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The Fashion List: Must-Have Madonna & Co Finds to Buy in Early 2018

Next month marks two things, New York Fashion Week and the time when many Spring 2018 fashions begin hitting retail stores. But while February is the “month of fashion”, January is that unpredictable transition month. The first few months of a new year always brings up one issue – do you shop the sales and leftover items on markdown or do you think (and shop) ahead for Spring items. With the crazy weather conditions during the first three months of the year – what is a fashionista to do? Why not let NYC Upper East Side boutique Madonna & Co help you with this difficult fashion decision! Madonna & Co have come up with a cheat sheet of the best finds and fashion essentials for this interim period (a period they like to call – “the 5th Season”.)

1. A Faux Fur Vest

Faux fur vests are the perfect item to buy and wear now through the warmer months to come! The versatility options are endless & we love that this piece is as practical as it is stylish! Here are multiple ways to wear your fur vest:
▪ Layer it over your coat for a stylish & chic look or when it gets really cold, put it on under your coat for some
seriously luxurious-feeling warmth.
▪ Add long leather gloves and go sleeveless for a chic statement look.
▪ Team it over a cashmere sweater & jeans and turn into a sophisticated glam gal.
▪ Throw it on over sweatpants and suddenly be transformed into a glamorous, vaguely intimidating version of
yourself.
▪ Layer over a Second Skin Seamless knit tops for a match made in heaven!

2. Seamless Second Skin Tee

These one-size-fits-all tops are ideal for this season. These form-fitting, seamless tops work under another top, at the gym or alone to dress up your day or night wear.

3. The Micro-Purse

Now that everything you could possibly need fits inside your cell phone, why lug around that huge hobo? It’s all about the Micro Purse in 2018.

4. Sunny Shades

Sun or no sun – sunglasses transcend the seasons, and can really finish off the perfect outfit. 2018 sunglasses trends have made shades hotter than ever from cat-eye to pearls and rhinestones.

5. The new Sock Boot 

In early 2018, it’s all about the fit, novelty heels, and comfort! From the sock boot to the stretch boot we’ll keep you walking in style through the spring!

6. Knit dresses

Knit dresses inject a little fun into your wardrobe for this time of year. Versatile enough to wear with sneakers for an urban vibe or with heels to that special event.

Madonna & Co is both a fashion boutique and a beauty bar all under one roof at their Upper East Side location. An affordable luxury for fashionistas of all ages, Madonna & Co is completely, and uniquely about the customer, offering a variety of products & services from fashion advice, beauty experiences, makeup and skin care needs and beautiful apparel collections.

Affordable Style | What We’re Loving from Sears Fall 2014 Offerings

Sometimes you just can’t escape your budget, you have to surrender to it and curb your spending; but when it comes to your wardrobe, a diminished budget doesn’t mean you have to give up on style. Thanks to Sears and their vast collection of affordable brands that boasts current and popular fashion trends, building an enviable wardrobe, that is still budget friendly, is easier than you think. Thanks to brands such as Metaphor, Now + Here, Bongo, Kardashian Kollection, Joe by Joe Boxer, Canyon River Blues, Champion, Everlast, and US Polo & Assn, Sears can clothe every aspect of your life.

Looking for new outerwear this fall? We suggest you begin with the Metaphor, and Covington collections for chic, classic styles, and Everlast, and US Polo & Assn for sporty outerwear styles. Spice up your fall wardrobe with the sexy silhouettes from the Kardashian Kollection, on-trend and cutting edge looks from Bongo and Now + Here, and cozy must-haves from Joe by Joe Boxer. We have a special affinity for the uber-soft Joe by Joe Boxer one-piece pajamas, available in fun prints and colors, you’ll never want to take them off.

Sears also has us super excited about the accessories hitting the store’s shelves. There’s lots to catch your attention; we’re especially loving the incredibly cute animal and text-printed hats (they’re just so cute), the adorable owl backpacks (we’re sensing a woodsland theme), as well as the chic and print-heavy range of handbags.

We were also truly impressed with the stunning jewelry pieces Sears showcased from Carole Inc and Studio S. While Carole Inc boasted edgier pieces, Studio S added modern twists and details to the classic pearl, and gold jewelry.

We shared our favorite looks, all of which are available right now. Are they any looks that catch your eye?

Trend Alert | Cat-Eye Sunglasses are Back

Hey all you vintage loving darlings, the 50’s are back in an eye catching way. Retro sunglasses are simply the cat’s meow.  Cat-eye Sunglasses can make anyone look stylish and chic. They give your face an instant face-lift by drawing attention up and following the line of your cheekbones.

As the sun finally decides to make an appearance, it’s time to get some fun eye accessories. ICU Eyewear offers a multitude of colors and shapes of the cat-eye style on ICUEyewear.com, each under $25 a pop!  ICU Eyewear designs have revolutionized the reading glass industry with fun styles, bright colors and unique patterns at affordable prices so finding a pair or two for yourself is one click away.

Kmart Partners with Sophomore NYC to Solve Fashion Week Problems

It is day two of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (technically it’s day 3 for me) and I’m already feeling the effects on my body. You’ve heard of Tennis Elbow, I’m suffering from Gift bag Shoulder. My shoulders are in pain and foot pain is already getting my attention. Luckily, Kmart is coming to the rescue with a Fashion Week Survival Kit. Kmart announced a partnership with Sophomore NYC, just in time for fashion week for those of us who suffer through the stress, the running around, the high heels, the no-time-to-eat moments all in the name of fashion.

In its third season, the Kmart Concierge is a real-time service helping make Fashion Week a little easier for fashionistas and bloggers. Leveraging Twitter to transform the brand’s @KmartFashion profile into a concierge and delivery system, the Kmart Concierge will answer the call of those tweeting out their #FashionWeekProblems using the unique hashtag. From tights to lip balm and mineral water — must-haves that Kmart is known for–select influencers will have their Fashion Week dilemmas solved with real-time delivery by Concierge girls outfitted in the #FashionWeekProblems tee from 2/8-2/16.

Kmart Fashion has partnered with It Girl downtown t-shirt line SOPHOMORE to create a limited edition t-shirt inspired by the frenzy of Fashion Week. Designed by SOPHOMORE’s creative director Chrissie Miller, the #FashionWeekProblems tee espouses the creativity and tongue-and-chic fun of SOPHOMORE with the classic wearability of Kmart Fashion. Emblazoned with the hashtag #FashionWeekProblems across the front, the t-shirt signifies all of the little Fashion Week mishaps–from broken heels to torn stockings–that Kmart’s Concierge service will solve.

Miller says,”The t-shirt design came about from this idea of #FashionWeekProblems. Who hasn’t had a major shoe emergency on their way to a show or party? A broken heel is every girl’s nightmare!” The t-shirt will be unveiled at a private event in NYC on 2/2 and available as a gift with purchase (while supplies last) at SOPHOMORE’s 143 Ludlow Street store. The SOPHOMORE partnership is a natural extension of Kmart Fashion’s ongoing Money Can’t Buy Style campaign–embracing personal style at all price points. Money Can’t Buy Style celebrates individuality and personal self-expression, focusing on the individual fashionista who sets her own trends.

Brighten Up Your Winter Wardrobe with Vanilla Star Colored Denim

It is officially winter. The temperature is limbo-ing down the thermometer and although Christmas is a mere four days away and we may not have a white Christmas, we’re destined to have snow very soon. While the sun still shines during the winter season, its still a drab season. There will be lots of murky browns, steely greys, somber blues and of course black but fear not, for colored denim is here to the rescue of a blah winter and Vanilla Star Jeans has got you covered.

Go against the winter blues and ease into Spring with an array of colorful denim from Vanilla Star Jeans. Electrify your look with sexy skinnies and leggings that are much more unexpected in neon and bright hues. Vanilla Star’s Colored Denim are the perfect alternative to the everyday blues, they give any outfit a punch of color while still protecting your legs from those “wintry mix” ahead. But of course if you must be blue, why not go for a vibrant one like these, also from Vanilla Star Jeans

You naturally might be thinking of your budget but these are a major steal at $39.00. That’s right, you can be on trend and on a budget! Where can you get your hands on these brilliant jeans? Go to Mandee, Sears, jcpenney, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Belk, BonTon, Amazon.com etc.

Happy Shopping

Hello Kitty Limited Edition Collection for Forever 21

Fun Fact – Hello Kitty and I share the same birthday. Yep, yesterday, November 1st, was both our birthdays. As a fan, I feel honored to share a birthday with such a great brand. I’m also ecstatic to hear about the new partnership Sanrio’s Hello Kitty has with Forever 21. For their first exclusive collaboration (hopefully not their last), Hello Kitty will create a limited edition collection for Forever 21 which will include women’s apparel, intimate apparel, hosiery, jewelry and accessories.

The collection contains the playfulness and whimsy of Sanrio’s most famous character and the chic yet fun-loving design philosophy of Forever 21. The broad range of limited edition styles will surely excite both fans of Hello Kitty and Forever 21. It will include everything from adorable accessories such as hats, jewelry, bags, socks, tights and even Hello Kitty’s signature pink bow hair accessory for the more fun set while fashion followers will enjoy the contemporary line of hello Kitty poinette sweaters, logo tees and cardigans.

The more quirky pieces will be available in shimmering sequins, soft pleather and plastic while the fashionable side will feature bow blouses (pictured above), shrunken blazers, canvas bags and even a maxi dress. The collection which launches in-store and online on November 18th will range from $3.80 to under $30.00.

Happy Birthday Hello Kitty.

Dots Fall 2011 Collection Preview

To show off their new styles for the Fall 2011 season, fashion retailer Dots decided to give a preview of the looks in the Red Room of the chic Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel in NYC. The collection includes affordable and versatile pieces to build your wardrobe, along with pieces that can create an entire on-trend look.

My favorite pieces from the collection

I love how these simple pieces combine to make something that looks effortlessly polished. The addition of the faux fur vest adds texture without being bulky.

Boat shoes are a great addition to any wardrobe right now. This interpretation in black sequins is a twist on the traditional style with a bit of attitude added. Available in several colors.

Trendy looks from the rest of the collection

Versatile layers and faux fur trimmed fingerless gloves make it easy to create looks to keep you warm, fashionable, and ready to Tweet at the drop of a dime.

This combination of both “thrown together” and “put together” is appealing to the lazy fashionista in me.

Fun and flirty looks that show some skin without showing too much

Ready to add these looks to your wardrobe? Visit Dots.com to view more and to locate the Dots store nearest you.

Dots – Love the Looks, Love the Prices!

Glasgow and I recently attended the Dots Fall Preview. While I was unfamiliar with the brand, I was familiar with the stylish looks featured in the Fall collection, a collection that was very much on-trend with what is expected for the fall.

Staying true to its philosophy, making fashion affordable, the Dots Fall collection contains stylish pieces that retail for UNDER $40. That’s right, all pieces retail for under $40 dollars. A style conscious woman can successful create a take notice outfit for under $100! Connie Marsh, Director of Trend Merchandising, walks us through the Collection.

As you can see from the video Dots is offering numerous fabulous pieces this Fall. My favorites are the faux rabbit vest, one shoulder mixed metallic shirt, metallic “shoety” and the Fall 2010 version of the dolman sleeve top. All the pieces can be dressed up or down depending on the mood of the woman. And the best part is that regardless of your income Dots can help you achieve your fashion goal on a budget!

The chic and affordable Dots apparel can be purchased online at www.dots.com or at one of its 400 locations in two dozen states (primarily in the East Coast and the Midwest). You should feel comfortable ordering online because Dots has a very flexible return policy. Dots brand takes pride in ensuring its products are well made and will fit so it adopted a more flexible return policy to ensure consumers are happy with their purchase. That’s a luxury in today’s retail climate. So try Dots out. I will.

Check out a few more looks from the collection below.

EDITED BY GLASGOW SKINNER