Summer is in full effect! Pool parties, brunch, date nights, lazy Sundays and ambient backyard fetes… those are all the fun things that make up a fabulous life. My friends at ABC in Tampa called and invited me to come on to talk about a few of my fave ways to stay chic this hot summer. Check out the segment which just aired last Friday morning. Here are few extra tips I didn’t get to go over live on the tube… you know, TV happens *this* fast!
1. Entertain with ease and style
I have dreams of owning a fabulous house with a 1500 sq. ft kitchen, customized deck overlooking 1/2 acre of a bucolic backyard, dressed with mini ponds, gazebos and tiki lights, just so that I can entertain all of my friends. I have a shed full of beautiful entertaining pieces and accoutrements, but only pull them out for food styling. It’s a shame, really. But, when I do host a few of the girls or a family affair calls for my attention to detail, there are a few key things that make my hostess status enviable. This summer, it’s all about the vintage chic element. Invest in a few serveware sets that are pretty, but also functional. The point is to streamline your effort so that you can spend more time with your guests.
This lovely Veranda Carafe wicker tray by Olive & Cocoa, gifting extraordinaire suite, is perfect for holding and serving your best sangria recipe. It comes with a carafe and 6 tall glasses which you can pre-chill to keep your drinks nice and cold. Ditch the plastic cups and serve in simple style.
2. Rock a chic cross body bag
Whomever invented the cross body bag should receive a style award. I’ve always been a more demure, classic style of fashionista, especially with my bag choice, but cross-bodies changed my life. I don’t leave home without one. It’s my American Express. They simply make moving around so much easier. The perfect cross-body isn’t intrusive and has the double feature of allowing you to remove the strap and rock it as a handbag.
Wherever you go, a cross body will keep you hands free. Mofé’s Esthetic satchel/crossbody covers just about every need. For night, switch into a lovely clutch that’s diverse enough to dress up or rock with your fave skinny jeans. We’re loving the supple effect and bold color combo of MOFé’s clutches. Their perforated detail seen in the Trifecta bag, sets them apart from your standard clutch. Not to mention the slip-through strap for your hand. From after-work dinner to date night, this perfectly sized clutch is an effortless go-to. Oh, and they have 50% sale going on now. Don’t miss that!
3. Keep your beauty regiment up to date
Nothing like sun-kissed skin, supple hands, edgy hair and smell goods. The beauty industry is saturated with product launches every day it seems. It’s hard to decipher what’s good, what’s great, and what really works. With all the testing I do, I’ve learned to look out for certain key points. Sometimes that means I get to go through an unheard of amount of goodies (or not so goody) before I find the right product that really does what it claims. Some brands are constantly on the up and up of appealing to our needs and senses.
Here are a few goodies to keep you pretty, feeling and smelling sexy and happy.
Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge. Nothing like a powerful but sexy parfume. I’ve always loved rose-scented beauty products; I think as young as 13. This beautiful scent, now in its third release, is so perfect for the hustling women, relentlessly working on being the boss.
John Frieda. This primer will tame the most unruly hair. I love it mostly because it’s infused with coconut oil, and if you didn’t know, I’ll tell you the white creamy oil is everything a curly hair girl needs to restore damaged hair.
L’Occitane Immortelle Body Mist. Been running errands all day? A bit of this super sensual, extra luxe spray will have you feeling like 1st thing in the morning after you shower. It’s perfectly delicate and relaxing with notes of Chamomile and Immortelle flower water. A beautiful combination.
Le Couvent des Minimes lip balms. Nothing unsexier than chapped lips. The French brand’s latest offers juicy and truly effective balms in 4 flavors: Pommee et Poire, Citrus Aroma, Orange Blossom, Rose & Berries Aroma.
Urban Decay Revolution Lip Glosses. Can a girl have enough lip gloss? I think not. Especially when they’re not sticky and gooey. Ewwww. UD just gets makeup and beauty. We all love their crazy coveted eye shadow palettes, but their glosses are right up there, too. These revolution tubes are the biz this summer. High colour, low goo, and great packaging. Oh, and pretty colors. Because that’s important.
Dr. Brandt Body Shaper & Cellulite Smoothing Creme. We all have it, let’s be real. It’s a known thing amongst us that cellulite are the evil cells that live within us. Massage this creme and see some noticeable changes in your thigh’s firmness. Not overnight but sure thing. Staying hydrated with the proper drink — lots of water and caffeine! — makes a difference, too.
4. Go sporty chic
I’m not into trendy fashion, but there are some looks that make the rounds on the interwebs that you just can’t help but obsess. Those looks make so much sense! Take the skirt with sneakers. It’s cute, easy, comfortable and ultra feminine. The combo has quickly become my default outfit. This is the best thing ever especially for heel-wearing girls that can’t really justify wearing flats outside of the gym or on the beach. But this just works. The vibe has gone from acceptable with a denim skirt to a flowy midi to pleated maxi length. The key is to have some amazing kicks.
I’m a bit biased to NIKE sneakers, so anything they come out with is a must-see. Their flyknits are a good option for every day, but if you want to jazz up a pair of shorts, jeans, overalls, a simple dress or a distressed mini denim skirt, go for a pair from their super slick flower power Nike Air Max 1 Ultra City edition collection. Love, love, love these bucolic pattern shoes. Pick your fave city and throw up peace signs. You’ll make a strong statement.
(NIKE shoes, model pics via Pinterest, not my own)
5. Get a new hairdo
One of the easiest things you can do to update your look and stay chic any time of the year, is to redo your do! A new haircut or style can do wonders for your every day look, taking super casual to edgy chic.
Getting a new do is personal favorite upkeep trends this season. Perhaps because I have a love/hate relationship with my mane and I’ve been struggling for three years to get it to a place where I’m comfortable. In an effort to correct and revive dying curls and texture, I chopped off my hair last summer. Great decision, bad direction at first. I finally settled into a great stylist who gave me a refined, precision cut. It’s been a year since I went short, but I’m finally getting with it. After 3 months of not allowing shears anywhere near (in a super sorry effort of growing it out!), I went in for a trim last week. That trim turned into a really short do — the shortest I’ve had in 18 years. And I think I love it. It’s chic, edgy, and definitley adds style to any look! It’s requires a bit more maintenance, but who ever said beauty was painless?
Keep it sexy, ladies!
Eat well, love unapologetically, pray with true intention, and take care of yourself.
Bren Herrera is a multi-talented chica with an endless passion for all things art. She cooks for cool people, always eager to teach her clients and students a life skill in the kitchen. Her affair with the world has taken her to over 30 countries. With shots of espresso in hand. She believes cooking and sitting at the dinner table can save families and humanity. Website: http://HouseofBren.com
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