Spring Fling…

I am so glad that groundhog’s forecast was for an early spring! My wardrobe needs a breath of fresh air and sunshine, and that’s what this season’s style has in store. I’m ready to break out my culottes, expose a little bare shoulder and tuck my coats and boots away. If you can’t tell, I’ve got spring fever–and here are a few seasonal tips and trends (as seen on Talk of Alabama this morning) to keep in mind:

  • Pantone, the company which selects an annual signature color, has chosen two for 2016: ROSE QUARTZ and SERENITY. So expect to see blush pinks and baby blues in everything from home décor to clothing and accessories for the whole family. Pastels are pretty much expected for Spring, and that will continue.
  • Wearing WHITE head-to-toe is white haute this spring.Yes, you totally CAN wear it Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Let’s put this argument away for good, shall we?  Just make sure the fabric is appropriate to the season, and that the shade of white compliments your complexion.
  • PATTERNS are a great way to add visual interest. Some will say “FLORALS for Spring? Groundbreaking!” but they are a seasonal staple. You can try something delicate like a daisy print, something more abstract and graphic, or even something a little more dark and edgy. But other options include STRIPES and GINGHAM. If you’re worried about fit or “doing too much,” try a top, sandals or purse in the print, against a more neutral outfit. Gentlemen, try a gingham tie or dress shirt would work. Ladies, try a striped cami or gingham-print shoe. The more adventurous shopper will try wearing patterns from head to toe.
  • This season is all about the chunky heel, the flat mule, sandal and slip on shoe, all of which are super easy on the feet. But what keeps it interesting are again, color, pattern and texture. Do us all a favor and be sure to get a pedicure…you can add a pop of seasonal color to your tips and toes!
  • Little DETAILS can make or complete a look this spring. There areso many to choose from: a romantic touch of lace or delicate ruffles, a long necklace that adds a touch of sparkle, textures such as tweed and laser-cut patterns. These extra little touches add a bit more oomph or edge to an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit.

Happy shopping!

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We have a winner!

Drumroll, please…congrats to BECCA, who won the “Send me to the Shops of Grand River” gift card giveaway!  Becca, please check your email; we’ll get your prize to you shortly.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Schoolin’ Life: The Shops of Grand River Back-to-School Bash

If you’re in the market for back to school gear, be sure to check out the The Outlet Shops of Grand River’s Back to School Bash, to be held tomorrow and next Saturday!  The event, scheduled from 11 AM to 5 PM, will feature fashion shows, giveaways, two live makeovers, interactive gaming, plus text-to-win prizes.

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The Summit and the Shops of Grand River to host fashion camps

Looking for fashionable and fun camp options this summer?  Then check out these upcoming camps at The Summit and the Shops of Grand River!

The Summit is hosting a day camp for girls ages 6-12; registration began in April and can be completed by visiting the Summit’s  Guest Services.  On select dates in June through August, little fashionistas will receive tips on “style, accessorizing, makeup, decorating and entertaining.”   The $65 per child fee includes lunch, a $25 Summit gift card, a gift and a graduation certificate.  Participating stores include Sephora, Barnes & Noble, Vera Bradley and Gymboree.  Campers will enjoy  a week “like fashion week in Paris, a Hollywood makeover and an elegant dinner party all rolled into one!”  For more information, call (205) 967-0111 or visit the summitonline.com

The Shops of  Grand River will host Fashion Camp with Tracy Robinson, to be held June 11 through August 3.  Attendees between the ages of 6 and 15 “will visit a host of The Outlet Shops of Grand River’s collection of favorite designer and brand name stores as they learn how to accessorize like a pro, identify prints and patterns, experiment with make-up the right way, the art of modeling, and much more.”  The $50 registration fee includes “a catered lunch, a goodie bag complete with a $25 gift card to The Outlet Shops of Grand River, the opportunity to model in the outlet center’s upcoming Back-to-School Fashion Show, plus a VIP invitation to the outlet center’s Back-to-School Bash.”  For  more information or to register, go to www.shopsofgrandriver.com.  Fashion campers may also register at Guest Services, in the Food Court.

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