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Denim Trends – Bootcut, Straight, Skinny, Flare, where is it all headed? January 23, 2020 08:00

Denim Trends – Bootcut, Straight, Skinny, Flare, where is it all headed?

You could fill any number of neoprene totes – maybe even multiples of our fabulous Haute Shore Greyson Totes – with jeans that have been trendy at one point or another in recent years. We all own a favorite pair of jeans, whether it’s those go-to skinny pair that fit like a dream, or those old boot cuts we just can’t part with. 

But where are the trends heading next? And what exactly is in right now? 

Well, the simple answer is…pretty much all of our favorite styles are still fashionable (phew, right!) with a few subtle changes here and there, like front seams, and high waists, vintage silhouettes and washes. And you may be glad to learn that ripped are here to stay as are distressed and even cropped. What about wide leg? Are those back, too? 

Let’s Go Jeans Shopping!

We checked in with the fashion experts at stylecaster.com to see what they have to say about 2020 denim. They’ve already studied the runways, so we’ll take their word for it!

  • Ripped and distressed - No, it’s not the way we feel, it’s the denim, baby. If you thought ripped and distressed were going out of style, think again as they’re so back. So dig out your pair (we know you have some back there in your closet!) 
  • Boot-cut is cool! - We were getting kinda worried that boot-cut was being pushed out by the skinny jean. But fear not, the old favorite is still hot. Boot cuts look great paired with pointy-heeled boots that peep out the front of the jean and they suit pretty much any body type. 
  • High-rise wide-leg - Long or short, wide leg jeans are not only stylish they’re also super comfy, and with the added high-waist, what’s not to love.
  • Skinny jeans - We all love ’em and live in ’em, and the good news is they’re here to stay. High-waisted skinny jeans look good paired with a jacket, t-shirts, a plain white shirt, flowy blouse – you name it.
  • The long and short of it! - Long jeans are a popular choice for 2020 and suit just about anybody. They look great with heels and accentuate a lean, long look. And on the flip side, short is also in (you just can’t go wrong with jeans styles in 2020!) Jean cut-offs, crops and capris - it’s up to you. 
  • Pleated-front jeans - Are we back in the ’80s? They sound awful but just take a look at the photos – aren’t they just cute as a button? This is the perfect opportunity for tucking in a blouse or top and to show off that trim waist with a trendy belt – so cinch it! 

 

It’s also important to think about what you wear under your jeans. After all, there’s nothing worse than a VPL, right ladies? How about trying a Hanky Panky Thong from the lovely selection we just happen to have at Body & Soul Boutique. And then to complete the ensemble, pair your favorite jeans with a classic Cosabella Talco Camisole top. 

Happy denim shopping!


Dressing for Success Starts with Shopping for Success January 3, 2020 09:00

Dressing for Success Starts with Shopping for Success

Human nature has not changed that much, first impressions still count, and like it or not, we do evaluate others on their appearance. Neatness, professionalism, style, perhaps a few tasteful accessories – like a pair of Brighton Baroness stud earrings or a Brighton Halo Necklace – go a long way in the business world. 

We’ve all admired well-dressed, professional businesswomen, who not only know what to wear but how to wear it well – like dressing up a business suit with Brighton Baroness Stud Earrings!  

Clothes Make a Statement

Carol Kinsley Goman, Ph.D., an international keynote speaker who helps leaders enhance their influence and impact skills, also wrote about this topic for Forbes a few years back. “Clothes make a strong visual statement about how you see yourself,” she said, adding that by wearing flip-flops and revealing clothing to work you may think you are expressing your personality, but “you could also be sending the message that you’re not a serious professional.” 

Goman emphasizes that as professionals we can dress differently depending on the situation, gearing our outfits to match the way we want to be perceived. “Appropriate dress is also a way of expressing respect for the situation and the people in it,” she adds. 

“Classic is always in,” says Dottie Herman, CEO of Douglas Elliman, one of 9 self-made millionaires who share how they dress to make a good first impression with The Oracles, CNBC. “Invest in a good suit and basics you can jazz up,” she adds. 

And “always dress for first class,” Holly Parker, CEO of The Holly Parker Team at Douglas Elliman, told The Oracles. “You never know when you could get upgraded or who you’ll meet. While you don’t want to be dreadfully out of place at the many offices that have a more relaxed vibe, business casual should still look professional.”

Handbags, Heart Lockets and Hair Clips

Pearls worn over a twin set might not make the statement they once did, but a trendy well-made suit with a traditional crisp white blouse (we all love white shirts, right?) can still be transformed with the right accessories. 

Take that business casual look up a notch with these stylish suggestions: 

  • Add layers with a Cosabella Talco Camisole for added interest
  • If you want to stay true to your sexy self-identity, wear a Hanky Panky Thong from Body & Soul
  • Tame your un-tame-able locks with a Brighton Hair Clip


Not sure if a Brighton Heart Locket or Brighton Halo Necklace is the right finishing touch for your work look? The staff at Body & Soul Boutique can help you choose an outfit for any occasion and the accessories to make it pop!


Save Yourself (as well as your money): Stay Home on Black Friday! November 21, 2019 08:00

Save Yourself (as well as your money): Stay Home on Black Friday!

The Thanksgiving leftovers are in the refrigerator and the goodnights have all been said. It’s time to turn your thoughts to the next holiday on your calendar! You have your gift list organized (well, pretty well organized). You know that Amy wants a Brighton hair clip, a Brighton locket necklace would be perfect for your niece and, be honest, you’re hoping to find a Cosabella Talco camisole for yourself. 

You’re getting your parents theater tickets (what a great idea!), but you’re still not sure what to get for your boyfriend. Or your boss.  Or your sister. Ok, so maybe your list still needs a little work. But that’s ok. Because it’s Black Friday – and you have your laptop all charged up and ready to go.

That’s right. There’s no need to brave the crazy crowds on Black Friday. We have lots of great gift ideas for you – from an exciting selection of designers, including Last Tango, Cosabella Hanky Panky, Little Words Project, Trina Turk and, of course, Brighton! 

Besides, Black Friday wasn’t meant to be a shopping day. “Ironically the name ‘Black Friday’ was supposed to keep people from not going shopping on the day after Thanksgiving,” Country Living tells us. “Even though Black Friday is now one of the biggest shopping days of the year, in 1966 the Philadelphia Police Department started referring to the day of shopping deals as Black Friday in hopes that it would deter people from adding to the traffic and commotion before the Army-Navy football game that same weekend.”

The Dark Truth About Black Friday

According to Tom Risen, a staff writer at U.S. News & World Report, however, “The day was dubbed ‘Black Friday’ back in the 1960s, when account books were still kept using pen and ink and the day's sales helped move stories out of the ‘red’ (losses) and into the "black" (profits). Since then, times -- and shopping habits -- have changed.” 

Risen also reported that on Black Friday:

  • Americans spend more time shopping on Thanksgiving weekend than they do visiting Disney hot spots.
  • In 2011, Walmart attracted more than 22 million people to its stores  on Thanksgiving Day. That's more than the 18.5 million people who visit Disneyworld in Florida every year, or the 16 million who visit Disneyland in California. 
  • Fifty-five percent of Americans -- approximately 133.7 million people -- shopped in stores or online during Thanksgiving weekend that same year, according to the National Retail Federation. 
  • Surprise! “Some deals aren't really deals,” Risen says, referring to a study from WalletHub that indicated that 14 percent of products will have prices on Black Friday similar to their normal in-store costs.

And perhaps the single, most compelling reason to stay home on Black Friday and shop comfortably from home from our selection of beautiful Brighton stud earrings, Brighton lockets, stylish handbags, neoprene totes and more… 

“More people die while shopping [on Black Friday] than in shark attacks,” Risen reports. “Seven people have died and 98 have been injured in the U.S. while Black Friday shopping.” And that was just for the period 2006 to 2012. “That's more people injured or killed by fellow shoppers than by sharks.” 

Happy Thanksgiving.  Stay safe out there!  


Thank You to Our Veterans November 5, 2019 09:00

Thank You to Our Veterans

We have a real history buff on the staff at Body & Soul Boutique (that’s the upscale bricks-and-mortar counterpart of ShopBody.com and, as savvy shoppers in South Florida know, it’s the place to go for Brighton accessories and jewelry (we’re talking everything form Brighton sandals to Brighton heart lockets!).  

Anyway, our history buff was talking about Veterans Day. It’s become kind of a low-key holiday for most Americans, but it represents something very important. 

The History of Veterans Day 

Veterans Day, which is always celebrated on November 11, was originally known as Armistice Day and it was first celebrated on Nov. 11, 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I, which was known as the “war to end all wars” or simply as The Great War. By the time the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles, France, more than 18 million had died. Another 23 million were wounded.

Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who gave their lives in military service to our nation, Veterans Day was intended to be a day to honor all those who served in the military. 

Celebrate Veterans 

Remember that old saying, “Actions speak louder than words”? Well, we decided that Veterans Day would be a great day to prove how true those words are! And we found some great ideas we thought we’d share.  

We thank Good Housekeeping for these suggestions on ways to show a veteran you care:

  • Donate to a local veterans organization. As Good Housekeeping points out, you can, “Help veterans in your home state by donating to a local organization that supplies veterans with things they and their families might need. Bigger scale charities like AMVETS and the National Military Family Association are also great options to help soldiers, veterans, and their families cope in times of need.”
  • Visit a war memorial. Who says you can only express your appreciation for our service men and women on Veterans Day?!  You could plan to visit a war memorial on your next family road trip. As GH says, “At the Vietnam Veterans MemorialWorld War 1 MemorialWorld War II Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial, you can educate your kids about our country's history and give yourself a much-needed reminder about the sacrifices of others.”
  • Listen to their stories. This was our favorite. Think about it, “Veterans have first-person accounts of history. If they feel comfortable talking about their wartime experiences, ask them to share a memory with you — if they don't wish to talk about difficult topics, ask them about a favorite life memory. Listen intently so you can share their words — and celebrate their lives — for years to come.”


The Greyson Tote from Haute Shore is another subtle way you can express your support of our military men and women. We like to think this neoprene tote blends style and functionality with just the right amount of patriotic pride.

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