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Summer Pool Party

Summer Pool Party: Sizzling looks to make a splash

With temperatures on the rise, it’s finally time to get ready for pool party season! From bikinis to flip flops, make a splash with the summer’s hottest beachwear and accessories.

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Swimwear by Frankie’s Bikinis

Check out sizzling swimwear from Frankie’s Bikinis, a collection of on-trend styles from teen designer Francesca Aiello, who launched her first collection at only 17 years old. For other hot swimwear, flatter your curves with designs by Envya, and check out flirty styles from Go Under for a throwback vintage vibe.

Swimwear by Go Under

Swimwear by Go Under

Get some sunshine on your toes with sandals and flip flops by Freewaters, an ethical company focused on providing clean drinking water to people in need. Each pair of Freewaters sandals and shoes supports a global clean drinking water project, and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Sandals by Freewaters

Add the perfect finishing touch with a colorful pair of shades, such as these bold yellow Saint Laurent Paris frames (also available in hot pink), and a carefree carryall to stash your sunscreen, towel, and spare tee. We love this oversized pink beach tote.

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And remember, all bodies are beach body ready – so have fun, dive in, and blissfully soak up those sunny rays!

DIY Hair Tutorial: Beach Wave Bliss

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Now that summer is upon us, we can’t wait to let our hair loose! Think supple boho waves over stiff, straight, pinned-down styles. If you’re craving carefree locks, like natural waves reminiscent of endless days at the beach, follow our breezy tutorial for a quick and easy ‘do to carry you through the summer season.

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You’ll need:

An empty spray bottle
1 tablespoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of hair gel
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
1 cup of warm water to mix everything together

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle.
2. Shake vigorously until thoroughly mixed together.
3. Generously spray into hair, concentrating on the ends.
4. Scrunch ends continuously while drying – preferably while sitting on a sunny beach, drinking Margaritas with the girls.

What’s your favorite summer hair trend? Leave us a note in the comments!

Weekend Style Guide: Look Hampton Chic

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Get the fabulous yacht club look of your dreams with cues from the best of Hamptons’ style.

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Choose preppy designs with nautical colors and knotted accents, such as this striped dress paired with this crystal embellished knot-detail bracelet. Choose a casual cotton monochrome scarf, as well as a neutral shoe such as these Franco Sarto wedges for a polished yet carefree look. And throw on a a chic trench, such as this bold red Via Spiga steal to brave any seaside chill.

And dress up the little ones in adorable designs from U.S. Polo Association for a preppy, casual look that’s totally kid friendly. Look for versatile sets or charming one-piece dresses.

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Shape Up with Spanx!

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Step into state of the art shapewear to get the curves you crave. These ultra-flattering styles are like real-life Photoshop for your body, offering a smooth silhouette and enhancing your figure in all the right places.

Look for showstopping swimwear in an array of punchy prints and bold, vibrant colors. Get sporty with full support in activewear, and start any outfit with the right foundation with shaping intimates in a variety of sleek styles in classic as well as full-figured sizing.

Tell us about your favorite sidekick! What are your favorite Spanx essentials?

Shop to Win: Cinderella Style

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Let BTR be your fairy godmother and be the belle of the ball! Shop any of our Cinderella events today marked with the glass slipper stamp for a chance to win this gorgeous pair of 1/2 CT diamond studs.

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Get the Fairy Tale Style

Not just for kids anymore, hopeless romantics of any age would covet these cutting-edge looks that combine timeless glamour with white-hot attitude:

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Look for dazzling dresses like this pale blue accordion pleated gown by Mignon. Add the perfect finishing touch to your look with delicate jewelry featuring pearls, diamonds, and crystals. We love the look of this stunning diamond bracelet. Pair with an elegant platinum Longchamp clutch to carry all your essentials. And of course, Cinderella’s story wouldn’t be complete without her iconic glass slippers. Steal the show with these sparkling red-soled Louboutins for an updated twist on the classic look.

Contest ends in 24 hours. Winner will be contacted by email after events have ended. Open to shoppers in Canada and United States only.

What are your fairy tale beauty secrets? Let us know in the comments below!

Indie Fashion Trends: Matt & Nat and Miz Mooz

Think outside the fashion box for a unique, cutting edge look. Stay ahead of the trends and check out these innovative materials and ethical designs from Matt & Nat and Miz Mooz to jump start your style.

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Matt & Nat is a vegan line designed in Montreal since 1995, and now a well-loved brand that can be spotted in Canada, the United States, the UK, Japan, Germany and Australia. Their motto “live beautifully” inspires an appreciation of the humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us. Their chic handbags and accessories are inspired by the textures and hues of nature, and do not use leather or any other animal-based materials in their designs. Each season, they explore new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly, and over the years, they’ve made magic happen with materials such as recycled nylons and cardboard, as well as sustainable rubber and cork. Since 2007, the linings inside all Matt & Nat bags have been made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles. Some great brand ambassadors of M&N have included Nathalie Portman, Olivia Wilde, Charlize Theron, and Emily Deschanel. Carry all your essentials in ethical accessories such as this delicate peach tote, add an edgy touch with this zipper-accented laptop bag, and express your need for green with this trendy wallet. Add the perfect finishing touch to your favorite dress or jeans with this faux leather belt.

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From the beginning, Miz Mooz has been committed to the principle that fashion and comfort can happily coexist, with designs expressing the ultimate fusion of form and function. With this sensibility it’s easy to spot a Miz Mooz shoe, just look for chic vintage styling, hand finished leather, and unique and unexpected detailing. Like so many indie companies and rock bands, Miz Mooz was started in a New York City basement. They’ve come a long way since those early days in 2001, but they’re still proud to call NYC home. Treat your toes to fabulous designs such as these ladylike pink sandal pumps, a classic open toe T-strap, or these boss boots with side button embellishments.

Travel in Style: Spring Break Edition

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Simplify your spring break getaway with resort-ready apparel and red-hot travel accessories. We’ve got all the essentials to help you arrive fully prepared and in style.

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It all starts with great gear. Look for sturdy and practical luggage sets and carry-ons in an array of bold colors and punchy prints. Stay fully connected with a handy Power Bean charger for smartphones and tablets, and take your music wherever you go with portable wireless speakers.

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Beat the heat with a daring crop top and crisp linen shorts. Complete the look with a pair of comfy zebra slingbacks from Bella Marie and some smokin’ YSL sunglasses.

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Make a splash in fire-hot swimwear. Choose from edgy bikinis like this striped two-piece from Everyday Sunday, or a classic and versatile maillot like this multi-way one-piece. Pair with the perfect sandals such as these feminine Brekelle’s T-strap sandals, or these edgy cork sole wedges from Yoki to complete the look.

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Take a tour of the town in a fitted floral dress by Paper Dolls, pair with a chic Betsey Johnson straw hat, and the perfect pumps to help you go the extra mile. We love these open toe block heels from Bamboo.

Bon voyage!

Oscar-Worthy Jewelry

Last week’s annual Academy Awards showcased some of the most stellar jewelry styles we’ve seen in decades. With trends of oversized bling, beaded gemstones, and white hot diamonds, here’s how to steal the looks for less.

Tassels and Fringe

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Margot Robbie’s sapphire-beaded tasseled pendant by Van Cleef and Arpels, valued at $1.5 million, was truly a showstopper. Get the look with pieces such as this beaded turquoise tassel necklace or this gold chain fringe statement piece.

Silver and Diamond Drop Collars

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Zoe Saldana sported this Neil Lane diamond detail collar. Look for styles like this black and clear gemstone collar or this silver and clear gemstone drop necklace.

Black Gemstones

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Behati Prinsloo rocked a black diamond and gold de Grisogono Boule necklace. Make the look your own with this black and gold multi-strand chain, and pair with these cutting-edge earrings.

Diamond Details

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Delicate and understated yet hardly a wallflower look, there’s a reason diamonds have been called a girl’s best friend. Get Dakota Johnson’s white-hot style with single stud earrings or haute hoops. And pair with a red carpet-ready bracelet like this clear gemstone star cuff for an Oscar-winning style.

Red Hot Red Carpet Styles: 87th Academy Awards

All eyes were tuned to the red carpet last night, as our favorite celebs turned out in their finest for the first and last fashion stop of the year. While everyone seemed to play it very conservative this season, it was anything but boring. Two major trends stood out:

The Delicate Details

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Luxurious lace, embroidery, and beadwork were definitely last night’s showstoppers. Emma Stone shines bright in this beaded Elie Saab gown. We love the artistic sheer panel details and the hair-flattering chartreuse color. Giuliana Rancic spices it up in this lace-detailed Mireille Dagher design; the statuesque silhouette flatters all the right curves. Jamie Chung is truly a firecracker in her beaded Yanina Couture gown. Jenna Dewan-Tatum looks smoking in a beaded white Zuhair Murad dress. Rosamund Pike steals the show in this floral lace Givenchy gown; the scalloped neckline a lovely contrast to the high side slit. Jennifer Lopez looks anything but demure in this embellished blush-colored Elie Saab gown featuring a fearless plunging neckline.

The Solid and Sophisticated

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A combination of clean lines and punchy, all-over color was definitely a red-carpet win. Jennifer Hudson rocks it in this structured Romona Keveza dress. We love the subtle pop of color in her understated accessories. Margot Robbie modernizes ’70’s glam in this Saint Laurent gown with sheer, billowing sleeves. Dakota Johnson is red-hot in Saint Laurent with its embellished off-shoulder detail. Gwyneth Paltrow looks chic and sleek in this one-shoulder gown by Ralph & Russo Couture. We’re green with envy over Scarlett Johansson’s form-fitting Versace dress and matching emerald collar. Anna Kendrick looks polished in this Grecian-style design by Thakoon. We love the structured silhouette and subtly sexy keyhole detail.

The Faux Pas

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And of course, no list would be complete without a rundown on some of the event’s fashion flops. Jessica Chastain misses the mark in this layered Givenchy dress. While the color looks remarkable against her skin and hair color, the oddly draping neckline and under-styled hair remind us more of last-minute prom style. Julianne Moore looks matronly in this ill-fitting Chanel design – the horizontal stripe details do no justice to her lovely figure. Lady Gaga does Lady Gaga in this detailed Azzedine Ala├»a gown. While the beautifully beaded dress shows potential, the boxy sleeves and dish-glove pairing make this more costume-party appropriate. Reese Witherspoon’s delicate features look washed out in this highly-structured Tom Ford design. We’d prefer to see her stick to her usual spring palette.

What were your favorite looks? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 10 Red Carpet Oscar Styles of All Time

With the Oscar night approaching, we can’t help reminisce over some of the best dressed red carpet styles throughout the decades.

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Lupita Nyong’o – 2014 This pale blue Prada gown with its ultra-soft billowing fabric and accordion pleating evokes a sense of classic Hollywood glamour.

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Natalie Portman – 2005 This sheer taupe Grecian-style Lanvin gown looks anything but neutral with understated gold accents.

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Beyonce – 2005 Decked in black velvet with a sleek bouffant hairstyle, Beyonce takes her retro-glam House of Dereon gown to ultra-modern levels.

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Angelina Jolie – 2004 The white satin fabric provides a striking contrast to the deep plunging neckline of this Marc Bouwer gown.

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Halle Berry – 2002 This artful Elie Saab Couture dress with its embroidered sheer bodice is truly an unforgettable red carpet look.

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Gwyneth Paltrow – 1999 Gwyneth looks princess-perfect in this sugar pink gown by Ralph Lauren. Her choice of sleek hair and diamond necklace are classic and chic.

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Nicole Kidman – 1997 This form-fitting John Galliano dress looks vibrant and sophisticated. The bold chartreuse color stands out on the red carpet and perfectly complements her fiery locks.

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Elizabeth Taylor – 1961 What Oscars best-dressed list would be complete without Elizabeth Taylor? We absolutely love the hourglass silhouette of this Christian Dior dress.

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Grace Kelly – 1955 Classic Hollywood icon and Princess of Monaco looks timelessly feminine in this Edith Head gown.

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Audrey Hepburn – 1954 A little quirky yet always sophisticated, Audrey is the essence of lady-like in this white floral dress from Givenchy.

Did we miss your favorite Oscar style? Let us know in the comments below!