Sunday, March 31, 2019

Summer's Best Beach-Bound Fashion Accessories

Summer is just around the corner - really it is - and shopping for the season doesn’t feel quite as overly-optimistic as it has for the last month.  I am plotting my summer getaway, booking tickets, and already anticipating all the style looks I want to bring with me.  I don’t know about you but I want the perfect look for each location, and not just for photo ops, but to step out of my everyday life into full on jet-setter mode.  This year I intend to feel the sand in my toes, the sun and salt on my skin, and the wind in my hair, and having the perfect beach tote and accessories is a must.  And I don’t want to destroy my summer shopping budget in the process.  I need a beach look that give a style upgrade, rather than tossing a bunch of pieces together that have nothing to do with each other, and that won’t break the bank.  This year’s top three beach style trends are minimal neutrals, ombre shades grounded with blacks, and holographic pastels, all of which means I’ll be leaving my canvas and bamboo beach bags with mismatched accessories at the back of my closet.  

Minimal Neutrals: think nude leathers, straw sunhat, Turkish towel, and gold aviators mixed with skin tone-flattering gold and whites for palette cleansing chic. 

Tote:  Rafaella Tote Bag in Sand  $88.00 at Anthropologie

Sunscreen: Amorepacific Sun Protection Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 30  $32.00 at Sephora

Sunglasses:  Bonnie Clyde Polarized Aviator Sunglasses  $84.00  at Nordstrom

Hat:  Palm Straw Hat by San Diego Hat  $76.00 at Nordstrom

Towel:  Herringbone Turkish towel in Desert Sand  $28.00 at Olive and Linen 

Ombre:  sunset shades mixed with black are exotic and graphic, and are more fashion-forward than trendy.

Sandals:  Melissa Beach Shine Slides in Rose Gold  $85.00 at ShopBop

Sunglasses:  Seafolly Curl Curl Sunglasses  $59.00 at Nordstrom

Tote:  Think Rolyn Editor Tote  $148.00 at ShopBop

Swimsuit:  La Blanca V-Plunge CrossBack One-Piece  $129.00 at Victoria’s Secret 

Sunscreen:  Moroccanoil Sun Lotion SPF 50  $32.00 at Sephora

Holographic Pastels:  airy pastels that are more high-tech than saccharin-sweet elevate and lighten and brighten.

Swimsuit:  Recycled Capsule Collection Tie dye Swimsuit  $39.90 at Zara

Tote:  Jen Tote in Hologram by Studio 33  $68.00 at Nordstrom

Sunglasses:  Leith Translucent Sunglasses  $19.00 at Nordstrom

Sunscreen:  Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 30  $34.00 at Sephora

Camera:  SunnyLife Underwater Camera  $20.00 at ShopBop

                                                                XOXO  Shelley

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Palette-Cleansing Neutrals: A Fresh Take on Spring

The new nude palette takes a natural spin giving skin a sunset glow that lifts us right out of winter and gives us a much-needed complexion pick-me-up. If the weather won't give me sunshine and warm breezes then I will heat things up on my own. The new way to wear neutrals is a far cry from "nude".  It’s not about contouring or defining, but blending and blurring earth tones to create a warm, sheer, sophisticated look that works for every occasion from work, to weekend, to special occasions and is one of those "can't go wrong" palettes.  Easy to apply and even easier to wear.  

Look for desert-colored shades that aren’t muddy or flat, that have undertones of rose, peach, or gold, depending on your own skin color.  Products that glimmer or highlight are perfect for night looks or vacation and can be layered over daytime shades of matte golds, plums, or chocolate. Skip lip and eye liners and create depth by blending.  Keep the lips a warm neutral rather than a nude so they don’t disappear.  Groom the brows, wear a defining mascara, blend mocha, taupe, and copper shades on the eyes. 

I've been shopping and trying out all the new products, and these are my top choices that I will use all spring and summer, day to night, work to vacation, to create this year’s most versatile makeup looks. 

                                                                  XOXO Shelley

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Easy 90’s Styles That Are Perfect For Today:

It’s a fashion flashback that part of me really doesn’t mind at all: the 90’s are having a trending moment and some of my favorite and most comfortable pieces are right on trend this year.  (Side note:  I can’t really wrap my head around the thought I am old enough to see my younger-year’s style revived, but that’s just me.)  Who can forget Kate Moss in a slip dress? Or the Friends cast wearing jean jackets?  Angelina Joli in tank tops and cargos?  Drew Barrymore in floral mini dresses?  I never gave up my love of bias cut dresses, slip on pool slides, and the perfect black knapsack, and actually neither did the fashion world as a whole.  Those 90’s staples have become classics and are timeless now.  

Laid-back style that was sexy at the same time meant that nearly everything in your wardrobe could be intermixed and worn together to create different looks.  Nothing felt forced or looked like it was trying really hard to make a style statement.  Models today have pounced on the 90’s style for castings, and designers have picked up their street style and made up-to-date versions, adapting them for today.  In the 90’s we wore biker shorts anywhere and everywhere, and that was before the athleisure trend.  Today’s versions are just as sporty, pairing up with everything from tailored blazers, to crop tops, to oversized t-shirts.  I will wear them to the gym swapping them out for short shorts or leggings.  I will live in cargos, scrappy tank tops and pool slides all spring with a jean jacket thrown on top.  For summer I will cool down with floral mini dresses, warp midi skirts with spaghetti strap tank tops, and slip dresses for both day and night.  And my new hats for the season will be various bucket hats, giving the straw fedoras and Panama hats of so many seasons now a much needed break.  And they are packable! Love. 

I’ve done the research for you so you can get shopping yourself.  Summer style simplified, comfort guaranteed:

XOXO Shelley

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Face and Body Misting: Treat or Treatment? Both!

Remember when we first started seeing people spritzing their face with plain water mists on warm days? It seemed over-the-top and and a bit obsessive, and like an extra beauty step that offered basically nothing except offer a moment of freshness. And in fact they were drying their skin out and leaving it without a protective barrier of moisturizer.  Mists today are so much more than plain water and offer skincare benefits on the fly.  There are as many reasons to mist as their are products to address various needs, so it’s time to take another look:  

FACE MIST BENEFITS:   Use as a toner before moisturizing to calm and prep the skin.  Mist for a smoothing layer before applying makeup.  Revive and refresh makeup midday with a blending sponge.  Mist for a quick application of extra moisturizer or sunscreen post-workout.  Use mid or post flight to hydrate parched skin from air travel.  NOTE: Mists that are meant to “set” makeup contain ingredients that bind the makeup to the skin, not allowing it to properly breathe so it can irritate the skin or cause breakouts, not to mention creating a makeup finish that is mask-like - NOT a good look.  

KEY INGREDIENTS:   Just like your favorite cleansers, toners and moisturizers, look for mists that contain hyaluronic acid which is a humectant and can hold 1000 times its weight in water, plumping and helping the skin retain an optimum moisture level.  Ultra-hydrated skin is healthier, glows, is more youthful, and less likely to show signs of stress resulting in irritation, dryness, and wrinkles.  Hyaluronic acid  is a powerhouse and should be a key ingredient in your skincare routine. Mists infused with mineral oils help smooth the skin, lock in moisture, and improve the look of makeup applied over it.   Rosewater, cucumber, aloe, and green tea mists have anti-inflammatory properties, reducing irritation and redness.  

BODY MIST BENEFITS:   Apart from giving a refreshing boost, body mists offer a lot of skincare perks.  Body spritzers offer great hydration that can lock in moisturizers. Mists can give skin a sheen or glow, or create an even-toned bronze look.  Mist mid-day or post-workout with a lighter version of your favorite fragrance in mist-form without perfume-overloading.  Use at bedtime to help you fall asleep. 

KEY INGREDIENTS:   Wake up: look for mists with citrus and florals to refresh and invigorate, both the skin and the senses.  Escape: tropical scents like coconut and vanilla channel a warm, sexy beach vacation.  Sleep: lavender soothes and aids in getting restful sleep.

I stash mists at my desk, in my gym bag, keep a mini-spritzer in my handbag, and have more than a couple on my vanity, and while it does feel a bit indulgent I love giving my skin an extra does of hydration to keep me looking and feeling fresh on the fly mid-day.  One step to glowing, hydrated, and refreshed skin is a good deal in my book. 

                                                                XOXO Shelley

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Spring Shopping: Creating a Sunglass Wardrobe

I always love new sunglasses for spring and summer, and now that spring is almost (!) here, in my optimism I am seeking out the best designer trends to see what will actually work in real life.  A lot of the new designs are just Insta-bait and are not at all wearable in real life without garnering gasps everywhere you go, so sticking to styles that are fun while functional is my number one goal.  A lot of celebrities have jumped on the 80’s MTV styles with sharp angles and bling that really only looked good in early music videos, just to grab headlines and make a statement on social media, but that doesn’t mean it’s flattering in real life.  I want to make a statement, but not that sort of statement.  The skinny lenses of the last two years has been done and dusted, and offered little if any protection from the sun. Moving on!

Choosing new sunnies has never been this much fun, with so many new options to suit any style and mood.  Colored frames are having a big moment, breaking the typical conservative rules of what is suitable for sunglasses.  Now you can match your blue eyeshadow, your pink hair, or your nude makeup palette. No color is out of bounds and that means there is a pair for every mood and outfit.  Another style that is ultra-flattering is the large square frame in both metals and plastics, light-lensed or dark.  Talk about feminine!  My personal all-time favorite shape that suits my face the best is the cat eye, and this year’s oversized glasses with dark lenses give maximum coverage, tons of mystery, and go with any outfit, anywhere I go. This updated classic will elevate my daily style and get plenty of play year-round, going just as well with a ponytail and makeup-free face after the gym or long flight, as it will when I go for full on Hollywood with strong lip color and statement outfit.   

I’ll be choosing one pair of designer glasses as an investment piece and shopping for similar styles at cheap price points to give me an updated sunglass wardrobe without the financial ouch, to give me maximum coordinating style points.  I’m taking a pass on the plastic aviators, over-sized shield, geek chic, and small round metal styles. The were designed to look sensational on the runway and in editorials, but not to make anyone look gorgeous in real life.  
Bring on the sun! 

                                                                 XOXO Shelley

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