Fall Trends to Try

Ladies, if you haven’t already yet, it’s time to do the big closet turnover. This is the time to pack your summertime staples into the trenches of your closet and start pulling out your cozy sweaters, long sleeves and jackets. When you do the big closet switch-a-roo, you might discover last season’s cold-weather frocks are not measuring up to this year’s trending fashions. Priority suddenly sets in to give your ensembles a little refresher. “But, what are the big trends this season,” you ask? This is where I can help! Here are just a few simple, on-trend options to add to your fall/winter wardrobe that will also complement the winter-ready staples you already own. 

 

 

           

 

 

Ponchos and Capes

When mornings and evenings turn chilly, sometimes all you need is something to cover your shoulders. Capes and ponchos are the perfect solution! Try this sophisticated layer over a sweater dress, leggings and riding boots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxfords and Loafers

One of the hottest trends of the season for women are menswear flats. Substitute your ballerina styles for some oxfords or loafers. These masculine styles are a classic, polished look to complement a skinny jean or cigarette pant.  

 

 

 

 

 

Carry-All Totes

An oversize tote is a necessity year round, but the season calls for buttery soft leather and suede materials. Don’t be afraid to venture from traditional black and try a forest green or eggplant purple. Using your bag as a statement piece will add interest to your wintery, dark ensembles.

 

 

 

 

 

The Miniskirt

The ‘70s micro mini is making a huge comeback. Designers Saint Laurent and Carven showed off these short hemlines at NYFW paired with tights and ankle booties. Try the look in rich suede or leather material mixed with solid tights, a pointed bootie and faux fur accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

Fringe

Bohemian chic fashion continues to be a hot trend this season with fringe accents complementing these earthy-inspired styles. A suede fringe handbag or beaded tassel lariat are the perfect parings to ‘70s era silhouettes.

 

 

 

 

 

Plaid

Plaids were hot last fall, and they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Instead of the traditional plaid shirt, mix it up a little with an oversize coat or scarf. 

 

 

 

 

Wine Accessories

Merlot or wine color is a hit across the board in fashion this season. From head to toe, the color seems to be flooding the market. Slowly introduce the color to your wardrobe with accessories. A wallet, hat or scarf is just the small touch you need to show off your fashion know-how.

 

 

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Men's Guide: 5 Ways to Accessorize with Stacy Adams

This past weekend I attended a cocktail dinner gathering with one of my closest friends, who happens to be one of the best mediocre attorneys in town. Each year his firm throws a pre-Halloween shindig, and I usually get asked by him to be his wife’s stand-in. She’s not one for eating charcuterie and schmoozing with bigwigs. Typically I’m not either, but when it comes to free food and dressing up in my fancier threads, I’m all for it.

However, whenever dressing to the nines it’s important to know it's not just the clothes that make the man, but the accessories do too. From shoes and ties to cufflinks and suspenders, one should always sprinkle in unexpected details, which can significantly elevate your style game.

Stacy Adams offers a good launching pad of products that will have you dressing your best with minimal added effort. Take a look at these great, cost-effective styles below!

 

 

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Finding the perfect pair of supple leather loafers is key. I prefer the almond toe or cap toe over pointed, and perforated details along the vamp can add another layer of sophistication to your look. Blind eyelets also ensure the attention stays on your shoe’s silhouette and not drawn around the laces.

 

 

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Although wearing a tie to a formal event isn’t a novel idea, many men forget the enchantment of pocket squares and suspenders. These two features will have you looking twice as refined as anyone else at the mixer. Depending on the mood, polka dots are nice alternative to an all-black necktie. 

 

 

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Add some bling to those boring buttons with silver-tone cufflinks. This edgy add on, along with a full grain leather belt an engraved silver buckle, rounds out your sleek and suave style with ease.

 

 

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Handbags That'll Transform Your Style

New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but the influences they’ve left behind will last for seasons. We’ve taken what we’ve seen and learned from the fabulous and frilled runway and have penned our notes into a blog about bags.

Needless to say, if you don’t own more than eight handbags, then you haven’t lived. With uncountable colors, styles, patterns and prints available, you’re bound to find something that suits your astounding style.

Whether you’re strolling the campus mall, meeting the girls downtown for happy hour, or hitting up the weekly farmers market, grab a tote, satchel or hobo that speaks uniquely to you. Here are our top six bags to carry you into a foliage-filled fall!

 

 

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As the Joker once said, “Why so serious?”  When out and about, tone down the attitude and keep a fun and spirited tote by your side. Show off your easygoing, positive nature with pastel prints and inspirational quotes that’ll be the talk of the subway. 

 

 

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Fall may showcase some brilliant reds, browns and oranges, but there’s no need to follow suit. Instead, add vibrancy to your everyday style with pinks and blues. These roomy handbag styles can also hold more than your daily essentials, maybe even a pumpkin from the local patch.

 

 

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“Dang, girl. Where’d you get that bag?” should always be the reaction you’re looking for when modeling a new sidepiece. Clean lines and quilted patterns are a continuing trend that we’re still loving hard. Roomy, fashionable, goes with anything. What’s not to love? 

 

 

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Showing the same side of you can get a little boring. Why not throw a wrench, err new bag, into your stylish fall wardrobe with something a little unexpected? A running buffalo print or snakeskin fringe design will do the trick nicely. Just make sure the rest of your outfit is toned down enough for a nice contrast.

 

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Fashion Tips for a Glamorous Homecoming

Shopping for a homecoming outfit is exciting! It’s an opportunity to pick out a gorgeous dress, pretty shoes and sparkling accessories that show off the fancier side of you. The struggle for many of us is finding attire that balances both our flirty and ladylike nature. So how can you show off your sassy, playful side while still being the classy gal that you truly are? It’s all in the details my dear, and we’ll show you what we mean.

The Dress

Coco Chanel believed that “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”. Your dress choice should follow this rule. If you’re going to wear a shorter dress, keep your shoulders or neck covered with pretty details like sheer sleeves or a high neckline.  This draws attention to your legs in a good way.

 

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Coco Chanel also believed that fashion should be comfortable. A baby doll dress is a great, comfortable way to accentuate your arms and legs while keeping your midsection hidden. Remember, a true lady always leaves something to the imagination!

 

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If you do plan on being extra playful by showing a little skin, the tasteful way to do it is by adding length. Choose a long dress when showing off your tummy or back. Not only will it look more elegant and ladylike, it will compliment your figure.

 

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Shoes

According to Marilyn Monroe, “give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.” Oh, what a true statement that is! Shoes are a great way to really let your personality shine, and there aren’t any rules when choosing your perfect pair. If they make you feel confident and beautiful, wear them! Just remember, you’ll have to walk and dance in them all night.

Accessories

Accessories are sort of the icing on the cake. They should draw attention without overpowering the rest of your outfit. If costume jewelry isn’t your thing, opt for a pretty purse or small clutch instead. It will store all of your essentials for the evening and add visual interest to your outfit.

 

Jewelry

If you do love jewelry, remember to keep things simple. To highlight a bare neckline, wear a necklace with lots of sparkle. If your dress is heavily detailed with sequence, beading or lace, pick single strand pieces of jewelry to simplify the look. You can also opt for a gorgeous headband, pretty hairpiece or shimmery earrings if you’re worried about things snagging your dress.

 

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Remember to enjoy the hunt for the perfect homecoming items and don’t fuss or fixate over every detail. Just enjoy the process and marvel over all the gorgeous choices you’ve made! And, on Homecoming night, don’t you dare leave the house without putting a smile on your face. It will complete your look and remind you that you are a classic, stunning woman. In the words of Audrey Hepburn, “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”

Wondering what to get your mom for Mother’s Day?

This Sunday is a big deal! Finding that perfect gift for the most amazing woman in the world can certainly be a daunting task.  Well, we got you covered! Whether she’s a stylish mom, a sporty mom, a savvy businesswoman to a charming grandmother, we’ve got you covered with our complete Mother’s Day gift guide. Treat the amazing moms in your life with flowers, time, love, and special gifts like the perfect handbag, pretty jewelry, or perhaps a gorgeous spring accessory like a scarf!

Head over to our Mother's Day Gift Guide today to see our great selection of purses, jewelry, shoes and so much more to make dear mom smile.

Cheers to the best mom ever!

 
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Fall’s Must-Have Scarves and How to Wear Them

One of the easiest (and cost-effective) ways spruce up any wardrobe is with the addition of scarves. Depending on the look you’re going for, there are different scarf types to achieve it. For instance, if you’re going for an effortless grab-and-go option on those cold days, a chunky knit infinity scarf is a great way to go. If you’re just looking to add a pop of color to an office outfit, vibrant square scarf adds a totally chic Jackie O-inspired vibe.

Check out a few of our favorite scarves and some helpful tips on how to wear them!

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OBLONG (Rectangle) SCARVES: This is the most versatile scarf type, allowing plenty of inventive ways to wear depending on your ensemble!

1. Love Quotes Linen Tassel Scarf

2. Calvin Klein Ombre Leopard Silk Scarf

3. Sam Edelman Stained Glass Oblong

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INFINITY/ETERNITY SCARVES: This easy-to-wear scarf takes out all the guesswork and fuss! Just throw on for a relaxed look or loop a couple of times for a cozier fit.

1. Michael Stars Blocked in Eternity Scarf

2. UGG Nyla Textured Snood with Lurex

3. Michael Stars Wild Frontier Eternity Scarf

 

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WRAP/SHAWL: This is perfect for those chilly but not-quite-cold nights out! Just throw on over your shoulder and go. Also makes for a fabulous travel companion in the plane as it can double as a light blanket!

1. Michael Stars Autumn Sunset Wrap

2. Betsey Johnson Cashmere/Silk Pashmina

3. Michael Stars Streets of New York Wrap

 

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SQUARE SCARVES: Whether draped loosely over your shoulders or worn as a headwrap, this versatile scarf adds a bit of retro style to your look.

1. Desigual Tiger Square Scarf

2. BCBGMAXAZRIA Into the Woods Square

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Fitness Accessories: 5 Zappos Employees Share Their Favorites!

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Well, we've made it! A whole new year is upon us, and with it comes a universally renewed enthusiasm towards our fitness goals. A few of us here at the Zappos headquarters are just as excited about all great possibility 2015 has in store—new hiking trails to discover, personal records to break, new breakthroughs in our yoga practice. It’s certainly a great time to recommit to a healthier lifestyle!

Below, five Zapponians, including yours truly, open up our gym bags to share our most essential fitness gear that help enhance and improve our favorite physical endeavors. 

Read on to take a peek inside our bags and fitness routines!

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1.  SunCloud Polarized Optics “Standby” Sunglasses – “Having sensitive eyes, polarized shades are a must! They cut glare and just makes everything around me look prettier.”

2. Columbia Arcadia II™ Jacket“This folds up nice and compact. Makes a decent extra layer in case of rain or wind—or both!”

3. Salomon XR Mission W – “I prefer trail runners for their flexibility, and this one has great grip!”

4. Thorlos Experia Socks – “As dorky as they may look, I prefer a higher-cut sock so my shoes don’t rub my ankles.”

5. Under Armour UA Perfect Headband  – “I have short hair, and this one stays in place.”

6. Mountain Hardware Mountain Abbey Scarf  – “I like a scarf that’s big enough to wrap around me to keep in warmth when I need it.”

7. Osprey Viper 9 Hydration Backpack “This holds three liters of water plus it’s big enough to hold all the necessities for a short day hike.”

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1. Osprey Verve 9 Backpack – “This one is great for trail runs and hiking. It holds all the essentials and then some.”

2. The North Face Standard Issue Ear Gear – “I love this for those cold outdoor runs. It keeps your ears warm and your hair in place.”

3. Nike Pro Indy Bra – “This offers great support and comfort. Everything stays in place even during long runs.”

4. New Balance W1400 – “I love this shoe for my shorter runs!”

5. Nike Pro Capri – “These stay put and are super comfortable!”

6. Saucony Isoseries Triumph – “This one’s my go-to shoe for long-distance running.”

7. Zensah Running Headband – “Cute enough to wear after running and keeps your hair off your face.”

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1. Manduka Go Free Yoga Mat Backpack – “I love that this backpack holds a yoga mat vertically! And it's super roomy, so it can hold a change of outfit, too!”

2. Manduka Waterfall rSkidless® by yogitoes – “When things get sweaty during ashtanga practice (and they usually do!), a yoga towel is downright essential to keep from slipping in the poses. It also helps during restorative floor poses so you're not lying down in a puddle of sweat!”

3. ALO Brook Long Sleeve Top – “Oftentimes, I have to run random errands right after class, so this cute sweater is perfect to layer over my yoga outfit.”

4. Gaiam Sol Shakti Rubber Yoga Mat 4mm – “I love this mat because it’s so durable yet light.”

5. Manduka Yoga 10’ Strap – “A yoga strap is a great tool for working on flexibility as well as stabilizing & strengthening your shoulder girdle during arm balances.”

6. MPG Sport Charisma Pants – “Printed yoga pants are not only great for on the mat, but they look great off the mat with some cute sneakers.”

7. Nike Core Hydro Flow Water Bottle – “Staying hydrated before and after practice is so important, especially when you've been doing a lot of detoxifying twists!”

8. Manduka Cork Yoga Block – “Whether it's gaining more length during half moon pose or increasing the depth of forward stretches, a yoga block can be your best friend during practice.”

9. Prana Reversible Headband  – “Focus (or "drishti") is paramount in any yoga practice, but a few sweaty strands over your face can break the concentration of even the most seasoned yogis...so a headband is always a good idea.”

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1. Nike Legend Track Tote – “This has a handy adjustable strap with a convenient two-way zip AND it’s water resistant!”

2. Louis Garneau X-Lite Helmet – “The air vents on this helmet keeps you cool and I love the pink and black colors!”

3. Nathan SpeedFeed Box (Race Day) – “This is a great way to keep your nutrition source within a short reach.”

4. Nathan Icon 24oz Fire & Ice Bottle w/ SpeedLock Race Cap – “This bottle keeps water nice and cool, so you stay hydrated throughout your ride.”

5. Shimano Cycling Shoes – “These are great lightweight road shoes and perfect for spin class.”

6. Suunto Ambit 3 Sport Heart Rate Sport Watch – “This watch has everything you would need in a multisport watch and is great at logging all of your training goals online.”

7. Tifosi Optics Tyrant™ 2.0 Fotobec Sunglasses – “If you start riding early in the morning and the sun isn’t so bright, you can wear these glasses. As the sun comes up, they darken to block the light!”

8. Pearl Izumi ELITE Gel Glove – “I love the cushion these gloves offer with great venting.”

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1. Under Armour UA Gotta Have It Tote – “This holds everything I need and more. It can even go from the gym to the office or works as an overnight bag!”

2. CamelBak eddy™ 1-Liter Bottle – “I have gone through more water bottles than I can count, and CamelBak is the best. They never leak and can take a beating if you are like me and prone to dropping or tossing your bottle.”

3.  Saucony Kinvara 5 – “Lightweight with just enough support. A reliable runner for speed-work days.”

4. inov-8 F-Lite™ 240 Sneakers – “Rope climbs can tear through your road runners or training shoes. The rope tech on the F-Lites really works to keep your shoes intact!”

5. Under Armour UA Reflective Mini Headbands – “Essential for keeping your hair out of your face mid burpee.”

6. Feetures Elite Ultra Light No Show Tab Socks – “These super lightweight socks offer great support. They are no-show socks but never slips off the heel! They’re anatomically fitted for each foot and the seams never bunch or rub.”

7. Trigger Point the GRID – “This is an essential for keeping your muscles going and off the injury list. The size is perfect for your duffel bag.”

8. Chaco Flip EcoTread™ – “Nothing beats a Chaco flip flop post workout. It offers more support than a regular sandal, and it feels like a foot massage while it allows your toes to stretch!”

9. Under Armour UA Escape Coldgear® Infrared Glove – “These are great for those cold warehouse gyms or outdoor workouts.”

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Sweet Accessories for Your Sweetie

Roses are red, violets are blue…but sometimes you need something more than the regular ol’ roses-and-chocolates gift on Valentine’s Day! Whether it’s your soul mate or your BFF, Valentine's Day is a great excuse to celebrate the ones you love and show them how much you care. And what’s more thoughtful than a gift that lasts more than a few days? (Sorry, roses!)

We’re not saying flowers aren’t great, but these highly giftable accessories are perfect for surprising that special person (or special people) in your life with an anything-but-garden-variety gift on Valentine's Day!

Below are a few easy gift ideas they’re sure to adore.

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For Her:

1. COACH Heart Crossgrain Zip Case

2. Betsey Johnson Cashmere/Silk Real Pashmina

3. Alex and Ani Charm Bangle Bracelet

4. Dogeared Infinite Love Necklace

5. GUESS Hearts Watch

6. Betsey Johnson Kiss and Tell Bow Beanie

 

For Him:

1. Lacoste Montreal Watch

2. Scotch & Soda Wooly Patterned Tie

3. Calvin Klein Underwear ck one® Boxer Brief

4. Fossil Ingram Traveler Wallet

5. Filson Original Briefcase

6. Maui Jim Hawaiian Time Sunglasses


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