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Hot Heels!

17 Jan

Looking to add some sizzle to your style?


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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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.



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.


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.


A Touch of Zebra

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


GURU Style Star: William Daly

9 Jan

 This week’s GURU Style Star describes his style as “vintage with a modern twist.”

Meet Goucher student, William Daly! He’s had a teacher call him 19th century. Fellow students joke around and call him “professor.”


William Daly

William’s khaki’s are from Vans. He liked the two pairs he bought there just before the holidays so much that he came back to the mall for two more on the day I met him. This time, he saved $20 on each pair, thanks to promotional coupons he received after his first purchase.


Purchase from Vans

William scored his oxford shoes at Nordstrom. His belt is J.Crew. His jacket and vest are thrift store treasures.

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Vintage Style with a Modern Twist

Here is our Q&A.

What is your favorite store at Towson Town Center?

Right now, I like Vans a lot because of all the deals. They have some of the best fitting pants that I’ve tried on in a while.

What trends do you like?

I’m hoping vests will make a comeback. I love vests.

Who is your style icon?

I like the Mumford & Sons (An English folk  band).  They are really good at bringing back pieces that might seem dated individually but incoroproating them in more of a modern style. They wear a lot of vests and bow ties.

If I gave you $1,000 to spend on anything at the mall, what would you buy?

I would like to get 100 $10 gift cards and give them out to people in the mall… If I could add an additional stipulation, I would tell them to spend $5 on themselves and $5 on someone else…

Here are links to recent GURU Style Star posts. Click here to see the entire archive.

1/2 Whitney Neale 


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


November & December 2013

November 2013

November 2013

I’ll be back next Thursday with the next GURU Style Star post. If you think you should be featured here, please leave me a comment.

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


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. 

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.

New Year’s Eve Looks!

27 Dec

What are you wearing to ring in 2014?

Whether you want to do just a sprinkle in some sparkle or go full glam, you’ll find festive looks around the mall.

I hit Caché and BCBGMAXAZRIA to get some ideas. I’m seeing lots of combinations of black, white, silver and gold along with some bold colors!

At Caché, I spotted these timeless faux fur shrugs. Pair them with anything from a sequined top and jeans to cocktail dresses, like the ones seen here. Shrugs will give you mileage for years to come and add just the warmth needed as you dash from the car to the party, restaurant or club.

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Go glam with a shrug

Turn heads in a bold hue like red! This beaded Blouson dress features a draped neckline and fitted skirt with standout beading.


Beaded & Bold

I also saw several options with separates, which give you extra flexibility when it comes to just how dressed up you want to get. With a sequined skirt, such as the one below, I would keep the top simple. If you want to sparkle on top, then a solid bottom balances out the look. You can dress these looks up or down with your selection of shoes and accessories. A bootie keeps the looks less formal and sandals or pumps will take it to a dressier level.


At BCBGMAXAZRIA, you’ll find styles in all lengths! If you usually go for a LBD, how about trying a Little White Dress? Gone are the days when white gets packed up post Labor Day. A solid dress like the white one below provides a canvas with endless opportunities for expression with shoes and accessories.

The longer gowns have an old Hollywood feel. We’re seeing lots of ladylike detail, with fur and lace, along with edgier looks, such as the pairing of the leather moto jacket with the black gown.



This season, any length goes. While floor length gowns are typically more formal, we’re seeing the lines blur more often. Shorter dresses can be dressed up with accessories and longer ones can be dressed down, as done with the leather jacket above.

With the two styles below, all eyes will be drawn to the waist line. If you’re not sure what style dress you want to try, consider a fit that highlights a part of your body that makes you feel most confident.


GURU Tip: It always pays to ask a store associate  for assistance. Some styles take on a completely different look when taken off the hanger.

Coming up this Sunday (12/29), tune into WBAL-TV in the 7 am half hour to see three hot looks for New Year’s Eve! I’ll be back with New Year’s accessories on Monday (12/30).

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

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.


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. 


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?


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.


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

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Vanessa scored her riding boots at Nordstrom.


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.


12/12 Katrina Brock and 12/5 Samantha Kosmas

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11/21 Sam Armstrong, 11/14 Maria Stauffer

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11/7 Madison


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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One stop shopping at Johnston & Murphy

17 Dec

What could be better? You’ll find one stop shopping for HIM and HER at Johnston & Murphy. Plus, there are some amazing promotions happening!

It’s buy one, get one half off on shirts, sweaters, scarves and gloves for men and women. You can mix and match. You’ll enjoy the savings on the same or lower priced item.

For the guys, you’ll find traditional button-downs along with ones that couldn’t be more on-trend.

Buy 1, get 1 half off!

Buy 1, get 1 half off!

Standout patters

Standout patterns

The sweaters make for great layering pieces and are available in many color options.

Sweaters are great for layering

Sweaters are great for layering

You’ll definitely want to check out the outerwear as well! Not sure how to pair scarves with coats? You’ll get plenty of inspiration from the displays.

Elevate your Outerwear Look with a Scarf

Elevate your Outerwear Look with a Scarf

Have you seen the colorful shoelaces for guys? They’ll breathe new life into an older pair of shoes or you’ll find many shoe styles in-store. Right now, you can scoop up 10 pairs for $19.50. The laces along with the colorful socks make fun stocking stuffers for all the guys in your family.

10 for $19.50 for a limited time

10 for $19.50 

The purple laces are just the shade for purple Fridays!

Purple Friday attire

Purple Friday attire

Men’s socks are buy 3, save 20% off. You’ll find lots of fun colors and patterns.


Save 20% off when you purchase 3 pairs

For women, my eyes were instantly drawn to the animal print outerwear styles. Also, note the leopard booties, finished with buckle detailing.

Animal print never goes out of style

Animal print never goes out of style

Love the animal print booties

Love the animal print booties

Or, she can be bold in red!

The monochromatic look

A monochromatic look

Don’t forget about the buy one, get one half off promotion I mentioned earlier in the post on shirts, sweaters, scarves and gloves. You can also use it to get something for him and her or you! Note the buckle finish on these gloves.

Check out these gloves!

Check out these gloves!

How is your holiday shopping coming along? Here are links back to more gift posts featuring Tiffany & Co., teacher gifts, office gifts, gifts for your girlfriends from Vera Bradley, and presents for the kids from Marbles: The Brain Store. Are you hitting any holiday shopping obstacles? Let me know. I’m here to help.

GURU Style Star: Samantha Kosmas

5 Dec

This week’s GURU Style Star, Samantha Kosmas, shows how a few accessories can really pull together a casual look.

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Samantha layered a comfy cardi over a plaid shirt and tied the look together with a Justice statement necklace, with an unexpected floral touch. She’s had the necklace for a long time. Note the Greek eye symbol on one of her bracelets. Samantha says it’s a symbol that brings good luck. She scored it at Fire & Ice and found her cross bracelet at Nordstrom. Her ring is also from Fire & Ice.

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Describe your style:

Definitely whatever I can find in my closet, very casual. I kind of do a little bit of everything. Some days I’m preppy; some days I am hipsterish. Just whatever mood I’m in is what I tend to do.

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

Probably PacSun because they have a lot of really cute stuff at ths time of year. I just love all of their layering pieces and jackets.

What styles are you excited about for the winter season?

I love the Aztec thing that’s going on with the long sweaters. I’m asking for one for Christmas. I love combat boots too. I have two pairs at home.

What is the most treasured item in your closet?

Probably, my boots. I have two pairs of boots that I wear constantly. One is these (the ones pictured) and combat boots. They can go with everything during the winter.

What celebrities do you admire for their style?

I love Jennifer Love Hewitt’s style. I wear a lot of preppy styles when I’m going to church or dressing up to go out. I also love Vanessa Hudgens hippy-boho style.

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


11/21 Sam Armstrong, 11/14 Maria Stauffer

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11/7 Madison


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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September 2013

9/26  Varsha


9/19 Lisa Van Bavel


9/12 Sara 9/5  Sherri Sibel Thomas

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Black Friday DEALS!

28 Nov

IT’S HERE! Ready to shop ’til you drop?

Select stores at Towson Town Center are already open for BLACK FRIDAY and the rest of the mall opens at 6 am! You can shop at the mall until 10 pm tonight! (11/29)

Read on for a preview of some of the amazing deals and steals you’ll find. Here is a link to a listing of holiday store hours, including what stores are already open. But, before you head out the door, be sure that you have on the kind of shoes and clothing that won’t slow you down.

While I usually wear heels, this is the time to pull out the flats. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. Trust me — you’ll feel more awake if you take a few minutes to get dressed instead of donning sweats. I like to dress in layers, so you can adjust throughout the day.


Now for some deals!

  • The Art of Shaving (level 4) is treating you to $25 off any purchase of $125 or more through Sunday, 12/1. See a shaving specialist for details and exclusions.
  • Save 25% off everything at Aerosoles (level 4) through Sunday, 12/1. Cannot be combined with any other offer, promotion, or coupon. See store for details.
  • At Brookstone (level 3), buy 1, get 1 50% off on specially marked items throughout the store on Black Friday and throughout the weekend (through 12/1).
  • Buckle (level 1)  is offering a number of promotions including an additional 10% off sale denim and sale denim crops, an additional 15% off sale tops, sweaters, outerwear, shoes, belts, watches, backpacks, wallets and purses. Buy 1, get one free on sale jewelry already marked 1/3 and 1/2 off. The 2nd sale jewelry item of equal or lesser value is free (includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings).

            Plus, get a a FREE Affliction men’s or women’s promo T-shirt when you spend $100 on regular priced merchandise from participating brands. Or, get the T-shirt for just $12 with the purchase of one regular priced item from a participating brand. Promo tees are valued at $36.50. Participating brands include Affliction, American Customs and Sinful.

Score a free pair of Rock Revival men’s or women’s sunglasses when you spend $100 on regular priced Rock Revival merchandise.
Or, get the sunglasses for just $12 with the purchase of one regular priced Rock Revival item under $100. Sunglasses are valued at $29.95.

        Specials cannot be combined. Inventory varies by store. Free gifts available while supplies last.

  • At The Children’s Place (level 3), enjoy 30% to 50% off the entire store on Black Friday and through Sunday, 12/1.* One day only Black Friday door busters include $4.90** Glacier Fleece Tops & Bottoms (regular price $12.95 – $19.95) after extra 30% off, $8.40** denim (regular price $16.50 – $19.50) after extra 30% off and  50% off** all Outerwear & Cold Weather Accessories. The weekend doorbuster features $4.90 Graphics***  (regular price $8.00 – $9.00) after extra 30% off

*Valid through 12/1/2013. Exclusions may apply. See store for details.
**Valid through 11/29/13 or while supplies last. Limited quantities available. See store for details.
***Valid through 12/1/13 or while supplies last. Limited quantities available. See store for details.

  • It pays to shop early at Harry & David (level 3). The store, which opened for Black Friday on Thanksgiving evening, is offering 25% off your entire purchase through 10 am. Plus, there are special sales running all the way through Tuesday (12/3). Moose Munch tubs and one pound truffle boxes are just $9.95 each. That’s  50% off regular prices. Maverick pears are just $14.95 for a 5 pound box. Check out the special savings on gift towers as well. While supplies last.
  • At Laila Rowe (level 4), buy 1, get 1 50% off everything in the store. Save on the item of equal or lesser value.
  • Lovesac (level 4) is offering its “lowest prices of the year.” Save 50% on limited edition Sacs and more than $1,000 off the most popular Sactionals. Ends December 3rd.
  • Marbles: The Brain Store (level 2) is offering a free gift with $100+ purchase on Black Friday and through the weekend. One per customer, in store only, while supplies last. May not be combined with any other offer.

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  • Black Friday Doorbusters at L’Occitane (level 2) include several discounted items with minimum purchase, including the Shea Butter Travel Treats Set for $15 with any $45 or more purchase. You can also enjoy the Everything you Need Collection for $55, with a minimum $45 spend or compliments of L’Occitane with a $200+ purchase. Limited quantities available.
Shea Butter

Shea Butter Travel Treats Set

Best of L'Occitane Collection

Everything you Need Collection

  • On Black Friday and throughout the weekend (11/29-12/1), buy 2 Sparkling Stocking Stuffers and get 1 free. The stocking stuffers include such favorites as L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Voyage Kit for $24 ($32 value), the Lavender Voyage Kit for $24 ($32 value), the Almond Soap Trio for  $15, and the Cherry Blossom Soap Trio for $15. The lowest value set will be free. Good on select sets. Limited supplies. Offer subject to change.
  • At  Naartjie Kids (level 3), enjoy special savings from midnight on Black Friday through 8 am. Then, throughout the day, receive an additional 40% off clearance items.
  • It’s Blue Friday at True Religion Brand Jeans (level 2) with $75 to $100 off select denim through Monday, 12/2. Offer only valid in store on select styles, while supplies last. No adjustments on prior purchases.

The restaurant valet parking location behind The Cheesecake Factory is already open and will run through 10 pm tonight, when the mall closes. Valet will be available during all mall hours throughout the weekend. There are two additional locations: at the C1 Garage Entrance and at the Fairmount Ave. entrance by Nordstrom.  Both of these valet locations are available Black Friday and this weekend during mall hours.

Happy Shopping!

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