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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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.

GREASE IS THE WORD: FLASHBACK TO FIFTIES STYLE

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Grease is STILL the word. Even if you didn’t catch FOX’s “Grease Live” last Sunday, you can still be inspired by one of this Season’s most popular throwback trends. From Louis Vitton’s “pink ladies” jackets to Marc Jacobs’ varsity-inspired coats to Oscar de la Renta’s pastel A-line skirts, designers this year are paying homage to the time period beloved by many. So what are you waiting for? Get “hopelessly devoted” to your favorite 50’s style trends updated for a new generation while still maintaining the nostalgia of the time period. Turn on the movie soundtrack or pop in a little Elvis, peruse our favorite finds, and pick one or all that’ll keep you “summer lovin'” all year long.

T-BIRDS LEATHER

If you have a little rebel in you, then you will relate to the story’s favorite “bad boy” Danny Zucko and the T-Bird gang. The great thing about this look is it’s simple yet sophisticated, and can easily be dressed up or down with the right accessories. Start with a pair of black faux leather leggings from Hale Bob, your favorite comfy white Tee, and a cool black leather biker jacket from Topshop. On casual days, pair your look with classic Converse sneakers updated for 2016 with a wedge heel high top or simple velvet ballerina flats from Sam Edelman. For more formal events, accessorize your outfit with Vince Camuto’s asymmetrical heeled booties or Michael Kors’ kitten heel pumps, a popular style from the 1950’s. Complete your silhouette with retro cat eye sunglasses from BCBGMAXAZRIA and a box purse from Heather Offord. You could also update the look by substituting the predictable leather jacket with Liberty Garden’s faux leather long sleeve shirt with ruffles for a feminine touch. Everyday or special occasion, you can’t go wrong with a black leather outfit this Spring.

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PINK LADIES’ DENIM & LEATHER

Strut your style with ease this Season in a chic pairing of denim and leather a la the Pink Ladies. Grab the 50’s favorite pant silhouette and accessorize with a simple Tee, leather jacket, and cute ballerina flats. We like the dark blue super skinny jeans from Hudson or the Thompson cropped skinny jeans from Citizen’s of Humanity. If you prefer color, go with Citizen of Humanity’s sea green skinnies, Hudson Jeans’ marsala or white leopard from Joe’s Jeans. No matter which color combo you choose, complete your look with Liberty Garden’s comfy loose ivory T shirt, Michael Kors’ black leather jacket, and leopard print ballerina flats from Salvatore Ferragamo. You can still wear your skinnies to dressier events by pairing with Liberty Garden’s tailored ivory button down and swapping the flats for classic black pumps from French Connection or Vince Camuto’s “Frenchie” ankle strap sandals. “Rule the school” this Spring in your very own chic Pink Ladies style.

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SANDY’S A LINE SILHOUETTE

With Springtime nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to try out this year’s pretty pastel pinks, blues, yellows, and greens. And what better way to usher in the Season than with a vintage A line shaped skirt or dress just like good girl Sandy. Update the 50’s styled skirt by adding trendy modern accessories like chunky booties or wedge heels and a crop top or fitted bodysuit. Segue from chilly winter into Spring’s warmth in Vince Camuto’s sea green faux suede A line skirt paired with a frilly leopard print top from Nanette Lepore or sleek black lace bodysuit from Hale Bob. Curl your locks and accessorize with ankle strap pumps NEW from the Kendall + Kylie collection, an elegant string of pearls from MyHabit, a studded leather clutch from Diane von Furstenberg and you are ready to hit the drive-in. For more formal affairs, sweep your hair into a high pony and don Hale Bob’s bright blue A line  or stick to basic black in the sleeveless color block dress topped with Free People’s cozy faux fur stole. “Hand jive” your way through the upcoming Season in a flattering A line silhouette perfect for any body type.

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RIZZO’S HIGH WAISTED SHORT SHORTS

If girly Sandy isn’t quite you, play with the boys this Spring in high waisted short shorts just like bad girl Rizzo. No matter what body shape you have, the high waisted silhouette is perfect for slimming your waistline, lengthening your legs, and providing the perfect combination of cool yet classy. Start with AC Collection’s deep blue high waisted stretch denim shorts paired with Lulu’s teal backless sweater or a black crochet silk cotton halter from Hale Bob for sunnier Spring days. Finish off your vintage 50’s look with a colorful scarf tied around your hair, Jimmy Choo crochet wedges, and a swipe of red lipstick from MAC. Carry your short shorts into the evening hours by topping with a frilly faux leather tank from Liberty Garden, cherry red peep toes pumps from Jessica Simpson, and Hale Bob’s blue rayon knit cardigan if it turns chilly. Casual or dressy, you’ll stay cool and slender in your own pair of high waisted shorts this Season.

VARSITY JACKETS

We can’t leave out the athletic teams that Danny joins in order to impress his love Sandy. From G-Star RAW to Marc Jacobs, designers are bringing back the 1950’s iconic coat for Spring and Summer 2016. Jump on the style trend this Season and pair with anything from your black leggings on the way to the gym to your denim mini to your maxi skirt for a evening on the town. Start with Opening Ceremony’s black and white varsity style jacket  over Hale Bob’s black cargo leggings , Liberty Garden’s gray draping sweatshirt, and Nike’s NEW running sneaker. Swap your leggings and shoes for a denim mini from Mother  or AC Collection’s faded black pencil skirt and Topshop’s NEW black booties for lunch with the girls. Segue into the evening hours by accessorizing your varsity jacket with a blouse, Hale Bob’s black studded high low skirt, and ankle strap “Patti” heels from Sam Edelman. This season take Principal McGee’s advice:  “if you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.”

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Whether you’re a “Sandy” or a “Pink Lady,” a “T Bird” or a “Rydell Ranger,” there’s a throwback fifties style you can try this Season.  You’re only a click away from shopping some of your favorite Grease-inspired outfits, from A line dresses to skinny jeans to high waisted shorts. Sure to keep you “rockin’ around the clock,” get to shopping the 50’s fashions today.

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7 ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PIECES FOR SUMMER VACATION

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Summer lovin’ and time to start thinking of what to pack for your Summer getaway. Don’t stress. We have selected the 7 best trends and top Summer styles to take you through each day of your vacation. By selecting the right accessories and shoes, you can mix and match each article of clothing to cover daytime and nighttime activities. Each piece suits any type of figure and every type of style. Take a look at our top 7 choices here and start planning your next Summer trip.

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WHITE SHORTS

You can’t have summer without shorts. Spruce up your wardrobe this Season by including this piece of essential Summer fashion wear. White shorts can be dressed up or dressed down, covering all your activities throughout the day. Pair Citizen’s of Humanity’s white cut off shorts with Hale Bob’s ivory lace bikini top and flowy silk tunic for chic beach time style. Shop our great selection of Cabana tunics in every color and pattern to fit your unique look. For daytime activities, accessorize your white shorts with sandals, a sun hat, and a cute striped top, a top trend on the runways this year. Carry your white shorts into the evening hours with a sleek leopard print blouse or wear the same Cabana silk tunic from earlier in the day and pair with your favorite strappy heels and evening clutch.

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STRIPED SHIRT

Another trending top this Season is the striped Tee, perfect for your Summer vacation. Layer your Alexander Wang blue striped Tee over your swimsuit and white shorts for beach time fun. Pair your striped Tee with your favorite white skinny jeans and ballerina flats on sightseeing tours and shopping days. Carry your striped Tee into the evening by combining with Hale Bob’s purple floral printed maxi skirt and strappy heels to dance the night away. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns this year. Summer 2015 is all about expressing your unique style and fashion look.

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SILK FLORAL BLOUSE

You can’t go wrong with adding a flowy floral silk tunic to your Summer vacation wardrobe. Your silk tunic is versatile enough to act as a chic swimsuit cover up at the beach or pool and double as a stylish daytime look paired with your white skinnys. We love Hale Bob’s blue beaded silk chiffon blouse perfect for all your Summer activities. If blue doesn’t suit you, check out our wide selection of tunics and floral tops, from basic black to patterned florals. You are sure to find a floral tunic to fit your taste and style.

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WHITE SKINNY JEANS

Though wide leg and cropped jeans are having a moment this Season, the white skinny jean will never go out of style for Summer. Be sure to include this Summer staple into your suitcase on your next vacation. Easily versatile, the white skinny jean can be layered over your swimsuit for a day at the beach, or paired with your striped shirt and sandals, or dressed up with strappy heels for evening. We love Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Thompson” mid rise skinny jeans, a perfect snug fit to flatter any figure. For a variety of looks throughout your vacation, pair your jeans with your striped Tee, floral tunic, white bikini, or go “Boho” by layering a white lace dress and “Boho” straw hat.

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STRAW SUN HAT

Don’t leave home without including a straw hat, not only to protect from Summer’s hot rays to also to add to your chic Summer style. We love Free People’s traditional straw boater hat, styled to flatter any face shape and perfectly versatile to pair with your swimsuit, floral maxi dress, lace dress, or white skinnys. Other straw hat styles we are loving this season are the wide brimmed hat, for the Hollywood glamour girl, the classic Panama hat, for the more conservative woman, and the Boho straw hat, for the free spirited flower child. Which straw hat suits your style this Season?

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FLORAL MAXI DRESS

One of our favorite trends this Spring and Summer is the floral maxi dress. Seen across the runways from Diane Von Furstenberg to Chanel, you’ll definitely want to include this piece into your Summer suitcase. The floral maxi dress is the perfect option when you can’t quite decide what to wear. The dress also flatters any body type, accentuating your feminine physic while hiding away any figure flaws. Use your floral dress as a chic cover up at the beach, a “Boho” inspired outfit at Summer’s music festivals, or evening gown on your next date night. We love Hale Bob’s floral printed silk Charmeuse maxi dress with drop waist, a trending silhouette style for this year. Check out our other floral printed maxi dresses online today, in a wide variety of styles and colors. There’s one waiting just for you.

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WHITE LACE DRESS

Finally, our 7th pick for Summer vacation styling is the white lace dress. With lace trending this Season on the runways, your getaway is the perfect opportunity to try one of this Season’s hottest looks. Don’t be afraid to take your lace dress beyond the wedding party or formal gala. Your lace dress can double as a chic swimsuit cover up at the beach or go “Boho” with a floppy hat and wedges at music festivals. You can also glam up your “girl’s night out” with a lace dress, Sam Edelman nude ankle strap sandals, and Betsey Johnson’s big bow clutch. We love Hale Bob’s delicate ivory embroidered lace dress or go sleeveless with ivory cotton crocheted sundress. For a different look, go with Hale Bob’s ivory lace maxi dress paired with flat sandals and a straw hat for day and strappy heels at night.

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Now that you have your 7 essential items for vacation it’s time to start planning your trip and packing your bags. No need to stuff your suitcase to the max. With our top 7 choices, there are countless ways you can mix and match these few pieces for a different look each day of your getaway. Remember, our suggestions are just to get you started on your vacation wear planning. Use our advice to kick start your fashion style and create your own unique Summer look. Be your own fashion designer and construct your own outfits that are reflect and enhance your personality, taste, style, and silhouette. At Posh at Play, we’ve got all your fashion needs covered and remember our motto: Be You, Be Fabulous, and always Be Feminine.

SPRING BREAK TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

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It’s that time of year again. Time to forgo the winter coats and bring out the spring wardrobe. We have all your Spring Break travel essentials right here. No need to pack your entire closet. A few key items are all you need to mix and match for a fresh new look each day of your Spring Break getaway. Take a look at our top eight picks and start packing.

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MARSALA BLAZER

Marsala was a trending color for Fall 2014 so why not carry the trend into Spring 2015 with a chic blazer, perfect for layering. During the daytime, pair the blazer with a colorful floral dress and sandals. Segue into the evening hours with cropped jeans, a white tee, heels and a leopard clutch. We love Helmut Lang’s Marsala colored blazer, perfect for your Spring Break vacation.

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CROPPED DENIM

Trending for Spring 2015, do not forget to pack your favorite cropped denim pants for Spring Break. The cropped baggy “boyfriend” pant is a current favorite with celebrities such as Dakota Fanning, Bar Rafaeli, and Jessica Alba.The cropped denim pant can be dressed up or down for a variety of different looks to suit your vacation activities. For a day at the beach, pair your pants with your favorite swimsuit for a different kind of “coverup”. Transition into the lunch hour by selecting a cute striped cropped top, sandals, and a floppy hat to match your cropped pants.. As featured above, arrive to dinner in style topping your pants with a white tee and marsala blazer. We love Citizen’s of Humanity’s Dylan relaxed cropped jeans for a comfortable yet chic Spring vacation look.

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WHITE TEE

The plain white tee is one of the simplest yet most versatile items of clothing you can pack for your vacation. Pair the white tee with your Marsala blazer and denim shorts for city sightseeing. Or, go with a chic casual style with cropped jeans and white sneakers. The white tee is also another great coverup option over your swimsuit for beach time fun. We love Rag & Bone’s basic plain white tee perfect with any of your vacation wardrobe essentials.

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DENIM SHORTS

Denim shorts are perfect not only for casual activities on your vacation, but also can be dressed up for nighttime fun. For a day at the beach, layer denim shorts over your favorite swimsuit and pair with a sheer white button down blouse, floppy hat, sunglasses, and flat sandals. Forgo the swimsuit and dress up your denim shorts with the sheer white button down, a gold belt, and heels for a night on the town. Try Frame Denim’s cutoff shorts in mid rise for a flattering fit for your Spring Break style.

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SHEER WHITE BLOUSE

In addition to layering with your swimsuit and denim shorts, the sheer white blouse can also be paired with several other travel wear items in your suitcase. The sheer white top goes perfectly with black leggings and heels, accessorizing with a bright green handbag for a pop of color. For another evening look, pair the blouse with a sheer high low skirt. We love Halmut Lang’s long sleeved sheer white blouse or try Rachel Zoe’s sheer chiffon blouse with silk trim and pair with Hale Bob’s black floral lace skirt for a great Spring Break evening style.

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BLACK LEGGINGS

Easily adaptable for any occasion, you won’t want to forget your black leggings for Spring Break packing. Stay in style as you sneak in a little exercise on your vacation with your black leggings, slouchy gray sweatshirt, fringe scarf, and sneakers. Pack your white tee and heels in your gym bag and you are ready for dinner in a flash. We love Hale Bob’s black stretch Ponte leggings for fit and comfort or try the black faux leather leggings for high fashion style.

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GRAY SWEATSHIRT

Go for comfort and style on your vacation by packing a gray sweatshirt, perfect for all occasions not just the gym. Pair with your cropped denim jeans and sneakers, and for a different look, your denim shorts will look great with a chic blazer.

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You can also pair the sweatshirt with your sheer black skirt and heels for a perfect “Athleisure” style, trending for Spring. We love Hale Bob’s mid-sleeve gray ivory crochet sweatshirt or try a selection of “menswear” sweatshirts in a variety of styles. Instead of a bulky jacket or coat, your sweatshirt is also a perfect option paired with your swimsuit for chillier evenings by the pool or on the beach.

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FLORAL DRESS 

Complete your Spring Break wardrobe with the classic floral dress perfect for Spring and Summer wear. This Season look for dresses with big bold floral prints and mixed floral and geometric prints. Go “Boho” style and pair your dress with a floppy hat and trendy gladiator sandals or short booties. Go with another look, and layer your floral dress with your sheer white blouse and add flat sandals for daytime style. For evening, top with your marsala blazer and heels or simply accessorize with a genuine shell necklace from Ross Simons and pono tortoise resin bangles from IntermixWe love the sequined floral dress from needle & thread or try the great selection of “Cabana Wear” floral dresses from Hale Bob, one to suit every occasion.

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Travel light this Season with our Spring Break travel essentials. With just a few items and some creativity, you have countless looks to carry you through your entire vacation without having to wear the same outfit twice. Be sure to include a marsala colored blazer, cropped denim pants, a plain white tee, denim shorts, a sheer white blouse, black leggings, gray sweatshirt, and your favorite floral dress. Include flat sandals, sneakers, your favorite strappy heels, gladiator sandals, and booties, as well as a selection of your favorite jewelry, a floppy hat, and a scarf. Don’t forget to add your favorite swimsuit or two for beachside fun. Check out Hale Bob’s great selection of swimwear in all shapes and styles. Pack your bag, grab your sunglasses, dab on some sunscreen, and get ready to rock your Spring Break in style.

CABANA COUTURE

Dreaming of a hot sunny destination already? So are we. Even though family gatherings, holiday parties, and festive foods are enjoyable, it’s always a relief when it is over. The anticipation is setting in as we book our travel destinations. Yes, we are talking about spring break ladies! It’s the time where we escape reality and venture off on cruises and go to exotic islands, making our co-workers and friends envious. This year, don’t be a green-eyed monster, jealous of the women who ALWAYS seem to look amazing in their tunic, maxi dress and maxi skirt. Try our Cabana Wear, which will guarantee to make you look like the beach beauties that you are. We have tantalizing tunic tops that’ll be sure to make all those beachgoers turn their heads.

Black Tunic

 “SECRET GARDEN” SILK EMBROIDERED KIMONO BLACK TUNIC TOP

A Splash of Beach Ready Glamour! This black tunic is stunningly gorgeous with its sheer fabric and silk embroidered detailing. As far as tunics go you don’t get more sophisticated than this. You can wear this to lounge by the pool at the country club or at the beach. Your pick! Pair this with the elegant Michael Kors Melodie Logo Thong Sandal to complete the look.

Navy Tunic

SILK VOILE NAVY TUNIC

This navy tunic top is destined to be a Beach Beauty Favorite. It’s composed of silk and cotton and has an embroidered and beaded detail to give you stylish comfort. This will be the tunic you’ll want to reach for every time you hit the beach. Pair this with Michael Kors Eliza Sunglasses for an eye-catching look.

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“SWEET SENSATION” COTTON BLACK SILK TUNIC

Be stunning at the beach in this black silk tunic. This is the ultimate in sexy with its beaded neckline, sheer black fabric and voile schiffely long sleeves. Create a statement in this tunic.

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 FLORAL EYELET “INDIAN SUMMER” BLACK TUNIC

This black tunic top has floral eyelet sleeves with beading detail to create a fun and flirty look. You can wear this with shorts for a day out or pair this with our Hudson Jeans and heels for a night on the town. Try Caviar Eye Liner by Laura Mercier to get this smokey eye look.

Cotton Maxi Dress

IVORY “LIVIN EASY” COTTON MAXI DRESS

Get this Boho look in this cotton Maxi Dress. This is an easy ready to wear summer dress that is sure to make a splash. Whether you’re enjoying the day in Big Sur or at Malibu, you’re sure to be California Casual in this trendy maxi dress. Try pairing this with Ippolitas Wonderland-Rainbow Hinged Bangle Bracelets for added flare.

Tie Dye Maxi Skirt

NEUTRAL  “MAI TAI” CABANA TIE DYE MAXI SKIRT

Be Bohemian Chic in this Tie Dye Maxi Skirt. This is a flowing lightweight skirt composed of cotton and spandex. You can throw this on with a tank top or short sleeve tee and pair this with your favorite sandals. This maxi skirt will soon become one of your favorites.  Try one of our Cabana Wear Stylish Outfits this Summer.