Author: Michaela Koretko
Author: Kendall Greenwood
Walking into GG Boutique you will be greeted by a plethora of colorful designs. The staff will be friendly and you will get honest opinions about what you are trying on. GG Boutique goes beyond a store mentality by making you feel welcome.
GG Boutique, a womenâ€™s clothing store in Fort Collins, opened its doors on Aug. 23, 2012 by owner Laura Ludwin, 37, with the goal of offering customers more than clothes. Ludwin wants store-goers to have an experience.
“I want to offer our customers an experience where they walk in and find [GG Boutique] to be a happy place,” Ludwin said. “[I want them] to find something that makes them feel good without having to spend all the money they have.”
One way GG Boutique achieves this is with the items they stock.
“What you see when you open a magazine is what we aim to have here at an affordable price,” Ludwin said.
New items are on the floor every day. This is what sales associate Julia Chenoweth, 41, enjoys most about the store.
“I think that always makes it fun and fresh, not only for the customers, but for [the staff] as well,” Chenoweth said.
Emily Davies, a 20-year-old CSU sophomore, shops at GG Boutique because she knows she will find unique items.
â€œIf you go in once a week, there is [always] something different,â€ Davies said. â€œAnd, [even though] I know a lot of people shop there from CSU, there is a good chance no one else will have what you [buy].â€
The atmosphere created by the staff also makes this store different. For one, the employees refer to themselves as “Team GG.” They have created a family, which Chenoweth embodies when helping customers.
“We try to get a feel for what it is they are looking for and what their style might be,” Chenoweth said. “[So we will] be able to suggest things in the store they might like.”
Davies has seen this herself.
â€œItâ€™s not one of those retail stores where itâ€™s like, ‘Hey do you need help, hey can I help you with that, you should really buy that,’â€ Davies said. â€œTheyâ€™re like, ‘yeah that looks good on you.’ Itâ€™s not pushy at all.â€
GG Boutique started with the family in mind. Ludwin named the shop after her grandmother.
“I was extremely close with her,” Ludwin said. “I [even] have her chandelier and dress in the store.”
GG Boutique stays connected to their customers with their Facebook page, where they hold giveaways every Monday, so customers can win gift cards, and post new looks.
Davies tries to go to GG Boutique every other week.
â€œI always get compliments on the stuff that I buy there,â€ Davies said. â€œIt is a little pricey because itâ€™s a boutique, but [the clothes] are really good quality. [The items] will last me a long time.â€
The shop is located at 204 West Laurel St.
Ludwin said she enjoys being able to sell colorful outfits to all generations.
“They can all find something here,” Chenoweth said.
Author: Nicolle Fagan
So you are designing your own clothing line! What does that entail?
â€œIn starting this line, I have spent a lot of time designing and working to create styles that I believe people will love and wear. It takes a lot of time planning. I have to start with the basics and work my way up to the fun part: the clothing release.â€
What have you made so far?Â
â€œTo start off, I have designed t-shirts, hoodies and stickers, but I plan to create more and to go further with this project in the future. They aren’t ready yet, but will be coming soon!â€
What was the inspiration for the line?
â€œI am a snowboard instructor and every week I go back and forth to the mountains. I wanted something comfortable for riding to keep warm and also something cozy for the 4 a.m. drive every Saturday, so I began sewing my own hoodies. Eventually, people saw them and started putting in orders. After a few months, I decided to create my own company to feature skateboard and snowboard apparel, inspired by the lifestyle and culture of the sports. I am inspired by my friends, family and the new people I meet and I hope to inspire them through this company with my art and designs.â€
Does the line have a name yet? If so, what is it?Â
â€œThe name of the company is Lleky Apparel, pronounced leh-key. It is actually my name mixed up.â€
What do you hope to gain from making your own line? Why did you choose to take on this huge undertaking?
â€œI am already learning so much from it and I’m still at the beginning of the process. I have a lot of work to do, but I plan to do it right. This is something I wanted to take on to incorporate my three favorite things: photography, fashion and skate/snowboarding. I want to design, capture local athletes and get artists involved with the apparel line.â€
What got you interested in fashion?
â€œAs a photographer, I have always had an interest in fashion, but I didn’t always know specifically what kind of fashion. During my second semester of college, I added my apparel and merchandising minor and I was so excited. I was constantly inspired by the classes to start my own company and now itâ€™s all falling into place.â€
What is your favorite piece so far?
â€œMy favorite piece right now is a men’s tee I designed. It’s simple, but I can’t seem to get away from it.â€
If you could only wear one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
â€œIf I could wear one thing for the rest of my life it would be my snowboard get up, just as long as there was snow, sunshine and a mountain to ride on.â€
Author: Allison LeCain
Autumn is officially upon us, which means the holidays are creeping up. In most cases this involves house decorations, warmer clothing, and
pumpkin spiced everything, but Iâ€™ve noticed one more trend thatâ€™s been sweeping the city.
Every elderly lady is sporting seasonal sweaters. The other day I saw an adorable old lady wearing the typical cotton-blend turtleneck with an autumn-themed sweater over it.Â The sweater had a tree with fall-colored leaves on it. To top it off, there was a squirrel with an acorn in the tree and each leaf had a tiny sequin on it. As I admired the stitch work I found myself thinking, â€˜I want her sweaterâ€™.
This time of year, grannies look so festive itâ€™s almost unfair. I wish there was some way that I could pull off this merry look without looking like a turd.
Pretty soon weâ€™ll be seeing elderly women all around Fort Collins, warm and cozy in jack-o-lantern sweaters, turkey sweaters and finally holiday sweaters with jingle bells and all.
I wish that young people would take on this sense of fashion. Every morning Iâ€™d think to myself, â€˜how can I feel as comfy as possible while looking as festive as possible today?â€™ Now thatâ€™s the way to live.
In a way this style makes sense for young people. We are busy-bees, and with the constant movement and work we do all day, we deserve to have the comfiest clothes as possible. In addition, itâ€™s our job to go all-out for the holidays to show future generations how itâ€™s done. This is easily accomplished by having a seasonal sweater for every day of the week.
As of right now, the only excuse people my age have to wear grandma-esque sweaters are the yearly ugly sweater party and gaper day on the ski slopes. I say boo to the status-quo; letâ€™s get our grandma style on!
Author: Brian Guiducci
Waking up in the morning, you go to your closet and pick out an adorable outfit to wear for the day, often times going through about five different outfit selections till you find the right one. Then comes the important decision of what shoes to wear. You glance at your gorgeous new pumps that you recently bought and ask yourself that common question that every college girl deals with: is it worth it to wear heels on campus?
I believe that there are three different types of girls when it comes to whether or not they wear heels on campus:
The Clickers: These are the girls who know how to walk in heels and how to pick the perfect pair of heels to accessorize with any outfit. They are often seen walking all over town and campus wearing heels, and the days that you donâ€™t see them wearing heels is a complete shocker. If you ever look at their feet, you will probably not be surprised to see a ton of different blisters from the constant day to day wearing of heels. Also, they will always keep a package of band-aids handy in their purse.
The Sorority Girls: These are the girls that only wear heels on occasion on campus. Most of the time you will see them wearing flats or other types of shoes instead of their pumps; but when you do see them wearing them, you get a 50/50 scenario in which some can pull them off while others canâ€™t. The ones that canâ€™t pull it off will often be seen wearing some tight skirt and top that is always revealing just a little too much.
The Hippies: These are the girls who will avoid wearing heels at all costs. When it comes to their shoes, they are always for comfort. On that very rare occasion when they dress up, they will wear a cute pair of flats but never heels. Comfort, Comfort, Comfort, it is all that matters to them.
Whatever your opinion on heels may be, there is always one rule for wearing heels: if you donâ€™t know how to walk in heels, donâ€™t wear them, or at least get some practice before you do. There is nothing that I hate more than seeing a girl who is wearing an adorable outfit with some heels and is stumbling all over the place. It just ruins the whole look.
In the end though, its always up to you to determine when or whether to wear heels or not, but ask yourself that question girls, which category do you fall under?
Author: Kendall Greenwood
A new season is beginning. The leaves are changing and the wind is cooler. You have pulled out your fall wardrobe. You stare at the pile of last year’s sweaters and wonder; will they still look fashionable?
The fall trends for this year are beginning to emerge.Â Men and womenâ€™s trends bring new ideas on how to keep your body warm and comfortable.
According to Don Duty, 41, manager of Menâ€™s Wearhouse, the fit in men’s apparel is the biggest change.
â€œThe trend coming up this fall is going to be modern fit, modern fit, modern fit,â€ Duty said. â€œThat is the new exciting thing.â€
This means that jackets, shirts, pants, and even ties are going to be more form-fitting.Â The arm holes on jackets and shirts will be a little higher and pants will be closer to a skinny jean.
â€œItâ€™s a little bit more like a European style cut,â€ Duty said.
For women, some clothing is going to create a multi-layered look. Pieces in an outfit will not create one length to the garments. Several lengths will be seen in one outfit.
â€œWe see high and low lengths already happening in tops and dresses and we are probably going to see more of that with skirts, dresses, coats, etc.,â€ said Carol Engel-Enright, internship coordinator and instructor for the Department of Design and Merchandising at CSU.
Menâ€™s jackets are going to have a tighter fit and transfer from suit to casual-wear easily.
â€œMost of the modern fit suit coats and sport coats are very denim friendly,â€ Duty said.
Womenâ€™s outerwear trending this fall has a looser fit with styles like boyfriend jackets and blanket coats, according to Kevin Kissell, an instructor for the Department of Design and Merchandising.
â€œBlanket coats are big, giant, chunky coats probably kind of like an alteration of the trend of shawls,â€ Kissell said.
Colors for men’s clothing are fall-like, but with a bright twist.Â According to Duty, pinks, lavenders, bright oranges, burnt oranges and greens will be on shirts, jackets, pants and ties.
According to Engel-Enright, color blocking is big in womenâ€™s apparel this fall. Contrasting colors will be styled together, but garments will also be made with more than one color through color insets. For example, a mainly camel coat could have black insets on the sleeves or sides of the coat.
A trend for both genders is pattern on pattern. For men, this means stripes, checked patterns and tone-on-tone paisley could be mixed and matched in an outfit.
â€œThe jacket and pants will have some sort of pattern to them, shirts will have high color or pattern and then the ties will be high color, skinny, and pattern,â€ Duty said.
Womenâ€™s apparel will have a mix of patterns like plaids and tweeds. Prints are also prominent, both big and digital prints.
â€œAny kind of large print is going to be a textile trend,â€ Kissell said.
A digital print is different from other prints. Designers use photography to make a textile design.Â Then, instead of printing and cutting the fabric into a garment, the garment is made first.
â€œ[The prints] are actually printed on the piece itself,â€ Engel-Enright said.
According to Kissell, we will see leather in womenâ€™s apparel as jackets, skirts and pants. However, these are not the only items we will see.
â€œI think co-eds are going to take their twist on it, especially in Colorado,â€ Engel-Enright said.
David Russon, 27, a design and merchandising student at CSU, looks for trends that fit with his classic look. One of those for this fall is the military look.
â€œI like the details of the shoulders, the big buttons and just the structure of it,â€ Russon said.
Author: Brian Guiducci
The ugly black ties that you always have just sitting there on your wrist, just in case you need to put your hair up, areÂ like an annoying itch you canâ€™t scratch. Itâ€™s a necessity you canâ€™t live without. Girls, you know what Iâ€™m talking about. But guess what? I have just found the solution to this fashion faux pas.
This weekend, I had the privilege of attending the FACE Design competition in Denver, hosting the talent ofÂ a ton of different designers, presenting their products. One designerâ€™s speech in particular stuck out to me. Maybe it was the adorable white lace dress she was wearing that made me automatically adore her idea, but I personally like to think that my bias towards her fabulous outfit had no sway in my love for her product. She had created what she calls Black Ties.
These ties have the exact same function as a regular black hairtie, but it comes with an extra little bonus. When you are wearing them on your wrist, they look like a bracelet.
While perusing the Bloom Jewelry website, I got a small taste of this fabulous creation. There are eight different black ties too choose from and each one comes with two different styles. Adorable and chic are just a few of the words I would use to describe them.
Ladies, if you are sick and tired of your boring black hair-ties, then I would definitely recommend these for you. Time to throw out the old and bring in the new.
For more information on this fabulous product, look online here.
Author: Allison LeCain
Let me start out by saying that I absolutely hate how much expensive clothes cost. Itâ€™s just fabric and some string, so why is it $50? Itâ€™s certainly a mind boggler. Then I saw the video for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song, â€˜Thrift Shopâ€™, and had a revelation. People can look awesome wearing other peopleâ€™s old clothes.
If you havenâ€™t seen the video for â€˜Thrift Shopâ€™, go watch it right now.
OK your back! Itâ€™s a known fact that clothing trends come back around. Think about it; bell bottoms were totally hip in the 70â€™s and if youâ€™re a 90â€™s baby you definitely wore those on the first day of school every year until you were 13. Also, leggings have been rocked on and off since long before I was born.
Since styles go in cycles like this, it makes absolute sense that there would be some super cute clothes at thrift shops that someoneâ€™s grandpa had dropped off. Plus winter is coming up, so this is a great opportunity to fill your closet with sweaters in interesting prints without breaking the bank.
Chances are when you go shopping for thrift clothes, youâ€™re not going to hit the goldmine on the first try, but never fear. Fort Collins has an
abundance of thrift stores to check out, including Repeat Boutique, Goodwill, Arc, Eco-Thrift, and many more. Â I suggest making a day out of it and hitting up several of them.
With used clothing, thereâ€™s always that awkward uncertainty about who wore the clothes before you. Most of the things found in thrift stores smell like R. Kellyâ€™s sheets, but thatâ€™s usually fixed with a single wash cycleâ€¦ maybe double-up on soap.
Iâ€™m a strong believer in that anyone can pull off any look with the right attitude. So wherever you go, whatever you buy, whether you decide to wash it or not, make sure to wear it with confidence and strut your stuff.
Author: Allison LeCain
Bars are loud, hustling and bustling places. Thereâ€™s loud music playing, itâ€™s crowded and most people have had a little too much to drink.
Still, going out is a great way to spend the evening, whether youâ€™re with your friends or stalking the opposite sex like a lion. But sometimes it can be so loud that it gets hard to hold a conversation with someone. When it comes down to it, itâ€™s all about body language.
Reading someoneâ€™s body language can be difficult, especially if theyâ€™re of the opposite sex. If you can read the message a person is trying to display prior to striking up a conversation with them, you are more likely to get lucky, in whatever way you interpret that.
It all starts when a guy sees a girl from across the room. Sheâ€™s so cute, laughing and dancing with her friends. Seems like she could be looking for a nice guy, right? Think again.
Whatâ€™s she wearing? A girlâ€™s bar outfit says a lot about what she is expecting to get out the night, especially her shoes.
Say sheâ€™s wearing heels; this probably means she is a single, available woman who would be thrilled to dance with you and maybe more. Sheâ€™s wearing a short skirt and makeup too? Even better.
On the other hand, say sheâ€™s like me and sheâ€™s in a relationship. I have what I thought was a fool-proof outfit for bars that would guarantee that I would look cute, but avoid getting hit on.
Iâ€™m a girl, so Iâ€™m going to wear a cute skirt and top just like everybody else because that is what society expects of me. But look at my shoes. I know itâ€™s dark in here, but look really hard. Notice they are moccasins. Do you really think I would be wearing moccasins to a bar if I was trying to meet a guy? No! My manâ€™s coming to pick me up at the end of the night, so donâ€™t bother.
You see, girls chose a specific outfit each night to display a message to guys.Â If guys can read this body language, they will have more success.
On the other hand, Iâ€™m just going to come out and say it: men are easier to read than women. It happens. For example, if a guy is trying to look nice for the ladies, he wears what is notoriously known as the â€˜sexy shirtâ€™. This is basically anything in the ball park of a button up shirt with stripes or whatnot. Thatâ€™s it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
So say you have picked a girl; sheâ€™s wearing the traditional â€˜Iâ€™m looking for a manâ€™ outfit, so you decide you want to dance with her. Do not just walk up to her and start dancing without asking. Being forward can be good, but donâ€™t be so forward that sheâ€™s thinking â€œExcuse me, did I give you permission to rub that on my backside?â€
After asking to dance, take her over to the bar to talk and buy her a drink. WARNING: just because a girl lets you buy her a drink does not mean she is single. I get free stuff all the time. Itâ€™s just a perk of being a lady. It doesnâ€™t mean I like you or owe you anything in return.
If she is in to you, she will find random reasons to touch you, even if itâ€™s just your arm. Also, her eyes will be hooked on yours. You can tell a lot by eye contact. If she is looking back at the table where her friends are sitting or looking at her drink, sheâ€™s not enjoying the conversation.
Similarly, if a man is attracted to a woman, his lips will be slightly parted as he listens to her. He also might sit with his legs spread open and touch his face a lot. Itâ€™s a womenâ€™s job to make males feel nervous, and the reaction can be adorable.
So by now youâ€™ve been talking to this girl for a while. Sheâ€™s twirling her hair and youâ€™re making her laugh. Maybe itâ€™s time to give her your number?
Girls love a guy that can make them laugh, and a little bit of cheesiness never killed anyone. At this point if you write your number on a napkin with a little note that says â€œCall me, maybeâ€, youâ€™ve sealed the deal.