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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LOVE IS IN THE AIR: A FASHIONABLE, FUN AND FLIRTY VALENTINE’S DAY

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All you need is Love….and a little bit of fashion. As Valentine’s Day approaches, follow our fashion guide for the BEST styles suitable for whatever you may have planned for your special day. Whether a night out with the girls, a romantic dinner or a cozy evening at home, we have you covered for all your Valentine’s Day fashion needs. See our “sizzling” selections below, and start planning your fashion style for the most romantic day of the Season.

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RED DENIM JEANS

For a great all day Valentine’s look, we love red denim skinny jeans paired with a white Tee and blazer. What better time to try one of this Season’s hottest denim trends than Valentine’s Day. We love J Brand Jeans’ red “Zoey” Biker Chic skinny jeans paired with Saks Fifth Avenue’s slouchy white Tee and Hale Bob’s white Bolero jacket. Complete your Valentine’s Day look with Tory Burch nude strappy heels and you are ready to run your Valentine’s Day errands in style.

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FLIRTY FLORAL DRESS

Valentine’s Day fashion doesn’t have to include just red and pink colors. Think out of the box this Season, and grab a flirty, fun, floral dress, trending for Spring 2015. As mentioned in our “Trending Prints for Spring 2015” blog, designers now are using floral prints in new and creative ways this year. We love Hale Bob’s floral lace dress, with a “mixed media” trendy appeal. Pair your floral dress with Steve Madden chunky booties for an edgy look, or pair with Giuseppe Zanotti black heels for an elegant style.

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RED JACKET

Carry holiday fun into the workplace with whimsical accessories. For your perfect Valentine’s Day look for the office, we love a bright cherry red blazer paired with a chic polka dot pencil skirt. Try BCBGMAXAZARIA ‘s red blazer, and a Ronny Komo pencil skirt, paired with a J Brand white chiffon camisole. Complete your Valentine’s Day office look with a swipe of Mac’s Russian red lipstick and Nine West red heels and you are sure to turn heads in the workplace this Valentine’s Day.

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ROMANTIC RED GOWN

Valentine’s Day, a lovers holiday, is the perfect time to plan an elegant dinner or attend a grand party in style with your sweetheart. For the most formal of occasions, think big, bold glamorous style. We love Hale Bob’s silk Charmeuse gown in deep ruby red. With such a bold statement dress, only minimal accessories are needed. Pair your look with simple but elegant diamond studs, a dainty diamond drop necklace, and a single diamond tennis bracelet. For such a grand occasion, splurge on Jimmy Choo’s champagne leather strap sandals and you’ll feel just like “Cinderella” with your Prince Charming.

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SWEET PINK SWEATER

Charm your friends and family with a bright pink sweater for Valentine’s Day fun. Start with White + Warren’s bright pink cashmere sweater layered over a chic Hale Bob polka dot blouse, paired with Hudson’s Beth Baby bootcut jeans. Accessorize with bright white items from your wardrobe such as pearls, a white watch, a white handbag, and chic white Armani ballerina flats. No time to fix your hair? No problem. Simply twist your hair into a high topknot at the crown of your head, secured loosely with a few pins, and you are ready to step out in style.

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BLACK LACE DRESS

One of our favorite Valentine’s Day looks, flattering on any body, is the LBD- Little Black Dress. You can’t go wrong with a chic black dress, accessorized with red accents for Valentine’s. We love Hale Bob’s off the shoulder stretch lace dress, perfect for the occasion. Complete the look with Diane von Furstenberg hot red velvet heels, a funky LuLu Guinness red lips clutch, and a swipe of red lipstick, and you are ready to hit the city in style.

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FLORAL MAXI SKIRT

Go “Boho” chic this Valentine’s in a sweeping floral maxi dress, a popular trend on the Runways for Spring 2015. Designers like Emilio Pucci and Vera Wang displayed romantic, flowing floral dresses and skirts in their Spring 2015 collections this season, and what better day to feel romantic than on Valentine’s Day. We love Liberty Garden’s floral print maxi skirt paired with a sheer lace shouldered white tank from alice + olivia. Complete your whimsical “Boho” look in style with Calvin Klein nude-colored sandals, or go casual with Prada’s nude-colored wedge sandal.

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BLACK PANTSUIT

A popular trend on the Runways and Red Carpet this Season is the sleek black pantsuit. Celebrities from Margot Robbie to Jane Fonda to Gwen Stefani have been spotted all season wearing the one-piece jumpsuit in style. We love Hale Bob’s chic sleeveless black pantsuitand try pairing with Tory Burch classic ankle strap heels in new nude for a streamlined look or get funky with Vivienne Westwood’s pink heart pumps perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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RED HEART SWEATER

Rainy day Valentine’s Day? No problem. You can still look chic and stylish as you step out this holiday season with a cute “heart” sweater. We love Shop Bop’s heart-patterned red sweater paired with Hudson Collin skinny jeans and bright red Hunter rain boots. Accessorize your style with red Baggallini water proof handbag and a cute Tom Tailor heart umbrella, perfect to keep you dry AND trendy this Valentine’s Day.

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RED CAMI

For a chill, relaxed Valentine’s Day, we love the look of a camisole blouse paired with your favorite black skinny jeans for a “no fuss” casual style. Try Hale Bob’s red lace camisole paired with Rock Revival’s black skinny jeans. Accessorize with wedge sneakers from Chloe for a casual day of activities, or go with black ankle strap leather sandals from Ted Baker London for lunch out with the girls. If you take a “no nonsense” approach to the holiday, this look is for you.

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However you choose to spend Valentine’s Day, you are sure to sizzle in style with our top holiday picks, from casual and elegant. Whether you choose to “go all out” with a fancy dinner in a flowing dress, heels and diamonds or opt for a casual evening in watching romantic movies in your favorite skinny jeans and cami, you can still celebrate the holiday fashionably chic. How will you dress for Valentine’s Day? Post YOUR Valentine’s Day outfit below. We’d love to hear from you.