For me, there are good things and bad things about this time of year. I find it mostly great, because I love the outdoors, the warm weather, lazing out by the pool, going to amusement parks, al fresco dining, baseball games, and I could go on and on. One of my least favorite things about the onset of summer is looking for a new bathing suit. You go into that little fitting room, with the harsh lighting and the floor to ceiling mirrors, struggle to get your pale flesh into that little piece of spandex, and it's instantly depressing.
I just got back from a week in Florida, and had an absolutely wonderful time there. My two girlfriends, Shannon and Raqui, and I spent quite a bit of time shopping at the fabulous malls and boutiques there, as we're all really into fashion and clothes, like most girls. We knew, of course, that the lifestyle is much more casual down in the Sunshine State, but were somewhat surprised to see that there seemed to be little call for dressing up, at least in the areas we visited. Everyone was in shorts, capris or ankle pants, or perhaps shift dresses, or casual maxi dresses. They even shopped in bathing suits with cute cover-ups and flip-flops. When we were shopping, we noticed, too, that people seemed to be skipping the clothing departments, and gravitating toward the shoe, handbag and accessory areas.
With the new Gatsby movie coming out, of course there's a lot of buzz about the fabulous fashions of the era. The film is set in the early 1920s, in a time of prosperity after WW I, known as the Roaring 20s. Unfortunately, not all of us are going to look at good as Carey Mulligan as Daisy in these flapper dresses and opulent accessories, but they're fun to look at, and hey, if Leonardo DiCaprio likes them, they must be worth considering,
Ahh, it's that time of year when the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and romance is in the air. It seems like you're receiving invitations to bridal showers and weddings daily, and every time you see your Mother she's asking you if you've found anyone yet. (Like eligible guys are just lying under a bush or curled up in a shoe box somewhere waiting to be found). Wait, maybe if they were, I'd be headed down the aisle this June, too.
I'm really excited that I get to join several of my best girlfriends in a couple of weeks to vacation in Florida. One of my friends, Raqui, has a time-share in West Palm Beach, and has invited our friends, Shannon, Liv and me to join her there. I'm really looking forward to getting away from the grey days (its raining again) here in the Midwest, and having some fun and relaxation in the sunny South.But before I pack my bags, I have to shop for a few necessities to get last years summer wardrobe up to speed.
I don't know about you, but no matter how many tops, t-shirts and blouses I have (and believe me, I have a bunch), I never have the right one. If you buy a top to go with a specific pair of pants or skirt, the bottom portion of the outfit gets a tear, or you spill something on it, or you get a grass stain. Maybe the pants style goes from wide legs to skinnies, or the skirt from maxi to mini, the in color changes, or (worse yet), those short shorts you bought last year no longer cover enough to make them even marginally decent. Or the reverse happens, and your top gets ragged or stained. Either way, you end up with a slew of mismatched tops and bottoms that take up valuable space in your closet or bureau, but don't add up to even a few great outfits. These pieces get relegated to "round the house" or maybe "washing the car" wear.
Do you ever feel like you just don't have the right pants no matter how many pair you have in your closet? Then, if you're like me, you just pull out your favorite pair of jeans if you're going someplace casual, or black dress pants if you're going to work, and you really don't feel happy with what you have chosen. Blue jeans are great, and I love them, but I do get tired of them sometimes, and want something with a little more pizzazz, a little more color. And those black dress pants are certainly a necessity, but after a long, bleak winter, I'm ready for spring and even a taste of summer.
It's finally a beautiful day, and the forecast is for warming temperatures! Bring on the sandals and sundresses, summer is right around the corner!W ell, maybe I am being a little optimistic, but one of the things I love best about summer is sandals. I live in a place where we have cold winters and snow, so I am not able to go bare-legged for about six months of every year. Its tights, sox, pantyhose or boots, and I am so ready to throw all those things out the window and get into a gorgeous pair of sandals that a couple of warm days make me almost giddy with anticipation.
I've always loved the Easter holiday, ever since I was a little girl. It has great religious significance, which I appreciate, of course, but it also opens the door to the Spring season. It makes me hopeful; spiritually, physically and mentally. For as far back as I can remember, I've gotten a new outfit to wear to church on Easter Sunday, and I still keep up the tradition as an adult. If it's a gorgeous, sunny day (we can hope), or a dreary, chilly one, I still venture out in the morning to join the throng at services in our cheery Spring finery.
Unfortunately, I'm a few years past prom, but that doesn't make me uninvolved. I still love to look at the new styles, and there's always a cousin, niece, friend, neighbor or someone I know who can get still get me excited about picking the perfect dress for the big night. I also know that it's an evening that can be a huge expense, so I've tried to keep my choices to include some more moderately-priced gowns. I'm aware that these still represent a significant investment, but maybe I can at least give a taste of several different trends and styles, then you can scour the stores and the 'net for sales, coupons and special offers, and find your own perfect outfit for this big occasion.
I don't care if you're of Irish heritage or not, everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day! If you're like me, you take any opportunity to celebrate, and part of the fun is dressing up in the color of the day. Fortunately, the big day falls on Sunday this year, so we can take the whole weekend to be green.
Unfortunately, lots of people are desperately seeking jobs right now. For many, months and months of job hunting have resulted in a loss of confidence and feelings of hopelessness. Hopefully, according to all reports, things are finally looking up, and more jobs are becoming available. Maybe it's time to get back out there and give it another try. If you've taken a position that you aren't excited about, it might be time to start looking for your dream job again. (Just remember, don't give up a sure thing until you lock in your new career.)
Last time we talked about dresses, and particularly dresses suitable for both work and fun in the spring and summer. And, knowing me, one of the things I found most attractive about wearing dresses is that we would have a chance to show off our cute summery shoe collection. Well, I've been scoping out lots of shoes, and believe me, it was an enjoyable chore. There are tons of gorgeous shoes out there, in every imaginable color and style. It's not, however, always easy to find something suitable for work.
I love to wear dresses, but I must admit, that in the winter I generally wear a lot more pants than skirts. Pants are warmer, you can get by with wearing the same comfortable shoes or boots several days in a row, you can even wear socks, and not shave your legs as often. In fact, I sometimes find myself getting in a rut, wearing the same few pair of slacks over and over with different tops, sweaters or jackets. Well, it's time to get out of that rut and get inspired. Soon, well be able to go bare-legged again, and to slip our tootsies into those gorgeous colored pumps or strappy sandals without fear of frostbite. We won't have to wear two or three layers of clothing just to get through the day without a bad case of the shivers. We'll be able to dress like women again!
Everybody loves flowers! Getting them, giving them, planting them, smelling them, just looking at them makes us feel better. Each one is like a little miracle. They make us happy. So, why not wear them, and get that feeling all day long? Well, we're lucky that florals are another big trend this spring season. Florals are popping up all over, and I've found some great ones on the shopping sites this week.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and whether you currently have a Valentine or not, its certainly a day worth celebrating. Remember when you were in grade school and you always wanted to wear a red outfit so you could look pretty and valentine-y when passing out those cards to your friends in class? I still feel that way on Valentine's Day, and always wear red to celebrate. And even if I'm not in a romantic relationship on the all-important day, I always make it a point to find some friends who are similarly situated to make an evening of it. Why mope around by yourself when you can hang out with friends? Hey, maybe this will be the day when you'll meet that someone special.
Two of the hottest color trends for Spring are pretty and delicate pastels and bright citrusy shades. Orange tones in anything from the softest peach to nearly red are all the rage. And one of the most popular pastels seems to be light green, with mint popping up in everything from clothing to accessories to home decor.
Last week I suggested some basic necessities for your winter cruise or warm weather vacation, so I thought today we'd round out our wardrobe with the final touches in the way of footwear, bags and jewelry. I'm still getting ready for my imaginary warm-weather adventure by scanning all the on-line shopping sites and brick-and-mortar stores for the items we'll need to take full advantage of our respite from winter, so let's get started!
Every year, around this time, I get the itch to travel to someplace warm and sunny. Unfortunately, I dont always get to scratch that itch, but I love to look at the great cruise and resort wear online and in the stores. I have enjoyed several great winter vacations, from the beaches of southern Florida to the gorgeous islands of the Caribbean, and one of my favorite ways to incorporate both of those fabulous destinations in on a cruise.Find a great itinerary that leaves from a southern Florida port, and enjoy a few days at the beach and the sizzling nightlife in South Beach before your exciting cruise to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, the Bahamas and/or some other exotic sunny shores.Of course, youre going to need a few necessities for a trip such as this, and Ive got some great ideas for you!
Its January, that blah! month. The holidays are over, the weather is crummy, and everyone seems to be sick, grouchy, or just plain bored. It's the After-Christmas blues, and I'm afraid I have them, too. To combat this malady, I have to concentrate on the imminent arrival of Spring. I tell myself its just around the corner (okay, so I lie to myself sometimes), and I look for pretty things in fresh colors on-line and in the stores. I'm tired of all those clearance racks of lumpy sweaters and out-of-shape corduroys. And just when you think you've happened upon a great fashion find, you discover it's only available in a size 0 petite. I don't know about you, but I don't need that kind of depression. Even sale shoes can be a challenge. Better check that there's actually one for each foot in the box, and not two righties or two lefties, or a size 6 on the left and a size 9 on the right. Believe me, it happens.
I don't know about you, but after we've motored past Christmas and New Years, I'm completely over winter. If I could, I'd just skip January and February altogether, and get right into Spring. Everything in the stores is picked over, and most of the great deals were snapped up the exchangers and bargain hunters the week after Christmas. Specific sizes and colors are hard to find, and I keep telling myself I got tons of stuff from Santa and don't really need anything more for winter.
I just got back from a wonderful weekend in New York City with some friends, and we saw some absolutely fabulous things. There was Rockefeller Center and the giant Christmas tree, a couple of terrific Broadway musicals, the touching 9/11 Memorial, St. Patricks Cathedral, the windows along Fifth Avenue, even the Statue of Liberty. Besides all of this, however, were the wonders of the shopping world! Even if you don't have the money for the vast array of designer fashions available in the Big Apple, its still loads of fun to look at the wonderful colors and fabrics and new fashion trends. I especially love to look at the bountiful selection of evening gowns. Not that I have a lot of occasion to wear designer evening dresses, or the pocketbook that even comes close to some of the price tags you see here, but every girl can dream, can't she?
I love a pretty coat! I know we all need practical thingsa warm jacket for play or shoveling snow, a huge down-filled bundle-upper for when the temperature dives to the subzeros, something water-repellent for those rain and ice storms. I know we need these practical things, but I dont have to like them.
If you're really searching for your own special holiday look this year, give a thought to a Christmas sweater, or t-shirt. If you're mainly going to informal house parties, having guests in your own home, or just want something to reflect the mood when opening gifts under the tree with family, try something like this.
The holidays are all about glitter and shine, not only on the Christmas tree, but on you and me, too. Holiday fashions are brimming with bling, from dresses and sweaters, to great accessories that can bring even your everyday outfits up a few notches.
Ladies, have you been thinking of what you're going to put on your Christmas list this year? You know, if you don't have a list, chances are you'll end up with a fuzzy leopard robe and matching pjs in a hideous chartreuse, or maybe a gift card or a piece of costume jewelry you wouldn't be caught dead in but now have to wear because he picked it out himself. Sure the gift card is nice, and it is the thought that counts, but wouldn't it be nice to get something you actually want?
In the last couple of columns, we've discussed party clothes for the holidays. Well, as tempting as those cocktail dresses and formal gowns might be, many of us spend lots more time at house parties or other more casual activities during the Christmas season. But that's no reason to restrict your wardrobe choices to old jeans and tee-shirts. Jazz things up a bit with some great winter sweaters. I love sweaters because they're so soft and warm and comfy, but they can also make a statement. No cotton tee or button-down blouse makes you feel as great as you can when sporting a fabulous sweater. Be it cotton or cashmere, wool or fuzzy angora, sweaters rule when you need a great casual look for winter.
Our last blog got into great looks for formal and dressy events around the holidays, and it was fun! The next best thing to buying all those gorgeous cocktail dresses and evening gowns for myself, is finding things for you to buy, or giving you ideas for your own closet. Now, when you're trying on your new finery, look down at your feet. You have to make sure you've got the right footwear to complete your look, be it young Cinderella, sultry sex kitten, or someplace in-between (hopefully). I hate to say it, but just because your gown is floor-length, you can't just get by with a pair of plain black pumps. To complete the look, you have to pump it up with something glittery, glitzy, and, I'm afraid so, HIGH!
Don't panic, but its already November, and the holidays are going to be here before we know it!Only three weeks until Thanksgiving, and after that, it's office parties, holiday benefits, fund-raisers, concerts, and on and on and on for the rest of the year. Yikes, and then New Year's Eve!! Sure, some of these shindigs are casual, and well explore options for dressing for those another time, but many of us have occasion to go all out with a formal gown or fancy cocktail dress at least once during the season.
One fashion trend that has been resurrected this fall is the peplum. You see it everywhereon dresses, skirts, blouses and sweaters. Stylists will tell you that this is a look that everyone can wear. I agree, up to a point. Unless you are a perfect size 6, you need to take a little care when wearing a peplum. First it has to fit exactly right. A peplum can draw attention to your waist and give you that hourglass figure, but it has to fit the waistline properly. A shirt or sweater with a peplum has a defined waistline so you need to make sure it hits you slightly above your natural waistline. If it hangs too long, it just looks silly. True, a peplum can hide a little tummy, just make sure that it is not too tight so that it flares out like a fan.
The weather man tells me that the weather is going to turn cold this weekend, so I thought that it was time for me to update my fall and winter wardrobe. I took a walk downtown at lunch todaywhere do you shop downtown?I walked over to Macys and it was a sad experience. The last time I shopped there, only a week or so ago, you could go to the second floor and put together a good work outfit from their Ann Klein, Jones and Ralph Lauren offerings. Today, I found that they have moved Ann Klein and Jones to the first floor to the professional woman section and have expanded the mens department. What a waste of floor space, right ladies?
I know a lot of people don't bother with a watch anymore. They have their cell phones with them 24/7 and just have to glance down to check the time. I, however, don't live by the cell phone. Of course, I have one. Who doesn't? But I like to leave it in my pocket or purse most of the time. I hate to have it in my hand constantly, like a huge growth on my palm. I'd rather give my full attention to the person I am physically standing next to, be it a friend or colleague, the clerk in the department store where I am buying something, the bank teller, the restaurant server, or any other human being who deserves my attention.
I told you last week that I'd look for boots and booties that would look great with all the new skirts and tops you'll be wearing to work, and I did just that. These are just a sampling of the tons of fabulous footwear that is available, in all price ranges, online and in stores. Some of the selections I've made this week are colorful and fun, and maybe a little impractical if you just want one or two pair of boots or booties, but most of those shown are also available in basic colors of black and brown. Things just look hotter and more interesting in color! Its like purses. If you see a bag in a gorgeous red or pink sitting next to the same bag in black, it's the colored one you notice and you probably long for, but it may usually be the black one you choose because it's more practical.
If you're bored with your look and want to try something new, give a skirt a chance. I know, pants are easy. Buy a couple of black pair, a couple of brown pair, maybe try a gray pair, and your work wardrobe is set. I love pants, too, but face it, ultimately, they all look pretty much the same. Yes, with skirts you do have to do a little more preparation. Legs have to be shaved more often. When its cold, you want to get in a supply of coordinating tights. Your shoes must be kept in better condition.
I absolutely hate to shop for coats. Mind you, I love coats. I love to look at them. I love the beautiful materials, and the luxurious furs, and the fun sporty looks. But I hate to try them on and try to decide on one. Theyre too long, or too short, or too big, or too small. Worst of all, you try a puffer style that looks fabulous on the hanger, but makes you look like the Michelin Man. How depressing is that?
If you need a lift just thinking about the gray days of a long, drab winter, turn up the volume on your wardrobe by adding some warm and wonderful color! Red is always an eye-opener that will brighten up anything, and also give you a head-start on your holiday dressing. At Christmastime, you always want to have something red, even if its just a scarf or tee-shirt , so you can join in a festive get-together at a moments notice.
I know that a lot of the things I write about and show on my blog are kind of pricey, but, what can I say? I love beautiful things, and many of them have a steep price tag. Sure, sometimes I splurge and buy the gorgeous shoe, or the fantastic designer jacket that I just have to have, but usually Im looking for bargains like the rest of the world. I might get one outstanding piece at a great price, and build the rest of my outfit around it, using items I already have at home, or basic pieces I can pick up at a department store, or an on-line outlet.
Women who wear black pants to work every day, this ones for you. You know who you are. Black pants are easy. Theyre always in style. They make my butt look smaller. They go with everything. They cover the legs I hate. Theyre seasonless. I know all the excuses, and Ive used most of them myself. But if you must wear black trousers everyday, at least spruce them up with some fabulous tops and accessories. Forget the little button-up cotton shirt, and, please, dump the shapeless tee-shirt. I know you. If you work in a bank or law office, you might top them off with a little black blazer. If your career is in another kind of office or in retail, you may not even bother with that. Black slacks may be your staples, your go-to piece of clothing, but dont let that look become your uniform.
It didn't take much to convince me to add more purple to my fall wardrobe. I love the purple hues, and they can add so much zing to the winter palette of darker colors. Im not suggesting that you go all wild and crazy purple. If you have a purple dress, you might want to go with silver and black accessories or maybe a beautiful print scarf. If your background color is navy, black, or even winter white, dress it up with a dash of violet or regal plum.
This Fall Season is definitely not like the last few weve seen in the Fashion World. Vivid colors and wild patterns abound, and leather is making a big comeback. Clothing is fun again! Whether you just want to add a few accessories to dress up some of your staples, or jump in with both feet, Ive got some real winners for you today.
When youre thinking about your fall work wardrobe this year, give a thought to adding a few dresses to the mix. I know pants and shirts are easy, but sometimes a kicky little dress can make you feel special. And if you shop around a bit, you might even find that a dress can be more economical than buying a good pair of slacks or a cute skirt and top.
I have to admit that I look for reasons to buy new shoes. I love them! What more can I say. But fall really is a legitimate reason. Weve been clomping along in flip-flops all summer (and, believe me, I love flip-flops), but now we need to get down to the realization that feet get cold. Mine do, anyway. Also, fall shoes, booties and boots are sooooo gorgeous, they even make me want to pack the sandals away til next year. This teal patent bootie http://piprl.me/Muy0ji from 7 for All Mankind will rock with their narrow-leg jeans, dress pants, or a cute straight skirt. The $280 price tag is a little frightening, but the color is fantastic. I found them at PiperLime.com.
Ladies, there really is something good about the end of summer. Its an excuse to buy a new fall handbag! We can't take that old summer straw off to college, or carry a white bag to the office when were getting ready to trade in the sundresses for woolens and sweaters. That would be a big no-no. There's nothing better for getting into the mood for turning leaves and bonfires, textbooks and parent/teacher conferences than a new designer (or designer-look) handbag.
I was lucky enough to be invited to an end-of-summer luau over Labor Day weekend, and, of course, I don't have a thing to wear. Neither do I want to spend a fortune for something that I'll probably have to put away until next summer after one wearing. So, I went looking for some fun, but inexpensive ideas to get into the spirit of the party, but not break the bank.
Summer fashion in the stores is getting a little tired looking. There is nothing new to look at and with temperatures in the 90s, fall fashion is of no interest at all. But we have to shop for something, ladies and Jewelry is always good! I found some terrific stuff on-line. It is not inexpensive, but it is high quality fashion jewelry that will really make a statement.I am a bracelet person. I wear at least one every day with any kind of outfit. I loved this Bonding Bracelet http://bit.ly/MWvUVi from www.FolliFollie.com. This particular one is in brown and gold, but it comes in a wide variety of colors at various prices. This one is $160.
I chose to write about tops this week because they are a great way to freshen up tired pants or skirts. These first two tops from www.wallisfashion.com are on sale. In fact, they are offering 10-30% off all merchandise right now. I loved the color of this blue butterfly blouse http://bit.ly/O8FiXg . It sells for $58.
Last week, I suggested some great sundresses, but you are going to need some really hot shoe to polish off your looks. And even if you didnt buy a sundress, a girl always needs a new pair of shoes.These Guess denim sandals are on sale for only $77 at Bloomingdales. Those ankle straps are sexy and draw the eye to your slim ankle http://bit.ly/NDmBKV.
Whew! Its hot. In this kind of heat all you want to do is sit in the air conditioning or lounge around the pool. But if you dont have a pool or you have to get dressed to go to work, what you need is a sundress. Put a sweater or jacket on top of these dresses and they will be fine for the office. Leave the sweater at your desk and catch the sun at lunch on Fountain Square.The first is this bright yellow and brown sleeveless print from Vince Camuto. The fabric is cool and screams summer. It is $138 at Dillards. http://bit.ly/N2Q3LU. Top off with a yellow cardigan to fight off that office air conditioning.
You have picked out your new bathing suit, now you need some really hot jewelry to set off your look as youre lounging around the pool or the beach. Jewelry with a bathing suit? Really?, Of course, jewelry goes with anything. Take this Trina Turk bracelet from Banana Republic for example. http://brstyl.es/LzY7G0 for $45. It will really add sparkle to your beach look and looks great with a tan.
This week has been a scorcher. If you can get to a swimming pool, that is the only place to be. That does mean, of course, that you have to go through the misery of buying a new swimsuit. If you are a perfectly toned 24 year old, buying a new bikini is easy. There are thousands of them in all shapes and sizes. For those of us who may be more comfortable in a one piece, it is a little more challenging. They are both Marc by Marc Jacobs. The first, selling for $182 at Bloomingdales is a Finch Charm Peplum Maillot. Named so, because that design you see in the suit is actually little birds. http://bit.ly/Lb7JAR
As we near the 4th of July we are reminded of those always fashion colors that are always in stylered, white and blue. Take a look at these red, white and blue fashions and put yourself in a patriotic mood and look summery and crisp at the same time.This red and white dress from Dillards is cute, fresh and will take you almost anywhere, from the office to dinner. http://bit.ly/JZL6PP. It sells for $169. Dillards also offers this blue asymettrical ruffle dress which is flattering to almost any figure. It is also $169. http://bit.ly/LYdAZP
One of the hot trends this is summer is bold, saturated color. If you are used to neutrals and black and white, this can be quite a departure from your normal routine. Two of the biggest colors for summer are pink and orange, sometimes together and sometimes separately. This color combo seemed a little strange to me at first, but it actually does work and surprisingly these colors are flattering to most women.If you are having trouble finding the right boldly colored summer clothes for you, try these.Bloomingdales has a pretty wide selection of dresses in all shapes and sizes. This Aqua Knit dress in Calypso, a fancy name for orange is just $98. It seems a little short, so if you arent comfortable with showing a lot of leg, you might stay away from this one http://bit.ly/Ma2buy
Summer is here and its time to wiggle your toes in some great looking sandals. Lets put away those high heels for now and get comfy in these flate and low wedge cuties. The first pair is from Piperlime. Dannah by DV by Dolce Vita. They will look terrific with with jeans, shorts, crops or a skirt and are only $49.50
Last week this column featured some great swimwear. But when you are going to the pool, you need something in which to carry all of your necessities of life, like your Kindle, your phone, your suntan lotion, etc. Check out these great tote bags:This Echo graphic diamond beach tote from www.ebags.com will hold just about everything http://bit.ly/JdLhvn and it is only $43.50.This more traditional looking Seaside Scoop tote from Swim Outlet at $31.95 is not quite as large, but will certainly fill the bill http://bit.ly/JJnBMG.
I hate to bring up what for many of us is a painful subject, but Memorial Day is just around the corner and swimsuit season is about to start. Every year when I begin my hunt for a new bathing suit, I think maybe this is the year that I find that perfect suit that takes 2 inches off waist while making my boobs look young and perky. I know its out there somewhere, I just have to find it.On that optimistic note, how about these beautiful suits that I found while browsing the internet. I have to warn you they are pricey. After all, miracles dont come cheaply.The first is a beautiful Tommy Bahama Fiori di Mare one piece bandeau swimsuit for $147 at Nordstroms. Makes you think of the Italian Riviera. Im going to try this one myself. Maybe that ruching at the waist will take away those two inches. http://bit.ly/LPKVsG
In cruising the malls and retail websites, Ive noticed a lot of maxi-dresses. While these are not really office appropriate, a girl has to have some down-time and maxis make a great change for a pool party, an outdoor cocktail party or even an outdoor wedding. The bright colors and the beading on many make any jewelry except maybe a bangle and some dangly earrings unnecessary. So, grab a pair of strappy sandals and go party girl. The first is a brown print patio dress (its just a maxi with a fancy name) from Banana Republic http://brstyl.es/Jrglsh. It is a little expensive at $130, but has a chic, polished look for those special occasions.
Youre all dressed and ready to go, but a final look in the mirror says something is missing. That plain black jersey dress needs a little bling. If you are a little wary of all the bright colors that are out for the spring and summer, how about adding a pop of color with your jewelry.I found some great examples on line that will spice up your wardrobe without breaking the bank.Having said that the first one is a little pricey. It is a Kate Spade bracelet, on sale mind you for $103. http://bit.ly/IJrDCp . There is a matching neckace on the Kate Spade site as well.I also loved these yellow chandelier earrings from Kate Spade on sale for $68. They would really liven up a plain white sundress or white top. http://bit.ly/IDgyUv
Nothing says summer clothing quite like seersucker. Its light weight, cool, resists wrinkles and goes with so many things. This Antonio Meloni blue and white seersucker dress from Dillards at $159 is a perfect example of the summer dress that will take you anywhere http://bit.ly/IVaHib. Combine it with brightly colored shoes, like red, hot pink or emerald green and you are set for any occasion.This seersucker shift dress from Castaway Clothing is a lot more casual, but works for the casual office or for an outdoor dinner, a day of shopping. Pair it with a pair of red or green espadrilles and you look chic and casual http://bit.ly/IHTVSy. It sells for $158.
Even though it is only early May, this week has been like summer in the city. You want to grab those summery clothes and really get into the season. Bold colors and florals are a great trend for this season. Here are some great floral pieces that spice up your summer wardrobe without breaking the budget.The first is a really bright dress from Wallisfashion.com that combines two of my favorites, flowers and polka dots. It is only $59. http://bit.ly/JPOsFD
For the last couple of years it seems like handbags have been getting bigger and bigger. When I leave for work in the morning it looks like Im going away for the weekend. I had to ask myself, do I really need to carry all of this stuff. The answer is, of course, no.While Im not ready to give up my satchels and totes, when you want to carry your essentials, but want to keep your hands freeyou can do more shopping that way you know, there is nothing like a great crossbody bag. The seven that I am showing in this column cover a wide range of price points. They are cute and comfortable, but they allow sufficient room for some cash, credit cards, a lipstick, hanky, your smartphone and a pair of glasses.The first is a Dooney & Bourke crossbody that sells for $198 and comes in some great colors http://bit.ly/ID9hZt .
Kate Middleton wore a lace dress to an event this spring and voila!, we have a trend. Being a fashion victim myself, I succumbed to hype also and bought an orange lace skirt at Ann Taylor earlier this spring. I have been searching for lace items to show you. (Ann Taylor sold out of my skirt). Finding a lace item that fits into the ordinary womans wardrobe and is not lingerie is not easy. How often do you wear a lace dress to Krogers? But, I am committed to bringing you the latest trends, so I did some power shopping and found these great items.The first is a really cute cotton lace dress from J.C. Penney for only $65. This dress will take you to the office or out to dinner. http://jcp.is/IdatAn
Most offices today are business casual. This doesnt mean jeans and a sweatshirt or pajama bottoms and an Im with stupid tee. But it does mean, you can wear comfortable, casual, washable clothes, with comfortable shoes. Paired differently, these pieces can be used a million different ways for almost any occasion. These Worthington straight leg pants are perfect for the office. They come in several colors, but for this look, I have chosen the white. They sell for only $25 at J.C. Penney http://jcp.is/Icjqed.
For the past few columns I have been suggesting clothing, shoes and accessories that I love, but how to put them all together, thats the question. So I have put together some looks that definitely work for the office. Each piece can easily be paired with something else to give you a lot of diversity at a reasonable price.Lets start with the pencil skirt. This is a classic silhouette that looks good on everyone and gives you a polished professional look. This one from Nordstroms comes in several colors, but I have chosen the cream. It is light and airy and lends itself to many possiblilities http://bit.ly/J4xnax and it is only $59.
With the advent of spring weather, our thoughts naturally turn to flowers and we are tempted by all those beautiful floral pattern being shown in everything from clothing to shoes to handbags. Florals can add an interesting element to your wardrobe, but you need to make sure you get the right ones and remember a little dab will do you.If you have a trim frame, you can easily do a print dress and I have found a few that I think you will like. The first is from a UK website www.wallisfashion.com. It is a bold print on a black background, retailing for $63. Remember you have a lot going on here, so plain black sandals or flats will work best. http://bit.ly/IYBk48
Since I am keeping you up to date on current fashion trends, it is with great trepidation that I write about stripes. Trepidation because this morning I decided to wear a blue and white horizontal striped t-shirt with my denim skirt. When looking in the mirror, I was reminded of what my great aunt Ruthie used to say when presented with a similarly dressed woman. She looks like barrel-house Bessie with the middle wire busted, think about it. But in the interest of full reporting and keeping in mind that many women are not short waisted with more waist than they need. I decided to go ahead with this column on stripes. When wearing stripes, please take a good, unbiased look in the mirror before you venture out.
A big fashion trend for this season is color blocking. Designers make it sound tricky, but color blocking is really nothing more than big chunks of bold color combined in one garment or look. There are many different ways to color-block. I have chosen a few color-block looks for you to browse through The first is a Donna Morgan blue-green color block dress from Nordstroms for $138.00. Its a crepe-de-chine, so it is dry clean only, but I love the colors and the shape is universally flattering. http://bit.ly/HygyFP
It's spring and every woman needs a new handbag. I'm convinced that there is the perfect handbag for everyone. I have found a great variety in all sizes, shapes and price ranges. Hope you find something that is just right for you.The first is a Kate Spade Point Breeze Straw. At $378 it's a little pricey, but too cute. It will take you just about anywhere all spring and summer and will go with everything. http://bit.ly/Hr4seE
Ladies, if you have ever caught your heel in a grate and ruined a perfectly good pair of pumps while walking around downtown, you know that a 4 inch stiletto is not the perfect answer for running around the city. You can get a great look for all your spring and summer clothes without resorting to sticking your feet into a tennis shoe. Try the wedge. They come in all heights and colors and are a great summer look. I have picked out six pairs that I think you are going to love. The first three are from Nordstroms. My favorite is this Miz Mooz wedge for $99.95. I love the color, its a nice heel height and will go with dresses or pants http://bit.ly/HR6Ddr.
i was browsing the first floor of Macy's at Fountain Square yesterday and found some things I love. I thought I would share them with you. The jewelry department is kind of limited, but look at these great pieces and while checking them on the Internet, I found even more pretty necklaces and earrings that will spice up your spring look. I loved this Ralph Lauren beaded bib necklace. It hangs very nicely and will brighten up a v-neck top. There are several styles of earrings to match, but I have chosen the dangly ones with the little beads attached. The necklace is $68 and the earrings are $35. Both reasonably priced, especially when you use those coupons Macy's is always sending out. http://bit.ly/GZDiMx. Check out the longer agate beaded necklace as well.
Spring and Summer are on their way. You're going to need some great jewelry to match all those brightly colored clothes and bangle bracelets to flash on your bare arms. I've picked out some great ones for you. The first is a painted paisley bangle from Nordstroms. I love this one, the colors are bright and the bangle even fits over your hand without having to crush your knuckles. I've shown the narrower one here, but it also comes in a wider version. http://bit.ly/H6iqCR The narrow one is $38 at Nordstroms and if I remember correctly the wider one is $42.
It was a beautiful day on Wednesday so I had lunch on Fountain Square. I couldn't help but notice that the uniform of the day seems to be black pants and a t-shirt. It looks good and it is practical, but I thought I would offer some suggestions on how to take this look up a notch with some great tops.The first is a polka dot blouse from Zara. Zara is an international retailer who specializes in reasonably priced clothes and accessories. They have brick and mortar locations in New York and Chicago as well as all over Europe.The first Zara blouse is polka dot that sells for $49.90 and would really perk up those black slacks or black pencil skirt. http://bit.ly/GQwtxJ
My friend, Grace, wrote an article today on 8 Rules for Being the Perfect Wedding Guest. You can find it under Columnists/Social Grace. It reminded me that we are entering wedding season and if you are like most women, you dont have a thing to wear. I found some great dresses that are suitable for almost any wedding, except the most formal. They are flattering, in some cases washable and allow for a night of dancing without worrying about a wardrobe malfunction.
Dressing for the office in these transitional spring months in Cincinnati can offer some challenges. How do you add some "spring" to your winter wardrobe without bringing out those summer cottons too early. One of the easiest ways to spruce up those basic black pants or black and navy pencil skirts or even a plain shift dress is with a jacket. A good jacket can not only add color to your tired winter wardrobe but can also hide a multitude of sins and add a professional quality to the most basic wardrobe.I found some great jackets that will not only spice up your transitional wardrobe, but can also be used during the summer months to cover up your cotton sundresses and make them appropriate for the office.
Spring is on the way. Temps are going to be in the 70s this week. Its time to put those heavy jeans and cords in the back of the closet and bring out your lighter weight colored jeans and brightly colored crops. Crops come in all sizes, lengths and colors. I found a great pair of Not Your Daughters Crops at Dillards. They sell for $79 and come in a great shade of purple. Not Your Daughters Crops are slimming, with tummy control, and wear very well. http://bit.ly/AAV0QY
It is a beautiful day today so I walked down to the Banks and had lunch at the new Christian Moerlein Lager House. It is a huge place, but was crowded. At 1:00p.m we had a short wait for a table. The servings are equally large, and everything was delicious. But I digress. What this article is really about is shoes. When I was walking down Walnut Street in the sunshine, I started to think about wiggling my toes in the sun, which, naturally, led me to think about espadrilles. You know those cute little summer shoes with the rope heels. They are casual, colorful, inexpensive, for the most part, and they brighten up a plain skirt or pants.
If you have been shopping for pants lately, Im sure you have noticed that this year we are being bombarded with something called the ankle pant. They are nothing new. They have been around for years. I dont know why the fashion industry is trotting them out again but I guess it has something to do with the fact that over the past few years they have sold us more crop pants than we could ever wear so they have decided they needed something new to torture us with. Now there are women who can wear the ankle pant. They are 5'6" and a size 6 or smaller. Any taller and you look like you are wearing high water pants, any shorter and they make your legs look short and stumpy even if you have great legs.
In my efforts to find dresses which I could actually recommend to you, I wandered into Macys downtown yesterday. Forget the dress department on the first floor. Macys apparently thinks we are all going to a funeral. They have almost nothing but black and gray dresses (hardly makes you think of spring). If they do have some color, it is done in horizontal stripes. No woman over a size 8 should be wearing a dress composed entirely of horizontal stripes.Anyway, I took the elevator up to the second floor and there among all those ugly knit tops, I found a few gems.The first is an INC dress that you will find right as you cross from the mens department in the womens department. It is an aqua and brown print, is washable and sells for $79.50.
I know I told you I never pay full price, but I may have fudged a little. I do make one very important exceptionhandbags. True, I do try to hold off until COACH sends me a coupon or Macys has a sale, but I have been known to pay full price. These tempting little purses might just have you doing the same.The first is a small Marc by Marc Jacobs cross-body bag that I found at SAKS. It is $298 and is so cute. It is emerald green and a sort of electric blue. This would go great with a black skirt or pants or even with blue jeans. If you dont want to walk up to Saks, I found it on their website as well, but not in this color combination http://bit.ly/ybkF02
Hi, my name is Gabby and I am your Cincipulse fashion consultant. It is my job to shop and share with you things that I have found that I love and that I think you will love too.Its the end of February. Spring is only about a month away and its time to put a little color into our wardrobe. The best and easiest way to start is with shoes and handbags. Even if you are a basic black sort of woman, you can add a little pizzazz to your wardrobe with the right shoes and handbag. You can get away with last years skirt, if you team it with a good quality pair of shoes. The right shoes and handbag can take your bargain pants and shirt up a couple of notches.