September 2021

After-Sun Skincare

If you’re trying to make the most of the last few weeks of summer sun, it’s easy to over do it and
end up with dry, sunburned skin. Whether your skin is craving moisture or needs some after-
sun soothing, there’s a product to treat, moisturize and relieve it.

Solar Recover Save Your Skin is a fine mist that calms a sunburn and prevents post-burn peeling. It’s an all-natural product made with oils like lavender, chamomile and sandalwood for an unbelievable fragrance.
Buy Now, Solar Recover Save Your Skin, $11.99

Coconut water is all the rage these days, but did you know it can be just as hydrating for your
skin as it is for your body? Spritz this on for a light, beachy scent and non-greasy hydration. You can use it in your hair, too!
Buy Now, Coconut Quench Hydrating Mist, $38

This light cucumber toner is great for removing all of the sunscreen and salt residue after cleansing. You can also keep it in the fridge to increase the cooling effects and provide soothing relief from a sunburn.
Buy Now, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner, $16

Hawaiian Tropic is known for great-smelling sunscreens, but if you want to smell beachy after you’ve ditched the bikini AND prolong your tan, this product works great. It’s ultra-moisturizing without being heavy. Plus it has cocoa and shea butters, which are amazingly rich moisturizers.
Buy Now, Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Moisturizer Lotion, $7.99

Solarcaine spray is known for soothing sunburns by not only treating the skin but helping with the pain. Aloe soothes, heals and moisturizes the skin. We love the ease of
applying with an aerosol spray for instant relief.
Buy Now, Solarcaine Spray, $5.64

If the sun, sand and salt have left your skin lacking moisture, Vanicream is the super-thick moisturizer it needs. This also works great for wind-burned skin.
Buy Now, Vanicream, $12.89

Sometimes lightly scented body oil is a nice alternative to lotion during the summertime, especially after a day of wearing thick sunblock. Nourish your skin and give it a healthy glow with the yummy-smelling sugar body oil from Fresh.
Buy Now, Fresh Sugar Body Oil, $45

Buy Nylon Tricot Cut-Out Swimsuit, $38

 

Buy Nylon Tricot Cut-Out Swimsuit, $38

  • Shows off just-enough skin to stand-out in sophistication
  • Cut-outs give the illusion of a slimmer waist

Shop the Full Story: Suit-up For Summer

Buy LaBlanca Women’s Solid as a Rock Bandeau One Piece, $109

 

Buy LaBlanca Women’s Solid as a Rock Bandeau One Piece, $109

  • Perfect for any occasion
  • Perfect choice if you want to be a little more covered-up and still accentuate your curves

Shop the Full Story: Suit-up For Summer

Buy Zebra Twisty Bikini, $176

Buy Zebra Twisty Bikini, $176

  • Super flattering bikini
  • Beaded details on the bottom

Shop the Full Story: Suit-up For Summer

Buy Shiva Versatile Top, $159

Buy Shiva Versatile Top, $159

  • Sexy V-Neck cut heats up your summer nights
  • Flowing sleeves that come past your elbow

Shop the Full Story: Best Summer Fashion Lust-haves and Must-haves

Rachel Roy’s Best Summer Beauty Tips

With a focus on summer getaways, we sat down with designer Rachel Roy, and she gave us the scoop on her Summer Beauty Must Haves for a weekend on the beach. Below are her personal tricks to looking bright, fresh and flawless.

What makeup do you carry with you for a weekend getaway?

I always carry Burberry Lip Cover NO.04 in Rosewood and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick compact- I use it as blush! It gives a bronzy glow before the sun gives me the real deal. I also always have with me Estée Lauder TurboLash Mascara.icon

Buy Now, Burberry Lip Cover NO.04 in Rosewood, $30
Buy Now, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick compact, $39
Buy Now, Estée Lauder TurboLash Mascara, $32
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How do you keep your make-up in tact during a day on the beach?

I don’t wear any! On the beach I stick with Strawberry Lip Smacker by Bonne Bell in extra large and Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne. It not only serves as a perfume but also as a spritzer to hydrate myself. Lastly, Clarins Spray-in SPF 50 for sun protection- so important!

Buy Now, Strawberry Lip Smacker by Bonne Bell, $2
Buy Now, Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne, $60
Buy Now, Clarins Spray- SPF 50, $32

How do you style your hair for a day on the beach?

I usually wear my hair down with little maintenance or pull it back in a pony. One of my fave summer products is KeSARI Indian Oil Hair Serum– I’m obsessed! It combines natural botanical extracts from India with state-of-the-art technology and makes your hair so shiny and reduces frizz (an essential with beach air!) To me, the perfect beach look is tousled, easy, loose waves- similar to the look that Gisele Bundchen has perfected!

Buy Now, KeSARI Indian Oil Hair Serum, $26.50

Do you change your makeup and fashion routine in the summertime?

Yes! During the summer I definitely channel my bohemian chic favorites – for example Raquel Welch, Bianca Jagger and Miss Trinidad, all circa the 1970’s. In terms of summer fashions, I love high-waisted denim, men’s style blouses out of sheer cotton and long maxi skirts and dresses.

What do you always make sure to pack when you travel somewhere warm?

My must-haves when traveling somewhere warm are my Indian thong sandals, vintage 501 men’s Levi’s, a perfectly worn in brown leather belt, white tank tops, Theodora and Callum boutique print wraps and sarongs, gold door knockers and always my gold Manon body chain.

What are your three summer essentials?

1. My iPod- such a must for a day on the beach. See my summer playlist- it’s on RachelRoy.com now!

2. Tunics- they are not only easy to wear in the summer time- but also serve as a great beach cover up. There are some in my Rachel Roy pre-fall collection that I am living in.

3. Lotion- I mix Jo Malone Rose-Scented Lotionicon with Chanel NO. 5 Lotion as my summer perfume – after a tan it’s really all you need!

Buy Now, Jo Malone Rose-Scented Lotion, $65
Buy Now, Chanel NO. 5 Lotion, $50

 

Rachel Roy approaches the design of her eponymous collection with a feminine and modern point of view. Her goal is to create clothing for women who embrace fashion and dress with an effortless elegance and confidence. The results encapsulate a fresh version of glamour that evades the standard protocol for dressing today. 

Originally from California, Rachel attended college in Washington DC. Upon graduation, Rachel pursued her passion for design, and moved to New York City to work freelance; styling magazine shoots and music videos.

Rachel launched her career at Rocawear and quickly rose to become Creative Director overseeing seven licensees and running all of the design departments and their teams for Rocawear Juniors and Girls.

Rachel launched her own collection, Rachel Roy New York, in Spring 2005. With striking silhouettes, a sophisticated color palette and inventive pairings which transition from day to evening, Rachel’s iconic and versatile pieces – the trench dress, the dinner blouse, the day-to-night dress – have become must-have pieces in women’s closets. In one of the fashion industries highest honors, Rachel was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2007.

A frequent contributor to fashion stories in various publications, Rachel has been featured as a columnist for InStyle magazine, covered Oscar fashion for EXTRA TV on the red carpet, and has appeared on episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show, America’s Next Top Model, and Project Runway. Rachel volunteers her time with a number of organizations including New Yorkers For Children and OrphanAid for Africa. In 2009, Rachel was recognized by the Accessories Council with an ACE AWARD for best brand launch for RACHEL Rachel Roy.

Roy has garnered editorial acclaim for both her lines in publications such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Vanity Fair, Glamour and InStyle. Michelle Obama, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Iman, Halle Berry, Sheryl Crow, Estelle, Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow among others have worn pieces from Rachel’s collections.

6 Yummy Summer Smoothies

Some people enjoy smoothies as a breakfast on the go, while others use them for an afternoon snack or after-workout pick me up. They are not only delicious, but are often packed with nutrients, vitamins, and more. Need more protein in your diet or trying to get in shape? Add a scoop of your favorite whey protein powder to give your smoothie a healthy kick. These sweet (and not too sugary) smoothies are sure to be a hit even if you have a picky eater in your home. Here are our favorites to try this summer:

The Melissa Smoothie
Our Founding Editor Melissa Meyers makes a delicious smoothie for herself and family several times a week. If you are not a fan of bananas, feel free to replace with raspberries or blackberries for a yummy mixed berry smoothie.

• 1 cup cut-up fresh strawberries
• I ripe banana
• 1 Stoneyfield Farm fat free vanilla yogurt
• Organic Fat free Milk- 1/2 cup
• 8-10 ice cubes

Mix all ingredients in a blender for 2 minutes.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe
Sometimes you’re in the mood from something sweet and savory, rather than a fruity drink. Instead of grabbing a cookie or slice of cake, try blending up this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie. If you’re a vegan, or just enjoy the taste of soymilk, forget the chocolate syrup and just use Silk chocolate soymilk.

• 1 banana
• 2 Tbs. Peanut Butter (chunky or smooth… whatever you prefer!)
• 1-2 squirts of Hershey’s reduced calorie chocolate syrup
• 1 Tbs. wheat germ
• 6 oz. soy milk

Put all ingredients into blender. Blend until smoothie consistency is reached!

 

Mango Green Tea Smoothie
This antioxidant-packed smoothie not only tastes great, but gives you that caffeine kick you might need. Blended with mango and fresh lime juice, you’ll feel as though you’re on a carribean island. Plus, you can always replace a regular green tea bag with decaf if you want to enjoy this smoothie in the evening.

• 1 green or white tea bag
• 2/3 cup water
• 1/2 cup mango, cubed
• 1 wedge fresh lime juice
• 2 cups crushed ice

Heat water and brew tea. Let cool. Place cooled tea, mango, lime juice, and crushed ice in a blender and blend until thick and smooth.

Creamy Peach Smoothie
Peaches are my favorite fruit to have in the summertime. This combination of peaches, reduced-calorie (and delicious) vanilla ice cream, OJ and soy milk will end up tasting like a frozen creamsicle!

• 1 (15 ounce) can sliced peaches, drained
• 4 scoops Edie’s slow-churned vanilla ice cream (lower in calories & tastes great!)
• 2 cups vanilla soy milk
• 1/4 cup orange juice

In a blender, combine peaches, ice cream, soy milk and orange juice. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

 

Coconut water seems to be the latest craze, and we completely agree! ZICO coconut water is not only tasty, but has great health benefits as well (Gisele Bündchen is a huge fan). It contains five essential electrolytes to help your body perform at its best while staying hydrated.

Zinnamon Apple Smoothie
Apples & cinnamon are already a great combination, so by adding the ZICO coconut water, almonds and vanilla extract, you’ll be getting nutrients without sacrificing the flavor. Plus this recipe calls for protein powder and flax seed, which builds lean muscle and aids digestion.

• 1 cup (8oz) Coconut water natural flavor (ZICO)
• 4 raw Almonds
• 1 tsp Vanilla extract no alcohol
• 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
• 1 cup chopped apple (firm type such as empire, granny smith)
• ½ scoop Natural unsweetened protein powder (Biochem)
• 1 TBSP flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed)

In a blender combine all ingredients and 3 ice cubes.
Pulse for approximately 10-15 seconds.

Chocolate Banana Berry Zmoothie
With cocoa powder, blueberries, banana, protein powder and more, this smoothie tastes amazing and is great for your body too! The rolled oats add additional consistency, similar to a milkshake.

• 8 oz ZICO Natural
• 1 scoop choc protein powder
• 1 tsp cocoa powder
• 1/2 cup rolled oats
• 1 cup blueberries
• 1 ripe banana
• 8 oz lowfat milk
• 1/4 tsp cinnamon

In a blender combine all ingredients and 3 ice cubes.
Pulse for approximately 10-15 seconds

Top 7 Common Beauty Mistakes to Avoid this Summer

Whether you’re spending the hot summer months at work or at the beach, there are essential beauty tips every woman should keep in mind to achieve the perfect look this summer.

Blend, Blend and Blend
Whether your applying concealer, lip liner or blush, be sure to blend colors and makeup to create a natural summer look. Defined lines and mismatched colors can lead to a disastrous look for the summer. When applying concealer around your eyes, be sure to blend. Also, remember to switch to a darker shade if you have been out in the sun.

Stay in Line
When applying lip liner or eyeliner, stay in line. Cat eyes are great, but tone down the look for the summer. When applying lipstick, trace your lip line and avoid an unnatural look. Same goes for your eyes. If you plan to extend your line beyond your eyes, keep it natural.

Mind Your Neck
Check your neck. This is a common mistake year-round, but needs particular attention during the summertime. Since you are out in the sun, your neck may not match that fabulous natural tan. Dab some bronze powder on your neck, making sure you match!

Out with the Old, In with the New
As you update your wardrobe with the hottest summer gear, the same should go for your makeup. Make sure to rid your makeup bag of any old makeup. Toss any products that have changed color, consistency or have a bad odor—since makeup is always in contact with germ-prone areas like your eyes, mouth and fingers.

Avoid Dark Lips
Dark lip shades can look aging. To keep in line with this summer’s makeup trend—go natural. Grab your favorite gloss to go and apply throughout the day, brightening your face and complimenting your natural summer glow.

Go Waterproof!
The hot summer weather doesn’t necessarily have to affect your summer makeup application. Switch to waterproof makeup for the summertime. Whether off to the beach or a day at the office, avoid smudged black makeup under your eyes.

How Tan is Too Tan?
A little summer glow can really brighten your face, but don’t overdo it. Go natural this summer. When stepping out into the sun, be sure to protect your skin. Opt for a lotion that contains SPF 15 and higher to avoid burning your face, which may lead to peeling. Don’t forget to switch your concealer to match your new darker shade. And, be sure to steer clear of products that give you an orange tone.

 
Susmta Patel is a multiple threat in the beauty industry as a licensed makeup artist, aesthetician, nail technician, hairstylist and waxing expert. Susmta was born in India and came to the US at the age of 20. This single mother wasted no time in diving head first into her passion for personal aesthetic services. As she says, “nothing makes me happier than the priceless smile of approval. This recognition motivates me to continue my pursuit of excellence.”As the founder and creative director of “Studio Sush” she has been a personal consultant to more than 900 brides. Susmta has impeccable training having begun her career at the New Jersey Capri Institute in 1996 from which she earned her cosmetology license. To further hone her skills, she attended the legendary Joe Blasco School of Makeup Artistry in Hollywood, CA and received her diploma in makeup artistry and special effects makeup. Joe Blasco is credited with creating the most comprehensive series of encyclopedic textbooks for the professional make-up artistry. The series, entitled “The Professional Make-up Artist” featured Susmta in all three volumes.Susmta has consulted for some of the beauty industries most prestigious brands such as Shiseido, Lancome, Versace, Christian Dior, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Laura Mercier and Clinique. At the famed Completely Bare Salons in Manhattan and Scarsdale, Susmta was revered by clients for her prowess in full body waxing, permanent hair removal and eyebrow threading. Susmta was also the key makeup artist on the set of the Bollywood Film “Sama” and has judged Miss India worldwide beauty pageants.As a makeup artist, beauty expert and personal stylist, she is able to translate her passions into stunning metamorphosis for bridal and other special occasions. Her uniqueness stems from her visual analytic ability. She has an amazing sense of a woman’s face in only a few seconds and creates a unique look based on the individual’s personality. She works with spellbinding speed and clinical accuracy to lend attention to detail that compliments film and photography.Although Susmta is capable of creating any look desired, she does not push the latest trend on her clients. “It’s about you and your personality as an individual,” she says. “I work to enhance your natural beauty.” Susmta is a one woman “beauty machine” and travels worldwide providing her clients with one-stop makeup, hair, and eyebrow threading services. Susmta believes that providing ‘the total look’ for her clients enables her to truly customize a synergistic outcome that reflects the personality and aesthetic goals of each woman.Susmta Patel is a multiple threat in the beauty industry as a licensed makeup artist, aesthetician, nail technician, hairstylist and waxing expert. Susmta was born in India and came to the US at the age of 20. This single mother wasted no time in diving head first into her passion for personal aesthetic services. As she says, “nothing makes me happier than the priceless smile of approval. This recognition motivates me to continue my pursuit of excellence.”
As the founder and creative director of “Studio Sush” she has been a personal consultant to more than 900 brides. Susmta has impeccable training having begun her career at the New Jersey Capri Institute in 1996 from which she earned her cosmetology license. To further hone her skills, she attended the legendary Joe Blasco School of Makeup Artistry in Hollywood, CA and received her diploma in makeup artistry and special effects makeup. Joe Blasco is credited with creating the most comprehensive series of encyclopedic textbooks for the professional make-up artistry. The series, entitled “The Professional Make-up Artist” featured Susmta in all three volumes.
Susmta has consulted for some of the beauty industries most prestigious brands such as Shiseido, Lancome, Versace, Christian Dior, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Laura Mercier and Clinique. At the famed Completely Bare Salons in Manhattan and Scarsdale, Susmta was revered by clients for her prowess in full body waxing, permanent hair removal and eyebrow threading. Susmta was also the key makeup artist on the set of the Bollywood Film “Sama” and has judged Miss India worldwide beauty pageants.

As a makeup artist, beauty expert and personal stylist, she is able to translate her passions into stunning metamorphosis for bridal and other special occasions. Her uniqueness stems from her visual analytic ability. She has an amazing sense of a woman’s face in only a few seconds and creates a unique look based on the individual’s personality. She works with spellbinding speed and clinical accuracy to lend attention to detail that compliments film and photography.

Although Susmta is capable of creating any look desired, she does not push the latest trend on her clients. “It’s about you and your personality as an individual,” she says. “I work to enhance your natural beauty.” Susmta is a one woman “beauty machine” and travels worldwide providing her clients with one-stop makeup, hair, and eyebrow threading services. Susmta believes that providing ‘the total look’ for her clients enables her to truly customize a synergistic outcome that reflects the personality and aesthetic goals of each woman.

Image Credit: beautyalmanac.com

Outfitting the Perfect Guest Room With Eve Robinson

These items are sure to give your guest a luxurious weekend retreat this summer season!

Toothbrushes:
Anthropologie Acca Kappa Toothbrush
These toothbrushes are not only stylish but made of entirely biodegradable materials. Perfect for that weekend guest who forgets the No. 1 bathroom essential, this toothbrush brings a little glamour to a notoriously unsightly bathroom accessory!
Buy Now, $6.50

Fancy Guest Soaps:
Jo Malone Bath Soap Bars
Nothing welcomes guests like freshly scented soaps! With several fragrance combinations to choose from, these Jo Malone soaps will leave your weekend guests with a spa-like satisfaction.
Buy Now, $50 for 3 Bars

Cotton Robe:
John Robshaw via Gracious Home Cotton Voile Robes
Comfort and design go hand-in-hand with these fun printed robes. John Robshaw has taken the functional classic robe and given it a twist with a punch of color and cotton perfectly suited for any room and weekend guest!
Buy Now, $95

Alarm Clock:
Unica Home Anything Alarm Clock by Michael Sodeau
These modern yet easy-to-read alarm clocks are the perfect bedside accessory for any guest room. In four different colors, they are appropriate for any décor and give your guests the comfort of mind knowing that they won’t miss out on any weekend fun!
Buy Now, $69

Water Carafe:
Design Within Reach Night Carafe
Made of blown glass, this carafe is sure to impress any guest. Its sleek design is a perfect complement to any bedside table and is an elegant alternative to the standard nighttime water cup.
Buy Now, $80

After studying art history at Vassar College, Eve joined the ranks at Ralph Lauren. Unfulfilled by the world of houndstooth and plaid, she pursued a career in interior design, completing the Interior Design program at Parsons School of Design. Since founding Eve Robinson Associates, Inc. in NYC, Eve’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, books, and been featured on HGTV’s Interiors By Design. After a hectic day of work, Eve enjoys cooking for her family and helping her kids with homework. Read More…

White Hot Summer Fashion

When all you can think about in the summer heat is comfort and staying cool, white items are the go-to pieces that make a statement. And the best part about wearing a white ensemble? It’s a blank canvas, ready and waiting to be accessorized . Just make sure you’re wearing the correct undergarments to prevent that dreaded VPL!

Dresses:

Go elegant yet subtle with this Ani Lee Taryn Dress as seen on Jamie Chung of Hangover 2. The plunging neckline and short hem is sexy while the classic cut and simple style is perfect for day or evening. Pair it with minimal accessories so the white can really stand out.
Buy Now, $299

Cutouts with intricate detailing seem to be all the rage right now. The front of the Sparkle and Fade Cutout Bustier Dress looks prim and proper, or even business casual but the back is a pleasant surprise of flirty triangle cutouts.
Buy Now, $69

Maxi dresses are still an “it” item this season. Featuring a scoop neckline, racerback with macramé straps, the ASOS Macramé Back Beach Dress is trendy and super comfortable. Add a statement necklace and you’re good to go!
Buy Now, $60

Tops:

People say a black blazer is the ultimate closet staple. But a summer white one is just as crucial. Blazers in general are such timeless pieces that can dress up any outfit. Pair this Silence and Noise Boyfriend Blazer with a bright outfit and watch the heads turn. The clinched sleeves are also a cute, subtle touch.
Buy Now, $60-$80

Tired of plain white-tees? This Linen Lace-Up Tee from Calypso St. Barth is like a white-tee with a grungy feel. Love the lace-up neckline with antique brass grommets- great look with a pair of feathered earrings.
Buy Now, $85

Make a big statement with a big bow. This Derek Lam Sleeveless Blouse is sophisticated and fun – so versatile that you can wear it to work and straight to happy hour.
Buy Now, $550

Bottoms:

Denim is a classic, so why not try white denim this summer? These BDG Twill Ankle Cigarette Pants are super skinny and stylish. Just add a cute top and accessorize accordingly.
Buy Now, $49

Speaking of classics, white shorts are also a wardrobe must-have! These cuffed Helmut Lang Jacquard Facet Shorts will make your legs look miles long and it feature a tonal jacquard pattern that’s chic and subtle. A silk chiffon belt that buckles at the back is also attached.
Buy Now, $160

Accessories:

The Proenza Schouler (PS1) bag has become a celebrity “it” item ever since its debut. The sleek and clean look of the PS1 with it’s multiple pockets, top-handle and removable shoulder strap (great for functionality) has made it a must-have for celebs such as Reese Witherspoon, Vanessa Hudgens, and the Olsen twins.
Buy Now, $1,995

Michael Kors PU Chronograph Watch is polished, sleek, and sophisticated. This all-white timepiece reminds us of the Chanel watch sans the high price tag.
Buy Now, $195

A great piece of jewelry can be the key item to an entire outfit. Dress up any basic tee shirt or sun dress with this Kate Spade Fiorella Bib Necklace and voilà! Instant drama and glam.
Buy Now, $248

Look chic and protect your face from the sun with a cool pair of white shades. These oversized sunglasses by Roberto Cavalli feature round frames with a curved cut-out design to the temples, gold toned logo detailing on the arms and graduated tinted lenses. They will compliment any outfit, white or not!
Buy Now, $440

A big white hat is a great option especially in the summer heat, and perfect to protect your face from additional sun exposure. Achieve a playful look with this Floppy Summer Hat from American Apparel. You won’t even need any other accessories.
Buy Now, $38

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