LACE TO ROMANCE YOUR SUMMER

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 From the rompers at Elie Saab, to the dresses at  Stella McCartney, to the jackets at Roberto Cavalli, romantic lace was a hit with designers this year. As Summer approaches, NOW is the perfect time to add a little romance to your lifestyle. Whether it be a new dress for a summer wedding, curtains for your cabana, or trim on your denim shorts, we’ll show you quick and easy ways you can capture this season’s dreamy mood.

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LAZE AWAY IN A LACEY SUMMER SUNDRESS

Nothing says “Summer” quite like your favorite lace sundress. A classic strapless maxi is the perfect way to get into a romantic mood everywhere you go this Season. In addition, this style flatters EVERY body type, so no need to “suck in” while you enjoy your activities. Great as a swimsuit cover up to twilight dinner on the beach, your lace maxi is the perfect summer dress solution.

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BEAUTIFY THE BEACH HOUSE

And speaking of the beach, summer is the perfect time to bring a little romance to your getaway beach house or pool cabana. Grab a pair of custom made sheer lacy curtains direct from Scotland for the living and bed room windows to diffuse the sunlight for a romantic glow.

 Don’t have the luxury? Tie pairs of lacy sheer layers across your house’s porch awning or trade out your shower curtain with long panels of the fabric. Light Ralph Lauren’s Ocean Lane seaside candles across the rooms, and you’ll feel forever “on holiday” whether at home or away at your vacation house.

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HOST A LACY AFFAIR

Now that you’ve romanticized your home, it’s time to entertain. Scatter a few lacy pillows around the living room, lay a table runner to hold the plates of appetizers and desserts, and fill lace goblets full of your homemade refreshing, cool white wine spritzer. If the weather is nice, take the whole affair outside for a garden picnic. You could also wait until twilight, the most romantic time of day, light a few lanterns, and host a drinks and dinner party outside. However you choose to host your guests, they will appreciate the romantic touch you bring to the event.

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 Provide a bit of whimsical fun at your next garden party by decorating your trees with lovely pastel colored balloons. For directions on how to create your own Summertime fantasy, see Joann’s DYI project.

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DON’T FORGET COLORFUL LACE

Finally, don’t forget that lace doesn’t come in just white or ivory. Take advantage of the Season’s jeweled ruby reds, emerald greens, sapphire blues, and violet purples. Rev up the romance with a red lace crochet area rug, perfect for a romantic candlelit dinner or evening at home. Or use as a throw over your favorite couch for summertime snuggling.

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ACCESSORIZE IN LOVELY LACE

After you have finished beautifying your surroundings, it’s time to concentrate on YOU. Take a look at our favorite ways to add a touch of romance with lovely lace accessories.

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Why not add a pair of  white lace Tom’s to your summer wardrobe? Easy to slip on and off and comfortable for all day wear, these classics will become your new best friend. They pair perfectly with your favorite swimwear, denim cut offs, cropped pants, romper, or lace dress for comfy yet trendy style. Your hostess feet will never tire in Tom’s.

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Invited to a wedding this summer? Tom’s are the perfect gift for the beautiful bride. She’ll appreciate wearing these after the ceremony to keep her tootsies dancing all night long.

From Balenciaga’s designer lace shopper  to Rochas structured purse to Victoria Trading Company’s vintage clutch,  there’s a perfect lacy bag to fit every taste. Forgo the heavy leather, and go feminine flirty this season.

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Compliment your summer style with unique lacy dangle earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. At Etsy, you can scroll through thousands of one-of-a-kind lace jewelry selections, and at the same time, support talented artisans from around the US.

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Last but definitely not least. Cover up with a midnight black lace shawl, perfect for Summer’s weather. Your lace shawl is perfect paired with shorts for daytime fun, layered over your favorite cocktail dress at twilight, and doubled as a nighttime robe in the evening.

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GET CRAFTY

Need a place to hold all of your pretty lace jewelry? Get crafty this summer and follow our d0-it-yourself instructions on making your own jewelry holder.

What You’ll Need: Vintage frame, lace trim (from a fabric store), staple gun or super glue

How To: On the backside of your vintage frame, position lace strips evenly down the frame. If your frame is made of wood, use staple gun to attach in place. If it is ceramic, use super gun or a hot glue gun. If lace strips protrude past the frame’s edges, simple trim with scissors.

Simply and easy, yet your friends will be impressed with your lovely lace DYI project.

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Whether you accessorize yourself, your surroundings or BOTH in lace, take this Summer to add a little femininity to your lifestyle. It’s simple, easy and after all, we all could use   a little more romance in our lives. And remember, no matter what we here at Posh at Play want you to be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVE OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY WEAR

 

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It’s that Season once again for the annual holiday office party. Whether you love it or hate it everyone is obligated to go, knowing the Boss will be there with bonus checks and greatly appreciated end-of-the-year gifts. The dilemma of what to wear to a party in front of those you closely work with in a professional setting everyday can be tough. But have no fear. We have come to the rescue with our favorite picks on how to catch your co-worker’s interest without trashing your reputation. Take a look at our selections below and start shopping your favorites. You don’t have to dread this year’s office party knowing you’ll be the one they all will remember with class yet style.

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KEEPING IT CLASSY

If you’re the kind of girl who prefers demure hemlines and classic style, you can never go wrong in a knee length A line skirt, brightened up with a holiday red silk blouse and jacket. We like Vince Camuto’s A Line pleated black skirt, and the red silk blouse with necktie from Hale Bob , accessorized with a black fur coat and matching black “flex” heels from Michael Kors to keep you comfortable all night long. Jazz things up a bit in Hale Bob’s black lace pencil skirt  paired with your red silk blouse and cropped black bolero jacket, finishing with delicate diamond drop earrings from Lafonn for a touch of holiday sparkle. Keeping it classy and simple is always in style when you can carry the look off with confidence and poise.

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PLAYING WITH THE BOYS

Channel your inner “Marlene Dietrich” with a one piece jumpsuit for sleek yet feminine style. Your outfit will show that you can keep up with the men without forgoing your womanly side as well. We like Hale Bob’s sleeveless black lace jumpsuit, or go for a bit of “Hollywood” holiday glam in a sleeveless black one piece with sequin front. Adhereing to your “menswear” style, sweep your hair into a sleek low bun and accessorize with an oversized blazer from Paige Denim, patent pointy toe Oxfords from Paul Green, and an industrialized box clutch from Whiting & Davis. If you prefer a more feminine look, go with Hale Bob’s ivory faux fur coat, matching ivory Brocade kitten heels from Simple Soles, and tiny pearl earrings from Mikimoto. Whichever way you choose to style your one piece pantsuit, be sure to include this look in your office party planning this Season.

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VINTAGE CHIC

Nothing attracts looks more than a hint of a simple more refined classic time period in fashion. As Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” plays in the background, transform your style to a differernt era with a throwback to 1950’s glamour. The easiest way to achieve this vintage look is with an “A line” fitted dress, a trending silhouette at the time. With a fitted waist and a flare skirt, this shape works best to accentuate a tiny middle and toned legs, while hiding wider hips and thighs. Get the look with Hale Bob’s black stretch Ponte and lace A line dress paired with black tights and matching black heels for a streamlined style. Or “let it go” a la Elsa from Frozen in Hale Bob’s bright icicle blue A line dress and matching embellished blue heels from Menbur Sanco. From brights to neutrals to patterns, select your favorite vintage find from Hale Bob at our wide selection online, one to suit every taste and style.

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NAUGHTY BUT NICE

There’s no shame in flaunting your fit physic at the annual holiday party. However, you do want to keep it posh yet professional in the office setting. Select your favorite holiday red mini dress and pair with black tights and matching black heels, revealing a little leg but not too much. Get a similar look as pictured above with Hale Bob’s long sleeve lace dress paired with matte opaque tights from Wolford and black suede heels from Dolce Vita.  For a different silhouette, we also like Hale Bob’s short sleeve soft jersey wrap dress paired with trendy Elie Tahari black tights with side stripe and black suede booties from Saint Laurent. A little flirt is fine as long as it’s done with good taste and style.

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SAY YES TO SEQUINS

Don’t be afraid to glitter and glisten at the holiday party in a shimmering sequined dress. The key to not appearing too “overdone” is to pair your look with neutral accessories and natural hair and makeup. Reserve your flamboyant side for the upcoming New Year’s Eve festivities.  Get the above featured style with Hale Bob’s gold sleeveless sequined dress topped with Rebecca Minkoff’s long black silk blazer or again, go with Hale Bob’s cropped bolero jacket. You could also try one of this Season’s “winter white” trends in the ivory sequined cocktail dress from Hale Bob combined with an ivory Ponte stretch jacket and delicate ivory satin heels from Kate Spade. Let your hair fall loose and wavy in a slightly “tousled” manner aided by Bumble and Bumble’s surf infusion spritz spray and you are ready to rock this year’s office party in style.

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PARTY ANIMAL

If you just can’t contain your excitement and are always the “life of the party,” there is a way to tame the animal within and still have a good time. The office party setting is not always the best place to “let loose,” however  there’s no need to feel uncomfortable with who you are. We suggest our favorite animal printed wrap dress from Hale Bob paired perfectly with Lafayette’s sleek tech jacket, black tights, and black leather Mary Jane’s from Shoes of Prey. You could even go a bit edgier with Vince’s  black paneled leather jacket and knee high boots from Steve Madden if you dare. Another chic way to reveal your inner “tiger” is to accessorize a favorite LBD with animal print items such as Michael Kors’ “cheetah” kitten heels or Cleobella’s leopard fringe clutch. Don’t be afraid to express yourself this holiday Season. Just be sure to do it with moderation and an “Oh So Chic” style.

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Classic or edgy. Vintage or trendy. There’s a holiday office party style that’s waiting for you this Season. Instead of wishing the event was already over, look forward to being able to express your individuality and personal style with the people you work with everyday. Let down your guard a little and let your true self shine through. Sincerity is always refreshing and your Boss is sure to take note. Your co-workers will see you in a whole different light and by being able to express yourself, you might actually enjoy going to work this year. Be you, be yourself, but always be feminine.

FASHION’S NEW BUSINESS SUIT

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I have never been a big fan of women’s business wear, but this Season’s designers are making me want to shop all the latest trends for women’s wear in the office. With the Fall season TV premieres in full swing, female actresses are featured in strong leading roles with wardrobes to match. Gone are the sharp shoulder pads, stuffy tweeds, and unflattering hemlines, designers this Fall are updating women’s wear in the office to reflect the way women’s leadership is changing. Thanks to role models like Michelle Obama, women today no longer have to hide their femininity or womanly figure to be considered seriously. Film makers are reflecting this mindset by writing scripts giving actresses strong leading roles which play up their smart, commanding side while also featuring their more personal, feminine side at the same time. Designers like Prada, Caroline Herrera, and Ann Taylor are reinventing the “power suit” by introducing sheer fabrics, ruffles, and neutral pastels as a way to bring a feminine touch to women’s business dress. The great thing about these new, fresh “power suits” is that they appeal to all women, not just businesswomen, and can easily transition to cocktail hour or an evening out. I will definitely be adding some of these new items to my closet this Fall. Check out my favorites below:

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 Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

No one wears a “power suit” better than Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Floorick on the popular show “The Good Wife.” Costume designer Daniel Lawson now has his own fashion line 35DL with clothing you can buy inspired by Julianna’s character on the show. His advice for an updated business look: “It’s most important not to over accessorize. A sleek outfit with one significant piece of jewelry becomes a more focused look.” Check out his clothing line at www.35dl.net and pick out a chic new business suit for a meeting out. Try an Ann Taylor cropped grey jacket with contrasting lapels for an updated  look.

Or go with my favorite a black updated Muglar jacket from 35dl paired with a black Hale Bob fitted skirt and accessorize with gold bangles from Forever 21. Daniel Lawson also advises dressing in monochromic colors head-to-toe for the strongest image.

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 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VEEP

Quirky, zany Julia Louis-Dreyfus brings a fun, comedic inside to the White House with her character Selina Meyer as Vice President in “VEEP,” and her wardrobe reflects her “you don’t always have  to follow the rules” attitude.  Julia brings the mystery and mystic of politics and the White House down to the common person’s level through her impeccable comedic timing and down-home manner that audiences everywhere can relate to. Her wardrobe on the show reflects her character’s personality perfectly while staying with mostly business dresses and skirts, but with a fitted form and bright colors for Fall 2014. No need to wear only dark colors. Try bright colors like red, yellow or emerald, trending on the Runway, for an updated look this Fall.

I love these red hot slacks from BCBG paired with a flowing Vince Camuto neutral blouse and Charlotte Russe nude pumps with mesh lining for all-day comfort and style. Accessorize with chic gold chandelier earrings and sweep your hair into a chic ballerina bun for an updated business look.

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Or, reverse the color scheme, and go with a hot red Hale Bob button down blouse paired with Donna Karan neutral colored slacks. Either way you choose, throw some color into your Fall business wardrobe this Fall.

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Robin Wright exerts her power and prowess as Carrie Underwood on “House of Cards,” going to “battle” everyday for her politically minded husband  Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. She stays cool, calm, and collected throughout, though, with her fashion taste leaning more towards darker navy and black, and form-fitting dresses and skirts, without revealing too much. I love the femininity and grace Robin Wright brings to the character, but with strength and backbone, reminiscent of Grace Kelly. Slick back you hair, and dress for power and grace like Carrie Underwood with a Ralph Lauren fitted navy dress paired with solid black pumps and handbag.

Or pair a solid black pencil skirt with a sheer silk chiffon button down from Hale Bob, just a touch of femininity without revealing too much at the office.

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Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

ABC’s newest hit “Scandal,’ renewed for a 4th Season, stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, former White House Director of Communications and now head of her own crisis management firm. Her character and sense of style have become so widely popular that this Fall “The Limited” stores debuted the “Scandal Collection” featuring designs worn by the character. The things I love most about this line are the soft neutral colors, trendy designs, and youthful yet strong statement pieces brought into the workplace setting.

Get Olivia’s similar look with Hale Bob wide leg satin lace pants and soft satin pink camisole. Pair with a cropped ivory Hale Bob jacket and chic nude heels and you are ready to conquer any conflict in style. Be sure to tune into ABC every Thursday for the next “scandalous” fashion.

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Claire Danes, “Homeland”

A “hands-on” woman of the office, Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison of “Homeland” rocks the casual office look, as well as the business suit. For “casual Fridays,” pair office appropriate Hudson signature bootcut jeans with a Hale Bob chic sleeveless silk blue top and NEW Steve Madden Lidiaa chunky heels for on the go days.

For chillier days, pair your “casual Friday” outfit with a statement wrap like Hale Bob’s new hot red fur vest paired with chic Nine West black booties and Prada cat-eye sunglasses.

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Whether or not you are are a business woman, you’ll love the styles this Season that fashion designers are creating for the working woman. Chic, classy, strong, and feminine all at the same time, this Season’s new business suit is a style trend not to miss. Great for work, play, or the cocktail hour, women’s business dress has never looked so fresh and stylish. Usually I would never be interested in “office wear,” but with these styles that designers are creating this Season, I can’t wait to grab a pair of silky wide leg pants, a lacy cami, or pencil skirt to add to my Fall Wardrobe. So grab some popcorn, settle into the latest episode of “Scandal,” “The Good Wife,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” or “VEEP” and be inspired by these strong character roles with style to match.