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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