Kristin Tucker

The Fashion Plate: Striking Spring Trends

Finally, it looks and feels like springtime! We’ve ridden the wacky weather roller coaster all the way through the first quarter of 2018, and now spring has officially arrived and it’s time to start getting a wardrobe ready to match. Spring is a time to refresh your style, to take out the old and bring in the new! So, what’s trending now? As is spring tradition, pastels, florals and sheer accents are all in style again, but there’s a few new touches that just might push your look over the top: Statement Patches & Dimensional Details — Three-dimensional appliqué,...

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The Fashion Plate: Football Food, and Fast

Let me guess, you’ve been invited to a Super Bowl party. Maybe even more than one. If you’re already a fan of the Patriots or Eagles, or if you’re just rooting for one to lose, you’re probably going for the game-watching, and will end up either glued to the flat screen or simply staying home out of superstition. A Super Bowl watch party Is about much more than just the game, though. More than sports, the Super Bowl provides an events to plan a get-together around, an opportunity to socialize, to eat and drink together, and of course to...

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The Fashion Plate: Sparkle & Shine

Sparkle season is in full swing. What’s on your calendar? From the casual get-together to a black tie event, The Fashion Plate has you covered. It’s all about the sequins this holiday season. From sequin-detailed tops and dresses to rompers and shoes with sequins and sparkle all over, it’s a season of shine. Don’t hesitate to go all out! Sparkle and shine don’t have to be saved for just New Year’s Eve anymore. Let’s start with a night out on the town with friends or co-workers. Look chic in a sophisticated and edgy outfit. Dress up your jeans and...

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The Fashion Plate: Fall Trends for 2017

What’s trending now?  Here are some trends you need right now or may want to consider following this fall. Statement Sleeves are all the rage and options abound. Try off-the-shoulder, lace, ruched, ruffled, sequined, bell, balloon, butterfly, puffy, tiered. (Yes, there are that many sleeve choices!) Pick the sleeve that speaks to you. Embrace the drama! Your arms will thank you for making them the center of attention.               Rich wine-inspired shades of blush, burgundy and red are the colors of fall. Blush is moderately sweet, refreshingly crisp and pairs well with everything...

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Summer to Fall Transitions

Summer still lingers in the southern part of heaven but soon it will be time to think about transitioning your summer wardrobe into fall. Our warm days turn into cool nights, which make layering essential. Here are some transitional pieces that you can wear now or wear later…looks that have you covered! Add a cardigan to your favorite summer tee. This will take you a long way in the south as days remain warm and night temps start to dip slightly. This basic layering marks the first step in the summer to fall transition. Add a denim jacket and...

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Summer Style Report

Happy Summer! In a previous Chapelboro piece I talked about huge style trends for 2017. Now let’s refresh for summer, as June 21 officially marks the start. Summer soirees and events seem to pop up left and right like family reunions, girls’ beach bash, outdoor weddings and sorority conventions, just to name a few. Time to celebrate, and dress to look your best! Here are some hot trends to complete your summer wardrobe and keep you in cool style. Ruffle Mania A touch of romantic femininity takes over dresses and blouses. It’s the perfect look for that summer wedding...

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5 Tips to Travel Like a Pro

  As much as I’ve traveled in my lifetime, I should have this packing thing down.  I have no problem picking outfits for my getaways. My problem lies in quantity. I say it every time I return from a trip: pack less! Tough task for a detail-oriented person who wants to be prepared with fashion for every conceivable situation. Each time I travel it’s like a workout with weights, no gym required.  But less is more in the friendly skies. Think lack of overhead space and extra luggage fees. Ouch! No matter your mode of transportation, the streamlined packing...

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2017 HUGE Style Trends

2016 brought us bell sleeves, 24/7 sneakers and off-the-shoulder everything. While many of these styles are still trending, we’re also looking forward to a wave of fresh 2017 trends. Curious what styles to get behind this year? Here are a few straight from the runway. Cheers to new fashion beginnings starting now! All Yellow Everything Yellow can get a bad rap for being a not-so-flattering color. (Just ask my mother!) Not in 2017. This year, you can expect to see the hue show up everywhere, from formal gowns to playful cocktail attire. Plus, the shade is also surprisingly photogenic,...

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Fashion Plate: Welcome to Whilden

Got an afternoon to indulge and need some ideas? Take a ride down Elliott Road in Chapel Hill and pull into the Galleria Shopping Center at 400 South Elliott. After you get pampered at Mina’s Salon, stop in Purple Puddle to order those Valentine’s flowers and pick up that overdue baby gift at Puddle Baby. If you’ve got the time, a light bite of lunch at Olio & Aceto Café hits the spot. Next stop? Whilden boutique, to get your style on! One of the most recent additions to the Galleria is Whilden, where you’ll find women’s clothing, accessories...

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Holiday Attire Survival Guide

 It’s that time of year. December days seem shorter as dark falls earlier. Yet, the days actually feel longer as those To-Do Lists expand. Holiday decorating and tree trimming, gift buying and giving, party planning and hopping….and the list goes on. And what to wear through it all?! Whether it’s time to get out and shop or just check the recesses of your closet for what to wear (and what to purge!), here are a few suggestions to make your packed schedule less frightful and more delightful. Traveling Pull out that favorite toasty coat you love or invest in...

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