5 Cutest Designer Backpacks to Head Back to School

These backpacks are so chic, you’ll want to use them on the weekend, too!

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Whether you’re looking forward to hitting the books again this semester or school is a distant memory for you—backpacks are all the rage this fall. All of your favorite designers are offering different versions of this trendy piece that will actually get you excited to hit the books (or commute to your 9-5). Behold, the five cutest designer backpacks to snatch up just in time for fall!

Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Backpack

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White isn’t just for summer anymore! In fact, as this on-trend accessory proves, it is also one of the most chic colors for fall. This structured backpack puts a grownup twist on the school day classic, yet serves the same purpose by making carrying loads of belongings infinitely easier!

$495, toryburch.com

Kate Spade Claremont Drive Cody

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Did you sport the original Kate Spade backpack in your high school days? The nostalgia will be flowing when you sport their latest version of the bag, which has a similar feel but has updated from nylon to pebbled leather.

$398, katespade.com

Herschel Supply Co. Woodlands Backpack

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This cute little number will hold everything you need to get to school, work, or even an overnight trip. We love the girly, fun design that puts a fresh twist on this classic accessory. This one is super affordable, too!

$85, bloomingdales.com

Rebecca Minkoff Bike Share Backpack

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Signature Rebecca Minkoff details (clasp, zipper) combined with schoolgirl charm and a trendy fall color combo make this backpack a must have! It’s durable and easy to clean, making it your go-to bag for day-to-day events this coming season.

$195, rebeccaminkoff.com

MILLY Backpack Skylar Faux Fur              

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We are head-over-heels for this fun fur accessory. It’s trendy yet practical all at the same time. This statement piece will make any outfit stand-out this fall. Truly worth the investment!

$365, bloomingdales.com

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

 

Chic Summer Shoes for Every Occasion

Wear these chic summer shoes that work for every occasion before it gets too cold to show your toes!

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We bet we’re not the only ones feeling like this summer is flying by! As we make our way through August, the reality that the days of sundresses and sandals are limited is setting in. Which is why we are fully prepared to soak in these last days of summer as possible as much as humanely possible!

Whether you’re going to brunch with your besties or spending the night on the town with a hot date, we have the all-time cutest shoes of summer to wear for every occasion! Several of these shoes can be worn for both work and play, which means you’ll get even more out of your summer wardrobe before it’s time to pack it away.

Havianas

Beach – Hollywood celebs are a big fan of Havaianas flip flops, and we can see why – they’re so stylish! These shoes are easy to pop on and off on the beach, and there’s tons of colors to coordinate with your favorite bikinis.

Slim Paradise Fever available for $32 at havaianas.com

Brunch

Brunch – Put a swing in your step next time you meet the girls for brunch with these on-trend wedges. Pair them with worn-in boyfriend jeans and a black tee for an easy effortless vibe.

Michael Kors Josephine Wedge available for $149 at nordstrom.com

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Date Night – A little leopard print goes a LONG way, but the simply straps on these chic stilettos are surprisingly understated. Your go-to little black dress will look far from boring paired with these sexy sandals!

Steven Madden Stevy Sandal available for $79.95 at nordstrom.com

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Vacation – While these shoes aren’t sandals they’re definitely summery enough for your next exotic vaca. These shoes provide optimal comfort for exploring a new city or an exciting adventure.

Soludos Stripe Sandals available for $55 at shopbop.com

Anthro Sandals

Work – Metallic details make these sandals sophisticated enough for the office, and the subtle colors go well with most work-wear staples. These shoes are equally appropriate for post-work activities, too!

Ayden Slides available for $39.95 at anthropologie.com

What’s your go-to summer shoe? Did yours make our list? Let us know in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

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

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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.