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Madewell Summer Picks

I love Madewell, mainly because not only do they carry their own brand, but others as well. Their clothing and accessories are casual or edgy, depending on how you style the look. They have a vast offering of merchandise, the quality is great, and the price points vary. It’s a great place to find anything you’re looking for and you know you’ll walk away with pieces that will last you many trend-filled seasons. I’ve put together my picks for this summer. Hope you like them!

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DRESSES
A must have for summer, but I think I’ve selected a range that can go through all seasons with the right accent pieces.

TOP:
Holepunch Tee Dress $99.99
Tickertape Stripe Shift $89.99

MIDDLE:
Stitchwork Silk Dress $159.99

BOTTOM:
Attic and Barn Kami Dress $235
Attic and Barn Kaoma Dress $255

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TEXTILE ELIZABETH AND JAMES
One of the brands designed by this year’s CFDA winners, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (and one of my favorites). This collection offers fabulous denim pieces and quirky dresses. I love that they chose to do the jacket in a bright pink, the jeans offer that 70’s vibe I dig, and the shirtdress is right on trend for this season.

Sid Denim Jacket $365
Morrison Jeans $245
Alex Shirtdress $245

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SUMMER MUST-HAVES
Everyone needs a fantastic bikini, a great hat and sunnies, and some tops for summer. These are my favorites warm-weather pieces.

TOP:
Pen and Ink String Bikini $46 for top, $44 for bottom
Sunny Day Tortoise Sunglasses $49.50
Sheercheck Smocktop $69.50

BOTTOM:
Mara Hoffman Cocoon Tunic $213
Biltmore Straw Fedora $58
Stoneskipper Sweatshirt Tee $49.99

All items available at Madewell

Summer essentials, for me, are pieces you can wear year after year. Bikinis, sunglasses, denim, tees, a great dress-these all are essentials. Add some trendier items and you have the perfect outfits for the season.

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A Blush All Your Own

We’ve all been there. Your in a store and the blush looks amazing, but when you get home you find the color isn’t right for you at all. None of us want to look like a clown and we all want cheeks that look natural. Well, now you can have a flush that is all your own!
Stila’s Custom Color Blush is the first-ever PH based powder blush. You know all the lip products that adjust to your own body chemistry and give you the perfect shade for you? Now you can have that for your cheeks. This blush is a “one shade fits all” and reacts to your skintone and individual PH to create a perfect, personalized shade. It is very blend-able, has a velvety-soft finish, and smoothes the appearance of fine lines. Your cheeks will have a natural glow with a luminous, flawless flush. It’s ideal for summer because it is so easy to apply-no mistakes with this wonder.

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Self-Adjusting Coral

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Self-Adjusting Pink

Stila Custom Color Blush come in two shades. Don’t be alarmed by the brightness, they are actually quite sheer and you can build the color. I prefer the coral-very sunny!

Available at Sephora

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Rosy, Sun-kissed Cheeks

When I was twenty, there was one woman who’s pictures hung in my bathroom. Super model Rachel Williams was, to me, the essence of beauty. Her sun-kissed glow, her ocean-bleached hair-that was the look I wanted. She looked natural, healthy, and beautiful.

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These Elle covers from 1990 hung on my bathroom mirror. I actually saw her once when I was at the Met in New York City. She was so tall and gorgeous, all I could do was gawk!

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More photos that hung on my mirror. I worked so hard to get my hair that blonde.

Still to this day, when I think of summer beauty, I think of Rachel. Don’t we all want to look like we’ve just been to the beach? We wear our hair a little lighter, and with the right products we can achieve that sun-kissed glow. I have found two new blushes that an give me the rosy, “just got home from the beach” look without having to sacrifice the sunscreen.

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Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter $41

This is fabulous! The liquid is formulated to illuminate and sculpt sun-kissed complexions with a healthy, natural looking color. The mother-of-pearl concentrate instantly highlights the cheekbones with a radiant boost of shimmery color. It comes in two shades-Sunny Pink (my fave) and Spicy Coral. You’ll look like you spent the day in the Mediterranen!

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Sephora Collection Double Contouring Cream Blush $14

This cream-to-powder blush sculpts the face for a youthful, defined look. It conditions and moisturizes skin upon application while providing a flush of healthy color. It effortlessly blends into skin and the micronized pigments provide 8 hours of budge-proof color.

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It comes in 6 shades, but I think the Poppy Pink is the most “summery”.

Both are available at Sephora

Now, the trick to achieve the proper sunny look is to apply on the apples of your cheeks. It doesn’t have to be perfect, as you want it to look like the sun hit your cheeks, and we all know it rarely happens evenly. Pair with a light, natural lip and maybe a swipe of bronzer, and people will think you spent the day at the beach.

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Beach Lover

By now, I think you all realize I love summer. I am a Leo and we cats love the sun and heat. I also love summer because I have a glow and need less makeup. Because of the importance of sunscreen, most of my glow is created by self-tanner and the right combination of products. And just in time for summer, Nars has created the perfect set to enable all women to look as though they spent the day at the beach.
Nars “Beach Lover” is a 5 piece travel-size gift set that will give you the perfect island glow. Featuring their most iconic beachy colors, this is a must have for anyone that loves the look of spending the day at the beach without really doing it.

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Nars Beach Lover $49 ($74 value) is a limited edition and is exclusive to Sephora

This amazing set contains the following products:

Blush Duo in Hungry Heart (golden ivory) and Orgasm (peach pink with golden tones). This duo compliments each other perfectly. The blushes are translucent, natural, and leave skin with a healthy glow.

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Skorpios (iridescent copper). This pencil is smooth and creamy and can be worn all over the eye. It is also incredibly long-wearing.

Lip Gloss in Laguna (bronze and limited edition). A very pigment dense gloss that doesn’t dry out your lips, stays put, and makes lips look kissable.

Illuminator in Laguna (brown with golden shimmer). A miracle product, this illuminator gives skin a refreshed luminosity. Worn alone or with other makeup, you will look radiant.

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No makeup, just a beachy glow (Mexico 2006)

So, if you can’t make it to an island, at least you can fake it!!

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A Lip Shade All Your Own

One of my all-time favorite lip product is Dior Addict Lip Glow. This balm adjusts to your unique ph and creates a pink shade that’s all your own. On me, it’s a pretty bright pink. The problem is that I become “addicted” to it and go through a tube every month. Not a good thing when the price is on the high side.

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Dior Addict Lip Glow $30

Luckily, Sephora has created their own miracle balm. Their Color Reveal Lip Balm is wonderful. It, too, adjusts to your individual chemistry and leaves you with a pink shade that looks perfect and different on everyone. It has a ton of moisture, adds volume to your lips, and has an amazing honey taste. Hurry tho-it’s a limited edition product!

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Sephora Collection Limited Edition Color Lip Reveal $12

Both available at Sephora

I know I’ll be stocking up on the Lip Reveal. Hopefully it will sell well and Sephora will add it to their collection permanently.

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Nails On Pointe

I’ve shared my love of ballet with you all before. I think it’s one of the most beautiful art forms and I always dreamed of being a ballerina (don’t most girls?). One of the things I love the most are all the muted colors. The beige, pink, and white of ballet slippers, tutus, and leotards are so timeless and sophisticated. I’m very excited that now I can wear them on my nails. The New York City Ballet by OPI collection debuts this April and this makes me very happy.

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This collection was inspired by the dancers, choreography, and costumes of the NYC Ballet and features 5 sheer colors and a very sparkly silver. Barre My Soul is a subtle, sheer beige. You Callin’ Me A Lyre is based on the traditional pink of the ballet. Don’t Touch My Tutu is a wispy, milky white. Care To Danse is a beautiful pastel lilac. My Pointe Exactly is a sheer gray and Pirouette My Whistle is a brilliant sparkly silver. They are all classic and can be worn with anything. I always think these subtle shades look amazing with tan fingers and toes!

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New York City Ballet by OPI Collection $9 each
available in April at professional salons, JCPenney, and Ulta
For more information, please visit OPI and New York City Ballet

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Mad Men at Banana Republic

Banana Republic unveiled a sneak peak of their new Mad Men Collection and it is stunning. If you’re a fan of the AMC hit, you’re going to want to check it out. This grouping consists of 40 pieces such as white lace tops, short-sleeve floral sheaths, pink capri pants, party dresses, and accessories. The line was created by Mad Men’s costume designer Janie Bryant who has done a phenomenal job of keeping with the aesthetic of the 1960’s era. The collection will debut on March 1st and while I don’t have any pricing information, it’s still too good not to share.

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The details on the clutch are divine and the pink of the dress is gorgeous.

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I love the floral pattern and the bracelets are just chunky enough.

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This is a great silhouette and the neckline is fabulous. The belt is an adorable polka dot and the bow is a great touch.

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Total 1960’s vibe. I remember my grandfather wearing shirts like that.

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I think the color palette is very sophisticated and the look is styled to perfection.

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This look screams convertible car. While I normally shy away from color, these pink capris are so playful and the white lace top can be worn many different ways.

I’ve tried on several different options from Banana’s other Mad Men collections and I can tell you that the fit is wonderful. The quality and fabric choices are also top notch. For more information, please visit Banana Republic

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