Archive for June, 2008

Bronze Beauty

June 18, 2008

When you are working full time, like I am this summer, it is hard to maintain a summer tan. I swore to myself to stay out of tanning beds after I graduated college, so now I have to rely on bronzers and beach time to keep a nice color. The following three bronzers are my top picks:

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I recently bought a new bronzer from NARS called “Laguna.” It has a touch of shimmer but just enough so that you can wear it day and night without looking over done. I like the compact it came in and it is long lasting – I’ve been using it daily for a month and have barely put a dent in it.

Available at Sephora, $29

 

Sugar Blush/Bronzer Duo

 

This blush and bronzer duo from Sugar is perfect for highlighting your cheeks or for all over color. Use with a nice Kabuki brush to apply to collar bone and shoulders for a night out.

Sugar Blush & Bronzer Duo 

Available at Ulta, $28

 

Prescriptives Bronzer

 

My favorite bronzer is made by Prescriptives. It is a liquid powder that goes on with a brush. When it hits your skin there is a cooling sensation, because it has a high water content. This is hypo-allergenic, and gives lots of natural looking color. Check out the Prescriptives website if you haven’t before, they have a lot of innovative beauty products that are all good for your skin. You can even create your own lip gloss in their custom blend section.

Sunsheen Cooling Bronzer Powder

Available at Prescriptives, $35

Summertime Sandals

June 16, 2008

There are so many summer sandal styles to choose from right now, making a decision (or two or three) might be challenging. I’ve narrowed down some choices with a budget in mind. 

Antonela by Nine WestThis platform from Nine West has a gladiator feel and could easily transition into early fall. 

Antonela Platform

Nine West,  $89.00

 

Ginger Gladiator by Sam Edelman

 

 

Having a flat gladiator sandal can make simple sun dresses more spicy. I love this Sam Edelman gladiator sandal because of its metallic color and snake leather detail.

Ginger Gladiator

Sam Edelman at Nordstrom, $88.95

 

 

Colin Stuart Wedge 

These simple espadrille wedges would go well with shorts/skirts/capris or anything else you are wearing this summer. I like the salmon colored suede pair, but the gold might be more versatile. 

 

Colin Stuart Wedge

Colin Stuart at Victoria’s Secret online, $45

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent

June 3, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent passed away Sunday night in Paris after a year long battle with brain cancer. The iconic designer was responsible for making pants an acceptable fashion for women, and creating timeless, classic styles for the last 5 decades. He will be missed greatly, but his contribution to the fashion world is sure to persevere.  

Swim in Style

June 1, 2008

Although I have yet to make a bikini purchase this summer, there are many prospects to choose from in all different prices, prints, and styles. These are just a few of my favorites:

http://www.target.com/xhilaration-Xhilaration-Swimwear-Gold/dp/B0018Q7LJ8/ref=in_pe_recently-viewed-items_1/601-5501550-6347349

 

Some of the trends this summer include polka dots, stripes, and floral and latin-inspired prints. If you are on a budget, Target always has inexpensive bathing suits. I found this gold polka dotted bikini, a play on the “yellow polka dot bikini” for $30 total on Target.com.

 

Another yellow suit that I love is by Vitamin A. I first saw it on Tila Tequila (of all places) and hunted everywhere on the internet to find it. Vitamin A Bikini

  Everything But Water carries it in yellow and in black. The black style has a few other bottoms to choose from online, but I like the yellow bottom that was featured. 

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The bandeau style top is flattering for small busts, just like this other bathing suit with a balconet style top from Betsey Johnson which can be found at Nordstrom.

Finally, the one piece style that I love is the strapless one piece. Strapless one piece suits are more flattering and don’t leave crazy tan lines from side or back cut-outs like other popular one pieces. I found this Lea Gottlieb bandeau one piece on Bloomingdales.com. I love the detail in all the right places and it would look very cute with the right cover up, such as the one that is featured on the purchase page.