Joan, our very first fashion makeover participant, initially described herself as “stuck in a rut”. A mother of a 24 year old, 21 year old, and 17 year old, she was on a quest to once again find her fashionable self now that her kids have flown the nest. Marcellina of Wildwood came to the rescue. “I always dress the same,” Joan explained to Marcellina owner and makeover consultant Tina. Joan arrived in an orange v-neck, Bermuda denim shorts, and her trusty black rubber flip flops. As a sales associate in the cable television industry, Joan is expected to meet with clients regularly. And in sales, she explained, first impressions are everything. In a male-dominated business, she was hoping to find a fashion-forward, feminine look to make her stand out in the crowd. “I want to find an outfit that could be business casual AND perfect for a night out to dinner,” she expressed. Tina got to work and assembled Joan’s dream “after” look. Joan slipped into a Marcellina nude colored cami and a chocolate pair of Nic + Zoe dress pants. “These pants are so comfortable!” she exclaimed in surprise. At Marcellina, fashion and comfort are not mortal enemies…Tina then added a Nic + Zoe ultra-flattering cream colored, three-quarter sleeves sweater to the look. Joan loved it. Tina and Marcellina staff then selected a variety of Brighton accessories to finish this tasteful yet fun fashion overhaul. A silver, jeweled Brighton watch, tan gemstone Brighton necklace and matching bracelet, and a chocolate leather Brighton purse completed Joan’s new style. Last but certainly not least, Joan said goodbye to her everyday flip flops and hello to a silver pair of Brighton heeled slip-on sandals, adorned with metallic beading. “I feel great! The top and sweater are so slimming and the watch is elegant but great for everyday,” exclaimed Joan as she smiled at her reflection in the mirror. Now featuring their Spring and Summer Sale, Tina and staff invite all Cape May County shoppers to experience their very own Marcellina makeovers. All Brighton jewelry and bags have a one year durability guarantee. Marcellina is open 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., everyday through October and on weekends and holidays October through January 1st.
5316 Boardwalk Wildwood, NJ 08260
27 year old Kearsten arrived at White Lotus Boutique of Sea Isle City in search for a fashion upgrade on her everyday, casual look. Formerly a jewelry and accessories boutique, White Lotus has recently expanded its inventory to include a variety of women’s attire. Sun dresses, maxi dresses, skirts, flowy tops, cute tanks, and more line the White Lotus walls. Plus, the boutique continues to feature its unique accessories and jewelry, some of which is homemade by owners and sisters Lisa and Jaime Muratore. Kearsten arrived in a casual striped polo and jeans, looking to dress up her look. Lisa carefully hand selected Kearsten’s dress and accessories, and minutes later, her choices proved to be perfect. Kearsten sported an aqua blue, silky tank sundress, complete with a trapeze hemline. A mahogany leather braided belt cinched the waistline of the dress, highlighting Kearsten’s tiny midsection. A white, triangular stone necklace complemented Kearsten’s white leather clutch. Lisa then added her personal touch of hair jewelry with the white rose adorned and blue stone bedazzled headband that she herself created. An aqua blue stone ring and lace and blue roses cuff bracelet matched the silken sundress perfectly. Lisa finished Kearsten’s final look with a summer essential – the square oversized sunglasses, featuring pink, red, turquoise, and yellow accents around their lenses. At White Lotus, Lisa and Jaime prefer their clothing to be known for its fun and funky style rather than its brand name. The result? White Lotus Boutique does not carry any clothing or accessory item that is priced over $45. Check out their great-value, high-quality selection from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on weekends. White Lotus is open full-time May through September and weekends in October and offers a unique shopping experience that will not break the bank.
23 38th St, Sea Isle City, NJ, 08243
By Megan Kummer