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Styling Summer Occasions: What to Wear
So there I was, sitting in the sweltering sun sans chapeau and shades, positively melting into my skyscrapers! Why do the Powers That Be think that a metal folding chair in the middle of a football field in 90° weather is where friends and family want to spend a summer day? I don't care if it is an Ivy League college. I mean, what is wrong with the auditorium!? It's indoors, seats 4,000 and is much more conducive to not sweating like a dock worker (given that it doubles as a hockey rink). Besides, it would be so much more entertaining to watch the faculty and graduating class slipping and sliding along with arms windmilling madly to Pomp & Circumstance. On ice skates, no?
Anyhoo, once again I have completely misjudged the sartorial stipulations/suggestions of a given social engagement. Way back when I graduated college my commencement was held in a nice air-conditioned indoor stadium (as is only proper for any social situation involving muggy temperatures and vast numbers of people attired in their Sunday-go-to-meetin' finery) and I therefore dressed accordingly: the requisite cap and gown, ladylike hose, ladylike MaryJane's…and my swimsuit. (Okay. So it was a sorority thing. We all did it, but no one knew because all they could see were the hose, heels, cap & gown. Brilliant! After the formalities we all snuck into the sports facility for an impromptu pool party, but I digress…) Anyhoo, the point is that we were indoors, and therefore, cool and comfortable. Which is where I dearly wanted to be while attending my baby sister's endless commencement yawnfest. So I did what any sensible-though-slightly-wilted fashionista in similar circumstances would do: I madly fanned myself with my program while mentally planning my wardrobe for every possible social situation that could arise this summer! Here you go darlings:
What to Wear to a Summer Wedding
Let's get this summer style party started correctly now shall we? Every girl knows that the way to look her very best in absolutely everything is to start with great lingerie
. Brulee has a whole range of gorgeous lingerie - I adore the popular silk, chiffon & cotton pieces from Boudoir
, Classic, Noir
Afternoon/Informal Wedding: think wedding-on-the-beach or garden wedding. This occasion definitely calls for a very feminine dress. Call me old fashioned but I just don't understand why any girl would want to wear trousers to the romantic union of two people madly in love. (Honestly, it's just the best excuse to go out and buy a gorgeous dress now isn't it?) Go with something feminine and sumptuous in a non-skanky length. And while it is perfectly fine to wear a sleeveless, halter style or spaghetti strap dress, steer clear of anything too plunging or sexy — and be sure to have an elegant wrap handy in case it gets windy or chilly. Oh, and don't wear white — that's the bride's prerogative. Add a pair of strappy wedge skyscrapers (wedges are best for walking on uneven surfaces like grass, cobblestone patios, sandy beaches, etc.) in a gorgeous patent leather or perhaps a metallic finish and a nifty little handbag. Finish with a great pair of earrings, perhaps and fun bangle or bracelet and you are ready for your close-up Mr. DeMille!
Formal/Evening Wedding: think glorious wedding at the Plaza. (Bride Wars anyone?) Again, this calls for a very feminine dress, only something much more elegant and formal. Possibly even a floor length gown. And yet again, the no-white stipulation (you might be mistaken for the bride!) however, it is perfectly acceptable to wear a black gown to a wedding, especially a formal or evening ceremony. This is where you can really break out the glitz and glitter. Don a gorgeously shimmery cocktail dress paired with glittery sandals (in a height appropriate for dancing the night away!), an elegant evening bag and the right touches of bling at the décolletage, wrist and ears and you will be the prettiest girl and the party.
What to Wear to a Summer Cocktail Party
Think drinks and nibbles on the patio with magnolia blossoms floating in a pool surrounded by blazing tiki torches. Mood all set? Okay. If the occasion is a bit on the casual side, perhaps an afternoon party, a great pair of shorts and a sleek cami is ideal. Cool and comfy while still showing your summer style. Add a pair of fun strappy sandals, a chic bracelet and conversation-piece earrings and you are all set for an afternoon of socializing.
For late afternoons/early evenings, or when the occasion calls for something a little more chi-chi I would opt for a summery sundress, something that will show off my gorgeous tan (read: spray tan - much more dermatologist friendly, and it doesn't cause premature aging and wrinkles!) This chic and classic vintage print sundress in a summery cutout style is just the ticket. Great style, great length, comfortable breathable fabric. Add a pair of sassy sandals (either flats or wedges since you are on the grass/patio/deck) and a fun little bag. Stacked bangles and lovely dangles complete the ensemble.
For the evening cocktail party you'll want to dress things up just a bit more, perhaps with a flirty fishtail hem dress or a gorgeous maxi dress, paired with stunning sandals.! As for shoes, you can go with something a little more elevated here, since the object of these evenings is to mingle and look devastatingly gorgeous. Simple accessories like a gorgeous pendant necklace and earrings will set off your tan to perfection.
What to Wear to a Summer BBQ:
Think neighborhood BBQ or possibly even the company picnic. For some reason every time I attend one of these events, whether in the company of family, friends or work associates, the event always involves a rousing game of volleyball or a wicked round of softball. Therefore, I have learned to plan my attire accordingly. There is nothing more embarrassing than sliding into home plate in a tube top and miniskirt (like any of us would ever commit that particular fashion faux pas!) I
If you've got great gams, show them to best advantage in a pretty pair of shorts (not too short!) and a great tee shirt. Choose something that will breathe and move with you while you spike the ball over the net. Also, please, please, PLEASE wear a supportive bra — nobody wants to see the girls bouncing around unattended (so-to-speak). My choice du jour is this great little sports bra by Zohba. Maximum control, minimum movement! Footwear options: an adorable pair of sneakers, natch! Something flirty and fun that says, "Yeah, I'm a good sport!" Finish with a fun sporty watch, a pair of hoop earrings and a great tote bag.
If you're sure the BBQ doesn't include sports activities, go ahead with a flirty little sundress-and-sandal combo, or perhaps a pair of crops or Bermuda shorts and a comfy cool top. Finish with sandals that flatter your footsies and a truly unique tote.
Well darlings, that should get you out and about your summer activities in fine fashion! Happy summer shopping dears, and remember to smile pretty and try not to break too many hearts!
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Get Fit for Summer with Gaiam Style
Keyhole Racer Back Tank $58.00
Get stylish as well as supportive comfort with our scoop-neck Keyhole Racerback Tank. Designed with two back pockets that easily hold an MP3 player or keys. Relaxed fit, racerback styling for a full range of motion, gathered with fabric that ties in a bow at the bottom. Created from recycled polyester saved from post-consumer waste. Breathable, wrinkle-resistant and gentler on the planet. Performance blend of 86% recycled polyester, 14% spandex. Machine wash.
Gaiam's gorgeous clothing line features both casual and workout wear, Gaiam’s fresh new eco wardrobe is crafted from earth-friendly fabrics, including pure organic cotton, light and sustainable bamboo and high-performance recycled polyester. I received the keyhole racerback tank for review and I absolutely love it! I love the lightweight feel of the fabric, and it is completely supportive as well. I especially love the double pockets in the back - so cute and clever!
Have a Frizz Free Summer With John Frieda
Summer weather can be a bit iffy at times. Between the temperature changes and unexpected rain showers turned sunny skies, it’s difficult to know how your hair will react. No worries! John Frieda Hair Care has you covered!.
Next, on damp hair apply the Frizz-Ease Serum
that’s perfect for you. If you have thick hair, try the Extra Strength Formula
; the Original Formula
for medium hair; and for fine hair, the NEW Sheer Solution
Finish your look with a dab of Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Crème
. Not only does it transform puffy, parched hair into smooth, shiny strands, but it also contains a UV filter to protect from sun damage
. Plus it replaces natural oils that are lost from blow drying and daily styling.
If you’re leaving for the weekend and don’t want to worry about your hair at all, try Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray
. This heat-activated spray blocks out frizz as you straighten your hair, and stays that way for up to 3 days. This means you can flat iron your hair tonight and be worry-free until Monday morning!
Murad Launches New Anti-Aging Firming Mask
Murad’s Age-Diffusing Firming Mask is a rich, at-home skin firming booster that targets dull, dry, lackluster skin by delivering essential moisture – that launched TODAY!. This formula enhances skin elasticity and promotes instant firming to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while helping to improve overall skin health. This mask is part of best-selling anti-aging line, Resurgence™, the first skincare line developed to treat hormonally aging skin!
How it works:
- FirmQ2 instantly firms and lifts the skin
- Golden Seaweed restores skin resilience resulting in a youthful glow
- Brazilian Fruit Extracts promote collagen production to plump skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles
- Shea Butter and trace minerals infuse skin with hydration leaving it soft and smooth
Age-Diffusing Firming Mask (1.7 FL. OZ., $68.00), will be available on Murad.com, at the Murad Inclusive Health Spa and Murad Inclusive Health Media Group TODAY, and at Sephora, Ulta, and leading salons and spa locations nationwide July 2012.
Cleaning Up The Mystery of Adult Acne
Not a teenager but still suffering from acne flare-ups? You’re not alone. In fact, more than 50 percent of women in their 20s reported having acne and more than a quarter of women in their 40s.
Acne is often particularly distressing to adults, because the perception is that we should be getting over it. The reality is that some people don't. The even harsher reality is that some adults develop acne even if they didn't have it as a teenager…
That said, cosmetic companies are upping the ante to produce effective products to fill this need! One of which is LUSH Cosmetics who makes several skin savers that are perfect for acne flare ups, especially during the sweat-laden summer months that typically cause more break outs! Check it out:
Grease Lightning ($12.95)
Stop bumps and blemishes in their tracks with this powerful gel! An expert blend of herbs and essential oils that soothe skin while it clears. The witch hazel, thyme, calming rosemary and antibacterial tea tree infusion creates a highly effective antiseptic that helps spots disappear lightning fast. Lavender oil regulates oil production, a big culprit in causing spots, and aloe vera works to calm aggravated skin.
Fresh Farmacy Facial Cleanser (Sold by weight, $9.75 for 3.5 oz)
A pale pink cleansing bar ideal for problematic skin that gets sore, red and blotchy. It gently cleanses with calming calamine, chamomile and soothing rose. If you're prone to breakouts, lavender and tea tree will also help to banish pimple-forming bacteria. (Vegan)
Herbalism Facial Cleanser (Sold by weight, $11.50 for 3.5 oz)
Detoxifying, purifying and exfoliating herbal facial cleanser that is formulated for oily, sensitive skin and decongests clogged pores. It contains China clay to remove excess oil, ground almonds and rice bran to exfoliate dead skin cells. Along with sage, an antibacterial, chamomile, to calm troubled skin and marigold, which soothes inflammation. (Vegan)
Super Summer Hair Care with ColorProof!
ColorProof PureRelease™ INSTANT DETANGLE helps to renew and restore color-treated hair. This must-have leave-in spray instantly detangles, repairs, and nourishes hair, while cutting drying time and is scientifically proven to reduce color fading. $23.95 at salons and spas nation wide.
De-stress Your Skin With Elastin-rp Skin Replenishment Oil
||Elastin-rp Skin Replenishment Oil is also a great item for summer. A reparative oil which helps bring stressed skin back to its natural balance. Perfect for treating a number of skin conditions – it helps soothe sunburn and dry, cracked lips – it contains essential fatty acids that help replenish the epidermal lipid barrier. Skin is moisturized, nourished and conditioned, with improved radiance and texture. $75 at www.elastinrp.com in June.
NEW! Travel Sized Moisture Lotions from Aubrey Organics
This little guy might only be fit for the zoo, but Aubrey’s NEW! 3oz. Lotions are cute, affordable, and go anywhere! Aubrey packs its Moisturizing Lotions with herbals and plant extracts in their most natural form, and no synthetic additives or petrochemicals of any kind. Available in six classic, skin-nourishing varieties, these lightweight Moisturizing Lotions keep skin hydrated and smooth all over, and are small enough to have one in every purse and travel bag. Aubrey makes it easy to stay hydrated no matter where you go!
What’s Better Than a BB Cream?
Murad’s Hybrids Take BB Creams
To a New Level!
BB creams come in a variety of different formulations and qualities mainly perceived as being anti-inflammatory and having a soothing effect. The big draw with BB Creams is that they’re all-in-one products typically featuring moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock.
So how do Murad Hybrids combine skin care and makeup into one? To give you flawless skin with lightweight coverage, Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer comes in either a matte makeup finish or dewy makeup finish and can be applied either underneath makeup or in place of it, evening skin tone and minimizing pores while delivering skin-nourishing ingredients. The line also includes two additional primers with added benefits. Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control conceals flaws while controlling acne breakouts and shine, and Hybrids Absolute Bronzing Boost SPF 15 | PA creates a golden glow while protecting and firming skin.
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June is Acne Awareness Month
Nearly 80% of people will experience some form of acne during their lifetimes, and according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 60 million Americans at any one time. Below are some amazing products to help treat any type of breakout you may be experiencing, whether it be on your face or body.
Clark’s Botanicals Skin Clearing Face & Body Wash
Packed with Jasmine Absolute extract to help soothe and nourish, this algae-enriched, exfoliating face & body wash rids skin of dead surface cells and debris. Formulated with salicylic acid, this refreshing formula refines and minimizes the appearance of large pores. It is ideal for all skin types… especially problem skin! Clark’s Botanicals Skin Clearing Face & Body Wash
Burt’s Bees® Natural Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment
This natural spot treatment is clinically proven to help reduce and improve the appearance of blemishes without irritating skin. Formulated with Tea Tree, Calendula, Yarrow and Parsley Extracts to help soothe skin and reduce redness and Borage Extracts to promote healthy skin resulting in clear and smooth skin, naturally. Employing naturally derived salicylic acid, the non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested acne fighter reduces redness after 24 hours and reduces acne after 48 hours. Burt’s Bees® Natural Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment
dr. brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner
This gentle exfoliating mask helps loosen and extract blackheads without painful extraction tools while absorbing oil and tightening pores. Dr. Brandt’s exclusive formula combines Salicylic and Glycolic Acid to assist in the release of blackheads while Eijitsu Rose helps tighten pores. dr. brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner
Avon Clearskin Professional Clarifying Toner Pads
This pack of 45 pads is specifically formulated to help retexturize, calm and soothe. Your skin will both look and feel smoother after just one use! Avon Clearskin Professional Clarifying Toner Pads
Soap & Glory Dr Spot™ Invisible Spot-Fighting Gel
This lightweight and invisible gel improves spots without drying out the skin. Salicylic and lactic acids clear clogged pores. Other ingredients balance pH, control oil, and help to relieve irritation and inflammation. 82% of our product testers agreed Dr Spot improved their spots without drying out the skin. Soap & Glory Dr Spot™ Invisible Spot-Fighting Gel