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Maternity Coats You’ll Love Even if You’re NOT Pregnant!

Keep that bun in the oven warm all winter long in these stylish coats, which maternity style mavens like Blake Lively and Kate Middleton would approve of.  From a fall breeze to those cold winter nights, you can still look oh so chic while keeping cozy.

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The sophisticated MAMA Wool-blend Bouclé Coat from H&M is for the downtown cool mom-to-be. With a tie belt waist and concealed fasteners, this coat is able to cover your expanding baby bump from 12 weeks to nine months.

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Blank NYC Zipper Detail Faux Leather Maternity Jacket will be your favorite “throw over everything” piece this fall.  This motorcycle style jacket with silver hardware is edgy and tough, but can be softened when paired with a flowy dress.  Or add some great boots for the perfect fall ensemble.

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Punch up your prenatal wardrobe with some color! This wool maternity coat with a high collar and a bubble hem will lend sophistication to any outfit.  At under $50, this fun coat will infuse a little extra fun and the elegant shape you’ll want to wear again, well after your child is born!

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When the chill in the air turns icy, MAMA Padded Parka with a detachable faux fur trimmed hood will keep you nice and warm, while looking cool.  The drawstring waist and side pockets give some shape to the coat and make it a great option for the woman who’s too hip for regular old, oversized maternity wear.

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Look Out for These Fashion Girl Musts This BLACK FRIDAY

While we love Thanksgiving, it’s common knowledge that the day after might just be one of the best days of the year to score some killer sales.  While it’s possible to score big, be careful not to get caught up in the chaos and excitement as not every sale is really the best.  Experts say this is a great time to purchase electronics and high end items, but other gifts such as sweaters and sneakers might actually get cheaper closer to the holidays!  Want in on the shopping fun but are unwilling to wake up at 3am and lose some precious family time?  You’re in luck; the following Monday, which is now known as Cyber Monday, provides some fantastic deals online!

While we’re sure our cult fashion favorites won’t lose their hefty price tags completely,  these are the items that we’ll be on the look out for:

The Burberry Sandringham Slim Fit Trench Coat: regularly $1,795

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Why we love it:  This iconic coat has a rich military history which is reflected in the epaulettes on the shoulder, the gun flap fastens at the chest and a storm shield cover on the upper back.  Made of tightly woven yet lightweight breathable cloth, the coat is protective against wind and rain.  Made in England, this coat was originally designed by Thomas Burberry back in 1879!  The Sandringham takes this classic coat and updates it slightly with a slimmer fit that nips in at the waist.  The details and tradition of the coat, paired with the famous Burberry check, have landed this item on our must have list.

A blended Burberry scarf: regularly $395

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Why we love it:  These lightweight scarves look great paired with a classic trench or all on their own.  Try the Check Wool Silk Scarf in Trench Check or The Check Wool Silk Gauze Scarf in Stone Check.  No matter which material feels better to you (or which you can find a better deal for) you can’t lose!

Céline Leather Mini Luggage Tote: regularly $2,900 and up

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Why we love it:  It’s hard to go wrong with such a beautiful roomy structured tote.  It looks great in almost every style and color from black pebbled leather to a pop of burgundy.  Be wary though, Céline still doesn’t sell bags online and only certain stores sell them. (Call Barney’s or Nordstrom to see if the store near you carrie.s Céline or if you’re lucky enough to live in a big city, check there website. They have a few boutiques in Manhattan and other major cities as well as the Céline salon at Bergdorf Goodman in NY.)

Louboutin Stilettos: regularly $795- $845

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Why we love them:  They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts but when it comes to shoes it’s the bottom!  There’s nothing more fashionable and recognizable then those red soles.  For a great nude peep toe try Flo, which features a petite platform and comes in a range of “nudes” from light Lea to the darker Ada.  Or opt for a classic pump such as the New Simple Pump which is sure to be your next go-to shoe.

Chanel Classic Flap Bag: regularly $4,900

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Why we love it:  Chanel is the epitome of fashion.  It’s classic, timeless and only gets better with age.  Some people literally purchase Chanel purses as investment pieces.  With its quilted design, double C closure, and chain link handle, this Chanel bag goes with everything.

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How NOT to Wear Boots (and other tricky items!

I hate to break it to you, but you’re wearing your boots wrong! Not only your boots but your leggings and crop tops too. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Or rather you’re not putting your body in the best light by ignoring some basic rules about your clothing. So avoid falling victim to our list of outfit faux pas and look taller, leaner, classier, and all around better!

Boots:

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Don’t wear a long skirt and high boots. You want to show a little leg (or tights/leggings) otherwise it will make your legs look thick and short.

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Do wear a hemline that is flattering and appropriate but that doesn’t hit the boot. That little sliver of skin (or flash of tights) will elongate you and make your legs look slimmer.

Leggings:

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Don’t wear them as if they were pants! They are NOT pants!

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Do put them under long shirts and short dresses! Think of them as thick, opaque comfortable tights.

Crop tops:

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Don’t show off too much skin at once. A crop top with a short skirt and your stomach hanging out (no matter how flat your abs are) looks a little too risqué. Add a pair of over the knee boots and it comes across as very Pretty Woman.

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Do pair a crop top with high waisted pants or a skirt. Showing just a little peek of skin will make you feel sexy but still look classy. Plus if you’re insecure about your midriff, a crop top with a high waisted bottom will show the skinniest part of your waist, making it a great choice, even if you aren’t a size zero.

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Sophisticated Spooky Nails

It’s Halloween, which means it’s a great time to do something a little different. I’m sure you have your costume already (You did get a costume… right?!?!) or you’re prepared to throw something together quickly. But why not infuse a little Halloween spirit into your manicure?

That sexy school girl costume or voluptuous cop uniform probably isn’t work appropriate but with a few coats of polish you can bring the fun of the season anywhere including to the office! No ghost or pumpkin nail art here, these are all adult manicures. Best part is you can pick up everything you need for one of these creations at your local pharmacy.

Here are our top combinations:

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Pumpkin Queen = A Halloween take on a classic French manicure.

 

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in OMGhost + Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Little Black Lace = Goul-ish lace nails

 

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Matte in Scaredy Matte + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in OMGhost = Modern matte nails of the night

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Big Glitter in Costume Glitters = Party-ready “Time Warp ” nails.

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Fur-ankenstein = Monster accent nails!

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Women’s Lingerie Advice – Red and Black

What’s red and black, lacy and irresistible? Why you are…

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Transform into a Seductive Siren

Start off with some sultry Erica M hosiery to get your valentine’s heart racing. We love Vivian and Genevieve styles which look great under your outfit, but even better sans clothes. With the intricate details they scream pin-up girl charm.

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Add some red hot lace such as Victoria Secret’s Bombshell Add-2-Cups Push-Up Bra in Limited Edition Lace. Or go for classic black with Victoria Secret’s Very Sexy Lace Strappy Back Push-Up Bra and matching Strappy Thong Panty. A pink lace bustier is a fun feminine way to add a little sex appeal and this one from H&M is a steal at under $25!

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If you’re looking for something different try delicate lingerie in blushes, roses, and nudes. Aerie’s Holly Bow Longline Pushup Bra has a delicate lace band and satin style cups, perfect for the romantic woman.

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Cute and Sporty make a great Valentine

Aerie’s Lace Trim Cheekys feature an adorable conversation heart print which will keep your date’s attention. These cotton panties are embellished with a little lace and would pair perfectly with a love themed tank such as Forever 21’s Love is All Around You PJ Set.

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Women’s Shopping Advice – Unexpected Gifts for your Sweetheart

Special occasions tend to increase the pressure to buy the perfect gift.  We’ve taken some otherwise generic ho-hum gifts and gave them a makeover.

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Flowers

These lacy flowers have a sexy secret.  When you unwrap this bouquet, you find each ‘rose’ is actually a lace thong.  Pick up these racy flowers at www.hankypanky.com

Wine

Who wouldn’t love a bottle of their favorite Merlot or Zinfandel?  But why give them a plain old bottle when you can encase those flavors in chocolate!  2 Chicks with Chocolate combines flavors such as Cabernet Caramel and Spicy Merlot mix spices and wine into sweet confections.  Packaged in a satin wine bottle bag, this is the ultimate gift for a wine connoisseur.   Find out more at www.2chickswithchocolate.com.

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Perfume

An expensive bottle of perfume is a fantastic gift.  That being said, Tory Burch’s perfume comes in a pendant with a gold-tone graphic pattern.  The stunning necklace opens to reveal the solid perfume.  With a mix of floral peony and tuberose, combined with crisp citrus notes of grapefruit and neroli, Tory Burch’s fragrance is feminine, as well as tomboy, and totally unexpected.

Chocolates

While most ladies wouldn’t turn down a box of truffles, a chocolate diamond engagement ring might make for a more memorable present.  This 1.67 Carat Natural Fancy Chocolate Brown Diamond Engagement Ring 14K White Gold from Liori Diamonds will be her favorite sweet treat of all.  Already married or not ready to pop the question?  Try a pair of chocolate diamond earrings!

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Women’s Fashion Advice – The Perfect Bikini For Your Body

Bathing suits are the one thing every fashionista seems to struggle with. Perhaps we’re too quick to jump on the newest trend rather than dressing for our own bodies… or maybe we simply don’t know what looks good on us.

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Here are our ultimate cheat sheet for looking great on the beach no matter what your body shape is.

 

If you’re small on top:
Accentuate your chest with added volume. Several bikinis on the market today feature feisty fringe and billowing ruffles. While either are the perfect style for your shape, if you really want to add a little extra va-va-voom grab a top with heavy padding. Victoria’s Secret offers bikini tops, which like their bras, will add an extra cup-size or two.Screen Shot 2014 05 29 at 4.43.59 PM womens fashion

If you’re pear shaped:
For women with larger hips it can sometimes be harder to find that right balance. Avoid bottoms with ties on the sides as they will just make your hips look bigger. Instead opt for bikini bottoms with wide sides.

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If you have a large chest:
Anyone with larger breasts knows you basically buy what will hold the girls up. One of the best looks for a larger chest is a halter top with a wide band. The band helps add support to keep your girls in place while looking sultry and stylish.

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If you have a boyish figure:
For ladies with straight bodies with little curves, a smaller bikini bottom with ties on the sides combined with a ruffled top is perfect for you. This style of suit will accentuate your body and leave you looking ready to take on the waves.

Now with the arsenal we gave you and the perfect swim suit in tow you’re ready to hit the beach!

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