When summer is on the way, it’s the perfect time to gather your girlfriends and go on a shopping spree. After all, the weather is hotting up and trips to the beach or weekends away in the sun are likely to be on the cards, and you’ll want to ensure that you have lots of cute outfits to see you through the season.

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A lot of ladies worry about their summer wardrobes, not really sure what they should be buying to look and feel their best when the weather is warmer, but it’s actually pretty easy to get it right, providing you know the following:

Buy Larger Shoes

It might sound odd, but one thing that women who are used to hot weather can all agree on is that you need to buy shoes that are at least half a size bigger than you would usually wear if you plan to wear them a lot in the summer. This is important because the summer heat causes feet to swell, and if your shoes are a perfect fit, there’ll be no room to accommodate this, causing nasty blisters and sores when you should be enjoying yourself.

Stick to Natural Fabrics

If you want to avoid looking and feeling like a hot, sweaty mess, then you really need to stick to natural fabrics like cotton and linen, avoiding poly-blends and synthetic materials, when shopping for your summer wardrobe. I know synthetic fast-fashion items are more affordable, but for the most part, they just aren’t breathable, and with a few exceptions, like Anthony’s chic resort dresses and sundresses, they will make you feel more uncomfortable at the height of summer’s heat. So, you may have to just suck it up and buy fewer pieces of higher-quality if you want to feel fresh and comfy and look fabulous this summer season.

Loosen Up

Another way to stay cool and keep yourself from getting too hot and sweaty is to choose looser garments. If you’re wearing a dress that is long and flowing and which keeps most of the material off your body, you’re obviously going to sweat less than you would if you had lots of fabric clinging to your body. So, keep those form-fitting dresses for the evening when it’s a bit cooler and go for loose, natural clothing during the day.

Customizable sunhats

Always Have a Hat and Scarf on Hand

When it comes to accessories, in the summer less is more because the more jewellery and clothing embellishments you have close to your skin, the hotter you will get, but you should always make an effort to carry a cute wide-brimmed hat and light chiffon scarf around with you. That way, when it gets too hot, you can out on the hat, or if you feel like you need more coverage, you can drape a scarf over your shoulders, and you will look even more fantastic.

Choose Light Colors

Summer is the perfect season to wear whites and pastel colors. Not only do they fit the season perfectly, but they also reflect the heat rather than absorbing it, helping you to feel cooler and fresher.

What are your top tips for staying cool and looking great in the summer?

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Unlike most of my #wcws, I have not actually met Sophie of Rosé Media yet, but I’ve been hearing about her for years. The first time it was from this guy who was telling me about Guest of a Guest and his friend who used to work for them and he wanted me to meet her. Then Diana from Lust Local featured her on her old blog. After reading about Sophie from Diana, I wanted to get to know her and didn’t even make the connection that they were the same person until I went to add her on Facebook and our mutual friend was that guy. Funny how that works out- DC is so small!

In Sophie’s own words:

I used to be a writer/blogger. I was the DC Editor of Guest of a guest for three years, and taking photos of everyone at every party is how I got to know so many people in the district. The DC site got allllmost a million hits a month by the time I was leaving. Now I think you know me just as the founder of Rosé Media, which manages social media profiles and designs websites for small DC businesses in the luxury space. I carved out this niche and it was a little weird at first because I had to explain to people that I absolutely did not do any PR, just social media.

In my words: Sophie is the kind of woman I aspire to be. She’s well connected, a self-starter, a boss. Plus, she’s gracious as all get-out. Like I said, we’ve never met but when I asked her for a question regarding a small business, she answered immediately and then gave me some advice for getting to where I want to be in my career (aka- running shit.) “Just do what I do and make it your side hustle before making it a full time thing.” Welp. That kind of gave me the kick I needed to ask Dani about being the community manager of Bubbles & Bloggers, getting my feet wet with a community organization in a fun way that also applies to what I want to do.

Plus she has an amazing style and a cat who went on a ride-along to Taco Bell sooo…

10 songs for a perfect sound track

Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles

Short Skirt Long Jacket by Cake

24k Magic by Bruno Mars

This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads

Stand Back by Stevie Nicks

Gooey by Glass Animals

Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis

Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake

How Deep Is Your Love by Calvin Harris

Bad Blood by Taylor Swift

9 words to describe you

Honest

Healthy

Happy

Opportunistic

Resourceful

Social

Creative

Persistent

Cynical (told you I was honest)

8 reasons that you love your life

I have friends and family who love me

I have the best fiancé in the world

I am healthy and love my body

I live in my favorite city in the world – Washington, DC

I live in an incredibly interesting time – 2017 is wild!

I can afford to enjoy experiences and eat well

I can let go of things and people that are not good for me more easily than most other people

I can sleep as much as I want!!! (I wish everyone could have my schedule!)

7 essentials in your closet

Red patent leather high heels

Dark jeans

Tory Burch flats

Little Black Dress by Project Gravitas

Kate Spade purses

Cashmere Brooks Brothers coat

VERY comfy and sometimes ugly things to lounge around in

Jumpsuits of all colors

6 non-electronic things you can’t live without

Sparkling water

The two quilts my mom has made me over the years. I figure if I am in a situation where I won’t have electronics, those will comfort me nicely.

My new house!!!

My bed

My cat, Noodle (note from Caro: I had to do some back-stalking but this picture of Noodle makes me CTFU)

Micron pens

5 people who have impacted your life

Both of my parents

Amy Argetsinger at the Washington Post

My fiancé

Reed Landry

4 places you’d like to visit

Marrakech, Maldives, Singapore, Santorini

3 unpopular opinions you have

I was madly in love with DC’s most hated bar, Smith Point, for about a decade (another note from Caro: I once fell off a table there)

I hate almonds, both their texture and flavor

I LOVE baby photos on social media. Post away, moms and dads!

2 things that scare you

Aging and cosmic insignificance

1 quote to live by

Everyone is dealt a hand of cards in life and we must play them as best as we can. It does you no use to be jealous of someone else’s better cards, nor does it if hold yourself back because you feel guilty about your strengths you were born with or worked hard to achieve.

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Planning a girls weekend away, whether it’s for a hen do or just any excuse to get away and blow off some steam, is not always easy and it can sometimes feel like a little bit of a logistical headache. However planning for a great weekend, that everyone will enjoy without any hiccups along the way is all in the detail, so here is our essential survival kit to ensure a great time is had by all.

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It’s All In The Detail

Forward thinking and careful planning will mean that you are prepared for every eventuality on your trip away. If you are going to be doing a lot of city exploring on foot, or countryside trekking then make sure you are well prepared with maps and blister bandages. There’s nothing that brings the mood of a weekend down than sore feet, getting lost and essentially, moaning girls. So thinking ahead of all the little necessary details will make sure your group stay cheerful and positive.

It’s All In The Planning

Planning the weekend is also really important. Obviously you don’t want to have every hour of every day organized down to military precision but you should at least have a vague idea of what you all want to do when you arrive at your weekend getaway destination. Talk to all the girls in your group about what everyone fancies doing and then start thinking about how you can fit all those things into your weekend. If you are wanting to create an organised schedule make sure you always allocate sections of each day where nothing is organized so that there is always free time for people to go off and do whatever they want for a couple of hours here and there

Have a look at any interesting festivals, concerts and events that may be happening in the place that you’re going to, to see if there’s anything unique that you can go and see and get involved in. And don’t get discouraged if plans fail- I was at a bachelorette weekend when one girl lost her ID. Rather than sulk about having to change plans when we couldn’t go to a bar, we went out for a crab feast instead and had a BLAST.

Fighting Off Those Inevitable Hangovers

We’ve all been there. Getting a little overly excited on the first night and overdoing it. The rest of the weekend can then be a bit of a washout with the group feeling groggy, tired and hungover. There are however some tricks to avoid this, other than, well, not getting carried and drinking so much.

Firstly a Vitamin C, or effervescent tablet is a great morning booster for tired and sluggish girls, so popping a tube of these into your weekend bag is definitely a good idea. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, so why not pack a hangover recovery capsule solution to help fight off those dreaded hangover.

Hangover capsules work by neutralizing your body’s reaction to the major toxins in alcohol, by stimulated the production of the enzyme ADH and ALDH in your liver. Just popping one of these FDA approved capsules with your first alcoholic drink can radically reduce hangovers the next day, so are definitely worth considering adding to your packing list.

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While weddings are always unique in their own way, like all things, they have a tendency to fall prey to trends. There are only so many new ideas, so couples tend to fall into a similar pattern depending on the age they are getting married in.

Wedding mason jar bar sign

For example, in the 1980s, your wedding wasn’t a wedding without bridal sleeves so puffy they almost required helium to stand upright. This was also the time of the crown of flowers for the bride, along with the frosted lipstick and bright eye shadow that the decade inflicted on beauty trends. My mom was married in ’88 and had the flower crown (an idea I’m playing with myself), but certainly not the lipstick and eye shadow. And while her dress was stunning shame on her bridesmaids for rejecting her picks for them and going with that dated sleeve-y look.

In the 1990s, things began to change again. Trends are not necessarily all based around the bride; this was the onset of guests being given disposable cameras on the reception tables and chairs being covered in fabric rather than left bare.

The noughties brought the change in how the bride holds her bouquet; no longer prostrate in front of her, but cradled in her arms – calla lilies were particular favorites. It also saw the change in wedding dress length, with shorter styles becoming more popular.

So what does the current decade hold? There are a few trends that are emerging; especially the use of lace in wedding dresses. Once considered old-fashioned, lace has re-entered the sphere for wedding dresses, perhaps due in no small part to the gown Kate Middleton wore when she married Prince William in 2011. (Note: my mom’s dress was almost identical to Kate’s so who’s the real trend-setter?)

Given all of these considerations, you might find yourself wondering… do I need trends? Your wedding is supposed to be unique, but at the same time, you don’t want to do something so unusual that it stands out for all the wrong reasons. So how do you reconcile these two considerations?

Faux semi naked cake

Only Go With Trends You Genuinely Like

If you find yourself sighing over a trend like laser cut wedding invitations or subtle splashes of pink through the decor, then go with it. Trends become popular because people like them, and if you fall into that category, then why not? So what if your wedding photos may eventually look a little dated – it’s almost impossible to create a true “timeless” wedding, anyway. And make sure to include your groom too. I happen to love the look of a naked cake, a relatively new and trendy style. Kendall does not. We won’t have one. Moving on.

Pink Peony Boho Crown

Ignore The Trends You Don’t Like

This might seem obvious, but so many brides fall into a trap of thinking about what they ‘should’ do rather than what they want to do. This is why it’s so useful to have someone to bounce ideas off, be it bespoke wedding planners, your Mom, or even just your bridal party. This kind of feedback will help you decide if you’re making a choice based on your preferences, or if you are being influenced by the idea of being “in with the in crowd”. The only thing worse than having a wedding that might begin to look dated is having one that looks dated… that you never liked in the first place.

Certain trends that I think might be dated come the next generation of weddings:  1) super country looks with burlap and mason jars and 2) making your wedding party look like they’re going to Coachella. But do what you want, girlfrand. It’s your day!

Accept Replication

If you take advantage of current trends out of preference, then try and be reasonable if you see other brides using them. It’s too easy to find yourself offended if you go to another wedding this year and see a feature you used yourself. Just try and remember both you and all other brides are being influenced by the same factors, so it’s not necessarily a case of you being copied if you see the same features appearing! For example, one of my bridesmaids is literally recycling a dress from another wedding for mine. Navy is a great color that works on everyone, and I’m glad I chose a popular color so she doesn’t have to spend the extra money!

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My family has belonged to Montgomery Country Club in Laytonsville since I was in kindergarten. Most summers growing up, I was there 12 hours a day, 7 days a week unless the lifeguards (who sometimes doubled as babysitters) had to wrangle us out of the pool for thunder/ lightning. Many times, we were there later eating crab dip for dinner with our swim team buddies and playing red rover just far enough off the golf course that we wouldn’t get in trouble. Most of my summer memories comes from that club, not even mentioning the parties I went to/ threw throughout the years (I’ve been to three wedding showers recently, including the one I hosted), and the amazing support they gave us when my sister died.

Luckily, my mom still loves it just as much and is still a member. While I now can mostly only spend weekends poolside, sipping sweet tea vodka and lemonade instead of Powerade now, I will never turn down a day in the sun with a good book any chance I can get.

If you saw my Instagram post from this past weekend, you saw my adorable new pool bag from Target. The pool opens THIS SATURDAY, y’all! And while I’m set for new suites for the summer thanks to Cupshe, everything else in pool bag can be picked up in one shopping trip to the magical land of Target.

 

 

It does not, however, look like they carry my favorite summer read. I highly suggest your poolside reading includes Palisades Park: A Novel by Alan Brennert. 

 

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