Cute Summer Accessories That Support Charity

Stocking up on these little accessories can make a BIG difference! Check out these summer must-haves that support some great causes.

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When it comes to the season’s hottest accessories, our reigning philosophy is the more the merrier, after all there’s no such thing as too many options! And while we’d love to be able to bring home all the adorable things we see on shelves, we know that sometimes it’s not worth the hit on our bank account.

But what if we told you there was a way you could stock up on your favorite accessories this summer and seasons to come without feeling a shred of remorse? We discovered a way to do just that – by investing in trendy, yet timeless accessories that contribute to a good cause.

Check out all of our favorites, and the charities and missions they support, and score your next best accessory while making a difference in the world. We promise it will feel SO good!

Solo Sunglasses

The Hoff available for $95 at soloeyewear.com

According to Solo Eyewear, 1 billion people worldwide don’t have access to eye care and almost 80% of blindness in the world is preventable. With stats like that, you can feel really good purchasing these recycled bamboo shades that offer 100% UV protection and are prescription friendly. With each pair, a person is need receives prescription eyeglasses and even sight saving eye surgeries. Learn more here.

Little Market Basket

Bohemian Market Basket – Black available for $64 at thelittlemarket.com

The advantages of this on-trend straw basket-slash-bag are seemingly endless! It’s the perfect bag to carry your groceries (while also reducing your carbon footprint on plastic) and the sales support communities in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana to finally attain sustainable living using indigenous materials. Learn more here.

Miir Waterbottle

Miir 800ml Slate Water Vessel available for $25 at miir.com

Mir in Russian translates to ‘world’ or ‘peace,’ which is fitting since every time you buy one of their sleek designed water vessels, clean water is given to one person in need. So far, Miir has contributed to building 12 wells in the world – a number that will surely grow since this accessory is functional, stylish and eco-friendly. Learn more here.

Feed Bag

FEED Guatemala Wristlet available for $27 at feedprojects.com

Since delivering nearly 85 million meals globally to people in need, FEED has become an increasingly household name. While their signature burlap bags immediately became a Hollywood fashion trend, their newest designs are equally fashionable, but far more affordable. This little wristlet is perfect for keeping your purse organized and provides 50 micronutrient packets to children in Guatemala. Learn more here.

Pura Vida Phone Cover

Santa Barbara Palm iPhone 5 Case available for $20 at puravidabracelets.com

Pura Vida originally started making bracelets to help their friends in Costa Rica make a living, but the operation has quickly grown to encompass a variety of accessories like this retro beach-themed phone case! Not only does the company help provide jobs for artisans in Costa Rica, but their Charity Collection donated over $140,000 to over 190 charities in 2013 alone! Learn more here.

Beats

Beats by Dre (PRODUCT) RED Solo2 Headphones available for $199.95 at red.org

World renowned musicians Bono and Dr. Dre collaborated to create these Beats headphones that support AIDS treatment worldwide. RED has already raised $250 million to fight HIV/AIDS and your purchase of this hot new accessory will deliver 12 days of life-saving medication to a person suffering from the deadly virus. Learn more here.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Cute Boat Outfit Ideas for Every Activity

Get fashionable and functional outfit ideas for your next boat outing – we have something for every activity!

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If you live anywhere near water, you know that the possibilities are endless when it comes to summer boating activities. Whether you’re cruising around your local lake, or sailing the seven seas, choosing the perfect outfit for a day spent on the water can be a little tricky.

Which is why we were inspired to create a guide based on outfits for every boating occasion. These outfit ideas will definitely come in handy the next time you’re invited on a last-minute outing, and they’re equally appropriate for festivities on dry land!

Dinner Cruise

Dinner Cruise – If you’re lucky enough to be spending an evening on a dinner cruise, than you’re likely celebrating a special occasion. Go all out with this seductive midnight blue dress that channels the velvety waters after the sun sets.

In Slinky Navy Blue Dress available at lulus.com

Fishing

Fishing Trip – Fishing trips can get messy, but that doesn’t mean you should dress in a drab ensemble! Try a vintage-inspired shirt dress that offers optimal comfort while still giving off an effortlessly chic vibe.

Sable Linen Dress available at anthropologie.com

Yacht

Yacht Party – If you made the VIP list for a yacht party, than you better dress to impress! Bohemian prints in flowy silhouettes are a Hollywood favorite this summer, and the lightweight material is perfect for throwing on or off in between sunbathing sessions.

Renee Tie Dye Flowing Tunic available at swell.com

Island

Island Hopping  – Travel from island to island in style, thanks to this fashionable AND functional dress. It conveniently unwraps into a silky soft towel so you can jump in and out of the water as often as you want!

Wrap Cover-Up available at victoriassecret.com

Sailing

Sailing Lesson – You’ll impress your instructor right off the bat with this anchor embellished shirt dress. The longer length makes it practical for operating the ropes and sail, and the comfortable cotton material will keep you cool as you navigate the waters.

Anchor Tank Dress available at jcrew.com

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Fashion Blogger Tips: Effortless Outfit Ideas

Fashion blogger Elle Fure has mastered the art of effortless ensembles, and shares her tips for nailing the perfect outfit – every single time!

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Have you ever seen the websites of ultra-chic fashion bloggers and wondered how the stylish set consistently come up with looks that are perfectly put together? Well, you’re not alone. While we may know a thing or two about the latest trends, when it comes to envy inducing ensembles we wouldn’t dare claim expertise.

That’s why we consulted one of our favorite fashion bloggers to give us some tried and true tips! Elle Fure, of Elle’s Empire State, has garnered quite a reputation for mixing high fashion pieces with affordable wardrobe staples to create effortless ensembles time and again.

“As a blogger, there’s a constant pressure to conceptualize and produce new, innovative outfits to inspire readers and keep them entertained,” Elle says. “While some outfits become one-hit-wonders, others become instant go-to’s that can be worn – with a few fresh tweaks – for many different occasions.”

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For beginners experimenting with more fashion-forward ensembles, Elle suggests structuring an outfit around one statement piece. “For this outfit my starting point was my pink peplum hem skirt from ASOS. I’m a big fan of feminine silhouettes, and this skirt hugs your body in all the right places.”

Full of practical wisdom, Elle points out that pencil skirts can be risky for more petite frames. Her solution – add some heels for extra height! “I opted for a pair of chunky Prada pumps, which added a subtle ‘60s vibe to the ensemble.”

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The fashion blogger also recommends offsetting form-fitting pieces with a looser counterpart, like this vintage top she uncovered at a Brooklyn thrift shop. “The belt and knit combo really contributes to the outfit’s bohemian flair,” she says.

And, as evidenced on the Norwegian blogger’s stunning site, no outfit is complete without the perfect purse. “Since this was a daytime look, I needed a big, holds-everything-you-own bag. Clare Viver’s leopard-print Simple Tote did the trick.”

And voila! An ensemble worthy of the pages of Vogue is complete! In case you missed anything, here’s a list of Elle’s fashion tips:

1. Build an outfit around one standout piece

2. Offset a body-hugging bottom with a loose-fitting top

3. Elongate legs by always pairing a pencil skirt with a high heel

4. Add animal print accessories to jazz up an unpatterned look.

If you liked Elle’s expert fashion tips than you’ll LOVE her blog! Click here to check out EllesEmpireState.com and tell us which look you want to learn about next!

All images courtesy of ellesempirestate.com.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Fourth of July Fashion Fix: Rompers

Forgot that this weekend is already the Fourth of July? Don’t worry, there’s still time to score the perfect outfit.

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We can hardly believe it, either, but the weather lately has been speaking for itself. It’s really almost July, which means the Fourth is right around the corner! Now, we know that deciding what to wear for one of the first big bashes of the summer always presents a challenge. This Fourth, keep it simple and go with a one-piece-wonder, the romper. Rompers are totally in this season, and all you need are some cute accessories to make yours unique. To save you some stress, we’ve found the perfect romper for each and every occasion that you might be attending this holiday.

Beach

Lucky Brand ‘Coastline’ Stripe Split Back Strapless Romper, ($64, nordstrom.com).

Lucky Brand ‘Coastline’ Stripe Split Back Strapless Romper, ($64, nordstrom.com).

If you’re spending your Fourth chilling at the beach, this patriotic blue number is chic without being cheesy. It’s just the coverage you’ll want over your beach bathing suit, and it gives you breathing room to move around in for some sand sports!

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Harmony Romper in Borderline, ($229, revolveclothing.com).

Chambray is a great way to stay in style for a backyard affair this holiday. Make a statement with a bold necklace or oversized sunglasses and you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd!

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Manor of the Hour Romper, ($49.99, modcloth.com).

If you’ll be spending your day off on a boat this year, there’s only one color option—white, of course! This fun little number is casual enough for a boat yet detailed enough to show that you put some thought into the occasion.

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Bloom in Romper, ($58, nastygal.com).

This sleeved romper is sexy enough for summer but will still keep you warm when the cool breeze inevitably hits by the time fireworks start. Pair this with some nude wedges and you’re all set!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Find the Best Sunglasses For Your Face

In honor of National Sunglasses Day, we’re helping you find the perfect pair.

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New sunglasses are one of the most fun items to shop for during the summer. There are always endless possibilities and an edgy pair of shades is the perfect way to jazz up your style subtly. However going into the shopping experience blindly is a big no-no when it comes to sunglasses (eyeglasses, too for that matter!). There are distinctions when it comes to sunglasses that make it necessary to do a bit of research beforehand. First off, know your face shape. There are certain styles that flatter individual face shapes moreso than others. You could always bookmark our handy guide for on-the-go consulting…so here you have it, happy shopping!

Heart shaped face

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Splurge: Miu Miu Cat-Eyes, ($395, sunglasshut.com) / Moderate: Dolce & Gabbana Cat-Eye ($134.95, sunglasshut.com) / Steal: Retro Cat-Eye Sunglasses, ($5.80, forever21.com)

Characterized by a wider forehead and narrower chin (and sometimes a tell-tale widow’s peak!), you’ll find heart-shaped faces on celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Kourtney Kardashian and Ashley Olsen. Cat-eye is the perfect sunglass for this face shape, and luckily for you, they are super in-style this season!

Oblong Face

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Splurge: Lady in Dior Quilted-Arm Sunglasses, ($340, neimanmarcus.com) / Moderate: Tory Burch Maquis Sunglasses, ($175, toryburch.com) / Steal: Willow Sunglasses, ($14, francescas.com)

If your face is longer than it is wide with flatter cheekbones, you fit into the oblong category. You can identify with A-listers like Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba. The best sunnies for your face are oversize—embellishments or contrasting colors can pair nicely together, too!

Square face

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Splurge: Prada Round Baroque Sunglasses, ($290, bloomingdales.com) / Moderate: Ziba Sunglasses, ($145, katespade.com) / Steal: Gingham Round Sunglasses, ($36, topshop.com)

A square face is defined by a strong jawline and more severe angular features. A round sunglass is the best bet to balance you with a softer feel. You’re in the company of gorgeous gals like Demi Moore, Natalie Portman and Minka Kelly.

Round face

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Splurge: Burberry Sunglasses, ($330, macys.com) / Moderate : Hall Frames, ($95, warbyparker.com) / Steal: Hollywood Thrills Sunglasses, ($11.99, modcloth.com)

Typically, a round face means that your chin and forehead are about equal (plus equal width and length).  Looking for your celebrity face twins? Famous crooners like Kelly Clarkson, Mandy Moore and Fergie fit the bill. Rectangular frames will add definition to your soft curves.

Oval Face

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Splurge: Gucci Butterfly Sunglasses, ($395, Nordstrom.com) / Moderate: Original Wayfarers Matte, ($160, rayban.com) / Steal: Steve Madden Sunglasses, ($36, stevemadden.com)

An oval face is the most balanced proportionally of the bunch. You’re a lucky lady because you can pull off almost any sunglass shape! Have fun with it! Kate Middleton, Jennifer Aniston and America’s newest it-girl Shailene Woodley are among those also blessed with oval faces.

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.