OLYMPICS 2016: GET INSPIRED

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

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SIMONE BILES, WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

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

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

Baked Grouper with Chunky Tomato Sauce

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

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

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KRISTIN ARMSTRONG, WOMEN’S CYCLING

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

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

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KERRI WALSH JENNINGS, BEACH VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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U.S. WOMEN’S WATER POLO

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

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

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

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

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WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM

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

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

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WOMEN’S SWIMMING TEAM

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

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

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

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

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TEAM USA

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

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

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

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.

FIND YOUR OWN SUMMER WEDDING INSPIRED STYLE

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Let the Summer wedding Season begin! Don’t let the hot seasonal weather get you down. Get our best wedding party trend ideas and style tips hot off the runways for Summer 2016. Don’t have a Summer wedding planned? You can still get in on the Season’s romantic designs, or even take our advice for your next outdoor summer garden party.

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GARDEN WEDDING

There’s nothing quite as lovely as a romantic garden wedding. With Summer’s florals out in full bloom, nature provides the perfect backdrop to the celebratory day. If the weather turns hot, be sure to dress accordingly in a flowing whimsical maxi or a even butterfly print palazzo pants. Accessorize with strappy sandals and dainty jewelry, and keep makeup to a minimum for a light, fresh- faced look.

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You can’t go wrong with a classic vintage “A line” silhouette, flattering on any body type with a tight waistline and a full skirt. Add a pretty ruffled petticoat underneath for true 50’s flare.

Our favorite “A line” dress options:
“Keira” Blue Lace and Ponte A Line Dress
“Cinderella” Tank Dress
“Jayleen” Ivory Lace A Line Dress

Other favorite garden wedding dresses we like are the chic sheath dress, accentuating a tiny waist and narrow hips, or a flowy chiffon skirted dress, guaranteed to keep you feeling fresh and cool all day long.

Other Sheath Dress Options:
“Spring Into Fashion” Fuchsia Floral Sheath Dress
“Alondra” Neoprene Sheath Dress
“Magdalena”Pink Stretch Sheath Dress

Whichever dress style you decide on, be sure to accessorize in style with a pretty yet simple pastel envelope clutch holding all your necessities. Pull hair back with your favorite fresh cut flowers from the garden and you are sure to stay smelling “sweet as a rose” from morning to evening.

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BEACH WEDDING

Nothing says “summer” quite like a romantic beach wedding. Since the weather can be unpredictable, be sure to include sunscreen for day and a light wrap by night.

Summer Wedding Cover-ups we like:
“Azaria” Lace Trimmed Kimono
“Polina” Ivory Swing Cardigan
“Daisy” Lace Poncho

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You can’t go wrong in a flowy maxi dress, perfectly paired with your favorite embellished sandals.

Other maxi styles we like for a beach wedding:
“Maria” Ivory White Split Lace Dress
“Sonnie” Light Pink Strapless Maxi Dress

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Stay cool while looking lovely in a short lace dress accessorized with a simple clutch and gold flats for perfect all day comfort.

Other short lace dresses to consider:
“Treva” Ivory White Lace Tank Dress
“Prisca” Silk Chiffon Lace Dress
“Lacy Afternoon” Coral Lace Dress

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RUSTIC RANCH WEDDING

Kick up your heels and get ready for a rootin’, tootin’ good time at a rustic ranch style wedding. At untraditional weddings, no sense to play by all the rules. Get creative and join in the fun of the theme.

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Don your favorite flowing mixed print dress and accessorize with your favorite cowboy styled boots and western jewelry.

Our other favorite printed summer maxi dresses to choose from:
“Brea” Bright Yellow High Low Chiffon Maxi
“Jules” Printed Drop Waist Maxi Dress
“Janis” Teal Crepe De Chine Dress

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Or, grab your favorite little white lace dress and tie a pretty fringed scarf around your neck for classic “cowboy” style.

Other Lovely Lace “Ranch Wedding” Options to enjoy:
“Eda” Long Sleeve White Lace Dress
“Katrina” Embroidered Lace Mesh Dress
“Ready to Glow” Off the Shoulder Ivory Lace Dress

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DESTINATION WEDDING

Whether staying at a castle in France, chilling in the Virgin Islands, or scoping the Alps, destination weddings are a great excuse to pack up for a quick little Summer vacation. Pay attention to the country’s local climate and pack accordingly.

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For your European destination, think classy and chic. Keep it crisp and clean with a fitted sheath dress paired with classic pumps, girly hats, and a simple string of pearls.

We like these “European” styled outfits:
“Spring Into Fashion” Floral Sheath Dress
“Morgan” White Long Sleeve Knit Dress
“Bolero” Ivory Fitted Jacket

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For your tropical destination, include a  “Cabana” print maxi dress as well as your favorite swimwear. After the wedding festivities are over, you’ll have time to frolic in the white sandy beaches and crystal blue ocean.

“Tropical” Wedding Destination outfits to pack:
“Time To Turn Heads” Teal Drop Waist Maxi Dress
“Cabana Botanical Bliss” Coral Floral Jersey Maxi Dress
“Tropical Punch” Silk Cotton Shirtdress

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For your Alpine wedding destination, you can still wear your same flowy chiffon maxi dress. Instead of your sandals, pair with open toed ankle booties to hike the trails to your party event. Don’t forget to pack a Summer jacket to keep warm against the chilly Summer nights in the mountains.

Favorite “Alpine” Summer jackets to include:
“Deani” Ivory Knit Lace Jacket
“Vacation Time” Blue Knit Cardigan
“Chain Reaction” White Washed Silk Jacket

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TRADITIONAL CHURCH WEDDING

Lastly, many brides today still choose to embrace the traditions of old and opt for a classic church wedding and reception. In direct contrast to the Beach, Ranch, or wedding, be sure to understand the proper dress codes and formalities that come with this type of wedding.

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Classic church weddings are a bit more formal than other weddings. Some even require “Black Tie” only. Be sure to consider this while choosing your best wedding outfit. Go classic cool in an embroidered lace skirt and flowy blouse, paired with nude heels to elongate your legs and a simple leather clutch.

Other “Proper” Church Wedding Options:
“Corra” A Line Ivory Lace Midi Skirt
“Kenley” Black Lace Pencil Skirt With Half Slip
“Timeless” Gray Floral Lace Pencil Skirt
Crepe de Chine” Silk Button Down Blouse

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And finally, no matter which wedding you go to this Summer, a “little black dress” will ALWAYS be fashionable. Spruce up your look for Summer with bright accessories and shiny gold jewelry to enhance your style.

Our favorite “LBDs”:
“Treva” Black Lace Crochet Gauze Dress
“Sweet” Black Silk Washed Ruffled Sundress
“Keira” A Line Lace Dress

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Whichever wedding you plan to attend this Summer, you are sure to have fun with our top fashion picks. And even if you don’t have a wedding or reception planned in the near future, you can still take our advice for your next Summer dinner party or outdoor event.

We here at POSH AT PLAY want you to remember 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:

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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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SEA, SAND, AND SWIMWEAR

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As the weather warms and we near the first day of Summer, it is time to start shopping resort, beach, and pool wear. This year, make your swimwear collection go double duty day and night. With just the right pairing and accessories, your swimsuit and cover ups can easily transition from daytime fun in the sun to nighttime glam. We’ve listed our favorite Summer swimwear fashion trends this Season below. Sit back, relax, and prepare to be dazzled by this Summer’s latest swimwear styles.

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BOHO STYLE

As mentioned in our “Fashion Flashback: Throwback to the 70’s,” vintage “Boho” is grooving this Season. What better way to show off this trending look than a chill day at the beach. First gather your 70’s-inspired beach essentials such as Free People’s circular beach throw, artisan beach tote, “Stardust” sunglassesand metallic platform sandals. Then head to the beach in style with Hale Bob’s navy silk cotton tunic layered over your favorite swimsuit. Hit the nightlife and groove the night away pairing the tunic with AC Collection’s flare jeans and River Island’s nude platform heels for that 70’s touch.

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LOVELY IN LACE

From Alberta Ferretti’s dresses to Roberto Cavalli’s jackets, lace was seen all over the runway this Season. Not just reserved for weddings, this Season look for sheer luscious white and ivory lace pants, blouses, jackets, skirts, and dresses. Get the look as seen above with Hale Bob’s ivory lace swimsuit bikini paired with flowy ivory lace trimmed wide leg pants, perfect for a day on the beach. Segue into the twilight hours by topping your trousers with Hale Bob’s silk white drop waist tunic and comfy Prima lace up wedges from Free People for a cool chic walk down the Boardwalk.

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CLASSIC BLACK

Channel your inner “Audrey Hepburn” this Summer, and go basic but beautiful in black. Always in style and never out of fashion, you can’t go wrong with this color of choice. Start with Hale Bob’s black halter bikini swimsuit and accessorize with 50’s and 60’s-inspired items. You’ll feel just like a Hollywood starlet with Italia Independent’s cat eye sunglasses, ViX Swimwear’s straw tote, Wildfox Couture’s black fringe throw, and J Crew’s suede slides. Complete your look and ensure that you can chill in peace away from all of your “fans” with Eugenia Kim’s cute “sunny-do not disturb” straw sunhat. As evening approaches, pair your halter top with a 50’s flare skirt by Marc Jacobs and cute kitten heels from Stuart Weitzman completing your “celebrity” style.

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BOLD TROPICAL

Be bold this Summer in bright colors and big patterns with a tropical sundress perfect as a cover up by day and a cocktail dress by night. We love Hale Bob’s “Flight of Fancy” tropical print strapless dress easy to layer over your favorite swimsuit. Check out our great selection of multi-colored swimsuit bikinis, one for every taste and style. Segue into the evening hours by pairing your dress with Nine West embellished platform pumps and a Michael Kors dome clutch for a hot summer night on the town. You’re sure to be a hit on the dance floor in this bold Summer style.

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JEWEL TONES

Along with bold patterns, bright colors were also a trend on this year’s runways, particularly jewel toned colors in purples, greens, reds, and blues. Celebrities have jumped on the “jewel-toned” trend with Debra Messing and Anna Chlumsky spotted in deep purple dresses at last weekend’s Tony Awards. And this week, Bryce Dallas Howard was spotted in deep blue on the Red Carpet while Mariah Carrey favored bright red for her street style look. Capture Kate Hudson’s “Cali cool” look featured above with Hale Bob’s purple ruffle bikini swimsuit accessorized with Hale Bob’s purple printed maxi skirt, Ray Ban’s original aviators, Nordstrom’s straw floppy hat, and Free People’s gladiator sandals.  For evening, throw on Hale Bob’s black strapless silk ruffle dress paired with Steve Madden’s colorful wedges for easy breezy Summer nights.

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PATTERNED MAXI SKIRT

Animal print, floral, tribal, striped, or mixed media maxi skirt? Get this Summer’s favorite skirt length at our online store Posh at Play today. We have every color and pattern to fit any shape and style. Go exotic and pair your favorite swimsuit bikini with a Hale Bob zebra print sheer maxi accessorized with a Dorfman safari hat and shades. Feeling feminine? Let loose your beachy waves and go with Hale Bob’s floral print maxi skirt paired with crystal embellished Menbur sandals and a “Victorian” inspired lace parasol. Or get groovy and go “Boho” with Hale Bob’s coral jersey knit tie dye maxi skirt, floppy hat, and Marc Fisher fringe sandals. Whatever mood you are feeling, there’s a maxi skirt here for you.

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SHORTS

Nothing says summer more than bikinis, sandals, and shorts. Our final top pick for Summer Swimwear is shorts of all shapes, sizes, and colors. This Season, shorts styles are a mix of all eras, styles, and lengths, from Nicholas K’s knee length khakis to Hayley Elsaesser fun prints to Diane von Furstenberg’s sleek tailored shorts. We love Hale Bob’s bright green patterned shorts perfect for lounging poolside or a day at the beach. Dress up your look at night by pairing your shorts with Liberty Garden’s romantic ruffle tank or dance the night away with a snug long sleeve black mesh top.

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Of course you can never go wrong with a comfy pair of cut off shorts, easily versatile and never goes out of style. Make your own with a pair of jeans you don’t wear anymore. Simply grab a pair of scissors and cut to the length of your choosing, rolling up the uneven ends. Throw on your favorite swimsuit and layer with Hale Bob’s black silk cotton tunic and you are ready to hit the beach in style. For a different look, try a bit of color with Citizen’s of Humanity’s green and burgundy high waisted shorts or go pure white with Citizen’s of Humanity’s ivory “cheeky” shorts. Whichever style you choose, you can never go wrong with cut off jean shorts as a simple yet stylish swimwear cover up.

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There are so many stylish ways to make a splash this Summer on your next vacation or at your upcoming pool party. With this Season’s range of patterns and styles, swimwear can go double duty from morning to night by simply adding a few accessories and switching shoe style. We’ve shown you our favorite trends for this year’s Summer Swimwear styles. Which look will YOU be wearing this year? Comment below. We’d love to hear from you, our readers. Get to shopping your favorites today with our convenient online store Posh at Play, and don’t forget to be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.