OLYMPICS 2016: GET INSPIRED

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The Olympic 2016 Games are upon us and it’s time to get to know the US athletes and be inspired by their dedication, enthusiasm, and patriotism. And why not take a few tips from our top athletes at the same time on how they maintain body and mental health, strength, and endurance.

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SIMONE BILES, WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

Expected to bring home the gold, Simone Biles is set to dominate the women’s gymnastic competition this year. Raised by her grandparents, she’s always had a natural “spunk” and athletic ability, and now she’s ready to show the world her amazing talent. Not only must athletes stay mentally strong to handle the pressure, they must also maintain a balanced diet and exercise plan to allow their muscles full potential. At only 4’9″ and 105lbs, how does she maintain a strong, trim physique? On training as well as off season, she likes to stay disciplined with her diet with no greasy, salty, sugary or all-around heavy meals. She says,“Pre-workout I love drinking Core Power; it’s a recovery drink. And then a banana and peanut butter because bananas have potassium, which helps with muscle cramps. And then afterwards, I like having a good fish, like salmon, and rice and carrots.”

Check out our favorite healthy recipe that’ll keep you in tip top shape just like Simone:

Baked Grouper with Chunky Tomato Sauce

What you’ll need:
3 1/2 cups chopped seeded tomato (about 4 medium)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon capers
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 (6-ounce) grouper fillets

Directions:
(1) Preheat oven to 425°.
(2) Combine first 10 ingredients in a medium bowl.
(3) Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat. Place fish, skin sides up, in pan; cook 2 minutes.
(4) Turn fish over; top with tomato mixture. Bring to a boil. Place pan in oven; bake at 425° for 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

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KRISTIN ARMSTRONG, WOMEN’S CYCLING

No one knows dedication more than this year’s women’s cycling team. Comprised of 4 unique individuals, each of the US women is strong enough in their own right to medal. One to watch is 43-year-old Kristin Armstrong, already a 2 time Olympic medalist and favored to place at the Games. When asked why she would want to come back for her fourth Olympics after retiring she states, “Simply because I can.” But how does she balance work, career, and family? By maintaining an exercise regime, eating healthy, enjoying nature, and scheduling in quality time with her son and husband. You really CAN do it all; it’s just a matter of planning and maintaining a positive attitude. When you feel life start to bog you down, take our handy tips for relieving stress and regaining balance:

(1) Yoga: It combines the practices of several other stress management techniques such as breathing, meditation, imagery and movement, giving you a lot of benefit for the amount of time and energy required. Check your local listing for a Yoga studio near you.
(2) Breathing: Deep breathing is an easy stress reliever that has numerous benefits for the body, including relaxing muscles and quieting the mind. Breathing exercises are especially helpful because you can do them anywhere, and they work quickly so you can de-stress in a flash.
(3) Music: When dealing with stress, the right music can actually lower your blood pressure, relax your body and calm your mind.

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KERRI WALSH JENNINGS, BEACH VOLLEYBALL

One to watch this week is Kerri Walsh Jennings on the US Beach Volleyball Team. Gold medalist in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, she seeks to regain her title and beat out the host country’s record 11 medal Olympic Beach Volleyball win. We’ll be rooting her on, but how does she keep those incredible abs and picture perfect tan? Says Kerri, “I do Pilates three times a week—twice in the studio and once on the beach, I lift weights twice a week, I do physical therapy, and I do brain training and meet with my sports psychiatrist, so I’m really taken care of from head to toe. I eat a lot of oatmeal and drink a lot of shakes—anything I can put in a cup and take with me!” On maintaining a picture perfect tan: “I’m a little bigger than normal and really pale! When you have a tan, everything seems a little tighter, so I’m a big fan of organic spray tans, like Chocolate Sun.” Check out our Facebook for a perfect DIY Tanning lotion you can use today to get Kerri’s sun kissed look.

Show off your tan with the perfect bright bold Summer bikini:
“Bollywood” Blue Beaded Bikini
“Guilty Pleasures” Teal Lace Swimsuit
“Summertime” Coral Crochet Bikini

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U.S. WOMEN’S WATER POLO

Mix swimming, basketball, and soccer, toss in some wrestling for good measure, and you have a pretty good description of the exciting, fast-paced sport of water polo. The U.S. women’s water polo team is ranked No. 1 in the world and is considered the favorite to bring home the gold medal at the Rio Olympics. To watch water polo is to see a frenzy of churn and motion.

That’s what you see on the surface. What you don’t see are the players’ legs, circling constantly underwater. The players aren’t allowed to touch the bottom of the pool. They’re treading water the whole time, each leg circling in an opposite direction. It’s a motion that has an excellent name: eggbeater.

Just how do these women stay in shape to maintain that type of stamina? Take our three step exercise regime to stay “Olympic” ready:

(1) Jumping Jacks: Simple yet to the point, this exercise builds strength and stamina. Hold 3-5lb weights for extra muscle tone. Do 3 sets of 20 reps and build from there.
(2) Planks: Builds core strength and abdomen muscle tone. Descend onto elbows and hold body in a “plank” position for 1 minute, maintaining straight back and elongating neckline. Turn sideways onto right elbow, tucking left leg under right for a sideways “plank” extending left arm up, holding for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. Repeat entire set 3x.
(3) Resistance Band: You will need an exercise resistance band. Secure band behind you by tying to a door or bar. Position body away from the band. Grab the band from behind and pull extending your arm as far in front of you as you can, maintaining a 90 degree angle with the elbow.
NOTE: Check out our Posh at Play Facebook Page for more exercises you can do.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM

Defeating New Zealand 2-0 in its debut at the Rio Games on Wednesday, the US Women’s soccer team is already off to a solid start in its attempt to win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal. Up against the host country team favored to win, the US women will have an uphill battle to win but are confident based on camaraderie and team spirit. Get in the “game” and try a little one-on-one with a friend or family. Soccer is a great way to build stamina and coordination with the fast foot work and cardio, and you’ll have so much fun you will forget you are exercising.

Try out our favorite lightweight Summer shorts perfect for playing the game:
“Livia” Floral Printed Shorts
“Cari” Blue Crepe de Chine Shorts
“Summer” Coral Printed Viscose Crepe Shorts

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WOMEN’S SWIMMING TEAM

Veterans mixed with novices make up this year’s US Women’s Swimming Team. Ones to watch are Missy Franklin who scored 4 golds in 2012’s London Olympics and Katie Ledecky, who might just be the best swimmer in this year’s Rio Olympics. Though these athletes appear poised, calm, and confident, female swimmers talk about the pressures of basically being half naked your entire life and not fitting in with your peers at an early age.

Said five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin: “There’s so much that’s coming at you from so many different angles. You’re impressed upon really, really easily. When I was 13, I had size 13 feet. I was very different, and it made me stand out. It makes you feel a little uncomfortable when you’re so different from your peers — and from what you’re seeing.”

But these athletes used their differences in a positive way- something we can all learn from. That’s why we here at Posh at Play are always encouraging you to be YOU and embrace who you are from within, while wearing the fashion that expresses your individuality.

Be inspired by the bright colors of the Swimmer’s leggings with our top choices:
“Taylor” Bright Blue Patterned Leggings
“Fire” Red Printed Jersey Leggings
“Royal” Purple Patterned Leggings

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TEAM USA

And finally, how can YOU support our Olympic Team and feel a part of The Games? Why not show your Patriotic pride and wear red, white, and blue. While the athletes march in the Opening Ceremonies Friday evening donning custom made Ralph Lauren gear, shop your own “USA” wear here:
Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Thompson” Skinny Jean
“Manic” White Cheeky Shorts
“Chain Reaction” Blue Washed Silk Jacket
“Kiss and Tell” Red Lace Tunic
Joe’s Jeans’ “Fifty Five Colors” Red Denim Shorts

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No matter which sport or which athlete is your favorite, show your patriotic pride for the good old USA by watching this year’s 2016 Rio Olympics. Cheer on your favorites and be inspired by our athletes’ dedication and passion.

And remember our mantra here at Posh at Play:
Be YOU, be fashionable, and always be feminine.

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READY FOR RIO: CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF THE SUMMER OLYMPICS DESTINATION CITY

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As all eyes follow the best athletes in the world this week at 2016’s Summer Olympics, let’s focus on the exotic locale where the Games are being held this year. While most of us will only be able to visit Rio de Janeiro through the comfort of our home, we can still embrace the culture and fashion of what the city and country have to offer. Take a look at our favorite Brazilian tips below and dare to be a little “exotic”this Summer.

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ALL THINGS FLORAL

Nothing says “Rio” more than a beautiful floral. Echoing the lush vegetation of the city, why not try a chic cropped floral “capri” pant, flattering on any figure and perfect from the pool to party. Let your hair loose, and keep your style simple with your favorite flat sandals and minimal jewelry.

Take a look at our top Summer floral cropped picks:
“Whimsical” Mint Green Floral Capri Pants
“Summer” Pink Printed Cropped Pants
“Exclusive” Brushed Printed Capri Pants

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BRIGHT PATTERNS

Another signature “Brazilian” theme is bright intricate patterns. From buildings to art to fashion, residents aren’t afraid to go big and go bold.

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Forgo “boring” plain neutrals and spice things up this Summer with a comfy AND lightweight pair of patterned silk or cotton shorts. We like the  breathable material that not only feels great against the skin but is also fashionable as well. Pair your shorts with a simple white Tee for daytime and a billowy blouse and strappy heels for nighttime fun.

Take a look at our favorite cool short fashion finds:
“Jeniel” Orange Silk Shorts
“Silky” Green Patterned Shorts
“Lillian” Teal Embroidered Cotton Shorts

c6395646d3e7043ab8a60ffbaf5c8ca2Or go with a brightly patterned maxi for cool Summer style. Perfect as a cover up at the beach or pool as well as an evening gown for a night on the town, this dress style is your “go to” item this Season.

Take a peek at our favorite Summer maxi styles:
“Lacy” Blue Printed Chiffon Maxi
“Jules” Drop Waist Silk Charmeuse Dress
“Feminine” Purple Silk Maxi Dress

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Hit the beach or pool with the girls this Summer in a silk chiffon Caftan dress, just like the Brazilians do. The lightweight material allows skin to breathe while providing the perfect shield against the sun’s hot rays.

These are our favorite “Brazilian” print picks:
“Brea” Yellow Print Silk High Low Dress
“Beach” Black and White Silk Chiffon Dress

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We also like a pretty patterned maxi skirt paired with a Tee tied at the waist or your favorite crop top, perfect for any Summer occasion . Be sure to stick to form fitting tops, tanks, and camisoles to avoid too much bulk.

Check out our favorite printed maxi skirt patterns:
“Emily” Printed Pink Maxi Skirt
“Sailing Away” Patterned Chiffon Skirt
“Zebra” Printed Maxi Skirt

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BOLD COLORS

In addition to intricate patterns, the Brazilians also favor bold colors. They are proud of their heritage, the culture, and colors of their cities, and are not afraid to show it. .

Don’t just blend into the background this Season- show off your “true colors” and choose your favorite brightly colored tank, top, or tunic.

Which one of these is YOUR favorite color to choose from?
“Cabana Sanctuary” Fuchsia Mayan Tunic Top
“Zephyr” Purple and Coral Patterned Came
“Chain Reaction” Coral Silk Washed Tank
“Cruisin” Yellow Satin Printed Tank Top

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ACCESSORIZE WITH BRAZILIAN JEWELRY

Let’s not leave out how the Brazilians adorn themselves. Coming from a country rich in tradition, religion, and culture, the women tend to wear what is meaningful to them. The day and night jewelry style is different- almost invisible during the day with bold statement pieces worn at night.  Take a look at our three favorite jewelry style you can try this Summer:

(1) ART JEWELRY
Quintessential to the culture, Brazilians love to adorn themselves in rich colors and bold statement pieces. Popularized by Carmen Miranda in the 40’s, the style is still favored today. Look for bold beaded chest necklaces, ornate cuff bracelets, and oversized finger rings.

(2) BRUSHED GOLD
Since oftentimes the streets can be unsafe, Brazilian women steer away from precious gems and diamonds in favor of brushed gold rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Why not get on this year’s “body chain” Summer trend and look for a brushed gold look to pair over your favorite swimsuit. Body chains can also be fashioned over tanks for daytime glam and slip dresses for nighttime.

(3) “BIO” ECO FRIENDLY
Due to safety and the richness of the Amazonian rainforest, bio jewelry has an important place in Brazil. Eco friendly jewelry is made with natural materials, such as wood, seeds, bark, and stones. Many designers collaborate with various indigenous tribes as gatherers and suppliers of materials. Their lifestyles and culture provide inspiration to create unique natural jewelry while protecting the environment as well. Save the Earth and stay fashionable this Summer with your own one-of-a-kind eco friendly jewelry piece.

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BRAZILIAN BRONZE

Whether you opt for fun in the sun or tan in a bottle, be sure to taint that skin for a true  sun-kissed bronze glow. FUN FACT: Most Brazilian women bleach their body hair baby blonde, regardless of the color of the hair on their heads. Bleached body hair shines in the sun, making you look luminous in a way bronzer or body oil never could. So, whether you choose to go all the way with Sol de Janeiro Golden Body Veil bleach system or do it the natural way, be sure to soak up a little sun this Season.

Show off that tan with our favorite bold swimsuit picks:
“Bollywood” Blue Beaded String Bikini
“Flight of Fancy” Purple Ruffle Swimsuit
“Guilty Pleasures” Coral Lace Crochet Bikini

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COCONUT EVERYTHING

From hair product to body lotions to beverages, the Brazilians love their coconuts. As locals will attest, coconut oil has the ability to save your skin and your hair from the drying effects of the sun and salt water….plus, the smell. See last week’s blog for our favorite coconut oil for body nourishment, and we suggest Gloss Moderne’s coconut oil mask for luscious locks. Or, make your own DIY fresh coconut leave in hair conditioner, used before your daily shampoo and conditioner routine. See our Facebook page for the recipe.

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STAY HYDRATED WITH TROPICAL DRINKS

Speaking on coconut, don’t forget to include it into your daily eating routine. Health benefits include reducing cholesterol, killing harmful microorganisms, reducing fat, boosting energy, and warding off hunger cravings. To get you started, why not make this healthy Brazilian homemade coconut drink, delicious and nutritious:

*Serves 2*
Ingredients:
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 oz sparkling water
ice cubes
2 tablespoons shredded coconut

Directions:
1. Mix the coconut milk, the condensed milk, and the water in a drink mixer or a blender.
2. Put the mixture in a pitcher.
3. Add the ice cubes to the pitcher and pour in glasses, and cover with the shredded coconut.
4) Serve and enjoy!
*Note: For an “adult beverage,” you can substitute the sparkling water for 2 shots Brazilian cachaça (cane vodka)

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AND NOURISHED WITH TROPICAL FRUIT

One of the Brazilians’ top favorite foods that has only recently become popular in America is acai fruit. From Starbucks’ Strawberry Acai Refresher to Sephora’s Sugar Acai Body Cream, everyone is starting to take note of this fruit’s benefits to every part of the body. Currently in the US, you can only get the fruit in the frozen freezer section of your local market. You can find the fruit currently at these stores:
Ralph’s, HEB, Earth Fare, Whole Foods Market, Giant Eagle, Stop & Shop, Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Kroger, Bristol Farms, Vons, Sprouts Farmers Market, Costco Wholesale, CVS Stores, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club.

Click here for an easy yet nutritious recipe: Breakfast Acai Fruit Bowl 

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As you sit back and relax with your favorite ice cold drink watching the Olympic Games this week, adapt some our favorite Brazilian traditions this Summer. Just because you are not actually be there doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Rio culture. Wear pretty florals. Go bold in a bright tunic top. Nourish hair with a coconut mask. Try some Brazilian food. However you choose to embrace the Brazilian culture, alway remember that we here at Posh at Play want you to

Be You, Be Fashionable, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.

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HOW TO STAY COOL IN SUMMER’S HEAT

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With Monday being the official first day of Summer, it’s time to start preparing for the hot weather ahead. No matter which region you live in, there are bound to be some hot times ahead. But don’t fret! We’ve gathered together our favorite “chill” Summer tips that’ll keep you refreshed and revived all Season long. From fashion to food to drinks to fragrances, take a look and start feeling cooler already.

HOST A POOL PARTY

On the hottest of Summer’s days, why not take the opportunity to host your own pool party. Not only will everyone cool off, but it’s a good time to catch up with your best friends and have a little fun as well. Be sure to include lots of floats for young and old alike, and stay cool and fresh in your favorite patterned print romper paired over your favorite Summer swimsuit.

Our favorite Summer Party wear to try:
 “Aliza” Printed Rayon Romper
“Iara” Handkerchief Shorts Set
“Cabana” Teal Bikini

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STAY HYDRATED

Whether hosting a party, having a friend over, or indulging yourself, be sure to stay hydrated with cold, refreshing beverages throughout the Season’s hottest days. While we all know that nature’s chilled water is always best, dare to have a little fun now and again with some tasty alternatives. And why not dazzle in style as well in your favorite cool cotton tank sundress.

Additional  cool “hostess” Sundress options to try:
“Adelaide” Pink Jersey Dress
“Romantic” Ruffled Floral Sundress

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Our favorite unique Summer “adult” beverage is Captain Morgan’s Guava Nectar drink:

Recipe: 1.5oz grapefruit rum
1.5oz Goya guava nectar
2oz club soda
0.5oz lime juice

Throwback to Summer fun as a kid at your favorite amusement park with homemade frozen lemonades or spice things up with a “Blue Hawaii” direct from the Hilton Hawaii Village. Click below to get the recipes:

Frozen Lemonade
Blue Hawaii

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You are sure to be the “hostess with the mostess” in a cool, flowy maxi this Summer. Look for dresses made with sheer silk or soft cotton to stay cool thought the day as you entertain your guests.

Our other favorite Maxi Dress options to choose from:
“Brea” Yellow Silk Chiffon High Low Dress
“Billie” Coral Pink Satin Maxi
“Sonnie” Pastel Pink Strapless Twill Dress

GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN

On a hot summer day, the last thing you want to do is heat up the kitchen. We suggest making cold salads and dishes throughout the Season to keep the house cool. Start with personalized seven layer dip and chip cup appetizers, layering refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cheese, and freshly diced tomatoes on top. Take advantage of Seasonal fruit at your local market, and fill ice cream waffle cones with freshly cut melons, berries, kiwi, apples, and whatever else appeals to you.

Next, serve a luscious cold Mexican chopped salad tossed in a light vinaigrette and packed with nutritious  iron, vitamin C, iron, and potassium. Not only will your taste buds have a party, but also you won’t have to work twice as hard for that perfect “bikini” ready body.

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Click here for the full recipe
Summer Mexican Chopped Salad

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CREATE SUMMER SCENTS

Make your living space fresh and cool with sunny scents of Summer paired with romantic floral arrangements. Fill a simple mason jar or vase with water and freshly cut lemons, adding your favorite Summer posies for fun yet easy DIY interior decor.

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Not only can you keep your home smelling fresh, but you can also refresh yourself 0n the hottest of Summer’s days. Create your own cool mist spritzers, perfect for everyday or when you are hosting an outdoor Summer party. Simply fill a spray bottle with water and julienned cucumber or a few sprigs of mint and lavender. Bonus: cucumber is known for its hydrating properties, and lavender and mint are reputed insect repellents.

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HEAD TO THE BEACH

When you feel like getting out of the house, pack up some sunscreen, a good read, a  floppy hat, sunglasses, and a cooler filled with plenty of cold beverages to stay hydrated against the Summer sun. Now is the perfect time to show a little skin and bring out that Summer body you’ve been working on in a chic ivory lace crochet swimsuit.

Want a little color? Try these other swimsuit options:
“Flight of Fancy” Purple Ruffle Bikini
“Guilty Pleasures” Teal Crochet Swimsuit

Bring a touch of romance to your Summer beach look and pair your lace bikini with a cool off the shoulder romper or lace tunic.

Other favorite “lacy” cover up options:
“Prisca” Ivory White Lace Chiffon Dress
“Naomh” Strapless Maxi Dress
Azaria” Lace Trimmed Kimono

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COOL OFF AT THE LAKE

If your region doesn’t offer a sandy beach, another alternative  is a visit to your local lake. Whether you decide to bunk overnight in one of the lake houses, tootle around in your own canoe, or enjoy a good read while soaking your feet, you’ll bask in the beauty of nature while cooling off against Summer’s hot sun.

Stay cool while chillin’ in a casual “Cabana” drop waist dress or flowy blouse over your swimsuit, just in case you decide to go for a dip.

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Other “lake view” Summer options? Try a chic shirtdress, cool, stylish, and free.
“Femi” Flutter Crepe Navy Dress
“Cabana” Silk Cotton Shirt Dress
“Eda” Lace Trimmed Tunic Dress

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THERAPY SHOP

Finally, at the hottest part of the day when the heat becomes unbearable, head to your local indoor mall to cool off and do a little retail therapy. Give your air conditioning at home a break while you enjoy the cool open air at the mall. Grab an ice cold tea and take advantage of the Summer sales.

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Don’t go at it alone. Don your favorite “boyfriend” jeans and take your best girlfriends with you.

Consider these other cool denim options as well:
Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Gibson” loose fit shorts
Joe’s Jeans’ Floral Denim
J Brand’s Cut Off Tangerine Shorts

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On Summer’s hottest days, stay cool while shopping the sales in a pretty cotton floral sundress or breezy silky shorts.

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Consider these fun options as well:
“Time to Turn Heads” Coral Cotton Sundress
“Denise” Sleeveless Printed Tank Dress
“Livia” Printed Crepe de Chine Shorts

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Whatever you have planned as the temps rise, we hope you follow our easy breezy ways to stay cool this Summer. Don’t let the heat get you down. Kick back, stay cool, and be fashionable this Season, and let the good times role.

And remember we here at Posh at Play always want you remember that no matter what
Be You, Be Fabulous, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.

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HOT SUMMER NIGHTS: CREATING THE PERFECT DATE NIGHT

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With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your favorite fun activities to do with your significant other. We all know life can get busy and sometimes relationships unintentionally take a back seat to daily duties. The best way to keep the romance alive is to find interests that delight you both and make weekly plans together on the calendar. Connecting with your love doesn’t necessarily have to cost a lot of extra time or money– it is the meaning and thought behind them that counts. Creating small moments and memories are often the things we remember most. We’ve gathered a few fun activities to get you started. Take a look below, get creative, and start planning the perfect romantic summer for two.

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START YOUR MORNINGS TOGETHER

Kick start your day by simply sharing your favorite coffee beverage together each morning.  Whether brewing your own “cuppa joe” at home or driving to your local coffee shop, this is a great way to connect with each other before the day begins. On weekends or your next day off, slip into comfy lace and plan your own “B & B” getaway with breakfast in bed. Check out Rachael Ray’s “Breakfast in Bed” recipes and start planning your next morning together with a little “R & R.”

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ENJOY NATURE AND EXERCISE

With the nice weather ahead, nourish your spirit in nature AND do a little exercise to benefit the body as well. To avoid any bickering, pick an activity that you BOTH enjoy doing whether it be riding bikes in the park, jogging down the street, golfing on the greens, hiking up the mountain, or swimming at the beach. And why not look stylish for your honey at the same time in a chic pair of printed shorts and sunshine yellow top. Best of all,  nature and exercise are rewarding yet free of charge.

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PLAN A PERFECT PICNIC

Why dine inside when summer’s sunsets offer the most romantic of backdrops? Step right into your own romantic “Hollywood” film set with a lovely picnic in the park for two. Pop open a bottle of champagne, enjoy a basket of goodies, spread out a lace crochet throw, and bask together in the glow of twilight.

Look lovely for your love in a simple yet romantic lace dress and a favorite pair of sandals, tousling your natural hair with a little Bumble and Bumble surf spray for carefree “beachy” waves.

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COUPLES CAMPOUT

Speaking of the outdoors, another favorite summertime activity to plan together is a weekend “couples campout.” Whether for overnight or an entire week, pack your favorite “boyfriend jeans” and hiking boots, and enjoy getting “lost” in the woods. Spend quality time walking the forest trails, swimming the refreshing lakes, roasting marshmallows over an open fire, and drifting to sleep to the sound of the wind through the trees. You are sure to create moments you will never forget.

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RELEASE STRESS

One of the best ways to feel connected while taking the stress off daily living is a “couples massage therapy.” Check a listing of your local spa and massage centers or book a private session from the comfort of your own home. For a true getaway experience, book a luxury resort hotel for a night that offers couples’ massages and spa services. Afterwards, order room service and enjoy a private candlelit dinner for two in his and hers organic spa robes.

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BE KIDS AGAIN AT AN AMUSEMENT PARK

Don’t take yourselves too seriously. Create laughs and re-live your carefree childhood days with fun at your local country fair or city’s amusement park. Don your favorite summer dress, pack on the sunscreen, and stroll the Boardwalk of carnival games with your sweetheart. Enjoy ice cream and hand spun cotton candy, ride the roller coaster, laugh in the fun house, and end the day with a romantic kiss atop the ferris wheel. Bring a little innocence back into your relationship the Summer.Carnival_IMG_4048

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ENJOY A MOVIE DATE NIGHT

Throw on your favorite “LBD” (little black dress) and hit the town together in style. Nothing is quite as romantic as a walk hand in hand down the street to your favorite movie theater. Feel the giddy excitement of first love again as your hands graze sharing popcorn for two and you snuggle down into your seats as the lights dim.

Throwback to a time gone by and go to an old fashioned drive-in movie. Pack up your favorite snacks, toss in some cozy blankets, don your favorite comfy jogger pants and tank, and get ready for a romantic evening under the stars. Check your local listings for the closest drive-in near you and create a night to remember.

No need to spend a lot of cash. Create the perfect movie night at home on your own couch, TV, and plenty of “movie theater” snacks. A favorite “movie date idea” with extra cuddling incorporated is a “scary movie date” complete with your comfiest tee, homemade popcorn, a little red wine, “death by chocolate” cupcakes, and a cozy “scary movie snuggle blanket.” No problem with a little romance tonight.

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END THE DAY TOGETHER

Finally, wherever your day takes you, don’t forget to end the day together. Whether you take a walk on the beach, meet for a late dinner, or watch the sunset, spend the last few hours of the day side by side. Relate the details of your day, tell a funny story, share your thoughts, listen to each others’ dreams for the future, and most of all, enjoy each other.

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Whether dining at the finest restaurant in town, camping out in nature, or enjoying a movie night at home, you can create the perfect “date night” this Summer. Fancy or simple, outside or inside, extravagant or cheap, the goal is to create personal memories to last a lifetime. We here at Posh at Play know you are brave enough to create your own Summer to remember. And remember no matter what, be confident, 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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ROAD TRIPPIN’:FASHION FINDS FOR YOUR NEXT GIRL’S VACATION

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Coachella. Vegas. The Beach. A Bed & Breakfast. Whichever “getaway” you prefer, it’s time to plan your “girl’s only” weekend road trip. We’ve got you covered on how pack efficiently yet stylishly for your upcoming vacation. No need to fill your suitcase with your entire wardrobe. Take a look at our key items that’ll fit any activity you have planned and suit any fashion style.

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ROMPER

Our first item of choice for your vacation is the romper, Spring’s most popular fashion statement. From strapless to long sleeve, from cotton to silk, from floral print to pale pastel, this shorts set is your “go to” item this year. Start with Liberty Garden’s off the shoulder breezy white lace romper accessorized with matching white wedge sandals from Clarks with a plush OrthoLite footbed for all day comfort. Flatter a tiny waistline by cinching with Ralph Lauren’s braided leather belt and complete your look with Mango’s chic fringe bag. If you prefer a little color, go with Hale Bob’s multi-color tribal print shorts set or go neutral in the ivory printed strapless romper. While you’re at it why not grab Liberty Garden’s black gauze romper for your girl friend, and you two will be traveling together in style.

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PRINTED PANTSUIT

Our second favorite travel “must have” is the printed jumpsuit, perfect in the car, at a rest stop, or even on your first night out on the town. We like Hale Bob’s strapless tribal print pantsuit or go with the fuchsia printed viscose crepe jumpsuit, suitable for all your planned events on your vacation. Pair your look with Tory Burch’s wedge sandals as you travel cross country. Switch to Boho chic tassel lace up flats from Dolce Vita as you peruse around town. As the sun sets, you’ll be ready to dance the night away in your rhinestone embellished cage heels from Vince Camuto. Casual or dressy, the printed pantsuit is perfect to fit all your vacation activities.

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TUNIC DRESS

Don’t leave home without a cool, breezy tunic dress, perfect for easy, carefree styling and comfortable enough for all day wear. From patterned, to pastel, to embellished, there’s a perfect dress to suit your style. Go with this year’s Boho chic craze in Liberty Garden’s long sleeve white lace tunic shift dress or sleeveless lace frock,  paired with Free People’s “road trip” tall gladiator sandals, True Religion’s straw floppy hat, and Ran Ban’s round “hippie” sunglasses. If classic is more your style, you’ll love Hale Bob’s olive lace trimmed satin dress accessorized with Sam Edelman’s crystal flower flat sandals,  sleek envelope clutch from Diane von Furstenberg, and basic bowtie watch from Betsey Johnson. If simple and unfussy is what you’d prefer, select Hale Bob’s flowy blue chiffon shift dress for “no nonsense” style. This dress is perfect for long travel days when you don’t want anything too constricting yet it’s also great for a day at the beach or a night out to dinner. Playtime or travel time, the tunic dress is one to include into your suitcase this year.

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MAXI DRESS

Another favorite dress option to pack in your suitcase is the maxi dress. Suitable for any occasion and flattering on all body types, the maxi dress is flowy enough to keep you comfortable in the car ride yet dressy enough to take out to dinner. We love Hale Bob’s teal printed jersey maxi dress paired perfectly with your Clark’s cork wedges already packed to go with your romper. Get your “Boho” on with Hale Bob’s tie dye print maxi, accessorized with your gladiators, or go classic in Liberty Garden’s black gauze strapless dress. No matter which style you prefer, each look will go perfectly with your gold metallic strappy sandals NEW from Badgley Mischka for your girl’s night out.

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TIE DYE SKINNIES

From Altuzarra to BCBG Max Azria, designers are throwing it back to the groovy 70’s. Appearing on jeans, to shorts, to tunics, tie dye print is having a huge comeback this Season. Why not get in on this year’s trend with Hudson Jeans’ mid rise super skinny jeans, perfect for your road trip with the girls. Pair your look with Liberty Garden’s lace peasant blouse, your gladiator sandals, floppy hat, and fringe bag for the perfect Boho chic style. Even if vintage 70’s is not quite your style, you can still have fun in your skinnies by combining with your favorite slouchy tee and sneakers for a casual cool look. We like Liberty Garden’s ivory swing back tee or go with some color in the pink jeweled jersey short sleeved shirt. Be sure to stick in Liberty Garden’s long sleeve loose pink tee for those days when the weather turns chilly. You can also pair this top over your romper and pantsuit for extra warmth.

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PEASANT BLOUSE

If there’s only room for one top in your suitcase, let it be the flowy peasant blouse. Perfect paired with your favorite jeans or shorts, or layered over your romper and sleeveless maxi, this top will keep you cool yet trendy all Season long. Flattering on all body types and suitable for any occasion, you can pair your peasant top with your tie dye skinnies from Hudson , as mentioned above. For Boho chic princesses, go with Liberty Garden’s white lace gauze tunicor the ivory white crepe empire top with navy embroidered rose embellishment. For the hopeless romantic, get  Hale Bob’s floral print silk chiffon blouse with flutter sleeves. And for the classy gal, try Hale Bob’s black long sleeve embroidered lace blouse. Whichever style you like best, be sure to include the peasant top into your travel essentials this Spring.

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With only 6 fashion travel essentials and minimal interchangeable accessories, you can pack light yet still stay stylish on your road trip this Season. From Boho to feminine to classy, you can find each one of our clothing picks in your style of choice. So what are you waiting for? Start shopping our top vacation finds here at our online store Posh at Play, get out your suitcase, and start planning your “girl’s only” weekend getaway today.

Be you, Be fabulous, And always be feminine.

 

THE ART OF CHILLIN

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As we mentioned in “Spring Break Like a Grown Up,” we all need a little “getaway” now and then. Even if you can’t afford to take an official “Spring Break” this year, be sure to take an afternoon or a weekend for some much needed R & R. You will find that you perform your usual routine twice as efficiently rested rather than stressed. As you take a little “me” time, no need to sacrifice style. With this Season’s casual cool and “Boho” chic trends, we have all the right outfits that’ll keep you classy yet comfortable. Take a look at some of our favorite comfy wardrobe essentials and start shopping your favorites for those  “chillaxing” days ahead.

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Like the colors of the sunset, Pantone’s colors of the year, quartz rose and serenity blue, reflect the quiet peace of day’s end. Why not add a little “peace” into your wardrobe this year by including these colors into your everyday apparel. Start with Liberty Garden’s NEW soft pink strapless lace twill dress or pastel blue maxi and pair with comfy leather sandals from Free People, a hobo bag from Rebecca Minkoff, and Vince Camuto’s straw floppy hat to stay shaded throughout the day’s activities. Throw your sandals aside and take a run on the beach, or cuddle up with your favorite book while looking glam at the same time. When the dinner hour approaches, simply switch out the sandals for Kate Spade’s blushing pink cage heels and matching embellished clutch from Valentino. Morning to evening, you’ll turn heads while chilling in style this Spring.

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STRIPED MAXI DRESS

Another maxi style trending for Spring 2016 is the striped chiffon dress. Reminiscent of the groovy 70’s and playing along with the “Boho chic” trend seen on the runways this year, you are sure to make a statement without saying a word in this casual yet stylish maxi silhouette. Try Liberty Garden’s NEW lace trimmed dress in the soft Spring pastel colors of blue, pink, yellow, and violet. Lounge around the Cabana in style or spruce up for a night on the town by pairing your look with Betsey Johnson’s embellished satin slippers and sparkling drop earrings from the Gemma Collection. Casual to dressy, your throwback vintage 70’s style will keep you fashionable morning, noon, and night.

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TIE DYE MAXI

Our second favorite “flashback 70’s” trend is the tie dye print maxi. You don’t have to be a hippie to enjoy this style to the max this Season. We like Hale Bob’s navy blue tie dye print halter dress paired with Joie’s black leather flip flops, easy to remove for beach time walks in the sand. When the weather turns a bit chilly, cover up in Liberty Garden’s daisy trimmed lace poncho and matching sunhat from Flora Bella. If neutral is more your style, go with Hale Bob’s taupe printed maxi accessorized with Jeffrey Campbell’s nude wedge sandals to elongate your limbs no matter how tall you are. No need to change for evening activities. Simply spritz your hair with a little Bumble & Bumble surf spray, sweep your beach waved tresses into a loose low bun, slip on Sam Edelman’s fringe sandals, and dance the night away in comfort and style.

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TIE DYE CABANA TUNIC

Speaking of tie dye, we like the look on the Cabana tunic as well, a required accessory for the chillest of Spring days. Flattering on any figure, this top can substitute as a swimwear cover up at the beach, pair with your favorite skinny jeans for lunch with the girls, combine with a mini skirt on evenings out, and double as your favorite nightshirt when the sun goes down. Get the above look with Hale Bob’s blue silk kit tie dye tunic paired with cool white cotton sateen skinny pants or cropped mid-rise skinny jeans from Citizen’s of Humanity, wedge ankle strap sandals from Marc Fisher, and statement earrings from Isabel Marant. We also like the neutral hand beaded tie dye top NEW from Hale Bob combined with Free People’s 70’s suede A-line skirt and fringe booties from JSlides for a “Boho” chic Spring style.

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LACE TUNIC

You don’t have to wait for dressier occasions to sport Spring’s romantic lace trend. From Burberry to Zimmerman to Lauren Conrad, the runways this year were filled with luscious lace frocks, tops, skirts, and jackets. Get in on this Season’s trend with Liberty Garden’s newest white lace gauze blouse paired with your favorite skinny jeans like Citizen’s of Humanity’s Thompson cropped skinnies or Hale Bob’s cotton sateen pants. If the weather warms, trade out your pants for green printed silk dress shorts paired with Steve Madden’s trendy lace up gladiator sandals or classic wedges from Michael Kors. If the Spring winds pick up, trade out the gauze blouse for Hale Bob’s long sleeve ivory lace tunic perfect for daytime fun in the sun as well as an evening out on the Boardwalk.

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BLUSH PINK LACE KIMONO

With Spring’s fluctuating weather patterns, you never know when you might need a slight wrap to protect from chilly breezes. Forgo your leather jacket or bulky puffer, and substitute a lighter, flowy cover up. We like Liberty Garden’s pink peach swing lace kimono jacket , perfect to throw over a casual tee and cut-offs, your favorite swimsuit, or sleeveless Spring sundress. Segue into the evening hours by paring your kimono with any of the above listed maxi dresses, from pretty pastel pink, to vintage striped, to groovy tie dye. And the next morning, feel like a million as you wrap yourself in your soft pink luxurious kimono, relaxing in comfort and style as you sip your latte in the warmth of the Spring sun.

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WHITE LACE ROMPER

Lastly, if there’s only one new item you include into your Spring wardrobe this Season, be sure to get a flowy lace romper, perfect for those days when you want to stay stylish but don’t have the time. An all-in-one fashion statement, the romper flatters all body types from curvy to athletic, from slim to round. We like Liberty Garden’s NEW white lace off the shoulder romper paired with casual cashmere slide ons for bumming around the house or cork wedges from Jimmy Choo for lunch out with the girls. Go full on “Boho chic” and accessorize your look with Monsoon’s bow back floppy straw hat, handmade fringe crossbody from Vintage Addiction, and sterling silver feather ankle bracelets from Zales. Or if classic is more your style, add Tory Burch’s white flat sandal on casual days and Calvin Klein’s T-strap heels for nighttime fun. Whether bumming around the house or playtime out on the town, the lace romper is your “go to” fashion piece this year.

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No need to sacrifice style when you’re “off duty.” With our handy tips, you can still stay fashionable yet comfy throughout all of your Springtime activities. Whether chilling at the beach, relaxing in the Cabana with a good book, or spending some “retail therapy” at your local mall, be sure to take some time away from the frantic pace of life and enjoy just being you. This Season is all about discovering yourself and becoming the best YOU can be. Detox, unwind, and let loose this Spring Season and you will find yourself feeling refreshed, revived, and feeling beautiful inside and out.

SPRING BREAK LIKE A GROWN UP

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With longer days, brighter evenings, and warmer weather, Spring Break is just around the corner. Though the days of beaching all day and partying all night may be long gone, that doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed a little time off from adult responsibilities. We all need time to chill out, unwind, eat delicious food, absorb great art, stay in a fabulous hotel, and relax on a beach with cocktail in hand. Whether your Spring Break will consist of jetting off to an exotic island or simply taking the day off for some spa therapy, we have just the right outfit to keep you chic, chill, and fabulous. Take a little stress off and peruse our favorite “Spring Break” styles.

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LACE ROMPER

Our number one “go to” style this Spring is the cool lace romper. Lightweight and adaptable to any situation, the “Boho” chic outfit will keep you in style not just on your getaway but also all Season long. We love Liberty Garden’s NEW white lace off the shoulder lace romper paired perfectly with a white floppy hat from BCBGMAXAZRIA and your favorite flip flops for a perfect day at the beach. When the sun gets too hot, shake off the sand, and replace your shoes with trendy lace up sandals NEW from Sam Edelman for a cool stroll around town. Sweep your hair into an elegant chignon, and segue into the evening hours by combining your romper with Vince Camuto’s cobalt blue fringe ankle strap sandals. If there’s one new article of clothing you want to add to your Spring collection, be sure that it’s the lovely lace romper.

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CABANA DRESS

You can’t leave home without packing the required “Cabana dress” on your vacation. Characterized as a frock worn at the beach, often in tropical or patterned print, the “Cabana” dress is the perfect cover up for your favorite swimsuit yet also suitable to wear for lunch out or sightseeing trips. Grab Hale Bob’s teal cotton sateen tank dress and pair with comfy waterproof sandals from Vince and a wide brimmed sunhat from Free People to stay shaded against the sun’s heat. If you prefer length, then go with Hale Bob’s alternate option in a teal drop waist maxi dress perfect for daytime beach through evening dinner. “Hang loose Hawaii” and stay chic in a tropical “Cabana” dress this Spring.

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STRAPLESS MAXI

Our second favorite dress option for destination travels is the pure white maxi dress. As we mentioned in last week’s “White is Right for Spring,” fashion’s top designers favored the all white look on Spring 2016’s runways this year. Why not take the opportunity to get in on one of this Season’s biggest trends and add a solid white maxi to your wardrobe and into your suitcase to your destination. We like the strapless ivory white gauze maxi NEW from Liberty Garden. Featuring a flouncy bloused top and side slit skirt, this dress suits top heavy body types by drawing attention downward and away from “trouble” spots. Or if you’re feeling “groovy,” go with Hale Bob’s white drop waist strapless crochet dress paired with trendy gladiator sandals from Tory Burch and a straw fringe carry-all from Sensi Studio for all day fun. For a more structured, classic style, choose Hale Bob’s ivory white lace column dress with half slip for a little Springtime glam. Whichever maxi silhouette suits you best, remember “all white is right” this Season.

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WIDE LEG PALAZZOS + CROP TOP

From Taylor Swift at the Grammys to Kate Hudson at the Golden Globes, crop tops are definitely back with a bang this Spring. It’s time to start working on those dream abs so you can sport this trend in style turning heads your way. In order to stay classy without looking trashy, we suggest offsetting your barely there top with flowing wide leg trousers for perfect, polished style. Start with a “Cabana” print or a ruffly black crop top from Free People combined with Liberty Garden’s sheer white lace Palazzo pantswedge sandals from Michael Kors, and lace kimono. If you’re not quite ready to bare all, go with Liberty Garden’s ivory white crepe trousers topped with Alice + Olivia’s off the shoulder slightly longer crop top. Now’s a great time to start your exercise regime in preparation for Spring and Summer’s skin baring trends.

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BOYFRIEND JEANS + TANK

Another comfy yet stylish pant choice to include into your suitcase for vacation is the boyfriend jean. Updated for 2016, this pant can be paired with a swimsuit and flip flops for fun in the sun, and segue into the evening hours with strappy heels and a sequined blouse. Try  AC Collection’s distressed Mystique jeans topped with Liberty Garden’s black draped tank top and T-strap flats NEW from Frye. Switch up your look by rolling the cuffs to a “cropped” silhouette and combine with glitter T-strap sandals from Betsey Johnson and a silver sequined halter from Halston Heritage for a hot night on the town. If the ripped denim look isn’t really for you, go with tried and true classic 501 jeans from Levi, button down gauze top from Liberty Garden, and either your favorite comfy sneakers for casual or traditional black pumps on dressier evenings. Distressed, cropped, or classic- You decide which boyfriend jean of choice you’ll be wearing this Spring.

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RUFFLED SWIMWEAR

Finally, you can’t forget to pack your favorite swimsuit before you jet off to the tropics. Why not get in on one of this Season’s most popular trends and grab a ruffle trimmed swimsuit in a color to suit your style. We like Hale Bob’s purple ruffle front bikini with sequin detailing paired with a matching tropical print silk strapless cover up and your favorite flip flops. When swim time is done, throw on your boyfriend jeans or wide leg palazzos and stroll the Boardwalk in style. As the day turns to evening, pair your look with a chic black or ivory lace poncho from Liberty Garden and trade your flip flops for lace up wedges from Jeffrey Campbell. Be feminine yet fabulous this Spring Break.

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With just these six key items we’ve listed above, in addition to a few accessories to style, you are sure to create some waves this Spring. Whether flying off to the tropics or simply taking a day off, you’ll rock this Spring in style. From a breezy romper to wide leg palazzos to a ruffled swimsuit, this is the Season to bring out the romance and enhance your femininity.

 

WINTER VACATION ESSENTIALS

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Whether packing for the holidays or for your anticipated Winter getaway, it’s time to start planning your travel fashion essentials. When deciding what to bring, keep in mind the climate and the activities you will engage in on your vacation. No matter where you plan to visit, be sure to include a warm scarf that can double as a blanket, moisturizing lip balm to keep smiles healthy, hand sanitizer to ward off illness, and a sturdy Tote that can also be used as a beach bag or carry all. Take a look at our helpful hints below on how to pack the perfect Winter wardrobe based on your final destination.

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FLORAL TUNIC DRESS

What better way to escape Winter’s chill this Season than a trip to the beach. Whether you are enjoying the Bahama islands or soaking up the sun in Miami, don’t forget to include a floral patterned tunic dress in your suitcase. We like Hale Bob’s coral floral cotton sateen dress paired over your favorite swimsuit, Badgley Mischka’s crystal embellished wedge sandals, Free People’s sea straw Boho hat, and chic cat eye sunglasses from Prada for daytime fun. Segue into the evening hours by whipping your hair up into a loose topknot, and accessorizing with Stuart Weitzman’s strappy heels and sparkling clutch from Loeffler Randall. Casual or dressy, the tunic dress is a “must have” for the beach.

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 IVORY BIKINI

Flattering on all skintones, we like an ivory colored swimsuit paired with loose, flowing wide leg pants for seaside style. Check out Hale Bob’s ivory lace crochet string bikini combined with the white lace trimmed wide leg pants. Or, match your swimsuit with crepe de chine wide leg pants with crochet from Hale Bob and a Flora Bella York crochet oversize tote. Simply throw on Hale Bob’s coral silk crinkle tunic and you are ready to lunch in style after a day catching some waves.

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FLORAL MAXI DRESS

Keeping with the tropical theme, be sure to also include a floral maxi dress in your travel wardrobe. Perfect thrown over your swimsuit or glammed up for a night on the town, the maxi dress is easily adaptable for all your planned trip activities. During the day, pair Hale Bob’s coral floral maxi dress with sandals, beach hat from Helen Kaminski, and an authentic handmade sea shell necklace. Style your romantic dinner for two by combining your maxi dress with strappy sandals and a “Garden” fringed shawl by Wildfox for breezy evening walks on the beach.

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SHORTS ROMPER

No need to pack a shirt and shorts separately. Save room in your suitcase and include a tropical romper in your packing this Season. A big trend on the runways this year, we like the tropical print romper from Tory Burch or go for a streamlined tailored look in Nicole Miller’s double breasted tuxedo shorts set. Whether you throw it over your swimsuit at the pool, pair with sandals as you tour the city, or combine with your favorite pair of dancing heels at night, the flattering and versatile romper is a key item to include on your cruise ship getaway.

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ELEGANT JUMPSUIT

Pack your bags and cast away in a chic jumpsuit, trending on this year’s runways from Versace to Elie Saab. Easily adaptable for casual days on shore or elegant dinners on board, the jumpsuit should definitely be included in your cruise ship luggage. We like Liberty Garden’s sleek black lace and twill pantsuit paired with flat sandals during the day and strappy heels at night. Or go colorful in Hale Bob’s tropical print jersey jumpsuit combined with Steve Madden’s lace-up ballerina flats and oversized tote bag from Michael Kors, suitable for any occasion on your getaway.

SKI SLOPES

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FUR OUTERWEAR

While most “snow bunnies” will be sporting their latest insulated outerwear, turn heads on the slopes in a cozy warm fur vest or coat. Layer Hale Bob’s black rabbit fur vest over Liberty Garden’s ivory ultra suede long sleeve shirt, Hale Bob’s black mixed media leggings, waterproof booties, and cashmere stocking cap from Dolce & Gabbana. On evening dinners at the lodge, pair your vest with Liberty Garden’s long sleeve ivory mixed media sheath dress and black leather knee high boots from Ralph Lauren. However you choose to style, you are sure to stand out from among the crowd on this year’s ski vacation.

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WINTER OVERCOAT

Don’t forget to include your favorite snug overcoat amongst your packing for skiing this Season. We love this year’s trending winter white, a slightly ivory cream color to complement the winter season. Go with Helene Berman’s shaped wool blend coat paired with Liberty Garden’s gray draping sweatshirtHudson’s “Nico” mid rise skinny jeans in black, and stylish waterproof “mixed media” boots from Santana Canada. Or, spread holiday cheer in a red wool sweater coat with rabbit trim from Hale Bob and forest green shirt waterproof boots from Bernando Footwear.

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SEQUIN COCKTAIL DRESS

As nighttime falls, and the evening winter festivities begin, shimmer and shine in your favorite sequined cocktail dress. We like Hale Bob’s gold sleeveless sequined dress or shimmy and shake in Hale Bob’s vintage 20’s black and blue beaded feather dress. Neither appeal to you? Take a look at our wide selection of sequin dress styles at our online store Posh at Play, one to suit any taste. in You can easily adapt your dress to accommodate the snowy weather by pairing with cozy black tights and your favorite matching black booties or heels. Cover up in your Winter Overcoat and you are ready to conquer the snowy slopes day or night.

CITY

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If you are vacationing in the big city this Winter, the key to staying versatile and adaptable to winter weather is layers, layers, layers. Whether dressing for lunch with the family or a romantic holiday dinner for 2, be sure to pack lots of layering options in your suitcase. To keep from looking too “puffy,” be sure to start with thin materials and work your way outward to bulkier fabrics. For an easy yet stylish daytime look, pair Hale Bob’s Melange turtleneck sweater in rust, navy or black with AC Collection’s dark wash high waist skinny jeans, navy wool coat from Kenneth Cole, and your favorite pair of knee high boots. For a trendy look, substitute a this Season’s favorite cape coat from Alice + Olivia and cozy navy ultra suede leggings from Hale Bob.

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SKIRT + SWEATER

No need to tuck away your favorite Summer skirt or dress. Take a tip from celebrity Olivia Palermo’s chic city look and pair your favorite skirt style with a chunky knit, warm leggings, and short heeled booties. Start with Liberty Garden’s ultra suede black patchwork skirt and layer with Tory Burch’s chunky ivory turtleneck pullover sweater, Topshop’s faux fur cozy peacoat, Hale Bob’s black ultra suede leggings,  and classic Christian Louboutin black booties as pictured above. On warmer days, forgo the leggings and coat, and layer with a snug wool scarf from rag & bone to ward off the brisk winter breeze.

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LINGERIE INSPIRED

 Hey you’re in the city, so what better time to be a bit daring and try one of Spring 2016’s trending styles. From Givenchy to Calvin Klein, Spring and Summer 2016’s runway previews were filled with “lingerie” inspired blouses, skirts, pants, and dresses. Get ahead of next year’s trend and start wearing the style today. Start with Hale Bob’s black satin blouse with lace paired with Alice + Olivia’s embellished mini skirt, black tights, and Clarks Artisan’s comfy low heeled black pumps or trendy black platform mules from Calvin Klein. If the weather turns warm, forgo the tights and replace with a pair of strappy black heels from Sam Edelman. We also like Hale Bob’s delicate ivory embroidered long sleeve mesh dress or go long with the ivory stretch lace maxi dress with half slip.

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Whether you are vacationing to a warm climate like the beach or the Caribbean, or a chillier site like a ski resort or big city, we’ve got you covered. Take our handy fashion advice, and you are sure to stand out among the rest in style. No matter where you travel, be sure to include items that you can layer and intermix for a variety of looks with minimal baggage. Any last minute travel essentials you are missing? Check out our wide range of clothing items suitable for the islands to the mountains. Happy Holidays and safe travels to your winter getaway.

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HOLIDAY PARTY TRENDS

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With Thanksgiving past us and the holidays ahead, it is time to start planning the perfect party fashion attire for every occasion this Season. From the office party to present exchange with the girls to Christmas dinner, we’ve selected the perfect outfits to suit any and every event this year. Whether you decide to go traditional or try something new, take a look at our top trending looks for the holidays 2015. Take advantage of Black Friday sales this weekend, and start shopping our top choices.

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One of our top holiday looks trending this Season is winter white from head to toe. Stay with the Season, and look for luscious ivory and off-white colors rather than Summer’s crisp white hue. For your next holiday party, we love Liberty Garden’s NEW long sleeve mixed media ivory sheath dress paired with Menbur’s matching ivory ankle strap sandals and Topshop’s “Polar Bear” faux fur ivory overcoat. We also like Hale Bob’s romantic ivory embroidered mesh lace dress or the ivory floral A line dress, flattering on “Apple” shaped figures. Or, go maxi style in Liberty Garden’s “Boho” ivory embroidered strapless dress or Hale Bob’s classic stretch lace dress with half slip. For more casual occasions, go with Hale Bob’s ivory ultra suede leggings and ivory lace sweater knit long sleeve shirt, topped with Liberty Garden’s ivory terry knit lace jacket. However you choose to style, be sure to include one our favorite head to toe color trends this Winter.

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MAD FOR PLAID

Our second favorite holiday party style trending this Season is plaid. Go with a fresh, updated look for 2015 with a sleek plaid midi pencil skirt, or bundle up in a cozy plaid wool jacket. You can even accessorize with tiny plaid stud earrings or a chic plaid crossbody bag. Get a similar look as above with Topshop’s wool blend midi length skirt paired with Hale Bob’s black long sleeve embroidered top and black ankle strap heels from Steve Madden. Bundle up against Winter’s chilliest weather in Ann Taylor’s brushed wool blend plaid coat or go for holiday cheer in Trina Turk’s double breasted emerald green plaid jacket. If plaid isn’t quite your clothing style, simply accessorize with Coach’s mini red plaid crossbody bag or go for just a hint with plaid stud earrings or classic plaid watch from Burberry. Bold or subtle. Be sure to include a little plaid in your Winter wardrobe this year.

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WINTER FLORALS

Not just for Spring anymore, Winter is the perfect time to let the flowers come out and play. The key to fashioning florals for Winter is to look for darker prints and longer sleeves, or accessorize your dress with heavier coats, scarves, furs and boots. For a day party with the girls, try  Hale Bob’s pink and white bold floral print maxi dress topped with a red rabbit fur vest and black booties from Via Spiga. At your next holiday office party, wow them in style with Betsey Johnson’s floral print stretch midi dress accessorized with emerald green satin T-strap sandals and a “Fall Follies” embellished flower bangle all from the designer herself. Dance the night away at your next holiday cocktail party with Hale Bob’s flattering gold sleeveless floral sequin dress paired with a matching copper sequin jacket and Topshop’s laser cut gold sandalsMaxi or mini. Sequined or satin. Add a lovely floral dress to your holiday party style this Season.

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A SHORTS STORY

Even though Winter is upon us, don’t rule out your favorite pair of shorts at your next holiday party. As with florals, the key is to layer your pair of shorts with heavier knits, wools, and furs, and on extra cold days, a pair of wool tights. Get a similar “Winter White” look as pictured above with Liberty Garden’s NEW ivory lace skort paired with Hale Bob’s ivory lace sweater knit blouse classic ivory jacket from Shopbop, and a “Boho” floppy hat from Eugenia Kim. Or go with our other favorite “Mad for Plaid” look in a frosty blue plaid romper from Soft Joie layered with soft wool blend tights from Falke and trendy suede fringe booties from Sam Edelman. If lace and plaid don’t please you, take a look at our wide range of shorts in all patterns and styles at our online store Posh at Play. There’s one to suit you perfectly at your next holiday gathering.

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TANGERINE IS THE NEW RED

From Elie Saab to Alice + Olivia, designers this year brought us a new shade of red – bright tangerine. What better time than the holidays to try on one of this Season’s top trending colors. Stand out from among the rest at your next office party in a Phillip Lim sleeveless silk ruffle dress or go for a more tailored look in Black Halo’s tangerine shift dress. Off set the bright color with nude ankle strap sandals from Suart Weitzman and a bead and crystal clutch by Natasha Couture, or head to toe color with tangerine suede pumps from Gianvito Rossi and a matching leather clutch from Rag and Bone.

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You are sure to dazzle and shine for your next formal affair in a sweeping floor length tangerine color maxi dress. We’ve picked one out just for you. Try Hale Bob’s stretch satin halter maxi dress paired with shimmering crystal embellished pumps from Badgley Mischka and dainty crystal drop earrings. Be the “belle 0f the ball” this Season in bright tangerine.

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DENIM AND LACE

Lastly, as featured in Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s top party picks, we couldn’t agree more with unexpected dynamic lace paired with denim. Suitable and chic for any holiday gathering, what better way to spruce up durable denim this Season than with an elegant, vintage Victorian lace blouse. We like this updated look with pencil skirt and lace up booties, perfect for the office party, dinner with the parents, or the annual holiday get together. Our top picks include Hale Bob’s supple satin and sultry black lace blouse or go with black stretch floral lace tunic paired with AC Collection’s faded denim pencil skirt and Alexandre Birman black lace up booties. Change up your style at another holiday occasion with a trendy midi length denim skirt from Frame Denim or go with relaxed cropped denim pants from Citizen’s of Humanity. And you could always switch things up by topping Hale Bob’s ivory or grey lace midi skirt with a tie back denim top from Nicholas. However you choose to style, try the denim and lace combo this year.

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Which holiday style do you fancy most? Whether you choose to go winter white head to toe or pair denim and lace, change things up this Season. Forgo the predictable LBD and wear something that expresses your unique personality and beautiful YOU. Start shopping your favorite looks today from the convenience of your home and take advantage of the remaining hours of our online Black Friday sale here at Posh at Play. Find all your favorite looks right here.

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