30
Mar

Top 5 Spring Fashion Picks at Walker Boutique

Oh how lovely it is in Statesboro now that spring has arrived! The weather is beautiful, the leaves are coming back, and the flowers are popping back up everywhere!

Much like with home decor, the change of seasons brings along the change in clothing choices. No longer are we confined to wearing boots, scarves, and dressing for warmth. Instead we can throw on beautiful blouses with skinnies or shorts and sandals and call it a day. 

At Walker Boutique we have been working hard to bring you all the best in spring arrivals and some of the new styles have stood out in our minds. Today I am excited to show you five of our top sellers this spring!

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  1. Tie Dye for Top – Tie Dye has been a huge hit this spring and we have been seeing it pop up everywhere. From bags to shorts to swing tops and more! The tank top above is the perfect amount of tie-dye to wear without looking to “hippie.” Paired with skinnies and cute wedges the outfit creates a perfect daily look.

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2. In Full Swing Top – Another classic hit is nautical colors. You can never go wrong with red, navy, and white when it comes to clothes. When you add nautical colors to a swingy spring tank you have the perfect warm weather top to wear casually.

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3. Piko: Casual and Comfy Top – Given that it’s spring, there are still a few days where the weather dips below 65 degrees and layers are necessary. To combat the cold, wear a casual and simple Piko and add springish details in your jewelry and accessories. This multi-tassel necklace is the perfect piece to add a pop of color to your cool-weather clothes to give them a spring feel. 

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4. Dream on Dress: Chambray – Another style that I am so happy made a comeback this spring is chambray! I absolutely love this material on everything from shorts to tops to bags. When I say this dress hit the floors at Walker Boutique, I knew I had to have it. It is perfect to wear casually throughout the spring anywhere from shopping to dinner. 

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5. The Bailey Sandal – Another popular item this year are birkenstock style sandals. These shoes have made such headway in the past few months and have been released in many styles. The Bailey is a popular, feminine style we have at Walker Boutique and they are flying out the door. 

 

Have you checked out our new arrivals at Walker Boutique yet? We are adding new items weekly and would love for you to check them out! Tell us, what is your favorite new trend for the spring?

23
Mar

Happy Easter from Walker Boutique

 

The arrival of  Easter is much like the sunrise that I have watched as I write this entry; the still darkness seems to saturate everything, until a sudden and glorious light peers over the horizon and casts the shadows to the ground.  Each holiday brings with it the memories of past celebrations and milestones, as well as new opportunities for creating new memories.  For some, those memories might carry the bitter sting of what has been lost, or serve as a reminder of just how much everything has changed.  But this weekend, we celebrate the one holiday that faithfully reminds us that what was lost has been restored, and that everything has indeed changed… eternally, for the better.

No matter what circumstance you find yourself in, remember as you go throughout this week that darkness can never become a permanent shadow over your life because God’s grace is available to you in Christ.  

This is just your friendly Wednesday reminder that no matter how things change, His promises remain.  Seasons change, but He is faithful and able.  He is not here, but He is risen… and you are welcome in His presence.  

Pin our image below for a constant reminder of the everlasting significance of that Good Friday, and that even more glorious Sunday.  Happy Easter from all of us at Walker Boutique!

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Charles. H. Spurgeon

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney: Thank you for visiting with us this Wednesday, where we wanted to take a step back from the world of business to lift up and  share the life-changing truth of Good Friday and Easter Sunday that so many of us have experienced for ourselves.  We hope that you feel the presence and love of God that is without end, displayed for you and celebrated 2,000 years later on this weekend.  Grace and peace to you, dear reader!

17
Mar

3 Easy Ways to Transition your Home from Winter to Spring

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With the temperatures reaching the 80s lately in Statesboro, GA, it seems that we have almost jumped right over spring and into summer.

However many of us are still holding on to our winter home décor. With the rising temperatures and Easter coming up, now is the time to begin transitioning your home décor to more spring related pieces.

If you are unsure of what you can do to bring a cheery vibe to your neutral winter décor we are sharing three easy tips to help you out!

 

Add Flowers – One of the easiest ways you can introduce spring into your home is by adding a fresh cut of flowers to your table. Stop by your local florist for bright tulips, lillys, or roses!

 

Toss in a Throw Pillow – Brighten up your living room couch or chair with a few bright, new throw pillows. At Walker Boutique we carry The Dylan Collection brand of throw pillows that come in all colors from a bright yellow to a poppy pink!

 

Pick the Right Scent – Another easy item to add to your house during this transitional stage would be a spring scented candle or linen spray. Pick a scent that reminds you of spring and fill your house with it.

 

Once you have these things done the rest of the transition will come naturally!

I do hope that these tips help you in sprucing up your spring décor this year and would love to hear what you plan to do to your home in the comments below!

 

 

10
Mar

Create New Ideas With 2016 Color of the Year

 

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Coffee and a good book

Ebony and ivory

Peanut butter and jelly

What do all these things have in common?  

One of these things by itself is great.  But the full experience of its value is in the combined balance of its companion.  In the words of Rob Bass, “it takes two to make a thing go right”!  Apparently, Pantone agreed with this statement when they set tradition aside and announced that their 2016 Color of the Year would be a harmonious pair of two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.

For some, this may lead to another question: What is Pantone?

You know, you really have an inquisitive mind.  I think I like you. 🙂  To answer your question, Pantone is an American corporation best known for its color-matching system that influences many industries, especially those involving textiles.  For years, Pantone has been announcing their official Color of the Year as a way to inspire creative thought and to remind us to celebrate every color on the spectrum for its possibilities.  Many industries such as the fashion world, home decor companies, and the wedding industry work with Pantone to incorporate this color of the year into their products in order to make it available to the consumer.  That’s you!

In recent years, Pantone’s official colors have been rich, one-dimensional shades such as Marsala, Orchid, and Emerald.  For 2016, Pantone decided to break from tradition to bring versatility and tranquil balance in two complimentary colors that work in harmony for fresh inspiration.  So without further ado, today we would like to kick off a celebration of new ideas with ready-to-pin photo collages of these two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.  We are featuring three areas in which anyone can express their favorite ways of styling these colors of the year, so follow us through our favorite photos that show this duo in fashion, home decor, and weddings for beautiful examples in how you can make these colors all your own this year!

Industry one : fashion  

Rose quartz has the ability to perform as an elegant neutral or feminine pastel, and the recent popularity of rose gold jewelry may have been the prelude to this darling hue making a splash in apparel.  With the gentle and light touch of a blushing glow, this shade will translate from sweet spring pastels to serene winter neutrals throughout the year!

A complimentary contrast to rose quartz is the tranquil and pleasant hue of Serenity Blue that both balances and enhances its softer counter-part.  Whether worn alone in our ever-popular chambray shirtdress or paired with its 2016 pink partner in a stunning watercolor like our trending cut-out shoulder top, this sentimental shade is sure to become a favorite for its clean and soothing tones.

Industry two: home decor

Decorating your living spaces really provides the opportunity to experiment and the freedom of creative control with how much of each color you would like to feature in your home.  As seen here, making a statement with a fixed feature such as your front door, a major appliance, or even an accent wall can allow for accentuating with a statement piece.  Or if you’re more of a mix-and-match person, consider collecting small details like rose gold table accents or incorporating another shade like a slate gray.  These colors are just as suitable as featured statement colors or accent colors on a variety of color palettes.  Translate these shades in any style from French Country to Modern!

Industry three: weddings

Weddings are the quintessential event for creating a color theme, and 2016’s color pairing is producing some of my favorite looks for the traditional blue and pink combination.  Far from cutesy and juvenile shades that we see at baby showers, the dusty periwinkle and blushing rose speak elegance and provide undertones of stength and tenderness to make it the perfect balance for a marriage of masculine and feminine colors.  Make your ceremony crisp and clean with precise balances of these two shades or feel free to accentuate using other complimentary colors with verdent greenery, neutral wooden ornaments, golden table accents, or even red roses in your bouquets!  The possibilities are endless to take this inspiration and make it all your own!

Each season will bring new ideas on styling these classic colors, from the pastels of spring to adding pops of bold color to mix with in summer, to the transition to understated neutrals in fall and winter.  We can’t wait to see a regeneration of all-new ideas and themes for 2016!

Which of these areas are you most likely to try the Colors of the Year?  Do you have any particular favorite stylings?

 

writer~ A note from the author: Are you enjoying this 2016’s Colors of the Year?  Each individual has their own palettes and hues that captivate them, and my anticipation grows each year to see what Pantone might suggest as the new color for inspired experimentation!  Not every year promises a shade that we gravitate towards, but the mission of forcing our minds to quite literally “color outside” of the box is always accomplished.  I hope that you find wonderful ways to make these colors work for you.  Go color your world!

 

 

2
Mar

Essential Tips For Your Wedding Registry

 

You’re engaged!

Congratulations!  You’re a freshly-minted fiancee 😉  And now, the planning begins…  

Like many brides, you may find yourself with more questions than you expected now that the ring is officially on your finger.  Is your mind consumed with wondering about the where, when, and how of planning details?   Today, we are discussing one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning: the registry.  Don’t let your questions overwhelm you because we are here to help!  Here are our tips and advice for how and where to register, what to select, and the life-saving knowledge of wedding registry etiquette!

Understand your style as a couple

We have all heard that opposites attract, but when you’re beginning to figure out how to meld your personal tastes, it is crucial to learn a balanced compromise that represents both of you.  Understanding your “couple style” is the foundation for all of your registry decisions.  Try this exercise: each of you make a list of words that describe your style and then compare to research how you could combine preferred color palettes, textures, and themes!  It is important to note that your tastes will likely change dramatically as years go by and you experience different seasons of life, so be sure to keep a guideline of selecting classic and timeless items.

Know the scope of your wedding

The scale and theme of your wedding will reflect in your registry.  Are you planning a large, extravagant wedding or a small gathering?  Do your family and friends live nearby or far away?  Are they likely to shop online?  Each of these questions gives you insight into making practical choices that make buying the gifts you need more convenient for your loved ones.  One way to do that is by registering at one to three stores with at least one having a brick-and-mortar location for those who don’t do online purchasing.  (Why register at more than one store?  Read on for more insight…) 

Register for all price points

To ensure that you are being considerate to each friend and their budgets, register for gifts at all price points. Real Simple Magazine recommends dividing your registry in thirds: keep one third of the items in the $50 and under range, one third in the $50-$100 range, and another third in the $150+ range.  This will afford each person an opportunity to choose a gift within her price-range, while knowing that she has purchased something special that you truly want or need.

Don’t be afraid to over-register (Yes, you should, and no, it isn’t greedy!)

Registering for making your house a home is one of those rare circumstances in which it is best to overdo it.  Again, as Real Simple Magazine states, a good guideline is to select 125 items minimum per 100 guests.  Sound greedy?  Think about it: registering at different price points usually means that you break down larger costs into smaller sets of items such as flatware and smaller kitchen accessories or home decor.  Your friends or relatives shopping in the lower price points will be allowed to have fun mixing and matching a personalized gift set that completes your registry and ensures that they are giving you exactly what you need and want.  Win, win!

In addition, it is best to register at one to three stores with a cohesive plan, varying for the selection each store provides: one for fine china, one for home decor, one for hobbies, et cetera.  Plan ahead with a definite list of what you need so that you don’t end up with unnecessary items, duplicates, or more stress of keeping various lists updated.  Our lovely registry specialist, Mrs. Kathy, highly recommends a walk-through of a store before you register to get an idea of what products and styles are available.  This is a great time to walk through together with your fiance, unless he prefers to go with you to the registry appointment. (Hint: limit the number of people you invite to accompany you on these trips and appointments or else you may end up scanning items you don’t truly want!)  

Select your dinnerware (or other priority items) first

When choosing items for your registry, it is wise to start with the items that you definitely want to have, leaving time to add any home decor items later as you discover your tastes.  For instance, if you know you want china, it is best to choose your collection and metal serving pieces first before items like bed and bath linens or kitchen necessities.  Eight to twelve is a good range for place settings, and if you love to entertain, you would do best to register for twelve.

Once you are firm on your china selection, begin forming your decor color schemes.  Until you have your color palettes agreed upon, stick to registering for your basic needs like the essential decor items with no color schemes, such as wood, metal, and glass materials.  This salad bowl by Mud Pie is a classic and popular piece among our bridal registries, and it is perfect for mixing styles and textures!

Get to know china designs

At Walker, we carry collections that are famous for their high quality, durability, and style longevity.  While there are many other style and price points to choose from, our favorite lines offer everything to the elegant traditionalist and the spunky free spirit alike.  Juliska‘s Berry and Thread, Vietri‘s Forma (swoon!), Skyros‘ Isabella, Spode‘s Blue Italian or Woodland, and Lenox‘s Venetian Lace are the timeless collections you will have your choice of at your registry appointment, and Coton Colors are a great option for the non-traditionalist who loves bright colors and fun details!  

Put the money to its best use

If you are foregoing the china idea but aren’t sure where to put the money, we have some ideas for you, too!  Use it wisely to invest in style basics, choosing items with interchangeable colors, patterns, and details that give versatility to basic white dinnerware (think colorful place mats and napkins), or channel those funds towards your common interests such as hiking gear, DIY projects, or other non-traditional activities you enjoy.  Some relatives or friends may prefer to give you more traditional gifts, but many people love the option of funding activities or purchases like your first grown-up payment on a house.  In either case, be sure to send a thank-you note within one to three weeks of receiving your gift, detailing how you envision using the item or the contributions.  This timeframe will show them how genuinely grateful you are, and it will relieve their worries on whether you received the gift.  Remember, honest gratitude goes a long way in strengthening bonds.  Your fiance loves you, but don’t forget about the ones who show their love with their gifts and support!

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 ~ A note from the author, Sydney: Congratulations, sweet one!  I can imagine you are filled with both anxious thoughts and giddy anticipation about planning your dream wedding, and I hope that our tips on registering abated those fears and inspired your creativity to make your house a home for you and your soon-to-be spouse.  If any of your questions have not been answered, please comment below or call us at (912) 623-2099 to speak with a registry specialist.  We will be happy to help you figure it all out!  Remember, don’t cheat yourself out of building your future by getting caught up in small details.  Pour your heart and energy into building a faithful and loving marriage, and you will find yourself creating the home of your dreams where Love welcomes you at the door and invites all to linger in its presence.  Happy Wednesday!