Blog #17- Trending Haircuts and Styles to Ring in the New Year (And Keep Ringing It in All Year Long)

Blog #17- Trending Haircuts and Styles to Ring in the New Year (And Keep Ringing It in All Year Long)

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Trending Haircuts and Styles to Ring in the New Year (And Keep Ringing It in All Year Long)

Today, we’ll be moving from the land of hair color and the rainbows of different shades you can take a stab at over to planet haircut and its corresponding (and sometimes scary) shears plus all the ways you can style those with the many, many products and accessories out there. There will be a virtual ton of technical terms and definitions taken from interviews with top stylists in Cosmo, Allure, Glamour, and In Style, but don’t just take our word for it- if you’re contemplating a new cut or style for 2022, the more info you come to your appointment at the salon armed with, the better. That way, you and your stylist can discuss the minutiae and settle on something that gives you the look you’re hoping for, but a version that will fit your locks’ length, curl, and texture. So let’s get to it!


1. The Big Chop- because the world has been so very unsteady for the past two years, many women will go for the big chop in 2022, hoping hair change will equal world change in a weird roundabout way, almost like the baseball player who refuses to change his socks because if he does, then his team’s sudden winning streak will evaporate, so stylists are predicting a cornucopia of pixies and other shorter styles. Experimentation with tailoring these to specific people in addition to the fun colors we discussed in the last two blogs makes people happy, and we all need something to keep us content as we can be, given everything going on. Thus, why you see so many shorter cuts below. 


2. The Bixie: Hair’s New Portmanteau- for example, we have this one, named the hottest trend to watch on many fashion websites. It’s a cross between a pixie and a bob, and comes in too many lengths, shapes, and styles to cover in a book, let alone one blog post. The bixie is defined as equal parts pixie and bob, a shaggy bob, a mix of layers to add dimension and texture to hair. It began with stars like Winona Ryder, Cameron Diaz, and the lovable Kathleen Kelly aka owner of The Shop Around the Corner (aka Meg Ryan) in 1998’s You’ve Got Mail, and the new “it” girls like Florence Pugh and even more so, Rowan Blanchard have brought it back in a big way. 


3. Classic Bobs- go a little bit longer, and you’ll be at a true bob, a timeless classic that has countless iterations and continues to add to its ranks every new season. For 2022, we have four versions of this style that will be popular, starting with the classic original. A classic bob is defined as a cut that puts hair the same length all the way around the head, typically sheared off to about chin length so that the hair falls just below the jawline. It’s usually worn with a center or side part, sleek and straight, like Miss Gale Weathers (aka Courtney Cox) in Scream 2 (and I still love those highlights she’s rocking). 


4. Versus Sliced Bobs- on the other hand, the sliced bob is defined as a cool but effortless cut that does the work for you. It’s just barely longer in front, almost but not quite an A-line bob, allowing framing for the face. It’s named thus because the look is created by simply slicing through the hair with scissors only, it works great for fine and straight hair, it’s a little more severe than the classic, and it gives the hair movement. Just check out Mia Wallace below from Pulp Fiction (aka Uma Thurman). 


5. Versus Boy Bobs- in contrast, the only definition the boy bob has is blunt- that’s it. The lack of rules for this style are to allow the stylist to cater to each client’s hair. The end result should feel undone as opposed to rigid, the length typically falls between chin and collarbone, and most hairdressers recommend air drying when styling. An excellent example is the enormously kick-butt Trinity of Matrix fame (Carrie-Anne Moss). 


6. Versus Mid Length Bobs (Whew)- finally, the mid-length bob falls closer to the shoulders, so we might classify it under the same heading as a lob which can sit just above, at, or below the shoulders. Other than length, this one can be cut, parted, and styled in countless ways, but if you’re considering the “big chop,” a length like this might be a perfect gateway, especially if the prospect of cutting too much off at once fills you with dread. After all, just look at how gorgeous Juliet (Keira Knightley) is in my favorite X-mas movie ever, Love Actually. 


7. The New Mullet- although the next three entries on the 2022 trending hairstyles list might look like an episode of Wild Kingdom, I promise, we’re still talking hair here. Like a crazy flashback to the 80s, the mullet is back and has been for some time now. It’s a controversial choice- people tend to absolutely adore it or absolutely despise it, and even though I wouldn’t be brave enough to say, “Mullet,” to a stylist once I sat down in the chair, you have to admit, Miley Cyrus’ take below is really cute (but I will argue with you ‘til the cows come home that her father’s version of it in “Achy Breaky Heart” was NOT a good thing). The mullet is defined as short bangs and choppy layers that blend those gradually to the longer hair in the back (or as Ash in Supernatural said, “All business up front, party in the back”), and as long as you go for the modern interpretation of it, you’ll be on trend and unique.


8. The Wolf Cut- moving in order of length, a little longer is the wolf cut, defined as a creative version of the mullet which has the same choppy texture, pattern, and shape combined with the softness and wearability of the shag. So it’s sort of like a shullet? A mag? So think rocker Joan Jett, an updated 2022 version of that like Billie Eilish. 


9. And the Octopus Cut (It’s Like a Zoo Around Here)- the newest cut on the list, the octopus is more like a flashback to the 70s (I swear my mom had this one in a sweet pic she took with my older sister a few years before I was born, and I guess this means we now have to stop poking fun of her as it’s on trend again). It’s defined as a cut with choppy and visible layers that resemble an octopus’ tentacles, hence the name, and it’s achieved by shearing the front shorter, making it top heavy, and then working in wispy, angled pieces that cascade down from the shoulders. In fact, this one is so new that I have failed you, dear readers- I could not find a movie character or rock goddess sporting this one in 2022, not yet at least. 


10. The Modern Shag (Not the Dance- the Cut)- in a similar vein to the three above, the shag is also making a comeback, and a good one is all about layers, layers, layers. Just ask our beloved favorites Rachel, and to an extent, Monica as well from Friends fame (aka Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox making her second appearance on this list). Rachel’s shag was so awesome and prevalent in the 90s that we named the style after her. However, this is the modern take on the classic, so the definition you start from is choppy, lots of texture, but not like 80s hair metal bands. Actually, the less you do, the better it looks in terms of layering, so don’t go overboard and date it, and make sure the stylist gets the fringe just right. It should look like a style that has simply grown out somewhat, something effortless. So a bit more like Tay-tay now. 


11. 90s Layers- if you want to stay a bit longer, try long 90s layers in your do (also referred to as heavy layers). They help add volume, movement, and shape which is especially important for those with naturally thick hair so that it doesn’t hang too heavy and lank, and they frame the face for softness. So think Cher in Clueless (Alicia Silverstone).


12. Versus Tailored Layers- on the other hand, if you trust your stylist, you can also request that he or she tailor the layers to you and only you. Every one of us has a slightly different length and style, and we exist in opposites- fine versus coarse, thick versus thin, straight versus curly versus wavy, and the list goes on. And that’s just our hair. A cut should also take into consideration how much time you’re willing to spend on styling, how good you are at styling (or not), the structure of your face, your neck, your shoulders, and so on. A good hairdresser can make you shine if you just give them a little leeway and listen to their advice. For example, maybe your stylist opts for face-framing bangs that start out slim and short, curving towards the eyes, the longest ones following the cheekbones. The length and angle can be adjusted to your face shape, adding softness and drawing attention to the eyes. Just look at Kendall Carr below from AHS: Death Valley (Kaia Gerber). 


And that’s just one HALF of the list of all the ways we can accentuate our beauty through hairstyle this year. Tune in next time for bangs, straight versus curly, parts, and updos among other things. Until then… 

January 14, 2022 by Lisa Vinson
Blog #16- 22 (plus 3) 2022 Trending Hair Colors Part Deux

Blog #16- 22 (plus 3) 2022 Trending Hair Colors Part Deux

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22 (plus 3) 2022 Trending Hair Colors Part Deux

Welcome back guys and gals to part two of our 2022 trending hair colors discussion. Since we’ve already looked at the Cinderellas all the way over to the Pocahantases, today, while we’ll start out in the land of Disney princesses like fierce Merida, eventually, we’ll move on to colors the kids entertainment giant has yet to cover (though the little girl in me who often tries acid green or dark blue money pieces hopes they will soon- a punk princess would be an awesome addition to the ranks). So first up, let’s dive into…

Ginger Mermaids:

Taking up only 1% or 2% of the world’s locks, we have the Ariels of the world, and in the land of ginger, this year will be all about red, red, and more red, whether you were born that way or not, just like 2021 was. So on that note, we have… 

1. Auburn Spice- if you want a change but are too afraid to go all in, try adding pops of auburn throughout your locks. You might even end up loving it so much that you jump fully into the land of ginger like I did. Your stylist can weave these pieces throughout your natural base shade, and it works especially well for warmer-toned brunettes, adding beautiful dimension like Wandavision’s very own Elizabeth Olsen. 

2. Cinnamon- one of the lightest reds, this one is also a great choice if you’re accustomed to being a brunette or blonde. But as reds can quickly go wrong because there are so many subtle differences between them, and while there is a red out there for everyone, not anyone can wear any old red, make sure you bring tons of photos to the salon with you, in addition to asking your stylist’s advice about what would look good on you (and what wouldn’t). And actually listen to the hairdresser in question (haven’t we all ignored one at least once in our lives to disastrous results- I remember my traumatic decision in junior high to chop everything off like Demi Moore in Ghost all too well). So think Jessica Chastain in IT (as opposed to turning out more like Pennywise). Overall, it works well for creamy skin tones with a peachy warmth to them, green eyes, and/or hazel eyes. 

3. Sweet Copper- going a bit brighter now, for this one, if you can, start from a pale, almost blonde base with copper undertones and build from there. It’s a pale strawberry red with pops of gold throughout, very lovely in the light, but make sure you invest in a red-boosting shampoo and conditioner to maintain the vibrant hue in between salon visits and maybe find out what stylist helps Riverdale’s famous Cherry Blossom (Madeleine Petsch) stay so shiny and bright. 

4. Dimensional Copper- a much more “out there” copper choice, this shade works best as or with highlights and/or money pieces, like for example, the shot below. Believe it or not, straight-up copper looks great on every skin tone.

5. Deep Auburn- much darker, a deep, rich shade of red is perfect for the winter months, complementing the fashion looks we tend to stick with every year. It looks gorgeous on women with darker skin tones, it adds warmth to brown eyes, and with green or blue, it sets a perfect contrast. Just be careful that you don’t go too violet when choosing a specific shade. We want you looking like a million bucks like Miss Keke Palmer.

6. Mahogany Glow- perfect for dark natural or dye base colors, you can achieve this one by asking your stylist to add mahogany pigments to your usual brown color. Red-brown accents reflect light on deep brunette locks, adding gloss, shine, and dimension, and it looks particularly flattering on textured hair. Just ask my personal crush, Kristen Stewart, who has tried every color of the rainbow but looks especially spectacular in this hue. 

Vivid Clubhouse:

Surprisingly, even though 2021 and even more so for 2022, it’s all about bigger and badder where ALL of fashion is concerned, many of the most popular vivid colors right now are still considered “naturals” (like Scandinavian blonde or Irish chestnut). However, if even the most vivid of vivid reds isn’t enough for your inner wild child (aka GoGo Tomago of Big Hero 6), then consider trying out a few well-placed highlights or an entire head in one of these hues. 

1. Princess Blue- think Jasmine’s bikini top, Tiana’s dress, or the ocean backdrop of Moana. Just make sure that you get your hair lightened enough before application, have your stylist use a filler to knock out any yellow tones that might distort the blue into green, and be wary of how this shade can bring out any redness in your skin tone. 

2. Anime Pink- now think Taffyta Muttonfudge, the cherry blossoms in Mulan, and fairy Flora’s obsession with this color in Sleeping Beauty. I personally think Gwen Stefani nailed it best, way back in her No Doubt days. 

3. Oddballs- finally, think of all the myriad of hues out there that don’t occupy real estate on your standard color wheel. Electric coral looks great on anyone’s skin. Tangerine will turn everyone’s head. Slime green and twisted lemon yellow are awesome acid and neon tone choices. Just embrace your creativity (or give your stylist free rein to do it for you). 

Embrace Your Inner Not-So-Wicked-Queen:

Grey, silver, and white are no longer synonymous with “old”- one of the few good things to come out of lockdown, thanks in part to celebs like Andie MacDowell. In fact, many celebs (and us regular folks too) found themselves embracing their grey during the peak of Covid, and that trend doesn’t seem to be fading any time soon. It absolutely does NOT make you a wicked stepmother in Cinderella or Ursula the sea witch. Instead, think Kidagakash "Kida" Nedakh in Atlantis, the daughter of the King of Atlantis (not the grandmother of the king). Just map out a plan with your stylist for the grow out (if you’re not willing to go for the big chop), and use glosses to defeat any yellowing. Just look at how awesomely punk Jamie Lee Curtis is below. 

The Magic of Accents:

However, if you’re not satisfied being all silver, let your natural gray shine through as accent pieces, or just add some of the accent choices below to spice up your locks. You can try one of these out alone, or if that’s too plain Jane for you, combine an accent with one of the whole head hues we’ve been discussing so far. For example, 


1. Face Frame- replacing last year’s chunkier highlights, we have this option. Go for a brighter shade here which will accentuate the eyes without creating harsh lines around the face, your stylist can use a base drop and bright endlights which creates an ombre, and all you have to do is ask for this face frame with some color melting but leaving the ends out. 

2. Fine Lines and Lights- also in place of last year’s larger accents, you can go for a finely woven mix of high and lowlights, creating a more natural look. Ask for babylights to keep the pieces from straying too large and standing out as opposed to being blended, and this choice works great on medium length hair in addition to blondes. 

3. Backwards Balayage or Long Ombre- perfect for those who want low-maintenance hair, this is a newer trend. Ask for a root color that’s a shade lighter than the rest in addition to highlights and just let the whole thing grow out naturally to achieve the look. 

4. Added Warmth- no matter what your base color is (blonde, brunette, redhead), and no matter what your dye of choice typically is, ask your hairdresser to add warm tones into your overall silhouette, a midlight in your highlighting technique. It adds warmth without skewing red (unless that’s what you’re going for), connecting your deepest and brightest colors for an excellent multidimensional look, especially if you go for pops of gold throughout. 

5. Peekaboo and Dip Bolds- combine the best of both worlds here- natural base shades with hidden, highlighted, money piece, or ombre dipped vivids. The contrast between the two will be impactful and balanced, creating depth. Just keep in mind that your vivids will stay bright a lot longer if you regularly use a color lamination spray, shampoo, and conditioner. 

Focus on Health.

No matter what trend we’ve covered that you decide to try (or even if you say to heck with what’s in style and go au naturale or with something else entirely), the focus this year will be on healthy hair above all else. So make sure you schedule some self-care time to DIY it at home or book an appointment with your local stylist for repairs and upkeep, just like you would with oil changes and tire rotations for your car. You’ll thank me later. 

Try Individual Customization.

And keep in mind that just because you love a look we featured here or something you’ve seen on your spirit animal celeb, that doesn’t make it a good idea for you. That’s why it’s so important to work with a stylist when making big changes. Ask if the look is right for you, carefully considering your natural color, eye color, and skin tone, in addition to your personality, fashion sense, job, and how much work you’re willing to put in to make a look truly sing on a daily basis. So 2022 is all about INDIVIDUAL customization, not one size fits all. Maybe what you’re asking for is a terrible idea, or perhaps it just needs a few simple tweaks to make it work well for you. After all, I would love to wake up every morning looking like a real-life version of Ariel, but we can’t all be Disney princesses every hour of the day, nor should we be (I for one would make a terrible princess). 

And that’s it, guys. Tune in next time for all the cuts and styles that will be eating up all your screen time this year and your Pinterest board to boot.

January 11, 2022 by Lisa Vinson
Blog #15- Exciting New Trending Colors for Your 2022 Locks

Blog #15- Exciting New Trending Colors for Your 2022 Locks

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Exciting New Trending Colors for Your 2022 Locks

We can braid it, stripe it with delicate tinsel, or let its natural curl run wild and free. We can add a balayage, accent it with peekaboo purple, or allow the silver of age to shine through. We can go cinnamon red, winter white blonde, or or even light brown with coral highlights. We flip it coquettishly, slather it in masks for better health and gloss, curl it, straighten it, crimp it, you name it. We even have whole musical movies about it (I’m looking at you Hairspray and Rock of Ages). Ah, hair, glorious hair.

Women especially use it as one of our primary forms of self-expression and identity. Want to be fun and flirty? Go blonde. Fiery and passionate? Go ginger. A sexy and sultry bad girl? Go brunette. And maybe the best thing of all is every year, we get a brand new slew of fresh ideas for what to do with our beloved locks.

While 2020 was obviously the year of low or even no-maintenance, 2021 started a trend back towards “normal,” like a cautious groundhog sticking its head out of its burrow hesitantly, but for 2022, stylists are predicting bigger and bolder in addition to a much, much wider range of fads, something for everyone as opposed to one size fits all. So below, we here at Remedy Road have gathered together all the most important info and prevalent trends as predicted by Vogue, Glamour, In Style, and top stylists from all across the country. 

First, let’s dive into color.

The Wonderful World of Blondes:

The overall notes in terms of what’s going to be shaking and happening in the world of blondes for this new year (in other words our Cinderellas, Sleeping Beauties, and Elsas) are twofold. First, most seem to be trending lighter, and second, we’re seeing a much greater variety of blondes all on the same head, so fewer simple box colors and instead the multiest of multidimensionals. For example, 

1. Expensive White- recommended primarily for those with lighter natural hair colors because it’s such an intense process to achieve the look, think old Hollywood for this one- the late great Marilyn Monroe or more recently, Anya Taylor-Joy. It will definitely make you stand out from the crowd, and though it’s one shade all over, it’s still high maintenance in that it’s a double processed look or high lift, so probably not something you should be trying at home if you want to keep your locks happy and healthy. 

2. Silver and Gold Champagne- this one is a color that combines the beauty of warm and cool shades, starting with a cool blonde and adding in warm accents. Just ask the stylist for translucent pearl and silver toners on your already existing blonde to change it up into something new, especially if you’re already in the ash blonde category. For a visual, imagine Taylor Swift who has probably tried every iteration of blonde there is out there over the years. 

3. Hippie Blonde- potentially very low-maintenance if you’re already a blonde, this shade combines natural roots with baby blonde faded in throughout, and just twice a year, you can do a natural blonde color melt with your hairdresser. However, you can certainly tackle this one if you’re naturally a darker hue, it just means more upkeep on the roots. Simply channel your inner fun-girl Cameron Diaz. 

4. Buttercream- if you’re an existing blonde and want to go lighter but not the Monroe white above, try this hue. It’s baby blonde with added warmth, and how hot and buttery you should go will all depend on your eye, skin, and lip coloring. That added warmth is what’s tough to pull off if you’re not a blonde by birth without skewing over into something else, like brassy for example. Just picture Reese Witherspoon (aka Elle Woods) in her pinkest and glitteriest role ever. 

5. Sandy Beach- take not ash, not gold, but both, combined with highlights and midlights to create a multidimensional mix of warm sandy and cooler beige tones that will vibe like Florida, the Caribbean, and Ibiza all year long, no matter how cold it gets in the northern climes. Simply dig through the sandcastle and connect with your Kylie Jenner blonde spirit animal. 

6. Blonde Balayage- since high maintenance is back, so is this, and it’s a wonderful way to work your way slowly between blonde and brunette or even a little bit of both- just straddle the line if you don’t want to choose. Check out singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu’s curls for inspiration. 

Beauty and the Beast Brunettes:

On the other side of the board, we have the Belles, Snow Whites, Jasmines, Mulans, and Tianas of the world, and in the land of brunette, this year will be all about an incredibly wide range of browns- the differences between each are super subtle. That and gloss gloss gloss. Like, 

1. Expensive Brown- this one is all about giving the darker shades more energy, detail, and depth, so once again, out with the at-home box colors and in with the trips to the salon. You’ll look good and therefore feel good, not to mention like two hundred bucks (possibly more depending on how long your locks are). We have stylists for a reason and that’s because they can work hair magic that the rest of us mere mortals can only dream of, so think of this one like brush strokes in a Van Gogh painting- no two strands would be exactly alike- and channel your inner celebs such as Gigi Hadid and Hailey Bieber here. 

2. Hazelnut- this one is actually a little less maintenance and takes its inspiration directly from the nature it’s named after. You start with a hazelnut shade and then play in some golden brown and deeper ashy browns as well to achieve the kinds of striations you might see in a tree truck. Find your inner queen for this one and be like Kate Middleton. 

3. Caramel- and here’s where the “subtle” I mentioned above comes into play. Caramel means adding warmth to typically a medium brown but without veering off into red territory. If you’re a natural Belle of Disney fame, ask your stylist for midlights one or two levels lighter than your normal in addition to some well-placed ribbons of neutral-warm highlights. This is a shade Jessica Alba’s been wowing us with since Never Been Kissed. 

4. Amber-the trick to this one is a brown base with faded highlights from the summer (or new highlights hand-painted around your face and throughout the crown), which your hairdresser can add a warm, blushy gloss to, again without skewing over into the land of ginger. Our very own Pretty Woman, Miss Julia Roberts is the best inspiration on this hue. 

5. Deep Dimension- basically, this one is a rainbow of browns which can even be added to black, shade on shade dimension which gives hair depth and variety. For the upkeep, try a hair mask in ash brown to prevent brassiness from bleeding through. You never know- you might even win your very own Spiderman just like Zendaya in the process as this is a shade she excels at. 

6. Glossy Espresso- perfect for winter, this hue is a one-color-all-over look that’s achieved by layering different glosses to create a deep brown sans red, old highlights, or brassiness that might be left over from the warmer months. It can make a really dramatic statement by enhancing your eye color and skin tone. Just ask Anne Hathaway who might not be a Disney princess but is a princess of Genovia and Julie Andrews’ heart. 


7. Midnight Brown- this one is ALMOST over into the land of Snow White and other black-haired beauties, and in fact, most guys (and girls who haven’t experimented much with their hues over the years) might just chalk it up to black and move on, but there is a subtle difference between the two when the light hits it, a fine line that sexy vixen Megan Fox has crossed many times over the years. 

8. Black Diamonds-black is often considered a power color as it oozes charisma and glamour. The key is keeping it shiny and healthy. Ask your hairdresser for an inky black plus a gloss, and it will make your skin look fabulous in the end, achieving what’s lovingly called the Snow White effect for those of you, like me, who are on the paler side of things. But it can also bring out rich tones on darker skin, so it works well for anyone. Just ask Lana Condor and all the boys she has ever loved on Netflix.  

9. Brown Balayage- keep your hair natural looking by embracing this as opposed to something more drastic. You’ll look sun-kissed even in the dead of winter like Beyonce. 

Now that gets the larger portion of the hair population covered for us, but what about those elusive gingers, accents, and really out there color choices? Tune in next time to finish our walk through the wonderful world of hair color in 2022!
January 08, 2022 by Lisa Vinson
Blog #14- Spotlight on Purpose Brand

Blog #14- Spotlight on Purpose Brand

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Spotlight on Purpose Brand

It’s a 150 billion dollar per year industry, meaning its profits are greater than Google, Starbucks, and Nike combined. It’s also the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world, second only to drugs. Of its victims, 71% are female, the men are typically used for labor purposes, and 20.1 million people total are trapped in that branch, whereas 4.8 million end up in a much, much worse situation. 

What am I talking about? The disgusting, destructive industry of human trafficking. 

Issues such as mass displacements, conflicts, violence, extreme poverty, lack of education, and little access to job opportunities put people at greater risk of falling prey to human traffickers. Perpetrators make victims dependent on them, exploiting that, and unbelievably, intimate partners are the ones who usually “recruit” those for sex trafficking, while family members and so-called friends are more likely to exploit someone for labor trafficking. Sadly, this has all proven difficult to end or even prevent. The demand for cheap goods encourages companies to exploit those at the bottom for labor trafficking, and the profoundly disturbing demand for sex with boys, girls, young men, and young women drives sex trafficking. It’s all a low cost/high profit industry as a human being can be “used” repeatedly as a “good,” so traffickers see it as a low risk/high reward gamble.

While it all sounds like the kind of tragedy we’ll never get a proper handle on, change starts one person at a time.

Enter Purpose. A nonprofit organization that was founded in 2007 by Stephanie Pollaro and Wendy Dailey who had witnessed firsthand the horrors of trafficking, they saw a need for a safety net between those who rescue people from trafficking and the victims re-entering society. Pollaro worked with women in Mumbai, India, teaching survivors to craft jewelry, while Dailey taught the rest of the world about trafficking, selling the survivors’ goods, and growing their nonprofit from Orange County, California. 

Almost fifteen years later, they have International Sanctuaries in Orange County; Mumbai; Tijuana, Mexico; Kampala, Uganda; and Cebu in the Philippines. 

Their mission is to empower girls and young women who are escaping trafficking to realize their true worth and identity by giving them dignity, hope, and freedom. While at the sanctuaries, the women are provided with income, holistic healthcare, education, and community through learning craftsmanship as well as soft skills and financial planning. They have a place where they belong, to love and be loved, to feel safe finally, to heal and grow, where the staff are trauma-informed. 

The wares that come out of the Purpose brand are handcrafted, processed, hand-signed, packaged, inventoried, and shipped 100% by trafficking survivors. So it’s about helping, NOT handouts. For example, in 2019-2020, they employed 179 rescued women. 

Via their website,, you can donate . Employers can match individuals’ donations. There is an affiliate program for influencers, bloggers, magazines, etc. called Share-A-Sale. There are brick-and-mortar stores across the country that carry their products, such as ours here at Remedy Road. And 100% of Purpose’s proceeds go directly to the survivors employed there. 

Below, you can see some of my favorites that we feature in-house, including year-round staples such as four different styles of statement earrings (which incidentally are very “in” this season) in addition to two ornaments that are versatile enough to be used even when it’s no longer X-mas.

All of this is therefore simply to say that when you shop with us or via their website directly, you can be one of those people who helps begin the end of one of the most tragic and heartbreaking crimes occurring all across the world, even in our own backyard, every day. YOU can change the world. You can chip away at that seemingly insurmountable 25 million large number until eventually, it disappears completely.
January 03, 2022 by Lisa Vinson
Blog #13- Make Her a Shiny Happy People This X-mas

Blog #13- Make Her a Shiny Happy People This X-mas

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Make Her a Shiny Happy People This X-mas

Hello again, guys out there (and gals too)! Today’s blog is all about helping you pick out the best shiny happy present out there for the special ladies in your life (aka jewelry). Now I know this can be a frightening prospect as you can get into all sorts of trouble if you choose poorly, but I’ll be right here the whole time holding your hand virtually.

So first up, we need to select a brand and price point because while many of us just want something sparkly and expensive (nothing wrong with that, right? we’re worth it), others would actually prefer something on the more reasonable side that’s also for a good cause. 

If you’re interested in fine jewelry, Murphy’s Jewelers from Magnolia, Arkansas, which is where our very own Lisa hails from, has set up shop in our store, bringing with them some absolutely gorgeous pieces. The nice thing about a purchase like that (other than the fact that she’ll love you for it), is that you’re helping support a small local business that has been making the world a more beautiful place one jewel at a time since 1939. 

On the other hand, we also carry Pura Vida which donates a portion of purchases to a wide variety of causes including save the coral reefs, charity:water, suicide prevention and awareness, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Rainforest Trust, the Surfrider’s Foundation, and the World Wildlife Fund. 

There’s Purpose, a brand that works with International Sanctuary and women rescued from sex trafficking, in addition to Bracha whose focus is the same. ABLE works with women to break the cycle of generational poverty, Mata Traders focuses on Fair Trade in India and Nepal, and Beljoy teams up with Touch of Hope Haiti and the Starfish Program. Any of that info is the kind of thing you should definitely make note of to share with her, letting her know that you did something charitable in her good name this holiday season.

Once that’s decided, we can move on to piece, as in are you looking for earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or rings. 

If you’re on the hunt for earrings, then make sure her ears are pierced first as we don’t carry clip-ons. Find out if she has any allergies to specific metals (which we’ll need no matter what you’re shopping for), and make a note of if she prefers small studs, something in the more medium range in terms of size, or longer and larger dangles and hoops. 

However, if you’re scrounging around for the perfect bling in necklaces, then we’ll need how tall she is, how long her neck is (pics would help), and what length she prefers, from super short chokers to those that hit right above the waist. 

If you’re searching for the creme de la creme in bracelets, does she usually wear rigid bangles or something more flexible, clasps or those that slide over the hand? Does she favor plain or something adorned with charms, and does she wear them on her wrists or prefer something around her ankle, no matter how cold it is outside, baby?

But if you’d like a ring to make her day this X-mas, then you’re going to need to get creative to find out her size and which finger she actually still has real estate available on. The easiest method would be to get your hands on one she typically wears on her ring finger and bring it in with you, though there are ring sizers at only-jewelry stores and many different methods online at sites such as to help you figure it out- just keep in mind that those will probably require her actual finger which makes the surprise portion of the gift problematic. You’ll also need to consider how rough she is on her hands, if she has had any injuries to them in the past, if her knuckles get in the way of narrower rings, anything that relates back to size. 

The good news is most rings are capable of being sized up or down by a professional jeweler if they come in a standard size 7, though not too drastically, and many are fashioned to be adjustable immediately by the wearer.

Step three in the picking out jewelry process would be selecting metals and stones. Look at her engagement ring, wedding band, and favorite pieces in her jewelry box. We need to know if she prefers yellow gold, silver, or rose gold. A lot of that will be tied to her coloring and what she looks best in, so the more info you can give us on her appearance, the better. 

Also, does she like plainer pieces or those with precious or semi-precious stones, and if so, which ones? To help answer that, have her birthday, yours, the kids’, and your anniversary date ready, in addition to her favorite colors, meaning take a close look at her closet and the staples she wears every day. 

Then, we’ll need to talk about her style. Does she like big and loud or small and dainty? Simple or an in-your-face statement? Is she boho and indie? Preppy and professional? A rock-and-roll girl? A country girl? Are there certain images she adores like crosses, hearts, stars, butterflies, or initials? Again, refer back to what she already has to help us with those details. 

My last piece of advice is simple: if you’re still feeling worried, appeal to the other women in her life- her bestie, mom, grandmother, aunt, work friends, daughter, etc. It never hurts to get a few back-up opinions, and she’ll appreciate the extra effort you’re putting into the gift when she finds out. 

So moving from the lower tiers to the upper tier of fine jewelry, here’s a brief overview of what we carry in-store to help spark some ideas for you:

The Pura Vida line includes simple and small earrings in silver and rose gold in a variety of shapes, some of which incorporate pearl or opal. 

In necklaces, those are on the shorter and daintier side in yellow gold, silver, and rose gold, pendants with a wide range in charms, with and without semi-precious stones such as amethyst, mermaid quartz, and opal.

In bracelets, they carry those in sealed wax string to prevent them from wearing out; others with charms such as different animals; those with touches of rose gold, silver, and yellow gold in every color of the rainbow; and a few with stones like druzy, rose quartz, mermaid quartz, and amethyst.

And finally rings. We have silver and rose gold, with and without stones, for fingers and for toes, all in sizes ranging from 5 up to 9. There are even matching sets such as the rose gold opal sea turtle earrings and ring. 

Moving on up the line, we have Bracha and the other brands that focus on a cause. Much of what’s in this section is yellow gold, with bits of silver and rose gold here and there. In terms of stones, it’s essentially sparkle as well as a number of pearl pieces, with touches of color in the more statement-oriented items. 

As far as earrings, some of the most beautiful choices are the sweet yellow heart studs with sparkle drops that loop around like hoops, the star studs at the top of the large thin hoops, and the sparkle rainbow extreme dangles- all by Bracha. 

Choice necklaces include the dainty 360 wrap-around butterflies, the star/yellow gold/pearl mixed media, and the sweet little cross and heart pendant. 

On the other hand, in terms of bracelets, some of my faves include the Mata Traders double heart which is available in silver and yellow gold with touches of red, the pink and sparkle open bangle, or the stretchy Bracha initials. 

And for rings, we have a gorgeous sparkle butterfly statement, one in white as well (which I might be adding to my own stocking), and a double star that will show her what a rock star you think she is.

That just leaves Murphy’s fine jewelry collection which features the following stones: diamond, emerald, ruby, citrine, sapphire, amethyst, pearl, garnet, onyx, blue topaz, and peridot. Choose from a wide variety of yellow and white gold hoops in different sizes or pearl studs.

Give her a dainty infinity symbol necklace that says your love is endless, a yellow gold paperclip chain that she can layer with just about anything, or a simple black pearl pendant.

Hide a double heart, cross, or ebony and crimson bangle bracelet in the tree for her on X-mas Eve. 

Or make her sparkle, literally and figuratively, with a rainbow band of stones or a dainty silver leaf ring, a double rectangular amethyst or a simple birthstone band, a row of rubies and diamonds or a single sapphire. 

And keep in mind that you don’t have to stop at just one because some of us love layering necklaces and rings especially. 

So that’s it, guys- the end of the road. Hopefully, this helps, and if you feel at all unsure, gather as much intel as you can and come see the ladies of Remedy Road for a last-minute shopping life preserver.

Happy Holidays! 

December 21, 2021 by Lisa Vinson
Blog #12- Gift-Giving Guide to Shopping for Her

Blog #12- Gift-Giving Guide to Shopping for Her

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Gift-Giving Guide to Shopping for Her

Okay guys out there- this one’s for you! How many times have you bemoaned the fact that we women are SO hard to shop for? Whether it’s your wife, girlfriend, best friend, boss, coworker, mother, grandmother, daughter, or granddaughter? Probably loudly? Often? And to absolutely anyone who will listen? Even we harried shopkeepers at Christmas time? 

Well, we listened. So this blog and the next are designed to help solve the eternal question of “What should I buy her this X-mas?” (although obviously, ladies, read on for suggestions on what to buy the other women in your life or forward this to the men in your life if you’re feeling charitable and full of holiday spirit). 

What to buy a woman all depends on who she is, what groups and categories she fits into, hence the way the list is set up below. So up first is:

1. The fun girl who loves constant change- Yes guys, some of us definitely need more than one purse. Maybe more than a dozen. Possibly more than a googolplex. So this is often a fun and safe bet for the woman who embraces change.

There are backpack purses, colorful Shiraleah shoulder bags, large furry purses, tiny furry purses, sparkly and clear ones, puffy shoulder bags, furry clutches, and even glitter-filled totes. 

Think about what she’ll use it for- every day or a special night out. Look at the colors in her closet to help us help you settle on a hue. And peruse her already existing collection of bags, so you don’t end up with something that’s too similar. 

2. The girl who likes to invest in just one good thing- On the flip side, some girls prefer to pick out just one multi-purpose, more expensive, quality, and versatile bag that she can stick with year-round. For her, I give you the ABLE bag first and foremost. Made of leather, they age beautifully, and you can feel good about the purchase because they “believe that the end to generational poverty will happen when people are ABLE to provide for themselves.” This is why they “focus on creating sustainable job opportunities for women in Ethiopia, Mexico, and Nashville.”

However, JOYN bags are also an excellent choice and a more vegan alternative with a “vision to be a conduit for opportunities in underserved communities,” and they bring their “handmade products to people across the world- JOYNing them to markets and opportunities with fairness, equality, and justice.” 

In these brands and more, we offer backpacks, hobo bags, totes with short straps, longer crossbody bags, bucket purses, shoulder bags, and overnighters in brown, black, gray, and blue, lighter and darker options, and combinations of those. 

To figure out which would be best, look at her existing shoes, jackets, and purses- does she favor black or brown? Look at her hair color, eye color, and skin tone- is she a warm, a cool, or a neutral? Does she prefer her everyday use purses to be smaller and more compact or bigger and bottomless? You could even purchase the overnight bag, and use that to tell her you’re taking her on a special holiday getaway. 

3. The girly girl- Even in a state like Arkansas, we still have our fair share of girly girls (or outdoorsy girls who still love to get a bit glammed up now and then), so if your special lady fits this bill, then let us help you pick out a fun and flirty or sleek and sophisticated dress, matching jewelry, and a purse to complement the new outfit. We’ll dive into jewelry in A LOT more depth in the next blog, but first we have to choose the main course for her.

Be prepared to tell us her height and weight, and a few candid shots of her on your phone would help out enormously. Check out her closet before you head to the shop, so you can give us details about her favorite colors, the ones she looks best in, styles she favors, and other dresses she owns (you might even shoot a quick video of her closet to give us even more info to work with). If you’re still concerned we won’t get it just right, text her best friend for a few suggestions. 

We have a range of standard little black dresses, and you can never go wrong there, in addition to sparkly gold, silver, and blue/green strappy numbers; a sleek and silky green dress; a sophisticated champagne colored wrap dress; and a pink sequined number. Once that is chosen, we can help you coordinate the accessories, and you might use a gift like this as a segue to another- taking her out for a special holiday date. 

4. The outdoorsy girl- On the other hand, if the girl who tolerates you in her life prefers hiking, camping, fishing, or four-wheeler riding, then consider more outdoor-related gift ideas. 

There’s the portable bonfire you can even use at home which is a pretty novel idea. A camp mug will keep her caffeinated on overnight trips out. We have a range of different colored but still neutral and practical beanies to keep her head toasty and warm for winter expeditions. Aviator Nation offers many ridiculously soft tees, crewneck sweatshirts, and hoodies, some that are more surf-related and others that are more reminiscent of the forests around us here in Arkansas. Pura Vida’s jewelry line not only features nature in their products, such as the narwhal bracelet, but they also donate a portion of the proceeds to various wildlife and outdoor causes. If she really loves the cold weather like I do, we have ski sweatshirts too. And you can even bring a bit of the outdoors into your home with nature-scented candles by Little Bison. Many of these gifts would also be a great way to tell her you’re giving her a trip that’s right up her alley (trail? beach?) for the holidays. 

5. The party girl- If your wife, fiance, or girlfriend is always going going going, the stereotypical social butterfly, so Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City basically, or she would love to be but rarely has the time between kids, work, school, and life in general, then suggest she take the time over the holidays for a girls night out, and supply her with the dress, purse, and party drink holder that she needs to do it all in style. She’ll thank you for it!

6. The stay-at-home-Netflix-and-chill girl- But if she’s more of an introvert like me, a homebody, a couch potato, then help her do that in style and, more importantly, comfort as well. 

There are tons of cozy loungewear options like our Cheers sweatshirt and coordinating red bottoms, the Button Me Up Cozy hoodie and joggers in the softest off-white you’ve ever laid your hands on, our lilac Remedy hoodie and black Talking Distance Cozy pants, the Spiritual Gangster hoodie dress, or Melody sweater in black and white stars with matching bottoms. She’ll also need a set of teleties to put her hair up, a pair of uber-soft Spiritual Gangster cozy socks, a pair of Avalon slippers to bathe her tootsies in comfort, a blanket like the Berber Wares Venetian Red + Black Cotton Pom to snuggle under, and a Be Nice or Leave rainbow throw pillow to lay on. 

7. The Christian woman- If church is a vital part of her life and yours together, then consider investing in our hymn tea towels, a unique addition to any home, and with every color of the rainbow (seriously- we have ALL of ROY G BIV covered) and every popular hymn imaginable, even if you don’t know how your own kitchen is decorated (no shame in that), just grab one of each and you’re sure to get something right. 

Those in-store include Amazing Grace, Be Thou my vision, Blessed assurance, Come Thou font, For the beauty of the earth, Great is Thy faithfulness, In Christ alone, How firm a foundation, My hope is built, Abide with me, Rock of Ages, This is my Father’s world, Holy holy holy, All creatures of Our God and King, Go tell it on the mountain, Oh come oh come Emmanuel, Joy to the World, and Leaning on the everlasting arms. But don’t stop there- we also have frameable prints and bookmarks, and if she especially loves this time of year, then pick her up some laymen’s decor as well, such as the X-mas themed pop its (not just for kids), tea towels, stockings, ornaments, and her very own Santa bag. 

8. The do-gooder- And even if she’s not a member of this particular religion but still cares deeply about leaving the world a better place than she found it, we have a veritable smorgasbord of brands that are all about saving the planet in one way or another. ABLE helps women in impoverished areas, the Starfish Project benefits women and girls rescued from sex-trafficking, Bracha and Purpose do the same, DAZE is all about environmentally friendly denim, JOYN aids women in India, Little Bison works with orphans, United by Blue cleans up our oceans, Pura Via saves the rainforests, and Teleties donates to FORCE- Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, and the list goes on. 

9. The home decor guru gal- Does your special lady like what often seems to you to be totally pointless throw blankets? Throw pillows? Throw rugs? And the like? Do the color schemes of the rooms in your house change on a yearly basis? Are there a lot of DIY projects going on monthly? Then perhaps home decorating is her thing. 

The key to nailing the right gift in this category is pictures pictures pictures. The more info you can give us about what the existing decor looks like (at least for now), the better we can direct you to the right gift. 

Take a deep breath because this is a big list too: pillows, blankets, candles by Little Bison and Lafco, poufs, ottomans, lamps, tea sets, mugs, baskets, bowls, wall hangers, chairs, planters, Turkish rugs, other miscellaneous rugs, stools, Amy Eichler paintings, and I’m sure I’ve left something off. 

10. The goddess in the bath- Or maybe your goddess focuses her attention on one specific room in the house- the most comfortable and relaxing bathroom known to man (and woman). Hint- if she takes more than three long soaks in the tub per week without some sort of medical reasoning, then she’s a bath girl. 

There are bath bombs, shower bombs, and tub truffles. Salt scrubs, spa salts, and shower jelly. Whipped bath soap, body butter, and bath salts that come in champagne or wine bottles. I know that probably gives you a headache just thinking about what in the world we use all those things for, but the only pertinent info we’ll need to help you here is what scents does she prefer, so take a good long look at the products already in your bathroom to help us out there. And that’s just what goes in the tub.

She’ll also need candles to set the mood. A soft bath mat to step out on. Cozy slippers to slide her feet into. Towel scrunchies to hold her hair back. A Warmies eye mask to drift off to sleep afterwards. And a satin pillowcase to make her morning hair magically evaporate. 

11. The eternally cold-natured gal- No guys, this one doesn’t have anything to do with her personality. If she’s constantly asking you to warm up her hands for her, putting her cold nose on your warm cheek, or putting her even colder toes on your even warmer legs, I don’t want to halt all the snuggling, but you might get her some gifts in this vein.

From head to toe, we have beanies, head wraps, earmuffs, Warmies that go on your head or eyes or in stuffed animal form, things essential to making hot tea, mugs, hot cocoa and marshmallows, chili mix, scarves, sweatshirts, hoodies, sweaters, cozy coats and jackets, gloves, cozy pants, cozy socks, and soft slippers. Just go for her favorite colors and foods, and you’ll be able to keep your own cheeks and legs a little warmer. 

12. The fashion-forward-no-matter-how-cold-it-is lady- But if she scoffs at cold weather, choosing instead to wear whatever she wants, regardless of the sleet outside (although as this is Arkansas, you can just wait half an hour and the weather will change), then get her a fashion-related gift to help keep her in style (just peruse our previous blogs on what everyone’s wearing for fall/winter 2021), and when in doubt, ask her mom, grandma, sister, aunt, cousin, bestie, or coworkers. 

Now on our next outing, we’ll talk “Silver and gold/ Silver and gold/ Mean so much more when I see/ Silver and gold decorations/ On ev'ry Christmas tree” (meaning get her something silver and gold that she can wear and hide it in plain sight on the X-mas tree because that trick worked exceedingly well one year for my grandfather)- it’s our jewelry-buying guide! So until next time…

December 18, 2021 by Lisa Vinson
Blog #11- The Remedy to All Your Gift-Giving Questions

Blog #11- The Remedy to All Your Gift-Giving Questions

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The Remedy to All Your Gift-Giving Questions

What’s the #1 question this time of year? Have I been good enough in 2021 to warrant a visit from Santa? What will I serve my family for holiday dinner this year? What should I wear to the annual office party? Will I finally get that pony I’ve always dreamed of?

No. None of the above.

It’s- “What in the heck am I going to buy everyone else on my X-mas list this year?” because after all, the holidays are supposed to be about doing something nice for others. In 2021, we have the added extra headache of Covid-induced shipping delays to factor in as well, especially if, like me, you’ve yet to even get started, let alone finished with your holiday shopping list. 

The remedy? Shop local of course! There are an absolute ton of wonderful stores in downtown Bentonville, not to mention all the other small businesses when you expand your search to the rest of Northwest Arkansas. 

But what, Bea, you’re now asking, should I purchase for those loved ones in these quaint shops? Well keep trudging through the gift-buying and giving snows with me below to find something perfect for everyone on your “nice” list:

1. For the men in your life- Whether it’s Dad, Peepaw, Uncle George, your husband, boyfriend, boss, or best friend, the following are great ideas to help you get started.

a. Specialty food items- From Hoff’s seasoning salt and Eat This’ bacon marmalade to Neat Nick Preserves’ pineapple hot pepper or creamsicle jelly. From ranch dip and mulling spices to fireside chili mix and raspberry habanero pepper jelly, all by Mills. And maybe most importantly, our Hoff’s hot sauce, proudly made in Tennessee, including a variety pack, original, wake-up call, smoken ghost, and mean green- we’ve got you covered here.

b. Outdoor related- Obviously, not all men love the outdoors, but we are in Arkansas, so you could try a portable bonfire- very cool, or cozy rather. Make some s’mores over the holiday break. 

There are outdoor scented candles such as saltwater teakwood by Little Bison for his office. 

Beanies in a rainbow of different hues will keep him warm when he’s out raking leaves or shoveling snow, as will nice thick socks from United by Blue, and with a purchase from that company, you can help clean up our oceans too. 

If he has a good sense of humor, get him a novelty tee, like “Old Men Rock,” a pun referencing The Old Man of the Mountain in New Hampshire. 

Aviator Nation is an entire brand that evokes the outdoors, from more surf-related pieces such as their standard soft gray tee to those that feature colors like army green or a rainbow serape that are a bit more mountainous in nature, everything is made right here in the USA, and many of their items are unisex, so you could even get a matching set. 

And when he’s ready to come in from a long day of work, exercise, or outdoor play, he can clean up with one of our more masculine-scented soaps such as flannel (I already have one of these in my husband’s stocking) or pumpkin ale. 

c. Real men aren’t afraid of a kitchen- Because it would be silly to pigeonhole an entire group, let’s talk about household-related gift ideas too. There are Que bottles that he can carry anywhere and collapse down to fit in a backpack or briefcase when he’s done. 

If he’s just not himself without his morning coffee, get him a dog or lion decorated mug. 

Maybe he has his own bar setup at home, then a nice set of gold straws would be an original choice. 

Or if he likes to take the bar to-go (responsibly of course), then we’ve got a really cool gold Art Deco flask you might pick up. 

And finally, if he’s all about the planet too, invest in a set of Alt-Linens. You buy a 6-pack, use those instead of paper towels, wash them until they literally fall apart, mail them back to the company, and they will replace them for free! For life! 

2. For the younger men in your life- Luckily, much of what’s listed above will work for those tween and teen guys you love, from sons to nephews to daughters’ boyfriends (if you actually approve of him), including everything under specialty food items and outdoor-related gifts, especially the Aviator Nation clothes. 

Plus, Pura Vida jewelry is quite popular with this subgroup, especially the unadorned string bracelets, and many donate to specific causes such as saving the coral reefs or suicide prevention. 

3. For the youngest “men” in your life- And for these young men who are well below the age of tween, get him a pop-it. He’ll definitely thank you (though you may not thank me- ha). These fidget toys come in a plethora of different colored animals like the blue whale, a horse, or a dog; we have baby Yoda in rainbow or red, white, and blue; and there are even X-mas themed selections including Santa’s hat, mittens, or head.

4. For the youngest ladies in your life- On the flip side, what about your daughters, nieces, and grandbaby girls? We have an entire corner devoted to them and all things pink, glittery, rainbow, and unicorns.

There are bars of literal unicorn magic soap (just tell her if she bathes every night really well, maybe she’ll turn into one), not to mention unicorn mugs, figurines, and pop-it purses!

If she’s an ocean as opposed to a land girl, get her a sweet mermaid jewelry box.

For school, we have girl power journals she can write all her secrets in, pencil cases that match for a set, Pura Vida backpacks to cart around all her unicorn and mermaid goodies, and glitter-filled bags, laptop cases, umbrellas, and pouches. 

The Pura Vida line of jewelry is a great way to teach her to take care of such things before you move her up to more expensive pieces. 

And teleties will help keep her hair pulled back, while smiley face necklaces, bracelets, star necklaces, and butterfly necklaces have just the right amount of whimsy combined with dressiness to let her wear on special occasions.

5. For the younger ladies in your life- As for maybe THE hardest to shop for group- tween and teen girls- I’ve still got a few smart suggestions. For starters, you could play it safe with a giftcard, setting a limit for her but also letting her assert her independence by choosing her own clothes, accessories, and gifts. 

But if you’d like to put in a little more thought and effort, chancing things a bit more but still getting a gift receipt just in case for store credit, from head to toe we have:

    • Smiley face trucker hats
    • Red plaid and glittery gold headbands
    • Scrunchies in velvet and satin
    • Teleties in every color of the rainbow
    • Heatless hair rollers
    • Towel scrunchies
    • Pura Vida earrings in silver and rose gold
    • Statement earrings by brands such as Purpose or Mata Traders
    • Gourmet hot chocolate and marshmallows
    • Pura Vida necklaces in gold, silver, and rose gold, with and without semi-precious stones
    • Butterfly, star, heart, smiley face, and other teen-approved necklaces in a variety of brands, mainly in gold
    • For Love and Lemons crop tops 
    • And other crops like a black tie dye or bright yellow
    • High/low crop tops like our soft pink number
    • Smiley tees and baggy sweaters
    • Jean jackets
    • Fuzzy, furry jackets and shackets
    • Sparkly short holiday dresses 
    • Leather mini skirts
    • Tennis skirts
    • Lots of loungewear by Spiritual Gangster and Aviator Nation
    • Pura Vida backpacks
    • Backpack purses
    • Furry purses
    • Furry clutches
    • Shiraleah shoulder bags
    • Journals
    • Pura Vida bracelets in just string, with charms, for causes, featuring specific animals, with semi-precious stones, and anklets in gold, silver, and rose gold
    • Smiley face, heart, and star bracelets
    • Rings from size 5 to 9 in Pura Vida in rose gold and silver, with and without stones, even for her toes
    • Butterfly rings
    • Pura Vida matching necklace, bracelet, earring, and ring sets such as the mermaid quartz
    • Bath accessories like scrubs, body wash, and bath bombs
    • And smiley face slippers

Whew! Surely, something on that lengthy list will tickle her fancy. And guys, I strongly urge you to seek help buying for this group from an older female in her life- no shame in asking for a second opinion (or a first one for that matter). 

Now that covers everyone in your life except for you, ladies, so tune in next time and the time after that for what the magic holiday elves should bring you this year (and it certainly couldn’t hurt to forward the next 2 blog posts to that special man in your life to throw him a life preserver of helpful advice!). 

Until then…

December 16, 2021 by Lisa Vinson
Blog #10- Thrift Shop Fashion

Blog #10- Thrift Shop Fashion

Blog #10-

Thrift Shop Fashion

Bazaar, flea market, discount store, emporium, variety store, five and dime- all terms that Merriam Webster lists as synonyms for “thrift shop.” As in “I’m gonna pop some tags/ Only got twenty dollars in my pocket/ I’m hunting/ This is awesome” (I might have edited that a smidge for a PG rating)- “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, a song that when released in 2012, suddenly made the regular practice and fun pastime of flea market spelunking “in” again. And Gen Z, the ones starting to set the trends to follow for the rest of the world, which might be the most socially conscious generation ever- they’re poised to be at least- loves a good thrift shopping expedition. 

I can remember when shopping somewhere like Goodwill or Salvation Army marked you as “poor” and therefore “uncool” when we were in elementary and middle school. And I can also remember when doing the very same thing was suddenly the very definition of “cool” when we got into high school, thanks largely in part to the grunge movement in music and fashion. In other words, it ebbs and flows. But the tide is in and it’s going to stay in this time because we’re all realizing just how many benefits we can reap from secondhand shopping, not to mention that it shows incredible taste on the buyer’s part. Hence why Remedy Road, a boutique that was already focusing on socially conscious and female-owned brands, decided to expand and open up Remedy Closet, a thrift shop room off the back of the main store. 

In fact, there are countless good reasons to go thrifting regularly:

  1. For financial savings- this is of course the obvious one. Whether you’re a high school student with just a part-time job and therefore a minuscule clothing budget, you’re saving up for something big like your first home or a pricey vacay, you’re just down on your luck, or you’re a regular person who can’t blow a large wad of cash on clothes alone, we all need to shop smart at least now and then if not regularly. And thrift shopping helps you avoid buying expensive items which can be a real problem if you’re hard on things, ruining or losing them and therefore money. 
  2. For sustainability- but thrifting doesn’t just mean saving your pocketbook, because it’s also great for the planet, reducing waste by upcycling and trending us away from big box stores and fast fashion in favor of taking the time to choose pieces you really love, holding onto them, and when you’re finally ready to let them go for whatever reason, passing them on to someone they’ll be new again for. And contrary to popular belief, you can find designer items in thrift stores and occasionally, even new pieces with the original tags still on. Once you donate and buy, you’re creating a cycle, and when you start influencing those around you to do the same, it becomes a movement. 
  3. For practicality or just plain fun- maybe there aren’t many clothing stores near you- thrift it then. Maybe your idea of fun is searching, exploring, and eventually returning home triumphantly with treasure in hand- then thrift it. 
  4. To be one-of-a-kind- thrift shops are by definition full of nothing but one-offs, so you get to avoid walking into school or work the next day wearing your new shirt only to discover that one girl has on the exact same thing while another has the same but in a different color. Our clothes are a way to express our creativity, and that’s so much easier to do with a store full of unique pieces. Plus, how you wear the upcycled find, what you pair it with creates it anew- it’s reborn in a way. And that’s especially important when we’re younger and still exploring our own fashion sense and identity. Thrifting is a much more economical means of doing so. 
  5. For better inventory- because each piece is a one-off, there’s tons of turnover in a thrift store, meaning their inventory changes radically on a weekly basis. Because so many different people donate, you can find just about any and every style, all in one convenient location. And because so many different ages contribute to thrift store stock, you can find actual vintage items, not to mention styles that are no longer being produced. 
  6. And because it makes us happy- though it can be a bit overwhelming at first, once you learn all the tricks of the trade, you’ll be the Indiana Jones of fashion. Thrifting is rewarding, it can lift your mood, and it’s not unlike a treasure hunt, only without the elaborate and deadly booby traps, moustache-twirling villains, and dangerous curses. And when you wear your “new” piece and feel beautiful in it, it’ll lift your spirits. 

So what are the important tricks? Common sense really- check very carefully for stains, rips, and tears (unless you’re going for the on-purpose lived-in look). Sometimes, the workers who accept donated items might miss a defect like that. Though if you’re a pro at DIY, you may be able to execute easy repairs and enjoy that process too.

Zip and unzip items featuring those to be sure they work properly, and that applies to other hardware such as snaps and whatnot. 

As most pieces are not new and therefore won’t shrink at all or stretch out much either, make certain that your finds fit well. That’s also helpful in that most thrift stores have a no returns, all sales are final policy. But not shrinking or stretching can also be a hidden boon because once you’re certain it’ll fit, the item will remain the same over time as long as you take care of them. 

So how did we end up here? Remedy Road wanted a way to be socially conscious with NOT new fashion, to move into an adjacent market, to find another way to care for the environment and the local community. After all, as fast as Bentonville and NWA in general is growing, there’s no such thing as too many venues for fashionable upcycled clothes. So the focus there is on sustainability. You can bring in your gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories in women’s but also men’s and children’s; receive a 30% off coupon for the main store; feel good about yourself; and maybe find a hidden treasure for yourself in the process. 

So if any or all of this sounds good to you, come check us out at Remedy Closet. Run by socially conscious people, it’s a people-conscious boutique and thrift shop on a mission not only to sell beautiful products but also create positive change. You can donate to us. We’ll donate 30% off to you. We’ll donate credit to local women to shop for interview and work clothes (#womensupportingwomen), and we can all look for a new old find for ourselves!

In addition, in Remedy Road right now, we’re carrying four different super soft and cozy hoodies/sweatshirts, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Kendrick Fincher Foundation. Those are pictured below along with a selection of my favorite outfits from the thrift store.

December 12, 2021 by Lisa Vinson

Blog #9- 14 Fall & Winter “Bottoms” to Keep Your Legs and Tootsies Festive and Bright

Welcome back guys and gals. And whew- we’re almost finished (finally) with what we’re all dying to wear this season to stay cozy and warm but also sexy, chic, classy, and gorgeous! So last up is “bottoms,” starting with: 

1. The Legend of Baggy Jeans- As I’m sure you’ve all noticed by now, all pants, but maybe especially jeans, are moving away from the skinny silhouette of the millennials in favor of all things the loose fit, wide leg, and baggy that Gen Z prefers, though I would always urge you, dear readers, to wear whatever jean type flatters you and adds signature to your style! Lord knows I’ve been stubbornly hanging on to the low-rise flare legs of my youth for years. You’ll certainly be comfy in this resurgence of an old cut though, and not to worry- there are simply tons of ways to work these into an outfit that don’t make you look heavier or like you’re trying too hard (two common complaints about the baggy jean that I often hear from above twenty-somethings). Just check out these adorable ones from Morrison with the distressed details and red/black/white plaid underneath, perfect for a Razorback tee and calling our beloved Hogs:

Katie Holmes who is always effortlessly chic, even when just running errands, shows you that all you need is a white tank and sneakers (probably a jacket now too) to pull off this trend:

Hailey Bieber pairs a lighter wash with a lovely lemon yellow crop, coat, and ballcap, bringing sunshine to winter:

And Liu Wen dresses hers up for a night out on the town with a crop and cute blazer:

2. The Dark Denim Knight- Just like fit, we’re definitely all free to wear whichever wash flatters us (so we can walk into any room and own it), but super dark seems to be the popular shade right now. You can stick with a bluer dark like Katie Holmes (and just look at that cute, practical puffer she’s pairing it with):

Or you can go for a more neutral dark, like these basic staples from ABLE:

But we don’t have to reserve our dark denim for pants, instead opting for the same shade in a dressier skirt for work, like Irina Shayk rocking denim on denim here:

Or we can lose the blue altogether and go straight to the black baggy jean that Bella Hadid has paired up with a sweater and chunky sandals:

3. Liar, Liar, Utility Pants on Fire- Because right now is all things Y2K (and it was a fun time in fashion- I’m plenty old enough to remember that clearly), we’re also seeing the return of the utility pant, another super comfy trend. You can go for a monochromatic look, like Gigi Hadid in a white button-down, pant, and lug sole boot:

The army green that’s so popular right now like Emily Ratajkowski in a sexy burnt orange button-down and sneakers:

Or the ever-beautiful and timeless Miss J. Lo in a straightforward khaki utility that matches anything and everything:

4. Texas Chainsaw Leather Pants (and Skirts too)- We can’t forget to take a look at popular materials also though, and leather is on the rise, something we’ve now finally mastered as far as making it look good AND feel good. Here, we see them in a higher waist and looser fit perfect for the weekly rotation at work:

For a night out, check out our rock goddess lady in holiday red, Miley Cyrus:

Or go fun and flared like Kendall Jenner:

But we can also opt for a flirty micro mini leather skirt, like this gorgeous deep red:

5. How the Grinch Stole the Micro Mini- Because it can’t be, shouldn’t be, all pants all the time, even in winter, lest life get dreadfully boring, we have the micro mini skirt trend. Ladies, I don’t care what your age is (that’s why we invented stockings, isn’t it?), I triple dog dare you to try out a flirty little number like the leather skirt above.

A sweet little tennis skirt in any color of the rainbow:

A saucy brown leather like Hailey Bieber here, something that would look to die for with a dressy jacket or blazer:

Or a lovely watercolor print like Kendall Jenner if you want a softer, more feminine look:

6. Mighty Morphin Power Pants and Trousers- But because it’s fall/winter and we do have to leave the house for work now, I give you the power pant. You might be asking yourself what separates these from your regular ol’ basic trousers, and I answer with- you go big or you go home, people. Whether that’s with cut, leg opening, color, or print, the point here is to grab passersby’s attention and make them appreciate your painstakingly perfect outfit, mainly the bottom half. So it’s sort of like the out out fashion we talked about with the outfit blog. You can mimic the Duchess of Cambridge and be a queen too, using that gorgeous purple to highlight your legs:

Or Lady Gaga, looking very classy here, drawing attention to those tailored and crisp whites with a platform heel only she can pull off:

Kaia Gerber captures the eye with cut and waist here in a look perfect for literally anything:

Cara Delevingne makes lilac pop against white:

Or you can go bigger.

Jenna Coleman of Doctor Who fame who’s sporting yellow flowers against royal blue, the ruffle details at neck and wrist making the traditional male-dominated suit ours, all ours, ladies:

My absolute crush, Kristen Stewart, channeling her inner Princess Di in light and airy blue:

The lovely Blake Lively in head to toe velour, another “it” material this season:

Or Olivia Munn, a vision in gold satin:

Now before we move on to shoes, fabulous shoes, I will take a moment to address the missing elephant in the room, ie. Bea- why aren’t we talking about rise in pants? Well, because we seem to be in a state of flux this season. High rise is in, and it flatters now, comfortable too finally thanks to the blends we use in pants to give them some stretch, but low rise is also creeping back in (although the red-headed stepchild, mid-rise doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s wish list at the moment) thanks to our obsession with Y2K fun. So I will simply round out our pants discussion by urging you to go with what makes you feel good. But get out of your comfort zone every now and then too and try a rise you might normally not. If I can sit here writing this wearing pink as a redhead, two things that many think shouldn’t go together unless you’re Molly Ringwald, then you can trade in your low-rise skinny for a high-rise flare or swap your super high bell bottom for a low-rise baggy jean.

And now for shoes (yay)! And what would a section on shoes be without our beloved Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City (reboot coming to a TV screen near you soon) and the woman behind her, Sarah Jessica Parker. Those two vixens and the ladies of Remedy Road have got you covered for all your shoe-spiration. 

7. The Wizard of Silver, Animal Print, or Both- In terms of color this season, what’s trending most in shoes is silver, probably more of that out out mindset. So look for a little sparkle in the detail like Bea’s dark blue and silver pair here:

Or go full-throttle and strap some disco balls to your feet in time for New Year’s kisses like the SJP classic here:

Or like Lisa who’s eyeing this silver Sarah Jessica Parker pair (and maybe one of these awesome cocktail dresses):

But animal print (cruelty-free ONLY ladies) is also on the rise, so choose leopard, cheetah, alligator, or snake, and tap into your inner earth goddess like Carrie’s knee-high pair:

Or Bea’s booties:

And we want to be stylish at home as well, so pair smiley with leopard, and you’re all set: 

Of course, the trifecta (difecta?) would be a boot that incorporates both, so let me know when you find such a pair!

8. Star Wars: A New Platform- But what about shoe height? As in just how high can we go and still be trendy (especially if your 5’3’’ frame needs a little help in that department like mine)? Good news- platforms and, if you’re wobbly in every kind of heel, flatforms are in. You can go steady and safe:

High but reasonable:

Full rock star like the Steve Madden that Lisa has been eyeing:

Or up in the Lady Gaga stratosphere like that heel she’s wearing in the power pant pic earlier in this blog.

9. The Empire Strikes Knee-High- As for how far up on the leg itself your boots should crawl this winter, we’re back at knee-high and even over-the-knee boots, so break out those micro minis we talked about and keep your calves cozy with something like Carrie’s snakeskin pair above.

Or something simpler like Bea’s here:

10. Return of the Lug Sole- In case you somehow missed the first nine times we've talked about it in this series of blogs, Y2K is back again (minus all that pesky and irrational fear that the Google was gonna crash and the world was therefore gonna end). And to that end, lug soles are making a big comeback, the only shoe trend I couldn’t find Carrie or SJP wearing. So put on your crop sweater, plaid power pants, and lugs to channel your inner Spice Girl or Liv Tyler in Empire Records. Like our lovely Lauren in white here:

Gabby’s pair with some bling:

Or Bea’s favorite new buy this season (if Carrie wore lug soles, it would totally be this pair, right?):

11. Singin’ in the Rainboots- I guess occasionally, we have to be practical in our shoe blog and carefully consider what kind of shoe we should be sporting on rainy fall days and sleeting winter nights. Enter the rainboot which is no longer your great grandmother’s, grandmother’s, or mother’s plain black rubber affair. They now come in all shapes and sizes and a veritable Thanksgiving cornucopia of prints and colors. Like SJP here:

Or the ones Bea uses to get through the sodden streets of downtown Bentonville with her socks still dry:

12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Loafers and Oxfords- But for those milder days in December, we have punk loafers and oxfords, more of that dark academia fashion that’s so prevalent, like SJP in mary janes which are loafer adjacent:

Lisa’s coveted Steve Madden pair from above.

Bea’s lower-heeled pair here with a bit of bling:

Or Gabby’s buckle oxfords:

And Bea’s more masculine oxford vibes:

13. The Chamber of Clogs- If you’re fearless enough to leave part of your tootsies bare, you can go for a clog instead, very comfy in Bea’s corduroy print:

Or SJP on set:

14. The Prisoner of Fancy Fuzzy Slippers- Or combine the best of sandals and cushy, cozy, comfy winter wear with slippers cool (or warm) enough to wear out of the house, like these from Remedy Road:

Carrie’s bit of lavender poof here:

Or Gabby’s absolutely adorable Uggs:

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is that. We are now clad from head to toe in gold satin power pants, puffy jackets, halos, logos, and everything in between. See ya next time because this is Bea, signing off!

December 04, 2021 by Lisa Vinson
Blog #8- 14 Fall & Winter Tops to Fall in Love With

Blog #8- 14 Fall & Winter Tops to Fall in Love With

Blog #8-

14 Fall & Winter Tops to Fall in Love With

Hola, namaste, and ni hao my fellow fashion people! Today, we’ll be diving into a proverbial snowdrift of wardrobe choices and coming up clad in everything from cozy ski sweaters to sexy crop blazers that will heat up those chill autumn nights. That’s right- this blog post is a very merry deep dive into fall/winter 2021 tops. And up first is…

1. Planes, Trains, Automobiles, Slogans, and Graphics- Who said catchy phrases and pretty pictures were just for little kids to wear? After all, all girls just wanna have fun. You can go basic, like telling the world what you’re into:

Make a pop culture reference that anyone born before 1986 should chuckle over:

Stand with pride solidarity:

Express your love for fur babies:

Or flashback to the 60s (and maybe pile on some smiley face socks and a beanie too):

2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button-Down- However, if business is your pleasure and you’re dressing for work (at a job that doesn’t necessarily want you pushing fashion boundaries like a clothing boutique allows), go for a classy button-down. Something simple and silky:

Fun with color blocking:

Vibes of merry ol’ England and Oxford (see center image):

Or a high fashion catwalk version of Kurt Cobain and Seattle grunge (see bottom orange number):

3. Rise of Planet of the Bodysuits- Similar to the catsuit we featured in the outfit portion of this blog series, the bodysuit has the upper hand I think because you can pair it with wide leg jeans or loose fit trousers so you don’t feel quite so body image self-conscious. Try sexy and soft blue:

Simple and elegant white:

Or a high fashion work of art from the runway:

(honestly, who even needs pants when your top looks this awesome).

4. Raiders of the Lost Crop Top (are you picking up on my movie title puns yet?)- I know, I know, if you’re over 30, you probably wonder if it’s okay to try something like a crop top- is there an age limit on that like graphics on the butt of your pants or tube tops. Well, one might argue there’s no age limit on any fashion trend as long as you play to your strengths and feel good wearing it (just check out Madonna’s wardrobe, and the Material Girl is now definitely the Material Woman at over 60). And high rise jeans are the perfect thing to pair with a crop top to minimize the midriff. So if you have Madonna’s abs or a nice healthy body image, try something simple like this at home:

Something fun with a tie-dye effect paired with dressier trousers for work like:

This one is so simple and classy that you could create any number of outfits from the staple wardrobe piece:

Go for a snugly high/low effect like this number:

Or downplay it if you feel more comfortable with just a hint of crop and enough texture to diffuse attention from your waist:

5. Inside Cutout- While some people like my mother (hi Mom- I love you) might wonder why in the world designers would purposely cut pieces of material out of a top (or in my case, jeans), the cut-out trend can really add some interesting detail. It doesn’t even have to be that “unusual.” Just look at the missing back piece on this adorable For Love and Lemons sweater: 

Or the missing sleeve on this comfy LA Made selection:

Or a true cut-out design which really elevates this basic For Love and Lemons turtleneck:

(and you can pair it up with distressed jeans if you really want to make your mom’s head explode).

6. The Longest Sleeve (By a Yard)- Though it might not be the most practical fashion trend, sleeves this season are going for the longer, the better (but since when was fashion just about practicality- I’m looking at you 3-inch heels). If nothing else, it’ll keep your arms and hands thoroughly toasty. Like this comfy basic:

This cool waffle-knit wide silhouette option:

Or go full-out with the flounce sleeve from LA Made:

7. The Devil Wears Prada… Vests- Maybe more than anything else in the fall/winter lineup, I’m super excited about the resurgence of the vest (I might have had five or six of these just lying in wait in the back of my closet for just such a returning trend). They’re just so versatile. You can let it stand alone like the off-white turtleneck option below:

Go dark academia with an argyle print:

Or have fun with crochet and needlepoint like that adorable little rose number below:

Vests just make everything look cool and classy, and the designers clearly agree:

8. Under the Tuscan Shirt- Perhaps the oddest trend to me this year is a simple and practical clothing practice that people from places such as Seattle or right here in Northwest Arkansas are already all too familiar with: layering. So shirts under… well… everything is suddenly no longer just to deal with the radically changing temperatures throughout the day, but to be fashionable and chic. Put this sweet Victorian tee under a dress for work:

Try this cute puffer-sleeve ribbed tee under a smiley face graphic tank for play:

Or put this oh-so-soft root beer brown option under a fortuna gold cardigan for a gorgeous autumn color combo:

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtleneck- Another very useful trend is the re-emerging turtleneck, especially for those of you who are cold-natured. Like this lovely lilac colored sweater: 

Or frosty pink, both on-trend colors:

Go lighter and even softer like this number which is pink? Purple? Both? Tough to nail this one down:

Or if, like me, you don’t want to go full turtle, you can try a lower mock neck like this heavenly soft option:

10. Ski Sweater Patrol- A less practical option for those of us who don’t live in New England, around the Great Lakes, or up in the Rockies, is this year’s obsession with head to toe skiwear- hence why we’re only talking about how to bunny slope or double black diamond up your top half because even places like the deserts of Arizona or steamy Southern Arkansas need sweaters and sweatshirts at night in January. You can go casual, use place names on your top to evoke the snowdrifts of Colorado or Switzerland like:

There are plenty of simple cable knit options too like:

And cardigans:

And even though they’re no longer exclusively produced in one of the UK’s most remote regions, you can go for a Fair Isle print, used now to refer to any multi-colored and patterned knit sweater:

11. Full Metal Shacket- In terms of outerwear for this season, our first entry is the shacket- half shirt, half jacket, neither, both, and a portmanteau to boot. These are therefore perfect for when it’s chilly but not deathly so. And I personally love the grunge vibes that most of them give off thanks to the popular use of plaid:

12. Blazer(ing) Saddles- Another “sort of outerwear” option on the list is a blazer. If it never drops below 60 where you live, then you might go for one of the lighter tailored options we featured in the fall/winter outfits blog post, and a little bit of structure in your wardrobe pieces will be a nice change of pace. You can also go oversized boyfriend:

Or For Love and Lemons crop choices:

But if you actually get some semblance of winter weather, you might opt for something a little bit heavier and sized a tad larger as your outermost layer over many of the other pieces on our list like the button-down or the bodysuit. I enjoy thrift shopping for men’s blazers to fit this bill, and you never know what other hidden treasures you might stumble across (like at our very own Remedy Closet).

13. Clash of the Fluffy Jackets- Is it loungewear only? Something you can and should wear out of the house and about town? You decide. This trend is another of those carry-overs from quarantine- we want to be warm and fashionable but still comfy. Enter the fluffy jacket. You can go for a trench coat-ish version of one of these:

Or something a bit more manageable while getting in and out of the car, running errands:

14. Wrath of the Puffer Jacket- Or you can go full ski mode, definitely a jacket, for work, play, or hiking through the woods (which is both work and play if you’re doing it right)- the puffer jacket. These fade in and out of style in terms of fashion, but anyone who braves the outdoors regularly will tell you that these little gems will keep you both toasty and dry. Some of them even come with a built-in foldable pouch for easy storage if the day warms  up and you no longer need it. Plus, many companies who make these offer pretty gender neutral choices, like this one from United by Blue:

So in the end, we’ve now totally got you covered. But since we don’t want this to turn into a real-life version of that recurring nightmare where you get to school or work and suddenly realize you forgot your pants, tune in next time to see what we should be pairing everything from the smiley graphic tee to the ski sweater up with on bottom (not to mention all the fabulous shoe options out there- enough to make Carrie Bradshaw’s head spin right down to her toes in her Manolo Blahniks).

November 22, 2021 by Lisa Vinson