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“Watch” For Spring Color!

Got the time?  If you looked at your wrist and yawned, it’s time to spring into some seriously fun color — and  you don’t have to give up functionality or style to do so.  It’s all about making your timepiece match your mood as you transition from a grey winter to a vibrant spring.

Personally, I like to see women with a watch that says “I’m a woman who knows there’s a time for everything!”  And that kind of woman is going to gravitate toward a timepiece like the Fossil Riley Pink Dial Multifunction Watch.  While the pink dial shouts a girlish “IT’S SPRINGTIME!”, the goldtone stainless steel bracelet speaks to no-nonsense feminine savvy.

Of course, green is the archetypal color of spring (and St. Patrick’s Day, we might add.)  That’s why I recommend the uber-green  kate spade new york “Metro” Bright Green Silicone Strap Watch.  Green enough to make anyone yearn for the first breathless blooms of spring, this timepiece has clean, simple lines that will also appeal to your feminine sense of order and clarity.

Time for a little glamour, girl?  Light up the room with your Versace Vanity Lavender Leather Strap Watch, featuring lavender croco-embossed calfskin with 2 Medusa studs.  It’s glitzy in a good way.

Perhaps your female significant other is a bit more understated.  Then I suggest Michael Kors “Channing” Turquoise Dial Goldtone 3-Hand Watch.  The turquoise dial pops with spring color but the the goldtone stainless steel band is more reserved.  This watch is “Springy”, but not un-sprung, if you catch my drift.

For the “Blue Man” in your life, (or if you’re a “Blue Man” yourself), strap on the Fossil Grant Men’s Chronograph Watch.  The blue dial pops with spring color from a shiny silvertone stainless steel band.  Pair this watch with complementary-colored apparel (either yellow or something orange-ish), and you’ve made a manly spring statement.

Tick… Tick… Tick… Spring’s almost here! Time to start shopping!

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What’s the wildest, most colorful watch you’ve ever owned?

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Dillard’s Exclusive Interview: Cari Coffman, Director of Corporate Registry for Dillard’s

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Q: What are some of the hottest registry items for this year?
A: Single-serve coffee makers like Nespresso and the new Starbucks Verismo machine are hot. Healthy living seems to be a trend right now, too. Juicers, blenders and steamers are showing up in greater numbers on registries. Bright, fun bedding like Trina Turk has captured our couple’s attention as well. We are seeing more bedding collections on registries this year.

Q: What are the most fun things you’ve seen on the registry?
A: The Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker is so much fun and makes a great gift. I love the new Rogaska Luxe collection, especially the chess candlestick collection. It puts a fun twist on classic items.

Q: What are some of the most popular items you sell?
A: Fiesta dinnerware is the favorite dinnerware choice of our brides. They love to mix all the colors, and there are tons of great accessories. Luggage is always a popular choice. Wally Bags are loved by both brides and grooms; they are so functional. The famous garment bag comes in a 52″ dress length. And, the clean lines of Lenox Tuscany stemware make it really popular right now.

Q: What are 5 registry essentials that every couple needs?

  1. A set of quality cookware that will last for many years.
  2. High-quality casual dinnerware. Cheap dinnerware will chip, crack and discolor over time. Invest in quality everyday dinnerware.
  3. Dillard’s Luxury Hotel 700-thread-count sateen sheets. They’re amazing.
  4. A Kitchen Aid stand mixer. You won’t believe how many uses there are for this machine.
  5. Plush bath towels are a definite must-have and don’t skimp on the quantity requested.

Q: How should couples choose what to put on their registry?
A: They should start by thinking about their lifestyle. For example, if they like to entertain, then they will want to make sure they have plenty of serveware on the registry. They should think about their lives 5 and 10 years from now as well. Do they envision hosting the holidays with their families? Maybe they need 18 place settings instead of 12. We provide a checklist to guide our couples as they go through the home store to make sure they don’t leave important items off the registry.

Q: There are tons of registry options on the web and at brick-and-mortar department stores. What sets Dillard’s registry apart from competitors?
A: One of the best kept secrets around is our completion program. After the wedding, we offer 20% off most remaining items on the registry. We offer the option of personal registries, which are private registries only available by request in store. These are perfect for lingerie and cosmetics; anything the couple does not want all guests to view. Plus, our brides can register for anything in the store. We also have exclusive registry incentive gifts from our vendors.

Q: How far in advance should the bride/groom to-be register?
A: We recommend registering 6 months before the wedding, but at least 3 weeks before the first shower. Couples need to remember to update their registry after each shower and 2-3 weeks before the wedding to make sure there are enough items at varying price points available for purchase at all times.

Q: What about those folks looking for last-minute wedding gifts? What items do you recommend?
A: We always recommend purchasing a gift off the couple’s registry. If you can’t find an item on the couple’s registry to purchase, try and add on to an existing item. For example, if the couple’s Keurig coffee maker has already been purchased, how about some accessories like a milk frother and coffee caddy?

Q: What are some wedding gift ideas for those who are on a budget?
A: Nambe offers some beautiful pieces, which are a great value. The Yaro Salad bowl and the Mikko Bar tray are fantastic pieces. For the wine lover, there’s the Cuisinart’s Private Reserve 8-Bottle Wine Cellar. Anything from the Marquis by Waterford Vintage Mixology collection is a great value.

Shop the Dillard’s online registry.

What has become your most used or most cherished registry item? Tell us about it.

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Gifts For Your Lil’ Valentines

Get your kids into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with fun, festive outfits. They’ll love handing out valentine cards while wearing a special t-shirt, dress or leggings set.

Our favorite sets combine classic Valentine’s Day heart motifs with ruffles, bright colors and comfortable fabrics.

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Bonnie Jean Toddler Heart Top & Capri Leggings Set Starting Out Infant Heart/Dot Top & Pants Set Sweet Heart Rose for Dollie and Me Dog Screenprinted 2-Fer Top and Skirt Set with Doll Outfit

1. Bonnie Jean Heart Top & Capri Set: Red, white and hearts speak of love in this mixed media top and leggings set.

2. Starting Out Heart/Dot Top & Pants Set: A ruffled heart applique and rows of ruffles add a feminine touch to this set in hot pink, green and white.

3. Sweet Heart Rose for Dollie & Me Dog Top & Skirt Set with Doll Outfit: Pink hearts on a white background and sweet dogs with heart and “to play” screenprint give this set a fun, classic Valentine’s feel.

For the princess who loves dresses, our favorites feature classic Valentine’s Day red and white in frilly silhouettes.

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Bonnie Jean 4-6X Striped Drop-Waist Dress Bonnie Jean Toddler Heart Drop-Waist Dress Bonnie Jean Toddler Heart Drop-Waist Dress

1. Bonnie Jean Striped Drop-Waist Dress: This dress in red/white patterns updates the classic look with on-trend stripes and mixed media tiers.

2. Bonnie Jean Heart Drop-Waist Dress: A ruched heart applique, red flocked print, bows, ruffled collar and mesh skirt in red and off-white give this dress a distinct Valentine’s Day feel.

The tween fashionista will enjoy celebrating this special day with these fun tops paired with her favorite jeans or leggings.

Jessica Simpson Sportswear 7-16 Striped Tee Forever Orchid 7-16 Striped Dolman Top Jessica Simpson Sportswear 7-16 Lace Heart Screenprint Tee

1. Jessica Simpson Sportswear Striped Tee: She’ll be ready for the holiday with this carmine/light heather grey striped tee with blossom lace sleeves and lace heart applique.

2. Forever Orchid Striped Doman Top: Appealing in stripes, this dolman-sleeve top features a sequined heart applique and lace trim.

3. Jessica Simpson Sportswear Lace Heart Screenprint Tee: A lace heart screenprint and glitter accents give this tee the bling she loves.

Find your favorite Valentine’s Day outfits in our selection of dresses, tops and sets at Dillards.com.

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory from childhood? Tell us about it in the comments.

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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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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 Dillards.com 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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Home Remedies for Beating the Post-Christmas Blues

Taking down the Christmas tree and decorations can give you the post-holiday blues, but you can brighten your living space by adding similar touches of light and color.

Cheery candles: Nothing creates a sense of warmth and comfort better than a few delicious dessert candles. Trade your “Christmas cookie” candles out for the alluring scent of vanilla or mint chocolate for a homey feel year-round. Sweet smelling candles are especially good to have on hand when guests drop by to wish you “Happy New Year.”

Pillows that pop: A few decorative pillows can deliver a dose of pleasing geometry, texture and color for an effect much larger than their actual size. Freshen up your existing look by layering pillows of different sizes and shapes onto seats, couches and bedding.

Frame those photos: Don’t let those digital pics languish forever on your hard drive. Print them out, slip them into any of our picture frames, and decorate liberally around your house. Beautiful smiles and gorgeous backdrops will create some instant warmth and cheer.

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Wish List: UGG Australia Lequoia Twinface Coat

Allow us to introduce you to our final Unforgettable Gift of the season, the UGG Australia Lequoia Twinface coat.

Crafted from the same twinface sheepskin that makes UGG boots a perennial favorite, the Lequoia women’s coat combines luxury, warmth and comfort.  Raw-edge detailing and a double-breasted front speak to casual UGG Australia styling. Plush cuffs and an oversize collar finish the design with a touch of glamour.

Browse the rest of our UGG Australia women’s outerwear hereWhat was your favorite Christmas gift this year? Tell us in the comments. 

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Go Pro with the KitchenAid

The KitchenAid Professional Mixer 600

Here are a few of the reasons why we love the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series mixer: Flexibility: You can mix bread dough with the spiral hook, whip cream and eggs with the wire whip, and mix batter with the flat beater. KitchenAid also offers additional attachments (sold separately) such as a meat shredder or cheese grater. Beauty: The heavyweight mixer is an iconic design that looks great on your kitchen counter and comes in a variety of colors. Power: This mixer beats and whips ingredients until they’re perfectly smooth and is powerful enough to take on the heaviest mixtures such as bread and pizza dough.

The Professional 600 Series includes a wire whip, burnished flat beater, spiral dough hook and clear pouring shield. Click the link to see the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series in action.

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Dollie & Me: Matching Fashion

Make her Christmas gift even more special this year with a Dollie & Me doll and matching doll and girl outfits. This fun line of girls’ clothing creates outfits for girls sizes 2-12 and matching doll outfits for dolls 18″ tall. Dollie & Me dolls are available at Dillards.com.

She’ll love dressing her doll in an outfit that matches her own. You can add dresses, outfits and sets, robes, gowns and pajamas to both her and her doll’s wardrobe.

Polka-Dot Dress and Doll Outfit Snowman Pajamas with Doll Pajamas Paris Theme Pajamas with Doll Outfit

Dollie & Me  offers a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Three of our favorites are:

  1. Flock Polka Dot Dress & Doll Outfit: This red taffeta dress with black polka dots and large bow at the waist will have her looking festive for parties and portraits.
  2. Snowman Pajamas with Doll Pajamas: This 2-fer red/white top features a stylized snowman and heart design with glitter accents and pink printed flannel pants with the same snowman print.
  3. Paris Theme Pajamas with Doll Outfit: This blue/multi Paris themed print has ruffled cuffs and hem for a feminine, fun look.

This fun video from Dollie & Me showcases many of the other matching sets.

Check out all of our matching Sweet Heart Rose for Dollie & Me sets.

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Dillard’s Exclusive Interview with Christopher Radko’s Senior Designer Mario Taré

A Christmas ornament is something to cherish, to keep, to pass down to future generations — especially those made by Christopher Radko. Dillards.com caught up with Radko’s senior ornament designer, Mario Taré, to talk ornaments and find out why Christopher Radko ornaments are so popular with collectors.

These Christopher Radko ornaments are available exclusively at Dillard’s:

  1. Baby’s First Christmas Bear
  2. Christmas Wreath Ornament
  3. “Rustic Church” Ornament
  4. Snowman Ornament
  5. Nutcracker Ornament
  6. Santa Ornament

Christopher Radko Senior Designer Mario Taré

Q. Why do people love Christopher Radko ornaments so much?

A.  People love the details. (The ornaments) are always commemorating something special with a story behind it. They’re like little journals hanging on your tree.

Q. How did you get into ornament design?

A. I was working in New York City as a jewelry maker when I saw a Christopher Radko advertisement in the newspaper. I saw a lot of passion in that ad. So I called them up and submitted my design samples.  Next thing I knew, they hired me. That was in 1996.

Q. Where are the ornaments made?

A. The company is based here in the U.S., but the actual ornaments are made in Poland, Italy and Germany. Our artists and craftsmen still use the same carving, molding, glass blowing, hand painting and finishing techniques used since the Renaissance. Everything is done by hand and takes several weeks to complete.

Q. Ultimately, what message are you trying to get across through your product? What does it say to people?

A. People look at our ornaments and see hope during troubled times. They see joy in them. Our ornaments make people feel better.

Do you have a favorite ornament? Tell us about it. Also, check out our  Christmas Decor & Collectibles for more ornament and collectible ideas.

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