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.



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 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!