Flat-Out Adorable: Kate Spade’s Comfy Shoes

Amelia Mularz, Sep 11, 2014 - Comment

Kate Spade has always been cute and quirky, and now it’s time to add comfy to that list. For fall we’re feeling flats, and KateSpade.com has got gobs of gorgeous options available on the site. If summer’s biggest shoe was the uber-relaxed Birkenstock, there’s no need to start stuffing our poor tootsies back into towering stilettos just yet. Easy-going footwear should outlast the changing of the seasons, and the bejeweled, whimsical, and animal-printed offerings from Kate Spade are just the way to do it.  Jimi Flats, $258 Cats have certainly had a moment (or a few) in the last couple years, and the fashion world shows no signs of ditching them just yet. Cute kitties were a big part of Kate Spade’s fall collection, including pieces inspired by Tokyo. These patent leather shoes go perfectly with the collection’s Bento Box clutch. Pilar Flats, $268 Who says flats have to be casual? Here, black trim and rhinestone embellishment dress up smoking slippers. Wear these stunners to brunch or an elegant daytime soiree. Jazz Flats, $228 Play up your footwear with a pair of piano-inspired shoes. The ebony and ivory keys make a fun statement, but the simple color scheme isn’t over the top. Unlike that time you decided to get funky with fuchsia glitter heels, these kicks will harmonize with most looks in your closet. Go Taxi Flats, $278 Taxi! Whether you can hail one or not, it doesn’t matter. The slight heel makes this pair totally wearable and walkable. Traipse all over town on foot without a care (or blister). Then, put the cab fare you’ve saved toward, what else? Another pair of shoes! Racer Flats, $268 Here are the perfect shoes for the girl who lives life in the fast lane. Not only are they trendy (graphic print, cutouts, retro vibe…check, check, and double check), they’re also easy to wear so you can zip from work to happy hour to a late-night date. Alleah, $250 Snakeskin and work don’t often go together. That is, of course, unless you’re a reptile wrangler or you work in a biker bar. However, Kate Spade has done the impossible here and combined a demure, totally office-appropriate shoe with the animal print. Wear these and show off your wild side all over the office. Read full post

Tailgate in Style this Fall

Richel Newborg, Sep 03, 2014 - Comment

Fall means lots of things to lots of people. Depending on what part of the country you are in, it might just mean football. High school, college and the NFL, baby! In some areas of the country, football is king this time of year. Fans go full out with decor, tailgating supplies and fashion, which is a must if you want to tailgate in style this fall. We've got you covered. Be the envy of your fellow fans and picture perfect on every single game day. Read full post

Transition to Fall with NeimanMarcus.com

Amelia Mularz, Sep 02, 2014 - Comment

School is back in session, football has taken over our flat screens, and pumpkin flavoring has once again been added to our favorite coffee drinks. All signs point to fall being in full swing. And while we’d love to pull out some wool blankets and cozy up with a hot toddy, the temperature outside still feels completely in sync with summer. Weather-wise, September can be a tricky month, and it can be confusing to those of us who’d like to do a seasonal wardrobe overhaul. Fortunately, NeimanMarcus.com has the perfect pieces to get you from here to Turkey Day without feeling like you have nothing to wear. Take a look at some of our favorite transitional pieces from the site. Booties: Seychelles Can You Hear Me Leather Bootie, $130 Just because summer has come to an end that doesn’t mean you have to hide your feet away until next spring. The perfect shoe for fall is a boot that gives your tootsies some breathing room. Cut-outs and a peep-toe are the perfect transitions from summer sandals to cool-weather coverage. You can still show off your pedicure, and you won’t feel quite so wrapped up. Save that for when the temperature dips in December. Maxi Dress: Young Fabulous and Broke Bryton Ombre Slub Maxi Dress, $207 Unlike spaghetti-strap sundresses, maxi dresses can carry you from 80-degree days in September to 50-degree evenings in October. The length will keep your legs comfortable while a denim or cropped-leather jacket is the perfect way to cover chilled shoulders. The dark color scheme on this ombre dress from Young Fabulous and Broke doesn’t look too summery while the gathered hip creates a flattering effect on all body types. Cozy Jacket: Bailey 44 Compression Draped Coat with Faux-Leather Sleeves, $284 Here’s your go-to cover-up for fall. It’s lighter than a traditional coat but much more substantial than a cardigan. Throw it over sleeveless dresses to create fall looks from your summer wardrobe, or pair it with jeans and a tank. This knit number is not only versatile it’s also totally on trend with its contrasting leather sleeves. Fun Sweater: Mara Hoffman Checked Printed Knit Pullover Sweater, $180 Kick off sweater season with a fun print—you can wait to bust out your serious turtlenecks for the dead of winter. This colorful pullover by Mara Hoffman would work with denim cutoffs on a warm day and jeans and a jacket for a snug look on brisk nights. Long-Sleeved Dress: Clover Canyon Striped Printed Jersey Short Dress, $220 A simple long-sleeved jersey dress is a must for fall. With coverage up top, you’re free to flaunt your gams. Show off that tan you worked on all summer long. Plus, a short dress is a great way to show off those booties. Blouse: Equipment Slim Signature Printed Silk Blouse, $258 Before you start picturing buttoned-up librarians and conservative PTA moms, know that a blouse can be a blast. Just look at this quirky print by Equipment. It features Bambi-like deer in an easy-to-match blue-and-white color scheme. A showstopper like this is perfect for autumn when you can flaunt it. Later you’ll have to hide it beneath layers of sweaters and heavy winter coats. Denim: Frame Le Skinny Zip-Detail Jeans in Thacher, $249 Growing up, September always meant shopping for notebooks, pencils, and a fresh pair of dungarees. It seems we can’t shake that old back-to-school mentality because each fall we crave a new pair of denim. This year, go gray. It’ll make for a welcome break from blue, but it’s just as versatile. Scarf: 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Portrait Floral-Print Scarf, $145 Don’t pack away all your tanks just yet! The trick to getting extra mileage out of your sleeveless tops is to pair them with a scarf. Plus, an oversized version like this gauze inspired wrap by 12th Street Cynthia Vincent can double as a shawl if it starts to feel nippy. Read full post

Trend Alert: Gingham for Under $100

Amelia Mularz, Aug 27, 2014 - Comment

Brigitte Bardot wore it in pink on her wedding day; Audrey Hepburn preferred the pattern on her capri pants, and even Sean Connery, aka Bond- James Bond, got in on the action when he paired it with his swim trunks in From Russia with Love. Gingham, though it conjures up images of picnic blankets and little girls’ summer dresses, is actually one of the most chic patterns around. When Bardot wore it post-nuptials, the French went on a buying frenzy. In fact, a visiting U.S. fashion journalist remarked, “You can’t buy a yard of checked gingham in Paris, not even for kitchen curtains, since Brigitte picked the fabric.” It’s been some 55 years since Bardot got hitched, but that frenzy might be firing up all over again. Check out these six modern-day examples of gorgeous gingham. Gingham All You've Got Dress, $60 on ModCloth.com This dress is perfect with it's simple lines. Grab a cute white cardigan and a pair of flats and you are ready for a picnic in the park, riding through the streets of Paris on your bike or shopping the local open air market. ASOS Pencil Skirt in Gingham Check, $67 on US.ASOS.com Despite what you may have heard, checkers can be very sexy. This pencil skirt flatters a curvy figure; it’s very Marilyn Monroe. Pair it with a pair of pumps and you are set. Moto Gingham Tie Front Shirt, $56 on Topshop.com Here’s the greatest top for a hot, sticky day. It’s sleeveless, lightweight, and a tie-up. Plus, it is super sexy. This style was often worn by the starlets in Hollywood. It's very sexy with a pencil skirt or a pair of capri pants. You can also mash styles and partner this top with a pair fitted jeans. Gingham Seersucker Cropped Pants in Julie Fit, $70 on Loft.com We can’t help but imagine wearing these while riding a bicycle with a big wicker basket. Take them for a spin on a breezy afternoon. This is a classic style and can be a staple in your wardrobe all year long. You and Cay Gingham Halter Top Swimsuit, $30 on ModCloth.com Be the cutest girl at the beach in  this girlie and super retro swimsuit. The guys won't take their eyes off you when you walk out in this. Don't forget oversized shades and sunblock! Pink Gingham Tuesday Dress, $56  Unique Vintage Clothing This dress is the perfect piece for hanging out with friends or even shopping the day away. You could wear a pair of flats, Keds or flip-flops and still be stylish and chic. Do you have Gingham in your wardrobe? It's a classic print that just never seems to go out of style! Read full post

Get Back-to-School-Ready with ModCloth

Amelia Mularz, Aug 25, 2014 - Comment

You may have spotted ModCloth’s wares on stars like Taylor Swift, Emma Watson, and Zooey Deschanel. You may already know that ModCloth is a retail haven for totally playful, sometimes quirky, always covetable pieces, including vintage and vintage-inspired clothes. But what you might not know is that the site was actually created by high school sweethearts, which kind of makes it the most appropriate place for a little back-to-school shopping. Back in the day… The summer after graduating high school in 2002, Susan Gregg Koger was looking to unload some vintage finds. Eric Koger, her then-boyfriend (now husband!) offered to help her create an e-commerce site. Combining her love of thrift-store shopping and his computer-wiz skills, the couple decided they had a pretty good thing going on. That fall, they both headed to school at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and kept up with their site. Eventually they would expand from a basement in a college house to real offices in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. They’ve continued to sell vintage finds, but they also offer collections designed in-house and added more plus-size options, as well as shoes, intimates and home décor. They have spread cuteness all over the Internet and beyond. And that, in a nutshell, is how ModCloth was born. The cool things they do… Now that you know the backstory, check out all the amazing things that happen when two young people put their minds together. Here are a few features of the site: ModStylist – Get the A-list treatment by chatting with one of the site’s stylists for free. You can email, chat, or call and she’ll help you pick an outfit for a specific event, find pieces in the perfect size, or offer up ideas on how to wear a tough-to-style item. Be the Buyer – Flex your style muscles and let the site know what they should carry down the road. You’ll get to browse through photos of real samples and either “Pick It” or “Skip It.” You can also leave comments and explain why you nixed a less-than-thrilling piece, or why you’re gaga for an item that made the cut. The Style Gallery – Here’s where you and your fellow fashionistas can shine. Browse pics that real girls have uploaded. Compare notes on how other girls would style, say, a cat-print dress or a pair of lime-green peep toe heels. You can also shop an entire outfit. How we’d shop the site for school stuff… Check out their collection of casual dresses for the perfect First Day look, including the Mod Life Dress ($75). It’s a sleeveless frock with a colorful print, which features sunglasses, go-go boots, lipstick tubes, and more. We’d also peruse the shoes for a comfy pair of flats to take you from your first class to your last without incident. A pair of Everyday Adorable Flats ($33) in mint should fit the bill. If you’re heading to college, you’ve gotta pack some style into your dorm room. Scope out ModCloth’s home décor for everything from an otter tape dispenser to pretzel pillowcases to a heart-shaped mirror. We’ve got our eye on the All Whale and Good Duvet Cover ($80). It’s got style, but won’t clash with whatever your roommate brings with her. Love ModCloth? We want you to have a chance to shop for Back to School faves with ModCloth. That's why we've partnered with the to giveaway $100 gift card! To enter all you have to do is tell us what item you love from Modcloth! Head on over to the ModCloth website and comment below with what item you'll be adding to your wardrobe or home if you win. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED - WINNER ANNOUNCED SOON! THANKS! - Giveaway runs Monday, August 25, 2014 to Monday September 1, 2014 at Midnight PST.  One entry per person. Congratulations to Kat -katgober**@*****.com You've won our Giveaway! Read full post

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