Summer sandals with style

If you’re like me, you probably pulled out your favorite sandals as soon as summer began. But as August approaches, there is still plenty of time to get the most out of your sandals — or maybe pick up a new favorite pair!

This year’s trends give you a variety of sandal styles to choose from, ranging from flat soles to platform heels. Here are a few that stand out for any occasion.

The Slide

Ever popular as a casual sandal, that’s no reason the humble slide can’t also serve as a dressier sandal.

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Tulum sandals, $140 at Joie

The Gladiator

This look can go for the extreme wraps all the way to the knee, but can also translate into a few more subdued ties and cords around the ankle.

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Nillie sandals, $139 at Coach

The Block Heel

Always seen as a good business casual look, the block heel dresses up a sandal while keeping it practical.

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Alexander Wang Cole slingback sandals, $525 at Barneys

The Platform

For when you want something that hearkens back to the ’70s, but with a modern flare.

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Charlotte Olympia geometric platform sandal, $1,195 at Neiman Marcus

The Metallic Fringe

This sandal brings together two of this year’s trends, metallics (found on everything from makeup to footwear) and fringe or tassels. In this case, the fringe is made of metal.

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Giuseppe Zanotti Design fringed sandals, $1,218.75 at Farfetch

If your feet need a little pampering to show off these new sandals, be sure to try my DIY pedicure tips!

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Summer flight plan: Carry-on bag essentials

It’s the middle of summer, and that means time to travel! But for those of us taking long (or even shorter) flights this summer, figuring out everything you need for when you get there can be a chore. That’s why I’ve offered some advice on packing for a trip in previous posts. But this year I started thinking about what you might need on the plane or perhaps right after you get off the plane before you fetch your luggage. Then there’s the question of what happens if your luggage takes a few days to catch up with you (not that I wish that on anyone!).

So here are some things you might want to pack into your carry-on bag just in case!

A change of clothes

Luggage can get lost. Imagine spending a day or two wearing only the clothes you wore on the plane. To avoid that fate and be able to change into at least one clean outfit, keep a part of your carry-on bag for a change of clothes. I personally like something that doesn’t take up much room in the bag but is versatile. A dress that packs well and won’t wrinkle is a good choice, such as this prAna Holly Dress from REI.

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prAna Holly Dress, $85 at REI

A scarf, light jacket or shawl

Hair a mess from that barely relaxing nap during the flight? Spill something on the front of your blouse? A silk scarf takes up hardly any room in your bag and can be used to remedy so many things. A light jacket, sweater or shawl will help if the flight is chilly.

I like the versatility of a wrap that is big enough to warm your arms, become a hood over your hair or wrap around your neck, such as this tissue-weight wool and cashmere wrap from Nordstrom.

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Tissue-weight wrap, $98 at Nordstrom

A charger

Bring along a small charger pack that can charge your phone or tablet when they (inevitably) run out of power in the middle of the flight. Something like the Powerpro 6000 from Urge Basics can give you enough power to charge two devices using its two USB ports and fits in a pocket. It also may not hurt to pack a small notebook and pen, just in case your cell, your tablet and your charger all run out of power.

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Powerpro 6000, $35.99 at Urge Basics

Healthy snacks

Throw a bag of trail mix, your favorite protein bar and some fresh fruit (apples travel particularly well) into your bag. You never know when there may be delays and where, and you may be very grateful for having something you can eat quickly and feel good about what you’ve eaten. Avoiding too many salty foods and alcohol before and during a flight also can help keep you feeling your best.

Water!

I know you can’t carry water through airport screening, but you can bring along a cute refillable water bottle, such as this one from Kleen Kanteen. More and more airports are adding water fountains that have a water bottle filling station, making it easy to fill your water bottle quickly and stay hydrated for the flight. Air travel can be dehydrating, so water is essential.

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40 oz Classic, $28.95 at Kleen Kanteen

Moisturizer

Of course, your skin will probably need extra moisture too after all that time on the plane. Flying can lead to dull, dry skin. Keep a small bottle (remember, airlines allow up to 3.4 fluid ounces per container) of skin oil to apply during the flight or after. Boscia’s Tsubaki Beauty Oil comes in 1.7 oz bottles and can be blended with moisturizer or foundation.

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Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil, $46 for 1.7 fl oz at Sephora

Remember your lips, too! Bring along a lip balm that will keep your lips feeling moisturized during the flight.

Any toiletries you bring should be packed in a 1-quart clear plastic bag that you can easily remove from your carry-on as you go through security.

Cleansing wipes

On some international flights, you might be lucky enough to receive a warm, damp washcloth to freshen up, but don’t bank on it. Bring along some cleansing wipes to refresh your face and neck after a long flight.

Makeup essentials

Makeup will require touch-ups at the end of a flight, so bring your basics along in your carry-on bag (this also will be invaluable if your luggage is lost). A tinted moisturizer, such as 4-in-1 Tinted SPF 30 from Beauty Bioscience, some mascara and your favorite lipgloss will give you a quick pick-me-up at the end of the flight.

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4-in-1 Tinted SPF 30, $75 for 1.7 fl oz at Beauty Bioscience

Here’s to worry-free travel this summer!

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The basics for trying new skincare products

beautiful girl with cosmetic creamI know how tempting it can be to try out new skincare products as they hit the market, but there are some basic rules to keep in mind when trying something new.

One of the hardest parts about switching up your skincare routine is finding the products that work best for you. Too much switching between products can irritate your skin and leave you uncertain about whether the problems are with the product you’re using, the previous product or something else entirely.

So if you do try something new, try adding it gradually with one new product at a time. See how your skin reacts to that product and, if there’s a problem, give your skin a break of a few days before trying anything else.

When adding new skincare products, do your research, then ease into using them and stick with it!

The Basics

* Research everything — including how it feels and smells

You may like what a serum, lotion or cream is promising, but if it’s tacky and doesn’t spread well or smells too citrusy or leaves your skin feeling greasy, you may stop using it soon after you start. So while researching what a product will do and how is important, it is also important to know how it is going to look, smell and feel.

Samples are a good way to answer that question. Or you can try online reviews and resources such as Sephora’s Skin Care IQ or the reviews on sites such as totalbeauty.com or xoVain.com.

* Test it and ease into it

For any new product, do a 24-hour patch test on the inside of your wrist or lower side of your cheek to see how your skin will respond to it. A great way to do this is with a sample or tester. It won’t show you if the product will give you results over time, but it will show if you have a reaction to something in the product.

Some products will cause some redness at first, because of the way they work. This is particularly true for products containing retinol. Retinoids cause the body to shed old skin cells, promoting growth of the new skin cells beneath, thicken the skin and reduce the breakdown of collagen. They cause peeling and redness in the first few weeks.

Instead of slapping a large dose on at once, try a little bit. You should only use a pea-sized amount, according to dermatologists. Ease into it, using the retinoid product every other night at first. You can find more on this approach in this article about retinoids at WebMD.

If any product appears to be significantly irritating your skin, stop using it and talk with your dermatologist.

* Give it time

Many products need time to show results.

The rule of thumb is to give it a month to see if it is making a difference. Some products will start to show results during that time, but others may take a few months for a full effect. Take a look at the packaging or online to see how long the manufacturer recommends. Of course, if you’re not seeing results after a few months, it might be time to call it quits and try something else.

I hope these tips help you get the best results the next time you try out a new skincare product!

 

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Healthy Summer Hair

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While you may be thinking about taking care of your skin this summer out in the sun, don’t forget about your hair! Hair can take a beating in the summer with sun, saltwater and chlorine often the main ingredients of summer fun.

But you can keep your hair healthy and looking its best by keeping a few things in mind.

Condition

This is not the time to cut back on conditioning. Keep hair moisturized to keep it healthy and protected.

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You might want to check out a cleansing conditioner that doesn’t strip away the natural oils from your hair the way shampoos can.

WEN Sweet Almond Mint cleansing conditioner is one to try.

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 Wen Sweet Almond Mint cleansing conditioner, $32 for 16 oz at Sephora

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Summer hair benefits from a bit of extra pampering, especially after a trip to the beach or repeated dips in the chlorinated pool. A hair mask can help to restore some moisture to dry hair and improve texture and shine.

Try something like Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask.

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 Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, $54.40 for 16.9 oz

Dry carefully

Air dry as much as possible, or blow dry those locks with the heat low. Less heat means less damage, which is especially key in summer when the natural elements are doing their best to wreck your hair.

If you blow dry a lot, use a protective spray or serum to prevent damage, such as Oribe’s Balm d’Or heat styling shield.

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Oribe Balm d’Or heat styling shield, $43 for 3.4 fl oz

Grab a hat

It’s not just your skin that the sun’s rays damage — they can hurt your hair, too.

So a hat is key when spending time in the sun. Keeping out of the sun will help your color to last longer as well.

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When going without a hat, take along a protective spray, such as Clarins Sunscreen Care oil spray. This SPF 30 spray can do double duty to protect both skin and hair.

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Clarins Sunscreen Care oil spray, $36 for 5 fl oz

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Great legs for summer

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Summer is the time for shorts, skirts, dresses and, yes, swimsuits. So your legs are center stage this season.

So much exposure means you want legs looking their best. Here are a few of my tips to get those legs in shape and ready for whatever you’re wearing this summer.

Exercises

Of course, legs that look good start with strong, toned legs. Some great activities for toned calves and thighs include walking, running, biking — even a night out dancing.

Specific exercises that target leg muscles can create even better results. One of my favorites is step calf raises, where you stand with your toes and balls of your feet on a step and your heels balanced off the step. Lower your heels and then raise them back up. This is a great stretch and helps tone calf muscle.

You can find other leg exercises online, such as these from Cosmopolitan.

Pampering

Now that you’ve been working on the muscle beneath, it’s time to take a look at the skin on your legs. Perhaps it needs a bit of pampering to look its best. Some of the basics apply: Exfoliate to remove dry and dead skin cells; moisturize to keep skin soft and supple.

Try out this exfoliating scrub recipe from Bakerette.com a couple times a week.

1-1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil, such as olive or coconut

3 Tablespoons of lemon juice

Mix it all together, soak your legs in a warm bath for about five minutes and then rub the exfoliating mixture on your legs. Rinse. Repeat.

Then moisturize with your favorite lotion or cream.

Concealing

Finally, even if your legs are well-exfoliated and moisturized, they may need a bit of help to look their best. Spider veins, varicose veins and other blemishes can make you self-conscious when you want to step out with bare legs.

Beauty Bioscience recently launched our Leg Perfector, a product that not only makes legs look better, but actually improves their appearance over time.

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With these tips, you can go out and enjoy the best of summer with legs ready to be seen!

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Summer trends: Lacy, light and printed tops

It’s time for summer tops!

Whether you prefer your shirts blousy or structured, sheer or solid, you can capitalize on this summer’s trends to find the right look for you.

The nice thing is that many summer tops pair well with cotton pants or a fitted skirt in a pretty print — or your favorite shorts or jeans. Many summer blouses can dress up just as easily as they dress down.

Here are a few to look for this summer:

Feminine and light

Lightweight fabrics are the way to go during the summer months, and this summer feminine, flowing tops are the perfect look. Muted pastels are in, as is basic white. The nice thing about a lightweight blouse is that you can opt for sleeveless, short sleeved or long, billowy sleeves without being too warm.

Look for tops that have something special going for them — something that draws the eye — whether a ruffle, drawstring, buttons or a fun print.

This cute peasant blouse from Alberdi meets several of those criteria!

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 Alberdi embellished cotton peasant blouse, $350 at Calypso St. Barth

 Lace

Lace is perfect for summer and pairs well with other fabrics. While sheer is in this summer, there are plenty of lace tops where you can leave the house feeling cool yet covered, such as this one from Zadig & Voltaire.

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Zadig & Voltaire lace-trim sleeveless voile blouse, $328 at Neiman Marcus

Prints

Speaking of pretty prints and patterns, they are in this summer for tops and bottoms. A floral print in bold colors or something asymmetric in its pattern will keep the top looking fresh and updated.

This silk caftan blouse from Roberto Cavalli incorporates the soft, flowing lines of this summer with a semi-sheer silk in baroque prints.

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Roberto Cavalli print silk caftan blouse, $1,250 at Nordstrom 

What’s your favorite top this summer? I’d love to hear what you’re wearing!

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Summer Beauty Essentials

It’s summer, which can mean glaring sun, drying heat and the challenge of looking fresh as you face the outdoors.

During the summer months, it’s great to have a few essentials to streamline your routine and keep you looking your best. Here are some beauty essentials that can go a long way during the summer.

Tinted lotion

Summer skin needs pampering and moisturizing. And summer calls for less and lighter makeup.

A quick way to moisturize, conceal and make sure your skin is protected from the intense rays of the sun is with a tinted lotion with SPF.

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Beauty Bioscience’s 4-in-1 tinted SPF 30 can be a quick addition to your morning beauty routine that locks in moisture, gives you sun protection and lets you skip a foundation layer. Some powder, a brush of mascara on your eyes and splash of color on your lips, and you’re ready to go.

Finishing powder

To avoid beading with sweat, go for a lightweight powder, such as Bobbi Brown’s brightening finishing powder. The powder keeps skin fresh and dry with a healthy glow.

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Waterproof mascara

For summer, perhaps more than any other time of year, a waterproof mascara is a huge plus. Sure, it keeps your mascara from running while you’re in the pool, but it also keeps your look together when sweat is threatening to ruin it.

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Merle Norman Lash Lift waterproof mascara does the job while covering evenly.

Pink or nude lipstick

I mentioned a few weeks ago how much I love pink and nude lips for summer. This is another beauty essential that will get you out the door quickly in the morning or perk up your look at any time during the day.

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I especially like a pale pink lipstick that brightens up your face and brings out a glow to your skin that’s perfect for summer. Tom Ford Lip Color in Blush Nude is one of my go-to lipsticks in the summer.

Hair serum

If humidity is getting the best of your hair this summer, a little serum may be just what you need to round our your summer beauty essentials.

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Oribe makes great products , and their Smooth Style Serum provides both moisture and hold, babying your hair with exotic oils. You can use it as part of your styling routine or as needed throughout the day to tame the frizz.

Let me know the summer beauty essentials that keep you going!

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Stay-cool style for the workplace

A few weeks ago, I brought you some tips on how to dress for that job interview.

As hot temperatures roll in, I wanted to talk about dressing for work while staying cool — something that can be accomplished with style.

While it may be tempting to throw on a strappy sundress to beat the heat — and while that may be appropriate in some workplaces — here are a few things to keep in mind for keeping your look professional.

Lighten up

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Openwork Linen Blazer, $148 from Anthropologie

This is true for colors and fabrics. This time of year is the perfect time to step away from a more structured suit to linen or cotton jackets and slacks.

Creams, khakis and light grays all lend a lighter look to your wardrobe, and you can move away from a more tailored suit to something that drapes more loosely.

If you’re going for short-sleeved blouses to beat the heat, a linen jacket can be the perfect way to layer for air-conditioned buildings and keep you looking professional.

Dress for summer

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Mode Dress in white seersucker from Hadleigh’s

Dresses are always a quick way to get ready in the morning. While you may want to avoid gauzy summer dresses in an office environment, this is the time of year to bring out dresses in brighter colors and in summer-weight fabrics.

I love dresses with something extra, such as a wrap-around obi belt (see some tips on how to wear belts this summer here), a flared collar or buttons. Take the trendy shirt-dress and put it to work this summer!

Dressy sandals

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Margo leather sandal, $128 from Ann Taylor

As long as open-toed shoes work for your workplace (and keeping up your pedicure is a must!), there are so many ways you can augment your business attire for summer. Go for sandals with a little more to them — you don’t want to step over the line toward something that more resembles a flip-flop. Something with a wedge or block heel may be the way to go.

Do you have other ways you like to beat the heat while looking your best? If so, I’d love to hear them!

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Selecting Fabulous Summer Sunglasses

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With summer right around the corner, you may be needing some new sunglasses soon. I love a great pair of shades by the pool or around town. For me, oversized frames are the way to go. (I bought the Cutler + Gross shades I’m wearing in the picture above just last week at their store in London!) The nice thing about this summer’s trends is that they support healthy eyes in fun and fashionable ways.

Here are a few things to look for in sunglasses to protect your eyes (and a few examples of frames as well!).

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Marc by Marc Jacobs, $120 at Nordstrom

Look for UVA/UVB protection

Just because sunglasses are tinted, that doesn’t mean they’re protecting your eyes! A clear coating to protect against 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light is a must. The protection will guard not only your eyes, but also the delicate skin around them.

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Block the light however you can

Wraparound or glasses with large frames are the best for giving your eyes the most protection. Smaller lenses let rays sneak around and into your eyes.

You can find oversized frames in a variety of shapes, including round, cat-eye and rectangular.

Giant frames not your style? Pair the style you like with a floppy hat to shade your eyes better.

Not a glasses person? You may miss out on the fun of a new pair of sunglasses, but you have the option of contact lenses that will protect your eyes. These lenses are offered at different levels of protection for general use and for particularly bright places, such as mountains and beaches. They also can be paired with sunglasses for added protection.

The good news is that oversized frames are in this year, so you can protect your eyes in style.

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Tom Ford “Ivanna,” $395 at Nordstrom

Consider colors

Bright-colored lenses are popular this year, but the color you choose may have to depend more on why you’re wearing them rather than what you’re wearing.

For driving, you might want to consider gray, green or brown lenses, which don’t distort the colors of traffic lights the way yellow or pink does.

If you want to go bright, maybe focus on bright frames, whether popping with primary colors, rocking a colorblock or in bright white, another trend for this summer.

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Gucci, $395

Enjoy the sunny weather while protecting those eyes in style!

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Summer favorites: Nude and pink lips

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I love shades of pink for summer lips!

I love the look of nude or pink lipstick, especially for summer when fresh faces are the way to go.

The lovely thing about choosing a shade the complements your skin tone is that it can wake up your face in the morning — or at any time of day! — with just a touch of color and not much else. So it’s a quick way to brighten up your look and your day.

Nude and pale pink shades also work well with stunning eyes, letting those eyes stand out while keeping lips simple.

There are so many great shades to choose from, especially now that nude lips have become a fashion staple. There are options from matte lipsticks to quick-fix lip glosses. The nice thing is you can get the look you love on any makeup budget.

So choose a nude or pink shade you love and keep it in your purse. This could easily be your go-to all summer!

 

Here are three of my favorites:

Tom Ford Lip Color in Blush Nude, $50

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Cover Girl Colorlicious Lip Gloss in Give Me Guava, $6.60

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MAC in Angel, $16

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