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Gifts for your Girlfriends from Vera Bradley!

10 Dec

Shopping for gifts for your girlfriends?

At Vera Bradley, you’ll find signature cheery, whimsically patterned items — large and small.

This display has inspiration for the culinary creatives on your list.


Vera Bradley is located on level 2

The aprons, which are available in multiple patterns,  come packaged in coordinating tins.  She can later store the apron in the tin or use it for other knick knacks.

Apron comes in a matching tin

Apron comes in a matching tin

There are also soft insulated lunch bags, cupcake shaped recipe boxes with recipe cards, mugs and more.

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If you go for the cozy slippers, you just may want to grab a pair for yourself as well. Vera Bradley also carries robes and pajama sets.

Cozy up

Cozy up

The options are endless. How about an ornament, clutch, jewelry box, change purse or bracelets?

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Plus, be among the first to purchase from the new Clementine collection. It adds instant cheer to a chilly day.


Many of the items in this post also make great teacher gifts, for the female teachers on your list. Here is a link to more ideas for the teachers.


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!

GURU Style Star: Varsha

26 Sep

Ever find that each season you’re attracted to one color? Green is it for me this fall!

Right away, I noticed Varsha’s standout work look.

Meet Varsha!

Meet Varsha!

Varsha’s top is from Banana Republic. Her belted, button-down pencil skirt is H&M. She scored her peep toe platforms at Express. She added on black and gold accessories with the bracelets and bag. Black and gold are a hot pairing this fall!

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Describe you style:

In the daytime, it’s probably business professional, casual. At night time, I like to go glam a little bit. Heels and a dress. Whatever is in style.

What trends are you excited about for fall?  

Printed tights, printed jeans. I bought a few of those.

What is the most treasured item in your closet and why?

Probably my shoes. They can dress up an outfit or dress down an outfit.

Do you try on one thing in the morning or 25? 

I usually pick my clothes out for the whole week based on weather and based on my meetings.

Varsha adds that she lines up her picks in her closet and if it’s cold, she’ll throw on a blazer.

What’s a fashion faux pas that you’ve made and won’t make again?

Panty lines. Chipped nails.

Any fashion advice for other women?

You can never be too dressed up.

You can access the GURU Style Star archive here. Here are links to recent Style Star posts.

September 2013

9/19 Lisa Van Bavel


9/12 Sara 9/5  Sherri Sibel Thomas

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August 2013

8/29 The Models from the Back to School Rally, 8/22 Ramon Santos, 8/15 Kailee Martin

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 8/8 Rebecca, Kreshtool, 8/1  Suzanne Caffaro

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GURU Fall Trends Night SNAPSHOTS!

25 Sep

We had a great Fall Trends Event last night. I enjoyed meeting blog readers and checking out the latest styles at Ann Taylor, accessories at Francesca’s Collections and makeup technology and techniques at Sephora! Thanks to P.F. Chang’s and Crumbs Bake Shop for the refreshments.

At Ann Taylor (level 4) we checked out day to night looks!

The pencil skirt for the work day (right) can be swapped out for the skinny ankle pant with faux leather trim for dinner. The pumps get traded out for wedges. Along with the black and white trend, black and blue are a hot pairing for fall!

Night & Day

Night & Day


Ann Taylor

At Francesca’s Collections, we had a scarf demo and looked at statement jewelry.

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GURU Tip: If you’re not sure how to pair contrasting colors in a statement necklace with your outfit, you can get ideas from mannequins and from how colors are paired in patterns in clothing.

At Sephora, we checked out the Color IQ technology. Sephora and Pantone, the world’s leading authority on color, teamed up to launch technology that can find a foundation color match to your skin tone.

Color IQ

Color IQ

Sephora also gave a purple smoky eye demo. Purple is trending for fall!

Purple Smoky Eye

Purple Smoky Eye

The final look

The final look

Thanks to everyone for coming. Guests left with a swag bag, samples from Sephora and enjoyed sweet treats from Crumbs Bake Shop.

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Congrats to Rebecca Peterson for winning the $100 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card and styling session with me. Stay tuned. I’ll feature our shopping spree in an upcoming blog post.

Fall Trends segment on WBAL-TV 11!

23 Sep

I showed hot Fall Trends on WBAL-TV 11 this weekend.

Click on the image below to check out the segment.

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Fall Trends!

What trends are you most excited about for fall?

Let me know if there is a trend you want to try and don’t know how to work it into your look? I’m here to help.

Beach Chic Looks from Tiffany & Co.

5 Aug

A new collection at Tiffany & Co. (Level 2) is inspired by a designer’s childhood memories and to a recent getaway.

Elsa Peretti credits her new Cat Island collection to treasured memories of collecting seashells and a recent trip to Cat Island in the Bahamas. As Tiffany & Co. describes it, “The handcrafted designs evoke the ocean’s treasures: windswept shells and glass tumbled smooth by waves.”

This is the Elsa Peretti® Cat Island charm bracelet in 18k gold with carved stones of chrysoprase, blue chalcedony and purple chalcedony.

Elsa Peretti® Cat Island charm bracelet in 18k gold  Photo credit: Tiffany & Co.

Elsa Peretti® Cat Island charm bracelet in 18k gold
Photo credit: Tiffany & Co.

The pieces have a beach chic look now and will brighten your day as the temperatures fall. This is the  Elsa Peretti® Cat Island charm bracelet in sterling silver with carved stones of green aventurine and white chalcedony.

Elsa Peretti® Cat Island charm bracelet in sterling silver Photo credit: Tiffany & Co

Elsa Peretti® Cat Island charm bracelet in sterling silver
Photo credit: Tiffany & Co

The green in the bracelet will really pop when paired with the Elsa Peretti® Cat Island earrings of green aventurine in silver.

Elsa Peretti® Cat Island earrings of green aventurine in silver Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.

Elsa Peretti® Cat Island earrings of green aventurine in silver
Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.

The shape of this pendant is striking. It’s the Elsa Peretti® Cat Island pendant in 18k gold.

Elsa Peretti® Cat Island pendant in 18k gold Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.

Elsa Peretti® Cat Island pendant in 18k gold
Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.

Looking for a beach tote with a more dressed up vibe? The Tiffany Seasider canvas totes are available in Tiffany Blue® stripe and natural with Tiffany Blue® leather trim. The towel is sold separately.

Tiffany Seasider Totes Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany Seasider Totes
Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.

What do you think about the Cat Island collection? Does it take you back to your own searches for seashells? Seeing the charms made me think about my hunts for the  perfect softened sea glass.


4 Outfits for under $50!

10 Jul

I had a hard time believing it!

I never imagined that it would be possible to score a tank, belt, skirt and shoes for under $50.

You can at Love Culture (Level 1)!  This outfit starts with an on-trend, hi-lo skirt, paired with an aqua tank, a brown belt and aqua sandals. The entire look comes in a hair under $50!

4 pieces for under $50!

4 pieces for under $50!

Here’s a closer look at the standout shoes. I would have expected a pair of shoes like these to cost $50!


And the view from the side…


This maxi dress, with surprise detailing on the back, and this pair of sandals also comes in just under $50!

Under $50!

Under $50!

Those are just two of the many looks at Love Culture you can create in this price range! Here’s a link to see more styles from Love Culture.

Over at Macy’s, the clearance racks hold many deeply discounted treasures right now!

Black and white patterns and styles are a hot trend for summer! This patterned dress, which can take you from desk to dinner, with a few accessory updates is just $34.82. I can see doing a classic black pump by day and then adding in a fun sandal in a bright color for night. A dress like this one makes an easy canvas for statement necklaces in any color!

Go from desk to dinner!

Go from desk to dinner!

Since the dress came in under budget, I added in these earrings, which are down to just $10 right now.


Here’s one more look for under $50, also from Macy’s!  It’s marked down to $34.82.


A steal!

You can do a pair of earrings like the ones suggested for the black and white dress or add in a touch of bling. These hoops are marked down to just $11.

Just $11

Just $11

Here’s a link to insider savings tips from managers around the mall and to a post featuring outfits under $100.

Have you found any steals recently? I want to hear about them!

GURU Spotlight: Love Culture

26 Jun

I’m excited to feature Love Culture (Level 1) for the first time here on the blog!  Earlier this spring, I remember complimenting a couple friends on standout trendy tops — one in mint and another in peach — and having them both tell me that they scored the pieces at Love Culture.

Love Culture

Located on Level 1

Before seeing two friends sporting Love Culture tops, I had thought the store catered just to teens. My perception did a 360 after I began to look around the store and found some treasures — a Chevron dress in bold colors for $20 something  — which is on the high end at Love Culture along with tees in pastel hues for under $7 a pop.

The store manager tells me she has customers ranging from tweens on up to grandmothers and everything in between!

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At Love Culture, you’ll find top trends in clothing, jewelry and shoes for a steal, including studded looks, statement necklaces, high waisted shorts, high top sneakers and more…

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The store is divided into “rooms,” featuring different styles. The featured styles change from season to season. Right now, you’ll find such collections as “Summer Romance,” spotlighting florals, crochet and pastels.

Summer Romance

Summer Romance

Love Culture

Florals & Crochet Looks are In!

“Social Hour” features the likes of dark denim, polka dots and stripes. These jeans are just $10.95 each!

The price will stay at $10.95 until the jeans sell out!

The price will stay at $10.95 until the jeans sell out!

Cobalt blue and bright yellow are two of the starring colors in the “Major Lazor” section.

Love Culture

Major Lazor

You’ll find tropical and other fun prints in “Caribbean Queen.” And, that’s just a few of the highlighted trends of the moment.

Love Culture

Caribbean Queen

Have you been to Love Culture? Let me know what you’ve scored there!


GURU Style Stars: Michael Lindsay and his “Mini Me”

13 Jun

Introducing this week’s GURU Style Stars — Michael Lindsay and his “Mini Me,” Michael Junior!

With Father’s Day coming up, I sleuthed the mall for a father and son.

The Michaels

The Michaels

The Michaels hit the mall today to find a pair of shoes for little Michael. They scored this pair of Pumas from Nordstrom Rack.

From Nordstrom Rack

From Nordstrom Rack

Dad is a Ph.D. candidate at Morgan University and is a lecturer there in English and Humanities. Unlike his ensemble today, he says he usually wears a suit most days. Michael scored his lavender, fitted button-down at Express and his Converse sneakers at Journeys.  Michael Jr.’s jeans are from Nordstrom.

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Now for my Q&A with Dad.

Describe your style:

Usually I’m pretty much conservative. I try to add a bit of my own personality —whether it’s a watch or bracelet or something.

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What is your favorite store at the mall and why?

Probably Aldo. I just like shoes.

What trends are you excited about for this year?

I like that things are more tailored now than they have been in recent years. Guys clothes actually fit more so than they have in recent years.

What do you enjoy most about being a dad?

Just staring at him. Spending time with him. Revisiting my childhood…

Father & Son

Father & Son

What is your dream Father’s Day gift from the mall?

A watch. A nice one.

Are you still on the prowl for a gift for Dad? Here are links to my gift round-ups featuring Nordstrom, Lacoste, TUMI and The Art of Shaving. Plus, here’s a link to my Father’s Day gift segment on WJZ-Morning Edition. Coming up tomorrow (6/14), we’re headed to Brookstone!

Have you entered our Father’s Day Sweepstakes? You have until tomorrow (6/14) to enter for chance to win a $50 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card. To participate in the drawing, all you need to do is leave a comment on any blog post that runs from 6/10/13 through 6/14/13.  Open to U.S. residents, 16 or older. For the official rules, click here. Limit one entry per person. 

Here are links to other recent GURU Style Star features.  The full archive is available here.

June 2013: 6/6, Jodi Blake


May 2013: 5/31 AnnaLance, 5/23 Jennifer Pleszkoch, 5/16 Sheena Jones,  5/9 Amy, Emerson and JoAnn, 5/2  Kenzie

May 2013 GURU Style Stars

May 2013 GURU Style Stars

APRIL 2013:  4/25 Sofia Rutka, 4/18 Donald Williams II, 4/11 Bailey Susic,  4/4 Kristen Luther
April 2013 Style Stars

April 2013 GURU Style Stars

MARCH 2013:  3/28 Oral.   3/21 Brutina.   3/14   Regina and Christina.  3/7  Caroline Tracy

March 2013 GURU Style Stars

March 2013 GURU Style Stars

Do you want to be featured here? Send me an email with a picture  and a little about your style.

Shopping Spree with Jodi Blake — Celebrate Teacher’s Top Notch Teacher & GURU Style Star

6 Jun

Meet Jodi Blake — one of the top notch teachers recognized through Towson Town Center’s Celebrate Teachers Sweepstakes!

As you may remember, Towson Town Center asked you back in March to nominate top public school teachers of grades pre k-12 on Facebook and then invited you to cast votes on a group of semi-finalists.  As one of the winners, Jodi received a $500 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card and a shopping spree with me! Jodi teaches 4th grade science and social studies at Patterson Park Public Charter School in Baltimore and was “super excited” to learn that she won.

Plus, Jodi is also this week’s GURU Style Star for her adventurous attitude on our shopping spree!

Meet Jodi!

Meet Jodi!

We kicked off  Jodi’s shopping spree at The Limited (Level 3) and completed our mission there too! Read on for a closer look at some of the items Jodi is holding here.

Jodi's Shopping Spree!

Jodi’s Shopping Spree!

“I definitely tried on things I wouldn’t normally have picked up,” shares Jodi of her shopping spree experience. “I liked having someone to be able to tell me what I should try on and have someone there to help me.”

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Before trying on these skinny jeans, Jodi wasn’t sure if they would be a hit or a miss! The moment she put them on, I knew they would have to go home with her!

The Limited

The first look…

This white eyelet top also looked great with the skinnies and can be paired with just about anything!


Here’s a closer look at the bright accessories that really pop against the white!

Clutch and earrings

Statement clutch & earrings

These bright beaded necklaces can quickly change the look of any outfit!

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“I’m happy to have more bright colors. I was looking for that this season,”  Jodi says of her finds. The green top also pairs well with skirts, like this yellow one with polka dots.

Another look with the green top!

Another look with the green top!

By the end of our evening together, Jodi had quite the stack of clothing and accessories. Her $500 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card stretched even further thanks to The Limited’s 15% student educator discount, coupon and sale items.  She left with the outfit she’s wearing above, skinny jeans, a white eyelet top, a coral sweater, a coral top, a red top, two tanks, a printed dress, the yellow clutch and beaded necklace in yellow and a pair of earrings!  Plus, she even had a little to spare on her gift card!

GURU Tip: When trying on clothing, don’t get your mind set on one particular size.  Some items that Jodi first tried looked good on her but were even more flattering when she went down a size.

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Great to meet you Jodi! I hope you enjoy all the additions to your wardrobe!  Congrats on your upcoming wedding too!

The goods...

The goods…

Here are links to other recent GURU Style Star features.  The full archive is available here.

May 2013: 5/31 AnnaLance, 5/23 Jennifer Pleszkoch, 5/16 Sheena Jones,  5/9 Amy, Emerson and JoAnn, 5/2  Kenzie

May 2013 GURU Style Stars

May 2013 GURU Style Stars

APRIL 2013:  4/25 Sofia Rutka, 4/18 Donald Williams II, 4/11 Bailey Susic,  4/4 Kristen Luther
April 2013 Style Stars

May 2013 GURU Style Stars

MARCH 2013:  3/28 Oral.   3/21 Brutina.   3/14   Regina and Christina.  3/7  Caroline Tracy

March 2013 GURU Style Stars

March 2013 GURU Style Stars

Do you want to be featured here? Send me an email with a picture  and a little about your style.

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