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.

TRENDING SPRING PRINTS AND STYLES YOU’LL WEAR ALL SEASON

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With the clocks moving forward this weekend, Spring has finally sprung. With longer days and warmer nights, it’s time to start filling our closets with the Season’s favorite patterns, silhouettes, and styles. From off the shoulder, to slouchy pants, to groovy tie dye, designers this year focused on a laid back approach to beauty. Take a look at our top favorite looks on the runways and we’ll show you how you can incorporate the trends now and later into your wardrobe.

OFF THE SHOULDER BLOUSE

From Rebecca Minkoff to Stella McCartney to Michael Kors, the “cold shoulder” is one of the top trends to revive on the runways this Season. We love the flowy “Boho” casual yet put together off the shoulder silhouette. This Season, look for blouses, dresses, crop tops, and even vests with the cut out style. Ease into Spring with Hale Bob’s long sleeve floral silk blouse combined with your favorite skinny jeans or leggings. Go classic by accessorizing with wedge sandals or ankle booties and a reversible oversized tote from Urban Outfitters. Or go “Boho” chic with a floppy straw hat from Free People, a suede trimmed lace kimono from Liberty Garden, and fringe booties from JSlides . As the weather warms, try a black Chevron knit dress with trending gladiator sandals from Sam Edelman or take your bright pink tribal print blouse to the beach paired with your favorite swimsuit. Classic or Boho. Cool or warm. Curvy or boy shaped. The off the shoulder look fits every style, every climate, and every shape this Spring.

STATEMENT SLEEVES

Seen at the Milly Spring 2016 Spring runway shows, another blouse shape we love is the statement sleeve. From bell shaped, to flare, to flounce, add a little glamour to your style this Season. Wow them at work in Hale Bob’s black embroidered lace blouse paired with printed crepe de chine wide leg pants and sturdy black pumps from Charles David for all day wear. Or, go trendy with this year’s “Boho” chic craze and combine your top with Citizen’s of Humanity’s cropped rolled skinny jeans, suede booties from Vince Camuto, and a fringe crossbody from White House Black Market . Dazzle and delight on your next evening out with Hale Bob’s beaded cuff silk blouse accessorized with Current/Elliot’s sleek black leather leggings, bright pink clutch and embellished pumps from Betsey Johnson. A few of our other favorite looks we love are Hale Bob’s cherry red silk double georgette long sleeve dress and shimmy the night away in a black jeweled silk tunic cocktail dress. Make a statement without saying a word this Season in your own flouncy sleeved outfit.

TIE DYE PRINT

Get groovy! A throwback to 70’s fashion continues for Spring 2016. With designers like AltuzarraRachel Comey, and Raquel Allegra showing tie dye prints on everything from blouses to pants to cocktail dresses, 2016 is the time to tap into your inner “hippie” and vibe with the times. Go full on “Boho” in Hale Bob’s luscious mint green tie dye maxi dress paired with all the essential accessories: floppy hat, gladiator sandals, fringe bag, and crochet shawl. Or, choose the blue jersey knit maxi skirt topped with a comfy basic white tee and Urban Outfitters’ flat sandals for warm weather and Lucky Brand’s leather ankle booties for chiller days. You can also take this look to the office with Hale Bob’s quartz rose and serenity blue tie dye shirt dress, Pantone’s colors of the year. Simply switch out your conservative work heels for Loeffler Randall’s NEW ankle strap sandals and you are ready to hit the nightlife in style. From the workplace to the playground, you are sure to keep it groovin’ in the 70’s favorite print pattern.

SUBTLE FLORALS

We know, we know….”florals for Spring, groundbreaking.” But unlike last Spring’s bold flower pattern, designers this year are bringing a softer, more muted floral touch. Look for smaller shapes, delicate designs, and “watercolor” imaging. We like Hale Bob’s faux wrap sheath dress in soft pastels paired with Michael Kors’ “flex” pumps for the office and Lauren Lorraine’s embellished T-strap sandals for after work fun. We also like Hale Bob’s blush pink shift dress with a subtle floral pattern, perfect for any Springtime occasion. Looking for something a little more casual? Go with the floral pattern black cami paired with a matching ivory lace skort from Liberty Garden, comfy sneakers from NEW designer Ellen DeGeneres, and a straw hat from Eugenia Kim. Lastly, one of our favorites to suit any style, occasion, or figure, is Hale Bob’s flowy silk chiffon long sleeve blouse. Combine your delicate top with anything from ultra suede leggings to a white embroidered mini skirt to cropped boyfriend jeans from Citizen’s of Humanity. Get in touch with your feminine side this Spring, and add a hint of floral to your closet.

RUFFLES

Another favorite “feminine” style to walk down the runways this Season are ruffles everywhere. From Alexander McQueen’s delicate lace maxi skirts, to Balmain’s chiffon tops, to Giambattista’s retro dresses designers this year are re-inventing an age old style from decades ago. Spread a little romance this Spring, and shop Hale Bob’s flouncy ruffled floral sun dress paired with T-strap flat sandals from Diane von Furstenberg for everyday and the leather cage heels from Schutz for hot summer nights. Or put a little salsa in your step in Hale Bob’s black silk ruffled sleeveless mid length dress. If the climate is still a bit chilly, you can warm up by combining your dress with a cozy ivory fur jacket from Hale Bob and closed toed pumps from Kendall+Kylie. Ruffles aren’t just reserved for dresses. Slip into Hale Bob’s cool blue frilly washed silk top or the ruffled textured lace blouse accessorized with this Season’s trendy wide leg pants from AC Collection or black cotton eyelet shorts when the weather warms.

SLOUCHY PANTS

We finish with our favorite pants silhouette for Spring- the slouchy trousers. With designers taking a more casual and “no fuss” approach to Spring 2016 fashion, the slouchy pant is a perfect choice to keep you stylin’ all Season long. For casual days around the house or the perfect “athleisure” look, pair Liberty Garden’s grey embroidered terry lounge pants with Liberty Garden’s ivory swing back tee or grey draping sweatshirt on chillier Spring days. For the office or dressier occasions, switch to Hale Bob’s taupe or black satin cropped pants topped with a black laser cut cami, ivory pleated swing tank, or add a splash of color in a pink printed halter top. Accessorize your look with a taupe “military” jacket or black Bolero coat on cooler Spring days and nights. Wherever you choose to wear your slouchy pants, you will always appear casual, cool, confident, and completely in style.

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From floral to tie dye, statement sleeves to ruffles, there’s a Spring trend waiting for you to try today. Even if the weather turns chilly, you can always layer your favorite sweater or jacket over your chosen outfit. So what are you waiting for? Start wearing your favorite look now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIE DYE: BRINGING BACK THE 60’s

TIE DYE: BRINGING BACK THE 60’s

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Thinking TIE DYE is passé and no longer relevant? Think again. From Alexander Wang to Michael Kors to Gucci, the runways were filled this Spring/Summer 2014 with a new, re-imagined, subtle take on the iconic fashion statement from the late 60’s and early  70’s. TIE DYE had a brief revival in the 90’s, but today the style is back in a fresh way.

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TIE DYE hits the pools, beaches, and boardwalks this summer in style with Hale Bob’s Cabana Live Hot sea blue and green chiffon top. The 3/4 sleeves and waistline gather with drawstrings while the “V” neck takes a more elaborate approach with beautiful bead detailing. Pair with your favorite Citizens of Humanity skinny jeans and Aldo strappy wedges.

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Grab J Crew’s hot Blue bikini swimsuit before the summer’s out. The beautiful TIE DYE deep blue hue perfectly falters every complexion and every woman’s figure.  Pair with Hale Bob’s chic white lace shorts or L Space Swimwear by Monica Wise crochet lace skirt cover-up for chic and stylish walk on the beach.

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Hale Bob adds new meaning to the TIE DYE trend with this chic coral jersey knit maxi dress. The bandeau bodice gathers with halter ties and drops to an elegant floor length. Pair with Prada sunglasses and Helen Kaminski sun hat and you are ready to hit the streets in style.

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For an effortlessly modern casual TIE DYE style, throw on Velvet by Graham & Spencer’s chic rayon romper. Features a billowing TIE DYE shirt, flattering cinched waist, and attached TIE DYE loose shorts. Pair this trendy TIE DYE look with Michael Kors casual kitten strappy heels for a fresh, free you.

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Wear the TIE DYE look to the office in style with Michael Kors blue silk button down blouse, at select Michael Kors stores. Pair with Top Shop chic white tailored blazer and Zara structured white mini skirt with frills for a modern girly look.

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Take the TIE DYE trend for a swing around the dance floor in Hale Bob’s “Bianca” sequined dress. Featuring TIE DYE sequin on jersey silhouette dress with power mesh long sleeves and lining, you’ll shimmer in style all year long. Pair with Jimmy Choo strappy heels for summer and Steve Madden platform booties for colder months.

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Carry the TIE DYE trend into Fall with Gucci’s Resort ’15 blue corded sweater. Pair with your favorite AC Collection flare jeans for a true 60’s vibe, or pair with Hale Bob’s Ponte A-Line skirt for a more sophisticated look. Either way, you’ll feel cozy, comfy, and chic in this TIE DYE trend.

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 Slip into one of this season’s hottest trends– the sheer, half see-through wide leg trouser pant. You’ll look chic and stylish in Asos’s pink TIE DYE pants, pairing with a crisp white T-shirt and sandals for casual, or Hale Bob’s silk charmeuse white cami for a night on the town.

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On skirts, pants, blouses, shorts, swimsuits, TIE DYE is bringing back the swinging 60’s. But this year, you don’t have to be a hippie or a 10-year-old camper to enjoy TIE DYE’s big comeback. Designers across the globe updated the TIE DYE trend this season with subtle and unique touches, pairing the trend with neutral and solid pairings. Go groovy this season, and try on some TIE DYE.