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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: 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.


 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.



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.



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.


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.


Simple & Studded

Love sequins? Head to 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.


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!

Laila Rowe

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.


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.


High Style, Low Price


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.

Arden B.

Arden B.

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



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



You can score this cute bag for just $29.50.


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


$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.

Time to SAVE!

7 Jan

Now is the time to make your wardrobe MULTIPLY for a STEAL!

I’m seeing signs for 40, 50, 60 and even 70% off all around the mall!

 To give you an idea of the kinds of deals you can score, here are just a few of the bargains I spotted when I went shopping.

Starting at Ann Taylor, a number of sale items are an additional 50% off the already discounted price.

This little black dotted dress was originally $149, then marked down to $124.99 and now $62.49!

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor


A closer look

Animal print is on trend and timeless. This cardi is now just $29.99, down from $79.50.


Just $29.99

I had to take a double take at the price on this fun tee. It’s $11.49.


Marked down to $11.49

At The Limited, you can save up to 70% off original prices.

The Limited

The Limited

This Asian inspired sheath started at $98 and is down to $39.99.


This studded top is marked down to $19.50 from $34.95 and comes in multiple colors. A top like this one is an easy layering piece and can be worn year-round.

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At Talbots, you can cozy up in a cashmere sweater for just $71.99! They’re 40% off the sales price of $119.99 right now and  started at $139.00.

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Plus, enjoy an additional 40% off on a number of sale styles.

Guys can also scoop up cashmere for a steal at Men’s Wearhouse. The cashmere sweaters are regularly $249 and down to $79.99.


Men’s Wearhouse

Plus, along with the cashmere deals, merino wool sweaters on this table are marked down to $39.99 from $79.99!

Major Markdowns!

Major Markdowns!

When it comes to markdowns like the ones we’re seeing right now, quantities are limited and deals change often.

Let me know what you score!

And the color of 2014 is…

1 Jan

Cheers to 2014!

Perfect timing to introduce you to the color of the year — It’s Radiant Orchid.

Each year, Pantone, the world’s leading authority on color, names a color of the year. Emerald reigned in 2013.

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm,” you’ll read on

Color of 2014

Color of 2014

The color is already debuting in collections in stores at Towson Town Center, and I’m sure we’ll see even more of it as we move toward spring.

It’s turning up in multiple vibrant floral prints at Lilly Pulitzer. This is the Del Ray Tunic in Mai Tai.


Lilly Pulitzer

Radiant Orchid is also featured in another pattern of the Del Ray Tunic. This is Trippin and Sippin.

Fun Floral

Fun Floral

Free People has this trendy tunic in multiple colors, including one in a similar shade to Radiant Orchid. It’s the kind of layering piece that you can wear in any season. Wear it with a tank underneath and a cardi on top now and just with a tank or cami later.

Free People

Free People

I found a similar hue at Sephora. Nails are a great way to experiment with a new color without making a full outfit commitment.

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Similar shades to Radiant Orchid are also getting play as accents on sneakers! Check out these purple accented picks from Lady Foot Locker.


Lady Foot Locker


Take a Fashion Forward Step

Are you planning to rock Radiant Orchid? What do you think about the color of 2014?

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.


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.



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.


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!

Located on Level 4

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.


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.


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.


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.

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