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Have you heard? Waist belts are back and there’s only one way you can get rid of the daunting “Do I look fashionable enough” thought: wear them. So what’s really the difference between your average belt and the waist belt?

It all comes down this: if it can be worn through the loops of your jeans, then it’s not a waist belt. While some might prefer a softer silhouette, these particular belts can really define your waist and can take you from day to night in style and flair. How to style them? You can always leave them for those savvy nights out, but bear in mind that waist belts can fit any outing, from your 9-to-5 days at the office – worn atop a blazer – to your night out on the town on a little black dress. If it fits, it’s lit. Now the most important part is to understand that incorporating a belt into your outfit can work wonders if you understand your body correctly. Ergo, don’t wear a belt that’s too tight – hello unwanted curves – and don’t wear one that’s too large (it defeats the purpose of it all).

Here are the best belts that you should definitely own this season!

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

Dior
 
Chloé
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Valentino
Via Matches Fashion
 
Brandon Maxwell
Via Moda Operandi
 
Off-White
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Gucci
Via Matches Fashion
 
Etro
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Dior
 
Isabel Marant
Via Shopbop.com
 
Loewe
Via Net-A-Porter

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Everyday Tote Bags

When you have a special routine, it’s hard to switch from one to another in the blink of an eye. But if there’s something you can do to enhance your everyday life, wouldn’t you do it in a heartbeat? Women often confuse big bags with big problems – i.e., having to carry around a lot of weight on their shoulders, literally.

But if the runways are any proof of the up-and-coming trends, then you will notice the plethora of totes at the hands of the models. Totes are the closest thing a woman has to a walking wardrobe; they’re big enough to fit all our dearest belongings, but not huge enough to hurt our back – well only if you want an XXL tote. And sure, the idea of wearing a necklace or even a belt bag and not having to use your hands might seem very appealing, but at some point, wouldn’t you rather bask in the comfort of having all your essentials with you? We know we do!

Worry not, we’ve scoured the best tote bags out there to facilitate the selection process for you.

Gucci
 
Valentino
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Louis Vuitton
 
Burberry
Via Matches Fashion
 
Dior
 
Chloé
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Fendi
 
Saint Laurent
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Acne Studios
Via Moda Operandi
 
Prada
Via Matches Fashion
 
Givenchy
Via Net-A-Porter

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Chic in the Heat – All-Time Classic Black Pumps

Cover Photo Courtesy of Aquazzura

If you could choose one single essential to keep in your closet, what would you choose? Black pumps? Us too.

Pumps are the kind of shoes you’ll always wear. Easily worn to your 9-to-5 job and fabulously turning an otherwise average outfit into an elegant one, these beauties will take you from day to night in utter class. And honestly, day-to-day dressing is that much easier when you always have the shoes for it. Granted, there are always crazier, more statement-worthy pieces or shoes you find along the way, but the classics you own will forever highlight your refined sense of style. Also, a timeless wardrobe prides itself with items that can keep you in your comfort zone, but still take you to higher places with grace and sophistication. Need we say more?

So whether you pair your black pumps with a formal business attire, a little black dress or even eveningwear, one thing’s for sure: you will never be lacking class. Don’t know which ones to get? We’ve assembled the most popular classic black pumps to take you through the hot season in style.

Dior
 
Balenciaga
Via Matches Fashion
 
Tom Ford
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Christian Louboutin
Via Matches Fashion
 
Prada
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Fendi
 
Miu Miu
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Marion Parke
Via Shopbop.com
 
Altuzarra
Via Matches Fashion
 
Balmain
Via Moda Operandi
 
Sophia Webster
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Jimmy Choo
Via Moda Operandi
Marc Jacobs
Via Shopbop.com

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Make Their Birthday More Special with These Gifts

The best part of being a kid is being invited to your friends’ birthday parties. So as a mom, you can’t help but embrace their cute get-togethers when celebrating their best friends’ birthdays. Those are definitely days overloaded with cuteness, happiness and fun!

With this in mind, as your little one attends the party and takes in all the festivities, a gift that will draw a bright smile on their friend’s face is essential. Whether the birthday angel is a girl or a boy, there are loads of options to choose from and only your little one can help you pick the perfect gift. After all, they must know or at least have an idea as to what their friend loves and what they are interested in.

To make the task easier on you, we have narrowed down a list of gifts that will make them and their mothers happy. If not, it will be a gesture that will take their summer looks to the next level!

For Girls
Blink2O, Pink Lashes swim goggles
Via Alexandalexa.com
 
Le Toy Van, Sweetheart Cottage dollhouse
Via Letoyvan.com
 
LEGO, Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa!
Via Lego.com
 
The Kid Made Modern Arts & Crafts Set
Via Amazon.com
 
Monnalisa sunglasses
Via Alexandalexa.com
 
Le Toy Van, Daisylane complete dollhouse furniture set
Via Letoyvan.com
For Boys
LEGO, Bricks on a Roll
Via Lego.com
 
Dsquared2 Kids, Icon baseball cap
Via Farfetch.com
 
Ray-Ban sunglasses
Via Ray-ban.com
 
Adidas Originals backpack
Via Alexandalexa.com
 
Le Toy Van, Mike's Auto Garage
Via Letoyvan.com

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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How to Wear Your Sneakers This Season – The Street Style Edition

Perhaps one of the most comfortable shoes a woman can wear are a good old pair of sneakers. That said, there was a time where these comfy shoes were not necessarily wardrobe mainstays. Indeed, women would keep sneakers for more athletic purposes, such as going to the gym or going for a quick jog. Instead, they would all go for ballerinas, pumps or sandals to elevate their looks.

Fast forward to today, the fashion industry has shifted towards a more relaxed state-of-mind – ergo, mixing style and comfort in one big pond of fabulousness. Of course, nothing can stand the test of time without the endorsement of the world’s biggest brands, such as Dior, CHANEL, Gucci, Off-White, Balenciaga and so many more big fashion houses. For the past few years, we’ve all witnessed a surge in popularity in the sneakers world, and It-girls, bloggers, influencers and models have all been embracing the trend with arms wide open. And so, we all know the drill: the quirkier the outfit, the better. The trick is to mix and match genres and styles – mini-skirts with dad sneakers, flirty dresses with espadrilles and shorty shorts with high-top sneakers.

To get you inspired, we’ve scoured a series of street style pictures that will show you how street stylers are wearing their sneaks this season.

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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S is for Straw Bags…And Summer

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Hair gets lighter, skin gets darker and bags get handwoven. Yes ladies, straw bags are still in and they’re nowhere near getting fashionably extinct. So what is it about these gorgeously handwoven bags that we – or anyone else for that matter – can’t get enough of?

Well, not only are your options literally countless – from beach bags to basket bags or little clutches – but these beauties can take you from your daytime shopping sprees to your beach adventures in sheer style and elegance. You don’t even need to be wearing a swimsuit and a straw hat to wear them, because you can look as stylish in a pair of jeans, a milkmaid dress or even a cute playsuit. Suiting every fashion taste and style, straw bags can range from tote bags to mini box bags, cross-body bags , vintage-inspired ones and so much more!

The trick here is to keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to go to the beach and carry a big bulky woven bag to seal the deal. To help you out, we’ve scoured the best straw bags and all you need to do is pick your favorite(s).

Paule Ka
 
Muun
Available at Bloomingdale’s
 
Sensi Studio
Via Moda Operandi
 
Valentino
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Loewe
 
Poolside
Via Moda Operandi
 
Moynat
 
Kayu
Via Moda Operandi
 
Mark Cross
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Jacquemus
Via Matches Fashion

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Happy Feet – The Best Sandals for your Little Darlings

Cover Photo Courtesy of Instagram.com/Fashionkids

Oh July, the month of adorable sundresses, funky headbands and – wait for it – happy feet. And by happy feet, we mean unique sandals that can take your kids through the mesmerizing vibes of summer in sheer style and cuteness.

As an integral part of any human’s wardrobe, sandals feature one too many styles, from slides to gladiators and so much more where that came from. And thankfully, kids don’t have to get a pedicure in order to flaunt their little toes – because let’s face it, whatever they do, they’ll always look as adorable as ever. To top it all off, kidswear trends always catch on the quickest, as there isn’t that much effort to be put it in to their wardrobe department. Luckily, the colors are endless and the variety even more so. All you have to do is pick out the perfect outfit that can be elevated by summery sandals and you’re golden!

So mamas and papas, behold the 10 must-have sandals that will earn you the title of “parent of the year”. You’re welcome!

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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