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How to Rock Transitional Dressing

March 15, 2017

Welcome to March: It doesn’t feel like full-blown winter anymore, but it’s still not quite spring, either. To get through this wishy-washy time when the temps could be 40 or 60 degrees, you need to lean on a few key staples. These transitional pieces will help you bridge the gap between seasons–and get your spring stuff in rotation a little earlier, too!

 

On your torso: Mid-weight sweaters

When you need something in between the chunky knits of December and the fluttery blouses of May, mid-weight knits are a girl’s best friend. If you’re not ready for a full-on jacket, layer up with a vest (try this fur-collared style by Pink Rose, $17) for added warmth and style points.

On your arms: Anorak

You might think it’s too early to pull out some of your favorite spring dresses, but with this outdoorsy classic (plus tights and booties, see below), you can absolutely make it work. We love this anorak in olive or black by Ashley ($20). Suddenly, cold shoulder dresses like this black-and-white printed one from Luxology ($21.99) don’t seem so chilly!

On your legs: Fuzzy tights

Don’t close the drawer on tights just yet: Cable knits and cozy heathered tights still have plenty of life left matched under a denim skirt or sweater dress. And here’s a wild idea: Layer a wild-printed pair of capri leggings like these from Eye Candy ($7.99) under a solid-colored skirt or dress, top with knee- or calf-high boots and you’ve got a super-cool transitional look.

On your feet: Booties

When your sturdy, fur-topped snow boots seem like overkill but it’s not breezy enough for sandals, the bootie is your best friend. Feel free to rock the classic short boots you wore all of last fall, or look for updated styles with breezy insets or open weaves, like the Chelly Bootie by Fergalicious ($54.95).

 

On your head: Knit beanie

By now, you’ve had enough of your wintry hat with cozy ear flaps. It’s time to make the move to a slouchy lightweight beanie, which can add a bit of grunge-inspired attitude to any outfit.

 

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Winter Skincare

February 24, 2017

 

Winter Skincare

Between the dry air and cold temps, winter weather can really wreak havoc on your skin. With serene scents and mint green, frosted glass packaging fit for a spa, e.l.f.’s skincare line is just what you need to survive the waning days of winter … and use happily the rest of the year, too! Here’s the lowdown on five of our favorites.

Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser ($10)

This gentle, shape-shifting cleanser starts as a smooth gel in the jar and then melts into a creamy lather in your hands. Nourishing ingredients such as argan oil, rose seed oil and vitamin C sooth your skin while removing makeup and dirt.

Tip: Make this your first step in your skincare routine in the morning and at night.

Hydrating Bubble Mask ($14)

This addictive mask is unlike any other we’ve tried before. First, you apply the clear gel to your face, being careful to avoid your eyes, nostrils and lips. Then, watch as the gel puffs up into a foamy, bubbly layer on top of your skin. How cool is that? Unlike sticky clay masks, which can be a challenge to wash off, this rinses clean quickly.

Tip: Secure your hair with a stretchy headband to keep flyaways from sticking to the mask.

 

Soothing Serum ($12)

Serums are seriously trending for their concentrated moisturizing power and anti-aging properties. This clean-smelling serum easily smooths over your skin and features shea butter, jojoba and aloe.

Hint: Apply the serum to your neck as well as your face at night before you to go bed. Allow to sink in before you add other products, such as eye cream (see below).

Illuminating Eye Cream ($10)

Here’s a secret of makeup artists everywhere: Eye cream is the key to getting a smooth application of concealer under and around your eyes. This cream is infused with Vitamin E, which blocks free radicals in the body to keep skin looking plump.

Tip: Use your ring finger to dab on the cream gently under your eye, from the bridge of your nose to your temple. You don’t want to pull or tug on the delicate skin around your eyes, so be as gentle as possible!

Daily Hydration Moisturizer ($8)

Serums and eye creams are perfect for nighttime, but to protect your skin from the elements during the day, you need a light but potent moisturizer. Thanks to aloe and cucumber, this daily hydration formula smells delicious and provides a protective barrier for your skin.

Hint: Apply before you put on your makeup in the morning to give a smooth foundation for your favorite cosmetics.

Try out the e.l.f. skincare line sold online and in stores and let us know what products you like!

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9 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

February 14, 2017

9 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

A bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates might be the most traditional, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day gift-giving, there is so much more out there to show your affection for the ones you love. Whether you’re looking for a special surprise for your spouse, child or friend (and don’t forget to treat yourself, too!), these options are as sweet as can be.

The hand-made details—a dark denim rosette, metallic heart cut-out and hand lettering—of this wood-grained Love Frame ($11.99) make it an extra-special perch for a favorite photo.

 

 

How cute is this Together Makes Life Beautiful pillow ($9.99)? One side features a heartfelt message, while the other is covered edge to edge with x’s and o’s.

 

With its heathered gray tones, comfy knit fabric and sweet screenprint, this Inspired Hearts Hacci Raglan Hoodie ($19.99) should be required attire for a cozy movie Valentine’s Day date at home.

 

Whether or not it’s sandals season where you live, you can’t help but go googly-eyed after one look at these Emoji Heart Eyes Flip Flops ($3.99).

 

Any modern romantics in the house? If you prefer crisp and clean-cut designs to pink, red and frills, pick up this Derek Heart High Neck Screen Tank ($4.99) with a simple black-and-white motif that nods to Valentine’s Day without seeming overly sappy.

 

With it’s powder pink hue and sugar-sweet message, this Heart String Art ($9.99) is just the right fit for the littlest valentine in your life. Bonus points for adding these utterly adorable Rainbow Heart Sunglasses ($3.99)

 

Wear your heart on your sleeve with this Crystal Bangle with Heart ($7.99). Between the rose gold-tone metal and the twinkly crystal heart and band, it’s right-on for Valentine’s Day.

 

Lapel pins are making a comeback, big-time! Your BFF would really dig the Orion 3 Piece Bff Heart and Donut Pins ($3), which would look super-cute pinned on a jean jacket or backpack.

 

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Valentine’s Day Lingerie to Love

February 8, 2017
Valentine's Day Lingerie to Love

What’s your idea of the perfect lingerie? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got eight great options ranging from comfy and covered to show-some-skin skimpy. Whether you’re in the mood to rock heart-covered boxers or a lacy bralette, there’s something here for every boudoir personality.

PLAYFUL

Express Yourself Pajamas for Valentine's Day x
The coral color and “xoxo” emblem on this nightshirt give a subtle nod to Valentine’s Day, and with the caffeinated message “Espresso Yourself,” it’s just the thing to slip on for a cozy breakfast at home with your sweetheart.

FLIRTY

#yours pj set for Valentine's DayIf you’re charmed by feminine details, feast your eyes on these ruffle-trimmed boxer short-style bottoms and cutesy cap-sleeve top. If the message isn’t infinitely clear to your valentine already, the hashtag screenprint will drive it home with a smile.

CUTE

Valentine's day
This is the perfect outfit to stage a pillow fight with your partner! On top, try this deep-V bralette in a snazzy shade of neon pink. To match, pull on gray ankle-length pajama pants with a matching pink drawstring tie and an all-over pattern of teeny-tiny hearts.

SWEET

Valentine's Day robe set
This lovely look is all about the layers: A flirty chemise and breezy robe in matching gray-and-pink floral with elegant gray trim around the neckline and sleeves.

SASSY

Red Robe and Lingerie for Valentine's Day

This black bustier bodysuit is anything but basic, with trendy torso cut-outs and sheer floral panels. Layer over a sassy heart-printed robe and you’re ready for romance.

RACY


If you think red lace on Valentine’s Day is a cliche, think again: This babydoll lingerie set with delicate details—check out the scalloped racer back and peek-a-boo keyhole—puts a contemporary spin on the traditional red lace look.

ROMANTIC

Valentine's Day lingerie
What could be more romantic than a matching bra and panty lingerie set? This duo features a dreamy pale pink base with a black lace overlay; the tiniest of bows serve as the final touch.

SULTRY

Valentine's Day Bodysuit
Ready for a super-sexy lingerie look that’s barely there? This bodysuit pulls out all the stops with sheer fabric, a keyhole back, a plunging neckline and hourglass scallop details on the torso. Happy Valentine’s Day, indeed!

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Find Your Perfect Valentine’s Dress & Perfume

February 3, 2017

A fabulous dress is the centerpiece of a dazzling Valentine’s Day outfit, but all of the details are important, too: shoes, jewelry, hairstyle and even your signature perfume. Whether you’re planning to spend the day with girlfriends or an intimate table for two, we’ve got you covered from head to toe.

GLAM 

Your frock: The classic LBD gets a glamorous makeover with the addition of a ruffle back and a high scoop neckline. A sideswept braid, metallic heels and a statement necklace add just enough sparkle.

Your fragrance: Versace Bright Crystal, a sweet mixture of magnolia, peony and lotus with top notes of pomegranate.

 

FUNKY

Your frock: A wild graphic pattern like this floral dress, will surely make you the center of attention. The perfect black lace up wedges and a funky fringed necklace are just the right accompaniment.

Your fragrance: Paris Hilton Heiress, a girl-power scent with notes of juicy passion fruit and orange as well as subtle star jasmine and violet.

 

 

FEMININE

Your frock: A low cut neckline, scoop back, and dual color detail make this black lace number so delicate and feminine. Nude heels and jewel-encrusted stud earrings are the perfect accessories.

Your fragrance: JLO Live, which matches fresh and fruity notes (think Sicilian lemon, red currant and orange) with rich caramel and nutty tonka bean.

 

 

EDGY

Your frock: This look is pure rocker-girl chic, with its two-piece cut out and dark metallic print. A sleek black choker, wavy locks and your favorite black booties are all you need to polish it off.

Your fragrance: Jimmy Choo, an in-your-face blend of spicy pink pepper, tangy tangerine and exotic tiger orchid.

 

 

ROMANTIC

Your frock: This darling dress takes a traditional springtime floral print and adds that Valentines flare in red and black. The sweetheart neckline frames your face, so all you need to top off the outfit are simple hoop earrings and peep-toe booties.

Your fragrance: Calvin Klein Eternity Moment, a floral-forward blend of Chinese pink peony, passion flower, musk and rosewood.

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New Year, New Workout Clothes

January 20, 2017
New workout clothes for the gym will get you there in no time

If flipping over the calendar to 2017 has left you inspired to get moving, then the season’s fresh crop of workout clothes will outfit you in style. Here’s a look at five trends that are sure to be hot this year, from the gym to the street to the yoga studio.

 

A HINT OF PRINT

Jazz up your workout clothes with a pair of leggings in an all-over pattern. Try a capri-style legging in a wavy black-and-white stripe or a cool crosshatch print.

90 Degree by Reflex Stripe Capris, $14.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/stripe-capris-112156794.html?dwvar_112156794_color=1#start=8

 

cute workout capris for the gym

Spalding Crosshatch Crop Capris, $14.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/crosshatch-crop-capris-110718375.html?dwvar_110718375_color=1#start=18

 

CLEAR REAR VIEW

Strappy back details continue to be in demand this year. Look for fresh takes on the trend with lattice trim and ladder back designs on sports bras and tanks. A great update to your workout clothes.

cute cutout details for gym clothes

90 Degree by Reflex Lattice Back Tank, $11.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/lattice-back-tank-112155668.html?dwvar_112155668_color=1#start=14

fun, strappy bras like this will make going to the gym fun

Popular Basics Ladder Back Bra Tank, $3

http://www.gordmans.com/juniors/juniors-clothing/activewear/ladder-back-bra-tank-108742647.html?dwvar_108742647_color=670#start=21

strappy backs make for fun workout clothes

90 Degree by Reflex Strappy Sports Bra, $12.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/strappy-sports-bra-112156136.html?dwvar_112156136_color=601#start=1

 

GO AHEAD AND SLOUCH

Slouchy cover-ups are just the thing to keep your muscles warm and toasty pre- and post-workout. Slip on a cozy sweatshirt with a cowl neck or a pair of joggers with a relaxed fit.

cozy up in this cowl neck Hoodie, perfect for the gym

Cowl neck hoodie, $19.99

http://www.gordmans.com/juniors/juniors-plus/activewear/cowl-neck-hoodie-110720004.html?dwvar_110720004_color=500#start=1

Fun joggers

Allison Brittney Cali Love Joggers, $15

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-plus-clothing/activewear/cali-love-cuff-hem-jogger-pants-110720296.html?dwvar_110720296_color=20#start=16

cute joggers for the gym

Derek Heart Love Arrows Fleece Joggers, $7.99

http://www.gordmans.com/juniors/juniors-clothing/activewear/love-arrows-jogger-pants-111163836.html?dwvar_111163836_color=601#start=8

 

MUSCLE UP

The classic muscle tank, with its high neckline and sleeveless silhouette, has made a comeback for both ladies and gents with modern details such as mesh insets and space-dye patterns.

show off those muscles at the gym

Tapout Tech Muscle Tee, $7

http://www.gordmans.com/men/mens-clothing/workout-clothes/tech-muscle-tee-111201583.html?dwvar_111201583_color=10#q=muscle&start=3

Tie Dye Love Varsity Muscle Tee, $10

http://www.gordmans.com/juniors/juniors-plus/activewear/tie-dye-love-varsity-muscle-tee-110428421.html?dwvar_110428421_color=650#q=muscle&start=4

pair a see through tank with a bright colored bra

90 Degree by Reflex Solid Tank, $11.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/solid-tank-112155601.html?dwvar_112155601_color=1#start=11

 

FLIP IT & REVERSE IT

Reversible pieces give you serious mileage with two looks in one. Look for pants that flip inside-out for a totally different look, or a comfy cloth headband that flips to reveal a second color.

Cute gym clothes

Spalding Reversible Pixel Crop Capris, $16.99

http://www.gordmans.com/women/womens-clothing/activewear/reversible-pixel-crop-capris-110718412.html?dwvar_110718412_color=400#start=14

Keep your hair in place at the gym with this headband

Reversible Headwrap, $5.99

http://www.gordmans.com/jewelry-and-accessories/accessories/hair-accessories/reversible-with-braid-headwrap-110583519.html?dwvar_110583519_color=1#q=reversible&start=9

 

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New Year’s Eve: Wear Now & Later

December 30, 2016

Do us a favor and take a peek in the very back of your closet. How many outfits have been relegated there, collecting dust from New Year’s Eves past? To make your money go a long way this holiday season, mix-and-match special-occasion pieces with more casual threads that will look super-snazzy during the countdown and still have future life in your wardrobe after the ball drops.

 

Sequin dress + denim jacket

Wear now: The combination of a formal fabric such as sequined lace with a laid-back choice like denim is so unexpected and fun for the holiday season.

Wear later: Trot out that dress and add a pastel cardigan and you’ll be set for an Easter brunch or a spring wedding. And the denim jacket? Wear it over almost anything, from a sweater and leggings for winter weekends or a breezy sundress come summer.

 

Crop top + full skirt

Wear now: This two-piece outfit matches a trendy crop top with a midnight blue lace overlay with a short skirt that has just the enough volume to look festive.

Wear later: Dress down the skirt by pairing it with a graphic tee and Levis sneakers, or a tucked-in chambray shirt, tights and booties. Or layer on a leather or pleather biker jacket over this whole ensemble to rock a punk princess look.

 

Lace top + black leggings

Wear now: The lacy insets on this flowy tunic top adds such an eye-catching detail to the shoulders and back. Match it with sleek black leggings and your favorite knee-high boots or booties (heeled or flat, anything goes) and you’re ready for a champagne toast!

Wear later: Match the tunic with a bright blazer and dark denim for a sharp casual Friday outfit for the office. Or layer a bright-hued tee underneath and the pop of color will show through beneath the lace!

 

Swing dress + cardigan sweater

Wear now: With its mock turtle neckline and swingy silhouette, this LBD couldn’t be more on-trend for ringing in 2017. Cover your shoulders with this bold Aztec-print cardigan and you’ll be cozy enough to brave the winter winds.

Wear later: The cardigan can continue to be a staple sweater throughout the winter, matched with your favorite pair of jeans or a denim skirt and tights. Come summer, don’t hesitate to throw on the dress with your favorite wedge sandals or even wear it as a swimsuit cover-up.

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Holiday Wish List

December 9, 2016

Gift shopping season is upon us, and chances are, loved ones in your life are asking what you’d like to see under the tree this year. From your office Secret Snowman to your family gift exchange, here’s a list of tempting treats to consider for your very own wish list.

Finesse Multi-Row Beaded Necklace and Earrings, $9.99

This statement necklace and understated earrings are just the thing to top off a LBD for New Year’s Eve and beyond.

Keurig K55 Coffee Maker, $119.99

A pod coffeemaker in this snazzy Rhubarb color will spice up your kitchen, big time.

Matte Water Bottle, $14.99

The knock-out colors and sleek design makes this water bottle more a fashion accessory than a hydration necessity.

20-inch Hardside Carry-On Spinner Luggage, $39.99

Think how easy it will be to spot your luggage coming around the baggage claim carousel!

Open Knit Fringe Infinity Scarf, $9.99

The gauzy open knit on this infinity scarf gives it an edge, while the cranberry hue makes it holiday-appropriate.

Holiday Lip Regimen, $9.99

Treat your winter-whipped lips with this quartet of pampering products: sweet cherry lip exfoliator, moisturizing lipstick, long-lasting lip pencil and lip color remover.

Eat Sleep Shop Cosmetics Bag, $5

Here’s hoping your stocking will be stuffed with this cute glitter-covered makeup bag.

Edison Fringe Throw, $14.99

This turquoise throw blanket with elegant fringe is equal parts sophisticated and cozy.

Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer, $329.99

If you’ve been very, very good this year, this top-of-the-line stand mixer is the perfect addition to any aspiring chef’s kitchen. Pick a fun color such as bordeaux or pistachio, or go for the timeless silver finish.

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Unexpected Gift Wrapping Ideas

December 8, 2016

It’s hard not to feel a twinge of envy when you show up at a holiday gift exchange to see boxes decorated with Martha Stewart-like prowess … especially when your gifts, by comparison look like you handed your kindergartener a roll of tape and let them do the honors!

Don’t be intimidated: Stepping up your gift-wrapping game is easier than you think. All you have to do is pick which of these three styles best fits your holiday vibe, read up on our easy-to-execute tips and get wrapping!

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RUSTIC

If you love the modern farmhouse look, you can easily infuse your gift-wrapping with a bit of country-chic flair. First, start with brown craft paper as your base. Next, wrap each box length- and width-wise with red ribbon. Use part of your gift as an extra piece for the outer layer, for example wrap the belt you’re giving around the outside of the package. For the finishing touch, tuck in a bit of faux greenery—like a faux evergreen pick, a clutch of berries or a pussywillow stem—or tie on a burlap tag (look for star- or tree-shaped ones at your local craft store) with twine. For DIY bonus points, cut an initial-shaped tag out of cardboard (try the reverse side of a cereal or cracker box), write your message with a gold pen and affix with double-stick tape.

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GLAM

For a luxe, sophisticated look, think metallic from start to finish. Begin with foiled wrapping paper in a rich metallic tone such as gold, silver or copper. Solids make for a simple canvas, while florals, quatrefoil and other geometric prints can add an extra layer of visual interest. If you have two coordinating papers that you like, use one to wrap the present fully and use the second to make a contrasting band. Then, embellish with a bundle of silvery curling ribbon or wrap with glittery grosgrain ribbon. For a stunning finishing touch, tie on a celestial ornament such as this sequin star.

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JOLLY

If you adore all the traditional trappings of the holiday season, grant yourself permission to go all-out holly jolly with your gift-wrapping this year. Choose a base wrap, whether it be a fun wrapping paper or a cotton wrap like these cute leg warmers!  Choose a bow or ribbon in shades of cherry red, apple green and bright green. If you’re so inclined, have fun with a theme, like matching white- and red-striped ribbon (think candy canes) with a gingerbread man ornament, or pairing snowmen-covered wrapping paper with a hand-cut snowflake pasted on top.

P.S. Having the right tools for the job will help keep your wrapping momentum going, so be sure to have a sharp pair of scissors (a must for cutting straight edges and curling ribbon) and a full roll of tape at the ready.

Wrapping for the Sports-Lover

Pretty Wrapping for Fragrance

A little girl's dream wrapping!

3 Accessories into 1 with this cool wrapping!

Gift wrapping for him!

 

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Dazzling Holiday Details

November 22, 2016
Add a shimmering centerpiece to glam up your table!

String the lights and hit the switch, because it’s time to add a little shimmer and shine to your life this holiday season! Whether it’s a swipe of sequined accents, or a layer of lace over the perfect party dress, our Blog Buddy, Cranberry Tantrums helped us show off several ways to make your home and wardrobe sparkle.

Give your living room a quick glamtastic makeover by swapping out everyday pillows for some in metallic shades. Sequined mermaid pillows (that change colors with the swipe of your hand!) transform like magic and look like total luxury for under $15!

Metallic pillows are the perfect way to transform your home for the holidays!

Metallic pillows are the perfect way to transform your home for the holidays!

Do you have party invitations covering up your fridge? Or maybe you’re just planning an extra festive girls night out? Either way, indulge in a fun and feminine dress—let’s be honest, a skirt with a little twirl never hurt anyone—and a great pair of heels and get ready to hit the town!

Add a shimmering centerpiece to glam up your table!

The perfect holiday tablescape

The fireplace mantle is a perfect place to transform with holiday decor. But you can add touches of cheer to other areas of your home too, like putting a shimmering centerpiece on the dining room table, or adding festive accents to a bar cart. Just turn up your favorite Christmas music album, (is it N’Sync? We won’t tell…) and enjoy getting in the sparkling spirit!

Holiday Bar Cart

Holiday Bar Cart

Click here to see more photos of how Cranberry Tantrums got holiday ready with Gordmans!