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January 22, 2017

k/lab at Kohl's Review Part 2

Now that the holidays are over, the stores have become more quiet, and spring merchandise is trickling in. To take advantage of that, I headed into Kohl's for another peek at their new k/lab collection. I can hardly believe that it's been two months since my I wrote my k/lab at Kohl's review, and fortunately, there's plenty of new merchandise to browse. If you aren't familiar with the collection, it's a trend-forward line of apparel aimed at millennials with most items priced under $78. Think of it as a cross between Topshop, Boohoo, and Forever 21. It's located in select Kohl's locations near the LC Lauren Conrad and Juicy Couture merchandise, and sizing is similar to both collections. Here's a look at the new arrivals this January.

k/lab Kohl's clothing review

Above, track pants ($43.50) and a coordinating shoulder cut-out top ($28.50) speak to the athletic references that are dominating fashion right now.

k/lab Kohl's clothing review

Colorful stripes are a key update for spring 2017, and this midi dress pictured above with bell sleeves ($51.00) is a fun way to try the trend.

k/lab Kohl's clothing review

All the tops and blouses on this rack include of-the-moment details such as ruffles, shoulder cut outs, flared sleeves, and stripes.

k/lab Kohl's tops and blouses


Notes on Price

The collection was not advertised as being on sale, but the pants I bought rang up as 25% off. Also, the previous collection that I reviewed in November was marked on clearance on a nearby rack, with most pieces deeply discounted and under $40. 

 k/lab Kohl's tops and blouses

Visual Merchandising

The clothing is displayed in themes, with denim pieces grouped together, metallics and evening looks on another rack, and sporty pieces on another rack. 

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In the Fitting Room

I brought a few pieces into the fitting room to create some looks. I'm wearing a size small in the knot flared sleeve blouse ($43.50) and a size small in the ruffle hem crop pants ($43.50). The blouse is a crisp, sheer cotton poplin with a back zip, and it's prone to wrinkles. It's cut straight and runs small through the waist. The pants are a soft knit poly/rayon/spandex blend with elastic waistband, making them very comfortable. I think they'd be more flattering on me with a less voluminous top and some heels. The "dazed" crop hoodie ($36.00) is a lightweight and stretchy piece made of rayon/spandex with a raw hem, while the track pants ($43.50) are thick, structured, and well made with pockets and ankle zips. Taller ladies might find the inseam too short on these pants. Both are size small and run true to size. 

k/lab kohl's track pants, hoodie, bell sleeve blouse and ruffle hem crop pants

I'm wearing XS in the printed jumpsuit and XS in the long denim jacket ($58.50) below. While the jumpsuit was true to size, the jacket runs big. I found the jumpsuit to be tricky to take off since the front buttons don't go down all the way to the waistband. It's a lightweight satin material with a tie elastic waistband. It also comes in a black/white floral print. The jacket was soft, thick, and had nice distressing details. The elongated trucker jacket is a key update for 2017, and this one can be styled in many different ways. Petites could wear it as a dress, and the layering options make it an ideal winter-to-spring transition piece.

 k/lab kohl's jumpsuit and long denim jacket


For more shopping reports, trend forecasts, and style inspiration, catch up with me on my Instagram and Snapchat stories @thekeytochic. 

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January 19, 2017

Top Fashion Trends for 2017

With the first month of 2017 almost behind us and spring merchandise arriving on the racks of your favorite stores, it's time to think about the must-have fashion trends of 2017. But before we do that, let's quickly review some noteworthy trends from 2016, including: off-the shoulder silhouettes, '90s denim, block heel boots, lace-up details, stylish sportswear, pom pom embellishments, and bomber jackets. I wouldn't totally stash away these items, because as we progress into the new year, many of them will remain on the trend cycle. 

Based on runway, retail, social media, and trade show research, here are the nine top trends to make room in your closet for in 2017.

top 2017 fashion trend, fashion trend forecast for 2017

Statement sleeves are evolving form the simple bell sleeve and are getting new treatments such as tiers, cut outs, and ties. Utilitarian jackets get a feminine update with floral embroidery, while denim and footwear undergo a refresh with Gucci-inspired embellishments. Athleisure, perhaps one of the most ubiquitous words in fashion right now, will gain steam as casual, sporty styles incorporate fashionable design elements. Look to Adidas, Vetements, Puma, and Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh for sporty cues. Handbags get updated with guitar-style straps thanks to Prada, while ruffles adorn everything from casual blouses to flirty skirts. Look to the '80s to return in full force this spring, while midi hemlines continue to take center stage. 

Want to see more trend reports? Have a look at my feature on top denim trends for 2017, a spring/summer 2017 fashion trend forecast, and a fall 2017/winter 2018 fashion trend forecast

Follow along on social media @thekeytochic for more photos, retail reports, and exclusive content.

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November 27, 2016

Cyber Monday Sales and Promo Codes 2016

Cyber Monday Sales 2016

It's Cyber Week! The holiday shopping season continues with Cyber Monday and Cyber Week. Miss out on Black Friday? Here are the best sales and deals, along with promo codes to help you save and cross everyone off your holiday shopping list.

AG Jeans: 30% off sitewide and in store with code BF16 from Nov. 22-28.

Amazon: Shop special Cyber Monday deals of the day

American Eagle: 40% off in stores and online with free shipping Nov. 21-29.

Asos: Get 30% off everything with code THANKFUL30

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Bluefly: Up to 85% off plus free shipping. Shop Valentino Rockstuds on sale.



Coach: Up to 50% off select styles & shop 125+ online sale exclusives Nov. 28

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Chicwish: 25% off sitewide Nov. 25-28 with code BLK25

Express: 50% off everything ONLINE ONLY + free shipping 

Forever 21: Get 21% off on Nov. 28 with code CYBER21. Deals starting at $4. Browse the Gift Shop.

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H&M: Get 20% off your purchase plus free shipping over $30 with code 5144. Get 25% off plus free shipping over $50 with code 0275. Get 30% off plus free shipping over $100 with code 8284 through Nov. 28. 

Shop the H&M Black Friday collection Nov. 25-28 with items online and in store starting at $4.99. See their gift guide. Get free shipping in the United States on all online orders with code 0319 from Nov 23-28.

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J.Crew: Get 40% off your purchase in stores and online with code HOLIDAY

JCPenney: Extra 20% off in store and online, or extra 33% off $100 or more online only. Ends Nov 28.

Kohl's: Take an extra 20% off through Nov. 30 with code DEALSEEKER. Get $10 off your home purchase of $50 or more with code SUNDAY. Get 25% off select Nike styles through Dec. 3.

Macy's: Extra 20% off plus free shipping over $25 with code CYBER

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Modcloth: Get 30% off sitewide Nov. 27-30 with code CYBER16 

net-a-porter: Up to 50% off designer merchandise.

Nordstrom: Take an extra 20% off select sale items

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Old Navy: Get 40% off everything, discount applied at checkout

Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 40% off designer merchandise

Shopbop: Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off from Nov. 22-28 with code GOBIG16

Sole Society: Get 30% off sitewide 

Steve Madden: 35% off plus free shipping with code CYBER

Target: Extra 15% off your purchase Sunday and Monday in stores and online.

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The Outnet: Get 20% off your first purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY20 through Nov. 28. Offer excludes Just In and full priced styles. Shop gifts under $100.

Topshop: Up to 50% off select items Nov. 23-28 in store and online.

Urban Outfitters: Online only take $50 off orders of $150 or $15 off orders of $75. Discount taken at checkout.

Walmart: Shop special Cyber Week deals, like this PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB bundle, this Barbie Dreamhouse, or these Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

Get more gift ideas in my ugly/cute holiday sweater post and my guide to holiday gifts under $50 on Fashion Trend Guide. 

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November 22, 2016

Best Black Friday Sales and Deals 2016

It's almost Black Friday! You gotta love a whole day devoted to shopping, scoring deals, and burning off that turkey and stuffing. #ShoppingisMyCardio

Ready to engage in that all-American tradition of retail therapy and gift giving? No need to wait for the turkey coma because sale season is on and the Black Friday sales have already started online and in stores. Presenting some of the best stores for pre-Black Friday (and Black Friday) sales and deals, as well as stylish gift ideas.

Black Friday Sales 2016, holiday 2016 gift ideas

AG Jeans: 30% off sitewide and in store with code BF16 from Nov. 22-28.

Amazon:  From now through Nov. 24, Amazon will offer daily lightning deals during their “Countdown to Black Friday Deals Week Sale.” Amazon Prime members will have early access to more than 30,000 deals.


American Eagle: 40% off in stores and online with free shipping Nov. 21-29.

Asos: Up to 50% off cold weather apparel and gifts. 

Barney's Warehouse: Up to 50% off gifts. Shop their gift guides.

Bauble Bar: 30% off everything with code THANKS30

Bluefly: Up to 80% off plus free shipping.

Coach: 30% off your purchase with code THANKS2016

Forever 21: Hundreds of pre-Black Friday deals online only, with new styles added each day. Get an extra 50% off sale items online with promo code OHMYGOBBLE plus free shipping over $21. In store only: 21% off regular priced items until 11am on Nov 25. See their Gift Shop for more ideas.

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H&M: Shop the Black Friday collection Nov. 25-28 with items online and in store starting at $4.99. See their gift guide. Get free shipping in the United States on all online orders with code 0319 from Nov 23-28.

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J.Crew: Get 40% through Nov. 27 off with code HOLIDAY

JCPenney: Extra 25% off with your JCPenney credit card, or 20% off with any other form of payment. Use code 9BIGSALE. See their gift guide. 

Kohl's: Doorbusters begin at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Online deals start Nov. 21. From Nov. 21 to Nov. 26, customers will get $15 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 they spend. (Kohl’s cash is store credit that can be used from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5.) Use promo code NOVSAVE15 to save 15% off through Nov 25 online. See all the holiday deals.

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Macy's: Get 20% off with promo code FEAST. Get an extra 25% off clearance. Shop gifts for the family

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Nasty Gal: Get 30% off best-loved black styles, no code needed.

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net-a-porter: Up to 50% off designer gifts

Nordstrom: Shop thousands of discounted gifts. See gifts under $50, gifts for the home, and beauty gifts

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Old Navy: Get 40% off everything-ish, no code needed. See all the deals.

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Public Desire: 30% off everything with code CYBER30 

Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 40% off designer merchandise online and in stores. Shop the gift guide for luxury gifts and sweet treats like these adorable snowman cake pops for $40.

Sole Society: 30% off all footwear and handbags through Nov. 27

Steve Madden: 30% off on Nov. 25 plus free shipping with code BACKINBLACK

Target: Opens at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day for in-store sales. Black Friday pre-sale and doorbusters available on Cartwheel and online starting Nov. 23. Online sales begin at 12:00 am on Thanksgiving. See the Black Friday ad. Top pick: the Apple watch Series 1 (reg. $269.99) will be $198. 


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Topshop: Up to 50% off select items Nov. 23-28 in store and online.

Urban Outfitters: Buy one, get one 50% off all apparel Nov. 23-25.

Walmart: Opens at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day for in-store deals and 12:01 am EST on Thanksgiving for Walmart.com. Shop toys and holiday gifts galore. Top pick: PlayStation 4 500GB bundle for $249 (reg. $298.99). 


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To help shoppers maximize their savings this Black Friday, WalletHub surveyed 8,000 deals from 35 of the biggest U.S. retailers’ 2016 Black Friday ad scans and identified the stores offering the largest advertised discounts for each product category such as “Jewelry” and “Appliances.” 

According to the data, JCPenney, Macy's, and Walmart have some of the best discounts.

Watch this space for sale updates and more promo codes.


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Source: WalletHub

Get more gift ideas in my ugly/cute holiday sweater post and my guide to holiday gifts under $50 on Fashion Trend Guide. 


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November 15, 2016

k/lab at Kohl's Review

If you keep up with Kohl's on social media, you may have heard about their new clothing collection for Women called k/lab. It just launched on November 14 online and in 21 stores across the United States. So what is k/lab? It features a tightly curated collection of apparel geared toward social media-savvy millennials with an eye for emerging trends (find them @klabstyle). The fast fashion product offerings are more trend-forward and less guided by season than other labels at Kohl's, with a shorter production cycle and more frequent deliveries. In an effort to approach the retail business more competitively, the k/lab design team is using real-time data from social media channels and sales reports to guide future designs. Price points for k/lab are higher than comparable collections carried by Kohl's, and range from around $28 to $78. 

January 22, 2017 update - See my updated k/lab Kohl's review featuring spring 2017 arrivals, fitting room photos, and tips on sizing.

January 18, 2017 update - See the latest arrivals:




Fortunately, one of the stores in my area stocks the new collection, and I was able to shop the day of the launch. I found the line in the Women's department (not Junior's), sandwiched between Simple Vera Vera Wang and LC Lauren Conrad, complete with its own in-store boutique and tongue-in-cheek, prominent graphics. In fact, the staff was still putting the finishing touches on the display as I browsed. 

At first glance, the clothing reminded me of a cross between Nasty Gal's glam nighttime looks and Zara's sleek, yet on-trend and Instagram-worthy details such as: lace slip dresses ($68), velvet body-con skirts ($48), pajama-style kimono robe coats ($68), ruffled cold-shoulder party blouses ($58), flocked low-back bodysuits ($38), lace-trim camisoles ($48), and maxi dresses with hints of metallic ($68). Take a look at the blush and black-hued merchandise in my store. 

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k/lab at kohl's blogger review

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k/lab at kohl's dresses

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k/lab at kohl's robe dress

k/lab at kohl's ruffled blouses

The sizing is generally XS-XL and runs a lot like the LC Lauren Conrad collection (Women's, not Junior's). The launch is just in time for the holiday party season, and we can expect new deliveries each week. The downside? Once an item sells out, it's gone - hence the nature of fast fashion (or real-time fashion). So if you see something you like, act fast.

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Catch up with k/lab on social media @klabstyle. See more shopping content and trend inspiration on my Instagram and Snapchat stories @thekeytochic. 

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