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Trend Alert: Printed Shoes!

19 Mar

Do you decide what pair of shoes you will wear after you’ve narrowed down the outfit and accessories or do you build your look around your shoes?  When it comes to one HOT shoe trend for spring, you just may want to start with the shoes!

Printed shoes are in for spring.

Check out these standout looks from Aldo (Level 3)!  This bright pattern takes on different personalities as a peep toe wedge and as a studded mule, with a cut out heel.

Aldo, Level 3

Aldo, Level 3

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I’ve never seen a rounded-toe ballerina flat quite like this style from Aldo! These flats (available accented in black and bone or bone and white) features studs and a whimsical print, reminiscent of comic book pictures.

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Check out these bold platform peep-toes!  Another find at Aldo!


Platform, Peep-toe, & Pretty!

Over at Steve Madden (Level 3), from a distance these flirty platforms look like they are embellished with lace, a hot trend for spring! It’s part of the print.


Lace Patterned!

This Steve Madden sandal features a corset-style lace up back.  They make a surprise finish to white denim cropped skinnies, an accent to your LBD and can also be paired with bright hues.

Steve Madden, corset style

Corset Style Back

It didn’t dawn on me until I read the description of this hot platform wedge, that the pattern is an animal print. The print is described as a “water colored abstract leopard print.”


“Water Colored  Abstract Leopard Print”

Have you noticed all the high-top sneakers being shown for this season? Here’s a formal take on the look from Steve Madden! Choose from a tan or black background.

High Top Sneakers, Steve Madden

Floral & Funky Sneakers

Over at Aerosoles (Level 4), lots of colors and patterns are blooming for spring, such as this striking floral wedge!

Floral Wedge

Floral Wedge

These Aerosoles picks just make me smile! There are colorful zig-zag striped ballet flats, sunny espadrille flats and wedge sandals. With all the colors featured, these shoes will give you lots of mileage.


Note all the rainbow of striped detailing on the heel of this sandal wedge. Choose from tan (pictured), purple or orange straps.


Show your Stripes

Are you going for shoes with fun prints this spring?


GURU Style Star: Caroline Tracy

7 Mar

I stumbled upon this cutie in the mall, sitting with her mom at a table just outside Starbucks (Level 4) the other day, and couldn’t wait to introduce you to Caroline Tracy —  this week’s GURU Style Star!

Love her sweet bow and layered look!


Caroline Tracy

If only all the flowers already in bloom on 2-year-old Caroline’s outfit could bring us an early spring! Caroline is wearing a floral top from Naartjie Kids (Level 3) topped with a cardi and paired with coral corduroy jeggings. Her navy sneakers are from Stride Rite (Level 3) and feature subtle floral accents.


From Stride Rite

Caroline posed  for my camera with her stuffed friend at first and then soon opted not to share the spotlight!

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She was such a good sport about our shoot!


Here’s my Q&A with her mom, Michelle, who is a fan of the color yellow! 

Describe Caroline’s style.

I love cardigans.  I like the little layering on babies. I think it looks so cute.  (…and anything she is allowed to make a mess of…)

What is your favorite store at the mall when it comes to shopping for Caroline?

I probably have bought the most at Gap Kids. I always end up buying a dress for her there.  I have never left Naartjie Kids empty handed.

Michelle adds that she has been in Naartjie Kids a few times now and that the last time an associate made it possible for her to shop by coloring with Caroline!

What brought you to the mall today?

Caroline wanted to come get coffee for mommy. That’s the only reason we were here. I had to beg her to go into a store first… After music class, she said “Go get mommy coffee.” I must drink a lot of coffee.


Caroline’s mom picked out this top.  However, at just 2, this little fashionista has something most of us likely wish we had — a personal shopper!  Michelle says her sister buys Caroline many of her clothes.

Need to play catch up on recent GURU Style Star posts? Here are the links. You check out the full archive here.


2/28 Gary Davis

2/21 Alli Province

2/14 Danielle & Dave Epstein

2/7 Beverly Alexander


1/31 Style Stars in Purple

1/24  Lana Kopman

1/17 Elizabeth Ford

1/10 Lauren Reichhart

1/3 Brittany Donald


12/27 Rose Chastain

12/20  Cheryl

12/13 Santa Claus!

12/6  Temi and Sydney Alo


See What’s in Bloom at Lilly Pulitzer!

25 Feb

The flowers are already in full bloom at one Towson Town Center hot spot — Lilly Pulitzer!

If you’re headed to a warm weather resort or on a cruise for an upcoming spring break, you’ll find lots of cheery prints to wear now. Or, chase away the winter blues by getting a jump on your spring wardrobe!


Located on Level 2

Meredith, one of the assistant managers, is modeling the Jordan dress, in the “Pretty Pink Tootie” print. This strapless dress, with its drop-waist style and full skirt hugs in just the right places!


The Jordan Dress

I have to show you a closer look of some of the details. The Bow Tie grosgrain belt, seen here in New Green and also available in Sparkle Pink, Gold Metallic and Resort White, features a surprise detail on the back.  Note that the buckle gets finished with its own jewelry!

Bow in the front and surprise detail in the back!

Bow in the front and surprise detail in the back!

The look gets finished with the Sophie Strappy Wedge, with a standout chevron weave pattern on the heel.

Sophie Strappy Wedges

Sophie Strappy Wedge

In Lilly fashion, you’ll find lots of pink and green throughout the store along with other pastel palettes, bright hues and a collection of white dresses!

Pink & Green

Pink & Green

From the White Collection

The Delia Dress with the “Resort White Truly Petal Lace” Print

Here’s the kind of dress that will be a conversation piece every time you wear it! And, I’m not just talking about the lace detailing! Emily, the associate manager, is wearing the  Lacina Dress in the “Written In the Stars” print. This standout shift features blurbs about each zodiac sign. Scroll down for a closer look.


The Lacina Dress

Here’s just one of the astrology readings printed on the Lacina Dress!


All eyes will be on you in this dress!

Ease from winter into spring in The Payton “Fiesta Pink Pinwheel Organza” strapless dress. Pop a black cardi over it now and add on some boots. Pull out the sandals when the temps climb!


Pretty in Payton

These adorable printed bangles are pure arm candy. They come in three floral prints.


Photodome Bangle

The Cute as a Button Bangles are available in Flutter Blue, New Green and Fiesta Pink. Pop on one at a time or layer on three or five!


Cute as a Button Bangles


Fiesta Pink is a hit with Green!

And, the bright colors aren’t just reserved for clothing and bangles. Check out the Kat Kitten Heels in Flutter Blue.


Kat Kitten Heel in Flutter Blue

That’s just a tiny tease of what you’ll find in store!

Searching out any particular trends for spring? Let me know if I can help.

Spring Looks at Destination Maternity!

22 Feb

Do you have a baby bump in bloom this spring? I hit Destination Maternity (Level 3) to check out the latest styles.

As you can see from this front-of-store display, bright hues, black & white patterns and a mix of the two trends are taking center stage!

Located on Level 3

Located on Level 3

When you’re building a maternity wardrobe, versatility means everything! Go for the kinds of pieces that can be worn with many options. The ankle length skinnies, seen above in bright peach, khaki and turquoise, can team up with neutral tops, contrasting brights and patterns. You can start wearing them now with extra layers on top and transition into short sleeve and sleeveless tops as it gets warmer.

Plus, there’s another key detail to the skinnies that only you will see. They feature a soft, cotton panel at the waist-line for comfort.

Colors like peach, mint and aqua are stealing the spotlight for spring! Aqua and mint both compliment peach. These three tops all play well with the peach skinnies. Add a statement necklace, cute shoes and you’re good to go!

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This spring, grey and yellow are also pairing up together. You can wear ANY solid color with these grey floral skinny jeans. It’s rare to find a standout patterned piece that can be worn with so many options.

Grey & Yellow

Grey & Yellow

Mod floral look

Mod floral look

Dress this comfy yellow and grey retro patterned dress up or down. You can start wearing it while there is still a chill in the air with boots. Note the exposed zipper detailing on the back of the dress.

Retro Fun!

Retro Fun!

Exposed Zipper Detailing

Exposed Zipper Detailing

Brighter hues are also hot this spring! A dress like the one pictured below can take on a different look every time you wear it. Just change up your jewelry, belt, shoes and cardi. During both of my pregnancies, I always gravitated to the kinds of pieces that I could wear a million different ways.  This is the one time when you really don’t want to have to try on more than one look each morning. It works well to have a few flattering, key pieces that you know perform.

Brights are also big for spring!

Brights are also big for spring!

Destination Maternity carries both the Pea in the Pod collection and the more budget friendly Motherhood Maternity brand.


Home of Pea in the Pod & Motherhood Maternity

Moms out here — please share any maternity style tips in the comment section for our moms-to-be!

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