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!

Fashion Fairy Godmother: Cute cover-ups that transition from beach to brunch

Dear Fashion Fairy Godmother,

I refuse to wear a ratty t-shirt and shorts over my swimsuit this summer. I want to wear something “cute” as a cover-up since we’re going on a vacation to the beach. Do you have any ideas for what I might shop for? I’m also thinking about how I might go straight from the beach to lunch or dinner.

Thank you!

Dear Beach Mama,

First things first: You are a beautiful woman who deserves a relaxing time at the beach, so good for you for taking the time away.

Secondly: Cover-ups are a pain for every woman. Regardless of shape, size, or age, the cover-up dilemma always seems to ask every woman to choose between the clothes that resemble those “ratty” things you mentioned or (on the very other end) clothes that resemble those that should never be seen outside of the bedroom.

Kaftans and tunics both offer women elegant alternatives. #1 is a kaftan. I adore the flowing sleeves and the loose bodice which leaves women of every body shape feeling elegant.  The key to this style is the length- much longer and it will start looking like your grandmother’s house-dress.

#2 is a tunic. This style is similar to the kaftan in that there are loads of wonderful looseness, but it’s a bit straighter and not as blouse-esque. When worn over a pair of white linen pants, both styles feel refined yet relaxed.  The only problem would be deciding which style you like most.

Maxi dresses are a second cover-up option that are insanely popular. You can find them everywhere and for every body shape.

For example, #7 #8 & #9 all have defined waists (which flatter every shape), but the waist doesn’t stop the long lean line that maxis are nice enough to supply.  Another trick is one color per dress which tends to look slimming as well.  #10 is a jersey and is very form fitting, i.e. a little less forgiving.  If you do decide to go with the maxi dress option, pick one that you can wear with confidence and everyone will see that beauty I was talking about earlier.

Something that would be lovely with both of these options would be simple metallic sandals (#3. #4). The fact that they are flats means that you won’t feel silly sinking into the sand on the beach (which would happen with heels), but the metallic kicks up the “pretty” factor just a bit. Oh, and these are something I would definitely compliment you on if we ran into one another at the grocery store after you got back from your trip. (Let’s be honest, the fashion fairy godmother loves a good justification to buy another cute pair of shoes.)

Another way to dress up a beach outfit is to ditch the big tote for evenings and carry one of these clutches (#5. #6).  The neutral and neon combo are a super fun trend that screams summer and the simplicity demands that you pare down and only carry the essentials. (Do you really need that third tube of lipstick anyway?)

Hopefully, this way of thinking would be something that carries over from your outfit to your attitude and allows you to most fully enjoy this amazing time with your family.

About Paige Meredith @ApproachingJoy: “Fabulous twenty something who’s into photography, food, fashion, fun. I blog because I believe everyones prettier when they share.” Click here to read Paige’s fabulous blog. Click here to follow her on Twitter @ApproachingJoy. Thanks, Paige, for being our Fashion Fairy Godmother this month. Great ideas!

Note from the mamas: This post originally appeared on nwaMotherlode in May 2012. It was such great advice that we wanted to re-post!

 

Fashion Fairy Godmother: Two Easter looks you’ll want to hunt for!

By Elizabeth Miller

Easter is coming up fast and as a busy girl I don’t have time to think about what I am going to be wearing on Easter Sunday.

I’ll be going home to my family and the many church friends that I haven’t seen in a while, so a big (and silly) part of me wants to look great! But I just don’t have time to go shopping all day trying to find the perfect Easter outfit.

One of my favorite things is to find a photo of an adorable outfit and recreate it. With this method, I don’t have to think about what looks good with what…I already know what to put together! It’s simple and easy.

So for this Easter, I put together a simple and elegant look that is easy to recreate:

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Pretty cute right? Some of these items happen to be extremely expensive, so I found items that look almost the exact same, for a lot better price:

Dress: Antonio Melani Quince Shadow-Stripe Dress from Dillard’s $159

Handbag: Calvin Klein Saffiano Colorblocked Wing Tote from Dillard’s $238

Shoes: Antonio Melani Sophela Dress Sandals from Dillard’s $98

Earrings: Gold Crystal Metal Flower Earrings from White House Black Market $35

Bracelet: Flower Cut Out Bracelet from Dorothy Perkins Online $15

For direct links to the websites where you can purchase each item – CLICK HERE to check out our Pinterest and right click on the pins!

Oh, and I couldn’t help but throw in an additional “look” you might want to try (but the white dress is my favorite!):

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Elizabeth Miller, intern (cropped)ABOUT ELIZABETH: Elizabeth is a junior 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 spring wardrobe) as well as her work ethic, creativity and ability to quickly grasp what we need and pull it off. Welcome, Lizzy!

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