories, styles and all reflect an impeccable attention to detail. You’ll find statement bags and accessories in black, other neutrals and high wattage color!

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Jewel tones and reds are getting lots of play in purses and accessories, such as the  gloves.

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You can also never go wrong with black! Note the black on black pattern detailing, with the animal print seen on the bags on either side of the star below.

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Coach features a shop for men as well. Color is also big for him. Check out this rainbow display of passport holders, held up by two paperweights.

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If you’re looking for something for his stocking that he won’t expect, how about a paperweight? Note the baseball and airplane shaped ones below.

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How are you doing on your holiday shopping?

Are you just about wrapped up? Let me know if you need any help as we get near the finish line. I’m here to help.

GURU Style Star: Vanessa Nadolny

19 Dec

I am a magnet for animal prints! I can’t get enough of them. I caught this week’s GURU Style Star, Vanessa Nadolny, out of the corner of my eye as she was headed into Ann Taylor. Right away, I noticed her sophisticated, layered look with animal print, a standout purple bag and more purple highlights with her accessories.

Meet Vanessa

Meet Vanessa

Vanessa’s statement faux leather jacket is from New York & Company. Her white blouse, peeking out from under her animal print sweater, is J.Crew. She is carrying a Michael Kors bag. Her belt is Lucky Brand.

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Vanessa’s bracelets are from Pandora and play off the purple bag.

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Vanessa scored her riding boots at Nordstrom.

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Now to our Q & A.

Describe your style: 

Eclectic, a little bit from all eras.

What are you shopping for at the mall today?

I was supposed to be finding my father a sweat suit for Christmas, and here I go in every store I like. I did find my son dark brown khakis in the Gap. It’s all he wants for Christmas. (Her son is 17.)

What trends are you excited about this winter?

 I like what’s trendy, but I feel like I’m always a season behind.

What made you pick this outfit today?

I love these boots and belt, and I just pair them with anything…

What are you favorite stores in the mall?

J.Crew, Ann Taylor. I like to mix both of those.

What is the most important fashion lesson you’ve ever learned?

Don’t throw anything out. Mix the old with the new; it alway comes back around.

What is the most treasured item in your closet?

Either my Michael Kors purse collection or these boots.

Check out the full gallery of GURU Style Star posts here. Scroll down for links to see recent Style Star features.

DECEMBER 2013

12/12 Katrina Brock and 12/5 Samantha Kosmas

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NOVEMBER 2013

11/21 Sam Armstrong, 11/14 Maria Stauffer

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11/7 Madison

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October 2013

10/31 Eliza Bulley, 10/24 Colleen Fraser,  10/17 Amanda Nelson

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10/10 Kristy Toney, 10/3 Paige Henson

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