Beach Dream Day Style Challenge

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I was approached by Loverly to create a wedding look for their Dream Day Style Challenge. Needless to say, I was beyond giddy to give this challenge a try. You had to choose between three locations (rustic, beach or traditional) for the challenge, so I chose a beach wedding. I went with a pink color palette, since brides usually wear and decorate with shades of blues and purple for their own beach weddings. My look for the challenge is very feminine and a bit vintage.

The Dress: I chose a short, strapless wedding dress that has an A-line skirt and sweetheart neckline with bow detail. The dress seems perfect for a beach wedding, it’s budget friendly (only $700), and looks comfortable enough for you to move around the beach and dance the night away at your reception.

Accessories: For the accessories, I went with a dusty rose, gold and white color palette. I wanted colors that give the look a vintage touch. The headpiece and all the jewelery, including the wedding ring, are all vintage inspired pieces. I purposely selected accessories that are under $100 (Except the wedding ring. You should always invest in a very nice wedding ring.), but also pieces that you can wear again after your wedding day is over. You can definitely wear that cute miu miu pink clutch again to a fun date with your new husband!

The Shoes: The shoes are my favorite part of this whole look and I almost bought them myself for my own wedding. I didn’t because my cousin sent me the perfect pair as my something borrowed. I love that these pink heels have cute bows and that they are kitten heels. I recommend wearing kitten heels or even flats to your wedding, because all the standing and waiting around will leave you with blisters on your feet, if you wear anything higher. If you want high heels for the wedding pictures that’s great, but trust me change into flats or kitten heels after. Your feet will thank you for it!

If you wear a feminine look like this one for your big day, keep your hair and makeup simple. Wear a cute cat eye with rosy cheeks and lips, and finish the look with a braided updo or a sleek ponytail. I recommend wearing your hair in an updo for your beach wedding, because the heat and the nerves will completely destroy and frizz your hair if you wear it down.

=Get the Look=

Miu miu bag
$195 – miumiu.com

Ring
$1,300 – diamondwave.com

Tear drop earrings
$38 – baublebar.com

FOSSIL bracelet bangle
$98 – fossil.com

Matthew Williamson bow hairband
$10 - debenhams.com

Loverly
$690 – lover.ly

This is my version of a “Beach Dream Day” look. What does your “Dream Day” look like?

A big thank you to Loverly for including me in this fun challenge!

What I Want Now: A White Button-Down Shirt

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The Goods: Piped Perfect Day Shirt from Kate Spade Saturday.

Price: $120

Why I Love It: A crisp white shirt you can wear to work or downtime. Style it with black leggins and ankle booties for a laid back look.

{photo by Kate Spade Saturday}

Lane Bryant Collaborates With Ready To Wear Designer Lela Rose

Lane Bryant Collaborates With Ready To Wear Designer Lela Rose
Plus size retailer Lane Bryant announced yesterday a new partnership with well known American ready to wear designer Lela Rose. She will be creating a limited-edition line exclusively for the special-sized retailer.

Lela Rose combines refined silhouettes with a modern whimsical twist using brilliant color and handcrafted details. She brings a fresh point of view to American fashion defining a new, modern lifestyle. Lela Rose will be the third designer collaboration for Lane Bryant joining the successful Sophie Theallet and Isabel Toledo collections.

The collection is set to hit stores Summer 2015, and will be sold under the Lela Rose Exclusively for Lane Bryant label.

 
Photo: Courtesy of Lane Bryant

Coveted Shoes: Leopard Print Booties

The Shoes: Leopard print Mix No. 6 Malt Bootie from DSW.

Price: $50

Why I Love It: Dreaming about fall weather? These stylish booties are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall.

Happy Tuesday Shoes Day!

{photo by DSW}

The Stylish Way to Protect Yourself from the Sun

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Endless Summer Scarf
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Summer is almost over, but here in Southern California it stays warm past fall. There have been autumns where I still go to the beach in November. A way to look fabulous while staying sun-smart is by trying out the Endless Summer Scarf ($49) by SummerSkin. This versatile scarf was developed by Summer Kramer, a licensed pharmacist and skin cancer survivor, she created the full line of classic, stylish clothing with sun protection built-in that puts fashion first. All pieces are made with luxurious fabrics, like bambo and cotton blends, and have a UPF (that’s textile version of SPF!) of 50+.

SummerSkin clothing is the perfect addition to any Californian’s wardrobe, and now with their availability at The Spa at Hotel del Coronado, locals and vacationers can look chic while staying safe in the sun!

Photos Credit: SummerSkin

Look The Part: Getting The Interview Dress Code Right

When you are in the job searching process, there’s no better feeling than landing that coveted interview. You start prepping right away, research the company and you create a strategy to land your dream job. Your next focus should be on putting together an outfit that is professional, but also showcases your personality. This step can be tricky, but luckily for you this infographic by Farfetch breaks down the interview dress code with rules for men and women, whether you’re going for a role in business or the creative field.

Look The Part: Getting The Interview Dress Code Right
Look The Part: Getting The Interview Dress Code Right [Infographic] by the team at Farfetch

Coveted Shoes: The Of Corset Heel

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The Shoes: Shoe Cult of corset heels from Nasty Gal.

Price: $78

Why I Love It: I see this vampy heels going to a date with your love. Wear them with a little black dress and burgundy lips.

Happy Tuesday Shoes Day!

{photo by Nasty Gal}

OPI Launches Brazil Collection For Spring/Summer 2014

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Brazil by OPI brings the colors of tropical rainforests and warm sandy beaches to nails and toes for Spring/Summer 2014. This new collection features a palette ranging from bright hues of red, pink, coral, orange and yellow to earthy tones of taupe, sienna, mocha and jungle green. In addition to 12 nail lacquers, the Brazil launch includes a set of four limited edition Beach Sandies Liquid Sand™ mini neon nail lacquers in bold purple, pink, turquoise and yellow shades with a textured, matte finish.

“With sun-soaked shores, tropical fruits, and lush flora/fauna, Brazil is such an inspiring locale,” shares Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “I wanted women around the world to embrace the energy and playfulness for which Brazilian women are known. Through the Brazil collection, with shades drenched in color and charged with shine, women can express themselves, showing off their sexy, mysterious, fun and exciting natures.”

Brazil by OPI includes the following shades in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas:

    • Next Stop…The Bikini Zone - This amethyst-toned pewter suits me just fine.
    • Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around - Nobody can stop me from wearing this creamy nude!
    • Taupe-less Beach - There’s nothing optional about wearing this enticing taupe.
    • I São Paulo Over There – He was sipping coffee with this mocha-toned beauty.
    • OPI Scores a Goal! - Make your point in this winning shade of rich chocolate.
    • AmazON…AmazOFF – I’m making the switch to this deep jungle green.
    • I Just Can’t Cope-acabana - Nothing lifts your spirits like this sunshine yellow.
    • Where Did Suzi’s Man-go? - He went to fetch her this delicious mango smoothie.
    • Toucan Do It If You Try - You have talent to achieve anything in this confident orange.
    • Kiss Me I’m Brazilian – Plant this warm luscious pink on me!
    • Live.Love.Carnaval - This vibrant and festive coral is the life of the party.
    • Red Hot Rio – A ruby red as hot as the most exciting city in Brazil.

Brazil by OPI nail lacquer is currently available at your favorite drugstore. Nail lacquers will retail for $9.00 and Beach Sandies Liquid Sand mini pack will retail for $12.95.

Coveted Shoes: Printed Pumps With Bows

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The Shoes: Classic mid heel pumps with a charming bow and pointed toe from Sole Society.

Price: $70

Why I Love It: Refresh your work wear with these feminine pumps.

Happy Tuesday Shoes Day!

{photo by Sole Society}

Shop Chic For A Cause

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Retailer Chico’s just announced its second annual Shop Chic For a Cause denim and jacket campaign, a nationwide charitable initiative to collect jeans and jackets for women in need. To help raise awareness about domestic violence, Chico’s will partner with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

Now through August 17th, 2014, the company will accept both new and gently worn jeans and jackets at all Chico’s boutiques across the country and will also be accepting monetary donations for NNEDV at the register and at www.chicos.com. With every pair of jeans or jacket donated, Chico’s will offer $20 off any full-priced jean or jacket purchase through the end of the campaign.

Chico’s Shop Chic For a Cause initiative is national in scope but local in nature — directly impacting communities where the jeans are donated. Each of Chico’s boutiques will work with its community’s women’s shelter to help local women in need.

“Chico’s is passionate about helping women and children in need. That’s why we’re so thrilled to continue our partnership with the NNEDV. They are doing such critical and innovative work to support women,” said Cinny Murray, Chico’s President. “Our denim and jacket donation program not only enables us to give back to our communities, it also allows our customers to give back, rewards the customers for their contributions, and spreads the word about an incredible organization.”

The NNEDV is the leading voice for survivors of domestic violence. Representing over 2,000 shelter programs across 56 state and territory coalitions throughout the United States, the NNEDV continues to be a vital partner to help spread the word and make a difference in women’s lives.

For more information about Chico’s Shop Chic For a Cause initiative, please visit www.chicos.com.

Image by Chico’s

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