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Classy But Comfortable: Men’s Alternatives to Jeans

Dearest dapper gentlemen: You’ve been a student of Plum Deluxe and know how to rock a pair of jeans and a blazer. Your know that jeans with a cool shirt and nice shoes can get you through most dress codes and occasions. But then you’re invited to a formal occasion or a work affair where […]

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It’s About Time: Represent Your Style Through Time Pieces

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Do you have the time? Of course you do. As soon as you read the question I bet your eyes flickered instinctively toward the corner of your computer screen. Or maybe you reached for your cell phone. It is true both of those are handy time keepers, but they’re also boring. There are 86,400 seconds […]

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Scentsational: Discover Your Signature Summer Fragrance

Sarah Jessica Parker spoke at an event recently where she explained how the beginning of her fragrance business stemmed from a childhood memory related to smelling her mother’s perfume every time she left a room. Sense memory can play a strong role in deciding our personal preferences down the line. Some swear by one long […]

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5 Hot Style Trends to Keep This Summer

After one of the longest winters in memory, the spring season has finally sprung and we have all responded joyously with iced coffees, flip-flops, storage boxes, and lighter fashion. As the seasons change, so does not just our fashion, but our disposition. Sweaters get swept under the bed, and t-shirts and shorts move up in […]

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Cool and Manly Ways to Rock Jeans and a Blazer

Women might make less to every paycheck a man receives, but there is one place where the female will always reign supreme: in fashion. However, although we have always been the gender to beat in the fashion options arena, the boys are catching up quick. Menswear has become a whole new game in recent years, […]

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Garden Wear that Takes You from Yard to Town

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If you’re the sort of gardener who loses yourself in beauty and projects as soon as you enter your flower garden or veggie patch, you may find yourself running out of time to get changed and cleaned up before you have to head to town. With a bit of planning, forethought, and innovation, you can […]

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Natural, Salon Beautiful Hair: The Secret Is In the Kitchen

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Eggs, milk, yogurt, fruit, cooking oil, and honey are common grocery items we shop for. These items help us to make delicious meals and desserts for our families. However, they can do more than just provide nourishment for our bodies. These kitchen items, along with a few others, can give you great-looking hair as well. […]

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10 Influential Weddings That Never Really Happened

Romances and trends are everywhere and can come from absolutely anywhere. Some start between the cover of a book, others are designed for the silver screen, and many sail into our consciousness afloat the digital stream of an original series. Suddenly, what was “once upon a time” is once upon a wedding! Check out our […]

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Life By the Mile: Gifts to Mark Major Milestones

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Based on the definition and a handful of related words, I’d say milestones are something of a big deal. Milestone: a significant point in development. Also see: highlight, climax, turning point, transformation, crossroads. And big deals should be celebrated. The funny thing about milestones is how sneaky they are. Not only do they seem to […]

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In the Deep: Summer Swimwear Trends for Women and Men

With spring having finally sprung, and everyone getting ready for some warm days ahead, it’s hard to wrap our heads around the fact that summer, too, is right around the corner. At the same time, we are eager, ready to welcome our flip flops the moment the temperatures strike 60 and to immerse ourselves in […]

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5 Fun Ways to Mix Stripes (That Actually Work)

Though this winter has seemed like the longest ever, with no light at the end of the seasonal tunnel, we are starting to see some signs of spring at last. The weather is warming, albeit ever so slightly, and this week I saw a lot of hands grasping actual iced coffee. With spring comes happiness. […]

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Put a Spring In Your Step with the Perfect Pair of Shoes

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After a hard winter across the country, spring is starting to shine through the ice-covered lakes and snow-covered roadways. These first signs of spring are definitely welcome — whether you are a fitness junkie, a wandering traveler, or someone who just enjoys feeling the sun on your face. To be sure you are ready to […]

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Flatter Yourself: Finding Your Perfect Fit

Women will be the first to admit that finding a perfect-fitting garment is like winning the lottery. There is no shortage of information out there about finding the perfect fit for your body type — they fill fashion and lifestyle magazines on a weekly basis. The most luxurious thing a woman can find is her […]

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Top 3 Sales Secrets a Retailer Doesn’t Want You to Know

When I first started working as a visual merchandiser, I was 6 months out of college with a fashion design degree. I had never worked in a retail store and had been told that to truly understand the fashion industry I needed to work in visual merchandising. As a visual merchandiser you build up a […]

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An Overload of Orchid: Infuse Your Life with Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

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There is a time at the end of every year that holds special meaning for décor addicts and fashionistas across the United States. On this day, they wait with racing hearts and dilated pupils for the announcement that will influence their creations for the next 365 days: Pantone’s pick for color of the year. Introducing: […]

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Taking Tacky Back: 3 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Holiday Sweater

In the last couple of years, “tacky” or “ugly” Christmas sweater parties have become all the rage. You go to your nearest secondhand store and find the loudest, brightest, shiniest sweater you can find (bonus points for extra sequins and real lights) and then laugh with your friends. While you might admire the creativity and […]

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An Intimate Occasion: Buying Lingerie for Your Better Half

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The feeling for most gentlemen when entering a lingerie boutique is one of sheer terror. By following some simple guidelines and with some open communication, it will be everything but. Hold Your Head High Have some confidence when you walk in the door. Sales clerks are there to help, not hinder, your quest for the […]

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Stand Apart From the Crowd with Handmade Fashion Accessories

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It’s a great feeling when you wear an accessory for the first time and someone compliments you on it. It’s an even better feeling when said article of style was not mass-produced in a sweatshop in China but lovingly crafted by a metalsmith, or handwoven by a friend, or carved by a skilled craftsman. These […]

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Stealthy & Stylish: How to Cover Up Your Style Boo-boos In a Nanosecond

If you’re anything like me, timeliness is not your strong suit. I’ve gotten to the point where I have to set an alarm for “five minutes until I have to leave… it’s time to leave… if you don’t leave now you’re going to be sorry” — that’s three alarms to really keep me in check. […]

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Transitional Vestments: Take Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall

Last week in Atlanta we had a crazy three-day cold spell of temperatures in the mid-60s. Nothing like a little taste of fall to get me anticipating the season debut of boots, chic vests, and fall colors! Although it’s back to feeling like a humid armpit here in Georgia, I’m crossing my fingers in hopes […]

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The Best (International) Wedding Customs Americans Should Adopt

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Weddings are kind of a big deal. All that celebrating, and wearing of finery, and filling enclosed spaces with your nearest and dearest. Many couples use this mad, fun time to also celebrate their individuality by bucking tradition and by incorporating customs indicative of their cultures. So as long as you’re already considering the rituals […]

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Stitched from Head to Toe: Modern Day Crochet Trends

Some of you remember the crochet trends of the 1970s: thick acrylic yarns in strange color combinations, granny squares galore, hippie gals in stitched hotpants and chunky ponchos. I, myself, grew up surrounded by ghastly-colored afghans from the era. But crochet wasn’t always a garish craft; earlier in the 20th century it was lacey, elegant, […]

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Not Your Grandma’s Animal Print

The idea of animal print usually conjures up two different pictures: your grandmother’s leopard print collared black coat and your sister’s zebra print underwear. Now, if I could, I would make these images disappear from your mind entirely and save you thousands of dollars on counseling, but I do not have that nifty little instrument […]

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Fun and Flirty: 3 Ways to Style Your Sundress

One of the most useful services that I provide to my clients is the art of a look book. You may have seen big brands like J.Crew throw around the term “look book” when they release an all-new season of pieces. It’s exactly what it sounds like: it’s a book of looks. The best look […]

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Work It: Fitness Clothing Trends for Everyday Wear

Work-out clothes aren’t just for wearing to the gym; these days, it’s not uncommon to wear fitness clothes around the house, at the store, to the coffeehouse. With the growing popularity of 5K events, you’re probably seen by more people while wearing workout clothes than in those designer jeans. Since fitness clothing is so versatile, […]

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Clothes to Home: Tips and Tricks for Shopping Online

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As the internet gets more and more littered with shops going online — that little boutique in the center of town, that colorful store you only get to visit in summer, and that unforgettable store you found close to home that closed its doors to move to a more affluent area — it becomes necessary […]

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Style Tips for Your Online Profile Pic: Face Forward for a Virtual World

We all have at least one style-conscious girlfriend who would never let herself be seen at work or at an event wearing something outdated by a few seasons, but who is currently using a ten years out-of-date picture for their personal profile online. People who (wisely) would not show up to work in the sequined […]

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Summer Style Splash: Suits for Savvy Swimmers

Swimsuits. Doesn’t the thought of that tiny little piece of summertime staple clothing just send a chill up your spine? Tugging at the cups to prevent a poolside wardrobe malfunction. Hiking up the bottoms as they weigh down with ocean water. And, my most feared, the band slip-up that has you exposed in all your […]

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Are these funky, fabulous 3D printed shoes the future of fashion?

Sometimes, fashion can make you literally stop in your tracks and look. And when I first saw these high heel shoes – the first shoes that were made by the support of a 3D printer – I couldn’t get my head around them. They’re so… funky… and fabulous. Designer Julian Hakes describes them as the […]

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When to Get a Resole on Your Favorite Pair of Shoes

Shoes are style statements, and a pair of comfortable shoes often ends up becoming a part of your permanent wardrobe essentials. It is difficult to give up such a pair when the sole gets worn out or damaged. The best and the quickest solution to prevent the loss of a lovely favorite pair of boots […]

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Upgrade Your Buttons, Upgrade Your Life

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When Barack Obama was inaugurated for the 2nd time as President of the United States, people went crazy over his daughter Malia’s purple coat from J.Crew. But they would never be able to own that exact coat: J.Crew pulled that particular color of coat from stores out of respect for the first family. But even […]

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All Tied Up: How to Rock a Head Scarf

Scarves, like statement jewelry, are a great way to incorporate color and texture into any outfit. In addition to wearing light-weight scarves draped over your shoulders or loosely around your neck (with a sleeveless dress, just divine!), you can also incorporate them into your ensemble as headpieces! I have quite a spectacular bunch of women […]

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StyleSplurgestments: Clothing Items Worth Investing In

Lots of people talk about purchasing investment pieces for their wardrobes. But what are they? And how can you know what will be a good choice for you? Know Your Stuff First of all, “investment” is a scary word. Let’s stick with the word “splurge” — it’s more fun to say and sounds far less […]

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Caliente! How to Dress With Latina Flare

Need to add a little extra spice to your wardrobe? Get inspired by the Latina passion for fashion. Latina fashion inspiration is all about packing in a lot of style, even if you don’t have a wardrobe full of expensive clothes. If you don’t have a lot to spend and are feeling a little bored […]

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Debonair Men’s Fashion Looks Based Upon Popular Television

I love watching TV and movies as much as the next person does. However, I am tired of seeing men in their tighty whities prancing across the screen! I know it was funny — okay, maybe it was also kind of cool — when Tom Cruise slid across the screen in his briefs in Risky […]

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Keep Calm But Dress Mad: Debonair Women’s Looks Inspired by Popular Television

Nipped in waists, hips wrapped in gleaming silks, and handbags with gloves to match. Since the beginning days of Mad Men, we have embraced the words “prim” and “proper” and eschewed flashy or sexy. The women of Downton Abbey and The Good Wife would never dip their toes into a hot pink heel just because […]

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Why do only 4% of Women Think They Are Beautiful?

Dove, the maker of a variety of soaps and other beauty products, recently created a video series called Real Beauty Sketches. They’re so powerful, I can’t put them into words so I’ll let the videos speak for themselves. This reminds me of our Pinterest board on style & beauty – there’s a reason we called […]

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From Coffee to Cocktails: Dapper Ways to Accessorize that Crisp White Shirt

The white button-down shirt: It’s a classic that can take you anywhere, from casual coffee with friends to client meetings to a fancy dinner date. With the right accessories, you can change your look to match the occasion — and your personality. The Boys Are Back… in White Most men have at least one or […]

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Let’s Hear It for Loud Lipsticks!

From age four to, well, now, I have loved to watch my mother “get ready.” For anything. As a little girl, I used to lay on this big shaggy bath mat and watch her pencil in her lips and then carefully pick out the perfect shade of coral, blood orange, or deep red lipstick to […]

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The Psychology of Color: How to Choose What to Wear

So, you have a closet full of clothes and can’t decide what to wear? Color psychology to the rescue! Instead of thinking about outfits in terms of style, have you ever thought that color might be more effective? Even as far back as 1974, researchers have found that colors can greatly affect our moods and […]

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Ring in the Occasion: Buying Once-in-a-Lifetime Jewelry

The most important characteristic about a piece of jewelry is that you like it. There’s no point in getting jewelry if it’s just going to be sitting in a drawer somewhere collecting dust. That said, when looking at a once-in-a-lifetime piece, such as a wedding band or engagement ring, extra attention must be made not […]

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Laps of Luxury: Navigating the Space Between Blue Jeans and Pajamas

Loungewear. When you hear that word, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Ratty sweats you’ve had since college? Oversized pajamas that just never make it to the Goodwill donation bag? Well, there is a whole other life to loungewear that can actually add a little style to your downtime. Add Color First, […]

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4 Common Misconceptions about Personal Stylists, and the Only Fashion Rule You Really Need

Have you ever considered hiring a personal stylist? It’s a great way to give your look (and your self confidence) a bit of a boost, but it also means subjecting your current style to critique – something not everyone is ready for. Let me share four common misconceptions about working with personal stylists – the […]

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How to Dress Like a Frenchwoman

French women — particularly Parisians — have long been praised for their innate style sense. After six long years of observing them in their natural habitat, I finally feel ready to bring you their secret je ne sais quoi. When Considering an Outfit, Start at the Head… Really, this is part style, part fashion. French […]

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Think of Your Closet as Your Clothing Kitchen

“So, what does your day-to-day meal plan look like as of right now?” she asked. “Cottage cheese, ” I replied to the nutritionist I’d hired to help me with my food selections. The nutritionist (we’ll call her Amy) wrote those two words down. “Okay, and what else?” she asked looking up at me. I stared […]

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How to Dress Like a Frenchman

French women tend to get a lot of the credit when it comes to style, but you have to hand it to the guys as well: they know how to put together an outfit. If you’re of the masculine persuasion and are trying to appear a bit more French, here are a few easy tips […]

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8 Practical Suggestions on Using Pinterest to Plan Your Wardrobe

Let’s get the confession out of the way: I’m a terrible shopper when it comes to fashion. I get totally overwhelmed by the rows and racks of options, the hot and stuffy dressing rooms, and the sales associates who are either very overeager or insultingly rude. However, I’m a visual learner, and I’ve gotten in […]

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4 Guilt-Free Beauty Tricks

Sometimes a girl just needs a spa day. You know those days where your hair needs a little extra shine, your face needs a little less, and you just want to feel pampered? Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to feel like a queen—and improve […]

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