<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Shopping, Sales, Deals, Designers, and Stores]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/the-scene/shopping http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:49:59 -0500 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:49:59 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Duality Nail Pak]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:27:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/256*120/duality-nail-pak.jpg

Leave it to a brilliant business entrepreneur mother of six daughters to come up with an ingenious “manicure system” for busy nail polish-loving women everywhere!

The duality Nail Paks come with long-lasting, chip-resistant, salon-strength polish in a bottle that looks like most others but on the twist-off bottom of the packaging is a built-in compartment featuring a nail file and pre-soaked non-acetone nail polish remover pads.

All the colors are on trend and vibrant, and the shimmery holiday collection is a perfect last-minute stocking stuffer--yu will definitely want more than a few of these brilliantly designed beauty treats, so go now to the website.

<![CDATA[Starbucks Debuts $450 Gift Cards]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:20:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/89841329-starbucks.jpg

If you can’t go a single morning without a cup of Starbucks brew, you are in for a treat.

According to USA Today, Starbucks will offer customers the opportunity to purchase new, limited edition, metal gift card loaded with $400.

The specially-etched Starbucks Metal Cards are made out of steel, not plastic, and cost $50 each to make, which explains the $450 price tag.

USA Today reports the card also comes with gold-level benefits such as gifts and free refills on brewed coffee and tea.

Starbucks will only make 5,000 of the metal cards.

These cards will not be available in stores, only on Gilt.com, starting Thursday, Dec. 8.

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<![CDATA[14 Potentially Dangerous Toys Named in "Trouble in Toyland" Report]]> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 07:05:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/toys112112.jpg The annual "Trouble in Toyland" is out from U.S. PIRG. This year, the group named about a dozen toys that it says could be dangerous to children.

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<![CDATA[Black Friday: Good for Buzz, Not for Predicting Sales]]> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:39:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/93446410_10.jpg

There is perhaps no more glaring exhibition of American consumerism than Black Friday: shoppers spending their long Thanksgiving weekends camped outside big-box stores for the chance to fight through crowds for the latest gadgets and toys.

Retailers invest a lot of hope in that day, because it can be used to build momentum for the six-week holiday shopping season, their most profitable time of year.

But Black Friday isn’t the economic bellwether that it used to be. The thrifty financial landscape, and the growth of online shopping, have arguably diminished the event’s impact, even as it grows in popularity, with more stores opening on Thanksgiving or offering sales weeks earlier.

“Everyone’s going to hype it, and there are a lot of deals out there, and some people make it an experience in itself, but I don’t think it’s as much of a leading indicator of the holiday season,” said Dennis Jacobe, chief economist for Gallup, the research and polling firm.

The biggest reason, Jacobe said, is that while the recession has abated, consumer caution has not. His studies show that that more Americans say they’re confident in the economy, but they aren’t as willing to exercise that faith by opening their wallets. That includes upper-income shoppers, who may be growing anxious about the looming fiscal cliff’s impact on their taxes. The lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy could be a factor as well.

Many researchers have reported modest spending in the weeks leading up to Black Friday.

In other words, the crowds that turn out for door-buster deals this weekend can’t necessarily be expected to remain enthusiastic.

From an economic researcher’s perspective, Black Friday is more sport than science. Analysts say that sales figures during this brief period are less a function of the broader fiscal climate than of the effort retailers go to in drawing people to their stores.

Because that effort grows every year, Black Friday—and the rest of the weekend—typically performs well, said Allen Sinai, chief economist and strategist at Decision Economics Inc. The zeal usually fades a bit, then picks up again in the days right before Christmas.

Sinai also recalled a couple occasions when a Black Friday turned out to be “a dud,” but sales rallied later in the holiday season.

That record, he said, was why he didn’t “place a lot of stock” in Black Friday as an accurate gauge of holiday-season shopping.

Tell an economist you're trying to get accurate data on Black Friday sales, and the response will often be “good luck.” Many organizations—retail trade groups, market researchers, polling firms—try it, but methods, and margins of error, vary. U.S. Commerce Department statisticians don’t break down economic data that narrowly.

Barry Ritholtz, director of equity research at Fusion IQ, takes to his popular blog every year to bemoan the “wildly optimistic” surveys that the media quotes at the end of Black Friday weekend.

Without fail, he says, the reports exaggerate consumer enthusiasm. He pointed to last year’s National Retail Foundation’s claim that sales had spiked by 16 percent – which, if true, would have been a record-breaking sum. There was no apparent attempt to check the data later on, but economists generally agree that consumer spending increased by less than 6 percent over the entire 2011 holiday season.

The NRF has predicted a slight decrease in the number of Black Friday shoppers this year.

“You should be reluctant to draw too big a conclusion from one day,” Ritholtz said. “As we’ve seen, it never lives up to the hype. In fact, part of the reason there’s so much hype and false signals is there are so many people trying to get a read into that one day, far more than what you should typically be willing to see in one day. This is an economy, not an event.”

His prediction, shared by many other researchers, is that no matter how frenetic Black Friday turns out to be, holiday season spending will enjoy a modest uptick this year. Bain & Co., for example, predicted a 3.5 percent increase in spending, compared to a 3.7 percent increase in 2011 and 3.8 percent the year before. Gallup has predicted a "good, though not great" performance.

The biggest variable, many say, is the fiscal cliff, the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and automatic spending reductions that will go into effect Dec. 31 unless President Barack Obama can reach some kind of deal with Congress. If there is no solution before Christmas, consumers may get nervous, and hold back on holiday spending, some economists say.

Lawmakers are expected to get back to work on the issue after Thanksgiving weekend.

“Uncertainty is even greater than usual at this point,” said Scott Hoyt, senior director of consumer economics for Moody’s Analytics. “Whatever sales are like this weekend, it doesn’t really help to address that uncertainty."

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<![CDATA[Black Friday Guide: How to Get the Best Deals]]> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:47:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/black+friday+target.jpg

Black Friday — it's the mother of all shopping days. A day when millions of people wielding billions of dollars scratch and claw for the biggest bargains. So what's the best plan of attack?

"My advice is to skip it entirely," says Jody Rohlena, senior editor at Shop Smart magazine.

Black Friday has been such a staggering marketing success that it's spawned Black Thursday, Cyber Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday… the list goes on. The upside, as Rohlena sees it, is there's no need to focus all your energy, time and money on one day.

"We're gonna see really good markdowns all the way up to the Holidays, and guess what — when retailers have inventory that they're trying to unload, they're going to keep setting up new sales, so there can be advantages waiting," says Rohlena.

But whether you brave the crowds of Black Friday or not, you still need to be prepared. Even if you're a dedicated brick-and-mortar shopper, the Internet is your best starting point. There's a host of websites — BFAds.net, BlackFriday.com and SlickDeals.net — dedicated to tracking the best deals out there, as well as store hours.

"Take a look at those ads beforehand and really find out if they're great deals or not," advises Rohlena. "You can do quick searches at PriceGrabber.com, for example. Don’t assume because it's in a Black Friday circular that it's a great deal."

To help assuage your fears of overpaying, Rohlena says the big news this holiday season is in the realm of price matching. At a lot of stores, if you buy something and then find it cheaper someplace else, they'll refund you the difference.

If big box stores and national chains aren't your thing, Rohlena is a big fan of Small Business Saturday.

"People may think that prices are higher in those smaller independent retail stores — they may not necessarily be," he said. "And there's an advantage: If you ask for a better deal, you might be dealing directly with the owner, they have a lot more leeway to give you a better price. If you ask nicely, of course.

"If you go on AmericanExpress.com, you can register you card, if you use your AmEx to shop on Small Business Saturday at a participating retailer, they will give you a $25 credit. Spend $25, get the credit back on your bill — there's another really good reason to participate: free money."

If there's something you just have to have in-hand, Rohlena suggests a reconnaissance mission: going to the store a few days early to find out where your prey will be on display, the nearest entrance and the exact hour it will be available.

Among the other Internet tools available to the modern bargain hunter is the Black Friday Survival Guide app, which has a newsfeed, lets you search each store by category or each category by item, tells you exactly when each sale begins, provides competitor prices and lets you build a shopping list you can email to a loved one.

If the thought of the traffic and the crowds makes your chest tighten, the Internet is here to help but still requires a good plan. Rohlena recommends CyberMonday.com, CyberMonday2012.com, FreeShipping.org to see who's got free shipping and @cybermonday at Twitter.

With all of the new shopping tools at our disposal, why wade into the insanity of Black Friday at all?

"For those of us who really want to make sure we're giving a nice gift to someone we care about, I think it's important to be able to compare things physically, if you know what I mean, as opposed to virtually, online," says Dr. Tina Lowrey, professor of marketing at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and editor of "Brick & Mortar Shopping in the 21st Century."

"And for a lot of people, I think they enjoy being around other people that are in the holiday spirit, it's sort of an infectious kind of social gathering to be around… the communal nature of going out and being with other people who are out for the same reason."

Rohlena is unmoved.

"I know too much," he said. "I'm not going anywhere on Black Friday."

<![CDATA[Ali Explores the Best Shopping in Brooklyn]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 01:03:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WILLIAMSBURG-1stLook.jpg Lets face it, there are few better places in the world to shop than NY. But why stay on the island when there's so much to find in Brooklyn's trendiest neighborhood? Follow Ali as she explores Williamsburg to find the best shopping available in NY's biggest borough. Maison Premiere 298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY / 347-335-0446. A Thousand Picnics 171 South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY / 951-9SP-ECIE. Grand Street Bakery 602 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY / 718-387-2390.]]> <![CDATA[Angels Shine at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 05:12:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/victoria-secret-new-thumb.jpg Victoria's Secret Angels took to the glittery runway to sport the latest and most extravagant bras — and share the stage with Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Bruno Mars.

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<![CDATA[Marni to Launch First Women's Fragrance]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:46:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/marnifragrancethumb1a.jpg

This February, quirky Italian retailer, Marni—which collaboated with H&M last spring–will debut its first-ever women's fragrance produced in collaboration with Estee Lauder. 

Like the Marni woman, the scent is designed to be fresh and individual. "The perfume reflects Marni's fashion, certainly," creative director Consuelo Castiglioni told WWD. "Becuase it's a perfume that's quite individual, that doesn't evoke anything in particular. It's for a woman who dresses for herself, who doesn't follow trends but is sophisticated and also maybe a little eccentric."

That may seem like a lot of sartorial inspiration for a scent, but the the concept registers in a spicy blend of wood notes, tempered with a touch of rose oil for a feminine feel.

The bottle itself is also meant to evoke the Marni brand, inspired by an old bottle Castiglioni salvaged from a flea market.

“I wanted a bottle that was kind of traditional, that is, one that lasts over time, like the clothes we make, which last and you can still wear two or three years from now," Castiglioni says. "It isn’t seasonal. I think this bottle reflects our concept—you want to keep it. It also has the dots, which are part of our world, and a play on proportions with the cap. These elements are also important in our fashion.”

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<![CDATA[Store Tour: Local Designers and Curated Home Goods at Joinery]]> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:01:49 -0500 $352 for women's; $425 for mens. ]]> $352 for women's; $425 for mens. ]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/joinery3.jpg Owner Angela Silva picks out her favorite fall finds at Williamsburg boutique, Joinery.

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<![CDATA[The New Minimalism]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:31:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/minimalism139049827thumbnail.jpg Fall's new minimalist looks are anything but plain.

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<![CDATA[Retail Report: Playful Periwinkle Pieces]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:28:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/periwinkle_thumbnailfall12.jpg Somewhere between lilac and baby blue, periwinkle hues are a simple way to add a touch of "cheer" to a winter wardrobe.

Photo Credit: Farfetch/Sephora/Net-a-Porter]]>
<![CDATA[Levi's to Debut New "Eco" Collection]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:55:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/levislead1.jpg

It may be one of the oldest fashion brands in America, but Levi's is still changing with the times. This week, the denim brand unveils a collection of men's and women's dungarees fashioned from recycled plastic bottles and even plastic food trays.

Dubbed "Waste<Less," each piece in the new line contains 20 percent recycled content—or approximately eight 12 or 20 ounce plastic bottles per pair of jeans, WWD reports.

According to the company's global president, James Curleigh, the aim of Waste<Less is to add "value to waste," he told WWD. "This collection proves that you don’t have to sacrifice quality, comfort or style to give an end a new beginning.”

The unique fiber—wich required more than 3.5 million recycled bottles sourced from municipal recycling programs to manufacture—is fashioned into a polyster material before being spun into a cotton yarn. Because the brown and green hues from the bottles can't be removed, each piece has a subtly green-tinged color.

Dropping this January, the new collection will offer familiar favorites like the 511 skinny jean as well as a new 504 straight fit and trucker jacket. Women sick of painted-on skinny jeans will relish a slouchier fit "boyfriend skinny."




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<![CDATA[Dreaming of a Rich Christmas]]> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:46:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nmwatch.jpg Neiman Marcus unveils its opulent Christmas catalog, with $1-million watches, sports cars and jet packs.]]> <![CDATA[$3 Million Estate Jewelry Sale in West Hartford]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 17:35:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/BECKERSSTILL100812.jpg

Becker’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in West Hartford celebrated Columbus Day with a $3 million one-day estate jewelry sale.

Prices started at $500 and include earrings from the estate of Elizabeth Taylor.

The sale ended at 8:30 p.m.

Becker's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry is located at 65 LaSalle Road in West Hartford Center. 

<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Aerie and Bright Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 11:47:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/211*120/aerie-bra1.jpg

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for a third year in a row American Eagle Outfitters’ Aerie has partnered with non-profit organization Bright Pink to promote further awareness about breast cancer, pro-active preventative measures, and raise funds for a great cause, critically important for every woman out there, especially younger women.

Running through October 21st, the Aerie Bright Pink partnership includes various components and will be promoted via Facebook, twitter, customer emails and in-store marketing. Buying bras has never felt this good or been more honorable!

For more information, please visit Aerie.com and Facebook.com/brightpink.

<![CDATA[Curves Ahead for Fall 2012]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 05:27:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/curve140615568thumb.jpg This season, designers emphasized dramatic hour glass silhouettes.

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<![CDATA[The Most Fashionable Covers for iPhone 5]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:36:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/iphone_grovethumbnail.jpg What's even better than a new iPhone 5? A slamming new accessory.

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<![CDATA[Our Favorite High-Fashion Sneakers]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 05:30:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sneaks_thumbnail13.jpg High-fashion sneakers are strutting out of the gym and onto city sidewalks.

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<![CDATA[iPhone 5 Arrives]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:17:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/web_iphone_0921.jpg

The iPhone 5 went on sale at 8 a.m. and hundreds of people camped out overnight at Westfarms mall to be among the first to buy one.  

Emilio Figueroa was first in line.

"It's amazing," he said. "It just feels very light in my hand very sturdy."

Nancy Hart and her son Jason were second in line.

"We’re just very excited about it," Nancy Hart said. "We just needed to be here to make sure we get the iPhone."

Jason Maloney came prepared. He brought his hammock.

"Surprisingly, I got four hours of sleep because of my wonderful hammock," Maloney said.

The 16 gigabyte phone sells for $199, the 32 gigabyte goes for $299 and the 64 gigabyte goes for $399.

"It's worth it. It's about the experience,” Figueroa said.

Josh Wedge waited in line for more than 10 hours and picked up two iPhones.

"Well, I got one for me and one for my sister," he said. "I've never done it before and hanging out at the mall all night, met some new friends, so it was a good time."

Westfarms is not the only place people have been waiting for the latest Apple invention. In New Haven, customers were shivering in their coats and blankets while waiting on Broadway.

<![CDATA[iPhone 5 Arrives]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:44:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Apple+store+iPhone+5.jpg The iPhone 5 goes on sale today and peopl are camping out for one.]]> <![CDATA[5 Ways to Go Baroque This Fall]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:45:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/baroquehowthumb.jpg Fall's baroque trend may feel inaccessibly luxe, but the look is a perfect way to add a dash of regal appeal to your everyday wardrobe.

Photo Credit: Polyvore]]>
<![CDATA[Get Back-to-School Cool Under $100]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:33:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/196*120/backtoschool_ofakind1.jpg Back-to-school season may induce midterm-related anxiety, but it also means statement-making notebooks, funky new pencils and cute accessories.

Photo Credit: Of a Kind]]>
<![CDATA[Mixed-Up Spring Florals and Smart Suits]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:59:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jcrewspring13thumbnail.jpg Tom Mora found inspiration in nature photography from old issues of Time-Life.

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<![CDATA[Holmes & Yang Debuts First NYFW Show to Limited Media]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:00:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jennie-yang-katie-holmes.jpg Katie Holmes' first-ever Holmes & Yang New York Fashion Week presentation went over without a hitch—and with limited media access to keep the focus on the new collection instead of Holmes' star power.

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<![CDATA[Microsoft Store to Open at Westfarms for Holidays]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:38:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP120618060228.jpg

Microsoft will open several news stores during the holiday season, including one at Westfarms Mall.

The store will open this fall and remain open through the holiday and into 2013.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Wears Tracy Reese at DNC]]> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:18:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mobamatracyreese1.jpg

Michelle Obama's stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention brought crowds of Obama supporters to their feet, but the pitch-perfect ensemble she wore to the podium deserves its own sartorial salute.

The custom creation by Tracy Reese was fashioned from a rosy pink raw silk that faded into a silvery floral-print panel at the bottom. With a high neckline and simple, sleeveless silhouette, the first lady required few accessories other than J.Crew's suede Everly pumps in pink rhubarb, subtle twinkly earrings and, of course, those killer biceps.

Reese tweeted she was "so honored" shortly after Mrs. Obama appeared on stage. 

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<![CDATA[One to Watch: Osei Duro]]> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:35:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/OTWoseiduro.jpg

After flying to Ghana, Maryanne Mathias was surprised to find herself staying to design and execute a collection of clothing. Eager to do more and looking for help, she got in touch with an old friend, Molly Keogh. "I asked Molly to join me as a partner when we were at our 10-year high school reunion," Mathias says.

The girls had shared a passion for fashion since attending high school together in Vancouver, but their collection of ready-to-wear—dubbed Osei Duro, which translates to "honorable magic" in Akan—was a new adventure for both.

"When I went there originally, I was inspired by the bold African prints and their traditional handicrafts," says Mathias.

"We were excited about the traditional methods in the region, and knew that it was a relatively safe place to work," adds Keogh. "The traditional textiles are being undercut and edged out by Chinese imitations, [so we] hope that our work can increase an international demand for the real thing and help support the local industry."

Given their fashion-forward designs—all of which are produced in Ghana in conjunction with local crafters and artisans—we don't see why not, with on-trend pieces like bold clementine orange palazzo pants, open-knit crop tops and hand-dyed skirts that would sing on a rack.

Each finished piece represents hours of creative collaboration between the ladies and their crafters.

"There is a lot of back and forth as we develop the prints," says Keogh. "We might request an experimental technique that is new to the dyers, or they might suggest a traditional method they think suits a need. We send samples and sketches back and forth with the dyers and the sewers and the cobblers until everyone is satisfied with the results."

Thankfully, the top-notch product shows their dedicated efforts, and soon, Osei Duro will expand into homewares and accessories.

Check out the complete collection at www.oseiduro.com

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Photo Credit: Osei Duro]]>
<![CDATA[25 Top Apps and Sites for NY Fashion Week]]> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 21:32:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fashionapps_thumb.jpg Idling in line for a fashion provides ample time for sifting through the latest apps on your phone, while also letting you eavesdrop on the latest tech-savvy chatter. Here, 25 apps everyone will be talking about.

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<![CDATA[Rugged Bootlegger Looks for "Lawless"]]> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:52:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/prohibition_thumbnail.jpg "Lawless" is chock-full of rugged '20s-era fashion, complete with wide-collar lapels, fedoras and suspenders.

Photo Credit: Annapurna Pictures]]>
<![CDATA[Tough Military Looks for Fall]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:02:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/military139614386thumbnail.jpg In spite of fall's romantic mood, some designers explored more masculine territory with rigid military-inspired ensembles.

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<![CDATA[Majorly Luxe Finds on Etsy]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:02:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/artemerthumb.jpg No longer the domain of moms with knitting needles, Etsy sellers are upping the ante with seriously luxe products.

Photo Credit: Artemer]]>
<![CDATA[Customizable Baubles and Charms]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:32:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/personalthumb2.jpg Why buy the same baubles as everyone else when you can personalize your accessories?

Photo Credit: MyNameNecklace.com]]>
<![CDATA[Jennifer Hudson to Launch Clothing Line]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:09:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jennifer_Hudson_blurb-2.jpg

Jennifer Hudson is launching a clothing line.

The Oscar winner plans to debut her collection, to be sold on QVC, Sept. 6 during Fashion's Night Out, one of the kick-off events for New York Fashion Week.

Hudson will join Nicole Richie and Isaac Mizrahi on the cable home-shopping network from 9 p.m. to midnight ET to debut the line.

Her collection includes printed dresses, flowing skirts, leggings and a hoodie dress. Hudson has told multiple publications her line aims to represent women of all sizes.

"I’ve been on both sides of the fence," Hudson told Women's Wear Daily. "I’ve been a big girl and now whatever this is, the average size, whatever you want to call it. But I wanted the clothes to be where any girl could wear it — no matter what size you are — and you could feel comfortable in it.”

Photo Credit: Cindy Barrymore]]>
<![CDATA[5 Ways to Dress Down Lacey Looks]]> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:04:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dressinghow_lacethumb.jpg Lace may be the preferred fabric of Victorian damsels and romance novel heroines, but the fabric doesn't have to feel frou-fou.

Photo Credit: Polyvore]]>
<![CDATA[Race-Ready Looks Inspired by "Hit & Run"]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 06:01:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hitandrunthumbnail1.jpg High-speed chases in "Hit & Run" have us looking closely at the track pants and racing-ready looks on the catwalk.

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<![CDATA[United Bamboo for Madewell Hits Stores Today]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:47:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/bamboomadewell.jpg

Considering the frenzy that typically attends designer collaborations with mass fashion retailers, we were surprised that United Bamboo's five-piece collection for Madewell has, so far, flown under the radar.

Hitting Madewell stores and e-commerce today, the line-up includes simple preppy pieces with an unexpected twist, like a bold triangle-print blouse, sporty fur-lined parka with a drawstring waist, and silky shirt dresses with soft, ruffled collars.

The stand-out piece, however, is a bold graphic silk blouse inspired by Parisian artist Pier Fichefeux, who gave rights to the pattern exclusively to Madewell, Fashionista reports.

With prices ranging from $125 to $350, the collection is somewhat spendier than Madewell's typical fare. But given that nobody knew the collection was coming, at least you won't have to fight through throngs of shoppers to snap up your favorite piece. 

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Photo Credit: Madewell]]>
<![CDATA[Fall's Statement Sweaters]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:52:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sweaters139260770thumb.jpg Aside from apple pie and hot chocolate, "sweater weather" is our favorite thing about fall.

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<![CDATA[Smart Fall Satchels Under $100]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 05:58:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/under100bags_mangomadewellthumb.jpg You don't need to empty your savings account for a killer fall handbag.

Photo Credit: Mango/Forever21/Madewell]]>
<![CDATA[25 of the Hottest Shoes for Fall]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 21:16:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/balenciaga_fall25.jpg From Jil Sander's futuristic pointy toe pumps to Balmain's baroque booties, the hottest shoes for fall. ]]> <![CDATA[5 New Ways to Wear Leather This Fall]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:39:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/toughleatherlooks_thumbnail1.jpg Nothing says "don't mess" like a tough leather look

Photo Credit: Polyvore]]>
<![CDATA[Top 20 Boots for Fall 2012]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:48:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fallbootsthumbnail1.jpg Boot season is approaching, so we're taking inventory of our busted, beat-up soles and checking out the coolest kicks to add to our collection.

Photo Credit: Net-a-Porter/La Garconne]]>
<![CDATA[Retail Report: We're Seeing Spots]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:34:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/polka_retailreporthumb.jpg From the catwalk to the racks, polka dots are having a major moment this fall.

Photo Credit: Net-a-Porter/Steven Alan/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Wishlisted: Model Lily Kwong Wants Olympic Sneakers and a Military-Inspired Jacket for Fall]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 08:37:47 -0500 Salvatore Ferragamo's fall online trunk show, in which she has put her own unique spin on runway looks that customers will be able to pre-order via the brand's e-commerce site. Kwong shared with us what's currently on her must-have list. ]]> Salvatore Ferragamo's fall online trunk show, in which she has put her own unique spin on runway looks that customers will be able to pre-order via the brand's e-commerce site. Kwong shared with us what's currently on her must-have list. ]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lily_kwong_main.jpg Model and muse Lily Kwong shares her fall must-have list.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo]]>
<![CDATA[Fab Flats and Loafers Under $100]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 06:32:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/under100flatsthumbnail1a.jpg Heels may seem like the only high-fashion footwear available, but this season's flats are as chic as they are comfy.

Photo Credit: Gap/Old Navy/Forever 21]]>
<![CDATA[Flared Skirts and Dresses for Pre-Fall]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 05:41:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/flared+skirts+and+dresses.jpg A-line silhouettes are always in style, but for pre-fall, the shape got a fresh new look.]]>