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Kendall + Kylie spring collection hits Neiman Marcus stores today

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I’m not a big Kardashian fan, but there is something undeniable about the fashion forward style of the youngest siblings, Kendall and Kylie Jenner. The sisters just launched an #OnlyatNM collection of clothing and accessories that are sophisticated, detailed and most importantly different than many other celebrity clothing lines.

“The collection is sophisticated, clean and beautifully tailored,” Kendall stated in a press release. “We wanted to widen our range of customers by introducing a more premium clothing line. We incorporated a lot of sophisticated and versatile pieces that were simple yet chic.”

From a black and white gingham halter top and cropped trouser set to waist tie silk skirts, unexpected denim pieces and off the shoulder dresses, Kendall + Kylie is a solid collection for the trend-conscious consumer. There are also several eye-catching shoe designs in the collection including strappy cutout heels and a pair of fringy flat sandals I couldn’t resist. At 5-foot-11, I’m always on the hunt for flats that don’t make me feel like a grandmother. Kendall + Kylie’s Tessa Fringe Suede Sandals in black are a fashionable find for $125. And they came in a size 11 to make my big feet happy! The sandals are extremely well made offering a plush, padded in-sole and a buttery, soft suede exterior. I very much wanted to own some part of the collection and this footwear was the perfect option since I was unsure of what size I might take in the clothing purchasing it online.

Although the collection was available in an advance sale to Neiman Marcus customers, it’s now available on Neimanmarcus.com and at Neiman Marcus stores beginning April 7.

From lace to the cold shoulder trend, the Jenner girls have demonstrated they have a true sense of fabrics and feminine style for not just a teenage following, but for a variety of style-savvy women. As a bonus, customers spending $500 or more on select women’s apparel and accessories will score a pair of Kendall + Kylie sunglasses.

To shop the entire collection, visit Neimanmarcus.com/KendallandKylieSnap up a piece of this collection before Kendall + Kylie break the internet.

 

 

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Going insane for Balmain x H&M…arriving Nov. 5

The Balmain x H&M collection is an earth shattering collection of feathered jackets, stunning beaded evening blouses, fitted color block skirts and velvet tuxedo jackets. I have never been more inspired to drop half my body weight just to fit in a line of clothes! Priced $34.99-$649, it’s one of H&M’s most expensive collaborations ever.

The French fashion line also includes striking accessories such as strappy heels, blinged-out head phones to up your iPod game as well as a few pieces of jewelry and clutches. For more on the line, visit HM.com. The collection will be available at H&M stores Nov. 5 and should sell out faster than a Taylor Swift show so get there early and prepare to do battle with other Balmain-hungry fashionistas.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Candles that will light up your life, not your wallet

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As a real mom on a real budget, I don’t have money to burn on $27 to $70 candles. Yes, candles can cost that much and more. I decided to take Glade’s seasonal candle offerings for a spin. Glade’s Limited Edition Fall Collection offers several options that evoke scents of a simpler time gone by such as Apple Tree Picnic, Fall Antiquing, which is a curious blend of violet, sandalwood and Lilly of the Valley, Hit the Road, which is a musky mandarin scent, Pumpkin Pit Stop, which is a pleasant mix of vanilla, caramel and orchard blossoms and Sunset Walk, an enticing aroma mixed with vanilla, patchouli and roasted chestnut. At just $2.99 for the small candles and $7.49 for the new larger size that burns for 60 hours and is available in the crisp, clean Blue Odyssey scent, these Target and Walmart finds bring a lovely scent to my home and doesn’t put in a dent in my grocery budget. #FeelGladefacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Style Spy: Realist fashions for a mom on the go

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I realize wet hair is not a “look,” but it’s a daily reality when you’re a mom running through the day on a hectic schedule. Sadly, I don’t have access to a hair and makeup team daily like a Kardashian or Kate Middleton. I’m a real mom who really takes care of her son and works a full time job. I lost all the weight I gained during my pregnancy but some of the clothes I wore before I got pregnant fit me again but just don’t look right anymore. My aunt Maryann lost a bunch of weight and gave me a stockpile of awesome jeans from I.N.C. Lauren by Ralph Lauren and Jones New York. I was thankful for the donations.

In the above pic, I’m sporting a Lilly Pulitzer for Target  Coral Tunic, a Kate Spade Morrocan Marketplace crossbody bag I purchased at the Kate Spade Outlet at Sawgrass Mills Mall and jeans by I.N.C. My sunglasses are by Tory Burch. I don’t wear earrings or necklaces much anymore because my son likes to yank them out. I’m proud to be a real mom, who still loves fashion and has a perfectly imperfect body.

Living in South Florida, we definitely have some wardrobe challenges due to the constantly humid and sticky climate. I don’t feel comfortable in shorts or anything above the knee so I opt for jeans, linen pants or maxi dresses or skirts most of the time. I think dressing for your body is so important and comfort is key. Lately I’ve been loving bright, bold colors such as orange.

 

 

 

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Goodbye Simply Fashion and Dots…another clothing chain store empire bites the dust

Dots_exteriorSimply Fashion and Dots stores nationwide are closing and will begin going-out-of-business sales today, according to an AP article on Abcnews.go.com. All 243 stores will close due to a Chapter 11 filing. Although I haven’t shopped at Dots lately, they did offer a trendy plus size line. It wasn’t the greatest quality but it was extremely affordable and often a go-to of mine for specific items such as a black pencil skirt I knew I wouldn’t be wearing every day. I have fond memories of going to Dots once to pick up a silver sweater and skirt to match Miss Misty Eyez to co-host City Link’s Beer Fest in Fort Lauderdale a few years back.

This was a photo of us looking fierce in our matching Dots outfits:

 

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Eileen Fisher’s current collection shines at Neiman Marcus in Boca Raton

I recently had the pleasure of being a fashion tipster at Eileen Fisher’s fashion show at Neiman Marcus in Boca Raton. Fisher’s currently collection is a timeless tapestry of iconic pieces that will add comfort and luxury to any woman’s wardrobe this summer. I have never worn a poncho in my life and decided to give one of Fisher’s a try. It was instant love. I was afraid of it feeling like I was walking around with a blanket wrapped around me but it was quite the opposite. I felt pulled together and proud to be donning something new. As women, I think we all intend to try on new looks and wear bolder shades of lipstick and eye shadow. But we continuously go back to what feels comfortable—a uniform of jeans and a black sweater or nude lipstick and brown eye shadow. Fisher provides women of various ages and body types with a plethora of new accessories to boldly go where we haven’t gone before this season. Among her tried and true must have’s from my wish include:

The maxi cardigan, the linen shirtdress and of course, the poncho!

I had the best time chatting with Fisher’s incredible team including Cory Crayn, who is the brand’s experiential marketing leader and Mandy.

 

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Summertime and the living is easy with these seasonal treats

 

IMG_8025Starbucks Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake is my most favorite loaf cake in the entire world. I first discovered it roughly a decade ago at a Starbucks on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. It’s the perfect summer cake with sweet raspberries and vanilla icing. I had my first piece of 2015 last night at a Target Starbucks before hosting the 2015 High School Journalism Awards. This cake always sells out and is just sweet enough to satisfy sugary cravings without completely sabotaging my diet.

 

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Being a mother to a 7-month-old now, I truly look forward to my morning cup of coffee. Sometimes that cup happens at 4 a.m. and if I’m lucky, around 7 or 8 a.m. Each day, I stumble over to my Keurig machine and wait for the elixir to collect in my cup that will make me a functioning human being again. And I also admit, I’m a sucker for a seasonal item. We don’t have have seasons in South Florida. It’s either hot and raining or just hot. I have lived in South Florida for the majority of my life and I’ve simulated seasons through scents at Yankee Candle and seasonal foods and coffees. I always dreamed of being wealthy enough to escape to a Lake house where I’d be surrounded by Pottery Barn furniture and accessories and drink a freshly brewed cup of coffee in a pristine white mug. I can fuel my fantasy with Green Mountain Coffee’s Summer Sunrise Blend. This limited edition medium roast coffee is a bright blend of light floral and citrus notes. It’s Fair Trade Certified and after just a few sips, I feel instantly transported to my lake house where I will sip coffee and work on my novel all day in peace.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Unboxing Lilly Pulitzer for Target Espadrilles I purchased for their true retail price, $24, on Target.com April 19, 2015

Ahhhhhhh….the sweet, sweet hype. My Lilly for Target purchase just arrived in the mail today! This pair of Lilly Pulitzer for Target shoes was the only pair of Lilly for Target shoes I was able to purchase around 6 a.m. on Target.com the morning of the big #LillyforTarget launch. I am happy with the padded insoles of these shoes and the adorable, brightly-colored nosey posey pattern. The gold toe caps are an added detail of elegance. I am thrilled with these shoes and amazed at the high quality for such a low price. This is the first pair of Lilly Pulitzer shoes I’ve ever owned. They’re a little big on me but I’m going to make it work since getting a smaller pair will be impossible. Ordering anything online has always been a challenge for me fit-wise. I’ve been reading on other Lilly buzz blogs that this line is running on the bigger side.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Target executive apologizes and admits the Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target was supposed to last online for weeks

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“The experience guests had on Target.com early Sunday morning wasn’t acceptable. It’s as simple as that,” Target’s chief merchandising and supply chain officer Kathee Tesija said in a blog post on Target’s corporate website. “Our goal is to provide an easy, fun experience, whether guests are shopping online or in our stores. We didn’t get there with this launch and for that, we’re sorry.”

Although Tesija admits Target stores “won’t be restocking this collection,” she advises Lilly-less customers still seeking a slice of this collection to keep checking their local stores for returns. “We have a 14 day return policy for programs like this, so there’s always the chance that someone might return an item that you’re looking to get your hands on!” Tesija said in the blog post. To read the complete corporate post, click here.

This sounds like a good idea Ms. Tesija, however so many customers have been bombarding the return area hunting for “Lilly returns,” that my local Target in Deerfield Beach has placed this sign in their customer service/returns department.

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Target staff are obviously sick of customers trying to get their hands on the Lilly merch. However, other than the website or eBay, the return section of Target is the ONLY place I’ve been able to find and purchase any of the Lilly Pulitzer for Target line.

As for the Lilly for Target items that were immediately listed on eBay, here’s what Tesija had to say. “One of the things we’re incredibly passionate about at Target is making great design accessible and affordable,” she in the blog post. “When we see product that we’ve created for our guests being resold on the secondary market for a profit, it’s disheartening because it takes away from the very intent of these programs.”

Although the website never actually crashed during this launch, it was moving slowly, due to high traffic. It opened around 5 a.m. the morning of April 19, although it was supposed to launch smoothly hours before that. I had the horrible experience of putting items in my virtual shopping cart and then going to check out and the site repeatedly said my cart was empty! This was a frustrating way to shop. Unfortunately, the physical stores had nothing to put in my shopping cart either.

Despite this designer collaborative being a special sort of madness, I think the people’s cries via social media have finally been heard. I hope Target works especially hard on the next designer collaborative to ensure everyone can get a moment to get a piece of the collection. Shopping for fashion should never feel like attempting to order tickets to a concert you simply can’t get into without paying four times more than face value for an item. The demand for a greater supply is clearly in place. Target simply must supply more product or they shouldn’t do these designer collaborations anymore. Or at the very least, perhaps they should not announce when the merchandise is coming into stores so people can get at least a small window to shop for it.

 

 

 

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Eileen Fisher: Must have pieces for spring

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There’s something so effortlessly chic with each piece in Eileen Fisher’s line. Fisher has always been about creating real style for real women. Simplicity is at the core of her designs yet it’s never uncomfortable or boring. The Spring 2015 collection offers asymmetrical knee-length dresses designed to be worn over pants, breezy boxy tunics, pleated maxi skirts and much more. Click here to watch the video.

There will be a special presentation of Fisher’s latest designs at 11 a.m. on Thursday April 16 at Neiman Marcus in Boca Raton. RSVP required to rsvpbocaraton@neimanmarcus.com if you’d like to attend.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

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