All posts by Jennifer Gorden

Tantalizing Teal

I am crazy about color. If you are a lover of color like me, then you will be happy to know that this fall, jade and teal are very popular colors. The great thing about these colors is they look fabulous on a variety of skin tones and people. If you aren’t ready to go out sporting a jade dress or pair of pants just yet, don’t worry.  You can still incorporate the hot new colors by accessorizing with them. Wear a ring or a purse with either color.  Adding a burst of these colors to an all black ensemble will add a little something to your outfit and put an extra bounce in your step.  There is so much you can do with these colors- be a little daring!

Tantilizing Teal

1. Forever21 2. Fossil 3. Halogen 4. Talbots 5. ModCloth 6. Revolve Clothing 7. Stephan and Co. 8. Couture Candy 9. Tocs 10. Top Shop

Fab Finds: Dolman Sleeves

Dolman sleeve tops are a great staple to have in your closet this fall.

What They Are

A dolman sleeve is a type of sleeve with a very large armhole and tight cuff. Dolman sleeves are found on sweaters, tops, wraps and jackets this fall. They come in a variety of styles allowing you to find one for either work or watching football with friends.

Getting the Right Fit

Dolman sleeves are a very flattering piece of clothing, but you need to be careful about fit when purchasing. Dolman sleeve tops are not ones to buy one size bigger just in case you gain weight or they shrink; it is necessary to buy a size that fits right in all places. These tops are loose and if you buy one too big, it will do nothing for you because you will be swimming in it.  It is best to pair your dolman top with a fitted pant like skinny jeans or leggings.

Dolman Sleeve Fashions for Fall 2011

Express Striped Shaker-Knit Dolman Sweater, $59.90   Red Haute Dolman Sleeve Stripe Top, $47.90   Michael Stars Short Sleeve Off The Shoulder Dolman, $37.90     Lamade Odelia Dolman Sweater, $78.00   Piperlime RD Style Striped Dolman Sweater, $69.00     Free People Sweater, Dolman Sleeve Oversized, $98.00   AE Off-Shoulder Dolman Sweater, $49.50     INC International Concepts Top, Dolman Sleeve Striped Slouchy Sweater, $59.50     Will you be rocking the dolman sleeves this fall?

Fab Finds: Striped Shirts

Stripes are all the rage right now. I’m happy about this as I absolutely love stripes; however there are many who disagree with me. I hope that these pictures will help change some minds.

Everywhere I look lately it is stripes, stripes and more stripes. Whether I am at work, shopping or on public transportation all I see is stripes! Stripes are a great option to have in your wardrobe, because they are versatile, very comfortable and come in a variety of styles.

Despite people thinking that horizontal stripes don’t look good on them, I think they can look great on just about anyone. Pair a striped shirt with a pencil skirt and wear to work or throw on a pair of jeans. Add some funky jewelry and heels depending on the occasion. So, before you turn your nose down on stripes this season, try them on again…who knows — you may like them.

Ann Taylor Loft Stripe Blouson Hooded Pullover, $44.50

 

Express Button-Sleeve Striped Tunic Sweater, $59.90

 

White House Black Market Striped Off-The-Shoulder Top, $68.00

 

Wet Seal Diagonal Stripe Banded Top, $22.50

 

Michael Kors Sequin Stripe Top, $99.50

 

Juicy Couture Striped Top With Bow, $118.00

 

KUT from the Kloth French Terry Sweatshirt, $68.00

 

Bailey 44 ‘Go Absolutely Wild’ Colorblock Tee, $118.00

 

Vince Camuto Tiered Stripe Jersey Top, $79.00

 

Will you be sporting stripes this season?

Fab Finds: Cardigans and Blazers

Just yesterday, I felt like summer was beginning and I was pulling out all of my cute summer dresses, skirts and shorts from the downstairs closet ready to dig into them. And just like that summer is coming to an end; fall is right around the corner. Summer is my favorite time of year: I love the heat, the sunshine, the long days and the cute summer clothes. Don’t fret though, just because summer is ending does not mean you have to put away your cute summer clothes yet. For those chilly mornings, add a cute cardigan or crop jacket and just like that you have a super cute outfit that works for the chilly morning as well as the warmer weather later in the day. Colored cardigans are also great to add a little sizzle to a plain black dress or skirt. Wearing a busy floral dress? Add a jean jacket or a more neutral cardigan and just like that you are ready for any weather Mother Nature throws your way.

1. Gloria Knit Blazer – G by Guess, $49.50

Gloria Knit Blazer

2. Lightweight Crop Cardigan – Maggy London, $33.90-$48.00

Lightweight Crop Cardigan

3. Crop Cardigan Sweater – Sahalie, $79.95

Crop Cardigan Sweater

4. Sands of San Sebastian Ivory Crop Jacket – LuLus, $46.00

Sands of San Sebastian

5. Black Leather ‘Rumble’ Cropped Jacket – 7 for All Mankind, $297.00

Black Leather 'Rumble' Cropped Jacket

6. Pirate Cardigan – AllSaints, $130.00

Pirate Cardigan

7. Grey & Black Wide Stripe Cardigan – Religion, $83.00

Grey & Black Wide Stripe Cardigan

8. Crop Jacket – Classiques Entier®, $159.00

Crop Jacket

What is your favorite layering piece for those chilly fall mornings?

Fab Finds: Stackable Rings

I am a big hand person. As weird as it sounds, I feel better when my hands look nice. I always have my fingernails polished. I feel naked without rings on my hand. I am always looking for new fun nail polish and rings. Lately, I have had my eye on my supervisor’s stackable ring. Not only is it gorgeous, but it is also a fun toy to play with when bored.

1. Set of Five Stacking Rings – Ariella Collection, $38.00

Set of Five Stacking Rings

2. Diamond Stackable Rings – One Kiss™, $129.99

Diamond Stackable Rings

3. 5Pc Matte Stack Rings – Target, $19.99

Matte Stack Rings

4. Pretty Pearlized S/3 Stackable Rings – Lauren G Adams, $38.76

Pearlized Stackable Rings

5. Sterling Silver Stackable Rings Set, White Diamond (1/10 ct. t.w.) and Champagne and Black Diamond Accent – Macy’s, $99.99

Sterling Silver Stackable Rings

6. Seafoam Stack Rings – Sundance, $148.00

Seafoam Stack Rings

7. Stackable Rainbow Gem Rings – Charlotte Russe, $4.00

Stackable Rainbow Gem Rings

8. Enamel Pave Ring Set – Coach, $88.00

Enamel Pave Ring Set

9. Crystal Stack Rings – White House Black Market, $28.00

Crystal Stack Rings

Do you wear stackable rings? What kind is your favorite?

Fab Finds: Bangle Bracelets

Without jewelry, I feel naked. Every day, I wear bracelets, earrings, a necklace and rings. I wear a mix of costume jewelry and nice expensive silver and gold jewelry.

I am looking for new trends in jewelry, and lately, bangles seem to be all the rage. You can wear one bangle, or wear many. This look can be classy or can be a fun way to add a little sizzle to your wrists.  Not to mention they are something fun to play with when you are bored or anxious. Another great aspect of bangles is that you can buy them in gold, silver or in costume jewelry. Something for everyone, which is always a bonus.

 

Target Sterling Silver Inspirational Bangle – Friendship, $99.00

 

Diamond Fascination™ Bold Bangle in Sterling Silver, $169.00

 

CRISLU Bracelet, 18k Gold Over Sterling Cubic Zirconia Bangles, $135.00

 

John Hardy ‘Bamboo’ Slim Bangles, $350.00

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Organic Hammered Bangle Bracelets/Set of 20, $68.00

 

Ross Simons Set of Seven Sterling Silver Bangle Bracelets, $206.25

R.J. Graziano “Go Glam” Set of 10 Crystal-Accented Bangle Bracelets, $59.95

Swarovski Melrose Jet Hematite Crystal Bangle Bracelet, $100.00

Do you wear bangles? What do you prefer — gold or silver?

Fab Finds: Floral Skirts

This past weekend I went to New York City to visit some friends.  It was a wonderful weekend and we did a lot of walking.  Everywhere we went it seemed girls were wearing some variation of a smocked floral skirt coupled with a cute tank.  It was extremely hot, so this was a great outfit choice.  This is a great outfit, because you only have to invest in the skirt. Most people already have a cute tank top or shirt that will match nicely. It is a versatile outfit, which can be worn to a variety of occasions. It can be a fun casual outfit on the weekend. If it’s not the weekend you are dressing for, you can pair it with a cardigan and heels to make it appropriate for work.

Luckily for you, fabulous readers, with summer clothes going on clearance at most stores, these skirts are extremely affordable and won’t make a big dent in your wallet.

1. 10 Button Floral Skirt – Forever 21, $16.90

10 Button Floral Skirt

2. Floral Smock Skirt – Olsenboye, $24.99

Floral Smock Skirt

3.  Floral-Print Smocked Skirt – Takara 7-16, $14.00

Floral-Print Smocked Skirt

4. Women’s Smocked Mini Skirt – Old Navy, $12.50

Women's Smocked Mini Skirt

5.  Aqua Floral Smocked Skirt – Bloomingdales, $68.00

Aqua Floral Smocked Skirt

 

6.  Floral Smocked Skirt – ELLE™, $8.00

Floral Smocked Skirt

7. Embroidered Skirt – White House Black Market, $98.00

Embroidered Skirt

Will you frolic in floral this summer?

Fab Finds: Shirt Dresses

It sure has been hot out lately. Don’t get me wrong though, I am not complaining. I live for the summer months and thrive off of heat. While I love the warmth, sometimes it can be difficult to dress for the heat and still be appropriate for work. Every morning, I assume, when you get ready for work you have a couple goals in mind: to look professional, look cute and be comfortable (in the summer months, comfortable usually also means staying cool.) How do you pull off a look that can do all of that when it is well over 90 degrees you may ask? My solution is to wear shirt dresses!

Here are some of my favorites:

1. Linen Shirt Dress – Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $189.00

Linen Shirt Dress

2. Classic Shirt Dress – Liz Claiborne, $34.99

Classic Shirt Dress

3. Ruffle Front Shirt Dress – Eliza J, $118.00

Ruffle Front Shirt Dress

4. Polka Dot & Ruffle Shirt Dress – Forever 21, $24.90

Polka Dot & Ruffle Shirt Dress

5. Linen Shirt Dress – Calvin Klein, $79.99

Linen Shirt Dress

6. New York Belted Shirt Dress – Kenneth Cole, $139.00

New York Belted Shirt Dress

7. Sash Wrap Dress – Talbots, $139.00

Sash Wrap Dress

When it is scorching out, what do you wear to work?

Fab Finds: Rompers and Jumpers

I am not sure I have ever stumbled upon a piece of clothing with so many names. Usually, you are wearing a skirt, or a pair of shorts, but not with a romper. Some refer to them as a playsuit, some a romper, others a onesie or a jumper. What is the correct name?

I might not know the correct name, but I do know they are a great outfit choice this summer. They are comfortable and come in so many fun patterns and styles. Rompers are great because they can be worn in a variety of ways. Add some funky jewelry, a blazer or a cardigan or you can wear a belt to add a little zing. Think about giving the romper a chance; I didn’t love them until I tried one on. Then, I realized the right romper could look great on just about anyone.

Unique Vintage Blue & Pink Floral Print Ruffle One Shoulder Romper, $48.00

TopShop Mustard Pleated Bow Belted Playsuit, $106.00

TENOVERSIX Edith A Miller Romper, $165.00

Urban Outfitters Staring at Stars Off-The Shoulder Romper, $59.00

Forever 21 Woven Ruffle Romper, $15.80

Lulu’s Collective Concepts Lupine Teal Print Romper, $55.00

GUESS? Jumpsuit Lou Lou Sleeveless V Neck Ruffle Tie Wide Leg, $108.00

XOXO Jumpsuit, Strapless Straight Chain Lace Up Tie Cropped Skinny Satin, $54.99

Will you be seen around town in a romper (or should I say jumper) or are you passing on this trend?

Fab Finds: Bandeaus

Typically seeing your bra through your shirt isn’t flattering. Some see this as desperate and tacky. Others downright frown on it and see it as a fashion disaster.

This season, however, bandeaus under baggy shirts are a big hit. I am not going to lie, when I heard about this trend, I also raised my eyebrow a little. I became very skeptical of this trend.  Then, things changed when I visited my best friend in Florida. One night we were going out for dinner and she put on a purple lace bandeau under a baggy cardigan and some costume jewelry. It was a simple outfit, but she looked classy and cute. I was instantly sold on this new fashion statement and couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. Bandeaus are a great layering piece under a baggy shirt, tank top, and cardigan. They can even be worn alone if you are on the more daring side. Bandeaus come in a variety of styles and colors- take your pick!

1. Bloom Lace Bandeau Top – G by Guess, $12.50

Bloom Lace Bandeau Top

2. Printed Bandeau Bra – Urban Outfitters, $12.00

Printed Bandeau Bra

3. Fashion Forms Lacy Bandeau – Bloomingdales, $20.00

Fashion Forms Lacy Bandeau

4. Scalloped Lace Bandeau – Free People, $28.00

Scalloped Lace Bandeau

5. Lace Bandeau – Aerie, $19.95

Lace Bandeau

6. All Over Lace Bandeau – Express, $22.90

All Over Lace Bandeau

7. Bandeau Tube Top – Victoria’s Secret, $15.50 or a special of 2/$20

Bandeau Tube Top

Will you be sporting this look or frowning when you see bandeaus peaking out of shirts?