NY Fashion Week in review

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times A HUGE perk of working for Social Stylate (a full service creative marketing boutique, click here for more information : www.socialstylate.com) is being to attend some of the shows during New York Fashion Week. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, NYFW is basically a fashionista’s World Series/US Open/Kentucky Derby/SuperBowl all rolled into seven...

Shopping in an age of instant gratification

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times The art of shopping has changed, changed, changed, my friends. Most say for the better, but I’m not convinced. It all seems too easy. There’s no “thrill of the hunt” anymore. Remember when we were kids and you waited, ever so patiently, for your mom to take you for Back to School clothes and how, if you went too late, the store would probably be...

Super Six: Hello, Autumn

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times A week late, yes…but, I would never forget the Super Six! It’s my favorite article to write. I love the excuse to delve into the must-haves of the month. Well, MY must-haves; but, hopefully you will like them, too. As sad as I am to see the summer fade away, fall is my favorite season. I am excited for more saturated colors, cozier fabrics, and...

How many lipsticks is too many?

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times For those of you not addicted to social media platforms, you may not know that there is a complete calendar of Hashtag Holidays. Occasionally, it promotes a specific cause or event but more often it’s just creative way to highlight something fun. For example, yesterday was #NationalLipstickDay. And, I for one, am I big fan of lipstick.   ...

A sale at Nordstrom

A Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times First of all, let me start off by saying that one of my biggest pet peeves has to be when I hear people put an “S” on the end of Nordstrom. “Did ya buy that at Nordstroms?” NO! Nordstrom. No “S.”. Thanks. Sorry for the rant. But, it’s just one of those things for me. Like nails on a chalkboard. Now that I got that off of my chest, let’s...

Runway of Dreams brings fashion to the differently abled

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Say what you will about the pitfalls of social media and its contribution to the degradation of society, but, sometimes its power for good is magnificent. Case in point, last week I was scrolling through Facebook and stumbled across a video shared by my friend, Cristi. It was a mini documentary highlighting an organization called “Runway of Dreams.”...

Super Six: New fashion looks for swimsuits

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times It’s time for the June Super Six! With the official start of summer a few weeks away (Wednesday, June 21st to be exact), I thought it would be a good time to feature swimsuits. I know. I know. PAINFUL. However, unless you are planning to sit on the beach or by the pool fully dressed in 100 degree temps, we have to find an acceptable solution. Thank goodness...

It’s Spring….finally. Time for a SuperSix!

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Are you ready for a springtime Super Six??? I thought this day would never come after the seemingly endless winter. But, we made it. Hallelujah! I think this month’s picks are pretty special… Slightly South of Simple – Kristy Woodson Harvey- I literally cannot put into words how excited I am that I can FINALLY read a leisure book. With my graduate...

Couples as…gasp…Twinsies?

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times I have a confession to make. I like when couples coordinate their outfits. Calm down. I’m not talking matching identically…but, putting a little effort into complimenting each other is chic, in my opinion. I stumbled across this article about a couple from Japan who has been dressing alike for the past 37 years!    Send article...

Spring fever coming just a bit early this year

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times I am (blissfully) typing this article while sitting out on the patio, sans coat, iced coffee in hand. In February. Although it is highly unlikely that these 70 degree temps will continue long term, I am happy to soak it up now. Even when the weather returns to normal, the brief respite from winter is enough to force an early transition of the contents...