3 Key Pieces to Make Summer Dressing A Breeze!

Summer Outfit Ideas

We’re just about a week away from the unofficial start of summer! Memorial Day weekend is about to kick off and since it’s time to spend more time having fun in the sun, I wanted to share my quick and easy #OOTD formula to make getting ready a breeze! If you consider yourself a lazy dresser but want to play with separates instead of throwing on a tired sundress, stay tuned for one of my go to outfit combinations!

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Even though my boyfriend despises them, I am absolutely obsessed with mom jeans! They are so comfy and chic, and give you an instant cool girl vibe. I rock them with everything from crop tops and bodysuits in spring and summer, and sweaters and blazers for cooler months. My favorite pairs are in medium wash denim and a pale blue that is perfect for summer. Add a feminine printed blouse and you are ready to go!

I’ve also been really into clear plastic totes! It sounds crazy but they are surprisngly chic. It also gives me a chance to get more of my pretty clutches into regular rotation since I stash anything I don’t want fully visible in one of them then pop it in the tote. Plus they are super affordable, with mine going for under $30 on Amazon!

Let me know your go-to pieces for summer and how you style them! And shop the story below!

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4 Ways to Save on Summer Travel!

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Spring is the perfect time to plan a trip or take a last-minute getaway! Its early enough to catch a deal for a summer trip and the weather has warmed up in a lot of places so you'll have plenty of options. Here are my tips for planning a bucket list worthy trip on a budget!

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Be flexible on location

If you aren’t set on a specific destination you can easily find deals because you'll have so many options. You can look for flight deals or hotel specials and end up somewhere amazing for a bargain. It’s especially easy to save when you are going to a destination in the off season, which may be even more fun because it will be less flooded with tourists! You may have had your heart set on Paris in the summer but may be able to get that Parisian feel in another European destination. 

 

Look for deals in unexpected places 

If you are a seasoned traveler, you already are on the most popular deals and steals email lists. If you are looking for even more discounts or ways to sweeten the deal before buying, check out cash back sites like Ebates. Yes, you can earn cash back on your travel purchases! I’m also a big fan of browsing Amex Offers and members only deals in their travel section. They may not be big discounts, but you can often find things like free room upgrades or perks that will make your stay a special one. 

 

Plan based on a favorable currency exchange

Make your money go even farther by picking a destination with a favorable currency exchange! I recently went to Toronto for work and stayed at the super stylish Bisha Hotel, a boutique hotel with incredible ambiance. The exchange rate worked in my favor, saving on everything from the hotel, to meals, transportation and even shopping! If you really want to stretch your dollar, think about destinations in South America, Africa, or even Asia, and avoid Europe, especially Switzerland!

 

Go with a group

As much as I enjoy solo travel, costs can add up pretty quickly when you don’t have anyone to split things with. If you can round up 3 or 4 friends, you will save a ton sharing costs for accommodations, which is usually the biggest expense.  When I went to Colombia with a group of 8 we were able to get an incredible luxury villa that ended up costing around $100 a night each! Plus there were plenty of less fancy options for a fraction of that cost. Round up your squad and get to searching! 

 

Let me know what vacation destinations you have in mind this year! And follow me on Instagram to stay tuned to all my summer travel! 

 

4 Ways to Save on Summer Travel

4 Ways to Get Summer Ready from Head to Toe!

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We’re basically 6 weeks away from summer! Everyone talks about getting your body in shape for summer, and for some people that means losing weight and getting more fit. But you also can’t neglect just taking better care of your skin since so much of it is on display! Whatever you are doing in terms of diet and exercise is one thing, but in this post I’m going to share a few of my tips for getting your skin ready to glow all season long. Stay tuned for some of my favorite products to use for each summer skin situation. 

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Getting Rid of Cellulite

Cellulite is pretty common and if you want to embrace it and rock your dimples, more power to you! However I have never been a fan of mine so have a pretty regular cellulite prevention routine that keeps the dimples away. I use a skin-smoothing and firming cream twice daily, and every few weeks incorporate an intensive firming mask on my butt and thighs. Most treatments take 4 to 6 weeks to show results, so get started now and you will be ready by Memorial Day

 

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Preventing Body Acne and Breakouts

All the extra sweat and sun can sometimes lead to more body breakouts. Keep things clear by adding a body wash and lotion that have exfoliating acids in them. I love the Paula’s Choice Skin Revealing Body Lotion and Weightless Body Treatment. They feature BHA and AHA that gently exfoliate and help remove the appearance of bumps and redness. They also make a great Acne Body Spray that you can spritz on anywhere for added body acne prevention

 

Sunscreen That Works for Darker Skin Tones

Sunscreen is an essential, but a lot of them leave a weird grey cast on skin, especially when you have a darker skin tone. I just started trying Black Girl Sunscreen, a natural, vegan sunscreen that goes on sheer without the yucky white residue. I’m also a big fan of Supergoop products, especially their mousse formula! 

 

Keeping Your Feet Sandal Ready

I usually do an intense foot peel to shed off all the winter skin and get my feet ready for sandal season. Baby Foot is my favorite but be warned – it’s not pretty! It takes about a week and a half to fully process and your feet will be pretty gross until the shedding is complete. But it’s worth it for how soft and amazing your feet are afterward.  I do these pretty much 2 to 3 times a year. But if you want to try one, definitely start it now! You will need to keep your feet covered the whole time it’s processing, so do it while you can still wear socks and booties!

 

Let me know what you guys are most excited about for summer and how you are getting ready! 

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End of Summer! Everything to do this 2018 Labor Day Weekend

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And the last official weekend of summer is here! I'm so going to miss the season, but I'm also starting to get excited about Fall - dressing in stylish layers, not worrying about my makeup melting off, and keeping my curls curly, not a frizzy mass. If you want to make the most out of your long weekend, here are a few tips for how to spend it!

Events

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The Freesome Block Party by Fun With Friends is one of my favorites. I'm too old to be up in the club, but I still can't resist a good day party. Everyday People also has a great day party and Tiki Disco is always a great time! And conveniently they are all in Brooklyn, so hopping around will be easy. 

Day Trips

If you want to escape the city for a day, I posted some of my favorite day trips from the city a few weeks ago, so give it another read here if you missed it! But Fire Island, Jones Beach, North Fork and Hudson Valley are all a quick drive away if you want to sneak in one more trip before saying goodbye to summer. 

Shopping

Labor Day is a great time to do some retail therapy, and here are some that you should get your wallets ready for! Urban Outfitters is offering 30% off sale items, Yoox has 25% off already discounted items, and Forever21 has an amazing 50% off sale! For those of you that need chic workwear, Ann Taylor is also offering 40% off full-priced accessories and sale items, and Shopbop has a whole 70% off sale!  Also if you are randomly looking for a new mattress or appliance, Esquire has the whole roundup! 

Let me know what you guys get into, and definitely what you buy! 

 

The Perfect Linen Dress

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Linen is basically the fabric of summer. It's cool, breezy, and has an undone sophisticated vibe that is perfect for the season. I usually go for lighter fabrics that don't tend to wrinkle as much but I caved when I saw this dress while shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Purple typically isn't a color I wear a lot, but for some reason when I saw it I was intrigued. It's a cool lilac that reminded me of a lavender field, and the shape and cutout details seemed to strike a balance between romantic and sexy. 

If you aren't super into plunging necklines and open sides you may not love this, but I thought the detailing was a nice balance, especially since the dress was pretty long and billowy on my petite frame. 

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I played up the feminine vibe of the dress with these floral detail sandals from Zara. They have a sexy cage upper and are adorned with colorful 3D flowers. I am absolutely in love with them, and even though they are a high, thin heel, it's just thick enough to make you feel a little bit more comfy than you would in a classic stiletto. And for a little pop of color, I finished the look with my bold vintage Louis Vuitton. 

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If you are feeling this look shop the dress I'm wearing and similar styles below! I couldn't find the exact matches for the bag and shoes so also included similar items to pair with your perfect linen sundress. And in case you missed the post about my amazing braid, give it a read here! 

5 Skin Care Essentials I Can't Live Without

Skin Care Beauty Secrets

This summer has been a hot one! We've had several heat waves and the humidity feels like it's at an all time high. I try to make small tweaks to my beauty routine every season, based on the changes in temperature and what's going on in my life at the time. Since my summers tend to be super busy and full of weekend trips, I try to give my skin a little extra TLC! Here are some new products my skin has been loving. 

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Tula Beauty Probiotic Skin Care Line

Tula  is a skincare brand that combines probiotics with other skin friendly superfoods to naturally balance and boost the health of your skin.

The brand focused on using clean, clinically proven, high-quality ingredients to create cruelty free products that help women feel more confident. The brand gifted me some of their best selling products that are now available at Ulta. The Purifying Face Cleanser keeps my skin clean, refreshed, and balanced, their Eye Renewal Serum keeps puffy eyes at bay, and the Hydrating Day and Night Cream is moisturizing but not too heavy for my combination-oily skin. 

FIlorga OPTIM-EYES® Eye contour cream

This baby is an eye-cream power house, keeping wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness away. I recived this product through Octoly and have been loving the results. I especially notice a difference when I've spent long days out and about in the sun. It includes a high-tech blend of Filorga’s NCTF®, a polyrevitalization cocktail of 59 ingredients and Filorga’s own hyaluronic acid.

You can find the product here!
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Australian Pink Clay Mask - Urban Defence

I usually do a mask once or twice a week and a new one I've been trying is the Australian Pink Clay Mask - Urban Defence. I also recived this through Octoly, and the pretty pink hue begs to be Instagrammed! The mask is packed with unique ingredients, like  Kakadu plum – a tiny Australian fruit that holds the highest known natural source of vitamin C and helps stimulate collagen, reduce hyperpigmentation, and protect from harsh environmental aggressors. There is also vitamin E for reinforcement at blocking free radicals, age-fighting vitamin A, and old man weed – a traditional indigenous medicinal remedy which fights acne-causing bacteriaI. It leaves my pores looking tighter and skin feeling smooth and refreshed

Get your hands on it here! And if you are into multi-masking, check out the rest of their line!

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

Cleansing oils are magic, even for oily skin! One of my go-to oils is by Shu Uemura. Can you believe 1 bottle sold every 7 seconds around the world! I love how it clears away makeup, oil and impurities without stripping/drying the skin.  

I love the Porefinist2 Sakura Fresh Cleansing Oil for my oily/combination skin. I also got this through Octoly and it is formulated with sakura and cinnamon bark extract to regulate oil, and keeps my pores clear and skin refreshed. 

InstaNatural Collagen Age Defense

Since beauty starts from within, vitamins and supplements are a major part of my beaut routine. I take a collagen supplement daily, and this time it's been the InstaNatural Collagen Age Defense. The formula is full of ingredients proven to improve the appearance of skin from the inside out; MicroActive® Resveratrol and BioCell Collagen® reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness while increasing collagen levels in the skin. Careless® Mango and Florabella® support circulation and improve skin tone and elasticity. With consistent use expect to see healthier, smoother more radiant skin over time. 

If you are curious about trying it, check it out here!

Let me know what new products you have in your rotation, or anything you are dying to try! 

All the Swimsuit Sales You Need Before Summer is Over!

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Summeri s pretty much flying by! We've only got a few more weeks of poolside lounging and beach hopping before it's time for Fall Fashion Week, sweater weather, and the leaves starting to change! If you aren't ready to let the season go, or just want to stock up on some new swimwear before it's too late, check out some of my favorites, all on sale! 

Bikinis

Cover Ups

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And don't forget your pool float and accessories!

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Let me know in the comments if you end up grabbing any new goodies before the season is over! 

The Perfect Summer Pinknic

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Images by Misso LLC

Can you believe how fast summer is flying by! Here we are in mid-August already, the peak of summer. Fall (then winter of course) will be here before you know it. I've been having a blast and doing a ton of travel this summer, but I'm also trying to make sure to find time to enjoy downtime in the city. There is nothing more classic for summer in NY than a Central Park picnic! Thanks to the girls at Exclusively Social, I was able to attend an amazing blogger Pinknic! The décor was beautiful and bohemian, with everything in shades of pink. The team also had product sampling by Gilly's Organics, rainbow bagels from The Bagel Store, and of course, plenty of rosé! 

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Since it was a blogger picnic we spent most of the day networking and taking advantage of photo opps, but there was plenty of time to soak up the sun and gorgeous scenery.

If you want to have a picnic with your squad you definitely don’t have to be this elaborate, but why not do it in style! If you want to keep it simple and stylish, just plan a color scheme and keep your blankets, décor and outfits in the same family. Grab a few bouquets of fresh or silk flowers and some healthy, refreshing treats because it has been BLAZING hot these days.

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Let me know how your fabulous summer picnics turn out! And shop my look below!

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At Home Hair Care with Yeluchi by Un-Ruly!

This post is sponsored by Yeluchi by Un-Ruly. All opinions are my own

This post is sponsored by Yeluchi by Un-Ruly. All opinions are my own

This summer has been one of various hair styles for me! There has been the balayage color I did in Spring, then the Brazilian Blowout, the natural curls, and of course, various braided styles. I tend to rely on protective styles more in the winter, but braids are becoming a new go-to for summer. They are chic and stylish and let you hop out of bed with your hair done for weeks on end. What's not to love! 

I was researching hair braiders looking for a stylist and some inspiration for my next style when I found Yeluchi by Unruly.

Yeluchi is a at home hair styling service powered by Un-Ruly, the popular media hub dedicated to all things hair for Black women. They serve select areas of NYC and offer an array of services from various braided styles to weaves to blowouts. The Yeluchi team graciously comped my service for review, so check out my thoughts on the experience!

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It was smooth and seamless! I already had ideas for the style I wanted and using the suggestions on their site I was easily able to select the appropriate service. You can also add links to images of what you want for reference so they know what you are looking for an can accurately match you to a stylist. I was hoping for an after work appointment but couldn't find one, so settled on a Sunday morning. I did ask my stylist if they offer evening appointments and she said they do, but they tend to fill up fast so you have to book early. For the sake of research I did some digging, randomly selecting various styles and neighborhoods and checking the calender on site through October. I found nothing later than 1pm. If you don't keep standard office hours during the week that's probably fine, but if you do, plan to keep your appointment for the weekend. 

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The Service

My stylist Roxy was prompt, friendly and professional! I had aleady prepped an area in my living room so she would have space on the table to set up, then tuned into my favorite YouTube channels while she got to work. The only issue we had was a technicality with the style I chose. The cornrows in the inspiration photo I sent were stitch cornrows, not regular ones. If you don't know the difference, here is an example of stitch vs regular! Both cute, just different details. 

They actually do not offer stitch braids, and Roxie let me know she told the company before taking the appointment but they didn't update me.  So I ended up with 6 regular cornrows that we then tied together into 1 chic bunch with gold thread. It was a little disappointing because the stitch effect was the main thing I wanted, and if they would have told me in advance they couldn't do it I would have just picked a totally different style. But I didn't have time to look for a new style in that moment, and also didn't even know if time or the amount of braiding hair I had purchased would allow. I let her practice a little just to see if she could try it, but it wasn't the exact look I had in mind. However I was still happy with the results and her technique, especially how she respected my edges! I also love that she didn't know I was blogging about the experience. Sometimes companies roll out the red carpet for bloggers and you never know if the experience you are getting is the treatment everyone gets. 

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Final Thoughts

Overall my style was cute, trendy and got me tons of compliments! She also braided carefully and attentively, checking in to make sure it wasn't too tight. You guys know it only takes 1 aggressive braider to permanently ruin your edges so I was very happy to feel like the health of my hair and scalp was priority. It's been about a week and a half since my appointment and the style still looks great. I expected to keep it for 2 to 2.5 weeks and I'm pretty much on track for that. I will probably take down the long threaded braid and wrap the cornrowed ends into a bun just to switch things up the last week. 

If you guys are curious about at home hair styling, definitely check out the services offered by Yeluchi! I'm already thinking about my next look for later in the summer!

Summer Day Trip: Long Island's Lavender Farm

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Nothing screams summer like a flower field! Of all the things I love about summer, mini escapes from the city are my fave. We took a little day trip out to Lavender By The Bay, a beautiful little lavender field in Long Island. 

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The field starts to bloom in July and August, turning into a gorgeous sea of purple blooms. The English and French lavender bloom at different times in July and August, so check out their bloom tracker for an idea of when to visit. Try to time your visit as soon as they reach peak bloom because the farm does cut back the flowers as they  bloom, the field gets smaller and smaller.  And you don't want to miss out on views like this! 

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After you've got your photo opps in, stop by the store for some dried lavender, cute little soaps and candles, and other pretty little souviners from the trip. You can also shop the goodies online if you can't make the trip. 

What are your fave spots to spend a day outside the city? Let me know in the comments, and shop the story below!

Everything You Need for the Best Summer ’18!

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This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.

Summer is the best season! The temps are high, days long and fun-filled, and everyone just has an amazing renewed energy to celebrate the new season! In collaboration with BabbleBoxx, I’m sharing a few of the essentials you need for the best summer ever!

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Summer is the season for iced tea, so of course we had to get a few bottles of Pure Leaf Tea House Collection! They are actually one of my go to iced tea brands so I was so happy to see this in my box. The Strawberry and Garden Mint is super refreshing and the Spiced Chai is perfectly balanced with the perfect amount of spice.
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This is a great drink to buy when you are out and about on a hot summer day and need a pick me up! And if you love at home mixology, I think either of these organic iced teas would go great in a bourbon based cocktail!

On the beauty and skincare front, they included the Beauty Water and Sheer Renewal Cream by Colleen Rothschild. I love a facial spritz for refreshing your skin on the fly and this will come in super handy after long days in the sun when your skin starts to look a hot mess. The team is also giving you guys 20% off all regular priced items with code BOXX20, so get to shopping!
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One of my favorite things this box were the Coobie Bras. They fit perfectly and are sooooo soft and comfy! They sent me a Lace Back Scoopneck in a soft pin and a nude Lace Bralette. There is also another discount I can share with you guys for these babies! Take 30% off any order between now and June 2019 with code BAB30
And this wasn't in the box because it would melt, but they sent coupons to get a free box of My/Mo Mochi ice cream. Have you ever had Mochi? It's ice cream wrapped up in a sweet rice dough, so it's pillowy and soft on the outside and full of rich creamy ice cream on the inside. It comes in 8 flavors, and I tried the mango! If you like mochi ice cream, check out their site for where to get yours!
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And since no summer box would be complete without some rosé, they threw in 2 bottles of Cavit! I love a nice chilled glass, and my boyfriend figured out how to make the most amazing frosé, so I'll be trying to copy his technique.

Let me know what you guys think of the products and if you buy any with those codes make sure to share your pics with me!

Summer Staycations: 3 Quick & Easy Road Trip Ideas from NYC

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As much as I love to travel, I kind of enjoy staying local in the summer. There are literally 1000 things to do every day, so it's nice to have time here to explore the options.  Plus you can always do a day trip! I love escaping the city for a quick day trip. If you don't have a ton of time off, or are getting a little bit of travel burnout from taking too many longer trips, check out some of these ideas for quick day trips you can take from the city! 

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Southampton

If you slacked on getting a rental and only have 1 day for the Hamptons, I suggest Southampton! It's a quick 2 hour drive, and has both a quaint town with great shops and restaurants and amazing beaches. Do yourself a favor and skip the popular Cooper's Beach and head to Road D Beach instead. It's just down the road but way less crowded, and parking in that area is free, while at Cooper's it's $40 a car! 

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North Fork

Wine country that's an hour and a half away? Sign me up! The best way to spend a day in North Fork is vineyard hopping. There are a ton of wineries in the region where you can taste to your heart's content. If you are heading that direction check out Lavender by the Bay. It's a beautiful little farm with English and French lavender that blooms in July & August. Check out their website for updates on what's in bloom! 

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The Catskills

If you are up for some scenic hikes, gorgeous views, and AMAZING food, check out the Catskills! It's about a 2.5 hour drive from the city, and the scenery is super pretty as you head north. Make sure to stop at Prospect at Scribners for lunch, and if you are thinking about an overnight, definitely stay there! I went in April and it was just incredible! 

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All the Memorial Day Sales You Need to Shop!

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It's the unofficial kickoff to summer! Even though Memorial Day has been far less than summery the past few years, it still is celebrated as the time to get ready for the new season and enjoy the (fingers crossed) good weather. If you, like everyone else needs to breathe some life into your wardrobe, this weekend is the perfect time to start some shopping! Here are some of the sales I'm most excited about. 

1. Net-A-Porter

50% off high-end goodies from some of your most coveted designers! I'm checking out luxe accessories from Vetements, Chloe, and the amazing swimwear that is perfect for the season! 

2. Asos

Ya'll know I love me some Asos! Get 20% off everything for a limited only with code SUNNYDAYS. Their prices are already super affordable, but take advantage of this deal for even more savings! 

3. Bloomingdales

Need a new handbag? Well get one at 40% off! Bloomies is having a huge sale on designer bags, with babies by everyone from Marc Jacobs to Burberry. Don't miss this one! 

4. Nordstrom

Nordies is one of my favorite retailers and their half-yearly sale is a good one! Stock up on the season's hottest fashions at up to 40% off! 

5. Revolve

I'm obsessed with pretty much everything on this site! Revolve is my go-to for when I want the It Girl look. They've gotten pretty pricey the last few years, so take advantage of their 50% off all sale items to get all the goods you need for your cool girl summer wardrobe! 

6. Wayfair

If you are looking to update your home decor, get 70% in this sale! The site is full of everything from furniture to cute finishing touches, all at amazing prices! I'm eyeing the cute decorative rugs and lighting to update my living room decor. 

7. Williams Sonoma

The Memorial Day clearance is on, with a whopping 75% off! WS is one of my dream stores, and I'm adding some new gadgets and pretty cookware to cart in this sale! 

Happy shopping guys! Let me know what you end up buying and what you are up to this holiday weekend! 

How to Take Your Summer Colors into Fall

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Images by Patranila Jefferson

Who else is loving September so far? Even though we've got a few more days before Fall is officially here, we are all basically operating like the season is in full swing. Halloween decor has been out for weeks, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and store shelves are full off thick sweaters and warm coats. Even though the mood is settling in, the weather is still hinting at summer, with temps in the high 70’s/low 80’s some days! With weather like that how are you supposed to be inspired to edit your wardrobe!  If you are still dragging your feet on transitioning your wardrobe, you are not alone. I've been struggling to let go of some of my summer favorites, and playing with ways to style them to get a bit more wear over the next few weeks. 

One thing I've been holding onto dearly is my bright colors! The Fall color palette is decidedly darker and moodier, and I'm just not quite ready to make the switch! I live in bold saturated hues all summer, and really want to keep it popping while I still can.

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If you are still holding onto bold and bright colors like I am, here are my picks for Fall ready pieces that still have the summer color vibe.  Buy now and wear while you still can, and you can always pop these babies out come next summer! 

Here's to a few more weeks of summer inspired style! 

The Labor Day Sales You Can't Miss

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Well Summer 17 flew by didn't it! I can't believe Labor Day is already upon us, but here we are saying hello to September 1st. I think New York is already ready - this morning the weather was a crisp 55 degrees! I was hoping to cling to a few more weeks of summer temps, but it seems that was just a pipe dream. 

One of the best ways to get in the mood for Fall is shopping, and this weekend is a great time to do it. Check out some of the sales you can't miss, especially if you need some new swag to start transitioning your wardrobe to Fall!

Saks –  Online Only! The Labor Day Sale… Up to 75% OFF*. Valid 9/1 – 9/4. Shop Now! 

Shopbop –  Summer shoe sale! Summer Shoe Sale! Shop sandals, espadrilles, slides & more. 8/15-10/1

Revolve –  Summer’s best swimwear + cover-ups are now up to 50% off! Through 9/11

Intermix – 15% Off Select Full Price Styles at INTERMIX with code SHOPAUG17 through 8/31

Bauble Bar – Labor Day Sale – Extra 20% Off – 8/31-9/4

Sole Society –  Up To 60% Off Shoes, Bags, Apparel & Accessories

If I missed any sales that you are excited about let me know in the comments! What are you most excited about in the month of September? 

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Summer Gingham Look
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Gingham is pretty much the official print of summer! It reminds me of all things perfect for the season - picnics, long sunny days, and fresh, carefree fashion. Since summer is winding down I decided to break out the go-to print one last time. 

This top is a little bit unique thanks to it's boxy shape, flowy lightweight silk fabric, and contrast printed neckline. It's from the iconic shirt brand, Equipment and is pretty much an instant classic. I've paired it with classic blue skinnies, white denim, and summery skirts and it's always a cute way to top off a look. 

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Even though gingham season is winding down, you'll always be able to pull this print out and rock it next year. Shop the look below, while some of these great styles are marked down! 

6 Affordable Swimsuits You Need Now!

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Images by Steven D. Elliott 

Scary to admit that summer is almost over! Is it just me or does it feel like we haven't had that many great beach days? Between the less than seasonal temps and drizzly cloudy days, Summer 17 has so far not been my favorite. 

Hopefully the next few weekends will get better so we can pack in the beach time while we still can. Can you believe there are only 3 weekends left until summer is officially over? 

Since Labor Day is right around the corner, I'm starting to think about what I'll be buying for Fall.  Yet in browsing all the sites, I find myself getting lured in by all the summer stuff on sale. Now is a good time to stop up on summer basics that are up for grabs at amazing prices, so you'll have a shell of a wardrobe already built for Summer 18. Then when next May rolls around, all you'd have to do is throw in a few on trend items for the new season and you'll be all set. 

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Even though the last thing I need in life right now is more bikinis, I have a weakness for them, and since I will never spend more than $100 on one, I stalk sales for cute, quality styles at discounted prices. Since swim trends will change each season you don't want to stock up on outdated items, but I found a few styles that are a mix of fun and classic and will still fit perfectly into your beachwear rotation come next summer. Plus if you are thinking about any warm weather vacations between late Fall and Winter, now is a great time to shop while there are still lots of options and end of summer sales. 

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Check out the cutest styles I found, all under $100! If you love these or never got over these trends, grab them while you can so you'll be set for next summer! 

4 Ways to Crush Your Fitness Goals

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Images by Earl Jackson

I'm usually on my fitness A-Game hard core from March until May or June. However by the time July and August roll around I start slacking. It could be the fact that barbecue season is in full effect, or I'm spending my days downing rose at a rooftop lounge instead of trying a new fitness class. In any case, the older I get the more any bit of weight starts to stick, so I'm trying to be more attentive to my habits and not let it up. Here are my tips for staying motivated year round, that don't include comparing yourself to celebs or Insta-models! 

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1. Go back to something you love

It's always great to try something new, but returning to a workout routine that you love can shake things up and make you look forward to your sweat sessions. For me, I've always loved yoga but never made it part of my weekly workout schedule, so I'm making more effort to fit it in instead of always trying something new. 

2. Get digital help

If you can't afford a trainer, turn to social communities or training apps to help inspire you. I'm  fan of the #BBG squad on Instagram, and have heard great things about the Nike app and Vi, an artificial intelligence personal trainer. 

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3. Go shopping!

Nothing motivates like a new outfit. So grab some cute new gear or accessories to get you going. My Frends headphones are a must since I can't survive workouts with no music. And these cute cutout leggings were the perfect look to make me want to get more gym time in. 

4. Plan a Trip

The best way to keep you from slacking in the gym when summer winds down is to have a trip on deck, preferably one that will require a bikini. Mine is typically Art Basel, when I venture to Miami in early December, right after Thanksgiving. 

Any tips I missed? Let me know in the comments how you stay on your A-Game!

What to Wear When You're Over Wedding Season

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Images by Jordan Edwards

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Who else is over wedding season?

As I’ve gotten older Summer has basically become an endless stream of wedding, engagement and bachelorette parties that take over your summer weekends. Every event demands a stylish new look, so keeping it fresh can be a challenge. So when I saw this unique printed dress I knew it would be the perfect look for my upcoming social schedule. It’s fitted like a bodycon dress without being too tight or inappropriate, and I love that it’s glamourous, sexy, but unfussy. This is from Clover Canyon, one of my fave designers. I got it from Rent the Runway, but you can find their unique printed clothing everywhere from Shopbop to Yoox

Armed with elegant sandals in a bold hue, I’m ready to slay any wedding related event the season can throw at me. So next time you are in a dressing rut, think about a super flattering silhouette, eye-catching print, and classic accessories and makeup to finish the look. 

What are your tips for slaying wedding season? Let me know in the comments! 

Summer Dressing Made Easy

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Images by Rashon Legree

Long summer days call for easy breezy dressing.  You can spend all of July and August lying under your air conditioner, but you’ll miss all the best things about summer! Pajama dressing becomes my go to style for the dog days of summer. I opt for loose flowy dresses or 2 piece sets that make matching easy.

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This look from Free People fits the bill pretty perfectly! The lightweight knit fabric is casual and comfy, and the bright tomato red hue just screams summer. The ultra-crop top was a little intimidating at first, but the pants can be worn higher on the waist if you want to show less skin. And it comes in 3 other colors, so if red isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options.

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I’m rocking my favorite flatforms for a comfy casual look with a little added height, but you can also dress the look up with some slinky heels.  A geometric bracelet and mirrored shades complete the look.

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Here’s to summer glam made easy. Looks like this take the thinking out of getting dressed so you can ponder more important things, like what kind of rose to buy or which rooftop to go for happy hour.