How to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion winter/spring transitionBy Elle

Spring is officially here, according to the calendar, but the days, at least in Northeast Ohio, are still chilly — and today was downright frigid. Although we are eager to bust out our spring things and tuck our woolies deep into the closet, a move like that can be dangerously premature. OK, maybe not dangerous, but certainly premature.

Here’s how I put together one outfit to wear on a recent March day:

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New Twist on a Scarf and a Site Makeover

By Abby and Elle
We wrapped up this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival* by toasting to another marvelous season of films with a glass Styrofoam cup of champagne at the closing night party. And what a party it was! We slugged down two cups of champagne, jammed a few brownies into our pie holes and headed home. Woo hoo! (Hey, it was a work night.)

To complement the evening’s festive mood, Abby wrapped her MZ Beads scarf around the bun in her hair, and the look was spectacular! The fringe on the scarf cascades effortlessly, and we love how the fringe mingled with strands of Abby’s hair. Pretty, pretty, pretty.

Speaking of pretty, since you’re reading this you’ve already noticed our site makeover. Every girl needs a makeover now and then, and websites are no different. Hope you like the new look!

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*Vote for CIFF as the nation’s best film festival — as of this writing, we’re No. 1! You have until April 13 at noon to help CIFF clinch the No. 1 spot!

How to Elegantly Wear a Scarf

By Abby and Elle

Scarves are trending for fall, but many of our friends tell us they’re unsure how to wear one. They’re afraid of looking awkward, or they fear getting the scarf caught on a doorknob and being pulled to the floor and choked to death. (Full disclosure: Scarves can be dangerous, and Isadora Duncan’s story is proof!)

But we’ve never had any kind of a scarf scare, so we highly recommend tying one on. Scarves are perfect for all kinds of weather, and this short video will show you how to wear one elegantly:

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You, Too, Can Wear a Monet

By Abby and Elle

This hand-painted silk scarf was a gift from a lovely woman Elle works with. The scarf is from In Stitches and was made by the women of Stitching Hope in Nicaragua. The scarf is fabulous because it:

  • looks like a Monet painting or a spring garden
  • is giant, which makes it versatile
  • doubles as a blanket when you’re in a meeting room that’s 55 degrees (Yeah, that happened this week. Every woman in the meeting was cocooning; thus, raising two questions: 1) Why are dudes never cold? and 2) Where’s a Snugli when you need one?)
  • helps support women in developing countries
  • was a fitting gift, which makes it extra special

Elle already had the perfect skirt (an ivory linen Orvis, $16) to go with the scarf, sourced from It’s So You boutique in Willoughby, but she had to hunt for a top, which she found in no time at the local Salvation Army (Ann Taylor petite, $3). She feels the same way about slips as she does hose, but this skirt needed one. Goodwill to the rescue! The Fidji shoes were inspired by her footwear haul in Germany. We won’t mention the cost, except to say THEY ARE TOTALLY WORTH IT AND SHE’D EVEN PAY DOUBLE. Yeah, they’re Dang Superb, they are, and if one can worship shoes, these are worth the glory.

So take a look at what Elle wore today and be sure to check out In Stitches!

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Return Those Stinkin’ Footie-PJs, and Get Yourself Something Fabulous!

Clothes Mentor_12-29-13_025_STBy Abby and Elle

Now that the holidays are over, you likely have the time and cash to get yourself the gifts you didn’t get. If you’re looking for loads of designer inventory and real bargains, try Clothes Mentor, a resale boutique in Mayfield Heights, Strongsville and North Olmsted.

We and some friends gathered at the Mayfield Heights store one Sunday to see how easy it would be to pull together some complete outfits on the fly. Not only did we call our outing a wild success, but we also had a lot of fun! Take a look at what we found…
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