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WHAT TO WEAR OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Memorial Day Weekend will be here before we know it! While this year will certainly be different for most of us — even as Covid restrictions are lifted and more people get vaccinated, life still isn’t back to normal here in New York — it’s still one of my favorite long weekends of the year. Memorial Day weekend really marks the beginning of summer for me.  We’re likely headed to the lake for sailing, hiking, paddle boarding, barbecuing, and relaxing. Even though it’ll just be the four of us (and Dakota!), I’m still excited to get away and to enjoy a change of scenery. I’m already thinking of what I’m going to pack for the weekend, especially since I usually end up packing for everyone so I never like to save it until the last minute. When it comes to Memorial Day outfits, I like to keep my look casual and comfy but I still want to look festive and cute.

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WHAT YOU SHOULD WEAR ON MEMORIAL DAY {MOM + BABY}

The thought of Memorial Day brings to mind images of a sunny, warm day barbecuing outside with friends and family. There’s lots of food involved too {obviously} including cheeseburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, and the classic sides of potato salad, cole slaw, and chips galore. BUT, my favorite part of Memorial Day, you ask?!?! That would be getting dressed for the occasion. Duhhh. 

I thought it would be fun to put together a look for MOM and a look for BABY {or toddler!} that could be worn on this upcoming holiday. If you recall, Memorial Day is celebrated to remember those who passed away while serving in the armed forces for our country. Soooo, why not pay some homage to America’s colors on this day too?! Let’s hear it for the red, white, and blue!

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6 SECRETS OF LOOKING NATURAL WITH MAKEUP

So you want to look put together, but you don’t want to look like you’re ready for a night on the town.

Achieving a natural makeup look isn’t as easy as it seems, but here are six tips to help you look radiant and polished without looking like a clown:

Customize Your Base

Depending on your skin type and how confident you are about exposing your natural face, you can do a number of things with regards to your foundation or primer base.

If you simply need some overall coverage, you can make your base makeup look lighter and more natural by mixing it with moisturizer. This will give you a more dewy and refreshed appearance that looks less thick and caked on than without moisturizer, so it’s a great way of making your makeup look more natural without having to sacrifice the coverage you get.

For those of you with naturally good skin who only use foundation as part of a complete makeup look, skip the base altogether and opt for a shimmery moisturizer instead.

Brows

Getting your brows in order is a great way of making your makeup look natural because a striking brow can really frame your face, meaning you won’t have to worry so much about spending a long time on your makeup.

There are so many different options for brows nowadays, and plenty of tutorials online on how to achieve the perfect brows.

So, If you really want to make an impression without caking on layers of makeup, try your hand at eyebrow grooming and shading before even reaching for your other items of makeup.

Nude Lip

If you want to avoid looking like you have too much makeup on, one of the best ways to begin is to start with a nude lip. You simply cannot achieve a natural makeup look if you want to have red or purple lips.

Nude colors are tones of pink, blush, or might have slight brown undertones. Nude lips and eyes are the general palette you’re going to be working with if you want to look natural.

Just make sure you know your own skin tone before you buy makeup, because certain tones look better with warmer undertones, while others look better with cooler ones.

Avoid Eye Liner

There are one or two exceptions, but eyeliner and natural makeup looks do not go together very well. This is because eyeliner is a dramatic highlighter of the eyes, essentially, and is best reserved for high drama looks

The most popular choice for eyeliner is still black, and it’s almost impossible to wear it in a manner that looks natural. The only exception to this is if you have an incredibly steady hand and can put a subtle line on the outer eye, at the corners.

This should follow the natural line of the eye and not extend into a wing or cat’s tail, of course. Still, this look is pretty difficult to achieve, so it’s best to avoid eyeliner completely when you want to look natural.

Accentuate

The key to a natural makeup look is to accentuate your natural features, not try to exaggerate them or create new features entirely.

For example, a cat’s eye eyeliner look might be fun and dramatic, but it’s giving you features you don’t have naturally, so it’s never going to look natural. If you want to be a pro at creating a natural makeup look, simply study your face and figure out what you like most about it. Do you have striking eyes? Then your natural makeup should highlight your eyes.

Maybe you don’t like your eyes, but you love your sharp cheekbones? Then you will highlight your cheekbones and avoid accentuating the eyes. A natural makeup look is all about accentuating, not creating.

Emphasize

Another excellent tip for achieving a natural look is to emphasize. Similar to accentuate, emphasizing is all about emphasizing one feature only. When you emphasize more than one feature, you will always end up with a heavy makeup look.

For instance, if you choose to accentuate your eyes with smoky eyeliner on the top and bottom, and then also highlight your lips in a berry red, you are going to end up with a heavy makeup look. It might look stunning, but it certainly won’t look natural.

As we’ve seen, you should avoid eyeliner altogether for natural makeup looks, generally speaking. Berry lips, even if they’re coupled with a nude eye, are never going to look natural either. Thus, the key to emphasizing when you’re trying to achieve a natural makeup look is to only go a few shades darker or lighter than your natural one.

The 10 Autumn/Winter 2021 Trends To Know Now

“Beginning of all kinds. Pliability, an unfreezing, a wakening. Wild sudden growth. Release. Energy. Hope. Lifeforce. Threshold.” That’s Ali Smith, writing about spring. But she might as well have been writing about the autumn/winter 2021 trends.

These are the sentiments that designers described and attempted to convey in the collections they unveiled in February and early March, and which will start trickling into stores in August. After a year of lockdown, another season of digital-only shows, but with a vaccination-led route out currently being tested, the sense of coiled energy in the fashion industry is palpable.

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33 Floral Dresses To Hoard This Spring

You know it’s springtime when you’re dying to wear a floral dress. This season, designers are providing a style for every occasion and woman: office-appropriate abstracts, girlish beachwear, and even moody prints for the most anti-floral advocate.

Here are our faves!

Réalisation Par Teale Dress in Purple Haze

Ribbed Cut Out Midi Dress

Patterned Dress

Flowy flower printed dress

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From the Beach to Street Style: Strappy Fashion Conquers Spring

As spring blooms into full action, your favorite trends of the season will take your from the beach to the street. After dominating the bikinis of the hottest season of the year, belly straps are gaining more prominence among fashionistas to bring elements of swimwear into their everyday ensembles.

Bringing a touch of sensuality to any production, straps can appear in several types of garments, whether in tops, skirts or pants, multiplying the possibilities of harmonization. It’s not for nothing that the trend adapts well to the atmosphere of the mid-season, and can be paired both with light looks and for more elaborate productions, depending on how you style it.

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7 Romper Outfits That Won’t Make You Feel Like A Toddler

Rompers have the difficult reputation of being associated with babies. And we get it. Their other name is literally “playsuit,” which just sounds like something you’d dress Prince George in. But Saint Laurent and Alexander Wang are reinterpreting the style for adults, and we’re ready to transition from jumpsuits to rompers immediately. See 7 grown-woman ways to make the romper work for you, here.

Here are our faves!

Mango Flower Short Jumpsuit

This moody floral romper might be our new favorite thing. Swap the matching belt out and slip on a belt bag through the waist loops for a brand new look.

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12 Reasons Why You Need Another Slip Dress

Ahh, the ’90s. If there’s one article of clothing that has become synonymous with the golden era of fashion, music, and pop culture, it’s the slip dress. The delicate, silky garment was once seen as a fashion faux pas—a risqué lingerie piece worn only in the comfort of your home—but when industry insiders like Kate Moss took the boudoir look from the bedroom to the red carpet it was a wrap for the bedroom-only mentality.

Now that it’s officially spring, I’ve been dreaming about slipping into the butter soft one-and-done silhouette in varying lengths and prints. Shop 12 of my favorites ahead.

Here are our faves!

Mykola Sequin Slip Dress

The party doesn’t start until you walk in wearing this dazzling, sequined dress with a flowing ruffle hem. 

Mallory Cowl Neck Slip Dress

Complement this look with a pair of crisp white sneakers or go full-on ’90s with delicate strappy sandals.

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20 Spring Outfits That Cure Floral Dress Fatigue

As someone with more than ten floral dresses currently hanging in her closet, I’m the last person to hate on the classic print. But let’s make Miranda Priestly proud and try new, groundbreaking outfits this spring. I’m talking punchy psychedelics, all-white looks that make you feel like you run a successful pottery business, and oversized ’80s suits your parents would be proud of. Click through for 20 successful ways to rethink your wardrobe.

Here are our faves!

Wide Leg Twill Trousers

I call this monochrome look “ceramicist off-duty.”

Remina Printed Jersey Midi Wrap Skirt

Give the traditional skirt a daytime touch with a t-shirt and camper sandals.

Smocked Cotton Dress

The puffy shoulder trend gets some oomph from knee-high cowboy boots.

Denim Trench

Give the Texas Tux even more denim with a longline coat in the same wash

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19 Fresh White Sneakers That Will Never Let You Down

A smart shopper knows the best investments aren’t the fussy kicks adorned with every embellishment, but the clean silhouettes with just a hint of flair that’ll stick around forever. The appeal of white sneakers isn’t lost on anyone. The versatile shoe pairs well with anything, is relatively easy to clean, and even easier to scruff for a worn-in, grungy look. However you prefer your kicks—are you the Insta-Squatter with creaseless Air Force 1s? A floral and Keds kinda gal?—scroll through our picks of the 19 best white sneakers you need right now.

Here are our faves!

Run Star Hike High Top Sneaker

You’ve collected every color classic Converse high tops there is. Allow me to introduce you to its edgier sister. Featuring a rigged sole, this iteration of the Converse high top was made specifically for hiking trails.

Off-White Knit

Cariuma sneakers just make you feel good. Not only are they super light and flexible on your foot (no more “breaking in” periods), each shoe is crafted from self-regenerating bamboo and recycled plastics, so you know you’re doing your part to help the environment.

The Sneaker

Call me childish but the easy, one-and-done slip-on sneaker is a lazy girl’s dream, and Rothy just about makes the dreamiest ones on the market. Plus, it’s made with machine-washable fabric for easy cleaning.

The Court Sneaker

If “less is more” was a sneaker, it would be the Everlane Court. The sneaker is made with less plastic, less waste, and less energy than the average shoe.

Jass Sneaker

An easygoing shoe that’s as soft and reliable as Ugg’s bestselling boots.

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