Weekend Roundup: Summer Travel Tips

We are in the midst of summer and have travel on the mind. Shop global street style, weekend bags, and must-have travel accessories, plus, see how you can stay fit on the go.

Last Week’s Snapshot: 

Summer Travel | Weekend Bags, Summer Travel Kit, Celeb Style, At-Home Workouts

Monday’s Muse: Jessica Seinfeld

Jessica Seinfeld is making a name for herself with everything from cookbooks to charities to red carpet fashion. See her latest projects and shop her style.

Tuesday’s Treasures: Weekend Bags of All Sizes to Make Travel a Breeze

Organized makeup cases, cross-bodies, oversized weekend bags and more. We have top-rated luggage to make your summer excursions stress-free and stylish. 

Wednesday Trend Report: Summer Travel Kit

From tech accessories to sun-protecting gear, we’re sharing 5 must-have accessories to keep in your summer travel kit. Shop our stylists’ top picks.

Thursday Street Style: Street Chic in Spain, Italy, and Australia

We’re sharing summer street style from around the globe. See why the bloggers of Lovely Pepa, Seams for a Desire, The Blonde Salad, Tuula Vintage, Gary Pepper and Scent of Obsession make our best-dressed list this week.

Fitness Friday: Go Down a Jean Size with These 3 Exercises

Pylometric workouts to blast fat fast. From squat exercises to box jumps, these moves are sure to get your heart rate up and muscles burning.

Trend Report: Summer Travel Kit

Regardless of where your travels take you this summer, there are some things that EVERY woman should keep at close hand. From tech accessories to sun-protecting gear, we’re sharing 5 must-have travel accessories to have on the go.

Summer Travel Kit:

Travel Kit | Tory Burch Scarf | Portable iPhone Charger | Laura Mercier Foundation | Sam Edelman Sandals | Warby Parker Sunglasses | Tory Burch ToteShop:

  1. Tory Burch Madura Silk Scarf: Scarves are one of those accessories that can be worn many different ways- any time of day or season. Keep one tucked into your travel bag for a last minute pop of flare, a beach cover-up, or a shawl for cool summer nights.
  2. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect Broad Spectrum: A heavy-duty primer is essential during the hotter months to ensure that your makeup actually stays on. This pick from Laura Mercier is lightweight, smooth, and provides sun protection.
  3. Warby Parker Everett Sunglasses: Warby Parker is famous for creating stylish sunglasses that suit just about any face shape AND are 100% affordable.
  4. Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal: Last minute trips to the beach call for a comfortable, goes-with-anything sandal. This Sam Edelman pair packs style and versatility with its delicate nude straps.
  5. Jonathan Adler iPhone 5/5s On the Go Charger: While we all love our iPhones, the battery life isn’t exactly top notch. However, this cute charger from Jonathan Adler will give your phone a boost wherever your day takes you.
  6. Tory Burch Marion Slouchy Tote: Your travels would not be complete without a stylish carryall. We love the navy color of this Tory Burch tote- perfect year-round!

Weekend Bags of All Sizes to Make Travel A Breeze

Nothing like Summer Fridays to put travel on the mind. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite travel bags of all sizes. From organized makeup cases to oversized weekend bags, we have top-rated luggage to make your summer excursions stress-free and stylish.

The Cosmetic Case: Scrounging your suitcase for your favorite lipstick is the last thing you need when on the go. Invest in a cosmetic case to keep your daily essentials at easy reach.

Weekend Bags | Tumi Cosmetic Case | Flight 001 Travel Bag Set | Prada Makeup Case

  1. Tumi Lima Travel Kit: This neat case features double nylon construction with separate transparent compartments to keep all of your grooming essentials together.
  2. Flight 001 SpacePak Travel Bag Set: This bright pack features a bag for clothes (with laundry compartments) and 3 smaller bags for toiletries and shoes. Each is lightweight and bright to keep you extra organized on the go.
  3. Prada Nylon Triangle Cosmetic Bag: Prada transforms a simple makeup bag into a vibrant fashion statement with this red number. We love this pick for its small size and simplicity.

The Weekender: An oversized satchel or duffle can double as a carryon for a long trip and as your suitcase for a weekend getaway.

Weekend Bags | APC Weekender Bag | Dooney & Bourke Satchel | Longchamp Le Pliage Travel Bag

  1. A.P.C. Weekender Bag: This casual duffle is perfect for a short weekend retreat. Its canvas material makes it lightweight and sturdy, plus, it has adjustable straps for a hands-free carryon option.
  2. Dooney & Bourke Florentine Vachetta Satchel: This bestselling satchel is a classic among all weekend bags. Its flat bottom and metal feet add extra support, while its sleek leather look allows it to double as an oversized handbag.
  3. Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Travel Bag: Longchamp is a travel-favorite with its strong nylon exterior and leather straps. This style features an expandable compartment, which is perfect for a long weekend.
The Crossbody: Hands-free is the way to go whether you’re sightseeing, hitting your favorite shopping spots, or rushing through the airport. 
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Weekend Bags | Kate Spade Crossbody Bag | Elizabeth and James Bucket Bag | Mark Jacobs Crossbody Bag

  1. Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Ellen Affogato: Go hands-free in style with this nude crossbody from Kate Spade. The lightweight structure is just large enough to fit your daily essentials without weighing you down.
  2. Elizabeth and James Cynnie Mini Bucket Bag: With soft lambskin, drawstring closure, and a 3-pocket interior, this mini bucket bag is a must-have. We love its expandable body for a versatile and stylish accessory.
  3. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Preppy Nylon Natasha Mini Crossbody Bag: If you’re worried about poor weather conditions, a chic nylon bag is a great choice. This top-rated style features a secure, zip-around flap and a quick and easy magnetic closure option.

Celeb Style: Beach Chic

Maxi dresses, cover-ups, and flat sandals are just a few of the items you’ll be wearing on repeat this season. And who better to look to for outfit inspiration than the always photo-ready Hollywood stars? See how Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr, Julianne Hough, Olivia Palermo, Rihanna and Jennifer Aniston hit the beach in style.

Celebrity Beach Style: Chic Cover Ups

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Jessica Alba

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Miranda Kerr

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Looking to show a little leg? Then a stylish cover up is perfect. Jessica Alba highlights her summer glow in a light Missoni cover up, white denim shorts, and a chic hat. Miranda Kerr keeps it simple in a semi-sheer leopard print dress and tan leather sandals.

Celebrity Beach Style: Bright Whites

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Julianne Hough

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Olivia Palermo

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While we love bright prints for summer, crisp whites can be just as great. Julianne Hough hits the beach in lacy white shorts, a silver sequin bikini top, and a matching hat. Olivia Palermo stays true to her preppy style in a classic button down, matching shorts, and a beachy bag. Both ladies complete their looks with chic shades.

Celebrity Beach Style: Great Lengths

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Rihanna

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Jennifer Aniston

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Maxi dresses are a summer staple as they are not just stylish, they also provide cool protection from the sun. Rihanna hits the streets in a flowing, blue floral print dress, a matching white tote, and bold gold jewelry. Jennifer Aniston channels her laid-back Cali girl vibe in a printed strapless number, classic aviators, and minimal accessories.

Wedding Wednesday: Best Kept Secret Honeymoon Locales

Blog Contributor: Amanda Goetz, Founder & CEO of Availendar

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today we ask you to put down the registry scanner, step away from the Pinterest boards and take a moment to dream about your long-awaited honeymoon.

Let’s all step outside the comfort zone of the “couples-only” resorts and try a radical and exciting approach to this once in a lifetime trip. We found five destinations that are so remote, I am pretty sure they can only be reached through a wardrobe to Narnia.  These best kept secret honeymoon locales will make you forget all about the wedding stress and make everyone jealous of your post-nuptial Instagram feed. 

Honeymoon Destinations: A Walk on the Wild Side

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Located in northern Tanzania, the Singita Sasakwa Lodge provides expansive views over the Serengeti plains and its abundance of wildlife. The lodge blends authentic European Style with Eastern African influences, and creates an old-world luxurious setting – a little Gatsby-meets-Lion King. Couples can spend the morning getting up-close and personal with zebras, cheetahs, lions and elephants during a professionally guided game drive and then spend the afternoon relaxing in the spa sipping on wine from the Singita cellars.  If you thought people were animals at your wedding, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Honeymoon Destinations: Not Your Childhood Tree House

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Juvet is a boutique hotel in rural Norway set on a steep natural levee and allows for total immersion in nature. Seven unique cabins are set in a valley between two snow-capped mountains, as you perch above the Valldoal River. Each accommodation features a floor-to-ceiling glass pane that runs the length of one full wall so you can admire the serene landscape of birch trees, rushing rivers and stunning mountain terrain. Since you can’t be seen from any of the other houses, you can fully give in to any temptation to strip down and be one with nature.

Honeymoon Destinations: The Quintessential Honeymoon

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There are some spots that just scream honeymoon bliss and this is definitely one of them. The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives is on an exclusive, private and romantic island, lush with tropical plants and encircled by the clear blue waters of one of the largest lagoons of the Maldives. Since this resort is only accessible by boat or seaplane, you will have no choice but to just relax and take in the tranquil sounds, soft sand and warm sun.  

Honeymoon Destinations: Santa’s Backyard

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Ever the gracious host, Santa opens up his arctic circle home at Kakslauttanen Igloo Village in northeast Finnish Lapland, allowing you to honeymoon under the beautiful Northern Lights, tucked romantically away in your very own igloo. Quite the juxtaposition as you enjoy steamy dates at a bar made entirely of ice or the world’s largest snow restaurant. During your stay at Kakslauttanen you can try exhilarating winter safaris by reindeer, husky, or snowmobile. My favorite part is being nestled inside one of the 20 thermal glass igloos while taking in stunning views of the Aurora Borealis. Oh and they actually have Santa’s home now open to the public, or you can play Mr. & Mrs. Claus by renting it out for the evening, magic reindeer and all.

Honeymoon Destinations: BYOD- Bring Your Own Donkey

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I had the pleasure of planning an event at the lovely Chora Resort on the untouched, tiny island of Folegandros, Greece. This remote location boasts only 667 inhabitants and is closed to car and motorcycle traffic. To reach the Mama-Mia-esq church perched atop of a cliff, couples will have to walk or borrow a donkey. The quiet romantic atmosphere at the Chora Resort perfectly complements the magnificent view of the vibrantly blue Aegean Sea. 24 residences are spread throughout the 3,500 square miles of property surrounded by lush gardens with tropical trees and colorful flowers – also known as heaven on earth dipped in olive oil.

Author: Amanda Goetz is the Founder and CEO of Availendar.com: a site helping brides and event planners access the availability calendars of reputable vendors in the event industry. Availendar is currently in beta and being rolled out in NYC. If you are a vendor, bride or event planner please visit www.availendar.com to request an invitation. 

Contact Amanda at Amanda@availendar.com or @availendar 

Stylist Picks: Vacation Outfits to Shop Now

Whether you are hitting the slopes or basking on a beach for the holidays, one thing is certain: stylish, no-brainer outfits are essential to a stress free vacation. Yesterday we highlighted three perfect looks for the resort lady, today; we bring you more stylist picks. See how TopShelf stylist Randi takes her clients to the ski slopes, and how in-house stylist Mae highlights beach-ready fashion. 

Vacation Outfits: Winter Getaway

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“Hit the slopes this season in comfy wardrobe essentials. Even if you’re not the skiing type, we all love to cozy up by the fire and drink hot chocolate. I love this fisherman cable knit sweater. Pair it with a chunky, cream scarf and complete your look with a basic pair of leggings and essential caribou boots by Sorel.” – Randi

Shop the Look: Penfield Landis Down Duffle Jacket; Sorel Caribou Boots; Eberjey Cozy Time Leggings; Paula Bianco Chunky Knit Wrap Scarf;  Ami Dans La Rue Cable Knit Sweater 

Vacation Outfits: Beach Getaway

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“Get these timeless beach essentials for any upcoming vacation. This striped Norma Kamali one piece is classic and chic. Team it with this elegant cover up dress if you need a break from the sun and keep that boho vibe with these Joie sandals and Gorjana layered locket necklace.” – Mae

Shop the Look:  Melissa Odabash Ruby Cover Up Dress; Gorjana Ella Layered Locket Necklace; Tory Burch Modern Foldable Sunglasses; Joie A La Plage Toulon Sandals; Norma Kamali Mio One PieceJoie Kennedi Tote

 

3 Vacation Outfits Inspired by Resortwear 2014

If you’re heading someplace warm for the holidays, it’s a great excuse to buy something that will take you through Spring 2014. Today we’ve pulled 3 looks inspired by the 2014 resortwear runways that you can shop now! From exciting prints to colorful accessories, these outfits are sure to add some flare to your travel style this season.

Vacation Outfits: Flirty Florals

You can expect to see a return of slouchy pants next season, so why not invest in a pair now? Team yours with a cap sleeve blazer and bright pumps for a sophisticated, cool outfit or swap out the shoes for a chic pair of sandals and hit the pool. 

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Shop the Look: Haute Hippie Cap Sleeve Blazer; Adia Kibur Classic Gemstone Necklace; Charles Henry Tuxedo Stripe Pants; Alice + Olivia Dina Suede Pumps; Madewell New Slub V Neck Pocket Tee

Vacation Outfits: Clean Lines

This dress features a cutout design, mimicking the very popular crop top trend for spring. Pair yours with a colorful bag and gold accessories for a comfortable, chic daytime outfit.

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Shop the Look: Band of Outsiders Breton Cutout Dress; Marc by Marc Jacobs What’s The T Tote; Juliet & Company Saint Louis Bracelet; Cheap Monday Painted Earrings; Joie A La Plage Nice Metallic Thong Sandals

Vacation Outfits: Exotic Touch

Short suits combine playful spring fashion with classic sophistication. Opt for on-trend semi-sheer fabrics and a printed top for an exciting resort-ready outfit.

TopShelf Clothes | Vacation Outfits

Shop the Look: Trouvé Three Pocket Blazer; MINKPINK Jungle Jamboree Sleeveless Shirt; Kate Spade New York Metallic Heel SandalsJ.W. Hulme Co. Tiny Legacy Bag; Enza Costa Chiffon Layered Shorts


Friday Lifestyles: Stylish Ski Gear

Today we have selected some ski gear-musts to help you stay warm and stylish on your wintery retreats this season. With the right brands and gear you can look completely chic while hitting the slopes.

TopShelf Picks for Stylish Ski Gear:

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  • The Coat: Canada Goose Chillwack Bomber- Functionality is just as important as style when it comes to the coat. No matter how cute you look, if you’re miserably cold your trip will be ruined. Choose a coat that provides extra warmth and mobility like this Canada Goose bomber.
  • Lock in Heat: Uniqlo Women Heattech Long Sleeve Turtle Neck Tee- This shirt may seem basic, but don’t be fooled. Uniqlo has developed a special heat technology that uses one’s body heat to generate and retain warmth. The top is also made to absorb moisture, dry quickly and eliminate odor, so you can come off the slopes looking fresh!
  • Base Layers:  Juicy Couture Black Angel Striped Thermal Leggings- Layering is key when staying warm on the slopes. Try a chic pair of thermals like these Juicy Couture leggings. They will provide extra warmth under your ski pants and can double as loungewear during your getaway.
  • Boots: Sorel Joan of Artic Haircalf Boots- Transition out of your heavy ski shoes into these stylish Sorel boots. The waterproof rubber shell will keep your feet dry and the faux fur cuffs will add a touch of luxe glamour to your look.
  • Eyewear: Oakley JP Auclair Signature Series Crowbar Snow Goggles- It may be hard to look attractive in goggles, but they are a necessary. Not only will they shade your eyes from the sun, but they provide relief from the cool air as you fly down the mountain as well. This pair features increased lens sizing for greater visual range and triple fleece face foam for maximum moisture wicking and comfort. And, as an added bonus, you can customize your own pair.

 

Celebrity Style: Airport Fashion

Celebrities spend a great deal of time traveling, so it is unsurprising to see them in perfect airport outfits. While their style is rarely complex due to the lengthy checkpoints that come with traveling, celebrities do prove the benefit of simple layers. Whether that means a classic trench coat or sleek leather jacket, these celebrities show us how easy it is to stay stylish while in transit this holiday season.

Celebrity Airport Style: Casual Comfort

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Anne Hathaway sports a classic trench, denim and printed scarf. Emma stone wears a similar outfit with a lengthy black coat and chunky heels- perfect for a long trek through the airport.

Celebrity Airport Style: Edgy Cool

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TopShelf Clothes | Celebrity Style Airport Fashion

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Emily Blunt keeps it simple with loose fitting biker boots and an edgy moto jacket. Kate Beckinsale pairs her boots with a long fur bomber and leggings for comfort.

Celebrity Airport Style: Classic and Chic

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Gwyneth Paltrow pairs a classic blazer with riding pants, a cozy scarf and booties. Sienna Miller balances skinny jeans with a flowing cape coat and top handle tote.

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Top 5 Travel Beauty Essentials

As fun as traveling may be, it can also leave you looking tired and drained. Rather than rushing to the nearest powder room upon arrival, plan ahead so you can stay fresh all day. Today we’ve picked our top 5 travel beauty essentials that no woman should leave the house without. Whether that means a weekend getaway or a tropical vacation, these beauty products will keep you looking radiant and flawless in any climate.

Top 5 Picks for Travel Beauty Essentials:

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  1. Prevent Oil: Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer (1 oz): Fight excess oil that comes from heat or hours in the airport. This product not only helps keep makeup in place for up to 12 hours but it also refines the appearance of pores and diffuses fine lines and imperfections with a natural, flawless look.
  2. Lashes that Last: Estée Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge Mascara: Estée Lauder uses Smudge-Shield technology to create this non-runny mascara so that it stays fresh even if you’re enduring high heat and humidity.
  3. Lock in Moisture: L’Occitane 100% Pure Shea-Butter: This honey-enriched shea-butter hand cream provides ultra-rich spot treatment to soften even the driest skin. Apply for head to toe hydration.
  4. All Day Lip Color: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color: Top rated long-lasting and moisture rich lipstick that is suitable for all climates
  5. Fight Tired Eyes: Claudine Pulpe Vitamineé Eye and Lip Cream: This eye cream treats and prevents dark circles from jet lag, plus, it doubles as a lip balm.
  6. The Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Tote: A classic tote to carry all of your traveling needs. For more travel bag options, see our top picks for every price range.