With the summer heat at an all-time high, why not cool off with some of these fruity cocktails? Margaritas and daiquiris are often loaded with sugar and unnecessary calories that leave you hungover or bloated, so we’ve searched for the best of the best low calorie, low sugar and low-carb drinks. Whether your poison is a mojito or sangria, one of these is sure to tantalize your taste buds!
adapted from NYTimes.com
Combine fresh fruit and chilled wine to create a lighter version of traditional sangria, perfect for a hot summer afternoon.
1 small green pear or green apple
1 small navel orange
1 bottle cava, moscato d’Asti or other sparkling wine
1 3/4 cups apple juice
1 1/3 cups Cointreau
1 cup club soda
Slice fruit into thin bite-size pieces. Place in large pitcher. Pour in sparkling wine, apple juice and Cointreau. If possible, refrigerate an hour or two to draw out sweetness and floral aromas of fruit. Add club soda, and stir. Spoon some fruit pieces into glasses filled with ice, and pour.
Created by The Cocktail Guru, Jonathan Pogash
Enjoy creamy drinks like pina coladas but are watching your calories? This drink perfectly blends coconut, berries and milk together with a fitting Acai-Blueberry vodka.
2 oz. Van Gogh Açai-Blueberry Vodka
1 scoop sugar-free raspberry sorbet
1 tsp. coconut cream
3 oz. skim milk
Add to blender and blend. Pour into hurricane or tall glass. Garnish with coconut flakes and fresh seasonal berries.
Low-Carb Cosmopolitan Cocktail
By Laura Dolson, About.com Guide: Low Carb Diets
Take a spin on the classic cosmo by making it with diet cranberry juice and fresh lime juice instead of that sugary bottled stuff!
1 jigger (1.5 oz or 3 tablespoons) Citron vodka or regular vodka
1 oz (2 tablespoons) diet cranberry juice (NOT “light” — it must say diet)
OR 2 teaspoons unsweetened cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon lime juice (fresh preferred)
2 to 3 drops orange extract
2 to 4 teaspoons sugar equivalent in artificial sweetener (to taste), liquid preferred
Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice. Shake well. Taste for sweetness if using unsweetened cranberry juice, which is highly variable. You may need to add sweetener. Strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a small lime wedge or curl of lime peel.
BLUE Skinny Lemonade
Lemonade has always been a summer staple, and Crystal Light has a portion of the sugar and calories as other mixes, so stir some up and add a splash of vodka to make this childhood drink more adult-friendly.
Combine ingredients and shake vigorously in shaker with ice. Strain into glass and enjoy!
From Eating Well, as seen in Fitness Magazine
Instead of making a margarita out of syrupy mix, take a cool approach by blending frozen blueberries and limeade for a unique refreshing drink.
Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade, lime juice and tequila, if using, in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve.
Watermelon Gin Fizz
From Eating Well, as seen in Fitness Magazine
When you think of the summer, watermelon usually comes to mind. This delicious drink combines fresh watermelon with gin, lime juice and ginger ale for a sweet and sour cocktail.
Freeze 1 cup watermelon for garnish. Puree the remaining 4 cups watermelon. Strain; divide the juice among 4 ice-filled glasses. Top each with 1 1/2 ounces gin, 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1/3 cup ginger ale. Garnish with the frozen watermelon and lime wedges.
Strawberry-Citrus Vodka Cocktail
as seen in Fitness Magazine
Made just like a mojito, this cocktail branches out from the original combination of rum, mint, lime juice and simple syrup to take on a fruitier approach. Made with strawberries, citrus vodka, lemon juice and mint, you still have some of the same flavors but with a sweet twist.
1 sprig of mint
3/4 ounce light agave nectar, such as Wholesome Sweeteners
1 3/4 ounces citrus vodka
3/4 ounce lemon juice
In a shaker, muddle together mint and strawberries, then add the remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously with ice for 20 seconds. Pour entire contents of shaker into a tall glass. (Include all of the mint and strawberry pulp.)
Created by Kevin Baker at the Isla Cantina in West Hollywood, California
This unique liquor is flavored with blood orange to be both sweet and tangy. By blending it with cucumber and grapes, you’re sure to have a fun drink that’s healthy at the same time.
2oz X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
2 slices of Peeled Cucumber
12 Red Seedless Grapes
Blend all ingredients with ice in a blender. Garnish with slices of cucumber.
Every girl likes to be prepared and have everything she could possibly need in her bag at all times. This holds especially true in the summer when sun and sand are involved. A day at the beach requires a different but equally stocked bag. Here are this summer’s best products to stash in your beach bag:
The first thing you can’t forget to put in your beach bag is of course, sunscreen. Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch is an affordable and reliable choice as it’s lightweight but still offers significant protection. Plus, it isn’t greasy so you can use it on your body and face. But those aren’t the only places that need a little SPF. The delicate skin on your lips should always be protected. Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 is a favorite of ours because it is available in various glossy colors. The sun can also damage hair if it isn’t properly protected. Rene Furterer’s Okara Protect Color Radiance Enhancing Spray helps protect color-treated hair from fading while nourishing with Vitamin E.
A great hat, like this Hat Attack Raffia Medium Brim Floppy, is another way to protect your skin and hair from the sun. But just because you aren’t getting those sun-kissed cheeks the natural way doesn’t mean you can’t fake the rosy look with tarte’s natural cheek stain, which stays put better than a powder blush.
Cover-up in style with Calypso St. Barth’s Samantha Embroidered Tunic. It’s available in array of lovely colors, but it does run a tad small so order one size up.
It’s just as important to keep your skin and body hydrated as it is to protect it. Drinking a lot of water is great for your health but can be harmful to the environment if you use disposable plastic bottles. Take care of yourself and the planet with recycled and refillable EarthLust Stainless Steel Water Bottles in stylish designs. And when your face needs a cooling refresher, give yourself a spritz 2 Note Perfumery’s light face mist.
You can throw all these great products in this tote from Jonathan Adler. We love how you can choose your favorite print or your favorite destination!
Buy Now, Johnathan Adler Well-Traveled Beach Tote, $198
Buy Now, Rene Furterer Okara Protect Color Radiance Enhancing Spray, $26
Buy Now, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF55, $9.49
Buy Now, EarthLust Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $13.99
Buy Now, Kiehls Lip Balm SPF15, $8.50
Buy Now, Tarte Cheek Stain, $30
Do you have dry skin? In the summer weather it’s likely that your skin will become dryer. Characteristics of dry skin are extremely common and can be uncomfortable.
Dry skin is usually thin and lacking in sebaceous glands, which leads to minimal natural moisture, lost elasticity (collagen), and wrinkles. Here are some ways to identify if you have dry skin:
– Skin feels thinner than normal
– Appears opaque
– Easy to peel
– Feels itchy
– Easily breaks out in allergic reactions
– Fine pores
Below are my recommendations to help keep your skin moist under the best conditions:
– Eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily
– Drink six to eight glasses of water per day
– Keep consistent in the use of cream, and moisturize twice a day
– Wash your face with fresh water
– Avoid excessive heat
– Avoid excessive use of alcohol and caffeine, which have diuretic effects that cause skin cells to lose moisture and essential nutrients
– Avoid washing your face in the direct spray of a hot shower
– Use facial mist during the day to keep skin moist
To ensure your skin will look it’s best all summer long, here are some great products to try from Cygalle Healing Spa:
Licorice Spice Face Wash
Thoroughly clean and restore balance with this vitamin-enriched foaming wash formulated for all skin types. Anise extract promotes a healthy, glowing complexion, while natural moisturizing factors such as wheat germ and anisum fruit oils leave the skin smooth and revitalized.
Buy Now, $25-$65
Cranberry Antioxidant Toner
Organic cranberry juice unites with an array of gentle, natural skin-refining acids to enhance texture and appearance. Delicately remove surface debris to reveal a brighter, more vibrant complexion. Delightfully refreshing organic chamomile, healing helichrysum, and sandalwood essential oils enhance skin nutrition while giving this daily use toner its tempting allure.
Buy Now, $25-$65
Sea Pearl Elixir
A true beauty classic – this luxuriously moisturizing serum increases resilience, resulting in flawlessly smooth and supple skin. Enriched with water-attracting humectants and soothing herbs, this serum is essential for those who experience dryness, sagging skin, or loss of vitality. Concentrated Atlantic seaweed, organic aloe, squalane, and phytohyaluronate penetrate skin with nutrition vital to cellular respiration. An intensive booster, this serum is ideal for dry, devitalized, or mature skin types.
Buy Now, $25-$75
Gold Leaf Intensive Eye Treatment
An intensive treatment crème that addresses the special needs of the eye zone, which is prone to visible signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and moisture loss. Micronized 23-karat mineral mica helps to fight the harmful effects of the sun by reflecting UV rays. Organic marshmallow extract aids in circulation, diminishing dark circles and puffiness. Soothing calendula, seabuckthorn, and organic sunflower oils quickly penetrate to instantly refresh and encourage suppleness and elasticity. Hydrating yet non-greasy, this advanced treatment crème penetrates quickly, making it an ideal choice for daily use under makeup.
Buy Now, $85
Raspberry Q10 Moisturizer Crème
Super hydrating day or night! Experience this ultra-rich moisturizer that releases powerful nutrients encouraging healthy, vibrant skin. DMAE, cranberry seed oil, and coenzyme Q10 enhance the potent natural butters and oils that make this an excellent moisturizer for normal or dry skin. Use to fight dehydration and dull skin commonly associated with aging.
Buy Now, $25-$75
Tropical Enzyme Peel
A deliciously rich, creamy enzymatic exfoliant that effectively dissolves dead skin cells without manual scrubbing. Banana, a gentle alternative rich in minerals and antioxidants, helps to soften skin and maintain an optimum moisture level. Pineapple and papaya enzymes carefully remove unwanted surface debris, revealing a glowing complexion. Non-abrasive, yet highly effective, each treatment will leave your skin feeling not only brighter but softer to the touch. Ideal for sensitive, reactive skin types, or for those who desire additional hydration.
Buy Now, $25-$65
Silk Collagen Hydrating Masque
The ultimate extravagance! This high-performance, luxuriously opulent masque is infused with mineral-rich micronized mother of pearl, glycosaminoglycans, and rich botanical extracts that provide vital nourishment on a deep cellular level. Plant-based pseudocollagen, and hyaluronic acid aggressively resist environmental factors that diminish skin’s youthful appearance. Helichrysum and citrus essential oils delight your senses with every application. You’ll be tempted to use this magnificent masque every day.
Buy Now, $25-$75
Products are available at www.cygallehealingspastore.com
Rompers and jumpsuits are the hottest thing in fashion right now, as they combine summer staples of dresses and shorts into one perfect outfit. Don’t think you can pull one off? With an array of styles, patterns and colors, you’ll definitely fall in love with one of our choices whatever your budget may be!
The Bow-Waist Short Jumpsuit by Phillip Lim is definitely for a special occasion. With its wide shoulder straps and bow waistline, this jumpsuit focuses on making your legs look long and lean without giving too much away. The umber brown color even has a subtle glow to it.
Buy Now, $475
Diane von Furstenberg’s Ballancia Romper combines the best of both worlds: fit and color. This silk romper has a stylish cowl-neck and belted waist, and comes in a bright neon coral color, which is the biggest craze this summer. Pair it with some neutral heels and earrings to really make it pop.
Buy Now, $375
Afraid of bright colors and patterns? This elegant black Stretch Silk-Satin Playsuit by Catherine Malandrino is perfect whether you want to be the center of attention or if you’re merely a wallflower. Dress it up with a fur wrap and cocktail ring, or down with some trendy tribal jewelry. Either way, it has a slimming wrap-dress effect and sash waist to flatter all shapes and sizes.
Buy Now, $375
When you need a new look for work, or have a conservative meeting or event coming up, this romper is professional and stylish. In a camel color with black accents, this 100% silk Earl Romper by Equipment has double-button cuffs, a fold-over collar and even pockets.
Buy Now, $278
If you watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s non-stop, you will fall head over heels for this White Pleated Bow Belt Playsuit from Topshop. This sleeveless romper even looks like a shift dress from far away with its high neckline and pleated bottom. Plus, it comes with an adorable camel-colored bow belt that cinches at the waist!
Buy Now, $106
The BCBGeneration Ruffle Flounce Romperis a great pick; not only does this sleeveless romper come with a flirty ruffle v-neck, but also a self-tie belt around the waist. With its intricate details, all you need are a cute pair of sandals and a few bangles to look effortlessly chic.
Buy Now, $88
Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Silky Halter Romper is perfect for the girl who likes to stand out and show some skin. With its halter-style top, open strappy back and bright royal blue hue, not only will it flatter your figure, but definitely turn some heads. Reviews say that it’s great for tall and curvy girls.
Buy Now, $59
Marc by Marc Jacobs revives the retro look with his Swim Colette Floral Button Front Belted Romper. With a sweetheart neckline, button down front closure and unique old-school print, you’ll easily achieve that hourglass pin-up girl look.
Buy Now, $173
Always wanted to try animal print but have never been confident enough to pull off the bold patterns? This sleeveless Eva Romper by Dolce Vita combines the effect of zig-zag zebra stripes with the simplicity of vertical pastel stripes to maintain balance. With a removable patent black belt to fasten around the high waistline, you won’t even have to worry about trying to accessorize.
Buy Now, $110
It’s all about the pattern and the back of this ASOS Cut Out Bow Back Playsuit. Keep it covered with elbow-length sleeves while you also show some skin with a cut-out back that ties into a voluminous bow. The unique multi-colored print and great fit makes this romper a must-have!
Buy Now, $69
This colorful Lace-Up Floral Playsuit by ASOS is quite deceiving: from the front it looks like a dress with its lace-up tie bust and deep corset appearance. However, the flared shorts on this romper make it adorable AND fully functional.
Buy Now, $60
Tribal prints seem to be taking over this summer, especially in this ASOS Strappy Back Playsuit. It not only has a deep v-neck wrap front, but both shoulder straps and a halter-tie neck for extra support and style. Match it with some gladiators and gold jewelry for the best look.
Buy Now, $60
Looking for a jumpsuit that’s beachy and stylish at the same time? The Matthew Williamson Escape Silk Jumpsuit has a scoop-neck with buttons down the front to either cover-up or show off your assets. With a draw-string waist and loose silk chiffon material, you will look and feel good at the same time.
Buy Now, $828
The Haute Hippie Silk-Georgette Strapless Jumpsuit is all about accessorizing. In a gorgeous champagne color, draped-open back and tapered fit, all you need is a bold belt, heels and jewelry to stand out.
Buy Now, $425
Halston Heritage’s Black Satin-Jersey Jumpsuit combines new-age glamour with 70’s hipster style to create the perfect jumpsuit. With its relaxed top and slim-fitting bottom, it balances out your figure and looks effortlessly chic. Pair it with some strappy sandals or peep-toe boots and a bright clutch to pull it all together.
Buy Now, $355
Based off of Audrina Patridge’s great style, this ASOS Pleated Bust Jumpsuit is form fitting and tailored to accentuate all the right curves. Strapless and classy, we recommend it in Chestnut or Nude with simple accessories.
Buy Now, $95
This strapless ASOS Tuck Bandeau Peg Jumpsuit may look like it’s made of expensive silk, but comes at a more affordable price and easier maintenance. In a gorgeous jade color with a delicate tie waist, you will turn heads as you walk down the street.
Buy Now, $69
A blend of fabrics makes this simple Tri-Blend Pocket Jumpsuit from American Apparel the best for comfort. With an array of colors, you can wear it out at night with strappy heels and a contrasting belt, or merely for day-to-day errands. We love it in Athletic Grey because it can match with almost anything.
Buy Now, $48
I know how important it is for both my skin and body to stay hydrated during the summer, but I don’t like the taste of plain water. Any tips on easy-to-drink beverages that won’t pack on the pounds?
It is certainly very important, especially in the summertime, to drink lots of water. I am not a huge fan of plain water as well, so I need to get creative to make sure I get the recommended daily amount (.5 oz multiplied by your body weight in pounds). Below are several options for refreshing, healthy, and great-tasting drinks that won’t increase your waistline!
My go-to drink is a cranberry and club soda. You can vary how sweet you want it by adjusting the amount of club soda (I like it with half of each). Try using Ocean Spray Light Cran-Rasberry Juice, which is lower in calories and tastes delicious. Cranberry juice is known to have various health benefits – it can help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, and urinary tract infections.
A new favorite of mine is Skinny Water. The Raspberry Pomegranate Crave Control flavor is zero calories and contains electrolytes and Super CitriMax, which is known to curb your appetite. It reminds me of the days when my mom used to make raspberry Jell-O in the liquid form… only this is cold and tastes better!
Vitamin Water has been very popular for a while now, however, I prefer the newer zero calorie version. Naturally sweetened and packed with antioxidants from acai berries, blueberries, and pomegranates, Vitamin Water Zero’s “XXX” is my favorite. It’s super refreshing and energizing with vitamins A, B, C, and electrolytes.
Coconut water is extremely hydrating and tastes delicious! It’s perfect to drink after a workout because it has more muscle-soothing potassium than a banana, plus electrolytes. I prefer it fresh from the coconut, but they can be difficult to find, and you need a machete to cut off the tops. An easier option is to drink ZICO Coconut Water. I always keep several bottles in my fridge – It’s 60 calories for one 14 fl oz bottle, and fat-free, too!
Tasty and full of antioxidants, Honest Tea’s Passion Fruit Green Tea with Maqui Berry is zero calories and naturally sweetened. This drink is sweeter than most of the other Honest Tea drinks, so it’s great if you have a sweet tooth.
My best-kept secret of all is SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia in Vanilla Crème flavor. Just add three-five drops of this all-natural sweetener to 12 oz of water. The concentrated drops are available in a variety of flavors, but my personal favorite is the vanilla. Try adding it to club soda and you will make yourself a healthy crème soda!
It’s no secret that getting your hair to look great in the summer can be a big challenge. Sun, sand, salt, chlorine, and humidity take a toll on our hair, and that can lead to a less-than-desirable look. In order to get those gorgeous summer locks, we put these (and so many more) products to the test and did the lathering, rinsing, and repeating for you. We might even have the cleanest hair in New York City! Read on for our favorite picks for summer hair care, including the old stand-bys as well as the hottest new products available. Tip: It is important to switch off between at least two shampoos, conditioners, and styling products to get the best results.
Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Shampoo
Pantene is known for being a great and affordable hair care brand. We love the classic clean scent, which is undeniably Pantene. This shampoo leaves you with silky soft and smooth hair.
Buy Now, Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Shampoo, $4.07
Nexxus Aloe Rid Gentle Clarifying Shampoo
Spent too much time in the pool? Light-haired girls especially tend to suffer from the dreaded chlorine green. Nothing works like Nexxus aloe rid to get out the green and restore your hair to its natural shine. This product has been around forever but does the job best!
Buy Now, Nexxus Aloe Rid Gentle Clarifying Shampoo, $12.99
Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo for Dry or Frizzy Hair
It’s always nice to go organic and use all-natural products, especially during the summer. For those ladies who prefer to be eco-friendly AND look naturally gorgeous, this lightly scented product really gets your hair feeling clean. It has an incredible beachy almond scent we love!
Buy Now, Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo for Dry or Frizzy Hair, $5.99
Serge Normant Meta Velour Conditioner
This is from Serge Normant’s new hair care collection. Hair feels well-conditioned without any residue. A great new product to add to your regimen.
Buy Now, Serge Normant Meta Velour Conditioner, $24
Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Conditioner
Herbal Essences products always smell amazing, but this one blew us away with its fun floral scent. It creates the softest, lightest-feeling hair. You won’t believe this product came from a drugstore!
Buy Now, Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Conditioner, $7.49
Terax Hair Care Crema Ultra Moisturizing Daily Conditioner
A tried-and-true celebrity favorite. This daily conditioner deeply moisturizes without weighing down hair and works wonders for detangling.
Buy Now, Terax Hair Care Crema Ultra Moisturizing Daily Conditioner, $48
Living Proof No Frizz Straight Styling Spray
Living Proof is getting exceptional amounts of praise from everyone who tries this product. Spray it on before you blow dry to prevent frizz, repel humidity, dirt, and oil to prolong the life of your blowout. Apply more as a finishing spray without fear of product buildup. This amazing new product really works!
Buy Now, Living Proof No Frizz Straight Styling Spray, $19.99
Sebastian Shaper Professional Zero Gravity Hairspray
This is our go-to hairspray because it provides the perfect hold and sets your style without that crunchy, sticky feeling. Hair still has lots of movement and you can still run your fingers through it!
Buy Now, Sebastian Shaper Professional Zero Gravity Hairspray, $10.51
Keratin Complex Products
We are obsessed with all the styling products from Keratin that we tried, including the hair spray, styling oil, mousse, root lift spray, and nourishing spray conditioner. This new line of keratin-enhanced products gives you the look of a professionally styled coif at home.
Buy Now, Keratin Complex Products
Dove Flexible Hold Aerosol Hairspray
It can be difficult to find inexpensive hair products at the drugstore that compare to the salon products, but Dove makes it easy. We love the flexible hold and the scent of this aerosol hairspray. A must for keeping hair in place whether it is worn down and polished or up and messy.
Buy Now, Dove Flexible Hold Aerosol Hairspray, $3.50
Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray
Blowouts can leave hair looking dull, especially in the summer. Try topping off your ‘do with one of the great products from the MOROCCANOIL line, like the Gold Glimmer Shine oil for sheen without the grease. Spray a little extra on the ends!
Buy Now, Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray, $25.80
Dry shampoo is great to use between washes because it removes the oils that build up at the roots, especially during the summer. We also like to use it when styling for added texture (like when we create a fishtail braid).
Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray
This dry shampoo smells citrusy, which is perfect for refreshing “day-two” hair. Plus it goes on clear, not powdery.
Buy Now, Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray, $23
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Aerosol
This dry shampoo has been a favorite of ours for years! Smells great, and does the job well.
Buy Now, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Aerosol, $18
T3 Refresh Volumizing Dry Shampoo
We love this formula because it matches your hair so you don’t have to worry about the telltale white powder on your roots.
Buy Now, T3 Refresh Volumizing Dry Shampoo, $25
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
Spending a day at the beach is not always convenient when you want those fab-looking beach waves. Capture it at home with Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray —this product creates those naturally sexy waves that mimic the combination of salt water, sand, and wind.
Buy Now, Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $22
Frederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves
Fekkai is synonymous with beautiful hair, so it’s no wonder his Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves really creates an authentic look. Spray on damp hair and scrunch for best results.
Buy Now, Frederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves, $24.48
John Frieda Beach Blonde Smooth Seas Detangling Conditioner
Everyone can use a little leave-in conditioner after a day at the beach. To nourish and treat your hair while still rocking that fresh-from-the-beach look, spritz this on after shampooing.
Buy Now, John Frieda Beach Blonde Smooth Seas Detangling Conditioner, $7.95
Dressing up for a holiday theme CAN be done tastefully – you can rock red, white and blue and celebrate Independence Day while still looking chic and keeping cool. This Fourth of July, try some of these pieces to look festive and totally on-trend.
Avoiding sunburns may be the No. 1 concern when hanging poolside or cooking up a barbecue with friends, but when it comes to your ensemble this weekend, the hotter, the better. REVOLVEclothing.com makes a great asymmetric red dress ($445) that wraps, drapes, and flatters without clinging where it isn’t wanted. Pair with gold jewelry and wedges to take the adaptable look from afternoon to after-hours.
For a more casual, though no less versatile, take on the color, this Sparkle & Fade Paperbag Short ($48) from Urban Outfitters can be worn in an assortment of ways: We like tightening the belt for a skirt-like, waist-flattering effect, or tucking in a tank and leaving loose around the hips for a boyishly a-line look. Try J Brand’s bright red 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg ($176) for a similarly clean line with more coverage.
Don’t forget the (leather) cherry on top: Topshop’s Red Leather Sporty Shopper Bag ($98) comes with a cross-body strap that ups its already sky-high style points for increased functionality.
They may both be summer staples, but with its cinched waist and delicately crocheted v-neck, there’s nothing vanilla about Topshop’s little white dress ($30). It might get chilly waiting for the sun to go down and the fireworks to come out, so we recommend pairing beneath this Maritime-s+tripe blazer ($94.40) from J. Crew to keep looking, without feeling, cool.
Of course, firecrackers + works aren’t all that glitter: The gold sparkle of the logo charm and grommets of the MICHAEL Michael Kors Bag ($198) against the tote’s white leather will help you stand out with a visual pop (not an easy thing on the Fourth!), while Nicky Hilton’s “Bryant Park” Sterling Silver White Jade Ring ($120) gives the spectacle of sparklers a run for its money with its own blinged-out, eye-catching shine.
Between all of the lights and festivities of the day, less color just may be more, and more to your benefit: Try J Brand’s Cadet shorts ($154) and Topshop’s Parasol Toe Loop Sandals ($145) to highlight your tan legs and feet with subtle style.
Buy Now, White Crochet Neck Sundress, $30
Buy Now, Maritime-Stripe Blazer, $94.40
Buy Now, MICHAEL Michael Kors Handbag, $198
Buy Now, Nicky Hilton “Bryant Park” Sterling Silver White Jade Ring, $120
Buy Now, J Brand Cadet Shorts, $154
Buy Now, PARASOL Toe Loop Sandals, $145
We may be celebrating our freedom from a monarchy, but if you’re choosing blue as your go-to color, we say, go royal: J Brand’s skinny jeans ($176), Ippolita’s blue topaz bangle ($8,500), and – fittingly! – Topshop’s blue-stripe hat ($50) all take decadent advantage of the regal shade.
For an even looser and casual effect, this scoopneck draped dress ($138) from Bloomingdale’s has all the comfort of pj’s with none of the frump, while Urban Renewal Levi’s Denim Short Short ($39) rests at the opposite end of the fit spectrum by keeping your hips structured and snug.
Buy Now, 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg, $176
Buy Now, Large Lollipop Bangle in Blue Topaz, $8,500
Buy Now, Blue Straw Stripe Floppy Hat, $50
Buy Now, Patent Eddie Ballet Flats, $178
Buy Now, Laundry by Shelli Segal Studded One Shoulder Jersey Dress, $225
Buy Now, Soft Joie “Darrah” Scoopneck Draped Dress, $138
Buy Now, Urban Renewal Levi’s Denim Short Short, $39
Get the most out of your day and its color palette by mixing and matching – and what could be better than doing so with summer’s hottest trend, a maxi ($121)? The white stripes of the dress’ print are on fire this season, and we’re obsessed with Soludos’ pop-of-red addition to the trend with its Roso ($28) red-and-white-striped cotton shoe.
Keep your accessories as fun as the days’ celebrations with the ultimate in festive-wear: tie-dye. ASOS Tie Dye Snood ($20.69) is a chic addition to any out outfit, themed or otherwise, and light enough to act as an accent without overheating you. No matter where the holiday takes you, don’t let it catch you unprepared: Gap’s Dip-dye ($39.95) tote will hold everything you need, wherever you go!
Sipping cocktails, relaxing by the pool, firing up the grill… few things mean summer more than a barbecue. We’ve got an eclectic roundup, from cool tools to great plates, that will create a fantastic outdoor soirée. Be prepared to entertain with all the essentials for an unforgettable time!
Rattan Globe String Lights
A summer barbecue can begin mid-day and continue all through the night! Luckily, with Pottery Barn’s Rattan Globe String Lights you can always keep the party going. These lantern-like lights create a magical mood and are the perfect decoration for any backyard party. Illuminate your night by adding these easy-to-use lights on a terrace, balcony, or in the trees.
Buy Now, Rattan Globe String Lights, $29
Chill Salad Bowl with Servers
Crate and Barrel’s Chill Salad Bowl with Servers is perfect for any summer festivity. Its bright orange and yellow colors suit the season while keeping your food fresh, even for your most fashionably late guests. This bowl combines a cooling ice-pack base with a lidded container that is ideal for storage and transport.
Buy Now, Chill Salad Bowl with Servers, $9.95
Citrus Sippers Ice Cube Tray
Keep your fruity, frozen concoction extra cool with these two-in-one ice cube straws. Sure to be a hit with both your pint-size party guests and cocktail-sipping contingents alike, these citrus slice-shaped ice cubes also make great stirrers! Try squeezing some lemon juice into the ice trays before sticking them in the freezer for an extra citrusy twist.
Buy Now, Citrus Sippers Ice Cube Tray, $7.99
Sewing Basket Aprons
The kids are out of school for the summer, so what better way to spend time with your tiny tot than by cooking? These lovely matching mommy-and-me aprons from Anthropolgie come in both adult and child sizes, featuring beautiful embroidery and dainty colors. Now you and your little one can cook in style.
Buy Now, Sewing Basket Apron, $38
Carter & Cunningham Candle Pot
Nothing can ruin a great outdoor gathering faster than unwanted guests: Mosquitoes. To avoid having your invited guests itching and scratching, light up a gorgeous citronella candle. This ceramic candle will truly keep those party crashers away for up to 35 hours of burn time. A must-have for all summer barbecues.
Buy Now, Carter & Cunningham Candle Pot, $16
French Bull 8-Inch Melamine Plates
Add a playful mix of color to your barbecue with French Bull’s 8-inch Melamine Plates. These are available in a number different patterns and bright colors – perfect for the summer season.
Buy Now, French Bull 8-Inch Melamine Plates, $32
Nito Rectangular Tray
Bring a tropical look to your table with this hand-woven tray designed by villagers in the Philippines. I love to use serving trays all summer long and can never have too many. A great and functional accessory!
Buy Now, Nito Rectangular Tray, $79
Fire it Up: 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything
The centerpiece for any barbecue is, of course, the food. Step up your grilling game with this cookbook full of hundreds of mouth-watering summer recipes.
Buy Now, Fire it Up: 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything, $16.47
Finding the right pieces for your best gorgeous + glam look is easy, but who says elegance is an evening-only affair? Equal parts comfy and chic, we’ve compiled a list of on-trend casual clothes for summer – mix and match for a variety of looks guaranteed to keep you looking cute long before cocktail hour.
It’s all about fit this summer… less of it! Stay lovely in tanks that are loose and frame-flattering, such as this nautical-striped silk top from Joie or SPLENDID’s Cotton Mesh & Chambray Stripe Tank. Like any designer piece worth its price tag, beauty is in the details: Accenting the finer, delicate features of your body is both sexy and feminine. We’re loving scoopnecks, the perfect style for highlighting your collarbone and elongating your neck. Try ecoSkin’s Hydra Top, Two Color Rugby Stripe Scoopneck Top from SPLENDID, or Ralph Lauren’s Modal-Cashmere Scoopneck Tee for a look that shows you off without showing too much. If your taste is more dramatic than demure, we recommend Rammy Brook’s DEBBY top. The charmeuse staple combines the airy flow of a summer tank with the daring plunge of a night-worthy neckline, while the high neck in back and careful front drapery keep it just right for the daylight hours.
Get back in touch with your inner child this summer by channeling this season’s whimsical inspiration: Rainbow Bright. Summer’s hottest bottoms are coming fast and fashionable in an assortment of colors, from muted rose to hot, hot pink. J Brand’s Cut-off Shorts come in five eye-popping varieties, while Forever 21’s short shorts have you (mostly!) covered, with faded denim cutoffs available in a trio of light, pastel shades. Skinny jeans are a great fit all year round, and the warmer months are a perfect excuse to experiment with a warmer color palette. Rag & Bone have a sweetly rose-toned skinny cigarette pant, Urban Outfitters offers a high-rise take on the look in berry, and for an even comfier fit with the skinny flair, we can’t wait to kick back in American Apparel’s Unisex Stretch Twill Slim Slack, carried in both hot + cold colors. Twill is our latest material of choice, great for those lazy days that mosey rather than move too quickly, and Forever 21’s Twill Joggers are right up our alley of relaxation. Ramy Brook’s Silk Stretch Charmeuse pants are a higher-end take on the jogger look, offered in the more understated options of mocha and fern.
There’s lots of crossover action going on in this season’s dress designs, and we want a piece of it! Both Edit and H&M are carrying dresses with the detailing of a great fitted shirt, replete with sleeveless button-up fronts and attached belts. We’re reaching for Phillip Lim’s Sleeveless Belted Patch Pocket Dress W/ Shirtail Hem, and H&M’s spin on the style, in either white or brown. Can’t decide which style suits you best? There’s always James & Joy’s Orange Convertible Dress, which goes both ways to equal fun and flirty effect: Pull the fitted bottom down for a sassy shift, or hike it up and pair over skinny jeans to wear as a loose, flowy top. For those whose style trends to the wild, jungle genre-bending is in: mix your maxis with fierce patterns, including Mink Pink’s Tribal Dancer Dress or TIBI’s Mosaic-print stretch-jersey maxi dress.
There’s only one way to move when your heels are strapped and styled in summer’s must-have sandals: sashay! Gladiators are still very much on-trend, but to more understated – and comfortable – effect. K.Jacques Suede Knot Sandal is a simple interpretation of the distinctly summer design, with a single strap around the heel and two encircling the front of the foot. A more open shoe, Endless’ Cocobelle Women’s Samuna Sandal puts a spin on traditional straps by twisting them over and around the big toe, while the crisscross design of Urban Outfitters’ Ecote Toehold Simple Gladiator Sandal keeps the detailing and definition of traditional Gladiators without restricting your foot.
Coco Chanel always said she never left the house without taking at least one item off – but she didn’t have accessories like these. We say, the more the merrier when it comes to Chan Luu: Layer the wrap bracelets for an exotic, beachy vibe, or wrap your wrists in a leather or intricately beaded cuff. Jill Heller Fine Jewelry is dedicated to bringing spiritual substance to the style of her Abundance bracelets – each sterling silver or gold-linked piece comes encased with a “scrolled mantra for abundance,” including instructions on how best to use the fashionable and wise words.
Any outfit, no matter the time of day, is ever complete without the right bag to complement, highlight, and pull everything together! For a comfy look, go for bags that, like your outfit, are less structured: CALYPSO St. Barth for Target’s Linen Tote is the perfect accessory for any relaxed beach-day wear, functionally sized and decorated with fun threaded detailing. CALYPSO’s Convertible Tote may be a little pricier, but it stands apart from the style pack as a study in daytime slouch chic.
When it comes to summer style, some of the staples that first come to mind are a chic bikini, breezy sundress, and great pair of sandals. But one of the most important accessories for summer is a perfect manicure and pedicure. We’ve picked the hottest polish colors and products to get your hands and feet looking their best this summer.
For the natural girl who likes a subtle, sheer shade, Essie’s Petal Pink is the perfect pale neutral. For more coverage, we also love Steady as She Rose, a pretty pale pinkish-purple, from OPI’s new “Pirates of the Carribean” collection. The chic Skull and Glossbones light gray is another easy-to-wear favorite.
If you’re looking for beachy brights, we love Essie’s Mod Squad pink. Too Too Hot from its new Braziliant collection is the perfect red with a hint of coral. (It looks great with a tan!) We’re also obsessed with the nautical-inspired Smooth Sailing, a light denim blue with just the right amount of sparkle. Teal nail polish is on-trend right now, so the matte Turquoise and Caicos by Essie is a great choice. Our Founder Melissa Meyers is sporting Lilacism,a bright Lilac, as her pedicure color of choice this summer.
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes have unique flat brushes that allow polish to go on smoothly and effortlessly, perfect for anyone who finds that her self-applications tend to be either streaky or bubbly. There are tons of great colors to choose from, such as Casting Call, a flattering pink coral for cool skin tones, or Fever, an orange coral ideal for warm skin tones.
If you’re a fan of classic red, Sally Hansen’s Runway Red-y can’t be beat, and neither can the drugstore prices! Both of these shades are summer limited editions (available at drugstores nationwide).
It’d be impossible to write a round-up of the best nail polish shades without including a product by Chanel. The intriguing Paradoxal is the perfect shade of deep purple (with a hint of sparkle that is only visible in direct light). This is a great color for all seasons.
A few new nail products have come out recently making at-home mani-pedis super easy. You can get a professional finish at home with Kiesque Liquid Palisade. It looks like lavendar liquid eyeliner, and you put it wherever you don’t want polish. It works as a shortcut for French manicures or trendy half-moon styles, or you can just put it on your cuticles and around your nail edges and peel it off when dry to reveal a perfect polish job.
Essie Quick-E Drying Drops might just be life changing. We’ve all tried so many top coats that claim to make polish dry faster, but none works as well as these drops. Plus, the dropper application spreads evenly and penetrates nail polish, causing it to dry almost instantly and leaving a great layer of shine.
Ever plan on getting a pedicure after work, only to realize you don’t have flip-flops to change into? Or wished you had a comfy pair of flats with you to relieve the pain of your sexy pumps? CitySlips CityFlips have you covered. This make-up case contains a pair of foldable flip-flops and doubles as a tote to carry your heels in. It’s easy to carry in your bag at all times. Now you won’t have to tip-toe around with wet toes in those salon-provided paper sandals.
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