Friday, April 30, 2010

Summer Reds

“When In Doubt, Wear Red”
- Bill Blass

Do you agree that red is a very flattering color on most people? Every woman can find a shade of red that looks great on her, and the color red is believed to effect us both mentally and physically; increasing enthusiasm, energizing, and instilling a sense of confidence.

The color red throughout history has symbolized power, strength and passion, and in the Chinese culture, red is considered a lucky color.

Chadwick’s has 2 new “reds” to offer you this summer – red orange and salsa - why not try one out?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fashion Jewelry vs. Fine Jewelry

Over the last decade, it seems as though fashion jewelry has squeezed itself back into the market place, allowing women to wear cheaper jewelry while still looking trendy. As a young adult in the 90’s, I as well as my peers always wore real gold jewelry (that we have since traded in for Cash for Gold). It seems that the trend then was to spend more on rings and earrings and get the real stuff than to go to the mall and buy the fake earrings that turn your ears black! But now, this has changed! Many women are buying fun, trendy jewelry at a cheaper price, that they may only wear a few times. I personally buy “fashion jewelry” because I love the new funky earrings and bracelets that are cheap enough to buy and only use three or four times because they will probably go out of style soon…..and I also have a problem with losing all of the expensive jewelry that I have ever owned! I feel like as though many women have been in the same situation as I have where they have lost one diamond earring, and have to replace it with a fake one so that their significant other (who bought the earrings for them) won’t notice!! And since working at Chadwick’s I have been able to take of their fun, fashion jewelry offered online a pretty reasonable price! Would you rather wear fashion jewelry or fine jewelry? Share your comments!
by Coco

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see?

Is your body image positive or negative? Most of us focus a lot of attention on our bodies. Women in the US are under pressure to measure up to a certain social and cultural ideal of beauty, which can lead to poor body image. By presenting an ideal that is so difficult to achieve and maintain, the cosmetic and diet product industries are guaranteed growth and profit. Instead of trying to conform to the rigid beauty ideal promoted by the media, experiment with finding a style or look that expresses something about yourself and feels good to you. For me it is comfort. If I am not comfortable in my clothes I am not happy.

It is certainly OK to be concerned with looking good and it is very important to be concerned with our health, it is another thing to believe our self worth and value is based on how our bodies look. We all want to look our best, but a healthy body is not always linked to appearance. Notice how much time you spend worrying about your looks instead of being aware of what is going on inside of you or around you. Being unhappy with your body can affect how you think and feel about yourself as a person. . It would be sad to miss the wonderful version of “you” that so many other people see and appreciate because of something inside of us that is not based on reality. Changing your body image means changing the way you think about your body. Developing a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is key to a woman’s happiness and wellness. There is one rule that if followed will save us many failed diets. This comes from a dietician:

The rule is this: Only eat when you’re truly hungry, and stop when you’re full”.

Listen to your hunger, and eat a healthy meal or snack when hunger calls.

Our bodies are an important aspect of who we are, but far from all of who we are. Our body weight does not determine our worth. We need to create a healthy loving and empowering relationship with our body through healthy eating, regular exercise, and plenty of rest. Remember, healthy lifestyle choices are key to improving body image.

For help with making healthy choices here is a great website.

We are much more than our bodies!

How much do you view your value as a person based on the way your body looks?

Monday, April 26, 2010

What is a Special Buy?

Because this is Chadwicks Behind the Seams, I’ll give you an inside look! Special Buys is a concept that takes items that have proven themselves time and again to be customer favorites and offers them at an amazing prices and an array of colors that competes with any other retailer. And the reason it's "special"? Because there are limited quantities of these super-low priced items.

Where else can you find great quality, essential tees for $9.99, classic jeans for $16.99 and comfortable, yet stylish knit dresses from $19.99? The best part, there are tons of colors to choose from! We wanted to bring you the unbeatable value you expect from Chadwicks in your favorite items, and do our best to listen to what you really want.

So check out the Chadwicks Special Buys and love the opportunity to save BIG!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Fun Weekend Wardrobe

There is no reason to wait for the weekend to have fun with your wardrobe! If you have great taste, everyone at work should know it! The constant struggle between having a strong career and a fabulous social life is a seemingly forlorn battle. What we often lose sight of is that we can’t be successful in the workplace without having fun on the weekends!

As the summer approaches think about what you can do with your wardrobe during the week to give a peek into your private life style. Don’t be shy to throw on a vibrant tank under a blazer or a floral print with a basic pencil skirt. You should have fun with your clothes 7 days a week!

By: The Chadwicks PR Team

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ladies Night Out!

A few weeks ago, we invited a few hundred of our Chadwicks customers to our first "Ladies Night Out" Chadwicks fashion show! We had our very own associates model the new Summer line, raffle giveaways, some food & drink and just an all around great time! I was one of the photographers and it was A BLAST! It was so great to meet our customers (we saw a couple with Chadwicks outfits on), get an idea of what they think of us and see some of the clothes, that we only get to see online or in the catalog, on real, live women.
It's so important for us to know what our customers think of our product and we want you to know that we love doing what we do! The show definitely helped us 'meet and greet' with customers just like you! Thank you, because we couldn't have done it without you! The show was such a success, we hope to host more shows just like this one. You can see more pictures on our Flickr page :)
Many thanks to Stacey Helbig who is our VP Brand Manager of Chadwicks, Stacey's merchandising team, all the beautiful models, all the helpers and everyone involved, and most importantly to you, our customers!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Aunts...

My mom has 5 sisters. 4 out of 5 live in LA and they all think they look like those hollywood moms.

Last week we had our summer book in home so I sent my aunts the left over copies that I got at work. 2 called me back after they received the book and asked me to get them this 4-piece outfit, an outfit that made them scream.

"It's amazingly classic! Do you have to be super skinny to wear it?" they asked.

"No, not really. My friend (alright, fine... I admit it.. it's really me) is 150 pounds and it looks great on her (my colleagues can prove it!!!)."

"Even the sand color one?"

"Yes, my friend [I] got the sand color one."

"Can you get it for me? I can't find any Chadwicks stores around here in LA," they said.

"Just go online to get it because we don't have retail stores" I said.

"But how am I going to get the employee discount then?"

Employee discount?! How do they even know I have employee discount? "Sure, I will get it for you and bring it to our family reunion," I said. So now I have to buy another 2 women's 4-piece outfit....

Friday, April 16, 2010

Remember this dress? It was featured in the March issue of All You magazine and it's now on sale for $49.99! Our Crisp Cotton Wrap Dress comes in some bright springtime colors and it would make a great dress for a special occasion like a spring wedding or party?
You can check out the All You article here.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Floral Prints

I've never really been a fan of floral prints. They've always reminded me of wall paper in some old fashioned house. Spring and summer are the seasons for florals and every year I avoid them, not this year! This Spring, floral prints are popping up everywhere and on everything from dresses and shoes to handbags and its hard not to notice the trend. The difference this year being that the designers finally got it right! Gone are the days of tacky wall paper floral prints. This seasons prints are much easier to wear due to the variety of colors and flower patterns that are very different than expected making floral prints a must have in your spring wardrobe. Smaller prints and delicate flower choices make you feel less like a walking bouquet and more like a trend setter. Florals are a great way to add to and update any outfit. My advice is to add a little flower power to your closet this spring and enjoy this newly improved trend.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Warm Weather Dreams

I have to admit it; I’m looking forward to the appearance of summer, much more than I usually am. Perhaps it’s because over the weekend, I found a pair of capri’s that never got packed away for the winter. I just don’t have the room to leave my wardrobe for this season, and the past and future seasons, hanging in the pathetically small spaces that pass for closets in my condo. So lately, a bathing suit top or a pair of shorts pops up from a drawer or shelf when I least expect it, and suddenly I’m deep in the throes of yearning for open-window and flip-flop weather.

So what’d I do to combat this very specific urge? You’ll laugh, but I put on the capri’s and wore them to bed. I suppose I was hoping for warm weather dreams. Though it didn’t work, I’m not giving up—over the weekend, I plan to wear the tankini top like a cami. It was one I got from Chadwicks a few years ago, so it’s soft and comfy, but that means I’m due for a new suit this summer. Time to go shopping!

Do you guys supplement your winter wardrobe with warm-weather stuff, too? Or am I the only one out there combining seasons in hopes of capturing that warm weather rush, if only in my very vivid imagination?