Monthly Archives: May 2013


All signs point to neon this summer

Neon is back for the spring and summer! These electric hues aren’t for everyone, and it can be a little scary to wear. It’s easy to go over the top and end up giving everyone a headache when all you wanted was to turn heads! If you choose to try this trend, remember: Less is More! You don’t have to go neon from head to toe! Instead, carefully choose pieces in colors that look good on you. Balance neon items with neutrals like white or black. Your can also punch up a cooler toned outfit with a few neon accessories. Your goal is to add a little jolt to your look, not to channel your inner 1980s music video extra.

Rock the neon trend with bright pops of color


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Protect your eyes in style

Protecting your eyes from the sun is important as the days get longer and you spend more time in the outdoors. But saving your sight doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your style. This season’s shades are chunky, funky, and fun. Say good-bye to last year’s tiny round wireframes or rimless aviators. This season, eyewear is all about frames that are nearly as tall as they are wide.

The classic Wayfarer is back this spring. This iconic frame style adds a polished, hip touch to a tank and jeans, while still being perfect for a day at the beach. Both men and women can look for Wayfarer style sunglasses in classic black frames, as well as bolder colors.

If you want to add a touch of whimsy to your spring and summer look, opt for cat-eye sunglasses. These vintage-inspired shades evoke the glamor of Hollywood’s golden age without ever looking old-fashioned or dowdy. Choose classic black frames, or take a chance on something a little wilder like animal print.


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Stadium Fashion

Are you ready for some football? What we here in the United States call soccer the rest of the world knows as football. Not only is it an exciting game that’s perfect to enjoy in the springtime weather, it’s also a great chance to explore new fashion trends. Whether you’re on the field or in the stands, now is the perfect time to pick up soccer gear. Whether it’s the Xolos de Tijuana, with their iconic Mexican street dog mascot, or FC Dallas, home of the Texas Longhorn, that gets you cheering, you can find fan gear from jerseys to jewelry, stickers to socks. Support your team in style with T-shirts, jerseys, even bumper stickers and beer steins. Visit your team’s homepage – or their fan shop, if you’re rooting for the hometown squad – and see what you can find.

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Celebrating Mom: Tips for Mother’s Day Surprises

Mother's day celebration in family

Happy Mother’s Day!

New moms, experienced moms, grandmas, or soon to be moms; it’s that time of year again to celebrate all the moms out there! Need some help buying a gift for Mother’s Day or plan something special? Here are some tips and tricks that can help guide you.


It’s Not Always About Needs

Buying a gift based on what your mom needs isn’t a bad thing, but you have to be a little careful not to give her something too impersonal. For example, how thrilled do you really think she would be if you got her a new vacuum cleaner? Sure, it’s useful, but we want to celebrate moms being awesome, not remind them about chores. Maybe she mentioned an event she’d like to go to. Maybe she liked a pair of boots here at Designer Studio. She won’t know it, but she can easily choose the gift herself if you just pay careful attention.



Handbags are accessories that are not only stylish, but practical and functioning. Face it guys, how many of you ask your girlfriend, sister, friend, or mom to hold your stuff simply because she has a purse or handbag?  There’s a lot to consider when buying: shape, color, type, material, straps, etc. Choosing one for your mom doesn’t have to be difficult though. The most reliable things to go by are brand and color. Look through her collection to get a feel for what she likes.



Don’t be fooled! Unless you physically take your mom shoe shopping, buying shoes as a gift can be tricky. Unless you know exactly what to look for, don’t aim too high. In other words, aim for a more casual shoe than a formal high heel shoe. They’re more versatile and she’s likely to wear them more often. Look into some nice sandals or flats, but try looking at moccasins, wedge sandals, or boat shoes for more style. Even sneakers can be some really nice looking sneakers!


Stay in Season

If you’re planning on buying clothing, stick to the season. Thrifty buys are always a plus, but when gifting, keep it current and buy accordingly. I’m sure she’d like that winter coat that’s on sale for a great price, but it’s pretty useless in the the middle of May! Get something that she could wear immediately rather than something she would have to wait months for to actually use.



Just because its jewelry, doesn’t mean it will be a hit. The key here is to make sure that it matches your mom’s style. Is she relaxed and laid back? Stick to simple patterns and softer colors like stud earrings or a simple chain necklace with a stylish pendant. Is she loud and bold? Try looking for contrasting colors and unique shapes. Look into dangle earrings and unusual ring settings. In order to get a better idea of what she likes, you may have to turn into some sneaky secret agent in order to get a look through her wardrobe and jewelry box.


Good Eats

Going out to dinner is always a great option, but make sure you make reservations. Nothing is more annoying than waiting while hungry. If you want to make it more personal, make something for her! She’ll appreciate the gesture and the meal. If you’re not much of a cook, have someone help you make her something very simple. If you’re feeling courageous and and want to take on a recipe, do a couple of test trials before the real deal. It’s worth getting the kinks out and making it a success rather than having your mom try and rescue whatever it was that you burnt.


Whatever you decide to do for your mom on her special day, make sure it’s with lots of love! Do you have any traditions, advice, or shopping tips for Mother’s Day? Comment below and share your wisdom!






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Boat Shoes

Boat Shoes


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