Monthly Archives: February 2012

Spring Break Looks for Guys

You’ve waited all year for this — Spring Break. For such a memorable time, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the right look for it.

Men's Spring Break Looks
Hurley Connect Boardshorts Hurley One & Only Premium-Fit Tee

For a day at the beach, you’ll need a pair of bold boardshorts like these Connect from Hurley in a bright green print. Pair those with a basic tee, like the One & Only from Hurley in heather kelly green with a bright yellow Hurley logo.

Men's Spring Break Looks 2
Levi´s Squad Belted Cargo Shorts LRG One Tee LRG Herron Buttoned Shirt Guess Morrison Sidewinder Buttoned Shirt

For hanging around town with the guys, you’ll want a more urban look. Pair these cargo shorts from Levi’s with a vivid tee like this One tee from LRG in red. Layer it with this Herron button-front shirt from LRG or a lightweight denim shirt like the Morrison from Guess.

For more Spring Break looks for Young Men check out our selection of swimwear, tees and sportshirts.

What is your favorite Spring Break look? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Available Now: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics on

The wait is over! You can now find all of your favorite Bobbi Brown cosmetics on From skincare to makeup you’ll find it all — even fragrances and bath and body.

Here are our top three must-have cosmetics from Bobbi Brown:

  1. Bobbi Brown Blush: Silky and smooth, this blush gives you a matte-finish with long-lasting wear.
  2. Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation SPF 15: Oil-free and all day wear plus added SPF 15.
  3. Bobbi Brown Lip Color: Rich color infused with Vitamins E, C and beeswax. Lovely color for a pretty pout.

Shop all Bobbi Brown Cosmetics on

What is your favorite Bobbi Brown product? Tell us in the comments!

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Feet First: Spring 2012 Shoe Trends

Spring style starts with shoes. Strappy sandals, flats, wedges, pumps, espadrilles — the abundance of choices is thrilling and overwhelming. To make your search simpler, we did the trend spotting for you. Check out our top Spring 2012 trends.

Prim & Punchy

Why We Love It: Ladylike styles reign supreme every spring. But this season, our favorite designers took it one step further. Bows, rosettes and floral print adorn everything from pointed-toe pumps to gladiator sandals.

How to Wear It: Follow the 3 P’s: prim, proper and pink. Spring’s power color loves a feminine flourish at the feet. These demure designs also look smart set against sharp blouses and cropped pants.

What to Wear: 1. Antonio Melani Britt Pumps 2. Betsey Johnson Haylie Sandals 3. GB Gianni Bini Eye-Candy Sandals

’20s Glamour

Why We Love It: It’s no secret that fashion loves a good throwback. Spring 2012 takes us to the 1920s — but there’s a twist. Shine, studs and color update the era’s signature T-strap shoes.

How to Wear It: Pleated skirts and beaded tops touch on ’20s heritage without being costume-y.  For a thoroughly modern look, turn to animal prints and minimalist silhouettes.

What to Wear: 1. Gianni Bini Kelli T-Strap Platform Sandals 2. Antonio Melani Reina Sandals 3. Gianni Bini Cheryl T-Strap Platform Sandals

Global Influence

Why We Love It: Rich textures, tribal prints, vibrant colors, dense beading — this trend is a visual and tactile treat.

How to Wear It: The beauty of the global look is this: it feels at home wherever you go. Wear raffia wedges with your favorite work looks and enliven weekend dresses with tribal-print flats.

What to Wear: 1. Sbicca Tristan Platform Wedge Sandals 2. Arturo Chiang Lily Sandals 3. Lucky Brand Emmie Flats

Click here to shop new arrivals in women’s shoes.

Which trend is your favorite?

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Red Carpet Worthy: Top Awards Show Trends

Last night’s 84th Academy Awards brought the 2012 red carpet season to a stunning finish. Have an upcoming special event? Take a cue from the night’s biggest trends.

  1. Black & White: Classic Hollywood glamour made a comeback this year. Naturally, black and white made a strong showing — together and apart. This JS Collections gown captures the look with an ivory lace bodice and black crepe skirt. We love the modern coverage the lace half sleeves provide and the balance the white-black contrast brings to your figure.
  2. Feminine Neutrals: Tan, rose, nude, blush — the stars glowed in pale gowns that were both ethereal and fresh. This champagne Tadashi dress celebrates the trend with a beaded sweetheart yoke and figure-friendly ruching.
  3. Color Pop: While neutral gowns were popular, there was no lack of bold color. The dresses ranged from neon to jewel tone, but had one thing in common: each actress chose a shade that was tailor-made for her complexion. In dark teal, this Adrianna Papell for E! Live from the Red Carpet gown is a stand-out selection that flatters a wide range of skin tones and hair colors. A front slit also touches on one of the night’s hottest looks.
  4. One-Shoulder Silhouettes: A happy  medium  between strapless and sleeved, one-shoulder dresses made a modern statement on the red carpet. From BCBMAXAZRIA, the Elyse gown highlights the style with ruching and a feminine flower.

Shop our full selection of women’s gowns to find the perfect dress for your big night.

What did you love most about last night’s gowns? Leave a comment!

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The Homefront: Why Purple Is Our Favorite Color

A warm and mysterious color, purple is “the” color for home this year. Below are our favorite purple items that will both brighten and accent your home this season, from the kitchen to the bedroom and dining room.  Take a look at our purple picks:

Sometimes the look of your couch or bed could use a boost from some new texture and color. Get some with this decorative purple pillow featuring allover petal detailing.

This Bella purple rocket blender perfectly whips up all your favorite mixed drinks and smoothies in a flash and with less mess. A lighter shade of purple, this blender system also helps with everyday chopping & grinding, while looking terrific on your countertop.

Does your dinnerware need a style infusion? This plum Fiesta dinnerware will liven up any existing place settings, especially white. Fired at a high temperature and fully vitrified to prevent crazing and water absorption, this dinnerware is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Purple is wonderful alone, but it also performs marvelously in an ensemble with other colors. Such is the case with Echo Marrakesh bedding. Purple, in this case lavender, creates an Old World charm and soothing style for any bedroom.

Check out all of our favorite purples items here. What is your favorite color(s) for the home? Tell us about it.

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Prom: Where to Start

Prom is just around the corner and it’s time to get your dress plan in place. Not sure where to begin? We’ve put together a handy guide to get your gown preparations started. You’ll want to decide the basics first: length, neckline, and style.

Length: Do you want to go short or long? A long skirt will give you a classic and elegant look, while a shorter hem shows off your legs for a more fun and flirty vibe. Can’t decide? Check out the fresh high-low hem. It’s chic in the back and a party in the front — the best of both worlds.

Shop the looks: 1. Jodi Kristopher Pickup Ballgown 2. Inspire Me Strapless Dress 3. B. Darlin High-Low Dress.

Neckline: There are so many necklines to choose from. To start, you might want to pick a few styles to figure out what works best with your frame and face. Another factor? Your hair plans for the night. A strapless look is perfect if you are more comfortable wearing your hair down. But if you have your heart set on a delicate updo, a halter or one-shoulder silhouette might be right for you.

Shop the looks: 1. XOXO Printed Pleated Dress 2. Jessica McClintock Sequin-Inset Strapless Dress 3. Hailey Logan One-Shoulder Gown.

Style: Once you have the length and neckline nailed down you should start thinking about the style of dress. Will you go for a stand-out print? A glittery sequined stunner? Or classic satin? With so many different options, now is a good time to browse the prom shop on to get a better idea of what you want to rock on your big night.

Shop the looks: 1. Blondie Nites Floral-Print Gown 2. Extraordinary Sequin Strapless Gown 3. Jodi Kristopher Strapless Dress.

For more styling ideas, check out our Prom 2012 Style Guide. While there you can see what the experts at Seventeen Magazine loved in their Top Prom Picks.

Have you started your prom preparation yet? What have you done to get ready? Tell us in the comments!

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Why We Love Cast-Iron Skillets: Grandma’s Buttermilk Biscuits

One of the best investments you can make for your kitchen is to own at least one cast-iron skillet. They’re tough, sturdy, easy to care for and last for generations. They’re also extremely versatile: cast-iron skillets work on the stove top, in the oven, outdoors over an open flame and can even be used to boil water. To highlight why we love our cast-iron skillet, we made great-grandma’s homemade buttermilk biscuits. This super easy recipe is a hit for breakfast or an anytime snack.

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Add ingredients to a All-Clad Spherical 3-quart mixing bowl and stir with a Tovolo Silicone mixing spoon until the mixture forms a sticky dough
  3. Turn the dough out and onto a floured Tru Chef Acacia wood board. Pat the dough and fold it a few times until its about 1″ thick
  4. Using a small glass or small aluminum can, cut the dough into rounds
  5. Coat a 12″ cast-iron skillet with about 3-4 Tbsp. vegetable oil or canola oil
  6. Add dough rounds to the skillet, coating them on both sides with the oil (this will make them crunchy on the outside)
  7. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until light golden brown

This recipe makes 9 biscuits. Be careful not to handle the dough too much, or not to add too much flour (dough-handling techiques taught by Frances Turner). Both of these will make tough biscuits. Also, if you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by adding 1 Tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk and waiting 5 minutes.

The cast-iron skillet is an old-fashioned way to cook, indispensable to settlers and pioneers back in the era of the chuck wagon. Aside from oven use, the cast iron skillet can be used for an array of cooking tasks: fry or roast a chicken, bake a cake or cornbread, sear a filet, stir-fry vegetables, etc.

The cast iron skillet was created for even heating and excellent heat retention. Hand wash only. If you take care of your cast-iron skillet, it will last a lifetime.


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