This Wednesday, we’re making your wishlist a reality by picking out accessories that are on sale. What better timing as fall will be creeping up on us soon. This color palette is the perfect transition from summer to fall! Pave Braided Rope Bracelet $14.99 on sale – Love this spin on the classic braided bracelet! Kipling Crossbody Handbag $35.99 on sale – Summer adventures can get a bit crazy, so it might be a good idea to have this waterproof bag on standby. Anthropologie Mina Fedora $99.95 on sale – This fedora is giving off a great retro vibe. Kate Spade Fine Feather Lacey Wallet $173 on sale – Absolutely adore this toucan that’s been popping up all over Kate Spade products. What’s your favorite way to add a pop of color to an outfit? Leave us a comment below!
The CB Manifesto insists on why perfume is to be hated: “Perfume is too often an ethereal corset trapping everyone in the same unnatural shape,” and it is “a lazy inelegant concession to fashionable ego.”
Whether you agree or not, you can smell as lovely as the flowers that are not so readily found near this Brooklyn-based fragrance house.
CB I Hate Perfume’s Rare Flowers project by perfumer Christopher Brosius includes rare floral fragrances of Jasmine Sambac, Neroli, Narcissus, Jonquil, Champaca and Tuberose. Each scent in this special collection of fragrances is made with one single floral absolute. They are entirely natural, and among the most rare, exquisite and expensive materials in the perfumer’s palette.
So, if you’re more interested in a perfume that “is a veil that reveals the soul” or one that is “the fanfare of our individuality sounding differently to everyone who listens,” check out CB I Hate Perfume’s Rare Flowers Collection and smell better than any synthetic replication.
Would you try this? Do you agree?
One thing that has been increasing in popularity in the recent past is the eyeshadow palette. They have been around forever but they kind of seem to go in and out of being something that everyone has or wants. Well, right now they are super hot and consequently there are a ton of amazing pallets out there. While some are a little pricier than others, we are definitely a proponent of spending a few extra dollars on beauty products. After all, they are going on your face so we really should try and only use the best of the best (or the best that your budget can afford!). However, at the end of the day, it is just about finding the right one for you and your taste. So, here are a few of our faves that we are loving!
Urban Decay Naked3, $54
NARS The NARSsist Eyeshadow Pallet, $79 ($163 value!)
So, are you loving these (and all…) palettes as much as we are!? Which of these if your favorite? Do you have a go-to palette that we didn’t add to this list? Let us know what you think and your favorite palette in the comments below.
Life’s bucket list not working out for you? We don’t blame you. One ticket to Beyoncé’s concert can range anywhere from $100 to more than a thousand dollars. Backpacking across Europe can be pretty pricy unless you’re willing to couch surf and restrain yourself from spending too much on food and clothing. You’d also probably have to brush up on your French and start working out again to prepare for your excursion across the Pyrenees mountains.
Why not have an end-of-summer bucket list. Life bucket list sounds too daunting, and if you feel like the summer is breezing on by without you doing something productive or doing something for yourself, there’s still time. You might not have the money, physical ability, mental preparation, or whatnot to accomplish some of the things on your bucket list, but it’s better to start somewhere than sitting around and watching your life bucket list grow.
Of course, there are a myriad of things you could do over the next two months (in our minds, it’s not really over until you have to put on a jacket and boots), but here’s a list of 10 things to start off your end of summer bucket list:
- Read a book. We recommend Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez. If you’re searching for something with a little more volume, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer is the way to go (I recommend buying this one in print since it includes pictures and some crazy typographical effects).
- DIY bleached denim shorts/shirts. Time to update that wardrobe. And impress all your friends and family.
- Donate clothes that you don’t wear or don’t fit you anymore. The less clutter you have, the better you’ll feel. You’ll also have more room for new clothes.
- Learn how to make a mean smoothie. Mmm, those antioxidants.
- Learn a new recipe!
- Get a new haircut. Goodness knows you’ve been needing one. Maybe get some bangs, ombre hair coloring, or try out that new pixie cut that’s been all the rage lately.
- Go for a walk around Great Falls Park. Admire the majesty of the Potomac. Repeat.
- Learn a little bit of a new language! Ex. Hallå means “hello” in Swedish!
- Learn how to play “I’m Yours” on the ukulele. Because this kid did it and it’s adorable.
- Learn a new dance. Café Citron in Dupont Circle offers free salsa lessons on Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meet new people and learn how to salsa!
Luckily, in D.C., there’s no shortage of things to do. While there are plenty of things you can do from home, why not go out and explore what your neighborhood has to offer?
As the weather is starting to cool off, you’re probably planning for your annual camping trip. If so, having a good bug spray on hand is a must-have.
While wearing long sleeves, and staying indoors will keep you bite-free, it isn’t the most realistic option. With gorgeous mountain ranges less than an hour away from the DC area, investing in a good repellent will not only protect your skin, but it will help you savor your outdoor experiences.
We’ve found some of the best smelling and most protective bug repellents so you can show some skin, and keep it clear and bite-free!
BURT’S BEES HERBAL INSECT REPELLENT ($8): All natural repellent made with lemongrass, citronella and soybean oils.
- Avoid wearing perfumes (some may attract mosquitos).
- Know your insects and be aware of your surroundings! If you can’t get to your spray fast enough, avoid standing water and untended grassy areas to stay mosquito and tick free!
- Try some home remedies! According to Good Housekeeping, you can drink a tablespoon or two of organic apple cider vinegar, eat lots of garlic, and take vitamin B1 (daily) to help repel insects.
- Seek products that are DEET-free: Concentrations higher than 30% can be absorbed through the skin and can be toxic.
It’s hard to keep your makeup intact when you’re out and about in the summer heat. Waterproof mascaras keep your lashes looking flawless even after jumping in the ocean or pool; however, the rest of your makeup melts and washes away. For those of you who would like to look as flawless pre-beach as you do afterwards, try Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Seal.
What is is: This amazing liquid converter, that is alcohol-free and ophthalmologist tested, transforms powder formulas and pencils into smudge-proof, water-proof, long lasting makeup.
What it does: Instantly creates life-proof makeup products, while simultaneously intensifying pigments and shimmer for a dramatic, long lasting result.
Simply mix a few drops of Aqua Seal with your makeup product and apply immediately. Be sure to clean your brushes after use in order to prevent the hardening of bristles, and head to your destination smudge free!
Some women feel naked without wearing lipstick or a particular piece of jewelry, and some women may feel their best when they have freshly painted nails. We, at Dewdrop, love Essie nail polish.
For those of you who aren’t adventurous with nail design and stick to single color coated nails, Essie supplies the best quality for the best price. However, at almost $9 a bottle, it would add up to purchase every new trending color, but adding one or two colors each season will help keep your nail game at its best as your color palettes change with the weather.
Essie’s 2014 Summer (left) and Neon (right) Collections offer a wide selection of summer-trendy colors.
Keep in mind…While expanding your color wardrobe is a priority, it’s also worthwhile to invest in Essie’s collection of nail care products. In leading hectic lives, it’s easy to swipe on a new nail color and run out the door, waving our hands like lunatics hoping they dry in time. However, nail care is extremely important. Our nails may become brittle, weak, and discolored from various causes, including the weather, poor care, and time. Essie has over a dozen products, from top coats to anti-aging formulas, to help nourish and protect our jewels.
What are your essential Essie colors and products?
By Kristen Booth
One thing we have been on the lookout for lately is a new handbag. However, when it comes to accessories such as these, we always seem to love and want the things that are way out of our price range. The specific item this time? Prada Saffiano Gardener’s Tote Bag.
While this may be the bag we’re drooling over and dreaming about, with a price tag of more than $2,000 it does not look like that is anything we will be indulging in anytime soon. So, to ease the pain a little, here are some similar options that won’t break your bank and land you in massive credit card debt!
So, while these three may not be the Prada we’re looking for, they’re not a bad second choice! And, they’re similar enough that we absolutely love all of these as well (maybe not as much, but sometimes you have to sacrifice a little!).
So, what handbag have you been looking at lately? Do you have any suggestions for a better dupe of our beautiful Prada bag? Let us know what you think of our choices in the comments below!
By Kristen Booth
If you haven’t checked out Nordstrom’s Annual Anniversary Sale yet, there is still time! With so many items at such low prices, you really don’t want to miss this one. While Nordstrom does have a few sales each year, this is definitely their biggest (and in our opinion, best…) one! So, here are just a few of our favorite items that you can still snag at these awesome prices if you hurry!
There are just a few of the many, many amazing deals that are available currently at Nordstrom. So, with only a *five* days left, make sure you get there soon to make sure you get the items you want at these unbeatable prices… Their Anniversary Sale ends on August 4th and everything goes back to full price. We wouldn’t want you to miss out!
By Sarah Sleem
You know what they say, “shoes speak louder than words.” So why not make a statement for less by taking advantage of these great prices?
Joe’s Jeans Ankle-Wrap Heel $79.99 on sale – The combination of denim and leather give these heels so much character!
H&M Fabric Shoes $10 on sale – Cute and only $10, do you really need any further convincing?
C. Wonder Gladiator Sandal $63.99 on sale – Summer will be over before you know it, so treat yourself to a new pair of sandals while you still can!
Kristin Cavallari Flat $79.69 on sale – Every girl needs a good pair of black flats, and these are perfect!
There you have it, shoes on sale–from denim & leather ankle-wraps to plain (yet gorgeous!) flats. Let us know which shoe style you like the most by leaving a comment.
By Carly Davis
Last Sunday, we at Dewdrop set up shop at URBNmarket with rare and unique vintage finds, ranging from jewelry to clothing. Over 30 vendors displayed their handmade and vintage goods at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Banquet Hall. Guests eagerly filtered in from 10 am to 4 pm checking out one-of-a-kind items from URBNmarket’s selected local vendors. Our founder, Kristine Thomas, mingled with guests and offered insight on the histories and origins of vintage items she handpicked herself.
Kristine Thomas wearing one of her vintage finds
Photo courtesy of Yacouba Tanou Photography
We were very pleased with the event, and enjoyed meeting shoppers with a love of vintage as well as talented and creative vendors. Our success at URBNmarket enabled us to contribute to a great cause, Fashion Fights Poverty.
Missed the market last Sunday? Don’t despair! We are working hard on launching our online shop of the finest vintage wear. Stay tuned, vintage lovers!
What was your favorite find? What would you like to see in our online shop? Share with us in the comments below!
By Sarah Sleem
Bags are quite possibly the most essential accessory—because really, what else is going to hold all of our stuff? The main problem with bag shopping is finding a stylish one that won’t eat your paycheck. This week, we’re going to help you out with that—here are a few bags that are both adorable and affordable!
Foldover Leather and Canvas Clutch $33 – So simple, yet so cute!
Hmong Vintage Backpack $39.99 on sale – Whether for school or traveling, this colorful backpack will look amazing slung over your shoulder.
South Moon Under Tribal Print Backpack $26.24 on sale – Tribal print? Okay, I’m in.
Tell us in the comments what your favorite bags are!
This Sunday, July 20th, we will be setting up shop at URBN Market Bethesda at Bethesda Chevy Chase Banquet Hall!
Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 10am to 4pm
Bethesda Chevy Chase Banquet Hall
5020 Battery Lane Bethesda, MD
URBN Market Bethesda
We will be there debuting, Stella, our collection of vintage and pre-loved designer wear. Plus, the best part? 20% of your purchase will go to Fashion Fights Poverty, a non-profit organization that encourages responsible and sustainable shopping. Admission is free for everyone, and we really hope we see your beautiful face there!
By Kristen Booth
Typically when we think of a “sexy” swimsuit, the first thing that comes to mind is a little, tiny string bikini. A one-piece? The furthest thing from our mind at that moment. However, this year they have brought back the idea of a sexy one-piece and we are loving it! While many of these are still very revealing and may not leave you feeling very covered, some of them are the perfect solution for those of us who may not feel the most comfortable strutting our stuff in a little bikini at the beach and pool. While there are tons of fantastic one-piece suits out there, we had to limit ourselves a little, so here are five of our favorites!
There you have it. Our top picks for sexy one-piece swimsuits! Which one is your favorite? Still not sold on the whole one-piece idea? What’s your go-to bathing suit style? Do you have another favorite one-piece that we must have accidentally forgotten? Let us know in the comments below!
By Alex Ouyang
It’s hard to stay motivated this time of year. The heat makes us drowsier than usual and seeing the herds of tourists in D.C. doesn’t make things any easier. For those of us who are working during the summer, what is there to keep us motivated when everyone else seems to be kicking back and enjoying themselves?
Ironically, vacation a few hours north did the trick. Forget Bali or Costa Rica…no, we mean New York City. The Empire City. The City That Never Sleeps.
So what is it about New York that’s so motivating? Well the first thing is that most New Yorkers have a disdain for tourists. They avoid Times Square like the plague and understandably so — the place is packed like a can of sardines.
But more importantly, New Yorkers are extremely independent. Home to hundreds of thousands of corporations and organizations that have proven to be the cream of the crop, NYC is the ultimate make-it-or-break-it where people go to fulfill their dreams. But in the midst of millions of everyone’s own dreams and distractions, how do you make yourself heard?
You keep caring. Even if no one else does, you need to persist because if you don’t care about your dreams and goals, no one else will. Consistently showing that what you’re doing does matter makes others care as well. Even little things like dressing nicely and straightening your posture can go a long way. As Coco Chanel said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” (And this applies to men too!)
Another motivational factor is basking in the presence of greatness. New York is saturated with monuments dedicated to successful people, though a good portion of those are corporate buildings of monumental proportions. D.C. has monuments dedicated to people who helped build our country. Not to say that people who helped build our economy aren’t important, but let’s give a little credit to the people who started it all.
Nonetheless, no matter who, what, or where your role model is, everyone’s definition of success is different. Find someone (or multiple people!) who fits your definition of “success.” What kinds of obstacles did they face? How did they overcome them? What can you learn from their mistakes? Find out what you admire about them, and use those qualities as a guideline, not a blueprint, for success.
And perhaps the most motivational factor of all is stress. New Yorkers are some of the most stressed bunch I’ve ever seen or met. There’s always somewhere they need to be. And yes, stress makes us want to tear our hair out and scream into an empty void, but the finished product is what makes all the stress worth it in the end. And if you happen to find co-workers to be stressed with, working towards a goal with your team of strung-out cronies is less lonely and even a little fun.
What do you do to stay motivated? Let us know in the comments!
By Carly Davis
One trend popularized by this year’s Spring Fashion Week was the bright orange lip. Designers like DKNY, Nanette Lepore, and Donna Karan sported various hues in the color family, and it quickly translated to the red carpet. While orange is not the new red, it’s versatile enough to work on all skin tones, and adds a pop of color to any outfit.
While all makeup brands have a selection of orange shades, NYX Professional Makeup has introduced its line of Macaron Lippies (yes, macaron like the food) that not only look good, but taste good also. This line of macaron-flavored lipsticks includes orange blossom and citron “flavors,” keeping up with the bright orange trend. Macaron Lippies are completely sold out on their website [www.nyxcosmetics.com], however they are available at Ulta. At $5.99 a stick you can rock the trending orange lip, and you can experiment with other neon colors too!
- What it is: Creamy and highly pigmented pastel and neon colored lipsticks.
- What it does: Creates various, pastel and neon lip looks.
- Why we love it: These pastel and neon lipsticks come in 12 creamy shades, smell delicious, and add an eccentric pop of color to any look.
- How to use: Apply as desired.
What do you think? Are you rocking the orange lip this season? Would you like to try out one (or 12) of those Macaron Lippies? Let us know in the comments below!
By Sarah Sleem
It’s officially summer! You know what that means—it’s time to invite your friends over to help you make use of that patio you abandoned months ago!
C. Wonder Nesting Plate $9.99 on sale – Even if you’re not the best cook, this plate will make your food look good.
Calypso St. Barth Embellished Linen Tee $59 on sale – This tee is perfect for a breezy, summer night. Plus, it’s over half off!
Kat&Bee Ring $43.99 on sale – Handcrafted, gorgeous, and 60% off? Yes, please!
Torafu Architects Vase $22.99 on sale – Honestly, who can resist neon?
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Oil $4.99 – The most hated thing about summer—the humidity! Luckily, this oil will keep your hair in check!
Leave us a comment and let us know what you’ll be buying to throw the perfect summer bash!
By Kristen Booth
It’s finally summertime, and you know what that means…warm weather, the pool and the beach, sunshine, and a tan! But, with all of that also comes the need for proper skin care and maintenance. The worst thing you could do is soak up the sun all day without taking the proper steps to protect your skin! So, we have teamed up with HSN to bring you some of the best products around to help you in doing so!
One of the most important items for you to wear everyday (as in 365 days a year!) is sunscreen. It doesn’t matter whether it is 40 degrees or 100 outside, sunscreen is always, and we mean always, a necessity! One of our favorite sunscreens is the Serious Skincare Age Defense Facial Cream. This is our number one pick because, unlike most face moisturizers out there, this particular one has SPF 30 (vs. the normal SPF 15) and it is still reasonably priced.
Worried about showing your naked face while tanning at the pool or beach? Going somewhere outdoors but still need to look nice? Well if you need to wear makeup for whatever reason while catching some rays, the best product to use when in that situation is Trish McEvoy Beauty Balm with SPF 35. Plus, the best part is that it is currently on sale for $49 versus the normal $85. So, order now and save some serious cash!
Last but definitely not least, if you’ve had a history of forgetting to protect your skin in the past, Lancome’s Absolue Replenishing Lotion is an amazing moisturizer to help with whatever needs correcting or repairing. It is pricier than the other options at $170 for a 2.5oz bottle, but trust us when we say this stuff really works! We have never heard anyone say a single negative comment about this cream after using it, and it left their skin looking radiant (knocking years off their appearance!).
Not using proper protection when in the sun can cause wrinkles, fine lines and sun spots, which makes you to look years older than you would otherwise. Not to mention, it vastly increases your risk of developing skin cancer. Looking good means acting smart, so depending on your skin care needs, these products will certainly help you maintain nice skin that will leave you with no regrets!
Also, HSN has put together an awesome little guide that highlights six of the most common skincare issues that we face as women, and recommend some of the best products to use in fighting these issues. From fine lines and wrinkles to oily skin and acne (plus everything in between!), they really do cover it all. Make sure you check it out on the HSN website, it really is amazing!