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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’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 Getaway Gear

December 23, 2016

From hometown holidays to warm-weather getaways, ’tis the season for travel. Pick your destination from the different choices below and see what kind of bag will work to take you there and back. No travel in the plans right this minute? Peruse these bags and let your favorite inspire a future trip!

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Headed back to your hometown for the holiday season? Pack for Mom and Dad’s house in the roomy Addante Wheeled Duffle ($39.99), which has plenty of room for all of your gear, plus all your presents for the annual family gift exchange. Once emptied, it easily collapses so you can stow it away in that tiny closet in your childhood bedroom.

SKI TRIP

Whether you’re planning a weekend of snowboarding in Park City, Utah, or a bit of skiing in Vail, Colorado, you’ll can’t go wrong with a carry-on that’s as shimmery as snow-capped mountains: the Logan Metallic Satchel by Nicole MIller ($39.99). Passersby will be so charmed by the flashy metallic finish and big-name label that they’ll never guess you snagged it for such a wallet-friendly price.

BEACH WEEKEND

It doesn’t matter where your beach destination may be—California, Florida, Mexico or the Caribbean—splashy gear is practically a requirement. With its colorful, eye-catching motif, the Art Series Peacock Hardside Spinner Suitcase ($89.99) will stand out from all of the other basic black rolling bags in baggage claim.

SPA RETREAT

Planning to be pampered at a yoga retreat in New Mexico or a spa-filled stay at a Wisconsin resort? The Nicole Miller City Life Yoga Tote ($44.99) features a creative, Zen-feeling print and plenty of space to carry your workout clothes. Throw in a few of your favorite magazines and a good book and you’re all set!

 

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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.

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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! 

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How To Host A Friendsgiving Dinner

November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition of food and gratitude shared among family. Hot on its heels, hosting Friendsgiving—a gathering for friends held before or after your family Thanksgiving—is becoming a tradition in itself.

In the spirit of “more is more,” why not double the fun and try a Friendsgiving celebration this year? Here’s how to make it happen, from invites to incorporating a charitable cause.

SEND INVITATIONS

Enlist the help of your kiddos to make invitations out of traced-hand turkeys and deliver them by snail mail or in person to guests, or go easy and electronic with a Friendsgiving-themed email invitation.

SET THE DRESS CODE

As for how fancy or laid-back your Friendsgiving is, that’s up to you. Feel free to declare an all-sweatpants dress code (perhaps you could call it “pajama chic”?) or even a cocktail party theme if you’re so inclined. It’s your party and you can dress up (or down) as much as you want to!

INCORPORATE SERVICE

Consider using your celebration to support a cause you care about. Ask guests to bring a canned good donation for a local food pantry or spend time together after dinner making care packages for an organization that serves people in need.

PLAN THE MENU

When it comes to the menu, the options are only limited to your creativity. For a day-after-Thanksgiving open house, invite your guests to bring their leftovers and set up a buffet. Make turkey sandwiches dressed with gravy and cranberry sauce, or use leftover mashed potatoes to make cheesy potato pancakes (just stir in shredded cheese and pan-fry on your stovetop over medium heat). If you’re all turkeyed out, plug in your crockpot and cook up a big batch of chili or your favorite heart-warming stew, or give everyone the day off from cooking and order pizza from your favorite local joint.

HAVE SOME FUN

After you’ve shared a meal and given thanks, plan some amusing entertainment to keep the Friendsgiving fun going. Maybe it’s watching your favorite football team or bringing out the board games. When in doubt, breaking out the blankets and snuggle up for a holiday movie marathon or a consecutive viewing of all of the “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes!

The Perfect Friendsgiving Tablescape!

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Elect Your Fall Fashion Fave

November 4, 2016

With Election Day on the way, get ready for “I Voted!” stickers and polling place selfies to flood your social media feeds. There’s no debate about this, though: Fall is one of our favorite seasons when it comes to fashion. It’s hard to beat the allure of chunky knits, cute jackets, cozy tights and leather boots.

In the spirit of casting your vote this election season, we’re asking you to elect your favorite fall fashion staple. These three standbys are all valuable additions to any autumn wardrobe, but only one can be named the winner of fall fashion. Which will get your vote?

BOOTIES

Ankle-height boots, aka booties, might be the most versatile shoe out there right now, and they couldn’t be more on-trend. Stacked wooden heels can give your outfit a bit of much-needed lift, while flat-soled booties are super-walkable. Details such as perforated leather or metallic zippers add a special touch to basic styles. Truth be told, it’s hard to imagine an outfit—jeans and a tee, a girly dress, leggings and a tunic—that won’t work with your favorite pair of booties.

BLANKET SCARF

This cozy accessory made a big splash last fall and is still going strong. Whether you go with a loud and colorful plaid or an understated check, blanket scarves add a dose of fall flair. Wear them draped around the neck or worn around the shoulders, shawl-style—you really can’t go wrong!

PUFFY VEST

This sporty staple has been a cool-weather favorite for years and has recently made quite the comeback. The classic down-filled vest works in low-key neutrals or preppy brights (think red, hunter green or cornflower blue), while slimmer silhouettes with sleek quilting and menswear-inspired prints—think herringbone, plaid or houndstooth—add a layer of warmth and style to just about any fall outfit.

 

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Strap Happy

October 28, 2016

The strappy back trend was all the rage this summer, with this delicate detail popping up on everything from sundresses to yoga tops. With fall in full swing, though, straps haven’t yet gone into hibernation; they’re moving to the fronts of tops and bralettes and even showing up on shoes. Here are 6 ways to put a fresh spin on the strappy trend this season.

SWEATER WEATHER

Strap-happy bralettes aren’t just for warm weather. Whether your favorite strappy-front bralette features a simple criss-cross front or an elaborate spider web of lacing, the best way to show it off during cooler weather is with a V-neck sweater, so just a bit of the detail peeks out. Or layer on a drapey, low-cut tank or tee with a leather or denim jacket.

WORK IT OUT

Sports tanks and yoga bras with strappy fronts are a super-cute way to take this trend to the gym. Layer on a sweatshirt with a wide neckline or let the straps show underneath a zip-up hoodie.

GO BOHO

In dark colors and sleek fabrics, strappy tops tend to skew toward the edgy side, but that’s not the only way to wear the trend. Look for criss-cross details on printed pieces and hippie-inspired blouses with a more free-spirited vibe, like this Eyeshadow Front Cross Straps Woven Tunic ($24.99).

KEEP IT SIMPLE

For an all-in-one-look without the fuss of layering, look for a tee, blouse or dress with built-in criss-cross detailing along the neckline, like the Criss-Cross Strappy Tee ($8.99) or Emerald Sundae Harness Front Criss Cross Ottoman Short Dress ($11).

FLIP IT AND REVERSE IT

To work this trend without buying something new, look in your closet for tops or dresses with a strappy back, and then try them on backwards. It sounds crazy, but it just might work! For example, wear the Trixxi Stripe Criss Cross Swing Dress ($14.99) turned around with the criss-cross detail in front!

TOE THE LINE

Shoes are getting in on the strappy trend, too. Try a pair of strappy heels or wedges for an upcoming formal event, like a school dance or wedding. For everyday, look for boots and booties with strappy cut-outs on the sides for a really fashion-forward look. If the temps aren’t too cool, pair them with bare legs, a flowy dress and a denim jacket. If you’re already feeling the chill, then layer them over bright socks or tights so the color shows through

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Everything’s Coming Up Rose Gold

October 21, 2016

Gold is classic and silver is chic, but everything from iPhones to Michelle Obama’s final state dinner gown are turning heads in rose gold and copper these days. Whether it’s gilded onto sunglasses or making an appearance in home decor, this warm metallic couldn’t be cooler.

Here’s how to infuse a little of this trendy tone into both your wardrobe and home.

  1. Make some moves in these super-shiny high-top sneakers by Baby Phat ($29.95).
  2. Flashy personalities will love the TMI Women’s Triple Chrono Roman Numeral watch, which features dazzling rose gold metal links ($14.99).
  3. If softer bands are more your style, go for the TMI Classic Dial watch with a white leather band and delicate rose gold face ($14.99)
  4. For just a touch of rose gold, slip into these ZCo boot-cut jeans with metallic embellishments on the back pockets ($29.99).
  5. Add some quirk to your kitchen with this Copper Metal Utensil Wall Clock ($12.99).
  6. Perk up a console table or armoire with this eye-catching geometric metal sculpture ($25).
  7. Throw some shade with Riviera Glam sunglasses in a timeless aviator style ($12.99).
  8.  Let there be light! This wire pendant lamp would lend a contemporary vibe to any room ($39.99).
  9. A succulent planter? A classy trash can? An ice bucket for your next shindig? The uses for this copper planter bucket are practically endless ($16.99).