Fall, Fashion, Gifts, Shopping, Style

Get Ready! Fall Wardrobe Staples!

Happy Happy Monday people!

I definitely am so inspired by the pending change of seasons that I feel like I’ve spent a little extra time planning Fall outfits to put together.  I love Fall dressing, sweater weather is my favorite!  It’s still summer AND I’m in Atlanta so it’s still pretty hot here  to even think about wearing some of the warmer sweaters and sweatshirts I have my eye on.  Mornings are getting a little cooler, but by mid-morning it’s still very hot here…and humid!  For the next couple of weeks I guess I’ll have to be content simply planning and trying out as many different looks as I can!  If you didn’t, take a look at a quick post I did on Fall trends a few weeks back to help jump-start your own wardrobe plan!

Most of these pieces you can begin to incorporate into your wardrobe now, for example pair the blazer with a lightweight cami, and wear after 5, or to the office (always cold), wear booties with shorts and casual dresses, etc.

 

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Boyfriend Blazer, Express

 

Express Bell Bottom
Bell Flare Jeans, Express; I just purchased these, haven’t received yet, but love the retro look!
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Mock Neck Sweater, Top Shop; slightly oversized, perfect with distressed jeggings or leggings
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Steve Madden Rumble Bootie, Nordstrom; to be worn with oversized Top Shop sweater and leggings 🙂
Sanctuary Camo
Sanctuary Camo Pants, Macy’s; to know me is to know I love camo! I have no idea why!! Swap tee for cami and top this look with a black blazer!
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Floral pant, leather jacket and booties! I wish I could tell you exactly where this look came from! If anyone knows please tell me! Love it!

 

See anything you like or are wearing now?   What do you think about these looks?  We’re excited for Fall, drop us a note and let us know what you think!  As always, thanks for sharing with us!  Please follow our blog and check us out on Instagram and Facebook!

 

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Hooray For Fall Fashion! Fall Trends

Heyyy Friends!

The Labor Day holiday signals that the end of Summer is near which is always a little bittersweet, however I don’t usually mind as much as I am always super excited for Fall and Fall shopping!  I enjoy dressing for all seasons, but I have to admit that Fall might be my favorite! I love sweater weather!  Notice I said sweater weather, not North Face Abominable Snowman Under Armour weather– definitely a difference!

I wanted to share just a few of the Fall trends I’m loving for Fall that will be influencing all of our shopping trips this season as these trends and looks are hitting retailers everywhere!

There are a ton of options and opinions out there on what is trending for Fall, this is my non-designer house point of view!  I like to think I present more approachable and affordable picks that you know us fabulous “everyday” gals could find and buy!  Runway styles are aspirational and inspirational, not all looks are intended to be taken literally, grab what you can from them and make the look your own.  We all know it’s not realistic to think that most of us will complete our shopping at Gucci and Saks! We all like our designer duds but I don’t think $600 slacks are in everyone’s budget :).

Enough rambling!  Take a look at the 5 trends assembled below and see if you feel Fall retro inspired!  Happy Shopping!

 

#1 – Flower Power – Retro Flower Prints

Floral prints.  Not just any florals but BIG, striking floral prints and patterns.  This trend might be the most polarizing trend of all but I think if done right, these is an amazing look for this season!  Ignore the thinking that florals are only relevant for Spring, the bright, bold patterns for Fall will definitely change your thinking.  Pair your florals with some flare leg jeans and a leather jacket or try some floral print slack and booties, ground a full length dress with a gorgeous pair of boots!  So many options!  PS – I love the floral coat below– on the hunt for a copycat version!

#2 – Resin & Lucite Accessories

Resin is a very versatile material and for this Fall season being crafted in so many  vivid colors and patterns!  Another plus is that it is super lightweight.  Look for mottled florals, bright color splashes and metal accents this season.  I’ve noticed that while pieces are still striking it looks like the super large statement pieces are on their way out.  Hold on to yours though (I am), what’s old will be new very soon.  Besides, I believe for the right occasion a big “look at me” necklace might be just want a girl needs!

 

 

#3 – Purple  / Lavender

I am really appreciating the various shades of purple/violet I’ve seen so far during this transition period leading up to full on Fall.    Pantone chose Ultra Violet as its color of the year for 2018 so no surprise that we will see this color everywhere this fall.  Actually– the entire color palette chosen for this year is pretty awesome, check them out here!  Such gorgeous colors!  For all you fellow Prince fans, I think he would be pleased with this color choice!

 

 

#4 – Belt Bags

Not a fanny pack, but a belt bag :)!  There is a difference and I guess the difference is about 30 years or so!  Either way, I don’t hate this accessory!  This trend is not brand new for Fall, was introduced in a big way back in Spring, I show it here as a part of this list because 1)  it will be continuing into Fall and 2) there are so many new and different takes on the style that it feels just as fresh as it did previously.  Everyone is offering their version of this style so you are sure to find one that works for you!  Extremely versatile bag, most styles can be worn in the traditional belt style or as a sling.  Some include a convertible strap so the bag can be worn as a crossbody.

 

 

 

#5 – Retro / Throwback Looks

This could be fun!  Think denim on denim looks, denim jackets, flare leg jeans (I actually never stopped wearing these…), updated bootcut denim, cool metallics, pop art details, velvet, color, color and more color!  Mix one of your favorite throwback pieces with a more modern piece to create a new ownable look!  Have fun!

 

 

Feel like Fall shopping yet?  Let us know what you think about this post or share what you’ve seen for Fall!  As always we’d love to hear from you!

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Today I wanted to share some awesome inspo for your next shopping trip!  So many cute things out there; i’m just loving on so many of the retro styles I’ve seen.  Enjoy–and let us know what you think of our picks.  Scored something awesome and new lately?  Share it!  We’d love to hear from you!

 

First up:

  1.   Kimonos  – We Love Them!  So cute and so many options to choose
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Bag Review: Henri Bendel Plaza Suede Bag

Happy Monday!

Today is bag review day and I haven’t done a bag review in a while so I’m super excited, this one has been a long time coming!  It’s not that I haven’t purchased any new bags in awhile, but more so I haven’t seen any truly NEW bag styles that offered something worthy of a review.  I’ve come across some new totes and more classic styles that I “needed” to have but opted not to post.  If there is ever a bag that you’re interested in let us know.  If I haven’t seen or don’t own the bag, I probably know someone who does!

Now– the HB Plaza Suede Mini bag!!  First of all, this bag is gorgeous!  Small, but gorgeous, so ladylike and chic!  The styling is retro chic and compliments a work week outfit perfectly.  Dress it up with any casual LBD for after work drinks or elevate a casual dress down jeans kinda look!  Take note, if you carry this bag for work and often need to carry other things, you will need another larger tote to accommodate.  This bag holds the essentials, but it’s a “mini” bag, so that’s the point!  There is a larger version, which normally would be more my style but I already have a structured top handle bag or two that I love (of course I do ;-)).

The bag is suede with smooth leather trim.  It’s secured by a unique HB  turn lock closure.  The lock when initiated forms the signature HB initials.  Fully lined inside, interior pocket and inside pocket with a zipper.  Also a slit pocket under the flap.  Includes a removable crossbody strap with lovely chain detail.  Measures approx.  6″ X  8″ X 3.25″.  The Plaza Mini is available in black suede or the lovely color-blocked version.

Henri Bendel is now offering 10% off all new arrivals and free ground shipping on orders over $50!  For a limited time, spend over $50 and receive a limited edition Henri Bendel sweatshirt!  There are also some great sale items to be had as well, check them out!

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HBplaza suede mini

Henri Bendel Plaza Suede Mini, $350

PROS:

  • 100% Suede and Leather
  • Decent room inside for your essentials
  • Can be carried via top handle or worn as a crossbody with the removable shoulder strap included
  • Classic ladylike style you would wear over and over again

CONS:

  • The bag is very structured and small – not necessarily a “CON” if mini is what you were looking for!
  • You’ll need an extra bag for the rest of your stuff!

 

Bag Scorecard
Looks:  10; this is a beautiful bag!
Value:  8; I think the price is in line with most other mid-range designer bags
Functionality:  10; great for a small bag!
Extras:  10; I give a 10 here because the team at Henri Bendel Lenox store is awesome, always such a good experience when I go there.  The team is super helpful and polite!  Makes each shopping trip fun and no stress!

Overall Rating: 38/40; Beautiful, a must-have bag for Fall.  If you get nothing else “retro” this season!

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Fall, Fashion, Handbags, Henri Bendel, Jewelry, Shopping, Style

What We Love Now – Accessories Edition!

Hi y’all!

Coming to you today to share some accessories that we’ve recently come across and adore so much that we had to share :)!   You won’t have to look too hard to see these styles/trends while you’re out shopping, more of these styles and materials highlighted below will be EVERYWHERE!  Based on what I’ve seen that’s not a bad things!  Lots of awesomeness to choose from!

  1.  Tortoise accessories as well as lightweight resin earrings and bracelets are definitely trending right now.  These pieces can be pretty classic/timeless so I don’t think there is a huge risk in indulging a bit if you like.
  2.  Lucite is making a cameo this Fall as well, lucky for me I kept my lucite pieces from a few years back!
  3.  Retro chic style is BIG and oh so Fabulous, I’m loving the pieces I’ve seen!  Henri Bendel has an awesome collection featuring polished but fun retro styles.  Look for a bag review of the mini plaza suede bag shown below– SO CUTE!
  4.  Quay sunglasses are pretty awesome, I really like this brand for inexpensive sunglasses.  I have the French Kiss style shown below and I’ve received several compliments each time I wear them.  If you’ve never tried the brand, you should check them out, cute, comfy and affordable styles!
  5.  I’ve noticed a lot of organic shapes and angles being used quite a bit in design, the Gorjana drop earrings are gorgeous!  This brand is pretty awesome, I have very sensitive ears and can’t wear most trend/costume earrings and even some sterling silver, however the 18K plating used on this brand gives me no issues at all!  I was ecstatic to have been introduced to this brand a few years ago!  I can wear these all day!

Hope you see something below that you like!  If you do– please let us know!  Questions?   Send us a note!

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Fall, Fashion, Handbags, Shopping, Style

Best In Black!

Hey, Hey, Hey!!

It’s a rainy muggy start to August in ATL and has me thinking of Fall already!  Not that I am necessarily ready for Fall but kinda feel a bit like Fall is coming very very soon.  With that in mind I started (of course) thinking about Fall shopping!  Fall, BAG shopping.  Which led me to this post– how about a quick round-up of the best tote bags happening now.  More specifically, the best black tote bags!

I don’t know about you, but try as I might I can’t avoid having a “big” bag nearby!  I just have too much necessary STUFF!  It’s an unavoidable reality for me and luckily I came to that realization a long time ago and now I fully embrace it!  Don’t get me wrong I have my share (more than) of cute small bags, clutches, crossbody styles, etc. –you name a bag type and I got it,  but most often on a “regular” office, or errand running kinda day, I look to a larger bag to ensure I have enough room for all of my “must-haves”.  And you just may find a smaller bag inside…

With that in mind I am inspired to share a few of my “Best in Black” tote bag pics.  There is something here for everyone and every price point, because let’s be honest, not everyone can or even wants to spend $500+ on a bag!  We each can rock our personal style at any price point– you DO you!

Let me know what you think of my picks, own any of these?  Feel inspired to go and grab a new black tote RIGHT NOW?   Drop a comment below and please follow us–we’d love to hear from you!

Best in Black Tote Bags!!

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Christian Louboutin Cabata Tote
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Madewell Drawstring Transport Tote
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Rebecca Minkoff Always On Regan Tote
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Street Level Faux Leather Tote
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Tory Burch Chelsea Slouchy Tote

 

5 Best in Black Totes!

  1. Christian Louboutin Cabata Tote, $1290 – Gorgeous calfskin leather tote with the signature red rubber bottom.  Prepare to catch glances, stares and looks of longing if you splurge on this baby!  Slightly on the heavier side, measures approx. 15.5″ x 11.5″ x 5.5″.  No surprises here with the price tag, personally I think its totally worth the $1290 price tag.  I’d compare it to the LV Neverfull, which has a comparable tag for a non-leather tote.
  2. Madewell Drawstring Transport Tote, $178 – If you are familiar with the other Madewell Transport styles this one making the list should not be a surprised.  Same quality bag, modern, minimal look and totally functional.  An alternative to the Transport Tote probably already in your closet.  Large bag with drawstring closure and double handles.  Comfortable 8.5in drop.  Also available in English Saddle
  3. Rebecca Minkoff ‘Always On Regan’ Tote, $295 – She has the coolest names for her bags… Very versatile bag, zippered gusseted sides allows this bag to expand just a bit when needed.  Large size, easily holds your personal goodies as well as a laptop when needed.  Black smooth leather with silver hardware.  Measures a manageable 14″ x 12.5″ x 5″.
  4. Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote, $49 – For the more budget-conscious and still Fabulous Shopper!  This tote includes a small wristlet inside perfect for corralling the extra-small things in your bag and a reversible contrasting interior.  I’d say this bag is extra-large size when compared to the other “large” bags.  Very soft material, magnetic closure.  Perfect option for work and play!
  5. Tory Burch Chelsea Slouchy Tote, $498 – Great work tote or just plain ole stylish weekend schlepping kinda tote.  Quality grained leather with leather and chain detail handles.  This tote might be a little on the heavier side, but very durable as with most Tory Burch styles.

 

So what do you think of our round-up?  See something you like?  Own any of these?  Let us know what you think!   We’d love to hear from you!

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Fashion, Henri Bendel, Mark & Graham, Shopping, Spring, Style

10 Friday Deals & Steals!!

Woo Hoo!!! I trust everyone is as excited as I am about the weekend!  In honor of the weekend AND officially getting tax day behind us :).  I’ve pulled together a list of 10  awesome deals and steals for this weekend!   Happy Shopping!

10 Deals & Steals!

  1. Nordstrom Rack – Love Nordstrom?  Love Nordstrom Rack!  Longchamp sale starts today! | 24 hours only!
  2. Chickwares.com – Haven’t shopped our store yet??  Check us out!!
  3. Tory Burch – Annual Spring event!  Up to 30% off purchases in-store and online! | Ends 4/23
  4. Allmodern.com – Chandeliers on Sale!  I have been exploring options for a new dining room chandelier and came across this deal!  Any suggestions?
  5. Macy’s – Macy’s 48 hour sale, happening now!  $20 off $48 purchases, free shipping at $48! | Ends 4/22
  6. Steve Madden – A little something for the boys! 30% off select men’s styles plus free shipping with code Men30 |Ends 5/6
  7. Henribendel.com – 2 Deals 1 Weekend!  Awesome handbag and jewelry deal happening now! | Ends 4/23!
  8. Mark & Graham– Awesome deals in their sale section! Up to 70% off! | while  stock lasts!
  9. Bath & Body Works – $6 Aromatherapy items! My favorite is the Lavender Vanilla, so yummy! AND if you have the coupon via email you get a free fill-size item just for spending $10!| Ends 4/22
  10. Shutterfly.com – 50% off hardcover books and 40% off everything else! Great time to purchase personalized Mother’s Day gifts, thank you cards, prints or graduation announcements for your graduate| Ends 4/22!

Just a few deals to get you started! Don’t forget to share with us what you find, we’d love to hear from you!

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Fashion, Shopping, Spring, Style

What We LOVE Now!

Hi ladies!

It’s been far too long since I’ve been here but there has been so much going on, mostly good, some just life stuff, but in any event I am super excited to be back and sharing some thoughts, tips and ideas around all the things that fabulous things that make us smile!

Today I wanted to share some awesome inspo for your next shopping trip!  So many cute things out there now for Spring; I’m loving so many of the styles and prints I’ve seen for the season!   I won’t give it all away here, visuals speak louder than words!  We’ve pulled together a range of styles and most importantly price points, these looks are so “on” right now they can easily be found at every retailer and accommodate every budget!

Hope you enjoy–and let us know what you think of our picks!!

 

What We Love Now!

 Kimonos  – We Love Them!  So cute and so easy to wear and style!  My personal favorite is the longer duster style but there are also hip and waist length styles as well to choose from.  Pair with a simple tank or tee and heels or even fashion sneakers for a great look!  Looks great with jeans– I like em’ distressed a bit 🙂 or for a sexier look a pair of shorts for a very cool play on the varying lengths.  Have fun!  

 

Off the Shoulder – Still a popular look from Fall now into Spring!  I love off-the-shoulder pieces, adds a bit of sexy and femininity without being too much for day.  Easy to dress up or down–slip on a pair of sexy sandals and a look at me lip color and you’re ready for date night.  This look is even more WOW’d up for Spring in one of the popular Spring classic prints (see below)!

 

Classic prints – Gingham and Checks!  Prepare to see one or both of these prints A LOT this season–from dresses, to bags, bikinis and tops!  Very retro and oh so cute!  Below are a few styles to help you embrace the look and make it your own!

 

Feeling inspired yet!?  Scored any of the featured styles?  Please share!  We’d love to hear from you!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Today I wanted to share some awesome inspo for your next shopping trip!  So many cute things out there; i’m just loving on so many of the retro styles I’ve seen.  Enjoy–and let us know what you think of our picks.  Scored something awesome and new lately?  Share it!  We’d love to hear from you!

 

First up:

  1.   Kimonos  – We Love Them!  So cute and so many options to choose
Fashion, Shoes, Shopping, Style

The Shoes You Need Now!

Pink. Velvet. D’orsay. Pumps. Love!!!


Wanted to do a quick share on these hot, hot, hot pumps. I wore them today and got a ton of compliments and questions so thought I’d share. This style is actually one of my faves, these are the “Claudette” D’orsay pump by Jessica Simpson!  I don’t recall how I was first promoted to try this shoe, but I am so happy I did!  The style goes with everything!  Great for everyday if you wear heels everyday like I do 😉—can go from office to evenings out effortlessly!  These are very comfortable yet sexy. The style tends to run small so I’d recommend going up a 1/2 size. I did!  

I love these and have them in 3 different looks, well 4 now…!  I have the nude patent leather (favorite), leopard print, black leather and now the pink velvet!

There is another shoe by JS that look similar to this one called the Livvy.  They are not the same, the heel is shorter and the fit is slightly different. I prefer the Claudette. 

A little shoe bio:

  • Claudette pump by Jessica Simpson (yes, Jessica Simpson!)
  • Pointed toe 
  • 4” stiletto heel (not a super skinny heel but it is technically a stiletto heel)
  • Half-d’Orsay style (sexy!)
  • I’m featuring the velvet here but they are also available in leather, patent leather and suede
  • Retails for $59-$89 depending on retailer and style, you can most likely find a great deals on any of the options!  See links below. 

Check out these retailers:

  • Nordstrom.com| has the suede and a few more specialty styles 
  • Zappos.com| has the velvet and patent leather 
  • 6pm.com| has the leather and patent leather 
  • Dillard’s.com| has the leather and patent leather
  • Amazon.com| has the leather, the suede, the velvet and a few of the more specialty options

What do you think of these beauties?  Love?  Do you own a pair?  Comment here, we’d love to hear from you!
XOXO,

Chickwares

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Fashion, Handbags, Shopping, Style

It’s National Handbag Day!

Happy National Handbag Day friends!  October 10 has been designated National Handbag Day and is a day to celebrate all things bags.  Obviously this is not a day started by or acknowledged by the government (although it should be!) but just a fun way to celebrate a well-loved accessory by many and just another reason to go shopping!

In honor of this spectacular day and prior to any purchases I may make to commemorate the awesomeness of today I wanted to start with a post to share with you all some eye candy to help inspire your day! The below is a short list of beauties that I pulled together, so many many more out there.  Range of sizes and price points, a few I have and a couple I have my eye on!

Those who love handbags are asked to post images of your favorite bags– you don’t have to own it yet– with the hashtag– #nationalhandbagday.  Would be awesome if you guys would tag chickwares as well and follow us on Instagram!  Have a wonderful day and Happy Shopping!

 

National Handbag day

Louis Vuitton Montaigne Empreinte Leather

Rebecca Minkoff Velvet Love Crossbody

Celine Luggage Tote

Louis Vuitton Daimer Neverfull

Chloe Large Leather Marcie Satchel

Gucci Marmont Bag

Burberry House Check Large Banner Tote

BP Leopard Print Calf Hair Pouch

Henri Bendel Leather Jetsetter Backpack

Let us know what you think– do you have any of these bags?  What’s your favorite?  What bag will you add to your collection on National Handbag Day?!

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Fall, Fashion, Shopping, Style

Fall’s Hot Trend– and Boy Do We Have A Crush! Velvet Crush That Is!

Firstly let me say, I’ve missed you!  That goes out to any and everyone that takes a second to read or even look at my blog!  Over the last couple of weeks, life happened and I just could not get it together!  Needless to say I’ve had a ton of ideas to share with you via the blog but I just couldn’t do it.  I hope you all haven’t forgotten about me!  I’m kicking off my return with of course a blog about shopping and fashion!  I hope you enjoy!

Velvet, velvet and more velvet, velvet pieces are everywhere!  Definitely a hot and trending fabric for Fall and I think I love it!  Once assumed just a fabric for holidays or special occasions and nights out velvet has the ability to add “just enough” uumpf to any outfit so that you are always perfectly dressed or accessorized!

I think There are so many ways to incorporate this material into your wardrobe for Fall.  Every retailer and top brands are getting in on the velvet trend and offering some gorgeous must have pieces for the season!  You can spend a little or a lot to create your own FABULOUS look for Fall.  I’ve compiled a short list of must have pieces in a range of prices for your viewing and shopping pleasure!  Just to get you ladies started; so many options to choose from out there, Happy Shopping!

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  1. Velvet Clutch by BP., Nordstrom – $25; I love mine!  I use this inside of my larger tote bag to carry all of my smaller accessories and knick knacks!  Note:  I checked and this blue color is sold out, but this clutch was also available in pink or black.
  2. Velvet Cami by Free People, Macy’s – $68; Gorgeous color choices!
  3. Velvet Julian Backpack by Rebecca Minkoff, Nordstrom – $245  Great way to jazz up your weekly athleisure wear!
  4. Hoxton Velvet Peg Jeans by Paige, Bloomingdale’s – $239
  5. Velvet Double Tier Tank by Xhilaration, Target – $19.99
  6. Graceful Velvet Ankle d’Orsay Pump by Topshop, Nordstrom – $100
  7. Velvet Off the Shoulder Top by Do and Be, Bloomingdale’s – $68; pair with distressed jeans and sexy pumps!
  8. Tai Velvet Wrap Dress by Seen Worn Kept, Anthropologie – $158; Velvet dress for this season– you’re going to need one!

 

Hope you enjoy shopping and wearing this trend!  What’s your favorite velvet piece?  Seen looks you love?  Share with us, we’d love to hear from you!  Follow us on Chickwaresblog!

 

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**photos courtesy of respective retailer sites