Tuesday, October 30, 2007
To this day, my childhood phobia creeps in whenever I participate in fun loving aquatic activities. Yes, I grew up in the Jaws era and I tell you, it certainly had an impact on my water phobia. You see, I can’t even swim in a fresh water lake without wondering what lurks beneath even though I know sharks need salt water. I hear the theme song, I envision swimmers scrambling to shore and pulling themselves out of the water just in time. And, just in case this fear wasn’t cemented in my mind for all eternity from the movie, my parents took me to Universal Studios in 1986. I was perfectly happy to stop the tour at the Amityville house, but no, we took a trip to the Jaws set and rode a boat past the mechanical shark that in turn jumped out of the water and tried to snap our head off. It was creepy to say the least and not helpful. Thanks Mom and Dad.
I doubt I will ever overcome this phobia, although it does get better each year. In fact, in 1999 I was able to attempt surfing in Hawaii for all of 5 minutes. Keeping all body parts out of the water while grasping the board and allowing my teacher to remain full bodied in the water (prepared for the onslaught of sharks that awaited us at dawn), I caught my first (and last) wave into shore and I was out of there (taking pics of my husband as an excuse not to return - no hon, you go ahead, seriously, I had fun - let me take some photoes...crap, was that a fin? ). Last year I tried to wakeboard and told myself that the board would be the first bite, not me, and that I could then swim to safety.
So we all have phobias, and this week is a good time to get in touch with them, explore the links behind them and try your best to let go of them. I am trying but the scars are deep. Please readers, do share your phobias and let me know that I am not the only one!
Monday, October 29, 2007
This week, we are giving away a Kenneth Cole Down Scuba Jacket (featured in our Channeling Martha post). This jacket is awesome, brand new with tags, down filled yet lightweight in a pretty ivory color with faux fur trim on the hood. It is a women's size Large and nicely fits a size 8-10. It retails for $149.00.
Here’s what you need to do to win this and any of our upcoming sweepstakes items:
1. Check our blog each week for the sweepstakes entry (we will post one every Monday or Sunday evening).
2. Sign up for our newsletter and all entries for that week will be included in the drawing and all upcoming drawings.
3. Or, if you hate newsletter lists, place a comment on this blog post and be sure to leave us a link so we can find you if you win.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
We waited two days after this tiring adventure to create our Autumn Scarecrow decked out in the perfect Midwestern farm attire, denim. I think Steph and I had more fun putting it together than the kids did (they left us for a corn fight). Although it didn’t turn out as good as the image in our minds (Martha would not be pleased), we finished it and decided to use the decoration front and center in our first blog sweepstakes. So feast your eyes on our beautiful scarecrow wearing our first item, a Kenneth Cole Down Scuba Jacket. And, to add insult to injury, a picture of me wearing the jacket (we chose the worst picture to spite my husband who said I looked like the unibomber and that we definitely shouldn’t post this one). Don’t get me wrong, this jacket is awesome, brand new with tags, down filled yet lightweight in a pretty ivory color with faux fur trim on the hood. It retails around $149.00.
Here’s what you need to do to win this and any of our upcoming sweepstakes items:
1. Check our blog each week for the sweepstakes blog entry (we will post one every Saturday or Sunday).
2. Sign up for our newsletter and all entries for that week will be included in the drawing.
3. Or, if you hate newsletter lists, place a comment on the blog post and be sure to leave us a link so we can find you if you win.
Friday, October 26, 2007
A. This can be a tough time of year for a women's wardrobe. If you don't already own a LBD or a similar dress that makes you feel good, then you better start the hunt NOW. Don't wait one week or one day until the event, have it in your closet and ready to go. We have several options in our store that are easy on the wallet and range from trendy to timeless. Get yourself a pair of simple, classic black heels (maybe in a patent leather for the holiday), or a metallic silver or gold (remembering that gold pairs nicely with warm tones and silver with cool tones). So here are some options based on your style preference:
Our Red Party Dress is sexy and fun. It is a great dress for the price and is a timeless addition to your closet, plus it looks good on any body type. Throw on a shrug or trapeze style jacket to wear this look to an office party.
For a more conservative holiday look, try our Black Sweater Dress, Double V Back Dress or Drape Neck Dress. Add some color with opaque tights instead of nylons or bare legs (we like the look of a deep purple).
If you want trendy, shiny, standout style go for the Trumpet Sleeve Shift Dress or the Platinum Party Dress.
The important thing is to find a dress that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful and in our opinion, the above meet those requirements!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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They have become a main staple lately. They look great and feel even better. The first time I put them on I said out loud "Hello my new friend." My husband was in the room and gave an unprompted compliment to my booty (which needs all the help shaping and lifting as possible).
Besides being the perfect pant for yoga class, I find it hard not to lounge in them. Thankfully they have made a great pair for wearing to my office job as well. I started safe pairing them with ballet flats and layers on top. Last week I got a little adventurous and wore my Beyond Yoga pants with pointy kitten heel boots and a long sweater. I was so comfortable...even at my computer in my little cube all day!
You can find them on Lady Language. These pants are worth every penny.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Of course, Maxim is a borderline porn mag so this article doesn't surprise me. I only wish I had some pictures of the men that work at Maxim and maybe I could do my own spread on the 10 Most Unappealing Editors at Maxim. Don't mess with the Ladies.
View the Top 10
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
A compulsive preoccupation and unreasonable idea indeed. I need them, I want them...I picture myself strolling along the Avenue Marceau in mid-autumn, smiling and stealing glances of les garcons, swaying to and fro in my strapless frock with swingy a-line skirt. The parisian girls glaring in spite of my fabulous, albeit American style.
Hah! My four year old's screams of "I want more apple juice please" slaps me back into reality - at least she said please. So I continue to rationalize the obsession telling my husband that these shoes are timeless and that I can wear them with anything...and I MEAN ANYTHING (hint, hint, wink, wink). So maybe I am deserving of a $645 Christmas present this year, huh? Besides, I have never before in my lifetime spent this much on a pair of shoes. Come to think of it, I haven't spent this much on ALL of the shoes I have sitting in my closet right now.
But seriously, I won't buy these shoes (unless I find them on Smartbargains or DesignerExposure next year for under $100 bucks), but I will obsess about them. I will write about them and tell my friends about them. I will dream about them and each time I put together the perfect outfit and am missing the "perfect shoes" I will sadly think of them.
And in turn, I will be on to another obsession within the next week or so. Maybe this time I can obsess about global warming or feeding the hungry and not be so shallow.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Think Pink on your blog and head on over to Charmed and Dangerous and give a shout out. Thanks for reading
Friday, October 12, 2007
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Monday, October 8, 2007
A guilty pleasure is something or someone that you find irresistible, enjoyable and momentarily satisfying...and some of them may be a tad embarrassing. These things are for gratification, not usually for enrichment.
A perfect example would be my personal favorite reality show 'The Bachelor'. So staged, over dramatic and so easy to watch. This pairs well with some of my favorite reading material 'US Weekly' and other waiting room finds.
While I am confessing some of my own 'guilty pleasures' I might as well say I sing along to John Melloncamp because I know all of the words to his songs but don't own an album (I call him "The Coug"). Marky Mark is a babe and I also love perfume samples at the department stores and am thrilled they now have a spray dispense.
I find no shame in my love for shopping. Specifically for bargains. Shoes, and unique clothing are my favorites. I love scouring the sale racks for items I couldn't leave the store or site with out purchasing. My absolute favorite sale section to shop is at Anthropologie - eclectic and creative looks that inspire. Kennedy and Kate has great sales on usually pricey name brands and pieces you won't find everywhere.
No surprises for the Spring/Summer 2008 fashion season. The Daily Fashion Report from Marilyn Kirschner states :“Unsurprisingly, the ‘news’ is in color, prints, transparency, looser dresses, softer pants, sleeveless jackets, jersey, chiffon, embellishment, and special occasion dressing”
Fashion seems to be in a state of status quo due to the upcoming election, economic uncertainty, and perpetual state of war. This opens the door allowing you to find the styles that work well with your personality and body type. Don’t try to look like someone your not because you will always be uncomfortable and uncertain of yourself. Here are some key points to the Spring 2008 season:
1. Color - brights are big, but not electric and soft neutrals will be a key counterpoint. We are seeing a lot of mango and banana, bright sea blue and greens, misty pinks and vintage reds, but on the flip side, navy seems to be selling well (a tip from my New York rep). The colors are uplifting and cheerful.
2. Prints - bold graphics, artsy and floral still reign. Look for styles that emulate Emilio Pucci, Christian LaCroix, Diane von Furstenburg and newcomer Tibi. Scout thrift shops for originals or affordable boutiques who know how to find current translations of these styles.
3. Transparency - sheer, chiffon, layered over a basic tank dress is beautifully feminine and not going away
4. Women still want fun, pretty dresses that are easy to wear and jersey meets this requirement nicely.
5. Focus on simple, classic looks and clean lines. Silhouettes from the 40s/60s/80s will linger, but make way for simplistic and futuristic shapes.
6. Say goodbye to uber layering, clean up your act, start coordinating and lighten up
For further fashion inspiration from designers Zac Posen, Peter Som and Charlotte Ronson(and the colors and looks in my header picture) go to Pantone.
Is there an item you would like to see featured in our weekly deal? Let us know by commenting on this post or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Casual Glam - It's the fashion statement that comes in between the daily grind and a quiet night at home. Playful, charming and ready for that perfect evening out with your friends. When you get tired of wearing jeans, put on a knee length halter dress that has just the right mix of sexy and sophistication. Add an interesting necklace to give the outfit a bohemian vibe and a small clutch to add some shine. Get it all for $68 (includes free shipping and a $12 savings over buying the pieces individually).
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Q: Why are there so many searches on our site for White Cocktail Dresses?
A: I honestly don't know the answer. I don't watch much TV and haven't had my face in a style mag in weeks. I do know that the quest for the white dress has surpassed the quest for the little black dress in our store...and this literally has happened only in the past few weeks. I know that white was hot this summer, but it certainly didn't get this much attention in July. I know it is a classic look that screams innocence and looks good with any skin tone and obviously will never go out of style. Heck, we should all have a little white dress is our closet for those numerous occasions such as: marriage, second marriage, third marriage...I guess am a bit jaded being a product of divorce myself and seeing numerous friends and relatives endure it.
But seriously, the white dress could play a neutral backdrop to colorful jackets, tights and accessories this Fall since it goes well with any color. White is brilliant and bright, but be careful, too much can cause blindness and headaches to those around you (it's true). So go ahead, wear it with care and flaunt your beautiful sense of style.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Fashion during the 80s was considered a bit over-the-top to say the least. We were launched into the telecommunications age, the Apple computer was introduced and "mobile phones" became available (ah, yes, I recall my Dad's mobile phone - a beauty from 1986 with a gargantuan receiver attached to a briefcase. I think it weighed about 10 pounds). Cassette tapes surpassed 8 tracks and the music scene took off with MTV and a variety of new music styles (I was sad to see my 8 track version of Grease go). The "Me" generation was supporting middle class, family values and strong economic growth. So, what other words trigger memories of this decade?
I remember parachute pants, Adidas, bright colors, leggings, supermodels, mullets, BIG HAIR (i.e., the rooster as my parents called it), legwarmers, jellies, Reagan, Sugar Ray, Jodie Foster, Oprah, Thriller, Polo, Swatch, Run DMC, Bananarama, Video Killed the Radio Star, Firestarter, Stephen King, Calvin Klein, Brooke Shields, PacMan, Asteroids, Space Invaders
Take a big breath, there's more...
The Cosby Show, Back To The Future, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Cold War, Berlin Wall, Chernobyl, punk rock, hip hop, heavy metal, Sheila E, Purple Rain, Breakin', The Fly, Polo, preppy, Bon Jovi, Dallas, Juice Newton, Let's Get Physical
And don't even get me started on all of the fashion mistakes of this decade. I can barely look through those old photos without cracking up - what were we thinking? Take a look below at some of the beauties I have hiding in my closet.
So, where were you in the 80s? Take a moment and think back - visit www.80s.com if your itchin' for the 411. Oh, and if you happen to come across that totally awesome (pardon my 80s slang) song lyric trivia game, the answer to the hardest question worth 10 points is Colitas. Curious?High waist, pleated pants in a strange purplish pink color tapered tightly to the bottom - oh yeah, work it (c. 1984)
Voluminous top, stretch pants, bold colored scarf wrapped around waist - love the white socks peaking out (c. 1986)
Love the brightly colored, graphic bermuda shorts - a staple in my closet (c. 1985)
The essential Prom photo - big sleeves, big skirts and BIG hair (check out the gal in the middle - she played a big part in depleting the ozone layer with her trusty can of Aquanet - c. 1987).Block print shorts, black and white stripe top - a bold move don't you think? (c. 1986)
Monday, October 1, 2007
Be sure to check out our weekly deals - a new one is released each Monday. The special price only lasts until the next deal is released. Today we are featuring a fantastically soft and versatile wrap dress by Rebecca Beeson. Layer a thin long sleeve top and leggings underneath for a cozy Fall look.
Plus, take an extra 15% off by using code BUDGET15 during checkout.