Nitsa’s Launches New Resort-Wear Lines

Just in time for those spring break getaways and cruises, Nitsa’s is launching a new resort-wear collection in their Winston-Salem boutique.

Resort-wear lines that Nitsa’s will carry include Persifor, Roberta Roller Rabbit, Barbara Gerwit, HIHO, and Dizzy Lizzie.

Persifor offers bright and whimsical prints in casual dresses, tunics, palazzo pants, and accessories like handbags, totes, and hats. Their machine-washable silky custom fabric features vibrant hues of blues, greens, and citrus. Persifor was founded by Alexandra Thompson, a Parsons New School for Design graduate, who has worked in design for such iconic brands as J. Crew and Lilly Pulitzer before launching her own line.

Roberta Roller Rabbit is a travel-inspired lifestyle brand, offering exotic, sophisticated yet affordable leisurewear and accessories by designer Robert Freymann. Roberta Roller Rabbit is an offshoot of Freymann’s namesake label and was inspired by a fable of a magical rabbit that she found on a piece of discarded fabric in India. All of her pieces are hand-block printed, created and produced by Freymann with artisans in India. Popular prints include monkeys, elephants, and fish and complete the signature whimsical spirit that has become synonymous with the brand.

Barbara Gerwit has designed a resort collection that is made up of hand-blocked, hand-beaded embroidered tunics and tops, and other related accessory items. Casual printed knit dresses and tops have now been added to this growing collection. Her light and airy fabrics are made of brightly colored cotton lawn, cotton Swiss voile, and laundered linen that has been constructed for easy care and washability at affordable prices. Prints include bright florals, pineapples, flamingos, and seashells.

HIHO Clothing is inspired by life in the Caribbean with casual clothing including linen shirts and sweaters, beach dresses, printed cover-ups, and soft cotton t-shirts. HIHO clothing is based on a tropical lifestyle and influenced by the pristine environment of the Caribbean and island life. Clothing is soft, designed to be functional, colorful, and comfortable in a chic island way. The casual, cool, and elegant designs and original prints are the hallmark of the HIHO brand.

With timeless, modern patterns and prints, the Dizzy-Lizzie line is a designer collection for the modern day woman. Founded in 2006 by designer Liz Lighton, these timeless dresses, pants, jackets, and “Tizzie” shirts are redefining the way women dress. Lighton’s passion for prints is shown through every detail in her clothes, such as the ribbon trims, stretched fabric, cuffed sleeves, and inner cotton linings. The collection features dresses, tunics, and tops in bold and colorful stripes, prints, and florals that are perfect for a cruise or a stay at an island resort.

Stop in and see all of these beautiful resort-wear collections at Nitsa’s and get ready for your next vacation or bring a little bit of the islands to the Triad!

Think Spring! Introducing Side Stitch Clothing at Nitsa’s

Spring is almost here, and there’s no better time to update your wardrobe. And with the easy-to-wear and soft-touch pieces from women’s sportswear line Side Stitch, you’ll be Side Stitch clothing is now available at Nitsa's!ready for the warmer days ahead.

Made in Los Angeles, Side Stitch clothing has a fresh California style with casual easy-to-care-for designs. Their Spring 2016 collection is perfect for the woman looking to update her wardrobe for the office, weekend, or night out. Influences from the effortless Southern California lifestyle are injected into the unique, ultra-comfortable designs that include short sleeve button- down tops, high-low hemmed shirts, and flowy lace-up tunics in a variety of bright colors. Relaxed denim and linen shirtdresses offer functional dressing options that can transition easily from office to a night out. Gingham, plaid, polka dot, and stripes add interest to this collection.

Fabric is a key player in Side Stitch designs. They create fabrics with the softest touch possible, and their core denim pieces use a special eco-friendly fabrication.

Side Stitch was created in 2013 and has been mostly carried by Nordstrom. As they expand into a full lifestyle brand with their Spring 2016 line, they are broadening their product assortment and will be featured in boutiques across the country, including Nitsa’s in Winston-Salem.

The collection’s fabrics and silhouettes are so incredibly versatile that styles easily transition from season to season, and thus fit perfectly in today’s changing retail environment which favors the “buy now, wear now” concept.

 

What Are the Traditional Duties for the Mother of the Bride?

Nothing is as special as seeing your daughter walk down the aisle on her wedding day. As the mother of the bride, there are certain duties you are traditionally responsible for What are the traditional duties for the mother of the bride?
handling to ensure that your daughter has a special day.

Here is a list of some of the traditional duties that the mother of the bride is responsible for:

  1. Wedding dress shopping support. Traditionally, mothers accompany their daughters on their hunt for the perfect wedding gown. This can be a special and memorable time for mother and daughter, and mom can help provide honest feedback as her daughter tries on different dresses.
  2. Help with the guest list. The mother of the bride should compile and submit names and addresses of family and friends that need to be included on the master guest list. She should also talk to the groom’s family about whom they want to include on the guest list and manage the difficult task of limiting the number of guests if necessary.
  3. Researching traditions or finding family heirlooms. Typically, it falls on the mother of the bride to make sure that certain religious or cultural traditions their family follows are incorporated into the wedding. Mom also will help the bride find her “something old” or “something borrowed” for the big day—for example, mom might share a piece of jewelry she wore on her wedding day.
  4. Be the hostess. From the minute guests begin arriving in town until the end of the reception, the mother of the bride is the official hostess and in charge of making every guest feel welcome. She should make sure she meets and greets every guest throughout the event.
  5. Coordinating outfit choices with the groom’s mother. Etiquette dictates that the mother of the bride follows her daughter’s lead as to the color and formality of the dress she chooses for the wedding. Once she has chosen a dress, she needs to call the groom’s mother to describe the dress, or she could email a photo so that the groom’s mother can then select her dress so it will be in sync.
  6. Wedding day dressing assistance. Helping the bride into her dress and placing her veil is one of the most time-honored traditions a mother of a bride can follow. (And it makes for memorable photos!)
  7. Second dance. After the bride and groom have their first dance, then it’s time for mom and dad to take to the dance floor. 

These are just a few of the traditional duties a mother of the bride expects to do, but many moms may want to take a more active role in wedding planning with their daughters. Or some mothers may prefer to take more of a back seat. No matter which category you fall into, be sure to stop and savor this special time with your daughter.

Mother-of-the-Bride Trends for 2016

While her wedding day may be one of the most important days in a bride’s life, it is also a very special time for her mother. And as mother of the bride, moms want a dress that will

Dress by Marisa Baratelli

make them look and feel just as special as their daughters.

Gone are the days of boring, understated dresses or suits for the mother of the bride (MOB); today’s trends include dresses with exquisite details, sophisticated silhouettes, and figure-flattering styles. Here are some of the MOB trends that are hot this season:

Lace

Lace isn’t just for the bride anymore. New styles for the MOB include dresses with lace overlays that add a touch of romance but still look sophisticated. And lace doesn’t have to be just white or cream—lace in vibrant colors like royal blue or fuchsia make the patterns of the dress really stand out.

Pastels

Spring into style with pastels! The newest color trends on the bridal runways were shades of pale pinks, mint greens, seafoam blues and pale yellows. Pastels are a beautiful alternative to basic black, especially for a spring wedding.

Neutrals

Neutral shades of champagne, beige, or taupe look elegant and up-to-date and come in various styles and lengths. If you do choose to go with a neutral shade, be sure to try on the dress before buying to see if the shade complements your skin tone. It may take a few tries in different hues to find the right shade for your coloring.

Bateau Necklines

Bateau necklines or “boatneck” style can be very flattering, balancing out the figure. The cut elongates the neck and shows off an elegant collarbone.

Cap Sleeves

If mom doesn’t want to bare all with a sleeveless dress, cap sleeves offer the best of both worlds. They offer some coverage but are a nice alternative to long sleeves, especially for a summer wedding. Cap sleeves on a dress create a look that is elegant and classy.

Sheer Sleeves

Yet another alternative for the MOB who doesn’t want to bare her arms and shoulders is this new trend—dresses with long, sheer sleeves. Sheer sleeves create the illusion of bare arms while still letting the MOB feel covered. These are a great choice for fall or winter weddings.

A-line Skirts

For MOBs that want a shorter, flouncy look, A-line styles are extremely figure-flattering. A fuller skirt hides a multitude of figure flaws and is especially flattering for pear-shaped figures.

 

 

What is the Perfect Prom Dress for Your Body Type?

Choosing the Perfect Prom Dress

High school prom season is right around the corner, and girls everywhere are starting their search for the perfect prom dress. From long to short, strapless to one-shoulder style, sequins to ruffles, there are lots of different styles of prom dresses to choose from. But how do you find the dress that is right for you?

One of the best ways to narrow down the type of dress in which you’ll look your prom-picture best is to know what style is best for your body type.
Finding the perfect prom dress for your body type

Pear shapes – If you have narrow shoulders, a small chest and waist but are curvier on the bottom through hips, buttocks, and thighs, then you are pear-shaped. Dresses that look best on this figure type are those that are more fitted on the top and have an A-line or fuller skirt.

Apple shapes – If you are fuller on top and tend to carry weight in your mid-section but have slim hips, legs, and a small behind, then you are what is referred to as apple-shaped. Prom dresses with an empire waist will help draw attention away from your middle. Also, a higher waistline means the prom dress may not be as tight in your problem area. If you have nice toned, athletic legs, show them off by choosing shorter prom dresses.

Slender, straight shape – If you have more of a slender, straight up and down shape, you’ll want a dress that will create the illusion of curves. Choose styles that draw attention to your bustline or a dress that bells out at the bottom. Or you might try a dress that draws attention to your waist such as a wrap dress or one with a belt.

Petite – If you are 5’2” or under, you’ll want a prom dress that will create a long line and make you appear taller, but floor-length ball gowns tend to overwhelm a small frame. Go for a shorter dress or one with an asymmetrical hemline. A longer, fitted solid-color prom dress can add the illusion of height as can long ruffles.

Hourglass shape – If you have an hourglass figure, consider yourself lucky! Since your body is well-proportioned, you don’t need to hide anything, and most styles of prom dresses will flatter your figure. If you have a fuller bust, just be sure to choose a dress that offers good support up top.

Whatever dress you chose for your special night, make sure you are comfortable in it. You don’t want to be tugging at a strapless dress all night if it does not fit you correctly or have to worry about a long train getting caught under your heels. Go for a pretty color with some interesting details in a style to fit your body shape, and you are sure to have a memorable prom night!

 

What Are the Latest Bridal Trends for 2016?

2016 Bridal Trends

From lace to pale pinks to bridal separates, the 2016 spring runways were full of trendy details that many modern brides will love. And Nitsa’s was recently featured in Southern What are the latest bridal trends for 2016?Bride and Groom magazine in a spread on some of these new styles. Here is what’s new this season in wedding gowns.

Luxurious Lace, Front to Back

Lace is no longer reserved for the traditional bride. Today, bridal design houses are offering a wide array of lace patterns from delicate to daring. But the best part is that the lace no longer stops at the bustline—the details reserved for the décolletage, sleeves, and most importantly, the backs have become the pinnacle of the design. You can find these new lace creations from designers such as Amsale, Monique Lhuillier, and Anna Maier—all available at Nitsa’s

Convertible Dresses and Overskirts

One of the hottest trends right now is a bridal dress that serves as two-in-one. A ceremony train gives the illusion of a ballgown but can be removed to reveal a modern fitted reception dress! Romance meets allure with chic and sheer overskirts this season from designers Amsale and Anna Maier.

Bridal Separates

Mix and match bodice and skirt to create a bridal look that fits your style with new bridal separates. Crop tops paired with long skirts were all the rage on the bridal runway for spring—these combinations let the bride show off just a sliver of skin on her wedding day for a look that’s modern and comfortable. Another trend in separates is the two-piece bridal suit; it pairs trousers and jackets for a more casual wedding look. 

A Bateau Neckline

A bateau neckline can be a flattering fit on many body types and is a classic, sophisticated style. Dresses with bateau necklines can balance out the body and create an hourglass shape for a sexy, beautiful fit. 

The Dipped V-Neckline

Not quite as risqué as a plunging neckline but not as innocent as a sweetheart neckline, the dipped V-neckline adds just the right touch of drama to a dress.

Blush-Colored Dresses

A barely-there touch of color in shades of pale pink and rose are a pretty alternative to classic white. Also popular this spring are subtle tones of taupe, nude, and silver.

See all of the newest designs, and find your perfect wedding dress at Nitsa’s!

Making the Most of Bridal Trunk Shows

Bridal trunk shows can be a great way to find your perfect wedding dress. Sometimes, you might even get to meet the designer and get a great deal on a gown.What to expect at a trunk show

What are trunk shows and how can you make the most of them? Read on for answers to all your questions.

What is a bridal trunk show?

Bridal trunk shows are special events when the wedding dress designer (or a representative from the company) visits a bridal boutique to showcase his or her new line of wedding gowns. Brides-to-be schedule appointments to try on dresses and meet with the designer.

Why do boutiques have trunk shows?

Most bridal salons only carry a few dresses from a select group of designers. Trunk shows allow customers the opportunity to see and try on dresses they wouldn’t normally be able to find at that store. If you find your perfect dress during a designer trunk show, you can see if the store carries it, or oftentimes you can place a special order for the dress through the store.

What are the benefits to the brides-to-be?

Brides benefit because they will have the opportunity to talk to the designer to discuss his or her gowns and what styles may work best for their body type. They will also be able to take advantage of show specials which, many times, are a percentage off the dress or an accessory purchase.

What are the benefits to designers?

Bridal designers benefit because they get to see brides try on their dresses and hear their feedback.  This is a great opportunity for them to learn directly from the customer what they may be doing right or wrong.

When Are They Held?

Many bridal salons hold trunk shows year-round, but the vast majority of them occur January through April. The shows usually last from one to four days, and appointments book up quickly. Call early or book online! 

How Do I Prepare for Trunk Show Day?

First make sure you request your appointment by calling the store or scheduling online. An appointment will ensure that the store knows you are coming, and they can plan to give you the best service possible. Be prepared to buy. Trunk show specials can only be offered while the designer is in the store. Bring only a couple of trusted friends or family members with you. Too many guests will spoil your experience, but not having your trusted friends with you may make you uncomfortable with making this important decision. Bring a shoe with the heel height you plan to wear on your wedding day. Most of all, plan to have a wonderful, fun, and exciting experience!

Plan to attend Nitsa’s next bridal trunk show with designer Marisa Baratelli on Feb. 4-8, 2016, in our Winston-Salem store or Feb. 10-13, in our Charlotte store.

Call 336-725-1999 to make an appointment for our Winston-Salem trunk show, or call 704-940-1999 to schedule an appointment for our Charlotte trunk show.

 

Nitsa’s to be Exclusive N.C. Vendor for Sareh Nouri Wedding Gowns

Nitsa’s is proud to announce that we will be the exclusive vendor in North Carolina for Sareh Nouri bridal gowns in both our Winston-Salem and Charlotte stores.

Sareh Nouri is a Persian-American fashion designer known for couture wedding gowns and bridal sashes.

Nouri’s search for her own wedding dress in 2009 is what set her down the path to create her own line. As her wedding day approached, Nouri grew more and more frustrated that she could not find “the one” (a wedding dress that was all at once sophisticated and traditional, ethereal and elegant). In desperation, she decided to design her own gown.

Fortunately Nouri, a native of Iran and a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in graphic design, had the background to support such a daring gamble. Nouri understood how to work with patterns and layouts based on her extremely successful work in utilizing traditional Persian art. Her work on numerous commercial and nonprofit advertising campaigns has been profiled in a number of magazines and books. With this accomplished background, Nouri was not only able to design a nice dress but also to create the dress of her dreams.

Shortly thereafter, the Sareh Nouri line began to take shape following her stints working with a high-end bridal salon, modeling bridal gowns, collaborating with couture dressmakers, and consulting one-on-one with brides-to-be. It is that experience that has laid the foundation for the Sareh Nouri couture line.

Nouri’s creations are not only romantic and feminine but timeless and sophisticated as well. Incorporating the finest in imported French lace and Italian silk, Nouri works closely with her team of highly trained dressmakers and patternmakers on these couture creations. Each design is a handmade production fusing the idea of traditional silhouettes with ethereal whimsical details so light and elegant that they are ideal for today’s modern bride.

Today, the Sareh Nouri collection of gowns and sashes can be found in bridal boutiques around the globe. Her gowns have been featured on top television shows, such as TLC’s Brides of Beverly Hills, the “Cake Smash” episode of Cake Boss, and have been seen on E! News with Giuliana Rancic.

Her creations have been worn by key influencers such as former “American Idol,” Diana DeGarmo, and Miss America, Caressa Cameron. Nouri’s designs have also been photographed for top bridal publications and have been featured in People Magazine, US Weekly MagazineGrace Ormonde Wedding StyleWashingtonian MagazineWeddings Unveiled, and Brides Magazine.

Visit Nitsa’s in Winston-Salem or Charlotte to see the Sareh Nouri 2016 collection.

 

8 Things to Do Right Away Now That You’re Engaged

So you’re engaged… now what?

If you’re one of the millions of ladies who were surprised with a proposal during the holidays, you are probably still basking in the glow of being a new bride-to-be. But there are a few things you should do soon after you become engaged and before you get into the minutiae 8 things to do now that you're engaged.of wedding planning.

Here are eight things you should take care of right away:

  1. Call your closest family and friends. Share your exciting news with both sets of parents and immediate family (siblings, grandparents) first, and then call your closest friends. Give the courtesy of a call before sharing it on Facebook or other social media.
  2. Get your ring sized. If you’re lucky, your fiancé got your ring properly sized before popping the question, but more than likely, it’s a little too big or too tight. Get it resized ASAP so you can show off your stunning sparkler to everyone without the risk of it falling off and getting lost. Most jewelers can resize your ring in a few hours, or at most, a few days.
  3. Get your ring insured. It’s crucial to insure your new ring. If you have home owner’s or renter’s insurance, you can usually add the ring to your existing policy. You may need an official appraisal before you can do so, so call your insurance broker to see what is required. If you don’t already have an existing policy, it may be cheaper to buy a policy and add your ring to it.
  4. Set a date. The first thing your friends and family will ask you after they’ve “Ooohed” and “Aaahed” over your new bling is “When is the wedding?” Even if you cannot set a specific date this early, at least have a time frame decided upon, such as “early 2017” or “later this fall.” This will satisfy people’s curiosity and give you some direction as you begin making plans.
  5. Get social. Set up a wedding blog or Facebook page to keep everyone in the loop of your wedding news. You can share photos of your new ring and of you and your fiancé to get started. Be as creative and as detailed as you want, giving information about a date or time frame and location (at least the city, not necessarily the venue yet). Only invite friends and family you KNOW you will invite to the wedding to be a part of the Facebook page or blog—you can add more people later on when you have a finalized guest list and also add more wedding details like hotel information, maps, location info, menu, etc., as you get them.
  6. Get a wedding planner. Not a person (not yet) but a planning book. There are lots of planners available that will help you keep all your wedding planning details organized. Or you can also get a smart phone app if you prefer.
  7. Ask your parents for their ideal guest lists. Ask your parents and your fiancé’s parents for their ideal guest list—a list of friends and family they would invite if there were no limits. Ask them to organize the list into tiers of “must invite” and so on to make it easier to cut the guest list later on. Once you get this list, you will have a preliminary idea of how many guests will be at the wedding; that number will dictate many other decisions you will make—from venue to invitations to number of tables needed.
  8. Take some couple time. Take some special time now for just the two of you. Once you start getting involved in all of the wedding planning, parties, showers and celebrations, there won’t be many “just the two of you” moments. Make an effort to NOT talk about wedding planning, and just spend time enjoying each other and celebrating this very special time in your lives.

Congratulations!

 

 

 

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A Holiday Gift List from Nitsa’s

When it comes to the holidays, Nitsa’s is all about fashion and fun. Come in and explore our magical emporium, where you can find the perfect gift for every FashioNitsa on your list! Here is what’s selling like hotcakes this season: 

Tech Accessories

They’re practical and pretty! Accessories for your smartphone don’t have to be utilitarian plastic affairs; Nitsa’s has retractable ear buds, WiFi speakers, and wallet-sized recharging accessories in styles that are beautiful, chic, and whimsical. From modern bold patterns to subtle floral prints, we’ve got the styles that fit your life. Why be boring?

Luxurious Candles

Nitsa’s is proud to carry the ultimate in home luxury: mildly scented candles from Voluspa. Voluspa’s beautifully fragranced candles burn cleanly, thanks to their creamy coconut wax blend. A staple among the Hollywood elite, Voluspa candles are perfect for the FashioNitsa’s who deserved a little pampering.

Fun Fur

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further than the fun fur accessories at Nitsa’s. Fur key chains are the perfect ornament to clip onto your purse or briefcase to add a dash of flair and personality. And our fur knit scarves are all the rage this season—from Soho in London to SoHo in Manhattan.

Say Yes to the Dress

For the perfect party attire, come browse Nitsa’s selection of designer cocktail dresses and eveningwear. Whether you prefer Herve Leger’s bold, body-con style or Chiara Boni’s perfectly proportioned timeless looks, Nitsa’s will always dress you perfectly from head to toe.

From our family to yours, Nitsa’s wishes you a wonderful holiday and the happiest of new years.