Summer Swim Series: Lakeside Glam

We are celebrating July with a special "Summer Swim Series" where each week we will share our fave swim style picks for women of all shapes. So get ready... whether your laying by the pool or heading to the beach, we've got you covered!

Now, grab your sunnies and get ready to soak up the sun! 

Kimberly's Lake Essentials:

I love the water, but my fair skin requires a little extra preparation to make sure that the day is enjoyable from start to finish. After a good application of sunscreen (I love Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunblock in 55) I always pack a button down shirt as an easy and breathable cover up. I like the flexibility to pop the collar for extra sun coverage or add it to a separate afterward.

Upgrade Your Accessories

Instead of the standard beach tote go for a leather mini backpack to carry all your necessities without weighing you down. Though it's not waterproof, it's easy to wipe clean and keeps its shape. Similarly, in lieu of a sun hat opt for a fedora or silk scarf. Both will protect your hair and scalp from sun and wind if you decide to boat to a lakeside beach.

ProTip: If you want to wear it as a headband, we like a turban twist. 1.) Place the scarf under nape of your neck with the two ends of the scarf pointing up. 2.) Twist the ends together until the are tight on the crown of your head. 3.) Pull the ends down (opposite from the start) and tie in a knot under the nape of your neck.

Don't Be Afraid to Play With Print

I wear so many solids during the week that I like to throw in more prints on vacation. I love this high waisted swimsuit by Adriana Degreas. The print is slenderizing with the side chevrons and vertical on the top. The silhouette is perfect for if you have curves, are long waisted or have no defined waistline. I like that the handkerchief top works well as a crop top with high-waisted shorts or a skirt.

ProTip: While I love this suit, I am also a realist and would rather splurge on an accessory I could use everyday. Until it goes on sale, here are a few great printed high waisted alternatives at a lower price from ModCloth and Anthropologie.

Stay Fresh With Your Signature Scent

I am a bit of a scent junkie (I change by the season) and summer is not exception. After a long day at the lake I like to keep a small perfume rollerball or sample size in my bag to freshen up. Bobbi Brown's "Beach" remains one of my favorite light and airy summertime scents...stay tuned for a later post with some of our current favorites!

Stay Stylish,



Easy-Peasy Party Planning With Paperless Post

Later this summer we are planning a special event with some of our favorite local fashion lovers (details to come!). It's no secret that we love styling a pretty gathering! But beyond the fun of organizing a beautiful event, we love supporting our talented friends and connecting amazing people.

A Great Event Starts With A Great Invitation

So how do you host a great event? It's all about planning! Megan and I sat down at our local coffee shop to map it out, brainstorm and find an invite that evokes the right feel of the party theme. We've partnered with Paperless Post, who we've been using for years to send stunning invites and track guest lists, to create the perfect invitation. 

The invitation sets the mood and let's your guests know what to expect from your event. We always like to add color to ours to invoke energy and excitement! From there, it's time to start organizing the event.

Three Tips for Planning a Successful Soiree

1.) Choose a Theme

Having a theme makes an invite clear and enticing. Plus, it starts to get people excited for your event. Is it an elegant affair, a casual gathering or a special celebration? Guests appreciate knowing what to expect (and of course what to wear). If it's a sit down dinner, let them know to arrive promptly. Or for a larger event, make it a potluck and have everyone bring a dish.

ProTip: If the party is for someone special, add a Google doc link to your Paperless Post invite so guests or the co-host(s) can easily track who is bringing what (say no to 20 pasta salads!).

2.) Who Are You Hosting

Take time to think of who you will include on your guest list and if there are any special needs. The right mix of people and personalities is always key. Is someone expecting, are children coming, are there any dietary restrictions?  Structure your menu and set-up from there. For example, add non-alcoholic beverages to the menu, vegetarian food and possibly an activity planned to keep little ones or newcomers engaged.

3.) Pick a Winning Location

It's no secret that the location sets the mood. Consider a spot that has great ambiance, is easy to get to and doesn't require a lot of set-up on your part. Time is a limited resource and in our busy city this often means people have competing priorities (aka several events in one night). Finding a central location makes it easier for your busy guests to get to you on time.

We can't wait to share more as we continue to plan our summer party. In the meantime, share your event planning tips with us!

Stay Stylish,

Posted on July 19, 2017 and filed under Stylish Living.

Summer Swim Series: Beach Ready With 7 Items

We are celebrating July with a special "Summer Swim Series" where each week we will share our fave swim style picks for women of all shapes. So get ready... whether your laying by the pool or heading to the beach, we've got you covered!

Now, grab your towel and let's hit the beach! 

Megan's Beach Essentials:

I love a day in the sun, but I always like to be prepared. Below are my seven must-haves for an easy day at the beach.

Swim in Style

I gravitate toward colorful swim suits that give me a little extra coverage. One pieces are great because after the beach you can throw on a pair of shorts or shirt and head out to a casual lunch.

Pro Tip: Pair your swimsuit with shorts or flowy pants and wear it like a body suit! It's a very on trend look right now and cuts down on packing.

Essential Accessories

My beach bag always contains the same 4 items: 1. An oversized towel - I also like to pack a smaller second towel for wiping sand off my feet). 2. Sunglasses that have UV protection (did you know your eyes can get sunburns?!) 3. Sandals to protect my feet from the hot sand. 4. An easy cover-up for when it's time to get out of the sun.

Clever Carryalls

Pack up your beach gear in an oversized bag, like the straw and pom pom beach tote above. Don't forget a small waterproof bag to put your wet swimsuit in at the end of the day - it will save your other items from getting damp. 

Stay Stylish,

Posted on July 13, 2017 and filed under Women, Style Stories, Capsule Dressing.