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.

 

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.