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Kate Hudson - Spring & Summer Outfit



 Capturing Kate's Magic






Kate Hudson actor and fashion maven on the red carpet and in daily life recently made headlines in a fresh and fun outfit for a Memorial Day 2015 weekend bash in Malibu, California.  The fashion ensemble is Audreyesq classic with flirty pants, swimsuit underneath, creamy loose sweater, whimsical tote, flashy eyewear, pointy toed pumps and finishing with an engaging smile.  The ultimate easy breezy outfit, which works all summer long.  Let's deconstruct this ensemble and mix with a bit of Audrey that can be effortlessly yet glamorously  worn over again during the dog days of summer.

Kate and Audrey Polished  - The Pant

Audrey Hepburn - Sabrina (1954)

"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters."  - Audrey Hepburn





I.  Paint Pattern Infused Pant:  First start with choosing a pant, skinny, capri or jean with a two toned geometric design that is bold to the eye.  No leggings or sweat pants.




St. John 'Alexa' Lattice Print Cotton Sateen Pants



Halogen 'Taylor' Print Skinny Pants (Regular & Petite)



CJ by Cookie Johnson 'Joy' Lace Print Stretch Skinny Jeans (Slate)



Michael Kors - Gingham Check Ankle Pants, Lawn






MICHAEL Michael Kors Skinny Polka-Dot Pants


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Liz Playful in White



Elizabeth Taylor - Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)


"I feel adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I am not afraid to look behind them." - Elizabeth Taylor




II.   The White Only:  Second snap up a one piece swimsuit in white to use as a top.  The white number sets the beachy mood, shows of décolleté  and makes a fashionista ready for anything on a hot sun washed day.





Tommy Bahama - Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit





Becca Crochet One-Piece Swimsuit



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The Summer Pull Over



Kate Hudson - Something Borrowed (2011)



II.  The Clam Bake or Party Sweater:  Third, look for a loose knit pull over that is not fitted, not too warm, falls off of shoulder and in a white or ivory shade of lovely.





Eileen Fisher - Three Quarter Sleeve Cotton Blend Top






NY Collection Asymmetrical - Hem Crochet Sweater



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The Pointed - Toe




Juliette Lewis - Jimmy Choo Alina Suede Point Toe Flats




Audrey Hepburn


"Most folks are as happy as they make up there minds to be" - Abraham Lincoln



IV.  Preppy Pointy Toed Flat:  Opt for pointed toed flats only for a feminine refinement to the look. Perhaps with a pale pop of color.



The Best!

Ivanka Trump - 'Chic' Flat



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The Shades - Aviators



Angelina Jolie - Dolce & Gabbana Eye Wear



Sarah Jessica Parker


"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."  - Dalai Lama XIV




V.  Fun and Sporty:   Accentuate the summer in the sun outfit with a pair of modern yet so classic aviators.   Be daring.





Warby Parker - Batten



Ray-Ban Original Aviator


Ray - Ban - 'New Classic' 59mm Aviator Sunglasses


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The Polished Tote





Angelina Jolie - Everlane 'Petra' Tote



VI.  Essential Tote:  The finishing touch is a minimally embellished tote to carry personal belonging to the beach, to a party or even to tennis!


Deals & Steals Totes




Everlane - The Casual Petra - $285 - Retail $700



HOT Buy - Seriously Hot



Street Level - Reversible Vegan Leather Tote & Wristlet - $48


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Be That Lady....





"Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well-lived" - Eleanor Roosevelt


 Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style

Swimwear for Summer Sunshine Fun



Bathing Suit Mania




"Sunshine is my favorite accessory!"


Summer sunshine, sandy beaches, chaise lounge chairs, glittering pools and refreshing drinks come to mind during the opening days of summer fun. When searching for the "perfect" swimsuit, eyes glaze over, anticipation in fitting rooms becomes frantic and the stress meter runs high.   Frankly finding a swimsuit that is flattering on skin that has been kept from the sun for months is a chore that can be nerve wracking.  However, after coming home from a sun filled Mexican vacation, there is only one style that fits all body types.  The one piece swimsuit hands down is the most flattering.  And, while viewing the finale of the series  (Mad Men, AMC),  there is something so refreshingly charming and sexy about choosing the most figure enhancing silhouette from the 1950's and '60's.  And, which brand reigns supreme for this fashionista?   Drum roll please - La Blanca!


One-Piece Please!

But What About the Bikini?

Or course, swimwear selection is filled with many different styles that can be flattering on the female body.  There are bikinis, one-pieces with sweetheart lines or ruched bandeau one-pieces, high waist bottoms or the tankini.   As stated the women creating the most ocean waves were adorned in one piece bathing suits. Yes, bikini's can be attractive but thinness and a toned physic is imperative.  The bikinis or barely there pieces of fabric were best on the youth though the plethora of tattooed limbs detracted rather than added beauty.   Thus, for the 40 something Forever Chic Style fashionista the only silhouettes to purchase are The One-Piece and sister of the bikini - The Two-Piece Tankini!

The Classic - The One Piece


Mad Men (AMC)


I.  Old Hollywood Style - The One Piece:  Glamorous and flattering on every shape.  Take this seriously.  Women donning this number will glow under the ocean or desert sunshine.  The ruching creates a slim silhouette and the hues come in sun kissed shades.   Always order two sizes higher than normal wear.


La Blanca Ruched Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit

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The Swimdress



Keira Knightley - Atonement (2007)


II.  The One Piece Swimdress:  Simple and elegant with a flared skirt for a sexy appeal while frolicking in the water.



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Sister to The Bikini


II.   Sister of the Bikini - The Tankini - Two Piece:  The tankini is exceptional for sunshine sports.  The swim skirt adds splash filled pizzazz for every activity.






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The Retro Option


III. The High Waist Bottoms:  Retro cool high rise bottoms cannot be forgotten.  This trend is very hot and probably best on the self confident swim babe fashionista.


Volcom 'Floral Junkie' High Waist Bikini Bottoms


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Sun Protection!

Mad Men (AMC)
III.  The Keep Cool Cover Up: Essential to combat the UV rays against precious skin.  This fashionista suffers from an allergy to the suns UV rays, which results in red welts on the skin.  It is a frustrating occurrence.  However, the SPF shirts helps keep the sun at bay.


Sporty  

Pretty

La Blanca Crochet Trim Cover-Up
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 The Face Protector

Nicole Kidman - Just Go With It (2011)
II.  Cover Thy Face:  It is so important to not let the sun's vibrant rays touch the face.  Always wear a sun hat.
Eric Javits 'GG Dame II' Packable Sun Hat

Prevent the Burn


V.   Sunscreen:  The eternal bottle of youth must be applied frequently!  

For Face - Sensitive Skin

Clarins - UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50

For Body - Sensitive Skin







Marilyn Monroe

"Dressing Well is a Form of Good Manners" - Tom Ford

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style

Mothers Day - Top Five Gifts

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Mother Enlightenment


The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte of Cambridge - May 2, 2105


Mothers Day is this weekend and with this day it is interesting to ponder about the essence of what makes a mother, mom and a wise woman.  Mothers can guide children, can provide protection and can remain a constant force and role model to a child for life.  The word "can" is used since not all are graced with an inspirational and caring birthing mother yet this does not stop a child to form other "mother" attachments.   It is the beauty and desire of most women to provide wisdom to the next generation and to understand that the path of being a mother comes in many forms which does not always include birthing a child. There are all types of mothers ranging from women who give birth, adopt, stepmothers or being fortunate enough to be a second mom to their friends children.   The tapestry is breathtaking and fulfilling for women making choices to help build self confidence, inspire a work ethic and breath positive reassurance to young women, young girls or with girlfriends.  The joy is ten-fold, memorable and worth every moment. 

Don't Forget Your Dreams and Passions!


Along the path of  "Mother Enlightenment", it is important to not forget what drives a woman and to remember that children become adults with the end goal of forming a life that is separate from the parent.  In other words, all women must find a mission statement for themselves and build a life separate from rearing children which may include a career, a passion, a sport, a group, a loved one, travel, reading or anything that fills the soul.  Embrace yourself, thank yourself, embrace other mothers in life, remember those that have passed and more important never forget this is your life too.  Don't forget your spouse, significant other nor you in the process of raising children.



Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (2014)

 

"Is that all there is? I thought there would be more.”


Boyhood an excellent film which depicts a family over a span of twelve years.  In many ways the film could have been called Motherhood since the audience watches the main characters age gracefully.  At the end of the film, she finds herself alone as her son departs for college and sadly wonders what has happened to her life.  Choose to not be this person.  Instead spread your wings, sail the seas and enjoy life's adventures by focusing on being a fulfilled woman who gives love and guidance to family, children and to all the women in your life.


Top Five Mother Gifts

 

Angelina Jolie

Actor, Director, Humanitarian, Writer, Wife and Mother to biological and adopted children.  




"With my family, I’m trying to raise them to have respect for all people and make friends around the world and feel at home with the world and really live a truly global [life] because I think it’s what forms them and it’s really important to me” - Angelina Jolie



I.  Spritz on Perfume:  Experience the rich perfume with glorious scents by Jo Malone.  Mix and create a new and exotic scent. 





Jo Malone™ Cologne Set (Limited Edition) - $110

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Blake Lively

New Mom, Wife, Actress & Preserve Founder

 

"This is the happiest time in my life, and I could say that every day," she says. "I often feel like, 'I can't believe I'm experiencing this." - Blake Lively


II.  Perfect in Pink Wallet:  Add a pop of sunshine color with this beautiful matinee wallet. 


Ted Baker - 'Franny' Patent Leather Matinee Wallet - $150

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Kate Spade

Mother, Wife, Designer, Degree in Journalism, Co-Founder Kate Spade New York

 

"Shes quick and curious and playful and strong. She a voracious reader and an fantastic dancer. She saves old scrapbooks and loses her umbrella.  Her email piles up but she never forgets to call her grandmother.  She has seven dollars changes at the bottom of her handbag." - kate spade



III.  The Spade Effect: Anything Kate Spade is fun, vibrant and exceptional for the spring and summer.  Snap up a quirky IPhone cover and spread joy across the land.



kate spade new york - 'jeweled flamingo' iPhone 6 case - $45


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Taylor Swift

Most Charitable Celebrity - No one pulls off selflessness quite like Taylor Swift.Singer, Songwriter, Humanitarian, Education, Supporting Feeding America, UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity





Taylor Swift - AMC Awards 2015 Presented to her by mother - Andrea Swift


"Like many of you with children of your own, I am a very proud mom. So I'd like to thank the ACMs for honoring her in this way, but I'd also like to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And to the fans, I know you love her as I love her, and for that I thank you eternally." - Andrea Swift


IV.   Tortoise Sunglasses:  Snap up a pair of Warby Parker sunglasses. Seriously a wise and beautiful investment.  This fashionista has several...







Warby Parker - Piper in Petal Tortoise - $95


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Sandra Bullock

"World's Most Beautiful Woman" People Magazine 2015
American Actress, Film Producer, Production Company, Mother







"You don't have to give birth to someone to have a family. We are all a family -- an extended family." - Sandra Bullock


V.  Jewelry is Always Appropriate:  Nadri earrings add glamour to any outfit and bit of sparkle to everyday. 



Nadri Pave' Curved Bar Stud Earrings - $38


Audrey Hepburn and Mom



 

"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others".
-- Audrey Hepburn

Happy Mothers Day to All Mom's, All Women and Mainly to You!

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style