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Monday

22

September 2014

7 Stylish Sweaters to Keep You Warm When the Temperature Drops

Sweater. Weather. The two words that could bring a smile to any true fashion lover’s face. Sweaters aren’t only soft, cozy, comfortable, on-trend, warm — sorry, we could go on and on, but we digress. Cashmere or wool, cardi or pullover… we’ll take one of each, please. We’ll just have to make a little space in our drawers. Anyone out there looking for some sweaters from last Fall’s shopping extravaganza? Probably the best thing about sweaters, though, is that LITERALLY anyone can wear them. Guys, girls, girls wearing guy’s — anyone. Now if only it were officially Autumn.

 

Side note: Damn you, pumpkin spice, for falsely declaring the beginning of Fall. Every. Year.

 

Completely Covered and Cozy

Sometimes, we need to cover our faces because of the wind, and sometimes, it’s because we rolled out of bed and didn’t have time for concealer (helloooo, dark circles). Unfortunately, it’s typically the latter. Before you start pulling your slouchy beanie all the way down to your chin, try an exaggerated turtleneck like this cape-facemask hybrid from w.port, one of Giftbar’s sweet new Georgia peaches. Wear it for the weather, though, and not to cover your stunning face. Cue the James Blunt!

Giftbar Atlanta | w.port

Giftbar Atlanta | w.port

 

Zip It

Athletic wear for non-athletic people is “what’s cool” this season… besides the weather, of course (ba dum bump). Seriously, all the cool kids are wearing sneakers with pleated skirts and tapered sweats with stilettos, just open a magazine or scroll through a fashion blogger’s Instagram. Giftbar’s Nashville merchant, e. Allen, has a chic update on the varsity jacket you used to borrow from your high school sweetheart in stock; and it’s not only fashion-forward, but it also fits this time around.

Giftbar Nashville | e. Allen

Giftbar Nashville | e. Allen

 

Borrowed From the Boys

Slouchy sweaters have never looked so… well… not frumpy. Sure lounging around with a cup of coffee and a magazine while wearing your guy’s sweater is totally sexy, but when paired with boyfriend jeans and slip-ons, the look can read dowdy. Purveyor of cool, Zooey, pairs this Cédric Charlier knit from Forty Five Ten with a metallic midi skirt for a look that’s anything but lazy. Take notes.

Giftbar Dallas | Forty Five Ten

Giftbar Dallas | Forty Five Ten

 

The PSL Equivalent

We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling… two things come to mind when we think “Fall”: sweaters and those quintessential lattes. Boston Giftbar-ian, Crush Boutique, feels it too, because this waffle-knit two-toned sweater needs to be in every girl’s closet. Just like that liquid gold needs to be in every girl’s hands. #PumpkinSpicedLife

Giftbar Boston | Crush Boutique

Giftbar Boston | Crush Boutique

 

No Pants Party

If you wear pants when you’re in the privacy of your own home, you’re either a crazy person or you love to not bend your knees. (Hey, skinny jeans, how you doin’?). Well, what if we told you there was a way you could take the No Pants Party to the streets? If your mind was just blown, you’re either a guy, or you’ve never owned a dress, because females have been pantsless for centuries. This oh-so-sleek-chic sweater dress from New York Giftbar love, Haute Hippie, is just about as close to perfect as a sweater dress can be. And paired with those caged heels? We die.

Giftbar New York | Haute Hippie

Giftbar New York | Haute Hippie

 

Before, During, and After Baby

News Flash: Pregnant women CAN be stylish! More importantly, maternity wear can be chic after baby, too. Fitted when you’re still bumpin’ and slouchy-chic when you’ve popped, these sporty-cool sweaters — see, it’s a thing — from maternity authority, Belly Dance, are begging to be paired with silky slouched pants and slip-on sneakers.

Giftbar New York | Belly Dance Maternity

Giftbar New York | Belly Dance Maternity

 

After Baby Only

Oh, yeah, and that new baby? She can rock sweaters this season, too. You can thank Luxaby for keeping Chicago fashionistas-in-the-making snuggleable.

Giftbar Chicago | Luxaby

Giftbar Chicago | Luxaby

 

Monday

15

September 2014

Step out in Style with These Fall Shoe Finds

Fall fashion is the best fashion. Can we get an amen? There’s no other season in which wearing a sweater that could double as a tent with a scarf that could double as a blanket is considered “on trend.” So, yes, of course Fall is any rational fashion junkie’s favorite season. So up and Autumn, ladies. Throw on those booties, bundle that scarf up to your ears, and top it off with a chapeau, because it’s time to stock your shoe closet again with this year’s must-have styles.

We can already hear the sound of leaves crunching beneath your newly bootie-d feet.

 

This one is a neutral.

Ignore the haters, because as anyone fluent in fashion knows, leopard print and nautical stripes are considered neutrals. While you may have already started folding away those striped tees (along with memories of weekends spent on the water… RIP summer), leopard print is “in” every season. Well, at least by our standards. These sexy Joie stilettos from Giftbar merchant, The Perfect Pair in Nashville, will surely put a bit of va-va-voom in your step. Sorry, did we say “a bit?” Because we meant a lot. So much va-va-voom-ness. Pair these heels with your favorite LBD and a blowout and watch the fellas drop dead like the leaves on the trees.

Joie | The Perfect Pair | Nashville

Joie | The Perfect Pair | Nashville

 

This one is a splurge.

What’s better than the smell of cinnamon apples, the taste of pumpkin spice, and sound of crunching leaves? The colors, of course. Trees aren’t the only ones decked out in deep reds and mustard yellow this season, because our closets are being taken over by the colors of Fall as well. The Mrs. Colin bootie from Giftbar’s Dallas darling, The Office of Angela Scott, is equal parts sophisticated and on-trend, and the scarlet red color puts an autumnal twist on the booties you’ve been wearing all year long. We’re totally obsessed, because if there’s one thing we can never get enough of, it’s boot scootin’ booties.

Mrs. Colin | The Office of Angela Scott | Dallas

Mrs. Colin | The Office of Angela Scott | Dallas

 

This one is for him.

What’s hotter than a guy that can pull off a suit? A guy that can pull off a suit AND casual wear. Acing your weekend wear is tougher than you think, fellas. (Trust us, we’re the ones who read fashion magazines). So what if we told you that you could wear sneakers without making us cringe? We love these hi-top sneakers from Giftbar’s Chicago merchant, Apartment Number 9, because while they’re casual and comfortable enough for him, they’re still stylish enough for her. These tennies definitely have our stomp of approval.

Maison Martin Margiela | Apartment Number 9 | Chicago

Maison Martin Margiela | Apartment Number 9 | Chicago

 

This one isn’t for the gym.

Hold up. We’re not talking your seventh grade gym class sneaks that are for some reason still hiding in the depths of your closet. Those ARE for the gym. Better yet, those are for the trash. We’re talking chic kicks that you could wear to brunch with a leather skirt and chunky knit, or for shopping and coffee with distressed denim, a tee, and a blazer to class it up. The Sam Edelman Dax sneakers from Lori’s in Chicago may look like trainers, but combine the gold color with the normcore trend, and you have yourself a pair of sneakers you won’t be embarrassed to wear with every item in your closet. Three cheers for THAT.

Sam Edelman | Lori's Shoes | Chicago

Sam Edelman | Lori’s Shoes | Chicago

 

This one is an Olsen triplet.

If Mary Kate and Ashley had a triplet, it would be these loafers. Paired with face-sized shades, wavy hair, and a Starbucks cup (in true Olsen fashion), these Tibi Denni Loafers can easily be transitioned from your morning coffee date to the office. They’re ultra-luxe and will add a sophisticated twist on the most basic of Fall ensembles. Think: boyfriend jeans, a cozy cardigan, and a wide-brimmed topper — all from Tibi, preferably. Layers paired with a sensible, yet stylish, shoe? We think the style icons would approve.

Denni Loafers | Tibi | New York

Denni Loafers | Tibi | New York

 

Monday

8

September 2014

5 Throws to Cozy Up With This Fall

At this point in the month, you’ve either booked a flight to NYC to sit front row at Fashion Week, or you haven’t… We haven’t either. But is it REALLY the worst thing since crop tops found their way back into our closets that we aren’t attending? Probably not, because now, we can tuck our pajama pants into our wooly socks, lie on the couch with a glass of wine, and drool over the latest collections from our iPads. No blowout or heels needed. (Now that’s what I call Fashion Week). These Giftbar home-ies know all about getting cozy this fall — from throw pillows, to throw blankets, to throwing yourself onto the couch. Now if only Starbucks could deliver those PSLs straight to our long-awaiting (and finally dark-polished) fingertips.

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Monday

1

September 2014

The 6 Best Jewelry Trends for Fall

Glitz and glamour are two things that are definitely “in” every single season. Whether you’re one to attend daily arm parties, rock more bling on your digits than a brass-knuckle fighter, or your ears are arguably made of precious metals, you’re the one all your girlfriends go to when their ensemble feels a bit bare. That’s right… we’re talking jewels, gems, bits, baubles, and everything in between. Giftbar merchants are trendsetting extraordinaires, so here are our tips for making sure your autumn outfits are as sparklingly Instagram-worthy as your weekend brunch.

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Monday

25

August 2014

5 Accessories to Keep You Cool in the Indian Summer

It’s hard to believe, but the sun is starting to set on Summer 2014. School is starting and vacations are ending, but the sweltering heat doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon (why, Mother Nature, why?). Fall fashion is right around the corner, and we’re already craving ankle booties, chunky knits, and so-soft scarves bundled up to our ears. But just the thought of wearing closed-toed shoes — let alone a sweater (it has that name for a reason) — makes us want to turn up the AC to full blast.

So as you lie next to a fan blowing full-speed, gulping ice water, and flipping through your new September issues, just remember, you can still look fabulous in the never-ending heat. Our Giftbar merchants have just the accessories to keep you looking hot and feeling cool (both temperature and street cred-wise).

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Monday

18

August 2014

Must-Have Items for Your Next Picnic

If you’re thinking checkered blankets, woven baskets, and bologna on white bread, you’ve obviously been stuck in the Mad Men era for a bit too long. Although we’re totally nostalgic for the glamour of the 60s, we definitely don’t miss the “typical” American picnic. It’s a whole new world out there, and outdoor soirees are all the rage. Think gourmet grub, a glass of your favorite red (or a brew for him), and, of course, a few toys for your trusty, four-legged companion. Picnics have been upscaled, so just in case you still have juice boxes and gingham on the brain, we’ve curated a list of picnic must-haves from a few Giftbar merchants, from drool-worthy bites to glam accessories. Our mission is to make “picnic” the new it-verb (we’re after you, brunch).

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Monday

11

August 2014

Beat the Heat with These Airy Summer Dresses

Street fests, patio soirees, and pedicured toes may seem like the quintessential signs of summer, but as we all know, the season has truly only started once the ladies reach into the depths of their closets and break out the breezy summer dresses. Whether you’re the type to opt for a flowy maxi, or you prefer to show off those freshly bronzed stems (you didn’t struggle through 6 weeks of boot camp for nothing!), we all have that go-to frock that never lets us down, no matter what the occasion.

There’s one problem, though. Every true fashionista has a distinct personal style that sets her apart from the crowd. From the girly girl who loves a bit of frill, to the trendsetter that’s always on the cutting edge, she doesn’t want to stray from the style that makes her, well, HER. Here are some of our picks from the tip-top merchants on Giftbar that will keep you feeling cool and looking hot, hot, hot. Caution: you will turn heads.

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Monday

4

August 2014

5 Ways to Relax… Even if You Don’t Have Room for a Hammock

Summers in Chicago are all about boating on the lake, destination vacas, and boozy brunches every Sunday with gals (ahem… actually this one happens all year long). The only downside? The constant stress of deadlines, endless meetings after meetings, and an ever-full email inbox doesn’t fade with the the cold weather. Let’s all let out a collective sigh, ladies.

There is an upside though… there are plenty of ways for you to get your relaxation on, whether after work or on the oh-so coveted weekends. These are some of our favorite spots to unwind, even if it’s just for a quick mid-day boost (or an entire day of self pampering). No judgments here.

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Wednesday

16

July 2014

Monday

7

July 2014

5 Toys That Won’t Leave Your Kids Bored

Unlike Miss Del Ray, we certainly do not have that summertime sadness (still love you, Lana). Summer is the season all about traveling, sunbathing, and most importantly, sipping fruity cocktails on the beach in our teeny bikinis. Well, at least that’s how we all envision it. The reality is, no matter how glam, fab, and instagram-worthy you picture your summer to be, there’s always the kiddo in the backseat whining, “are we there yet?” Sigh…they’re just so cute though!

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