Posts Tagged ‘S.W.A.G.’

Nordstrom Collaborates with Etsy Vendors

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Since its inception in 2005, Etsy has quickly grown mainstream with a business model that serves as a global marketplace for independent designers. Nordstrom and Etsy have partnered this summer to bring you unique hand-crafts that feature individual artists’ talents and stories  in its At Home department through the “Etsy & Nordstrom Present” collaboration. The collection with bridal accessories and giftware is now sold online and in select stores, including Nordstrom of Tysons Corner. Check out the one-of-kind merchandise for the perfect gift for a new bride:

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How Hole-some! Perforated Fashion

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, July 19th, 2013

BCBGMAXAZRIA Luke Perforated Jacket, $248 (Photo courtesy of BCBGMAXAZRIA)

Whoever knew that holes in fashion could seem so PERFect? For those leather-lovers who hate putting away their favorite pieces with the rest of their cold-weather gear, perforated leather is a whole new way to wear the trend all year round. In their spring and summer collections, designers like Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler are opting for clothing and accessories with detailing that is punched in rather than popping out. From brightly colored bags to sleek pencil skirts, this peekaboo-esque style is breathable, sexy and is an easy go-to look for those trying to add some edge to their classic pieces. Whether pierced or laser-cut, perforated leather will pack some serious punch into your summer wardrobe. 

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Fab Finds: So Very Pretty Bras with The Little Bra Company

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, July 19th, 2013

Your chic outfit may be the first thing people notice, but the underpinnings beneath your clothing are just as important as the ensemble itself. Are they comfortable, stylish, and most importantly – are they as supportive as your best friend?

In recent years, bra companies have expanded their sizes for women with fuller figures, but the other end of outlier sizes has been slow to grow. With the slogan, “Good things do come in small packages,” The Little Bra Company covers beyond just your average bra sizes in the sweetest styles. Their bras run from a 28 A to a 38 A, a broad spectrum of sizes in which even the most petite-figured woman can find the perfect fit.

“Fit is a mixture of measurement technique and preference. Finding the bra that gives you the best fit and shape is as important as finding a bra that you feel comfortable and confident in,” says Cara Incandela of TLBC. You can feel equal parts of feminine and sexy in better-fitting bras that are specially designed to add that extra “oomph” to your “packages,” while maintaining your natural curves.

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Closet Crushes: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, July 18th, 2013

When the five day forecast is calling for temperatures in the nineties, there’s no better time to look to the celebs and see how they pull off flawless summer looks during the dog days of summer.

From shorts and skirts to airy dresses, Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Rosie Huntington Whiteley knows all the right combos to look great and feel even better without breaking a sweat. So, be sure to keep scrolling and check out these Rosie-inspired outfits to get you through the next few weeks!

Looking for something simple to run errands in? Try a pair of printed jean shorts and a breathable top; pair it with espadrilles and a cute clutch and you’re golden!

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Heading to a concert in this dreadful heat? No worries, you can look great and stay cool in a pair of printed shorts and flowing top. Add your favorite sunnies and clutch to the mix and you’ll be concert-ready in no time!

Rosie Huntington Whiteley Style

Hoping to beat the heat while maintaining a truly feminine style? Pick up a maxi skirt and pair it with a light tank, waist belt and some of your favorite accessories!

Rosie Huntington Whiteley Style

If you have a date planned and want to look and feel fantastic, opt for a flowing dress that allows enough breathing room to feel the breeze as you walk down the street.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley Style

Happy Dressing!

–Rebecca Norris

Zoe: A Sale and Trunk Show You Won’t Want to Miss

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Kathlin Argiro and her gorgeous dresses! (Photo Courtesy of Zoe)

This Saturday, July 20, during the Christmas in July Celebration,  Zoe will be hosting their Black Saturday sale.

It’s just like Black Friday, only in July! It’s a one day sale on ALL full price and sale items–that even  includes the new arrivals for Fall!

The sale is as follows:

  • One item – 10 percent off
  • Two items – 20 percent off
  • Three items – 30 percent off
  • Four items – 40 percent off
  • Five  or more items – 50 percent off!  


And as always, the sales and news gets even better! The Kathlin Argiro Trunk Show will be taking place at Zoe as well! Argiro is an Alexandria native and New York based fashion designer; she will be in store for the day with new wrap dress prints, custom fittings for her evening and bridesmaid/wedding dresses and creating fashion sketches for customers!


And, since you’ll be in Alexandria anyways decking the halls and chatting with Santa and the Mrs.–make sure you stop by Zoe to see what all the hype is about–it’s a sale you don’t want to miss!


Happy Shopping!


–Rebecca Norris

Meet Lauren Price of Fashionably Lo

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

A self-proclaimed “avid selfie fan,” Lauren Price launched Fashionably Lo to provide a unique perspective on fashion that won’t empty our wallets. Price began making OOTD posts on Instagram, which then sparked an idea to blog about her budget-friendly fashion. The blog is a creative outlet where her experience in PR and love of fashion can intersect. We had the chance to chat with this budget-savvy fashionista about her blog and personal style:

Photo Courtesy of Lauren Price

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Etsy Adoration: Culturally Chic with Aztec Print

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

With summer fashion in demand for vibrant color and dimension, many collections involve beautiful Aztec-inspired prints. By adding this cultural pattern to any look, you can instantly create an artsy vibe that will grab everyone’s attention. Check out Etsy for some cool printed items ranging from fun denim cutoffs to crazy cuffs.

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Sure Things: Benefit Fake Up

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Benefit 'Fake Up' Concealer, $24 (Photo Courtesy of PRShots.Com)

I first fell in love with Benefit’s Fake Up Concealer during my stint at Seventeen this past winter. It was one of my fabulous finds at one of the many Hearst beauty sales. Immediately, I wanted to blab about it to my friends and family but I couldn’t find a link for it anywhere. Bummed and thinking that it was a product that was no longer available, I had to keep my big beauty-sharing mouth shut. 

Then, on one of my ritual outings to Ulta, there it was, in all its glory–Fake Up. Turns out I had gotten the chance to try it before it hit shelves, and let me tell you right here and now–this is one product your makeup collection simply can’t live without.

So what’s all the hype? Fake Up is a hydrating crease-control concealer – with Vitamin E & apple seed extract which hides dark circles & diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra-natural look. Available in a sleek lipstick-like silver tube in three shades, this is the perfect concealer for everyday use. 

Trust me on this one and head over to your nearest Ulta or Sephora, or click here to buy it online!


Happy Concealing!


–Rebecca Norris

K.I.S.S. – Keep It Short and Sweet with the Faux Bob

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, July 15th, 2013

Photo courtesy of Shuttershock/Feature Flash

Let’s face it: with the heat and humidity that takes over during the summer, the last thing you want to do is to let your hair down. So this summer, many try to K.I.S.S: keep it short and sweet. With this in mind, don’t just tie it up in a high bun like everyone else. Instead, go for the chic bob. Not only will it air out your neck in the rising temperatures, it is also a great way to provide volume and texture to your look. While you may not want to chop off your precious locks, this fun style can be faked in a few simple steps:

1. While hair is damp, apply Alterna Bamboo volumizing spray to the root of the hair. Blow dry smooth with a round brush.

2. Once hair is dry, curl 1-inch sections of hair, starting from the back with a 1 or 1 1/2-inch curling iron (depending on your hair’s length).

3. Work your way to the front of your hair, creating as many curls as you possibly can.

4. Once the hair is curled, apply a nickel-sized amount of Sachajuan shine serum to your hands and run your fingers through your hair to break up curls.

5. Tie hair at the very end of your hair with an elastic. Roll the hair under the elastic and tuck toward the nape of the neck. Spread the hair evenly in a horizontal direction, creating the illusion of a bob. Leave sides of hair to make look more natural.

6. Secure with bobby pins as needed and apply TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Firm Hold Spray.

Go for the Faux!

- Meghan Furey

Shopping Simplified: Kate Bosworth and Cher Coulter’s JewelMint

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, July 15th, 2013

Celebrity stylist Cher Coulter and Kate Bosworth (Photo Courtesy of Helga Esteb/Shutterstock)


Since its launch in 2010, JewelMint has become a mecca of affordable jewelry pieces that are selectively chosen to fit your personal style. Kate Bosworth and her stylist, Cher Coulter launched JewelMint as a way to bring fashionable, carefully curated accessories that are inspired from runway looks and celebrity trends. Three steps make it easy to find chic, edgy or bohemian (whichever style you prefer) pieces that you’ll be sure to love. First, complete a Style Profile that helps to pinpoint recommendations that reflect your style. Next, peruse through your personalized showroom. Wouldn’t this City Lights Necklace and Marni Midi Ring go well with a Diane Von Furstenberg white blouse? Lastly, simply shop your favorite looks or choose to skip the month for free in your Account Settings.

Happy Shopping!

- Kristy Ju

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