How You Can Make a Difference While Shopping

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Let’s be real, we love to buy clothes and we are going to probably buy at least 10 new shirts this spring season. But what if some of the clothes we bought helped to support a cause or helped make a change? Here at Glik’s we got in some cute new shirts that do just that! We are so excited about these new arrivals that support some causes that we really love!

Puppie Love Tees

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Puppie Love is one of our newest brands that we’ve added to Gliks. These adorable shirts have an adorable puppy logo on them, with the puppies wearing adorable little costumes. Did I mention that these shirts are adorable? This brand was created to help dogs in need, Puppie Love is donating 10% of their profit to various animal shelters and animal rescue organizations. The mission at Puppie Love is “to find every dog a loving and caring home”. You can help rescue dogs when you buy a Puppie Love tee, because honestly who doesn’t love puppies?!

Simply Southern Save the Turtles Tees

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Save the turtles! Almost every species of sea turtles are considered endangered and there is typically only a 1% survival rate to adulthood for these little guys. To help Save the Turtles, Simply Southern is donating 10% of their profits from this shirt to various Turtle Foundations. These non-profit organizations are committed to helping sea turtles become a more protected species. Sea turtles face dangers like being killed for poaching, over exploitation, their homes being ruined or getting caught in ocean debris, etc. You can help protect and defend sea turtle by getting a Save the Turtles tee from Simply Southern!

Simply Faithful Mama Tees

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You can also feel good about getting this tee from Simply Faithful since 10% of their net profits go to ChildFund who help improve the lives of children in need! Right now there are about 570 million children who live in extreme poverty. ChildFund is an organization dedicated to help these children see their potential, give them better living situations safe from violence, harm or neglect. They want to help all children to grow up into healthy and strong adults, since after all children are the future. So whether you are a Mama Llama or Mama Bear yourself or plan on gifting this shirt to a Mama, you can feel good about buying this cute shirt because it helped change some lives.

Who knew being philanthropic could look so gosh darn cute?! We love these collections of tees from Puppie Love, Simply Southern, and Simply Faithful that are fashionable with a purpose! So go ahead, and shop away, you little do gooder, you.

How You Can Make a Difference While Shopping

The Main Strip Frayed Vneck Sweater

Screen shot 2018-01-08 at 2.17.53 PMScreen shot 2018-01-09 at 4.06.08 PMOkay, so winter may not be my favorite season, but there is always one thing that I love about cold days, and that’s the sweater options! There is something almost magical about getting a new sweater and the Main Strip Frayed Vneck Sweater is a sweater that I have been absolutely smitten with since the first time laid eyes on it. This frayed cropped sweater comes in mustard, grey, mauve, and ivory, which are all beautiful muted tones that go well with whatever shoes, pants, or jeans you can think to wear them with. Definitely one of my favorite things about this sweater is how many things I can wear it with and feel like am an actual vogue-fashionista-model. This sweater makes it easy to look cute and it is the kind of comfy feel-good sweater that you naturally gravitate to!

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Another major plus about this sweater is that it can be transitioned into all the seasonal outfits you can think of. Right now I like to wear it with my black ripped Silver denim and throw on my Levi’s denim jacket for a little more edge (and maybe a CC Beanie for a little more warmth)! For a relaxed lazy weekend look, I love this sweater with my high waisted light washed denim and some fuzzy socks when I hang out at my friends’ homes. But as soon as the weather warms up, I cannot wait to style this sweater with a bralette, a faux suede taupe skirt, and ankle booties, for a look to wear at the office or a casual night out!

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The Main Strip Frayed Vneck Sweater is the kind of quintessential piece for your wardrobe! No matter what the temperature may be outside this sweater will be there for any look. Now sweater weather can officially last forever (maybe without the cold weather part though).  To shop these looks be sure to head to Gliks.com!

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The Main Strip Frayed Vneck Sweater

Things to Do in Lawrence, KS

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After visiting Glik’s on Mass. Street, check out all of the other cool sites and activities Lawrence, Kansas has to offer!

Lawrence, KS (1)Places to See:

Clinton State Park offers a variety of services and amenities for everyone in the family to enjoy, year round.  The 1500-acre state park is perfect for outdoor activities and offers multiple campsites for visitors to use and enjoy.  The 50-foot tall concrete teepee off US Highway 24 is the remainder, and former centerpiece, of an Indian Village.  The village previously accompanied a gas station, restaurant, and motor court that were made up of smaller teepee cabins.

Lawrence, KS (2)Entertainment:

Breakout Lawrence offers four different escape rooms set with different themes for you to choose from.  Since it is located in the heart of downtown and near Glik’s, this escape room is the perfect stop along your visit!  Next stop on the list is The Granada Theater.  The venue is home to various events and entertainment, including live music for all ages!

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Things To Do:

While you are continuing along Massachusetts Street, make sure to take a look around at the historic designed buildings, some dating back to the 1800s.  Mass. Street is packed with restaurants and vendors to suit everyone’s needs and cravings, so why not try the 23rd Street Brewery!  This microbrewery is a perfect place to catch up on your favorite sports games while trying one of their ten beers on draft that are rotated seasonally.

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Good Eats:

With over 40 different restaurants and cafes to choose from downtown, there is something to curb any appetite.  Zen Zero is an Asian cuisine that focuses and specializes in noodles and soups.  The Burger Stand offers American cuisine featuring burgers, hot dogs, and salads!

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The University of Kansas:

The University of Kansas is located less than ten minutes away from Mass. Street. Visitors can enjoy the environment by simply walking around campus and seeing what it has to offer! The KU Natural History Museum features live-animal exhibits as well as displays of fossils and Kansas wildlife.  If you are a fan of sports, the Booth Family Hall of Athletics is located within Allen Fieldhouse on the campus of KU.  The hall honors the history and traditions of KU’s athletic programs, its coaches, and student-athletes, both past and present.

Leave a comment and let us know what your favorite thing to do in Lawrence, Kansas is! Also, make sure to follow us on Snapchat @gliks_official to stay up to date with the hottest trends, behind the scenes looks, and other helpful style tips.

Things to Do in Lawrence, KS

Things to do in Hays, Kansas

Glik’s at Big Creek Crossing in Hays is the first Glik’s store to open in Kansas! By opening in Kansas, we expanded to our 10th state.  Hays has a lively small town feeling with great food, entertainment, and a historic atmosphere.

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Glik’s will be returning to Kansas and opening two new locations!  Our Lawrence, Kansas Location will open in February 2017 and Our Emporia, Kansas Location will open in the fall of 2017.

Leave a comment and let us know what your favorite thing to do in Hays, Kansas is!

Make sure to follow us on Snapchat @gliks_official to stay up to date with the hottest trends, behind the scenes looks, and other helpful style tips.

Things to do in Hays, Kansas

Elan Clothing: Meet the Man Behind the Brand

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Meet Elan Savir, founder and designer for the high quality womenswear brand, Elan clothing. With flattering silhouettes and a touch of international flair, the brand continues to blow out of Glik’s stores and online. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Elan about everything from his humble beginning to how the brand has evolved and where the future will take the unstoppable design team.

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Can you tell our readers how your brand began?

I began designing and manufacturing clothing when I was 20. I had worked a number of retail jobs and although I had no prior experience designing, I knew that I had an eye for fashion. At age 21, I truly embarked on my quest to become a designer and start my own clothing company. After borrowing money from my parents, I made 150 dresses, loaded them up in my Trans Am, and being trying to sell my apparel door to door. I immersed myself in the industry and began networking with more established wholesalers in the area. In the beginning, the focus was on resort wear for men, women, and children. Today, the brand has grown and solely focuses on womenswear. With the growth of the brand, the design process has evolved into a group effort. Working together with a team has allowed Elan clothing to generate fresh ideas regarding designs and keeping up with current trends.

You mentioned being a self taught designer, how did you learn tricks of the trade?

I learned as I went. I learned it was okay to make mistakes, but not to make the same ones twice. I realized that sometimes you have to fake it until you make it and that others in the industry will start acknowledging you once you actually begin to get your work out there.

How do you stay on top of current and upcoming trends?

We look at magazines and draw inspiration from certain companies that inspire us. A lot of our designs are also influenced by our travels to Europe where we visit high-end stores. Elan clothing is not aspiring to be a trendsetter in the industry, but to design clothing that women will be attracted to for every day wear. We want to make casual, comfortable, and chic clothing that women can wear to run their every day errands, but that they can also wear to a nice dinner. I try to let go of any personal biases when it comes to trends and ask for group opinions to keep everything fresh.

What is the most rewarding part about being a designer?

The most rewarding part is seeing people wear your clothing. It feels great to see women wearing our clothing and loving it. Having that support from your consumers and getting their feedback is always important. I also love to see how stores merchandise our product.

What is the most challenging?

I have found that the most challenging part of being a designer is to find ways to keep outdoing yourself from season to season. As a designer, you have to constantly find ways to make your products better than they have been before.

If you’re in a creative rut, what is the best way to drag yourself out?

Sometimes it is good not to try and force yourself to come up with ideas. You have to change your environment to change your state of mind. I often times will leave my office when I feel stuck and I’ve found that changing your environment will do a lot for your creative mindset.

How would you describe your style aesthetic?

My style aesthetic is casual but dressy. I like to describe it as “casual chic.” I like to create looks that are not form fitting, but more loose and flowy. My designs are feminine and have a bohemian vibe.

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Can you please describe your design process from mood boards to choosing fabrics to production?

We start by going to fabric suppliers and seeing what is new. Sometimes we will buy samples of what we like and begin to create mood boards based from that. If we find a fabric that we like, sometimes we will produce many items from the same fabric.

If you could choose any celebrity to be a spokesperson for your brand, who would it be and why?

Nichole Richie. She is stylish and has the image of a woman that represents our ideal customer.

Where do you see Elan Clothing in 5/10 years?

In 5 or 10 years, we would like to become a more focused brand that has a larger presence in major department stores. We are working on building brand recognition and are striving to improve our social media presence for Elan clothing.

Making in the fashion industry is no easy feat. What is the best advice you could give to an aspiring designer?

My best advice is to put yourself in the proximity of those who are doing what you want to do. Get a job as an intern and surround yourself with people who have valuable experience. Money doesn’t matter as much as the experience that you will gain. Be the best version of yourself and grow as a person. Be part of the world. Don’t sit around and wait for something to happen. It is important to work and find your value. Sometimes, you have to start small and work to grow your company.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share?

It is not impossible to succeed with building your own business! You have to be passionate and believe in yourself first. If you are interested in fashion, there are a number of jobs in the industry that you could do if you position yourself in the right place and work hard.

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Elan Clothing: Meet the Man Behind the Brand

Street Chic: Men’s Jogger Pants

Men’s fashion joggers hit the runways in many 2013 Spring Collections and are now mainstream ready-to-wear pants. These popular pants  worn by celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Justin Beiber, and Chris Brown come in an assortment of styles. Glik’s offers this comfy trend in two edgy brands: Brooklyn Cloth and Galaxy.

Wondering how these amazing pants came about? The baggy bottoms and tapered ankles originated in the Arabian Peninsula. The Disney character Aladdin even wore harem pants, and if you’ve seen the classic cartoon, you know he got around with the greatest of ease in his baggy pants. A more modern style came along when M.C. Hammer, the parachute pant wearing rapper, hit the scene in the early 90’s. The look fell off the map for about 20 years but has been popularized again with better materials and a more subtle fit. The styles available now aren’t only for hip hop moguls but for every guy who wants to be fashion forward and comfortable.

How you wear these pants is what will disassociate you from the guys that wear these only for athletic purposes. Styling these harem bottoms is easy. Pairing them with the right pieces will help you avoid looking like you just left the gym.

 

Game On

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This look features the Brooklyn Cloth’s men’s knit jogger pants. With just a t-shirt and your favorite street shoe you’re ready for baseball’s opening game day at Busch Stadium.

Color Pop

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Menswear usually features muted colors but you can always add a punch of color to your gear. Try this 1897 t-shirt with the color-pop ethnic print pocket and a pair of statement shoes.

Street Chic

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You can never go wrong with a simplistic style. The cuff on the ankles of the Galaxy brand pants allow you to style these in different ways. Wear them as full length pants or scrunch them into a cropped style with a pair of hi-tops. (Air Jordan’s available at select Glik’s)

 

 

 

Clash of the Fashions

Joggers can be paired with a men’s button down and tee for a nice dash of style.

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For a dapper look pair your joggers with a men’s scarf and comfortable outerwear.

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(Picture courtesy of: Pinterest pin by Anthony Tolentino)

Get on trend and grab yourself a pair of these men’s fashion jogger pants available at Gliks.com.

 

 

Street Chic: Men’s Jogger Pants

Style Inspiation: Our Moms

One of the most important people in my life is… my mother, I can only imagine that I’m not alone in saying this. She was my childhood best friend (even if I didn’t recognize it at the time), provider of the warmest hugs, destroyer of evil closet monsters, encourager of dare-devilish feats, and (most-importantly) comfiest shoulder to cry on.

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Mothers must be presents sent from the heavens, and it is only logical to have a day dedicated solely to just her. I only came to this “epiphany” as I got older, after I had bestowed upon her –just a few–precarious teenage years filled with angst and an endless amount of sleepless college nights where my unrestricted freedom was fully taken advantage of.

It was during my years of “freedom” that we became the closest. It was a level of equality that we had finally achieved, an understanding you could say. I was an “almost adult” but this girl still needed money so Mom still had the power.  We shared stories and connected; she learned of my loves, losses and wild nights, and I learned of her youth, finally gaining an understanding of why that woman was “always right” about certain things. Go figure, eh?

Lynette(My “younger” mom, Lynette. Check out that vintage 70’s, chiffon, shift dress!)

Most importantly, we shared style. I FINALLY got to raid her closet and go crazy over all of the amazing vintage finds that she had! Lucky me, she just so happened to be my mother, and we had similar body types. I fit into her vintage finds and in exchange– since I worked in retail– filled her closet with up-to-date (age appropriate) apparel!

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I adore looking back at my mom’s style and being able to translate her vintage pieces into new outfits for myself. I don’t think she minds all of the new editions that I bring home to her either.  That being said…

Be sure to show that AMAZING lady in your life how MUCH you ABSOLUTELY LOVE & ADORE her! Make special plans, share thoughtful gifts and shower her with unlimited amounts of love, respect and affection!

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Do you still need a gift? Visit us at gliks.com or stop by any one of our 60 Glik’s store locations.

 

Style Inspiation: Our Moms

Blooming Spring Style with TOMS Shoes

Spring is king here at Glik’s, and we’re growing a garden of delightful spring styles. Why not celebrate your anxiously patient wait for warmer weather, sweet smelling rain showers, and budding brights of brilliant colors with a new, fresh pair of TOMS shoes?Spring Arrivals TOMS

TOMS classic slip-on shoes are delightfully adorning the shelves at you local Glik’s location, just waiting for you to discover that the gift of giving One for One is just what you need to keep your spirits high until spring actually comes.

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Your favorite styles like the cute crochet have returned and are blossoming in brilliant blues hues as well as keeping with the classic natural & black colorways.

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We’re excited introduce the edition of the Hemp Classic to TOMS Spring 2013 line. Hemp keeps this classic style casual while the Aztec graphic trim adds an extra pop, keeping this slip-on just above simple.

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TOMS took a vegan approach when they created the Oahu Women’s Vegan Classic. This cute classic is made with recycled and sustainable materials, the edition of the tropical floral pattern to this slip-on creates a look that is perfect for any springtime outing. We’re thinking that this adorable floral shoe would compliment any spring dress!

 

Spring is definitely in the air at Glik’s! Be sure to stop by and checkout our growing style.

Blooming Spring Style with TOMS Shoes

Boots & Books

Schools from all over have once again opened their doors and are now accepting waves of youthful minds who are eager to learn! Get excited, people! Tell your mom to get in the car, because you’ve got a school list to shop for!

Call me a nerd, because I honestly am (a self proclaimed) one, but I was that kid…

Oh-boy did/do I get excited about buying new pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, and (my most favorite) boots!

I know you’re thinking, “Why boots? I have never seen boots as a school requirement,” and you’re right. Boots just so happen to be a personal requirement for back to school, especially for this fall (you know it’s coming).

For starters, boots are super versatile. Secondly, I can list off almost as many different styles of boots as Bubba can list the different ways you can cook and eat shrimp to Forrest Gump. Boom (I feel so legit). I said it.

My wardrobe, which is probably similar to most others contains: jeans, tops, dresses, sweaters, jackets, tights, and so on. Boots (God’s gift) can fit freely into any outfit containing any of those said items.

I have to give the brand Roxy some kudos for sharing their fab new styles of boots with us for fall.

Have a look…

Roxy Dover Boot in Chocolate

Roxy Dover Boot in Black

Roxy Crosby Boot

Roxy Oregon Canvas Military Boot

Roxy Cheyenne Canvas Desert Bootie in Sandstone

Roxy Sloane Boot

Roxy Cardinal Bootie

Boots & Books

Fall Fab 4 {for the dudes}

Happy Friday Everyone! Just to let you know, I am a HUGE fan of fashion, fall and going back to school (school is cool kids).  So when I met Jeremy Glik, who by the way has pretty awesome style for a dude, I had to get him to do a guest blog.

So here goes….

Cyan Neff Downtown Backpack:

This rad new backpack is Neff’s new addition to their ever-growing accessory line that just keeps on getting better. The color shows an outgoing style that won’t take away from what you’re wearing, it will just add to it.

Fox Racing Baseline Slim Straight Jean:

I’ve been wearing Fox denim since I was little. Their quality has only gotten better with this new addition to their jean line. And the wash fits today’s style perfectly.

Quiksilver Belmont Shoe in Tan:

Quiksilver’s shoes have come out ahead and on top. Especially with this new shoe that shows the fast fashion in men’s shoes. This tan and classy look is exactly what everybody is wearing.

Neff Warriors Tee:

The new tee line by Neff is a cool redesign from their old tees. They have really gone for a more basic tee look and this tee in particular shows that off perfectly.

Fall Fab 4 {for the dudes}