Stylist Picks: Celebrate Earth Day in Style

Soft neutrals, florals and vegan-friendly accessories! Earth Day is just around the corner and our stylists have picked out their favorite new spring items that we hope make Miss Mother Nature proud. Decrease your footprint, increase your spring style!

Peace & Love:

Miss Me Peace TankPeace Charm NecklaceLove TankMake Love Not War Bag

Clockwise: Peace Love Tank Top by Miss Me, Peace Charm Necklace, Love Not War Bag, Tribal Love Top by Runaway Fashion.

 Flower Power:

Fresh Fields of Daisies RomperLotus Charm NecklaceWildflower TopKlique B Floral Jeans

Clockwise: Fresh Fields of Daisies Romper by Lush, Lotus Flower Charm Necklace, Flower Print Skinny Jeans by Klique B, Wildflower Tank Top by Kingdom B.

The Birds & the Bees:

Garden Party Tank TopHoneybee BeltSky ToteSparrow Charm Necklace

Clockwise: Garden Party Top by Sis Sis, Honeybee Belt, Sparrow Charm Necklace, Sky Tote Bag.

Easy Neutrals:

Beachside Babe BlouseCity Limits PurseAu Natural SkirtRock Revival Sepia Jeans

 

Clockwise: Beachside Babe Blouse by Blu Pepper, City Limits Purse, Sepia Skinny Jeans by Rock Revival, Au-Natural Skirt by Alythea.

How do you plan on celebrating Earth Day? Click here for more of our nature-inspired collection, plus stay tuned for green living tips as we head toward the big day on April 22nd!

Stylist Picks: Warm Weather Ready

Spring is in the air and for those lucky enough, it’s full-on music fest season. Whether you’re skipping through fields of flowers or rocking out at Coachella, our stylists have gone through hundreds of new items to narrow it down to these special pieces that will have you warm weather ready!

The Hills Are Alive! Feminine, flirty and fun spring dresses.

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From left to right: Leopard Day Dress by Guess, Lacy Affair Dress by Ark & Co, Cross My Heart Dress by Lush.

Crop Full of Color: The cutest crop tops of all with unique prints and colorful embroidery.

Let's Get Festive TopTeardrops from Heaven Tube TopEye on the Prize Crop Top

From left to right: Let’s Get Festive Top by Flying Tomato, Teardrops From Heaven Tube Top by Flying Tomato, Eye on the Prize Crop Top by Flying Tomato.

Sweet Shorts: High-waisted, cutoffs and prints, oh my!

Flying Monkey High Waisted ShortsSis Sis Printed ShortsGuess High Waisted Shorts

From left to right: High-Waisted Shorts by Flying Tomato, Diamond of My Eye Shorts by Sis Sis, The High-Waisted Shorts by Guess.

 

Ready to run through wildflowers or head to the nearest body of water? Let us know which warm weather items you like best and what you would pair them with!

Sleeping Beauty: Tips For Waking Up Beautified

Sure, it would be great to naturally wake up looking like this…but for most of us we may feel more like this in the morning:

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Real talk: we’re busy and it takes us giving up the snooze button to have enough time to feel like a million bucks by the time we step out the door. Never fear! The key is quick, easy steps the night before so you can truly catch up on your beauty rest.

1. Save face.

Your mom was right! Cleaning your face before you go to bed is one of the most important things you can do. Studies have shown that make-up and smog residue that builds up on your face during the day can lead to acne and even (gasp!) wrinkles. Take the two minutes you need to clean your face with a mild cleanser, or if you’re traveling or too tired you can always use handy make-up removing towelettes. After, pat on your favorite night cream to your face and neck. We recommend this anti-aging cream with skin-boosting Retinol.

 2. Braid it up.

Wash your hair the night before and apply a dab of styling cream – then braid it up! In the morning, undo the braids, add a spritz of styling spray (we love this one) and bam…beach babe! Doing this provides soft, natural waves and eliminates frizz.

3. Humidify.

The lazy girl’s guide to moisturizing your skin with no effort. We love this discreet, stylish humidifier that could pass for a vase! Without much more than pressing a button, humidifiers soothe and hydrate your skin while you sleep.

4. Sleep like a mummy.

Bad news for all you tummy sleepers, sleeping on your stomach can cause puffy eyes and irritate the soft tissues on your face. By sleeping on your back in a slightly elevated position, you won’t have any fluid retention in your face.

5. Invest in a silk or satin pillow cover.

Yes, it might sound a little over the top, but this is truly worth it. In case you do roll over, having a soft silk pillowcase is less likely to cause wrinkles and also helps with hair breakage.

What do you think? Are these tips easy enough to follow and have they worked for you? Post in the comments below!

 

 

Sweater Weather: Stylist Picks

Springtime…GET HERE ALREADY. For many of us we’re still feeling the chill and patiently waiting to break out the crop tops and cutoffs. In the meantime, here are our favorite new lightweight sweaters picked out by our stylists to get you through this awkward transition time. With so many cute ones to choose from, you may just want to bundle up a bit longer…

Pretty in Pastels:

Schoolgirl Crush Sweater

Schoolgirl Crush Sweater by Alythea

Primrose Cardigan

Primrose Cardigan by Sweet Rain

Funfetti Sweater

Make a Wish Sweater by Lush

Cropped & Cozy:

Dressed to Chill Crop Top

Dressed to Chill Crop Top by Solemio

Keepin it Cozy Sweater

Keepin it Cozy Sweater by Sis Sis

Sunset Fancy Sweater

Sunset Fancy Cropped Sweater by Sis Sis

Sporty Chic:

Tri Blend Hoodie

Tri Blend Hoodie by American Apparel

Eclipse Maniac Sweatshirt

Eclipse Sweatshirt by Curbside

Earn Your Stripes Sweater

Earn Your Stripes Sweater by THML

Which ones will you be sporting this spring? Don’t forget to take 25% off all sweaters and jackets through April 4th (promo code LASTCHANCE)!

Beauty Travel Tips: Pack Like a Boss

It’s that time of year! The months are about to fly by as we try to jam in weekend getaways and warm weather escapes. In an effort to get the most out of a much needed vacay, we’ve put together our favorite beauty travel tips for staying beautified despite dry recycled airplane air, limited packing space and remote locations.

 Make Sure You Mist:

Caudalie Face Mist

We love this Beauty Elixir by Caudalie so much we use it year-round. Especially wonderful after a long flight or anywhere that has a dry climate, this travel-size magical potion is part-toner/part-serum with active plant ingredients. Not only does it smell heavenly, it provides instant radiance. Available at Sephora.

Pack N’ Roll:

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Think of your suitcase like a cake! The first layer should be soft rolled up items such as sweaters, underwear and knits (prevents wrinkling and saves soooo much space). The next layer should be folded garments such as skirts and pants, followed by a dry cleaning bag to keep everything in place. Finally, top it off with items you know you will need right away and lace your belts and shoes (follow this rule of three) around the edges. For more, read this great article from Real Simple.

So You’re On a Deserted Island…

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It all sounds good in theory, however traveling to remote locations can be a little tricky when it comes to your regular beauty routine. Never fear! If you follow these simple tips, you will be beautified no matter where you are.

1. Replace your foundation with a moisturizer that does it all. Consolidate with this beautifying moisturizer that also has SPF. Foundation can dry out your skin a bit and is not practical, especially if you’re going to be out in the sun.

2. Naturally eliminate shine and skip the powder with these blotting papers. Easy and travel size!

3. That’s just my sun-kissed glow…start off looking like you’ve already been on vacation with this amazing shimmering highlighter. Great for a quick touch up on your cheeks and brows!

4. Pucker up with practical medicated lip balm to keep your lips moisturized, meanwhile use a lip stain and a little sheer gloss rather than long-lasting lipstick (which can dry out your lips and doesn’t last as long in warmer climates).

5. Long night? Didn’t sleep much on the plane? A quick pick-me-up for puffy eyes: grab some crushed ice and wrap in a towel to put under your eyes.

6. Make sure to bring enough hand cream – traveling and different climates can do a number on your hands. Plus, it can help eliminate effects of chemical grade soaps that you come across.

That’s it for now! We’re off to search for some travel deals now that we’re in the mood for a quick getaway. What are your go-to travel tips and products? Post in the comments below!

Celeb Style Spotlight: Festival Fashionistas

All hail the queens of festival chic! This week we’re narrowing down our favorite celeb music fest looks with budget-friendly alternatives. Pack up those rubber boots, sunnies and cut-offs and get ready for a fringe-filled festival season!

Kate Bosworth

Leading Lady in Lace: Kate Bosworth

Get the Look:

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From left to right: Flying Tomato Let it Be Top, Lucy Paris Lace Shorts, City Classified Tevay Booties.

Vanessa Hudgens

Flower Child: Vanessa Hudgens

Get the Look:

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Clockwise: Lush Ignite the Night Crop Top, Lush Seaside Summer Lace Kimono, Silver Jeans McKenzie Shorts, All Foiled Cuff, Studded Frances Belt.

Kate Moss

Pretty in Prints: Kate Moss

Get the Look:

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Clockwise: Thread & Supply Top Gun Jacket, Jealous Tomato Misty Eyed Top, Rock Revival Jen Shorts, Love is All Around Hoop Earrings, Windsor Tan Belt.

Ready for festival season yet? Who do you think rocked it the best? Post in the comments below!

Spring Dresses: The Best of the Best

What’s one of the best parts about spring? The ability to wear fun, easy-to-wear dresses in pastel colors, lace and floral prints. Our heads are currently spinning from our latest shipment and we’ve decided to go through and pick the best of the best! Plus, with a little help from our stylists, we’ve put together complete looks surrounding these lovely new spring dresses.

First Date Lace Dress

First Date Lace Dress

How sweet is this lovely mint lace sheath dress? Paired with nude heels, a statement necklace and gold bracelet (as shown), this look is perfect for your next date night or spring wedding.

Poolside Breezy Dress

Flying Tomato Poolside Breezy Dress

Whether you’re jetting off for a beach vacation or just need something adorable to throw on for a pool party, this salmon colored dress features a super comfy, flattering fit and cream lace accents. Dress this up with large earrings and add a white tote for a perfect poolside look!

Perfect Day Dress

Flying Tomato Perfect Day Dress

The name says it all, this is our new go-to perfect spring dress! Featuring a bright, embroidered bodice and cream lace skirt, this dress really pops with minimal jewelry and a cute pair of wedges.

Lush Enchanting Orchid Dress

Lush Enchanting Orchid Dress 

Miami for the weekend anyone? We’re dreaming of sandy beaches and romantic island getaways when we look at this dress. With a simple silhouette and elegant orchid print, it’s easy to throw on and still make a statement. Pair with flats and a silver bracelet and you’re set!

Let us know which spring dress is your favorite! Also, don’t forget to snap a pic of yourself in any For Elyse dress and use #ForElyseStyle on Instagram to win a $100 gift card!

Accessory Alert: Bicycle Edition!

There are a million reasons to ride your bike. It’s free transportation, it’s fun, and it’s great exercise! As if you needed another reason, this week we’re counting down through some of our favorite bicycle accessories currently on the market! Read on, then ride on!

Wine HolderWine Rack

This chic little leather strap is handmade and snaps onto your bike frame for easy wine carrying. Perfect for a picnic in the park with your sweetheart! You can snag one here, and it will set you back about $30

Classic Bike Basket

Bike Basket This sweet little basket is the perfect choice for your Sunday trip to the farmers market, or even just to carry your backpack to school. Available in four different colors, this classic bike basket from Public costs $42. Pick one up here.

Striped Bike Bell

Striped BellThis beautiful striped bell is the perfect bike accessory for all you purists out there. Simple but elegant, try adding this bell to your townie bike to add a little panache to your daily commute! It costs $20 and you can pick one up here.

Wooden Bike Basket

Wooden Bike BoxThis handmade bike box is great for carrying your books on the way to class, and even makes a handy seat for your small four-legged friend. You can pick on up from a UK-based Etsy site here, and will set you back about $50.

Wooden Bike Light

Wood Bike LightWe stumbled across these wooden bike lights on Etsy while looking for a great carry-all bag. We’ve seen lights of every shape and color, but never anything like these. This one costs about $20 and you can order one here.

Stag Stem Label

Bike Stamp An often overlooked part of the bike, the stem is a great place to add something special that will set your ride apart from all the others. These badges are handmade, will set you back $60, and you can pick one up here.

Bike Frame Handle

Bike HandleAnd the winner for the handiest bike gadget out this year is… (drumroll please) the Bike Handle from Walnut Studiolo. Great for urban bikers who frequently have to carry their bikes up flights of stairs, these clever straps make carrying your bike a breeze. Pick one up here, they start at $44.

 

 

Kitchen Roundup: Coconut Oil!

Using Coconut Oil is one food trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. You might not have known however, that it has about a million other uses besides cooking! Today we’re doing a Kitchen Roundup to explore our top ten favorite uses (in no particular order) for this wonderful, natural oil!

Cooking1. Cooking

Coconut oil has a fairly high smoke point, which means it can get really hot before it will start to smoke & burn. This makes it a great choice for cooking, especially as a butter replacement!

2. Skincare

Coconut oil is full of natural emollients, which makes it great for natural skincare. Use it as a lotion, to remove eye makeup, or as a natural SPF! (It works out to be about SPF 4)

3. HaircareHaircare

Put a dab in the palm of your hands to warm it up a bit then smooth onto your hair to help get rid of frizz and fix split ends

4. Natural Supplement

Taking a bit of coconut oil every day helps support thyroid function and can help balance your insulin levels

Nailcare5. Nails

A bit rubbed onto your cuticles will help keep your nails healthy!

6. Acne

coconut oil naturally helps fight the bacteria that can create acne. Dab a bit on at night before sleeping for some nighttime skincare help.

7. Scrub

Mix coconut oil with brown sugar, oatmeal, sugar or cinnamon for a gentle and soothing face scrub!

8. Earaches

A few drops of coconut oil mixed with oregano oil will help soothe an earache.

9. Shaving cream/Aftershave

Use coconut oil as a natural shaving cream/aftershave for baby-soft skin that’s super moisturized.

10. Leather/Furniture CareLeather Jacket

Best for already naturally shinier leathers, coconut oil can be used as a leather conditioner. Be sure to test it out on a small patch first. Same goes for wood furniture in need of care.

 

Spring Shorts: Stylist Picks

Who knew shorts could come in so many sweet styles? We’re gearing up for spring and checked in with our stylists to see what they can’t wait rock once we (finally) get some warm weather!

Flower Child:

Sis Sis Summer of Love TopKlique B Navy Floral ShortsSoda Lofty Wedges

Left to right: Sis Sis Summer of Love Top, Klique B Navy Floral Shorts, Soda Lofty Wedges.

Chic & Sweet:

Alythea String of Blossoms TopAlythea Wrapped in Lace ShortsCity Classified Fanny Wedges

Left to right: Alythea String of Blossoms Peplum Top, Alythea Wrapped in Lace Shorts, City Classified Fanny Wedges.

Ready For the Weekend:

Blu Pepper Precious Posy TopBig Star Alex ShortsSoda Path Wedges

Left to right: Blu Pepper Precious Posy Top, Big Star Alex Blanca Shorts, Soda Path Wedges.

Which look is your favorite? Be sure to check out all our new spring shorts, plus don’t forget to take 15% off with promo code shortnswt (sale ends tomorrow)!