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4 Ways To Style Your Hair For Prom

March 3, 2017

4 Ways To Style Your Hair For Prom

Prom Season is finally here, and that means it’s time to enjoy beautiful dresses and getting dolled up for one night of fun. We want to make sure you look gorgeous for your prom, so we’ve put together a list of hair styles that are sure to turn heads on the dance floor, along with what you’ll need and a step-by-step guide on how to conquer these prom hairstyles yourself!


Pinned Back

What you will need:

1” barrel curling iron, heat protectant spray, hair pins, light hold hair spray

How To:

  • Start by curling the hair all the way around.
  • Spray using protect and shine product for heat protectant and maximum shine.
  • Part down the middle. Take 2 1″ sections on each side of temples twist back, pin, and finish using hair finishing spray for a soft romantic hold.

Top Bun

What you will need:

Hair tie, hand full of hair pins, teasing comb, high hold hairspray

How To: 

  • Start by smoothing hair into a high ponytail.
  • Tease whole pony enough to give volume to the bun.
  • Smooth pony in circle rotation on top of the head, use pins to hold in place.


Fish Tail Curl

What you will need:

Curling iron, small hair tie, couple hair pins, medium hold hairspray

How To: 

  • Curl entire head in multiple sections.
  • Spray hair with medium hair spray, sweep it all to one side, and fish tail down to the end, finish with small hair tie.
  • Pull out face framing pieces in the front, twist front bangs to the back with a hair pin.

Wavy Curls

What you will need:

Curling iron, high hold spray, teasing comb

How To: 

  • Curl entire head away from face in multiple sections.
  • Flip head upside down, hairspray all around.
  • Tease front sides and high hold hairspray to finish.

Any of these hairstyles are sure to make your prom night special! Which one is your favorite?

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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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Couples Game Night Ideas

February 13, 2017

Valentine’s Day is the biggest date night of the year, but that doesn’t mean you’re obligated to vie for a reservation at a fancy restaurant like everyone else in town. Hosting your own game night for two at home can bring out your playful sides. We’ve got four different game night suggestions to choose from based on when you met your partner. Pick from the options below and, in the end, everyone wins!



Take yourself back in time with some of your favorite childhood pastimes. Play card games such as Go Fish or Uno, or whimsical board games such as Candyland, Chutes & Ladders or Twister.
On the menu: Continue the old-school theme by making mac ’n’ cheese, hot dogs or PBJs. Then, pick your favorite lunchroom drink and make re-imagine it as an adult beverage with the addition of your favorite spirit. Vodka and lemonade or rum and Hawaiian Punch are obvious choices, but you’re only limited by your own creativity (Ecto Cooler and Midori, anyone?). For dessert, popsicles, pudding cups or ice cream cones would be the perfect finishing touch.



If you and your sweetie met in high school, take a trip down memory lane with a game that reminds you a sport you played, like Table Top Tennis, or tried-and-true a classic such as Monopoly. To really harken back to the kissing games of your youth, surprise your partner with a two-person game of Spin the Bottle or 7 Minutes in Heaven.
On the menu: Assemble a spread of snacks inspired by your favorite nostalgic treats of the time. Depending on when you met, that might be anything from pizza bagels to Doritos to s’mores. Make a toast with whichever soda you loved as a teenager–maybe it’s Dr. Pepper or Orange Crush–served in champagne flutes just for fun.



Did you hit it off with your significant other at freshmen orientation, chemistry lab or a Greek party? Then a college-themed game night is just the ticket. See if you still have your drinking game prowess with the Bingo Shot Glass Game or Boozeball Shot Glass Game.
On the menu: This one’s a no brainer: Pizza and beer, of course! Order delivery from your favorite local pizzeria or buy all the fixing at the grocery store (dough, cheese, sauce and your favorite toppings) and roll one out together.



If you met as adults, it’s time to break out those board games that are just for grown-ups: Think Cards Against Humanity, Battle of the Sexes, Dirty Minds or Rotten Apples.
On the menu: Recreate a meal from one of your early dates, whether that was burgers and fries and a bar or a multi-course meal at a swanky restaurant. Or for less time in the kitchen and more time relaxing, throw a wine party for two with a cheese and charcuterie platter and a bottle of your favorite vino.

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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.


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.



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.




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.




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.




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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Salad of the Week: 1-17-2017

January 17, 2017
Make this easy salad to meet your 2017 goals

The New Year is off to a good start for this mama.  Mostly because I have dedicated the next five weeks to ME!  It feels oh so good and then I feel oh so guilty at the same time.  I mean, salad prep and gym time cut into the hours of my day and leave me less time to spend sitting on the floor doing puzzles and playing Legos.  BUT, I have decided I need a jump start and it’s going to take full concentration on my health and fitness.  We work so hard year round and what do we get but a bunch of “ewww I don’t want that for dinner”, LOADS of laundry (some of which isn’t even really dirty, but our kids tried it on and were too lazy to put it back in their closets so it instead goes into the dirty basket-like we don’t know?), mess after mess to deal with whether it’s food being thrown on the floor by our littles, or this and that cluttering the counters each day and just piling up because mom hasn’t put it away. Then there is helping with homework, school projects, and being an after school taxi cab.

So when is it our time?

We can keep making excuses that are a mile long, believe me, my list is never-ending as are most moms.  But hey, let’s face it, we are never really going to catch up on that list in this lifetime.  So let’s start now, by eating healthier and focusing on ourselves just a little.  We will feel so much better about ourselves.  And our kids will also see this change and want to be part of it.  My 18 month old and 3 year old love digging into my salads, mostly because what kid doesn’t want to stab little things with a fork, but then once they try them, they can’t stop.  Full blown salad eaters in my house, spinach, carrots, artichokes, brussel sprouts…they eat them and don’t complain!  Crazy, huh?

Main ingredients for this yummy salad

all the chopped ingredients you need

Let’s—as moms—put us first, leave the guilt behind, and focus on eating healthier for the next 30 days!   After that we will have our jump start and be in the mindset to care more about ourselves.  We deserve this.  I mean, we have one body and if we neglect it to take care it, who knows what health issues will arise and if we will be around to experience years and years to come.

To make the dressing for the salad you will need these ingredients

 Cheers to another salad to kick-off 2017!

This one is actually easy to prep and makes a huge Tupperware full.  You may want to share this one and help another coworker or friend get on the salad wagon! The more you practice salad making the easier it gets. Trust me, after two years of salads weekly, I can whip these things out in no time!  And you will too!

A great salad that is easy to make and healthy


Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Chickpeas, Kale, and Pearl Couscous

Prep time:  20 mins

Yield: 8 side dish servings, or 4 main course servings


4 Tbs apple cider vinegar

4 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil

2 tsp honey

2 tsp Dijon mustard

½  tsp salt

¼  tsp black pepper



1 butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, and cubed into ½-inch pieces

2 Tbs olive oil

½ tsp salt, divided

⅛ tsp black pepper

1 C cooked whole wheat pearl couscous (according to package)

1 medium sweet onion, diced

5 oz kale, washed, de-stemmed, and finely chopped

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Combine salad ingredients, mix salad dressing and enjoy!

Share your salad

Do you have any easy salads to make? Share in the comments below!

This post was written by Gordmans cooking extraordinaire, Lindsey.

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Top Shopped: 3/20/16

March 18, 2016

Spring has sprung and we’re excited about new styles going live (and selling out!) on the website. From plush pillows to garden accessories, to kitchen gear and brand name denim, hurry and get yours before they’re gone!

  1. Furry pillows in bright white add freshness to your living room, not to mention total comfort!
  2. Get ready to try out some new recipes with this classic cutlery set.
  3. Fighting Illini Footwear = the best way to support your team.
  4. One of the key ways to transition your wardrobe to spring is with a cheery new handbag!
  5. Swim season is upon us and Gordmans has amazing styles to choose from, like this lace-inset one-piece.
  6. Line your walkways with this pretty, crackle-glass light for a fairy-garden feel.
  7. Great-fitting denim is a must, and these name brand jeans will be his new favorite!
  8. Sketchers knows comfort, and these slip-on sandals will feel good and look even better.
  9. Looking to take your bedroom from blah to beautiful? This Brighton bedding set is perfect!
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Last Minute Spring Break Plans

March 7, 2016

Just because a big trip isn’t in the cards doesn’t mean you can’t have a pleasure-packed Spring Break with your family this season. Make the most of your time off together with these ideas, all easy to pull off with limited planning.


You can fake a beach day even if you’re nowhere near a seaside destination. Locate your nearest body of water, whether that’s a lake, waterpark or even an indoor pool at the park district or YMCA. Load up an oversized tote bag with towels, toys and snacks, and don’t forget the SPF if you’ll be under the sun.

What to wear: A swimsuit, your favorite cover-up, wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sandals.


Be a tourist in your own town and spend a day at a museum. If you’ve visited your major metropolitan museum umpteen times, look for a smaller one within driving distance that has a regional or topical focus. You’d be surprised how many smaller towns have history museums that could teach you and your kiddos something new (or old, rather) about your hometown’s past.

What to wear: A drapey cardigan, cotton tank, jeans and walkable flats or sneakers.


Pop some popcorn or order a pizza and gather the whole family for an all-day film fest right in your living room. Start early and make your way through multi-movie series such as “Harry Potter,” “Toy Story,” “Back to the Future” or “The Hunger Games.” Or pick a theme for a double feature, such as toys (“The Lego Movie” and “G.I. Joe”), dinosaurs (“Land Before Time” and “Jurassic Park”) or dance (“Center Stage” and “Save the Last Dance”).

What to wear: A cozy hooded sweatshirt, leggings and slippers.


Give back to your community by volunteering as a family. Contacting a local volunteer organization for suggestions on a one-day opportunity such as assisting at a local senior center or animal shelter. Or lead your kids in collecting pantry goods or unused clothing and toys that are still in good condition to donate to a local organization.

What to wear: A lightweight blouse, skinny jeans and booties.

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Closet Organization

March 2, 2016

Goodbye Chaos, Hello Dream Closet

 If you’re getting the itch to start spring cleaning early, there’s no better place to start than your closet. Begin by zeroing in on items that are worn out, no longer fit or rarely see the light of day. Donate gently used clothing to a local charity and recycle worn, hole-y clothing into rags for your cleaning supply cabinet. Now that you have the practical task of purging behind you, a fun accessory or two can turn an otherwise ho-hum closet into a thoroughly organized happy place. Here are a few of our favorite ideas.



Give smaller, lesser-used items such as special occasion handbags, swimwear, hats and mittens a home in designated storage containers. Clear snap-top boxes are practical because you can see the contents easily; for a more decorative look, try fabric-lined wire baskets or farmhouse-chic wooden crates.



Make the most of unused space on the front or back of the closet door and hang a row of hooks, a classy mirror or an amusing piece of artwork, like this laundry-themed sign.



Jewelry organizers with clear plastic pockets and trendy fabric insets printed with chevron or ikat will keep your rings and earrings from tangling with your bracelets and necklaces.



Think creatively about what items you have that could double as functional but decorative organizational tools, like using a wire magazine holder to hold scarves or a memo board to clip headbands or hair ties.



Have a favorite pair of heels or a cute-as-can-be handbag? Display them like artwork on floating shelves or shadow boxes and you’ll smile every time you see them.



If you have a little extra space to play with in a walk-in closet, create an elegant dressing room vibe by adding a vintage chair and textured pillow to an empty corner, or switch out a plain overhead fixture with a pretty pendant light.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Themed Oscar Party

February 25, 2016

It’s award season! Who doesn’t love the fashion, the drama, the movies, the parties?? It’s a great excuse to get together with friends to eat, drink and make merry during these last few dismal weeks of winter.

Hosting a great Oscar party is all about making the evening fun and relaxing for your guests, and being organized and prepared so you can enjoy the evening watching the show instead of slaving in the kitchen. When inviting people to an Oscar viewing party, it’s also important to emphasize that you don’t have to have seen any of the films or know anything about the event to still have a great time.

That being said…

Can we all agree that it’s Leo’s year to win??? Just give the man the award. One more year seeing his fake-smile-congratulatory-towards-his-fellow-nominees reaction might make us weep. It’s been established that he’s pretty talented. He’s been nominated a million times, right? It’s time celebrate these facts with a new, different, (and slightly obsessive) Leonardo DiCaprio themed party Oscar Party!

How to do it: Plan the menu and décor around themed delicacies all in homage to Leo’s dapper mug. Plus, include framed photos from his famed movie appearances next to each dish or drink to help guests make the connection.

Check out these super easy themed menu items that are simple to make and can easily be prepared in advance.

The Revenant – Gummy Bears: Is it too soon? To joke about bears? (This joke may only be relevant to those who have seen this movie…)

Django Unchained – Candy of any variety: What better way to play tribute to a character named, Candy, than with an awesome assortment of sugary treats. An assortment of theatre candy in colorful dishes is always a crowd-pleaser.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – Grape Parfaits: This is a fantastic, make-ahead, fancy-looking delicious treat that could not be easier to make. Use your favorite yogurt parfait recipe and substitute grapes for other fruit mentioned. Assemble the dessert in festive wine glasses for a very upscale, Oscar party-esque look featured within the buffet spread.

 Gangs of New York – New York Style Hot Dogs: Wanna get fancy? Wait for it…take little smokies and carefully cut standard hot dog buns to fit their tiny size. They become delightful little handheld savory snacks to balance out other sweet items on the menu.

The Beach – Seaweed Dip: Make your own favorite dippable concoction, or pick up your favorite from the store and pop it in a pretty bowl so you can take all the credit. If you’re near a Trader Joe’s grocer, they have a great Spinach Artichoke Dip that is inexpensive and delicious.

The Departed – Boston Crème Pie Bites: This is the only menu item that has any significant baking or prep required. You can plan to make this the day before and chill until ready to serve. Check out these super cute mini desserts on House of Yumm and was delighted with how easy they were to put together.

Titanic – My Heart Will Go On Cocktails/I’m the King of the World Celebratory Champagne: Just print your favorite “Jack” photo and paste onto your favorite bottle of bubbly. If he doesn’t win? Save it for your next personal victory, goal achievement or career success – and you’ll feel like the king of the world.

Finally, one of our favorite elements of a good Oscar Party is the ballot for guessing the winners. Each attendee is provided a sheet of the nominees and places their guess on who will win before the show starts. For some categories, people may have a good guess, but things like Best Sound Mixing and Best Animated Short Film are anybody’s game. Each category is worth a different number of points and a winner is recognized at the end of the show. It’s always fun to have a small prize like a movie theater gift card to gift to the winner, however the bragging rights of walking away as the winner are more than rewarding. Download your own party ballot with this year’s nominees and may the best person, (LEO), win!

Guest written by Gordmans theme-party Queen, Beth. 






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Alternative Valentine’s Day Plans

February 5, 2016

A romantic candlelit dinner may be the most popular way to celebrate February 14 with your valentine, but that doesn’t have to be the default. Let this list of alternate date ideas be your guide to mixing up the usual routine this year.


The couple that sweats together stays together, right? Pick an activity you’ve never tried before and enroll in a class or workshop together. Kickboxing, pilates, indoor rock-climbing, trapeze lessons … the options are only limited to what is offered in your area.

What to wear: Leggings, a comfy athletic top and your favorite pair of sneaks.


Bring out your competitive sides with an afternoon of game play. Try indoor mini-golfing or bowling, or go to an arcade and see who can rack up the most points in pinball or score a toy from the claw machine. This one is sure to bring back some early dating nostalgia.

What to wear: Army jacket or vest, colorful top, scarf and jeans.


It is entirely acceptable to order takeout and watch TV for Valentine’s Day, provided you mix up your routine from an ordinary weeknight. Order delivery from a restaurant you’ve never tried before and press play on a fresh series that you can binge-watch together from the beginning.

What to wear: Cozy sweatshirt and knit pants.


Stroll the grounds of your local zoo and get your fill of cuddly pandas, kooky chimps and regal tigers. If there’s not a zoo nearby or it’s closed for the winter, visit the local pet store and prepare for cuteness overload with a walk through the puppy department.

What to wear: Cable-knit sweater, jeans and boots.

Grab a sled or tube and hit the closest sledding hill, or lace on ice skates and glide hand-in-hand on a frozen pond or outdoor rink. If winters are warmer in your neck of the woods, go to an open skate night or curling night at an indoor ice rink.

What to wear: Puffy jacket, a hat and gloves!