Thursday, December 30, 2010

The article I wrote for League Lines!!!

Now that League Lines (the magazine published by the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties) is out I can share with you guys the article I wrote for it!

Fall/Winter Trends

There's no question that the recession has left an unforgettable mark on fashion. It's forced women to change their shopping habits and in turn forced designers and retailers to react. Whether you’re shopping discount stores, only investing in a few luxury pieces or buying less expensive brands all around your shopping habits have changed. Nevertheless as always the weather will change and ladies will be ready for a change of wardrobe. Temperatures may still be in the 90s here in the south, but Fall clothes have arrived. Seen on the runways this year was a touch of conservative glamour, urban/military wear, bold color combinations, a touch of the fifties and menswear. Pick a trend or two and start shopping!

Tipping the hat to Mad Men the styles of the Fifties are making a comeback., with hourglass silhouettes, curve-hugging dresses and below-the-knee pencil skirts. Faux Fur has also re-emerged on the scene for fall/winter. Lucky for us it’s cheaper and much more in vogue than real fur. Eccentric colors are all the rave with models wearing them head to toe on the runway. It looks like "matchy-matchy" is in style again. Also in style, Menswear-inspired suiting and outerwear are key looks and the best way to carry the minimalist trend forward. This is a great look for the office; think cropped trousers, tailored jackets and vests with button down shirts. If you’re feeling frisky and want to brighten the room at this years office party don’t forget your gold. Gold lame frocks are big this year with a touch of shimmer and decadence. I’ve heard when the economy falls so do the hemlines and that seems to ring true this season. Say so long to your micro-minis and sky-high heels. Designers have gone long for both day and night, turning out modest yet remarkable skirts that skim the upper shins or hit at the ankles. These new looks pair well with kitten heels and flat-soled boots. Still if you want to skip the minimalist approach you’ll have no problem finding a mix of sequins, shearling, cashmere, and denim, and have fun with layering them. You won't go cold this winter when wearing these different textures together in layers.

You’re also likely to see lots of great Eco-options in Fall Fashion including Fair trade made items, organic, vegan and ethically sourced materials. Many collections showcase the same trends above yet incorporate ethically sourced 100% pure wool; vegetable tanned leather and eco fabrics. Organic fashion tends to be priced a bit higher than regular fashion lines because the cost of organic, eco and raw materials are more expensive. However as consumers become more aware of the impact of certain industries on the environment, they want to make better choices. Again this season there are so many fantastic fashion trends to choose from whether you decide to purchase organic or not.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Stella and Dot Hostess Bonus Days

Hostess Bonus Days are almost here! Receive an additional $75 in free jewelry when you Host a Trunk Show between December 23rd– January 31st…that means the average Hostess gets $325 in free jewelry! To get you even more excited, here’s a SNEAK PEEK video of the amazing new Spring line. In love? Host a show and get the look you love for free! Click here:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas is almost here!

It's crazy to think that Christmas is next week! Have you got all of your shopping done? Mine is done and most of the presents are wrapped except for a few that were unwrapped today by a 2 year old. Ahh playdates. If you have any Clothes Hound items on your wish list be sure to shop our 25% off sale Friday-Tuesday and get free shipping! Just use code "christmas"at checkout.

Our first spring shipment will be arriving in January!!! I'm so excited for you all to see Gentle Fawn's spring 2011 line. Above Hilary Duff is wearing one of their fab dresses. Stay tuned for some other great pictures!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Looking for Clothes Hound Reps!

Clothes Hound is an online boutique that also does home trunk shows. It’s the modern home-based career that’s perfect for someone who only wants to work part time. We've put the power of ecommerce, social networking and personal service behind an irresistible boutique. It's the next big opportunity for you if you love to party and have a big circle of friends or connections. Think getting together with girlfriends, Lucky Magazine, Facebook and a glass of wine!

Unlike many other home businesses this doesn’t cost anything to get started. All you need to do is think about your circle of influence, reach out to those folks and see who would like to host a Clothes Hound trunk show. As the owner I’ll provide everything you need. You just attend the party with your hostess, you get 20% of everything you sell in cash the night of the party and your hostess gets 20% of your total sales in free clothing! It’s a fun and easy way to make money! For example you as a Clothes Hound rep call 5 of your friends and two promise to host a party. At Friend A’s party you sell $1000, so you get $200 and Friend A the hostess gets $200 in free clothing. At Friend B’s party you sell $1500 so you get $300 cash and Friend B gets $300 in free clothing, it’s that easy.

Trunk shows are always casual, always no pressure and always fun. As a Clothes Hound rep, you'll offer private trunk shows of our clothing. Just you and a group of girlfriends shopping with their inner circle of style, trying on the clothes and walking away with them the same night. Everything is cash and carry so there is no shipping or waiting for the clothes. Our company paid for Hostess Rewards and marketing tools help you book trunks shows well beyond friends and family.

Check out our website, and Facebook page and email me if interested!