Dear beach babes, sunscreen is in style! I know we are all itching to get out into those warm rays as soon as possible, but don’t underestimate the importance of lathering on a broad-spectrum sunscreen before you hit the sand! UVA and UVB rays are commonly known to cause serious surface burns, lead to certain skin cancers (especially in those with family history!), cause eye injuries including cataracts, and of course, quicken the skin’s aging process. So while we all want that gorgeous summer glow…we challenge you to tan slow!
Breezy fabrics, feminine details, light tones, effortless looks = summer style. We’ve curated a capsule wardrobe for summer featuring new arrivals this season, with looks that you can mix and match and wear again and again from casual to cocktail. Sport these staples all summer long, varying the look with with novelty pieces already in your closet.
DRESSES. We live in them in the summer. Who doesn’t love their easy, breezy and oh-so-comfortable appeal? Having the perfect dress for every occasion is completely doable with a combination of staple-styles mixed and matched with fun accessories and sassy shoes.
ACCESSORIES. Add these key accessories to your summer capsule….Sunglasses are a high-impact (and practical!) must-have; a lightweight cashmere scarf is perfect for cooler nights and travel; a straw carryall is ultra on-trend and ideal for beach days; and a statement leather belt adds major interest to any outfit!
TIPS to Creating a Capsule Wardrobe!Tailoring a foundational seasonal wardrobe to your lifestyle is key to getting the most out of each piece. Our suggestions may not fit your exact routine or style, so go ahead and mix it up!
Know your style. Sporty, boho, minimalist, career, colorful, casual. Make sure each piece in your capsule represents who you are and what you like to wear.
Know what you reach for. Don’t underestimate the items that make you truly comfortable 24/7. If you know you’ll never wear a silk tank, substitute in another classic tee or breezy buttondown!
Know your season/weather. ie, if you live in Arizona, maybe forget the long denim for summer and add an extra semi-casual date-night dress.
Know your activity level. Hitting the gym, all day, everyday? Add in your favorite essential workout tanks, leggings or running shorts and the best running or hiking shoe. Jet-setting from meeting to meeting? Add black slacks or a timeless pencil dress or skirt into your summer wardrobe.
We honor the life and memory of a fashion icon, incredible artist, and pioneer of sophisticated color, confetti and whimsy. Dear Kate Spade, your vision has brought us joy, style and refinement for decades. Today, we eat cake for breakfast, for you. XO
For the many struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out. You are loved, you are enough. There is hope, help, and a safe place.
We love an exercise that you can do anywhere, with no equipment and gain fast results. Enter, the squat. This efficient movement is most well-known for it’s glute region benefits, but adding squatting into your workout or daily routine has more perks than you may think!
Prevents Injury. They say, lift with your legs, not your back. The squat is a real-life movement that we think deserves extra attention to maintaining. We squat to get in and out of our desk chairs, to pick up our littles (to pick up anything!) to reach that gallon of milk on the bottom shelf. Exercising and strengthening this motion will help you avoid silly injuries that could occur doing everyday tasks.
Full Body Benefits. The squat engages your core, calves, glutes, quads and hamstrings, making the squat a powerhouse movement that works several important muscles at once! EXTRA: Try a sumo squat (wider stance, toes pointed slightly out) to activate the inner thigh muscle more heavily!
Improves Your Balance. Fine tuning your core and major leg muscles will keep your body more stable as you move through your day. EXTRA: If your body weight squats are becoming easy (bravo!), try squats on a bosu ball. The soft surface and variability of movement will engage more muscles!
Burns Calories.You may not burn the same as you would during a job, but don’t underestimate squats for their calorie burning benefit! EXTRA: Add a jump into your squat movement and really feel the burn. Remember to land softly and in one fluid motion.
The key to gaining maximum benefits and preventing injury while performing any exercise, including squats, is to make sure you have correct form. See the image and link below for helpful tips!
If you need a good starting challenge, here’s a starting point!
They tell you in the airplane to always put on your oxygen mask before assisting others. That applies to in-flight emergencies and to motherhood.
You cannot give 100% of yourself to those that depend on you if you don’t have 100% to give. In order to assist others reliably, consistently and fully, you first have to make sure oxygen is flowing. This means more than just getting out of the house for an hour by yourself every month if chance allows. This means an intentional commitment to yourself. To take care of YOU each day, the same way that you take care of others and in the same way that you’d want your children to take care of themselves when they grow up. Today, we salute mother’s and encourage self-care. Whether you are a WFH Mom, SAH Mom, Career Mom, Foster Mom, Single Mom or Expectant Mom, remember to make yourself a priority.
We love these words of wisdom and tips for self-care:
Exercise. Literally, get the oxygen flowing. Move at your pace, but move. Getting the blood flowing is sometimes all we need to push through a rut.
Go out with friends. Interacting with adult humans is refreshing, amiright? Remember to engage with friends and other mommas in non-child focused ways too! Mom’s were women without children before they were mom’s…so most will have other passions and interests besides bedtime routines, organic baby food and the state of the art diaper bag insert.
Dress to impress [yourself]. We obviously cannot promote this tip enough! Sometimes putting on an amazing pair of shoes, jeans, earrings or your favorite cashmere sweater can make all the difference in your day. Never underestimate the power of a good outfit to elevate your mood and confidence.
Go to sleep! You know how your kiddos are irritable when they don’t get enough sleep? Don’t be fooled. That happens to adults too.
Eat well. We promote this always, for anyone, and think it really boosts energy and mood. Eat colorfully and be fruitful!
Date night. Don’t forget to nurture your relationship with your partner! Parenting is difficult for both parties and life gets hectic. Scheduling a time to date is important.
Do you. What did you like to do before you had kids? Don’t forget that our baby birds will fly the nest one day and your role as mother bird will look a bit different.
Let go of guilt.Easier said than done, absolutely. Rest assured though, making time for yourself is not a selfish act. It’s a selfless commitment to ensuring that you are ready to care for the people that depend on you, when they need you the most.
Learn Something New. Keep your mind sharp, your confidence high and your horizons open! Our babies are constantly learning new skills and embarking on new life experiences – we should do the same!
Keep a gratitude journal. Being mindful of your everyday life can help boost your mood and embrace the less-fortunate things that may have happened that day. Studies show being more aware and grateful for the good things that happen each day can lower anxiety and depression.
Every woman’s self-care routine will look different based on their needs and passions. The important thing is that you make yourself a priority!
Mama loves jewelry. Whether you are a tee-and-jeans mom, workout-attire-24/7 mom, full-hair-and-makeup-to-hit-the-grocery-store mom, or a silk-and-heels career mom, jewelry remains the pivotal piece of style, symbolism and sentiment that every mother covets. And jewelry, needless to say, always fits, always shines and never disappoints.
Our selection is unique and refined…and includes the exotic to the nautical, edgy to boho, and everyday pieces to statement. Here’s a peak at some of our favorite designers (all fabulous powerhouse women!) who mom may love:
Ela Rae, New York, New York.
Refined. Bohemian. Confident.
Ela Rae is a New York City based designer with global vision. The look of the line is modern bohemian, a style that empowers and embellishes the beauty of the wearer. The Ela Rae woman is carefree, confident and loves a layered look, complete with earthy gems, elegant diamonds and a mix of metals.
Robindira Unsworth, Northern California.
Luxe. Eclectic. Powerful. Exotic.
A California dreamer with an early maternal influence in the fashion industry, Robinira is now an international brand, boasting the trendsetter title by Elle, Bazaar, the New York Times and Oprah. Jewelry creation has had a profound impact on Robindira’s life, enabling her to touch people with pieces that signify and radiate power and beauty. Robindira’s hand-crafted pieces are favorites of Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Heigl and Kate Winslet.
Anna Beck (a name derived from the founder’s given name, Becky Anne) has been a Green Envy favorite and staple for years. Made by talented artisans in Bali, Indonesia, Anna Beck’s designs are intricately hand-made in traditional cultural processes using the finest metals and precise craftsmanship. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, often recognized for its tiny disc and rope-rim detailing. We all own and love our Anna Beck pieces! Her necklaces and bracelets are perfect for layering, versatile enough to mix and match. AB’s statement rings are ultra chic, adding style to any outfit. As stand-alone jewelry, each piece is sophisticated, refined, and globally inspired, perfect to pair with a little black dress or your favorite tee and boyfriend jeans.
Colby Davis of Boston is the creative business of a positive and ambitious mother-daughter(s) team, sharing a love for the New England coast and designing beautiful keepsake jewelry that can be handed down generation to generation. Their bold and classic pieces are made from fine sterling silver, glass and enamel combinations and are all hand-crafted in the USA. Colby Davis jewelry is the perfect gift for any mom, as each pendant is engraved with special words of encouragement, love and purpose – from an angel’s presence to the grounding of home to a US Military motto.
Everyone feels the effects of Monday. One way to fight it, drink more water! 💦 Drinking the proper amount of aqua (starting with a nice cool 16oz glass each morning) helps boost energy, fight mood swings, banish bloating (hallelujah!) and flush out toxins inside and out (healthy kidney, healthy skin!). We’ll drink to that!
Looking to heighten a specific benefit of drinking water? Add in some nutrients! Infusing your water with a combination of fruits and vegetables will punch up the powerhouse effects of staying hydrated.
Start today! A healthy habit takes 21 days to become a routine, and there’s no better day to start. Do you need a vessel of motivation? We have a plethora of gorgeous, stylish S’well bottles, perfect for making your water challenge chic and cool.
In an era of innovative fitness trends, changing diet fads and a constant influx of athleisure fashion, there’s one variable that stays constant throughout – HYDRATION. Whether you are into yoga, running, cycling, crossfit, lounging, teaching or mom-ing, S’well’s stainless steel bottles are perfect for keeping you hydrated and on-trend. These vessels are seen on the desks of women at Vogue and in the hands of celebrity career moms such as Jennifer Garner. Plus, on the heels of Earth Day, we think that this reusable, super-chic bottle is worthy of a highlight!
S’well was founded with a call-to-action to lower the number of plastic bottles on earth. This woman-owned company (one of the fastest growing in the country! A $100 million-dollar brand) thought if she could make a water bottle as chic as it is functional, more people would be inspired to put down the plastic, disposable bottles and use S’well. Eight years later, and S’well is making big dents in the number of bottles NOT reduced to waterways and landfills.
Besides boasting eco-friendly goals and sleek style, S’well can brag about these patented functionalities:
Keeps cold beverages cold for 24 hours
Keeps hot beverages hot for 12 hours
Boasts a triple-wall Therma-S’well exterior that holds in condensation
Constructed from BPA-FREE 18/8 Stainless Steel
^ The Liberty London floral fabrics are iconic. Bright, beautiful and intricately rendered. We think the Liberty S’well collaboration is perfect for Spring…and Mother’s Day! Fill with water, lemonade or your favorite protein shake…and head to the beach, lake or studio.
^ The Roamer took a giant step forward in the S’well brand. This large growler-sized bottle is perfect for road trips, day trips, beach days (don’t forget the perfect beach bag!) and all-day sporting events with the littles. With an impressive 40 oz capacity, the Roamer still shares the same functionality as it’s classic S’well siblings. Keep yourself ultra-hydrated or go ahead and share your beverage with others!
One of our favorite summer-time uses of S’well? COCKTAILS, of course! The 25 oz bottles hold an entire bottle of wine. We suggest you test that out, or try these staff drink picks:
Tom Ford’s style is sexy, sleek and unapologetically bold. His brand has become a 21st century icon in fashion, known for clean, architectural lines and modern craftsmanship and detail on timeless silhouettes. We love Tom Ford sunglasses for their versatile yet stunning shapes, colors and metals. They go with everything yet add a clear sense of fashion and statement to every outfit you pair them with. TF has a following by headlining celebrities – Beyoncé, Kate Bosworth, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston (dare we put them next to each other?!), Gwen Stefani, Kim Kardashian and Justin Timberlake – and we are following their lead.
Tom Ford’s are sold in store only. Please call (802.253.2661) or shop our boutique in Stowe, Vermont!
After an endless winter with layering a necessity, the JUMPSUIT is a breath of fresh spring air. This one-and-done wardrobe essential will ease us right into warm weather with its effortless, on-trend appeal. And now more than ever we are seeing the jumpsuit in a variety of styles, from casual to elegant, cotton to silk. This season’s jumpers feature breezy, relaxed silhouettes with flirty necklines, flattering waistlines, fashion-forward styling and a retro thread woven throughout.
Here are some new favorites that you can shop in-store or online!
^ We love this classic striped linen romper with button-front, drawstring waist and ankle-length hem. Pair it with a flat or heeled wedge sandal and denim jacket.
^ This super cool tencel shorts romper features a sexy tie-back detail, side stripe and “tribe” patch. Casual and cool, pair this one-piece-wonder with a slide sneaker or sleek black sandal.
^ We are in love with this effortless cotton slub jumpsuit. A sleek black tone is the perfect pairing with this relaxed, oh-so-comfortable silhouette and fit. Make a minimalist statement with a simple flat sandal. Give it an athleisure vibe with a suede slide sneaker. The Aubriella Jumper is an ideal travel companion too!
^ For the many events this party season, we suggest the Lamar! This silk jumpsuit in a gorgeous electric blue is elegant, refined and so comfortable! Dress down for Sunday brunch with a denim jacket and leather flats or adorn with a statement necklace, cashmere ruana and high block heel for an evening out!
^ Like wearing pj’s. The Emi jersey romper is perfect for running errands, trips to the beach, or lunch with the girls when the weather gets really warm. This flirty little romper has a natural casual sporty vibe when paired with sneakers but can be worn with just about any shoe! Bonus – we love the budget-friendly price of this summer staple!
^ An edgy boho chic jumpsuit by the brand that does edgy boho chic the best. This vintage black one-piece coverall features a low arm, zip front, casual cord drawstring waist and large front pockets with grommet detail. Pair with a tank, or wear over your swimsuit.
^ We can’t think of anyone who does sleek utilitarian better than Frame. The Le Service Jumpsuit is a military-inspired relaxed fit twill jumpsuit with sexy androgynous appeal.
Worn and accessorized in a true combat feel by Gigi Hadid, below.
^ The Farrah. 70’s inspired, full of classic retro style. A full coverage jumpsuit ideal for chilly days when all you need is denim, head to toe.
^ Effortless, timeless and feminine. This linen blend jumpsuit features a foldover surplice neckline that adds a flirty and flattering element we can’t resist.
^ Summer essential. Bella Dahl designs the perfect strapless jumpsuit with a simple tied waist. We love a comfortable slide sandal with this romper.
^Overalls share the same fundamental style as a jumpsuit yet add the ultra classic and casual appeal of denim. This fitted version by McGuire has a stunning silhouette and we love the thin feminine straps that cross over the back.