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    Tuesday
    Jul012014

    What To Wear: All White Summer Outfit 

    One of the hottest trends this summer season is all white. At first this can seem like an overwhelming or difficult look to re-create. The idea pulling pieces of the same color and combining them in a way that doesn’t resemble an unflattering jumpsuit sounds like a difficult task. However, no need to stress because this is actually one of the most user-friendly trends of the season. The key is simply mixing different textures; as a result the pieces you combine won’t look odd or ill fitting. Even if you are wearing the same shade, if you mix up the textures and fabric densities the look will feel varied and chic. These street style looks showcase how easy it can be to pull off the all white trend. From mixing sheer tops with white denim or lace T-shirts with billowing white skirts, there are so many options. So next time you are in front of your closet contemplating what to wear, try mixing your white jeans with a sheer blouse or lace top!--Carly

     

     

     

     

    Monday
    Jun302014

    STYLE PROFILE- Erika Schrieber 

     

    Today's STYLE PROFILE features the stylish and talented clothing designer Erika Schrieber. The ERIKA SCHRIEBER collection of women’s ready-to-wear is designed and produced in the USA. The fit and silhouette of every piece is carefully created with the highest focus on quality, durability, and longevity and the 9 piece debut collection is contemporary while incorporating classic detailing and finishing. 

     


    Name: Erika Tapia Schrieber
    Current Title/Company: owner, Erika Schrieber
    Location: Silver Spring, MD

     

    My collection was the birth of necessity. I worked long hours and didn't have time to play dress up before work or the necessary happy hour that would sometimes lend itself to a long night out. Being an urban dweller, I wanted something metropolitan and structured, with enormous versatility, but still cool. Most importantly I wanted to wear designers that were manufacturing well-constructed garments here in the states. So I created a collection that addressed these unique set of challenges, because I knew I wasn't alone.
     
    1. What does a typical day look like for you?
    I have the luxury of working from my home studio. I'm deeply grateful for this every morning I painfully and groggily roll out of bed around 6:30 to a monstrous coffee prepared by my equally ambitious husband. I start the day by checking out WWD (Women's Wear Daily) and throwing on some gym clothes just in case I have a sudden burst of bodily energy that may take me away from work, but usually not. Meanwhile my mental to-do list for the day is churning. I pour another cup of coffee and work in quietude most days. Silence is a calming force for me. As a small business owner and a new designer, my checklist for each day seemingly compounds as each hour goes by and I have many hats I have to wear. Currently, my focus is on finalizing the Spring/Summer 2015 collection.
     
    2. How would you describe your personal style?
    I think there's real strength and elegance in simplicity and keeping things easy. But adding a dash of unexpected glamour in the form of exposed hardware or metallic extras. My uniform (when it's not scorching hot or bone-chilling cold) is jeans, a white tank and a blazer. I typically add some statement baubles just for fun. I gravitate toward pieces with enormous versatility, which I hope translates in my collections. If I can wear it almost year round with some styling updates, it's for me.
     
    3. What are your favorite items in your wardrobe and why?
    The black and white Nikki shift dress in the current collection is easy to wear and makes me feel super chic and put together. I can wear it to a rooftop happy hour or dress it up for date night. I also have a few jackets I can't live without which include a light camel colored Gucci blazer and the lounge sweater in the Fall collection - it's structured enough for a night out and soft enough to sleep in.
    4. Do you have any style or beauty secrets to share?
    I wish I did! I'm a quick hot shower and let your hair air dry kinda girl. But use {moisturizer} and a tiny spritz of Tom Ford eau de parfum. When I'm tight on time, glowing skin and a good scent is at the top of my list. When it comes to style, when it doubt keep the canvas simple and add a touch of your own personality.
     
    5. How do you spend your "me" time?
    "Me" time hasn't existed in my world for a while, but I'm sure one day it will. If I can set aside a solid hour to sit and reflect, that's exactly what I'll do. I also kick it with my dog, Pollo. Yes, chicken in Spanish.
     
    6. What is the most important thing you have learned through running your own business?
    Plan far ahead, but be flexible and patient. Have someone in your support system that will ground you. Have someone in your support system that you admire and will tell you the hard truth.
     
    7. What is your mantra?
    I have many, but right now "Believe in your fucking self." is the standout. If you don't, who will?

     

    Instagram: @erikaschrieber

     

    Style Profile is a bi monthly style column featuring creative and talented entrepreneurs and business owners. I feature the stylish women behind these successful businesses and brands, their personal style, and share a glimpse into their typical work day.   

     

    Friday
    Jun272014

    This Week's STYLE FINDS 

    Happy Friday!

    Don’t miss out on all of the amazing Style Finds from this week! On Monday it was all about the finding the perfect beach tote for a day in the sun from Anthropologie. Tuesday was dedicated to adding some gold into your summer look with the Lacey Ryan double chain necklace. Next I showed you how to add a little pep into you step with a pair of embellished J.Crew sandals. These are a perfect way to spice up your daytime look or transition into an effortless nighttime ensemble. Finally, on Thursday it was all about the Kate Spade mint drop earrings. These are an easy and chic way to incorporate a pop of color into any look. This week’s finds were all small ways to change up your summer looks from head to toe without breaking the bank! ---Carly 

     

    Thursday
    Jun262014

    What To Wear: Summer Travel 

    With the warm weather in full swing, many people are planning trips to get away, relax and recharge. From heading to the beach to jetting off to a faraway city, everyone needs some time away from the normal routine. More importantly taking a vacation is the time to employ a no fuss wardrobe. Especially when traveling to your destination it is crucial to choose a look that will be comfortable, casual and above all chic.

    There are three great options for any summer jet setter, the maxi dress, jeans and a T-shirt or the sundress. You can’t go wrong with any of these looks because they are low-key yet still stylish. All you need is a sleek black maxi, sandals, a jean jacket and a casual tote and you are ready for anything. If you are more of a jeans and T-shirt girl, opt for a pair of leather sandals, a carry all and some trendy shades to complete you look. Another easy option is to opt for an easy navy shirtdress with a lightweight scarf and statement shoes. The key is to choose pieces that are versatile, comfortable and simple. With any of these looks you will be ready to relax and recharge while still looking chic and pulled together.  

    Wednesday
    Jun252014

    Beauty: 6 Summer Scents To Try 

    Today Faith Pierce, our fashion and beauty contributor, is sharing some amazing summer scents to try. I love trying out new scents and summer is the perfect time to switch things up and go for a scent that is fresh and light. Do you have a signature scent or do you like to experiment with different fragrances?

    Until recently, I was a one fragrance kind of woman. I never strayed from my beloved Chanel (a choice I still included in this post - it fit the theme all too well). Lately, I have been incredibly intrigued by scents and wanted to delve into and learn more about the word of perfume. After a lot of research (and some testing) here are a few I think would be perfect for summer. I’m not an expert, so I would love to hear what fragrances you love!

    Balenciaga, Rosabotanica is a woody scent with hints of green, citrus, and rose. Rosabotanica is a fresher, sheerer version of it’s sister fragrance Florabotanica. It’s earthy and fresh, a perfect choice for summer.

    Chanel, Chance Eau Fraîche is actually my signature scent. I have worn it for years and until recently it was the only perfume I could stand to wear - so I’m a little biased. It is woody and citrusy with floral and slight musky tones to it. The scent is very clean and crisp. 

    Giorgio Armani, Acqua di Gioia is probably one of the top scents that showed up during my research for “summer fragrance”. It is citrusy and aromatic with a very green and sweet undertone. Armani himself explains that the scent was inspired by holidays spent on islands and an escape into nature. The bottle’s shape is reminiscent of a water droplet. 

    Maison Martin Margiela, is green and woody with tones of citrus and musk. Many say that the scent has an aroma of greenery and the earth after rain - the ultimate summer smell.

    Bobbi Brown, Beach is a close runner up to my coveted Chanel. The fragrance is sandy and floral with aromatic and salty undertones. When smell this I instantly think of long days spent on the beach with nostalgic hints of sunscreen. 

    Elie Saab L’Eau Couture has notes of white floral and almond with nutty and vanilla undertones. It is part Elie Saab’s Ready-to-Wear S/S 2014 collection and notes from the create list it as an “echo of sun-kissed femininity”. It is a soft and sweet scent for summer. 

     *I found the site http://www.fragrantica.com/ incredibly helpful in learning about the different components of each perfume and how they were created.

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