Monday, May 31, 2010

Stretch your clothing dollar with pieces you can wear year round.

1. Little Black Dress

It’s the best seasonless buy you can make. Even if it’s sleeveless, you can wear it year round. From weddings to cocktails it eliminates the need for season specific dresses.


A perfect tee will take you through the year. I love T-shirts. I wear them under sweaters in the Winter and alone in the summer.

3.Jersey Knit dresses

Jersey Knit dresses are travel friendly as well as season spanning. Look for styles with plenty of drape so you won’t have cling in the wrong places.

4.Boot Cut Jeans

A great pair of jeans is perfect for year round wearing. A nice pair of Boot Cut jeans is trend proof. They will stand the test of time.

All of the great money stretching items can be found on the Chadwick’s website!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

To Cook or Not to Cook...

We had an interesting conversation one day during lunch - one of my colleagues does not like to cook, so her and her significant other tend to eat out a lot. Another colleague said "I can't believe you don't cook for your hubby, don't you care about him?"

We've been polling everyone in the office ever since, and it's a pretty even split. Some people believe that cooking should be left for a special occasion - we're all busy and between work, the gym, the dry cleaners, picking up the kids - there is little time left to cook a meal from scratch. But on the flipside, there is a level of joy when you slave over that hot stove for the ones you love. There's the old saying "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" and I don't know how you ladies feel, call me old fashioned but I think it's true! Almost nothing makes me feel better when I have a nice, hot dish made with L-O-V-E.

Who says you can't be a power woman and wear a power suit and make a knock-out dish to wow your family? What do you think - is the stereotype of the 1950's woman fashion forward or fashion faux paus?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

White Blazer

I am a big fan of So while I was browsing my favorite section, "Would You Wear These Trends?" I found this really cute spring style - White Blazer + Pink Dress + Black Heel

I immediately went online to Chadwicks to look for these items and here's what I am thinking.

The Key Item - White Blazer $39.99

The Little Pink Dress $69.99

The Heels (Black One) $39.99

I think I am going to purchase the white blazer first since it's a big trend in this summer :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Summer Breeze

With all of summers upcoming events, a go to dress is a wardrobe must have. Summers "little black dress", this year is anything but black. As I look ahead at my summer calendar, I realize, I better start shopping now! First is the color, with so many colors to choose from this year it's a little hard to decide but for me I am loving various shades of blue. After color, the next most important thing to me is the style and cut. I need something that I can easily dress up with a pair of heels and some jewelry as well as dress down with a pair of leather sandals. Fabric and cut are key to summertime attire and I absolutly love a comfy soft knitted dress! It's an easy fabric to dress up or down and is very low maintenance. The cut is equaly important, a cut that always works in the summer is one that is simple and femine, a basic empire waist is flattering and timeless. With the right "go to dress" summer events are a breeze!

Trends to Love this Season

Although it was so beautiful this weekend in Massachusetts I spent most of my time indoors at the mall. Do you ever get an urge to spend a generous portion of your pay check on re-vamping your wardrobe? I had that feeling this weekend and I acted on it without an ounce of guilt which is greatly needed from time to time. Some trends I saw in every store I went into were; tunic length shirts, ruffles and rosettes, and denim galore!

Tunic length shirts are great to wear with leggings or skinny jeans. A couple of my favorite tunics from Chadwicks are the Linen Blend Tie-Front Tunic and the Pintuck Tunic. Wear these tunics belted to add an extra touch of style or unbelted for a more casual comfy look.

Ruffles and rosettes are also big trends for the spring and summer this season. The Ruffle Wrap Shaper Dress is a slimming dress that provides just the right amount of style with a ruffled neckline that carries on throughout the length of the dress. The Rosette-Trim Pointelle Sweater is a babydoll style sweater with a rosette detail on the neck line. Rosettes turn a plain sweater or knit top into a dressier top for work or even for a night out!

Finally, denim is a big trend that has expanded beyond denim bottoms and into denim shirts, jackets and dresses. Our Oversize Denim Shirt is a great basic item to have. Tunic length, it looks great with a pair of black leggings and flats.

I have tried to incorporate all of these trends into my wardrobe this season. Fortunately it is has been easy to do so because many of these items are versatile and can also be worn dressed up or down. The ruffles and rosettes add a touch of detail that turns basic into unique while tunics and denim styles are comfortable and casual for relaxing summer weekends and nights. What trend do you like best this season?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Casual Fridays!

Friday is finally here. Yeah! My favorite day of the week! Although I love the weekends of course, I think Friday is my favorite because I still have the weekend to look forward to. And everyone tends to dress a bit more casually on Fridays. Our dress code here is business casual all the time but a lot of companies have Casual Fridays which everyone loves because they can usually wear jeans to work. It's just easier to get ready for work on Fridays for some reason. You don't have to put as much thought into what outfit you are wearing.

There are some really cute items on that would be great for Casual Fridays. The Eyelash Tiered Top paired with the Easy Crop Pants is a great casual outfit. Then just slip into the Nina Thong Wedges and you are on your way. What is you favorite Casual Friday outfit?

Friday, May 7, 2010

My mom is all about trends; my grandmother was too. However their wardrobes looked like they were colorblind at times, or at least pattern-blind. They were famous for taking a look from a trendy magazine and adding their own spin. It didn’t work. They looked like two crazy ladies that could not make up their minds on what to wear, so they just wore it all. Or that is what my teenage eyes saw. Therefore I became the kid who feared patterns. And my wardrobe consisted of neutral colors.

Jumping forward about 30 years (ouch), my kids now tell me that my clothes are boring. And worst of all, Nana is hip! So I need to reevaluate. I am still a bit shy with patterns. But I admit I need to add some trend to my wardrobe. As a compromise, I am going with solids with a pattern, such as this shirt from Chadwicks. Maybe I can add some accessories - and I will finally measure up to my mom!

Happy Mother’s Day, mom!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gwyneth Takes a Risk

I just loved the first Iron Man movie (very fun) and I can’t wait til Iron Man 2 comes out at the beginning of May. But first I wanted to see the stars at the premiere to see what they wore. For those people who don’t follow that kind of thing, Gwyneth Paltrow broke with tradition (I think, anyway) and wore a shorts suit. Of course, it was no ordinary short suit—it was designed by Giorgio Armani. What do you think of her outfit? Fashion-forward? Or fashion faux-pas?

I kind of like the idea of wearing shorts whenever and wherever I can, so I liked Gwyneth’s style choice. Opinion seems to be split online as to whether she or Scarlett Johansson, another of the movie’s stars, got the red carpet award for best dressed. Me, I’m voting for Gwyneth, probably because it takes nerve to take that kind of fashion risk.

Maybe I’m hoping that it will rub off on me. There’s a certain white shorts suit in Metrostyle’s (our sister company) summer catalog that’s calling me, and though I don’t have any premieres planned, there is a graduation party coming up…


Monday, May 3, 2010

Capris and Shorts, Bring it On!

It's May and the warm weather is finally coming our way in the Northeast, yeah! There's nothing better than a bright blue sky, a warm feeling from the sun and a walk outside to energize you. It's great to be able to get out and enjoy on a weekend while quickly putting on a great pair of capris or shorts depending on where your headed. This is one of my favorite times of year when I can truly put away those winter clothes and break out my Spring/Summer clothes. It's when I feel most comfortable. I've heard many other women say the same.

Chadwicks offers a great selection of capris and shorts to get you started or simply freshen up your wardrobe. White capris are awesome as you can dress them up or down, add a red or blue top and your all set for Memorial Day, 4th of July or even a quick nautical look. A great pair of comfy shorts make it easy to slip on over a swimsuit or for just hanging around. Either way, you can't go wrong. Don't you agree?