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High Fashion, Low Maintenance: Summer Day-to-Night Fashions

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

It always helps to have an outfit that can pull double duty, wearable both day and night. It can be quite easy to turn your summer day look into a night ensemble with just a few accessory switches.

day to night

Take one dress from the beach to the bar.

For an example of how to turn your look from day to night, I used this simple drawstring tank dress from American Apparel as the basis for both styles. Solid dresses are the easiest summer staple to transition with different accessories.

american apparel tank dress

During the day, try a pair of flat, strappy sandals, like this pair by Lily Pulitzer. I love the little details in this pair, but you can find similar sandals for less almost everywhere this summer.

lily pulitzer shoes

Take things up a notch at night with a pair of high-heeled wedges. This leather knotted pair from BCBG are adorable and very summer appropriate.

dsw shoe

A large, hobo bag is your best friend on a busy day. You can only pull off straw accessories like this Gap bag in the summer, so rock it while you can.

straw gap tote

At night you don’t need to carry much, so a clutch is easy and compact. Brown leather clutches, like this envelope clutch from Urban Outfitters, are a lighter, more summery version of the typical black.

brown envelope clutch UO

Embrace summer with beach-y jewelry. You can’t quite wear a seashell around your neck come December, so wear simple accessories like this Tiffany’s inspired starfish necklace while it’s still warm.

starfish necklace

Make a statement at night. Tiered necklaces, like this one from Lauren by Ralph Lauren, really stand out and easily dress up your look.

ralph lauren necklace

Practical and cute, a sun hat is sun protection and summer style all in one. This summer, the floppier the better, like this ribbon tied, terry cloth hat from Juicy Couture.

juicy couture hat

No need for a hat at night; instead pull your hair back and wear a pair of big, attention grabbing earrings. This pair from Kenneth Cole are gorgeous, but not gaudy.

kenneth cole earrings

Beat the Heat: 4 Ways to Melt-Proof Your Makeup

Professional Makeup Artist Victoria Stiles
Professional Makeup Artist Victoria Stiles

It’s summertime, and the living’s easy…but not necessarily for your makeup. Those of us in the warmest climates are already getting a preview of the months to come with temperatures soaring well into the 90s. So what’s a makeup-lovin’ gal to do, short of saying “ciao” to her beauty products for three months? Simple: Melt-proof your makeup.

Professional makeup artist Victoria Stiles, who works with clients across the globe for publications, ads, celebrities, and events, shares these simple tips to avoid a major makeup meltdown.

1. Begin with the Skin. Stiles says the first step is to take care of your skin. To set the stage for a melt-proof look, she stresses the importance of  properly cleansing and moisturizing before applying makeup. “For problematic skin, I would suggest to see a dermatologist so that you can get a professional skin care daily regimen,” she advises.

summer makeup2. Use a Primer. Stiles says those with normal to oily skin types have the hardest time keeping makeup on during the summer. To help foundation stay put, she recommends starting with a foundation base or primer. “Makeup will adhere better to the skin with the application of a primer product, especially on hot, humid days,” she says. She recommends Natural Born Cosmetics Liquid Shine Eliminator from Paint and Powder Cosmetics in Chantilly, Va.

3. Check the Ingredients. Certain ingredients used in makeup products, like silica and polymer, can make all the difference in avoiding a makeup meltdown, according to Stiles. She explains that silica is an absorbent ingredient and can control oil secretion, while polymers adhere to the skin.

4. Go Easy on “Waterproof” Makeup. While waterproof products may seem like the logical choice, that’s not necessarily your best bet. According to Stiles, you should only wear waterproof makeup when you’re planning on swimming, as waterproof face makeup tends to clog pores and cause break-outs, and waterproof mascaras can dry lashes and cause breakage. Stiles says instead, look for water-resistant products like COVERGIRL Lash Blast Length water resistant mascara and MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Aqua Cream eye shadow.

So now that we know how to keep our makeup from sliding off, what shades should we be putting on in the first place? Stiles says summer is a great time to experiment with color. “Right now, I am loving blues and aqua-marine shades for the eyes with a subtle pink lip,” she said. Stiles recommends MAKE UP FOR EVER Pearly Waterproof Eyeshadow Pencil in Steel Blue and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Memento.

Photos: Victoria Stiles, Nicholas LaClair

Fab Finds: Summer Hats

No sunburn is quite as bad as a sunburn on your forehead. To keep the sun out of your eyes and your face burn-free, try a summer hat. So tie up your bikini, lather on some sunscreen and top it all off with a hat, and you’re ready to soak up the sun in style this summer.

1. Black Band Trilby Hat ASOS: $20.29

Hat asos

2. Juicy Couture PomPom Straw Sun HatSaks: $88

hat juicy

3. Mark Getaway Beach Hat Avon: $16

Hat Mark

4. Sandbox HatRoxy: $28

Hat roxy

5. Two-Tone Straw Fedora Urban Outfitters: $28

hat UO