Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Remix: The Style Guide

With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday behind us making the holiday shopping season in full swing, we thought that we would help make the stress of gift giving easier by showcasing our perfect present picks.

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Dress your party girl up for all her upcoming seasonal functions with cocktail dresses by all the heavy hitters such as Trina Turk (pictured), DVF, Yoana Baraschi, Nicole Miller, Badgley Mischka, Joseph Ribkoff and many more.

 Need a LBS (Little Black Shoe) shop classic styles by Claudia Ciuti, Claudia Espinosa, AGL, Klub Nico, and Vince Camuto.

 Add finishing touches to any ensemble with handbags by California based company Hammitt Handbags which come in all different leathers, shapes and sizes.

Dress up any outfit by adding a little bling from contemporary jewelry designers Tat2, Lisa Freede, Elizabeth & James and many more!

 With new items arriving daily and a staff of stylists here to help, make Intrigue your One Stop Shop!

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Tips for Being the Best Dressed Guest this Wedding Season

What does Nicole Miller have to say?  Check it out…how to be the best dressed guest at your next event:

We’re seeing a shift from formal to more laid-back weddings, like a brunch or afternoon affair. How do you recommend guests stay true to the style of wedding without looking too casual?

NM: It’s always better to be a little overdressed rather than underdressed in my opinion. That said, being overdressed should not mean erring on the side of formal and stuffy. It’s important to stay true to your personal style, regardless of the occasion!

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With events becoming less formal in general, what do you consider black tie appropriate now?

NM: Imagine yourself standing next to your hot date, who is wearing a tuxedo. Do you feel comfortable in your outfit? If so, then it’s black tie appropriate! Black tie these days does not have to mean a full-length gown — shorter dresses are appropriate if they have special detailing or something that sets them apart from other more casual cocktail length dresses.

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What’s your take on a guest wearing white to a wedding?

NM: Absolutely inappropriate! While I don’t believe in most fashion ‘rules’, I do not think a wedding guest should be wearing white, ivory, nude, blush, etc. The wedding is about the bride, not your wedding-esque dress choice.

If a guest wants to look great but doesn’t want to spend tons of money, where can she save and where should she splurge?

NM: Save on jewelry — costume jewelry looks just as luxe as real jewelry and is often more fashion-forward. Splurge on great tailoring. An impeccably-fitting dress will look great in photos, highlight your best assets, and conceal anything you might want hidden.

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If you’re hoping to buy only one dress to wear to multiple weddings this year, how can you mix up your look?

NM: Mix up your accessories — statement jewelry, clutches, and shoes are memorable and fun to experiment with. Bold lipstick colors can dramatically change a look too.

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How do you recommend a guest go from a day ceremony to an evening reception?

NM: Change your shoes! There’s no reason to stay in uncomfortable heels if you are planning on dancing all night at the reception.

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And most importantly… HAVE FUN!  All pictured items are available at Intrigue. Shop now, shop often!

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Opposites Attract: Black & White

Welcome Intrigue-ing Fashionistas!

As our Spring season is now in full swing, we find it fitting that our first blog blast touts trending Black and Whites. Who knew…Surprise!  The classic statement made by neutrals in contrast, bold black and hot white, comes with new direction…”Just add color, or not”!  Feel the freedom to accessorize with nature’s brights or natural neutrals.

Never out of style, we are seeing this strong craze heading straight into Fall 2014…an economic obsession!  You’ll find a zillion ways to change-up basics that make you happy and set the stage for power dressing at the office or daytime playing in style.  Dynamic evening attire is bound to express your romantic side…be brave!

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Black and white interpretations are being seen on the “RUNWAYS” of Trina Turk, Chanel, and Diane von Furstenberg, to name a few.  You can showcase your vitality by mixing prints, color blocking, wearing geometric patterns or accenting with unexpected details.

Here at Intrigue, the “REALITY” of this eternal trend is ever so present! Check out our story wall showcasing designer dresses from Joseph Ribkoff, Nicole Miller, Yoana Baraschi, and Laundry.ImageBe inspired by Intrigue’s edge and InStyle’s “Haute Minimalism”.  The magazine article notes: “REASONS TO LOVE IT!  Architectural shapes and structured fabrics give way to swirly skirts, slouchy pants, and dresses that skim the body in a stripped-down palette of black and white. It’s a citified way of dressing that radiates a cool confidence.” Looking for a more causal way to wear the trend?  Look no further as Intrigue’s sporty wearables exhibit the classic contrast addiction too!

ImageShop looks from Bailey 44, Burning Touch, Elie Tahari, and Ted Baker.

Create your own reality but resist the urge to inject a predictable pop of color. Keep the look cohesive with black or nude footwear. If you’re not used to wearing color or prints, explore a more adventurous side to your style with pattern play!  Pair a printed bottom with a crisp white top, wear a printed dress, or take it a step further by mixing prints such as polka dots with stripes to create a unique and fun look. For the faint of heart, play it safe by blending solids.

We hope you are feeling inspired to create excitement in your Intrigue-ing spring wardrobe.  Thanks for joining us!

Until next post…Bring your personal fashion fabulosity to life!

 

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