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Femininity is Having a Moment

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2009 by kac31284

You may have noticed that there have been a rash of all things girly popping up in your favorite fashion magazines and adorning the gliteratti at fabulous events.  I am not talking about things that make you look like a 1980s Lolita (you know anything florescent or involving any type of candy).  Those things are fun and ironic and definitely have their place, but what I am talking about are ribbons and lace.  Things that proudly say “I am a woman and I am lovely.”

 It may be a simple bow around the waist of dress or skirt as Zooey Deschanel so often sports.  She oozes ladylike glamour with just a hint of indie rebellion in ever present grosgrain ribbon. 

 Or classy cotton neck tie as Jayma Mays wears every week as the wide eyed Emma Pillsbury on Glee.

Lace offers some even more grown up options such as the plunging neckline and potentially scandalous cut outs of this beautiful dress worn by Olivia Wilde made positively demure by adding a hint of lace. 

 Similarly this exquisite corseted mini dress worn by Blake Lively would not be nearly so stunning without the rose patterned lace wrapped around its bodice.

                Now you may not think this trend is worth reporting.  Women are dressing in feminine clothing, what’s the big deal?  But I think that this trend is important beyond just the fact that it is beautiful to look at.  In the past several decades women have taken to wearing androgynous clothing especially in arenas in which they wish to be taken seriously such as the office.  While I believe that androgyny can be very sexy and it heralds back to the early suffragettes donning pants in order to minimize the difference between them and their voting male counterparts.

                I feel that the recent rise of ladylike clothing has an important point to make.  It is not about trying to take women back to the days of subserviently binding clothes.  It is about standing up proudly and saying “I am lovely and beautiful and I don’t need to pretend to be anything other than that in order for you to take me seriously.”  This trend is all about being feminine and powerful and not being willing to surrender the one for the other.

                Well, I’ll get off my soap box but the next time you are considering what to wear for an evening out or even a day at the office consider adding a flirty bow or a hint of lace or anything else that makes you feel proud to be the gorgeous woman that you are.


Why All the Peacocks?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2009 by kac31284

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Those of you who were already familiar with Gabby B’s may have noticed that we recently changed our logo to the lovely peacock feather the now adorns our website and business cards. You have probably also noticed that these lovely jewel-toned aviary adornments have been popping up everywhere lately. 

Sometimes the feathers themselves are used to embellish the item as seen in this amazing couture dress which I am sure sent the poor seamstress who had to attach all of the feathers into early retirement.

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Eva Longoria Parker even sported a beautiful mini dress that was covered feathers and sequins.  While this may sound like a Vegas showgirl costume the result was actually very stylish and even tasteful. 


Those who prefer a more subtle approach have been wearing prints inspired by our favorite bird’s tail as seen here on both Katy Perry.  The epitome of class herself, Ms. Tory Burch, has even been spotted wearing a lovely shift dress covered in a dreamy blue peacock print.


051908_burch_200x400While peacock feathers are all the rage right now and are both beautiful and stylish, that is not the reason that we chose to make one our new logo.  There is much more to it than that. 

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of seeing one of these majestic  birds in real life knows that they are impressively lovely but you can’t really appreciate just how beautiful they are until they open their tail and display that iconic fan of feathers.  Here at Gabby B’s we believe that the same is true of our customers.  We think that every women is possessed of a natural beauty that is hers to choose to hide or display. 

Helping women realize beauty is one of the main reasons that we love fashion as much as we do. Seeing  someone’s face light up when they realize that they look smoking hot in a dress or a new top is one of the best parts of our job.

The next time you see our logo, a top with peacock print, or one of these amazing birds remember that you are beautiful and you owe to yourself and those around you to shake out your incredible plumage and let your natural beauty shine.

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Don’t Let Your Hair Go Naked!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2009 by kac31284

siennaOne of the biggest trends happening this fall is hats.  They have been popping up everywhere from the runway to “Gossip Girl.”  One of the hottest styles of hats for the fall is the fedora.  Those of you who watch “Mad Men” will be very familiar with seeing the men of Sterling Cooper whisking these off every time they walk into the office. MMS3-Don-119-1

The good news is that it is not 1962 and fedoras aren’t just for the boys anymore! Bold trend setters like Sienna Miller and Kate Moss have been using these fabulous toppers as a way to finish off a suit or dress up a t-shirt.

Another wonderful and slightly more subtle way to rock a hat is to slip on a newsboy cap.  These caps are equally adorable in either tweed or sweater material.  Check out the one Anne Hathaway is rocking in this picture.


 Also, if you haven’t heard by now that head bands are here to stay you may have been living under a rock.  Blair Waldorf brought them into the public eye as the reigning queen of Constance Billiard, but since then they have been everywhere.  They instantly add a touch of glamour to even the simplest hair style.  Whether you choose to sport a beautiful plumage of feathers, a simple band of lace, or a crowning slip of silver or gold they are the easiest way to pull any outfit together. b waldorf

Don’t worry you don’t have to spend a fortune to instantly update your wardrobe.  Fedoras and Newsboy Caps have just arrived at your local Gabby B’s location.  A variety of headbands are available in our stores and also on our website  If you are unsure of how best to rock this trend don’t be shy about asking any Gabby B’s employee for advice.  We love fashion and are thrilled to help you bring out your natural beauty.  Log onto the site or give the store nearest you a call.


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