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in the tropics

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September 25th, 2014 · Print Print

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Fall is my favorite time of the year in Texas — when the heat and humidity of the deep summer melts away, it feels like I’m living in a tropical paradise.  The weather calls for light dresses and tank tops, and the days are long and sunny until daylight savings hits.  As much as I miss the changing seasons in the Northeast, I love my long summers here in the south!

And what better pick for a late summer night than these mirrored Foster Grant aviators?  These have been my favorite sunglasses all summer long, and they’re not going away anytime soon!  I love the classic aviator style, and the reflection on the lens makes them fresh and modern.  Swoon!  (If you haven’t seen them yet, Foster Grant sunnies can be found everywhere from CVS to Walmart — they’re super affordable and come in a ton of amazing styles!)

I matched them with this new scarf top — the print is perfect for a hot evening, or it could be adorable under a blazer (and in case you want something with a little more coverage, I’ve linked to some other options below).  Here’s to summer nights!

Foster Grant sunglasses, La Fiorentina scarf halter top, La Mer Collections watch, ASOS skirt, Kate Spade clutch, Jimmy Choo heels.


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wear to work: fall suiting

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September 23rd, 2014 · Print Print

A pet peeve of mine about the fashion industry: its idea of “suiting” tends to be completely absurd.

For many years, I worked in law firms where a suit was not just expected but actually required — and even on days when I could get away with “business casual,” a suit was still mandatory for days when I’d be in court. I was constantly looking for suits that were not only appropriate, but were actually somewhat cute — and let me tell you, it was tough.

See, the fashion world hears “suit” and gives you this:

 

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Yes, seriously. If you look on Shopbop for suiting, the first option that pops up has big multicolored stripes, huge lapels, padded shoulders, all of it.  Rebecca Minkoff, I love you, but if you think this would work for an attorney in a federal courtroom, you have lost your mind.

The next option is a pure silk, leopard print, pajama-style suit.  I kid you not.

Don’t want those? Rag and Bone hears “suiting” and gives you: Chambray Shorts.

Totally. Those will definitely work for your conservative office job. Just shell out $450, show up to work in chambray shorts, and we’ll see how that goes for you.

And yes, these suits might look great on a Fashion Week attendee.  But for people with real jobs in real offices?

Not so much.

And, hey, I get it.  Suiting for women can be lovely, but it can also be frumpy and uncomfortable and profoundly un-cool.  It’s a workhorse in your closet, and it’s hard to get it right.

But, you know what?

Working women need those workhorses, and they need them to be chic, and stylish, and fashionable without making you look like a giant clown.

So with that in mind, I’ve pulled together a few options for fashionable suiting that isn’t absurd.  Whether you’re gearing up for your first post-college interview or you’re the CEO of a corporation, here are some suits that will make you feel as polished, confident and professional as you deserve to feel.

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3 Must-Haves for a Healthy Adult Slumber Party

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September 22nd, 2014 · Print Print

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With the dogs and the baby, some days it feels like every night is a slumber party at our house!  Evenings are the best time to de-stress after our busy days, but sometimes it’s hard to remember to take time to relax at the end of a long day or week.

But a few small tweaks to your evening routine can bring terrific benefits for your mind, body, and skin!  Setting aside an hour every night for a peaceful, slumber-party ritual will leave you refreshed, calm, and ready to sleep like a baby.

When you’re having a particularly stressful week, take a little time to indulge in one of these calming bedtime routines — and then reap the benefits when you wake up to beautiful skin!

Wind Down Without Alcohol: It can be tempting to have a glass of wine with dinner or at the end of the night, but alcohol dehydrates your skin and disrupts your sleep.  Our solution?  A soothing cup of chamomile tea or sparkling water with lemon, just before bed. 

Take an Evening Bath: This is my personal favorite.  A few nights a week, after the baby is sleeping, I hand the monitor off to my husband and relax in the bathtub.  Sometimes I meditate, sometimes I listen to music, sometimes I just decompress and relax.  When your days are as packed as mine have been lately, sometimes a little quiet time to yourself is the biggest luxury there is.

Catch Up With a Friend: Sometimes the happiest moments are when you connect with a good friend or family member, so I try to make sure I check in every day or two — over the phone!  (Remember the phone, that wacky method of communication we had before email?) I take fifteen or twenty minutes out of my night and catch up with my sister, mom, or a friend — sometimes a little chat session is the best way to de-stress!

Or, all of the above! Better yet, do all three!  Invite a few girlfriends over for a spa night — serve fruit-infused water (check out my recipe on the Simple Skincare blog!), try a homemade face mask (try my DIY oatmeal scrub using Simple Skincare moisturizer), and enjoy the time together!  It’s a terrific way to be kind to your skin and yourself!

And after your spa night?  Post a no-makeup selfie with the hashtag #NoMakeupWakeUp and join the conversation with @SimpleSkincare on Twitter!

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