How to Wear Booties in the Summer

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Think boots are just for fall and winter? Think again! A great pair of ankle booties can take you through the entire year, no matter how scorching the summer temperatures may get. Today, we’re showing you 3 ways to style your favorite pair of booties this summer, and also highlighting some of our top boot picks for the season! All photos found here.

1. Booties + a Fedora
When paired with a fedora or beach hat, ankle boots are instantly given a more summery feel. Still on the hunt for that perfect Fedora? You can shop our favorites here.
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Get the look: Bella Vita Raine // Jessica Simpson Cainn Bootie // Sperry Top-Sider Liberty

2. Booties + a Babydoll Dress
Dark leather boots have an inherent cold-weather feel, but you can take them into summer by pairing them with your favorite breezy dress, ensuring chic street style while also keeping cool on those hot summer days in the city! And these looks will help you transition well into early fall when the weather is still warm, but you want to keep your look light.
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Get the look: Frye Reina Bootie // Lucky Brand Basel // Wild Diva Camila

3. Booties + Denim
Ankle booties will always look great with jeans. So whether it’s your cutoff denim shorts or your favorite pair of skinny jeans, pair them with a loose-fitting shirt and your favorite pair of booties for instant summer style.
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Get the look: BCBG Capricorn Ankle Boot // Kork-Ease Helene //Dromedaris Kelsy Boot

 Can’t get enough of these summer booties? You can shop our full collection here!

Summer Camping: What to Pack

Blog-Camping-Featured-5Now that school is out for summer, get your kids out from behind the television and computer screen with an old-fashioned family camping trip. Keep reading to browse our favorite camping picks for the whole family!

For the Parents
Along with your comfortable and durable clothes, think about breathable fabrics when you’re packing. Also, waterproof hiking shoes are a must-have if you’re going to be out in the elements.

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For the Kids
For you’re kids, make sure to pack lightweight layers that can take your little ones from cool mornings through sunny hikes in the afternoon, and sturdy, comfortable shoes made for the outdoors are essential for little feet too.

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For the Gear
In terms of your gear, you’ll want to think about the night-time temps and plan for insulated sleeping bags if needed – what works at home for sleepovers, may not be the right gear for an outdoor adventure. Also, light packs with compartments are a great way to stay organized on the go and keep all of your family members’ must-haves accessible.

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With this packing list, you’re sure to have happy campers all around! Click here to shop more camping and hiking styles.

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How to Wear Your Tevas all Summer Long

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No matter what your opinion about Teva sandals, there is no doubt that they are some of the hottest shoes for summer 2015. The popularity of this “it” shoe speaks to a much larger altheisure shoe trend, where fashion is not only crucial for warm-weather footwear, but comfort is key as well. Plus, at only $40 for a pair of Teva Originals, you can add multiple colors to your summer wardrobe if you wish. So don’t fight it! Our favorite active sandals are trending this summer and will have a place in your closet for many years to come. And if you’ve already jumped on the Teva bandwagon you’re in luck, because today we’re sharing ways to style these sandals for all your favorite summer activities.

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1. At the Beach
Are you an active beach-goer that spends time splashing in the water, playing beach volleyball, or exploring cliffs and sand dunes?  Grab a pair of Tevas to protect your feet even in the hottest sand or on the sharpest rocks.

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2. On the Trails
Let your feet breathe on the hiking trail or bike path this summer in a pair of Tevas. For hiking, pair your Tevas with your favorite cropped pants and airy tank. When taking your bike out for a spin, we love how Tevas look with comfy shorts, a short sundress, or even just your bathing suit!

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3. Strolling the Streets
If your summer involves a lot of walking, there’s no better choice for your feet than Teva. Choose a pair in basic black or white to match with every warm-weather outfit, whether it’s your distressed jean shorts or a summer jacket and t-shirt.
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4. For the Men
Rest assured, we didn’t forget you: Tevas make for a stylish summer go-to for both men & women! So, grab yourself a pair of Tevas for your best city and leisure looks, too.

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Have we convinced you that Tevas are the coolest summer style yet? If so, it’s you’re lucky day, because we are giving away 10 pairs this month! Head HERE to enter.

How to BBQ in Style

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With the 4th of July quickly approaching, casual cookouts and elaborate backyard barbecues are in full swing. If you’re like us, you don’t need an excuse to throw a get-together with family and friends. Whether you’re the one grilling the grub or just hanging out having refreshing cocktails with friends, we’ve put together three outfits to keep you cool, casual, and stylish. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

How-To-BBQ-061515-Blog-7Are you the stylish mama who also has to chase around the kiddos? This outfit is perfect for a mom to keep track of the little ones while staying cool and comfortable. Summer inspired chino shorts and a bag big enough to hold the necessities are must-haves for any summer bbq.

How-To-BBQ-061515-Blog-6For the mom manning the grill that also likes to chill, look no further for your bbq’in ensemble. Show off your arms in the warm summer air and stay comfy in essential khaki capris. Pair this look with your favorite sandals that are both fashionable and fun!

How-To-BBQ-061515-Blog-5For the hostess with the mostest, while you may not be firing up the grill, you’ll be serving your refreshing cocktails in this chic outfit. Your hunt for the perfect summer maxi has come to an end. Don’t forget to accessorize with a lightweight hat to shield you from the sun and your go-to pair of metallic sandals. You’ll be the life of the cookout!

Do you have any backyard parties planned for this summer? Happy grilling!

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Summer Getaway Guide

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If you don’t have at least one weekend getaway, road trip, or flight to a foreign destination scheduled this summer then you should probably start planning! But if you do, then your next step is to find the best travel necessities to accompany you. Packing up the perfect piece of luggage and dressing for the mileage can make everything from navigating a packed airport to sitting in a car for hours a little more enjoyable. After all, summer getaways are all about relaxing, so why not make your travel experience just as pleasant. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you get vacation ready!

Pack like a Pro
Summer trips are supposed to be stress-free, unfortunately packing tends to be anything but that. Here are some key features to look for when searching for new luggage to ease the packing process.

  • Size – Many factors come into play when choosing the size of your baggage (length of stay, vacation activities, & travel preferences).  If you despise the hassle of checking luggage or have a shorter stay, go for a carry-on sized item. This could be a small wheeled suitcase, a tote, or a weekender bag.  However, if you plan to return with souvenirs or vacation for a longer period of time, a larger suitcase may be a better fit to ease your travel experience.
  • Durability – From the airport to the trunk of your car, your luggage will most likely take a beating. You will want to look for something made of sturdy material with your must-have key features so it can last for numerous getaways.
  • Organization – The key to a great trip is being organized. Whether you’re picking out your travel tote or selecting a set of luggage, don’t overlook the little details. We suggest looking for a mix of pockets to keep your valuables safe and all of your like items together in your suitcase.
  • Personality – These days, luggage is offered in bright colors and playful prints. Why not pick something fun that suits you and makes it easy to locate on the luggage carousel? If you like to keep it simple with a black suitcase, make sure you add a unique bag tag so others don’t roll off with your belongings.

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Keep it Light
Summer vacations are all about taking the weight off your shoulders. What better way to do so than wearing breathable, lightweight clothing. From chasing the kiddos around the airport to hiking in the hot summer sun, you’ll be sure to break a sweat. We highly recommend layers for a comfortable transition from an air conditioned airport or car to the hot temperatures of your travel destination. Be sure to pack yourself some of our super comfy must-haves!

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Navigate in Comfort
Your feet need a vacation too! From running around the airport terminal or train station to exploring your travel destination, you will want to be sure to have a comfortable pair of shoes that easily slide on and off. Of course, we don’t expect you to sacrifice style for comfort either. Slip into a pair of these shoes before jetting off on your summer adventure!

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Happy Travels!

Summer Camp Checklist

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Parents, it’s that time of year again! If you’re getting ready to send your little ones off on summer camp adventures, make sure they’re equipped with all the essentials. Lucky for you, we know a few things about shopping for camp and have all the items on your checklist that your kids will need before heading out for fun in the sun. Take a look at our must-have camp products below, featuring our favorite kids picks for each category!

  • Sneakers – For the inevitable running around your kids will do no matter which type of camp they are attending this summer, we know they’ll be in need of a new pair of running shoes. It’s important to look for shoes that offer both comfort and stability for all of your little ones’ summer activities.

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  • Hiking boots – In the case of trail-trudging, supply your kids with a pair of sturdy yet stylish hiking boots. Most summer camps are structured so kids can enjoy a little off-road fun, so make sure they are ready for the trek.

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  • Lightweight jackets – With most summer days starting in the 50s and escalating to the 90s with a constant chance of rain, make sure your kids are prepped with a lightweight layer to protect them no matter what the weather.

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  • Water Bottle – Make sure your kids stay hydrated and cool with this colorful and insulated water bottle.

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Have you crossed everything off your packing checklist? Happy camping!

How To: Choose a Canvas Sneaker

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Now that spring has begun, it’s time to finally start transitioning our closet for the warmer months. In other words, get ready to ditch the now-tired winter coat and heavy-duty boots (WOOHOO!). Our go-to transitional season essential is the canvas sneaker. Perfectly paired with a light sweater and your favorite jeans or leggings, you’ll be set for whatever the spring adventures are on your agenda. This classic shoe is here to stay in the traditional sneaker style, but this season, skimmers, slip-ins and really fun patterns will give you endless options to choose from.

With so many great styles for spring, here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for this versatile sneaker:

  • Color, Color, Color. From pastels to deeper hues, if you are looking for a certain color, you’ll find it this season. Try the line up from Victoria for a range of choices.
  • Play with Pattern. While you can never go wrong with solid-color canvas, now is a great time to check out the playful options, like this whimsical Keds style.
  • Retro has Never Looked Better. From Keds and Tretorn to Sperry Top-Sider and Vans, many tried-and-true brands are serving up fresh options that will you make you wish you had held onto your old favorites.

Check out a few of our favorites:

  • Brighten up your neutral outfit with spring pastels from Converse. No wardrobe is really complete without a pair.
  • For a woman on-the-go, slip into the Keds Teacup CVO Canvas. Bonus: polka-dot laces!
  • Put some prep in your step! We love these classic Lacoste sneakers.
  • Take it back (in style) with these original Superga lace-ups.

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Time to browse? Find the latest styles here.

Spice Up Winter Looks

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With the groundhog officially telling us that spring is not coming soon (just in case the mountains of snow around the Northeast and the chill and snow heading for so many more states again this week weren’t good clues!), it’s not time to put away your winter wardrobe yet. If you’re like us, your favorite sweaters, layers, wool and corduroy have seen the rounds a few times at least this season already. So we’ve got a few tips on how to keep your cold weather outfits looking fresh for a bit longer.

Know Your Assets
We’re all guilty of wearing some of our pieces more than others, but you likely have some hidden gems in the back of your closet or at the bottom of your dresser drawers. Next time you’re putting away laundry, take a few minutes to poke around and pull some of those forgotten pieces to the top. (And if you simply dig up items you know will never see daylight again, maybe grab a bag and fill it up for Goodwill.) So now when you’re getting dressed for work, play or running errands, you’ll have something that feels new for the season to put on.

Accessorize
Sometimes, all it takes is a detail or two for something to feel new. A fresh color or brightly patterned scarf can be a great way to brighten up your winter basics. With something that pops, you’ll feel lively even when you’re wearing your favorite sweater. One tip is to think about the different materials paired together: a really chunky sweater may not work here, but a more fitted turtleneck or cardigan will bridge the seasons nicely. If you need tips on how to wear a scarf, we’ve got you covered.

Weave in a Hint of Spring
And of course, there’s no reason not to bring a few hints of the spring into the mix. As long as you still feel warm, and you’re not completely dressing for a spring afternoon, we say go for it. Try pairing a spring cardigan over a layer with a pair of wool pants. You’ll feel like you have a fresh outfit but you won’t be cold as you commute to work either.

Warm Weather Essentials

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For those of us stuck in freezing temps, daydreaming of warmer weather gets us through to spring. For those of you who were smart enough to book travel somewhere warm this winter, we have your guide to the essentials you’ll need to relax seaside in style.

We’ve rounded up our top must-haves in sandals and beach accessories for your trip. And if you’re among the lucky who reside in a warm climate, these make great go-tos for any of your sunny adventures.

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When packing for any type of getaway, it’s always important to select versatile pieces to minimize over-packing. Jack Rogers are always a favorite and are great to take you from day to night. (We know, we wince at narrowing down which shoes to pack too!)

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Again, versatility is key. This great beach bag doubles as a carry on, with great storage pockets to help keep electronics safe from the sand. It’s perfect for a day in the sun, and with a cross-body option, it’s also perfect for a day of sightseeing.

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The Sunglasses
Sometimes packing in the dead of winter makes locating our favorite warm weather accessories hard to find or just makes us want to buy something new! These tortoise sunglasses will pair well with your glowing tan.

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Nothing says vacation like a fun floppy hat! It’s perfectly packable and will compliment any cover-up or suit. So, channel your inner diva and help protect your head and face from the sun in style while you’re at it.

How To: Style a Scarf

how to wear a scarfWith the colder weather creeping in, we love throwing on a scarf pretty much every time we walk out the door to stay warm and on trend. Here are some great ways to wear the must-have winter accessory in style.

  • Bundle up with a classic cable knit.
  • Try an infinity scarf to stay warm and on trend!
  • A lighter scarf is a great way to add color (and a little warmth) to a winter outfit.
  • Great for a blustery day, but also to keep at work as a wrap.
  • Try an accent scarf that you can pair with your winter staples.

Ready to add a scarf to your wardrobe? Shop scarves.