Read This Before You Pack for Your Winter Vacation

The Perfect Swimwear for Your Vacation Destination

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If you’ve planned a fall or winter vacation to somewhere warm, you’ve probably already thought about what you’re going to take with you. With the summer coming to an end, what are your options for finding a vacation-ready swimsuit (not to mention cover-up) that will look great and fit into the local vibe? Believe it or not, your options are not as limited as you might think.

When it comes to finding swimwear at the end of the summer, your best bet could be the Internet. Why?  Because as stores are phasing out summer inventory to make way for fall and winter clothing and accessories, their Internet sites are not, because it doesn’t take up any precious floor space to offer swim apparel all year long on a website!

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Keep in mind that online shopping, with all of its conveniences, does have one main drawback: shipping. Shipping may cost a few extra dollars (not always), but mainly, it takes time. So if you have less than a month before your departure, don’t wait another day to start perusing websites and ordering suits that you like.

Remember, you can always return what doesn’t work. Save the packaging and online receipt and you will have no trouble returning for full credit what doesn’t “suit” you!

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If you do want to shop for swimsuits in person, your best option as the summer winds down is larger, national department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks, Barneys New York, etc. These stores have so much retail space that they can afford to have some “resort wear” or seasonal items like swim suits all year long. You will be far less likely to find out-of-season items at smaller stores and boutiques, which must devote their space to what is in season and sought after by the majority of their customers.

So now that you know where to look, what do you wear poolside in different destinations?  Again, your go-to source is the Internet. Find out what’s hot by searching online: magazines published in those countries or regions where you will be traveling are great sources of trendy looks.

Here are a few ideas to get you going:

· Miami:

Agent Provocateur Tricja Bikini, Top, $490, Bottoms, $500

Agent Provocateur Tricja Bikini, Top, $490, Bottoms, $500

As most people know, more is more (is more) in Miami when it comes to bling. Rhinestones, animal prints, jeweled looks and lots of straps and ties are what’s hot.

· Brazil:

Emamò Printed triangle bikini, $340

Emamò Printed triangle bikini, $340

They’re called “Brazilian waxes” for a reason. Swimwear in Rio and other hot spots in the southern hemisphere are skimpy, as Brazilians believe in flaunting it if you’ve got it.  Basically, the swimsuits in Brazil make what women are wearing in the United States look like giant diapers.  However, contrary to some rumors, Brazilian women do not go topless on the beach.  If you want to fit in with what the locals are wearing, leave very little to the imagination…and don’t forget your waxing appointment before you go.

Another tip: If you want to blend in at the beaches, don’t bring a towel.  Brazilian women bring sarongs, or “cangas” to lay out on, and the men rent chairs to sit on in the sunshine.  And if you really want to fit in, a pair of havaianas should do the trick.

· Las Vegas:

Agent Provocateur, Bottoms $170, Top, $220

Agent Provocateur, Bottoms $170, Top, $220

Notorious for its lavish day clubs where the party starts shortly after the sun comes up (and continues as long as you want), the swimwear styles in Vegas are chic and sleek, while also eye-catching and swanky.  This sizzling two-piece (above) by Agent Provocateur complements tanned skin, and commands attention.

· Australia:

Clover Canyon Pool Flower Front-Zip Top, $66, & Swim Bottom, $66

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Pool Flower Front-Zip Top, $66, & Swim Bottom, $66

The land down under fairly closely follows American fashion, give or take a few details.  Right now, the hot look in Australia is the high-waisted bikini bottom, just like in the United States. In fact, big bows, polka dots and plenty of material won’t make you look dowdy, but it will make you look like you’re on the cutting edge of fashion.

· Southern California:

Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Crop Rashguard, $28

Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy Crop Rashguard, $28

Like most things in California, anything goes. Grab a pair of swim shorts (also called board shorts), a rash guard and a pair of flip-flops and fit right in! Or throw on a strappy bikini or polkadot, high-waisted 50s throwback and you’re all set.

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Don’t forget the most important rule when it comes to picking out a swimsuit: how you feel when wearing it. The last thing you want to be doing is fidgeting or feeling self-conscious. Buy what you feel good in and you will look great and have fun!

About our guest author, Patricia:

 Patricia Hogenes is a full time mom who spends time taking her youngest child to his activities or helping him with homework. In her free time, she enjoys writing articles for PoolProducts.com and particularly likes researching new topics.

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Bon Voyage!

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NYFW: The Bulleted 30-Seconds or Less All-You-Need-To-Know Guide to Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Cotton Candy Fur Coats at Coach, NYFW, September 4, '14

Cotton Candy Fur Coats at Coach, NYFW, September 4, ’14

NYFW started out yesterday, and since there’s no time to lose in watching the 100+ Spring ‘2015 shows, Trends & Tribulations has compiled everything you need to know in this cliff notes version of this season’s NYFW guide.

Origami-like pleats and folds give interest at BCBG Max Azria, NYFW, Spring/Summer '15

Origami-like pleats and folds give interest at BCBG Max Azria, NYFW, Spring/Summer ’15

  • Michael Herz will debut his first runway collection as artistic director for Diane von Furstenberg.
  • On Sunday, Opening Ceremony will debut a 30-minute one-act play directed and co-written by Spike Jonze, featuring their collection.
  • On Monday, Olivier Saillard, the curator of the Palais Galliera in Paris, the city’s fashion museum, is putting on a piece of performance art in conjunction with the Alliance Francaise and MADE Fashion Week.  Entitled “Models Never Talk,” it will feature seven French supermodels telling stories about extraordinary dress they have worn — giving voice to fashion’s normally voiceless.
  • Also on Monday, Polo Ralph Lauren will hold an unspecified “fashion event” (note: not show) in Central Park.
  • In Paris, Anthony Vaccarello will show his line Versus Versace, the latest hipster name to collaborate with the brand, a.k.a. be crowned as a hot-up-and-comer by Donatella Versace.
  • Rumors are abound that LVMH is interested in buying stake in Proenza Schouler.
  • In London, eyes will be on Christopher Bailey, making his debut as both chief executive and chief creative officer at Burberry.
  • In Milan, Jil Sander’s Rodolfo Paglialunga will be showcasing his first collection as creative director of the house.
  • At Hermès, Christophe Lemaire is revealing his final collection for the brand, although he has only been at the house for 4 years.
  • Intel is set to unveil its smart bracelet, a bangle studded with semiprecious gems, designed by Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
  • At Vivienne Tam’s show on Sunday, a self-charging iPhone case created in collaboration with wireless specialist Zeusé will appear on the runway.
  • Barbie’s instagram account @BarbieStyle will be hitting up CFDA Fashion Week events, and showing off her fabulous style.
  • New SoHo hotspot Chalk Point offers a kale martini, with fresh pressed juices and vodka: perfect for NYFW.
  • Watch NYFW live here

Source: NY Times New York Fashion Week Guide

What shows are you excited for this season?

Ultimate Fashion Bloggers Reveal Their Secret Tips

Fashion Union, a shopping destination for chic apparel and accessories, recently approached me with a couple questions about blogging.  With questions on topics from designing a website to finding inspiration, the answers bloggers gave are very helpful to fashion bloggers that are not only starting out, but also to many who have been at it for years.  Read on for answers, and be sure to check out the fantastic blogs featured!

sophie geisenhoffWhat tips do you find to be most helpful?  Also, if you have any other questions to add, feel free to send me a message or post a comment!

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24 Things I’ve Learned About Fashion By Age 24

“Do not regret growing older; for it is a privilege denied to many…”.  

As my 24th birthday approached today, I wanted to take a look back on all the things I’ve learned over the years about style and fashion.  It was difficult, as my opinion is constantly changing with the trends, and as my style evolves, yet these 24 rules of dressing are timeless and true.  Enjoy!

1. Everything looks put together with the perfect black blazer.

2. Experiment with combining different textures to create an balanced and unique look.

3. Mix designer labels with street labels.  A simple white t-shirt with that asymmetrical Helmut Lang blazer and J Brand jeans is a fabulous look.

4. Always keep a go-to outfit handy for those days when you’ve ransacked your closet and you still have “nothing to wear”.

5. The higher the heel, the closer to heaven.

6. Know your body shape, and dress for it- not for the latest trends.

7. If your friend desperately wants to wear matching outfits, humor her.  But as a rule of a thumb, think more fraternal, less identical.

8. Shoes will make or break an outfit.

9. If you’re uncomfortable in what you are wearing, it will show.

10. Invest in a good handbag and quality shoes.  They’re the essential items you can wear even when you put on that horrid winter weight.

11. Wrap dresses are made for traveling.

12. There will never be another “new” black.

13. The only accessory you need to take off before leaving the house… is a fedora.

14. Highlight your legs, OR your stomach, OR your arms… but not all of it, all at once.  Less is more.

15. There is a huge difference between your outfit being “girl cute” and “guy hot”.  If you find that rare outfit which is a common ground, cherish it.

16. Everything will look and fit better when you have a great body.  Take care of it.

17. Pay the extra expense for dry cleaning your nicer items.  It will pay off.

18. Take risks and play with color.

19. Office wear can be chic if you make it.

20. Denim dresses will never be in style.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to buy a little denim number, and gave it to Goodwill after never wearing it because it’s just a little too… something.

21. Don’t wear those super-hot boots in warm weather.  Just don’t.

22. Replace any belt that comes with the dress/pants/skirt you buy.  It will make your outfit look much more expensive.

23. Nude heels will elongate your legs like no other.

24. Break all the “rules” of dressing, and wear what makes you happy.  Life’s short, and fashion is meant to be fun.

Hope you lovely readers have a wonderful weekend!

DVF Unveils Fashionable Google Glasses For Sale

The much-anticipated Google Glass went on sale last Monday, June 23.  Although they retail for $1,500 normally, the Diane Von Furstenberg costs $1,800 (although it costs only $152 to make).

DVF Made For Glass Teal Frames, $1,800

DVF Made For Glass Teal Frames, $1,800

The DVF | Made For Glass collection is on sale for a limited time, and is available in five colors: black, teal, plum, brown and white.  Each pair comes equipped with removable shades (remember flip frames, anyone?), a mono earbud, and case.

DVF Charcoal Frames

DVF Charcoal Frames

Considering DVF’s Spring 2013 collection show at NYFW in 2012, in which her and Google co-founder Sergey Brin showed Google Glass for the first time ever on models on the runway, it is not surprising that DVF would be the first designer to unveil Google Glass for sale.

The video above shows DVF & Isabelle Olsson as they chat about the evolution of the Made for Glass collaboration.

They are on sale at net-a-porter.com and Google.  Mr. Porter, Net-a-Porter’s male equivalent, also put t also put three models of Google Glass for men for sale on their website, priced at $1,650.

Men's Google Glass

Men’s Google Glass

Would you purchase a pair of these bad boys?  What do you think of the design?

Designer Spotlight: Live The Process

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The founder of Live The Process, Robyn Berkley, worked on the forefront of the luxury fashion and lifestyle industries for over 15 years before she began practicing yoga and incorporating clean eating and healing into her holistic lifestyle.  After thoroughly exploring the world of wellness, she created Live The Process, which is an online health and wellness resource for impossibly busy, but balance-seeking people, like herself.”

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Enter Live The Process: a guide to wellness and holistic health from a curated group of experts in Beauty, Fitness, Meditation, Nutrition, Energy Therapies and Quantum Physics, as seen through a modernist lens.

Live The Process offers succinct, sage and simple tips for people at every stage of a wellness journey to integrate daily.  It’s a destination for those who aspire to wholeness, but who — while navigating this lightning fast, complicated world — can’t dedicate every moment of everyday to that pursuit.

Inspired by the site’s innovative approach to wellness, Live The Process will offer a luxury active-wear brand presenting a modern interpretation of classic active-wear essentials.

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Their collection includes unitards, leotards, leggings, t-shirts, accessories, and more.  What I especially love about Live The Process is their blog posts and interviews with experts, under categories such as “Balance + Awaken”, dedicated to alternative healing, “Inspire + Share”, dedicated to nutrition, healing, and holistic beauty, “Primp + Shine”, dedicated to beauty, health, and style, “Roam + Discover”, dedicated to travel, and “Nourish + Build”, dedicated to health, fitness, and clean food.

What I love most about Live The Process is that it’s so much more than just an apparel brand.  The website is a great resource for learning about unique ways to live a more healthy life, and what could be better than that?

Check out Live The Process, and let me know what you think!

 

How To Do Everything Better: Shop Like A Parisian

Originally posted on The Vivant:

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New year, new you. With that in mind, follow along as we hit up experts in far-ranging fields from fashion to hospitality to travel for their thoughts on how to do everything better this year.

Fashion designer Catherine Malandrino knows a thing or two about shopping like a Parisian, after all she is French-born and now splits her time between Paris and New York City. Malandrino told us: “As a Parisian leaving in New York, I revel in poetry, style, and romance through my clothes. My work is an influential combination of both lifestyles.” We couldn’t agree more. Wanting just a touch of Malandrino’s Parisian cool for ourselves, we had to ask her advice on how to shop and build a wardrobe like a Parisian. Bottom line according to the designer, personal style is more important than following trends.

1. Don’t Overthink Your Style. According to Malandrino, French style is a…

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How to Make It As a Fashion Blogger: Insider Tips

Originally posted on StyleCaster:

If you’ve ever considered starting your own fashion blog, you’ve probably considered the following question: How can I make blogging my full-time job, and make money in the process? Plus, how to start a fashion blog and do it correctly is a challenging task all on its own.

It’s one thing to have a personal style blog—pretty much everybody and their mom (sometimes literally!) has one, since most platforms are free to start and easy to use—but it’s quite another to take that platform and make it something that nets you actual income.

“Honestly, it’s not easy to make money,” said Natalie Decleve of Natty Style. “And it’s not easy to maintain. If you want to make blogging your full-time job, you [really] have to make it your full-time job.”

That may sound a bit redundant, but what Decleve means is less straightforward than it sounds:…

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