The official start of summer is merely eleven days away. We can already see the days getting longer, sunnier, and warmer. We’re going on vacations to the beach, lake, and mountains. We’re spending more time at concerts, festivals, poolside parties, or maybe just on our own porch. All of this outdoor activity is why the essential summer accessory is sunglasses. Sunglasses are a fun way to complete an outfit, and they can certainly make us feel more comfortable on a day when the sun is beating down and bright. However, sunglasses are more than a fashion accessory. They’re actually essential to our eye health as well. Just like applying sunscreen or at least SPF face moisturizer and lip balm are (or should be!) part of your summer beauty routine, so should putting on a pair of sunglasses before you leave the house. Sunglasses are the season’s ultimate fashion meets function accessory!
The first priority when choosing a pair of sunglasses is making sure they block 99% of UVA and UVB rays. This means you need to ditch the $10 sunglasses from Target or Forever 21. However, designer sunglasses can be expensive, like $100+ to $200+ expensive. For those of you out there who seem to have developed a bad habit of sitting on, breaking, or losing your sunglasses, this sounds like a scary investment. However, you can find quality, UV ray blocking sunglasses for a more reasonable price if you shop around and find a good deal. Well, today I’ve done a little leg work for you whether you’re looking to invest in a more pricey pair of sunglasses or looking for a deal on a designer pair.
THE ASPIRATIONAL LOOK
Today marks the launch of the highly anticipated eyewear collaboration between American fashion model Karlie Kloss and the eyewear powerhouse Warby Parker. The 70’s inspired collection co-designed by Kloss includes three limited edition styles that come in at $145 each. With these particular designer glasses, you can feel a bit better about your investment. Warby Parker has a buy a pair, give a pair policy. For every pair of glasses they sell, they distribute a pair to someone in need. Plus, with this particular collaborative collection, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit organization who partners with public schools to give children the knowledge and tools to make healthy choices and change the way they eat for life. Shop here.
Warby Parker uses polycarbonate for all of its lenses, which offers 100% UV protection.
THE ATTAINABLE LOOK
My favorite fashion duo, twin designers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen recently won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Accessories Designer of the Year award for their high fashion line, The Row. The sunglasses from this brand range from about $200 to a whopping $500. However, their more affordable brand, Elizabeth and James, offers some slightly more attainable options. Today through Thursday, June 12, you can snag a pair of Elizabeth and James sunglasses for a serious steal on Hautelook. The Elizabeth and James Eyewear event on Hautelook kicked off today with styles up to 83% off retail price, starting as low as $46. Shop here.
Elizabeth and James sunglasses offer 100% UV protection.
Hello April! For those of us who have yet to officially experience spring, fingers crossed, it’s right around the corner! What better way to celebrate warmer weather than with an awesome deal? The Bloomingdales Friends and Family sale has officially kicked off, and you can get an extra 20% off with the code: BFF14 now through Sunday, April 6.
For me, spring = dress season. Dresses are the easiest ensemble to slip on for work or play. With the right dress, you’ve got a complete go-to outfit in minutes. Throw on a dress, grab a great pair of shoes, get your handbag, and head out the door. Once warm weather hits, I’m ready to bare my legs and go. Dresses make dressing easy! They save time and energy, and they’re super flattering and cute!
I scoured the Bloomingdales site and selected some simple, sweet, and stunning dresses for every occasion. With this deal, now is the time to stock up on spring dresses! All my picks are under $100, so start shopping!
Best POP of COLOR DRESSES
1. Splendid Easy Ruched Dress in Fiesta, $72
3. Free People La Mamounia Babydoll Dress in Flame Red, $77
Best BLACK and WHITE DRESSES
2. Guess Floral Lace Dress, $48
Best SHIRT DRESSES
Best MAXI DRESSES
1. Calvin Klein Pleated Maxi Dress, $67
2. Free People Andrina Maxi Dress, $47
*All prices reflect the Friends and Family 20% discount!
This weekend a co-worker asked me some of the Spring 2014 fashion trends I would recommend for her to incorporate into her wardrobe and spring style. It sounded like the perfect topic for a post!
When a new season rolls around, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you need to rush out and buy a new wardrobe. The transition from winter to spring is particularly exciting as we anticipate the end of dreary, cold days and packing up our sweaters and boots. We just experienced the spring forward with daylight savings time. The days are a bit brighter and longer, and the dream of pedicures and bare legs is soon to be a reality. It’s not hard to get caught up in the heat of the moment (no pun intended) and splurge on new spring things for your closet.
Avoid breaking the bank and crushing your monthly budget. I’ve got 4 simple ways to incorporate spring fashion trends into your existing wardrobe, all under $100. Don’t feel pressure to try them all. Pick a few that speak to you and fit your lifestyle!
INCORPORATE A NEW COLOR
TRY A NEW LOOK
ADD A NEW ACCESSORY
INTEGRATE A TOP SPRING 2014 TREND
BONUS: The Basics
White is an essential color for any spring wardrobe, any year. Having a great white pant, a crisp white blouse, and a well-fitting white blazer is the easiest way to have a perfect spring wardrobe. You can build any outfit around these go-to pieces. Inventory your closet. Do you own all three? Need to add one of these basics to your closet? Look for these white spring essentials with a 2014 trend-twist!
Wide Leg Trouser
Collared Buttondown Blouse
Boxy, Cropped Blazer
All items featured in this post can be purchased at Hautelook and Nordstrom Rack
If you’re like me, you’re still trying to adjust to daylight savings time, hints why this post is coming to you so late! Fortunately, Madewell knows the best way to cure the disorientation caused by springing forward is a little retail therapy. They’re offering an additional 30% off all SALE and FREE SHIPPING using the code DAYLIGHT. Hurry, this offer ends tonight at 11:59pm EST. Since you’ve only got a few hours left to cash in on this stellar deal, I’ve got my picks including the best transitional spring-inspired pieces for work and play. What are you waiting for? Shop the sale here before time runs out!
Shop these looks here!
As you all know, one of my resolutions for 2014 is to FEEL GOOD and LOOK GOOD. So, this Wednesday I’m sharing my Wellness + Workout Wednesday routine. You may have seen me feature an awesome online fitness company called Mybod Wellness in previous posts. In case you missed it, let me tell you a little bit about Mybod.
Mybod Wellness offers one-on-one Personal Training, Pilates or Yoga sessions via Skype or Google+.
So, what does this mean? You set up your computer in your living room, office, hotel room, or anywhere on your time and one of Mybod’s certified instructors comes to you over Skype or Goggle+ for a personalized one-on-one workout session.
Beginner, intermediate, or advanced, Mybod caters all levels. Whether you’re looking for an intense workout that makes you sweat or a mindful and relaxing stretch that clears your mind, your Mybod instructor will create a session just for you and your needs at that very moment.
Ready to book your first Mybod session? Visit their site for pricing and booking, and be sure to mention you’re an AOC Blog reader to get a 20-minute FREE session or 10% off your first session or package!**
Still not sure if a Mybod session is for you? Denise Posnak, the founder of Mybod has partnered with BK Nation for their 28-Day Fitness Challenge and is offering LIVE Google Hangout Pilates sessions each Monday in February from 12:00 – 12:30 PM EST. Can’t make the session? You can watch a recorded version at a later time that’s convenient. Here’s the first Hangout from this past Monday. All future recordings can be found on Mybod’s Google+ page.
P.S. If you’re a New Yorker, you can attend Mybod’s Refresh Your Resolutions event in Brooklyn on Saturday, February 15 from 1:00-3:30pm. To register and learn more details about the workshop, visit the event page on Eventbrite.
**AOC reader discounts exclude the Intro Sessions for New Clients.