Monday, March 10, 2014

Week 10: Be Fashionable

Spring is in the air, ladies. After a roller coaster of a winter, the world is beginning to thaw out just a bit and things are slowly coming back to life. Other than losing one very treasured hour of sleep to daylight savings time, I am absolutely giddy about its official arrival in just a couple of weeks.

Each year I relish the return of the many symbols of springtime – April showers, May flowers, Easter Sunday, green grass, and beautiful butterflies. Three of the things I get most excited about in the spring are longer days, my birthday and drum roll please… SANDALS!

Oh yes, Spring is one of my favorite seasons for fashion, and sandals are high atop my list of favorite fashion symbols. I’ve already been perusing the aisles of my favorite local DSW store in search of the perfect first pair of the season sandals. So far nothing has tickled my fancy, but it’s still early. I’m guessing selection will pick up greatly in the next week or so, just in time for the first day of spring on March 20th. In the meantime, I thought it’d be fun to share a few honorable mentions with you today.

Starting things off with my favorite of the bunch. Vince Camuto_blk wht tan

Nine West has been quite a dependable shoe brand for years. Today, their shoes aren’t always the leader of the cute pack when placed up against designers like Vince Camuto, but I can still find something I like in their stores. This one is pretty cute, don’t you think? 

Nine West_strappy blk cage

Looks like straps and buckles are in this spring and summer. Not too sure how I feel about that yet, but this little brown number by Obsession Rules is pretty cute. Obsession Rules_brown

Vince Camuto makes a second appearance in this line-up, and that’s probably because I just really like this designer. And this little black number could easily go from business casual to dressy casual in the same day. The platform looks like it would make for a pretty comfy transition, too. 

Vince Camuto_blk casual cute

And last but certainly not least… I know this lady isn’t a sandal, but I had to include her in mix. Out of all the aisles I walked and all the shoes I saw, this beauty stole my heart. When I peeped the price tag I just whispered, “Well, that figures.” 🙂 This Rachel Rachel Roy is sporting about four different designs and textures in her leather with an added metal bonus on the heel. Some might call it too much, but I can just picture her pointed toe stepping out from underneath a pair of quality black dress slacks or a little black dress that politely allows the criss cross ankle strap to steal the show. Whatever you choose to wear it with, this shoe is definitely one that must be seen and not hidden.

Rachel Rachel Roy

I believe we should take pride in our appearance and do our best to be presentable, fashionable and just cute at all times. Whether we like it or not (or even think it’s fair), we are often judged by our appearance. And toss aside what others think, I don’t know about you, but I just plain feel better when I feel pleased with my appearance – when I feel like my clothes compliment my curves, my hair is in place and my feet are fashionable.

So you say you’re not into fashion? Well, guess what. You don’t have to be a follower of mainstream designers to sport your own style. After all, the best thing about making a fashion statement is it’s absolutely your statement to make. You can watch the runways and fashion mags for cues OR NOT. It’s totally your choice. Just try some things on for size and comfort and personality to build your own fashion identity.

And just remember, cute sandals most certainly ALWAYS do their part to step any outfit up a notch. Above all else, have fun. It’s springtime. Go. Be. Fashionable.

I adore sundresses and can be quoted as saying I’ll wear sandals until Jack Frost is nipping at my toes. What is your favorite spring/summer fashion item?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Three Weeks by S.M. Phelon

What would you do if you found out you had only three weeks left with your spouse, but the imminent loss isn’t because he/she is dying. I know you’re thinking, “Well what other reason could there be?” Umm hmmm, I can read minds every now and again. And I would tell you what the other reason(s) could be, but I won’t. I mean why would I steal away from you the opportunity to find out for yourself, right?

You can find out by clicking here to read the eBook Three Weeks by S.M. Phelon. If you love great books and short stories that suck you in like a One Day sale at Macy’s, then you MUST check out this phenomenal eBook. Quite a gifted writer, Phelon has masterfully stitched together a story that takes little more (and possibly less) than 60 minutes to fully engulf you. And although fiction, the story easily brands the hearts of married men and women with real life points to ponder, conversation starters and seeds for self-reflection.

I read Three Weeks on my lunch break the day after I received it. I got started a little late, so I hadn’t quite finished all 17 pages when the time came for me to head back into the office. I emailed the author and told her I wish she could have seen me walking back to the building while still reading – trying not to bump into people or THINGS (things including the building itself, lol). Folks, the story is just so completely captivating. I felt absolutely forbidden to part with it until I reached the very last page, and I’m confident you will feel the same way. Soooooo…..

If you love to read, read it!

If you’re married, I definitely encourage you to read it.

If you know married people, pass it along so they can read it.

Phelon is on a mission to get 1,000,000 readers of this book. As one who is inspired by this beautiful author, I’m just here to try to help her reach her goal. 🙂 So will you do me a favor, please? After you read the book, I need you to do one or more or ALL of the following four items:

1. Post the book link to your Facebook page.

2. Tweet the link to the book.

3. Share the book with your book club or small group.

4. Email the link to the book to family members, friends and coworkers.

See! Simple enough. You know I don’t ask for much. 🙂

After you read, please stop back by here and let me know what you think.

Until next time…

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Girl’s Eye Review: Clothes Hound Boutique

It’s happened one too many times. I’ve stepped out in my carefully selected outfit of cuteness and bumped right into another sister who’d obviously been just as careful and selected to wear the exact brand of cuteness I was wearing. NOT COOL! True, greater crimes have been committed than sharing the same great taste as I. I totally get that. But what’s a girl wishing to establish her unique fashion identity without breaking her budget to do?

I have always dreamed of being a boutique shopper, but I used to think boutiques were a fashion luxury I simply couldn’t afford. Quite possibly years ago that was true, but thankfully I’m finding that’s not so today. Today, if you love to look uniquely beautiful (like I certainly do) and doing so on a budget brings you unspeakable joy, there are quite a few boutiques to satisfy every budget. I’m here to help you find them.

Boutique Peek: Clothes Hound, Raleigh, NC

“I want people to feel like they’re coming over to their girlfriend’s house or shopping their girlfriend’s closet…” – Bryce Batts, owner/operator

Girlfriends, if you’re in or around the vicinity of Raleigh, North Carolina you must make it your business to take a look-see into the area’s fresh new fashion closet called Clothes Hound. Recently, I had the pleasure of hanging out with the boutique’s Senior Fashionista (that’s my fashion speak for owner/operator), Bryce Batts, in her store for A Girl’s Eye View Boutique Peek.  Here’s the skinny (not jeans) on what I learned:

Who: Bryce Batts, Senior Fashionista (owner, operator)

What: Clothes Hound

Where: Raleigh, North Carolina (North Raleigh to be exact)

When: Clothes Hound opened its doors in June 2011. Bryce is gearing up for her big 1 year anniversary. I can’t say for sure, but she hinted toward a celebration complete with sweets treats and maybe even a few sale signs. 🙂

Why: Because it’s in her blood!! Ok, so those are my words, not hers. Here’s what she had to say about why she opened a clothing boutique: I’ve always, always had an interest in fashion [and] retail, and I always wanted to have a store. My parents are entrepreneurs, and it’s just something I was always interested in.” See! I told you. IN. HER. BLOOD.

The Merch: 10% of Clothes Hound’s merchandise is from local designers (now isn’t that cool), but Clothes Hound keeps it diverse, featuring fashion from Australian designers and Canadian designers, as well. Outside of the Tarheel state, from around the good ol’ U.S. of A., Bryce brings in wares from trailblazing fashion locales like Los Angeles and New York City.

When asked whether or not she is a designer, Bryce commented, “No, I wish I was that creative.” Believe me; she definitely played her modesty card there, because as I dug a little deeper I found her creative juices splashed all over the layout and design of the store.

So, I know you’re wondering where the name came from. Well, it all started with Bryce reading an US Weekly magazine article that referenced the Olsen twins (Mary Kate and Ashley) as “clothes hounds.” Stitch to that her love for dogs, and the creative play on words made for a perfect boutique fit.

Clothes Hound is big on customer service, and it shows. Bryce and her team enjoy responding to the needs and requests of their customers, and they do a super job connecting with them on Twitter, Facebook and through great blog posts on the Clothes Hound website. Speaking of websites: if you don’t live in the North Carolina area, never fear. Your fresh, unique new fashion find is just a click away, and you can start by clicking right here.

Click here to see the dress (don’t forget to check out the rear view to get the FULL view) I went home with. And this precious owl ring was more than worth the trip. When he’s not perched on one of my fingers he’s keeping watch over my necklace tree. 😀

“Contemporary, on trend, but still affordable” is how Bryce describes the styles you’ll fall in love with at Clothes Hound, and I found this to be right on the mark.  But don’t take my word for it. You’ll have to sneak a peek at this boutique yourself. Try Clothes Hound on for size, and tell them A Girl’s Eye View sent you.