Fashionable holiday gifts for under $50

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Some folks buy all their holiday gifts and wrap them by Thanksgiving weekend. Others wait until the spirit moves them to tackle Santa’s wish lists. Since I fall into the latter category, I appreciate reading other blogs that feature holiday gift ideas. I count on bloggers to give me great ideas and inspire me to shop. So, maybe something on my list of five fabulous items under $50 will end up under your tree this year:

Studded long leather glovesBrian Atwood, famous for his shoe designs, created these studded gloves for the limited edition Target-Neiman Marcus collection for $49.99. Styling women attracted to glamour with a modern edge will love these gloves;

Women’s leather strap bracelet: The Talley bracelet, decorated with crystal accents, gold studs, and gold links comes in four fun colors, and sells for $38. The Kate Carlyle Gift Boutique in Greenville, South Carolina also carries this item at a slightly higher price;

Men’s knit horizontal striped tie: Cool and casual, this retro thin tie from the Gap sells for $29.95. Choose from either grey and white or burgundy and blue horizontal stripes;

Sugar Bath lychee scented body lotion: Available at Sephora for $22.50, this ultra-moisturizing lotion is the antidote for dry skin;

Back up battery for iPhone.  Every iPhone addict will love this stocking stuffer. J Crew dressed the tiny device in polka dots for women and stripes for men.  $39.50 buys such peace of mind.

Brian Atwood

Shoe designer Brian Atwood, a designer for the limited edition Target-Neiman Marcus collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couple taking a little break from holiday shopping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenville’s Summer Style

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Between weddings and theatre performances, downtown Greenville buzzed with energy last night. With my lawn chair and bottled water in hand, I headed to the TD Bank Amphitheatre in Falls Park to watch “Much Ado About Nothing”. I arrived early to soak in the sights and engage in a little style research. As a personal wardrobe stylist, I think of the world as a runway, not a stage. Last night I had shorts on my mind, partly because I saw so many of them. There were cargos, bermudas, daisy dukes, and assorted gym shorts. To my surprise I didn’t see many rompers (exactly three), which are one piece short outfits. They come in a variety of styles and lengths. I like rompers for the same reason I like dresses and jumpsuits. They provide an instant outfit and present a pulled together image. They also remind me of something from a 1940’s pin up poster.  

Last night’s fashion award goes to one of my fellow theatre goers who wore a black zipper front, drawstring romper. She accessorized with a turquoise chunky necklace, cuff bracelet and a pair of Jackie O style sunglasses. Besides looking adorable, she smiled, ate heartily, and looked like she was having a grand time.

You can find rompers in most stores this summer. Bluefly.com also has a decent selection of very stylish ones by BCBG. I particularly like the pale peach and blue print one shoulder number with a draped bodice featured below for $105. 

Will I shop for rompers for my clients next summer? Only the style gods know if they have fashion staying power. The character of Conrade in “Much Ado…” had this to say about the frivolousness of fashion. “I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man”. Alas, how we quickly purge those outdated styles from our closets long before they show signs of wear!

 

woman wearing black romper style outfit

“Much Ado About Rompers”

 

  

peach and blue floral short romper by BCBG

“Floral Print BCBGeneration Romper on bluefly.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Countdown to Valentine’s Day in Greenville

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Cupid has been putting himself through the paces at target practice in recent days so that he will be ready to work his magic on us. The crowds at Haywood Mall today suggest that Greenvillians were on a quest to find both clothing for themselves and gifts for loved ones. If you need some last minute fashion and gift suggestions, check out my latest article on Examiner.com.   I listed some terrific items about town that will certainly sweeten Tuesday’s celebration. My favorite is the “Wake Me Up Sugar Scrub” from Melinda’s Marvels, a blend of sugar coffee grounds and five different oils. You must see the photos of Melinda’s scrumptous chocolate covered oreos and cake pops.

Polka dots are the perfect pic for Valentine's Day

 

Gift ideas for the holidays and beyond

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

If you are in panic mode because you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, then relax. Greenville is home to a  host of independent retailers that sell high quality and unique items. As the Greenville fashion trends writer for the Examiner.com, I recently wrote an article highlighting exciting local retail options. You can read more at: http://www.examiner.com/fashion-trends-in-greenville/inspiring-holiday-gift-ideas-for-greenville-shoppers. One of the companies that I referenced is Sevier skirts.  They custom make skirts for all ages, sizes, including toddlers, tweens and moms to be.  If you are a skirt lover as I am, then you will fall in love with  Sevier skirts and the over 200 fabrics that customers can choose from.  Read my article for more fabulous gift ideas.

 

Holobi DRESbook revolutionizes wardrobe styling

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

If you’ve read my blog postings and followed me on Facebook and Twitter, you already know that I own an image consulting and wardrobe styling business called Style Matters. My primary location is Greenville, South Carolina, but my business also serves Washington, DC. You may not know that I am an independent stylist consultant and regional director for a company called Holobi. This company,  composed of personal stylists from across the country, is dedicated to changing people’s lives by enhancing their image. Holobi comes from these two Greek root words, “holo” meaning complete and “bi”meaning life. The name Holobi means complete life. Holobi’s wholistic approach to style initially attracted me to them. Holobi believes that in order to live a complete life, one must strive for personal excellence in every area, including image. Holobi’s certified stylists help individuals discover their optimal image, one that projects authenticity, personal power and confidence. In my opinion, Holobi provides superior styling tools and resources for every fashion style and body type. The fact that Holobi moves beyond style and addresses body image and personal empowerment makes me especially proud to be affiliated with this visionary company.
Holobi has just launched a personalized and private online wardrobe styling service. Now individuals can receive expert personalized style advice and wardrobe recommendations by merely clicking a mouse. This revolutionary service opens up new horizons for me as well.  The DRESbook provides me the incredible opportunity to work with women around the globe. My adrenaline surges  just thinking about this amazing prospect.     
Here is a personal message and more details about the DRESbook from the founder and owner of Holobi. Greetings,

Do you stare at the clothes in your closet each morning and can’t seem to find anything to wear? Are you constantly buying clothes that don’t match your fashion style or flatter your figure? Holobi has the answer to your prayers.  My company developed a new online solution to make it easy to quickly find the clothes that make you look your best.  I am very excited about the launch of my new Holobi DRESbook. This is the first online personal styling shopping service where certified DRES stylists make clothing selections based on an individual’s body shape, best colors and style.  The service is personalized, private and now available  for only $16.50 per month! DRESbook Members get to:
 • Create personalized preferences
• Receive personalized style selections
• Save their favorite selections
• Develop a shopping list
• Log outfit photos for easy reference
• Have access to online consulting
To feel confident and look brilliant, start your free trial now. https://www.holobi.com/dresbook/how-it-works.html. Your brilliant image is just a click away. 

Warmest Regards,
Margaret SpencerHolobi, LLC Founder & CEO
Creator of the DRES System
Find what fits at  http://holobi.com

Start your free trial now. https://www.holobi.com/dresbook/how-it-works.html 
Your brilliant image is only a click away.