"Fashion fades, only style remains the same." Coco Chanel

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Cross-body Handbags & Top Summer Picks

Trains, Planes, Automobiles, Camping, Hiking...

Ca'Rezzonico, Venice

The travel bug is portrayed heavily in social media during the summer months in the United States and around the globe.  Many pack suitcases to hop on a plane or hit the road with gusto eager to explore the homeland or venture forth abroad.  Either path is exciting and filled with adventure. Preparing for a local road trip or excursion across the pond can be overwhelming. Here are few numbers to alleviate the packing ordeal.  Of course, all recommended are summer sensational without breaking the bank.  After all if some necessity is forgotten along the merry adventure trails then there is a tad more dollars for extra pieces and maybe a souvenir or two.  

The Style Setter

I.  The Travel Handbags:   When getting reading for an outing there is a desire for a  simple and light crossbody handbag.   These Rebecca Minkoff selections are perfect for holding a cell phone, cash, credit cards and a lipstick.  Out the door we stride onward for new experiences.  Of course, hands free!

Rebecca Minkoff Isobel Phone Crossbody Bag

Rebecca Minkoff Isobel Phone Crossbody Bag

Another Option - Bigger - Holds More

Rebecca Minkoff Chase Phone Leather Crossbody

The Wristlet - Cell Phone, 3 Cards and Cash

Rebecca Minkoff Leather iPhone 7 Wristlet

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or find it not" - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Evening Breezes

II. Cozy Cardigan:  Adorn a classic and light cardigan for surreal sunsets or when light winds prevail.  

Many Colors, Patterns & in Popular Jersey

Bobeau High/Low Jersey Cardigan

"We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend"  - Robert Louis Stevenson


Never Leave Home Without Sunshine Rays

Angelina Jolie - Ray Bans

III.  Must Have Ray-Ban Aviator:  100 Percent UV protection is an absolute essential for the travel diva.   The Ray-Ban Original Aviator is classic, timeless and sophisticated on the wearer.  Keep your eyes protected and appear stunning on any adventure. 

Lots of Hues! Better to See you With!

Ray-Ban Standard Original 58mm  Aviator Sunglasses

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do. So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."  - Mark Twain

Happy Travels

Until Next Time!

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style

Summer Reading - 2017

Beach, Porch, Ocean Air - Chic Lit Reading List

The vacation spell is upon the land.   The idea of a holiday varies from one person to another.  For some, the idea of sitting outside enjoying the beautiful ocean, relaxing by a pool and sipping a cold cocktail is sublime.  After months of stress, a relaxing respite is indeed a gift.  For others a sabbatical from everyday life includes a jam packed day of activities culminating in an appointed dinner date with more adventures planned for later.  Either way works perfectly well for the vacation bound travelers hopefully on the same page.   Of course, a good book is definitely a must for vacationers heading to any destination.   The need for reading material is imperative for flying, (you do not want to be Putty from Seinfeld with nothing to do on a plane but stare ahead or hope the passenger adjacent will be a chatty Cathy),  down moments and definitely for beach time.  It was noticed recently that the hard copy or soft copy of a book reigns supreme over technical gadgets.  This is probably due to the ease of flipping back and forth between pages, not worrying about water splatters and lotion hands cements the constant reminder of  the ease of use with a bound book. For instance, saving beach chairs or racing to the ocean, then back to the pool only to flop down onto the chaise lounge without worrying about anyone taking a technical object of value.   Additionally, sitting in the backyard or on a porch or on the couch with a good piece brings moments of joy. Nothing is better than reading a fast paced, interesting filled and touching fictional novel.    Learning about a foreign land, hometown and or a vibrant new culture is a delight to the mind and creates critical thinking. Jump for joy and get ready for a fun-filled summer heatwave.

Picks for Summer Reading

Romantic & Suspenseful

Cocoa Beach: A Novel - Beatriz Williams

I.  Cocoa Beach: A Novel by Beatriz Williams - (All her books are 4 1/2 stars on Amazon):  Williams novels are entertaining, interesting, historical, and entwined with love stories between the players.   This reader has enjoyed A Hundred Summers, The Secret Life of Violet Grant and Along the Infinite Sea.   Thus, looking forward to opening this just released book about Virgina Fortescue in sunny Florida filled with juicy suspense, romance with twists and turns after WWI. Can't wait to sit by a pool and delve into this lush, citrus grove and white sands tale.

"The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach."

kate spade new york 49mm reading glasses

"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.  They are the destination, and the journey. They are home."  - Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life


Did you read "Crazy, Rich Asians?" Soon to be a motion picture! Or "China Rich Girlfriend"?  Here is the third book in the series. 

Rich Peoples Problems - Kevin Kwan

II.  Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan -  (4 1/2 Stars Amazon):   Jealousy, betrayal, oodles of fashion, heirlooms with crazy twists and turns.  Can't wait to open the pages and continue the saga of Nicholas Young, Astrid Leong, Charlie Wu, Kitty Pong and so many others. Kwan's tales are witty, interesting, fascinating and guaranteed a superb summer read.

“Kevin Kwan has done it again. The mastermind behind the delicious Crazy Rich Asians series has drawn a cult-like following with his extravagant tales of Asia’s upper echelon. He’s back at with the series’s final installment, Rich People Problems (rest assured, it’s just as enthralling as the trilogy’s first two volumes).” –Isabel Jones, InStyle 
Valentino 54mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading."  - William Styron, Conversations with William Styron


Love Story - Choices Made

The Light We Lost - Jill Santopolo

IV.  The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo (4 1/2 Stars Amazon):  The tale looks intriguing based on two characters Lucy and Gabe meeting after September 11, 2001.  It is a love story about choices made in life with lasting repercussions.  A love story for the ages. Curling up with this story on a deck with a cocktail is indeed enticing.

“It’s the epic love story of 2017.”—Redbook

“Extraordinary.”—Emily Giffin

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Warby Parker Sunglasses - Piper

"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." - Lemony Snicket, Horseradish


Strong Women & Family Secrets

Summer's Hot Novel

The Forever Summer by Amy McFadden

IV.  The Forever Summer by Amy McFadden - (4 1/2 Stars Amazon):  The reviews for this number scream maximum delight infused entertainment. Everything needed for a summer beach or pool read.  The story line with lead character Marin Bishop who played by the rules, has career, and is engaged to handsome fiance only to have her world turned upside down is intriguing.  Takes place on coastal New England with all the beauty and charm of Cape Cod and with three generations of women. Looks like a definite page turner.

"Summer book lovers: start your engines and put this at the top of your Beach Reads list."―Barnes & Noble Reads

kate spade new york danna 52mm cat reading glasses

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis


Historical Fiction - Queen Anne

Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession by Alison Weir

V. Anne Boleyn - A Kings Obsession by Alison Weir (Six Tudor Queens) (4 1/2 Stars Amazon): Weir is an exceptional historical biography writer now bringing people to life through works of historical fiction.  This novel delves into the trials and tribulations of Anne Boleyn a pawn in the world of power by her family to marry the King of England. Boleyn is clever, witty, a head of her time all the while being a femme fatale for King Henry VIII.  Which as history portrays leads this dynamic young woman to a hideous finale.   Cannot wait to read the spin on this long ago tale from a fresh perspective.

Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession is beautifully written, exquisitely detailed, and gives readers a more down-to-earth picture of the often maligned Anne. . . . Don’t miss this series.”Romance Reviews Today

“[Weir] explores Anne’s influences and motivations, creating a multifaceted portrait of an ambitious woman who reluctantly accedes to Henry’s courtship and later acts out of desperation to protect herself and her daughter, Elizabeth. Even readers who know Anne’s story well should gain insights from this revealing novel.”Booklist

Corinne McCormack Sydney 51mm Reading Glasses

Reading opens the mind, fills the soul and emphasizes the frailty and strength of the human condition.  The circle of life throughout history continues to keep on repeating with love, hate, jealousy and everything chaotic taking center stage.  Take time off this summer and enjoy the fruits of labor with a chic lit novel to escape, relax and enjoy glorious summer.   When finished with these tales - let me know what you think?

Happy Summer!  Happy Reading Trails! 

"The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  - Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style

Sandals for Sensational Summer

Step Out in Style

Summer sandals make a splash this season with flirty and comfortable peeps to bring smiles abound.  Add shorts, swimsuits, charming cocktail frocks and be ready to dance or walk the day and night away.  There is always something so freeing to let the toes breathe after months of boots stomping through rain, sleet, snow and hail.  No more.  Set the feet free.  By the way - be sure to invest in monthly pedicures completely the photo op and adding a bit of color to the winter hidden toes. 

 Top Three - Spring Free My Dear

Bruce Weber's Vogue Photoshoot

I. Happy Feet:  Comfort and style in gladiator sandals is essential for daily and evening activities during the dog days of summer fun.  

Personal Fav - Guarantee Comfort!

Comes Silver, Black & Gold

Sofft Rio Gladiator Wedge Sandal

Comes in Black & Silver

Sofft Rosario Sandal 

These Lovelies are Slated For the Stylish Mavens

Jimmy Choo - Nude & Black Suede

Jimmy Choo Ren Block Heel Sandal

Cocktails Please! 

Block Heels

Stuart Weitzman Frayed Ankle Strap Sandal

Louise et Cie Karisa Ankle Cuff Sandal

"Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life" 


Boating Season & More! 

II.  Anchors Aweigh:  Sail the ocean blue, walk the beach or shop for groceries sporting a pair of boat shoes.  The ultimate in comfort and classic fashion.  The end effect is sheer joy for the body and tootsies. 

Audrey Classic

Sperry Authentic Original Boat Shoe

Sperry Seaside Perforated Slip-On Sneaker

"Trust anyone whose boat shoes are more worn than yours" 


Flirty Flats

III.  Flats with Style:  Snap on a pair of embellished flats for a instant dollop of whimsical fashion. The result is splendor for the eyes to behold.

Lots of Patterns and Hues

Sam Edelman Dariel Bow Sandal

Gucci Cindi Rose T-Strap

Kate Spade New York Idette Fringe Flip Flop

Jack Rogers Pretty in Pastel Sandal

"A woman with good shoes is never ugly" - Coco Chanel

Take it all in this glorious season.   Embrace the sunshine, the greenery, the flowers, the barbecues, the ocean, the wind all the while dancing through the summer solstice in comfortable and stylish sandals.  Remember to smile, be poised, exhibit good manners and make the world laugh.  Follow the yellow brick road and allow the feet to march forth with gusto and joy.

Until Next Time!
Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style