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5 Fresh Spring Wedding Trends for 2017


Wedding season this spring is all about the details. Learn more about the best trends to try in 2017!

Every couple wants their wedding day to be unforgettable. Whether you’re planning a rustic outdoor wedding, a church wedding, a city hall affair, or jetting off to an exotic locale, it’s important to be on the lookout for ideas and inspiration that will make your special day reflect your unique style.

If you’re tying the knot this spring, we’ve collected a few of this spring’s hottest trends to make your wedding day gorgeous and memorable. From hanging greenery to vibrant colors, here’s a peek at what you can expect this season. Continue reading


Oscars Retrospective: Memorable Looks of 2007

If you’re tired of the fashions of today, it can sometimes be fun to hop into the time machine and revisit some of the most memorable looks of previous Oscars. While 2007 may seem like it was just yesterday, this year will mark 10 years since The Departed won for best picture. In anticipation of this year’s Oscars, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the best and worst looks of the 79th Oscars.

Compared to years past, the Oscars were fairly conservative fashion-wise. Most dresses were column or A-line, with few traditional ball gowns in attendance. Greens and neutrals dominated the red carpet, although keeping with the trends of the mid-2000s, there were a number of metallic gowns as well. Read on for some of the most memorable looks!  Continue reading

Get Designer Looks Secondhand

The Gift of Thrift: Tips for Getting Designer Looks Secondhand

The Gift of Thrift: Get Designer Looks Secondhand

Take an image like this one (from Real Simple), pick out the elements you like and then try to find similar pieces at a thrift store. You'll be surprised what you can find!

Some people love the hunt. For others, sifting through secondhand stores is plain overwhelming. Wherever you fall, here are some tips for getting great looks at a great price.

I’ll come right out and admit it: I love thrift stores … OK, I adore them. There’s just something about the feeling of cheating the system that makes all the digging worthwhile. Don’t get me wrong; I love a designer store as well as the next gal. I just prefer visiting them to see what I like so I can find that look elsewhere.

I know I’m not alone in this. There are others like me out there — those who end up with (whoops!) three sets of dishes because Goodwill had a sale, and they look just like something I saw at Anthropologie last week. OK, so we have flaws. But the positive side of possessing what I like to call the “gift of thrift” is that you get the satisfaction of scoring great finds for almost nothing. So, what are the secrets that make the hunt worthwhile? I’m so glad you asked:

1. Know what you like: Before you ever set foot in that thrift store, you have to know a thing or two about your personal style when it comes to your clothes and accessories as well as your home. It helps to browse magazines (I love Real Simple) or websites and intentionally pick out styles you like. Then, you can either mimic those styles with things you find at the thrift store, or you will just be more apt to know something good when you find it.

2. Have an idea of what you’d like to find: Of course you can’t walk into your local Goodwill with a set of specifications on exactly what you want to find (“I’m looking for a silver lamp with a square black shade …”), but you can have an idea about what you want (“I’m looking for a new lamp for my nightstand that wille complement my room.”) Holding loosely to your specifications allows you to see what’s there and let something jump out at you.

3. Look for the potential in everything: This is one of the tricks of the trade. When you’re shopping, surroundings are everything, and this is why expensive stores spend so much time and money on staging. When you see a colorful, vintage dish at a high-end store, it’s surrounded by other beautiful dishes and perhaps set on a tablecloth with a to-die-for pattern. When you see that same dish at your local thrift dive, it will be surrounded by a myriad of old and chipped dishes, and it’s up to you to fill in the blanks and see what it could be.

4. Don’t buy it unless it has a purpose: This is the downfall of every avid thrifter. It might be the most beautiful, amazing and inexpensive find, but if you don’t have a place for it, it will become the most beautiful, amazing and inexpensive piece of clutter sitting in your basement. Exhibit self-control and only buy those things you can actually use.

5. Be realistic: This is another trap of the thrifter. Sometimes we see too much potential in something and we’re not realistic. It’s when I buy a hipster top that I just know is in style … it’s just not my style. With clothes, ask yourself if it’s something you would want to wear today, right now. If not, do what’s tantamount to treason in the thrifting world and simply walk away.