27Jul

Top 5 Summer Totes

These totes aren’t made out of straw, so they’re easy to clean and pack in your suitcase. My favorite is the Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Shopper, $58 at ShopBop.com or Bloomingdale’s. It’s thin and flexible, so you can fold it and put it on your suitcase easily. Plus it comes in stripes – navy and white (my favorite), yellow and white – and lots of fun prints, too.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Shopper is a great beach tote.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Shopper

The Trina Turk Towel Tote, $145 at Bloomingdale’s, is another great option. I love the print and the size. You can really fit a lot in there! It comes in white and clear and hot pink and clear.

This Trina Turk Towel Tote is perfect for the beach.

Trina Turk Towel Tote

The Kate Spade Daycation Tote is cute and versatile. You could easily use this for work or as a weekend bag.

The Kate Spade Daycation Tote is perfect for the beach.

Kate Spade Daycation Tote

This Lauren by Ralph Lauren Harbor Island Beach Bag is preppy and adorable, available in navy and red. It will look great with a pair of torn denim shorts and a bikini top! You can find it at Lord & Taylor for $98.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Harbor Island Beach Bag

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Harbor Island Beach Bag

The See by Chloe Tote comes in a fun animal print in beige and black and fuchsia and black. Because of the colors, it’s not seasonal, so you can use it throughout the year. It’s $105 at Bloomingdale’s.

This See by Chloe Tote is the perfect tote for beach or work.

See by Chloe Tote

19Jul

Best Summer Travel Products

Looking good while traveling is easy if you have these amazing products! Whether you’re at the airport or a pool party, these chic accessories and beauty products will help you stay fabulous on-the-go.

Smythson of Bond Street Passport Holder

The Smythson of Bond Street Passport Holder is a chic way to carry your passport while traveling.

Smythson of Bond Street Passport Holder

Love the gold accents!

CitySlips

CitySlips are a great travel accessory.

CitySlips portable flats

These portable flats fold up into a cute little pouch, which unfolds into a tote when the flats aren’t inside. They’re sturdy enough to take you sightseeing and small enough to stash in your purse!

Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid Kit

This Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid Kit

Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid Kit

Keep your hair protected from sun and chlorine damage. These products can prevent and repair damage.

Benefit Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15

Benefit Benetint Lip Balm has SPF 15.

Benefit Benetint Lip Balm with SPF 15

This lip blam is tinted and as SPF 15, making it perfect for light lip color during the day or at a pool party.

Prescriptives Anywear Multipurpose Makeup Stick

This makeup stick by prescriptives is a great travel beauty product.

Prescriptives Anywear Multipurpose Makeup Stick

This is the perfect product to carry at all times! Great for touch ups under the eyes, blemishes or full foundation.

14Jul

Top U.S.Travel Destinations 2011

Virtuoso’s Luxe Report revealed the top domestic travel destinations for 2011. Hawaii dominated the list, demonstrating US traveler’s need for exotic island vacations in 2011!

1. Maui, Hawaii

The Four Seasons Resort Maui is one of the islands best luxury hotels.

Four Seasons Resort Maui

What has been recognized as the “Best Island in the World” 16 years in a row (out of 23) by the Conde Nast Reader’s Poll. So it’s no surprise this amazing island took the top spot as most sought after destination of 2011! Not only is it a great leisure destination, but offers adventure activities as well. Whale watching, exploring active volcanoes, water sports, golf and more can be found on the islands of Hawaii.

2. New York City

Hotel Plaza Athenee is one of New York City's best hotels.

Hotel Plaza Athenee

In 2010, NYC drew in 43 million tourists. That’s a 7% increase from 2009. It’s possible that 2011 may hit 50 million tourists. It makes sense that NYC tourism is doing so well in this economy because it offers plenty of things to do, is within driving distance for a good amount of people on the east coast, and it’s larger-than-life attitude can be just as thrilling as the exotic Maui!

3. Las Vegas

The Bellagio is a luxury hotel in Las Vegas

Bellagio Las Vegas

It seems like the perfect place to let off some steam. Casinos, nightlife, shopping, and shows are the main attractions. Summer is great for Vegas pool parties too.

4. Napa Valley

Auberge du Soleil is a luxurious hotel in Napa Valley.

Auberge du Soleil

Napa draws over 5 million tourists every year. People come to visit wineries and take in the beautiful landscape. Plus, you can stop by San Francisco (#5) on the way.

5. Orlando

Disney World is a popular tourist attraction in Orlando, Florida

Disney World

Disney travel is huge, and with new renovations this year, exciting for many.

6. San Francisco

The W Hotel in San Francisco is a popular luxury hotel.

W Hotel San Francisco

People come to San Francisco for the food, architecture, art, and entertainment. It’s a great place for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. San Francisco is to the west coast what NYC is to the east coast – a great weekend spot that’s not too far, but you still feel like you’re going on a substantial vacation.

7. Colorado Mountains

The Ritz Carlton Vail is a new luxury hotel in Vail.

Ritz Carlton Vail

The Rockies are really popular during the winter and early spring for skiing and snowboarding. There are lots of great resort towns, like Vail, Aspen, and Steamboat Springs.

8. Big Island, Hawaii

The Fairmont Orchid on Big Island, Hawaii, is a popular luxury hotel.

Fairmont Orchid

The second Hawaiian island to make the top 10, Big Island is (as it’s name might suggest) the largest. It’s also an active volcanic site, which is one of its biggest attractions.

9. Maimi

The Gansevoort is a luxury hotel in South Beach, Miami.

Gansevoort

Another great place to go for a long weekend and have some fun. Relax on the beach during the day and enjoy the South Beach scene at night!

10. Kauai, Hawaii

The St. Regis Princeville is a popular luxury hotel in Kauai, Hawaii.

St. Regis Princeville

The third and final Hawaiian island on the list…Kauai is the oldest and has been featured in over 70 Hollywood movies. Directors can’t get enough of the beautiful landscapes of Kauai!

12Jul

Resort 2012 Trend: Black & White

Classic BLACK & WHITE can never be wrong. Designers put a fun, modern spin on this timeless color combo. Alice + Olivia, Versace, and 3.1 Philip Lim created some of my favorite BLACK & WHITE outfits! The Versace dress and almost all of the Alice + Olivia collection managed to combine this trend with another – NEON!

This outfit from 3.1 Philip Lim followed the popular black and white trend for Resort 2012.

3.1 Philip Lim Resort 2012

This white and black dress from the Versace Resort 2012 collection was a popular trend.

Versace Resort 2012

The black and white trend continues with this dress from the Versace Resort 2012 collection.

Versace Resort 2012

This white skirt and black top from the Alice + Olivia Resort 2012 collection follows the pouplar black and white trend that was predominant throughout the Resort 2012 shows.

Alice + Olivia Resort 2012

12Jul

Resort 2012 Trend: Neon

NEON was another fun Resort 2012 trend. From full on neon outfits to pops of color paired with neutrals, neon was all over the runways! Lots of fuschia, yellow, bright blue and lime green brightened up traditional white lace and khaki-filled resort collections. I think my favorite is the lime green dress by Elie Saab.

The Elie Saab Resort 2012 collection included a neon dress, one of the Resort 2012 trends.

Elie Saab Resort 2012

The Giambattista Valli Resort 2012 collection included a neon yellow maxi dress and jacket.

Giambattista Valli Resort 2012

This neon yellow outfit from the Christopher Kane Resort 2012 collection was part of the Resort 2012 neon trend.

Christopher Kane Resort 2012

This outfit from the Celine Resort 2012 follows the Resort 2012 neon trend.

Celine Resort 2012

12Jul

Resort 2012 Trend: Lace

Another favorite Resort 2012 trend was LACE.  The BCBG and McQueen are great for summer parties, but you can definitely pull off the Behnaz Sarafpour at the office!

One trend for Resort 2012 was white lace, like this BCBG Max Azria dress.

BCBG Max Azria Resort 20212

One Resort 2012 trend is lace, like this top and pants outfit from the Bahnaz Sarafpour Resort 2012 collection.

Behnaz Sarafpour Resort 2012

This white lace skirt from the McQueen Resort 2012 was a popular Resort 2012 trend.

McQueen Resort 2012

White lace was a big trend for Resort 2012, including this dress from the McQueen Resort 2012 collection.

McQueen Resort 2012


12Jul

Resort 2012 Trend: Red

Over 200 designers presented resort collections this year, and they did not disappoint! One of my favorite trends was bright red. Most were sleek and structured, like the Elie Saab and Valentino pictured below. Those are perfect choices for a cocktail party, dinner, or night out on the town in whatever glamorous destination you find yourself this summer. The more bohemian BCBG Max Azria dress is great for day or night at a beach bar or pool party.

One of the top Resort 2012 trends was red, like this Elie Saab Resort 2012 dress.

Elie Saab Resort 2012 Red Dress

One of the top Resort 2012 trends was red, like this BCBG Max Azria Resort 2012 dress.

BCBG Max Azria Resort 2012

This red Valentino Resort 2012 dress was part of the popular red dress trend.

Valentino Resort 2012

This red Valentino Resort 2012 pantsuit was part of a popular red trend.

Valentino Resort 2012