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.

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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 MAKE YOUR FOURTH OF JULY “SPARK”TACULAR

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It’s already almost the fourth of July, so it’s time to start planning your weekend fun. Along with the usual tradition of “oohing and aahing” over fireworks, we’ve collected other favorite ways to celebrate the holiday with friends and family. Put on your Patriotic pride this Season and celebrate all that is good about the great country of America.

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START YOUR MORNING OUT IN STYLE

Nothing like starting your morning out with a smooth “Cuppa Joe.” Don your favorite cool summer romper, and take the morning to get out in nature and enjoy the fresh air with a bike ride or picnic in the park. Celebrate the freedoms we do have in this country and take the time to appreciate them.

Stay cool with our other favorite shorts set picks:
“Tiana” Navy Blue Lace Romper
“Dana” Blue Lace Shorts
“Tara” Off The Shoulder White Lace Romper

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GO ON A COUNTRY CAMPOUT

Extend your “walk in the park” to an over night campout and BBQ. Pack up the necessities and head out to your favorite locale. Put electronics and social media aside for the weekend, and enjoy good conversation, a good read, marshmallows over the fire, and falling asleep to the sounds of nature. You’ll be sure to want to pack lightly and comfortably for a weekend of fun.

In addition to a chic tie dye maxi, here are our favorite cool camping picks:
“Club Voile” Striped Palazzo Pants
“Sosonna” White Lace Wide Leg Pants
“Eda” Lace Trimmed Tunic Dress

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HOST YOUR OWN PATRIOTIC PARTY

Consider not even leaving the house this weekend, and invite your besties over for some fun, food, and celebration. Be the host at your own “Fourth of July” party and serve Patriotic snacks and drinks while donning your own festive fashion. Think “Red, White, and Blue” when decorating. Get started with our own favorites listed below.

Our favorite “Red, White, and Blue” for you:
“Cabana” Mai Tai Maxi Skirt
“Chain Reaction” Blue Silk Top
Citizen’s of Humanity’s White Cheeky Shorts

d375231e690ff13bfd607ee249b46df3Serve a refreshing platter of “Red, White, and Blue” fruit appetizers for your guests to enjoy before the big BBQ. Simple slice bananas and strawberries and serve with fresh blueberries on wooden skewers.

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Red, White and Blue Margaritas
Makes: 2-3 frozen margaritas

Ingredients
Strawberry

1 cup ice
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
3 ounces tequila
2 ounces lime juice
1 ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Original

1 cup ice
3 ounces tequila
2 ounces lime juice
1 ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau

Directions
In a blender, blend together strawberry ingredients and place in freezer while blending all original ingredients. Pour half of the strawberry mixture into a glass and follow with half the original mix. Gently swirl with a straw or spoon. Top with frozen blueberries and a lime wedge.

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EASY DIY PATRIOTIC DECOR

For simple yet festive DIY Patriotic decor, use Red, White, and Blue bandanas to decorate the party. You can even have the kids help you out as you make last minute preparations. Simply cut out triangle shapes and glue to a long straw rope to hang above doorways. Glue full sized bandanas together to create a colorful tablecloth. Use the left overs as place settings or napkins tucked into mason jars. Scatter a few American flags around, and you set to go.

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GO BOATING

Take a break and get out on the lake or ocean this July 4th. Pack up a picnic and drinks, bring along a few friends, and head out on the water. You’ll want to be sure to wear your favorite festive wear for all day comfort and style. Stay out until twilight, and you just might get to see a firework display out on the “shining sea.”

“Patriotic” Boating options we love:
“Roskana” White Satin Crepe De Chine Pants
“Kiss and Tell” Red Lace Tunic
“Femi” Navy Blue Shirt Dress

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CELEBRATE FREEDOM

Finally, no Fourth of July would be complete without a brilliant display of fireworks over the night sky. End your day by celebrating the freedoms we have, thankful for the opportunity to live in peace. Check your local listings for firework displays near you, or you can watch the performance from the comfort of your own home with PBS’ “Capital 4th” live from Washington D.C.

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You might even decide to venture out from the city lights, buy fireworks, and have your own festive celebration with old fashion sparklers, roman candles, and party poppers.

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Why not stay the night at the beach, and enjoy a festive celebration over the “sea to shining sea?” Whichever you choose, you are sure to end your holiday feeling Patriotic pride.

Festive “Patriotic” swimwear you’ll love:
“Cabana” Blue Lace Bikini
“Bollywood” Blue Beaded Swimsuit
“Guilty Pleasures” White Lace Bikini

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We hope you like our favorite tips on how to have a fun, fashionable Fourth of July this year. We’d love to hear from YOU, our readers, on your favorite holiday traditions and festivities. We’d love to see your comments below. No matter what you choose to do this Independence Day, be sure to wear your Patriotic pride all Season long. Whichever political party you side with, this year, now more than ever, we all should be proud to be Americans.

Remember we here at Posh at Play always want to remind you to:
Be You, Be Fashionable, and always Be Feminine.

Off The Shoulder

                           OFF THE SHOULDER

chic-lace-off-the-shoulder-topShoulder is the new cleavage. Everyone is talking about this season’s Off The Shoulder look for Spring/Summer 2014 and continuing into the Fall 2014 season. The beauty of this design trend is that it can be adapted for every occasion. Whether you are looking for a sophisticated evening dress, casual day-wear, or something in between, the off-the-shoulder style has it all. Perfect when crafted from sheer fabrics for Spring/Summer, or from heavier weights for cooler temperatures, garments can be tailored or free-falling, making off-the-shoulder design ideal for all.Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 3.31.26 PM

JERSEY KNIT V NECK DRESS WITH CUTOUT SHOULDERS

This summer trend gets classy with the Off The Shoulder black dress,  made in light weight knit that moves freely and featuring a plunging “V”neckline for drama.  Throw on a classic like “Glory” Pump by Topshop for a retro Breakfast at Tiffany’s look.  It’s an Off The Shoulder dress that makes any girl feel like a movie star.

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                    WHITE OFF THE SHOULDER CHIFFON TOP For summer, go casual chic in ZENIA’S Off The Shoulder White top with sheer chiffon sleeves. Stay cool by pairing with shorts for daytime outings and pair with your favorite slim fit jeans, slacks or leggings for those hot summer nights. The key to staying sleek and chic in this Off The Shoulder trend, is to pair with a slimming bottom to compliment the flowing blouson top.

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FUCHSIA MAYAN TRIBAL PRINT TUNIC

Neon colors made a big splash on the runways this Spring/Summer and continuing into Fall 2014. Hale Bob’s Off The Shoulder tribal print tunic is perfect for casual days out, as well as nights out on the town.  For warmer months, pair with COACH CHARLEEN SANDALS,   then easily carry the look into Fall by pairing the tunic with your favorite heels. You’ll look and feel refreshed, and dazzle in this year’s trendy bright Neon color.

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VINTAGE ZIP BACK ASYMETRICAL DRESS

Hale Bob’s  Off The Shoulder dress embodies several hot trends hitting the runway this year. It has an asymmetrical cut and an animal print design giving it a “Jane of the Jungle” style, all the rage this season.  It features the always flattering peplum waist that creates a curvy shape.  Pair with strappy heels for Summer and segue into Fall by pairing with luxurious CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN  Black Suede short boots. This vintage One Shoulder dress will have you “ready to roar”!

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“VINTAGE, TAP INTO SPRING” MOCK WRAP DRESS

Here’s a different take on the vintage Off The Shoulder dress.  Hale Bob’s coral mock wrap dress dares to bare with the One Shoulder look, yet also reveals a more feminine, romantic style with the vintage drop waist, delicately embroidered neckline, and flutter long sleeve. Dress it up for a romantic evening out with CADRAMAZZO strappy sandals by ALDO.  Risky yet romantic.

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CHUNKY OVERSIZE OFF THE SHOULDER SWEATER

Carry the Off The Shoulder look into the Fall season with this cozy FREE PEOPLE Chunky Oversize Off The Shoulder sweater. Cozy knits made a big splash across the runways this season, so you’ll be fashionable yet comfortable for Fall 2014. Pair with your favorite skinny jeans and accessorize with chunky bracelets and chain necklaces for a fun, fashionable Fall.

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OFF THE SHOULDER PEPLUM TAILORED TOP

For a more tailored Off The Shoulder look, slip into SASS & BIDE’S gold embroidered Off The Shoulder fitted peplum top. Flattering for all body types, pair with a fitted skirt for the office and easily segue into the cocktail hour. Or pair with your favorite skinny jeans and gilded BRIAN ATWOOD gold heels for a hot night on the town.

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OFF THE SHOULDER SWIMSUIT

Carry the look to the beach or pool this Summer with MICHAEL KORS Off the Shoulder black one piece swimsuit with gold chain detailing. Look for Summer’s latest swimsuit trend in one piece swimsuits and also Off the Shoulder bikinis. Feel polished yet glamorous as you soak up the sun in style.  Accessorize with GUCCI gold cuff bracelet and hoop earrings as you stroll the Boardwalk.

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Whether daytime or evening , dressed up or dressed down, on the beach, out to lunch, or a night on the town, this season’s Off The Shoulder look is a trend you won’t want to miss. From swimsuits, to rompers, to tops, to dresses, the trend dares to bare while leaving a little bit of mystery. The Off The Shoulder style lends itself to a feminine, romantic feel of days gone by, while the sultriness gives it a modern freshness. The great thing about this trend is it easily segues into Fall allowing longer wear from your Summer purchases.  Be romantic. Be daring. Be bold. Give the Off the Shoulder trend a try this season.