Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Finding the Perfect Pair of Shorts

In Designers, Fashion, Trends on July 2, 2013 at 6:05 am

Let’s break out the shorts! While it would be amazing to just run to the mall and buy the first adorable pair of beach-ready shorts you see, it’s not always that easy. Shorts aren’t a “one style fits all” sort of thing. Different body types require different cuts, fabrics and patterns. So we’ve put together a quick shopping guide to help you hunt for that perfect pair of summer shorts!

Boyish Figure:


Lacking curves doesn’t mean you have to lack in style! Creating the appearance of curves can be easily accomplished with soft, flowy fabrics. These fabrics allow for looser cuts which drape your figure in all the right ways. Look for bold patterns and prints as well, which will add femininity and dimension to a straighter figure.

Petite Figure:

  Siwy Denim Maud High Waist Cut Off Shorty Shorts

It is essential for petite women to find the right fit. After all, the wrong fit can often overpower these smaller frames! High-waited shorts are the perfect way to instantly create proportion and balance. Be sure to look for shorter inseams as well, which create the appearance of longer legs.

Curvy Figure:


Summer is the perfect opportunity to show off those sexy curves in a great pair of shorts! Straight-line shorts that hit at mid-thigh complement your curves perfectly, without adding any unnecessary bulk. Keep an eye out for vertical stripes to balance your curves, and wide waistbands for the perfect amount of support.

Long and Lean Figure:

  MB 5.5" Inseam Denim...

For those women who want to show off their long legs, shorts are the perfect way to do it! Bermuda shorts that are fitted to the knee highlight this frame’s length and shapeliness. Hunt for shorts with longer inseams, which look the most flattering on long-legged figures!


City Blocks & Boutiques

In Fashion on July 15, 2011 at 9:44 am

The variety of stores in the Tampa Bay area makes fulfilling my love for shopping easier. One minute I could be having a shopping spree at International Mall and the next, I’m exploring the lovely boutiques owned by local fashionistas and designers. And let’s not forget the hours spent shopping online… there’s nothing like finishing the day with some fab finds before I go to sleep or at work “during my lunch break.” Hey… I know I’m not the only one…

Last week my friends and I went over the bridge to St. Petersburg (which is where I grew up) for lunch and boutique shopping downtown. Ever since I attended the 600 Block Party event a couple of months ago, I’ve wanted to have a girl’s getaway, shopping day there.

Misred Outfitters was top on my list! Their vintage clothes have a way of being extra trendy – love their stuff! I bought a postcard romper, white embroidered blouse and a yellow long sleeve blouse.

Ever since I first saw this postcard romper on Misred’s Facebook page, I knew it had to be mine! Next on our list was All Sewn Up boutique. I heard that they re-did their store so I had to see what all the buzz was about. The boutique has a artsy feel with sounds of the sewing machine coming from the back and an awesome arrangement of merchandise.

Shopping the 600 block boutiques is making me so ready for this year’s Tampa Bay Fashion Week, which is all about celebrating the area’s fashionable artistry. The Bay area certainly has a great variety of stores for fashionistas to indulge in. Whether original pieces or vintage finds are on your shopping list, I suggest you and your girls head over to the 600 block boutiques in downtown St. Petersburg.

How to Save on Back to School Shopping

In Events, Fashion, Trends on August 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm

It’s that time of the year again for pencils, books and fresh new gear for the new school year. However, back to school shopping can really take a toll on your budget. So I have came up with some smart savings strategies that have worked for me.

Start by taking inventory of what you already own. As I went through my closet, I couldn’t believe what I discovered. I found clothes I have only worn once, clothes that needed to be thrown out years ago -because they were from high school- and clothes that still had the tags on them. I thought to myself all those times I said I had to go shopping because I have nothing to wear and I had clothes still with the tags on them, ugh! After sorting through your closet and bagging up those tired old clothes from many seasons ago, take a trip to your local consignment shops.

Plato’s Closet, a local consignment shop takes gently worn clothing for exchange of cash. Not only will you receive some extra money for your back to school shopping fund, but they have great low prices on well known brands such as Ed Hardy and Bubblegum, that have been worn either a few times or known at all.

Along with consignment shopping, consider swapping clothes with your friends. Ever find yourself falling in love with your best friend’s leather jacket and repeatedly asking to borrow it? Do a clothes swap, I’m sure she fell in love with something you own as well.

Although if alternative shopping options such as Plato’s closet or fashion exchange with your girlfriends just isn’t for you or not enough to complete your first semester fall collection, then hit the mall. Department stores like Macy’s and JCPenney’s are holding great sales for consumers who missed the no-tax weekend. Although you still have to pay the tax, Macy’s is offering $10 off when you spend $50 and up to $50 off when you spend $200. You are actually saving more with a sale like this then a ‘no-tax’ promotion. Also, Payless BOGO sale (Buy One, Get One ) is 50% off everything in stock.

So the sales are out there fashionistas but they won’t last forever. Most sales end this weekend so don’t miss out on the back to school shopping savings for your new back to school gear!

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