Weekend Getaway Essentials

April 17, 2014 | Heather

Nothing’s quite like the feel of the transition from snowy, windy winters to warm, cheery spring and summer. The flowers are blooming, the sound of children playing outside fills the afternoon air, and the sight of brunch-goers delights the streets Sunday afternoons. But, as the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers!

Whether you’re headed to the Hamptons for a weekend stay, shopping with girlfriends, or enjoying a day at the beach here is a list of essentials to ensure that you’ll have the perfect time, hassle-free.

Shop 25% Off at ShopBop’s Friends & Family Sale

April 15, 2014 | Heather

The ShopBop Friends & Family Sale is something I look forward to every year, and this season’s deal has arrived!

Now is the time to snag those items you have been eyeing! I am finally gong to snag those Cutout Heels I have been wanting and this tee shirt and this embroidered gauze dress that I plan to live in this summer!
Use code INTHEFAMILY14 to get 25% off (up from the normal 20%!) on nearly any purchase at ShopBop, but act quickly.

Not only do the site’s best pieces sell out quickly during these sale periods, but the code will only work for a few days!

Shop the ShopBop Friends & Family Sale Now!


The Look For Less: Ashley Tisdale

April 12, 2014 | Heather

Pooch and purse in arms, Ashley Tisdale takes on her day in an fresh look for spring. A go-to outfit for running errands, a backyard BBQ or having lunch with the girls, Tisdale goes urban cowgirl with her All-American blue denim and white blouse. A nubby leather bootie with a stacked heel adds to the down-home charm, while a posh quilted purse gives this look an glam finish. To steal her look for less, pair denim blue cutoffs with a floaty white blouse, brown booties, and a girly edge, like a glam bag or stack of gold bangles.

1. Sam Edelman Petty Boot: A go-to bootie for outfits and seasons to come, Sam Edelman’s Petty Bootie is an instant classic with its olive brown color, nubby finish, and stacked leather heel. A side zipper ensures a snug fit, and an always-classic almond toe guarantees years of wearability. Pair with shorts and skinnies, even a flirty floral dress (think Taylor Swift’s sweet country style).

2. Rebecca Minkoff  Quilted Mini Affair Cross Body Bag: Go quilted to capture Ashley’s So Cal glam. Quilted bags are all the rage, from classic Chanel to this affordable Rebecca Minkoff bag. Interwoven leather traces the brushed gunmetal chain strap, which can be worn long or doubled. Pair with any look, summer to fall, for a polished finish.

3. Genetic Stevie Rigid Shorts: All-American. It doesn’t get more summer in the States than denim blue cutoffs. Whether you choose your shorts with a raw edge or roll ‘em up like Tisdale, get an ultra fresh look when you pair them with white.

4. Joie Marru Split-Neck Silk Top: Ashley’s star style is yours with this split neck top from Joie. A tunic cut is fresh with a long, slim body, button cuffs and a breezy split neck. Its lightweight silk fabrication makes it an easy-breezy throw-on-and-go with cutoffs or over your swimwear.

Summer Beauty Bag

April 9, 2014 | Heather

Warm weather calls for a streamlined approach to makeup and hair. Maximize your summer beauty by minimizing your routine! I love to comb through tons of new products each season to bring you my latest and greatest discoveries. Now that summer is almost here, I’ve rounded up some of my absolute favorite can’t-leave-home-without-them concealers, sunscreens, scents, mascaras and more. Take a peek inside my beach beauty bags before you hit the surf.

1. Josie Maran Argan Concealer Crayon
ultra-hydrating concealer crayon is infused with argan oil that makes blending a cinch. It seamlessly smoothes over blemishes, dark circles, and uneven pigment, with no caking, creasing, pastiness, or fading away. he non-cakey pigment layers for coverage as light or intense as I need it to be, with a chubby, retractable tip that never tugs, just glides like butter and leaves a veil of creamy color that erases boo-boos and matches my skin tone. Whether you color inside or outside the lines, it’s got you covered.

2. RAMY Perfect Brow Wand: As featured on the Today show! Finally! A waterproof double duty gel pen, the Perfect Brow Wand takes eyebrow perfection to the next level by combining a universally flattering eyebrow filler and pure highlighter in one easy to use wand. The brow filler works on ANY hair color, from pale blonde, silver or red to medium brown or black. The Highlighter end is colorless and adds pure light to emphasize your arches or wake up tired eyes!

3. Vincent Longo Volume Plus Mascara: Create dramatic lashes in a single stroke with Volume Plus Mascara. This luxurious, rich black mascara coats each lash for buildable volume. The specially shaped brush was designed to apply the no-flake formula from root to tip while silk fibers wrap each lash for defined drama. Create natural volume with a single swipe, or layer multiple coats of this creamy formula for a high-impact look. A signature blend of algae extracts keeps this buildable mascara soft and supple and helps to strengthen lashes and encourage growth

4. Essie Tart Deco: My go-to color as soon as the weather warms up! It’s for the girl who likes bold
spring colors, not pastels. I think is is the perfect pop of color on my toes. This Essie Tart Deco Nail Polish is perfect for fun in the sun. 

5. L’Oreal BB Cream: Magic Skin Beautifier: I’ve heard a lot about bb creams, and was a little hesitant to try one. After reading tons of reviews about this product, I decided to give the L’Oreal bb cream a shot. I’m glad I did, because it’s great! It is very lightweight and gives a matte finish.

6. Imperial Tea By Kilian: By Kilian Imperial Tea Eau de Parfum is the scent of jasmine from a brewed cup of tea that will give you a delicate sensation of refreshment. The perfect light scent for summer.

7. Shani Darden Control Correctives Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 30: Shani’s celebrity clients include Jessica Alba, Rosie Huntington Whitley, Minka Kelly and countless others. They all agree that the Shani Darden Control Correctives Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 30 is a must have to protect your skin daily from the sun’s damaging rays. I use this everyday, as well as the Retinol Reform and I am a firm believer in her entire line.

8. Fiji Water: Hilary Duff keeps hydrated with Fiji Water and even hosted the Fiji Days of Summer Event in Sag Harbor, NY. We all know how important it is to stay hydrated especially as the temperatures climb, so I always have my water bottle with me. It truly is the fountain of youth.

Trending: Prints, Separates & More

April 7, 2014 | Heather

After a very long Winter, we’re welcoming Spring with open arms — and a fresh set of trends. And because nothing makes us feel quite so ready for a new season as a new wardrobe, here is the must-haves from all the major Spring ’14 runways. This is what you what you can expect to see in stores this upcoming season.

Get The Look: Minka Kelly

April 4, 2014 | Heather

Weekend Style Inspiration! Girl-on-the-go Minka Kelly travels in style…and comfort. Pulled together, yet not too fussy, her weekend look combines this spring’s must have printed cropped track pants for an on-trend, contemporary look with a simple white tee. Minka mixes high and low with her luxury Celine crossbody bag and casual slip on sneakers.  This easy spring look is perfect for last minute  travels, weekend strolls through the park, and summer shopping. Steal Minka’s style with the following pieces:

1.  Ella Moss  ‘Kori’ Print Front Crop Pants

2.  Rag & Bone  Kent Suede Slip On Sneakers

3. Rebecca Minkoff  Marlowe Mini Cross Body Bag

4.  Ray-Ban  Original Aviator Sunglasses

5.  Michael Kors  Preppy Chic Petite Lexington Watch

6.  Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Integrated Butterfly Necklace

7.  James Perse Short Sleeve V Neck Tee

Spring Training

April 3, 2014 | Heather

Knock your style out of the ballpark. Our team has assembled a list of pieces exclusively for spring training, from the most basic to the trendiest of trends. I’ve recruited help from a variety of designers to take your sporty look to something that is also streetwise. Cover all your bases with a basic legging, a chic pair of aviators, a fresh hoodie, and a basic tee…then hit the highlight reel with some trendy accessories: a vibrant sport short, a red hot sneaker, and a designer tote decked out with a sparkly charm.

1. Faith Connexion Black Bi-Fabric Leggings
The fundamentals. The black legging is still our favorite loungewear go-to. Wear from workout to weekend with Faith Connexion’s moto styling, suede panels and sleek, skinny legs. Works afterhours with leather or lace!

2. Golden Goose Strawberry Suede Francy Sneakers
Francy Dancy. Got your kicks with these strawberry red sneaks. Styled in suede, they are finished with classic laces, decorative rivets, and a leather star cutout. A side zip makes for easy-on, easy-off. Pair back to skinnies and your favorite tee.

3. Dsquared Black Metal Frame Aviator Sunglasses
Shield the sun and make more plays with Dsquared’s classic black metal frames. These aviators have all the lines of a classic, but in a mod monochromatic scheme. Dark lenses with logo detail.

4. Duvetica Full Zip Acanto Jacket
Sporty spice. This hot windbreaker provides warmth without any bulk. Its slim nylon shell is lined with cozy cotton and then finished with gathered sleeves, zippered pockets and a sporty hoodie. Wear to and from workout over yoga wear or running gear.

5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag Charm
Accessorize your gym look with Marc Jacobs sparkly tag-along. Clip to your gym bag or key fob for a touch of spring’s neon obsession.

6. Splendid  Soft Melange Shorts
Designers and fashionistas are obsessed with tangerine in any form: be it a tank top or a cuff bracelet. Follow the obsession with Splendid’s Soft Melange Shorts. Pair back to a tee and sandals and showcase those legs with curved hems, an drawstring waist and slant pockets.

7. Marc by Marc Jacobs Blue Nylon Tote
This large textile tote in navy blue stands out in a crowd, while it’s unstructured style remains demure. Perfect for gym clothes, a trip to the farmer’s market or travel, this handy tote is detailed with leather logo, handles, small side pockets.

Best Bling For Your Buck

April 2, 2014 | Heather

As any Slave to Fashion knows, the best way to get to enhance any outfit is by piling on plenty of sparkle. And this season, smart Slaves to Fashion know it needs to be done on a budget. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but affordable jewelry is her new numero uno ally in the war against unnecessary spending. I have chosen some of my go-to favorite inexpensive jewelry around, hitting every major trend (crystals, hammer stud earrings, dainty cocktail rings) all under $80. Check it out now, and let me know which looks are your favorites!

1. Gorjana  Carmel Tiny Hammered 2. Stella & Dot Rhea Bangles 3. Gorjana Shimmer Infinity Ring
4. Stella & Dot Bardot Spiral Bangle 5. SunaharA Malibu Link Ring 6. Kate Spade New York  Things We Love Adjustable Love Ring 7. Stella & Dot Eden Bangle

Celebrity Fashion: Jennifer Love Hewitt

April 1, 2014 | Heather

Stylish dresses for bingo nights

From the adorable girl-next-door of teenybopper films to the sultry antiques dealer of a hit TV series, we’ve all seen the transformation that Jennifer Love Hewitt has undergone. No matter who Jennifer portrays, she maintains her unique and remarkable fashion sense. She’s one of the Hollywood celebrities whose fashion faux pas range from very little to nil. Her role as Riley Parks in The Client List provides us an opportunity to marvel at her ensembles, which she pulls off  effortlessly.

It therefore goes without saying that Jennifer Love Hewitt strives to be stylish in whatever she does—whether she’s out with her husband, shopping for baby clothes, or playing her favorite classic bingo game. Yes, the actress knows how to have a good time despite her busy schedule; she’s regularly spotted around West Hollywood engaging in bingo games. Rumors in several interactive online bingo community even say that she used to host the Drag Queen Bingo nights at Hamburger Mary’s. She was even spotted playing bingo with the Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson.

You too can pull a Jennifer Love look during bingo nights by wearing her dresses (or something similar, no pressure). Here are some fashion tips I’ve taken from Jennifer Love Hewitt over the years.

· Burnt orange maxi dress with light orange scarf draped artlessly over the shoulders, worn during a wedding ceremony in SoHo, New York
· Mid-thigh boho print dress by MINKPINK matched with brown leather boots, worn at Drybar in Studio City
· Ombre bandage dress paired with nude platforms, worn at the launch party of The Client List
· Navy blue low-cut knit summer dress matched with wedge sandals, worn during a lunch-out at a Malibu restaurant
· Glittery and beaded black tunic dress, worn for the Women in Entertainment Breakfast event

Online bingo providers frequently use celebrities and fashion to help promote their products. CheekyBingo on Twitter often showcases chic celebrity pictures and provides trendy giveaways through contests, while free-to-play bingo app Bingo Party sometimes give fans a chance to party with celebrity fashion icons. Jennifer Love Hewitt’s passion for the game and fashion sense make her perfect for a bingo ambassador role, and being a Drag Queen Bingo host in the past is just a stepping stone for something greater. Who knows? Maybe she will become the next Lauren Goodger who is one of the popular faces of online bingo today.

Time for Coachella

April 1, 2014 | Heather

It’s that time of year again. Time to head to the desert for sun and song with friends and, of course, good fashion. Headline your own show with standout style, a mix that is equal parts vintage vibe, feminine flair and beautiful boho. Beginning with denim cutoffs, add a vintage blouse with lace or crochet. Then load on the accessories: a fringed hobo, a fist full of rings, a long tasseled necklace, and colorful sandals. With style this eye-catching, you’ll be stealing the show from the Aloe Blacc, Aeroplane, Beck and Bastille!

1. Beyond Vintage Lace Blouse:
A touch of lace gives a feminine flair to an otherwise entirely boho look. This vintage-inspired blouse has lovely detailing, including a scoop neck, dropped shoulder seams, and long dolman sleeves. Gathered elastic at waist and cuffs provides a fit that stays put while you dance the day away.

2. Stella & Dot Bianca Tassel Necklace:
From office to Coachella? We wouldn’t think it was possible, but this versatile necklace looks as great buttoned up as it does buttoned down, proving that good fashion goes anywhere. Seen on Minka Kelly and Maria Menounos, it features a mix of antiqued and shiny 12k gold plated brass chains and facets that end in a fun, swinging tassel.

3. Siwy Denim Cutoffs:
Siwy has perfected the denim cutoff. Their longed-for style comes in a variety of washes from traditional blue to eye-popping pink. Pick your flavor and mix this classic concert-going style with anything.

4. Ray-Ban Polarized Wayfarer Sunglasses:
Another go-anywhere style. Buy these iconic Ray Ban’s for Coachella weekend, then wear them all year round. Plastic frames with polarized lenses and logo lettering at right lens and at temples.

5. Fringe Bags:
Fringe benefits. Anything fringe goes for a music festival, including these Southwest-inspired leather bag. Details like whip-stitched edges, antiqued gold hardware and a colorful resin bead at the magnetic-snap front provide plenty of second glances.

6. Alice + Olivia Bella Print Flat Sandals:
Sassy snake. Alice + Olivia take a simple sandal and make it sassy with colorful snake-embossed leather. Add color to your look with their coral, purple, and green hues. A buckled ankle strap is the way to go when you’re on your feet all day and night!

7. House of Harlow 1960 Cushion Cocktail Ring:
The goddess of boho, Nicole Richie injects her signature style into her Cushion Cocktail Ring. Set with a turquoise resin cabochon and flanked by tiny pavé crystals, this ring is further enhanced with a textured band.