Accessorize Your Mom for Mother’s Day

Spring has sprung in the Triad, and what better way to celebrate than with some springtime accessories: just in time for Mother’s Day! So what’s on trend this spring? Look below for some great gift ideas to remind mom of how special she is to you.

Statement Earrings: These aren’t your everyday studs! Statement earrings are big, showy, and a lot of fun. But how do you keep them from looking over the top? Tone down everything around them. This is especially pertinent for other jewelry; if your earrings are the centerpiece of your outfit, skip the necklace and bracelet. The same goes for your clothes; statement earrings are a perfect addition for a little black dress, where the dress won’t take attention away from the earrings.

Flats: Flats, thank heavens, are back in style. Mom doesn’t need to murder her feet in stilettos, and neither do you. Mules, cut-outs, gladiators? Pastels, brights, or just plain black? All options are available this season. Embrace the comfort and the style!

Chokers: Last seen in the ‘90s, this versatile accessory is making a comeback for 2015. Some chokers are true to their name, with a dog-collar look for the extremely fashion-forward. But others are lighter and more subtle, with styles that imitate tattoos or make use of ribbons, leather cords, or nautical rope. Like longer necklaces, they come in a variety of styles, from casual to red-carpet. Which style is best for your mom?

Handbags: A woman can never have too many handbags: especially when designers keep coming out with such enticing ones! This spring, the bucket bag gets an update with cutouts, exotic leathers, and interesting ties. A bucket bag holds all your mom’s stuff, so it’s always a good bet. If mom (or you) needs a smaller bag, think floral this spring; clutches and other small bags are in bloom! A new shape is also in style: the vertical bag. From casual to evening, the clean lines of this rectangular bag add style to any outfit.

 

 

What Should I Wear to Work Today?

Career-Wear Ideas for Every Day of the Week

Gone are the days where work attire meant pants suits and pantyhose. Today’s workplaces are a little less formal and allow some leeway to incorporate stylish and fashionable pieces into your career wardrobe.

The type of industry you work in will still determine how dressy or casual your work clothing can be. For example, those in more creative industries, such as advertising or marketing, can get away with a more casual and trendy look, while those working in banking or law may need to look more conservative. No matter where you work, you can learn to pull together outfits that are professional but not boring.

Here are five work-wear ideas for every day of the week, so your attire never has to look boring at the office:

Monday – Classic career look

Every woman needs to own at least one pair of good black pants that can be paired with just about any top to create a classic career look. Pick a style that flatters your body type: straight leg, slim leg, wide leg, or boot-cut. Pair it with a colorful blouse and black flats or heels. The key to keeping this classic work look from getting too boring is to pick one statement piece to wear with your outfit—such as a statement necklace, a scarf, or a bright purse.

Tuesday – The work dress

Pick a style that looks professional but is still comfortable. Wrap dresses are a good choice, as are classic shift styles. Forgo the pantyhose and choose tall boots for winter or sleek heels for spring or summer. A few rules of thumb to keep in mind when choosing dresses for work—stay away from necklines that are too low-cut, spaghetti straps, and sequins—save those for your out-of-office looks.

Wednesday – Pencil skirt and top

Slim, pencil skirts are very trendy right now and look polished when paired with a blousy top and heels,  or wear a shell and add a cropped blazer.

Thursday – Jacket and pants combo

Cropped, slim pants in neutrals like black, grey, or khaki are great pieces to wear to work and pair with a jacket. Add ankle booties, flats, or heels to keep the look interesting.

Friday – Casual Friday

Many work places have casual days on Friday, but it’s still important to look put-together and not too relaxed. Jeans are usually acceptable for casual Friday, but choose a dark wash to keep it professional. To keep the look more polished, skip the t-shirt and pair your jeans with a shell and less structured jacket. Flats or booties work best as footwear with a casual work look, or even flat sandals in warmer weather. Just stay away from sneakers and flip-flops at the office.

Invest in a few quality pieces for work and mix and match to keep your office look interesting.

 

What Are the Spring 2015 Fashion Trends?

After a harsh winter spent bundled in heavy layers and down coats, the weather is finally starting to warm up, and that means it’s time to start thinking about spring. Break out those sandals and sundresses and plan to do a little shopping to add some of the latest spring fashion trends to your wardrobe.

Here’s a list of some of the top spring trends and wardrobe must-haves fashion experts are seeing for 2015.

Color: Color is making a bold statement for spring. Bright whites, blushes, pastels, olive green, and black and white are popular this season. Yellow also is very popular for this spring as well as shades of red and orange. Floral patterns were big on fashion runways this year in everything from tops and pants to dresses and scarves.

Styles: The Bohemian look is very on-trend right now with clothing featuring fringe, headbands, embroidered patches, and feathers. This look is very eclectic with a 1970s vibe in prints and colors. Crochet, flesh tones, lace, and floral make for a very feminine look. Sheen and shine, sequins, and metallic foil finishes will be everywhere as well as embroidery and jeweled trims. Asian patterns are also trending with pajama and kimono shapes seen a lot.

Must-haves: Maxi dresses are a must-have for your spring wardrobe. This style is typically a floor-length sundress and comes in solids, prints, and florals. Another item that is hot this year is Bermuda shorts. In between a crop pant and shorts, Bermuda shorts hit right above the knee and can be dressed up or down. Tunics, wide-leg trousers, layering shirts, and woven tops are other must-haves.

Shoes: Look for metallic and neutral combinations for spring footwear. Sandals, wedges, and flats are still popular and stylish with sandals that are reminiscent of the ankle boots that were popular this fall. Gladiator sandals remain trendy as well as loafers with a square toe.

Accessories: Belts will be everywhere, whether wide or skinny, and are best worn with a dress. Layered necklaces and fringe are also trendy this season.

Happy spring shopping!

Designer Spotlight: Neon Buddha

Nitsa’s is proud to carry women’s sportswear by Neon Buddha, whose slogan is “nirvana neon buddha at nitsasfor your body and soul.”

Neon Buddha started with the idea of producing a lifestyle clothing collection for travel, home, work, yoga, and you. The collection is Canadian-designed and produced and managed by a team of 300 women in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Neon Buddha’s ethical work standards are fundamental and at the forefront of its management strategy.

Neon Buddha was launched in 2006 and features casual cotton-spandex knitwear—T-shirts, jackets, skirts, and pants that also have handmade buttons. Their spring 2015 line features skinny pants and wide-leg pants, bright tunics, colorful cotton jackets, and comfortable dresses and tanks in a color palette featuring 22 different colors.

Neon Buddha’s ethical work standards are fundamental and at the forefront of its management strategy. Also woven into the fabric of the company is a steadfast dedication to sustainable practices.They use green technologies whenever they can and have a new dye house that is 100% pollution-free. Currently, both the Canadian head office and their Chiang Mai facility uses solar power to heat domestic hot water. Extra insulation has also been installed in the buildings to keep the staff cool in Thailand and warm in Canada. All paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal are recycled. At their warehouse in Chiang Mai, dozens of trees have been planted for shade, and green spaces have been created for the staff to enjoy and to offset the company’s carbon foot print.

During the season, any excess fabric is donated to several non-governmental organizations and women’s groups where it is used in income-generating projects.

Neon Buddha’s designs inspire them as members of the global community to give back. One percent of all sales of garments are donated to various projects to make the world a better place.

Visit Nitsa’s Winston-Salem location to find the latest designs by Neon Buddha.

 

 

Easter Dresses Aren’t Just for Little Girls

There’s nothing sweeter than seeing little girls dressed up in their fancy Easter dresses and hats. But who says the tradition of a new Easter dress has to be reserved for kids?  There’s no better way to kick off spring than with a colorful new dress in the bright colors Easter dresses for women 2015of the season.

How can you make this tradition more grown up and current?

Choose a dress that says spring. Think bright floral prints, pastels, pinks, yellows, greens, whites, and lavenders. Obvious choices for Easter would be a pretty sundress, but if the weather isn’t quite warm enough to go sleeveless, you can throw on a pretty cardigan or wrap, or splurge and invest in a spring coat. Spring coats can be found in lighter canvas or cotton fabrics in bright colors like hot pink, yellow, mint green or even in a pretty floral print.

Good choices for styles for Easter dresses include knee-length, A-line sleeveless dresses or classic sheath dresses. Maxi-dresses are still hot this season, but for the holiday, choose one in a lighter spring color or pattern. If you want to show off your figure, fitted dresses are also trendy right now.

Easter dresses embrace femininity with girly, floral prints or bright solids in lace, cotton, or silk. Ruffle and lace accents are current right now. Or if you prefer more classic designs, there are a plethora of structured dresses available for spring in solids like navy blue or black with white piping. Sleeveless styles work best for Easter, but if you prefer a sleeve, be careful when choosing a short sleeve dress as cap sleeves or sleeves that hit too high on the arm can be unflattering to even the slimmest arms.

Dresses not for you? You can still put together a pretty Easter outfit with a pair of wide-leg pants in linen, silk, or rayon paired with a bright top or sweater.

Easter also marks the day that most ladies break out their sandals after months of being in storage for winter. Wedges and gladiator-style sandals are still popular choices this season, but you can never go wrong with a flat sandal embellished with gold or silver accents.

If you are longing for that “Easter bonnet” you used to receive every year as a child, be bold and wear a hat with your Easter dress. Available in a variety of styles and colors that range from subtle pastels to bright, vibrant tones, Easter hats for women are an elegant and sophisticated way to complete any fashion ensemble. Choose a wide-brimmed hat and tie a pretty scarf around it to finish off the look.

Embrace your inner child and get decked out this Easter. Happy spring!

What to Wear for All Your Wedding Festivities

What to Wear, What to Wear!

From your engagement party to bridal showers to your rehearsal dinner, there are many occasions leading up to your big day when the bride needs to dress up. Here are some dress ideas for each of the parties where you will be the guest of honor.

Engagement Party

The engagement party will kick off your wedding festivities, as you and your fiancé officially announce your engagement to friends and family. Usually held as a cocktail party, the ideal outfit for the bride-to-be is a cocktail dress, but nothing too formal or too casual either. It is customary for the bride-to-be to wear cream or white at events leading up to her big day, so a pretty choice would be a fitted, cream, lace minidress with nude sandals or heels, depending on the season. Metallics like bronze or silver are also very up-to-the minute and add just the right amount of sparkle for the guest of honor. If you choose to stick with a classic little black dress, choose one in a semiformal material such as silk or lace, and make a statement with accessories. But go easy on the jewelry as the focus should be on your new engagement ring!

Bridal Shower

Nothing says a bridal shower like pastels! If your bridal showers will be held in spring or summer, a pastel sundress is the perfect look. Since most bridal showers take place during daytime hours, a pretty day dress is the best choice. When searching for a shower dress, look for something with a little feminine flair such as bows or lace. Showers traditionally include only female attendees—making them a great opportunity to channel your girly side.

Bachelorette Party

The bachelorette party is the time for you to go all out and wear something fun and sexy. Dark skinny jeans with a sparkly halter top and jacket is a great choice for a night out with your best girlfriends. Or choose a fitted minidress and heels for a night spent club-hopping.

Rehearsal Dinner

On the evening before your big day, you want to look elegant and beautiful, but you will also want to keep your look low maintenance—your wedding day will be the time to fuss over your appearance! Your choice of dress or outfit will depend on what type of rehearsal dinner you have and where you have it. For more formal country club or hotel ballroom events, you’ll want to choose a dress that is a little fancier. Traditionally, brides wear white or cream for the rehearsal dinner, but you can veer from tradition and pick a dress in a color. For example, you might want a dress in the color of your bridesmaids’ dresses or one of your wedding décor colors. Or black is always classic and elegant. A knee-length dress is a good choice.

More casual rehearsal dinners at a restaurant or at someone’s home call for a less formal look. For instance, wear a dressy sundress for a summer outdoor dinner or a pretty wrap dress for a restaurant affair. If your rehearsal dinner will be very casual such as a backyard cookout, you could go even more casual in a light sundress or capri pants with a flowy top. Stick with flats for outdoor events.

With so many parties and festivities leading up to your wedding day, you may want to go ahead and plan your outfits in advance and do any shopping early, so you won’t be stressed out as the time comes for the big event. The goal is for the bride to have a good time and be showered with attention and not to worry about how she looks!

Rules for Wearing White: Breaking the Taboos

Can You Wear White in Winter?

If you were raised in the South, you were probably taught the rules for when it was acceptable to wear white. “No white before Easter or after Labor Day” was the usual guideline that women all over the U.S. followed for years and years.can you wear white in the winter?

Not any longer!

Fashion experts say you can break this dated rule and wear white any time of year as long as your make sure the material is seasonally appropriate. For example, wearing a white linen dress in winter is still a no-no, but wearing winter white in a chunky white wool sweater is perfectly acceptable and stylish.

So what or who created this fashion rule? According to fashion reporters, it began in the 1930s with the ultra-rich wearing white only in the summer. Light clothing gave the look of leisure, while dark clothing was mostly for working people. This idea expanded in the 1950s among the middle class. Southerners held to this hard and fast rule of no white before Easter or after Labor Day. Some say it’s a Southern thing, because it’s so hot in the South.

Now, wearing white after Labor Day is more widely acceptable, and it’s common to see ladies rocking a pair of white jeans late into September, especially in areas where the weather stays warm until late fall.

But what about wearing white before Easter? Do you really have to wait until then to wear white pants or shoes? Again, consider the weather. If it’s already in the high 70s where you live, wearing white linen pants or white sundress before the official Easter deadline is perfectly acceptable. But if it’s still snowing in April, hold off on the white linen until the weather thaws out.

When to wear white is ultimately a personal choice. But nearly all fashion experts say there is one hard rule of thumb—NEVER wear a white dress or outfit to a wedding unless you’re the bride!

How to Dress Your Bridesmaids for a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings can be magical, but they do come with some special challenges. One of those is how to dress your bridesmaids so they stay warm but also look elegant and current.

When it comes to choosing dresses for the cooler months, there are a couple of basic tips to follow. First, it’s always a good idea to choose full-length gowns for your ladies; you may be worried about the hems getting wet or dirty, but if it’s cold, the more material the better! Your bridesmaids will certainly thank you for not exposing their bare legs to the elements.

It’s also best to pair full-length dresses with a closed-toe shoe rather than a sandal to avoid your bridesmaids getting cold, wet feet during any outdoor photos or travel to and from the venue. If they’re calling for snow or ice on your big day or if it’s a common occurrence where you live, consider putting your bridesmaids in low heels or flats. With a long dress, the shoes won’t be that noticeable anyway.

When choosing the material for your bridesmaids’ gowns, opt for heavier fabrics that can keep the chill away and look stylish in the winter season. Classic satin dresses are a good choice, but other options include duchess satin (stiffer than traditional satin with matte finish), dupioni silk, organza, and taffeta. If your heart is set on lace, choose a heavier fabric with a lace overlay.

The style of dresses is important, and in winter, a sleeve for your bridesmaids’ dresses is the best option. Sleeve lengths can vary from cap sleeves, short, ¾ length, or full. If you must go with sleeveless dresses, consider opera-length gloves for your attendants to keep them warm and still look elegant.

Color-wise, deeper hues such as rich burgundy, plum, navy blue, or emerald green look stunning for winter. A bright red for holiday or Valentine’s Day weddings can also look festive. Metallics such as silver, gold, or copper are becoming popular choices for winter weddings too, or opt for neutral shades like dove gray, taupe, or champagne.

Adding accessories to your bridesmaids’ look can make them special and keep them warm at the same time. A wrap in a matching or complementary shade of the dress is an easy option, or white faux fur caplets can look really lovely for winter. Other options are jeweled cardigans or tights under the dress.

With just a few considerations, your bridesmaids can look chic and stay warm for your winter wedding day.

Valentine’s Day Outfits for the Perfect Date

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and to help you decide what to wear for a special date, here are several outfit ideas for different types of dates.

It’s tempting to want to embrace the holiday and wear reds and pinks or everything heart-shaped that you own, but it’s better to pick one or two festive but chic pieces and keep the rest of your look simple and refined.

  • Fancy dinner date. Valentine’s Day is a time when couples like to veer from the norm and dine at a more upscale, finer restaurant than they would any other day of the year. If a fancy Valentine’s dinner is on your calendar, consider wearing a sexy yet sophisticated dress in a classic shift or A-line style. You can stick to the LBD and accessorize with a dash of festive red in a cardigan or wrap, or go for bold red jewelry. Or chose a dress with color and downplay the accessories. Blush pink and other neutral tones are hot right now and can look romantic when adorned with lace accents.
  • Drinks and dancing. Are you hitting the town with your beau for drinks and maybe a little dancing? Step it up a notch with a minidress with some sparkle. A silver dress with some killer heels is the perfect outfit for a night on the town. Or be even bolder and wear a red minidress and leopard-print heels.
  • Movie date. Maybe you are opting for a more low-key evening with a casual dinner and a movie. You can still make your outfit a little more special than a regular date night. Pair a sparkly or lace top with skinny jeans and tall boots or heels, or chose a whimsical sweater with a heart motif to wear with your jeans. Comfort can still be cute!
  • Girl’s Night Out. Maybe you are bypassing the holiday and plan to spend the night on the town with your single girlfriends. Dress up your favorite items—black faux-leather skinny jeans paired with a solid top and heels, or how about a black miniskirt with a red print top and red heels?
  • Day date. If your beau is taking you to brunch or maybe for a day spent wandering through a museum or even a romantic picnic, you’ll want to wear something more casual but still with a hint of flair. Dark-wash skinny jeans or black skinny pants with a simple top and structured jacket work well. Add a heart pendant and ballet flats to complete the look.

Whatever you wear, Valentine’s Day is one day when you can embrace your “girliness” and enjoy the romance of the holiday!

 

 

Picking the Perfect Party Dress to Ring in the New Year

New Year’s Eve is the one night of the year when you can dress up and wear sparkles, glitter, and shine, and it’s all perfectly acceptable. As that clock strikes midnight on this last day of 2014, you want to go out with a bang, so choosing the perfect dress is a must.how to find the perfect party dress

Every woman likes to feel special on New Year’s Eve, so no matter if you are attending a formal ball or hitting the town, here are some outfit ideas for ringing in 2015 in style.

  • The Little Black Dress. Always a classic and always classy, a black cocktail dress won’t let you down. Choose a style with some sequin detail or a dressier fabric with some sheen such as silk or satin for New Year’s Eve. Depending on what type of party you are going to, you can dress it up or down with accessories—choose a wrap in a bold color or let the sparkle be in your evening bag, jewelry, or shoes.
  • Break out the gown. For a more formal party, choose a gorgeous ball gown in satin, taffeta, or silk. You can choose a festive color or go for metallics in silver or gold, which are very trendy this season.
  • Sparkle and shimmer. There aren’t many occasions where you can get away with wearing a sequined dress, and New Year’s Eve is one of them. Sequined dresses are all the rage right now, but if you don’t want to go overboard with the sparkles, choose a dress with just some sequin accents. You can also choose a neutral color dress and add accessories with some sparkle such as sequined shoes or a shimmery cardigan. Or tone it down with just one sequined piece such as a silk top with a sequined skirt or a sequined sweater with a plain black knee-length skirt.
  • Feel lush in velvet. Another popular holiday fabric is velvet. A velvet dress in a deep, rich color such as forest green or burgundy is a festive choice, or go classic with a black velvet dress. If you want to forgo a dress, a black velvet blazer over a shimmery tank with black pants and heels looks sophisticated and current.
  • Fluff some feathers or fur. Another way to glam up an outfit is with feathers or fur. Choose a feathered skirt or a sweater with a fur collar. Even paired with simple pieces such as a black skirt or trouser, these fabrics add instant glamour, perfect for the most special night of the year.

Happy New Year!