Service Saturday

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Today for Service Saturday, Garish Gal is teaming up with Project 117 to bring Christmas to their students & staff! Their Christmas boxes are $15 for a single box and they are still in need of 30+ boxes!

Today only- when you spend $60 at Garish Gal (online or in the mobile boutique) Garish Gal will donate a Christmas Box to Project 117!! So make a difference today by grabbing your girlfriends and Shopping Garish Gal to give Christmas to the amazing children at Project 117 that are truly deserving of a great Christmas!!

Feeling the pull to do more for these kids? Find out how to sponsor a classroom at Project 117 here!

 

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M

 

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Garish Gal Family Photos

I wanted to share some of my family photos that were take by local Indiana Photographer Halee Betzner! She is insanely talented!

My sister, mom, and I wore Garish Gal clothing for the pictures-kind of by force, kind of not! I loved that each of us could find something that we felt comfortable & looked good in! That is what my aim is for Garish Gal-any age, any style, & any body type can find something they love!

I hope you enjoy our family pictures and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

 

Merry Christmas ❤

I am so looking forward to my favorite time of year with my favorite people! #familyfirst

Shop Garish Gal

xo-

M

Spring Trend Report 2015

     If you are like me, you are SO over cold winter weather and dreaming of warm sweetness. Around this time I am always looking to update my wardrobe with fresh spring pieces and check out which new spring trends work for me.

    This spring (and what feels like almost every spring) Midi Skirts, Florals, and pastels are going to be dominating the trend market.

Midi Skirts are great for the spring because they easily transition from work to weekend. You can dress them up with heels or go for the more casual look with sandals or flats. Two of my favorite styles of midi skirts are the gathered pleat and knife pleated bodies. The gathered pleat is great because it is fit around the waist and flares out, creating a great fit for any shape. I also really like the knife pleat because of the pretty and delicate look it creates, adding subtle volume. I also really love the way it sways; it makes me feel like a princess!florals for blog post

Florals for spring- groundbreaking, I know! I am not usually the floral kind of girl, but I really love a floral with a black background. I tend to gravitate to blacks and whites, so a floral with a black ground really meshes with my style. It also allows the floral print to pop more! A black ground also makes it easy to transition from spring to summer and even into fall, making the piece very transitional! pastels for blog post

Pastels are a trend that we have started to see not only in the spring, but also slipping into the fall trends (as it was pretty huge last fall). For the spring, finding the right balance of pastels is imperative to look on trend and not like an Easter egg. I really like light pinks, corals, and light blues. I tend to stay away from the pale yellows, again to not look like an Easter egg. Pastels can make you look and feel very fresh and springy (pun intended).Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 6.36.25 PM

Gingham prints are also another really fun and easy trend we are going to see for spring. This print is often thought of as picnic like and hard to wear. However, with super cute silhouettes like these, it makes the trend easy and updated. It is a great way to look flirty and fashion forward!

All of the pieces in the picture collage are available at Shopgarishgal.com !!

Use promo code SpringBlog25 to receive 25% off your purchase of Spring Arrivals!

5 Valentine’s Day Outfit Picks

Whether you have that perfect someone to spend Valentine’s day with or not, you deserve to splurge on yourself! While my special someone happens to be dinner with my best friend, I still plan on rocking a great look!

            I’ve never really been into Valentine’s Day, I am one of those people that believe I should be treated amazing every day and not just one day of the year (and of course vice versa). I’ve decided this V-Day is about loving myself and those who have been by my side every step of the way instead!

            My best friend has been my rock for 15 years and I am SO proud of the women we have become over the past year. So its time to celebrate our love of ourselves and our friendship, to celebrate the challenges we have faced and overcome by each others’ sides, and to look forward to our futures. Sure we may be single, but loving yourself is the first step into being able to truly love others when it comes to a relationship. SO Happy I love Me Day- I’ll be rocking a Garish Gal Dress and my favorite heels.

            Check out some of our favorite Garish Gal Valentine Approved looks!

Use promo code Valentine25 to receive 25% off one of these Valentine Perfect pieces.

  • This Sexy Slit sleeve, V neck romper looks great with nude and gold accessories.

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  • Be a Golden Goddess in this amazing gold and black simmer dress.

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  • Show stopping Hot Pink Shift dress with heels for a great evening look, or rock this look during the day time with a leather jacket and knee high boots.

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  • Rock this Gorgeous Valentine Red Dress, Blazer, and accent accessories

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  • For the trend seekers, pair this Crop top with our quilted Pencil Skirt and bring in a pop of color with your shoes

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Personal Style: Guest Blogger Jennifer Dale

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Please welcome our guest Blogger Jennifer Dale.

Jennifer is a long time friend of mine and is featured as a model on the website!

She is going to enlighten us on how shopping at Garish Gal has made great style easy and affordable for her!

Hi, my name is Jennifer and I would definitely say I’m a garish gal. My personality is very loud and spontaneous, but I am not very girly. Growing up with three older brothers, I have always been kind of a tomboy. I was never really into fashion, but as a new college graduate it has become more important to me.

I would describe my style as plain Jane, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to dress up every now and again! The Garish Gal blog is a constant reference for me. When I am not sure how to wear something or what I should wear, I know I can always find inspiration on the Garish Gal Blog. Garish gal has plenty of clothing items to fit every personality type, even mine.

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This blue long sleeve top is a perfect casual piece to go with my favorite kind of bottoms: jeans. The crochet-like open shoulder adds a sexy touch without being too revealing. This shirt could be worn on so many occasions in every season of the year.

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This romper is one of the most comfortable clothing items I’ve ever worn. It could be very casual alone, or you can dress it up with a jacket or fun jewelry. I love that I can wear this piece in the winter and transition it into the summer.

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This teal skirt is my absolute favorite. It’s bright color shows my bold personality and can draw attention from across the room. The love the way it accentuates my waist, and the pleats add a fun touch to the material.

Needless to say, Garish Gal makes finding and wearing great fashion easy. Even for people that aren’t totally into fashion, there is always something I can find that I love!

Don’t forget that for every $150 you spend, $25 goes towards funding education to projects all over the world.

 Check out all of these pieces at Shopgarishgal.com

Use promo code NewYearNewYou25 for 25% off your entire order now through January 12th, 2015.

Thanks again!

Jennifer

Steal vs. Splurge

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At Garish Gal we pride ourselves in finding great quality, fashion forward pieces, at an affordable price!

Our buyers are constantly looking for products that look like higher end pieces without that insane price tag!

So it is only fitting that we share our Steal vs. Splurge inspiration!

1. Pleated Midi Skirt– A lot of readers have asked how to wear a midi skirt without aging your look. Finding a great midi skirt can be challenging! If you aren’t sure about the whole idea, spending a lot of money on a trendy skirt doesn’t seem logical. However, instead you can grab our version of this skirt at a MUCH better price. Tibi has a great midi skirt, but the price is at bank breaking status. At Garish Gal, we were looking for a great, comparable piece that doesn’t leave you without grocery money for the next month or two.

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2. Jogger Pants– The athletic trending jogger pants have become a fall/winter staple this season. BB Dakota has a great, budget friendly version that is easy to wear and extremely comfortable. Current/Elliot has a couple of pairs in their current collection that are a little more pricey, so grabbing the BB Dakota pair is a no brainer.

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3. Pleather Shift Dress– This is one of my favorite dresses in my closet. I literally wear it all the time. In warmer weather I throw on a pair of heels and wear it to dinner. Since the Midwest chill has set in, I usually throw on tights, a cardigan, and a scarf to warm up my look (like pictured below). True Religion has an extremely similar looking shift dress for a lot more. On Garish Gal, Rodella is $57 on sale!

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4. Envelope Skirt– I love this update to the pencil skirt. Still work appropriate, but also sexy- this skirt is a great wardrobe add. Alexander Wang has a beautiful blue envelope skirt that the model is casually wearing. This skirt body is great because it can be worn to work, or worn as a casual look. Alexander Wang has a similar version that will cost you a pretty penny to test out this trend.

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Use promo code NewYearNewYou25 for 25% off of your purchase at Shopgarishgal.com !

As always, when you spend $150 at Shopgarishgal.com, we use $25 of your purchase towards funding education projects around the world!

Garish Gal- Fashion with a Future!

xo-

M

Garish Gal’s 9 Holiday Essentials

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There’s nothing more I love to do than make my Christmas List!

I don’t care how old I am, I will always have a blast making my List & checking it twice (three times, four!)!!

Here at Garish Gal, we have compiled a list of 8 Holiday Essentials that you NEED on your own list!

1. Lady in Red– This pleated red dress is the perfect mix of sexy and sweet. The fit and flare body creates a great shape flattering dress that works for each unique body type. I love throwing on a fur vest, blazer, or fur jacket on with this piece. Adding fur is a great way to elevate the piece for a holiday or work party.

2. Fuzzy Sweater– AMAZINGLY comfortable, soft, and warm! This sweater is a great wardrobe staple for the winter weather. Having that great go to sweater makes this piece not only a great gift for you, but also a great gift for friends and family too! Trust me they will love you for gifting them this sweater!

3. Jumpsuit– I love jumpsuits, but I am very picky about how they fit! However, this particular jumpsuit fits amazing. The adjustable straps allow you to control the length of the jumpsuit. The pants fit as a straight leg that hit right at the ankle. The mesh back creates a sexy feel, but still covers up a strapless bra!

4. Metallic Top– This holiday season metallic is everywhere!! However, if you aren’t sure about this trend, investing in a crop like the above for a great price is a great way. I love pairing this top with the Rise & Shine Midi Skirt. This would also look amazing with a solid black pencil skirt (like here).

5. Midi Skirts– These midi skirts are to die for! I love how simple they are to wear. You can even transition these into your spring wardrobe. You can throw on a sweater with these midis and wear them to work with a blouse. Another great way to wear midi skirts is to combine them with crop tops! I love how the midi’s are styled on Shop Garish Gal as classy crop tops. There are many ways to do crop tops, but by playing them up with the right skirt, it makes all the difference.

6. Grey Denim– I have never tried Sanctuary denim before, but I can now say I am a total believer. These are super comfortable and allow for stretch. They fit very true to size! The zippers add an element of edge to the look. I love that the grey is a winter mix between your summer white jeans and regular jeans- making the grey a great transitional piece.

7. The Perfect Legging– I am always looking for non sheer leggings that are thick enough to keep me warm during the cold Midwest winters. Sanctuary has done an incredible job of fixing that dilemma! I’ve actually bought a pair of these for myself. They are great for tucking into boots or for wearing with slip on sneakers! These leggings make a perfect gift!

8. Statement Tops– Statement tops are an easy way to create an outfit for work or play. They can dress up a great pair of denim for a day at work or throw over a pair of leggings, knee high boots, and a blazer for a fun night out look. The sequin one is a great color way to pair back to most any bottoms. I love the back detailing on the rose top, but you also should check out this amazing mixed media tweed top.

9. Garish Gal Gift Certificates– If you are still struggling to find that perfect present for that special someone, a Garish Gal gift card is always a great fix! Quick, easy, no hassle! Show your Garish Gal just how much you love her!

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, spoil yourself and others with gifts from our Holiday List!

**Remember to shop Black Friday thru Cyber Monday at Shopgarishgal.com to receive 30% off of your ENTIRE PURCHASE + Free shipping on gifts over $50! 

More importantly, in this time of giving, remember that Garish Gal ALWAYS gives $25 of your $150 purchase to education funding projects around the world. In case you forgot, this retail quarter our donations will be going to Project117 which educates the left behind in Haiti!

Happy Holidays Garish Gals!

xo- M

Trend Reporting: Athleisure Wear

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One of the cutest, but possibly hardest trends to wear right now is athleisure.

Athleisure wear is clothing that is gym to the office chic.

Top brands like Chanel have kicked off the trend with their Fall 2014 ad campaign that shows models in chic gym clothing.

So how can you rock this trend? Easy!

At Garish Gal we have quite a few pieces that are on trend.

We have a Blank NYC faux leather version that is great for adding edge to this look. These I love pairing with a graphic tee or a fun sweater for colder days.

We also have another style from Jack by BB Dakota that is a french terry sweat track pant. They look great with a solid blouse and our Ganley faux leather jacket.

You can dress these pants down with flats and graphic tees OR you can dress these up with a pretty blouse and heels.

Above are some great inspiration pictures I found for you to play with this look!

Check out ShopGarishGal.com to add this trend to your closet!
xo- M

Garish Gal Does Halloween

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The older I get, the less I feel like dressing in something funny or overly sexy.

So here are a few fun ways to dress up for Halloween the Garish Gal way.

FYI- All of the props (i.e hats, swords, gold coins) are from the dollar section at Target!

Pirate: I love this look (mainly because this is what I will be wearing!!). The leather skirt really goes well with what a pirate would wear! By adding the pirate accessories, we finish off the look!

Devil: This is a different take to the typical devil. Red is a hard color for me to wear, so by adding the black leather hot shorts and ivory fur vest to the cross back blouse, it creates a different but still sexy devil look. The devil headband is a look finisher!

Army Girl: This is SO cute! The camo blouse, pleather ivory perfect tank, and the black skater skirt is a fun way to be a contemporary army gal! Add an army hat and a killer pair of boots to complete this look!

Ring Leader: This look so reminds me of the Britney Spears song, so of course I am in love! The gold lurex jacquard shorts, perfect tank, ring leader hat, and a pair of heels make for a perfect look!

Frankenstein: Who says Frankenstein can’t be hot? These jogger leather track pants and black fur vest are great way to beat the cold weather for Halloween. Finish the look with the Frankenstein mask & our pretty cream blouse!

Cop: Leather & Handcuffs are the perfect cop combination. This black pleather jacket, black and white blouse, and pleather shorts are an updated cop outfit! Instead of grabbing bracelets, grab handcuffs & a police hat to complete the look!

The great part about all these looks is that you can wear them in your every day wardrobe!

Go to shopgarishgal.com to grab your Garish Gal Halloween look!

Use promo code HapHallo for 15% off all of these items!

xo-

M