Category Archives: Summer

How to Take your Simple Jeans and a Tee Style to the Next Level

There’s something about the sun shining and the warm breeze that makes summer the time to re-evaluate your wardrobe staples, highlighting your favorite basics, your must-have statement pieces, and your summer necessities, like sunglasses and a hat.

Who wants to spend hours getting ready in the morning when the sun is streaming through your windows and everyone is out enjoying the heat?  Not me!  Throwing on jeans and a simple tee is a great alternative to rummaging through your overflowing closet for your wildest showstopper pieces.  Relaxing outside with friends calls for an equally relaxing outfit, with just one small caveat: simple and relaxed clothing is fine, but pairing it with compliment-worthy accessories makes it even better!

 

Created with the StyleChat App
Created with the StyleChat App

It’s all about the eyewear in the Summer!  Bold shades take the attention from your clothing to your face, so why not add a pair of boho-inspired chandelier earrings!

Your feet are in luck as well because this Summer some of the cutest shoes have been flat slip-on sandals or mules!  Check out the StyleChat app to find out where you can buy all the hot items featured in the above look!

By: Jaclyn Parker

 

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Summer Travel Packing: The Do’s and Don’ts

It is about 4:30 pm in the office. You are nearing the end of another tedious eight hour day, when suddenly the thought of your upcoming tropical vacation pops into mind. Your focus drifts away from office attire/numbers/emails and towards bikinis/ocean breezes/travel instagram posts. Suddenly, you have all the motivation you need to speed through that last half hour until you are mentally, physically, emotionally off the clock and onto island time.

But of course, before you can fully delve into R&R mode, you must figure out your packing game plan. The thought of a tropical vacation all sounds whimsical and easy until you stand in front of your closet and realize that you actually have no idea how to prepare. Do I take two suitcases–one for toiletries, one for clothes/shoes? Do I go full minimalist and pack a week’s trip into a small carry on? Do I NEED to bring those brand new Alexander Wang booties?

The answers to such concerns are far simpler than any fashionista vacationer would like to believe. When it comes to tropical vacations, the ideal mojo to follow is always less is more (unless you’re a Kardashian) It’s that simple. Well then if this truly is the case, then why is the quest to pack the ideal summer suitcase always so daunting?

To lessen your stresses and ease your inquiring mind, we’ve listed a few essential packing tips to make your experience as light and effortless as possible.

DO:

-Pack light. You’re not going to wear the A Wang booties, you’re just not.

-Bring all necessary toiletries. Sunscreen, tanning oil, moisturizer, facial cleanser, spare toilet paper–you name it. Who knows what the supply will be like in your temporary equatorial digs.

-Plan your outfits. Log onto StyleChat and style the perfect bohemian-meets-Beyoncé Hawaii vacay style looks for your entire trip. The more you think ahead, the easier it will be to keep your suitcase below the 50 lb mark.

 

DON’T: 

-Overthink it. If you haven’t worn that banana yellow sundress in over a year, what makes you think you’ll want to wear it on vacation?

-Forget a nice wide-brimmed hat. Those UV rays are only getting more intense; why not protect your skin AND look darn cute doin it?

-Stress. If you forget a thing or two, who cares? You’re packing up to go somewhere to relieve your stress, not add to it. Plus, the resort gift shops aren’t always bad for last minute poolside necessities.

 

By Leah Heyman

Outfit of the Week: Aug 24th

Courtesy of the Lush to Blush blog
Courtesy of the Lush to Blush blog

The summer is coming to an end so quickly! It’s time to wear your white summer dresses a few more times before the Fall. This week’s outfit of the week goes to a look featured on the Lush to Blush blog. Megan looks absolutely stunning in a minimalist white summer tank top dress and a blush pink purse. Her neutral-colored high heel sandals are feminine and chic, and go perfectly with her soft summer look. When you’re looking for a casual and elegant summer outfit, keep your jewelry minimal. Megan wears a subtle gold necklace and gold bracelet. Ready to rock a white outfit in the few weeks before summer ends? Check out the outfit featured below to see how you can get a similar look!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Created with the StyleChat App
Created with the StyleChat App

Dress: Farfetch ($100.00), Clutch: New Look ($9.42), Shoes: Steve Madden ($79.95), Necklace: Nordstrom ($68.00), Bracelet: Kate Spade New York at Nordstrom ($58.00)

Outfit of the Week: Aug. 17th

Courtesy of the Cheetah is the New Black blog
Courtesy of the Cheetah is the New Black blog

This week’s outfit of the week goes to a look featured on the Cheetah is the New Black blog. Alicia bridges the gap between summer and fall by wearing an elegant white summer dress and pairing it with a chic fringed black leather jacket for fall. Her black leather sandals go perfectly with her leather jacket. This black and white look is given a bit of intrigue with a pair of bold brown cat-eye sunglasses and a simple gold necklace. You can sport this outfit by day or night! Check out the image below to see how you can get a similar look!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Created with the StyleChat App
Created with the StyleChat App

Jacket: IRO at Madison Los Angeles ($695.00), Dress: Topshop at Nordstrom ($58.00), Sunglasses: Valentino at Neiman Marcus ($326.00), Shoes: Via Spiga at Bloomingdales ($205.99), Necklace: Madewell ($38.00)

Make your Summer Wardrobe Work all the Way Through the Fall

With the warm summer weather still upon us, we walk through retail stores unable to even think about wearing the new sweaters and jackets that they’re showing for fall. Of course it would be great to shop for every season, but budget wise it’s great to buy pieces that will get you through multiple seasons! Since now is the time that retailers are putting all their summer merchandise on sale, it’s time to take advantage of some budget-friendly summer pieces that will make it through to the fall. A Refinery 29 article gives us some helpful pointers on what to buy.

It’s time to invest in a denim miniskirt. Combine it with your favorite crop top in the summer, and wear it with leggings and a sweater in the fall. Dress it up with a floral top for a summer night out or wear it with a button down flannel blouse in the fall. Either way, a cute denim skirt can last you for a while! For only $22.90, we love this denim button skirt from Forever 21.

Courtesy of Forever 21 ($22.90)
Courtesy of Forever 21 ($22.90)

Next fashion item to consider buying is a short-sleeve polo. In the summer you can wear it on its own and in the fall you can throw a light cardigan over it. Opt for a bright color like blue because it will keep your look fresh.

Courtesy of Front Row Shop ($35.00), Featured on Refinery 29
Courtesy of Front Row Shop ($35.00), Featured on Refinery 29

Next up we’ve got a very versatile and loved fashion staple: skinny jeans. Check out Nordstrom’s Jolt dark wash skinny jeans featured below. In the summer, wear them with a pair of strappy sandals and in the fall wear them with your favorite booties.

Courtesy of Nordstrom ($39.00)
Courtesy of Nordstrom ($39.00)

If you want shoes that will work in the summer and fall, opt for a pair of mule loafers like the slide-on ones featured below. This sale item will be comfortable and cute with a variety of outfits from dresses to jeans and t-shirt.

French Connection at Bloomingdales ($53.99)
French Connection at Bloomingdales ($53.99)

Keep your style fresh and budget-friendly from summer to fall with these simple tips! Your wardrobe is more versatile than you may think! We can’t wait to transfer our denim skirts from summer to fall with just a few small adjustments! What fashion items will you keep through the seasons?

By: Jaclyn Parker

 

Outfit of the Week: Aug 10th

Courtesy of a pair & a spare blog
Courtesy of a pair & a spare blog

This week’s outfit of the week goes to a white summer look featured on a pair & a spare blog. Before the hot summer weather ends, it’s time to wear your favorite white dresses! Geneva is styling a white dress with a small front cutout and a sweetheart neckline. She keeps the look sophisticated and feminine with a bold white and black summer sun hat! This neutral look is completed with black accessories. Her strappy black flats look comfortable and cute. She keeps her look consistent with a black leather handbag and a black leather watch. Check out the outfit featured below to see how you can get a similar look!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Created with the StyleChat App
Created with the StyleChat App

Dress: Club Monaco ($219.00), Handbag: Fossil at Nordstrom ($98.00), Hat: Eugenia Kim at Neiman Marcus ($237.00), Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff at Nordstrom ($125.00), Watch: Skagen at Nordstrom (185.00), Nail Polish: Essie at Kohl’s ($8.50)

Outfit of the Week: Aug 3rd

Courtesy of the Brooklyn Blonde blog, Click to Original Post
Courtesy of the Brooklyn Blonde blog, Click to Original Post

This week’s outfit of the week goes to a fun summer look featured on the Brooklyn Blonde blog. Helena combines a chic cream crop top with a high-waisted mini jean skirt. She takes this look from casual to cute with a pair of strappy sandals and a neutral-colored small tote. She keeps her jewelry minimum with just a few thin bracelets. Last but not least, she makes the outfit summer-ready with a cool pair of circular-framed sunglasses. Whether you’re hanging out with friends or just going on a coffee run, this look will have you looking stylish and chic! Check out the outfit below to see how you can get a similar look!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Created with the StyleChat App
Created with the StyleChat App

Top: Charlotte Russe ($10.49), Skirt: Asos ($36.00), Handbag: Salvatore Ferragamo at Nordstrom ($995.00), Sandals: Aldo ($70.00), Sunglasses: Le Specs at Nordstrom ($69.00), Bracelets: Alexis Bittar at Nordstrom ($163.90)