Top Summer Vacay Destinations
Posted on May 22, 2017.
Whether you want to do a girl’s trip, or travel solo, summer is a great time to explore. Where to go? Obviously, the choices are endless, but here are a few places our wanderlust is directing us towards in a major way:
-Bali – Most famous as being a backdrop to Elizabeth Gilbert’s most sacred “Eat, Pray, Love” moments. Bali is all that and more… and what you may not realize is that it’s also a place you can visit on a budget. Yes, everything you’ve heard is true, Bali is home to gorgeous, villa-style hotels, coastline views, spas and saunas to rejuvenate the soul, cooking classes… this is definitely a place people come to recharge. But the other side of Bali is the nightlife. There are many rooftop bars with fantastic views, often with live music or featured DJs. Bali wants you to have whatever type of vacay you want to have, and at a sweet price.
-Hong Kong… let us count the reasons why. First off, it’s a bargain shopper’s paradise, with both international brands and local, trendy shops offering insane bargains. Secondly, if you like exotic food, this is the place to get some legit dim sum! Lastly, it’s not all bright city lights; Hong Kong has many gorgeous and super-scenic hiking trails, some overlooking the beach, so you can work off that yummy Chinese food. This city has it all!
-With a lot of attention on Canada lately, it dawned on us that Montreal makes for an amazing summer trip to our neighbors up north. Why? Well, there’s a lot to explore… think cobblestone roads along Old Montreal, home to cute restaurants and boutiques, as well as more modern shopping areas, award-winning cuisine, summer jazz festivals, and pretty nature (within walking distance of silver lakes). This cosmopolitan city’s residents have a reputation for being friendly, so make some new friends while you’re there (Justin Trudeau, where you at?)!
Where are you heading this summer? Share with us – we’d love to know!
Astrology Update: Bye, Retrograde
Posted on May 4, 2017.
We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, because as of Wednesday, Mercury is no longer in retrograde! Yep, after almost a month, the potential for chaos that comes with Mercury being in retrograde is finally over.
For those familiar with astrology, you already know that a planet is in retrograde when it is moving in a direction opposite to planet Earth, and is therefore in rest. Mercury, in particular, is known to have a rough retrograde period, as it is the planet that governs communication. As you can imagine, when Mercury’s communication vibes are in this period of rest, it’s very wise to put off important or binding decisions, having any type of confrontational conversations, and even writing work emails, just because these important things may not go as smoothly as you’d like, and misunderstandings are likely to occur. This period is hardest on relationships, so you can finally have that conversation with your boo that you’ve been waiting to have, at long last.
So that’s the good news – we’re in the clear for the summer with Mercury. The bad news? Yep, it goes back into retrograde on August 13th, so get out whatever you have to say this summer!
Fashion Stars of the 2017 Met Gala
Posted on May 3, 2017.
The Met Gala is always a celebrity-studded event featuring the most avant-garde fashion, and this year’s Gala, held on Monday at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, was no different. The theme was Rei Kawakubo’s “Comme des Garcons” label, a Japanese collection featuring non-conformist designs. As usual, we were glued to the fashion and couldn’t wait to round up a list of the best-dressed. Here’s a peek at our list:
-We LOVED Priyanka Chopra’s Ralph Lauren trench coat gown. With a slit up one leg, a sprawling train, and a very dramatic, off-the-shoulder collar, it was a perfect example of classy-meets-edgy, and definitely fitting of the non-conformist theme. Sparkly Jennifer Fischer earrings added just a touch of glam to the mix. Well done!
-Lily Collins perfectly blended girly and edgy in a gown by Giambattista Valli. With the strapless, tight black sweetheart top and the contrasting fluffy, cotton candy-like pink bottom, this was certainly a twist on the traditional that Kawakubo can appreciate. Her sleek black bob and black lipstick finished the look.
-The hands-down winner of the Met Gala, according to EVERYBODY, was definitely Rihanna. Actually wearing a piece by Kawakubo herself, she looked stunning. In a mix-up of petal-shaped textile and floral print fabric, Rih finished the look with red heels that laced all the way up her legs, and a flattering red eyeshadow/blush look that we totally want to steal for our next night out.
Until next year, Met Gala!
Say Goodbye To The “Girls”
Posted on April 21, 2017.
Last Sunday, your favorite “Girls” said goodbye to HBO, and to all of us, as the series finale aired. Sad, yes. But this last episode tied up a lot of loose ends, and maybe more than anything, showed us the first glimpse of Hannah stepping into the true grown-up world, a world where she could see past herself and tend to the needs of her newborn baby, Grover.
While we watched the Girls make many a mistake through their 20s, this final episode cleared the air as to whose friendship was long-term, and who had matured in ways that would take them down different paths. It was great to see Marnie really show up as Hannah’s best friend, and interesting to see Hannah’s mother give her a speech about motherhood, only for Hannah to relay the same message to a young girl she meets at the park.
This show, throughout its run, took a lot of heat for lack of ethnic diversity and for its focus on self-obsessed millennials. However, it was a big win for women overall, as it focused on women’s issues in a more realistic way than many shows created before it. This was maybe most evident once Hannah became pregnant unexpectedly, and, once Grover was born, portrayed her stumbling through new motherhood on her own, seemingly fighting with her own instinct to put her child’s needs above all else. The episode ending on a touching note, with Grover finally breastfeeding from Hannah, finally accepting her as his mother, and her finally accepting this new stage of life.
We’ll miss you, “Girls”…thanks for the memories.
Coachella Trends, Weekend One
Posted on April 12, 2017.
Coachella has always been about the music, but right after the music, it’s definitely about the fashion. Especially with celebrities spreading their fashion wings at the hottest annual concert in the country, fans are inspired to try new looks and take on the newest trends. This year is no exception, with crowds going beyond predictable ethnic details, fringe, and flower crowns.
The first weekend of Coachella was definitely on point musically, the highlight being a surprise appearance by Drake during Future’s set. The fashion was definitely must-see as well… these were a couple of trends that we spotted and loved:
-Let’s start with beauty and hair. No longer shy about shimmer, girls did away with bronzer and opted for glitter highlighter! Glitter was also worked into hair, in the form of double buns. Another hot trend? Space buns (several twisty buns around the head).
-Underwear as outerwear has been quite the sensation at Coachella, with bralettes and unitards ruling concert crowds. It’s easy to see why, as pieces like this are easy to mix and match, and many girls did just that, adding funky twists to simple pieces. We loved seeing leotards draped with fabrics of all sorts, in every imaginable way.
-Metal neckpieces and mirror-embroidered tops. This year was not just sugar and spice – Coachella fans were out there in extreme textiles, along the lines of stacked metal chokers, and cute, tie-back little netted shirts with jagged mirrored pieces embroidered in.
That’s Coachella for you. Expect the unexpected! We can’t wait to see what the upcoming weekend brings!
Pretty in Pastel: Easter Outfit Ideas
Posted on April 12, 2017.
Spring is in full swing, and Easter is upon us! It’s a time to spend with family, share a good meal together, and (most importantly) finally get to really wear some spring gear. If you’re still looking for that perfect Easter outfit, allow us to offer a couple of suggestions from our brand new arrivals!
-Our Light Blue Off The Shoulder Dress is pretty and girly, yet casual enough to be comfortable for all-day wear. This dress features a really cute ruffle along the bandeau-like top, and comes in a powder-blue shade that looks good on every skin tone. This one is must for spring!
-Our Cream Floral dress is a fluttery little number with ruffles at the neckline and at the hem. This pretty dress also features a racerback style in the back, to show off a little shoulders and back while still staying classy!
-For a cute little top and shorts number, try our lightweight Light Blue Halter Top with our Light Blue Drawstring Shorts. These two are super adorable together, but you can also mix and match either with other pieces. The top features a super cute ruffle edge along the straps, and the bottoms feature drawstrings for that perfect fit, while still looking sweet.
Okay, now that you have your perfect look down, we wish you the happiest of Easters!!!
Victoria Beckham x Target
Posted on April 10, 2017.
Super exciting news for you low-budget fashionistas (and former Spice Girls) out there. Victoria Beckham’s Target collection is finally here! Well, kinda. The pieces are viewable online, but aren’t actually up for grabs until April 9th. Her line is super cute and she includes pieces for women, children, and babies. Other great things about the line is that they are being sold in sizes up to 3x (so all women can get in on the fun), and that the price range for her items goes up to only $70 (with most pieces around $40).
Her line is awesome in that many are basics, but feature bright colors, whimsical designs, and cute details like scalloped edges. Posh Spice has created a collection that definitely works on a day-to-day basis, but a really chic day-to-day basis. Plus, we love her ad featuring our favorite ‘90s jam, “Spice Up Your Life,” by none other than our beloved Spice Girls!
All in all, we’ve pretty much never been this excited to hit up Target, as we can’t wait to spice up our wardrobe! Thanks, Posh! But hurry, because this collection will only be available until April 30th!
Equal Pay Day: Not Quite There Yet
Posted on April 5, 2017.
Equal Pay Day, a day dedicated to marking the wage gap between the genders, was yesterday, and it seems we still have a long way to go until women are paid the same amount as a man for doing the same amount of work. As things stand right now, white women make 83 cents per every dollar a white man makes. For other ethnicities, the gap is even worse: black women make 66 cents, and Latin women make 60 cents, per every dollar a white man makes.
Unfortunately, on March 27th, another step back from equal pay for equal work was taken, when the 2014 Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces order was rolled back. This act included rules that protect women in the workplace, and the last thing we need right now is even LESS protection for our rights in the workplace. However, that is the whole point of dedicating a day to taking a look at where we are in closing the wage gap.
The good news? In honor of the 20% wage gap between men and women, many retailers participated in a #20PercentCounts campaign (sale!), to show just how much the disparity in wages comes out to. But in reality, all women would prefer to be paid equally to men rather than buy something 20% off, and we look forward to the day we get there as a country, and no longer need Equal Pay Day.
Hot Spring Nail Trends
Posted on April 4, 2017.
One of the best things about a change in season is getting out of a rut of the trends that run their course each season. It’s spring, and that means brand new trends to try out, from clothes to hair. But let’s start somewhere simple… our nails!
There are some really fresh and amazing looks for nails trending that we absolutely cannot wait to try out. Here are the top three nail trends that we’re looking forward to rocking this spring:
-Ok, so there was a moment during Fashion week where something magical happened. Rodarte stylist painted the models’ nails a clear/ light beige... and then she applied gold glitter with a thin brush, just around the cuticles, giving the appearance of jewelry. We can’t wait to recreate this one… it doesn’t get much prettier than this!
-Designs, designs, designs. Stylists went crazy during fashion week over creating almost cartoon-like, bold, colorful designs, none of which are for the tame at heart. Jeremy Scott was a nail standout, with bold colors becoming the backdrop to a circle of a contrasting color. Love!
-Ombre metallic in feminine colors were also a hit. Think rose gold fading into a peachy, metallic sunset – this is what was created for Michael Costello’s models, and it looked simply amazing. Many other designers did the ombre metallic thing (yes, it’s now a thing), and we couldn’t be happier.
For All Our Aries Ladies
Posted on March 30, 2017.
Aries are known to be straight to the point, sometimes to a fault, and this may get you in trouble this month, just because it might catch those that don’t know you very well off guard. So maybe go a little easy with new friends or new coworkers. However, no worries. Once those around you get to know you, and see what a loyal ram you are, they will accept the parts of you that they may have not liked as much when they met you. As always, don’t worry too much about what others think of you (as Aries are known to be hotheads), because really, there will always be some people who you won’t mesh with. Focus on the people you actually click with, and this month will be smooth sailing!