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October 23, 2014

Lands’ End for Spring 2015

Right now is the time to see the best that spring 2015 has to offer, thanks to a bevy of press previews I’ve been attending. I think I have a solid grasp on the trends that we are now expected to see, as well as the pieces that I can’t wait to buy; I have a feeling that you’re going to feel the same way. My time at Lands’ End this week displayed great versatile pieces that range from cool  b sweaters to the perfectly pleated skirt and buttery soft leather beige bucket bag.

Not surprisingly, the brand had some nautical selections in stripes and sea motifs, but also meticulously worked a floral print into shorts, bags and dresses, as well as came full force with a swim and athletic collection that practically defines “athleisure” while being multifunctional, providing UPF protection against the sun’s rays. See the slideshow above for my favorite looks, which also include great scarves, ballet flats, and jeans in two length options. Getting excited for spring yet? I sure am!

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October 20, 2014

Taking it Up a Notch for Date Night with Marshalls

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[All photos taken by my hot date!]

Want to know my normal date night attire? It consists of some sort of Pittsburgh-related tshirt, and flannel pajama pants. Seriously. My husband and I tend to use date night as a super mellow night at home to hang out, cook together, and watch our show of the moment, so oftentimes I strip out of my day attire and into something more comfortable to lounge around in. Plus, I’m not devastated if a little oil from the pan splashes onto my clothing. On the contrary, however, it’s really good to switch up the routine, and recently at a Marshalls event, dating expert Tracey Steinberg told me that a nice switch up would be to stay (or get) dressed up. Such a simple idea, but it truly adds to making the night special and memorable.

 If I we decide to go out and I  want to go somewhere fabulous… I better dress the part! After being together for over 12 years, it’s easy to succumb to whatever is easiest, but making a little extra effort, as Tracy points out, can go a long way.  I punched up my work look for date night by layering a faux fur vest over top of my leather jacket, switching out my stud earrings for hoops, and an oversized handbag for a clutch.
Several of the pieces in this look had been found at Marshalls, with all of them being designer items at AWESOME prices, that made me do a double check that I was seeing the tag correctly! It’s easy to give your look a little oomph and take a bit of a fashion risk when you aren’t spending a lot, but still getting the quality you deserve.
How do you spice up date night with fashion?

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