Fall 2011

Mommy Makeover Event Tonight at Our Needham Store!

Let us pamper you!
If you’re a mom, unless you have a staff of 15 on-call 24/7, you probably need some personal pampering. Well, we’re here for you. Join our Needham store on November 30th for a “Mommy Makeover” event from 6:30-9pm!
Hair stylist Catherine Marenghi from Salon Fabio in Newton and makeup artist Robin Moran from Shiseldo will be on-hand to make all you moms look and feel your very best. This is an event not to be missed!

Perfect Pairing: Parisian Party

Studying abroad is fabulous for those of us who can swing it, but if you can’t make it overseas, you can simply make Europe come to you. Fuse French style into your own by taking small risks, like our model below who is wearing a longer skirt paired with a modern, printed cardigan. By pairing designers with different backgrounds - like this Marc Jacobs cardigan with the Givenchy long skirt - you can create a look that is perfectly Parisian but still very you. Take it to the next level and add French wine to your modern girls’ night (we recommend 90+ Cellars Lot 21 French Fusion). Voila! Paris comes to you!

Get to our Hoboken Store for a Live Model Window Display!

We’re making style come to life at our Hoboken store!
This Saturday, November 19th, from 11am-3pm, the store will be showcase window displays featuring live models in a variety of looks. Also, we’ll be offering 10% off all new arrivals to sweeten the deal!
Check out some of the best pieces STA has to offer, as well as select children’s items from K.C. Kids in this one-of-a-kind event!

Second Time Around Hoboken
610 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 420-0009

Veteran’s Day Sale Hits All STA Stores This Weekend!

Shop any STA location this weekend and save! From Thursday, November 10th through Sunday, November 13th, score 30% off everything in the store!*

Whether you’re rounding out your fall wardrobe or stocking up for winter, now is the time to save. In addition to the sale, you’ll also receive a 20% off coupon that you can use on your entire purchase from November 17th through November 23rd!*

*Not applicable to furs. Cannot be combined with other offers.

You’re Invited: Stella & Dot Jewelry Party This Thursday!

You’re invited to a Stella & Dot and Second Time Around style party!

Join us on November 10th from 7-9pm to help us kick off the weekend by sipping wine while you enjoy 30-50% off everything in the store. In addition, this store will feature Stella & Dot jewelry for this one night, with a stylist on-hand to help you pick out the perfect pieces. Whether you’re doing your Christmas shopping or treating yourself, this is an event not to be missed!

To get put on the list, please RSVP to [email protected].

Second Time Around Brookline
275 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Perfect Pairing: Carefree in Italy

Who doesn’t want an Italian vacation? The closest we’re going to get to one anytime soon is by bringing Italy to us. To help us embody the true carefree, Italian spirit, we’re looking to this runway look from our BFW show. Missoni - being the Italian powerhouse that it is - is obviously our first choice for this venture. The statement print ensures you’ll never be boring, while the neutral palette is the perfect way to stay timeless and casual. The rest of the look is effortlessly stylish, so obviously your drink-in-hand has to be equally so. With this look we’ve paired the 90+ Cellars Lot 42 Pinot Grigio - a light, Italian wine that’s perfect for pretending you’re sitting in a Tuscan villa, when you’re really in your own living room.

Get More Discounts the Second Time Around!

RIght now it pays to be an avid STA-shopper!

Come in to any Second Time Around between now and November 20th, and with any purchase receive a coupon for 20% off your future purchase of $50 or more.* Coupons are valid from November 17 through November 23rd, so stock up and save!

*Cannot be combined with other offers.

FashioniSTA File: Halloween 2011

Happy Halloween to all of you stylish candy-seekers! This is the occasion where what you wear really does matter the most, and now it’s time for us to give your our best and worst picks. Some people really brought their A-game, whereas some either went a little too far (Coco), or not far enough (Nicky Hilton, I’m looking at you). From the celebrities to real girls, we sound off on all the costumes from this Halloween week.

Will and Kate Do Every Morning Show
It’s simply amazing, the royal couple were able to make guest appearances on both the Today show and Live with Regis and Kelly. They were also able to magically transform themselves to look like the show hosts, dressing up as the royal couple on their wedding day. Is there anything this couple can’t do?

While Regis (dressed as an uncanny version of Nick Lachey for the whole show) and Kelly earn big points for their adorable ode to the couple, the Today show really went all out. Fusing actual footage with their own scarily accurate reenactment of the royal wedding, we almost even bought Al Roker as Prince Harry. The cherry on top was the addition of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie shouting, “Mummy sends her love!” Clearly the Today producers don’t mess around when it comes to wedding reenactments, but the cuteness factor that Kelly and Nick doled out just couldn’t be matched. Kelly was a natural wide-eyed version of Kate on her wedding day, staring at William lovingly (which we probably would do too if we were fake marrying Nick Lachey…can you tell we’re secret 98 Degrees fans?). We have to give this one to Regis and Kelly’s show (minus Regis), under the caveat that if Regis had been filling in as Wills, we might not have swooned as much.

Most Convincing: Holly Robinson Peete as Lil Wayne. The best costumes of the ones that you least expect from a person, after all this is Halloween where you get to be anybody for one night, and we’ve got to commend this girl on going for it. Are we the only ones who did a double-take when seeing these photos? This resemblance to the rapper was nothing if not uncanny, from the tattoo sleeves to the tattoo tears to the grill she managed to rustle up. Not only would we not know where to find this stuff, but we can’t seem to figure out how to make that signature Lil Wayne face. And yes, we’ve been trying.

Most Original: How could we not give this award to one of our own? After seeing the costume our Nolita Manager, Tara (as seen on Bravo’s “Fashion Hunters”), put together, we were having a style field day. Not only is this costume an original homage to the late and great actor, but we’re loving the fact that she went for substance instead of something overdone. To top it off, these are all designer pieces that can easily be worn again. Leave it to Tara to make this Charlie Chaplin costume from pieces found in her own store. Her pants are Helmut Lang, the shirt is Steven Alan, the vest is Trina Turk. The blazer doesn’t have a label, but according to Tara, it was “the cherry on top and TOTALLY completed the outfit because of the tailoring….[Charlie's] blazers were always cut up in the front!”

Cutest Couple: Sure you expect stars to go way over the top for Halloween, I mean they can definitely afford it and probably have some unbelievable costume hook ups, but sometimes simple is better.  Ali Larter and hubby Hayes MacArthur pull off bumblebee costumes in the best way possible.  She looks absolutely adorable with a disheveled bob and some kick ass tie up ankle boots, and props to him for not being scared to don a one piece yellow spandex suit.  Any man who goes to that length in order for the two of you to have matching costumes is definitely a keeper.

Creepiest Couple: Doug Hutchison dressed as his teenage wife, Courtney Stodden. Hypothetically speaking, if we were teenage girls who wanted to wear a scantily-clad costume, we might dress as Courtney Stodden. However, we can’t seem to figure out what would possess a man over the age of 50 to dress like her. We get that he’s into the whole underage, burlesque look, but we thought that only applied to his significant other. The only thing that creeps us out more is his wife’s costume as a “sexy cheerleader.” We won’t mention what we thought she was going for…

Most Expected: Snookie as some sort of cheetah/cat creature? Sex kitten gone wrong? Head to toe fur, over the top makeup, fake nails (and hair) we know we can’t really expect anything less from Snookie, but we’re just not impressed with her outfit choice this year. Instead of getting all dolled up she kind of played it safe by looking, well, very much like she looks every other time she’s out in public (albeit with a little more make up).  We think Halloween would have been a great excuse for her to break out of her mold and go for more of a subtle kind of sexy or be something more playful and less New Jersey-ish, like Princess Jasmine or Batman.

Real Life FashioniSTAs: Keeping up with the trend of making your own costume out of designer goods, we bring you two friends of our dear FashioniSTA Leslie. Dressed to kill (literally) as Bonnie and Clyde, they made these costumes from their own closets and from raiding consignment stores. Love it!

BEST (and SCARIEST!): Heidi Klum (as always).  No one puts in as much effort as she does, nor is anyone as original or creative. Runner-Up is Debra Messing as a Dia de Los Muertos character (pictured below).  Gotta love a costume that requires such lengthy make-up application! And that head piece!

WORST: Tie… J-Woww, for someone who makes as much as she does, you’d think she could afford a better costume than something from a Legs Avenue bag… why I expected more, though, is beyond me. Another misstep was Coco, that chick who was walking around with Ice-T (pictured below).  What was she?  Just some kind of failed version of “sexy”? Oh, she was supposed to be a sexy devil, that makes sense. Another shock was Bethenny Frankel as some kind of Hello Kitty concoction.  You are too old for that kind of thing, missy.

Finally, we leave you with what we find to be the most hilarious costume known to man: Kelly Ripa as a pageant toddler from Toddlers in Tiaras. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Costumes for the FashioniSTA in All of Us

Stumped about your Halloween costume? That seems to be a recurring theme among many fashioniSTAs this year. Instead of going as a slutty train conductor, we’ll give you some glammed-up options that will make you a style-maker in the Halloween game.

Cruella de Vil
She may have tried to terrify over a hundred adorable puppies, but at least she did it in style. While we certainly don’t condone dog-napping, it doesn’t mean that you can’t channel her style this Halloween. This is the perfect opportunity to break out that LBD that you somehow haven’t gotten to wear as much lately. Pair a tailored black dress with an oversized faux fur coat in either an off-white color or a daring Dalmatian print. This is great especially for a chilly Halloween, but should you not be into bundling up, you can always sport a smaller stole. For a truly Cruella look, don red, satin evening gloves, a pair of jade earrings, a large cocktail ring, and carry that signature cigarette holder. Try a thin fishnet tight and pointy-toed heels, and to really cement the character, either go with a black and white wig or tease your natural hair.

And of course to portray the woman with the highest cheekbones known to man, break out the bronzer and contour yourself a supernatural bone structure (for a mini Cruella makeup overview, click here). Finish off your makeup with a dramatic smokey eye and a red lip, bring the crazy and you can color yourself Cruella. Puppies not included.

Mad Hatter/Willy Wonka
These are two equally stylish costumes that can be almost interchangeable with just a few tweaks. To be the Mad Hatter, first grab yourself a fitted blazer in a deep jewel tone - think plum or green. You can pair this with any fitted top of your choosing, just make sure that your neck has enough room for an oversized bow tie. Whether you go for a classic black bow tie or you mix it up with a crazy print, these are generally inexpensive, and you can always just use a piece of thick ribbon. Go with a shorter circle skirt on the bottom in any color, and finish off the look with tights and a top hat (feel free to go with a mini top hat!). For an added detail, take an index card and write 10/6 and stick it in the hat band.

To turn this Hatter into Wonka, go with a velvet blazer and simply take out the index card and spray paint it gold. Carry your newly made golden ticket and a couple chocolate bars and you’ll be the candy man himself in no time!

Couture Clown
I’m not sure if all of you saw the Bratz movie that came out a few years ago. No? Ok well, allow me to fill you in on the greatest clown costumes I’ve ever seen. The art to finding style inspiration is to look in unexpected places, so don’t judge my taste in movies just yet. The easiest parts of this costume are the white tights and the black shoes. For the mini top hat, they are available at a bunch of costume shops online, and I also stumbled upon some at H&M. You can also make a top hat using two black felt circles and gluing a thick piece of black felt between the circles (for a tutorial, click here). Take a piece of tulle about a foot long and tie it around the base of the hat for added texture.

For the outfit, grab a colorful circle skirt and stuff a tulle petticoat underneath. Or go with a black or white skirt and top it off with a colorful top. You can play around with these two pieces, but I would suggest going with a sweetheart corset top with piping and adding a colorful, short-sleeved, fitted jacket. You don’t need to go high-end with this, you can grab anything that has a bright color palette or pattern and mix them together. This is the perfect time to mix patterns and look great! The most important touch of this look is the makeup. Take a shimmer cream shadow in a bright color and draw an oversized diamond shape around one of your eyes. Fill it in and place self-adhesive rhinestones on each of the four corners. Ta-da you look like you’re with the chicest circus in town!

You’ll look rawther chic (that’s French for fashionable) dressed up as me, Eloise! To go as the most famous Plaza resident, grab a shorter black skirt and a white, short-sleeved button-down and you’re almost there. For complete authenticity, go with a Peter Pan collar and a ruffled front with slightly puffed sleeves. Pretty specific, but there are also a ton of other options out there that will work.

If you have black suspenders lying around, I’m concerned on a number of levels, but they will come in handy for this look. If you happen to not own any, black ribbon will look great pinned to look like suspenders. Sport white knee socks and black Mary Jane flats, and top off your look with a red bow headband. This is also a great look because you can literally roll out of bed and your hair will be Halloween-appropriate (and you also get to wear flats, which is a nice relief).

To go the extra mile, round up a skinny pug dog (as if there is any such thing) to follow you around as your token Weenie.

If all else fails, you can always throw on a wrap dress, a pair of demure pumps, put an oversized sapphire on your left ring finger and dazzle as Kate Middleton. British accent optional.

~Ashley, FashioniSTA

Halloween Style Icon: Heidi Klum

If there’s one lady to watch every Halloween, that would be Heidi Klum. I’m not sure how this woman manages to host Project Runway and run multiple businesses while managing to pull off these Halloween masterpieces. Oh right, she has a Halloween costume designer. Now I’m insanely jealous of her on a number of levels, but until I have my own costume designer on retainer for a single holiday, I’ll be living vicariously through my favorite Heidi Halloween costumes.

Garden of Eden
Leave it to Heidi Klum to take a biblical reference and add sparkles to it. Dressed as a forbidden fruit/snake combination, with Seal as a blonde Eve, Heidi definitely took her costume to the limit. Not only does that apple probably weigh more than she does, but between the fangs, the face paint and the snake head, she really committed to this concept. To say that it blew the “sexy cop” costumes out of the water is an understatement.

Goddess Kali
This costume marks the beginning of Heidi’s head-to-toe body paint period. With six additional arms somehow adhered to her body, and with the embellished headpiece/shrunken heads, this costume probably took about as long to make as the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Although the backlash from this costume wasn’t all positive, the intricate detail and over-the-top use of body paint sealed Heidi’s place in the Halloween hall of fame. The fact that I can’t tell which arms are actually hers is just an additional fun guessing game. By the way, are those red contacts?

Lady Godiva
Another striking historical allusion from Heidi. Well done with the horse, by the way. My favorite thing about Halloween is that you can never go too over-the-top (although I am a little concerned about how she ended up getting the horse into the party). This costume was probably a challenge at first, what with the whole Lady-Godiva-was-naked thing that her designer had to work with. But I guess there’s nothing that a nude-colored body suit with discreetly-placed sparkles can’t overcome. The long, blonde wig is pretty much the only part of this concept that any of us normal people can hope to recreate, which leaves this concept to the celebrities.

Robot Superhero
When you literally cannot distinguish who is wearing the costume, it’s either a really awful Garfield costume, or it’s incredibly awesome. Heidi’s costume from last year fell into the latter category, as she not only painted the top half of her body in solid, purple glitter paint, but she also spent the night walking on robotic stilts. Now I’ve never had to make myself three feet taller, but I have painted my entire face, and let me tell you, the removal was a two-day process. The dedication was pretty remarkable on Heidi’s part, and I’m only slightly confused as to how a person can look so skinny as a robot. The fact that the supermodel sported a Tyra Banks hairline only added to the costume.

Since this year the supermodel is hosting two parties, she’s doubling up on the costumes. From the sneak peek that she’s let people see, she’s going for a crazed monkey for her NYC party (below, right), and for her Vegas bash, she’ll be decked out as a…human body (below, left). It’s like a modern take on the traditional skeleton costume, only way creepier. When there is exposed muscle and organs involved, it tends to take a turn for the creepy. Is it weird that I’m still dying to see the finished products?

~Ashley, FashioniSTA