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I love the colors that come with summer, but I do have to admit, I am afraid of white. I am an A+ spiller and along with that comes my fear of buying cute whites and soft pinks. That being said, I challenged myself to buy both a beautiful white tank AND a great soft pink cardigan this week. This is big, but before I did this, I armed myself with some quick and easy get out of trouble tips for stains! Here’s my list, let’s hope you never have to use these!
Tip 1 – Blot! Blot and do not rub the stain. While rubbing it may seem to help you feel like you are doing a better job, STOP. Blot and absorb whatever was spilled.
Tip 2 – this is for my wine-o’s out there. If you spill red wine on your clothes, use its friend, white wine to get the stain out. Don’t have white wine? Try hot water!
Tip 3 – Lipstick stains can easily be fixed by using dish soap. Allow the dish soap to settle in to the stain and then wash. Dish soap can also help with coffee stains!
Tip 4 – ketchup or red sauce stains! Gently rub detergent in to the stain and soak the item in cool water for 10 minutes. Wash and air dry – be sure not to dry as that can set the stain in.

 
5.6.16 Quick and Easy Stain Remover

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Beautiful weather brings about some of our favorite looks and along with them come amazing shoes. With the sunshine out, I brought out two of my favorite pairs of shoes this week, a pair of cute flip-flops and my go to ballet flats. I love these shoes, they let my feet breath a bit after the long winter of hibernation. The only problem is, they leave your feet feeling like they were in a marathon as the piggies aren’t used to the rubbing of the fabric, leather or plastic on our summer shoes. Another sad side effect is the smell from wearing a ballet flat in the warm weather. Let’s be honest, nobody has tim for blistered feet and smelly shoes. Luckily we have some tips for you to get through some of the most painful and awkward shoe problems of summer.
Blisters, they are inevitable in the summer. Wearing heels on a hot day, new shoes needing to be broken in or just letting our feet get used to our summer shoes, we tend to brew up a few. A first step to try involves when you buy your shoes. Our feet swell during the day and even more so in the summer. Try to do your shoe shopping at the end of the day to get a good feel for the type of shoe you are trying on. Another preventative measure is to mold your new shoes to your feet. Simply spritz your new shoes with a bit of water until they are damp. Wear them around until they dry and let them form to your foot.
Shoe smell, ick! Ballet flats are so cute, but many times a culprit for odor. This is my favorite tip and it works! Put a few drops of essential oils (I personally like the DoTerra purify, but others work well too) with a few tablespoons of baking soda in your shoes. Let it sit overnight and pour out the baking soda in the morning. Be careful with leather and other materials as the oil can stain!
Let those toes enjoy the summer sun this year!

 

4.29.16 Summer Shoes

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MODE is home of the $40 designer jean, but we LOVE to play around with some fun summer styles each year!  This year we are loving the fun varieties of rompers.  The beauty of this fun one-piece short look is its comfortable style which can be worn to the lake or dressed up depending on the look you go for.  We suggest trying on a few styles as not all body types are the same and you may find each cut to fit your body type differently.  As always the perfect pair of shoes can make or break the perfect look, try out some fun wedges or strappy sandals to give your romper the perfect pairing it needs. Yes, we know it takes courage to try out a new look, but play around with the look, various fabrics and styles, it just may end up being your favorite summer look!

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As a denim outlet, you are used to finding all types of jeans in our MODE stores. Flare, skinny, bootcut, dark and light, we have them. As we enter the spring and summer months another style is making its way back into our store and into our closest, colored jeans. If you’ve been in lately you may have noticed our fun coral tones, our green shades, pink distressed and of course a nice summer white. What we love about colored jeans in the spring and summer is that you have so much fun ways to pair them with your favorite tops. We love pairing fun colored jeans with a crisp classic denim shirt either open with a cute tank under or buttoned and partially tucked in. Summer tops also bring us a lot of whites and cream colored t’s and tanks which pair so nicely with a pop of colored denim.

We hear many women tell us that they rarely branch out of their typical denim wash, but with so many fun colors and styles we encourage you to branch out this year. Find a fit that you love and look for something a bit subtle at first like a grey or a light teal to get started. We know you will fall in love with this fun change to your warm weather wardrobe! 4.15.16 Colored Jeans

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Last week we told you about the little tips to cleaning out your closet. We know you scurried to clean out your closet after that read and maybe came across your necklace collection in the process. Now what to do with that awesome amount of jewelry you have in your perfectly cleaned out closet!? We are here to help again with some easy tips to organizing (or even displaying) your necklaces!
The Accordion Style Peg Rack – you now the thing that folds out and mounts to your wall with pegs on it. It often comes in a variety of wood or plastic colors. I noticed this when visiting my Grandma. The woman LOVES her jewelry and has a ton of it on display. I noticed her jewelry peg rack and while I hadn’t seen one being used in years, I thought HOW BRILLIANT. The beauty is, you can make it the size you want, which accommodates many styles and lengths of necklaces. Props to you, Grandma Helen!
This is a fun idea even for those of us who are not do-it-yourselfers – hang nails on the wall! WHAT?! Try this, find an old chunky frame, 11X17 or 16X20, then take the back and glass off of it. Use some fun spray paint on it if you want and hang it on the wall near your closet. Next fill the space within the frame with various nails at lengths for your necklaces. Now you have a bit of décor and a spot to hang your necklace!
For our final tip, find some fun looking shower curtain hooks. Either hang them on your closet rods or mount a small curtain rod or towel bar in your closet. Hang the hooks and sort your necklaces as you wish.
While you are at it, remember the tips from cleaning out your closet! Now may be a great time to make room for some new and vibrant spring and summer jewelry!

 

 

 

4.8.16 Hanging Jewelry

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After a recent move, I made the powerful decision to clean out my closet! YIKES! Closet cleaning and organizing can bring out the best and sometimes the worst in people. Some get overly minimalist and end up getting rid of everything just to have the perfect looking closet. Others get concerned and run the risk of separation anxiety at the very thought of getting rid of an 8 year old sweater. Regardless of which category you fall into, we have some easy tips to help you as you get that closet spring ready!

Not ready to get rid of ANYTHING? Here’s a simple challenge for you. Turn your hangers the opposite way, so the hook is facing you. When you wear something, put it back in your closet the correct way. In 6 months, take a look at your closet and eliminate anything you haven’t worn. For those who experience the full four seasons, do this seasonally. If you box up something for the season that has not been worn that season, time to eliminate it from your life.

Here is another one we all often struggle with. Does it fit?? Yes, we all have that favorite pair of jeans or amazing top that we WILL fit into again. How about this, make a small box of these items, put a date on it and if you haven’t opened it to actually wear (not just look at) the items, it’s time to say goodbye.

Damaged items generally tend to stick around a lot longer than they really should in my closet. As much as I want to think I can fix things, I don’t often take the time, can’t find my needle and thread and quite honestly, I get lazy. If you cannot or will not fix it, time to package that item up for its next home.

Ok, so now what do you do with all of these amazing clothes that no longer belong in your closet? You have so many options; sell, donate or swap. Find a local consignment shop and make some of your money back, it’s easy and no need to write out rummage sale tags! How about donating them to a local women’s shelter or agency in need. Have nice dress clothes to donate? Check out Dress for Success, a great organization that welcomes gently used dress clothing! Swap with your friends, how much fun would a girls night be where you can simply swap or share clothes?

We know you can do it – get those closets tidied up and ready for your next beautiful must have item!FTF 4.1.16

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Jeans and Shoes, they go together like peas and carrots! The perfect couple when matched accordingly.

I love this time of year as all of my shoes get to go on dates with all of my jeans. One day, it’s beautiful and I get to wear my 3 inch teal stilettos with my amazing boyfriend jeans and a cute t-shirt. The very next day, Mother Nature brings the chill or rain, so I get to pair my skinny jeans with my tall leather or rain boots and a light sweater!

Another look we LOVE is pairing your straight leg jeans with a fun pointed toe stiletto. Just the perfect look to add some additional style to an already classic cut.

Where are my flared jean fans? I am recently guilty of purchasing two pairs of flares, a dark classic and a high waist light distressed. I couldn’t help it – they are amazing and comfortable! Even with super long legs, the flare cut look so amazing with a wedge or a platform heel. Also, by adding that extra height, you won’t have to worry about getting your flares in any of the spring puddles out there!

Yes, spring can mess with our wardrobe, but consider it a great time to put your entire jean and shoe collection to good use. Enjoy mixing and matching your jeans and shoes this month!
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At MODE we believe that every season is scarf season. It’s the ultimate accessory – let’s give credit where credit is due. What other accessory can add color, add texture, provide warmth, cover our heads in the rain and wind or be worn in a variety of ways? You got it – the scarf deserves some major credit.

As we transition from winter to spring, not only are you seeing the lighter color scarf out there, but the lighter fabric. Where we use it as a major tool for warmth in the winter, it is much more useful as an outfit updater for the spring. That being said, let’s be honest it is great to have a scarf on cool spring mornings and late spring evenings – plus don’t even get me started on how great the scarf is at a restaurant that decided to turn on the A/C a bit too early!

Spring scarves let the neck breath and don’t have the heavy layers we see in fall and winter. We see both infinity and a traditional scarf in the spring and that also means so many ways to wear the look. The infinity look can be somewhat too warm for some women in the spring, but adding a regular scarf and draping it, wearing it kerchief style or tying in a simple knot will add variety and won’t leave you with so much fabric at the neck.

Play around with the options you have depending on the neck your shirt has. Maybe adding a necklace to layer with is what you need and maybe you just need to wear it around your shoulders. Plain, print, stripes and polka dots, we love em all!

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Necklaces, we can’t get enough of them. We own a ton of them and still can’t stop buying them. We have the “dressy”, “the casual”, the “I’m going out with the girls” and the “hmm, not sure why I bought this but that green frog is so funky” necklace. MODE girls with our necklaces priced at $14.99 everyday, we know how you feel!

We know how tempting it can be to add to the collection, but also feel that guilt knowing how many you may have at home already. Want a simple solution? Combine those efforts and experiment with layering your necklaces. We adore the look of a shorter simple chain or stand with a longer more statement look when dressing up a simple colored t-shirt.

Can I get some love for the beautiful stone jewelry that has been out? Some of our favorites are the clear rock looks or the crystal looking stones. These can be worn as simple statement pieces with a collar or to add a pop of color to any look. Another way to incorporate them is to add a short gemstone necklace with a longer pendant.

Have some shorter necklaces that are statement pieces, maybe something you wear everyday that has meaning to you – a birthstone or something with initials? Spice it up and add a lariat necklace – something with a good balance of color to your statement piece. Lariat necklaces are those fun ones that have no clasps, so you can wear as long or short as you wish and add layers.

Long, short, sparkly or simple – play around with the necklaces you own and don’t be afraid to add to the collection – pair it up and have fun with your look!

 

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Just when I thought spring had sprung, we got a cool blast of air and a few flakes of snow! Come on, Mother Nature! I had secretly started moving around the heavier clothes in my closet and “preparing” them for their hibernation in their winter home, the pink plastic tote. Maybe I got overly eager, but then after looking through my wardrobe I have a lot to wear during the mid-season switch.

Some of the trending colors this year include: Rose Quartz, Quartz Grey, Lilac Grey, Dark Teal, Scarlet along with Traditional Black and White. While these may not seem like the bold, vibrant colors of spring and eventually summer, they work! Who are we to argue with the looks at New York and London Fashion week? The good part of this is regardless of what climate you live in – or how your temperature may fluctuate, your closet can be ready for whatever the weather brings you.

Some of our favorite looks include layering these colors. For example, we have many awesome cardigans, sweatshirts, wraps and capes in store (and our closets!) which can be perfectly layered with these trending colors of spring. This could include pairing them with jeans, capris or even shorts if you are in a warmer part of the country. Earlier mornings and later evenings can get cool even after a nice warm spring day. Grab your medium weight layer and don’t worry about looking out of style.

Wanting something more vibrant? Spice up the trending colors of spring with a bright or bold pink, green or yellow in a scarf or chunky necklace. Whip out your favorite bright lipstick, slap on some accessories and wear what you want – create your own bright and bold look, even if Mother Nature throws you a curveball!

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January and February are sometimes our least favorite  months.  Winter just seems to drag on and on and on.  It’s cold, its dark and summer seems like it’s a long ways away.  One thing that always seems to cure my Winter blues, is SHOPPING!  Right now is the perfect time to find  those marked down items to lift your spirits and they still can be used in your wardrobe to help you transition from Winter to Spring.   You’re really getting the best of both worlds here.  You’re curing your Winter blues with a little retail therapy as well as getting a versatile Winter to Spring outfit!

Stop into MODE and let one of our experienced stylists help you get out of that Winter wardrobe slump today!

 

 

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You bought that great pair of jeans, they fit you like a glove, they make your butt look amazing and they are the PERFECT length – SCORE! As a bonus, you got them at a great price at your local MODE store! We’ve all been there, we somewhat hesitate to wear those perfect jeans too often as we are so worried they will lose their perfection.

Here are some tips to ease that fear and keep your clothes looking like new:

1. Cheat sheet! You know that mini tag with the size on the inside of your jeans? It actually has a care cheat sheet on it – or sometimes nearby it. You just need to know the code! We’ve included the cheat sheet images, so you can use this list.

2. Wash and hang dry! If you worry about your jeans changing in how they fit, wash cold and hang dry. As we mentioned in our previous tips, this is a great way to give them a little extra room if you need to stretch them out again as well.

3. Get a drying rack or some good hangers. Many drying racks are collapsible so you can hid them under a bed or behind doors. Let your good jeans hang dry and simply hide the rack when you are done!

Now you have no excuse not to wear those new jeans. Wear them to your hearts delight and show off all that is amazing about your jeans and YOU!

 

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We love being creative both in the clothes we feature in our store and the items we purchase for ourselves as MODE shoppers.  That being said, we’d love for you to be comfortable stepping out of your comfort zone with some of the different styles we have in store.  A quick and simple way to go about this is, if YOU feel comfortable and attractive with the clothes on, you will look that way.

Be sure to check the new style in all angles that you normally position yourself in.  If it’s a piece you will be dancing in, wearing to the office or using for an upcoming interview, make sure it will maintain its look for whatever purpose you need.

Another thing to keep in mind is fabrics and where you will be wearing the item.  A light fabric may look ok in certain light, but taking it outside may require another layer under it for appropriateness.  This is not always just the case for white fabric, but some of the lighter colored or finer weight fabrics that are in style.

Be comfortable, be attractive and be BOLD, MODE girls!

 

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Shopping on a budget, this is something that used to get me into a lot of trouble. You see, I was rather good at justifying pretty much EVERY purchase as something I absolutely needed to survive. Those glitter shoes? I needed them because they had some great support in them and my feet deserved good fitting shoes (plus, glitter – who can say no to glitter!?). The short black leather jacket? HAD to have it because black leather jackets in all lengths are a staple we all need in our closets!

In all honestly, some people are better at this than others, it just took me a while to learn! Given I’ve learned the hard way, we figured it would be fun to share some tips on how to actually shop while on a budget and luckily MODE offers amazing options for the budget conscious fashionista.

1. Staple pieces! Instead of justifying pieces, find those pieces that fit well, are at your price point and can be worn with a multitude of other pieces in your closet. Some examples are a perfect pair of jeans that you can both wear to the office and for a fun night out. Or, a fun blazer or cardigan that you can mix with different color layers, jewelry or scarves.

2. Take inventory of your closet and identify items you may not have worn in a while. What do you need to pair with them and make them “new” again? When I recently did this, I found a simple black sweater I hadn’t worn in over a year. I simply added a cute red chiffon tank under it for a pop of color and a fun necklace. Boom – instant outfit with the addition of a few pops of color.

3. Take advantage of the post-Holiday sales. Many stores, like MODE are offering some fun sales and paired with our already low prices, you can add many key pieces and save a LOT of money.

Regardless of your budget, you have options that can still allow you to spruce up any wardrobe. As always, if you struggle with how to do this, stop by a MODE store and let our team help you. We’d be happy to work with you on ways to update your look on any budget!

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Comfort and Fashion – two words that are not often paired together. We were recently talking with women at the store about their favorite outfits and the word “comfortable” came up when referring to their favorite jeans and tops. We heard it all, from “I hate it when my pants are too low and my butt shows” to “I don’t want to feel like I’m stuffed into my outfit when I go out”. We HEAR YOU, ladies. Would you believe that many of the styles we carry, cater to fashion AND the comfort aspect of life.

One of our favorite styles of jeans include those with a high waist. We have a variety of high waist styles, including skinny, flare, dark wash and distressed. These are SO cute paired with a fun top and guess what, no muffin top in this style!

Another favorite are our super soft camis, tops and sweaters. Is it me, or have many of the fabrics become so cuddly this season? We often layer and pair items so you are prepared for any climate or event.

Think you can’t wear something soft and comfy outside of the home – think again! Dress it up with a fun scarf or necklace. That will turn your casual, comfy outfit into a night out ready ensemble!

 

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Raise your hand if you had one extra Christmas cookie this year!! Ok, I have two hands waiving in the air and a lot of workout to get in. So let’s chat about what to do with those current jeans you own and are a bit too tight, OR the ones you want to buy now as a steal of a deal but they are one size too small (yes, you will get back into them in the spring!). Here are our suggestions:

1. Wash your jeans on cold! Hang dry and stretch on the areas that are most reinforced. Pull on the legs for length and the pocket area for the waist.

2. Need to wear them soon? Put on your jeans and spritz with warm water in areas you need some stretch. Do some lunges and a few squats (bonus – calorie burner!).

3. Did your jeans shrink? Once they come out of the wash (cold water!) lay them down on the ground, step on the waist area and lightly pull on the legs.

4. Ready for some new jeans? Well that’s easy – stop by and see us at MODE – we will find you the right fit for the right price – no need to tug or spritz!

 

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Life is full of variety and we believe our closets should be full of variety as well. Often times women tend to flock towards their comfort zone for jeans…we wear what we know and are comfortable with. Be not afraid, we are here to challenge you to try some new styles – we’ve even created a cheat sheet to show you the different looks and how to wear them. A closet, just like life needs to be filled with variety.

 

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Happy New Year MODE Ladies! We hope you are ready for the amazing year of 2016! We know many of you are making resolutions, goals, vision boards and plans! We are doing the same at MODE – it is going to be a great year! Before we start getting too wild with new, fresh and big ideas for 2016, we wanted to reflect on something so simple, one of the pillars of our stores – JEANS!

You all know we LOVE jeans at MODE, but we’ve also heard that for some people it is a chore to shop for that right pair of jeans. CLEARLY they need to step into a MODE store and we will set them up – am I right?! Here are somethings to consider when getting your game face on for some jean shopping:

1. Yes, they can be tight – don’t get all worried and go a size up. Jeans stretch, many are made with some stretchy material and will give you the exact fit you are looking for after a bit of wear or washes.

2. Washing – NO, you do NOT need to wash after every wear! Unless you are rolling around in piles of dirt, let those jeans live a little!

3. Get creative with your jeans – pair them with new shoes, roll them up, tuck them into boots, let them have a life too!

4. Still think that skinny jeans are a fad? Get on board, sister – try some on and see what the awesomeness is. I too thought it was a fad, now it’s a majority of my wardrobe as they go with

every shoe I own – and who doesn’t love showing off shoes?!

5. Hems – don’t be afraid to get your jeans hemmed if you need. We carry designer jeans, which tend to run long. If you find that you need some inches taken off, that’s ok – that is why we

have amazing seamstresses to hem your favorite pair to your liking! Enjoy and have fun in your jeans. Introduce color, new styles or (gasp!) a new size to your wardrobe this

year – we DARE you!

 

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It’s that time, Christmas time is here

Everybody knows, there’s not a better time of year

Hear that sleigh, Santa’s on his way

Hip, hip hooray, for Christmas vacation
Who didn’t break into the Christmas vacation song when they read the lines above? Mavis Staples and her famous song “Christmas Vacation” is a staple in my car as I travel home for the holidays (see what I did there?). If you are like the many ladies traveling this season, you know you need to do a great job of balancing fun, festive and comfortable if you are traveling or simply packing your bags for a weekend of fun.

Before you go and slap on your favorite sweatpants, boots and a hoodie for ultimate comfort on your trip, give it a thought. Traveling can mean many things – delays, sitting next to a potential employer, meeting that special someone when you least expect it…OR simply feeling your ultimate best when you see family and friends. MODE girls love traveling and we have some simple and easy suggestions to get you comfy and classy for your trip.

Jeans or leggings, find something nice that doesn’t look like you just rolled out of bed. We offer many options that fit both the comfortable and pulled together look – all for $40! Layers, this is a great way to be warm and in fashion. Layer a long-sleeved t-shirt, flannel or sweater with a vest or cowl neck. Add a scarf – it’s the ultimate accessory that wraps you in warmth and can be easily taken off for a totally different look in seconds.

Now let’s think feet – this can be a deal breaker. The snow may be falling when you leave and when you arrive at your destination it is sunny and 70. What to do!? Go warm in some short boots or travel safe in your winter boots, then pack a nice flat that can be worn with your cuffed legging. Slippers? Leave them in your bag for in home use only!

Enjoy your holiday travels, wherever they take you!

 

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Alright ladies, who is in full Holiday Party madness this week? Calendars are full, potluck lists are filled and secret Santa items are on the shopping list, the LAST think we think of is what we are going to wear sometimes. We’ve noticed that many holiday parties or office celebrations are often more casual, but we know MODE ladies love to look great – ALWAYS! Not sure what your party is going to look like? How about spicing up some jeans with a simple sweater and an amazing necklace. Adding a bit of glam with an accessory still allows you to maintain the casual look, but jazzing it up will ensure you are right on point if the party ends up a bit more fancy. Did we mention that all of our accessories at MODE are $14.99 or below? At this price, you can spice up whatever outfits you have and for all of your parties. Stop by your local MODE store today and have our staff help you accessorize like a pro – let us take that one to do off of your list this season!

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