Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

Amy’s Notebook 04.01.15: M Challenge Fashion Syllabus

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

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Note: As a wrap-up of each month’s m challenge theme, we will be using the last Notebook of the month as a sort of “Cliffs Notes” edition of the challenge – where you can find a list of all the articles we’ve published for the challenge, as well as more links from the web around the challenge theme. Our hope is that this will serve as a syllabus for the theme that you can refer to whenever you want, as well as a way to catch up in case you’ve missed anything!

March M Challenge: Focus on Fashion

Links for More Fashion Tips & Ideas:

 

Fashion Basics

How to Tuck a Shirt Like a Pro via Who What Wear

Source: Who What Wear

 

Three easy ways to master tucking in your shirt like a pro.

Great ideas for a fashion “first aid kit” you didn’t know you needed.

Everything you need to know to successfully mix prints and patterns!

17 easy ways to elevate your basic summer outfits.

Five different ways to tie a scarf.

12 awesome ways to knot a belt.

Styling Basics

7 Ways to Wear Chambray via Putting Me Together

Source: Putting Me Together

 

7 different ways to wear chambray for spring.

20 styling tips for boyfriend jeans.

Simple ways to style your Chuck Taylors – so versatile, everybody needs a pair!

6 ways to style white button up.

How to mix in layering pieces.

How to get J crew cuffs.

How to tuck your top into a belt and wear a dress as a skirt- amazing!

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

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Spring Fashion Trends with Audrey McClelland

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

I’m so happy that Audrey McClelland of Mom Generations is sharing her unique take on some of the fashion trends for spring. She is focusing on finding items that anyone of us can use to update our wardrobes, no matter our shape, age, or size. Audrey is one of my oldest & dearest friends in the blogging world and her success has been such an honor to watch unfold. Be sure to check out her new series special on TLC and enjoy these tips from one of my favorite people today! xo

2015 Spring Trends for Every WomanSpring is here!

The flowers are blooming.

The sun is out and actually warm.

Kids are riding bikes around our neighborhood and thoroughly enjoying the fact that it’s a new season. After the winter we’ve had in New England, we deserve this spring more than anything!

Spring is my favorite season for many reasons. I love seeing the beautiful, bold colors of nature around me. I love trading in my boots, scarves, hats and coats for tees, tanks and capris. I love having it stay light out till 7PM and soaking up every second of daylight possible.

My brightened mood is always reflected through my fashion attire in the spring. I really start to have some fashion fun and create styles/looks that make me feel happy from head-to-toe. This season there are some fabulous fashion trends that are perfection for every woman – regardless of shape, size and age. One of my favorite things to do on the fashion side of things is find trends that work for every woman. All trends aren’t created equal for every woman, I love finding the ones that are equal for all.

Here are 5 Spring Fashion Trends to get on your radar this season:

Spring Trends 2015-Pop of Color

1. Pop of Color in your Accessories – I love any trend that works with your accessories because it’s such an easy way to invest and reuse an item over and over and over again. My advice this spring? Invest in a handbag that truly gives that gorgeous POP of color! Great way to have come fashion fun and really add some va-va-voom to an outfit!

Spring Trends 2015-Printed Pants

2. Printed Pants – Any kind of print, find it and wear it! I love printed pants because there are so many different patterns/prints to choose from with them. Find a print that speaks to you and just wear it PROUD!

Spring Trends 2015-Denim Blues

3. Denim Blues – Denim lovers? Unite. Denim is hot to trot this spring! From jeans to jackets to dresses to handbags… you’re going to love it. I love denim, so for me – this is a dream come fashion true. The best part is a majority of us have a ton of denim already! Find it, wear it!

Spring Trends 2015-Florals

4. Florals – Flowers are blooming right now, so it’s only appropriate that florals find their way into fashion, too. I love the delicate look of a floral print on a handbag or spring/summer dress. The elegance of a gorgeous floral print is truly timeless and can easily be worn season-to-season.

Spring Trends 2015-Fringe

5. Fringe – Oh, yes! A fabulous trend that is fun and flirty and adorable! I love fringe on handbags! It doesn’t matter how you’re bringing the fringe in, it’s such a fun trend! You’ll see it a ton on tops and handbags right now.

Happy Spring FASHION!

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Spring Wardrobe Essentials with Vera Sweeney

Monday, March 16th, 2015

I’m so excited to have my amazing friend, Vera Sweeney, from Lady and the Blog sharing a fantastic list of Spring Wardrobe Essentials with all of us. I respect Vera and her work so very much and she has become one of my go-to resources for making the most of my wardrobe. Check out this great list she created for the m challenge and be sure to use our handy list of wardrobe printables while preparing for your new Spring look! xo

Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Spring is such a great time for fashion. There’s no more hiding. No more bundling. It’s all about embracing the warmer weather and showing off some skin. Because the beginning of the season can be so transitional, there are a few key pieces that every woman should own to ensure that she is ready for any weather that Mother Nature throws her way.

jean jacket

 

The Jean Jacket

I love a great jean jacket because not only can it keep you warm during cooler days, but it can also help you get more wear out of your summer dresses. If you pair a jean jacket with a summer dress and knee high cowboy boots, you suddenly have a seasonally appropriate look that can deconstruct into an entirely different feel.

When the weather gets warmer, remove the jacket and replace the boots with some fun flats. Easy!

The Daily Find: See by Chloe Pleated Dress

 

The Pleated Dress

If you listen to Fashion Week and trends, you know that pleats are coming back strong. Be sure to snag yourself a delicate looking pleated dress for this spring. Opt for a pale color and accessories with a bold clutch. Because we are going for a dainty look, don’t go heavy with jewelry when wearing this style. Instead, choose a simple necklace and skip the bangles.

Summer Scarf

 

The Summer Scarf

I love the summer scarf because it’s the perfect addition to any spring look. It’s the one accessory you can wear anywhere – anytime. And I’m not kidding! Wrap it around any look to add as an extra layer to complete your outfit. Then when it gets cold at night, simply unravel the piece and use it as a shawl. Perfection!

Floral Spring

 

Anything Floral

I know that sounds a bit vague… but it’s true. Spring is all about flowers, right? It makes sense that floral prints would be hot! Pick up pants, skirts, shirts, clutches or shoes. Whatever you like, really! Just don’t wear it all at once. ☺

Mint & Yellow

 

Mix and Match the Bright And Bold

When choosing color combinations for the spring, don’t be afraid to mix color and color. Have a little fun. It doesn’t have to be black mixed with a bright color. You can wear mint with yellow, or orange with blue. Yes! It’s all about stepping outside of your comfort zone and making an effort to be scene. If you need a little practice in this arena, start color combining with your accessories first.

Perfect Clutch

 

The Perfect Clutch

This is one of the most underrated accessories on the block. I live and die for a good clutch but not many women I know own one. Who wants to lug around a hobo or a tote to a restaurant when all you really need is your phone and lipstick? Purchase a sleek looking clutch and call it a day. Trust me! You will get a ton of use out of it! It will be your favorite purchase of the season. I love the red options I highlighted above, but if you really want to keep it simple, a beige clutch goes with everything.

What do you think of the options I selected for you? These spring wardrobe essentials will help kick start your style in the right gear.

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25 Best Wardrobe Planning Printable & Tools

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

25 Best Wardrobe Planning Printables and Tools

As I’ve been upping my fashion game over the past year by becoming intentional with my wardrobe and shopping – and embracing the capsule wardrobe concept – I’ve come across some amazing tools. These printables, guides, and tips have helped me whittle my once out-of-control closet into one that makes sense and helps me feel fashionable every day. So for our M Challenge Focus on Fashion, I thought it would make a great resource for us to bundle these together with even more of the best wardrobe planning printables and tools that are available.

So whether you’re looking to build a wardrobe from scratch, whittle what you have into a capsule closet, or even get ideas for packing smartly for a trip, you’ll find some great tools here to help you! (note: please pin any photos below from the original source)

General Wardrobe Tips & Printables

Build a perfect wardrobe via Into-Mind

Source: Into Mind

 

How to build the perfect wardrobe: 10 basic principles @Into Mind

Building a Grown-Up Wardrobe :: purging, planning, and the perfect shopping list @AJ Wears Clothes

Building a Basic Wardrobe @Living on the Chic

How to Build a Wardrobe + Basic Wardrobe Checklist @ Jo-Lynne Shane

Infographic decision tree for wardrobe editing @Modern Eve

How to build your best spring wardrobe yet @Into Mind

 

101 fashion tips via StyleCaster

Source: StyleCaster

 

101 Fashion Tips and Tricks Every Girl Should Know @StyleCaster

My favorite source for fashion on a budget: Twice

My other favorite source for my fashion capsule on a budget: ThredUp

Which Fashion App Is Right for You? @Brit + Co

How to Maintain your Wardrobe throughout the Year @Into Mind

Essential Work Wardrobe with Printable Shopping List @tixeertne

 

Capsule/Minimalist Wardrobe Tips & Printables

Capsule planner via Unfancy

Source: Unfancy

 

Free Capsule Wardrobe Planner Tool @Unfancy

Project 333 Start Guide @Life Your Way

5 Things that do not Belong in Your Capsule Wardrobe @The Project 333

All Seasons Capsule Wardrobe Plan @The Lovely Laura Life

The 40 Hanger Closet- minimize your wardrobe for maximum style @Living Well Spending Less

 

Capsule guide via Inside Out Style

Source: Inside Out Style

 

How to create a wardrobe capsule: 12 garments = 72 outfits + printable guide @Inside Out Style

Rule of Three: add variety with this trick @Unfancy

The Bare Minimum 30 Piece Wardrobe @The Everyday Minimalist

Capsule Wardrobe Checklist @The Fitenessista

A 30-piece wardrobe with sample wardrobe pics, tips, and free printable shopping list @House for Five

 

Travel & Packing Tips & Printables

Travel fashion planner via Travel Fashion Girl

Source: Travel Fashion Girl

 

How to Plan your Travel Outfits: 5 Style Tools Show You How @Travel Fashion Girl

Packing Checklist and Outfit Planner @Pretty & Fresh

How to Plan a Travel Capsule Wardrobe for Vacation @Lady Light Travel

 

m challenge: What’s in Your Closet? 6 Wardrobe Essentials

Monday, March 9th, 2015

As part of our March m challenge: Focus on Fashion, I’ve asked a number of fabulous fashion bloggers to share their wisdom with us, and I’m so happy that Jo-Lynne Shane is letting us peek into her closet today, sharing with us the six most important wardrobe pieces every woman should have in her closet! We have been friends for many years and I have always appreciated her smart sense of style that she is so generous to share with us all. I hope you enjoy peeking at her closet today! xo

Six Wardrobe Essentials

As a professional blogger and mom of three, I spend most of my days working from home and running the kids around, but I also attend enough events that I need to have a complete wardrobe so I’m not frantically shopping when I get a last minute opportunity. The trick is to find a few key pieces that you love. Then you can work out from there. Here are 6 pieces every mom needs in her closet.

1. Great Fitting Jeans

I don’t think a modern woman should be without a pair of good fitting jeans. This is an item for which I recommend making in investment if it is at all in your budget. Even if you’re on a tight budget, if you’re patient you can find great designer jeans at off-price stores such as Marshalls and T.J. Maxx or even at your local consignment store. A great pair of jeans is appropriate for {almost} any occasion. You can dress them up or down. I wrote a post on How To Find the Perfect Jeans if this is something that challenges you. If you can only have one pair, go for a dark wash in a straight leg style. That is the most versatile and the most universally flattering. I also feel that having a pair of skinny jeans that you can tuck into boots is essential, but that depends on your shoe wardrobe and the climate where you live.

2. & 3. Layering Tees and Tanks

It is essential to have a few basic tees and tanks to layer under cardigans, denim jackets, or blazers. You can also wear them under a pullover sweater that is a bit too short to add interest and also to help balance out your proportions.

4. Denim Jacket or ​Structured ​Blazer

Depending on your lifestyle, a denim jacket or fitted blazer is a great piece to have. (I like to have both.) You can throw it on over a dress, or layer it over a t-shirt and wear it with jeans or pants.

​5. Versatile Dress

It may be a LBD (little black dress) or something in a pretty print, but most women need at least one go-to dress. Again, something that can be dressed up or down depending on occasion is ideal. You can change up your look with accessories and make several outfits out of one basic dress.

6. Nude Pumps

You can wear nude pumps with jeans, pants, or dresses. Every woman should have a pair. They go with everything. Of course you will need other shoes in your wardrobe, but this is one pair that every woman should own.

 

What would you add to this list?

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Spring Trends: Bring Gray Into Your Wardrobe

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Note: As part of our March m challenge: Focus on Fashion, I’ve asked a number of fabulous fashion bloggers to share their wisdom with us, and I’m so happy that Nicole Feliciano of MomTrends.com agreed to come on board to share a spring trend with us, all about incorporating gray into our wardrobes!  Nicole is one of the savviest and most fashionable ladies I know. I can’t wait to show you some of her ideas today! 

Spring Gray Trend_Nicole Feliciano

Gray might not be the color you think of for spring, but I’m smitten. Why? It’s a subtle way to lighten up from the black, charcoal and navy hues of winter. For spring, I’m craving a soft dove gray–a kinder gentler gray that works with many complexions and lots of stuff you already own.

For this outfit, I paired my favorite boyfriend jeans with a few new treats.  The boyfriends jean trend isn’t going anywhere–we all love them too much. For spring, I’ll be wearing this old pair from LOFT with lots of spring fashion looks on top. What I’m basing this look off of something I saw in an ASOS ad. I’ve been looking to add a few gray things to my closet and here’s what I came up with–sneaks, a sweater and a bag.
The bag was the first find was this doctor bag from from Nat & Matt. It’s big enough to get all my mom-gear tucked inside without looking like luggage.
The fisherman sweater is a smart style move. It works with my spring looks AND it can still work with my winter layers. Sadly, I think there are more days ahead where I’ll need a coat and sweater. At least I’ll have a few cute new layers.
Nicole Feliciano_Gray for Spring

And finally the shoes. Oh, how I love my shoes. Sneakers used to not qualify as serious fashion in my book, but now, sneakers are the new high heel. Not only are they fabulous to look at, the Ash python sneakers are perfect for my mom-on-the-go life where I walk miles and miles around the city.

 

For more mom-friendly fashion trends from Nicole, be sure to visit Momtrends.com and follow on Instagram @momtrends

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m challenge: Focus on Fashion

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

m challenge: Focus on Fashion

 

Welcome to our third month  in the m challenge series.  If you missed our focus on money management last month, be sure to visit the syllabus where we have gathered everything you need to get caught up! I don’t want you to miss a single moment of this inspiring series. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am and I look forward to tackling another topic with you!

m challenge: Focus on Fashion

For this month, our site focus is on Fashion as we begin thinking (and praying!) towards warmer temperatures and revamping our Spring wardrobes.  This challenge is not just about making smart purchase though, this is also about whittling away at the closet clutter that you might be harboring. This year I have went through a bit of a fashion transformation and decided to tackle a capsule wardrobe project for the year. I will be pulling together my third capsule for the year and sharing it with you this month.

We will also be hearing from several fashion bloggers on what Spring trends we should be embracing and their must-haves for your closet.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Each month I will be sharing a book selection that you can read that goes along with our theme for the month. This month as we begin whittling away at our closets, I decided to select a book on decluttering our homes that I have just started reading.  It is called  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  Although this book deals with tidying up our own home, I thought it would add renewed focus for Spring and also on what clutter we might need to whittle away in our home & closets for the year. Many fashion books are quickly dated and it was a struggle to find one that I felt fit best with the goals of the challenge. I think this book illustrates the importance of holding on to only what you truly love and letting go of the things that are weighing you down. Consider this book to be the start of good things in your wardrobe and in your home this year.

I look forward to reading along with you and exploring these topics with our fashion experts this month!

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The New Flourish Boutique

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The New Flourish Boutique

We are so excited to share that our amazing site sponsor, Flourish Boutique, has relocated into a beautiful and more spacious home. Emily & I were invited to the Grand Opening event this Thursday evening and had the best time browsing all of the beautiful items that they have in their new place.

If you haven’t had the chance to check it out, you will be in for a treat.  Not only does the store carry an expanded line of clothing and jewelry, they have now added shoes, beautiful handbags, bath/beauty products, and fun gifts for everyone in your life (babies, kids, furry friends, and even bridal fun!)

The New Flourish Boutique

The New Flourish Boutique

The New Flourish Boutique

As you can see, they rolled out the red carpet for us to show you around. The new location is right next to the new Gigi’s Cupcakes on 310 West Cleveland Road in Granger.

I don’t know what you are waiting for… let’s head on in!

The New Flourish Boutique

The New Flourish Boutique

The New Flourish Boutique

The New Flourish Boutique

It was hard to take very many pictures to really show you everything because there were so many Flourish friends shopping that night. We had the best time browsing all of the items in the store. Of course, our eyes always go to the jewels whenever we are out and about.  Pictured here is just half of the store, if you can believe it, and an amazing little Clearance section is tucked in the back of the store.

The New Flourish Boutique

The New Flourish Boutique

The New Flourish Boutique

The New Flourish Boutique

The evening included a fashion show. If you know us, you know we love fashion. Everywhere we turned, we saw something we loved.  Flourish Boutique has a ton of new merchandise that you can order or find in their store. MomAdvice readers can get 25% off any of their regular priced merchandise using the code WEB25!

Pretty in Pleats Maxi (Flourish Boutique)

Pretty in Pleats Maxi (Flourish Boutique)

Pretty in Pleats Maxi (Flourish Boutique)

Pretty in Pleats Maxi (Flourish Boutique)

Mystree Jacket (Flourish Boutique)

Mystree Jacket (Flourish Boutique)

Scarf (Flourish Boutique)

Here are some of my FAVORITE finds that I scored last night. This Pretty In Pleats skirt in white & black are my new favorite summer item! I am barely over five feet, and a maxi like this is a DREAM COME TRUE for me. I love that the lining is also an appropriate length and adds to the breeziness of this skirt. Did I mention the belt is included? Swoon! Be sure to check out the What’s New link to see all the updates (as I am sure some of these I have pictured haven’t made it on the site yet!) You can always cash in on our coupon code- woohoo!

We feel so blessed to have this partnership with Flourish Boutique and are so thankful for their continued support and sponsorship over the years! It has been a dream come true that they sponsor and support my little business- thank you, Flourish!

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5 Ways to Wear a $3.94 Tank Top

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

5 Ways to Wear a $3.94 Tank Top

Although the snow continues to fall here, I am starting to get the urge to spruce up my wardrobe for Spring. Today I wanted to showcase 5 fun ways to wear a $3.94 tank top with items you probably already have in your closet.

I am partnering with Walmart on today’s project to help spread the word about their $3.94 Faded Glory Ribbed Cotton Tanks that you can find in a variety of colors and prints at their store. Truth be told, I buy a huge stack of these every single year and each year, I think they improve a little bit more!

The one thing that I love about this year’s tank is that it actually covers your bra straps so you don’t have to wear a strapless bra with this one or have to layer anything underneath. It’s an improvement from year’s past where two tanks were necessary for coverage. I think you will be pleased with the cut, length, and fabric weight on these too.

Here are 5 fun ways to wear this year’s tanks!

5 Ways to Wear a $3.94 Tank Top

5 Ways to Wear a $3.94 Tank Top

Novelty prints are still really hot this year so I wanted to pick up a couple of printed tanks to wear with my wardrobe basics. This heart print looks so cute with a boyfriend blazer, jeans, ballet flats, and a pretty necklace.

This would also be cute with a blazer, chambray shirt, or a favorite cardigan for layering until those warmer temperatures come along.

5 Ways to Wear a $3.94 Tank Top

Here is an example of that same novelty print, but dressed up! I grabbed my skinny red patent belt to cinch the waist and then paired it with a cotton skirt and my favorite red wedges. I love looks like this because you look very polished, but it is essentially as comfortable as wearing your pajamas!

5 Ways to Wear a $3.94 Tank Top

In the summer month’s I LIVE in maxi skirts and tank tops.There really is nothing more comfortable.

Here is another $3.94 tank top in a sunshine yellow that I have paired with my favorite maxi skirt and bubble necklace from our awesome site sponsor. When I have a shirt that doesn’t have any pattern to it, I really rely on fun accessories to add details to my neckline. One necklace can change the entire look of a basic tank.

5 Ways to Wear a $3.94 Tank Top

Truth be told, most of my tank tops get devoted towards my workouts at the gym! This tank can be paired with your favorite yoga pants and layered or worn alone with a sports bra for your workouts. Workout gear can be really expensive so I rely on this budget-friendly wardrobe staple for my yoga classes. Sweating ain’t no thang when you only pay $3.94 for a top!

5 Ways to Wear a $3.94 Tank Top

In the summer months, I am usually in my favorite capris and tanks while running around after my kids at the local park. Even this look paired with a chunky necklace, a contrasting patterned bangle, and a pair of wedges can look pulled together for a day running around with the kids.

I hope these ideas inspire you to make these tanks a summer staple in your wardrobe too!

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Tips for Spicing Up Your Little Black Dress & a $100 Flourish Gift Card Giveaway

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

 

Sorry this giveaway is now closed!

We would like to congratulate Allyson (#28) on winning this great prize from Flourish Boutique! Stay tuned for more great giveaways coming soon! 

Vanessa Cooreman Smith is the owner of Flourish Boutique and its’ e-tail sister FlourishBoutique.com. She loves all things fashion and has a special passion for helping women feel confident and beautiful. Her stores are known for not only helping women find outfits and accessories to make them feel special, but also for being unique but affordable places to shop. Most items run from around $30-$100, but Flourish also has great sales and offers a Steal of the Day program too; where a new inventory item every day is guaranteed to be $9.99 or less! That really is a “fashion steal”!

I’ve invited Vanessa to offer some fashion tips with us today for a fun Valentine’s Day night out and I am excited to announce that we are also offering a giveaway today with Flourish Boutique!  Vanessa is one of my dear friends and has been a big supporter of MomAdvice as both an advertiser and helping me look my best at blog conferences. I am excited to share her savvy fashion advice with you and help you look your best for a fun night out on the town for Valentine’s Day! 

 

bow & narrow dress, $59

Vanessa’s Valentine’s Day Fashion Advice

 

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and for a lot of women that means a special night out with their sweetheart. But, as exciting as a much needed night out can be, it can also cause a fair amount of anxiety in deciding what to wear. You know the feeling: “I really want something new, but I feel guilty purchasing a new dress or outfit with a whole closet full of clothes”. I can’t tell you how many times I hear women voice this concern. Well, the best solution in my mind is to mix and match new and old. For example, take an existing LBD in your closet and revamp it with a little accessory splurge or a new piece of jewelry. You’ll spend a lot less, but you will feel like you got to treat yourself and confident that you will look your best come February 14th for your date night!

Here’s 6 ways to spice up your existing LBD, using a favorite Little Black Dress from Flourish as an example:

 

  • Make a fairly formal black cocktail dress more chic and casual with a colorful blazer. We paired our black dress with this fun hot pink jacket and some great accessories for a fun look! Not only will buying a colorful jacket like this give you a hot new Valentine’s look while still utilizing your LBD, but you will find that you can use this jacket again and again this spring with jeans, other dresses, skirts and more!
  • One Great thing about Valentine’s Day is that one of the main colors is Red, and red just happens to be a main theme color from the Holidays too. This means that lots of red accessories and fashion pieces are deeply discounted right now and make the perfect little budget friendly purchase for your new look. For example, we added this great red shimmery shrug that is on clearance now for just $8.99, but paired with the right accessories this takes your LBD from boring to beautiful for Valentine’s Day! And again, you could wear this shrug with a white tee shirt, jeans, and sassy heels down the road for a girls night out!
  • Another great way to freshen up your LBD is to simply buy a great scarf that can double as a pashmina or wrap. We love this particular one in hot pink and how much style it has…but at only $18 it makes a very affordable purchase that really changed the look of this outfit! And you can wear it with tons of spring outfits all season long and have no post-valentines-spending guilt!
  • This is probably my favorite trick! We took one of our favorite basics at our store, Flourish: a little layering piece that’s like a long sleeve tee but it’s really a sheer black lace top. We placed the lace top underneath our LBD and voila!….it looked like a whole new dress with kind of an elegant retro flare! How adorable is that…and the best news is that this top is just $22.50! Add some of your favorite classic pearl or crystal jewelry and you will have a look to remember for years to come. And of course, as with most of my tricks this little top will have many future uses too with more everyday outfits.
  • This trick is one of the most fashion forward ideas. Right now there is a big fashion trend for loose fitting tops that are longer in back than in front. Buy one of these more casual tops with a “tear drop” back hem and layer it right over your LBD (*to pull this off your LBD must be fairly fitted to balance the loose top). Then pair with tights and boots for a more casual Valentines look! Brilliant!
  • And, last but not least: you should feel free to use your existing LBD and an existing black sweater or shrug, but then purchase a fun statement necklace to really give your outfit extra style! We chose a colorful jeweled piece that you would be bound to get compliments on!

As you can see: it’s relatively easy to achieve the Valentine’s Day Glamour and style you desire, without breaking the bank! It’s all about being a little creative and being willing to try new ideas. Think of it as playing dress up and approach it as something fun! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today we are offering one lucky reader a chance to spice up her Little Black Dress with a $100 Gift Card to Flourish Boutique. This giveaway is open to anyone in the US and your order can be placed right on their store site! This giveaway isn’t just for locals- Flourish can be on your doorstep through the beauty of online ordering. 

Please leave one comment for each  entry you wish to complete:

  • First Entry: Visit the Flourish Boutique site and and let us know what you would like to add to your wardrobe for Valentine’s Day.
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of Flourish Boutique on Facebook.
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice on Facebook.

One winner, chosen at random, will receive a $100 Gift Card to Flourish Boutique.  Please submit your entries by Thursday (02.09.12) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Flourish Boutique is a paid advertiser on MomAdvice.com. Want to know more about how giveaways are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews & giveaways to our readers. In full disclosure, the email addresses that are collected for this giveaway will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner(s), and will never be sold or given to anyone. This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. Entries that do not follow the above criterion will automatically be disqualified. This giveaway will close Thursday, February 9th at 8PM (EST). I’ll announce the first name of the winner(s) that will be added to the top of this current giveaway post and contact the winner(s) by email. I will draw the names of the winner(s) by using the random number generator at Random.org from the eligible entries received. If a winner does not contact me within 72 hours by email, I will draw a new winner. The winner(s) will receive their prize from the PR agency responsible for this giveaway. 

 

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