Steve Madden Designer Spotlight

Where shall I begin?? Oh right, the beginning! Steve Madden has been around for a long time, but it seems in recent years he has become one of the main forefront leaders in affordable women’s shoes. He’s known for his eccentric designs, sparkle and glitter (yay!), and innovative colors and aesthetics in his designs. Basically, you’re REALLY into his shoes, or not so much. For some, his shoes are a little too wild. No disrespect, but go big or go home! From tennis shoes to heels to combat boots to everything in between, he’s got it going on right now. And I am loving it!

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What began as a modest $1100 investment in 1990 has developed into one of the most iconic brands in footwear. From a factory in Queens, NY, Steve Madden has revolutionized the shoe industry, merging years of experience with unique and creative designs. Inspired by rock and roll and his New York roots, his vision to provide on-trend women and men with an outlet to express their individuality is innovative, daring, and inspiring. Steve’s innate understanding of trends and unparalleled willpower have resulted in millions of customers worldwide and propelled his designs to the forefront of fashion. He has expanded the Steve Madden brand into a true lifestyle and destination for footwear, handbags and accessories, sold in over 80 countries worldwide. It’s about authenticity. It’s about embracing individuality. It’s Steve Madden.”

I’ve included some of his wildest, most daring pairs of shoes on the market right now. Now, some of you may say, “I’d wear that, and that, etc.”, while others are cringing their noses up at all the crazy styles (which I happen to love and even own quite a few pairs). But even if these aren’t your particular style, you must admit they are beautiful. Also, if you feel as though they aren’t your style, I’d say to give them a try and see what you think. You may be pleasantly surprised! If these ARE your style, then you are chomping at the bit to get a pair, or three.

As you can see by the above styles, they are eccentric, on-trend, and major statement makers, which is who Steve Madden is all about. He stays true to himself and the world loves that! I, myself, have become an even bigger fan of Steve Madden in the past few years because of this. And c’mon, look these shoes?! They are incredible!

Shoes aren’t all that Steve Madden has dipped into in the retail market. He finds a niche and just goes for it – Handbags! His handbags are as colorful and eccentric as his shoes. Here is just a small preview:

I work at a major retailer in the shoe department, so I have first-hand knowledge about how popular his styles really are (and I get first dibs ha!). His popularity doesn’t seem to be diminishing anytime soon. If anything, he’s getting more popular! This makes it that much more fascinating and unbelievable that his vision and company started with only $1,100 in a warehouse in the Meat Packing District in NYC!

For more information on Steve Madden and his styles, please visit my own personal site at Steve Madden for the latest and greatest!

Thanks for reading, my friends! Now go get yourself some wild Steve Madden shoes and get out of your comfort zone! He IS my comfort zone, as you can see, so I’ll just keep buying my fave shoes from the iconic Steve Madden!

xoxo Jess from Style by J Rose

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Good morning, my dear Fashion Lovers!

This holiday season, like every other, we are getting ready for holiday parties, picking out our outfits for New Year’s Eve, and buying dresses for all the festivities that are coming. We need to look our best, and for some, this is a daunting task. The Dress Department at Nordstrom is one of the Departments I work in, and many women are coming in with that look on their face…. you know the one…. the look that says, “I have to get a pretty dress and wear it to this stupid party, and I’m miserable and don’t want to be here!” I had 2 women just yesterday who came in back-to-back with this look. I ended up helping them both find dresses they liked and were comfortable in, but it was definitely a difficult task just because of the mind-set they were in when they arrived. They left very happy though!

But when did getting dressed up for parties, and going to parties in general become such a chore?? I, myself, feel the opposite. I wish I had MORE parties to go to so I can buy more beautiful dresses! Just the other day, I tried on this gorgeous Dress the Population Fuchsia Velvet and sequined Dress and I didn’t buy it because I have no where to wear it…such a travesty! I do suppose I understand not really wanting to go to parties. The older I get, the more of a home-body I’ve become. But I still really like to get dressed up every now and then! I guess I just like beautiful dresses and clothes, but not necessarily the parties that go along with them (pictures the ‘FRIENDS’ episode where the girls are sitting around the apartment in wedding dresses eating junk food and drinking beer…).

I’ve seen this season that a lot of women have elected to wear a jumpsuit or nice pants and blazer instead of a dress, which is a great alternative to those who don’t like dresses. See pictures below:

I even love shoes and boots that have shimmer and sequins. These beauties are actually from DSW and I got them for a great price. They are also really comfortable, believe it or not. I like to pair boots like this with a fairly plain outfit so the boots are the focal piece. You don’t want to pair ‘sparkle on sparkle’ unless that’s the look you’re going for and it looks just right. There IS such thing as too much sparkle! I know, hard to believe, right?!

These sequined boots below are by Steve Madden . These boots are gorgeous, but not the most practical boots in the world. But Style isn’t always practical.. I had to go up a full size from my normal size, and I also about killed myself trying to walk in them for the first time because they were so slippery. They are also very snug around the ankles, and I have very thin ankles and calves. So keep that in mind if planning on purchasing these. And make sure to scuff up the bottoms before you go out in public. Death by boots is probably a fitting way for me to die lol (but not really lol!) 

I bought this super comfortable and very reasonably priced mini bronze/black shimmer dress by Row A at Nordstrom . I have no idea where I’ll wear it, but NYE comes to mind first. My girlfriend even took a video of me ‘walking the runway’ to really show off the dress! 

This next dress is by Dress the Population , one of my favorite Designers, in part because of his use of sequins! This particular style is a personal favorite because of the amazing fit and the sequin fringe bottom. It literally makes you want to twirl the entire time! And it’s a known fact that twirling creates feelings of pure joy, as seen in the second picture below. This is definitely a statement-maker dress.. it also comes in a beautiful cobalt blue and silver.

This last dress is also by Dress the Population. The colors of the sequins are extraordinary – bronze, gold, rose gold, silver – brilliant! If you’ve never tried a Dress the Population dress or jumpsuit before, I highly recommend that you do. Even if you aren’t into shimmer and sequins, they have other styles as well. I, obviously, am into the sequined styles. You can find these dresses at their own personal site, Dress the Population or at select Nordstrom’s and Nordstrom Online .

And lastly, here are some sparkly, shimmery, glittery, sequined styles that can be found at sites like Revolve , Forward , and Nordstrom . If you are hesitant to try a sequined Style, whether it be because of body image issues, or maybe you think it ‘just isn’t your style’…. To both, I say OWN IT! Wear whatever you like and whatever makes you feel amazing!

Thank you so much for reading my post today. I hope you enjoyed it as well as the pictures. And I hope I’ve inspired some of you to get in the ‘Sparkle Spirit’! 

xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose

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RtA Brand Designer Spotlight

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For my second Designer Spotlight, I’ve decided to showcase RtA Brand! Some of you may not have heard of them, as they just debuted in 2013. But in that short time, they have certainly made a name for themselves by creating quality, fashionable, and edgy designs for the fashion-forward woman who likes to stand out with her style (that’d be me lol!)

[ROAD TO AWE]

RtA WAS LAUNCHED WITH THE PURPOSE OF CREATING A MOVEMENT.

A MOVEMENT OF LIKE-MINDED INDIVIDUALS WHO SHARE A BELIEF THAT CLOTHING SHOULD BE USED AS A FORM OF EXPRESSION.

RtA WAS BORN UNDER THE PRETENSE THAT CLOTHING SHOULD BE EFFORTLESS AND CHIC.

IT IS THE INDIVIDUAL – THE REBEL WHO SETS TRENDS. RtA IS A STATE OF MIND AND WHILE THE CLOTHING EVOLVES, THEIR IDEAS ARE NEVER DETERRED.

I absolutely LOVE RtA’s Mission Statement and what they stand for…. “It is the Rebel who sets the trends..RtA is a State of mind, and while the clothing evolves, their ideas are never deterred”. Just BRILLIANT!

I wore these RtA Brand Red Shimmer Leather ‘Prince’ Pants for my photo shoot. I also have them in silver and they are seriously amazing! They are so amazing that I also purchased the ‘Prince’ Pant in the color Lithiun below (2nd pic):

Some MANY favorite items of mine by RtA are below. The ‘Prince’ Pant is my absolute favorite! I have the silver, red, and now the Lithium colors, and every time I wear them, I get so many compliments. Plus, they literally feel like butter. The quality and fabrics used are incredible! I’m actually trying to remember how I came across RtA, and I honestly can’t remember, but I’m sure glad I did!

RtA Information (Los Angeles Times 2017 Article excerpt):
Inspiration for this collection stemmed from “the good times when girls used to have fun.” According to designers Eli Azran and David Rimokh, women are rock ‘n’ roll in their relaxed, ideal world; the AW17 collection does not disappoint this vision. The RtA girl for AW17 wears silver suits and casually layers chubby fox fur coats over denim overalls. She wears patent-leather slouchy pants matched with striped sweaters and metallic bomber jackets with denim.
Rta continues to build exciting, organic momentum globally and the exclusive international positioning of this brand and its “cool vibe” have fostered a cult following.

This was just a bit of background into this up and coming Designer Brand. I would definitely be watching this company, as their designs and trendsetting items are worthy of being worn by celebrities, as well as folks like you and I! They have awe inspiring designs (Road to Awe), and a slightly androgynous Style. The RtA woman likes to have fun while looking great in casual, edgy, and dressy items made to look exciting and adventurous. I personally know that when I wear my RtA Leather Prince Pants, I get so many compliments on them and I feel like a million bucks. I think Nordstrom needs to pick up this line and I think it could do very well, wink, wink 😉!

For more information on RtA Brand, please visit rtabrand.com. You can also find select RtA items at Saks, Revolve, Forward, and other Designer sites. Links for these sites are under ‘My Favorite Links’ page.

Thank for reading, my friends. I hope I’ve inspired you to go out or make an online purchase of some RtA Brand items. I’m going to go try on my newest pair of Prince pants in the Lithium color!

xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose🌹

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My Fashion Business

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I wanted to share with you a little bit about my experiences working in the Fashion Industry and some lessons I’ve learned so far.

I’ve learned that whether you work for yourself in your own Boutique or for a major Fashion Retailer, it’s YOUR BUSINESS THAT YOU’RE BUILDING! This is your career and life, and you are basically building your career in Fashion like a Book of Business. And it’s YOUR BUSINESS! I didn’t know that when I first started at working in this fast-paced, high-stress job in the Fashion Industry. I didn’t even think there would be stress! But it’s a tough business and definitely not for everyone. It’s my Passion for Fashion and helping customers feel and look good that keeps me driven and wanting more..

When I first started working at Nordstrom , I had just made a major career change and was still reeling off the adrenaline of such a bold move. I just knew I was going to be successful and promoted right away! After all, I was bright, learned quickly, and had a great personality and sense of style (lol)! But even though I DID know a lot about Fashion, I DIDN’T know a lot about The Business of Fashion. I didn’t make a lot of money those first few months I started working at Nordstrom until I found my “groove” and learned how to deal with some aggressive sales associates in my department and others. I even had a rather unfortunate fight with a girl from another department after she took one of my clients I had been working with and then screamed at me for trying to talk to her. I ended up going to HR about the situation after being left in tears, and I never saw the other girl again… From what I heard, she was brought in to just talk about the situation, and she flipped out and quit. I was pretty rattled by that whole thing, but it also helped me to toughen up, hustle more, and not take any sh*t from anyone! From then on, I started to surpass my teammates in sales and soon was the top sales associate in my Department!
I still had a lot of learning to do though. And I’ve learned that I’ll be learning my whole career. I’ve bought Fashion Books, read articles and Blogs, done research on anything and everything in my field, and am even thinking of going back to school to get a Masters Degree in Fashion!

But even with all that, just being ‘on the job’ is what has helped me the most. I’m naturally an introverted person. I like to be alone and can occupy myself forever on my own. I always thought that I would need to change my personality somewhat while at work and not be so introverted, and while that is true in some respects, I’ve also learned that I don’t need to change who I am! Yes, I need to be more extroverted than I’d prefer, but I can still be ‘me’. I’ve learned how to talk to customers and by just being my normal self, I come off more natural and ‘friend-like’, which has worked to my advantage. Most of my customer letters have said something like “it felt like I was shopping with a friend”. So I don’t dial myself up like I used to. I’m just me, but with a little more hustle and aggressiveness, but not in an obnoxious way. This has also helped me to become one of the top Reward (credit card) openers in the store too. I’ve learned how to ‘sell’ that to customers without actually ‘selling’ it, if that makes sense. Again, I just casually talk about it and the benefits of getting one like I’m talking to a friend. I don’t do an obnoxious sales pitch.
I’ve also learned that being honest with a customer goes a long way. I don’t tell every customer that everything looks good on them when it doesn’t. That will just result in a return that I pay for later. If I’m honest in the beginning, I gain the customers’ trust and also build a relationship with them, even if that means losing out on a higher sale in the beginning. The chances of them wanting to come back and shop with me again are higher, so long term, I end up winning! I’ve built a lot of customer relationships and even made friends with some clients by being honest and ‘friend-like’ in the beginning.

I’ve also learned that I need to be patient and continue to persevere. Even right now, I feel ready to move on to the next step in my career. Over the last couple of years working at Nordstrom , I saw that there were so many different paths I could take in My Fashion Career, and at first, I thought Management was the obvious choice – I have management experience, I’m very organized and detailed, I work well with others, I am fair – all qualities that could make for being a good Manager. But I also developed a passion for Designer Fashion. I haven’t ruled out Management by any means, but I also want to keep an open mind and possibly get my foot in the door with Designer, Collectors, etc. That could potentially mean a move to another store, which would be ok with me. But I need to wait for the right position to come along and in the meantime, continue to persevere and work hard in my current role.

So my advice to anyone who is wanting to get into the Fashion Industry: Just start! Start somewhere and start learning the business and find out what your passion is within YOUR Business. You might find that what you thought you wanted to do, isn’t what you want at all. And keep striving to learn more, always. You can never have enough knowledge about your ‘craft’. Don’t give up. Keep working hard to reach your goals. Don’t try to move on to the next step before you are ready. And finally, keep your head up and your heels high! 👠😘
Thanks for reading my impromptu post, my friends!
xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose 🌹

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Velvet and Corduroy – Seasonal Favorites

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Hello to you all! I haven’t written a post in a little while, so thought it was about that time. Of course, since I’m a true Fashionista, I’m going to write about some of my favorite fashion trends this season – VELVET and CORDUROY! I’m seeing so much velvet and corduroy in pants and jeans especially, and in all different colors! And I’m loving it! I’m taking full advantage of all that’s available and all that I can afford lol!
This season, our favorite premium denim designers are coming out with some delicious colors in velvet and corduroy pants and jeans.
I’ve showcased some of my favorites below that I’ve found so far. Designers include: AG, Paige, Frame, Rag and Bone, J Brand, Seven for All Mankind, Hudson, BlankNYC, Current Elliott, and Topshop, to name just a few.
I have personally tried on a couple of these, including the Seven for All Mankind Velvet Skinny Jeans in ‘Blackened Emerald’. They are magnificent! They are on the thinner side, but oh so comfortable, and soft like butter. The color is very rich too. Perfect for the Holidays! And just a side note on some of these Premium Denim styles…. a lot of them can be found ‘price-matched’ at different competing department stores. <Nordstrom> currently has quite a few that are price-matched right now. But don’t wait too long, as these do sell out fast! Also, if you still don’t want to spend that much on Paige, AG, Frame, etc., you can’t go wrong with the less expensive BlankNYC or TopShop. Both can be found for under $100!

Now, if you really want to get crazy, I’ve also showcased some of my favorite Velvet and Corduroy Styles from Designers like Veronica Beard, Smythe, A.L.C., L’Agence, and Rachel Zoe.
This first picture below features a new line from Smythe Jackets. I just adore this one, as it has velvet with shimmer threads throughout the stripes. So velvet and sparkle – who doesn’t love that?! Working in the Fashion World for a while now, I’ve seen a lot of women elect for a nice pant and blazer set over a dress for parties, charities, weddings, and other black tie events. This set below by Smythe certainly fits the bill!

This next set by Rachel Zoe is also an excellent choice for a velvet pant (and matching blazer). I have purchased a couple of pant and blazer sets from Rachel Zoe and was not disappointed with the quality and fit. It is a bit on the higher end, as pants are about $395 and blazers are about $495, but there are sales occasionally and you do get a discount for signing up on her website. Again, a great choice if you don’t want to wear a dress to a nice event.

This last set is a combination of some favorite corduroy and velvet pants by L’Agence, A.L.C., and Veronica Beard. The quality on all three of these Designers is unsurpassed! You can actually FEEL the difference when you put on one of these items as compared to a lesser option. I have a pair of L’Agence Jeans and A.L.C. Black Pants and the quality and fit is superb. You do get what you pay for! It’s all about preference though. I know some people will elect to purchase a few less expensive items a year as opposed to one or two higher end items like these that will last ten years. I, myself, do a little of both.

L’Agence Jeans!

I hope you enjoyed my post and pictures showcasing my favorite Designers and the VELVET and CORDUROY Trend of the season. Now get dressed and go get yourself one of these amazing items. Or, you can always sit in your pajamas and shop online!
xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose 🌹

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