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20+ Stores for Twenty-somethings to Shop for Work-Wear

As promised, I’ve compiled a list of places to buy business professional and business casual clothes that range in price, style, quality, and accessibility (i.e. geographic availability, brick and mortar stores v. online, etc.). Be sure to keep in mind: This list is crafted for millennials! Feel free to let me know in the comment section if there are any you think I may have missed!

Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor LOFT

It’s been awhile since I’ve purchased from Ann Taylor. However, its sister-store LOFT makes up way too much of my wardrobe, both regular and professional. So LOFT is both a personal shopping weakness and fave of mine. The quality is good and it also offers regular and petite sizes. Be sure to keep an eye out for sales and sign up for email offers to save extra money. DISCLAIMER: ONLY if you think you’re fiscally responsible or financially secure enough to apply for a LOFT credit card you receive some extra benefits for shopping with them including an extra discount for birthday, an extra 15% off the 1st Tuesday of the month in-store or online, etc.

Anthropologie** (Sale Rack)

The faint of heart should not venture to the regular-priced merchandise in this store. Spoiler Alert: It’s beautiful, but expensive. Go straight for the sale rack and don’t look back. It’s like digging for gold on this one. A lot of work for a little gold nugget, but great quality at a reasonable price if you don’t let yourself stray from the sales. Sign up for the free loyalty program called Anthro where you’ll gain access to pre-shop new merchandise (make sure you have some gift cards on your wish list or in hand), a birthday discount (you must sign up at least 30 days prior), the ability to have a personal stylist if you’re into that sort of exclusivity and personal attention in addition to notice of special shopping events.

Banana Republic** (Factory or Outlet Stores)

I discovered this place post-high school and have developed quite a fondness for it. If you have an outlet/factory store available in your area, I would highly suggest taking a look! If not, there are deals to be had in-store and online too. There are a number of options for professional and business-casual settings.

Charming Charlie

I’ve personally never shopped here, but I’ve heard and read great things about it.

Dillard’s (Department Store)

This is a typical department store that is designed to be a shopping mecca. It has a ton of brands and options to choose from. This may be vain sounding, but I’ve found that you run a lesser risk of having the same exact clothing outfit or outfit because of the sheer number of brands and options. Whoever decided that department stores were less cool than brand only buying is missing out!

Eloquii

I would describe this store as a big sister or cousin to Torrid (see below). It’s a great option for a selection of stylish and plus-size clothing. It also has a cute name, so that’s always promising.

Express

This is another personal favorite of mine that I have the luxury of physically visiting to shop. As a member of L Brands Fashion Empire, this has a trendier, more street wear look that’s still mainstream and helps me to not blow my budget. Sign up for rewards program called Express Next to receive notice of sales, new arrivals, birthday gift, etc.

H&M

It’s popular in Europe and around the world for a reason. Great value if you’re willing to settle for pieces that may not last forever quality wise.

J-Crew** (Regular or Factory and Outlet Store)

For my personal aesthetic, J-Crew can be a little too preppy or Hamptonsesque… Nonetheless, I’ve purchased quality clothing from this brand. I prefer to shop the outlets to save some cash since I buy from this store less frequently.

JCPenney (Department Store)

I’ve recently seen the light of shopping at a department store (don’t tell my mother). They reward you for your loyalty as a customer by giving you discounts to buy more merchandise. It’s a simple and genius marketing scheme that has certainly helped keep them in business.

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Once again, for the sake of honesty, I haven’t shopped here. I’ve read some good reviews and blogs about this brand and it seemed within a reasonable budget when I perused their website.

Kohl’s (Department Store)

I’m not sure how widely these are located but where I grew up, they’re a rite of passage, and also how my mom kept up with my ever-changing fashion sense. They’ve got a wide variety of brands like Lauren Conrad, Vera Wang, Polo, etc.

The Limited

I’ll fess up. I was lured in by their 60% off promotion and I now keep meaning to unsubscribe from their email blasts. I bought not one, but two really professional dresses and loved both. If you catch a sale, I’d suggest this store for the sheer sake of getting a great quality item.

Macy’s (Department Store)

See Descriptions for Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Macy’s.

Marshalls

Deals on designer and no designer clothing items. Be prepared to scavenge the racks and make multiple trips to the dressing room.

Maurice’s

Shout out to my college roommate and a high school friend who told me about this one! Finally a grown-up version of Delia’s!

ModCloth

Is an online retailer of indie and vintage-inspired clothing. This is a great option if you’re looking for unique handmade items to add to your wardrobe.

New York & Company

You can always find deals here, if you subscribe to emails and take advantage of sales. The aesthetic is chic and affordable work wear, which is perfect for this post and millennials trying to make their mark in their careers.

Nordstrom Rack (Department Store)

This place is great for professional designer clothes at a fraction of the cost. They’ve got a large selection of shoes too!

Old Navy

I swore off Old Navy in the summer of 2009 after a pair of flip-flops broke after one wear.  After a visit post-Black Friday shopping, I can admit that they’ve upped their style game and the prices are still great. Quality has improved too, but I’m still wary and I’ll keep you posted. Be warned! The cute stuff and the popular sizes go quickly!

Torrid

I’ve heard a range of positive reviews online about this as an option for plus size women.

T.J. Maxx

A sister brand to Marshalls means it’s always worth a quick trip. You never know what gem you might find.

Target

Long live that cute little Bull Terrier! Their recent hacks make me a bit wary, but it’s not strong enough for me to resist the red-hot deals and varieties of brands. Plus, I’m a sucker for a slushy.

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Met Gala 2015 Fashion Recap

Met Gala is the biggest event in fashion that happens every year in May to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute in New York City. This year the theme of the event was China: Through the Looking Glass, and Hollywood’s brightest stars came out in their best attire. The star-studded event included the likes of Beyoncé (who shut down the event might I add), Zendaya, Kim Kardashian, Naiomi Campbell, Taraji P. Henson, Solange Knowles and many more.

Check out some of our favorite looks below.  Who rocked your favorite look? (Comment Below)

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Larry Busacca

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Spring Fashion Must-Haves! (The Seasons Hottest Accessories Inside)

Kick this season and the next season off with a bang!

Be a step above the rest, and check out the seasons hottest selections of sandals and handbags from our hot new spring issue!

Gladiator’s and double/triple strapped sandals are in and turning heads.

Click here to check out the spring’s hottest accessories

 

Photo Creds:

Featured Image: Michael Kors 2015 Ad

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The Perfect Shade: Picking the Perfect Hair Color


Want to switch up your do, with a color that fits you?

Say no more! Choosing a hair color that fits you can be kind of tricky, but we’re here to help!

At times we all get tired of wearing our natural hair color, and we may want to be spontaneous and try something different.

You may not know it, but it’s very important to choose a color for your hair that compliments your overall appearance.

When you want to switch things up for your physical appearance, you have to make sure that it compliments other aspects of your body as well.

Learn how to choose the perfect hair color below:

 

Featured Image: From Pinterest

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The Natura Magazine Spring Issue Is Here!!! (INSIDE)

 

 

The “A Better You” spring issue of Natura Magazine is finally here! The latest issue is covered by none other than natural hair icon and Grammy award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter, Chrisette Michele.

This issue is packed with the hottest spring fashion trends, and hot stories in natural hair, beauty,fashion, entertainment, mind, body & soul and fitness.

In addition to a piece about the perks of being natural, highlighted stories from this issue include: “The Perfect Shade,” containing hair tips on choosing the right hair color that best suits you, and “The Natural Look” featuring beauty tips on how to select makeup that you can wear at work and out with friends.

Are you interested in learning quick and easy workouts that you can do while you are on the go? then check out our story, “Weight Loss on the Daily!”

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Check it out below, and let us know your thoughts.

 

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A Spring Fling with Fringe & Floral

With spring quickly approaching, it’s time to start building up those wardrobes, ladies! We can finally start putting away all of our winter layers in order to make room for our new spring pieces. One of my favorite trends this spring has to be fringe. I have always been a huge fan of all things fringe, I mean, who doesn’t love a nice statement piece? And I’ve never seen anything with fringe not make a statement.

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I also love a nice floral print piece, whether it’s a nice flowy dress or a dope pair of floral print platforms; the right floral piece can create such a nice classic look. I love mixing hard and soft pieces together, and what goes better with a tough leather skirt than some floral print platforms? Don’t be afraid to venture out and mix pieces together that you wouldn’t typically pair together! I find that I create my best looks whenever I really go against the grain and try something different.

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Wearing leather during the spring and summer months is normally a fashion don’t, but this season please make it a fashion must! Take a chance and throw on a leather skirt (with fringe) and a pair of Chucks for a cute casual look when you’re not in the mood to wear heels.

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Have fun mixing up your floral and fringe this season ladies. Mix your old and new pieces together. Don’t be afraid to also check out your local thrift and vintage stores, you can definitely find some great fringe and floral pieces while thrifting!

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Ladies I would love to know what trends you’ll be rocking this season so feel free to leave a comment and fill me in!

 

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Rihanna Slays The Cover of Harpers Bazzar China! (PHOTOS INSIDE)

Rihanna is a fashion icon, a world renowned entertainer and everyone’s favorite bad gal!

The past few months have been all about the barbadian queen as she has graced the covers of: Harpers Bazaar, AnOther, i-D, Elle and Esquire Magazines.  And, might I add, she slayed every single cover!

Can she do no wrong?!?

Rihanna took her talents to the middle east for Harpers Bazaar China, and slayed two covers giving us Geisha chic.

The photographer for this masterpiece is Chen Man, and in the first cover “lady in red” she is wearing Viktor& Rolf and in the second cover she is wearing Christian Dior.

Check out the flicks below:

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Fashion Style Spotlight: @igobyFrankie

Meet Frankie!

Meet Frankie!

Who Is She: So other than someone with awesome hair (like, it’s giving me life!), this eclectic French woman’s name is Frankie.

What Does She Do: She is a Fashion Blogger,

Personal Shopper for ASOS and Digital Marketer for Topshop and she has a way of putting unexpected pieces together and making masterpieces.

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                                  Where Can We Find Her: 

Blog-igobyfrankie.com

Twitter– @igobyfrankie

Facebook– I go by Frankie

Instagram– @igobyfrankie

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50 Shades of Grey….Hair?

From purple to blue, 2014 has been the season for many vibrant hair colors. Now, grey hair has been added onto the list. This hair color isn’t really a color every girl can pull off but surprisingly, it’s becoming more popular, especially among the natural hair community. Younger women are adding their own uniqueness into this trendy hair color and it’s beautiful. Doesn’t matter if its, short, long, curly, kinky or straight, these ladies found a way to best suit their style with this elegant color. Not only has it been dyed in natural hair, but girls are even dyeing their extensions grey!

Consider it a fashion statement; if you have an edgier, grunge style go for a charcoal grey. If you have a chic but preppy look, you can never go wrong with a greyish-lavender or maybe a steel-blue greyish tint. Lastly, if you want to achieve a sophisticated style, silver-grey would be a great choice. These are all creative ideas to make your gray hair look flattering and guaranteed to make heads turn.

Some may disagree with the whole idea of rocking this look, but who cares! It’s different. If you like it, go for it. #beunique.

Here are a few beautiful ladies who had no problem embracing their grey tresses on Instagram! Go check them out!

 
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It’s Wedding Season! Designer Spotlight: Therez Fleetwood of TMF Couture designs

With a background steeped in high fashion and World Couture glamour, Therez Fleetwood of TMF Couture designs exceptionally made and sharply edited apparel for the modern woman. Her focus on feminine silhouettes, intricate construction, and that perfect detail is evidenced in her signature hand-beaded dress and body-sculpting silhouettes. The use of luxurious fabrics and an eye for detail have branded Therez as a sought after designer of exotic couture.

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Originally from Boston, where she got her start in fashion, Therez started designing clothes at the age of 12 and she sold her first dress on the famed Newbury Street in Boston at the age of 15 while working as an apprentice under the Italian couturier, Alfred Fiandaca. This was quite an accomplishment at that age as Newbury Street was home to Giorgio Armani, Chanel and Roberto Cavalli, just to name a few. Therez moved to New York to attend The Fashion Institute of Technology and she worked as a production coordinator on 7th Avenue in the garment district. It was as a production coordinator, overseeing garment production, technical garment specifications and quality control, that she honed her skills in garment construction, fit and couture construction.
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In 1996, Therez branched out on her own and launched her first designer collection under the label, PheZula. Her line was sold to specialty boutiques throughout New York City and she made custom designs for private clientele and celebrities including EnVogue, Vanessa Williams, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Yolanda Adams, Kim Fields and Sheri Headly.
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Therez’s bridal and evening designs have been on display in the “New York Gets Married” and “Black Style Now” exhibits at the Museum of the City and at the Fashion Institute of Technology in honor of the Black Fashion Museum. She was also a featured designer highlighted in Macy’s “Catch the Designers” which provided a ‘behind the runway’ look at the diverse designers impacting fashion today.
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Her fashions appear in Fairchild Publication’s text book entitled Survey of Historic Costume and she has been a guest on several television shows including the Today Show, Good Day New York and a nationally syndicated television commercial for American Express entitled “Portraits”.
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It was her desire to travel that brought her to several countries throughout the world. And It t was her love of Africa, its culture and arts that prompted her to write, The AfroCentric Bride – A Style Guide, Amber Books, which provides clear, concise and helpful information for couples who choose to infuse cultural elements into their wedding.

Ms. Fleetwood’s entrepreneurial spirit and achievements earned her the Allstate Insurance Company’s “From Whence We Came, African-American Women of Triumph” Award. She also designed the only Afrocentric costumes to be worn by Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, which have now become part of their themed costume collection.
With over 20+ years of custom design experience, Therez continues to do what she loves – designing custom made bridal gowns and evening wear.
CHECK OUT HER WORK@www.therezfleetwood.com