Farmers markets, music festivals, sunny boardwalks. There are lots of things to love about spring and summer! With outdoor activities in abundance this season, a comfy pair of sandals should be at the top of your must-have list.
We love the Birkenstock Gizeh sandals not only for their tried-and-tested ergonomic footbed, but also for classic, effortless style. If you thought Birkenstocksandals were just for the hipper-surfer types, think again! Their great selection of bright colors and metallic finishes makes them the perfect mix of all-day comfort and wearable style for everyone.
Try a pair this spring and see why you'll want to live in them all season long!
Basta swimwear is designed for today’s modern woman. The collection offers bikinis and one-pieces that are fabricated from high quality fabrics that can endure a rough day in the ocean while still offering an indulgent feel on your skin. These reversible, seamless suits are built to last season after season.
The fabric plays an integral part in what makes Basta suits so amazing. Each suit is constructed with dual-lined fabric that provides superior support and flatters the body. Fine Italian fabric used on the outer layer lies beautifully and luxuriously on your form. This design concept results in swimwear styles that are perfect both in and out of the water, and Basta's funky color palette carries over into their playfully printed cover-ups and laidback pants and shorts that will get you home from the beach in style.
Basta wants to do their part to make this world a little better, so they donate part of every purchase to Global Water—a volunteer-based, international, non-profit humanitarian organization that provides safe water supplies, sanitation and hygiene facilities, and related health programs for rural villagers in developing countries. Their hangtags are made from 100% recyclable paper embedded with wildflower seed—save it, plant it, water it and watch it grow!
Basta is fashion, fit, and function combined. Whether you’re sporting a single style or mix and matching individual pieces, you are certain to find a suit that will fit perfectly and look amazing.
Every DIY bride knows that it’s all in the details, right down to your wedding-day beauty regimen. Your wedding will be one of the most photographed events of your life, so getting ready for those close-up moments is definitely worth the extra effort!
Here are some tips for putting your best face forward on the big day:
Practice makes perfect: Just like if you were to go to a makeup artist, it’s important to do a “trial run” for your day-of makeup look. You want to make sure everything looks natural and flawless, and that your makeup can withstand the entire day!
Skin Prep: To get the perfect canvas, great skincare is key. Treat yourself to weekly at-home facials prior to the wedding. Stress can cause flair ups, so make sure to take extra good care of your skin during the hectic planning phase- exfoliate daily, eat a nutrient-rich diet of fruits and veggies, get plenty of sleep, and drink LOTS of water!
More is NOT more! : Keep your makeup simple and natural. You want to enhance your natural beauty, not mask it behind layers of makeup. The key is to look like you, but better.
Don’t overdo the powder or you’ll risk looking lackluster. With a big powder brush, lightly dust a sheer finishing powder to seal your foundation.
A few strategic strokes of highlighter/luminizer in the inner corners of your eyes, brow bone and along the cheekbones goes a long way in making you look fresh and glowing. Don’t go shimmer-crazy or you could end up looking like a disco ball in your photos!
Check out some of our bridalbeauty picks below to help you look picture-perfect on the big day:
"Estée was an incredible role model. She taught me the importance of passion, style, hard work, family, and, of course, all things beautiful. Her dream to make women feel beautiful and special still lives on today. My vision is to create a beauty and lifestyle brand shaped for my generation and those to follow." -Aerin Lauder
AERIN is a global lifestyle brand inspired by the founder's signature, effortless style. The brand's goal is to enable women to feel confident and beautiful by creating high quality products, reflective of Lauder's personal ease and sophistication, in the beauty, fashion accessories, and home decor categories. AERIN has a distinctly modern feel that speaks to women with busy lives who are inspired by fashion and creativity.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications, she began her career at Estée Lauder in 1992 and held various executive roles including Senior Vice President and Creative Director. She maintains her role as Style and Image Director for Estée Lauder.
The dress. The dancing. The date. Prom is one of those life events that bring up lots of fond memories. It’s a time to get dolled up, have fun on the dance floor with your friends and create memories to last a lifetime. With such a momentous occasion at hand, the dress is definitely an essential element to the evening.
We asked the two fashion mavens to spill some details about their own proms and what made the night special:
What was the most memorable part of your high school prom?
Rachel: Letting loose with my friends and classmates made the night most memorable, but also winning senior prom queen was a second close memory.
Liz:The most memorable part of my prom was our after-party. We had a huge celebration at my friend's house and invited all of our classmates. It was just a fun night and it was wonderful to spend it with everyone.
What did you wear? If you could have a “do over”, what would you change about your prom look?
Rachel: I wore this gorgeous A-line chiffon, sequined black dress that I bought 5 months before prom! I also spent a whole week just getting made up for prom: tanning, eyebrows, nails, everything. I looked so awful and so overdone! If I could do it over again, I would say stay simple and not stress about the night.
Liz:I wore a gold lace dress that was shorter in the front and longer in the back. I did a smokey eye and had a totally stiff prom up-do. The only thing I would change would be my hair. If I did prom over, I would wear my hair loose and natural, none of that cemented to my scalp with 10 bottles of hairspray nonsense.
Rachel: It would be a super minimalist dress with a sexy silhouette. Maybe something with a high neck and lots of shoulder showing, and an A-line that hits at the calf.
Liz: I would create something very flowing with lots of movement and it would definitely be metallic. I would love to see a beautiful metallic gown for prom.
Since you ladies live in Los Angeles, describe what a great pre-prom and post-prom day in L.A. would look like…:
Rachel: Pre-prom is all about pampering yourself. I'd probably spend the whole day at a Korean spa getting a scrub and massage with a close friend. The day after prom is recovering after all that dancing! A late lunch in the sun with all of your girlfriends is a fun way to reminisce yester-memories.
Liz:The day would start with brunch, followed by manis and pedis with your girlfriends. Next, everyone would pile into one car and drive to the MAC store for makeup appointments. After getting dressed and ready, everyone would go to the meet-up house for pre-prom celebrations. After prom it's inevitable that you'll end up cruising PCH or Sunset Blvd. followed by the up-all-night after-party.
What is your ultimate slow dance song?
Rachel: “Suga Suga” by Baby Bash
Liz:"Come Undone" by Duran Duran.
… and your ultimate “dance like no one’s watching” song?
Rachel: It's super cheesy, but it's “Since You Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. In my defense, any other hip hop song gets me in the mood to dance, but it's all in the groove. When Kelly's song comes on, like, I wouldn't want anyone watching me dance to that song!
The Sak footwear collectionstands out in its use of natural materials, beautiful wovens and fabric colors and a bohemian-inspired design palette.
Friends from childhood, Mark Talucci and Todd Elliott both grew up overseas. Their love for finding and importing unique textiles was drawn from going to local hippie fairs in places like Brazil and Mexico, where Mark lived most of childhood. Both unenthused by their lackluster corporate jobs after college, Mark and Todd found inspiration during a trip to Bali, Indonesia in 1989 where they were intrigued by the extraordinary objects and artisan fabrics they discovered. Both natural entrepreneurs, Mark with a degree in engineering and Todd in business administration, they decided to start a business importing these "found treasures" from overseas to their hometown in San Francisco.
yogitoes was founded in 2003 with the creation of Skidless®—an invention that solved the yogi’s dilemma of slipping on their mat while practicing yoga. Founder Susan Nichols’ patented Skidless design is a super absorbent microfiber towel with “dots that grip so you don’t slip.” Since then, yogitoes has continued to create innovative products that have come from need and inspiration to help yoga practitioners of all levels and yoga styles grow their practice. yogitoes’ company culture is deeply rooted in sustainable practices; all yoga tools are made with a high composition of recycled materials, including recycled plastic bottles, recycled rubber, repurposed rice husk, and recycled EVA foam. yogitoes’ signature Skidless yoga towel is made with 50 percent recycled polyester, each towel incorporating eight recycled bottles. To date, yogitoes has converted and saved 1.4 million recycled plastic bottles that would have ended up in oceans and landfills. All dyes used by yogitoes are heavy metal, azo and lead free, which is better for the health of factory workers, consumers and the environment. Packaging is minimalistic and made out of recycled or FSC certified paper. yogitoes’ ongoing commitment to mindful, socially conscious practices transcends all aspects of operations.
You’re fast asleep in your warm, cozy bed, then, like a rude jolt, the alarm clock buzzes in your ear. It’s time to hit that morning run you’ve been putting off for weeks…
If this scenario is part of your new fitness routine, consider rewarding yourself a dose of lively color with bright running shoes! There’s just something about a cool pair of shoes that makes even those pre-sunrise runs a little more fun and vibrant.
Check out a few bright and colorful picks from our great selection of running shoes for every type of runner.