Packing For Winter Vacations

There are many things in life that make my heart happy, but two of the front-runners have got to be TRAVEL and SHOPPING! There’s something to be said for treating yourself to a few new, confidence boosting looks and then sporting them on a much-anticipated trip. You glow with excitement and hope that someone will notice your perfectly polished look and of course ask where you got it!

Side note: Let’s talk about that feeling you get when you not only get to brag about where you got the outfit, but also how much you saved on it! Every single one of you reading this knows how rewarding that feeling is! So, make sure they ask by shopping at Tanger! ;-)

Below are a few different looks I’ve pulled as inspiration for a couple of my winter trips coming up with tips and tricks on how to style them for multiple days, events or activities.

LOOK: TIME TO EXPLORE

To me, vacations are all about exploring. If it’s a city or town I’ve never been to, don’t expect me to sit back and just “soak it all in.” I want to be in the middle of the action. This look is perfect for that! I mentioned earlier this week that I like to pack neutral base layers for winter trips and then add excitement with cute coats and accessories. This allows me to repurpose my staples throughout the trip, like these black skinnies and grey tee. The cream coat paired with the plaid scarf is very “aspen chic.” It’s also all easy to take off when you shop and need to try on clothes – this is very important, isn’t it ladies?! ;-) Just the right amount of layering! And lastly, there’s the leather booties, bag and adorable beanie! Oh the beanies… They’re my favorite winter weather accessory!

1

LOOK TWO: VACAY NIGHT OUT

What’s a vacation without a few nights out on the town? If you struggle with pulling together super trendy looks when it’s below freezing outside, listen up! It’s really not as difficult as you may think. Tip: Think thick! My trick it to later up on thick base pieces before toping them off with trendier items like this blush sweater and leather moto jacket. Don’t let the sheer detail on the sweater fool you… There’s a cozy cami under there, for sure! And here’s a great example of how to repurpose the black skinnies, leather booties and bag from the look above.

2

LOOK THREE: STYLE ON THE SLOPES

One of my favorite winter vacations is Park City, Utah. The ski resorts are phenomenal and let’s not forget that there’s an incredible Tanger Outlets center tucked right there at the bottom of the mountain. Everything I love within a 5 mile radius. :-) Everyone knows that slope style can be a little tricky. I mean, how to you make six puffy layers and goggles look stylish? I don’t exactly have the answer for you there besides my go-to, all black, but I do suggest strategically planning your base layers so that they can serve as a cute lodge look once you shed the ski gear. I love bringing in bright pops of color like the electric pink below. And hello snow shoes! How adorable are these boots?! The only thing missing is a cozy cup of hot chocolate.

3

LOOK FOUR: DATE NIGHT

My hubby is my favorite travel buddy, so we always try and plan at least one fancy date night in whatever fun city we’re in. This is the perfect opportunity to rock your favorite winter white look. Check out one of my earlier blogs for more inspiration on winter white styles! This blush coat is one I’ve added to my must-have list this season. It’s so beautiful paired over the textured white sweater and white skinnies. If you haven’t heard, blush is also one the Pantone colors of the year 2016 so stock up! I like to pair all white looks with a few black accessories to keep it fresh and young!

4

I hope this has helped with your winter vacay wardrobe planning! Comment below with any questions and I’ll do my best to help you piece together the perfect look for any destination, event or activity.

Happy Shopping!

Practical Winter Shoes

The struggle is real this winter – I get it! It’s cold, but I’m here to keep you from falling into the winter styling rut. Once you’ve fallen into the dark hole of oversized sweatpants, long-sleeved tees and fuzzy house shoes, it can be hard to recover.

I’ll start today with winter shoes, which are arguably the most difficult component to a winter look because they’ve got to be practical. There are a number of boxes that winter shoes have to check – warm, comfortable, water/snow proof, etc. Here are the four types of shoes I recommend everyone invest in to get them through the season.

1. Over-the-knee boots

2. Stylish sneakers

3. Suede (closed-toe) heels

4. Leather riding boot (I love the Western styles)

These four pairs of shoes will add a stylish touch to any look you piece together this winter, I promise! Below are a few photos, shared by some of Tanger Outlets’ top Instagram followers – @laceperspective, @sebasmarin, @inmycloset_kkm, and @happy2balex with a few extra tips on how you could incorporate the same fashionable finds into your own wardrobe.

laceperspective

Photo: @laceperspective

These over-the-knee boots are to die for! The height of the boots will naturally keep in the warmth with a little added help from the thick, suede fabric. They’ve also got a sturdy heel, which make them a super fashionable option for the winter woman on the go. Also, big shout out to @laceperspective for styling these gems with her winter whites. Double bonus points!

sebasmarin

Photo: @sebasmarin

Many people don’t consider athletic shoes worthy of making a fashion statement, but oh how the times have changed! I often create entire outfits around my running shoes. The winter months are a great time to experiment with casual chic looks. Make a statement and maintain comfort with stylish sneakers from Tanger Outlets.

inmycloset_kkm

Photo: @inmycloset_kkm

If you have a fun excuse to get fancy this season, I would recommend going with a suede heel to finish off your look. Preferably closed-toe to keep your feet as warm as possible. There’s something about colored suede especially, that feels so rich and warm. Try an adorable Mary Jane for a nice feminine touch!

happy2balex

Photo: @happy2balex

Last but not least, there are boots! Boots in any variety are great for winter, but I have a thing for Western styles. Maybe it has something to do with being from the south. I love that @happy2balex shows off the male and female varieties. Men, I have not forgotten about you here! Pick up a pair of your favorite boots (I recommend black or brown for versatility) and you’re all set for any winter event or activity that may come about.

If you’ve haven’t purchased a new pair of practical winter shoes yet this season, I recommend you head to Tanger Outlets to get them before everyone begins stocking for spring. I know, I know, it happens so fast! Visit TangerOutlets.com before you go to download any additional coupons that might be available.

Happy Shopping!

What’s Your Winter Coat Style?

As temperatures drop, your search for the perfect winter coat is sure to heat up! Lucky for you, I’ve already scoped out the endless selection of stylish picks at Tanger Outlets. Whatever your shape or color preference, Tanger has you covered. Below are a few of my favorites.

What’s your winter coat style?

FEMININE

I adore the shape of this beautiful, belted coat with an oversized collar. The a-line style is perfect for day or night. With its versatile mid-length hem, it’s also ideal over a skirt, dress or trousers.

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 11.28.59 AM

EDGY

Leather collars become everyday casual with this box-shaped black wool coat, combining fashion and function. Wear this coat with your favorite menswear pieces for a super trendy look this season. Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 11.29.28 AM

SOPHISTICATED

This long-line sleek duster is the definition of cozy-chic. It’s classic shape and clean lines keep it professional, but the color is what makes it such a stunner. This coat is for the cool and confident!

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 11.29.45 AM

CLASSIC

A modern update on the classic peacoat, this version features chunky buttons in an eye-catching texture. Top off your favorite winter white look with this beauty!

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 11.29.59 AM

TRENDY

If you’re looking to make a statement this season, pick up a lightweight, quilted coat with faux fur trim. It’s perfect for layering under a thicker jacket and will definitely turn heads.

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 11.30.15 AM

Head to Tanger today, to find your perfect winter coat. The options are endless! Happy Shopping!

How to Wear Winter White

It’s officially winter, which means it’s time to bring out the winter whites! And yes… it’s 100% acceptable. It’s no longer frowned upon to sport this crisp, cold-weather look but you must note that the rules for wearing white in the winter are much different from rocking it in the summer. Winter whites are all about layering, fit and pairing different shades to create interest.

Check out the new and improved rules (and inspiration) for wearing winter whites in 2016!

Mix Shades

Dimension is important with all white looks. Create interest by pairing varying shades of white, cream or even ecru. Take it a step further and toss in some contrasting textures for a cool and casual look.

Shades of White

Stick to Tailored Pieces

I adore the all white pantsuit look. It’s super sophisticated! Stick to clean lines and tailored sets to ensure you look 100% put together. Remember, everything shows in white so the fit must be as close to perfect as possible.

All White Tailored

Keep it Simple

I think the simpler the better with the winter white trend. Head-to-toe monochrome makes a statement all on its own. Keep everything refined and when in doubt, go without.

Simple All White

Play with Contrast

Do not, I warn you, do not wear white shoes with your all white look! Go bright and bold or even a contrasting shade of nude. You’ll thank me later.

Contrast All White

Now you’re armed with all the tools you need to piece together the perfect winter white look. Comment below and let me know if you have any winter styling questions.

Happy Shopping!

 

 

Last Minute Gift Ideas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the nation… Tanger Outlets continued to solve shopper’s frustrations. Their employees, the nicest, help you find gifts at great prices. Check one, check two, before I knew it I was through. All the prices were slashed so shop as you may, doors are open ’til 5:00 today!

There’s still time to shop everyone! Check HERE for the holiday hours at the center nearest you. If you’re still looking for a few last minute gift ideas, be sure to follow Tanger Outlets on Pinterest, where you’ll find the perfect solution for anyone on your list. Don’t show up empty handed Christmas morning, do yourself (and the crazy cousin whose name you drew) a favor and shop the best quality gifts for less. Everyone will be asking where you got it… ;-)

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 6.58.55 PM

Happy shopping and HAPPY HOLIDAYS. Enjoy this special time with family and friends!

 

Picking Perfect Holiday Heels

Picking out the perfect pair of holiday heels can be a little tough – kind of like finding a gift for that long-lost cousin of yours. Below, I’ve highlighted my favorite styles of seasonal heels to help you get off on the right foot. Any one of them will make your holiday outfit sparkle and shine!

Glittery Pumps

You’ll be the star of the room in a pair of pumps that sparkle – Gold, silver or even rose gold would compliment any LBD you have hanging in your closet perfectly!

Mary Janes

Mary Janes are classic but on trend and can be casual or dressy. Pair them with a statement dress or with your favorite slacks for a weekday date!

Peep-toe Booties

Get a little crazy and ditch the basic black booties for some peep-toe action. The peek-a-boo pedi adds a nice feminine touch!

peep toe booties

Jewel Tones

Green is a token holiday color for a reason, so flaunt it. Toss on a festive pair of emerald heels for a bold and beautiful, seasonal statement.

Animal Prints

Any fashionista knows that the animal print pump (or flat) is a saving grace. They somehow (magically) go with everything!

Winter Wedges

Score comfort points with a pair of nice wedges this season. They can double as an office staple and a reliable heel for a night out on the town.

Metallic Sandals

Your feet shouldn’t be in hiding the entire season. Show them off in a pair of stunning metallic, strappy sandals at your next indoor holiday soiree.

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 6.46.44 PM

Ruffles

Fancy and flirty – The holidays are the best time to bring out your ruffled beauties! Pair them with a sleek look to make sure they get their glory!

I hope I’ve made our holiday shoe decisions a litle easier. Find each of these styles are more at your nearest Tanger Outlet center. Happy shopping and happy holidays!

Holiday Shopping at Tanger Outlets

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping! I highly recommend you get movin’ and hop on over to your nearest Tanger Outlets! The deals are absolutely incredible. I found so many great items for my friends and family and didn’t pay anywhere near full price for one thing. Be sure and log onto TangerOutlet.com (select your favorite center) before you go to download any additional coupons the stores you’re interested in might have. In addition to those coupons, you can stop by Shopper Services when you get there and pick up a coupon book with EVEN MORE savings!

Check out the steals I found when visiting the brand new center in Southaven, Mississippi. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone what I’m getting them. Let’s hope they don’t see this video. ;-)

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays everyone!

How to Style Weekend Wear

Happy Saturday! It’s officially my favorite day of the week. The day I can scrap the office attire and toss on my casual chic weekend wear. I have to admit, comfort is my weakness when it comes to style so any excuse to create an entire outfit revolving around the idea is a good one!

My weekends are usually pretty busy, so it’s important that I take time before hand to plan outfits for each occasion. I might have to run errands in the morning but attend a baby or bridal shower in the afternoon and ideally, I find an outfit that works for both. Below are a few looks that I’ve used for outfit inspirations in the past. They’re all cozy enough to get you through a busy day, but cute enough to help maintain your fashionista reputation.

Athletic

I love this adorable “athletic” look! Of course you wouldn’t rock this snug dress to the gym, but it’s at least flexible enough to allow for a busy day of running errands. The zip up jacket and New Balance kicks completely transform the look! Also note the stylish messy bun. A+

Casual

Now this look just oozes comfort! Worn in jeans and a plush cowl neck sweater make for the perfect base to a stylish weekend look. Toss on a pair of booties, your favorite felt hat and a complimentary side bag and you’ve got a look that will surely turn heads. This is a great outfit for a day strolling the park or a lunch date with friends!

Chic

Long cardigans are the way to go when thinking about chic weekend wear! I mean, it’s a cardigan. Most people don’t exactly think style when considering a cardigan. BUT this look proves them wrong. Drop the hem a little (or a lot) and you’ve got a long lined, beautiful finish to the otherwise worn-in jeans and t-shirt look. The detail of the lining is also a great touch and catches the eye! Stylish moms, this look is for you – Perfect for a day of toting the kids around from one activity to the next.

Sweet

And last but not leat, it’s the super sweet weekend look. I’ve worn a similar outfit to a number of casual baby/bridal showers and even for a day of shopping with my girlfriends. Adding lace to any sweater is a win in my book and the booties are perfection! Nothing is too tight and restricting, it’s just the perfect weekend look for us girly girls! The pink bag is beautiful too, just the right amount of color.

So, are you ready to get your weekend started in style? I hope so! If you’re looking for something to do, I recommend heading to Tanger to stock up on some chic weekend wear pieces. They’re currently running their TangerStyle 20% promotion where you can receive 20% OFF any single item at participating stores. You can download your coupons online here or pick them up at Shopper Services once you arrive. You really can’t beat these deals!

Happy Shopping!

Holiday Fashion Preview

Hi everyone!

So, this week I’ve been talking about all things “Holiday” to make sure everyone has plenty of time to prepare. And by prepare, I mean shop! You’ve seen a sneak peek at the season’s hottest jewelry, how to incorporate seasonal pops of color, the perfect part-ready looks and a little taste of the oh-so exciting pantsuit trend.

Today, I want to share with you a list of holiday items to add to your Tanger Outlets shopping list. If you head to Tanger now and pick up the following pieces, you’ll be prepared to pull together the perfect holiday looks in no time. So, here they are!

Pantsuit

Holiday Pant Suit 2 4C

long-line Coat

15_T0512_TANGER_01_308

Metallic Separates

15_T0512_TANGER_03_191_r

Silk Dress

15_T0512_TANGER_06_131

Pops of Rich Color

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 5.24.39 PM

Tassled Jewelry

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 5.24.33 PM

Statement Watch

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 11.31.31 AM

Mule Heels

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 5.24.11 PM

Metallic Pumps

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 5.24.19 PM

With these holiday essentials, you’ll be ready to piece together a flawless look on the fly! Also, if you visit Tanger before November 22nd you can use their 20% OFF TangerStyle Holiday coupons for additional savings. You can’t beat it! Find more info here or click the icon below.

popup-main

Comment below and let me know what you find. I would love to help style the perfect look for your next holiday occasion. Happy Shopping!

Celebrity Halloween Inspiration

In case you didn’t know, tomorrow is Halloween! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been dreaming up your fabulous, oh-so-funny costume for weeks now (maybe months), and then boom… Friday, October 30th hits and you’ve yet to pick anything up! Luckily, Tanger Outlets has just about anything you might need to create some pretty fabulous costumes. I’m headed to shop tomorrow morning for one of the following looks. I, of course, can’t ruin the surprise but wanted to share my ideas with all of you who might be in a similar bind. I hope they help!

Little Red Riding Hood

What you can find at Tanger: red dress + red jacket/coat (with a hood) + tan pumps

Little Red Riding Hood

Bonnie (from Bonnie and Clyde)

What you can find at Tanger: grey/brown pencil skirt + yellow sweater + tan pumps + brown bonnet + silk scarf + tan crossbody bag

Bonnie and Clyde

Cruella De Vil

What you can find at Tanger: black/white slacks + white blouse + white gloves + long black/white coat + red pumps+ pearl accessories (sorry, no puppies)

cruella de vil

Sandy (from Greece)

What you can find at Tanger: black leather leggings + black tank top + black belt + leather jacket + red pumps

Sandy from Grease

The Little Mermaid

What you can find at Tanger: green + pencil skirt + white beaded blouse + pearl accessories + tan pumps  (shh… mermaids don’t wear shoes)

Little Mermaid

Pocahontas and John Smith

What you can find at Tanger for HER: suede dress/skirt + embroidered headband + beaded choker + tan boots

What you can find at Tanger for HIM: blue jeans + denim button down + boots + cowboy hat

pocahontas and john smith

Comment below and let me know what you’ve decided to be for Halloween.

Happy shopping!

5 Steps to a Perfectly Layered Outfit

‘Tis the season of layering! Most of us are experiencing early fall temperatures right now, which call for a cool breeze in the morning and a solid 75-80 degree high in the afternoon. How do you expect us to dress for this mother nature?! Luckily, fashion gurus came up with the layering solution years ago. Not only does layering create the perfect cozy looks, but it allows you to repurpose those summer favorites for a while longer and strip down as the days warm up.

Layering has been a reoccurring trend for years and we’ve seen all types of spins – short layers, long layers, fringed or grunge layers, you name it! I think it’s time to get back to the basics this season. While longer layers are in, I vote we keep them classic.

Below are 5 easy steps to creating a perfectly layered outfit this fall!

Step No. 1 – Start with a basic, lightweight top – solid, neutral, or striped.

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 11.51.36 AM Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 11.56.34 AMScreen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.04.36 PM

Step No. 2 – Add a soft cardigan or sweater.

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.08.06 PM Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.09.16 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.08.29 PM

Step No. 3 – Cover with a jacket or coat.

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.14.43 PM Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.16.04 PM Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.17.43 PM

Step No. 4 – Add a scarf (learn how to tie them here).

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.23.11 PM Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.21.13 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.23.22 PM


Step No. 5 – Top the look off with your favorite accessories.

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.32.17 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.28.48 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.26.05 PM

Ta da! You have a perfectly layered outfit! One small note – If you’re going to pull in textures or patterns, do so with your outer layers. Start simple and build the excitement! Let me know if you have any questions about how to style one of your favorite layered looks. I would be happy to help!

And of course, for all the layers you’ll ever need head to Tanger Outlets! You can piece together an entire look in one stop or just pick up the necessities.

Happy shopping!

Creative Ways to Style a Scarf

It’s official – Scarves are my absolute favorite fall accessory! They rank above boots, suede jackets, all of them. Not only do scarves come in a variety of colors, sizes and textures, but they last FOREVER! One way to get away with rocking your favorite scarves year after year or even from one season to the next is to tie them creatively. There are some super fashionable ways to wear scarves! Check out some of my favorite styles below.

The Belted Scarf

This is the best way to rock scarves from one season to the next. How cute is this extra long number with a dress?! If you’re going to give it a shot, be sure to use a skinny belt. You don’t want to take away from the main attraction.

BELTED

The Cozy Neck Wrap

It’s doesn’t get any warmer, cozier, or more snuggly than the neck wrap! You will never want to strip down once you get where you’re headed. Wear it over a sharp blazer for a hip style statement. I love it!

COZY NECK WRAP

The Double Sided Twist

This is a more traditional style, but one of my favorites none the less. I love sporting this look with more casual outfits. Keep the layers long and wear it over a fun t-shirt and jeans. It makes for a trendy fall travel outfit.

DOUBLE SIDED TWIST

The Necklace or Infinity Scarf

The necklace or infinity scarf is best worn under large sweaters or coats. They’re super warm and can add the cutest touch when styled to peek out over a collar. It can also be worn with dressy or more casual looks.

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 8.42.57 PM

The Wrap

Who said all scarves had to be worn around your neck? I adore the shawl or wrap style. No need to grab your cocktail jacket on your way out the door, just toss your favorite scarf over your shoulders and you’re sure to make a statement.

SCARF WRAP

Comment below and tell me how you like to wear your scarves. Are you going to try one of these new styles this season? Show off your favorite fall looks using #TangerStyle on your favorite social media platform. 

#TangerPinkPower

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! In honor of this cause and to show our support for the fighters, survivors and loved ones fighting against breast cancer, we wear PINK! If you’re anything like me, you style pink looks, apply pink lipstick and toss the pink throw pillows on the couch. It’s all about showing support. Good news for me (and many others) is that I can find plenty of pink for less at Tanger Outlets. They literally have it all!

During the month of October, Tanger Outlets has partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the cause. Visit TangerOutlets.com now or stop by Tanger Shopper Services to purchase your $5 Powerful Pink E-Savings Pass, which gets you unlimited use of 25% savings on any item at participating stores at any Tanger Outlets (one use per store per day through October 31st). Your purchase of the Powerful Pink E-Savings Pass will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and support Tanger’s pledge commitment of $500,000.

Once you have your savings pass in hand, it’s time to shop for all things pink! Below are some of my favorite styles, home decor items and even recipes from Pinterest that you can incorporate into your life this month and for as long as you like. Here’s to #TangerPinkPower!

For more #TangerPinkPower inspiration, follow Tanger Outlets on Pinterest. Oh and don’t forget your savings pass. Happy Shopping!

Fifty Shades of Beige

neutral header

There’s no denying that the neutral coat is the must-have piece of the season. It’s so fabulous that its comeback has sparked a neutral revolution. Designers debuted their subtle sensations on the runways and the neutral trend was immediately coined one of the most “wearable” of the season.

To style 100% neutral looks, you must have a keen sense of color and tone, and an even greater ability to pair textures. Styling shades of putty, khaki, toffee and pebble with warm fall hues is one thing, but styling them head-to-toe is another.

Below are a few Fall street styles that prove neutrals are anything but boring!

1

2

3

5

6

Which of these looks are you going to try this season? Comment below and let me know!

Regal Fashions At Their Finest

When I think of regal fashions, I immediately think of the stunning celebrities that grace red carpets in designer gowns made from the most exquisite fabrics with innate detail from head-to-toe. I (like the rest of the fashion loving world) try to catch every red carpet each year and make note of my favorite looks. While I would love to look like these celebs on a day-to-day basis, I do not have the budget or the style team for that matter. AND there’s that whole you can’t wear a gown to the grocery store rule… Whoever came up with that one was a little off their rocker, in my opinion.

With that said, rules are rules and gowns only remain acceptable at formal events. Below I’ve taken three of my favorite regal red carpet looks from 2015 and pulled items that will hopefully inspire you to recreate similar everday outfits. Whether it be the color, the fabric or the accessories, each of the following looks are sure to make you feel like a queen.

image2

Look No. 1 – Rita Ora

Rita Ora does it again at the 2015 Oscars. It was impossible to keep your eyes off of her in this navy blue gown with gold embellishments. She was the definition of glam and sophistication on the red carpet. It’s almost as if she was channeling royalty with her polished hair/makeup and calm demeanor. The color combination of navy and gold is what brings this look together and can easily be recreated at home.

image3

Look No. 2 – Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren stole the show at the 2015 Tony Awards is this draped sleeve, lace dress, fit for a queen. The lace with a bit of shimmer paired with the delicate embroidery at the neckline and around the waist was so extremely elegant. She also nailed the lip color, wearing a soft purple which is the most regal color of all. Pair rich lips with lace dresses at home for a regal look of your own.

image1

 Look No. 3 – Camila Alves

Purple, purple, purple! Camila Alves was EVERYTHING in this velvet purple gown at the 2015 SAG Awards. Helen kept it subtle with the purple lip, but Camila had no fear rocking it from head-to-toe. Velvet is also one of the most recognized regal fabrics in the world of fashion. It takes every piece up a notch on the “I’m so fancy” scale. Pair your purples with glamorous gems this fall to create your own regal reality.

Which look is your favorite? Comment below and let me know. Also, let’s chat about how you’re going to create a few regal looks of our own this season. I’m always here to help!

Boho from Head-to-Toe

Boho-chic is a trend influenced by bohemian and hippie styles from decades past. While it’s not the newest look on the block this season, it’s being reinvented in some fabulous ways! Because this can be a tricky style to embrace or pull off sometimes, I’ve jotted down a few tips and tricks to achieving the perfect boho look. The goal here is to put together an eclectic outfit without giving off that sloppy hippie vibe. We’ve all seen it down wrong… Here’s how to do it right!

Boho Style Tips

boho layers

Tip No. 1 – Learn how to layer

The number one thing women do wrong when putting together a boho look is to go overboard with the layers. You don’t want to look like the fashion mongrel swallowed you whole. This is especially important for those that are shorter or more petite. Keep it chic by mixing oversized pieces with tailored or fitted pieces. Here are the three don’ts to remember when looking in the mirror – Don’t draw all of the attention away from your beautiful face, don’t make your frame look stumpy and don’t make any areas of your body look bulky.

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 4.05.50 PM

Tip No. 2 – Stick to earthy colors

Most boho color palettes are rich, warm and earthy. Think brown, cream, white, olive, etc. Start here and build on the color with deeper, richer colors like deep reds or purples. Golds also make for great boho accents. Just remember to keep it simple. The fewer the colors the better!

boho personality

Tip No. 3 – Show off your personality 

Many people think styling a boho look seems more like dressing up and that shouldn’t be the case. You can still look edgy and chic, without feeling completely uncomfortable. Blend boho pieces with items that you wear everyday. For example, toss on a great fringe sweater with your go-to wide leg or bell bottom jeans – You know, the super flattering ones you’ve had for years! This trend should be effortless.

boho embroidery

Tip No. 4 – Pay attention to detail 

You don’t have to break the bank to invest in boho chic styles. Instead, look for staple items or comfortable pieces that have awesome detail. It can be a funky top, embroidered scarf, fringe leather boho bag, big bangles or gladiator heels. Again you can mix these with pieces you already own and be a boho beauty in no time!

boho accessories

Tip No. 5 – Step up the accessory game

Boho accessories are my favorite! Many of them are inspired by nature, featuring either a feather, an owl or an awesome earthy gemstone of some sort. Wearing natural materials or shapes at least inspired by nature will add to the boho effect. Keep in mind that the layering rules also apply to accessories – stacking dainty pieces are fine but don’t go to big or bulky.

So, there you have it! These 5 simple tips will help you create the perfect boho look this Fall. Snap a photo of your favorite boho outfit and share it with me below or on your favorite social media channel using #TangerStyleMaker. I would love to see what you come up with! Just remember to stay true to you. Unique is the most beautiful trend there is.

Happy shopping!

Chic Office Attire for Fall

Fall is the perfect time to spice up or remix your work wardrobe. Most office ready pieces are staples you can wear with other, more trendy looks as well, so they are definitely worth the investment. While the basics will get you a long way, it’s important to dress for YOU at the office and not for the environment. Don’t be afraid to channel your inner fashionista and pick up a few noteworthy statement pieces. After all, the way you look definitely affects the way you feel and we all need a little extra confidence boost when headed into the boardroom. Here’s a short list of trendy office pieces that you should keep an eye out for this Fall.

  1. Chic Loafers – Yes, they do exist!
  2. Large Patterned Skirts
  3. Jeweled Blouses
  4. Statement Slacks

I’ve rounded up a few examples of these wear-to-work necessities for Fall. Let me know what you think!

Happy Shopping!

Summer to Fall Transition Tips

It’s a little too soon for turtlenecks, but also too late to keep tossing on the tank tops. We are smack dab in the middle of that awkward transitional period in seasonal fashion, but I’m here to help! I would encourage you to not pack up your Summer pieces just yet, because with a few simple styling tricks I can help you take your favorite warm-weather staples straight into Fall. With a little help from my friend, Pinterest, I’ve pulled looks to showcase 4 of my summer staples – black leather shorts, a white blazer, classic jumpsuit and of course a sundress styled for both Summer and Fall. ALL of these can work from season to season! Check out how…

image4

THE BLACK LEATHER SHORTS

Black leather shorts were my go-to fun and funky piece this Summer and they can have the same effect for Fall. It really doesn’t get much easier than this! All you have to do is wear them over an opaque pair of tights, your favorite booties, layer on an oversized knit sweater, add a felt hat and you’ve got the trendiest Fall look on the streets. And, I bet you already have the majority of these additional items already in your closet.

image3

THE FRESH WHITE BLAZER

It’s super easy to extend the life of your white Summer blazer. I wear blazers more casually during the Summer months anyway, so dressing them up a bit in the Fall makes for a simple transition. It takes little work, in fact all you have to do is change up the color palette beneath. I love pairing whites and creams with really warm, rich neutrals in the cooler months. It’s different. I love it!

image2

THE CLASSIC JUMPSUIT

The classic jumpsuit (usually done in black) was atop every fashionistas wish list this Summer. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on one you love, you surely don’t want to pack it up yet. All you have to do to make this look work season after season is change up the shoe, add an open toe bootie or even a thick lace-up shoe for Fall and add a little bit of drama with a great textured coat or sweater.

image1

THE SIMPLE SUNDRESS

Last but not least, there’s the simple sundress. It’s a Summer essential and being that you probably have a number of these that you rotated throughout the Summer months, packing them up might leave a pretty big hole in your closet. Instead, just toss on your favorite Fall coat (I love the army jacket) and a pair of stylish boots or booties. As it gets cooler, just continue to add layers – tights, sweaters, scarves, they all make great compliments to the simple sundress.

I hope these have helped you figure out how to elongate the life of your favorite seasonal pieces. Comment below and let me know if you have any questions about how to rework something in your closet. I’m here to help!

City Slicker Styles

The City Slicker fashionista is bold and daring. She dresses to make a statement, a strong and commanding statement. She doesn’t accessorize much, but when she does it’s done with precision. Sharp silhouettes and contrasting details are her jam. She’s all about contrasting colors (usually black and white) but ties in gold and silver for a subtle but impactful look. The City Slicker fashionista is edgy and oh-so confident in her style.

Does this sound like you, or the style icon you strive to be? Below, I’ve highlighted my favorite City Slicker pieces from some of Tanger’s edgiest brands. Some of these pieces can be worn together to create a sleek City Slicker look and others can be easily incorporated into your existing wardrobe to provide just a touch of sass. Check them out and let me know what you think!

Forever21

This knee-length, stripped dress from Forever21 might be considered a more casual City Slicker piece, but it still deserves its few minutes of fame. It’s bold enough to wear alone with a pair of black and white flatforms, but simple enough to pair with a great leather bootie and even a kick-butt moto jacket (see below).

Wilson's Leather

The black leather motorcycle jacket (this one from Wilsons Leather) is the quintessential piece for the City Slicker fashionista. When going for rough but refined street style, all you need to do is toss this sucker on! You can pair it with casual dresses or the most structured pant looks. I don’t know what I would do without mine!

Forever21

If you’re anything like me, you live for the days you get to rock all black. These high-waisted pants with button accents at the hips from Forever 21 make the look super sassy! Toss on the black moto jacket above and you’re ready to dominate the city scene in style.

Nine West

All great looks require bold accessories, but remember… City Slicker looks don’t call for much, so don’t over do it. Stick to a contrasting clutch or a mid-sized, monochrome handbag. Don’t go too big, as you don’t want to take away from the outfit. I love the little bit of detail on this Nine West clutch. The chains add to the City Slicker appeal too!
Nine West

No woman’s closet is complete without a classic black leather bootie, so why not put them to good use. I guarantee they’ll go with almost any City Slicker look you attempt. Dresses, skirts, jumpers, trousers, shorts, you name it… These guys will take you miles. If you’re looking for a new pair, check out Nine West. They’re bootie central right now.

Saks OFF 5th

And because I adore shoes (as all women do), I will feature them twice. These Chinese Laundry sandals from Saks OFF 5th are a steal and would make a great summer City Slicker shoe. The contrasting detail and the thick ankle strap make it super bold, sure to turn heads. And let’s not forget to mention the thick heel which adds a few points for comfort.

H&M

As I mentioned, the City Slicker fashionista doesn’t accessorize much. But, when she does it’s sleek and simple. These gunmetal stoned drop earring from H&M will add just enough shine to your look to dress it up without going overboard. They’re tough chic meets simple glam!

Like what you see, but need help coming up with ideas of how to piece together the perfect City Slicker outfit? CLICK HERE to view my City Slicker Pinterest board for some awesome pinspiration!

Happy Styling!

Fall for Fabulous Footwear

Fall is my absolute FAVORITE shoe season! It’s full of classic styles like boots and booties but also not-so-ordinary styles like open toe mules and chunky suede heels. In addition to scoping out all of the new looks for the season, I also get excited about scoring those last few pairs of summer sandals on sale. That’s a deal I can always count on in late August, early September.

Aside from the shoe styles themselves, I love the unconventional pairings of fall shoes and fashions. It’s the one season when it’s socially acceptable to rock your favorite summer dress with a fall bootie or a mini skirt with a pair of over-the-knee boots. There are few rules when it comes to styling fall looks and in my book, the more interesting the shoe choice the better. I love it when people say, “Oh wow, I never would have thought of wearing those two pieces together but it totally works!” Music to my ears!

Below are a few of my favorite fall looks with extremely fun shoe choices!

Which one is your favorite? Comment below and let’s chat about how to style some of your favorite fall outfits, incorporating your fabulous footwear of course!

How to Style Suede

Suede made a sneaky move this year, creeping into our summer wardrobes and as usual, it’s sticking around for fall. Because it has been more of a transitional style this year, the fabrics are much lighter and move with ease. You won’t find any of the stuffy, stiff looks like we’ve seen in the past. I’m super excited to continue styling my favorite suede pieces in the cooler months to come.

If you are a suede fanatic like me, you might have noticed it taking over the racks and making guest appearances in some of your favorite window displays. EVERYONE is jumping on board and I love it! You can find everything from suede separates, wide-legged pants, skirts, crop tops, light coats, shorts, boots, bags and even suede accessories. Ahh… it makes my heart melt!

What’s so special about suede in 2015? Color! Taupe and khaki suede staples are definitely still needed, but this season we’re diving into color. You’ll find purples, deep blues, mustard and even pastel suedes this fall.

If you’re new to the suede scene, I would recommend investing in three solid staples – A suede skirt, dress and knee-high boots. These are all seasonal staples that will get you through to next year, when suede makes its oh-so-welcomed debut again. Below are some of my favorite looks using these three pieces. The styling options are endless and as you can see, they can be worn in warmer and cooler weather. Just take a moment to swoon over these beautiful looks!

Suede Skirt 1

Suede Skirt 3

Suede Skirt 2

Suede Dress 1

Suede Dress 2

Suede dress 3

Suede boots 1Suede boots 2

Suede boots 3

Do you have a favorite look? Comment below and let’s chat about how to create the perfect suede outfit for you. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Back-to-School Fashions

Tanger BTS

Can you believe it’s already August? Back-to-school sales are already in full swing, which means it’s time to stock up on all of this years must have fashions.

Ladies and gents that are gearing up for the big day, listen up! My one important piece of advice for the first week of school is DON’T GIVE IT ALL AWAY ON THE FIRST DAY! Don’t put all your time (and money) into a fabulous outfit for the first day and then slack off Tuesday – Friday. I challenge you to shop in a way that allows you to rework certain pieces and put together effortless looks each and every day of the week. If you’re really going for the “Most likely to be featured in Vogue” superlative this year, take this challenge on all year-long! I promise, it really is doable. You just have to think about it… probably the night before instead of in the shower the morning of.

Styling for school really is pretty simple. Elaborating on my “first week” advice, here are a few other things to keep in mind while shopping for back-to-school fashions.

Comfort is key – but keep it classy

It’s more possible than ever to fuse comfort and style this season with the oh so popular “Sporty Chic” trend. Pair your favorite graphic tee with a cute maxi skirt. Toss on your all black Nike’s with a dress or nice skinny jeans, or rock the jogger pant with a nice blouse and a bucket bag. The options are endless and oh so cozy!

Load up on the layers

We all know that those classrooms can be pretty chilly. Instead of just grabbing a jacket out of the coat closet on your way out the door, think about it beforehand. Style a light cardigan over your favorite dress and belt it. Or slip a great textured sweater over a structured button down. This way, you’ll remain stylish all day long instead of just covering up your hard work as soon as you get the goose bumps.

Shoes are everything

Don’t toss on the flip-flops or sneakers with every look. There are tons of comfortable and stylish options out there this season. Stock up on great flats (bright colors and fun prints), go crazy and try slides or flatforms, or pick up a pair of booties with some fringe. A great shoe can make a very simple look extraordinary!

Embrace a statement bookbag

Gone are the days of the traditional, athletic backpack. Style your look with a great leather tote or bucket bag. Consider it an extension of your style… not just a way to carry your notebooks.

Back-to-school shopping should be fun! Come to Tanger to find all of the staples mentioned above and so much more. Share your back-to-school looks with me on Instagram using #TangerStyle for a chance to be featured on Tanger’s page. We would love to share you style with the world.

Happy shopping!

Tanger Outlets Grand Rapids Grand Opening

ST Ribbon Cutting

There are not enough words to describe the energy in the air at the grand opening of the brand spankin’ new Tanger Outlets in Grand Rapids, MI. I had the honor of traveling to Michigan to take part in the many exciting grand opening events and I must say, it was an experience to remember. Tanger Outlets prides itself on the shopping experience and let me tell you… You were not let down if you were in attendance.

For those coming to shop, you found regular discounts of up to 70% OFF plus additional grand opening and TangerStyle Fall savings. For those looking to be a part of the buzz, you could be spotted among the whose who of West Michigan including TV personalities, celebrity stylists and more. And for those looking to take part in the grand opening celebration, there was the grandiose ribbon cutting ceremony, a guest appearance from Jonathan & Drew Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers, opportunities to win big at the Tanger Dream Cloud, Tanger Dream Closet and more… Excitement was certainly in the air.

My favorite part about traveling to each of our fabulous Tanger Outlet centers is the opportunity to meet with our incredible shoppers. They truly are the best! I was lucky enough to surprise multiple shoppers at the register and pay for their purchases, just as a small thank you for coming out to celebrate Tanger’s new home in Grand Rapids. With these surprises came the opportunity to learn where they were from, why they were visiting Tanger, what they were on the hunt for and so much more about their Tanger story – each one unique. Below are a few snapshots of some of the lucky shoppers.

Bri and Shopper 1

Bri and Shopper 2

Stay tuned for a short video documenting my time in Grand Rapids and featuring our super sneaky surprises! Let’s just say, if you see a chic in heels strutting her stuff around Tanger armed with a gift card in hand, watch out – I’m coming for ya!

If you live in the area, I would strongly encourage you to stop by Tanger as soon as you can! The deals right now are unbeatable! Comment below and tell me about your grand opening experience. Did you get a chance to meet the property brothers? Were you one of our lucky, surprised shoppers? I want to hear all about your Tanger experience…

Happy Shopping!

Live in Technicolor

The colors of the rainbow lit up the runways for summer 2015 and the multicolor creations did not disappoint. From head-to-toe primaries to the bright accents you could see from afar, designers showcased once again that color is for all! The colors this summer are bold and painterly, offering strong and soft sides for anyone interested. Technicolor looks have no limits. Wear them all at once or as accents throughout the summer. Either way, you’re sure to radiate pure joy and happiness!

Styling these bright, beautiful and bold pieces will make you feel like a piece of art. I mentioned it when we touched on yellow “shades of the sun” in spring, but color truly can be worn by all, only if you take the right approach. Learn what shades work with your skin tone and embrace them.

Below are some of may favorite technicolor looks, worn by the fashionistas of fashion weeks around the world. All it takes is a little inspiration from those with street style to look like you stepped off of a runway everyday… Girls, start taking notes!

Have a favorite look in mind? Head to Tanger Outlets and find everything you need to recreate these stunning technicolor ensambles. Happy Shopping!

Summer Handbags | Oh The Options!

Are you looking for the perfect summer bag? Well, I’m your girl! Handbags are the ultimate summer accessory. You can make a statement with a bright or multicolor option or keep it clean and fresh with whites and light neutrals. They also come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, textures, etc. This season’s hottest handbags are sure to give your wardrobe a unique twist!

My favorite styles this year include the bucket bag, crossbody, classic clutch and of course the tote or carryall. I’ve scouted all of my favorite finds from some of the top Tanger Outlets brands. Check them out below and let me know which one you’ll be on the lookout for!

Happy Shopping!

How To Style Culottes

So, you’ve been doing a little soul searching and you’ve finally made the decision to purchase a pair of culottes. It’s ok, you don’t have to be an early adopter to be able to hold your own in the fashion arena. Now that you have them in hand, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to style them!

Culottes have all the benefits of the perfect pants, but without the tailoring. The voluminous bottoms are easy to wear with a flattering hemline and versatile shape. They can be dressed up with a pair of feminine heels or down with fun “flatforms” or a pair of chic sneakers. Here are some of my favorite culotte looks, as seen on the streets of fashion week around the globe.

Which look is your favorite? Comment and let me know!

3

4

Happy Shopping!

Last Minute 4th of July Inspiration

The 4th of July is all about celebrating your American pride, soaking up the sun and taking advantage of those extra moments to spend with friends and family. But, we all know that with all of this comes the added stress of finding the perfect outfit. Choosing the perfect combo of red, white and blue can be a pretty daunting task… especially if you’re attempting to stray away from the cliché american flag apparel.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite looks incorporating a refined mix of our patriotic color palette and of course noted where to find each piece at Tanger Outlets. Take a peek and let me know what you think!

Look No. 1

Look No. 2

Look No. 3

Look No. 4

What do you have planned to wear for the 4th of July? Share your looks below!

How To Rock Summer Hats

It’s summer time ladies – My heart is so full of sunshine it could burst! In addition to my overall happy mood during the summer months, I also feel like I can take a few extra fashion risks. Whose going to judge a chic, casual, beachy look? After all, they’re supposed to look fashionably relaxed. One of those not-so-risks… summer hats!

I recently visited the Tanger Outlets near one of my favorite summer vacation spots and a came away with well, a few too many hats than my summer wardrobe could handle. So, I went back and picked up a few extra clothing items that would help piece together my “hat outfits.” Don’t judge… A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

I’ve collected some Pinspiration to share with you on all the different ways to wear your favorite summer hat(s). Whether you’re into fedoras, trendy panama hats, or wide-brim floppy hats, there is something for everyone. Plus, this cool accessory shades your face and eyes from the bright sun and helps protect your hair. You really can’t go wrong!

Here are my TOP 10 favorite hat looks for Summer 2015

Summer Hat

1. The chic black jumpsuit with a casual Panama hat.

Summer Hat

2. The understated, yet fashionable travel look with a straw fedora.

Summer Hat

3. The effortless floral sundress with a token black floppy hat.

Summer Hat

4. The ultimate free bird look with linen pants and a loose white tee.

Summer Hat

5. The casual “Gap” look with that hat you’ll transition into Fall.

Summer Hat

6. Nautical perfection – The cotton stripped dress with a simple boater hat.

Summer Hat

7. The statement printed pants look… comfortable, yet sophisticated.

Summer Hat

8. The stylish skinnies and tank look for running summer errands.

Summer Hat

9. The playful graphic tee with a classic fedora.

Summer Hat

10. Summer’s must-have white sundress with sleek felt Panama hat.

Now go take advantage of the summer sales and find one you love at your nearest Tanger Outlets.

Happy Shopping!

Top 5 Summer Essentials

It’s finally here, the list you’ve been waiting for! Here are the top 5 absolute must-haves for Summer 2015!

Saks OFF 5th

No. 1 – Your Chic Carryall

Summer carryall totes are super practical and an easy way to add color or texture to your summer accessory collection. They’re perfect for the work week and transition easily into bags for your weekend getaways when you really don’t know what you’ll need on hand. Carry all your essentials in style!

Pinterest

No. 2 – The Go-to Gladiator Sandals

Powerful and pretty gladiator sandals are the coolest shoe of the season. The deity-derived sandal fits anywhere you want it… Wear them with a white linen dress or a pair of ripped denim shorts and you’re instantly Cali cool. I actually prefer the term Goddess Chic – What do you think?

Banana Republic

No. 3 – The Token White Skinnies

What is that you say? You already have a pair of white skinnies. Well, get more! You can never have too many pairs of this iconic summer staple. Bleach will only get you so far! Try a new cut this year, maybe pick up a distressed pair and add a fun summer sneaker. The options are endless, but picking up that extra pair… Not an option!

Ann Taylor

No. 4 – A Versatile Pendant Necklace

Give the statement necklace a much-needed break this summer and pick up a few simple, long pendant necklaces. Subtle jewels are making a huge comeback this season as they make an easy addition to any summer look! Not to mention, they’re easy to pack and tote from one beach destination to the next.

Saks OFF 5th

No. 5 – Your Favorite One-shoulder Dress

The one-shoulder dress is back and better than ever. Trust me, they’ve received a solid upgrade since the early 2000s. It’s the perfect trend for those not comfortable with the deep-Vs or high slits. This summer is all about showing off the shoulder, so let’s embrace it!

These items are in high demand, so don’t wait long. Head to Tanger Outlets today and take your pick from the incredible selection of trendy, summer merchandise. Come back and tell me all about it… I want to know what you got and how you plan to wear it!

Happy Shopping!

5 Waist Slimming Summer Fashions

picstitch (7)

Waist defining details stole the spotlight on the Spring/Summer 2015 runways. The hourglass figure is making a comeback!

I don’t know about you, but my most important outfit goal will always be to flatter my figure. Luckily, the designers are on the same page this season and have provided fashionable options to show off (or create) a woman’s waist.

The following 5 tips and tricks are smart ways to show off your shape without losing an inch.

NO. 1 BELTS

Yes, I know… Belts are the obvious solution for defining a woman’s waist. This trick works for those wanting to appear slimmer or those who lack a waist all together and need to create the illusion that one exists. For either woman, I recommend wrapping the belt around your true waist (not letting it rest on your hips). This will ensure that your body looks well proportioned and add to the hourglass effect.

NO. 2 COLOR BLOCKING 

Stella McCartney made color blocking a tool rather than a trend after creating a dress made of two contrasting colors, one down the center of the dress and one at the sides creating a slimming shadow effect. It was genius!

NO. 3 PEPLUM TOPS

Most women fear peplums, but the key is how they fit. In order to show off the waist, the peplum must come from the smallest part of your midsection. Otherwise you risk awkward proportions. Avoid fuller bottoms when rocking peplum tops. Compliment the look with well-fitting skinny jeans or a slim pencil skirt.

NO. 4 WRAP DRESSES

Wrap dresses first hit the scene in the 1970s by designer Diane von Furstenburg and have essentially never gone out of style. They’re comfortable, simple and of course universally flattering with a built-in belt or sash that cinches at the waist, tieing the dress together. They’re just perfect!

NO. 5 PRINTED BOTTOMS

Printed skirts or pants paired with a neutral top trick the eye and draw attention to the waist, making it appear smaller. Prints, even if fitted create the illusion of volume which if done right can create a well-balanced figure.

And there they are… the 5 tips to making your waist appear smaller. Keep these ideas in mind next time you shop at Tanger Outlets and please feel free to comment below with any questions or concerns regarding this summer trend.

Happy Shopping!