The Hiatus : A Look at 2014 Spring Trends

hello springConfession:  I’ve spent the greater part of this winter hiding under my snuggie. You could say I was staying warm and hibernating or just plain being lazy – and you would certainly be right! Once the clock struck March, I knew I had to get out there, and the excuses just wouldn’t cut it. My motivation, you say? SPRING FASHION, OF COURSE! In the tail end of this never ending winter, I’ve quietly been taking notes and stashing pieces in my closet. Despite the frosty forecast, I know that sooner or later the snow will melt and I have to emerge from this fleeced out cocoon – and I better do it in style. A girl HAS to have her priorities! Without further interruption, I bring to you the most anticipated fashion trends of this upcoming season! Spring 2014 is beckoning us to awaken from our slumber!

1. Wearable Art

SBSSS_757507Beautiful paintings on your wardrobe and shoes will be all the rage this upcoming season. If being a walking Picasso is too much for you, then pack those clothes you love into this bold luggage set that’s impossible to loose at the airport!

2. Roses are Red … and Yellow … and Blue

SBDMT_R15733601The floral motif of these Dr. Martens penny loafers captures the softer, more romantic side of Spring. Pair them with some jeans and a blazer for a subtle floral ensemble. Ready for more flower power? Tuck a bright daisy on the smaller side of your parted hair and throw on a maxi dress in full bloom, such as this V-Neck dress by Lole.

3. Black & White

 

 via whowhatwear.com

via whowhatwear.com

Classic, fresh and sophisticated, the mixing of black and white patterns can carry you from all business at the 10 AM meeting to the life of the party on a Friday night.  Polka dots, stripes, checkered prints, or just the basic, white tee and black pants – they will all work!

4. Safari

 

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It’s not just cheetah prints and neutrals this season, the jungle has been set loose! If you want to test the waters, try adding a bold shoe, such as the Safari pump by Pinup Couture or even a modest safari hat or sunglasses to get you started.

5. Embellishments

 

Break out the bedazzler and give those clothes buried in your closet the encore they’ve been waiting for! Give your favorite jeans and edge with some silver studs, or liven up a simple black tee with colored gems. If you’re just beginning, a little bit can go a long way.  For beginners this python studded sandal can add a kick of style to an otherwise demure wardrobe. If you’re ready for more, this Ariat Long sleeve shirt has just the right amount, paired off with a pair of blue jeans & boots and you’re ready to go!

 

6. Wear What Feels Good

Take in the color palettes, get inspired, and use your imagination! If you haven’t worn a crop top since your first pregnancy, or don’t even know what a bedazzler is, that’s ok! Put your own twist on things. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even the simplest change, be it a new shade of lipstick or a fresh haircut can you feel renewed this spring.

 

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Our foray into the festival world …

photo (18)This year we are entering the world of vending for music festivals. A lot of us at Shopping Blitz are die-hard music fans, long time associated with the festival scene. So we are very excited to break our cherries at the 9th annual Mountain Jam June 6-9. Our concept is the idea of a funky general store. A place to go if in the excitement you have forgotten or need to replace some key essentials, like your tent (we have all been there), sleeping bag, footwear and especially the all-important toothbrush!Hugh (17)

I say funky because well for one it’s us. And if you have ever met us in person, and we hope you do this weekend, you would know that we are nothing if not funkified! I also say funky because a lot of the products we are bringing were made to have fun in. From novelty hats, wigs and accessories we have you covered for an all out rager! Suffice it to say we are excited and nervous and ready to get up to Hunter Mountain! If you are coming we hope to see you there. If you are on fence or are hearing about the festival for the first time check out the lineup and let the music sway you!

Brands we are featuring include Life is Good, Sanuk, Havaianas, SmartWool, Violight, Oofos, Lole, Bula, Salomon, Global Vision Eyewear & more!

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Mother’s Day Special: The Woman Behind the Mom

With Mother’s Day fastly approaching (May 12), it’s time to show the women in your life some love and  appreciation. Show them how much you care by getting gifts they would choose for themselves.
Mom’s, Grandma’s, Step Mom’s, Aunts, caregivers, etc. are women first and foremost.

So buy for the unique woman behind the Mom.

Mother's Day

1. Lole St Denis Jacket  2. Kenneth Cole Reaction Ballet Flats  3. Gianna Rose Atelier Pinecone & Acorn Soaps
4.  Soft Style Cristina Pumps  5. Carve Phoebe Polarised Signature Sunglasses
6. Fusion Beauty LipFusion InFatuation Lip 7. GLAMGLOW Tingling and Exfoliating Mud Mask

Celebrating Mom’s Individual Style

Moms with StyleFor over a year I have been working alongside two working moms. The experience has taught me that there is no one mom style. Moms come in so many different packages and each with their own fashion preferences. Some still rock the stilettos, not letting anything get in the way of them and high-fashion. Others prefer flats and clothes that can be thrown on and off; in the case of spit, throw up and any other gems their kids might throw at them. Still otDown With Mom Jeanshers are into a sporty and athletic style, for a quick trip to the gym in between pick-ups and drop-offs.
One of the few commonalities is that Moms want to look good just like everyone else.

At Shopping Blitz we have a saying around the office, ‘Down with Mom Jeans.’ We hate them that much. Non-flattering and with zero creativity, mom jeans are an ongoing joke and an insult to women everywhere. Mom’s are first and foremost women. In-touch styles, figure flattering cuts and silhouettes and the wow-factor still matter to them, maybe even more so than the single girl. Because they know what they want and have little patience for anything else. In that light, we SB style gurus dedicate this collection to fashionable Mom’s everywhere!

Featuring: Lole, Soft Style, Glam Glow, Fusion Beauty, Carve, Gianna Rose Atelier, Kenneth Cole Reaction