The 4th of July is just one week away and maybe it’s all of the World Cup fever that has me wanting to shout ‘Merica, or maybe, just maybe, it’s an excuse to coordinate some red, white and blue in my wardrobe. Whatever it is, you’re going to want these fun pieces to represent our independence…or at least our right to BBQ and enjoy the summer.
1 – Obviously a stylish beach towel is necessary. Of course it’s got to look good, but it also has to be big enough to lay out on, as well as soft! I found this one at TJMaxx for way less than most beach towels I’ve seen and it checks off all of my beach towel criteria.
2 – An over-sized floppy hat like this one that Helen Kaminski gave me to rock all summer. I love the dramatic size of it and bold colors that will be sure to get noticed. Bonus: it adds extra sun protection that I need for both my fair hair and skin!
3 – A great mix-and-match two piece courtesy of the vintage Brazilian inspired swimsuit line, K.Belo, will be heavy on rotation this summer. The vibrant colors will match my tote perfectly and the optional straps can be taken off to make it a bandeau, so I don’t get awkward tan lines (not that I get much darker than my usual pale color!).
4 – Every girl needs a pair of inexpensive but stylish sunnies for the beach. I’m not risking my expensive ones to the elements of the sun, sand and travel, so these sunglasses from Vans will protect my eyes and still look cool.
5 – I don’t wear flip-flops anywhere other than the beach or pool, so these are actually my only pair currently and I do live in them in the summer. Havaianas are like the standard of flip-flops and they make ones that don’t make you feel like you’re on spring break.
6 – I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I don’t smell totally fresh after a few hours at the beach, so I discreetly carry around deodorant in my bag just in case. This deodorant by LaVanila was given to me to try out and I’ve been using this brand ever since. It gives you a pretty vanilla fresh scent and it’s all natural, so you won’t feel bad about reapplying every time you run to the bathroom (as long as your bathroom isn’t the ocean!).
7 – Sugar by Fresh is one of my go-to lip colors for summer because it’s a light lip color, one step beyond chapstick, it’s natural so you won’t be eating chemicals all summer, and it also has SPF15 in it so you won’t come back from the beach with burnt lips…trust me…it’s the WORST!
8 – I avoid using sunblock on my face, as my skin’s extremely sensitive, but I burn quite easily. I love this tinted moisturizer from Jane Iridale for summerbecause it’s SPF15 and water resistant for 40 minutes! Not to mention, it makes me look flawless at the beach.
9 – For the rest of my body I useNeutroegena Ultra Sheer sunblock. Sunscreen is something I don’t mess around with because of my fair skin and family history of skin cancer. I may not be out tanning all summer, but I’ll have amazing skin (no wrinkles!) thanks to this strong stuff. It also doesn’t make me feel greasy or like Casper, the way some sunscreens do.
I have a few weddings to go to this summer and need dresses that I can not only wear to the wedding but possibly recycle and wear to another. One is a beachy wedding, so I’m thinking a maxi but I don’t know where to look. Please help!
-Diane, Queens, NY
Ah, wedding season. It’s the time where we all scramble to find the perfect dress that you may only wear once…5 times if you’re lucky that people haven’t caught on thanks to social media these days. I’m not sure why we torture ourselves and spend hundreds of dollars on a dress that’s hardly worn but shelling out $200 on jeans that you’ll wear every week seems crazy.
You’re actually not the only one that’s been asking me where to get a dress that’s unique and you’ll want to wear again and again. Of course you all know I love my sample sales and discount stores, but I’m not opposed to shopping online in the comfort of my own home where I can try on the dress in MY lighting with my own shoes and accessories.
I put together some of my favorite dresses this season at all price ranges, but mostly ones that won’t break the bank. You’ll be ready for every kind of wedding with these dresses below and some can cross-over to other categories, so when you dress it up for black tie and dress it down for a beach wedding with your shoes and accessories, it will look less like you’re wearing the same ol’ dress.
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Waiting until the last possible minute to get that Mother’s Day gift? I won’t judge. You’re not alone. Here are my picks for gifts your mom or the mothers in your life are sure to love—and you may want to get for yourself too while you’re at it.
1 – The new book The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood is filled with advice and images of stylish tastemaker mothers that covers everything from marriage, to home decor, personal style, beauty, cooking, and fitness. This is perfect for the stylish mom that somehow does it all.
2 -Scarves are a great go-to gift because everyone woman loves them. She’ll love this Banana Republic scarf because of the color for the warmer months and she can wear it as a shawl too over the summer. You’ll love the price.
3 – A makeup/toiletry bag is one thing most women don’t splurge on, so this Tory Burch cosmetic purse will be something she will love.
4 – What woman doesn’t love hand creams and bath products? She’ll feel spoiled with this luxurious L’Occitane gift set and maybe even let you use some too.
5 – This Kate Spade bangle is a clever way to honor your mom. It’s engraved with mom sayings like “sit up straight,” “say please” and “mom said so,” so it’s a sweet reminder that she raised you right.
6 – These UGG AUSTRALIA Slippers are a cozy treat for her and she’ll wear them every day and think of you. Just make sure she doesn’t walk out of the house wearing them!
This year’s Met Gala may have had a stricter dress code thanks to Anna Wintour cracking down after last year’s more revealing appearances. This year’s red carpet for the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute proved to be a bit more demure in taste—though some more daring than others—keeping in mind the theme of this year’s exhibition that exemplifies 50′s glamour: “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.”
Here are some of the best dressed attendees:
Chanel Iman in Topshop
Blake Lively in Gucci
Cara Delevigne in Stella McCartney
Amber Heard in Giambattista Valli
Charlize Theron in Dior
Emma Stone in Thakoon
Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera
Hailey Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung
Janelle Monae in Tadashi Shoji
Beyonce in Givenchy
Kate Bosworth (and Rihanna’s back) both in Stella McCartney
Kristen Stewart in Chanel
Lily Aldridge in Michael Kors
Selena Gomez and Jessica Alba both in Diane Von Furstenburg
Taylor Swift in Oscar De La Renta
What was your favorite look at the ball this year?
My name is Liz Teich. I'm a fashion stylist based in Brooklyn, NY and this is my personal style and lifestyle blog. It's also my fashion advice to you kind of like the "Dear Abby" of fashion.
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