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Filtering by Tag: summer look

Romping Around

Nikki Schuster

While most people are dreaming of cozy, cooler weather outfits, I am still praying Mother Nature forgets to Fall. That being said, while everyone else it out shopping the new Fall items, I am still perusing the summer sales; and what better way to transition my summer sets to Autumn attire than to LAYER pieces! ;) 

For summer, I've styled this Gentle Fawn Romper (From Ku De Tawith an Hermes enamel bracelet (SIMILAR, SIMILAR, SIMILAR) and a double strand, stone necklace from Ku De Ta. It is such an easy outfit to run around in and can be dressed up with heels or kept casual with flats. I love these Gladiator Flats as a stylish way to make any summer outfit pop!

I am a sucker for anything open-back but in order to wear that style, I've got to bring in reinforcements. Good thing I am the self-proclaimed queen of "boob tape" and "nipple petals"; I literally live in the reusable Silicone Cover-Ups from Hollywood. In fact, I wear them so often that I am known to go months without wearing a real bra. I used to be a fan of the No Show Concealers from Hollywood, which I still dabble in but they are not reusable so I blow through them pretty quickly. Both options are 100% discreet and do not show any marks underneath your clothing; even under silk tops/dresses!

This time, however, I actually tried out the Gentle Fawn Bralette, instead of boob tape. I bought mine at Ku De Ta and it is a braless babes dream! Bralettes are the best thing that have happened to me since training bras! They meet all my criteria: barely there, lace-y, sexy, comfortable and care free!

For those of you with a larger chest, that are afraid of bralettes and boob tape for fear of the fashion faux pas that might ensue, Hollywood also sells Secret Breast Lift Tape. If you have used it or you get the urge to try it after reading this, let me know how it works!! I have so many friends with big boobs, looking for the perfect solution to their open back beauties!! 

The Fashion Tape from Hollywood is also a lifesaver! It comes in a small tin case and it fits perfectly in any purse or clutch. I use the tape at work to make my low cut outfits appropriate; I use it to keep my baby boobies in my shirts; I even use it to temporarily tailor pants or shorten dresses/skirts. In fact, if you see me and Keegan at a wedding, we are most likely both held together with tape. He always forgets to tailor his pants and I always go braless.

To style this outfit for Fall, I add my beloved Perfext leather jacket (completely sold out, but see HERE for similar) and a chokeret voila! I am ready for cooler weather...or a least a little cooler. 

I am obsessed with the story behind this choker from www.psykdesign.com: I purchased mine at Ku De Ta in Chestnut Hill and they had four different styles each with their own meaning and empowering message behind them:

TURQUOISE: "For hundreds of years, turquoise has been believed to give the wearer strength and protection from harm and negative energy. wear this necklace not as a source of strength and protection, but as a reminder that you have the strength within you to protect yourself from whatever may try to deter your path to success"

PINK OPAL: "As a stone of peace, hope, and healing, pink opal has been valued as a good luck charm ever since the time of ancient Romans. Wear this necklace not as a source of peace, hope, or healing, but as a reminder that you can bring these virtues to the world and to yourself."  

BLUE AGATE: "Throughout history, many cultures have valued blue agate as a calming stone used to relieve feelings of anxiety and anger. Wear this necklace not as a source of tranquility, but as a reminder that you have the power within you to dissipate any anxiety or anger you may feel."

BLACK PYRITE: "For centuries, black pyrite has been believed to enhance a spirit of boldness and confidence in the wearer. Wear this necklace not as a source of boldness and confidence, but as a reminder that you have the power within you to be bold and confident in any situation." 

I absolutely love the message they offer because it is not about sitting idly by and allowing an object to provide you with the courage, strength, tranquility or luck necessary to be happy or successful. Instead, it encourages woman to find the courage, strength, tranquility or luck within themselves. Today, we are all looking for that quick fix, but what we should all strive for is the ability to provide ourselves with what we need. 

And as if Psyk. Design doesn't get any better, their slogan is "fuel yourself. fuel others." and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the organization Days for Girls, a non-for-profit that provides young girls around the world with the proper personal hygiene products to eliminate absenteeism in schools where young girls are forced to stay home when they get their period because they don't have access to the right products. 

So empower yourself, empower others, let your bra hang out, let your boobs roam free and hold onto summer and bright colors just a little longer!!

 

 

Floral Crop Top

Nikki Schuster

I leave Thursday for one of my best friend's Bachelorette party. I am hosting in Nantucket so I am heading down early to prepare the house for our lovely group of bridesmaids! Because I am leaving early and have lots of errands to run, I started packing last night. As I mentioned in "June 24th, 2016: Off the Shoulder" I have many packing hacks that I live by and one is packing in outfits! That being said, this outfit is definitely coming with! 

Stay tuned for more information about what we have planned and what I'll be wearing this weekend!

PS: I've copy/pasted the Packing Hacks below - stop over-packing and follow the hacks that I live by! Also feel free to comment with your packing hacks - the more the merrier! 

THE OUTFIT

TOP: Nanette Lepore I got this at TJMaxx a year ago so it is obviously sold out but I have found adorable floral crops at Forever 21 click HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE! Also click HERE and HERE for similar!

SHORTS: Theory from last year but check out HERE and HERE for similar and HERE for Theory shorts that are just adorable!

SHOES: Chloe I got these in college but they have the best shoes and some are even on sale! Check out HERE, HERE and HERE for similar Chloe wedges!!

PACKING HACKS:

 If you are like me and need to minimize the clutter, take a look below at some of my packing hacks:

PACK IN OUTFITS: This means coordinating an outfit for each day and a separate outfit for the night. 

PACK AN EXTRA OUTFIT: Packing in outfits can be hard if you do not know what your plans is, so prepare by bringing one extra day outfit and one extra night outfit. 

DOUBLE DUTY: It helps to bring an article of clothing that can work double duty and be worn casually during the day and then dressed up at night...this article is especially helpful for that "Extra Outfit". Examples:

WHITE PANTS: I always bring a pair of white pants because they are the best option for "Double Duty". You can wear them with a casual shirt for the daytime and then swap the casual shirt for a blouse or layer the casual shirt with a great blazer for the nighttime. 

BLAZER: I have a leather blazer with fringe that I wear pretty much all the time. It is another great option for "Double Duty". I can wear it over a casual day dress and add heals for the day-to-night look. Or I can throw it on over my jeans shorts and t-shirt, add open toed shoes and I'm ready for the bars!

SKIP THE WORKOUT CLOTHES: Let's be honest...you aren't going to workout...and if you really want to, go for a walk on the beach!

BUY MINI TOILETRY BOTTLES: I can't stress this enough. You should always have containers (clearly labeled) filled with your favorite products. This includes hairspray, deodorant, mini toothbrush/toothpaste, samples of your favorite make up, body lotion, face lotion, etc. This is great to have on-call because you never know when you need a little extra volume for your hair or blush when you are tired; but also, it's the perfect grab-and-go toiletries kit for quick weekend trips.  If you go to the travel section at CVS they actually have mini versions of most products for under $3 a pop!!

Lastly, trust that you look good and be confident in everything you put on because confidence is a building block for great style! 

If you have any other packing hacks, feel free to send them my way! Otherwise, I hope these help.

Happy travels!

Off The Shoulder

Nikki Schuster

If you are like me, you always over pack. If you are looking for ways to reduce the clutter while traveling, read on!

THE OUTFIT

SHOES: Zara now on sale for $49.99!! Also click HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE for similar

DRESS: Susana Monaco or you can shop it HERE 

SUNNIES: Nina Ricci, but they are sold out. I got them at Neiman's Last Call. You can find similar HERE for only $11!! or you can shop These Dior beauties just because I think they are fabulous ;)

BAG: Imports from Marrakesh this bag has been on repeat since I bought it almost a year ago! The vendor is located in Chelsea Market in NYC, but if you call they can send you pictures of the bags they currently have.

PACKING HACKS:

During the summer, Nantucket is a pretty consistent weekend activity for me. That being said, packing can ruin a good weeknight and over-packing can ruin a normally enjoyable journey. If you are like me and need to minimize the clutter, take a look below at some of my packing hacks:

PACK IN OUTFITS: This means coordinating an outfit for each day and a separate outfit for the night. 

PACK AN EXTRA OUTFIT: Packing in outfits can be hard if you do not know what your plans is, so prepare by bringing one extra day outfit and one extra night outfit. 

DOUBLE DUTY: It helps to bring an article of clothing that can work double duty and be worn casually during the day and then dressed up at night...this article is especially helpful for that "Extra Outfit". Examples:

WHITE PANTS: I always bring a pair of white pants because they are the best option for "Double Duty". You can wear them with a casual shirt for the daytime and then swap the casual shirt for a blouse or layer the casual shirt with a great blazer for the nighttime. 

BLAZER: I have a leather blazer with fringe that I wear pretty much all the time. It is another great option for "Double Duty". I can wear it over a casual day dress and add heals for the day-to-night look. Or I can throw it on over my jeans shorts and t-shirt, add open toed shoes and I'm ready for the bars!

SKIP THE WORKOUT CLOTHES: Let's be honest...you aren't going to workout...and if you really want to, go for a walk on the beach!

BUY MINI TOILETRY BOTTLES: I can't stress this enough. You should always have containers (clearly labeled) filled with your favorite products. This includes hairspray, deodorant, mini toothbrush/toothpaste, samples of your favorite make up, body lotion, face lotion, etc. This is great to have on-call because you never know when you need a little extra volume for your hair or blush when you are tired; but also, it's the perfect grab-and-go toiletries kit for quick weekend trips.  If you go to the travel section at CVS they actually have mini versions of most products for under $3 a pop!!

Lastly, trust that you look good and be confident in everything you put on because confidence is a building block for great style! 

If you have any other packing hacks, feel free to send them my way! Otherwise, I hope these help.

Happy travels!