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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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A little girl's dream wrapping!

3 Accessories into 1 with this cool wrapping!

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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).

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DIY Fall Coffees

October 14, 2016

The season of Pumpkin Spice Everything is upon us, which includes your favorite fall drinks at your local coffee shop. If all those trips to see your local barista are adding up at $5 a pop, check out our tips and tricks to create your own fancy coffee drinks at home for less.

GET FROTHY

Besides the flavors, there’s one thing that makes seasonal lattes so rich and delicious: frothed milk. If you don’t have a fancy espresso machine with a milk steamer (and who does?), just put a half cup of milk in a mason jar and shake it hard for about 30 seconds. Then take off the lid, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and pour it into your cup of coffee. Ouila, instant latte!

SPICE IT UP

Look to your spice rack for autumnal inspiration! Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, or for a hit of heat, add a dash of chili powder. If you have a bottle of pumpkin pie spice—a blend of cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg and allspice—leftover from Thanksgiving, try stirring in a teaspoon to make your own pumpkin spice latte.

CANDY SHOP

Some of the sweetest seasonal coffees are inspired by candy store favorites. To make a salted caramel coffee, swirl in caramel syrup and sprinkle with sea salt. For a maple-toffee latte, add a tablespoon of maple syrup and a sprinkle of crushed toffee candy.

CHAI AGAIN

Ever heard of a dirty chai? It’s the best of the coffee and tea worlds: a chai tea latte with a shot of espresso. To make an easy copycat version at home, pick up a carton of chai tea concentrate at the grocery store (Tazo, Oregon Chai and Pacific are popular brands that make it) and mix to taste with coffee and frothed milk. The spicy flavors of the chai—cardamom, cinnamon and peppercorn—create the perfect cool-weather sipper.

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Trolls Are Back! See How to Rock ‘Trolls’-Inspired Brights

October 7, 2016

When DreamWorks’ “Trolls” debuts on Nov. 4 starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake (well, their voices, at least!) moviegoers everywhere are going to be singing along and dreaming in color. We zeroed in on four larger-than-life colors from the movie—including fuschia, the signature color of Kendrick’s character, Poppy—that will be sure to give your wardrobe a punch this fall. Mix these vibrant hues with neutrals (see our “mild” suggestions below), or go wild and pair with other brights for a double dose of color.

FUSCHIA

Mild: To keep this stunning magenta shade the focus of your outfit, try pairing it with black basics. A fuschia clutch is the perfect accent for a LBD, or wear a chiffon fuchsia blouse with a pair of classic black pants—any silhouette from cigarette to wide-legged will do!

Wild: Cobalt blue is a strong match for fuschia; even though it’s also bright, it has enough depth to ground your whole outfit. Belt a fuschia frock with a cobalt belt, or pair a pink top with a cobalt cardigan and a trusty pair of jeans.

TURQUOISE

Mild: This bright blue-green hue looks super-sharp paired with gray or white. Try turquoise heels with a crisp white eyelet dress or a bright tunic with distressed gray denim.

Wild: Turquoise really pops when paired with another bright color found in nature: coral. Match a coral necklace or scarf with a turquoise dress, or button a coral blazer over a turquoise pencil skirt.

LIME

Mild: Denim is your best friend when it comes to wearing this citrusy shade of green. Tuck a chambray shirt into a lime skirt, or toss on a denim jacket over a lime shift dress and you’re good to go.

Wild: If you’re feeling really brave, match lime with purple—either a deep shade of eggplant or a lighter-looking violet (think Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s color of the year for 2014). How cute would a lime green hat and gloves look with a violet wool coat for winter?

ORANGE

Mild: When it comes to neutrals, army green is your go-to to rock with all shades of orange, from creamy coral to in-your-face neon. A military-styled jacket or vest is just the right fit to layer over an orange tee or sweater. Don’t have anything army green? Try matching orange with chambray or navy for a nautical vibe.

Wild: Pair canary yellow with orange and heads will definitely turn! For a less eye-popping combination that still comes off quite bold, try crimson—and don’t shy away from prints. A crimson and canary floral skirt with an orange blouse would definitely be a showstopper!

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5 Must-Have Jackets For Fall (all for under $30!)

September 23, 2016

JEAN JACKET

This is the classic of all classics, whether you’re a lady or a gent, a teen or an adult. When it comes to the details—length, wash, button color, distressed or not—it’s really a matter of personal preference. Try a few on for size and prepare to keep this timeless workhorse in your closet for years to come!

Try: Wallflower Basic Denim Jacket, $17

Amethyst Basic Denim Jacket, $17

Trend 1: Jean Jacket

MILITARY JACKET

Army green is the new neutral: This military-inspired piece goes with everything, and all the pockets make it practical, too. To define your waist, look for a jacket with a drawstring around the middle; for extra coziness, try one with a hood. Pull it out of your closet to dress down a little black dress or layer it with a plaid flannel shirt and jeans for football tailgating.

Try: Ashley Draw Cord Waist Military Jacket, $29.99

Ashley Hooded Military Jacket: $29.99

Trend 2: Military Jacket

MOTO JACKET

A leather (or pleather) jacket in any style is a versatile cool-weather staple, but the zippered details and prominent lapel of a classic moto jacket are especially iconic. Use it to toughen up an otherwise girly lace dress or pop it over a jumpsuit for a night out.

Try: Quilted Moto Jacket, $29.99

Stitch Detail Moto Jacket, $29.99

Trend 3: Moto Jacket

SWEATER JACKET

More a hefty cardigan than a jacket per se, this cozy layering piece can turn a plain tee and jeans into a stylish ensemble. Look for cozy cable knits, colorful stripes or eye-catching Aztec-inspired prints.

Try: Colorblock Aztec Jacket, $12

Pink Rose Variegated Stripe with Hood Cardigan, $19.99

Trend 4: Sweater Jacket

VARSITY JACKET

Whether you’re still in school or graduation is far in your rearview, there’s something that feels quintessentially fall about the varsity jacket. Look for styles that make use of the original letter emblem on the front, or opt for a more modern version that takes liberties with the inspiration by incorporating on-trend patterns such as plaid or space dye.

Try: Reflex A-Patch Fleece Hooded Varsity Jacket, $19.99

Reflex Plaid Contrast Hooded Varsity Jacket, $19.99

5 Jackets For Fall!

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Fall Transition: What to Wear Now & Later

September 9, 2016

Dressing this time of year can be ricky: You’re anxious and ready to wear your new fall threads, but the weather still feels summery. Luckily, you can easily transition your summer wardrobe into fall with the help of a few key accessories and a little styling strategy.

SUNDRESS

Now: Wear a gauzy summer frock with laid-back leather sandals and summer’s hottest accessory, a choker.

Later: When the temps get cooler, anchor a breezy sundress with ankle booties and a classic denim jacket—light wash, dark wash, whatever works.

SKATER SKIRT

Now: Toss this on as a swimsuit cover-up in the waning days of summer, or pair it with your favorite tank or tee and a wide-brimmed hat.

Later: This summer staple works for autumn when layered over tights and paired with a patterned cotton tee with long or three-quarter length sleeves.

TAB-SLEEVE BLOUSE

Now: In a solid color like navy or fuchsia, this business-casual basic really dresses up a pair of white shorts or jeans for September backyard parties and backyard parties. (Sure, it’s after Labor Day, but you can still rock ’em if it’s warm out!)

Later: Sport it with jeans in a dark wash, a crisp blazer and ballet flats for a super pulled-together ensemble.

OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOP

Now: The trendiest top of the summer couldn’t look cuter with denim cut-offs or a bohemian-inspired maxi.

Later: Keep your shoulders cozy by layering on an infinity scarf or army jacket on top and leggings and booties in the bottom.

LACE BRALETTE

Now: Wear a drapey top with a back that dips low to show off a racer-back or halter bralette that’s meant to be seen.

Later: Let this beauty peek out from under the neckline of a boat-neck sweater or tunic, paired with skinny jeans tucked into knee-high boots.

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