How to Get Out of a Summer Slump

It’s the middle of summer.  The temperature is pushing 100 degrees.  And we don’t have a holiday to look forward to until the beginning of September.  For some, all these factors can play a huge role in our mood, bringing us down and even into a summer slump.  If this sounds like you, we suggest you read on.  We created 7 top ways to dig yourself out of that rut and recharged.

1.  Spray tan – Add a little color to your skin and you’ll be glowing from the inside out.

2.  Makeup refresher – If you are still wearing the same ole colors, now could be the time to change it up.  Try out a new lipstick (like raspberry), bronzer, or even a navy mascara.  You’ll be surprised at what a little switch in your makeup regime will do for your mood.

3.  Juice cleanse –  Maybe you’re feeling bloated because you’ve been throwing back way too many cocktails at your favorite neighborhood patio or maybe you’re feeling sluggish from all the desserts you’ve indulged in.  Well then a juice cleanse could be your perfect pick me up. In just three to five days, you’ll be saying goodbye to your balloon belly and tiredness and hello to flat abs and energy.

4.   New hairstyle – If you have been tossing up your hair in a pony tail or a bun more than normal, then it could be time to give yourself a new dew.  And if laziness is your main reason, ask the hairstylist to give you a cut that is quick and easy to maintain.  This should inspire you to style your hair every day.

5.  Teeth whitening – With new pearly whites, you’ll be wanting to flash that smile all across town.  And it’s proven that the more you smile the happier you become.

6.  Different workout regime – If you’re getting bored going to the gym, it’s that time to change up your workout routine.  Take a new fitness class, mix up machines and weights, or take your workout to the great outdoors.

7.  Throw a party – Maybe all you need is good friends and good times.

Favorite Colorful Fashion Finds for Men

For most men, colorful clothing and accessories can be quite intimidating.  And for some, it can be thought of as even feminine?  We are here to set the record straight. Men, you can and SHOULD rock colors!  We are not talking about sporting all the colors of the rainbow, just a simple splash of color mixed with a neutral.  Check out some of our top colorful picks below.

Bonobos Washed Chinos

Besides a good pair of jeans, it can be difficult to find pants that you can dress up or down.  Select from boot cut or slim fit and over 15 color choices. These relaxed 100% cotton chinos fit amazing on just about any man.  Throw a pair on with a button down and you are set for a date.  Or put them with a v-neck tee and you’ll be casual cool for walking around on the weekends or meeting up with your buddies for drinks.

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Bonobos Washed Chinos, $88, bonobos.com
 

Hugo Boss ‘Drennot’ Driving Loafers

These bright blue loafers are not just for the fashion-forward man.  However, they will surely catch anyone’s eye (in a good way).  Pair them with neutral colored shorts or chinos like tan, light gray, or white.  Just that little splash of color on your feet will reflect confidence and will make your outfit go from plain Peter to stylish Steve.

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Hugo Boss Drennot Driving Loafer, $168.99, hugoboss.com 
 

 Tissot T-Race Black Quartz Chronograph Watch

Wrap this engine red rubber timepiece around your wrist this summer.  With a large black face and bike racing elements implemented into the design, the T-Race reflects pure manliness.  Hitting the pool or lake?  Not to worry.  With a 10 ATM, you can wear this watch swimming, diving, and snorkeling.

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Tissot T-Race Black Quartz Chronograph Watch, $650, bloomingdales.com

What to Wear for the 4th of July

Not sure what to wear to celebrate our nation’s freedom this Friday? Whether you are heading to a BBQ or a picnic in the park for the 4th, we have you covered. Check out some of our festive casual cool outfits below that you may already have in your wardrobe.  Add some red shoes and you are ready to go.  For men, don’t be afraid to put a red shirt with your blue plaid shorts.

4TH OF JULY OUTFITS

Women: Maxi dress, Wyatt, $66.75, bluefly.com; Wrap blouse, L’Agence, $275, neimanmarcus.com; Jean shorts, NYDJ, $78, nydj.com
 
Men: Polo, Boss Hugo Boss, $85, nordstrom.com; Shorts, Peter Millar, $85, nordstrom.com; Button down, Tommy Bahama, $110, tommybahama.com; Plaid shorts, Jack O’Neill, $65, oneillclothing.com.

Favorite Fashion Find for Men: Ami Linen Bermuda Shorts

We are in love with these Ami Linen Bermuda shorts.  This little number is not only easy to care for, but it goes with just about anything (well, maybe not a tuxedo jacket, but you get the picture). These casual cool shorts have more of a wrinkly look, so they’re perfect for those of you who are not too keen on ironing and/or travel often. Dress them up with a button down and leather loafers or wear them causally with a v-neck tee and sandals.

Ami Shorts Ami, $112, Matchesfashion.com
 
 

Comfy Shoes With Style

When most people think of comfortable shoes, athletic sneakers, granny white lace-ups, or padded foam sandals come to mind – shoes with absolutely no style.  They are either hideous well-cushioned or stylish but painful shoes. We are here to tell you that this is no longer the case!  Thanks to numerous shoe brands, our feet can now strut their stuff proudly in fashionable footwear while still feeling comfy cozy.  Here are some of our favorite picks for both men and women this summer.

Women

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(left) Geox, $104.99, Zappos.com
(middle) Cole Haan, $198, Dillards.com
(right) Sofft, $99.95, Sofftshoe.com
 

Men

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 (left) Ecco, $154.95, Nordstrom.com
(middle) Tommy Bahama, $98, Tommybahama.com
(right), $59.99, Rockport.com
 

 

Our Favorite Self Tanners

Need a little color, but you don’t have time to lay out or want those UV’s to damage your skin?  Try a self tanner!  It’s the safe and fast alternative to tanning beds and catching rays.  However, not all self tanners are alike.  If you don’t get the right one, they can often leave you looking like a striped yellow tabby cat or an orange umpa lumpa. Been there, done that!  After trying numerous tanners, we narrowed it down to three of our favorites that will leaving you streak and orange free!

1. Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning (for the face)  An incredibly lightweight lotion that gives you a soft and natural glow.  $35, Sephora.com

 

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2. Neutrogena MicroMist Airbrush Sunless Spray  No lathering or rubbing with this bottle.  It’s super easy to use, dries within a few minutes, while leaving you streak free!  $10.99, Neutrogena.com

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3. Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Lotion  If you want a super natural and gradual tan, this one is for you! The more you keep lathering the lotion on the darker you will get. $8.69, Target.com

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P.S. Make sure you exfoliate the area prior to using self tanner and wash your hands after applying.

Summer Must Haves: The Maxi Skirt and Bermuda Shorts

If you could buy one item of clothing this summer, we say the maxi skirt and Bermuda shorts are it!  Both are super versatile and can be dressed up or down.

For women, the maxi skirt can be paired with a cami and flip flops for casual dressing.  If you want to appear more polished, throw on some jewels, wedges, and a little blazer.

For men, the Bermuda shorts pair well with a tee and flip flops for a casual look. Put on a long button down, roll up the sleeves, and slip on some loafers for a dressier occasion.  Check out some of our favorite picks below.

 

Women: The Maxi Skirt

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(left) Alice & Olivia, $396, Bergdorfgoodman.com
(middle) Bobeau, $39.90, Nordstrom.com
(right) Milly, $236.25, Neimanmarcus.com
 

Men: The Bermuda Shorts

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(left) 1901, $59.50, Nordstrom.com
(middle) John Varvatos, $128, Johnvarvatos.com
(right) Tommy Bahama, $98, Tommybahama.com

 

 

4th of July Style

Show that American Spirit!
How to Dress for the 4th of July Without Looking Cheesy

Just because it’s the 4th of July, that doesn’t mean you have to dress like a walking American flag.  Here are a few simple style ideas that will help you show that American spirt without going over the top.

Women

1. Blue & white striped tee

2. Star  jewelry

3. Red or blue maxi skirt

4th of July Women

 (left) Ralph Lauren, $155, Stylebop.com
(middle) Gorjana, $58, Gorjana-griffin.com
(right) EAN, $79, Shopjessicabuurman.com 
 

Men

1. Blue bermuda shorts

2. Red or blue flip flops

3. Blue or red plaid button down

4th of July Men

 Dickies for J.Crew, $79.50, Jcrew.com
Salvatore Ferragamo, $127.50, Bloomingdales.com 
Burberry Brit, $175, Nordstrom.com

 

P.S…It’s summer sale time! So now is a great time to shop and get those bargains.

Favorite Flip Flops

When it’s pushing 100 degrees outside closed toe shoes can almost seem a little too hot to handle.  Well it’s time to let those feet breath!  A good pair of flip flops will surely do the trick.  Check out some of our favorite styles for both women and men below.

Women
Flip Flops(left) DV by Dolce Vita, $39.95, Nordstrom.com
(middle) Orthaheel, $99.95, Zappos.com
(right) Rachel Zoe, $52.50, Shopbop.com
 
Men

Men's Flip Flops

(left) Brooks Brothers, $47.60, Brooksbrothers.com
(middle) Island Slippers, $90, Stevenalan.com
 (right) Kenneth Cole, $78, Kennethcole.com

 

Men’s Style: Update Your Summer Look

Need a little update in your summer wardrobe this year?  You may have your weekday suit and tie office attire down pat, but if you are stumped on what to wear on the weekend, we have you covered!

Try a pair of Bermuda plaid shorts with a white button down linen shirt and rolled up sleeves for a fresh summer look.  Slip on a pair of leather sandals, aviator sunglasses, and even a fedora for a little added edge. Going out later?  Change into a pair of dark jeans and you are good to go!

Vince Linen ShirtVince, $165, Nordstrom.com
 
Tommy BahamaTommy Bahama, $98, Tommybahama.com