3 Blogger-Approved Ways to Style Shoulder Details

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

The weather is (finally!) starting to get warmer, which means spring fashion trends are back and better than ever. Varying shoulder details will be popular in 2017, so this week, we asked three style bloggers to share their favorite versions of the look.

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Shoulder Details

Andrea of Blonde Bedhead loves how embroidered shoulder details help her channel her free spirit.

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“I can’t get enough of shoulder details lately, whether they’re featured on a top or a dress. They create playful, bohemian vibes that remind me of carefree springs and summers. I especially love the chevron embroidery on this shirt! The look has ‘free spirit’ written all over it – and I’m trying to channel my inner Zen and go with the flow a bit more! I styled the top with high waist ankle jeans, chunky ankle boots and a crochet choker that matched the sleeves’ design.”

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Cold Shoulder

Lisa, the blogger behind LMP Collections, says cold shoulder tops are the perfect match for her comfy, bohemian style.

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“My go-to spring style could definitely be described as comfortable bohemian with a touch of my own flare! Cold shoulder tops are a fun addition to any outfit – I styled mine tied at the waist and paired with casual, printed bottoms. I knotted the shirt at the hem to create separation from the wide leg pants; then topped off the look by adding a brown leather bag and my signature accessory, round sunglasses!”

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Off-the-Shoulder

Sam of Samantha Elizabeth is drawn to off-the-shoulder tops that are both fun and flattering.

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“With spring right around the corner, I’ve had the urge to update my wardrobe! I’m drawn to items that are flattering and fitting for this phase of life as a new mom, so lately, off-the-shoulder tops have been catching my eye. They are flirty, fun and show skin in just the right place…making me feel comfortable and confident at the same time. This particular top from Meijer has ¾ sleeves, which I love, and the tie detail at the elbow adds something unique. The neckline can be worn completely off the shoulder for a more dramatic look (or a night out), or up and more on top of the shoulder for daytime activities!”

Need more style inspiration to help you rock shoulder details? Discover cold shoulder tops for every body type or what bra to wear with off-the-shoulder shirts.

Melissa’s Dreams Come True During a Day with Stacy London

Following her recent partnership with Meijer’s Massini brand, style guru Stacy London selected three Meijer Team Members to spend the day shopping. She styled each woman and shared the latest and greatest Massini trends, available exclusively at Meijer. After their personal styling session, the women enjoyed a hair and makeup tutorial, compliments of L’Oreal. Read on to learn more about team member Melissa’s experience, and see exclusive footage from her style experience with Stacy London.

Melissa Stacy London

Name: Melissa

How would you describe your personal style?

I honestly don’t know if I have one particular style that defines me. I love clothing that’s both cute and comfortable, and I end up wearing a lot of black – even though I love color! However, my obsession is with jewelry and makeup. I tend to pair bold accessories with clothing in classic shades of black, navy and grey to balance out.

I want to be trendy, but I’m in my 40s and can’t wear the “younger” fashion pieces. Fit and sizing are always a concern when trying to define my style.

Based on your past, what comes to mind when you think of body positivity?

Years ago, a cardigan was my go-to clothing item because they covered me up, and that’s what I thought I needed: to cover up! I used to only focus on being a mom and raising my son without spending any time on myself. Over the years, my friends helped me focus more on myself and my own well-being, which has led to a much-appreciated confidence boost. Now I know I still have plenty of life to live, and want to treat myself to the life I deserve.

For ages I’ve had to shop in a separate plus-size section – which always seems to feature pieces meant to “cover you up.” I don’t want to look like I’m 20 years older just because my size is a little bigger than the average woman. I think it’s fabulous Meijer is the first to incorporate plus-size clothes into the women’s section, so everyone can shop and wear the same trendy styles together!

So why were you looking forward to a day with Stacy London?

I’ve wanted to meet Stacy London since I first heard about her 15 years ago and used to beg friends and family to put me on her show! Stacy is so full of life, energy and positive vibes, and I’ve always wanted to pick her brain on how she manages to inspire so many people.

I know I’m ready for the next phase of my personal fashion. I just got out of my funky-mom-phase and am trying to really live again. I would like to be more confident about my style choices. At the end of the day, meeting Stacy is even more about me than the fashion – this is truly a check on the bucket list!

How did this experience affect your current fashion choices and the way you view your style?

My styling session was phenomenal, and it was surreal getting to meet Stacy. Though she did help me improve some of my fashion choices, it actually meant so much that she complimented me on how I looked before the process!

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The best advice Stacy gave you… go!

Never try on just one piece at a time – try on an entire outfit. You might not need to buy the entire outfit, but you’ll have a much better idea of what the whole ensemble will look like.

What was the most surprising part of your styling experience?

Stacy put me in some pieces I probably wouldn’t have selected for myself: smaller sizes (which felt amazing!) and different style options. I don’t think I would have chosen this top for myself, and I know I would never have tried it on – but I love it!

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With all your fresh fashion knowledge, what is your new go-to clothing item?

I love the boots I’m wearing right now. Although they’re heels (and I never wear heels), I think they look fabulous with the outfit I have on. I also love the other pieces I’m wearing – I just would never have picked them out for myself!

What do you want other Meijer Style shoppers to know about this experience?

It’s been neat to watch Stacy at work, as she’s really taken the time to get to know each of us and our style. We all got to try on a ton of new outfits, and she wanted to make sure she found exactly the right look for each of us. Actually, that was my favorite piece of it: how much effort she put into making sure the new Massini line really worked for our bodies, instead of the other way around.

Any final thoughts on this experience?

I just want to say thank you – I’ve started 2017 in such an amazing situation! In a million years I wouldn’t have guessed that working for Meijer would one day give me the opportunity to spend a day with Stacy London. Thanks for making my dream come true!

Stay tuned for more stories from Meijer team members on their experiences with Stacy London!

Spring Break’s Must-Have Fashion and Beauty Essentials

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Nicole from Class to Closet to share her must-have products and styles for the perfect spring break vacation.

It’s that time of year again! Spring break is a glorious week that allows us to escape to a tropical destination (and save ourselves from the frigid temps of home). I don’t know about you, but I live in Ohio and it gets very cold here in the winter. Every year, I look forward to taking a trip and getting away from the chill, so today I’m sharing my travel essentials that make for a carefree spring break – without breaking the bank!

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The first go-to is my favorite sun protection combo: a high-quality sunscreen + dry oil. I’ll use the sunscreen on the places where I tend to burn, like my face and chest, but will apply the dry oil on the rest of my body to prep for a tan.

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I love Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport sunscreen because it stays on, even if I’m sweating or decide to get into the water! As far as oils go, Banana Boat Dry Oil with SPF 8 has amazing multitasking capabilities – with infused argan oil, it both moisturizes and tans.

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My next essentials are a super cute swimsuit cover-up and an adorable printed bikini. I found this Wave Zone tunic at Meijer and fell in love! First off, the color is on point – a solid teal will accentuate your tan, plus it matches any (and every) shade of swimsuit. Second, it has the most beautiful crochet detailing, which makes it stand out from other simple styles. Finally, I absolutely fell in love with the neckline – it’s super flattering. I can’t wait to sport this cover-up at the beach!

When it’s time to take off the cover-up and soak up some sun, I’ll be rocking this Inmocean bikini. The high neckline is super trendy, and the floral print is perfect for a spring vacation.

When the day is done, I can transition my beachy outfit from day to night with a pair of chunky, cut-out Massini sandals. The block heel is my favorite shoe trend for spring, and I love that they go with my bikini AND a classy dinner outfit. These sandals are a staple transition piece this season!

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As far as beach beauty, I absolutely have to have a sea salt spray and the perfect shade of nail polish. Who doesn’t love the loose waves they get from being in the ocean? I love spraying Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Spray in my hair before going out to dinner, in order to really bring out my natural waves. As far as nail style, Essie’s “Bahama Momma” is the perfect fuchsia color to bring out your new-found tan!

While I’m lying out on the beach, my personal favorite thing to do is read. Before I leave for a trip, I love picking up a summer-inspired book to bring along. This year I picked up “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub and cannot wait to read it!

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When it comes to the actual traveling portion of your spring break trip, a cozy-yet-chic outfit is the way to go. This RBX oversized grey sweatshirt is incredibly comfortable, but I still feel put together while wearing it out and about. I think the plain grey top goes super well with these RBX printed army green leggings, which are totally on trend and beautifully feminine.

To complete the casual outfit, oversized Massini sunglasses pull everything together, while also covering up my makeup-less face. And the frame is perfect for transitioning from airport to beach!

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As soon as I land in my dream destination, I always refresh my skin and makeup to start the trip off on the right foot. At Meijer, I picked up this super cute London Soho New York makeup bag to hold all my touch-up essentials.  After spending hours in the sky, my skin needs some TLC right when I arrive. I like to pop on a Freeman face mask to truly freshen up my skin, as it cleanses and hydrates at the same time!

Speaking of freshening up, I also always keep a safety stick of deodorant in my bag for quick application. Secret deodorant in Summerberry is a perfectly fresh scent for spring break!

To finish up my refreshed look, I always carry a girl’s best friends: quality mascara and a summer lip color. This Maybelline mascara is one of my favorites because it’s easy to apply and doesn’t get clumpy. Finally, this NYX lip butter gloss in Peaches and Cream – a beautiful hot pink – is the perfect way to finish up my look, while keeping my lips looking lovely and moisturized all day!

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What are your must-have items when packing for the perfect spring break vacation?

Nicole is the fashionista behind Class to Closet, a blog about a college student navigating life and style. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Pretty in Pink

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Candace from Live, Love and Read to share how she’s styling this spring’s pink trend, from blush styles to bold beauty.

Supposedly, Greenery is the 2017 Color of the Year. However, if you’ve had your ear to the ground, you’ll know that pink is really shaping up to be the star color for 2-0-1-7. Yes, PINK.

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From the red carpet to Paris Fashion Week to the streets, pink is without a doubt the go-to color if you are looking to make a statement. Before you tune me out, when I say statement, I do not mean the frou-frou, girly girl notation that has been attached to the color pink for years! In fact, you can pretty much say goodbye to all the negative pink stigmas.

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While the color undoubtedly still represents femininity, it now represents it in a much more powerful, daring and unique way. Now granted, most of us gals won’t be waltzing the red carpet in a bright pink gown like Zoe Saldana did at the Golden Globes. But there are a few subtle – yet not so subtle – ways we can integrate pink back into our wardrobe for the coming spring season.

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I like to take the CIAC approach: clothing item, accessory and cosmetic. Categorizing pink by item will allow a bit more ease and efficiency as you aim to think pink again.

Look 1: CLOTHING ITEM

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Thinking pink in terms of your clothing can be a challenge… for the simple fact that it’s pink. Changing one’s mindset in regards to color requires time. No worries. You do not have to jump in six feet deep. Take it easy by exploring the softer side of pink.

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A blush top with a dramatic sleeve still has the same impact as a bright pink top. The wide neckline on this pale top is also a fun take on this year’s cold shoulder trend.

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For those of you who feel a bit more daring, try a printed palazzo pant with a shade of pink as the focal point and layering it with a complimentary pink top and a few classic accessory pieces.

DETAILS:
Tru Self Peasant Top, Celebrity Pink Skinny Jeans, Massini Lyon Crossbody, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (09 Abu Dhabi)

Ultra-Flirt Cold Shoulder Swing Top, Ultra-Flirt Palazzo Pant, Ivy Semi Precious Ink Necklace, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (09 Abu Dhabi)

Look 2: ACCESSORY 

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Personally speaking, I think accessories are the icing to an outfit. If you are not quite ready to commit to pink through your clothing items, accessories are a great alternative. You can go as loud or as subtle as you desire.

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This slightly masculine look, which is an aesthetic majorly trending this year, is given instant femininity by completing it with a soft pink handbag and complimentary bracelet set. While the sunglasses are dominantly gold, the pink hues beneath the gold create an effect that allows a hint of pink in your eyewear without having too much.

DETAILS:
Massini Parka Jacket, Ultra-Flirt Short Sleeve Top + Choker, Celebrity Pink Ankle Skinny Jean, Massini Crossbody, Massini Sunglasses, Warm Stackable Bracelet Set, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (09 Abu Dhabi)

Look 3: COSMETIC

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When it comes to living on the LOUD side of color, we tend to take a few steps back. As we’ve discussed, wearing a BRIGHT pink top or pant may be a bit unnerving and too loud in rediscovering color.

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However, when it comes to exploring color, there is no such thing as too bright in cosmetic land. If you are itching to go super bright with pink, but are not feeling confident enough to make that statement with your clothing, opt for a bright pink lip color!

DETAILS:
Massini by Stacy London Chambray Dress, Massini Lyon Crossbody, Fine Jewelry Bangles, Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor (605 HD Obsessions)

With spring on the horizon, this is the perfect time to be pretty in pink. Just remember that pink is indeed in, and utilize CIAC to approach your color exploration systematically! We’ve all heard the saying: slow and steady wins the race. Take it from a stylist – the same thing applies to style!

Candace is the fashionista behind Live, Love and Read, a blog full of lovely tips for fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Sporty-Chic Outfit Inspiration for Every Personal Style

There are so many great aspects of athleisure – it’s comfortable, it’s versatile, what’s not to love? Style bloggers are raving about a new fashion-forward take on active wear, so we’re sharing our favorite looks to give you some fresh outfit inspiration. Whether your style is feminine or edgy, these sporty-chic staples just became your new wardrobe must-haves.

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Athletic-inspired leggings

Cult-favorite Adidas is known for striped pants – which makes these trendy Meijer leggings feel instantly sporty. The best part about the cute, stretchy bottoms? You can change your entire look based on how you choose to style them.

To put a feminine spin on the active-inspired look, wear floral-patterned leggings with an off-the-shoulder top. Opt for a neutral shade to ensure you complement your print instead of distracting from it.

If you’re shooting for a look that’s laidback, yet edgy, stick to a solid monochromatic theme from your head to your toes. Pair black and white pants with a classic white tee, then finish off the look with neutral shoes and accessories (more on that later!).

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Sporty-chic dresses

For a casual and comfy take on the dressed-up athleisure trend, opt for a loose, cotton dress with all-white or all-black tennies. You could go super simple with a straight, solid style, or spice things up with a print like tie-dye. Either way, stick to a greyscale color palette to keep your look fresh and modern. Whether you prefer a crisp, clean look or a playful, carefree vibe, this one-piece wonder looks great on everyone.

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Monochromatic accessories

To prove your athletic-inspired outfit is definitely not meant for the gym, pair with crisp black and white accessories.  Traditional Keds are totally adorable, but don’t shy away from details like lace! Finally, a pair of neutral tortoise shell frames will bring an effortless vibe to your ensemble. Opt for sunglasses if you’re headed out and about, or try faux eyeglasses if you’re feeling extra bold!

Once you’ve got your neutrals on lock, add a pop of color to your look with these blogger-approved makeup trends.

The Must-Have Active Items for Winter Outdoor Running

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Bruna of Style Mile to show us the must-have active items for moving our running workouts outdoors this winter.

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I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with running. I’m prone to shin splints and I live in Michigan, so let’s be honest – jogging in the cold weather doesn’t make it on to my to-do list often. But I’ve recently decided to give running another chance. I’m not aiming for a certain speed or distance; I just want to get out there! Whether I run one mile or four, I’ll be happy just the same.

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As it turns out – and I’ve said this before – exercising in cute clothes makes the (sometimes daunting) task feel a LOT easier. I needed warm and affordable styles to help me brave the great outdoors, so I visited my local Meijer to do some active wear shopping.

outerwear for running

athletic leggings with mesh cutouts

The first thing I saw was THE cutest pair of RBX leggings. They’re fashionable, flattering and they keep me warm (even with mesh cutouts down the leg!). You better believe I’ll be wearing these all winter – they’re perfect for outdoor workouts AND a casual brunch with friends.

Next, I picked out a cozy RBX jacket to match. It keeps out the cold, but is lightweight enough that I don’t have to shed any layers mid-run.

Finally, to keep my ears toasty, I grabbed a neutral-colored MTA Sport beanie. It looks adorable with a low braid, low bun or ponytail! For the warmer days, I also picked up a MTA Sport headband – it’s thick enough to cover my ears, but doesn’t constrict my head too much (don’t you hate that?!).

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While I’m not racing against the clock on most of my runs, I still love tracking my time with the Polar FT4 training watch – it comes in multiple colors, so you can choose your favorite! It also includes a heart rate monitor, which helps me make sure I stay in a healthy and comfortable zone. It’ll be fun to see my time improve as I stick to this new running routine!

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Finally, on days where I can’t hit the pavement until the sun is already down, I like to toss on a Stanley Waterproof head lamp for a little extra light. I also like to wear a set of Avia reflective gloves in order to stay safe near any late-night traffic.

Now that I’m all geared up for the cold weather, I’m ready to rack up the miles in fab style!

Bruna is the fashionista behind Style Mile, a blog where fashion, life and learnings all come together. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

How to Build an Active Wardrobe in Under $75

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Danielle of Lou What Wear to share how to build a brand new active wardrobe under $100, and how to stay stylishly on trend for your New Year’s resolutions!

Let’s be honest – sometimes New Year’s resolutions are a little vague. If I want to make any change, I need my goals to be more concrete. Two years ago, I made my New Year’s goal to run the Kentucky Derby Mini-Marathon. Now I’m running it back (no cheesy pun intended but I’m happy about it) and making it my goal for 2017. May even try to take it up a notch by attempting to finish faster than my first attempt! It’s a little ambitious, but I think it can happen.

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Running long distances hasn’t always been my bag, but I re-found the joy in it last time I trained. Before then, you couldn’t pay me to run more than one or two miles straight. Now I actually enjoy (I know, I’m the worst) a good, long run.

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There’s something almost mind-numbing about it, in the same way I find coloring or doing a puzzle relaxing. Lately, I’ve been using the time to catch up on my favorite TV shows, so running for 45+ minutes is a breeze!

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That’s not to say that I still don’t need a lot of motivation to get my butt on the treadmill. New workout gear has a somewhat magical way of making me actually want to work out. Yes, it’s totally ridiculous but I can’t be the only one that is motivated by new gear.

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I’ve recently gone on a bit of an activewear shopping spree, and this whole outfit was less than $100 (no like, WAY less than $100). Picking up this essential wardrobe was super easy at Meijer because they had such trendy choices for all my must-haves:

  • MTA Sport Legging ($12): I’ve worn these pants a few times already and everyone was so surprised when I told them they were a Meijer find! I love that the fabric allows for full flexibility, and the ombre design adds that little bit of extra motivation for hitting the pavement in style.
  • MTA Sport High Impact Sports Bra ($15): How cute is the back of this bra? I’ve been on a bit of a black and white kick lately, so this fits my personal style bill while adding that bit of back detail that makes the whole look come together.
  • MTA Sport Fast Drinks Tank ($11): The perfect top for showing off my fabulous new sports bra! The open back of this tank is also ideal for wicking away any worked-up sweat from my long run.
  • MTA Sport Sweatshirt ($23): This sweatshirt is beyond comfy. It may be getting more use for my trips to the couch than my trips to the treadmill (#sorryimnotsorry).

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Yes, I may have veered into the activewear section on my last marathon shopping trip. It makes getting groceries way more fun when you come home with new gear.

meijer activewear workout gear new year

But back to the running, if anyone has a few great playlists or new shows to watch – send them my way. I’m going to need all the help (and by help I mean distractions) I can get!

Danielle is the fashionista behind Lou What Wear, a lifestyle blog showcasing personal style, whether that be home décor, beauty or fashion. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Photos by Danielle Martin – Chapter 25 Photography 

What’s in Your Gym Bag? All the Necessities You Need to Crush Your Next Workout

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If hitting the gym on the regular is a new habit or resolution, it can be tough to remember exactly what to bring. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. From the best gear and apparel to our favorite snacks and shower supplies, here’s everything you should pack in your gym bag this year.

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First things first… collect your workout attire.

Bold shades and prints remain a hot athleisure trend, so choose a bright (and supportive) sports bra to pair with your colorful, patterned leggings.

As for your top, a moisture-wicking tank is definitely the best choice. Your sweat will evaporate quickly and easily, keeping you cool and dry throughout your entire routine. It’s also a good idea to have a sweatshirt on hand – you might want it for your warm up or if you take your workout outside.

Finally, it’s always important to remember your athletic shoes and socks (unless you’re planning to practice your yoga flow, of course).

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Next, pack your gym necessities. We’re talking post-workout snacks, shower essentials and more.

During your workout, you’ll need a water bottle and headphones. They’ll keep you motivated and hydrated until it’s time to cool down.

Post-workout, it’s important to have a high-protein snack (or two) to refuel. Energy bars, almond butter and fruit are all great choices. When it comes to re-hydration, opt for electrolyte-filled drinks in addition to your water.

When you’re feeling re-energized and ready to hit the showers, you’ll want to have lotion and a hair brush on hand. For pain-free detangling, pick up a Wet Brush at Meijer – they’re specially made for damp locks, so they comb through hair effortlessly.

Finally, if you don’t have time to shower, make sure to use a face wipe. It’s crucial to remove sweat from your skin to prevent breakouts!

Now that you’ve got your fitness essentials on lock, time to get to the gym and crush your next workout!

New Year, New You: The Best Gear to Help You Keep Your Resolutions

No matter what healthy resolution you set for yourself in 2017, having the right gear could be the difference between abandoning your goals or celebrating at the finish line. Whether you’re a veteran yogi or a fitness newbie, pick up these healthy essentials to make sure you crush your resolutions – and look great doing it.

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If getting more exercise is a top priority, don’t roll the dice with whatever tennis shoes you have laying around the house. New running shoes with extra cushioning will protect your ankles (and knees!) from long runs, while low-profile training shoes will make sure you keep your form during weight training.

Beyond keeping you cool, technical fabrics in bright colors are an easy way to get in the mood for exercising. This year it’s all about neon, so skip the muted neutrals in favor of vivid pinks and greens to really make a statement.

Whether you’re practicing vinyasas at the studio or lifting hand weights during your favorite TV show, don’t forget to refuel when you’re done. Apples and bananas are a great source of vitamins, and if your workout was over an hour, grab a protein bar to tide you over until your next meal.

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If your beau’s resolution is to log less screen time, why not get the whole family involved? Try shooting hoops or organizing a touch football tournament for a fun way to get everyone’s heart rate up. Flip top water bottles are perfect for touting around, while protein shakes make sure he’ll recover in time for tomorrow’s rematch.

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Whether you’re into sweet, savory or something in between, it’s never been easier to get the protein you need to fuel your resolutions. Experiment with different snacks to see which one you like best – from Greek yogurt to on-the-go smoothies, there’s a healthy option your family is sure to love.

Now that you’ve got the right gear, get out there and make 2017 your best year yet!

5 Lounge Looks to Try this Holiday Season

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Lisa of LMP Collections to share her favorite lounge looks for a cozy winter afternoon.

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During the holiday season, there is nothing better than staying in and cozying up in your comfiest winter clothes. And the best part of all? It’s totally possible to look cute and be comfortable at the same time. Whether you’re opening presents with your family or hosting a holiday party with friends, there’s a perfect lounge look for every occasion.

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Coffee o’Clock

I love to be cozy while spending time at home with my family during the holidays! These soft pants, graphic tee and slippers from Meijer are the perfect outfit to relax in while sipping hot coffee and sharing Christmas memories.

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Present-Time

What makes Christmas morning even better? Waking up wearing cute holiday pajamas! Bundle up in a warm blanket, a ‘Meet Me Under the Mistletoe’ tee and flannel PJ pants, and you’ll be ready to open up your presents in no time. You can even hide your bedhead with a go-to knit hat (because who has time to style their hair on Christmas morning?). Everyone knows pictures will be taken while exchanging gifts, so you may as well wear something festive to remember!

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holiday lounge look robe comfy

Up and Around

Another easy way to stay warm is to throw on a fuzzy robe! This robe has been my go-to this season – it’s the perfect choice after coming home from a long day of Christmas shopping in the chilly, snowy weather. It’s also much easier to wear than trying to keep bundled in a blanket (especially when you’re making hot cocoa and baking cookies!).

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holiday lounge look sweater dress scarf

Cozy Boho

My style usually leans toward a bohemian vibe, so this sweater, scarf and sock combo from Meijer is the perfect look for setting decorations with my family. Plus, if you’re headed out of the house to pick up more presents or décor, all you need is a pair of jeans, boots and coat and you’re ready to brave the cold. I’m all about this warm, cozy outfit!

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Time to Party

Looking for something comfy and cute to wear for your casual Christmas parties? My go-to is always a cozy dress paired with an oversized cardigan. I love the boho print because it pairs well with my green sweater (it’s not a Christmas party without red and green, am I right?). Finally, complete this laidback look with your favorite pair of snow boots. Pro tip: If your festivities are a little more formal, you can dress this outfit up by trading your cardi for a fur coat and your boots for heels. Voila!

Which cozy look will you try this season?

Lisa is the fashionista behind LMP Collections, a style, fashion and lifestyle blog taking inspiration from both current and past trends. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

The Best Last-Minute Gifts for Everyone on Your List

We’ve all been there – with just a few days left of the holiday season, you realize you haven’t found the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to get all you need at one place. So if you’re already out shopping for food or festive décor, here are a few last-minute presents your friends and family are sure to love (and they’re all things you can find at your local one-stop shop: Meijer!).

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For the ladies

Whether it’s your mom, sister, daughter or a friend, all of your best girls will love these thoughtful gifts.

  1. Chocolates from Ghirardelli or Ferrero Rocher are a great stocking stuffer for anyone with a sweet tooth. Bite-sized treats are best – they’ll last longer (and they’re easier to share!).
  2. You can’t go wrong gifting gloves or mittens since the weather is so chilly during the holiday season. There’s always a need for extra warm accessories!
  3. There’s no such thing as too much jewelry, so your gals will love a new bracelet or watch. Opt for neutral metallic tones like gold or silver – that way, your gift is guaranteed to match all their favorite outfits.
  4. If you’re shopping for a family member or a close friend, you could pick out a sweater or a pair of pajama pants. If you understand their style and know what size they need, they’ll appreciate the thought you put into this present!
  5. If you’re not sure what treats or trends your ladies like, opt for a cute knickknack or unique household item – whether it’s a coffee mug, a chevron frame or a polka-dot phone case.

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For the guys

Not sure what to buy for your dad, bro or S.O.? Here are a few foolproof ideas the men in your life are sure to love.

  1. A new mug or thermos + your guy’s favorite beverage = an easy and useful combo that they’ll definitely appreciate. Some drinks even come in gift boxes this time of year!
  2. For men that are dreaming of warmer, sunnier days, brand new golf balls are a great holiday gift. They’ll love having them on-hand when they’re ready to hit the course again.
  3. But with winter’s not-so-warm weather, puffy vests + plaid are a must-have pair this season. Your guy will stay just the right amount of toasty if he ventures outside on a mild winter day.
  4. For guys that like to spend a night in now and then, a new Blu-Ray or DVD is the perfect present. Opt for a blockbuster that just hit stores or their favorite flick of all time!
  5. While the ladies in your life buy new wallets on the regular, your dad, brother or husband might be in need of an upgrade. Choose a billfold in brown or black leather – it’s a sleek, classic style that all guys appreciate.

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For the kiddos

Need to cross your child, niece or nephew off your list? Here are a few simple gift ideas for kids of all ages.

  1. A goofy board game like Pie Face or a Disney movie like Finding Dory will keep your child laughing all winter long. You might enjoy getting in on the fun, too. 🙂
  2. If your child loves cuddling or has lots of furry friends, choose a brand new stuffed animal they can add to their collection. Tie a bow around its neck and leave it under the tree for them to find!
  3. Washable paint + brushes are a great gift for children with an artsy side. They’ll have a blast creating their unique masterpieces – plus, the kid-friendly color shouldn’t stain their clothes or your carpet (in case they get extra creative or messy).
  4. A winter hat featuring the child’s favorite character is a win-win – they’ll stay warm (which you’ll love) while repping their character of choice (which they’ll love).
  5. Finally, if you’re brave enough to withstand your child’s inevitable sugar rush, candy is a great (and easy) holiday stocking stuffer.

Already finished your shopping, but need some outfit inspiration? Here are some blogger-approved accessories to pair with your holiday ensemble.

How to Make Your Holiday Look Sparkle

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

With the holiday season officially underway, many of us are stressing about what to wear to our plethora of December parties. To ease that stress in style, this week we’re welcoming Candace of Live, Love and Read to show us how to create brand-new holiday looks by simply adding the must-try accessories of the season.

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday officially under our belts, we can welcome December with arms wide open! I’m still in awe of how quickly December arrived this year. It feels like yesterday that we were celebrating the beginning of 2016 and suddenly here we are celebrating the most wonderful time of the year AGAIN!

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While I am certain we all love the holiday season for different reasons, there is one thing most of us gals have in common and that is creating the ultimate holiday wardrobe. If we are being completely honest with ourselves, most of us do not have a dedicated wardrobe collection for our annual roundup of holiday soirees. And guess what? There really isn’t any need to when we have JEWELRY. Accessories are a simple, sure fire way to instantly transform a look without breaking the bank.  Oh – not to mention – accessorizing provides you with an opportunity to showcase your unique personal style.  Now that holiday festivities have arrived, here are a couple ways you can make your holiday look sparkle!

Look 1: The Golden Hues

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Not every holiday party is a fancy one. Sometimes you just need that perfect dressy-casual look with the right accessories to make a statement. When it comes to holiday style, we tend to gravitate toward the usual red, green and black combination and forget all about the pretty golden hues that also represent the holiday season. Rather than going for what’s comfortable, I encourage you to explore everyday accessories like bangles and simple earrings in gold.

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When styled with the right pieces, gold can make the perfect holiday statement without trying too hard.  It’s very subtle, but impactful. Rather than stacking with one bangle, layer with three to make an even larger statement.

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Also incorporate a large cocktail ring for an extra pop of sparkle! If you choose to go this route for any of your upcoming festivities, be sure to go with a soft pink or nude lip to really heighten the golden hues of your accessories.

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DETAILS:

Falls Creek Sweater

Celebrity Pink Skinny Jeans

Massini Crossbody Handbag

Fine Jewelry Earrings

Fine Jewelry Cocktail Ring

Fine Jewelry Bangles

Cover Girl Lipstick (Color: 340 Delicious)

 

Look 2: The Classic Statement Earring

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I will forever say this until my dying days, but sometimes less is more! When creating a holiday look that involves print, opt for the classic statement earring.  You want the print to be the focal point of the look and not the jewelry.

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Since this dress is a mock neck, I opted for a medium size statement earring with silvery crystals to ensure this look had that holiday-esque feel.

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While less is most definitely more, I love the idea of wearing simple jewelry pieces to make the look feel even more complete. A simple bracelet and a set of stackable rings is a great way to finalize a busy holiday look without overdoing it.

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DETAILS:

Heartsoul Dress

Hypo-Allergenic Earrings

Hypo-Allergenic  Stackable Rings

Shine Adjustable Bracelet

Sock Trends Tights

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Color: 09 Abu Dhabi)

 

Look 3: The Festive Bib Necklace

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Yet another way to give your holiday look that extra pop of sparkle is by layering with a bib necklace. Incorporating a bib necklace is pretty for those holiday looks with simple necklines, like this cold shoulder top.

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With the tiniest hints of rose gold sparkle in this necklace paired with these bar earrings, a bangle and a bold red lip transitions this look from fall to holiday in no time.

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DETAILS:

Soul Cake Cold Shoulder Top

Hypo-Allergenic Necklace and Earring Set

Hypo-Allergenic Bangle

Sock Trends Tights

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Color:  20 Copenhagen)

Accessories allow us to define the exclamation points of our personal style. So use that power this holiday season to create looks that you’ve never done before! Always remember that style is a way to speak without ever uttering a word. Allow your accessories to play an active voice in that conversation.  Just remember to be intentional in accessory choices and to simply be YOU!

Happy Holidays and Happy Holiday Styling!

Candace is the fashionista behind Love, Love and Read, a blog full of lovely tips for fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Festive Outfit Ideas for Your Next Holiday Party

Thanksgiving may have come and gone, but the holiday festivities are far from over. December brings a full month of get-togethers and celebrations – and the ugly sweater party is one of our personal favorites. If this goofy soiree is on your calendar this year, here are some outfits and accessories that will bring the theme to life.

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If you want to go all out with a holiday-themed costume, dress up like Mrs. Claus or Santa’s adorable helper. The ensembles pair perfectly with your go-to tights and booties – plus, they’re easy to re-create with the staple items in your closet. For a DIY take on this festive party outfit, wear a red or green top with a skirt in the same color. To complete the holiday look (and create the illusion of a dress) cinch the style at your waist with your favorite black belt. Voila!

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If you don’t have an ugly sweater but want to show off your spirit, pair a simple holiday graphic tee with your go-to jeans or jeggings. These adorable long-sleeved tops are all available at Meijer, plus they’re casual and comfy (so you can wear them again and again). Nobody said festive fashion is only acceptable at parties!

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Finally, if an understated look is a little more your style, pair colorful holiday socks with your essential winter wardrobe. Pull your socks over the bottom of your skinny jeans or leggings before zipping on your favorite ankle booties – you’ll have a new (and festive!) take on this season’s hottest trend.

Time to take on the most wonderful time of the year in style!

4 Cute (and Comfy) Outfit Ideas for Thanksgiving Day

With Thanksgiving only a few short days away, we’re sure holiday preparations are in full swing at your house. The food has been purchased and your plans are all set, so now there’s only one thing left to do – decide what to wear! Whether you’re hosting the festivities or attending dinner as a guest, here are a few trendy outfits you could rock on turkey day.

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If your personal style is chic and simplistic, we love this trendy cream-on-cream look. While the ensemble only features one neutral hue, the texture of the sweater adds some easy variation. Choose metallic gold jewelry to complement the ivory shade, opting for long pendant styles that won’t distract from your detailed top. Complete the classic look with a pair of brown ankle booties (black can appear harsh against an all-white outfit) and place a napkin on your lap to protect from gravy spills during dinner!

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For a turkey day outfit that’s both comfy and cute, opt for a soft, long-sleeve shirt and stretchy, high-waist leggings. This pair is wine red, which is our favorite fall shade, and offers lots of wiggle room after a big Thanksgiving meal. Your top should be neutral if you opt for colored bottoms, but you can add some extra detail with a printed infinity scarf. Choose a style featuring hues that match your bold leggings, plus an additional accent color to bring some dimension to your look. Finally, finish the outfit with knee high boots and minimal jewelry. Since you’re wearing a scarf, there’s no need for a necklace – stick to dangly hoop earrings and a bracelet instead.

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It’s definitely no secret that we love Nordic prints – so you shouldn’t be surprised that this outfit made our list! Patterned dresses are another comfy, yet cute option, and they can be great for winter when paired with the right accessories. Long-sleeved styles can keep you toasty when it’s chilly out, but you could also add a moto jacket and tights for extra warmth. Complete the look with suede wedge booties and a choker necklace (or two) to add a fun, edgy twist to this festive holiday outfit.

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Finally, if your Thanksgiving get-together is a bit more laid back, opt for your favorite winter closet staple: a warm, cozy flannel. Pair with colored pants in a festive olive green, and trendy ankle booties in a neutral black or grey. This outfit looks great with a short, statement necklace – but make sure it complements the shades of your top. If you add too much color to a mix-and-match look, your outfit can become distracting and even start to clash! Finish the ensemble with a simple watch and bracelet, and your turkey day look will be perfectly complete.

Now that you’ve got your outfit on lock, here are 10 kitchen gadgets to make hosting Thanksgiving easy.

Outerwear That Will Keep You Warm (and Stylish) this Winter

Gone are the days when bundling up cramped your style – coats, hats and mittens have officially become a fashion statement. Believe it or not, we can’t wait to break out our favorite boots and parkas! Need a little help getting as excited for winter as we are? Here are some trendy outerwear options for every cold weather occasion.

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For those days the air is extra cold and brisk, opt for a long, heavy parka with a faux fur-lined hood. The long coat will keep you warm from your head down to your knees, while the faux fur details serve as a cozy makeshift scarf. We love this jacket in an earthy olive green – and the metallic gold buttons add a subtle, yet stylish accent. Complete the look with sherpa-lined boots to keep your tootsies nice and toasty; then add a matching knit hat and mittens to protect your hands and ears. Who knew staying warm could look so incredibly trendy?

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When dressing for your work or family holiday party this year, choose a classy, neutral peacoat in a creamy white or tan. Use a narrow belt to cinch the jacket at your waist – this will keep out the cold (and show off your curves at the same time!). The formal style is perfect for any special occasion, plus it’ll look great with your favorite Nordic print dress. Over-the-knee boots will keep your legs warm in the winter, and a pair of matching faux leather gloves ties the elegant look together. For a little something extra, add an infinity scarf in an accent color that complements your dress. The bold shade will add intrigue to your light, neutral peacoat.

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If you’re headed out and about and the air isn’t quite as brisk, a lined moto jacket serves as a great (and trendy) windbreaker. Add cute, wintery details with a Nordic print scarf, and keep your fingers just the right amount of toasty with neutral, lightweight gloves. Our favorite pair this year features tech-friendly fingers – so we don’t have to take them off to check our phone or send a text! Want to know the best part about this trendy look? It’s made for transitioning from fall into the brisk, winter weather, so you can still wear those ankle booties you loved last season!

Looking for more winter style inspiration? This lounge look is perfect for cold, lazy mornings.