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As we settle into fall and winter quickly approaches over the horizon (you know we’ll be complaining about the cold in no time), there’s a mixed feeling of happiness and loss. The colder months bring cozy sweaters, rich colors and hot chocolate with all the trimmings. But we leave behind the sun and heat of summer. For those of you who live in a warm state year-round, you probably don’t feel the same. But it is sad having to say goodbye to summer, packing away all your cute shorts and crops and saying goodbye to any open shoes for the next six months.

There are ways to keep summer alive through the colder months without looking weird in your sandals in the snow.

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Clothes

With Vogue promoting shorts and knee-highs as one of the trends for this season, you can keep on wearing yours through the winter. They are also saying that printed and woolen tights are back – so keep out your skirts and pair them up with a more seasonally-appropriate under garment. You’re going to want to trade in your slip-ons for boots soon, but that can be really effective when paired with your summer ankle-dusters. And, as it has been all this year, it’s all about the layers. Don’t discount your crop is you can layer on a shirt, scarf, and jacket to go with it.

Hair

Waves are still cute in the winter, so don’t store your salt-spray just yet. The fashion trends might be calling for ponytails and messy buns, but those hair styles aren’t going to keep your ears warm, nor will they accommodate a hat. Beach waves are a year-round style. As is pastel hair and mermaid dyes. Winter is also a great time for you to care for your hair after the heat and sun damage it will have had over the summer.

Makeup

In the summer, we tend to go lighter on the makeup, and darker in the winter. But you do you. If you want peach tones instead of burgundy, then apply them. And the festival glitter that has rocked the nation this summer? What time of year is better for extra glitter than Christmas? Amp up the glitter if you want to. Do think, however, that with the loss of a natural tan, you may need to swap out your foundation and contour kit for a lighter shade.

Tans

Who said a tan is a summer thing? Luckily that golden glow is achievable year round and completely accepted by everyone. You may want to tone it down a little, but you can still look sun-kissed in the snow. There are many options, from self-tanning to spray-tans and sunbeds. Obviously, you need to take care of your skin, so if you opt for the sunbed option, use sunscreen, and don’t believe those people who say you can’t get a tan while wearing SPF – if you need more convincing, ask the expert: can you still get a tan while wearing SPF? Some of the best tans over winter are gradual ones, pick up a gradual bronzing moisturizer and use it a couple of times a week, or as little as you need to get the color you want. You can probably pick them up cheaper now than you could in the summer too.

Mid-season Sun

If you’re craving beaches and sunshine, why not book a weekend getaway to somewhere hot? You can take a road trip to the south, or fly out to anywhere south of the equator. Airbnb has some amazing winter getaway deals. Try the canary islands for a beach holiday, Miami for a city break, or Australia for a little bit of everything.

Food and Drink

For some reason, a lot of food is dictated to being ‘winter’ or ‘summer’ food. Like hearty pies in the cold, and BBQs in the heat. The fact that lighting the BBQ in the frost doesn’t appeal to anyone shouldn’t stop you having a BBQ-esque party inside. The same goes for tapas and sushi, which are other dishes more common in the summer. If you want to enjoy sake nigiri in your sweater and fluffy socks, then do.

The same thing applies to cocktails – you don’t have to trade them in for whiskey and baileys just because the temperature dropped. If you want a cosmo, then you have a cosmo. But if you want to try a warmer cocktail and combine the winter and summer then why not try a winter cocktail.

House

The house tends to get more decorated in the fall and winter do to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. But there is a gap between summer and Halloween when you’re trying to keep the summer going a little longer. There are a few things you can do to achieve that. One of them is a sunlamp. A sunlamp can be used on its own or as an alarm clock, it replicates the dawn and wakes you up gradually without disturbing your REM sleep. Depending on when you get up in the morning will depend on whether it’s still dark outside – but with the winter solstice quickly approaching, the nights are getting longer. The sunlamp helps you keep the morning sun year round. They also help to combat SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which is where a person can become depressed due to a lack of vitamin D.

You can also introduce some houseplants to your home, keeping the place green throughout the year. Most plants will naturally die off in autumn, but things like succulent grasses will stay the same all year. You can also use winter blooms to replace the summer plants.

Garden

The replacement of plants applies in the garden too, but rather than ripping things up by the roots, try and mix up the summer and winter bulbs and seeds, that way your garden will always be in bloom with minimal effort. You can keep using your garden in the winter too – obviously, when it snows it’s the perfect place for snowman and snowball fights. And the longer nights give your fireworks a perfect backdrop. But to keep the heat, install some outdoor heaters around your seating area, you may need a blanket or two, but you can still enjoy the night outside. And during the day, your garden needs just as much care as in the summer – you need to protect the plants that might not make it, and leaving feed out for the birds and squirrels is more important than ever.

Next Year

And if you are completely at a loss with winter and just want next summer to roll around sooner, then start planning ahead. Most festivals release dates if not tickets and lineups super early. Start plotting your festival calendar, call up your friends and get them as hyped as you are. You can also start planning holidays – the early-booking can get you some amazing deals.

Enjoy

At the end of all of that, there are some amazing parts of winter you should be enjoying. Fall brings Halloween, which means scary movies cuddled up on the sofa with popcorn. Dressing up and going out with your friends. Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with family, and it’s all about food and fun and who can eat the most turkey. Christmas is a glitter-fest of presents, love, food, and family. And then New Year’s Eve rolls around with some of the best parties of the year.

As well as partying your socks off – you also get to wear the fluffiest pairs you own. With thick sweaters, bobble hats and scarves that look more life blankets. You can stay in an eat as many marshmallows you want purely because they are either in your hot chocolate or on a chocolate dipped wafer. You’re more likely to spend quality time with friends and family because you’ll stay in and chat rather than laying out by a pool or going to a club – which is fun but not the best place for a conversation.

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Everyone seems to be looking for the same answers in the summer, and especially when it comes to looking sharp and stylish even though it feels like your makeup is going to melt off your face. When the days are long and bright, the sun is raging, but you still need to make it to the office in style, it’s time for a bit of brainstorming.

Here is a handful of the most genius advice I’ve come across on how to beat the heat and look good on the go – no matter how warm and tired you feel on the inside.

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Embrace a bare face

Your biggest enemy during long and warm days is heavy makeup. If you want to feel as fresh at the end of the day as you did in the morning, you should try to get used to wearing less of it in the summer – or nothing at all. Your skin will be able to breathe a bit easier, you can wipe signs of sweat off without smudging everything up, and might even be able to catch a bit of color on your way to work.

If you’re not used to starting your day like this, start by using your foundation as a concealer instead. Dab a bit under your eyes, at the wings of your nose, and wherever you feel it needs a bit of cover-up.

That way, you’re not sweating off the entire masterpiece before the day has even started, and you still get to look at bright and even skin when you face a mirror.

Keep in mind that your regular foundation probably has a bit of sunscreen in it that you need to substitute, so have a look at these non-greasy sun lotions for your face. Opt for a powder-based foundation, by the way, to absorb any excess oil if you’d like to use the same amount of makeup as you’re used to.

No more chapped lips

If you thought dried out and brittle lips are for the cold seasons, think again. People don’t seem to remember how much the air conditioning in an office is able to dry out everything – and your lips in particular. First of all, spend a bit of time on applying lip liner before lipstick when it’s hot outside; the warm weather is going to smear it all over the place, but a neutral lip liner will keep it where it should be.

Next, remember to apply something moisturizing on your lips first – or you risk drying them out completely. It’s a good idea to bring some of your favorite products with you to freshen up during the day, which I’m sure you’re already doing. Before you grab the usual bag, check out this selection to boost those summer vibes a bit.

Try to achieve that fresh feeling of freedom you have at the beach after a long day in the sun; with a golden face, relaxed happiness, and a casual style to stay cool. It is, of course, tricky to pull off that bikini in the office – and even illegal, come to think of it, but try to apply the same mindset to those extra hot days.

Go easy on yourself and remember that less is more, particularly when the weather can make you more beautiful naturally.

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One of the biggest draws of the summer season is the fact you get to be outdoors and get stuck into nature. You get to book some vacation time and visit different areas of the country that are different from the places you see all the time. The best bit? The shopping! Being able to breeze around your favorite stores to pack for a different country, different scenery and different terrains is just part of the fun.

There are plenty of things you need to remember about your vacation shopping trip. You don’t just have to pack your t-shirts and dresses, but your accessories! Accessories and swimwear make up the bulk of a vacation shopping trip as these are things that will be different. You can use skirts and dresses at any point without going too far away from home, but vacation time means you are going exploring! You have the opportunity to sink your toes into the sand of white sugar beaches. You get to climb the nearest mountain on adventure hikes and explore the deepest areas of a rain forest. The world truly is your oyster and it’s only right you get to dress appropriately for it!

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When you take yourself vacation shopping, you need to shop to your destination. If you are heading somewhere that requires adventurous clothing for climbing, then checking out a shoe guide to understand exactly what you will need for outerwear is important. If you are headed to the beach then you’ll need to check out this guide on kaftans! Your clothes are going to really matter when it comes to going away on vacations and you should be open to suggestion. Heading somewhere hot and full of sunshine means scouring the best sunglasses, hats and wraparound sundresses. Dressing to impress yourself and feel confident in your own skin can have you walking on sunshine; even if you’re going skiing.

From head to toe, your holiday wardrobe should make you feel good about yourself. Be smart with what you buy, though. There’s no point in heading out for winter sun on a snowy slope but packing bikinis. Always shop for the climate and be smart about the shoes that you buy as well. Your footwear will go a long way to dictating your comfort level in the same way the thickness of a jacket does. Comfort is key on vacation. The whole idea is to relax, unwind and de-stress and if you can do those things simply by shopping right, you’re winning at vacationing!

The night before you go away, make sure you pack well for the plane. Include pressure socks or warm socks in your carry-on. They may not be the most attractive, but they will be practical. Part of vacation clothes shopping is practicality and you should plan well for your entire trip, including the part where you are on your way and on the way home. Choose and pack well and make sure that you absolutely rock whatever outfit you choose that day!

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I think the hardest part about dressing in the summer is like… what exactly do I wear to work? My off-duty look is my Jacks with an easy dress that may or may not be too short for the office, but during the week I find myself grabbing one of the same 5 law-firm appropriate frocks I have hanging in my closet. I am pretty lucky that my firm is lax about the dress code so I can get away with a lot- like this dress probably wouldn’t fly for a lot of office jobs- but I’m just finding myself a little bored with my work clothes. That fresh blue made me feel awesome, so I’m thinking of incorporating more colors into my summer work wardrobe.

This might come from my general antsy-ness and discontent in the summertime, but regardless, I’m looking for inspiration for my closet. In the interest of being universally appealing, I’m sticking to rules of work wear that I don’t usually follow myself- close-toed shoes, no sleeveless blouses.

Keep in mind, this is for work wear and not necessarily interview wear. I stumbled across an old District Sparkle post, and I think her rules for interview attire ring pretty true!

UDORA Square Neck Optical Illusion Business Pencil Midi Dress||French Connection Women’s Sunflower Stripe Dress|| Laser Cutout Scallop Hem Top||Thalia Sodi Printed Scuba Pencil Skirt||Chuck On Blazer TOPSHOP||Dainna||Givenchy Silver-Tone Imitation Pearl Black Triangle Statement Necklace||Women’s Diff Rose 56Mm Cat Eye Sunglasses – Black White/ Pink||Zyla Tote w/ Braided Tassel

Printed dresses for work
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Printed pencil skirts
Not black blazers
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With summer just around the corner, many minds will be drifting to the beach. If you are lucky enough to have a holiday by the sea planned, now is a great opportunity to check out the different fashion trends that are out there and start preparing to look your best while you are sunning yourself on the shores. So, let’s take a look at some of the top ways that you can get yourself beach-ready.

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A Pretty Pedicure

With your toes sinking into the warm sand and being lapped by the ocean, it only makes sense that your feet look as good as they can while you are on the beach! Your best way of doing this is by getting a pedicure before you get to the beach – they will feel all the better when you first step foot on the sand! Finish things off with the nice, warming nail polish color like a pastel pink or fiery coral.

A Bold New Hair Color

Since you will be spending so much time out in the sun, it is a good idea for your hair to look sun-kissed before you actually get there! There is no doubt that giving your hair a refresh is one of the best ways that you can get ready for a beach holiday. If there is a particular colour that you has seemed too daring in the past, now is the time to be bold and go for it! If you’re afraid of anything too permanent, I cannot recommend Celeb Luxury products highly enough. I’ve done the silver and the lavender and when I get tired of it, it washes totally out within a week! Look for ways that you can enhance your hair whether through new products or a fresh cut. That summer look is all about hair you can run your fingers through.

Give Your Legs Some TLC

As so much of your legs will be on show, you will want to make sure that they look their best when you are striding along the sand. You will want to start by shaving them, perhaps with a new razor from https://99centrazor.com/ which has the added bonus of donating some of their profits to rescue animals. If you are looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite on your skin, you can do so with a dry brushing technique. You should also get into good habits of moisturizing your skin on a regular basis in the weeks and days leading up to your beach trip.

Don’t Forget the Sun Lotion

Though many people go to the beach with the aim of bronzing their skin, there is no doubt that the burnt look is not appealing to anyone. Plus, you are putting yourself at risk of all kinds of skin conditions. So, make sure you regularly apply sun lotion with a high SPF factor that keeps you protected from the damage that the sun can cause.

Go Bright with Your Lipstick

Since the weather is bright, it makes sense that you try to match it wherever you can. Adding some hot pink lipstick to your usual makeup is a simple technique but one that can work wonders for you and really gives you the standout appearance you are looking for.

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