The Boardshort Breakdown. Billabong’s Style

Hey guys and gals, Spring is just around the corner, with Summer close behind. That means sunshine, warm weather, and most fun of all, water activities! Whether you live on a sandy beach, have a boat docked on your nearest local lake, or get your recreational water sport kicks on the mighty Mississippi river, a man’s best friend in the water is a pair of great performance boardshorts!

It’s quite evident that Billabong shares our love of the water as shown by their super cool “Life is Better in Boardshorts,” 2012 campaign!

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Billabong’s humble beginning started when Gordon Merchant began producing handmade boardshorts with his wife Rena in 1973 from their house in Burleigh Point, Australia. This cherished tropical refuge of Gordon’s was a place where you could wear boardshorts all year round.  Merchant, also a surfer himself, as well as, a board shaper, wanted to develop boardshorts that not only provided the best fit and quality, but could also withstand the various elements that surfers encountered while out in the water.  His business found an instant following, the boardshorts being produced by the Merchants proved to possess amazing performance and resilience in the water, due to the triple-stitching technique developed by Gordon.

Now, fast-forward to 2012 where Billabong is an international company known and respected for its dealings in the boardsport industry.  But, even through all its growth since 1973, Billabong continues to “keep it real,” and maintain its roots by continuing to uphold its commitment to global boardsports through event hosting and sponsoring industry athletes.

So, for Billabong, life really is better in boardshorts! What better way to prove this than with their Platinum X and Recycler Series. The really cool thing about the Recycler series is that the boardshorts are made from recycled PET bottles. So like, Billabong says “Innovation through performance and conservation.”

So, let’s meet Billabong’s Influence boardshort. This men’s striped boardshort packs all of the high-performance details you need into one style punch!  And by style, we’re referencing the really cool screen print/color combo this short is donning!

The Billabong Men’s Influence boardshort features:

  • Zero Gravity fabric, which is an exclusive Billabong fabric that uses Quad X Stretch (four-way stretch) to boost flexibility in all directions.
  • H2 Repel, this technology forces water to bead off the surface of the fabric. This equals less rash/chaffing.
  • Ergonomic Panels, for maximum stretch, any yoga instructor can’t compete with.
  • Recycled ZG fabric, made with recycled PET bottles and saving the environment on pair of boardshorts at a time.
  • Welded Seams, stretch 100% with the fabric, creating smooth, comfortable seams.

Also from Billabong is the Men’s Striker boardshort.  This super functionally fun boardshort sports a horizontal multi stripe design, a solid contrast waistband, is scalloped and features side taping.  It looks really cool in this mint, black and white color combo!

The Billabong Men’s Striker boardshort features:

  • PX4- Hydrostretch
  • Quad X Stretch (4-way mechanical stretch)
  •  H2 Repel, a moisture wicking finish that reduces water absorption and friction
  • 100% Recycled Polyester
  • 20” Performance Fit
  • PX Infinity Weld, meaning less seams to maximize the fabric’s full stretch potential

Feel like “the Dude” in the Billabong Men’s Vantage Platinum X boardshort! The color combo of blue, aqua, yellow and black make the geometric print pattern really POP. The Billabong wave logo chilling on the left leg versus the horizontal striping on the right gives this boardshort it’s own style.

Not forgetting Billabong Men’s Vantage Platinum X boardshort’s awesome features:

  • Made of Recycler Zero Gravity fabric, that is lightweight and preferred by athletes, because of it’s extreme flexibility and stretch.
  • Part of the Recycler Series, boasting an 87% recycled polyester/ 13% spandex ratio, packing performance and conservation into each pair of boardshort.
  • H2 Repel, moisture wicking to prevent chafing.
  • Quad X Stretch (4-way stretch)

Love them like you love your dog, boardshorts are truly man’s best friend this summer. Glik’s is here to provide you with top-notch performance boardshorts for your active summer season! Be sure to visit us at gliks.com or any Glik’s store location nearest to you.

{Neon} Blinded By The Bright.

If there was one predominant trend saturating the runway during Fashion Week in New York, it had to be NEON. Vibrant colors in general are huge for Spring 2012, but the hues most designers fell in love with were bright and bold NEON’S. Although neon is often used as an accent color, this season you will find neon tops, neon dresses, neon skirts, neon shoes, and neon accessories.

So say hello to the 80’s because they are officially back! Okay, so you haven’t sported neon in over 20 years? Worried about looking as though you stepped out of a Boy George video? All you need to do is work these colors in your outfits properly, so it looks interesting and not too flamboyant. We have you covered!

Neon Fashion Tip #1: Start Off Small

If you are a little uneasy as to how to work these bright colors in your closet, why not start off small? Work a bright pink neon tank into your casual Friday look, or wear neon colored jewelry to your trustworthy black attire. For example, wearing a sexy little black dress tonight? Skip the basic black pumps and work in neon blue pumps. Wearing neon colored accessories will add a hint of color and personality to any outfit. For even a smaller start, paint on some summer color on your nails instead of the normal pales and pastels.

Neon Fashion Tip #2: Shy Away From Accessories

When you are wearing a brightly colored fluorescent top, it is typically protocol to keep the accessories minimal. Bright clothing with overly bright accessories will look too chaotic. Another good tip is to avoid matching the same accessory color with the same color in your outfit. Stay away from neon orange jewelry, shoes or purses when you’re already wearing a neon orange dress. Simple!

Neon Fashion Tip #3: Bring in the Neutral Colors

When wearing a bright colored shirt or a bright colored skirt, it is best to try to pair the item with a neutral color. Don’t try to work a neon top with a neon bottom. Instead wear neon bottoms with a white blouse. Black also looks super fab with vibrant hues. When you’re wearing a neon pink dress, work in your favorite black pumps or sandals instead of wearing pink on your tootsies. The neutral colors will help balance out your look.

Depending on your body shape, neon can be less attention grabbing on either the bottom or the top. Experts recommend trying out several different styles and colors before deciding on what works best on you!

Remember: Don’t be afraid of color embrace it! Color can be very flirty and fun, so start shopping! There are many ways to work neon into your closet; check out a Glik’s store nearest you or www.gliks.com for the hottest new styles of neon.

Jeggings: Where Leggings & Jeans Meet

Pick up almost any mag and you are sure to spot your favorite celebs showing off their sexy style in a pair of Jeggings.

Ladies it’s time to rid your closet of anything remotely similar to JNCO’s (yes, I said JNCO’s)! Super skinny is in and like it or not the cut is here to stay. If you haven’t scored a pair of jeggings yet, it’s time to celebrate your curves and make friends with this fashion staple.

As the name suggests, jeggings are a combination of leggings and jeans. They are constructed from legging-like material but fashioned to look like your favorite pair of jeans. Jeggings are typically made up of a cotton, polyester and spandex mix and can be found in a wide variety of colors and prints. Many agree that jeggings offer the best of both worlds!

The skinny, stretch material fits comfortably and looks equally fabulous on every gal! Jeggings can be worn with cardigans, blazers, and tunics. Don’t let Jeggings be intimidating, with the right stylizing, jeggings can work for anyone.

Remember, quality is of the utmost importance to ensure your jeggings maintain form and fit. Stop in your local Glik’s to try on a pair and find your favorite style! Our top sellers include Flying Monkey and Silver Jeans.

Silver Jeans Suki Jegging $72

 

Flying Monkey Jegging $34.99

 

 

Check us out on the web: www.gliks.com.

 

 

Register-to-Win an Exclusive Leather Jacket from Affliction!

Do YOU Want to Win an Exclusive Leather Jacket from Affliction & Glik’s?! Stop in to one of the participating Glik’s locations (listed below) to complete your entry form!

The Amazing Prize!

 

Participating Glik’s Locations:

Edwardsville, IL
Mt. Vernon, IL
Festus, MO
Farmington, MO
St. Robert, MO
Olney, IL
Auburn, IN
Fenton, MI
Sturgis, MI
Cadillac, MI
Escanaba, MI
Willmar, MN
Detroit Lakes, MN
Grand Rapids, MN
Virginia, MN
Rice Lake, WI
Aberdeen, SD
Jamestown, ND
Kirksville, MO
Saugatuck, MI

Contest Details:
How to enter? Visit any one of the participating Glik’s locations and fill out a register to win form and place it in the promotion box. No purchase necessary to enter. Entries must be submitted between September 1st & September 30th. Any legal resident of the United States who is 13 years or older is eligible to participate in the Affliction/Glik’s promotion. Associates of Glik’s and Affliction or their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.

Please See Stores for further contest information!

Be The Buyer 4 Results!

You voted for what you would want to wear and here are the results! The winners will be available in our online store at www.gliks.com soon!  If you voted for a product that lost, don’t worry, they will be available in select stores!  A huge thank you to all of you who voted, we love hearing from you.  Our customer is our best buyer. Stay tuned for more great new items, available at Glik’s and www.gliks.com!

 

Beat the Prez!!

Jeff Glik, “The Prez,” was out in stores finding the perfect outfits for our customers to wear to their 4th of July bashes and we caught it on video.  Don’t miss your chance to get some fab clothes at a low price this week during our 4th of July sales!

CONTEST!  Vote for your favorite actor in this video!  Voters will be put into a hat and the winning actor will select a winner at random.  The prize?  A $50 Glik’s gift card.

The Ballot:

Julie – The introduction

Jeff – “The Prez”

Kassi – Maxi dress customer

Kara – Silver jeans customer/girlfriend

Peter- Sloppy boyfriend

Julie J. – Store manager

 

Celebs in Levi’s

Levi’s is a hot denim brand, not just at Glik’s, but in Hollywood as well.  Levi’s has many different styles and colors, so you’re sure to find the perfect pair for you, no matter what your style is.  These celebs show the many different ways to wear Levi’s.  Find your style at one of our Glik’s locations.

Justin Timberlake

Shia LaBeouf

Pete Wentz

Keith Urban

Nick Jonas

Ben Affleck

Justin Long

Featured Online: Extended Sizes!

Tired of not being able to find your size in stores? You can find extended sizes on our online store at Gliks.com! We carry brands like Hydraulic denim and Silver jeans in sizes 14-24.

You can order through our retail store or online to find the right pair of jeans for you! We jeans in styles like boot cut, skinny, straight, flare and capri. These are offered in a range of washes from dark to light and distressed or not distressed.

View the slideshow below to see a few of our Silver Jean selection.

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Go to the link below to see our full selection: http://gliks.com/Size%2014%20-%2024-C49.aspx

Sinful Swimwear Added to Gliks.com!

As Spring Break and Summer near, it’s time to buy that perfect swimsuit. For the pool, beach, or even for laying out in your backyard, every girl needs one that they feel beautiful and confident in. Look no further. Gliks.com now sells swimwear and our first brand on the website is Sinful, which is made by Affliction. If you like the tattoo inspired brand and are going for the rock and roll look, Sinful suits are for you. These suits are jewel covered and have designs like wings, roses, and crosses. The three suits that are up on our site have sexy metal stud and chain detailing. Check out the slideshow below or visit our website to see our new Sinful suits!

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link to the website swimwear page : http://www.gliks.com/Swimwear-C102.aspx

L.A. FAST FASHION: JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! by Andrea Glik

THIS IS OUR LAST HOLIDAY INJECTION BEFORE 2011!

The Glik’s buying team just left the streets of downtown L.A. for the Midwest with orders of HOT HOT HOT holiday key trends for the remainder of 2010 and going into the new year of 2011. From Lace Shorts to Jacquard Leggings, Glik’s has it covered!!!!

First up are the party dresses. Everyone needs a huge selection of cocktail dresses this time of year, with all the holiday parties and dinners. One of the hottest trends that has been all over, is the one shoulder dress. Worn by celebrities like Kim and Kourtney Kardashian. Just like the girls we have a black and red one-shoulder dress, two colors that are huge during this time of year.

Our black one-shoulder dress has stud detailing around the waist. This rock-and-roll chic look will look fabulous worn with sheer black tights and pumps. Add a splash of color with a bright clutch or earrings.

Our red one shoulder dress has ruffles running down the side. For more of a feminine look, opt for this dress instead. Wear it like Kim does, with all black tights, heels and clutch. All that black will make the color pop! Whether it’s for a party, dinner, or a club this dress is a fabulous way to spice up your wardrobe.

What says fashion forward more than sequins or black sheer mesh? Both! This Sequin tunic has a racerback made of sheer black mesh and body of silver and black sequins. Both sequins and mesh are on every runway; get the designer look for less! Wear this out with jeans or leggings and a simple black blazer. For a trendy mature look for the season, pair the look with some peep-toe platforms and a statement watch.

Similar to the tunic, Glik’s also has a red and black sequin dress also with the mesh back. All you need to complete the look are black tights, a blazer and pumps!

As I have written about before, lace couldn’t be more on trend this season. It’s everywhere! Blake Lively was spotted wearing chic lace shorts. Her shorts were  made by the famous designer brand, Marchesa. The shorts retail for over $1,000! Luckily at Glik’s you can get this fabulous short with a reasonable price tag. Wear it like Blake with a low-cut black sweater, or even a white button down for a classier look.

Another trend that’s been in the works for a while is the crop-top. That’s right ladies and gents, the 80’s look is back and stronger than ever. We have a cropped hooded knit sweater that’s black and gray stripes. Another cropped sweater that we have is purple and black rugby stripes. Worn with a solid color tank top and jeans, this is a great look to rock for a more casual look. Crop-tops also look fabulous with a high-waisted skirt.

Another sweater Glik’s bought in L.A. is called the shark-bite sweater. Its called this because at the bottom of the sweater there is a chunk missing, with the two sides of the top hanging down. This is a great layering piece for winter. You can wear this sweater over dresses, high-waisted skirts, or a jeans/tank top combo.

Leggings are the perfect way to stay warm and fabulous during this upcoming winter. However, the simple black ones can get a little boring after a while. So… look no further! These Jacquard Sweater leggings are basically sweaters for your legs! They will look adorable tucked into UGGS and combat boots. Wear these leggings with a simple color on top. I think army green (break out that parka again!) and black would look best. These will make you stand out among the crowd of jeans and plain black leggings!

Last but not least, what better way to ring in the New Year than with a 2011 tee? This red slub (remember those from the last post??) reads 2011 across it in shiny black sequins. Wear it for New Years Eve or Day! For the Eve look, pair with shiny black leggings and pumps. For the Day wear the slub with black or dark wash denim and some warm boots. Also, if you’re graduating this year (like I am!) you can wear this tee forever. So much more fabulous then a simple class of ’11 tshirt!

Well that’s all! I know it’s a lot of fabulous clothing to take in, but it’s the Holidays! Its time to get dressed up and stay on trend. So whatever style you have, or whatever occasion you’re shopping for, Glik’s has something fresh from L.A. for you. Look online and in stores for these items.