A Modern Take On Apostolic Fashion

girl-meets-glam-modest-fashionWe are coming out of one of the most depraved and ugly election seasons in the history of our country. If you are like me you are ready to leave all of this talk of corruption and perversity behind and return your focus to all of the things that make life beautiful. We are even seeing this desire manifest in the world of fashion. There is an exciting new trend, a return to modest dressing. Here at Posh At Play we want to jump on board and celebrate this return to modest, feminine style. Apostolic Fashion is all about using clothing to highlight the beauty of what makes a woman unique; wearing dresses instead of pants, while at the same time not exploiting her sexuality but rather illuminating her femininity; clothing that does not expose breasts or thighs. It is so refreshing and brings a long needed innocent beauty back to the fashion industry. It is time for a fresh perspective on what makes a woman truly beautiful.
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There is something so stunning about a woman who dresses modestly. It leaves something to the imagination and actually draws attention to and highlights the beauty of her face, which exemplifies who she is without the distraction of in your face sexuality. Several celebrity women in the spotlight who exemplify this trend toward dignified allure are Kate Middleton, Olivia Palermo & Emma Stone.
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Despite what some may think modest fashion does not have to be old-fashioned or frumpy looking. Style bloggers Julia Engel @GirlMeetsGlam and Sarah Vickers @ClassyGirlsWearPearls are both great examples of dressing with modest femininity while still maintaining a modern style.
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Iconic Apostolic Style
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It is almost impossible to think of anyone who represents modest femininity better than style icon Jacqueline Kennedy. She is the epitome of timeless classy style. Grace Kelley pictured below also exemplifies this aesthetic.
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Yes ladies, lets exchange the term “hot chick” and cat calls on the street for the reference  “lovely lady” and chivalrous men who hold doors open and carry heavy packages.

 

 

 

 

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ALL WRAPPED UP

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As the weather cools, it’s time to start “snuggling up” to Fall’s cooler climate. With the first day of Autumn on Thursday, September 22nd, let’s usher in the new Season in a cozy way. This week, we focus on several ways you can “wrap up” in the colorful Season ahead. Take a look at our suggestions below.

THE WRAP DRESS

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Ah, the first few days of Fall. Thoughts of cozy knits and new boots quickly spring to mind. But before you switch over your closet to the heavier threads, consider keeping what is perhaps the single most transitional piece in constant rotation: the wrap dress. Not only is it timeless and all-occasion, it’s seasonless, too—a look that can go easily from day to night, from Summer to Fall.

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The trick to properly transitioning the wrap dress is to start thinking in layers. When worn over a slim bodysuit and jeans, a “kimono” version is given new life, particularly when elevated by a great pair of heels.

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A swift shoe swap (sturdy boots for strappy sandals) will fare in more challenging climate conditions.

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And a lacy slip worn underneath a shirted style takes the look into cocktail territory. But don’t just stop at the wrap dressTake a look at our other “wrapped” Fall ideas you won’t want to miss below.

Check out our favorite wrapped dress styles for Fall:
“Ella” Long Sleeve Jersey Knit Dress
“Utilitarian Chic” Black Silk Wrap Dress
“Femme Fatal” Jersey Wrap Dress
“Birds of a Feather” Silk Wrap Dress

WRAPPED MINI

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Why not try out a wrapped mini skirt? Paired with a button down and blazer, it’s suitable for the office and lunch out with the girls. You can pair the look with slip on mules as pictured above, or your favorite over the knee boots for a bit of high fashion glam.

Our favorite button down blouses this Season:
“Mariane” Silk Floral Button Down
“Scarf” Black Silk Charmeuse Blouse
“Washed Silks” Ivory Button Down
“Christal” Ivory Bubble Gauze Button Down

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You can always cover up with your favorite fur vest for medium coverage and midi boots when the weather turns a bit crisp. This look is also suitable for evening cocktails, or trade out your boots for shimmering strappy heels for nighttime fun when the weather is mild.

Check out our favorite wrapped minis for Fall:
“Asiah” Beige Ultra Suede Skirt
“Patchwork” Black Suede Mini

WRAPPED SWEATER

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Get cozy in this Season’s favorite wrapped sweater. We love that you can pair with anything from jeans, to leggings, to skirts, to dresses. The wrap sweater is the perfect transitional cover-up piece which provides just enough warmth for those in-between Fall days ahead.

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Get ahead of the game and start shopping the wrapped sweater trend  ←FIX LINK BEFORE the weather changes so that you’ll be prepared and ready for the first chilly day of the Season.

Shop our favorite wrapped sweater styles here today:
“Istanbul Romance” Purple Knit Sweater
“Jacquard” Blue Belted Sweater
“Swing” Beige Knit Sweater

WRAPPED IN A SCARF

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When the weather turns blustery yet not cold enough for a thicker coat, consider draping yourself in a cozy wool scarf. Wrap around your body and cinch at the waist with your favorite threaded belt for a chic silhouette.

Accessorize with your favorite “skinny jeans” here:
Hudson’s “Collin” Skinny Jeans
“Nico” Mid Rise Animal Print Skinny Jeans
AC Collection’s High Waisted Black Skinny Jeans

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Wrap around your neck to feel cozy and warm against the chilly night air.

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Or, drape around your shoulder casually over your favorite outfit. No matter how you style, you’ll want to include a cozy wool scarf into your wardrobe collection this Fall.

For more ways to tie your favorite scarf, check out this handy DIY tutorial:
12 WAYS TO WEAR A BLANKET SCARF

WRAPPED BLANKET

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Wrap yourself with the one you love in a comfy, cozy blanket for Fall. Whether you take a romantic stroll through the forest, picnic on the grassy knoll, or use as a “quasi” Fall coat, stay snuggly warm in your favorite wrap this Season.

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Stack your favorite cozy blankets on the couch for a quick cuddle, or for the unexpected guest that decides to stay the night. They will appreciate the gesture and you’ll have easy access to staying warm without having to crank up the heater.

 WRAPPED KNIT COFFEE CUP COZY

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While we’re talking about keeping warm, why not fashion your own coffee cup knit cozy to keep your favorite Fall beverage hot. Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Cinnamon Espressos are back for the Season, so keep your favorite hot drink sippable with our favorite DIY knitting project.

Click here to begin:
DIY Coffee Knit Cozy

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You can also create a warm embracing environment with your own wrapped candle holders. Fall is the Season for sweet cinnamon, spicy pumpkin, and crisp leaf scents from your favorite candle shop. Accentuate your favorite candles with a homemade wrapped decor.

Here’s how:
Simply use a glue gun and run a bead around the candle and affix each leaf. Then, take the ribbon you’ll be using and wrap both the leaves and candle, tying with a droopy bow.

WRAPPED UP IN LOVE

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And finally, nothing can keep you as warm as being wrapped up in love. Whether it’s your kids, your partner, or your family, don’t forget to extend your love to the people that mean the most to you.

Check out one of our favorite ways to express your feelings to the one you love most:
HOW TO WRITE A LOVE POEM

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However you choose to “wrap” yourself this Fall, be sure to do it out of love. Whether you choose to treat yourself to a new wrap sweater, write your loved one a love poem, or snuggle deep into a warm blanket, now is the time to take advantage of the changing of the Seasons and embrace the changes to come.

Remember, we here at Posh at Play always encourage you to
Be You, Be Fabulous, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.

8 FASHION PIECES YOU SHOULD BUY IN SEPTEMBER

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New season, new you! Much like the first day of the year, back-to-school season is about starting over, wiping your slate clean, relishing beginnings, and all that. That means either reinvention with a complete wardrobe overhaul or, your same look, but enhanced with key purchases. Whether you are actively pursuing “a look” like an ’80s mom aesthetic with a blazer and burgundy midi boots or are splurging on a one hero investment, like a sleek double-breasted coat in preparation for winter or a newly discovered carryall that will last a lifetime, scroll through to find out what you should buy this month, because we definitely are.

(1) MENSWEAR BUTTON DOWN BLAZER

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Why not “borrow from the boys” with a menswear button down blazer? Whether you choose to steal your partner’s jacket, or find a more tailored style to fit your silhouette, this is an easy way to spruce up your Fall wardrobe with the things you already have in your closet.

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Don’t just reserve the menswear jacket for daytime. You can also pair your coat with your favorite dress and sheer tights to keep you warm against Fall’s chilly nights.

Check out our favorite “menswear” style jackets here:
“East Meets West” Taupe Beaded Ponte Jacket
“Bolero” Black Jacket

(2) THE HOBO BAG

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We found the perfect Fall carryall- a hobo bag is roomy enough to hold an iPad, but not too big that it overwhelms. Mix a deep brown shade with your favorite flare jeans for a subtle style or go with a bright pop of color added to your normal fashion routine. And to top it off, we love that you can buy different types of straps (woven, chain, etc) to match whatever mood you’re in.

Our favorite flare jeans to match the hobo bag with:
1921’s “Distressed” Denim Jeans
AC Collection’s Medium Wash Flare Jeans
Hudson’s “Ferris Flap” Pocket Flap Jeans

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(3) STATEMENT SWEATERS

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All the faded jeans, slouchy overalls, and leggings in your wardrobe simply cannot survive Fall without the help of a cozy long-sleeve knit sweater in a statement color or print. Whether you prefer a chevron, animal, or sequin print, make a statement without saying a word this Season.

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Check out our favorite “statement sweater” options you can try:
“Design to Mesmerize” Pink Chevron Sweater
“Sequin” Black Pullover Sweater
“Lucie” Grey Elephant Sweater

(4) STATEMENT RINGS
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And speaking of making a statement, why not try this Season’s favorite jewelry trend. Trade out your delicate, threadbare-thin bands and go for bold, beautiful gemstone disc rings. They look like candy, and you can wear one or many all at the same time. Even if you don’t change anything in your wardrobe this year, a big, glittering piece of jewelry will draw attention and make you stand out.

Shop our favorite finds here:
“Aegean” Round Stone Ring
“Ever Tiger Eye” Disk Ring
“Compass” Silver Ring

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(5) CLASSIC DOUBLE BREASTED COAT

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In anticipation of Fall, invest in a durable double-breasted coat. It is the perfect transitional piece and versatile enough to be dressed up or down. Pair with your favorite evening attire for a night on the town, and throw over your favorite button down and jeans for errands during the day.

Our favorite pairings with your double breasted coat:
“Amelie” Black Suede Sheath Dress
Hudson’s “Collin Skinny” Jeans
“Jepson” Black Faux Leather Leggings

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You can also wear your coat as a dress, pairing with a turtleneck and tights when the weather is chilly, or go solo with just the coat and a chic pair of nude heels for a streamline effect. However you choose to style, be sure to include this classic into your wardrobe this Season.

(6) HIGH WAISTED PANTS

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They hide love handles, belly bulges, and front flab. They keep shirts properly tucked in. Best of all, they don’t give you a muffin top or show a plumber’s crack. No wonder that the high-waisted style is on the rise. Take a cue from celeb Selena Gomez and go “business” glam with a chic pair of sleek black high waisted wide leg slacks combined with a matching blouse tucked at the waist for a streamlined, slimming silhouette.

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On casual days, grab a pair of high waisted denim jeans and pair with your favorite comfy tank and ankle boots for a no nonsense style.

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Segue into the evening hours by pairing your high waisted pants, whether jeans or slacks, with an eye catching sequined top for nighttime glam.

Click here to see our favorite high waisted options you can wear this Fall:
AC Collection’s Black Wide Leg Pant
AC Collection’s Black High Waisted Skinny Jeans
AC Collection’s Dark Wash High Waisted Skinny Jeans

(7) LEOPARD PRINT

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 The power of the spots is immediate: They can make the laziest outfit seem intentional. Leopard print has been around for decades, from Josephine Baker and Jean Harlow in the 30’s to Eartha Kitt and Bettie Page in the ’50s, and in the ’60s, it was Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate” and Edie Sedgwick in Andy Warhol’s Factory. Keep running through time and you’ll see Elizabeth Taylor and Catherine Deneuve in the print. These days, it’s favored by Kate Moss, Anna Wintour, and Michelle Obama. Notice a trend here? These are all strong women with strong points of view.

It’s no surprise that at a time when the world at large is questioning what it means to be a strong woman, leopard print has popped up as a runway trend at shows from Prada to Givenchy. Looking at Hillary Clinton in her thigh-grazing coats and wide-leg pants is making us think about what it means to power dress in 2016.  Just as female leopards are the hunters of their prides, so do females in leopard print tend to be of the “Girl Boss” variety.

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Take a look at our favorite “leopard print” styles you can get today:
“Nico” Mid Rise Super Skinny Jeans
“Martina”Green Printed Tank Top
“Bright Young Things” Bodycon Dress

Why not let your hands do the talking in a chic “leopard print” nail fashion. Check out our favorite tutorial below on how you can achieve the look at home.

Leopard Print Nail Art

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(8) STUNNING MIDI BOOTS

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And finally, you can’t go wrong with a chic midi boot for Fall. The trick to styling? Find your sweet spot: For those with a bulkier calf, aim for a boot that ends just under the widest part of the muscle. For those with slim limbs, a heel always helps.

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Still clinging to your minis? Tights will even the whole thing out in a pinch for a classy streamlined effect.

Shop our favorite Fall mini skirt styles today:
“Berlin” A Line White Knit Skirt
“Asiah” Beige Patchwork Suede Skirt
“Valda” Black Mixed Media Ultra Suede Skirt

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Midi boots also pair perfectly with this Season’s midi skirt, giving just a hint of alluring leg action, in the way a flash of wrist or ankle might have caused shockwaves for a Victorian era audience.

Our favorite midi skirts:
“Kenley” Black Floral Lace Midi Skirt
“Corra” A Line Midi Skirt
“Timeless Lace” Grey Floral Midi Skirt

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And don’t forget your favorite pair of comfy cropped and skinny jeans or pants. The midi boot blends perfectly with the shortened leg combined with a chunky sweater or oversized coat for perfect Fall style.

Our favorite cropped leg pants to choose from this Fall:
Joe’s Rolled Classic Cropped Jeans
Hudson’s Cropped Distressed Boyfriend Jeans
“Rylie” Black Satin Cropped Pant

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Which Fall Fashion item will you include into your wardrobe collection this year? Make a point to add at least one NEW piece to usher in and celebrate the Autumn Season. Whether you choose Leopard Print, a Hobo Bag, or Midi Boots, you are sure to shine in style this Season.

And remember we here at Posh at Play want to remind you to
Be YOU, Be Fabulous, and always Be Feminine.

STYLE EDITORS TIPS & TRICKS FROM NY FALL FASHION WEEK 2016

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Whether you are attending the sartorial circus that is fashion month, are watching from a distance, or just want to look put together to welcome the new season, chances are you are in the market for some outfit inspiration. You’ve come to the right place. Take a few tips that we’ve chosen from NY fashion editors ensembles during fashion week this year and be inspired by the Fall runway looks.

(1) The Bright Bag Effect : Take The Yawn Out Of Neutrals

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Whether clutch, crossbody, or satchel, it’s time to put a little color into your Fall wardrobe this Season. Instantly spruce up Fall’s neutral and darker colors with a pop of color. In a morning rush, fashion editors know that they can turn a simple outfit into an eye catching look simply by grabbing a brightly hued handbag.

From Hugo Boss to Alexander Wang to Rag & Bone, bright colors are all across the runway for Fall 2016. Jazz up a simple jeans and tee outfit with your brightly lit handbag accessory and shine in style this Season.

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(2) Monochromatic Palette: One Color, Multiple Tones, Different Textures Equals A Slimming Polished Look

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On the other side of the spectrum, fashion editors go with a monochromatic ensemble consisting of various shades and textures to create a slimming and polished effect. Look for items in the same color scheme for a slimming effect against the mixture of different materials from leather to lace to cotton to suede.

Spice up the romance in a “girly” pale pink monochromatic look this Fall. Mix and match Pantone’s 2016 Rose Quartz “color of the year” with a variety of patterns and textures.

Check out our favorite pink Fall wear options:
“Cameo” Pink Suede Shift Dress
“Marty” Kimono Jacket
“Emely” Pink Draped Satin Blouse

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Camel, beige, and nude also gains attention this year. Mix things up by combining with a white or ivory color combo and intricate patterned accessories for an updated style.

Our favorite neutral monochromatic items for Fall:
“Lacy Sunday” Beige Textured Lace Blouse
“Cabana” Beaded Tie Dye Jersey Shirt
“Pascalla” Ultra Suede Ponte Leggings

A chic black and grey monochromatic ensemble creates a bit of drama for the Fall season with a nice mixture of textures from denim to leather to silk. Go from a grey tee by day to a silky sheer black by night.

(3)The Right Jacket Elevates Any Ensemble

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Take your outfits from casual to edgy this Season. While the September weather fluctuates back and forth, fashion editors know a good coat or jacket is handy to have. When the weather is warmer, drape the coat over your shoulders for a cute “cape” look. As the breeze picks up, wear your coat normally to stay warm.

For the office, pair your coat over comfy pants and a classic pair of heels.

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A basic “go to” tee and jeans outfit can go the next level by pairing with this Season’s chic blazer for a casual yet polished look. Will you go with a classic solid or try this Fall’s trending “text tees?”

Pair your jacket with our favorite classic skinny pant choices:
“Rogue Waves” Skinny Denim Jeans
“Bonded” Black Lace Skinny Pants
“Thompson” Mid Rise Skinny Jeans

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Don’t forget a moto jacket to keep you polished and styled with an edgy effect for Fall. Your leather jacket can be combined with not only your casual outfits by day but also your nighttime dresses by night.

(4) The Classic Button Down – Polished But Not Too Prim

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Whether tucked into classic skinny jeans, tied at the waist, or belted, fashion designers know you can’t go wrong with a traditional crisp button down top. Go with classic white or neutral or get into this Season’s style with a chic patterned print. Take a cue from fashion and celebrity icon Kim Kardashian with a half tucked in look. Why? It shows off your waist without looking too prim.

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Or go with the “frat tuck” for business in the front but a party in the back. Insert your button down at the waistline, pull slightly for a loose effect, and let the tail trail behind.

Need more button down shirt styling options? Check out this handy “how to” video on  chic ways to style your look:
Tips on Button Down Shirt Styling

Our favorite button down shirt styles to own today:
“Cristal” Ivory Gauze Button Down
“Tropical Punch” Short Sleeve Button Down
“Mariane” Floral Button Down

(5) The Jean Roll

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How to show off your favorite Fall heels and booties this Season? The”jean roll”
is your perfect solution while adding a polished look to the boyfriend jean. 

Whether you take your favorite straight leg jeans and roll the cuffs yourself or grab a pair of cropped boyfriends, be sure to include this style into your wardrobe. If you are feeling extra ambitious, you can combine your favorite heels with a pair of ankle socks for a super trendy fashion designer street style.

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And don’t forget, you can also wear your rolled jeans style paired with heels and a blazer for a business meeting and trade out your blazer for a sheer lacy top for a fun night out on the town. Allow your co-workers to see your relaxed side while still looking professional.

Check out our favorite rolled jean denim styles:
Hudson’s “The Leigh in City Kid” Cropped Denim Jeans
Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Dani” Capri Denim
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(6)The Scarf Effect – Artfully Tied Can Make You Stand Out or Be A Stand In For Accessories

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And finally, our favorite accessory for Fall that can add a bit of pizzaz to any outfit from casual to dressy is the colorful printed scarf. Tie your favorite scarf in a knot around your neck paired with your favorite jacket, wide leg pants, or sheath dress.

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Another Fall trend we’ve been seeing street style in NYC is using your favorite printed scarf as a chic bangle bracelet. Fold the scarf in sections, wrap, and tie in a knot for an instant jewelry piece.

You can also use your scarf as a chic belt option, cinched around your favorite boyfriend jeans or tied across the waistline of a dress for dressier occasions.

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Bad hair day? Have no fear. Cover up a messy do or bed head with a colorful printed scarf headband. Not just reserved for “Boho” this Season, you can rock this look in style from work to play. Simply fold scarf in sections and tie around head, securing with a few bobby pins and you are good to go

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Don’t settle for less. Go ahead and elevate your Fall fashion this Season. Stealing secrets from this year’s top fashion designers, which look will you try? Whether you go for a standard button down, cropped boyfriend jeans, or colorful scarf, let your fashion do the talking. Make this Season’s trends fit YOUR style and let the real YOU shine through.

We here at Posh at Play encourage you this Season to
“Be YOU, Be Fabulous, and always Be Feminine.”

 

SLIT, SLASH, OR CUT OUT: SHOW SOME SKIN THIS SUMMER

guess-marciano-spring-summer-2015-clothing02It’s time to show some skin! As we near the end of the Summer Season, it’s the last chance to show that glorious glow and dare to bare. This week’s blog focuses on “slit, slash, or cut out”- which one will YOU dare to try? We’ll show you this Season’s hottest styles and how to shape your body to rock the trends. Take a look below.

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SHOW SOME LEG

For just a hint of skin, let your leg go. The simplest way to show a little skin is with the slit skirt style. For work or play, this style is for you. Whether you prefer runway fashion designer’s Lanvin demure slit or iiJin’s more exposed style, you can easily rock this look. For the office or professional settings, pair your skirt with a chic lace body suit or cami and Bolero jacket. For evenings out, kick up your heels and combine with a dazzling metallic tank or leather lazer cut top. Check out our other favorite slit skirt options below.

Model Cara Delevingne rocks a white slit skirt from morning to evening. You can do the same by pairing with comfy sneakers or flat sandals by day and switching to chic stilettos for evening.

Check out our favorite slit skirt styles here:
“Ultra Suede” Ivory White Double Slit Knit Maxi Skirt
“Charcoal” Knit Slit Maxi Skirt
“Omia” Black Lace Slit Skirt Maxi

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Instead of a skirt, you could also go with a chic Summer side slit dress perfect over your swimsuit at the beach or paired with your favorite lace up wedges or strappy heels for nighttime. And when the chillier Season hits, simply layer a cozy leather jacket over your dress for perfect style and warmth.

Shop our favorite side slit floral dresses here:
“Baylee” Teal Printed Maxi Side Slit Dress
“Sonnie” Periwinkle Blue Strapless Dress

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SLASHED TEE

Prefer slashed rather than slit? We’ve got you covered. You can definitely purchase your own “slashed top” or why not create your own DIY.

Check out our Posh at Play Facebook page to make your own just the way you want.

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The “slashed tee” is easy to pair with your favorite shorts or jeans, or pencil skirt and pumps for a night out on the town.

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Don’t just rely on tops. Why not rock a pair of slashed leggings or cropped jeans as well. Keep it classy by pairing with a solid color tank or silk blouse up top.

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CUT IT OUT

From Milly, to Issa, to Guy Laroche, this Season’s runway designers filled their collections with the cut-out “cold shoulder” trend. Flattering on every figure, show off your décolletage this Summer and try the look. Pair with your favorite jeans and sandals for daytime glam, and segue into the twilight hours by switching into a strappy pair of heels.

Shop the look here:
“Shaelee” Black Flutter Tunic
“Ariana” Printed Chiffon Top
“Chain Reaction” Blue Silk Drop Waist Tunic

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Get on the celebrity trend and try out the cut out dress look. From casual street to red carpet ready, from maxi to mini, anyone can rock this Summer style dress. Less revealing than a crop top, the cut out dress shows a little side or back skin without baring it all. You can easily throw it over your favorite swimsuit for a your last Summer days at the pool or beach and transition into the evening hours with a chic pair of heels or wedges.

Check out our favorite cut out dress choices below:
“Femi” White Lace Cut Out Netted Dress
“June” Green Cut Out Back Halter Maxi Dress
“Maria” Split Lace Back Cut Out Maxi Dress

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DON’T FORGET SWIMWEAR

Somewhere between a bikini and one piece is the cut-out swimsuit for Summer. Baring just a little, this is the perfect “tummy”solution while at the pool or beach. Throw your slit skirt over for a Cabana lunch or cover up with a lace Kimono or tunic for a walk down the Boardwalk in style.

Check out our favorite swimsuit cover up finds:
“Azaria” White Lace Kimono
“Daisy” Black Lace Poncho
“Flights of Fancy” Purple Silk Strapless Top
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KEEP SKIN GLOWING

If you dare to bare a little, be sure to keep skin glowing and wrinkle free. Make your own DIY soft skin scrub made from natural materials, free of harsh chemicals, and see skin transform in a matter of weeks.

Here’s what you’ll need:
EXFOLIANT OPTIONS:
Salt: sloughs off dry skin
Sugar: Great exfoliant, less harsh than salt
Baking Soda: Perfect for oily skin
Coffee Grounds: Eliminates stretch marks and cellulite
LIQUID OPTIONS:
Honey: Perfect for sensitive skin; heals raw or irritated skin
Milk: The lactic acid soothes and hydrates
Coconut Oil: Contains Laurin acid to restructure skin and make it soft
ADD IN OPTIONS:
Citrus Fruit: Natural exfoliator, eliminates dark spots
Chocolate: Contains antioxidants that protect your skin; reduces lines and wrinkles
Essential Oils: Detoxes and heals
Turmeric: powerful anti-inflammatory effects

RECIPE: 1 Cup Exfoliant + 1/2 Cup Liquid + 2-3 tablespoons fun add ins
Put the exfoliant in a bowl and add liquid slowly, stirring as you go. You want a consistency that you can scoop with your hand so don’t let the texture get too runny. Add optional add ins and mix again. Store in a container with tight fitting lid. You can easily double this recipe if you want to keep it on hand for awhile.Natural-Moisturizers

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SHOW YOUR BODY ART

Now with your cut out style and fresh scrubbed skin, you are ready to ready to rock Summer’s favorite all natural body art style. “Henna”is a plant found and grown in South Asian and North African countries. It has been used since ancient time to color skin, hair, fingernails, leather, and wool. At the simplest, Henna is a paste made out of crushed leaves and twigs of henna plant. The paste can also be made from dried leaves of the plant by mixing it with hot water. When this paste is applied to skin (just like writing from a marker) and left for few hours, it leaves a orange to dark maroon stain in the skin which fades away in 7 to 14 days.

Search your local listings to get it professionally done, or click here for a tutorial on how to make and create your own at home: Henna Art.

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So whether you prefer slit, slash, or cut out, dare to show a little skin in the few remaining weeks of Summer. Get out and enjoy the Seasonal sun and let your skin glow before being tucked in for Fall. We’d love to hear from you our readers on which style YOU will dare to try? Comment to us.

And remember no matter which style you choose,
Be YOU, Be Fabulous and always Be Feminine.

TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST AT THE BEACH AND BEYOND

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It’s that time of year when being near the water is the best way to stay cool against summer’s heat wave. Whether lounging at the pool or chilling at the beach, soak up summer’s rays the healthy way and nourish your spirit as well. Take a look at our favorite tips to rule the beach and beyond.

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DON’T FORGET A CABANA TUNIC

Stay cool and chic in a simple yet sassy cool Cabana tunic this Summer. Easy to throw over your favorite swimsuit, the open sleeves and loose fit will keep you cool and dry against the Seasonal sun. As twilight approaches, the tunic can also double as a dress perfect for cocktail hour or evening dinner.

Our favorite Cabana Tunic options:
“Cabana Sanctuary” Fuchsia Tribal Print Tunic
“Mayan” Navy Beaded Tunic
“Sweet Sensation” Black Cotton Tunic

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MUST INCLUDE SUMMER’S FAVORITE ROMPER

Cute as a shorts set and doubling as a swimsuit cover up, the romper is our second favorite “must have” Summer outfit. Look for crisp cotton fabrics and off the shoulder silhouettes to stay cool against the hot Summer sun.

Our favorite Summer Rompers to try:
“Darling” Black Off the Shoulder Romper
“Iara” Handkerchief Printed Romper

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LACE DRESS COVER UPS ARE A MUST

Our third favorite cool cover up is a cool lace tunic dress. Whether maxi or mini, the cotton fabric provides a light coverage against the Summer rays while keeping you fashionable at the same time.

Check out our favorite Summer lace dress finds:
“Prisca” Sleeveless Lace Chiffon Dress
“Maria” Split Lace Dress
“Cut Out” Netted Lace Dress

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CAN’T GO WRONG WITH A LACE CROCHET SWIMSUIT

What to wear underneath that cover up? Show off that Summer tan in a cool clean lace crochet bikini. The white color will give your skin an extra glow and you’re sure to be the envy of all.

Want a pop of color? Try these brights instead:
“Guilty Pleasures” Teal Lace Bikini
“Bollywood” Blue Beaded Bikini
“Flight of Fancy Purple Ruffled Bikini
“Cabana” Coral String Bikini

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GET GLOWING

With numerous sunscreen products to choose from, how do you know which ones work best? Well, it ultimately comes down to personal choice, but we here at Posh at Play always believe all natural is the way to go. Our favorite “Summer Skincare Secret” is applying a layer of extra virgin coconut oil underneath your favorite sunscreen before soaking up the sun’s rays. The fatty acids in the oil provide a UV barrier without those harsh chemicals and it is so nurturing to the skin. Afterwards, replenish with the “Save Your Skin” hydrating mist, made with all natural products and not tested on any animals.

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CATCH THOSE BEACHY WAVES

Nothing says “Summer” like soft, all natural wavy hair. Forgo harsh hair products and heating elements this Season, in favor of letting your hair go. We like this easy DIY Sea Salt Spray from The Huffington Post to achieve the perfect beachy waves.

You’ll need:
A plastic spray bottle
1 tablespoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of melted unrefined/organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon of hair gel or leave-in hair conditioner
1 cup of warm water

Note: You can also add a few drops of an essential oil such as lavender, mint or jasmine for a refreshing scent.

Instructions:
Step 1: Pour the warm water and sea salt into the spray bottle. Give it a generous shake until salt dissolves.
Step 2: Combine the melted coconut oil and hair gel (or leave-in conditioner) into a separate bowl, then add the mixture to your spray bottle.
Step 3: Add a few drops of an essential oil. Shake the bottle again, and voila! You’ve got homemade sea salt spray. Apply to towel-dried hair.

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STAY HYDRATED WITH HEALTHY DRINKS

While we all know water is the best way to stay hydrated, sometimes we’d like a little “spice” to enhance the experience. Why not create a healthy drink that not only nourishes but also hydrates the body as well. Try our favorite “Carrot Lemonade” recipe, sure to satisfy in all ways possible.

Ingredients
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into chucks
2 cups water
3 cups pineapple juice and/or unsweetened white grape juice
3/4 cup lemon juice
Cold water
Ice
Lemon wedges
Directions
In a medium saucepan combine carrots and water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes or until very tender. Cool slightly; transfer mixture to a blender. Add 1 cup of the pineapple juice. Cover and blend until smooth.
Transfer to a pitcher or plastic beverage container. Stir in remaining pineapple juice and lemon juice. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. (Mixture may thicken upon standing; stir in 1 to 2 cups water to desired consistency.)
Serve over ice with lemon wedges.

TEACHING NOTE:
Packed with vitamin A and C, this is a great summertime drink to have on hand. Make a double batch and store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

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DON’T FORGET YOUR FEET

And finally, don’t neglect your feet. They are on display this time of year, but it’s hard to keep them looking their best when the weather’s warm: Exposure to the sun and hot surfaces like sand and concrete can leave your poor dogs dry and rough. Here’s how to protect them from the elements so they stay picture-perfect for the entire season:

(1) Exfoliate At Least Once A Week
“This will help you get rid of surface dry skin cells, making them look and feel smoother,” says Kristen Murphy, Spa Manager at the Woodmark Hotel’s Still Spa. Plus, your moisturizer will be more effective when you slough off flaky skin first. We like Opi’s fresh Cucumber Scrub or go with the salt and sand foot remedy by Plum Island Soap Company.

(2) Keep a Pumice Stone in Your Shower
Celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi, founder of the JINsoon Nail Lacquer line and Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spas in New York City, grew up in a small village in South Korea where foot-care products weren’t available. “We would go to the river and find a textured stone, and we would scrub our callouses and feet with the stone,” she says. “This really worked.” Of course, you don’t have to search for your own stone since commercially available pumice stones are available. Try the all natural Volcanic Lava Pumice Stone perfect for scrubbing away dead cells.

(3) Do Some Heavy-Duty Moisturizing
Your heels are prone to over-use—and as a result, they tend to dry out more easily than the rest of your foot, says Choi. The heel is also protected by thicker skin, which means that it’s less penetrable and it’ll take a little more effort to lock moisture in. Apply a lotion or oil immediately after you shower to retain the moisture your feet have already soaked up. For even better results, reapply a moisturizer right before bed. We like the all natural Elon Herbal Foot Cream or Burt’s Bees sweet smelling Peppermint Lotion.

(4) Don’t Forget to Apply Sunscreen
Lots of people neglect to apply a good SPF to their feet, but don’t make this big mistake. Not only does the skin on your tootsies need protection, but nails are made of protein and are therefore as vulnerable as your skin. Try our natural sunscreen suggestion of extra virgin coconut oil and layer Suntegrity’s Natural Mineral Lotion for extra protection against the harsh rays.

(5) Eat Foot-Friendly Foods
Believe it or not, some foods can cause your feet to swell and become bloated. Foods high in salt are the most likely culprits. To keep your feet looking great, avoid packaged foods, which are heavily salted. Sugars can also cause foot puffiness, so you’ll want to minimize your intake of that too.

(6) Let Toes Breathe
Since nails are a living part of your anatomy, they need a break to “breathe” from time to time so they can continue healthy growth patterns and rid themselves of chemical residue, says Choi, who recommends a break from nail polish about once a month for a few days to a week. We recommend using Essie’s natural nail polish remover to cleanse the darkest of nail polishes without stripping the nail of nutrients.

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While we have given you our favorite “go to” Summer beach and pool tips, we’d love to hear YOUR favorite tips on your favorite Summertime cover ups, skincare regimes, ways to stay hydrated, and foot remedies. Comment below and let’s inspire each other to stay healthy and happy this Summer Season.

And remember no matter what,
Be You, Be fabulous, and always Be Feminine.

GET STYLED BY SUMMER’S FAVORITE “FANCY PANTS”

 

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This week, fashion critics and magazine editors worldwide are buzzing over iconic model Kate Moss’s latest “going out” style. It’s time to toss basic denim to the side, and take note of this Summer’s “fancy pant” trend.

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“Gretchen” Printed Palazzos 

On and off the runway, the model has consistently made fashion’s key looks her own by  putting a luxe spin on boho chic, elevating rock star style, and even giving a haute twist to girl-boss dressing. We admire her way of adapting trending fashion, making it suit her body, and putting her own unique style into it.

Rock Kate Moss’s look here:
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TAILORED WIDE LEG PANTS

Take a cue from Kate Moss and forgo basic black in favor of pastels and bold colors this Summer. Turn heads like a star and shine bright in your own favorite color pants this season. We like cool coral wide leg pants offset by a lovely polka dot blouse, perfect for the office or business meetings. Carry your look to lunch with the girls by changing into your favorite ballerina flats, or chill at the pool by switching to sandals, a straw floppy hat, unbuttoning your blouse at the bottom and tying the ends for a loose “crop top” style.

Also try this pretty printed tailored style:
“Celeste” Crepe De Chine Printed Trousers

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RETRO 70’S TIE DYE PRINT

For the young at heart, why not throwback to vintage 70’s style with a pair of tie dye wide leg pants. With”Boho chic” trending this season, now is the perfect time to have a little fun with fashion. We like black and white printed wide leg pants paired with a flowy button down and strappy sandals for the perfect summer office look. Or, if you’re feeling a bit daring, go with a bright teal tie dye look over your favorite swimsuit on the way to the pool or beach. Get groovy and have a little throwback fun with your Summer style.

Go retro 70’s with these pants:
“Josefa” Black And White Tie Dye
“Sawyer” Teal Tie Dye

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LOVELY LACE

Our other favorite “Boho chic” style this Summer is lace crochet. From ponchos, to shorts, to blouses, to dresses, this is the perfect Season to feel free and fancy in lovely lace. Dressed up or dressed down, try out Summer’s lacy style with your own pair of white ivory lace crochet palazzo pants. To avoid clashing and too much “bulk”, be sure to offset your lace wide leg bottoms with a smooth, fitted top, accentuating a small waistline. You can dress up your lace pant style with a pretty pink satin draped top  and strappy sandals for nighttime dinner and dancing. However you choose to wear your lace, you are sure to bring a touch of romance to your summer fun.

Try these other lacy favorites as well:
“Sosanna”Black Lace Crochet Pants
“Ines”Grey Crepe De Chine Lace Pants
Black “Summer” Printed Lace Pants

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TROPICAL FLORAL

Life can move by at a frantic pace at times so take some time to stop and smell the roses. And while you’re relaxing, why not wear the pattern on pretty wide leg pants this Summer. Perfect for the beach, a trip to the pool, or “on holiday,” these comfy yet stylish floral pants are sure to become your favorite Summer wardrobe essential this season.

Other favorite floral prints to try:
“Lili” Crepe De Chine Pants
“Basia” Butterfly Beat Pants

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FLORAL FOR WORKOUTS

Summer is the perfect time to keep working on that “bikini body.” In addition to working out at your favorite gym, you can also take advantage of the nicer weather and take your exercise regime to the great outdoors. Enjoy and indulge in nature as you jog along the coastline, take a walk in the park, bike the trails, or hike the mountains. Toss your basic black to the side, and put a little fun into your workout wardrobe this Season with a pair of bold, floral leggings. And, when your routine is finished, simply trade out your sneakers with sandals and you are ready for all your favorite Summer activities.

Check out our favorite:
Coral Floral Pink Leggings

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PRINTED PANTSUIT

It’s not just models like Kate Moss that we can learn fashion ideas from. Superstar and singer Beyonce rocks a warm mustard colored tribal print jumpsuit, cropped at the cuffs for an updated Summer style. Get her similar look with a sleeveless patterned pantsuitWith such a lovely pattern, you don’t need a lot of accessories to complete your look. A simple pair of sunnies and your favorite sandals or heels will do. Don’t be afraid to go big and go bold this Summer.

Get a similar Look to Beyonce:
“Cierra” Tribal Print Jumpsuit

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CROPPED FLORALS

Jumpsuits aren’t your style? You can still get in on the floral trend with a pair of pretty floral patterned cropped pants. Perfect for any occasion casual to dressy, the cropped pant is also a fabulous transitional piece from Summer to Fall. Not only can you enjoy your cropped pants now paired with tanks and tees, but also take them into the chillier Season layered over your favorite sweaters and jackets.

In addition to our favorite mentioned above, try these too:
Printed Pink Floral Capris

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Don’t be afraid to go big and go bold this Summer with a pair of pretty pastel wide legs, lovely lace, tribal jumpsuit, or floral crop pants. Embrace the colors of the Season, from the softness of Pantone’s “quartz rose” color of the year, to Summer’s sunny yellow, to the romance of bright floral patterns. Store your denim and darker colors at the back of your closet for Summer and bring out the brights. Not only will you “feel” the fun of the Season, but you might also just brighten someone else’s day with your energetic spirit.

Try these bold favs:
“Psychedelic” Blue Printed Wide Leg Pants
“Briella” Bright Pink Printed Palazzos
“Reptile” Printed Lime Green Silk Pants

Whichever “fancy pants” choice you decide to try this Summer, always remember to
 be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

 

LACE TO ROMANCE YOUR SUMMER

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 From the rompers at Elie Saab, to the dresses at  Stella McCartney, to the jackets at Roberto Cavalli, romantic lace was a hit with designers this year. As Summer approaches, NOW is the perfect time to add a little romance to your lifestyle. Whether it be a new dress for a summer wedding, curtains for your cabana, or trim on your denim shorts, we’ll show you quick and easy ways you can capture this season’s dreamy mood.

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LAZE AWAY IN A LACEY SUMMER SUNDRESS

Nothing says “Summer” quite like your favorite lace sundress. A classic strapless maxi is the perfect way to get into a romantic mood everywhere you go this Season. In addition, this style flatters EVERY body type, so no need to “suck in” while you enjoy your activities. Great as a swimsuit cover up to twilight dinner on the beach, your lace maxi is the perfect summer dress solution.

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BEAUTIFY THE BEACH HOUSE

And speaking of the beach, summer is the perfect time to bring a little romance to your getaway beach house or pool cabana. Grab a pair of custom made sheer lacy curtains direct from Scotland for the living and bed room windows to diffuse the sunlight for a romantic glow.

 Don’t have the luxury? Tie pairs of lacy sheer layers across your house’s porch awning or trade out your shower curtain with long panels of the fabric. Light Ralph Lauren’s Ocean Lane seaside candles across the rooms, and you’ll feel forever “on holiday” whether at home or away at your vacation house.

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HOST A LACY AFFAIR

Now that you’ve romanticized your home, it’s time to entertain. Scatter a few lacy pillows around the living room, lay a table runner to hold the plates of appetizers and desserts, and fill lace goblets full of your homemade refreshing, cool white wine spritzer. If the weather is nice, take the whole affair outside for a garden picnic. You could also wait until twilight, the most romantic time of day, light a few lanterns, and host a drinks and dinner party outside. However you choose to host your guests, they will appreciate the romantic touch you bring to the event.

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 Provide a bit of whimsical fun at your next garden party by decorating your trees with lovely pastel colored balloons. For directions on how to create your own Summertime fantasy, see Joann’s DYI project.

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DON’T FORGET COLORFUL LACE

Finally, don’t forget that lace doesn’t come in just white or ivory. Take advantage of the Season’s jeweled ruby reds, emerald greens, sapphire blues, and violet purples. Rev up the romance with a red lace crochet area rug, perfect for a romantic candlelit dinner or evening at home. Or use as a throw over your favorite couch for summertime snuggling.

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ACCESSORIZE IN LOVELY LACE

After you have finished beautifying your surroundings, it’s time to concentrate on YOU. Take a look at our favorite ways to add a touch of romance with lovely lace accessories.

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Why not add a pair of  white lace Tom’s to your summer wardrobe? Easy to slip on and off and comfortable for all day wear, these classics will become your new best friend. They pair perfectly with your favorite swimwear, denim cut offs, cropped pants, romper, or lace dress for comfy yet trendy style. Your hostess feet will never tire in Tom’s.

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Invited to a wedding this summer? Tom’s are the perfect gift for the beautiful bride. She’ll appreciate wearing these after the ceremony to keep her tootsies dancing all night long.

From Balenciaga’s designer lace shopper  to Rochas structured purse to Victoria Trading Company’s vintage clutch,  there’s a perfect lacy bag to fit every taste. Forgo the heavy leather, and go feminine flirty this season.

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Compliment your summer style with unique lacy dangle earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. At Etsy, you can scroll through thousands of one-of-a-kind lace jewelry selections, and at the same time, support talented artisans from around the US.

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Last but definitely not least. Cover up with a midnight black lace shawl, perfect for Summer’s weather. Your lace shawl is perfect paired with shorts for daytime fun, layered over your favorite cocktail dress at twilight, and doubled as a nighttime robe in the evening.

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GET CRAFTY

Need a place to hold all of your pretty lace jewelry? Get crafty this summer and follow our d0-it-yourself instructions on making your own jewelry holder.

What You’ll Need: Vintage frame, lace trim (from a fabric store), staple gun or super glue

How To: On the backside of your vintage frame, position lace strips evenly down the frame. If your frame is made of wood, use staple gun to attach in place. If it is ceramic, use super gun or a hot glue gun. If lace strips protrude past the frame’s edges, simple trim with scissors.

Simply and easy, yet your friends will be impressed with your lovely lace DYI project.

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Whether you accessorize yourself, your surroundings or BOTH in lace, take this Summer to add a little femininity to your lifestyle. It’s simple, easy and after all, we all could use   a little more romance in our lives. And remember, no matter what we here at Posh at Play want you to be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM MOROCCO TO PARIS TO L.A.: SPRING’S INSPIRED PRINTS

Jimmy-Choo_Gala-Shot-1_1X2A6506_RGB_SMALLThrilled by the exotic? Waiting for your next getaway? Dreaming of Paris? Even if you can’t afford to vacation in luscious Morocco or romantic France this summer, take your own little “mini travel escape ” for a few minutes, and peruse the mysterious yet alluring foreign style inspirations for Spring 2016.

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Surrounded by beautiful beaches, colorful tapestries, and exotic locales, the Mediterranean is full of rich heritage and intriguing culture. The influence can be seen in brightly colored pattern and print dresses, blouses, skirts, and pants, as well as sweeping, luscious fabrics.

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Hot red and luscious pink prints derive from the colorful sunsets and intricate embellished patterns of Moroccan scarves, tapestries, and fabrics. Sizzle in a silky pink and purple printed maxi dress or try a pretty patterned halter dress paired with your favorite flat sandals.

b6f78414b3dc2ab35e8afa7cbf10e173The lifestyle is much less hectic and fast paced than other parts of the world. Moroccans enjoy a lunch break on the beach or dinner by the sea in their own brightly colored “cabanas” created by their own tapestries and scarves. Food of choice includes flavorful spices, bright fruits, fresh vegetables, and homemade pita bread.

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From the mint hue in cropped floral capri pants to kelly green on printed silk blouse to neon color on  silk wide leg Palazzo pants, Moroccan nature’s favorite color is popular throughout Spring’s fashion lines. Earth green patterns influence prints from skirts, to swimwear, to blouses, to pants.

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Echoing the natural beauty of the terrain, sellers in the popular Moroccan baazars utilize nature’s green, gold, and beige hues in the pottery, tapestries, and home decor. Earth green colors seep into the patterns and prints of Spring’s favorite fashion lines.

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The beautiful yellow and blue patterns on the Mosque Hassan are just one of the many examples of the intricate architecture and rich design found in Morocco and across the Mediterranean. The people are proud of their heritage and culture, and take time to beautify their buildings as works of art.

Inspired by Moroccan tile print and architecture, get your own blue and yellow print flowy maxi dress this Spring.

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It’s easy to get swept away in the mystery and natural beauty of the Moroccan culture in sweeping chiffon printed wide leg pants or coral colored pants, reminiscent of the desert sun.

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Incorporate the beautifully patterned tapestries and silky scarves sold at Morocco’s favorite outdoor bazaars. Feel like your own “Queen of Sheba” in a printed jersey maxi or blue printed crepe de chine wide leg pants. Throw on a lace design poncho for perfect Moroccan style.

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Across the sea, the Moroccan influence can be seen street style in Europe’s most romantic “City of Lights.” Rich in art, culture, music, film, and architecture, the Parisian woman combines the patterns of the Mediterranean with the sophistication of the metropolis.

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This Spring, combine the world of Paris’s art, pop culture, and celebrity with influences of Moroccan lifestyles and femininity.

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Celebrity and fashion icon Olivia Palermo perfectly portrays the quintessential Parisian woman’s style- classy in an effortless manner. A vintage A-line Moroccan-inspired print skirt easily pairs with a tailored top and black Bolero jacket or rabbit fur vest, mixing exotic patterns with classic silhouettes.

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 Parisians know how to rock Spring’s favorite romper in style. Incorporate the exotic ancient prints of Morocco with the trendy new styles of today in a blue printed romper roaming the streets of Paris.

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And finally, around the world to America, combine the culture of Morocco and the romance of Paris with the trends of the vibrant city of Los Angeles.

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With the trendy yet artistic vibe of the city, L.A. women combine the culture of the Mediterranean with the class of Paris to create a fresh, new style all their own. Trends are often started in the “City of Angels,” spreading across the States one by one.

From Sofia Vergara to Paris Hilton to Salma Hayek, vibrant Moroccan prints attract celebrities of all ages and fashion tastes. With designer style yet affordability, you too can dress like your favorite Hollywood star in a  Boho printed jersey knit maxi dress or go with a classic style in the printed jersey shift dress.

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You’ll feel the mystic of Moroccan style as you relax poolside in a custom print sheath dress complemented by lace up Boho chic sandals.

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Vacation in style with a colorful Moroccan inspired print maxi or flutter sleeve maxi with the pose of a Parisian lady.

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And bring the fun to your own back yard like the Angelenos do. Entertain just like a celebrity with Moroccan tapestries and decor complemented by your own patterned, print dress. From Boho printed maxi dresses to classic shift silhouettes to floral cropped pants, there is a Mediterranean style to fit your personal taste.

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From the mystery of Morocco to the romance of Paris to today’s trends from L.A., get swept away in other worldly cultures this Season. Whether Boho maxis to classic shift dresses to cropped or wide leg pants, there’s a perfect style for you.

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FASHION TRUTHS FROM A WEST COAST GIRL

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Welcome to our two part blog series on West Coast fashion truths verses East Coast style. With our bloggers here at Posh at Play living on both sides of the fashion scale, we can give you first hand tips on the styles that rock our cities. This week, we start with our L.A. based fashion blogger Natalie Kramer:

There’s a reason why West Coast style is so often imitated and envied. Since the weather offers year round sun and eternal summer vibes, California girls have a way of putting together casual looks that can go practically anywhere. Whether we’re rocking tousled beachy waves or chic denim cut offs, L.A. girls know how to make fashion appear feminine yet effortless. Take a look at the 6 style truths every West Coast girl follows and you are on your way to a casual yet chic new year.

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SANDALS ARE YEAR ROUND

If there’s only one pair of shoes in your closet, West Coasters know it has to be the sandal. Since the region calls for year round sun and endless beach days, sandals are the most important shoe option. With just the right pair, your sandals can take you from work in the morning to lunch with the girls in the afternoon to cocktails with your agent at twilight to dancing the night away at your favorite club. I like Steve Madden’s lace up suede sandals paired with Blank Denim’s skinny overalls or Hudson’s cropped jeans and basic fitted tee from Eileen Fisher for the perfect “Cali Cool” effortless style. Segue into the evening hours by changing into a lovely lace dress from Hale Bob or go with something a bit more flashy in a copper sequined V neck cocktail frock. Morning to evening, casual to dressy, sandals are a “must have” staple to dressing “West Coast Style.”

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AND SO ARE BOOTS

The second shoe option everyone must own are boots. Not just reserved for wintertime, on the West Coast boots can be worn any time of day and any Season of the year. The key is to choose the style, material, and color that is suitable for all occasions. I like Aquatalia’s weatherproof beige ankle booties paired with Springtime’s favorite printed romper from Hale Bob. Accessorize one of Hale Bob’s swimsuit options and ivory lace kimono from Liberty Garden with a floppy hat from Free People, oversized tote from Tory Burch, and your ankle booties for a “Boho” chic style. Segue into the colder months by combining your ankle booties with Hudson’s classic skinny jeans, long sleeve tee from Liberty Garden, and Liberty Garden’s black slouchy sweatshirt for perfect layering effect. Rain or shine, boots are another shoe staple to add top your “West Coast” look.

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SLOUCHY SWEATERS + CUT OFFS = TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE 

Speaking of slouchy sweaters, this wardrobe item is definitely a “must have” for all West Coasters. With a desert-like climate, the weather tends to be warm during the day yet chilly at night, year round. L.A. girls everywhere are able to master the slouchy casual sweater and denim cut offs look to a tee, without looking messy. The key is to keep make up and hair as natural looking as possible and to accessorize in all the right places. Start by sweeping Senna’s mineral-based powdered bronzer across your face and tousling your hair with Bumble & Bumble’s surf infusion for those beachy waves. Next pair Citizen’s of Humanity’s denim cut offs with a white open-shoulder sweatshirt from Liberty Garden. Accessorize your look with classic Converse sneakers, statement watch from Betsey Johnson, and your oversized tote from Tory Burch. For the more daring, go for a pop of color in red denim shorts from Joe’s Jeans or tangerine hue from J Brand. West Coasters know that denim cut offs are a “can do” for even nighttime occasions by accessorizing with diamond studs, necklace from Dana Rebecca Designs, ankle strap heels from Stuart Weitzman, and a glittering clutch from Kate Spade. Trade out your top for Hale Bob’s elegant floral drape sweater and you are ready to hit the Red Carpet in style.

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LAYERING IS KEY FOR THOSE IN BETWEEN DAYS

Since the West Coast lies in a “desert like” climate with warm days and chilly nights, L.A. girls know that layering is key to staying warm yet chic. Get actress Vanessa Hudgen’s chill look above with Liberty Garden’s sleeveless lace maxi dress layered with a cozy plaid button down from Paige Denim, handbag from Zac Posen, and soft suede Birkenstocks. For another look, you could also pair Liberty Garden’s NEW layered crochet sweater or Hale Bob’s lace trimmed swing cardigan over a Derek Lam cami paired with Hudson’s cropped distressed jeans and your favorite wedge sandals. When the weather warms, simply tie your sweater around your waist for “no nonsense,” effortless style.

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A MOTO JACKET IS THE ONLY KIND YOU’LL NEED

In addition to layering, West Coasters know that the leather moto jacket is the only jacket you need year round to carry you through any and every occasion. Once you find the perfect feel and shape for you, you won’t need to ever shop for another wrap. I like the clean, simple silhouette of Trouve’s black leather moto jacket paired with Hale Bob’s flowy satin blouse, floral cropped pants, and black ankle strap sandals from Alexander Wang. Complete your look with colorful accessories such as a yellow clutch from Kenzo, colorful bangles from Lead, and sunglasses from sunglasses from L.A. based company Wildfox. Your jacket will look just as polished over your outfit to the office, paired with Joe’s Jeans’ floral shorts for beach time fun, or combined with your favorite cocktail dress at night. As you shop for your perfect moto jacket, consider top quality to last you a lifetime of events to come.

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HIKING OUTFITS > GYM WEAR

Take a peek around L.A. and you’ll see Angelenos everywhere “getting their exercise on” outside of the gym. With busy schedules, constant traffic, and often no time to run home to change, West Coast girls have perfected the art of “athleisure” style: athletic gear suitable for everyday wear. And since the weather is always nice year round, we have the benefit of outdoor workout options rather than gym fees. The key to your perfect “athleisure” style is to stick to neutral colors and steer away from spandex, bra tops, and other “gym” items. I suggest starting with Hale Bob’s smock waist printed shorts topped with Liberty Garden’s ivory swing back tee or yellow scoop neck tank for a pop of color. If the weather turns chilly, layer with Liberty Garden’s ivory ultra suede long sleeve top or black and white menswear sweatshirt rather than your usual “hoodie.” You can also substitute shorts for ultra suede black leggings on colder days. This Season, be an L.A. girl and look chic WHILE working out.

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Even if your city doesn’t have that carefree, beach vibe or it rains more than sees the sun, you can still take some tips from us West Coast girls. Whether you opt to wear boots in the summertime or try layering or switch up your workout attire, make your style this Season effortless, beautiful, and all about YOU.

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