Fashion Fairy Godmother: Winter Coat Fashions

coatsAfter this weekend’s freezing temperatures and snow, I think we can all agree that winter coat season has arrived with a vengeance. And that’s okay because winter coats can be fun and beautiful. Pictured above are some ways to pair a winter coat with pants, jeans, boots and a handbag to create a look that’s not only warm but also pulled together and polished.

Fashion Fairy GodmotherHere are some tips on putting together the best winter coat look:

1. Have a coat in your closet that’s neutral or black. These colors go with anything. Sometimes, a bright colored coat can be fun, but if you’re looking for a good coat to invest in, stick with tan or black.

2. You can dress up a coat or dress it down. My favorite way to dress up a coat is to wear it with a dress or skirt, tights, and booties. My favorite way to dress a coat down is to wear dark wash denim jeans, riding boots and a simple long sleeve tee underneath. You can always pair this with a scarf as well.

3. Use your coat for game day! Whether it’s a college, high school or even peewee football game, coats can come in handy and make you feel like the cutest mom in the bleachers. For Razorback games, I like to wear red jeans with a black pea coat. This can be done for any team and with any color pair of jeans.

4. It’s fine if your coat and boots don’t match. For example, a grey coat can look very cute with brown shoes. Even black and brown rules don’t apply here. You can do a black pea coat with brown boots and make it look great by throwing in a colorful scarf.

For more fun but practical tips on style, click here to read more from our Fashion Fairy Godmother.

Elizabeth Miller, intern (cropped)ABOUT ELIZABETH: Elizabeth is a senior Ad/PR major at the University of Arkansas. She’s been in various leadership positions in her sorority, Chi Omega, and is part of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. The Motherlode mamas would like to add that she’s a fabulous intern and we appreciate her keen eye for fashion (we’ve already lined her up to help us pick out a new fall wardrobe) as well as her work ethic, creativity and ability to quickly grasp what we need and pull it off.

Fashion Fairy Godmother: How to wear scarves this season

scarvesBy Lizzie Miller, fashion blogger, U of A student and nwaMotherlode intern

It’s scarf weather, and we LOVE all the cute scarves we’re seeing this season. Scarves are almost universally flattering on everyone. Pictured above are some Fashion Fairy Godmothercute scarf/shirt combination ideas.

Throw these on with skinny jeans and riding boots, ankle boots or flats, and you’re good to go.

Here are a few other tips for wearing scarves this season:

Always wear only one pattern and one solid. For instance, if you choose a patterned scarf like floral or leopard, pair it with a solid-color shirt.

Make sure your scarves are practical! If it’s cold outside, make sure to wear an infinity scarf to bundle up. If it’s somewhat warm, a light, cotton scarf is perfect.

A new trend in scarves this season is the fur scarf! I absolutely love this trend and have one on my wish list from Nordstrom (and it’s only $24!) It’s called the BP Faux Fur Infinity Scarf (Juniors section) and it’s the camel color. Click here to see it.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to let your scarf reflect your personality!

I hope you enjoy these tips for fall scarves! Show us your cute fall scarves on Instagram (click here to find us) and tag us @nwamotherlode!

For more fun but practical tips on style, click here to read more from our Fashion Fairy Godmother.

Elizabeth Miller, intern (cropped)ABOUT ELIZABETH: Elizabeth is a senior Ad/PR major at the University of Arkansas. She’s been in various leadership positions in her sorority, Chi Omega, and is part of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. The Motherlode mamas would like to add that she’s a fabulous intern and we appreciate her keen eye for fashion (we’ve already lined her up to help us pick out a new fall wardrobe) as well as her work ethic, creativity and ability to quickly grasp what we need and pull it off.

Fashion Fairy Godmother: How to wear ankle, riding boots

By Lizzy Miller, fashion blogger, U of A student and nwaMotherlode intern

Fashion Fairy GodmotherMy favorite fall style wear has to be boots. Boots can be worn with just about anything and can dress up or dress down an outfit.

Boots are so versatile for fall that you need a couple pairs in your closet. Whether you go for riding boots or ankle boots, I can show you ways to wear both!

My favorite way to wear ankle boots is with skinny jeans. But I always recommend rolling up your jeans slightly at the ankles. You can pair your ankle boots with jeans and sweaters or even a nice blouse.

As you can see in the photo (below), I like going with cohesive colors. I try to match my boots with my bag and keep the sweater somewhat plain. This creates a classic and simple fall look. Ankle boots and nice skinny jeans also look great with silk tops, and basic jewelry.

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A second way to wear boots this fall, and probably the most common way, is wearing riding boots. You can never go wrong with investing in a great pair of riding boots.

Pictured below are examples of dressing up your riding boots. I love to throw on a dress and my boots for an easy, cute outfit. With a simple dress, you don’t have to think too much and it’s pretty comfy most of the time. You can accessorize easily with a long necklace or pretty scarf.

This look is perfect for game days, farmers market, family dinners out or lunch with girl friends:

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I hope you enjoy these tips for fall boots! Show us your cute fall boot outfits on Instagram (click here to find us) and tag us @nwamotherlode!

Elizabeth Miller, intern (cropped)ABOUT ELIZABETH: Elizabeth is a senior Ad/PR major at the University of Arkansas. She’s been in various leadership positions in her sorority, Chi Omega, and is part of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. The Motherlode mamas would like to add that she’s a fabulous intern and we appreciate her keen eye for fashion (we’ve already lined her up to help us pick out a new fall wardrobe) as well as her work ethic, creativity and ability to quickly grasp what we need and pull it off.

Fashion Fairy Godmother: Game Day Outfit Inspiration

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By Lizzy Miller, fashion blogger, U of A student and nwaMotherlode intern

Fashion Fairy GodmotherIt’s beginning to look a lot like game day here in Northwest Arkansas, and I could not be happier. Hog football is in our roots and we Arkansans go all out for our team. Ever since I began school at the U of A, game days have always been my favorite. The school spirit in Arkansas is contagious, and I like to show my pride in my game day outfits.button

For me, the perfect game day outfit is something simple: a little red, a little white or cream, a little black.

Being in a sorority, I always have my Chi Omega loves the Hogs button to wear, so even if I’m wearing a plain, casual black dress, I still tie in a little red. I love game day buttons like this one from mygamedaystore.com.

If you’re looking for a little game day outfit inspiration, take a look at these collages we’ve put together with pieces you can find right here at the Northwest Arkansas Mall. Happy shopping and Go Hogs!

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gameoutfitcasualgamedayElizabeth Miller, intern (cropped)ABOUT ELIZABETH: Elizabeth is a senior Ad/PR major at the University of Arkansas. She’s been in various leadership positions in her sorority, Chi Omega, and is part of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. The Motherlode mamas would like to add that she’s a fabulous intern and we appreciate her keen eye for fashion (we’ve already lined her up to help us pick out a new fall wardrobe) as well as her work ethic, creativity and ability to quickly grasp what we need and pull it off.

Back-to-School savings at the Northwest Arkansas Mall!

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Raise your hand if you remember the thrill of shopping for new back-to-school clothes as a kid.

We always loved picking out new fall clothes and making that crucial decision about which outfit would be “the one” to wear on the first day.

mall logo greenA new school year is a fresh start — and all fresh starts call for a new wardrobe! Kids grow so much over the summer — not just physically but mentally as well. Their style may have changed and they might want to try on a new personality as school gets back into session.

Fall styles are front and center at the mall and we’ve enjoyed seeing all the new ideas. (FYI: If you have a tween girl and you’re at a loss for what to buy, sales associates at Justice in the Mall said there are three trends to watch for: sequined backpacks, high-waisted skirts and jeggings, and Palazzo pants.)

Of course, you can snag some great deals without paying sales tax THIS WEEKEND! August 2-3 is the state of Arkansas’ tax free holiday. WOOT! You can find all kinds of clothes, shoes and other back-to-school necessities on sale right now, so you’ll really save when your final bill rings up — minus taxes.

And while you’re at the mall shopping over the tax-free holiday weekend, keep in mind the Mall will be giving away an iPad Mini to FIVE winners! Register to win at the display at Center Court. (Must be 18 or older to enter; one entry per person.) Click here to see all the details and official rules on the mall website.

There’s always a great sale going on at the NWA Mall. Right now you’ll see a big white tent set up in the parking lot where there’s an ADIDAS sale going on through Aug. 5.

Here are some other sales events coming up soon at the NWA Mall:

  • This weekend (Aug. 2-3) Tradehome Shoes will offer an additional 10% off of any sale item during tax free weekend.
  • July 31-August 28th is the Semi-Annual Pant Event at New York & Company: all pants and jeans are Buy One, Get One FREE!
  • Sears Family & Friends sale is Sunday, August 10 from 6-9pm
  • Francesca’s Friends & Family Event will be August 14th, with 25% off everything, includes full price and sale merchandise.

If you want to start a new giving tradition with your kids, Project Apple Tree is an opportunity to help kids in need. Through Aug. 10, you can pick a “golden apple” off the tree near the red schoolhouse at center court in the mall and help a child with back-to-school clothes and supplies. The supplies will go to deserving kids at the NWA Children’s Shelter.

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Gap Kids

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The Children’s Place

Visit the NWA Mall website here. The Facebook page updates with the latest events, sales, promotions and styles.  Click here to follow them on Facebook!

The Mall is also now on Instagram!

If you stop by the NWA Mall, tell store associates that you saw their ad on nwaMotherlode!

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