fashionably fit: tory burch for fitbit

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Staying fit just got super fashionable. No more ugly calorie and step trackers for all you fashionistas out there. Tory Burch has teamed up with Fitbit to solve the conundrum of fitness versus fashion. Say Buh-bye to the plain, ugly trackers that we know, and say Hello, darling to chic, fashion-forward trackers.

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If you don’t know, Fitbit creates electronic trackers which calculate everything from how many steps you take to how many calories you burn to how well you sleep and much more.  Tory Burch teamed up with Fitbit to create accessories that make wearing their Fitbit Flex super-chic.


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The Tory Burch for Fitbit line consists of four styles that range in price from $38-$195. In this line, there are two-silicone printed bracelets which come in the colors navy and fuchsia; they have an adjustable closure and a secure, easy-access holder for the Fitbit.

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The stunner of this line is the metal hinged bracelet, and the fret pendant necklace which are both made of solid brass. Both designs incorporate open fretwork which is a signature of this collection.  These are gorgeous pieces that can easily take you from the office to the gym to dinner and drinks. Plus they fashionable enough that no one would ever guess what they are.

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The Tory Burch for Fitbit line is currently available for pre-order on both the Tory Burch website and the Fitbit site. Shipments are slated to start going out on September 30th.

These pieces are going to be a hot commodity so I would get them while you can!

xo, Lara

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(Images via Fitbit.com)

Superb Street Style: Mad Hatter

While there’s a lot to love when it comes to summer fashion, the #1 fashion staple for summer is definitely the sunhat. Sunhats are a fun way to top off any outfit. They also happen to be super functional. Sunhats help you beat the heat and block the sun’s harmful UV rays. You get to block the sun and be stylish at the same time; it’s a win-win situation. Plus rocking a sunhat and sunglasses makes you look like a potential celebrity who’s hiding from the flashes of the paparazzi’s cameras. There’s a sunhat for every style from the simplicity of the baseball cap to the sleekness of the fedora to the glamour of floppy hat.

Here’s some hatspiration for this summer!

Stephanie Sterjovski from stephaniesterjovski.com looks super chic and cool in her white trilby hat.

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Sheridan from blueeyedfinch.com gives her casual outfit a sporty flair by topping it off with a baseball cap.

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Emily Jackson from theivorylane.com is the picture of perfection. Emily shows us how a floppy hat can add glamour to any casual outfit, plus the wide brim of her hat is great for blocking out the sun.

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Saretta Thais from thelioninjewels.com rocks the ultimate beach hat. Saretta is wearing a floppy hat just like Emily but as you can see their hats are giving off two totally different vibes thanks to the fabrics and colors. Saretta’s hat is made of straw which makes it perfect for the beach or pool.

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Are you a hat person? What style hat is your favorite?

xo, Lara Sophia

check your oil

To keep your skincare routine running smoothly: check your oil. Not all oils are created equally. Certain oils work better on specific skin types with specific needs. You wouldn’t put the same type of oil in a Bentley that you would put in a Honda, would you? Don’t do it with your skincare oil either. The quality of the oil is just as important in skincare as it is when it comes to cars. Finding the right oil for your skin will prevent damage and keep your skin hydrated and fresh. Investing in a good, high-quality oil is key.

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Dry Skin –  go for an oil with avocado in it. Avocado is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps retain moisture by restoring the skins lipid layer. Lipid layers live around your skin cells and they create a barrier  to keep your skins natural moisture in place and prevent it from escaping.   Try Sponge Ladi Avokanto available at Sephora

Roughness – use a coconut oil to make skin feel soft and radiant. This isn’t an oil to use if you suffer from Acne and roughness. Only use coconut oil if you have normal to dry skin with roughness as coconut oil can cause pimples if your acne prone. Try the Malie Organics Coconut Vanilla Beauty Oil available at Nordstrom

Acne – pick Argan oil.  Many of you may be thinking, I have oily skin and acne and this crazy girl wants me to put more oil on my face!?!? Gimme a minute to explain myself. Argan oil can actually decrease oil production and inflammation plus unclog pores so it’s  the perfect oil to slough on acne prone skin.  Try Josie Maran Argan Oil available at Sephora

Dark Spots – grab an oil that contains Rose-Hip seed oil. Rose-Hip seed oil contains fruit seeds that are loaded with vitamin A. If you don’t know vitamin A is also known as retinol, which lightens hyperpigmentation and scars.  Try Sunday Riley Isis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil available at Barneys

Dullness – go for an oil that is rich in grape-seed oil.  Grape seed oil is super hydrating and is rich in vitamin C which leaves skin glowy and vibrant. Try Caudalie Contouring Concentrate available at Nordstrom

xo, Lara Sophia

 

 

 

Oo, baby, here I am, primed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours!

This summer I’ve already discussed some meltproof makeup tips, here. In that post I mentioned the importance of a primer; it’s the glue that holds everything together. Remember on SATC when Carrie said, “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet” well I like my makeup right where it belongs…on my face. It’s not just about applying a little primer and being good to go – it’s a process. During the warmer weather months I like to take extra precaution and make sure everything from my hair to my lashes and my skin stays put. Some may call these steps excessive; I just call it being prepared.

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Seal in the moisture – I start off by spraying my moisturized face with the Caudalie Grape Water to seal in the moisture and keep my skin staying hydrated. The grape seed oil in this spray is super hydrating.

Prime the primer – This summer I am adding a little pre-priming to my routine. I’ve been giving my skin a spritz of the Urban Decay’s B6 Complexion Prep Spray to give my primer a primer, if that makes sense.

Prime Time – Applying a primer is the key to this whole routine. Make sure to find a primer that works for your skin type. I’m loving the Giorgio Armani Light Master Primer, which makes my skin glow like no other.

Lashes and Lids – To avoid looking a like a raccoon all day I prime my lashes and lids to make sure my mascara stays put and my eye shadow doesn’t crease. Currently, I love the Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Buff and the LANCÔME Super Enhancing Mascara Base .

Finishing Touch – Finish it all off with the Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray, which makes everything stay in place. Both the Urban Decay Prep Spray and the All Nighter Setting Spray are the bread of the makeup sandwich; they keep everything together.

Get Touched Up – For mid-day touch ups I like to reach for the Caudalie Beauty Elixir since it cools the skin and adds some hydration. It’s a great pick me up and is an easy way to freshen up your makeup without re-applying.

Don’t forget your hair – Want your blowout to last more than a day without bringing on the frizzies? Hair primer is you new BFF. Hair primer extends the life of your blowout and helps any styling products do their proper job longer. I personally love the Oribe Foundation Mist, but Jennifer Aniston’s hair in the new Living Proof ads has me dying to try the Prime Style Extender Spray.

May the primer be ever in your favor.

Are you a fan of primers? What are your favorite primers?

xo, Lara Sophia

Superb Street Style: Patriotic Duty

Today is first and foremost about celebrating America and freedom but it’s also about hamburgers, watermelon, beer, fireworks, sparklers, and having fun with family and friends. July 4th is the day where we bust out American flag embroidered clothing and make it totally fashionable . Today is all about having fun and being patriotic.

This week’s Superb Street Style mavens are here to show you some fashionable ways to serve your patriotic duty. Mix shades of blue, with red and white and throw in some stripe and star patterns to create a festive ensemble. 4th of July style is all about being cool and comfortable.

Happy 4th of July!!!!

Brittany from bisousbrittany.com

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Marybell from marybellworld-marybellworld.blogspot.com

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Miriam from simplyxclassic.com

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Bianca from theinbetweengirls.com

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Xo, Lara Sophia

wear sunscreen, If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it

Oh Baz Luhrmann and your sage wisdom. We’ve read all the articles and have heard all the experts say how bad getting a tan actually is yet we still head to the beach or pool and magically forget to the sunscreen. Been there, done that. Let’s make a pact to avoid getting burned this summer. Not to be a Debbie Downer but it only takes five sunburns in a lifetime to double your chances of melanoma. I’ve had sun poisoning twice in my early teens and that is twice too many in my book. Tanning isn’t safe or healthy and when you’re forty, you’re going to regret not wearing sunscreen.

Here are some sunscreen tips to help you avoid the burn this summer:

Load up on the sunscreen. Sunscreen builds up on your skin so if you start applying it daily you’re less likely to burn when you hit the beach or pool.

Think before not after. Don’t wait to slather on the sunscreen until you get to the beach because at that point you’re already being exposed to harmful rays. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes to an hour before you leave your house giving the sunscreen a chance to penetrate into your skin before you step into the sun.

You need more than you think. Most people just slather on some sunscreen and think they are good to go when in actuality you need more sunscreen then you think. Dermatologists suggest that you apply at least one ounce of sunscreen, head to toe, for each application. Bringing one bottle of sunscreen for a weekend at the beach isn’t going to protect you. Most bottles of sunscreen are 12 ounces meaning they only have twelve applications so always bring an extra bottle or two.

Don’t think one and done. Don’t just apply sunscreen in the morning and think you’ll be covered the rest of the day. Depending on weather conditions and activity level sunscreen should be applied anywhere from every 30 minutes to every two hours. The more you sweat or go into the water, the sooner you will need to reapply. Set an alarm on your phone to remind when to reapply throughout the day.

Think Layers. We layer our hair, our clothes, and our makeup so why not layer sunscreen. Most people don’t realize that there are two forms of sunscreen, physical and chemical. Both protect against harmful rays in different ways. Chemical sunscreen contains absorbers that absorb active UV rays and releases them, while Physical sunscreen protects the skin with physical blockers so UV rays are reflected and do not penetrate the skin. Layer chemical and physical sunscreens which will give you a backup system meaning whatever rays get through the first layer are caught by the second layer.

Be detail oriented. There are certain areas that need more attention when we are out in the sun. The chest, nose, and cheekbones are areas that are more likely to burn then others. Pay special attention to these areas and reapply sunscreen more often. Also, don’t forget your scalp/hair, lips, ears, and feet; these are often overlooked areas where we forget to apply and re-apply sunscreen to.

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 Xo, Lara Sophia

The trend: Graphic T-Shirts

Graphic t-shirts are a great way to add a casual vibe to any attire. These fun and quirky t-shirts are making a huge statement with their ability to make casual dressing super cool again. Graphic t-shirts first made a splash on the runway when designers paired them with ultrafeminine pencil skirts and heels; instantaneously giving dressier styles a casual flare. Mixing the elements of dressy and casual attire quickly gives your outfit the multitasking ability to work for both day and night. This means that you now have doubled your closet size all with one trend.

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While the graphic t-shirt trend is all about being quirky and artistic, avoid anything too kitschy. Basically stay away from any graphic t-shirts you would’ve have worn in high school. Stay on trend by sticking with t-shirts that have popular, witty sayings and vintage-inspired graphics.

This trend is all about the fit. Choosing looser fitting t-shirts makes this trend work, avoid anything too tight. Obviously, when I say looser it doesn’t mean baggy, oversized, or slouchy. Make sure the graphic t-shirt fits in the shoulders and is looser at the bottom. Try tucking in the graphic t-shirt to help give it shape. Pair your graphic t-shirts with pencil skirts, skinny jeans, and pointy-toe pumps for the perfect casual-chic ensemble. Make sure to keep this look ultrafeminine by mixing girlie fabrics, prints, and colors with the more masculine graphic t-shirt.

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       Xo, Lara Sophia

I got my toes in the water…

It’s officially that time of year when you’re busting out the open-toed shoes on a daily basis. First rule of wearing open-toed shoes is to have painted toe nails. Second rule is to make sure your feet are void of cracked heels and calluses. Getting your feet in tip-top shape isn’t too difficult, it just takes a little time and effort.

Want to skip the salon, save some dough and paint your toes at home but don’t want to miss out on the luxury salon pedicures offer? I have the perfect luxurious at home pedicure for you then.

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 Prep – build the foundation for a great pedicure

1. Remove any old nail polish, using acetone remover which gets rid of nail polish in a snap

2. Clip and file nails to give them uniformity and smooth any rough edges

3. Apply a cuticle remover and let it do its magic. After, a few minutes push cuticles back with the cuticle pusher tool

4. Wipe the excess cuticle remover off your toe nails

Treat – remove any callouses and give your feet the pampering they deserve

1. Use a pedicure tool with a pumice stone attached and run it over the soles of your feet to remove any rough areas

2. Apply a foot scrub to make your feet super soft and to remove any excess dry skin. Leave the scrub on your feet for 1-2 minutes, then rinse

3.  Give your feet a facial by applying a foot mask which draws out dirt, sloughs off dry skin and deodorizes the feet

4. Lastly, soothe your feet with a hydrating foot lotion to seal in the softness

Paint – put the finishing touches on your feet

1. Use a base coat to fill in any ridges

2. Pick your favorite nail color and paint away

3. Use a nail correcting pen to remove any excess polish from edges of your toe nails

4. Apply a top coat to add shine and prevent chipping

Voilà! Perfectly pedicured toes!

Do you prefer at home pedicures or salon pedicures? 

Xo, Lara Sophia

bloomers to bikinis: History of Swimsuits

With summer being in full bloom and swimsuits being on everyones mind, I thought it would be fun to see how swimsuits have evolved over the decades. Swimsuit trends didn’t just go from wearing dresses and bloomers to wearing bikinis overnight. The evolution of swimsuits has been a long and fun journey. This evolution not only represented changes in fashion but social changes as well.  The more freedom and rights women gained, the shorter and more provocative their swimsuits became.  It’s clear to see that the past is not forgotten and that it has definitely influenced current swimwear trends.

Let’s see how swimsuits have changed over the decades:

1870′s – Women would swim in bathing dresses and bloomers. No skin was allowed to be shown.

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1900′s – Women wore form bathing dresses, which now showed their arms. This was the first time any skin was able to be visible.

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1920′s – Swimsuits were slightly less modest, showing a little bit of leg. Modesty laws were still in place and the beach often had modesty officers measuring hemline lengths.

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1930′s – Swimsuits were finally made into one piece suits which were more functional and comforable.

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1940-50′s – The two-piece was introduced in 1946 and from then on swimsuits became smaller, shorter, and tighter. Now it was all about showing off women’s bodies instead of hiding them.

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1960′s – The Bikini was finally introduced and became a beach staple.

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1970′s – Swimsuits were all about psychedelic prints and teeny-tiny bikinis.

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1980′s – High cut swimsuits, in bright colors and prints were all the rage.

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1990′s – While the high-cut trend of the 80′s remained popular in the 90′s, the sporty trend also became big.  Swimsuits often resembled sporty undergarments.

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What are your favorite swimsuit styles?

Xo, Lara Sophia

(Images via Pinterest)

superb street style: little white dress

Ladies throw away your little black dresses this season in favor of the little white dress. The little black dress is a staple in every woman’s closet but the little white dress is it’s often under appreciated sister. White is the coolest of colors and looks fresh and crisp especially when mixed with delicate, breathable fabrics. The little white dress has a ton of versatility and works everywhere from the beach to the dinner party. Like it’s counterpart, the LWD can be accessorized up or down to fit any occasion. Whether your look is flirty, sleek, or anything in between you’re bound to turn heads.  It’s all about finding a LWD that has a summertime personality and matches your mood.

Here are some superb street style stars who have aced the LWD look:

Weekend Warrior Princess

Emily Schuman from CupcakesandCashmere.com is wearing a cap sleeve LWD with a vintage, romantic feel. This dress is full of comfort and is the perfect weekend dress that can take you from the farmer’s market to the dinner party.

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Dancing Diva

Christine Andrew from HelloFashionBlog.com‘s feather dress is flirty and full of fun. This LWD is sexy in a subtle way and is the perfect dress to wear on girls night out. Whether you’re hitting up the club or dining at the best new restaurant in town, you’re bound to have fun doing it.

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Museum Meanderer 

Taylor from MyLuciteDreams.com is wearing the perfect LWD for doing all those weekend activities from visiting the museum to grabbing brunch to cocktail hour drinks. This dress is sleek and full of clean lines; making it the perfect throw on and go dress.

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Selfie Hunter 

Grasie Mercedes from GrasieMercedes.com is wearing the ultimate LWD. This is dress you want to be wearing to look fabulous in every selfie you take. This dress is sophisticated while still being playful. Grassie mixes her LWD with sneakers for a more casual vibe but this dress can easily be paired with heels to be worn at any party or evening event.

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Xo, Lara Sophia