Archive for March, 2012

Fashion Blitz — Making the most of maxis

Written by admin. Posted in The Blitz

With so many options available this season, finding a great maxi isn’t a challenge. Nevertheless, now that the trend has completely saturated the market, it’s never been more important to hunt down the most unique, style-capturing skirt you can find! Curious of where to turn? Look no further than Hudson’s ar2 Boutique!

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16 Clinton Street Hudson, Ohio
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Missy’s pick:

Maxi dresses have established themselves as a summer staple, but due to the abundance of fabric that accompanies a maxi dress, they become hard to layer.

A fun way to add extra emphasis to your maxi is to layer it with a tank over top such as this sheer tank from ar2 in Hudson.

A sheer tank provides a lightweight layer allowing for extra style without escalating your body temperature. It also displays, rather than hides, the fun vibrant print of this Haute Hippie dress underneath. Also, you have already made the commitment to stand out as a style maven by selecting to wear a maxi, so why not go with a fun color or a bold print? It’s a decision you won’t regret!

Maxi Dress, Haute Hippie, $375. Tank, Chan Lu, $68

—Missy Pasquale


Karen’s pick:

The organic variations in tonality found in snakeskin prints are what regularly attract me toward them. Worn correctly, their neutrality makes them an attention-grabbing, multidimensional base for any ensemble, but that only skims the surface of what makes this skirt a standout.

When looking for a maxi this season, it’s important to always gravitate towards pieces that feature excellent fabric. With that in mind, remember to never discount the significance of a unique silhouette!

This Haute Hippie version features a trumpeted skirt, a rare yet flattering alternative to the basic straight or A-line styles we’ve been accustomed to seeing in seasons past.

Paired with an Equipment signature blouse in one of spring’s most coveted hues, the look is bold, yet balanced. The classic cut of the blouse enhances the maxi’s distinctive features, but still pops in vibrant tangerine.

Finished with a few of your favorite accessories, a sophisticated rendition like this one will surely speak for itself.

Maxi Skirt, Haute Hippie, $395. Blouse, Equipment, $208

—Karen Zapp



Ashley’s pick:

Playing off the cool, laid-back appearance of maxi skirts and dresses, this week I wanted to keep that vibe consistent by incorporating a natural color palette.

The earth tone colors are flattering on everyone while being understated and chic. Ditching a belt and opting for tying the shirt up is cohesive with the overall relaxed look.

To give an unexpected pop of flair, I chose the cheetah Jeffrey Campbell platforms to elongate the silhouette and make for a more dynamic outfit.

For an ensemble more class appropriate, swap out the chunky heels for flats and you’re sure to look effortlessly stylish.

Tank, A.L.C $152. Maxi Dress, Chan Lu $295

—Ashley Jaros



Modeled by Amanda Jackson


DIY: Denim Ombre Shirt

Written by Jackie Onderko. Posted in Accessories

I know, I know, I have been on an ombre kick lately, but I can’t help it!  There is just something fascinating about the gradual color change from light to dark.

This time, I come to you with a DIY project for a denim ombre shirt.

Here is what you will need:

-       Denim shirt (or shorts, jeans, vest, etc- I found mine at a thrift store!)

-       RIT color remover (can be found at Walmart for under $2)

-       Pot and stove

-       Bleach (if needed)

Step 1- Fill a deep pot with water.  You should make sure you would have enough water to immerse the whole shirt into.

Step 2- Put the pot on the stove and turn on the burner.  When the water starts simmering, stir in the RIT color remover and make sure it dissolves completely.

Step 3- Remove the pot from the stove and immerse the entire shirt into the water solution for about 2 minutes.

Step 4- Take the bottom 1/3 of the shirt out of the solution and leave the top 2/3’s of the shirt still soaking for another 5 minutes.

Step 5- Take out the bottom 2/3’s of the shirt, and leave the top 1/3 soaking for 5 more minutes.

Step 6- Take the entire shirt out of the pot and rinse with cold water.  Be careful, the shirt will be hot.

Step 7- If the very top of your shirt seems too dark (like mine did), mix an equal solution of bleach and water and let the top soak for as long as desired.

Step 8- Throw the shirt in the wash and you are ready to go!