Eat Your Hat: 10 Amazing Straw Hats To Wear This Summer

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img_7581Straw hats! Traditional French, vintage fedora, Marrakech-style wide brim, the boater with extra tall crown and colorful tassels. There are so many styles for your personality, lifestyle and budget! In case if you are still looking for an amazing summer straw hat under $50, here are my treasure finds:

1. I simply adore this black, wide-brim hat with a geometric pattern for only $9.95!

Yoins Simple Summer Beach Straw Floppy Sun Hat


 

2. Channel your inner sailor with this charming nautical-inspired hat for only $26.40!

Betmar Striped Straw Sun Hat


 

3.  Fedora  with braided band and wooden badge will add an effortlessly chic touch to everyday look: 

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Outdoor Research Ixtapa Fedora

 

4. I also like these  chic frayed-edge straw hats from the Evan-Evina online boutique in Australia. They  come in natural and beautiful, burned amber colors.

 

 5. This African treasure for just $30 will certainly spice up your summer outfit! African_straw_hat_made_in_ghana

Straw Sun Hat

6. SONOMA Goods for Life classic fedora features lovely geometric print:

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Sonoma Goods For Life Hat

7. If you are concerned about sun exposure, or you just love ultra-wide brims, check out this stunning  floppy hat from luxurydivas.com:

Tan & White 8" Wide Brim Straw Beach Sun Floppy Hat

8″ Wide Brim Floppy Hat 

 

8. Fun and chic crocheted bucket straw hat is currently on sale for just $20: 

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Chaps Crocheted Bucket Hat

9. Charming straw boater hat will add some edge to any casual summer look.

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Boater Straw Hat

10. This wide brim floppy hat will offer fashionable protection from the sun while its adjustable chin cord  will ensure against loss of your hat in the wind: 

Affordable fashions for men and women

Wide Brim Hat With Chin Cord

What are your treasure finds? Have a fun and safe summer!

Elev8 Show NYC: Luxury and Sustainability Do Go Hand in Hand


Spring is a great time to give your closet a fresh look, go get a new haircut, treat yourself to fresh smoothies and discover new beauty products and brands.

With this in mind, I set out to the heart of Chelsea with an open mind. I wasn’t disappointed. I learned so much about Elev8. I obtained a lot of fresh insight into the luxury beauty industry.
You’re probably already aware that more beauty brands are becoming socially and environmentally conscious and attempting to bridge luxury and sustainability. This means that we can enjoy a luxury experience that often provides health benefits while minimizing environmental impact.
I hauled home numerous samples. Here my top five picks.

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths

Most of us are not aware that daily we use so many personal products that cause damage to our environment. Kaia cloths are a true game changer! Not only are free of alcohol, synthetic fragrance, parabens and sulfates, more importantly, they are 100% biodegradable.

Kaia bamboo cleansing cloths

Soigné Nail Polish

Soigné is more than just a luxury brand with elegant packaging. Its formula contains no harmful carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals that may be found in many personal products). And they are up to 85% plant sourced.

Soigné Organic Luxury Nail Polish

Flynn & King Natural Skin Care Soap

This company uses a cold process to produce its soaps. This creates an incredible lather to allow a truly luxurious bathing experience. I’ve tried quite a few brands that make organic soaps and I’ve noticed that most of them do not lather well. I found out during the event that some soaps use a hot process technique, which is more efficient, yet decreases lathering and nutrient levels. So, if you want to try an incredibly natural soap without sacrificing luxury, check out Flynn & King soaps.

Mālayā Organics Hair Oil

What an amazing experience! This company offers aroma therapeutic hair oil, which repairs dry hair and doubles as a styling product to give hair shine. It’s 100% natural. This product is rich with a number of organic oils. Curious to know which kinds? They use coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil, hemp oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and many more. No genetically modified, hydrogenated products here! Mālayā Organics Hair Oil is perfect to nurture and revitalize my stressed hair, keep it less vulnerable to breakages and frizz.

Malaya Organics Hair Oil Style And Repair

S.W. Organic Lip Balm

This just became my best friend. It fits easily in my purse and has a great peppermint flavor that I absolutely love. More importantly, the Brooklyn-based company that produces it uses natural ingredients that are certified organic, fair trade, or sourced from family farms.

S W Basics Organic Lip Balm


Elev8 Beauty Event, Chelsea, New York

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What is new and fresh in your shopping list?

 

Twelve Ways to Increase Polyvore Followers

Victoria Beckham in Louboutine: Get The Look

1. Participate. A great way to expose your art is through a group contest or the Polyvore contest.

2. Be original. Other people’s sets provide  great inspiration for layouts and color schemes. However, distinctive style and persistence in design are what will make you unique.

3. Engage with Polyvore users. Comment on the sets rather than just clicking “like.”

4. Learn graphic design basics. This includes the typography essentials and color selections. You can learn more about these by watching YouTube videos. In the embellishment category, the  “Colors” tool  has very popular and interesting  palettes to make your set visually appealing.

5. Keep it simple. Avoid using too many details. For example, don’t incorporate an inordinate amount of colors. Simplicity is the key. Once the set is ready, play with it. Simplify by removing unnecessary layers or details.

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6. Use personal messages or quotes. This is a wonderful way to connect with other members.

7. Challenge yourself. Rather than styling an already popular item, create an incredible set from a simple, unknown product.

8. Use hashtags related to your set when publishing.

9. Search for trends, top sets for inspiration and ideas. You will find these by clicking on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner.

10. Create your personal template. A personalized template will ensure format consistency and  highlight your profile, along with your art.

11. Understand community. Once you have followers, it is important to understand and embrace the concept of sharing and giving in this digital world. Create albums. Group other people’s work and promote their art. Share their sets on social media channels, such as Instagram, Facebook, WordPress, etc. Don’t forget to mention the artist’s username and offer a link back to his or her work.

12. Practice, practice, practice. You can become an expert in anything if you genuinely enjoy it and continually practice. You don’t have to be innately gifted. All you need is passion. Good luck!

Please, share any other tips you’ve discovered in  using Polyvore.

Ten Must-Have Productivity Apps for Fashion Bloggers

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As a fashion blogger, you focus on time management, while staying on top of trends and creating a great visual presentation for your blog. In addition to all the social media apps on your smartphone, here are 10 apps that will inspire you and increase your productivity:

1. Flipboard

I absolutely love this app and use it every morning while drinking my coffee. It’s a really great combo – caffeine and new information – that energizes me and instantly makes me a nice person in the morning. Flipboard allows you to customize your daily social media reading in magazine format. It is a very efficient tool whereby you can stay informed about the top celebrity news, as well as fashion and technology trends. Here, you also can connect your favorite blogs, as well as updates from other social media accounts, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

2. Instapaper

Riding the subway every morning? Save a few interesting articles to the instapaper app. This app’s amazing feature allows you to access your articles without the Internet.

3. Style.com
If you love fashion, Style.com is one of the greatest apps to stay informed about trends, in addition to current and emerging designers. Every fashionista needs this application.

4. Polyvore
This is an addicting social media networking app, which allows you to discover trends, create style sets and share them with fans, fashonistas, interior designers and artists around the globe. Industry players will also appreciate its advertising potential.

5. Animoto
This awesome app creates a video at the speed of light via your mobile device.

6. PicCollage
With this terrific app, you can quickly craft mood boards and collages with images instantaneously . You can customize the background, frame and effects. Then, share your creations with your fans.

7. Dropbox
High-resolution pictures are easily managed with this application. You can safely and securely store and share images with your teammates and friends. The images are shared privately and you control accessibility.

8. Instaquote
Now you can create stylish quotes and instantly share them via Twitter or Instagram. You can also save them in Dropbox.

9. Fashion Network
Watch fabulous fashion shows from New York, Paris, Milan, London, Los Angeles and the Miami Fashion Weeks by using this app.

10. Pinterest
An extremely user-friendly application for marketing your work, Pinterest also provides visual inspiration and styling ideas. Collect beautiful images, create your own boards and share them with your fans!

What are your favorite smartphone apps that you use on a daily basis?

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