The Shopbop GOBIG Sale Consider this less of a post and more of a P.S.A. because there is a HUGE sale happening and you…
Valentine’s Day is NOT for Flowers and Chocolate.
Valentine’s Day can stress us out. Most of the time we wait until the last minute to get dinner reservations and then can’t find a place to go because it’s crowed with young lovers. Or we can’t find babysitters, or don’t trust our kids to be home alone (party?!?) and don’t know what gifts to buy for one another either. Does any of this sound familiar? The guys are sweet, and thoughtful and ask what kinds of gifts to shower us with, but we never know what to say. Valentine’s Day is a made up holiday, so an extravagant gift just doesn’t seem right. But it’s nice to both give and receive a little something thoughtful. So we think, and think some more. We know that we don’t want flowers because they’re over priced and die, and we don’t want chocolate because, you know, we’d eat it all and then not be happy. “WE” means each and every one of us because this is a common Valentine’s Day theme. So what kind of gifts do WE want?
Well, “WE” decided on jewelry. Not the expensive, rare gemstone type. Instead, the fun, costume, brassy, beaded, leathery, inexpensive kind that makes us swoon. These are the pieces that finish off an outfit in an effortless, cool girl kind of way. They say you tried, but not too hard… The kind of jewelry you can wear with jeans and a t-shirt. The kind that you can buy for yourself without guilt. Leave the carats for your birthday, and get some of this cool brassy, beaded, leathery stuff. And if you feel so inclined, pick it out, wrap it up, and sign his name to it. You might even be doing him the favor by taking the guess work out of it.
The Gifts “WE” Want for Valentine’s Day
Wear RED This Friday
The color RED. It makes us think of love… Red roses, red hearts, Valentines Day – it’s like the poster child color for the month of February. It’s also THE color to wear this Friday, February 2 to show support for the American Heart Association. Why? Because this Friday is GRFW Day (Go Red For Women). The American Heart Association is encouraging people to wear RED to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and to help save lives. By wearing RED you can join in the fight against heart disease and stroke. It’s a little something you can do to show support, because when we come together, there’s nothing we can’t do.
Picture it – a whole sea of people, nation wide, wearing RED – it’s powerful and it’s pretty – just like women.
Chances are you know someone affected by heart disease and stroke, because about 2200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. That’s in average of one death every forty seconds. Cardiovascular diseases, which includes stroke, claim the lives of about one woman every 80 seconds unnecessarily — because about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable with education and action. Raise awareness and fund the fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke.
If your closet is like most peoples, it’s probably somewhat void of color. That’s ok. No judgement here. But, if you want to show your support for heart health by wearing RED, you may need to buy something. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered… (btw, it’s Hallie writing this week). I scoured the Macy’s website and picked out some fabulous red pieces if you’re on the hunt for something RED, everything is under $250 and most are under $100 – so it’s as easy as 1, 2, click and support.
Wondering What to Wear? Try This…
My 5 Go-To, Non-Boring Wardrobe Staples
I was thinking about the pieces in my closet that were on the heaviest rotation. My favorites of 2017, my best of list. The pieces that I go to over and over again that never disappoint. What surfaced were 5 go-to, non-boring wardrobe staples that always give my outfits that finishing touch. And the perk is THEY’RE ALL AFFORDABLE.
When I asked my go-to gal Elana to come up with her own list, guess what? Her list was pretty similar! The actual items we have aren’t the same, and our styles are not really the same (she’s younger, cooler and more edgy than me). And our shape and build isn’t the same either. But yet, these 5 pieces were each of our go-to’s. Hmmmmm. That got me thinking. What about these 5 wardrobe staples makes them so useful? And so versatile? IMHO, it’s because they’re pieces that easily add a little oomph to an outfit, BUT not so much oomph they couldn’t be worn again because they were just too memorable.
One important note…
The Jean You Need This Year
Every once in awhile we find something that we are completely obsessing over that ends up not just in our closets, but in many of our clients closets too. That means that the item is so good that it falls under the category of fitting into everyone’s style statement, whether classic, boho, funky, rocker, artsy, you name it. One of those things that is just SO GOOD that we have to share it with you. So ready for it…The Madewell Cali Jean. You guys, THEY. ARE. SO. GOOD and we’ll tell you why.
We don’t really like jean shopping for ourselves. It’s not as bad as bathing suit shopping, but it’s a close second. We hate when they are too tight, or too loose. If the rise is too low you get muffin top, and if the rise is too high you can’t breath. If the pocket placement isn’t just right the tush can end up looking like a hippo’s rear end, or flat as a pancake. Say good bye to all of these things with the Cali.
The Best Jean Ever
This sounds like an advertisement, but we swear on our life, it isn’t. In fact, we are pretty sure Madewell has no idea who we are… We’re sharing because that’s what we do. We’re match makers – between clothes and people – and this pair of jeans, so far, has fit EVERYONE!!
Big/ little, young/ old, tall/short – this jean is working for all…
My Honest Thoughts On Beautycounter
Besides feeling like a total dork taking these before and after selfies – I have to tell you, I’ve been pretty impressed with the Beautycounter Make up – Flawless in Five.
Beautycounter’s a brand that has been getting a ton of hoopla, because they have a great mission, one that’s a no brainer to align with – To get safer (beauty and skin) products into the hands of everyone. Who wouldn’t want that??.
But, and I had a big BUT, what if it didn’t perform well? An altruistic mission is great, but when it comes to a product, performance is pretty important too. What if this make up was like the all natural under arm deodorant that left me kind of stinky? Good in theory, but not in reality. Then sadly, it’s a no go.
A Movement for Better Beauty
This summer I was invited to a Beautycounter event at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens but, walked out before the presentation even started ( I know, not nice of me). I left because it felt too “salesy”…
An Easy Gift Guide for Everyone in your life.
It’s December, and before we can even blink the holidays are going to be here. We’ve been busy planning our own gift giving lists which can often make us feel like we want to pull our hair out. So we sat down and talked it through. Our solution…gifts that WE have received from our loved ones that we’re LOVING. Things that we’ve been using on constant rotation that are now tried and true.
Perfect gift ideas to thrill everyone on your shopping list.
We’re breaking down this gift guide into splurges and steals. So, if you see a gift that you like and it’s a splurge don’t worry, there is a similar gift at a more cost friendly price. And vice versa, if you want to spend more, we’ve got you covered there too. Whether it’s your mother, sister, BFF, manicurist, or kid’s bus driver, you are sure to please anyone in your life.
Cleveland Consignment. We’ve all bought things that look fabulous on the hanger. We’ve also bought things that look amazing in the store mirror, and…
Don’t Be the Old Woman Who Lives in Her Shoes. So, you like shoes. You have a closet full of them. Unlike your jeans…