Beach Day Style Essentials

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The weather is finally warm enough to head to our little slice of paradise at the beach! Now we know you’ve probably packed the essentials: sunblock, water, and a volleyball. But what about your style essentials? Check off everything on this list before you leave to be a fashionista on the beach!

Sunglasses

Sunglasses – Keep your peepers safe with sunglasses! If basic shades aren’t your style, check out some sunglasses DIYs!

 

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Hat – When it comes to hats, we prefer the floppy, straw variety. But as long as it’s keeping your head cool and face shaded, any hat will do.

White Cover-upCoverup – We love a loose and airy coverup for the beach. Its easy to slip off when you want some sun, and slip on when the wind picks up.

Beach SandalsShoes – Don’t assume you won’t need shoes. Bring easy slip-on sandals because when the sun goes up that sand gets skin singeing hot!

Straw Beach ToteTote – You don’t want to go to the beach with your hands full of knick-knacks! Keep your hands free, and your shoulder stylin’ with a fun beach tote!

Fashion DIY Summer Essentials

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We’re officially in summer! And you know what that means, lazy days outside DIYing your heart out. There a few DIY essentials that we think are sure to make your summer even more fun!

56035-2143_1Elastic - Super practical for summer, this trim is perfect for making hair ties, head bands, belts to cinch your summer dress, and straps for towel holders.

59872-beigeLace - The perfect summer trim for all of your fashion DIYs. We’ve been seeing lace crop tops and shorts all over fashion blogs and in stores, but why buy them when you can DIY them?

59871-bronze_1Leather Cord - Go on a friendship bracelet making spree with our selection of bolo cords. From neon brights, to leather neutrals, we have all of the supplies you need for a rockin DIY.

56821-goldChain - Not only is chain great for making necklaces and bracelets, it’s also perfect for creating full body jewelry!

Initial Inspiration

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We want our style to be a reflection of who we are. When we head out the door in what we believe to be an ideal outfit, we’re sending the world the message, “this is me, take it or leave it”. When we entertain guests in our homes, they often get a sense of what’s important to us by what we surround ourselves with. A dreamcatcher pinned above a bed might give off a bohemian vibe, a pair of sneakers may point to athleticism. The need to show the world who we are, is probably the reason why monograms and initial decor is so popular. It’s such an individual element that makes a uniquely, personal statement.
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Independent Handbag Designer Awards

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This year we were once again proud sponsors of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards, an awards show that displays some of the most inventive and unique accessories from designers all over the world. Now in its 8th year, the entries were out of this world! And while all of them were a spectacular feat of creativity, the winners were absolute standouts.

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The Optitex Best Student Made Handbag winner, Morgan Richards, had a rustic, burnished leather bag, with matching leather tassels.

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The handbag that won Best in Overall Style and Design was John Edwards’ bold, blue creation. The light blue paired with gold-toned accents made for a gorgeous combination. It also happened to be the fan favorite!

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This beautiful clutch, by Gili Rozin Tamam, won the award for Best Handmade Handbag. Creating this bag took a unique process of imprinting that is usually reserved for the automotive industry. This designer is always thinking outside of the box!

Above were a few of our favorites, but check out the rest of the Independent Handbag Design Awards winners, and let us know which one YOU love!

 

 

Color Story: Rose Gold

Precious metals have been making a comeback in all arenas, be it jewelry, fashion or decor. And while silver and gold have always been the most popular choices, there’s one metal that’s making its way into the limelight. We’re talking about a warm hybrid between gold and copper: rose gold. This gorgeous shade has the tiniest hint of pink, making it metal with a lot of feminine appeal.

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tumblr_lqz2mjW36b1qf73dwo1_1280Rose gold is a great color for an evening gown. Yellow gold may look too bold with sea sequins, but on a rose gold dress, they look just right.

8a0db1be6492bc562c7bc44d767ecac4A popular choice for soon-to-be brides, rose gold is a fabulous base for engagement rings.

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6b19a465dbc9649a8e8f7be0cb41b305The easiest way to add rose gold to your home is through hardware, we can’t get over the beautiful selection of pendant lights available in this slightly peachy shade.

Hexagon Home Decor Inspiration

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Over the past few years, the creative world has gone through a geometric craze! These angle-obsessed designs have made their way into fashion, art and home decor, and one specific shape has caught our eye: the hexagon. Hexagons look fantastic when clustered together, reminiscent of the cells in a beehive, or solo as a statement-making accessory. Not only are they modern, but this honeycomb pattern offers an inherent, natural touch you don’t usually associate with modern patterns.

Honeycomb Pattern Vinyl WallThe mix of colors and styles on this wall make this nook look an art installation.
Hexagon+shape+finishedThis piece teeters on the side of modern, geometric.
Ombre Rainbow Hexagon Wall TutorialThis cool multi-colored wall adds a unique element to your room, and, can change the mood depending on which colors you use.
This cool installation is an interactive piece, which allows anyone in the home to change the layout of the wall, by moving individual tiles.
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Summer in Shades Inspiration

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Sunglasses are on of our most beloved accessories for spring and summer, and we usually can’t wait to start wearing them during the dark and dreary days of winter. Sunglasses can instantly make you look polished and put-together. Just throw on a pair of statement sunnies, a light coat of coral lipstick, and you’re ready to face the day!
Black Prada SunglassesWe love the unique curly shape of the arms. Look for unique details like that on the sides of your sunglasses, if you prefer a more basic frame shape.

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Red Lips and SunglassesA cat eye adds instant vintage style, especially when paired with a cool lip color!

Blue Mirrored Sunglasses on Girl with Long Hair

 

Americana Sunglasses on Smiling Teen

Aviator styles add a slightly masculine and carefree edge to your shades.

 

White Hot Summer Fashion Inspiration

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New Yorkers are known for wearing a lot of black. It’s the most universally flattering shade, helps you look svelte and can be dressed up or down, but when summer hits, black gets put on the back burner to make way for white. Wearing white not only helps keep you cool because it reflects light, but it also looks fantastic with bronzed summer skin, and is another neutral that you can pair with almost anything.
White Dress and Gladiator SandalsBe a bohemian with a loose summer dress paired with gladiator sandals.

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White Blouse and JeansStay structured and stylish with a tailored dress, or a revamped and studded button-down.

 

White Dress with Black HatEmbrace the crop top and maxi trend with an all-white ensemble, save for a dramatic black hat.

 

White ResortwearFrolic through surf and sand with this ultra-chic cover-up.

How will you be rocking white this summer?

 

Masculine Decor Inspiration

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We’re only days away from Father’s Day, a day when we celebrate some of the most important men in our lives. But what if our favorite guys weren’t dads? How do the dads of tomorrow live today? Take a look at these bachelor pads to appreciate not only the coolest dudes in your life, but the minimalist style of masculine decor. Gray Living Room Having a piece of statement artwork really helps to liven up a space that’s mainly composed of inky blues and grays.

Neutral Living RoomKeeping a neutral palette with dashes of muted color is the key to masculine decor.

Concrete Loft SpaceThe industrial elements in this loft space could instantly make this space look cold, but the Union Jack blanket instantly adds personality.

White Room with Wood SlatesUnique lighting can really elevate a room, but especially when the rest of the room is so minimal.

Gray Living Room with Leather SofaNothing says masculine style like a cognac leather chesterfield sofa, and an animal bust.

Men’s Fashion Inspiration: All in the Details

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When it comes to men’s fashion there seems to be a lot less variety. While women can try on every trend from bold neons to crop tops, men usually have a more subdued style. Fortunately, there are elements that any guy can play around with to get a unique style that is all his own. It boils down to the tiny details. By adding unique elements in the way of accessories, men can easily add charisma to their classic looks. Layered Styles

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Rolex Watch with Beaded Bracelets

Jil Sanders Canvas Oxfords

Suspenders and Hat Fashion