5 Easy Hacks to Update Your Wardrobe for Summer

5 Easy Hacks To Update Your Wardrobe for Summer

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Weekend Wardrobe: Rainy Day Women

There is something to be said for the perfect rainy day outfit.  It can transform a gloomy, damp afternoon into a cozy and comfortable haven.  Since Spring is the season of rain showers and puddle jumping, it only seems reasonable to have an outfit to go along.  And, if there’s an outfit, well, it only seems reasonable that it be Burberry-inspired.

Enjoy!

RAINY DAY
Do you have any rainy day staples?

The Essential Guide: Everything You Need to Know Before Doing Hot Yoga

For all of you with a desire to try hot yoga, I highly recommend it.  It adds an element to yoga that helps you to stretch your muscles further, with a multitude of various other benefits.  So many people are nervous or afraid to try yoga because they are intimidated and have no idea what to expect.  However, it’s so worth taking that risk, as there are so many benefits of yoga, from physical to emotional to psychological.  In lieu of my certification to teach yoga in 2014 & my new(ish) blog Trends & Trikonasanas (oh yes, I went there…) dedicated to all things related to health & wellness, I felt inspired to try to take some worrisome aspect out of attending a yoga class by providing a simple template on what to wear (and some other good-to-know tidbits).  Oh, and if you’re in the Minnesota area, be sure to check out MNYoga Magazine– it’s free!- where in this month’s issue, I highlight tips for what to wear to and from the studio (or you can read the online version here)!

Hot Yoga
Hot yoga was one of those things that were on my perpetual bucket list, along with skydiving and traveling the world.  Finally, one day I just went.  And fell in love, completely.
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Before you go, you should be aware of a few things:
Wear spandex.
There are a lot of positions where you are either folding forward or back, and trying to hold your baggy shirt from coming over your head isn’t fun (not to mention dangerous).  Many women choose to wear a sports bra and yoga capris or shorts.  Baggy pants will get weighed down by your sweat and add a lot of weight, not to mention will cause the same problem as with a baggy shirt.
Bring a towel.
Many studios will have mats to rent (which is convenient for your first couple times), and some may have yoga towels.  If not, you can use a regular towel, however, the dimensions are different than a yoga mat, making it much shorter and wider.  Again, it is fine to do this for your first time, but you’ll want to get a towel as you continue your yoga practice.  I swear by my Yogi Toes towel.
No shoes.
The rules that apply in daily life are totally different in yoga studios.  No shoes, no shirt, no problem (of course, this means women should wear a sports bra…).  When you enter, you’ll most likely remove your shoes in a designated place near the door.  I’ve never had any shoes taken or misplaced, as most studios lock the doors when class begins, but if you are worried, you can remove your shoes and leave them in your locker (on that note, most studios have locks you can use, but if you’re worried, bring your own to err on the cautious side).  Some people bring a pair of flip flops to walk around the lobby and locker rooms in so that they don’t have to be barefoot.  Either way, shoes and socks are basically not allowed in the yoga studio because they will make you slip.  If this totally freaks you out, you can get a pair of yoga socks, like these Gaiam ones, that have slip-resistant grips on the bottom.
Stay hydrated.
Many people make the mistake of not drinking any water until they get to class.  The key is to stay hydrated beforehand, which will make the heat much more comfortable.  In addition to drinking water, eat foods with a high water content to replenish electrolytes, especially after, such as grapes, pineapple, watermelon, and spinach.  If you’re really nervous, I recommend buying one of those big bottles of water that have electrolytes added, such as Smart Water.
Eat before, but not within 1-2 hours.
Eat lightly before to give your body energy, but give your digestive system at least an hour, preferably two, to rest after eating a large meal before moving your body in yoga.  If you need a pick me up within two hours before, choose a potassium-rich banana, an avocado, or a light and healthy smoothie.
The smell.
There’s a bunch of people within close proximity of one another sweating in a 105 degrees Ferinheight room.  It’s just one of those things that happen.  Some studios are worse (ahem, Bikram carpeted floors…) and some aren’t even noticeable.
The heat.
As mentioned, most hot yoga studios are set to 105 degrees Ferinheight with around 40% humidity.  For your first class, I would recommend taking a place closer to the back near the door or windows, as it is usually much cooler there.
The sweat.
You will sweat, some more than others- especially if you use body lotion.  Trying to fight it is futile…  You’ll only sweat more.  Nonetheless, the sweat acts as an amazing detoxifier for your skin, and makes the poses easier to get into, as there’s no friction as there tends to be with dry skin.
Workout Wear: Yoga Edition #2
Now that I’ve totally freaked you out, just remember: you’ll be totally fine.  Seriously.  In fact, you will wake up the next day a new person.  And you’ll want to come back for more.  Trust me.
Workout Wear: Yoga Edition

The Perfect Post-Yoga Outfit

Let me know how it goes for you, or if you have any questions at all!  And be sure to check out Trends & Trikonasanas for tips on all things health & wellness!
xo
 

This Season’s Hottest Swimwear Trends For Every Body Type

Swimwear Trends for the Upcoming Season

Choosing the right bikini or one-piece is often a lifelong struggle for women.  On one hand, there’s all those “rules” that tell you which body type you have and which swim suit suits you best.  On the other hand, there are always such amazing fashion trends that don’t exactly work for your body type.  It’s a difficult process, but there is something for every body type to choose from with the range of different cuts, designs, and products.

Cuts

When it comes to the design of all types of swimsuits, it is easy to forget all that you know about them or you think you know. One thing is for sure, the one-piece swimsuits will be big this year, just as they were the previous season.

Lisa Marie Fernandez: Neoprene Satin Lisa Marie Swimsuit, $385

Lisa Marie Fernandez: Neoprene Satin Lisa Marie Swimsuit, $385

What makes them even more interesting are the alterations to the classical one piece swimsuits, like cut-outs.  Also, don’t be surprised if you see some one piece swimsuits with leg openings that reach all the way over your hips, or those with collars or G-strings.

Jean Paul Gaultier Butterfly-Print Sporty Two-Piece Tankini Swimsuit, $795

Jean Paul Gaultier Butterfly-Print Sporty Two-Piece Tankini Swimsuit, $795

It seems that this year, the designers have attempted to reinvent the look of the swimsuits and break down all the rules. Two-piece swimsuits with long sleeves and those with many straps and ribbons will definitely leave some interesting tan lines on the beaches this year.

Patterns

via Trend Council

via Trend Council

If you thought that the cuts will go nuts this season, you should definitely check out the colors and patterns. This season, you just cannot go wrong. The very colorful and complex patterns are a real hit this season. If they are on a two-piece swim suit they can be only on one piece while the other one can be single colored. Or it doesn’t have to be.

Cynthia Rowley Pink Embellished Floral Wetsuit, $295

Cynthia Rowley Pink Embellished Floral Wetsuit, $295

There are also some really nice, simple, one piece swimsuits with bright colors that resemble those of the ‘90s and even a whole trend of entirely black swimwear that combines some interesting materials and bring some classy elegance to the beach. While this extravaganza is in this year, there is also entirely different stream in trends this year, with very simple and sporty designs which go with those bright and simple colors and straight lines.

Famous Designs

All these conclusions about the swim suits for the year to come are taken by analyzing and watching what the designers have come up with. To name the few: Department stores had some fun experimenting with new styles.  Their choices for this season include straps, straps, and more straps which make one-piece suits look like two pieces connected with interesting cuts and designs.

Mikoh Swimwear Top, $101

Mikoh Swimwear Top, $101

Besides that, they used some crochet in their designs and focused their main colors on yellow and bright pink.  On the other hand, Planet Blue has taken an entirely different direction with the colors. They are all for muted, earthy and skin tones and their prints are all scenery-like. The cuts and styles put the efficiency and sporty look as a priority. Alene Too wanted to make the swimwear something that will be worn outside the beach as well. Interesting cuts that resemble tops more than swim suits can be used as regular clothes as well.

via Trend Council

via Trend Council

What to expect to see in stores this Spring

All these ideas that come from the designers are interesting and fun, but once you go out in search of your go-to swimwear for this year, you can expect to see brands like Victoria Secret to have more universal versions of these design ideas, along with the classical cuts from past seasons.

via Trend Council

via Trend Council

Therefore, this year, it is very hard to go wrong. Perhaps, the best bet is to choose the suit according to your body type but go trendy with the choice of colors and patterns. The best thing about this trend is that if you cannot decide if you want a one color or patterned swimsuit, you can choose both!

via Tokyo Turq

via Tokyo Turq

 

xo

February’s Most Coveted: Angel Wings

Romeo climbs into the garden of his beloved and tells Juliet ‘With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, for stony limits cannot hold love out.’ 

FarFetch

FarFetch

Most females (and men) out there are in awe of the beauty of the Victoria’s Secret angels, as well as the creativity shown in each of their annual fashion shows.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014

Taking some fashion inspiration from them, along with the genius known as Sophia Webster, angel wings are a beautiful complement to the season’s ethereal mood.  From earrings to vests to heels, and from angel to butterfly to dragonfly wings, these romantic details add a subtle feminine touch to any outfit.

SOPHIA WEBSTER 'Evangeline' sandals, $560

SOPHIA WEBSTER ‘Evangeline’ sandals, $560

 

Roberto Cavalli 'Hera Wings' chain shoulder bag, $1,937.96 now $1,356.57

Roberto Cavalli ‘Hera Wings’ chain shoulder bag, $1,937.96 now $1,356.57

 

CristinaOrtiz 9-karat rose gold diamond large ear cuff, $9,500

CristinaOrtiz 9-karat rose gold diamond large ear cuff, $9,500

 

Etro Silk-embroidered cotton-twill vest, $2,610

Etro Silk-embroidered cotton-twill vest, $2,610

 

Garrard Yellow Gold & Black Diamonds Ailes Necklace, 15000 €

Garrard Yellow Gold & Black Diamonds Ailes Necklace, 15000 €

 

Honor Dragonfly wings-print silk skirt, $1,995 Now $598

Honor Dragonfly wings-print silk skirt, $1,995 Now $598

 

Elise Dray Rose Gold & Diamond Pavé Phalanx Wings Ring, $5,442.11

Elise Dray Rose Gold & Diamond Pavé Phalanx Wings Ring, $5,442.11

What do you think of the wing-inspired accessories and apparel?  Which are your favorite pieces?

xo

What To Wear: The Only 15 Pieces You Need to Pack On Your Next Vacation

It seems as though everyone is always perpetually trying to get packing right.  No matter how many times I travel, I never seem to do it exactly perfect.  It’s either too much or too little.  Thanks to the lovely ladies at College Fashion, they found the perfect 15 items that are versatile enough to interchange for however long your vacation is.

Bonus: You’ll still have room left for shopping!

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A few other tips for packing:

1. Pack in advance.  Add things to your suitcase as soon as you get your travel dates arranged.  This way, you won’t be frantically throwing unnecessary items in your luggage the night before in an attempt to get some sleep before your 4 AM flight…. (Yes, I have been there before, and far too often).

2. Make a checklist.  If you’re one of those people that know you will forget to pack socks for your hiking trip in Ecuador, make a checklist to remind yourself of those essentials.

3. Choose basics.  Although it may seem a bit boring to pack basics, it will save you space to shop for all those unique items you’ll find along your trip.  Plus, basics are easy to mix and match, thus creating a functional and minimalistic wardrobe.

4. Check the weather.  If the weather forecast shows highs in the mid-50’s throughout your trip, it probably won’t be necessary to pack those amazing new striped high-waisted shorts (even though you’re dying to wear ’em).

The 15 Travel Essentials

The 15 Travel Essentials

Product Info (all under $100!): Trench Coat – H&M, Hooded Jacket – Blackfive, Chunky Sweater – Blackfive, Long Tee – Abercrombie & Fitch, Leggings – New Look, Jeans – Blackfive, Chambray Shirt – American Eagle,  Short Sleeve Blouse – H&M, Short Tee – Athleta, Dress – Abercrombie & Fitch, Sneakers – Adidas, Flats – ModCloth, Booties – ModCloth, Satchel – ModCloth, Infinity Scarf – Nordstrom

Here are a four sample outfits made from the above 15:

The Fabulous 4

The Fabulous 4

Do you have any other essentials to add to the list?

xo

This Years Top Fashion Trend: The Pencil Skirt

One of the best fashion trends from this year was pencil skirts.  Although they are a classic staple in every woman’s wardrobe, in 2014 they became more daring than ever.  With extreme (and sometimes multiple) slits, as seen from Aquazurra, to varied hemlines to unique fabrics, especially see-through sheer.  Here are some of the top favorites below:

Pencil Skirts, #bestfashion2014 Trend
What was your favorite 2014 fashion trend?

Trend Report: Winter White

Whether there’s snow on the ground or not, white is everywhere in fashion this season.  Wear it in an oversized, fuzzy wool sweater, on your feet or bag, or in fur (faux or real, we won’t tell!).  It looks great in an all-white ensemble, especially with metallic elements and white gold jewelry.

WINTER REPORT- SNOW QUEEN

 

How do you like to wear white in your outfit?

The Easiest Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume

It’s almost the time of Halloween parties, and you realize you’ve forgotten to pull anything together or stop by your nearest costume shop.  Don’t fret- try this easy Harry Potter DIY costume using pieces you most likely already own.

What to wear:

  • White button-up
  • Tie
  • Glasses
  • Black skirt
  • Black socks or tights
  • Black heels
  • Wand (this one is questionable…)
DIY Halloween
Are you dressing up this Halloween?  If so, share or post a picture of your costume in the comments below!

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

Clover Canyon
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!