Fall Fashion Forecast From Belk

Belk evening

Me with my fellow fashion loving peeps! Katie (far left) from Effortless Style and Anicka (center) from Moxie Media. We’re also all members of Nashville Femfessionals.

Belk is one of my favorite department stores and our Nashville area Belk at Cool Springs Mall is fantastic. I worked with Belk on my fun Valentine’s Day post so I was excited to meet up recently with the Nashville fashion blogging scene at a fall fashion forecast event.

The delightful Arlene Goldstein (@BelkFashionBuzz) led the evening and we also were treated to some great wine and appetizers courtesy of Red Pony in Franklin. We all left with some fun leopard goodie bags. I got a gorgeous Jules B statement necklace and one of my favorite beauty items in the bag is Michael Kors Glam Jasmine perfume. It’s my new favorite fragrance!

Belk is all about modern Southern stylish looks and there are three overall looks shaping what you’ll see in Belk this fall, according to Arlene:

His Is Hers - The menswear look is in. This is a textile driven look and tweeds, especially, are hot. Grays, wines, and browns, especially my all-time favorite camel, are hot. Two of my fave patterns – snake and cheetah – are going to be popping up this fall. I loved it when Arlene commented, “cheetah is my favorite color.” Tartan plaid is also in, although of the three patterns she mentioned it’s my least favorite. Arlene mentioned the menswear look inspired by Pharrell Williams and his signature fedora will be an influencing factor. Shirt dresses are also hot as well as the “dressier” athletic look.

Complex Simplicity - This look is all about clean lines with unexpected details. Fall jumpsuits are in (Arlene was wearing gorgeous snakeskin print jumpsuit) and are an extension of the summer romper hot this season. Assymetrical wrap dresses, the clean modern look of leather and high-quality pleather, and the mixing of materials and textiles make up this look.

Rebel Rebel - Think leather and lace, block heel black boots with hardware, and mixing pearls with chains and stacking bracelets. As Arlene says, these are “not your mama’s pearls.” “Be a mix master and rule breaker” this fall.

 Fashion and Style Quote

I loved that Arlene noted that versatility equals value for so many savvy women shoppers now. We want pieces that can be worn a multitude of ways and many women are becoming adept at shopping their closet. “The modern Southern woman likes a completer piece, like the creative cardigan or trophy jacket,” Arlene noted. Think about it, don’t you have that one fantastic jacket or sweater that you could wear almost daily?

Some of this fall’s most wanted fashion items include:

  • The creative cardigan

  • Novelty vest (an alternative to the jacket and can be worn over sleeveless tops or long-sleeve)

  • Fashion sweatshirt

  • Statement neck

  • Over the knee boots

  • Satchel bag

  • Mixing metals (no matchy matchy jewelry!), with the return of yellow metals and rose gold

I also learned the term shootie, which is a shoe/bootie combo, such as the gorgeous black wedge shoe from Bandolino shown below and the Jessica Simpson shootie (both at Belk.) I’m loving the wedge shootie as it looks super comfy and this mama just can’t do spike heels!

Here’s a Polyvore board I’ve put together inspired by the Belk event. What trends are you liking?

Fall 2014 Trends at Belk

I’m linking up to Fashion Friday, hosted by great blogs like Musings of a Housewife.

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Tips to Make Your Summer Sizzle

Berry Salad Recipe

Baby spinach and fresh fruit is the perfect summer salad!

Welcome to my annual 15 Minutes to Fabulous series! Over the next few weeks I’ll feature some fantastic guest writers. Let’s face it, give a busy woman 15 minutes of uninterrupted time and she can conquer the world…or at least 15 minutes of it! Today’s guest blogger is Franklin, Tennessee’s Dyan Damron from Coach D Consulting. Please follow Dyan on Twitter. She’s appeared on Nashville’s Talk of the Town and on Saturday, July 19, she’s signing copies of her new book at Landmark Booksellers and hosting a fun “book tasting.”

Summer is here, and so begins pool parties, cookouts, cold drinks, and summertime treats.  I have seen a multitude of advertisements recently promoting trendy new food products.  If you’re not careful, a few of these new trends could alter your summer sizzle to a fizzle.  Here are a few offenders and my remedies – all of which take less than 15 minutes – to ensure you sizzle all summer!

Fast Food Makeovers Make Your Summer Sizzle

Berry Pomegranate Premium Fruit Smoothie from Dairy Queen/Orange Julius – This sounds like a health drink and the ads boast “no artificial flavors”.  Too bad they fail to mention the amount of sugar in this bomb.  With 102 grams of sugar in a large, you will have slurped up four day’s worth of sugar.  The Original Orange Julius is even worse – it has 103 grams of sugar!  Swap your own summer smoothie by blending one cup mixed frozen berries, half cup nonfat Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, and half a banana in a blender.

Zensation Zalad from Zaxby’s – Many people think salad is a healthy option, but this packs a whopping 1,165 calories, over half of what you’d need in an entire day.  With 49 grams of sugar, this salad has two day’s worth.  Plus it has more than a day’s worth of sodium.  That certainly doesn’t lend to a “zen” state!  For a summer sizzler swap, make your own salad by topping baby spinach with strawberries and blueberries, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and even add grilled chicken or shrimp.  Make a quick dressing by whisking one-part balsamic vinegar with two-parts extra virgin olive oil.

AM Crunchwrap from Taco Bell – Just one of these little breakfast items has 46 grams of fat, 14 of which are saturated.  That’s a full day’s worth of fat in the palm of your hand, and your day just started.  Instead, make your own wrap by scrambling an egg with bell peppers and Canadian bacon, top with shredded cheese & salsa and wrap in a whole grain tortilla.  Or make a sweet wrap by spreading a whole grain tortilla with peanut butter and wrap it up with a sliced banana, apple, or fresh berries.

By being aware of the summertime hype and recent trends, this can be your summer to sizzle and be fabulous in 15 minutes!  Go to http://www.coachdconsulting.com  to see all the ways I can help you and those you love.  Obesity is 100% preventable and it starts with a summer that sizzles!

Do you have tips for healthier food choices this summer?


Fashion Friday: 15 Fashionable Flip Flops

On summer weekends you can usually find me wearing flip flops. They’ve come a long way since I was a kid and plain solid colors were all you could find!

Today I’m featuring 15 fashionable flip flops that are perfect for wearing all summer long, whether you’re headed to the pool or a party.

I love this great pair of flip flops I was sent from Lamo, the Resort II style in black. The added bling is just plain fun for a day at the pool. I knew that Lamo made boots, but I didn’t realize they also make a great selection of flip flops.

LAMO black sparkle flip flops

They also come in pink!

Pink Sparkle Lamo Flip Flop


Love this white Michael Kors Snakeskin Print!

Michael Kors white snakeskin flip flopsGreat graphic print Tommy Hilfiger sandal in bright orange.


Hilfiger flip flops in orange


Nine West Jellies in black have a dressier chain accent.


Nine West jellies

This pretty stitched thong sandal is budget friendly and available at Payless.

Blue payless sandal



This kelly green stripe Michael Kors flip flop is preppy and fun.

Michael Kors kelly green flip flops

Another fun flip flop from Payless in camo.

Camo Flip Flops


This teal stripe flip flop from DV8 is perfect for the pool or beach.


Stripe Flip Flop


What, what? Jack Rogers exist in a leopard print? Love these!

Jack Rogers

This pretty orange sandal is from Ralph Lauren.

orange wedge


Jellies of the 80s have come a long way baby! Love this pink pair from Elaine Turner.

Elaine Turner jelly thong


This Louisa Mossimo sandal in white from Target has a great gold accent for a dressier look.

Mossimo Sandal in White

Love the preppy look of these monogrammed flip flops from The Monogrammed Merchant.

Monogrammed Flip Flops


If you have a sky’s the limit budget, I love these Tory Burch sandals.

Tory Burch snakeskinDo you love flip flops in the summer? Which pair above is your fave?

I’m linking up to Fashion Friday, hosted by several great must-read blogs such Mommies With Style (where she has the scoop on an INCREDIBLE sale at Banana Republic!)

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