My Style // Going Green



dress: Calvin Klein (worn more casually with denim here) | 
sweater: Target (other colors here) | 
sandals: Audrey Brook via DSW (also worn with a sweet pink frock, a striped maxi, and a simple denim number) |
tote: Michael Kors
sunnies: Aldo
scarf + jewelry: gifted




 I adore this simple, brightly striped Calvin Klein dress. It is cheery enough for spring and summer days, it's uber comfy and it can be easily dressed up with heels or dressed down with flats. I have worn it for meetings, to the office, to a wine festival, to dinner--literally everywhere! These are the kinds of pieces I absolutely love to have in my closet. 

What's your go-to piece that just works for any and every occasion?



How to // Stay Style Savvy in the Summer Sun



We all know the sun is harshest in the summer--and that is particularly bothersome for a girl with eczema, as heat makes the rash and itching about 1000x worse! So while it is paramount for me to know how how to stay stylish and protect my skin in the summer sun, it is still important for every girl to do the same. 

The above is an example of a style savvy summer outfit with sun protection superpowers. A tunic dress is perfect for covering sensitive areas of the upper body like the neck, shoulders and cleavage; and when it's in a light airy fabric, you'll still feel perfectly cool. A panama hat protects your scalp and face--and one with a wider brim could even help to protect your neck. And of course, fabulous sunnies provide even more protection for your face against the sun. If you need more protection for the lower part of your body, simply sub the tunic dress for a maxi dress, and you're good to go! And finally, make sure you have a tote large enough for all your style savvy essentials, including sunblock and lip balm.



And here are a few posh beauty tips to keep in mind before you head out for a day in the summer sun:

Hydrate - You've obviously heard this before, but I'm going to reiterate it again: hydrate hydrate hydrate. Water is your skin's best friend. It helps it to remain elastic and to repair itself from the inside out. If you're going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time, start drinking water the night before. If you're going to be consuming alcohol at a bbq, or a wine festival or on vacation, be sure to drink water in between each of your other beverages so that your body doesn't dry out. 

Moisturize - Your moisturizing should also start the night before you're going to be out in the sun. Grease up with a heavier oil or cream, like raw Shea butter, vitamin E oil, coconut oil, or your favorite body butter right before bed, so that it has time to sink into your skin. Then the next morning, apply a lighter lotion (Borage or Cetaphil for eczema), since you don't want to apply heavy oils right before going outside--they would essentially bake your skin!

Use SPF - Apply SPF generously before leaving home, and repeatedly throughout the day. I like to layer mine--especially on my face and neck. My facial moisturizer (Ambi Even & Clear Daily Moisturizer) contains SPF 15, my favorite BB Cream (Maybelline Dream Fresh) has SPF 30, and I add another light SPF (Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 70) to all of my skin before leaving home. I know, my sunblock situation is so serious! You may not need to be quite this diligent, but everyone should definitely use at least one layer of SPF daily in the summer. And if you're a fellow eczema sufferer, spray on SPF tends to have a higher concentration of alcohol, so avoid them if you can. They're going to dry out your skin, which is the reverse of what you'll want. 

Have a skin issue other than eczema? HSN has a fantastic page on their site that allows you to shop skincare by type of problem. Whether you're dealing with dry skin, oily skin, wrinkles or acne, they make it easy for you to find the products that can help. 


Have a tip you'd like to add to this list? Let's hear it! Do share in the comments below. 




Style Savvy Home // Workspace Update



When I was in high school I re-arranged and redecorated my bedroom probably monthly; in college, I think I made changes around once per quarter. As an adult, I have mixed things up less frequently, but the desire still hits me now and then to do something to change the energy in my space and breathe in some new life! I've been in my condo for about three years now, and it was starting to feel like it needed a bit of an update. So I spent last weekend re-organizing several of the rooms, including my bedroom--and specifically, my workspace (which I shared photos of in a previous post--you can see the original styling here). 





I used the same major pieces of furniture--my "love" desk that I found on Craigslist, and my fantastic Staples find of a chair--but I changed out some of the items on top of the desk and made them much more minimal so that I have more space to work when I'm busy; I realized I needed more storage space for business supplies, and paperwork etc, so I added a bookshelf; and I fell in love at very first sight with an uber luxe Zoe Collection rug that I spotted at Marshall's--I had to have it. 

So now, my space feels really refreshed and I feel like my creative energy has been reinvigorated! This is a space where I am so excited to work! 

How do you infuse new life into your space when you need a a change, or to get your creative juices flowing?


3 Super Cute Non-Traditional Sleepwear Options






A frequent challenge that a lot of women run into is how to stay comfortable when lounging around the house with their man without slumping into sweats; and how to still look attractive to their mate without being oversexed in lingerie. A fun option that I've found is to take items that would normally be every day wear, and turn them into pajamas--like these 3 super cute rompers. Since they're meant to be worn in public, they are vibrant and playful; but in loose jersey knits they're also going to be oh so comfortable for around the house. And, since they are shorts rompers, and not underwear or nighties, there's no need to worry about your um... *cough cough* falling out, as it was so eloquently and bluntly put by one of my girlies. 

What say you: rompers/playsuits as loungewear--win/win, right?


p.s. Looking for custom options for your unique style dilemma? Hit me up here. I'd love to work with you!



Posh Product Review: Honey Pot Fresh





AB Guest Post
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I’ll start by saying that this was quite a different product review. I am used to receiving natural hair products, bath and body products, and makeup to review. But the team at Honey Pot Fresh sent me over a sample of their Lavender Feminine Wash for my “honey pot”! Beatrice Dixon developed this product to prevent vaginal infection, encourage pH balance, and aid natural vaginal immunity with 100% Natural Plant-Based Ingredients.

Features & Benefits:

· Achieve a Healthier, Happier, Cleaner, Honey Pot in 4 Weeks

· Keeps the vagina fresh and clean, omits odor

· Prevents vaginal infections and balance insufficiencies such as Candidiasis, Bacteria Vaginosis and Urinary Infections

· Promotes pH Balance, which helps restore moisture and helps to relieve dryness.

· Aids in Natural Vaginal Immunity.


My Experience:

I must say that I was excited when I read the product label and could pronounce all of the ingredients. I am aware of the ingredients I use on almost every other part of my body--why not check out what I wash my lady parts with? I used the product for three weeks: it lathered really well and I experienced absolutely no irritation. My own “honey pot” was left feeling clean and refreshing. And I would imagine that this product would leave your honey pot amazingly clean during your cycle as well. I think this is a great product to try and I definitely recommend that you check it out!

The Honey Pot is available for $14.99 at www.thehoneypot.co and $9.99 at WholeFoods.



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