Fall, Fashion, Lifestyle, Shopping, Style

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

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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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, 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

 

 

Fall, Fashion, Shopping, Style, Tops

Fall Looks! Sleeves, Sleeves and More Sleeves!

Greetings all!

I hope everyone has had an awesome week!

Fall weather is upon up and I don’t know about you all, but I am ready! I love the weather and dressing for Fall! The weather here (Atlanta) during Fall is just the right amount of warm so that one can still be comfortable bare-legged; mixed with just enough cool so that you can wear sweaters and cozy cardigans later in the day or when you’re inside which I love! With that in mind and just in time for the week ahead I’ve decided to pull together a preview of some of the Fabulous inspo styles and looks that I’ve noted over the past couple of weeks.

As you can probably guess from the title the focus of this particular post will be all about sleeve styles for Fall! Ruffles, slits, balloon, bell, voluminous, ruching, you name it and they have done it to our sleeves! So much attention is being paid to sleeves and shoulders for Fall–it is super awesome! I love great sleeve detailing and from t-shirts to sweaters there are so many options to choose from this coming season. I’m sharing here several pieces that I absolutely love and can’t wait to wear!

 

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Off The Shoulder Ruffle Sleeve Sweater, Express

BP. Cold Shoulder Tunic Sweater, Nordstrom

Love by Design Grommet Sleeve Sweater, Nordstrom; I have this one in 2 colors, so cute!

Cut-out Shoulder Tunic, Express; so easy to wear and on sale now!  I have this one in 3 colors!

Free People Drift Away Floral Tunic, Nordstrom; the green color is amazing!

Honey Punch Ruffle Sleeve Sweatshirt, Bloomingdales; the distressing is so cute!

Cold Shoulder Ruffle Sleeve Top, JOA; Bloomingdales Exclusive; great for a night out!

Top Shop Lattice Back Sweater with bell sleeves, Nordstrom; I snagged this one in cream and yellow from the Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom! Can’t wait to wear!

Rebecca Minkoff Gracie Sweatshirt, adorable!

Fall dressing is so much fun! I love the opportunity to layer and dress in cozy sweaters and tops!  This is just a handful of what’s to come, so many more styles I didn’t get a chance to post.  Thinking I’ll do another post a bit later!

See anything you like?  Have you started Fall shopping yet?  Let us know what you think of the trends!  We’d love to hear from you!  Share your comments!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO,

Chickwares

 

 

 

Some images courtesy of retailer sites

Fashion, Shopping

Ready, Set, FALL!

Ready, set FALL!  Raise your hand if you’re ready for Fall!  I am definitely getting excited for the coming season!   A new season brings a another opportunity to reinvent your wardrobe and try new looks!   As far as the retail world goes Fall fashions have been flooding stores for the past month or so, however if you are like me I’m just now actually starting to pull together my Fall wardrobe.  Up until this point each year I have a solid look but don’t buy policy!  As much as I want to I find it difficult to purchase Fall items that I can’t wear just yet.  I’m here in Atlanta and it is still 95 degrees, so there are still a lot of shorts and dresses in rotation.  The thought of buying that new sweater and hanging on to it for another month or two just doesn’t jive with my personality!   I use this “transition period” to plan for Fall meanwhile taking advantage of end of other end of the season deals!   Through the course of my planning I’ve identified some gotta have pieces which I’ll share later.  I wanted to spend  a little time now talking about the colors you’ve undoubtedly have seen for the coming season because you will continue to see them everywhere!

For Fall 2016 think rich, sophisticated shades of reds, greens, browns, dusty pinks (yay!), blues and grays– super luxe and sophisticated!!  I’m loving the dusty pinks, grays and greens!

Pantone identified the palette below as the top 10 colors of the Fall 2016 season.   Pantone calls the below:  Riverside, Airy Blue, Sharkskin, Aurora Red, Warm Taupe, Dusty Cedar, Lush Meadow, Spicy Mustard, Potter’s Clay, Bodacious.

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You will see variations of these hues and different interpretations throughout the season, for example I’ve seen so many varying shades of the beautiful and lush green shown in the palette above!  All so gorgeous, which is your favorite? .  Some of my own personal thoughts on the colors I’m eyeing for Fall based on the above palette!

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Images courtesy of Pantone.com

 

Fashion, Shopping

Nordstrom Early Access Has Begun! Crush-worthy Sale Items!

It’s the happiest time of the year!– Ok, one of the happiest times of the year, it’s time for the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale!  My fellow Nordies Cardholding Fashionistas know this happy time oh so well!

This year’s Anniversary sale opens to the public on July 22nd, however if you are a lucky Nordstrom card holder (like me) you get to preview and shop EARLY, starting July 14th, cardholders get to visit the sale a full 8 days before everyone else!  Early shopping = you get first dibs on everything, so no missing out on the items you want!  In addition to discounts on regular in stock  items there are special “Anniversary Only” deals; exclusive items brought in only to be sold during the Anniversary sale, so even more Fabulous pieces to choose from!  Non-Nordstrom cardholders can visit the Sale via Nordstrom.com to preview available styles and create a “to buy” shopping list so that on July 22nd, you can hit the ground shopping!  This year’s Anniversary sale runs July 22nd through August 8th.

Below I’ve assembled a few (in my opinion) of the more crush-worthy must have items up for grabs in this year’s sale.  This list may or may not include items that I may or may not have already ordered :).  The small sampling of items I’ve chosen to highlight in this post is not at all intended to be a complete list of all of the awesome deals available during the sale.  For the sake of sharing this post in a timely manner I focused only on a few top picks–potentially more to come ;-)!  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale– Go, Shop, NOW!  Free shipping on almost every item, no minimums!

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FABULOUS right?  What are your favorites from the sale?  Share your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!  #Nordstromearlyaccess  #Nordstrom #chickwares

 

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CHICKWARES
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**Images taken from Nordstrom website.