Kristin Tucker

The Fashion Plate: Spring Trend Report

Spring has officially sprung! It may not feel like it quite yet, but according to the calendar it’s here. That means buds blooming, birds chirping, grasses greening and daylight lengthening. That also means it’s time for a 2013 spring trend update on the fashion front. Welcome to the Block Party! Spring’s bold designs and high-contrast hues redefine the color-blocking trend. Take your look from basic to brilliant with a vibrantly patterned top or bright-tonal dress. Color Blocking – What exactly is color blocking? ”It’s strategically pairing contrasting bold colors which complement each other, and together, they create a unique...

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Dress To Impress

Dress to Impress Ready to land your dream job? That’s the modern professional’s ultimate quest. You research, study and prepare to knock your next employer’s socks off. But how do you decide what to wear? Clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar candidates. A whopping 65 percent of hiring managers admit it!  Inappropriate wardrobe choices, whether too casual or too revealing, can prevent you from landing your dream job. With so many options on the fashion scene, here are some top things you need to know when pulling together your interview attire. Make sure your look is up-to-date. Appropriate office fashion has changed and evolved over time.  Women now create their own version of a “power suit” with mixed fabrics, cardigans and stretch fabrics.  Wearing a decades-old suit can come off as being out-of-touch with current trends.   (habilimentblog.com)   Research the field’s company culture to determine what to wear. What’s acceptable at fashion magazines certainly differs from the dress codes of major accounting firms. While traditional suits are most appropriate in conservative industries, nothing stops you from showing creativity in non-traditional fields with color. If you’ll be in a business-casual environment, then nice pants or a knit jacket with a woven skirt might be that industry’s version of a traditional suit.        (lookonpoint.wordpress.com)   Dress on the conservative side, but remember that conservative doesn’t...

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Top 10 Chic Pieces To Wear Right Now

This may be Fashion Week in New York City, but that means Fall 2013 Collections are on the runways.  And local boutique retailers have recently returned from market but many with their spring and summer fashion finds.  Since it’s still mid-winter, let’s talk about what you’re wearing right Now!  Items you might have splurged on in 2012 have likely become favorites in your style rotation all fall and winter season.  Let’s review 10 chic pieces that are possibly in your current fashion line-up.   1. The Maxi Shirtdress – Tap into two hot trends, the maxi and the shirtdress. (theiconic.com) 2. The Animal Print Top – Embark on a style safari with a theme that thankfully continues to repeat itself. (animalprint.us) 3. The Sequin Top – This season both day time and late-night style calls for major sparkle. (shop.nordstrom.com) 4. The Open-Stitch Sweater – A pretty peek-a-boo knit for chilly days or nights. (victoriassecret.com) 5. The Crochet Dress – An airy knit for effortless allure. (thegloss.com)   6. The Fringe Shoe – Fashion-savvy fringe adds urban cool in a retro way, especially in boots this. (pinkbasis.com) 7. The Long & Lean Cardi – Sleek and perfect for layering, this figure-skimming essential slips effortlessly over any look from denim to dresses. (creativesideofme.com) 8. The Peasant Blouse – Bold prints and a flirty, flowy shape make this top hippie chic. (neimanmarcus.com)...

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Countdown to Super Bowl Kick Off!

Let me guess. You’ve been invited to a Super Bowl party on Sunday…maybe even more than one. If you’re a 49ers or Ravens fan, then you’re probably going for the game watching and will be glued to the flat screen (or staying home out of superstition). If you’re a big-time NFL fan, but your team is not in the Big Bowl, then you’re probably interested in the game with a secondary interest in the party extracurriculars. The rest of us fall in the final category. We’re there to watch the commercials and socialize. Eat, drink and be merry! If your party hosts have asked you to bring a favorite appetizer or dessert, then it’s time to get creative. Forgo the bag of chips and salsa that you planned to pick up on your way to the party, and surprise your hosts and friends with a little imagination and effort. Need some help? I’ve got ya covered! As you prep for football festivities on February 3, it helps to have a game plan. Since the Big Game is in the Big Easy this year, plenty of Cajun culinary creations should emerge. Here are some step-by-step easy recipe ideas for even the most challenged party-goers or throwers.   St. Andre Dip (aka Gourmet Cheese Fondue in a bread bowl) Buy your favorite oval or round loaf of bread. Harris Teeter bakery...

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