Archive | May, 2014

Keeping it Cool in Black

29 May

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It’s a well-known sartorial and scientific fact: Darker colors absorb more heat. But that will not stop us from sporting chic black pieces this summer, because a sleek and understated all-black ensemble looks fresh, modern and quite frankly, cool enough to beat the heat.

Consider the 7 For All Mankind black zip skinny jeans with a tissue thin white tank top tucked in. Throw on a pair of simple, on-trend ankle strap high heeled sandals and over-sized gold aviator sunglasses and you’re instantly conjuring up a California cool Angelina Jolie-esque vibe.Summer Black3

The Pieced Jacquard Skinny jeans are a dark pair of pants that provide an excellent anchor to a mostly all-black look. Play up the texture of the pants with a graphic t-shirt and sporty designer sneakers. It’s a street chic look that feels perfect for traipsing around a new city during summer travels.

The sexy allure of an all-black summer look is not strictly for the ladies. Guys can get in on the mysterious and enticing trend too.

For you, this is the opposite of preppy or hippie, but that doesn’t mean you have to fall into metal head or Goth territory. In fact-please don’t.

When it comes to the guys, wearing black this summer means going for faded black or almost black washes that have a sleek-yet-worn in and relaxed feel.

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Pair black shorts, which have a subtle monochromatic print, with a faded black t-shirt and some all-white sneakers to break up the dark hues.

Don’t relegate your darker clothing to colder weather. Stand out from the rest of the beach crowd rocking an understated and all-black ensemble.

All In- Jump Into the Season’s Chicest Trend!

27 May

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Tracing back to its utilitarian roots, the jumpsuit is arguably one of the most functional and practical clothing ideas to ever surface. In recent years, we’ve seen it as much more of a style setting foundation piece, on the likes of Gwen Stefani, Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow, and now the jumpsuit is a full force fashion essential.

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This summer, we’re doing our own version, in a soft yet sophisticated dark blue chambray. The cut is part chic tuxedo; part playful and sexy and works with sky-high heels or easy, warm weather flats.

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It’s the perfect piece for traveling and throwing on day or night, due to its versatile nature and no brainer all-in-one quality.gwyn

Play up the deep V cut of the neckline with long layered necklaces for a loose and casual look or go for the drama and don pulled back hair, statement earrings and a bold red lip.

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No matter how you wear it, a jumpsuit always makes a cool style statement, especially for summer.

Kicking Off Summer Style This Memorial Day

20 May

Memorial Day weekend means the unofficial start of summer, ushering in a lighter outlook, longer days and shorter workweeks. How could we possibly not celebrate such an amazing occasion?

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@tuulavintage takes in a summer sunrise

And, of course we feel that anything worth celebrating is worth doing so in style. Whether you have a friend’s BBQ, a romantic beach picnic or just a lazy weekend around the house on the agenda, denim in all forms is the official uniform of this unofficial start of the season.

You can’t beat a pair of denim cut-offs for a hot weekend where you want to look sexy, but also be comfortable and ready for anything. Slip on a pair with an over-sized, white button down shirt, a pair of statement slides and a chic sun hat and you’ll look pulled together, but still totally relaxed.

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@songofstyle proves cut-off’s can be chic

Same goes for a knee length denim skirt. Tuck a fitted tank top into the waistband and throw on a pair of giant tortoise sunglasses for a 70s inspired vibe that always feels summery.

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Classy and Casual Denim Perfection

Guys, anything goes when you have a great pair of shorts and a denim jacket to layer over your t-shirt for when the BBQ moves into the evening. Opt for a pair of all-white sneakers (what better time to break those out) or some classic deck shoes sans socks.

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Denim Layers

Next to style, we’re most concerned with the cocktails (or mocktails) and food.

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Mocktail courtesy of @lateafternoon

A Sparkling Gin and Juice just screams Memorial Day weekend as do most things ice, ice cold and served with a red and white striped straw. And a hearty but healthy Bruschetta, topped with juicy and colorful tomatoes, is the perfect snack to balance out all the booziness.

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However you choose to ring in summer this weekend, remember that the season ahead really is the best for new adventures, spontaneous trips and chasing dreams. We’re happy to be able to equip you with the best pieces to take you there in style.

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Summer lovin’ from @lateafternoon

Mother’s Day Done Right

8 May
Listen, breakfast in bed is fine and a brunch and flowers won’t ever be turned down, but what mom really wants is some peace, quiet, and perhaps a new pair of her favorite denim.
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Think outside the box this year and flatter mom with a pair of chic floral jeans that will have her feeling like a kid again. Well, not a kid, but a really, really stylish and put together young lady.
 
To compliment the blue hue of mom’s new denim, gift her a bottle of on-trend turquoise nail lacquer that she can swipe on to get into a summer-y mood. This color from Illamasqua is highly pigmented and extra shiny – for the mom who is fearless and loves to flirt with the latest in fashion and beauty.
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Also, there’s hardly a mom, or woman for that matter, who doesn’t love a really great scented candle. This Jo Malone Sweet Almond and Macaroon scented candle will perk up any room for summer with the light scent of coconut and vanilla.
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And no matter if mom is a fanny pack or tote bag kind of girl, she will most likely appreciate a go everywhere, all occasion leather pouch like this cheeky version that looks like an old Air Mail letter.
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The destination on the pouch reads, “Far Far Away,” which is exactly where mom may want to be on Sunday…at least in her mind.
 
Get mom something she may not spoil herself with. Think denim, decadently scented candles and a destination, “Far Far Away…”
Happy Mother’s Day!