Nail the Sporty Look

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It’s the season for sporting events! With the NFL season in full swing, MLB playoffs coming and and NHL exhibition games starting, it’s a great time to perfect a sporty-chic look. This look is all about functionality; when you’re on your feet all day and constantly talking, eating and drinking, it’s important to make sure your outfit is comfortable, appropriate and weather-ready.

Let’s start from the bottom up; when you’re on your feet at a game, you need to be comfortable! A great way to ensure total comfort is by investing in a cute pair of sneakers. If you haven’t noticed, sportswear is having a serious moment in fashion right now, and it’s easier than ever to find trendy sneakers. New Balance, Converse All Stars and Keds are just a few comfy options with many cute styles.

Vouch for some jeans. Since it’s fall, distressed denim is stylish, comfortable and casual. You can find cute jeans at almost any women’s retailer this time of year, so it won’t be hard to find the perfect pair in your price range. A big part of sportswear is comfort, so make sure you’re staying warm in the cold this season.

I think that jerseys and t-shirts are the exciting part of game attire. As a Chicago girl and sports fanatic, I have so much fun picking out jerseys for my favorite teams. And if you don’t want to spend too much money for a sports jersey, a simple t-shirt in your favorite team’s color will be just fine. Word to the wise: Victoria’s Secret PINK has a bunch of great casual sportswear shirts for teams across the country, so you’re guaranteed to find a shirt that you’ll love.

Stick with a few basic accessories to play up your look. Try to keep your outfit simple with understated accessories while still being yourself. For example, you don’t want to wear any over-the-top accessories like chandelier earrings or long necklaces because it may clash with the casual theme of your game. Simple earring studs, bangles or a bauble necklace is plenty to jazz up your ensemble. If you’re outside, you can use the weather to your advantage. Aside from jewelry, if you’re expecting warm weather, you can use your upcoming game as an excuse to invest in a cute baseball cap, chic sunglasses or a headband to keep your hair in place. Game on!

Prep Style

To make a smooth transition from summer to fall, one can easily incorporate darker gem tones like emerald, sapphire and ruby for rich fall looks, in addition to a few classic plaid pieces. On the Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear runways, there were a fair amount of preppy pieces in the collections from Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger. More affordable brands such as Zara, H&M and ASOS also have fabulous items to complete your back to school (back to the grind) ensemble. To rock the preppy look without looking too much like a schoolgirl, pair plaids with neutrals and mix items from high to low price tags for a preppy but modern mix of brands.

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ASOS A-Line Skirt

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Zara White Blazer

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Louis Vuitton Dress

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Coach Jacquard Scarf

Trend Spotting: Boho Chic

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Boho-chic has been consistently featured in fashion magazines, blogs and boutiques for its undeniable simplicity, high level of comfort, and elegant aesthetic. This style is particularly laid-back, natural and approachable, which is why I love it for anything from a date night to running errands on the weekend. Since fall is officially here, now is the perfect time to master this effortlessly graceful look.

Stock up on the essentials. This includes maxi skirts, tank tops, loose blouses and distressed denim. You can mix and match these for a variety of outfits to stretch your dollars as much as possible! One of my favorite looks includes a lovely maxi skirt with an embellished tank top. Earth tones are definitely your best bet, as they look phenomenal on all skin tones.An easy and classic option for footwear is a chic pair of sandals. Boots are also a great option for cooler weather.

When it comes to accessories—the more, the better! Long earrings, stackable bracelets, long necklaces and rings are all appropriate. The beauty of boho is that nearly anything goes, so have fun mixing and matching irresistible jewelry!

An important part of any look is hair and makeup. For this specific style, simply wearing your hair down with gentle waves accentuates its overall relaxed feel. For a little sass, a loose fishtail braid is a charming way to play up your hair. When it comes to eye shadow, play up the natural, earthy tones. A simple all-in-one eye shadow palette in various shades of brown is an easy way to find colors that work well together, along with a light amount of bronzer to accentuate your cheekbones.

With all of these tips in mind, you’ll be the cutest boho babe in town. When you stick with earth tones and have at least one loose and relaxed piece, whether it’s a top or skirt—you’ll get the hang of this delightful trend in no time.

White after Labor Day

Contrary to the long-standing myth that wearing white after labor day is tacky, the fashion world has come to a consensus that wearing white after Labor Day is actually chic, modern and refreshingly simple. This notion is demonstrated in the OOTD archives of trendy fashion bloggers and pages of glossy fashion magazines, which should be enough proof for any fashionista.

Adopting this laid-back mentality is super easy, because you probably already have a bunch of white pieces in your wardrobe. Try pairing a crisp white piece with other darker pieces for contrast, like this white blouse with dark slacks and detailed heels.

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H&M Lace Blouse

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Vince Classic Strapping Pant

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DVF Mesh Heel

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Black Stretta Clutch

To keep your outfit relevant and on trend, always pair your white pieces with other fall colors like gem tones and warm hues worn with fur or suede accessories. Steer away from a bright colors and pastels for fear of wearing an outfit that’s out of season. And if anyone tells you you shouldn’t being wearing white simply tell them it’s Winter White!

5 Inspired Celebrations

Now that summer is coming to an end, it’s the perfect time to throw a party to celebrate the final days of summer. From an all-white party to a backyard garden soiree, try stick with one of these chic themes for your source of inspiration.

 1. Little Italy

Live like an Italian with your own handcrafted homemade pizza. Stick with red, white and green décor and string lights diagonally above tables for a glowing effect, whether indoors or outdoors.

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2. Rainy Day Affair

A dinner party is the perfect solution for less than ideal summer weather. Light some candles and dim your lighting for a cozy ambiance. Serve simple appetizers like sandwiches and fondue to keep the conversation flowing.

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3. Final Days of Summer

Throw a white party while you can still wear white before Labor Day. Try to stick with a monochromatic color scheme and serve outfit-friendly food such as bowtie pasta salad and cucumber sandwiches.

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4. Sommelier Soirée 

Bring the vineyard home with an assortment of different celebrity wines, paired with an assortment of cheese and crackers. Décor can be amped up a notch with fresh flowers on every table.

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5. Botanical Brunch

Arrange vintage tables around your backyard with lanterns and candles for the garden party décor. Serve plenty of veggies for appetizers and entrees to stick with the earthy organic theme.

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Fresh Makeup for Fall

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Now that spring is upon us, it’s a great time to refresh your look for the warm days ahead! Since darker gem tones like emerald, sapphire and ruby were favored in the fall and winter, giving yourself a beauty makeover starts with utilizing pastel shades like lavender, peach and pink. Light shades are wonderfully effortless, and are flattering on virtually any complexion!

The first step to making your features absolutely radiant is selecting the appropriate foundation, blush and highlighter. Clinique’s Superbalanced Foundation is an exceptional line to try, due to its high caliber makeup and great array of shades. When you find the right shade of foundation, spread a small dollop onto your entire face. Next, apply blush on the apples of your cheeks to add a feminine pop of color. Nars Blush in “Orgasm” is a fabulous blend of peach and pink that complements all skin tones. Lastly, blend a superb highlighter under your eyes and in the t-zone of your face to gently contour your lovely features.

In addition to luminous skin, pretty eyes are a requirement for this simple look. Clinique’s All About Shadow Quad in Pink Chocolate has four different eyeshadows in varying shades of pink and brown, allowing you to incorporate more light shades for day and thus darker hues for the evening. Gently apply the lightest pink to the whole eyelid, then cover just your eyelid with the tan shade. Blend the darker pink shadow in your eyelid crease, and use the chocolate brown shadow in the outer corners of your eyes.

The key element to your beauty look is enhancing your lips while at the same time evading darker gem tones. A remarkable lipstick that looks good on everyone is Mac Lipstick in Creme Cup. This soft pink will greatly harmonize with the rest of your makeup.

At last, keeping your hair as natural as possible will enhance the nonchalance of this routine. For beautiful tresses, apply a smoothing product and let your hair air-dry, so it can take on its natural shape. Now that you know how to succeed in creating a pretty spring look, you can plan a lunch with friends to show it off!

Tennis Luxury

I love fashion, and tennis is no exception. When I played varsity tennis in high school and club tennis at college, dressing up was definitely half the fun! Now that I’ve graduated, I still love to play whenever I get a chance. These are some of my dream pieces for a perfect transition from summer to fall, incorporating darker gem tones like navy and maroon with some brighter yellows and whites.

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