So Much to Celebrate: The Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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We are super excited to showcase brands this May with gifts of love for mom – from fashion, beauty, decor, jewelry and accessories as we celebrate moms fiercely!

A Rare Jewel Apparel offers rhinestone and inspirational tshirts. We also provide custom tshirts, so we welcome your designs.  Learn more about the brand here.

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Hello Gorgeous says Mary Kay. Mary Kay is one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the world. Be sure to connect with Lynne here as she’s ready to serve you and she’s an ADVANCED Color Consultant – using MK products is best way to enhance your beauty! 

 

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Linell Ellis’ handbags and accessories for the woman who believes that true luxury is found in lifes experiences. “Theresa Tote in Red”- It’s finally the weekend and you have things to do and places to see. As you head out the door to meet your girlfriends, you grab your new Theresa Tote. The clean lines and buttery soft leather have become your go-to. Placing your keys in the zippered pocket and your phone in the slip pocket leaves plenty of room for a small clutch just in case happy hour is on the horizon. Check it out here.

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Tell your story with a meaningful, customizable Living Locket by Origami Owl® . Choose the Charms that represent your passions, memories, dreams and the things you love and capture them in your Living Locket. Let Robin pick out the perfect locket gift for your favorite lady in your life, learn more here.

 

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Strut_DC’s Mobile MoGals bring to you a Boutique On wheels. TheStrutTruck offers Stylish, Trendy, USA Made Fashion to you!  Shop the truck online today here.

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Be sure to follow these brands via their website and social media pages:

The Strut Truckwww.theStrutTruck.com / Twitter: @theStrutTruck, Facebook: @theStrutTruck, Instagram:@theStrutTruck

Robin Harris’ Origami Owlwww.robinharris.origamiowl.com / Facebook: Origami Owl-Robin Harris, Independent Designer, Instagram: @Lockets_By_Puddy

A Rare Jewel Apparel – www.etsy.com/shop/ARareJewelApparel / Twitter: @NOLAJewels, Facebook: A Rare Jewel Apparel, Instagram: @rarejewelapparel,

Linell Ellis  – www.linellellis.com / Twitter: @linellellis, Facebook: Linell Ellis, Instagram @linellellis

Lynne Peace by Mary Kay – www. marykay.com/lynn2army / Instagram: @lynnepeace_esq, Twitter @lynnepeace

 

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Where Are All the Chic Derby & Dress Hats?

It wouldn’t be a derby without the hats! Go big, bold and bright with these winning styles.

An extravagant sinamay bow trimmed with floaty feathers pretties up a headband fascinator in a vibrant hue.

Feathered Sinamay Fascinator Headband

A subtle touch of gold adds chic shimmer to a woven pillbox hat appointed with a feminine bow and polka dot veil for a touch of elegant mystery.

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Oversized floppy hat in mono color block offers a woven straw, color-block design, domed crown and oversized floppy brim or wide-cut floppy brim.

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Oversized Straw Floppy Hat In Mono Color Block

A felt Rag & Bone fedora in a feminine hue. A wide grosgrain band lends a polished finish.

Floppy Brim Fedora

Handcrafted straw trilby in ‘natural’ beige. Pinch-front crease. Satin grosgrain ribbon in cream at shoulder. Logo plaque in silver-tone at face. Textile browband. Tonal stitching. Straw.

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The crowning glory of a Southern belle’s ensemble? A standout hat.

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St. Patrick’s Day Fashion Feed

You can get away with wearing green today even if you’re not Irish!  Join us for our St. Patrick’s Day Fashion Feed for style inspiration and potential great additions to your wardrobe, whether it’s a St. Patrick’s day celebration or a lovely spring day.

Public Desire Vegas Khaki Caged Shoe Boots: Manchester footwear label Public Desire aims to tread (stylishly) where others don’t. Its ghillie sandals and gladiator heels help tie up your new-season fashion goals, while pom-pom trims and foil finishes create notice-me styles.

Public Desire Vegas Khaki Caged Shoe Boots

LINGO Pointed Ballet Flats:  Inspired by fashion’s most covetable trends; providing you with a cutting edge wardrobe season upon season.

LINGO Pointed Ballet Flats

Mini Cape With Holographic Sequins And Fringe: The ASOS Collection makes and breaks the fashion rules. Scouring the globe for inspiration,

Mini Cape With Holographic Sequins And Fringe

SALON Floral Embroidered Bandeau Midi Prom Dress: 

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  • Lined design
  • Bandeau neckline
  • Adjustable removable straps
  • Inner gripper tape for a secure fit
  • Boned bodice
  • Hook and eye zip back fastening

SALON Floral Embroidered Bandeau Midi Prom Dress

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress: New London label Self Portrait is as much crisp-cut androgyny as it is softy girliness. Wearing their street style influences on their sheer mesh sleeves, Self Portrait play with fabrics and textures across a cool collection of modern classic pieces, cocktail dresses and perfectly structured t-shirts.

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress

Vila Wrap Front Body-Conscious Dress:

  • Plunge neckline
  • Wrap front design
  • Close cut body-conscious fit

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ASOS CURVE Blazer In Crepe With Slim Lapel:

  • Woven crepe
  • Lined sleeves
  • Slim, longline lapels
  • Tacked pockets
  • Regular fit – true to size

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Fashion Union Boucle Top with Collar:

  • Woven textured fabric
  • Point collar
  • Cropped length
  • Zip back
  • Regular fit – true to size

Fashion Union Boucle Top with Collar

Yumi Kim Split Up Dress: Brushstroke florals accent this full-length Yumi Kim wrap dress. Self belt. Fitted long sleeves. Unlined.

Yumi Kim Split It Up Dress

Trousers: High-waisted, wide-leg Versace pants in a vivid print. Slant front pockets and welt back pockets. Hook-and-eye closure and zip fly.

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Gotham Small Bauletto Satchel: A small Marc Jacobs satchel with a boxy look, rendered in pebbled leather. The wraparound zip opens to a lined, 3-pocket interior. Rolled handles and optional, adjustable shoulder strap. Dust bag included.

Gotham Small Bauletto Satchel

Alexis Bittar Elongated Double Band Ring Set: A pair of Alexis Bittar rings connected by a fine chain. A long lucite stone trims one ring.

Alexis Bittar Gold Mint GreenJonathan Adler Lacquer Jewelry Box: Lacquered wood lends a glossy finish to this Jonathan Adler jewelry box. A lock and key open to the microsuede interior, which has 2 large compartments, 8 small compartments, and a ring pillow at its base. 6 hooks and 2 pouches detail the lid.

Jonathan Adler Lacquer Jewelry Box

… with dresses, jewels, shoes and decor – whatever your green favorites tell you – you’ll be all sorts of fresh selecting from our Fashion Feed!

Offering irresistible fashion and fast off the runway styles, score a wardrobe win no matter the dress code.
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Rock with the Top Seven Backpacks on your way to a Stylish Season

Of course there is a way to carry a backpack and still look like a grown-up – a stylish one at best!  Backpacks are the obvious go-to for toting heavy loads (or sometimes light loads for convenience) from place to place, and there are tons of cute options out there, if that’s your style.

Pick a solid color for utility, a fun pattern to brighten up your mornings, or a pack with fun features to make your trek more enjoyable.

Settlement Backpack by Aritzia: This streamlined, mid-volume backpack is made with durable nylon and lined on the inside with Herschel’s signature striped fabric. It has a 13″ laptop sleeve pocket, full-grain leather zipper pulls, and a single front pocket with a key clip. An internal media pocket lets you store your devices safely.

Aritzia Settlement Backpack

MZ Wallace Green Backpack: It’s the little things that count—like six interior pockets (to keep small things from getting lost), magnetic closures and a drawstring top (to ensure your belongings stay secure), a Teflon-coated exterior (to prevent coffee spills from setting in) and easily accessible side pockets (to make getting to and turning off an accidentally ringing cell phone in the middle of class or a meeting a whole lot easier).

MZ Wallace BackpackMarc by Marc Jacobs: The traditional shape you loved in middle school looks all grown-up when it’s made of buttery-soft, cream-colored leather.

Marc by Marc Jacobsadidas Originals x Farm Floral Backpack: With a smooth pattern and floral fit, Adidas is one of the most iconic streetwear brands in the world. Its unparalleled ability to fuse fashion and function is evident in its sleek bag collection.

adidas Originals x Farm Floral Backpack

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Backpack in Leopard Print with Leather Trim: With her revolutionary thinking and rebellious, punk-inspired designs, the Vivienne Westwood label now features a highly covetable collection of signature tote bags and purses.

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Matt & Nat Backpack with Front Zip Fastening in Pastel Pink: With their “live beautifully” attitude, this season Mat(terial) & Nat(ure) bring forth a collection of recycled and upcycled totes, clutches and across-the-body bags, inspired by the textures and hues of nature.

Matt & Nat Backpack with Front Zip Fastening in Pastel Pink

JumpFromPaper Red and Blue Color Block Backpack: Taiwanese brand JumpFromPaper breathes life into a playful collection of illustrated 2D-style bags. Inspired by a love of cartoons and comic books, its bold backpacks, cross-body bags and satchels come in a range of color-pop designs.

JumpFromPaper Red and Blue Color Block Backpack

Below are a few stylish options to rock a backpack this season. Embrace these style cues and then shop for your favorite picks.

 

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Styled for Winter in Relaxed Silhouettes

When it comes to those crisp walks to the train yet sunny during the day – in the heart of winter – the fashionista  in you still wants to feel relax, warm  – yet stylish.  Wearing a relaxed silhouette be it a blouse, jacket or skirt – you can pull this look off in the winter season through layering!

Some silhouettes offer tonal lining with an alluring peek-a-boo effect while others are modern formfitting options.  We’ve gathered a few of our favorite silhouettes for layering PLUS a few style shopping ideas and want to share them all with you …

  • An ankle-skimming maxi skirt features sharp knife pleating, metal snap embellishments and an ultra-smooth sateen finish, making it perfect for day or night.TKY3E507_001_a
  • A slim-fitting midi silhouette is elevated in striped, perforated faux suede that will take you effortlessly from workweek to weeken

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  • Creating collections with focus on feminine tailoring, quality cuts and wearable designs, high street brand Oasis deliver every season. Flattering shapes are brought to life with cute detailing and vibrant prints, with key separates, on-trend footwear and statement accessories featuring prominently.

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  • A lightweight, semi-sheer chiffon with embellished yokes and sleeves plus button cuffs!

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With an emphasis on quality, affordable and inspiring – silhouettes can range from statement pieces to embraced garments.

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Vero Moda Sleeve Top With Lace Detail

Ultimate 70s Blouse

Trend focused and led by runway styles, create your own collection of silhouettes that are distinctly feminine aesthetic, adorned with pretty trims, and more.

 

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Get Wrapped in the Best Winter Hats for Any Budget

Accessories attitude is over the top this season. Of course you can wrap it up in oversized scarves and capes or turn up the texture with full-on faux fur and felted hats – and today we’re talking HATS for any and every budget (ranging from $17.50 to $48.00).

Exciting and diverse, the collection makes and breaks the fashion rules; providing you with a cutting edge accessories season upon season.

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Our favorite hat collections come from various brands – River Island, Esprit, ASOS, Catarzi – which brings us an eclectic collection of fashion forward styles. Look out for a balanced mix of tradition and modernity alongside contemporary fedoras and an exclusive edit of felt hats.

 

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Be Bold Football Style Colored in Gold, On The Road to NFC Divisional Round Playoffs

Now that the WildCard teams games are done and gone, its time to move onto the BIG games and why not be bold in your football style colored in gold, as we get on the road to the NFC Divisional Round Playoffs as we gear up for SuperBowl 50 NFL Fan Style! (Don’t worry, I’ll feature AFC Style game for you tomorrow!)

So we know who’s in, and it doesn’t matter what you’ve done to this point – of course experts and analysts can give their ‘two’ cents on who they think is going to win – but besides winning on the field – we want you to win – in #NFLfanSTYLE on the sidelines, in the stands, tailgating or at your own football throwdown!

 

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By the way, at the hype of the NFL season, on September 24, 2016 the NFL hosted an exclusive NFL Style Showdown in New York City and unveiled its Super Bowl 50 Women’s Apparel collection. The 2015 NFL season features a gold thematic (signifying the 50th) “golden” Super Bowl that will be visible on the field and in NFL apparel. Super Bowl 50 apparel incorporates golden elements in a diverse array of styles, such as a golden “50” logo that reflects the host region’s historic Gold Rush in the broader setting of the Golden State.

I’ve been loving the gold accents to this NFL season! How about you!?

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MODAGE Style Bus Heads to New York for the Best in Vintage Shopping

Hello and attention vintage lovers!

Are you longing for “new to you” fabulous finds in 2016?  If so, the MODAGEStyle bus is heading north again to the Big Apple for a day of exclusive vintage shopping. Join the tour on February 6, 2016 – scope out the details below and purchase your tickets here.

Enjoy a comfortable and relaxing chauffeured limousine bus ride to New York City!  Oh, and no worries about paying tolls, stopping for gas, and looking for ideal parking, we have everything covered.  We are turning heads and stepping off the luxe bus in style at each tour stop!

Our attendees will experience true vintage styles from the 1920’s-80’s by top designers.  A vast array of vintage clothing, accessories, home decor, collectables, retro items and more for both men and women.  As a bonus, you may even spot a celebrity or two.

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The MODAGE Style Tour admission includes:

  • An afternoon of exclusive vintage and resale shopping.
  • A visit to the Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg.
  • Admission to the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is included in the price of your ticket.
  • Luxe roundtrip transportation to New York City.
  • Non-stop vintage mobile cinema.
  • Lunch at Dallas BBQ {lunch is not included in your admission}.
  • Breakfast bites, healthy snacks and beverages throughout the day.
  • Style tips from the MODAGE Style team.
  • Personalized attention from our MODAGE approved vintage vendors and professionals.

This tour is highly recommended for personal stylists, fashion bloggers, designers and Style Mavens with a passion for special pieces to compliment their preexisting wardrobes and lifestyle. Explore all things vintage on this customized tour with fellow Style Mavens!

Reserve your ticket today, space is limited.

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Must-Have Gifts for the Fashionista Who Has Everything

Hello everyone!

It may seem there are fashionista friends out there that have it all – but I guarantee they don’t have these fab gifts! Here’s to our selection of style, fashion, decor and beauty items from our Most Fashionable Holiday Gift Guide.

Stop by the Inked Designs Etsy Shop for beautiful watercolor and digital illustrations.  Her art prints make perfect wall decorations for your home or office, or a great addition to your desk or bedroom side table.  Gift one to a friend! Use promo code: HOLIDAY15 for 20% off everything in the Shop.  Code expires December 14 – so hurry and shop Inked Designs Etsy here and don’t forget to visit her via social media to stay connected on Instagram @elayna_thejunoesque and Pinterest @thejunoesque.

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Tees, sweats and mugs for men, women and kids from the HUMAN collection from creator Isha Gaines – the HUMAN. exchange from one HUMAN to another.  Shop the collection here and follow her via Instagram @human.collection.

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SugarHustle was born when Rhawnie’s passion for everything food, and love for jewelry met … SugarHustle Apparel and Accessories designs driven by passion, inspired by Chefs, Bakers, and Foodies alike and shares “may your passion keep you full!” Visit the brand and learn more here and check them out on Instagram @sugarhustleapparel.

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Flow – A Dominican Blowdry Bar opened its doors in September 2008 as Sintia’s Dominican Salon – the first Dominican Hair Salon in Northern Prince George’s County. In November of 2015, the salon rebranded as Flow – A Dominican Blowdry Bar to better serve our clients, improve our systems, and meet the demand of current trends. Our mission is service-based, and we strive daily to exceed our customer’s expectations. This is no ordinary salon experience! Open six days a week with no appointments required and quick service times, we are the perfect solution for the modern-day girl – a girl who needs a salon with the flexibility to meet the demands of her busy schedule. Our services are affordable, with blowouts starting at $40, conditioners starting at $5, and chemicals starting at $65. Connect via Instagram @flowhairbar and surf their website here.

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Native Polish: Wear Local. Be Local. The Crescent City’s newest line of high quality nail polish made by and for women passionate about all things NOLA, including its glorious (revelry) and not so glorious (pothole after pothole) attributes. The initial Fall lineup includes a unique color palette: Gulf Oyster, Revelry, Pothole, Voodoo Vixen, Hot Sauce and Out on Frenchmen. Women who flaunt Native Polish can feel good about what they’re wearing because in addition to expressing their local passion, Native Polish is vegan, not tested on animals and most importantly is “5 free”. Native Polish retails for $11 and comes ready to gift in an adorable burlap bag – see more from the nail collection here.

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An accessories boutique specializing in chic, trendy, modern, unique, statement, one of a kind & affordable accessories to compliment the everyday woman – Modish Boutique is a haute way to go this holiday season! Stay up-to-date with their jewelry and accessories available at MODISH here and on Instagram @moddishboutique.

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The Strut Truck is a mobile retail boutique – on wheels – that curates USA trends and private brands! You can also request the brand to have a pop-up shop, style party or private shopping party at your house or event – yes, the Strut Truck will bring stylish, trendy, USA made fashion to you, learn how here and on Instagram @the_strut_truck.

So for the fashionista who has everything?

You can score these from Strut Truck – this styled full length slim fitted silhouette glitter pants has artful glamour with brilliant sequins that creates a distressed effect. Bring the trend to this years holiday party!!!

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Or any of the other must-have items mentioned above in this edition of the Most Fashionable Holiday Gift Guide.

Have a Haute Holiday!

Thanks for reading and see you soon,

Monica

 

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Clarins Fights The Holiday Face Bloat

Hello everyone!

With the holidays rapidly approaching, salted snacks and sugary treats will be within an arm’s reach at every turn. While the immediate pleasure is undeniable, the resulting effects on your skin – not so much.

Never fear because below you’ll find a list of some of the biggest enemies in the battle of the bloat, all of which may be combatted by Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Duo – a revolutionary formula with Clarins’ breakthrough Total V Contouring Complex.

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Inspired by the Asian beauty ritual, which highlights flawlessly contoured features, in just 4 weeks you’ll see a refined profile, facial contours and lifted jawline.

CHEESE & DAIRY – Sadly, our bodies struggle to break down dairy and the enzyme lactase. The digestion of these hard-to-process bits of deliciousness cause gas and bloating.

 

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ALCOHOL – Making merry often includes a toast or two, but the sugar hidden within these delectable drinks can add some volume to your face and neck. From spiked eggnog to champagne to candy cane martinis, stay away!

 

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TURKEY – A classic holiday dish laden with sodium! Delicious and even nutritious – but beware the bloat! Instead of the bloat, fight the bloat with Clarins!

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Monica

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