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Gifts for your BFF

This Sunday, August 3rd is International Friendship Day, a lesser-known, but nonetheless important day to honor the BFF (best friend forever) and the absolute necessity of this thing we call friendship. 

So why not invite your BFF, a long-lost friend or that college buddy you’ve been meaning to catch up with, for coffee or brunch this Sunday?

Even better, show them a little token of appreciation with one of these lovely “just because you’re awesome” gifts below.

Cheers to life-long friendships!

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1. Chan Luu 3-Pack Paper Friendship Bead Bracelets

2. Betsey Johnson Cashmere & Silk Blend Pashmina

3. Alex and Ani Best Friends Set of 2 Charm Bangles

4. Dogeared “Best. Friend. Ever.” Pyramid Heart Necklace

5. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh Spray

6. Archipelago Botanicals Mason Jar Candle

7. Dogeared “Pearls of Friendship” Necklace

 

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New Brand Spotlight: bernie mev.

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In 2000, Bernie met his match, a man named Itamar Carmi who was as fresh and energetic as Bernie. Itamar owned Medici Shoe Stores, a privately owned retail business with five locations in the New York area that specialized in imported Italian labels. When Bernie and Itamar came together they soon produced shoes in accordance with their shared high standards of excellence.

Itamar quickly brought a vision of his to life; it was a groundbreaking technology in the form of an expandable, handwoven memory foam footbed. It included innovative color combinations and patterns in a wide array of shoe styles from high wedges to ballerina flats.

Bernie Mev footwear is taking the shoe industry by storm with its unique designs and extremely comfortable shoes. Itamar and his wife personally choose all of the fabrics and design all of the patterns. The rest of the recipe includes a hands-on management style, a great office staff, and a crackerjack team of sales associates. “We have designed a whole new line for our 2014 collection,” said Rachel Carmi. “It's definitely Bernie Mev at its best.” Every woman needs a pair of Mevs in her closet!

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Summer Vacation Essentials

Vacations are awesome, but let’s face it, sometimes the transit to and from your destination can be far from a day at the beach. The good news is there are plenty of items you can pack in your travel bags to make the journey to your blissful summer getaway as stress-free and comfortable as possible.

Below are just a few of our travel must-haves for any warm-weather getaway:

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1. LAmade Convertible Tube Dress/ Maxi Skirtthe perfect multitasker to pack for warm destinations.

2. Ray-Ban Aviator Polarized Flash Lenses – a timeless pair of sunglasses that goes with everything? Yup, a total must.

3. Yosi Samra “Samara” Cap Toe Foldable Flats – the perfect shoe to carry around to give your feet a break from uncomfortable heels. Also great for getting in and out of the security lines!

4. San Diego Hat Company Mixed Braid Large Brim Floppy Hatthis blocks your face from the harsh sun AND covers up any hair woes!

5. Supergoop Everyday SPF 30 Sunscreena must for every day and especially when you’re out and about more than usual!

6. Herschel Supply Co. Packable Travel Tote Bag – for when you purchase more souvenirs than you anticipated!

7. Alternative “Relay” Raglan Hoodie – don’t get caught in a cold plane cabin without this versatile layering essential!

8. COOLA Suncare Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint Lip Balm –airplane cabins are notoriously drying, so keep this handy in your bag at all times!

9. Eagle Creek Pack-It™ Sac Medium – keep all your travel essentials like snacks, chargers and medicine close at hand and all in one place.

10. Sam Edelman “Gigi” Sandals – this super-wearable sandal goes with everything!

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Fresh Picks: Summer Makeup

The key to heatproof, humidity-proof summer makeup is simple: less is more. By keeping your makeup light, you’re saving yourself the inevitable face meltdown later in the day!

Below are a few of our summer beauty favorites, from bold summer hues to makeup staples that will not only stand up to the summer heat, but also keep you looking fuss-free and fresh-faced all season long.

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1. Essie “Haute in the Heat” Nail Polishthis hot guava pink really packs a punch!

2. Cargo Better-Than-Waterproof™ Mascara- apply one coat for a natural, wide-eyed look without smudging or flaking.

3. Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer-  fake a sunkissed glow (and more defined cheekbones) with this long-lasting bronzer!

4. LORAL PRO Matte Lip Color in Corala matte bold lip is an easy way to make a statement without a lot of work involved!

5. purminerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blushlonger lasting that traditional powder blush, a sheer cream blush adds a natural flush to the apples of the cheek.

6. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner- for a bolder eye look without the fuss, smudge this on along the lashline for a soft smokey eye!

7. Stila Stay All Day Prime and Anti-Shine Balm- banish T-zone oil slicks and soften the appearance of pores & imperfections with this silky primer.

8. Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm- even out your complexion with this ingenious multitasker that also packs a powerful SPF 30 for one-step perfection in a snap!

9. Butter London Lippy Liquid Lipstick in “Tea with the Queen” – this soft peach looks great on every skin tone.

 

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Day-to-Night Style: Summer Dresses & Shorts

Unless you’re part of a very small percentage of women who are blessed with unlimited closet space (P.S. we’re very jealous of you if you belong in that set!), chances are that a versatile wardrobe stands pretty high up on your shopping priority list.

That’s why we’re all about pieces that multitask—going from day to night with a mere swap of accessories & shoes! We take two of the summer’s most essential closet staples, the summer dress and shorts, to show you how easy it can be to get the most mileage out of these beloved pieces.

Who doesn’t love clothes that work overtime? We definitely do!

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Featured styles:

NIC+ZOE “Indian Summer” Mosaic Dress

 

(Day)

MICHAEL Michael Kors MK Plate Thong Sandal

Big Buddha “Adria” Bag

 

(Night)

COACH “Raven” D’Orsay Pumps

BCBGMAXAZRIA “Harlow” Signature Envelope Clutch

 

 

Nanette Leport “Caravan” Shorts

 

(Day)

Splendid Indigo Dye Shirt Tank

Soludos Wedge Sandal

Rebecca Minkoff Medium Mab Tote

 

(Night)

BCBGMAXAZRIA “Alessandra” Draped Front Top

House of Harlow 1960 Textured Link Necklace

BCBGMAXAZRIA “Polaris” Sandals

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Quilted Affair Crossbody

 

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4 Essential Summer Pieces from KAS New York

Known for their impeccable use of exotic print and colors, KAS New York designs clothes that are destined to become the centerpieces of your summer wardrobe.

Below are four easy-to-wear staples from KAS that add a vibrant, bohemian-inspired vibe to your warm-weather ensembles:

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1. “Zena” Pull Over with Cross Back

2. “Anthovia” High Low Dress

3. “Julie” Pant

4. “Natalya” Kaftan with Embellishments

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Designer Picks: Mara Hoffman

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You’re known for your vibrant, globally-inspired prints and bold hues. Where do you gather inspiration for such amazing and unmistakable designs?

M: Travel is a huge source of inspiration for me. As is nature and the spiritual world.


Speaking of cool prints, any tips on how to pull off the whole mixing prints trend cohesively?

M: If you’re going to mix prints, one tip is to mix a larger print with a smaller print so you’re not competing with two large prints together. It’s also nice to mix solids in!

 

When you go on summer getaways, what are some wardrobe essentials that you always pack?

M: I always pack an assortment of cover ups and colorful sarongs to use as anything from a beach blanket to a turban to a wrap.

MARA'S PICKS:

1. Mara Hoffman Fitted Tank Maxi Dress

2. Mara Hoffman V-Wire Maxi Dress

3. Mara Hoffman Backless Gown

4. Mara Hoffman Easy Dress

5. Mara Hoffman Long Sleeve Fitted Mini Dress

6. Mara Hoffman Poncho

7. Mara Hoffman Cut Out Mini

8. Mara Hoffman Tank Maillot

9. Mara Hoffman Ruched Side Bottom

10.Mara Hoffman Strappy Bandeau Top

11. Mara Hoffman Classic Bottom


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Buyer Picks: Mercedes

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What are some of your go-to pieces for staying cool in the summer while looking work appropriate?

M: Dresses carry me through these hot Las Vegas summers! I’m all about a fun feminine print with color. I love the duality of either wearing a bold dress with simple shoes and accessories with or wearing a beautiful basic dress and pulling it together with more statement accents!

What are some of your can’t-live-without accessories this season?

M: Year-round, I cannot live without sunglasses!  I love how the right pair can completely bring your outfit together. Whether it’s a fun and brightly colored pair for a fun day at the beach/pool or a more classic, put-together pair--- sunglasses are my absolute favorite accessories!

Describe your perfect day-to-night ensemble.

M: My perfect day-to-night outfit will always consist of a nice pair of dark denim with a basic top, which can then be dressed up with jewelry and beautiful shoes for the evening.

Mercedes' Picks:

1. Ted Baker "Safiya" Dress

2. Mara Hoffman "Easy" Dress

3. Tolani "Madison" Tunic Dress

4. BCBGMAXAZRIA "Sharon" Layered Dress

5. BCBGMAXAZRIA Demi Shift Dress

6. Rebecca Taylor "Railroad" Dress

7. Le Specs "Runaways Luxe" Sunglasses

8. Wildfox "Cruiser" Sunglasses

9. Rachel Pally "Rib Ramita" Top

10. BCBGMAXAZRIA "Karyn" Sleeveless T-Shirt

11. AG "The Prima" Mid-Rise Cigarette Jeans

12. Kendra Scott "Sky" Earrings

13. BCBGMAXAZRIA "Sophie" Envelope Clutch

14. Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip Crossbody

15. L.A.M.B. "Summer" Wedge Sneakers

16. Ted Baker "Elvena" Pumps