Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ease into Spring: Transitional Shoe Silhouettes

Add a touch of spring to your step with season-to-season silhouettes. Taking these versatile shapes from winter to spring is a breeze. Slip on textured tights for cold weather wear; shed the layer and style with dresses or cropped pants as the temperature rises. Here are our favorite transitional options.

  1. Short and Sweet: Add Western whimsy to your look with the Gyn boot from Steve Madden. With a closed toe and sassy ankle height, the timeless silhouette is equally prepared for blustery days or spring sun.
  2. Breezy Bands: Chunky bands wrap the BCBGeneration Jiorn with bold versatility. Unexpected openings on this bootie-inspired shape keep the sandal relevant no matter the temperature.
  3. Crisp Cutouts: Don’t let the word “sandal” fool you; you can wear the Vince Camuto Pabla year round. The studded silhouette strikes an ideal balance between coverage and cutouts, so you’ll be ready for lingering chills and warming temps.

We love anything with an unexpected peep-toe or surprising straps for season-spanning style. Do you have a transitional go-to in your closet? If so, share your favorites. 

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The HomeFront: Super Bowl Party

Delicious snacks and finger foods are at the heart of every great Super Bowl party, so make sure you have the right kitchen tools prior to kick off. These handy appliances are functional and easy to transport, which is useful if you’re hosting a Super Bowl party or attending one.

Something delicious from the grill will always score a touchdown with your Super Bowl party guests. For that grilled taste that locks in flavor, try this handy indoor Griddle by Cuisinart, perfect for cooking sausages, hamburgers, chicken breasts — anything that sizzles. Also works well for creating mouth-watering quesadillas and panini. Watch the Griddler in action.

One staple of any great Super Bowl party is queso, which you can prepare with the El Paso Slow Cooker. This versatile and festive appliance also works for slow cooking chilis and soups. Handles and lid make it easy to transport between locations.

Remember, most eyes will be focused on the TV during the game, which means you should keep your menu simple. Serve finger foods such as chips and dips, hot wings or desserts in this Main Ingredients 5-Section Server. Offer a healthier alternative to those trying to keep their New Year’s resolutions with tasty raw veggies and low-fat ranch dip.

For more ideas on Super Bowl appliances, check out our small appliances section.

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Trend Report: It’s All About the Waist

Fashion loves a focal point. And this season, all eyes are on the waist. Whether it’s contoured, cinched or belted, the statement waist is a figure-friendly trend we can’t get enough of.

  1. Playful Peplums: A peplum is a short (often ruffled or pleated) overskirt that’s attached at the waist of dresses, skirts, tops and jackets. The flared shape highlights your waist and complements the curve of your hips, creating an hourglass silhouette. This Antonio Melani skirt flaunts asymmetric lines for a fresh spin on the flattering favorite.
  2. Cinched Styles: As close to universally flattering as it gets, cinched styles define your waist with elastic, smocking or seaming. The added perk? The design often creates a soft, forgiving fit across your hips, as seen on this BCBGeneration dress.
  3. Wide Belts: Make a statement with this waist-whittling accessory. Cinch flowy styles or update old favorites with this Tre Vero stretch belt. For stress-free styling, try this Chelsea & Violet dress — it comes pre-accessorized with the perfect belt.

How will you incorporate this Spring 2012 trend? 

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Style It: Skinny Jeans

There’s no denying it: skinny jeans are a closet essential. We put together our picks for the hottest ways to style these GB Gianni Bini jeans this Spring.

  1. A preppy look is perfect this season. This Stoosh blazer is great for layering with tanks and tees on top of your jeans.
  2. Casual looks rule for a school day or low-key weekend. This Jessica Simpson cropped top is perfect over a solid tank or camisole.
  3. Take a Bohemian turn in this GB Gianni Bini boxy top. The shape balances the slim fit of the jeans.
  4. Love is in the air this season, so show a flirty side with this Jessica Simpson tee. Feminine touches like flutter sleeves and a bow detail make this a great pick for a casual date night.

Lots of our readers have asked, “What shoes do I wear with my skinny jeans?” Here are some ideas that match up with our style picks above.

  1. Embellished flats coordinate with the polished look of the blazer perfectly. A sweet bow detail and glittering toe cap make these Vince Camuto flats anything but basic.
  2. Get an effortlessly stylish look when you pair these GB flats with your casual crop top.
  3. You’ve got an indie-rock vibe and are ready for a music festival when you pair these Volatile booties with your boho-top.
  4. A flirty look is made complete with a pair of black Gianni Bini pumps. Simple and to the point, this pair will move your embellished tee from casual to romantic in a snap.

Check out the rest of our Juniors denim and top collections on!

How do you style your skinnies? Tell us in the comments! 

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The Mystery of the Layette

What is a layette? Most people know that it has something to do with babies, but even some parents aren’t sure what one is. A layette refers to newborn supplies, from complete outfits to bibs, bath accessories and more. Seems a lot less daunting now, doesn’t it?

A good place to start is with a nice, fluffy blanket. Every newborn will be wrapped up in a blanket at some point, so why not make it a cute one? This (1) Trend Lab Sweet Safari velour receiving blanket for boys or this (2) Starting Out plush leopard blanket for girls makes a perfect gift for the parents-to-be.  Or if you are looking for something a little less gender-specific, try this (3) Starting Out plush toile reversible blanket in black and white toile on one side and black fleece on the other side.

Trend Lab Sweet Safari Velour Receiving Blanket Starting Out Plush Toile Blanket

A great gift for expecting parents is a set of coordinating clothing or accessories. These (4) 10-piece gift sets from Trend Lab come in pink or blue and are packaged in a matching mini-tote bag. The (5) Carter’s 4-piece duck-motif layette set, (6) Carter’s 4-piece duck set or (7) Starting Out duck gown 2-Pack all make a great gender-neutral gift. Of course, you can put together your own set by choosing your favorites from our large selection of bibs, blankets, towels, sleepweardiaper bags or crib shoes.

Trend Lab 10-Piece Gift Set Carter´s 4-Piece Duck-Motif Layette Set Carter´s 4-Piece Duck Set Starting Out Newborn Duck Gowns 2-Pack

Once you know what a layette is, the possibilities are endless. Check out our layette section on for more ideas.

What is your favorite gift to give an expecting couple? Or, if you have children, what was your favorite gift to receive? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Date Night: Is Your Style Sweet or Sultry?

Define your date night style with this quick quiz. Start at the top and work your way down to reveal your sweet or sultry side. You might be surprised where you end up.

Sweet Look: Cezanne Pave Earrings, Natasha Accessories Pave Bangle, BCBGMAXAZRIA Mesh Clutch & DKNYC Striped Shirtdress
Sultry Look: Jill Jill Stuart Faux-Wrap Dress, Natasha Accessories Chandelier Earrings, Natasha Accessories Bangle Set & Kate Landry Heart Clutch
Click here to shop more date night looks.

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Accessories: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite accessories for the occasion.

Tivoli Pink Heart-Cut CZ Ring Cezanne Boxed Collection Open Heart Drop Earrings Betsey Johnson Silver "Bling Bling Time" Heart Watch Cezanne Boxed Collection Pave Heart Pendant Necklace
  1. A perfect way to show your love, this Tivoli ring sparkles with a pink center stone and surrounding pave stones. She’ll love the romantic design.
  2. From the Cezanne Boxed Collection, these earrings make a loving statement. They feature sparkling pave detail in a sophisticated drop silhouette.
  3. In signature Betsey Johnson style, this watch brings a girly touch to a classic look. It features a stainless steel case and bracelet, plus a pretty pink heart on the dial and sparkling stones on the bezel.
  4. Another piece from the Cezanne Boxed Collection, this necklace is a Valentine’s essential. A dazzling heart pendant hangs on a dainty silvertone chain for a sweet effect.

For more ideas, check out all of our favorite Valentine’s accessories and browse our watches and jewelry.

What will you be giving on Valentine’s Day this year?

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Beyond the Brand: Dr. Andrew Weil Integrative Footwear

In 2010 Dr. Andrew Weil took a practical step. He collaborated with renowned podiatrist Phillip J. Vasyli to launch an innovative line of men’s and women’s shoes. We went beyond the brand to discover the philosophy and technology that makes Dr. Andrew Weil Integrative Footwear a revolutionary addition to our shoe selection at

Move for Health

As an internationally recognized pioneer of integrative medicine, Dr. Weil has long advocated walking as one of the best forms of exercise. He presents a simple case: our bodies were designed to walk. You don’t need equipment, special tracks, training or fees to start; you just need a pair of properly fitting shoes. Check out his “Why Move” video to see how motion enhances lifelong physical and emotional health.

Supportive Technology

Constructed with innovative Aided Motion System™ (AMS) technology, each pair of Dr. Andrew Weil shoes will take you where you want to go in comfort. Two patented technologies make up AMS:

  • Tri-Planar Motion Control™ ensures the foot does not roll in, or overpronate. Excess pronation can cause knee pain or injury.

  • First Ray Flexor Zone™ simulates walking on a softer, more natural surface with a cavity below the big toe. The joints experience a full range of motion during each push off, instead of jamming.

Check out the technology video for in depth detail.

Footwear that doesn’t fit properly can cause a wide range of musculoskeletal pain, while comfortable, effective shoes can enable an active lifestyle.

Shop for the women’s Balance athletic shoe to counteract the daily grind of walking on hard and unnatural surfaces. Or, browse our selection of women’s moccasins, women’s sandals and men’s sandals for the ultimate combination of comfort and style.

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Cosmetics Buzz: Guerlain Noir G Mascara

When it comes to makeup that is going near the delicate eye region, only the best products will do. Why not treat yourself to the luxurious Guerlain Noir G Mascara? The multi-tasking formula volumizes, lengthens and curls. Define your eyes without the worry of smearing, smudging or clumping. As if that wasn’t enough, a fortifying keratin agent regenerates lashes and promotes growth.

The futuristic case includes a hidden mirror and magic wand that makes it easy to replace the old wand as soon as you need to. You read that right, switch your wands — the Noir G has a refillable applicator so your eye look is always fresh, never expired.

Pair with Guerlain Rouge G for an equally exceptional look for your lips.

Shop for more Guerlain products.

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The HomeFront: High-tech gadgetry

Inside, you’ll find new advances in personal care, electronics and an assortment of other high-tech gadgetry that will pique your curiosity.  Like something off a sci-fi movie poster, we’re featuring money-counting robots, laser beam thermometers, and futuristic-looking coffeemakers. These cool devices are fun to use and designed to make life just a little bit easier.

Let’s face it. You’ve got loose pocket change sprinkled here and there and around the house. Wouldn’t it be great to manage it all in one central location? Enter the The Sharper Image Robot coin bank, representing a quantum leap in the way your pocket change is managed. The robot recognizes and tabulates every coin saved, keeps track of savings and withdrawals and announces money totals.

Feeling stressed? You’ll find inner peace and relaxation with the Homedics SoundSpa Premier AM/FM clock radio, which projects time and temperature on the ceiling or wall. This futuristic clock radio also produces soothing sounds, similar to a luxury spa.

Outside on the patio, you’ll find the family grill is more fun with the Laser Barbecue infrared thermometer. Just point, pull the trigger and check the temperature. This infrared laser barbecue thermometer measures cooking surface temperature from up to 5 feet away — the laser pointer assures accurate aim. Use for outdoor cooking, in the kitchen or for household temperature measuring jobs.

Who needs a barber or clippers when you can get the job done quickly with the Conair HC900 Even Cut clipper. Just pull the clipper over your hair in any direction and the locking comb guides will deliver an even cut. It has a power cord, but can also run cordless and comes with two adjustable comb guides.

At first glance, this donut-shaped device looks nothing like a coffeemaker. Nonetheless, the DeLonghi Nescafe “Dolce Gusto Circolo” coffeemaker represents a breakthrough in the way a normal coffeemaker looks and even the way coffee is brewed: just insert a coffee capsule, turn it on and you’re moments away from perfect tasting coffee every time.

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