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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?


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.

NYE Entertaining Segment on WBAL-TV

30 Dec

Are you hosting a New Year’s Party?

Just a few decorative touches can make an instant impact.

Click on the image below to see some home entertaining ideas that I shared on WBAL-TV this past weekend.

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Still looking for that head turning outfit? Here is a link  to three NYE looks that I showed on WBAL.  Click on the links for more ideas for outfits and accessories.

Happy New Year! Cheers to an amazing 2014!

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.

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.

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.

Sparkle with Gifts from Tiffany & Co.

16 Dec

Wait until you see the sparkle and shine you’ll see at Tiffany & Co. this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a standout on-trend piece or a timeless look, you’ll find lots of choices. While you can certainly splurge, there are also budget friendly finds.

The Tiffany Diamond and Emerald Rings, with diamond and platinum settings, are festive for the holiday season and are unique heirloom pieces that she can wear year-round.

Tiffany Diamond and Emerald Rings Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany Diamond and Emerald Rings
Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

The Ziegfeld Pearl Earrings, with tassels of freshwater pearls in sterling silver, make a perfect pairing with a LBD holiday party dress.

Ziegfeld Pearl Earrings Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

Ziegfeld Pearl Earrings
Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

It’s a tough call — the light camel metallic textured leather or the bright moss satin? Meet the Tiffany Ava Box Clutches, with 24k gold plated brass hardware. The turn-lock bar closure features Tiffany Blue® enamel. The Tiffany Blue® gets repeated with the interior leather lining.

Tiffany Ava Box Clutches Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany Ava Box Clutches
Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

The Atlas® Bangles, in 18k gold, pictured in rose gold, rose gold with diamonds, yellow gold and white gold with diamonds, are stunning worn individually or as a grouping. You can see more of this collection, starring Roman numerals,  here.

  Atlas® Bangles
Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

Also from the Atlas Collection®, this is the Atlas Necklace® in Sterling Silver. It’s $250.

Atlas® Necklace Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

Atlas® Necklace
Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

If you want to stay with the holiday theme, how about the Tiffany Charms in sterling silver with a Tiffany Blue® Enamel finish? Choose from a snow hat, stocking or reindeer charm.

Tiffany Charms Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany Charms
Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

Your tree can wear Tiffany too. The Tiffany Snowflake Ornament is done in sterling silver. Like the jewelry, it can be passed from one generation to the next.

Tiffany Snowflake Ornament Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany Snowflake Ornament
Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

We don’t want to leave out the guys! Check out the Tiffany Atlas® Tie Bar in sterling silver. It’s $250. I also had to show you the Tiffany Roadster Cuff Links, also in sterling silver.

Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

What is your dream gift to give or receive from Tiffany & Co.?

Teacher Gifts

9 Dec

Stumped on what to get your kids’ teachers for the holidays?

Over at Kokopelli, you’ll find gift ideas galore! The Alex and Ani collection features inspirational words and messaging such as “Live in the moment” and “laugh.” The bracelets can be worn individually or stacked.

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani

Consider chipping in with other parents and selecting a grouping of the bracelets. You can mix in ones with messages along with beaded styles.

A layered look

A layered look

Or, how about a holiday scented candle?

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Buy one or create a grouping

These “Keep Calm and Carry On” themed gifts recognize the chaos that can come with the job. There is a mug, notepad and set of emergency bandaids.


Gift baskets and towers from Harry & David are always a hit! You can build a themed gift out of the teacher’s favorite snacks, fruits or candy, or choose from a pre-packaged set.

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Harry & David

At Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, there are gift box sets, filled with goodies for the skin, at a wide range of price points.

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

The Rosy Christmas set comes with two luxurious shower items — the Rose Jam shower gel and Ro’s Argan body conditioner.  It’s sweet smelling and makes for a sweet presentation!


Rosy Christmas

The Season’s Tweeting’s set features a calming theme. The Peace massage bar is made with essential oils with calming properties. The Charity Pot body lotion helps to support grassroots charities. There is also a Japanese soap, an almond facial cream, body conditioner, and the Rose Jam shower gel.


Season’s Tweetings

Looking for an add-on gift? This adorable penguin delivers an orange blossom bubble bath when crumbled under running water.

The Christmas Penguin

The Christmas Penguin

Plus, you can never go wrong with a Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card. They are available for purchase at Customer Service, located on level 1 next to the Post Office.

What are you getting the teachers on your list?

Gourmet Christmas Ornaments from Sur La Table

6 Dec

How about some decadent chocolate covered strawberries? Macarons?

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At Sur La Table (Level 2), you’ll find handcrafted glass Christmas ornaments for the chefs & foodies on your list — with everything from fruits, veggies and desserts to kitchen gadgets!



Check out the fun hot sauce bottles, baguettes, eggplants, bacon and even kiwi!

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Cocktails anyone?

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Have little ones or four-legged family members and worried about ornaments breaking? Sur La Table also has soft ornaments.


Is there a certain ornament design you are trying to track down? Stumped by anyone on your holiday list? Leave me your questions in the comment section. I’m happy to help.

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