Archive for the ‘Seasonal Trends’ Category

Wish List

November 30, 2009
Happy December to everyone! For many this is the start of the holiday season and hopefully lots of snow to come.

Black Friday was the kick-off for Holiday shopping this year but if you tend to procrastinate like me, you know we will wait till the last minute.

Stuck on gift ideas? Here are my top five gift-picks for him or her and all are under $50.

1. Urban Outfitters fingerless gloves $16

2. Urban Outfitters knit scarf for men $35

3. Forever XXI rhinestone studded clutch $10

4. J.Crew strip heavyweight slub jersey rugby shirt $49.50

5. American Apparel shiny leggings $46


Bibs aren’t for babies

November 15, 2009



Vera Wang runway look

Bib necklaces have dominated the runways this season and are pieces of jewelry everyone should have.


The ultra oversized necklaces are perfect to help make any bland outfit pop. And the best part is, you don’t have to pay the runway price for a necklace like this!

Check out various bib necklaces from Charlotte Russe and Forever 21.

And the winner is…

Thank you to everyone who entered Bmore in Style’s Accessory Giveaway! Everyone had such great responses about describing their style and what their inspired by.

Unfortunately, I could only pick one winner and I literally put the entries in a hat and pulled out a name. Congrats to Kelly Schraf! She will be receiving the accessory of her choice from Forever 21.


Fashion U part II: Let’s talk style with Eric Daman

October 27, 2009

If there was one thing I learned listening to Gossip Girl costume designer and creative director for Charlotte Russe, Eric Daman, it’s great style cannot be purchased.

Everyday we are bombarded by advertisements from businesses about the hottest trends and the fashion must-haves but we often forget it’s not always about how much you have, it’s how you wear it.

It’s inspiring to see a stylist in the fashion industry that works with designer fashions on a day-to-day basis on the set of Gossip Girl but at the same time work with a company that sells apparel for a lower cost.

Daman spoke about some popular trends this season including big shoulder pads, holiday sparkle, draping tops and sweaters, the 30s flapper, headbands (thank you Blair Waldorf!) and black & white designs. And as a gift to students who attended his seminar, we received 20% cards to Charlotte Russe and a silver necklace.

Check out this video I took of two other popular looks you may see this season!

Puddles favorite boot

October 16, 2009

weather savvyThese past few days it has been non stop rain in Baltimore, which has left me quite restless because crappy weather means confining myself to indoor activities, hence this blog post.

But on the brightside, rainy days means rain appropriate gear like the ever-classic trench and the ultimate puddle-splashing rain boot.

Rain boots are a special necessity this season because if you’re a student in the Baltimore area, you know that they are a must-have for the uphill campus walk.

Any color or pattern will not only keep your pretty little feet shielded from the rain but will make your outfit pop! Check out fun rain boots at J.Crew, Target, Steve Madden, Laila Rowe and other department stores.

Here are some tips to make sure your boots look the best with your outfit:

1. Wear skinny or bootcut jeans so that it minimizes any extra denim bunching at the top of the boot.

2. Mix your pattern on the boot with another color or print top. Don’t be afraid to take fashionable risks!

3. Wear thick socks to prevent blisters or ultra cold feet. Rubber boots will protect you from rain damage in comparison to other boot options like UGGs but unless they have lining inside, they won’t keep your feet warm.

Have an additional tip about wearing rain boots? Have a favorite pair or boot pattern you want to share? Post them here!

~Keep In Style Bmore~

Prints charming

October 15, 2009
Sarah Mandel is wild about prints

Sarah Mandel is wild about prints

With each day comes another trend, take it from Towson University student Sarah Mandel.

Animal prints are a popular trend this season. From tops to jackets to ballet flats, these wild prints are perfect for anyone who likes to take a walk on the wild side!

Leopard, cheetah and zebra prints will definitely add more zing! to your wardrobe.

“I love my leopard print jacket,” she said.

While Forever 21 and Nordstrom’s are here retail store staples, she occasionally likes to shop at Bebe and Arden B. when she has a “few extra dollars to spend.”

And Sarah lives by a simple yet true styling motto:

“Wear clothes that flatter your best features and make you feel confident.”

Fall into boots this season

October 5, 2009

This weekend as I strolled through Towson mall I spotted some ultra cute shoes that are a must-have this fall! The soft leather boot.

This season is all about the super tall boot and Nordstrom’s has multiple how-to clips on what looks best with the new boot. Neutral colors like a light brown or soft grey look great with any look. Pair them with a mini dress and tights and you’ll be set all day or all night.

If you’re not sure about the super long boot, aim for the simple and sophisticated ankle boot–a classic look with any outfit.

My personal favorite happen to be the Sam Edelman suede boots (see below!) that were featured in the September issue of Teen Vogue.

Sam Edelman suede boots $199

Sam Edelman suede boots $199

Supersize me

September 30, 2009

I couldn’t help but notice the oversized accessories I’ve spotted in Baltimore.  Larger than normal necklaces, big cocktail rings and even the extra large bangles.


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For those who want to stand out with big accessories, take it up a notch with a Max & Chloe’s Blu Bijoux cabochon rings. Available in an assortment of colors, these rings will surely make your outfit pop.

Add a bold necklace to a plain tee so you can look fierce walking in downtown Baltimore.  Try something like layered chain links.

Have a tight budget? You can still stock up on the accessories you love for less at stores like Forever 21, H&M and local boutiques.  Transform your summer floral accessories into a fall look with something like Forever 21’s purple necklace (perfect for Baltimore Ravens fans!)

If you’ve got a great accessory or accessory store Baltimoreans should know about, share them here!

~Keep In Style Bmore~

Q&A with a Baltimore style expert

September 25, 2009

If anyone knows Baltimore style like its their job, it would have to be Carrie Oleynik. A Towson University alum, this former Towerlight news editor has written for Baltimore magazine, Urbanite magazine, Metro.Pop magazine and many other publications.

Baltimore style expert Carrie Oleynik

Baltimore style expert Carrie Oleynik

Oleynik is a full-time writer working in the Office of Communications at the University of Maryland School of Law and currently blogs as a Baltimore Style Examiner. This past summer, she was featured as a style expert on the Baltimore City Education Channel.

Read on to see what Carrie thinks about Baltimore style and how college students, like me, can buy style on a budget!

Q: How would you define the type of style Baltimoreans have?

CO: Eclectic, bold, playful, and casual.

Q: What do you think are the hot trends in Baltimore?

CO: I’ve noticed a lot of purple on both men and women. I thought more about this while standing at a light rail station in West Baltimore recently. All I could see around me was a rich hue of purple– bold, and in patterns, in work clothes, street wear, all kinds of looks with just so much purple.

Q: What are your favorite Baltimore boutiques and stores you like to shop at?

CO: For work clothes I shop at The Limited and Loehmann’s. I really like doubledutch (Hampden), Cloud 9 (Charles Village), South Moon Under (Harbor East and Kennilworth), 9th Life (Fells Point), and Shine Collective (Hampden). I really love Red Tree in Hampden for household items and gifts. For online shopping only, I visit to treat myself.

Q: What about vintage shopping? Do you think its popular in Baltimore?

CO: Yes, at area stores like Value Village, Salvation Army, Ten Car Pile Up and others.  You probably can’t try things on (well, you can at Ten Car Pile up), but you will probably walk out with a bag of clothes for way less than what you’d pay for two or three items at a regular department store. There are some great shops in Hampden, with vintage furniture, jewelry, and clothes.

Q: What separates Baltimore style from other cities like New York and DC?

CO: I haven’t traveled enough outside of Baltimore lately to feel like I could answer this question accurately. I love New York (not as big of a fan of D.C.), but it’s been a while since I’ve been there. I remember thinking that New York has a more sophisticated style. The looks that people have there are usually two or three steps ahead of Baltimore (if not more than that) and there’s so many fun, yet affordable clothes to choose from — especially in those shops in Greenwich Village.

Q: How do you think college students can put together stylish looks for less?

CO: There are so many options. Target, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, Loehmann’s in Timonium, and a number of stores you can find at malls like Forever 21 and H & M. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your money.

  • Always try everything on. Or you may come home disappointed and who has the time to go make an exchange?
  • Take the time to look through the stores carefully. Many times you can find really cute stuff on clearance or sale racks. If you don’t have time to shop, then you will rush and most likely miss good finds. I only recommend quick shopping if you are looking for one thing, and one thing only. Like a white collared shirt for example. You can find them at a lot of different places and should have no problem getting in and out.
  • Also remember that you are on a budget. Before you go into a store, figure out how much you can spend and base your decisions around it. You should do this every time you go into a store actually. Say your budget is $30 and you find 6 items that you really like. Figure out what you can and can’t do within the $30. Maybe you picked up two $10 tank tops, two $25 shirts, and two $30 pairs of pants. Maybe you want the two tanks and have $10 to spare or just pick up a pair of pants. Maybe there is a middle-ground. One of the $25 shirts and the two tanks? It’s $5 over your budget, which really isn’t the end of the world. Anything more than $10 over your budget is.
  • Have a concept in mind, too. How will the new piece fit into your wardrobe? What role will it play in your future (i.e. is this something you’d wear more than once or could see yourself wearing for awhile)? Don’t buy something just because you think it’s cute at the time.
  • There is a rule of thumb I always follow: if you still want it after walking around the store for 20 minutes, then you should probably get it. When you’re walking around, think of things that you can buy that can go with it. Maybe it will remind you that you may already have something in your closet already (and if that’s the case, put it back immediately because that means that you don’t need it). I do this often.

Some things are black and white

September 22, 2009
Dena Jontiff

Dena Jontiff

Two classic colors, one updated fashion-forward look. Dena Jontiff from Owings Mills, spoke of how she loves to shop for less.

Don’t be fooled by the D&G white handbag on her shoulder.

“I got that on Canal Street in New York.”

And the popular plaid black and white tunic? “This was only like $20 from Target… I wasn’t sure if this would still be considered in style,” Jontiff said with hesitance.

While some may question what they wear everyday, we have to remember style is created not learned.

~Keep In Style~