It’s Official–One More Month Until Spring Begins. Are You Ready?

spring-blossomsIt might not seem like it now, but spring is just around the corner. Soon we will be replacing our snow boots for stylish sandals. From spring cleaning to planning your perfect garden, springtime is a fun and exciting time for us all. Are you ready for the weather to break? Make sure you have the following tasks on your springtime to-do list this year.

Donate  Used Clothes
When transitioning from your winter to spring wardrobe take a closer look at the items you actually wore this winter. Did you really wear that sweater? How about that scarf—how often did you really use it? Taking a critical eye to the items you hardly wore is a great way to get rid of clothes you just don’t need. Instead of them taking up space in your closet, donate them to your local Goodwill or other local charity.

April Showers Bring May Flowers
Do you have a green thumb? Planning for your garden now can save time and allow you to find the perfect garden accessories come spring. Whether it is a new fountain, or a cute birdbath, garden accessories can add some personality to those beautiful flowers you plant.

Organize, Organize, Organize
Nothing can add stress to your busy schedule like coming home to a disheveled mess. Some days that is just unavoidable. However, organizing can help in the long run. Our fun animal print storage units add character to a room while achieving your organizational goals. Running out of space in your kid’s room? Utilize the walls. Shelves are a great way to organize and can save on your square footage.

Pamper Yourself
We’ve survived all that old man winter has thrown at us this year, and can now focus on the warmer weather waiting for us. We all could use a little pampering every now and then, so why not focus an hour or more on you this spring? You don’t need to spend a ton of money on a spa day, when you could have our spa tub mat. Sometimes a nice relaxing bath can do wonders.

It’s Tool Time!
Anyone else remember the TV show Home Improvement? Well, hopefully you have better DIY skills than Tim Taylor. but whatever your skill set, home improvement projects are a great idea for spring. The weather is finally warming up so you don’t have to battle the cold while starting your new project. If you are the do-it-yourselfer check out our peel and press Berber carpet tiles. They are great for basements and playrooms.

As we count down the final 30 days of winter, let’s all try and focus on the great weather and activities that lie ahead. Do you have some great spring plans? Let us know how you are getting ready for spring in the comments below.

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Sizzling Hot Jewelry Trends for Summer 2013

As far as the world’s most prestigious designers are concerned, jewelry trends in 2013 are all about having fun. Many of the trends are versatile; some elements can be subtle and work-appropriate, while other elements can be bold enough for night life. The biggest trends come from nature, 2013 blockbusters and distant places and cultures. This summer, there truly is something for everyone and every outfit!

Art Deco/ Vintage

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2013 marks the release of Baz Lurhmann’s movie remake of “The Great Gatsby,” so vintage and art deco pieces will definitely be hot this summer. With those influences in mind, statement pieces with intricate geometric shapes are in. It will be a lot easier to find contrasting white and black jewelry – another 2013 jewelry trend – in vintage and art deco styles. Vintage aficionados can also look for pearls and subtle drop earrings for chic pieces with a vintage flair; both pearls and subtle drop earrings will be à la mode in summer 2013. Lace, another 2013 fashion trend, screams old glamour without being overpowering. The most important thing to remember is that vintage accessories and vintage clothing do not work together. Mixing modern clothing with vintage jewelry accessories is the easiest way to avoid looking like you are wearing a costume.

Emerald
PANTONE named emerald as their color of the year. If you feel like you need some emerald inspiration, then the 2013 release of “Oz: The Great and Powerful” and Emerald City might help. This versatile color goes well with every skin tone, and it also emits an extremely classic and sophisticated vibe that can dress up just about any outfit. Smaller pieces of emerald jewelry might be more daytime appropriate, as emerald can sometimes be so casual that it can be worn with jeans and a tee shirt. Larger pieces can be reserved for classier evening events.

Chinoiserie

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Chinoiserie, or jewelry with a distinctly Asian style, is definitely trendy for summer 2013. You can expect to see Asian-inspired pieces that use motifs from nature that are commonly associated with various parts of Asia, including bamboo leaves and trees and cherry blossoms. The jade stone is also a common element in Chinoiserie jewelry. Another hallmark of Chinoiserie jewelry is the use of tassels. While snake jewelry is not exclusive to Chinoiserie jewelry, there will be many more such pieces out this year, as according to the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the year of the snake. With snake collections becoming so popular, e.g. Bulgari’s Serpentini collection, snake-inspired jewelry will be nothing but hot in summer 2013!

Ethnic and Tribal
Ethnic and tribal jewelry are definitely back again in 2013. African-inspired jewelry will definitely be trendy throughout the year, as will Caribbean-influenced pieces. It seems that ethnic jewelry has gone more glam in 2013; you’ll see a lot of pieces with crystals and studs. Just remember, however, that the jewelry should always accent the outfit. Pairing ethnic and tribal jewelry pieces with solid colors, e.g. black and white, creates an effortlessly chic look.

Southwest
Southwest jewelry will be scorching hot in summer 2013. If you thought that silver wasn’t a good summer color, then think again. Chunky silver jewelry with American Indian motifs is totally in this year, as are turquoise stones and feathers. Do not be afraid to go bold with your Southwest jewelry, e.g. Dannijo’s large chokers and breastplate necklaces. Fortunately, Southwest jewelry looks stunning next to popular summer colors, e.g. corals, oranges, yellows and reds. You can’t go wrong pairing Southwest jewelry with a flowy white tee shirt and denim.

Animal Prints and Patterns

The catwalk this summer season literally looks like it was made for cheetahs, zebras and giraffes. Most of the hot designers love incorporating animal prints and patterns in their collections. It can feel intimidating to walk out with an animal print as your focal garment, so you can pull inspiration by incorporating the same animal prints and patterns into your jewelry. An easier and more wearable alternative is to accent your outfit with these same patterns and prints. Jewelry with animal prints and patterns can easily dress up or dress down an outfit, and generally work best with solids. Black and white will be hot 2013 summer trends. Bolder looks can pair the patterns with one of the highlighter colors that will be in vogue in 2013, e.g. neon yellow and fuchsia. Animal prints can also give softer and more romantic looks with pastels – another 2013 fashion summer trend – a dash of the wild side.

Maggie is a professional writer and blogger from Philadelphia. She has blogged for several prominent fashion and jewelry blogs, including Luxury Bazaar and Lakeside View.

Fashion on a Budget This New Year

Fashion-on-a-budgetLooking good doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and that’s truer than ever over the coming year. In 2013 we’re going to see more and more ways to dress fashionably in designer duds without having to spend an entire paycheck on a single dress. In order to look great  while sticking to your budget you’ll just need to shop in the right places, sniff out the right deals, and stay in touch those low-cost accessories and items that will be trending in 2013.

One of the easiest ways to stay fashionable on the cheap over the coming year is to shop at department stores and other big-box shops. While these sorts of stores aren’t always thought of as the most fashion-forward places in the world, an increasing number of department stores are enlisting top designers to lend their name and their designing skills to create ultra-low cost clothing lines available everywhere, to everyone.

This movement was spearheaded by Target, who began partnering with top-name designers years ago, and Target continues to lead the charge on this front. In 2013 expect Target to launch plenty of new designer lines while other department stores, like JC Penney, begin to adopt this strategy with greater enthusiasm.

Low-cost, trendy clothing stores will continue to do well in the coming year and will offer one of the best options available to purchase an up-to-date wardrobe without spending too much money. The flagship for this sort of low-cost, trendy clothing store is H&M, and industry experts expect H&M will continue to be one of the best places to shop in 2013, especially if you’re on a budget. H&M isn’t the only low-cost clothing store to stock its shelves with trendy looks, and other stores like Zara, Urban Outfitters and Uniqlo will continue to offer great opportunities for the budget-minded clothing shopper.

In addition to shopping at traditional clothing stores you’ll be able to solve a lot of money, without sacrificing your look, by shopping online in the coming year. More and more clothing stores and department stores are bulking up their online offerings, using their websites to sell clothing lines far more expansive and inclusive than you would ever find in a single store, especially if you’re located outside of a major metropolitan area. Shopping online also lets you take advantage of special sales, unique online-only items, and extensive digital “clearance racks.”

Shopping online for clothes is always a good option to look good for less but it works best when you’re shopping for brands that you are already familiar with and you already wear. Why’s that? Because you will already know what size you wear in their clothes, saving you the potential hassle of having to send back items to replace them with larger or smaller alternatives. While online clothes stores universally offer the ability to ship back ill-fitting items and replace them with more appropriate cuts, overall it’s better to not have to deal with this annoyance in the first place.

Finally, if you really want to save money over the coming year while still looking great you’ll take advantage of the increasing number of deal and coupon oriented services out there. Websites like Haulerdeals.com and discount services like Gilt make it easy to buy deeply discounted hot fashions the same way services like Groupon or Living Social send you discounts on popular restaurants and local activities. Another service that’s a whole lot like Groupon but oriented towards the fashionable set is Lifebooker, which focuses on everything from spa days to specialty hair treatments- all sold for much less than you’d expect.

Overall 2013 will be a great year for remaining fashionable while sticking to your budget… as long as you know where to shop to find the best deals.

Peter Smith is a top class fashion designer who keeps giving his creative thoughts to the fashion world. He also writes articles on latest fashion trends as he wrote on bodycon dresses by bebe which is in trend now days. 

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Buying Vintage Dresses Online – Tips for Success

So you just spent hours searching for vintage clothing stores, sifting through Twitter, comparing prices and have managed to get your heart set on one particular beauty. Press the button right? This is what thousands of online buyers do every day and unfortunately much to their disappointment; get a disappointing product in the mail.

Vintage clothing shouldn’t be purchased with the same mindset you would use for everyday clothes. It’s vintage, it’s awesome, but it also old, it comes from a time when shapes were different and materials were often untreated.

We aren’t trying to spread doom and gloom, but simply say that more attention needs to be paid to the smaller details. This blog post aims to give you some tips and hints which will hopefully help you find that perfect vintage dress.

Vintage Inspired Vs. Vintage

Vintage-Inspired-Dresses

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Unfortunately for a large number of true vintage enthusiasts, there has been an increase in the number of ‘vintage inspired’ pieces seen over the last few years. This has resulted in a lot of confused and ultimately disappointed online shoppers. Vintage inspired essentially means; 21st century remake of 20th century clothes. In no way are we suggesting ‘vintage inspired’ to be a bad option; only that it can lead to confusion. The golden rule is – read the full item description before making your vintage purchase.

Double check return policy

Most online retailers will have a clear returns policy. It is vital to find and read this prior to purchasing your vintage items as there are so many potential stumbling blocks.

Find out the condition

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Vintage clothes have obviously been on the shelf or rack for a while and most of them will also have been worn at some point in time. This means that you need to pay additional attention to the condition of your chosen item, less you may end up disappointed. It is highly unlikely that any vintage item will ever be ‘perfect’, the key is to understand exactly what condition your piece is. Most good vintage shops will have created a rating system to grade their stock. Make sure you pay attention to it and if there isn’t one; contact the shop directly to find out.

Check the size, then check it again

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Women of yesteryear did not have the same average sizes as women of today. Which when translated to clothing, means that the average cuts for vintage items are often very different to what you would find on today’s high street. This means you need to look at the measurements carefully and have a good understanding of your shape. Most good vintage clothing stores will list a whole load of measurements for each item, make sure you pay attention.

This article was brought to you by Mela Mela Vintage, who sell a huge range of vintage clothing online. Mela Mela has a comprehensive selection of vintage clothes including vintage 1960 dresses & skirts.

Lakeside Selection: Favorite Items for the Week

We made it through another week, and we are just days away from the Oscars. If you are having a party, you should check out the post we wrote earlier this week to help you plan the perfect party. Whatever your big plans are for the weekend, you don’t want to miss some of our new spring items. Our favorites are below.

Out-door-wall-decor

Make your porch or patio shine with the translucent faux gems on this Outdoor Wall Décor. Glass beads cover the creature’s body and glow when hit by the sun’s rays.

Expandable-hot-cold-food-carriers

Expandable Hot/Cold Food Carrier has upper and lower sections that are insulated to keep cool dishes at just the right temperature. The bottom compartment also features a mylar lining to hold hot dishes right out of the oven and keep them warm. The carrier can accommodate hot casserole dishes or chilled items measuring up to 15″ x 11″. Unzip the top section to expand the carrier.

Polka-Dot-or-Striped-Strage-Bins

Polka Dot or Striped Storage Bins have multiple uses around your home. Giant Stuff Bin provides plenty of room for toys, craft supplies, blankets and more. The Laundry Bin holds even the heaviest loads. Use it as a hamper, then carry it to the washer by the sturdy rope-like handles.

A great addition to yard or garden décor, the Tiffany-Style Solar Light also makes a distinctive centerpiece on a patio table or accent on a porch or deck railing. It boasts a beautiful hand painted shade that looks like colorful stained glass.

A great addition to yard or garden décor, the Tiffany-Style Solar Light also makes a distinctive centerpiece on a patio table or accent on a porch or deck railing. It boasts a beautiful hand painted shade that looks like colorful stained glass.

Womens-lace-trim-cardigans

The lace panels that trim the sides of this Women’s Lace Trim Cardigan set it apart from the crowd. It takes an everyday outfit and makes it into something really special. Wear it over a vibrantly colored tank or sleeveless T-shirt for daytime wear or a casual night out.

The History of Valentine’s Day

Seasonal-Dishwasher-Magnet-ArtValentine’s Day. A holiday filled with love, flowers and chocolate. But before the chocolate, greeting cards and flowers, it was a church sanctioned holiday starting around 498 A.D. Filled with a rich and interesting history, Valentine’s Day isn’t just another made up holiday for greeting card companies.

Who Was Saint Valentine?
Because of its long history, it is hard to say who the Saint Valentine was—there were actually many early Christian martyrs named Valentine (or Valentinus). According to Wikipedia, the most popular of these Valentines was, “associated with [being] imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her.” We still use this saying to sign our cards today.

Enter the High Middle Ages
It wasn’t until the middle ages, that Valentine’s day was associated with love. We can thank the poet/author Geoffrey Chaucer for this. In his Parlement of Foules (published in 1382) he wrote: “For this was on Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.” A handful of other poets in this same time frame also made romantic associations with the holiday during this time.

Fast Forward to the 1700’s
It wasn’t until 1797 that we would see anything that resembles a modern day Valentine postcard. Starting in England, a publisher created The Young Man’s Valentine Writer, which were cards written for those who couldn’t express their love as eloquently as they hoped. These Valentines became so popular in England that by the early 19th century they were created in factories to keep up with the demand.

Jump to Modern Day
According to the Greeting Card Association, Americans send 145 million cards each year (this number doesn’t include Valentine’s given at schools). Christmas is the only holiday where more cards are sent. This is a far cry from the beginning of Valentine’s Day. The 20th century is also when giving gifts became the norm for Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that diamonds where associated with the holiday.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? How do you show love to the special people in your life? Let us know in the comments below.

And the Winner Is…You! For Hosting the Perfect Oscar Party

Perfect-Oscar-PartyPeople who think that party season ends with New Year’s Eve are missing out on a great excuse to celebrate: The Oscars. Heat things up this winter by hosting the perfect Academy Awards party.

Invitations
Set the tone for the evening with fun movie-ticket shaped invites or formal black-and-white numbers. Make a note about attire; a black tie makes for an elegant affair and is a great excuse to wear that evening gown stashed in the back of your closet. For a little bit of levity, suggest guests wear “creative black tie.” It’s fun to see your friends embrace tuxedo t-shirts, tuxedo pants paired with leather tops, and outrageous dresses for the evening.

Set the Mood
Turn your foyer into a red carpet with a red aisle runner to welcome guests. Add some velvet ropes or make your own out of twisted crepe paper. Grab a digital video camera and interview guests as they arrive, then break the ice by inviting everyone to watch the recording. Create a party atmosphere by decorating with foil stars, film reels or cut-outs of Oscar himself. Have fun accessories on hand like feather boas, top hats and tiaras so guests can play dress-up, and leave your favorite movie soundtrack playing in the background.

Food and Drink
Pass fancy hors d’oeuvres like shrimp and caviar on silver trays and offer guests flutes of champagne as the party starts, then serve a buffet main course. Name a dish or two after nominated films, like “Life of Pi Sweet Potato Pie” or “Frankenweenie Cocktail Sausages.” Once the awards show starts, set up a concession-stand-like display of popcorn in red-and-white bags and favorite movie candies that guests can munch while they watch. For dessert, bake star-shaped cookies covered in edible gold glitter or whip up a silky black-and-white mousse served in crystal dessert dishes or martini glasses.

That’s Entertainment
The awards program is the star of the show, but fill in the gaps with Oscar-themed games to keep guests from zoning out in front of the TV. Print some Oscar ballots and ask everyone to predict the winners; the person with the most right answers wins a movie theater gift certificate. Prepare Oscar-themed trivia questions or present your own awards for “best dressed” or “most dramatic entrance” during commercial breaks. Offer the winners plastic versions of the little gold man, and request an acceptance speech.

Your Oscar party, like the movies it celebrates, should be all about entertainment. A touch of glamour, a lot of laughs, and plenty of food and drink make for a festive event where you and your friends might even have more fun than the nominees themselves.

This was a guest post by PJK. 

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Social Monday: A Quick Look at Where You can Find Lakeside on the Web

social-icon-collageThe past 10 years have evolved to a time where most of us maintain not only a life, but an online life as well. Facebook has hit a huge bench mark—it has over one billion users. To put that into perspective, if Facebook were a country it would be the third largest in the world. Let that sink in for a second—that is a huge accomplishment. Today, businesses are connecting with their customers on a whole new level.

You can find The Lakeside Collection on Facebook, pin interesting (or should we say Pinteresting!) pins on Pinterest as well as reading this blog. Today we have collected all of the great places you can find us on the web so you don’t miss a beat.

Facebook
We started The Lakeside Collection Facebook page back in October of 2010. Since then, we have grown a great network (we like the term Facebook family) of customers who can talk to each other as well our company. We are posting special deals only found on our page as well as fun tips. If you don’t like us our page yet, head on over to see what others are talking about today.

Pinterest
Who isn’t a fan of Pinterest? We knew we had to be part of a place where you can plan a wedding, redecorate your house and find the perfect outfit with a click of your mouse. On our pin boards you can find out how to stay organized, cook a great meal and how to make your garden the talk of the neighborhood. You can follow us here.

This Blog
Blogs are a great place to find information. The Lakeside Collection has to keep up with the latest fashion and home décor trends and we want to share our knowledge. Whether it is planning the perfect party or finding out how to cure the winter blues, you can stay ahead of the curve for all of your lifestyle needs.

Are you on a network we aren’t? Let us know in the comments below.

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Lakeside Selection: Favorite Items for the Week

Shoe-Wine-Bottle-HoldersSunday we get to see whose music made an impression in the recording industry. While your lounging on the couch watching the Grammy’s check out our favorite items for this week. If you have a big party to go to, rock your dress with our shaping tank. What’s your current favorite Lakeside product? Let us know in the comments below.

Word or Excel Made Easy Books
Word or Excel Made Easy Books are a wonderful program introduction for computer users of all ages. It features easy-to-understand tips on a range of different topics as well as useful information for work, school or your home office.

Long Length Shaping Tank
Banish back bulges with a Long Length Shaping Tank. It features a built-in molded bra for comfort and support. Soft, breathable fabric makes it a great layering piece you can wear all day.

Seasonal Dishwasher Magnet Art
Seasonal Dishwasher Magnet Art makes sure your dishwasher is festively dressed for the holiday. Magnet backing makes them easy to switch as each new holiday approaches.

7-Pc. Reflection Bed Sets
Beautiful 7-Pc. Reflection Bed Set will turn your bedroom into a private oasis. This pleated bedding set features sumptuous silky textures that create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Women’s Frilly Dot Capri Pajama Set
Women’s Frilly Dot Capri Pajama Set is full of adorable details. The capri pants have ruffled trim and an accent bow at the waist. The matching racerback tank has ruffled armholes and a lettuce hem. 

Five Versatile Items Every Closet Needs

five-versatile-items-every-closet-needsA few key types of items and fashion accessories are truly versatile in every sense of the word. If you ever need something to help cap off a great outfit, you need to make sure that your closet is ready to handle that requirement. By having a few well-placed items you can make sure you’re prepared for any situation.

A Black and White Dress

One of the most important things you can have in your closet is a nice black and white dress. Black and white is great because it can go with just about anything. By starting with a black and white dress and building your outfit around it, you’ll have a much easier time and still end up with a look that is perfect for almost any occasion.

A Colorful Scarf

Having a colorful scarf  is a great idea for a few reasons. For starters, scarves look great when combined with a wide variety of different normal items. Secondly, a scarf is a great way to quickly inject a little color into your look without too much fuss. You can add a nice blue scarf to a black or grey outfit and suddenly take on a whole new appearance. Be sure to match your scarf with another element of your outfit. If you’ve got colored glasses, for example, make sure the color of the scarf matches the color of your lenses.

Wide-Leg Jeans

Wide-leg jeans are a great opportunity to embrace a casual look but still maintain an air of sophistication. Wide-leg jeans go well in practically any context and can easily be dressed up or dressed down at your own discretion. You can dress up wide-leg jeans with a tank top, or dress them down with something like a regular printed top.

A Bold Necklace

Keeping a single bold necklace gives you the opportunity to complete a wide variety of different outfits both dressy and casual. Gold and silver necklaces in particular are incredibly versatile and go with just about anything. A bold gold or silver necklace could also be just what you need to complete an outfit before you head out for a night on the town.

Lightly Colored Tops and Bottoms

By making sure that you always have a few lightly colored tops and bottoms in your closet, you can instantly throw together a nice and colorful outfit whenever you need. When worn separately, light tops and bottoms can appear boring and bland. However, wearing all of your lightly colored items together is a great chance to try out an outfit that is suddenly both striking and minimalist at the same time.

You really never know when a situation might arise where you need to quickly throw together an outfit before heading out. By making sure that you’ve got a few versatile clothing items and accessories in your closet, you won’t have to fret over what to wear and can instead have fun putting together a whole new look before you leave the house.

Chelsea Hasbrouck is a beauty technician and fashion enthusiast. She enjoys sharing her style tips on various beauty and fashion websites. Find out how to buy contact lenses online and have them shipped directly to your home.

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