Let's face it, weather on every coast is overcast, dreary and down right messy. Being in the South East, we've fared far better than other areas of the country. Loads and loads of rainy, windy days but manageable. While out and about over the holidays, I noticed the absence of color in outerwear. From the airport to the grocery line, I seem to be the only person that loves a pop of color--especially during the Fall/Winter months. What better way to brighten a cloudy day than with a bold hued coat or jacket.
There's no rule that bright colors should be reserved for summer folks. Show your personality and stand out in the crowd. Here's some outerwear options, that will instantly lift your mood--and they're all on sale!
Living in the age of "Influencer Marketing" has seen unknown indie brands skyrocket-- becoming a household name, while others have seemingly lost steam and faded into obscurity. I don't know what discount footwear retailer Payless Shoes' motives were when they decided to prank shoppers by opening a completely faux(fake) shoe store, stocked with Payless shoes, and marking them up by as much as 1800%.
They seem to be getting the last laugh calling this a social experiment, studying what people will pay for, but I'm not at all convinced. As a self proclaimed fashion addict and Lifestyle blogger, testing, rating and reviewing products comes with the territory. Like many women I've enjoyed shopping since I was a toddler, and trust me there's no way you're going to convince a lifelong shopper and Lifestyle writer that a product retailing for $30 is actually worth $600 plus. No way, absolutely not, do not believe the hype.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with finding affordable apparel options, but trying to convince consumers that chosen "Infuencers" couldn't recognize the difference in the quality and craftsmanship of products from $30 to $600 equates to not knowing the difference between a knit dress from FashionNova vs St. John Knitwear. Seriously??
Undoubtedly, some products have proven to be more about hype and popularity vs quality, but I hold to the adage you get hat you pay for. I love a discount and sale just as much as the next shopper, but some things are mere nonsense and this is one of them. I've never shopped at Payless myself, so I can't speak to the quality or lack thereof of the retailer's offerings. I can say that this little PR stunt piqued my interest enough to visit their social media. To their credit, the pics are good, especially of the warm fuzzy boots/booties. Looks cozy. Nonetheless, I don't know if this was the best effort if their seeking sales. I'm not impressed. I think hosting an event, being honest upfront-- about their desire to reach a different demographic and getting some honest feedback would have been a better route., and a better look.
Anywho, good luck Payless. I hope for your sake your experiment paid off. Happy Holidays ;0
Happy Thanksgiving angels!!! Tomorrow is the annual Macy's Thanksgiving parade, one that I rarely miss( from my couch that is). For many of us this parade is the official kick off to the Christmas holiday season. Looking at the weather report, it is going to be a bone chilling 20 degrees with a single digit windshield factor in the Big Apple-Yikes!! A blast of cold air is gifting the North East with the coldest Thanksgiving on record--some 15 to 30 degrees lower than usual.
Temperatures this low aren't just cold, they're physically dangerous. So, before you head out to take in the sights and see those amazing Thanksgiving day floats--fingers crossed the wind cooperates--here's a quick overview of how to properly layer--fashionably of course ;0
1) Base Layer-- This may seem like a no brainer, but you may be surprised how many people neglect to wear a solid base layer. Some just chose not to, others may be visiting from warmer climates and just not know. There are no shortage of options of materials, styles and colors, but in general--just grab a cozy pair of thermals. This layer is closest to your skin and wicks off the sweat, while retaining body heat My personal favorite are from Cuddl Duds. You can pic order a pair online( www.cuddlduds.com) or from your local Target or JCPenney.
2) Middle Layer- Your second layer insulates. I prefer something in fleece or with fleece for this layer. Fleece is not only warm and cozy, but it keeps you warm, even when wet. This one is from St John's Bay( LOVE this line) looks so warm & cozy ( www.jcpenney.com) and it's on sale!
3) Outer layer- Last but not least your coat. For temps this low a heavyweight puffer would definitely be my choice. For temps this low, I absolutely prefer a longer coat--anything to keep as much warmth as possible. This knee length , heavyweight from St. John's Bay is a keeper.
These are your three basic layers, but don't forget the accessories. A good pair of thermal crew socks, wool gloves, and a hat that provides coverage to your ears as well are a definite must. Stay warm, be safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
In just a few short weeks, Christmas parties and holiday festivities will be in full swing. Working with various non-profit groups, my calendar this season has quite a few celebrations slated, which means multiple wardrobe changes. Red is one of my favorite colors to wear, not because of the season, but it's just so pretty and powerful. Who doesn't feel more confident when wearing red?
I've decided red or something in the red family, will be my color of choice for just about every holiday event I attend this season. I've started searching and thus far have come across these very affordable beauties. Have a look !
You know that feeling when you're looking for something, but you don;t know exactly what it is until you find it? Well, I have always been a fan of 1950's era film and costume. The glamour, the beauty and elegance portrayed in film--thingsg that rarely exist today. Dorothy Dandridge, Jane Mansfield--over the t op everything and I love it all. I don;t believe I've ever seen any of the fanciful dressing gowns they used to wear in person, but while browsing on Ebay, there it was. I could hardley believe that what I had seen in my minds eye for so long, was staring me in the face. The prettiest shade of baby pink, with layers and rows of cotton candy like feathers--stunning. Just look at it.
How can you NOT fall in love with this piece? Boudoir vibes all the way. I was drooling. Looking at the price I heard Noni in my head saying" If it looks to good to be true, it probably is. I've found that to not always be true, but in this case, it certainly was. I told myself, it's not like you're actually going anywhere in it. Just the effect of it all--a little nostalgia.
I ordered two and waited for my package to arrive. When my postal carrier arrived you would have thought the lovelies from Publisher's Clearing House had just pulled up( mercy I wish they would) . I got out the mailbox almost as soon as she put it in, hurried inside, opened the package and THIS is what I had..