fashion

The Floral Shirt Dress

A feminine pattern and a classic shape combine in one chic summer dress.

Michael Kors shoes and bright floral dress Adrianna Papell floral dress Bright floral dress by Adrianna Papell Coach bag with a floral dress Fit and flare dress with flowers Colorful floral dress for summerAdrianna Papell Dress // Michael Kors “Becky” Sandal // Anne Klein Watch Set // Coach “Swagger 21” Satchel // Erica Lyons Earrings

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We live in such a trend-forward society that sometimes the word “classic” can be misconstrued as dated or traditional. But the truth is, classics are classics for a reason. In fact, they also tend to be the best investment pieces you can purchase each season, as they will last far beyond the latest and greatest “must have.” For me, the shirt dress is absolutely one of those classic pieces that never goes out of style. Whether it’s a simple white linen shirt dress, or one that’s fully popped with fun florals, stripes or a bold color, the shirt dress created a universally flattering shape that women covet. No wonder the shirt dress is still a darling of designers worldwide. Here’s a look at one of my favorites — for right now, and years to come.

The Dress

Adrianna Papell is one of my favorite dress designers, thanks to her classics with a twist–this floral shirt dress is no exception. A stunning watercolor print, light as air fabric, just above-the-knee length, crisp collar, and perfect waist-cinching buttons create one spectacular shirt dress. Women with larger busts often tell me they struggle with shirt dresses because of gaping buttons. This is a real issue, but luckily there is a solution. Buy the dress in a size that fits well over your bust line, then if the waist is too big, simply bring it to the tailor to have the waist cinched in a bit. It’s an easy fix that will leave you with the perfect fit.

The Accessories

Since a shirt dress is so easy to transition from the workplace to nighttime activities, I kept the accessories neutral and flirty yet sophisticated. A mini Coach satchel in a light cream, black suede Michael Kors sandals, a cute Anne Klein watch and bangle stack and a pop of color with pink Erica Lyons jeweled hoops give this look everything it needs to stay timeless and chic.

“A stunning watercolor print, light as air fabric, just-above-the-knee length, crisp collar and perfect waist-cinching buttons create one spectacular shirt dress.”

Photography by Matt Haas PhotographyHair by Parker Davis for Scottfree Salon

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lifestyle

Back To School With Under Armour

Stay in a healthy and fit routine with the best gear from Under Armour. Check out my picks below + a free workout!

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The long, lazy summer days are coming to an end, and back-to-school season is upon us! That means getting back into a routine complete with deadlines, papers, club meetings…and staying in shape with the best gear from Under Armour. Don’t fall behind on your health and wellness just because classes are starting again. You owe it to yourself and your body to stay fit throughout the year, and having the best tech gear will help you get there.

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beauty

Spotlight On: Eyeshadow Palettes

Find the right eyeshadow palette for your eyes! With so many fabulous choices, you can be in the spotlight showing off your beautiful eyes.

The vast variety of eyeshadow palettes available can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to look for. But get ready for an edgy, sexy, glamorous or classic look with the right eyeshadow palette for your unique eye color! Your favorite brands are expanding their eyeshadow palettes into color stories with ingredients that are matte, shimmery and filled with a new range of shades to get you from day into night.

Whether you want to use these shadows wet or dry, soft or bold, as a liner or to get a smoky eye, you’ll fall back in love with your natural eye color. Follow my eye shadow palette selections to enhance your eyes, not distract from them.

The best eyeshadow palettes for your eye color

For Blue Eyes:

  1. Look your best with one of my favorite palettes which is 16 shades in Lancôme® Auda[City] In Paris Eyeshadow Palette. The range of gorgeous neutrals, pinks, and purples will make your blue eyes pop.
  1. The harmonious shades in Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette are perfect for your baby blues. The intense mineral shadows blended from rich iridescent beige tones, rosewoods and browns give you a nude palette, with an exceptional vibe.

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Tennis (Dress) Anyone?

The new sporty chic is equal parts preppy and glam. Check out how to rock a tennis style dress!

Tommy Hilfiger tennis dress Sporty chic tennis dress Tennis style orange dress for summer Tommy Hilfiger orange dress Orange dress with white accessories

Tommy Hilfiger Dress // Coach “Brianna” Sandals // Erica Lyons Earrings and Bracelets // Michael Kors “Bridgette” Satchel // Steve Madden Sunglasses

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When we think of sporty chic, images of silly track pants, joggers, moto-inspired details and fashion sneakers often fill our minds. But there is a sophisticated flip side to this cool trend: the athletic dress. From fit-and-flare shapes to shift and sheath dresses, sporty chic details are prevalent on casual and special occasion dresses alike. This Tommy Hilfiger sheath is a great example of how to rock a luxe version of this edgy trend.

The Dress

The Tommy Hilfiger brand has been known for years for exemplifying classic American sportswear, and their current inventory of dresses is no exception. I love this orangey-red sheath, with its black and white banded crew neck, fun front pleat, and slight fit & flare shape. The striped crew neck gives a nod to the tennis dress, while the bold hue is reminiscent of bright and colorful sports jerseys. It’s a whole lotta sporty chic wrapped up in one gorgeous package.

White Michael Kors tote

The Accessories

The great thing about this dress, is you can choose to go full-throttle sporty with fun sneakers, a backpack and a cute ponytail, or take it to a more modern level with sandals, coordinating jewelry and a classic structured satchel. I decided to showcase this look for the workplace or a fun night out, so a bright white Michael Kors satchel, funky geometric Erica Lyons jewelry and cute Coach block-heel sandals were in order. A nod to the athletic, a pair of classic aviators finish the look with posh. I love the Hamptons-esque vibe of the overall look, and the fact that this stunning orange hue is a show-stopper!

If you want to shake up your interpretation of the sporty chic trend, opt for a fun dress with athletic details that not only punctuate the trend but make for a posh style statement. Game, set, fashionable match!

“The great thing about this dress, is you can choose to go full-throttle sporty with fun sneakers, a backpack and a cute ponytail, or take it to a more modern level with sandals, coordinating jewelry and a classic structured satchel.”

* Photography by Matt Haas PhotographyHair by Parker Davis for Scottfree Salon

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Summer Beauty: Shimmer and Shine

Boost your summer shine! You’ll be good as gold with these metallic beauty products from your favorite brands.

The long, last days of summer always seem to be bathed in a golden glow. Capture some of that shimmer and shine by adding gold to your beauty routine. Gold is warm, glamorous and exciting; there’s a reason that it’s precious and valuable. It’s the perfect way to pump up the wow factor when you’re heading out the door to meet the world. Let the richness of gold on your face and skin unlock your inner goddess with these products.

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