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Trend Report: Make a Splash with Nautical Stripes

The latest wave-making trend is here: nautical stripes!

Bold horizontal stripes — typically in red, white, and navy hues — create a look that’s ready to set sail.  Details like rope accents and hardware grommets can be added to emphasize the sea-worthy vibe.

Here’s how to style this trend!

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Start with the basics.  Dresses are ideal for wearing stylized prints — they let you show off as much of the trend as you like.  (They serve as a great base for layering, too!)  A fit-and-flare dress is feminine and flattering while a sweater dress keeps you warm on breezy boating trips.

Get the look: Cremieux Faye Fit-and-Flare Dress.  BCBGMAXAZRIA Ethel Sweater Dress.

Layers: friend or foe?  Be careful when adding layers to nautical stripes — too much going on in one outfit can be overwhelming.  A tonal jacket is ideal, and if you’re feeling a little bold you can even don one with subtle jacquard.  Goldtone buttons add even more nautical details (and they pop nicely against darker hues like navy).

Get the look: Cremieux Betsi Double-Breasted Jacket.

The perfect shoes.  We’re all about nude and neutral — earthy tones stand out against rich hues.  A pump or wedge the same shade as your skintone gives the illusion of longer legs, which is important if you’re wearing horizontal stripes that can make your body look wider (a skinny belt helps here — read on for accessorizing tips).

Get the look: Jessica Simpson Claude d’Orsay Pumps.  BCBGeneration Torrez Wedges.

Accessorize, accessorize!  Gold adds brilliant shine to these stripes, but don’t add it automatically — if your dress has silvertone grommets, pick jewelry to match that instead.  Any belt you choose should be skinny so it doesn’t clash with the stripes.

Get the look: Goldtone bracelets.  Skinny belts.

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What’s your favorite way to wear nautical stripes?  Let us know in the comments!

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Style in Bloom: New Work Wardrobe from Antonio Melani

 While (we admit) it is easy to settle for an oversized sweater and chunky heels, it’s time to showoff your Spring savvy style. Break out of your Winter wardrobe slumber and spring forward in captivating color and designs for your office wear.  Start with a fresh palette and transition into our favorite Antonio Melani office staples.

Every woman needs a little blue dress to add a pop of color into her profession. This eyelet dress flaunts a scalloped bodice tier and hem for an ultra feminine and curvy silhouette. Pair some neutral pumps and your favorite floral accessories to wake up your wardrobe without going overboard.

Shop this style: Antonio Melani Regina Dress &  Sonyah Slingback Pumps 

The pant suit is a wardrobe essenital when it comes to fierce style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t standout in soft hues. Create a neutral base with the Jane suit jacket and Maxine figure-flattering pant.  A burst of lush color intensifies this suit (while flaunting your feminine side) with the button-front Sonya blouse. The Esta peep-toe wedges give a clean finish in  metallic leather upper and jewel accents.

Shop this style: Antonio Melani Jane Jacket,  Maxine Pant, Sonya Blouse & Esta Wedges 

Nothing says stepping  into Spring style like floral silhouettes.  We love the Bertie skirt for its modern botanic design in a classic pencil skirt shape. The Rhetta blouse keeps its focus in the detail with two-tone color trim and goldtone button front— creating a cohesion of  bold print and polished simplicity when paired with this pencil skirt.  The Yardley wedge adds a hint of shine in metallic textured upper and braided trim.

Shop this style:  Antonio Melani Rhetta Blouse, Bertie Skirt & Yardley T-Strap Wedges 

If you’re not quite ready to dip into color, the Annelise suiting jacket and Antoinette pant offer a darker fabric that’s sleek and stylish. By adding a warm shade with the Milena silk blouse underneath, you can simultaneously announce your Spring style and office chic appeal.

Shop this style: Antonio Melani Annelise Jacket,  Antoinette Pants, Milena Silk Blouse & Gloria Jeweled Pumps 

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Gym-to-Swim Active Bra & Panty

Did your resolutions this year include being more active? Check out the versatile, fun Half Moon Active by Modern Movement Gym-to-Swim sports bra and Gym-to-Swim sports panty. These stylish pieces enable you to transition in a heartbeat from a hard workout to the pool. Exercise-friendly nylon/spandex and a fantastic design in the latest colors combine for a look you’ll love to show off.

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Half Moon Active by Modern Movement Gym-to-Swim Sports Bra & Panty.

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Get into Gear: Activewear to Fit Your Workout

No more excuses!  It’s time to kickstart the exercise regime you’ve been putting off forever.  Deciding to work out may be tough, but gearing up doesn’t have to be — check out our chart!  We’ve hand-picked our favorite activewear pieces for three diverse workouts: running, yoga, and strength training.

Running

  • Bra: Nike Pro Combat Bra.  Grab this bra for comfort and support that will last as long as you do.  Bonded construction and flat seams keep your run smooth, even if the terrain isn’t.
  • Top: Nike Pro HyperWarm Side-Tie Top.  Keep your core warm in HyperWarm Dri-FIT jersey.  Thumbhole sleeves help your stay hands toasty while a cute tie at the neckline adds feminine flair.
  • Pants: Nike Leg-A-See Logo Leggings.  Sweat-wicking Dri-FIT bamboo jersey will help regulate your temperature through early-morning warmup laps and long-distance jogs as the sun comes up.

Yoga

  • Bra: Under Armour Seamless Workout Bra.  Lightweight HeatGear® fabric combined with a compression fit makes this bra the best of both worlds: it provides support and comfort — perfect for lengthy sets of Downward Dog.
  • Top: Under Armour Victory Workout Tank.  This tank is all about comfortable movement — a scoop neckline, racerback design, and 2×2 rib knit will have you posing without tugging at your clothes.
  • Pants: Spanx Active Power Yoga Pants.  Stretch fabrication will flatten your waistline and give you a slimmer silhouette without putting in the hours.  (Don’t worry, we won’t tell if you don these and skip a workout or two.)

Strength Training

  • Bra: Nike Pro Zip-Front Workout Bra.  If you cringed when reading the words “zip” and “bra” in the same sentence, don’t fret!  This zipper has its own garage to prevent irritation, so you can safely zip in and out of this bra as quickly as you need.
  • Top: Nike Legend Short-Sleeve V-Neck Top.  Sweat-wicking jersey and chafe-reducing flat seams make this top ideal for pumping some iron.  It stays feminine with a pink shade and a flattering V-neckline.
  • Pants: Nike Lifestyle Gym Vintage Shorts.  Vintage-inspired marled jersey will have you humming the Rocky theme song as you head to the gym (unless “Eye of the Tiger” is more your style).

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What workouts will you be tackling this year?  Tell us in the comments!

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Unveil Your Style: Find Your Dream Dress in The Wedding Shop

Here comes the bride! Oh wait, not yet! There’s still so much to do! You’ve got the love of your life,  your bridesmaid gang and your (highly opinionated) mother, but what about the dress? Whether you’re a future bride-to-be, bridesmaid, or proud Momma, check out The Wedding Shop for contemporary and traditional dresses along with our favorite must-have accessories.
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Contemporary:  Skip the ‘something old’ and find your something new with the MM Couture by Miss Me little lace dress. This dress takes your wedding style to new lengths with an edgy short hem and cutout back. Even though this dress may not be the best choice for cold-weather ceremonies,  this could be the dress if you prefer something trendy for the warmer seasons, as the soon-to-be Mrs. Antcliffe would agree.

 Earrings:  Create dainty demure with the Nadri Pearl Pave drop earrings.  The best part?  These earrings are a versatile choice no matter what role you play for the big day!

Customer Appreciation:  “We gave these as gifts, along with a similar necklace, to the bridesmaids in my daughter’s summer wedding and the girls loved them!” – Debs, TX 

Shoes:  A shorter dress requires the proper shoe soulmate. Our recommendation? Zip into the Gianni Bini Flame cutout sandals— featuring plenty of eye-catching jewel detail.  

Customer Appreciation:  “This shoe is gorgeous on and you can dress them up or down. They are super comfortable and [I] did  not want to take them off at the store. These are going to be perfect for my wedding day. So excited to wear them!” -Bride-to-be,  GA 

Traditional:  If sticking to a belle-of-the-ball dress is more of your thing, the Adrianna Papell gown is an ideal choice for you. Feminine from head-to-toe, you’ll fall in love with this strapless sweetheart neckline and rosette-detailed skirt.  Simple-yet-stunning  styling allows you to customize this dress to your personal tastes.

Earrings:  Like this bridal dress, the Nadri crystal drop earrings offer a hint of glimmer in classic styling. Psst, they also make a great bridesmaid gift for the ladies! Just ask Kristen from Chicago,  Illinois. 

Customer Appreciation:  “I bought these for myself and bridesmaids for my wedding and they were the perfect length and  had just the right amount of sparkle. They were exactly what I was looking for.”  -Kristen , IL 

Shoes: Arriving in gold, black and silver, the Antonio Melani Evette dress sandals offer everything for a classy lady such as yourself— sophistication and shine.

 Customer Appreciation:  “I’m in love with these shoes! Best dressy sandals ever!!” -Tampa, FL

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Contemporary:  Just because it’s the bride’s big day  doesn’t mean a mother of the bride (or groom) should sacrifice her elegance.  This Adrianna Papell dress offers that just-right glamour in a flattering silhouette with illuminating bead coverage. Check out what Sally had to say about this sequined stunner for her daughter’s wedding!

Customer Appreciation:  “Bought this dress from my daughter’s wedding. Love it!”-Sally, MS

Traditional:  Cascading asymmetric tiers create fluid movement while slimming your frame in this Ignite Evenings gown.  The matching wrap provides sheer coverage without looking matronly.   These subtle sequins won’t distract from the natural beauty of the dress. Cheyenne from Tennessee loved wearing this dress at a black tie wedding, but many customers have loved this dress for other formal events as well. Talk about versatile!  

Customer Appreciation:  “I bought this dress for my daughter’s beach wedding in May. The color is perfect for her color scheme.  After trying many dresses this is the first my husband liked on me.” -Lil, VA

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Contemporary:  Beaded art-deco-inspired design and an effortless fit lend modern glam to this Adrianna Papell dress.  As a bridesmaid, finding something that is equally flattering and stylish can be a tricky task.  This blouson bodice offers easier movement without a skin-tight feel. Not to mention this taupe/pink shade is a neutral color any woman would look forward to donning for the wedding.

Customer Appreciation: “I love this dress. I think the designer pulled it from stores. [T]he last store carrying it was Dillard’s and I was so happy to be able to purchase it before it was pulled from their store! Love this dress. Great fabric. Stunning.” -Beth, IN

Traditional: If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, the JS Collections Bridesmaid dress features the right blend of feminine floral in plenty of color crush chiffon options.  The ruched bodice creates a tighter illusion (aka slimming without suffocating), while the rosette shoulder strap draws the eye to a bare neckline and frames the face.  This dress is also the perfect silhouette for side buns! 

Customer Appreciation: “LOVED IT.” – G, TX 

Relax, we’ve got you covered. From wedding bells to wedding night, check out The Wedding Shop here!

Are you a contemporary or traditional bride-to-be when it comes to your wedding style? Let us know in the comments!

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Holiday Checklist: What to Wear to Your Social Soiree

The holidays are in full swing, which means you’ll have plenty of guests to warmly welcome, drinks to toast and old friends to catch up with!  Get ready to check one more thing off of your holiday checklist with our quick guide of what to wear to your next holiday function. Find your favorite dress (and accessories) to keep you celebrating in style!

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For our first holiday-ready wardrobe, we wanted to create a look that is the perfect recipe of warmth with a dash of golden glamour. The Janelle studded dress from Gianni Bini steals our hearts in  studded shine, adding a glimmering touch to this long-sleeved dress. And for all of you party planners, we know looking sophisticated reflects your punctual personality. That’s why a crisp collared shirt and this Kate Spade bracelet watch will keep you sharp in “I-got-this” confidence. Keep your holiday cheer (no matter what mishaps come your way) with the Gianni Bini Charlene sequined pumps and shimmery Fossil zip clutch.

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Now that you’ve proven you’re domestic diva who can whip up some good convo and hot cocoa, it’s time to celebrate with your friends! A tango of fuchsia, red and other flirty shades come together  in this sequin sheath dress from Belle Badgley Mischka. Step up the shine with the Nina Bonique pumps in rhinestone buckle embellishment. If you plan on rockin’ around the Christmas tree (aka dancing your heart out) we recommend some studs that won’t throw off your moves, like the Betsey Johnson stud earrings in dazzling fuchsia shine.  A girl on the go needs a little eye-candy that can hold on to her nightlife essentials. Grab the Kate Landry stone and sequin clutch for your clutch contender.

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Prepare to steal the spotlight at your next gown gala. Hollywood glamour meets modern allure with this Alex Evenings off-the-shoulder gown.  This statement-red dress is softened by glistening goldtone with the Vince Camuto chandelier earrings— (keeping your collarbone bare to accentuate this embellished bust.)  Remember to give your feet the royal fête treatment with the Gianni Bini Wendy dress sandals for head-to-toe holiday glow. Kate Landry proves to be a girl’s best friend once again with this metal mesh rhinestone box. A ring top clasp closure adds rough-around-the-edges detail to this scarlet starlet silhouette.

Find your next dress holiday here

What holiday ensemble will you don this season? Tell us in the comments! 

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UGG Australia: Holiday Style She’ll Love

If you’re braving the stores for last-minute Christmas gifts, keep in mind the gift her toes (and her wardrobe) really adore: wonderful, cozy boots from UGG Australia. With features like temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking sheepskin and lightweight, flexible molded EVA outsoles with patent protected tread design, there’s no reason that practicality can’t live in happy harmony with classic silhouettes & modern details.  Take a look at some of our most crave-worthy selections:

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The Bailey Button Bling Bow Boots: A whole lot of awesomeness is going on in these boots: shimmery metallic and bling-embellished bows. Let’s go over that one more time: metallic outer  AND bling-embellished bows. Who needs more motivation than that to add these to the top of their wish list?

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The Classic Velvet Booties:  Her friends will all have luxe-envy when she dons these velvet booties with satin trim. All the function you have come to expect from UGG Australia — now in a luxurious, velvety package.

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The Bailey Bling Button Boots:  Who wouldn’t love an extra pep in their step via a genuine Swarovski crystal button? For the girl who doesn’t need a reason to shine (but loves to anyway) these boots are made to please this Christmas season.

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The Josette Boots: The best things in life often come wrapped in a bow, and these boots are no exception. Girly in every fabulous sense of the word, the Josette boots make the perfect gift for your frilly sweetheart.

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The Classic Short Bling Boots:  Sometimes a touch of subtle bling is all an outfit needs to come to perfection, and that’s exactly what these boots have to offer. This hint of shine elevates a classic silhouette to new heights.

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The Ansley Charm (left) and Bling (center) Slippers: Who says lazing around the house isn’t an occasion that calls for a little bit of style? Playful details like zippers and rhinestones make these sigh-inducing comfy slippers the perfect companion to pajamas and a Christmas movie marathon.

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The Mini Bailey Button Bling Boots: We LOVE these fabulous booties with an unmatched passion. All the sparkle and shine of the holidays with the premium comfort of UGG Australia? Yes, please! (Pretty, pretty please!)

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Which UGG Australia boots are you asking for this holiday season? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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Must-Have Metallic: Glam Up in Gianni Bini

Make way for metallic in brilliant shine-for-the-season style. Now, we know what you’re thinking: you don’t want to look like a flashy Christmas ornament— but hear us out! Not only is metallic the highlight of the season, but it also makes an eye-catching statement for the holidays with plenty of hello-gorgeous gleam. Whether you don some sequin sparkle, gold glitz or lustrous knit, give yourself a metallic makeover. Check out our Gianni Bini favorites!

 

Light up the night in modern-yet-regal flair with the Gianni Bini Pia dress.  Worn alone, this dress glows in opulent confidence, but if you’re looking for a little extra coverage for those cool nights, we recommend adding a touch of tough with the Alegra cardigan.  The faux-leather sleeves offer a sleek contrast to the slouchy knit bodice.  The Kyla platform heels punctuate this polished dress in gala glamour.

 

If you’re looking for something a little less lady-like, get ready to rock your shimmer sass with the Vanessa dress.  Zigzag stripes show off your coquettish side, while the Lucie faux-leather jacket— in reptilian sleeve detail—  punches up the cool ante.  These bold booties in black suede and sparkling embellishment embody your night for the taking!

 

Say hello to your next holiday (or any day, really) metallic outfit. Metallic fashion doesn’t just favor the nightlife, or black and gold for that matter! The Joey sequined skirt brings a bit of ivory sparkle in a woven pattern.  And we’re not leaving all you sweater weather fanatics out either— the Jewel sweater features a hint of metallic thread to wake up your wardrobe.  Brown dress booties keep your style casual and ready to embrace the season (even your crazy out-of-town family)!

 

Break away from your little black leggings and step into brilliance in baroque. The Gianni Bini Khloe leggings keep you standing out in statement goldfoil pattern.  Layer your look (while adding texture) with the Jordan jacket. The emerald bodice adds jewel-like radiance as a contrast to its faux-leather sleeves. Skip the cocktail dress and try this glimmering getup for your upcoming night out on the town.

 

Create a lovely-in-luster look with the Charlene  chevron skirt and Jackson peplum blouse.  In this feminine-meets-flirty combo,  a delicate lace top decorates this art deco-inspired miniskirt.  The Sabrina heels strut some shine in goldtone trim, finishing your evening ensemble from head-to-toe.

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What’s your favorite metallic look? Tell us the comment section! 

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Fit for the Season: Introducing Nygard SLIMS

Like that fantastic friend who tells you you’re gorgeous and smart, Nygard SLIMS flatter you in more than one way. The compression waistband flattens and slims your waist and the creatively contoured design shapes you for the curves you do want. The soft stretch fabric retains its shape while moving with you for comfort.

With four available styles, it’s a snap to find just the right cut for every style outlook and figure.

Straight Cut

This simple basic is the perfect foundation piece for pairing with your favorite sparkly holiday top or attention-grabbing trend-setters.

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Shop Peter Nygard SLIMS Collection Straight Leg Pants, Aryn K. Mixed Media Sweater and Calvin Klein Day Python Embossed Pumps.

Leggings

Perfect for layering into cold-weather season, these let you snag the look of leggings with figure-enhancing construction you won’t mind flaunting, even in the boldest colors.

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Shop Peter Nygard SLIMS Collection Leggings, Lauren Ralph Lauren Dolman Cowlneck Sweater and Steve Madden Bryannt Tall Boots.

Ankle Length

Show off a statement shoe or sparkly flats with this ankle-length cut that balances and sets off flowy tops or chunky sweaters.

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Shop Peter Nygard SLIMS Collection Ankle Pants, BCBGMAXAZRIA Veronika Colorblocked Tunic and MICHAEL Michael Kors Leighton Open Toe Pumps.

Bootcut

Balance a wide lapel while emphasizing your hourglass with this classic bootcut style, perfect with delicate heels and a contrast belt.

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Shop Peter Nygard SLIMS Collection Bootcut Pants, Chelsea & Violet Faux Leather Trim Wrap Sweater and Antonio Melani Sandrine Pointed Toe Pumps.

Check out the full Nygard SLIMS collection here.

Which of these fun cuts would work best with your favorite winter pieces?

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Cashmere Current: New Arrivals from Antonio Melani

Soft, stylish and comfortable, cashmere is a must-have for any cool-weather wardrobe. From flirty peplum to classic cable-knits, Antonio Melani offers a cozy collection of cashmere in styles and colors you crave.

Featuring a fit shape in a range of cushy colors, the Coco sweater is a staple for any cashmere crush. For a sophisticated ensemble, layer the Hollis button-front blouse underneath. Classic-yet-casual— we love a sharp collar beneath a burst of color! Looking for laid-back luxury? Transition from work to play with your favorite denim blues.


The Darcy cashmere blazer combines outerwear-shape in a soft silhouette. Like our other AM picks, the Darcy blazer can be dressed up or down for chic versatility.  Our stylist added the Tory cashmere sweater for a layered look in pattern-play stripes.

Feminine flair meets crafted cashmere with the Carolina sweater.  The flattering peplum hem and princess seams make this sweater a sweet choice for the season.  For a work-ready wardrobe,  we recommend the Coco tweed pants for textural harmony in a figure-flattering shape.


The Stella sweater may have a soft side, but its striking snakelike print packs a bite. Elevate this sweater to new heights with the Lorelei platform pumps in patent black leather.

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What’s your favorite cashmere piece from Antonio Melani?

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