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New and Now: Top Picks

New and Now: Top Picks

What’s your favorite season? While many people will immediately chime in with a chorus of “spring” and “summer,” I will always answer fall. The changing leaves, the crisp air, the fresh apples, the amazing fashion. I’m a comfort girl at heart, and there’s something about wrapping yourself up in layers of soft fabrics that warms me all the way to my soul.

This season, there are several trends that are making my favorite season even more special. Let’s take a look at the top 10 “new and now” looks of fall/winter 2014.

1. Tunics and Leggings

This season, it’s all about proportion. And there’s no better play on opposites attract that a flowy tunic and curve-hugging leggings. This season’s tunics celebrate print and color, with everything from Aztec details to chevron, florals and animal prints. Leggings represent a spectrum of colors from bold burgundy to neutral black, and take on a new, edgy vibe with leather insets. Layer the look with a fun cropped jacket, fur vest or duster, and make it pop with layers of chains or one show-stopping statement necklace. Don’t miss my go-to weekend look, featuring my favorite leather leggings, in this recent Weekend Wear blog post.

My Pick: Hue menswear-inspired print leggings paired with a sophisticated-meets-sexy sheer bottom tunic from DKNYC.

 

2. The Jogger

Punctuate your street style with the cool-girl look of the season: the jogger. You can mix-and-match this new staple with other athletic pieces, or make them date-night ready with a blazer, silky tank and strappy heels. This season’s joggers are giving more style for the mile, with funky insets and details. Pair them with a quilted vest or relaxed tee for a stylish gym commute. Check out how I translated the trend in my Sporty Chic blog post.

My Pick: The moto-inspired details on these KIIND Of joggers elevate the look to femme fatale sexy.

 

3. The Jumpsuit

I love a great dress, but when you want to change up your night-out look, try an uber-chic jumpsuit. The jumpsuit momentum continues to grow, as this must-have was shown on the runways for the spring/summer 2015 collections. Look for new fabrications like lace and plenty of patterns — as well as extra special details like zippers and ankle ties. Top off the look with a glam fur vest or cropped jacket, pumps and the must-have jewelry piece of the season: The statement necklace.

My Pick: The ooh-la-lovely lace jumpsuit by Jessica Simpson is both work and date-night appropriate with a simple change of accessories.

 

4. The Duster

We’re all looking for versatile wardrobe pieces that can be translated in a variety of fashionable ways. The duster is equal parts long cardigan sweater and coat, and can be layered to perfection with the help of a shrunken leather jacket, fur vest or cropped blazer. Pair it with anything from a dress or skirt to leggings or skinny denim. The duster is fresh in Aztec prints, bold pops of color, details like zips and fringe, and flaunting menswear influences like houndstooth and plaid. I love stripes, and I recently wrote about my favorite striped duster in this Weekend Wear blog post.

My Pick: Neutral grays, black and white are given new life thanks to the fun and flirty stripes on this Olivia Sky duster.

 

5. Unexpected Details

It’s been said that it’s all in the details — and when it comes to fall 2014 trends, truer words have never been spoken. From boho chic fringe to buckles, zippers, leather insets, sparkly jewels, metallics and layers upon layers of jewelry, fashionistas will be especially detail oriented this season. Dress up a simple look with bold jewelry or a statement handbag or boot, or look for clothing with unexpected extras like cuff or neckline adornments that give it that extra “oomph” of style. I’m a big fan of the unexpected detail on the Jessica Simpson Lulu Tote, featured in my Sporty Chic blog post.

My Pick: Shine on, fashionistas, in this chic sequin tank from KIIND Of. Ready to try something new? Sequins for day, paired with sophisticated pieces, is a new and now statement.

 

6. Sporty Chic

Yes, you can get active, and look fabulous too! Today, wardrobe versatility is key. One outfit often has to look great from the gym to the grocery store to picking up the kids from school or walking the dog. And this season’s sporty chic offerings, from leggings to quilted vests and joggers, are flawlessly versatile. Pair sporty chic pieces with ladylike pumps or lace-up booties to translate the trend for work and play. And don’t forget the aviators! Check out how I wear this Sporty Chic look with a street style edge in a recent blog post.

My Pick: This Calvin Klein Performance asymmetrical down jacket radiates a hip vibe but is beyond practical for your everyday needs.

 

7. Boho Chic

For fall 2014, it’s all about letting it flow. Boho vibes are popping up everywhere this season from silky fringed kimonos in paisley and florals to fur vests and more. Look for staples like peasant blouses, maxi skirts, dusters, distressed denim and gold bangles — stacked high up your wrist as arm candy, of course. Mix and match with cowboy boots or booties, layers of necklaces, a floppy hat and a does-it-all crossbody bag for your own bohemian rhapsody. For an example of date night boho chic, check out my recent Date Night chic blog post.

My Pick: Of course a brand called Hippie Laundry would have an uber-boho chic kimono for fall, in a posh jacquard finish. Pair it with skinny pants and a tunic for a day or night statement.

 

8. The Skirt

It’s the return of the classics this season, with pointy-toe pumps, statement necklaces, intricate details and, of course, the skirt. Whether you covet the classic pencil, mid-calf, maxi, the oh-so flattering fit-and-flare, or even a chiffon overlay, there’s a posh skirt for every body and every personal style. Go boho in Aztec, glam in metallic, funky in polka dots or classic in plaid. Then, layer it up with opaque tights or leggings, a cozy sweater, a mixed-materials cropped jacket and tall boots or booties for maximum skirt appeal. I love a great skirt for work; see how I translated this trend for office on my Wear to Work blog.

My Pick: I love to mix genres, like this fitted, feminine Michael Kors pencil skirt that boasts a menswear-inspired houndstooth print.

 

9. The Boot

This season’s boots were made for walking — and stopping traffic. From decadent lace-up booties to cowboy, ankle-covered, cut-outs, peep-toes, buckles and suede, fashionistas are putting their best foot forward in trendy boots. Stacked, flat and skinny heel varieties are all popping up for fall, with both round and pointy toe styles prevalent. Paired with a knee-grazing dress, maxi skirt, distressed denim, leggings or opaque tights, boots are back, and better than ever. Check out my favorite boot of the season, featured in my Weekend Wear blog post.

My Pick: I am a huge fan of Coach boots because of their comfort and durability, and these unique booties are no exception. The buckle detail gives a rocker edge to the otherwise sophisticated silhouette.

 

10. The Statement Necklace

It’s never been easier to make a fashionable entrance than with this season’s jewelry must-have: The statement necklace. Bold baubles abound this fall, with pearls, sparkling jewels, worldly beads, chains, a mix-and-match of silver and gold and colors galore. For an even newer take on the trend, layer a statement necklace with chains or a pendant (like I wore this trend in a recent Weekend Wear blog post).

My Pick: I was immediately drawn to this opulent, art deco-inspired statement necklace for its intricate design and neutral color palette. For a fresh take, layer on chains and pendants for a look that’s all your own.

 

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The fall is a great time of year to add some fun trend pieces to your existing wardrobe. And with a plethora of new and now fashions to try, there’s bound to be a fall trend that is perfect for you. Whatever you wear, wear it well!

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New and Now: Wear to Work

wear_to_work_01BCBGeneration Sweater | Karen Kane Skirt | Vince Camuto Booties | Calvin Klein Handbag available in stores. (Here’s a similar Calvin Klein bag)| Erica Lyons Necklace | Michael Kors Sunglasses

“I’m just going to work” is no longer an excuse for hibernating your sense of style Monday through Friday. With chic brands like Calvin Klein, DKNYC, Anne Klein, Michael Kors and more paying close attention to the needs of the fashionable working woman, it’s actually the perfect time to express your personal style. But whether you are rocking a $400 Coach bag or a $20 Yellow Dot steal, the success of your look always depends on one major factor: Confidence. Continue reading →

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Dog Halloween Costumes

Dog Halloween CostumesBrown Cowboy Dog Hat & Dog Scarf | Chick Magnet Pet Costume | Ghostbusters Dog Costume

Halloween is right around the corner, and we have just what you need to make it extra special for you and your favorite furry pal! We found the most lovable dog, Levi, to show off some of our most favorite pet costumes we have featured on the site. Levi is a 7 year old Husky/German Shepherd Mix, and loves chasing squirrels and going on walks with his owner, Derek from our eCommerce team. He is the happiest dog we know and we couldn’t get enough of him in all of his fun costumes! Take a look, and see which ones you like the best. Make sure to check out all of the costumes we have for your pet and for yourself in our Halloween Shop! Continue reading →

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New and Now: Sporty Chic

Jordan breaks down the oh-so fashionable, yet cozy-as-can-be fall trend – sporty chic.

Vince Camuto Jacket available in stores only. (Here’s a similar style by Karen Kane) | Michael Kors Tee | Jack Joggers | Michael Kors Booties | Jessica Simpson Handbag | Vince Camuto Cuff

I’ll admit it: I’m not what you would consider an “athletic” girl. I never made varsity teams in high school, and was laughed off a co-ed bar volleyball league in my adult years. I routinely trip when I jog, and lose my balance during lunges. It’s safe to say, I never thought I would ever champion a trend called “sporty chic.”

But one of this season’s hottest trends has made me a believer. Who knew a re-invented jogger, statement T-shirts, moto-inspired accents and mesh details would make their way into my everyday wardrobe? In case you were afraid to try the trend, take it from me that it’s not only fabulous but comfortable and easy.

Joggers are beyond comfortable, and when tailored to properly fit a woman’s curves, like this season’s offerings, they are also incredibly flattering. Plus, pairing them with a statement tee or a blousy tank gives the sporty influence a feminine touch. The addition of a shrunken leather jacket, duster or chunky sweater adds just the right amount of fashionable flair.

Whether you were a star cheerleader, sports hero or bench warmer, the sporty chic trend is a style slam dunk this fall. Now, don’t forget your favorite strappy sandals, sophisticated pumps or edgy booties to truly score with this sporty look!

*Makeup Courtesy of Bobbi Brown.

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New and Now: Weekend Style

New and Now: Weekend Style

BB Dakota Cardigan (Available in stores only. Here’s a similar style online by BB Dakota) | Hue Leggings | Living Doll Tunic | Calvin Klein Booties | Steve Madden hat (Available in stores only. Here’s a similar style BCBGeneration™ Varsity Hat | Vince Camuto Necklace | Olivia & Joy Clutch

I have three “musts” when it comes to weekend style.

It must be versatile.

It must be comfortable.

And it must look fantastic.

A tall order, right? Well, yes and no. While it’s safe to say versatility, comfort and fashion are the fabulous wardrobe trifecta, it does take a little know-how to realize this goal. Continue reading →

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Ask Florida: Makeup Remover 101

Hi Florida – A friend told me once that every night you don’t remove your makeup you age several days. Is that true??? Just curious :) – Amanda

FloridaDear Amanda,

Your friend is a keeper! Finding the right makeup remover and using it daily is a great way to put your best face forward.

Studies show that biologically your skin ages if you don’t remove makeup before going to bed. One or two nights will not result in long-lasting damage, however sleeping in makeup overtime for several weeks will clog the pores leading to acne.

Everyday we spend quality time perfecting the makeup look we want by adding layers of beauty products and lengthening eyelashes. It’s just as important to spend quality time removing the oily reside and dirt at the end of the day.

Our skin is exposed to makeup, environmental pollutants in the air, sunrays and smog. If skin is not cleansed on a daily basis our pores create a barrier locking in irritants and causing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a chemical reaction at a cellular level that leads to wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin.

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New and Now: Date Night

NEWandNOW_datenight2BCBGeneration Dress | Steve Madden Vest (available in stores – here’s a similar Calvin Klein Faux Fur Vest) | Hue Leggings | Coach Handbag | Michael Kors Boots | Vince Camuto Earrings

Ah, date night. There’s nothing quite like finally connecting with your significant other (or your girls!) and enjoying a great meal, glass of wine, movie or concert. And if there’s a time to debut a few of your favorite fall wardrobe pieces, this is definitely it.

In the fall and winter I tend to live in pants. Leggings, a jumpsuit, my favorite blue jeans, joggers — you name it. But when date night comes around, I love to elevate my style — and that often calls for a dress or skirt. Given the fact that I’m always cold, bare legs call for a lot of layering. Think fur vests, cozy wraps and oversized scarves. It’s all about the unexpected details.

Tights also become my best friend on these nights — especially opaque varieties that ward off the fall chill and still look amazing. This season, I’m loving Hue’s tight selection. The printed plum tights I wore for this blog post are a true statement, and I’ve also added a few more fun fall colors and patterns to my wardrobe, like olive green and herringbone.

Although you’ll usually find me with an oversize clutch or satchel, date night calls for a cute little clutch or a convenient cross-body bag. Do you really need more than your phone, lipstick and a credit card?

This season, I challenge you to think outside of the box for your date night look. Try a new pattern, like I did with this boho chic.

*Makeup Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

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Halloween Décor Tricks and Treats

With more candy than I know what to do with, spooky stories, pumpkin everything and a reason to get dressed up, it’s no wonder that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

The big day almost here and I’m still planning my costume (still have to think of something to beat my company costume contest-winning owl getup from last year!) but I’ve got the décor all figured out. For Halloween decorations, it’s all about creating the perfect balance between spooky and silly. I think this roundup of tricks and treats does just that. Check it out!

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Judy: Breast Cancer Awareness

Judy: Breast Cancer Awareness

“Live life to the fullest & be your own health advocate.” -Judy

Welcome back to 9-5 Chic! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are honored to introduce you to our next featured employee – Judy, Director of Corporate Safety. Judy is a Breast Cancer Survivor, but she is also so much more; a wife, a mother, and a friend! We loved every second we were able to spend with her, and hearing how she is living life to the fullest.

Judy doesn’t skip a beat in her many roles within the company. Being here for 30 years, she has become a point person for any safety-related question, concern or implementation. She interacts with almost all departments company wide, and loves that her job varies day to day, and constantly brings different challenges to solve.

When Judy isn’t saving the day at work, you can find her spending time with her husband, Louis, and two sons Benjamin & Seth. She glows when talking about them, and their many adventures they take together. They travel as a family, make sure to laugh as a family, and cheer on the Chicago Cubs as a family. Continue reading →

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The Wonderful World of Rollerballs

There’s no excuse to feel stale midday. Boost your mood with a fresh splash of fragrance any time you want to add a little amazing. Rollerballs are the perfect pick-me-up every girl needs. As sleek as your favorite lip gloss, these innovative little cylinders contain bright, fresh fragrances. Simply glide the rollerball tip across your skin and you’ll feel fresh as a flower instantly.

Easy, light, convenient rollerballs are perfect for travel, sampling new fragrances or tucking away in your purse, pocket or clutch.

The Wonderful World of Rollerballs Continue reading →

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