Easy, Breezy Summer Updos

3 hot weather friendly hairstyles

In the dog days of summer one of the best ways to beat the heat is to pull our hair away from our neck and face; no one wants to deal with frizz and sweat! This is when unfussy updo’s come to our rescue; they keep us cool and look effortlessly chic. Here are a few styles to try when the temperature starts to sizzle:

Sleek bun

Let your hair style do double duty; look haute while you get a deep oil treatment; this is especially great if you have been in the ocean or pool and need to recharge your hair. Start by washing your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. After the shower use a comb or wet brush to create a deep side part and now rub a few drops of hair oil evenly throughout your hair. Pull your hair back into a bun at the nape of your neck and secure. Top this look off with a flower behind your ear and you will have the ultimate island girl look.

Messy, beachy  updo

This is a style that works great on 1-2 day old hair since it will have more texture. Start by parting your hair in the middle and pulling the front sections on both sides towards the front of your face. Next, pull the rest of your hair back into a mid-high ponytail and secure with a hair band. Twist the hair towards the back of your head and secure with bobby pins. You also have the option of just twisting the hair and pinning to your head, remember this does not have to be perfect! The final step is to wrap the front sections of your hair vertically (try 1 inch sections) around a 1-1 ¼  inch curling iron, being careful to leave the bottom of each section straight for cool and natural looking beach waves.

Laid-back side bun

This is a style that can be worn anywhere - to work, a wedding, a night out - the possibilities are endless. Starting with dry hair (it can be freshly washed and dried or not), pull your hair back into a low ponytail on either side of your head and secure with a hair band. Next, start twisting your hair until it forms a bun; secure with bobby pins. For a less “done” look you can loosen small sections of your hair. Finish with a spritz of hair spray to set.

Top It Off

Stylish Summer Hats

Sunscreen as we all know is a must-have, especially during the harshness of summer when the rays from the sun can cause wrinkles, premature aging, hyperpigmentation and even skin burns. It is also during summer when your hair dries out and hair color fades out. Solve two issues at once by protecting your face and hair with another layer of protection…a hat! Here are some chic chapeaus to keep on hand this summer:

Straw fedora
Fedoras are traditionally a masculine hat, but they look fabulous on women. Traditional fedoras are usually made from felt or wool, so in the summertime, look for straw fedoras in light colors. This style can make any outfit look instantly hip!

Floppy wide-brim hat
One of the most beautiful and stylish fashion icons ever is Brigitte Bardot and her signature was a floppy hat. She would wear them to the beach, out and about and even at night. This is one hat that every woman should have in her warm weather (and winter too!) wardrobe; not only will you look effortlessly chic, but the wide-brim will give you amazing protection from the sun. 

Military cap or newsboy
Most women wear baseball hats when they workout or are running errands in their yoga clothes (we have all done this!). It is time to modernize your daily uniform by switching to a military or newsboy cap. While the brim is slightly smaller, the look gives you a fashionista flair and is perfect for your warm weather workout!

Cloche hat
The cloche hat (which means “bell” in French) is another haute choice for summer. You can get tons of varieties to throw on before you head outside - from plain to adorned. The cloche is also designed to sit low on your forehead, so it makes you look flirty while protecting you from the sun’s rays. 

Look Fab in Your Jeans!

Find the right fit for your body type

Jeans are one of the most comfortable and easy wardrobe items to wear that can be dressed up or down, and have even been accepted into the corporate world! The key, however, to looking and feeling amazing in your jeans is the shape and fit. Here is a quick guide to finding the best jeans for your body type:

Know your jean vocabulary
When you start to try on jeans, it is important to know the different cuts and styles. The first is “rise”; that is the distance from the seam at the middle of your legs to the top of the waist band. The most common are low-rise (fit lower on your hips), mid-rise and high-rise (fit above the waist). Other common cuts are boot-cut (fitted through leg with slight flare at ankle), skinny (fitted straight from thigh to ankle) and flare (fitted at thigh and wide at ankle).

Ample behind or nothing behind
If your best asset is your booty, find a way to show it off and still being classy. Try a high-waist jean in a dark denim wash. The high waist will pull all of your “assets” in and cover your prized possession, while the dark denim will have a slimming effect. Also look for jeans that have little to no embellishments on the back pockets so your bottom doesn’t look larger than life. The opposite holds for women with a flat derriere; look for styles that have pronounced pocket flaps or adornments that give the illusion of curves.

Thick thighs and hips
If you carry more weight in your thighs and hips, a hip, retro style flare jean is your best option. Look for a jean that fits snug on your hips and thighs and flares out below your knee; creating an illusion of length and balanced proportions.

Petite or Tall
Petite women can get lost in jeans that have too much fabric, so look for dark denim jeans that go all the way to bottom of your ankle (for a lengthening effect); no matter the cut. If you must hem your jeans, be sure to use the same color thread so the hem looks seamless. Tall women should look for jeans that come in longer leg sizes (Old Navy has a variety of styles); a mid-rise can make a long waist look in proportion as well.

Muffin top and tummy
For women that want to camouflage a muffin-top or a protruding tummy, dark denim jeans with a mid-rise and control panel are the best choice. You can try jeans from NYDJ or Levis Perfect Slimming Jeans, both have tummy concealing panels built into the front. These jeans also tend to fit about the “muffin top,” hence slimming your figure.

Plus size women look fabulous in dark denim, mid-rise, boot-cut jeans. Look for jeans that have a lot of stretch in them to hug your curves, yet move with you during the day. While wide leg jeans might seem comfortable, they might not be the most flattering. You can also look haute in skinny jeans, but the same rules apply: dark wash, stretchy fabric, mid-rise; and best paired with a blazer or cardigan. 

The Best Sunglasses for your Face Shape

Tips to finding your perfect pair

Sunglasses are a fashion staple no matter what season! The right sunglasses will define not only your face, but your persona, while also protecting your eye health. Here is a guide to discover the ideal sunglasses for your face shape.
Square face
When you have a square face (a strong jaw line and broad forehead), try frames with rounded edges to soften the angles of your face. A frame that sits high on your face will also pull attention away from your prominent jaw. The best styles for you are a modern cat eye (with edges that round down) and cool aviators.
Round face
When your face is round, your approach is the opposite of your square-faced friends. Choose styles with rectangular or square frames to balance the curviness of your face. Darker colors (black or dark brown tortoise) will help minimize roundness as well. If you like curved frames, try a traditional cat eye with sharp corners that point upwards.
Heart-shaped face
If you have a heart-shaped face (broader forehead, high cheekbones and narrow chin), look for sunglasses that accentuate your chin to balance out your face. Styles to try should be wider than your face; they can also be lighter in color. Also try frames that emphasize the lower rims and bring attention downward.
Oval face
Oval faces can really get away with any shaped shades! Whether it be a classic Jackie O, a feminine cat-eye, rimless aviators or retro square frames you have the option to choose any style that will reflect your personality and mood.

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