Spring trend report 2017

It’s time to freshen up your Spring wardrobe! Here’s the scoop on the latest new trends…Stripes, Florals, Ruffles, Open Shoulders , Denim with Details and Block heels.

Bold Stripes are in …

Go bold with this J.Crew Pop stripe skirt available at Nordstrom in Regular and Petite sizes. 

Or create an outfit with a striped tunic like this silky green top from Ann Taylor.

Michael Kors has a striped linen pant that’s perfect for your Spring Break trip to the beach.

Put two trends together with plenty of ruffles and an open shoulder!

Here’s the “Alyssa” Off the Shoulder top from Alice and Olivia. This black version is available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s..

Or try this style with ruffles, the “Stella”  Ella Moss top in periwinkle also at Bloomingdale’s.

For Spring,  the new denim has details…. patches, extra pockets, applique’, frayed, crafted…take your pick.

These jeans from Anthropologie have rose floral stitching…

and the 7 for All Mankind “Rose Garden” denim jacket is also bursting with rose applique’.

Florals are everywhere, including this “Tylie” Alice + Olivia dress with off the shoulder ruffles,

or this off the shoulder maxi style by Vince Camuto.

The perfect Spring shoe is a block heeled sandal. This Vince Camuto laser cut “Lidie” bootie from Von Maur  is your go-to for everyday outfits.

But, if you’re looking for a statement sandal, this is it! This gorgeous “Lupita” Block Heel sandal by Alexandre Birman at Nordstrom in sassy red suede with a ruffle over the toe and a tie at the ankle is ready for a party!

The Shops at Buckhead is the place for upscale shopping including  Alice + Olivia, Joie and many other fine stores. For a complete store directory click the link here.

 

 

 

 

Women’s Business Casual… What to wear- Fall 2016

Do you need some Fall inspiration? Are you tired of wearing the same old pants to work every day? Fall is a great time to add the perfect layering pieces to your wardrobe… clothes that’ll mix and match for lots of options and add some fun back into getting dressed for work!

Start with pants that have style and a modern silhouette like the cropped Avery Pant from Banana Republic. The Avery is available in a wide variety of colors and fabrics and looks especially flattering when worn with heels, but can also be worn with flats or booties for a more casual look. These cropped pants are perfect all year long so don’t think you need to put them away for the winter.banana-republic-avery-pant-plum

If you prefer a more tradition trouser, try the Ann Taylor “Devin” fit pants. They’re available in regular sizes 00 to 18, as well as petite and tall sizes. This style is available in a selection of fabrics and colors to create your perfect outfit.ann-taylor-devin-trouserAdd a top with special interest like this silk blouse from Banana  Republic. It can be worn casually with jeans, with a pencil skirt, or dress trousers.br-silk-top

Finish off your outfit with a jacket for extra polish. The “Campbell” blazer from J.Crew is a great addition to your Fall/ Winter wardrobe. This will keep the chill away all season long. Going out for a weekend lunch with friends? Wear the jacket with your favorite t shirt and faded jeans to get the most bang for your buck.j-crew-campbell-blazer

Add a great bag from Tory Burch that’ll hold all your work essentials.

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Slip into a powerful pump with a spike trimmed heel made by Sam Edelman… the “Tonia” in port wine suede from Nordstrom.

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You’ve got all the pieces for a great workday outfit and so many options for more outfits when you mix in your favorite denim jeans.

 

 

 

 

 

Chambray is Everywhere

What’s “Chambray” anyway? You hear it all the time but just what does the word “Chambray” mean and what’s the difference between that and denim? According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Chambray is- “a lightweight clothing fabric with colored warp and white filling yarns.” and denim is ”  a firm durable twilled usually cotton fabric woven with colored warp and white filling threads.” Ok, that seems confusing but the real difference is the weight of the fabric. Denim is a heavier weight while chambray is much lighter and versatile. Chambray shirts, skirts, and dresses or even shoes are made by just about every brand!

This off the shoulder top from Alice + Olivia from Neiman Marcus would be delightful on a hot summer day! Pair it with your white jeans or tuck into your favorite skirt or shorts.J. Crew has a chambray version of their J. Crew Regent Blazer and it’s available in regular sizes as well as petites. This jacket can take you from the office to a date night. It can be worn over a dress, or with pants or a skirt. You can even wear it with jeans as long as the denim wash is substantially darker or lighter than the jacket.j. crew jacketCropped ankles pants are a great option to wear with heels and flats! The Banana Republic Sloan fit slim ankle pants in chambray are available in regular, petite and tall sizes.Banana Sloan PantAnd just for fun, try this Calypso St. Barth chambray top with beading, hand embroidery and tasseled neck ties. Wear it with white denim on your summer vacation.Calypso St Barth chambrayIf you’re looking for a chambray dress, this one’s super soft and relaxed. Made by KUT from the Kloth, it would be a great year round staple worn with tights, boots and under a jacket in the Fall or with flat sandals, a bright beaded necklace and a straw bag in the summer. Switch out the self belt with a leather belt of your own to give it a little more personality.

chambray dressMix chambray into your wardrobe for lots of great new outfits for work or days off! You just might be tempted to slip on these comfy Cole Haan Pinch Chambray Weekender Loafers to run your errands!

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Time for a Transition into FALL

 Bring those summer clothes into your FALL wardrobe

 

The kids are going back to school and it’s time to start thinking about Fall clothes but it’s still SO HOT here in Atlanta! So, how do you transform your summer clothes and make them work for you into the Fall season? Easy it’s all about the accessories (again!).

FIRST, switch out your summer bag and wear a heavier style like this Steve Madden Lizzard satchel from Dillard’s. It’s a great transition from the straw or canvas bags of summer and is neutral enough to go with everything you want to wear for Fall!

NEXT, add a lightweight jacket, or even a vest. This cute jacket from LOFT which has figure flattering waist detail in the back, can be worn to work or with jeans!

OR, add an airy scarf in a rich color, like this green scarf made of breathable bamboo fabric from Target Stores. Toss it on over a t-shirt, dress, or jacket and you can wear it until late Fall. It’s best to incorporate a mix of textures into your look.

THEN, wear a pair of chunky sandals or open toe pumps like these from Nine West until it gets cold outside. The stacked wooden heel helps make this the perfect pair of shoes to get you transitioned into the Fall in style! Or, try this pair of platform sandals from Aldo,  which could be worn with a skirt just as well as jeans. So, now you’re all set for the next few months!

Remember the Tax Free Holiday dates in Georgia are August 10th & 11th!