Flattering Fall Fashion – What To Wear Now

Reposted from StyleFlattery @ Northshore Mall

This fall has an eclectic mix of shimmering metallics, imaginative furs, and floral brocades, not to mention pops of color, winter whites, mixed prints, fashion-fringe and leather-everything. This got me thinking: where in the world do I begin? There are so many gorgeous items for fall at the Northshore Mall, but it all seems a little overwhelming. This is where my “style is personal” mantra comes in! I absolutely refuse to wear something I don’t like or that does not flatter my shape, even if it’s trendy. Here are some trends that I love for fall, from day to play!

CLASSICS
I am a big fan of a “classic” look for day – office, errands, even shopping. For fall, I am loving this front-keyhole “little black dress” with just a hint of ruffle flair in the skirt from Ann Taylor, the sheer and lace “body” top from Bebe, and cheetah-print pumps from Banana Republic. All gorgeous and refreshing!

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FRINGE & LEATHER ACCENTS
I have seen a lot of leather for fall this year – skirts, dresses and pants. While I am not a fan of an all-over leather look, I do love hints of leather, as in the piping on this elegant shift dress from Banana Republic. I also love the edginess of fringe as the weather gets cooler. These booties from Nordstrom, and earrings from Forever XXI are the perfect accessories for day or night!

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METALLICS
Planning a night out with the girls, boyfriend or hubby? Evening is the best time to wear metallic – it shimmers and shines! I am loving this whole look from Bebe – so fun!

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What looks are you most attracted to this season? I would love to hear what trends you will choose as the New England weather cools down. Comment here or find me on Twitter. Looking forward to getting inspired by my readers!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

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5 Flattering Ways to Wear Leggings

Reposted from StyleFlattery @ Northshore Mall

It’s my favorite time of year…well, almost. I love the fall, and I’m very excited to take out my leggings and mix and match them with the perfect tops. First off, I need to start with an amazing pair of leggings. I just purchased the Instantly Slimming Leggings from White House | Black Market {$60}.

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The shapewear band at the tummy and inner panel down the leg’s outer seam make these leggings extremely flattering (they are worth the investment because I will wear them again and again). Now that I have my leggings, I’m ready to start pairing. I love the coziness and comfort of the fall: easy-to-wear tops and flats, but I also love dressing up with a leather jacket and a great pair of heels. Here are some ways I will be wearing my favorite new leggings this fall:

5 Flattering Ways to Wear Leggings

1. Tunic top {White House | Black Market} and knee boots:

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2. Bright sweater {Banana Republic} and flats:

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3. Layers and flats {Loft}:

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4. Leather Jacket and heels {Nordstrom}:

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5. Button down with French-cuffs with heels or flats {Macy’s}:

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Have fun adding pretty accessories like a statement necklace or belt! Enjoy getting ready for the cooler weather, North Shore!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Cape Ann Arts & Fashion

Reposted from StyleFlattery @ Northshore Mall

This week I had the absolute pleasure of getting a personal, guided tour of Cape Ann: specifically the different arts and fashion districts in downtown Gloucester and Rocky Neck. Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, owner of Cape Ann Designs: Seaglass Jewelry & Accessories, invited me to visit her arts paradise and was kind enough to show me around.

We started the tour by filling up at the delicious Seaport Grille at the Cruiseport. A gorgeous day to eat outside, we dined alfresco, and Jacqueline (Jackie) filled me in on the upcoming “Celebrate Wearable Arts” benefit on Sunday, September 29, 2013. This event will feature wearable art and fashion from local artists, and will include a fashion show, shopping experience and a chance to chat with the artists over “high-tea.”

After lunch, we went over to the Cape Ann Museum where I had an introduction to the Folly Cove Designers exhibit. The Folly Cove Designers were a group of 45 designer-craftsmen who worked together between 1938 and 1969 producing carefully wrought designs cut into linoleum blocks and printed (primarily) on fabric. The Folly Cove Designers was composed almost entirely of women, most being residents of Cape Ann and a majority having no artistic training prior to becoming involved in the group. The intricate patterns these women developed are incredible. The details were inspired by every-day-life and tell some hysterical stories from gossiping to losing weight!

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We then took a walk over to Pop Gallery where I had my first experience with IRO Design. Bold patterns and colorful images are the hallmark of their products. While I did not get to meet designer and owner, Peggy Russell, I got to experience her eclectic taste and eye-for-design first hand.

I also got to meet two wonderful artists and designers: Beth Williams of Beth Williams Contemporary Handmade Glass Beads and Jewelry, and Sigrid Olsen of Sigrid Olsen Art. Both of these women are inspirational, and make spectacular one-of-a-kind works of art. Beth was kind enough to show me some of her incredible glass jewelry, and we just happened to stumble upon Sigrid as she was creating some of her ceramics (a master at work!)

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{Necklace: Beth Williams}

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{Ceramics: Sigrid Olsen Art}

And, since this is a fashion blog afterall, I won’t hesitate to tell you that I wore the perfect outfit for touring the magnificent artsy shore-line. An easy-to-wear, non-fussy look was what I was going for. All of these items can be found at Northshore Mall, of course!

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{Blouse: New York & Company | Pants ~ similar: New York & Company | Shoes: DSW | Necklace: Macy’s}

Thank you to my wonderful guide, Jackie Ganim-DeFalco, and to all of the people I met on my journey through a wonderful arts district in Massachusetts. I highly recommend making it a part of your fall plans by partaking in the Cape Ann Open Studio Tour, October 12-14, 2013 or attending the Celebrate Wearable Arts” benefit on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Back At It – A Northshore Mall Event

Believe it or not, it is back-to-school time! For me, the best part about this time of year is always shopping for new clothes (whether I am going back to school or not, I’m definitely shopping for new fall fashion). A fun way to celebrate school getting back in session is to attend Northshore Mall’s “Back At It” event this Saturday, August 24th from 12-3 PM in the Nordstrom wing.

Featuring fashion shows with models from Paula Terenzi’s Dance Complex and Encore Dance Academy, a performance by Reverse OrderTeen Vogue‘s senior fashion market editor, Mary Kate Steinmiller will discuss the season’s hottest fashion trends, Text-To-Win prizes, a Walk-Off Contest, Sephora makeovers. and a very special Celebrity Meet & Greet from both Debby Ryan and The Summer Set for the first 300 people!

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The event is aimed at tweens and teens, and will be completely interactive. Attendees will receive a Teen Vogue and Simon Malls® Trend Guide, featuring fashion tips to achieve the trendiest looks of the season. Event attendees will also get to test their fashion IQ during the Simon Style Guide Quiz, and see ‘up close and personal’ the latest fashion trends for the back-to-school season from Northshore Mall stores: Tilly’sSephoraNordstromWet SealApricot LaneAeropostale and Gap.

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Get ready for the new school year at the “Back At It” event this Saturday, and while you are there be sure to take advantage of the special mall-wide discount offers and samples set up especially for this event. This will be an exciting afternoon filled with lots of fashion activities, and ways for the trend-savvy to stay cost-conscious while searching for the latest back-to-school styles.

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

I bet you didn’t know…

In a past life, I was a nail technician! A few years ago, I was toying with the idea of opening up my own nail spa, and decided to get my nail license. I worked for a lovely salon in Melrose for about a year and met many wonderful co-workers and clients. Although I don’t “do” nails anymore, I was asked to do a review of the Spring 2013 MiniLuxe nail polish collection, and I was happy to oblige!

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As a former nail tech, I look for four different qualities in a nail polish line: colors that clients are attracted to, ease-of-application, aesthetic when dry, and longevity/ease-of-removal. To make this easy, I will use a five-point rating scale to judge the last three qualities (five being great, and one being not great).

COLORS
The MiniLuxe Spring 2013 Collection has five different vibrant colors. I asked some of my girlfriends to be my manicure “guinea pigs,” and each of them was drawn to a different color. The most popular colors were Luxe Hingham (hot pink), Luxe Lolita (purple), and Luxe Lucky (teal). No one chose Luxe Corey or Luxe Jade. In general, this collection has some very attractive colors!

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EASE OF APPLICATION RATING: 5
These nail polishes were very easy to work with. They were a pleasure to apply. The brush was easy to control and the polish was not overly thin or thick; it had a good consistency.

AESTHETIC RATING: 3
I love the finished look of the MiniLuxe polishes when an OPI top coat was applied. Just beware that before applying a top coat, the MiniLuxe polish dries matte and doesn’t look very appealing. As soon as I applied the top coat, though, it turned out beautifully!

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LONGEVITY/EASE-OF-REMOVAL RATING: 4/5
My girlfriends and I were extremely pleased with the overall look of the polish, however two to three days after the manicures were done, the polish began to chip. This is fairly normal for all nail polishes I’ve used, so I can’t really fault the polish…we just loved the colors so much we didn’t want them to chip! The removal of the polish was easy; it came right off with regular, non-acetone polish remover.

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Overall, I loved these polishes and will continue using them on myself, and recommend them to friends. For more about MiniLuxe visit the website.

Happy manicuring!

Tara

Flatter Your Body – How to Find Your Perfect Dress

Reposted from StyleFlattery @ Northshore Mall

Hello dress-lovers,

I can’t think of a better topic to write about than picking the perfect dress for your body type. I wear a dress almost every day at this time of year, and I know I can’t be the only woman who does this! Here is a guide for choosing the most flattering style for you:

TALL

A flowy silhouette is especially gorgeous on a statuesque woman. Also, peplums work very well on leggy-ladies!

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{Cache at Northshore Mall}

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{Ann Taylor at Northshore Mall} 

PEAR

A styling secret for the pear shape is to wear a dress with a padded bra. This helps balance out bigger hips and thighs. Also, picking a dress with embellishments on the bodice, such as ruffles and florals, will help keep attention on a small torso.

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{Apricot Lane at Northshore Mall}

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{Guess at Northshore Mall}

BOXY

For the woman who does not have a lot of curves, rouching that gathers at the hip creates a more voluptuous look. Also, a halter top, natural-waist-dress with a pattern will create the illusion of curves.

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{Nordstrom at Northshore Mall}

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{Guess at Northshore Mall}

BUSTY

Support is key when it comes to the well-endowed ladies. Think thick straps and plenty of coverage (with less risk of spilling over).

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{Nordstrom at Northshore Mall}

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{Ann Taylor at Northshore Mall}

I hope you found this helpful! Wishing you much more dress-wearing-weather!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Shades of Grey

Reposted from StyleFlattery @ Northshore Mall

My, what gorgeous weather we are having! The heat wave broke last week and we are finally enjoying beautiful days and nights. This past weekend, Mr. Flattery and I took a trip to Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island.  This amazing little island offers something for everyone – and we did it all! From relaxing on the beach at Ballards Inn to riding mopeds along the coast, we certainly packed a lot into our one-day-trip.  One thing I find challenging when taking a day trip (especially one involving a ferry) is what to wear for the day. “The forecast says 80 degrees, but will it be cooler on the ocean? What if it rains? Will I need a hat?” When preparing for a day trip, these “grey areas” can certainly throw me for a loop. So, I decided to just go with it and pack a lot of grey!

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{Skirt & Top: Armani Exchange at Northshore Mall

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{Jacket, Skirt & Top: Armani Exchange at Northshore Mall

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{Jacket, Pants & Top: Armani Exchange at Northshore Mall} {Shoes: DSW}

Armani Exchange at Northshore Mall has so many gorgeous shades of grey this season! I absolutely love walking in there to see all of the feminine dresses and skirts. They also have fabulous customer service. Shout out to Pedro, the store manager at Armani Exchange, Northshore Mall. He was so wonderful to work with while choosing my outfits!

I also stopped by Apricot Lane at Northshore Mall before my journey to Block Island to pick up some fun accessories! Have you visited this adorable boutique yet? If you haven’t it is a MUST! The idea behind this store is “localized boutique shopping.” When I walked in, I no longer felt like I was in a mall at all. Fun dresses, shoes, and accessories fill the store. I can’t believe I hadn’t gone in before, but I sure will be going back. Apricot Lane had the perfect grey accessories for my day trip!

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{Hat: Apricot Lane at Northshore Mall}

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{Necklace: Apricot Lane at Northshore Mall. FUN FACT: this necklace is handmade and each different necklace is designed around a guitar pick}

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{Clutch: Apricot Lane at Northshore Mall. FUN FACT: this clutch is a 2-in-1, and has a beautiful reversible pattern on the inside}

It’s astounding how many cute things I can actually fit into one travel bag for the day; I just can’t help but be prepared for everything! I hope you too are enjoying this gorgeous weather in New England. Stay tuned for my next blog about the perfect dresses to flatter every body type!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara