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Chic in Stripes

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Who doesn’t love the Fourth of July? Fireworks, picnics, cotton candy — everything about the holiday screams relaxation. And what a better way to show of your country pride than with an outfit of chic stripes and summer linen that pays homage to classic Americana?

Jackie O. has always been one of my style icons. (I’m willing to bet she’s one of yours, too!) Her iconic style was punctuated by nautical stripes, effortless yet chic pants, over-sized sunglasses, a structured satchel and a ladylike scarf (for good measure). Continue reading →

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The Inside Scoop: July Cardholder Savings

july_YR_01KitchenAid® Crystal Blue 5-speed hand mixer // LivingQuarters ceramic flower pots // LivingQuarters mason drink dispenser // Picnic at Ascot collapsible insulated basket // Jessica Simpson Aylin Medallion bedding collection // Zak Designs® colander // LivingQuarters tin caddy // Tommy Hilfiger® jute pouf

blog-divider8Hello, July! Am I excited to see you and this long holiday weekend. Like most of you, I’m taking advantage of the extra time off and filling it with friends, grilling and a little fireworks gazing. So why not spruce up the house – especially the patio! – for all the entertaining and cookouts to come? Good thing July’s Double It category for YOUR REWARDS cardholders is all about home and entertaining.

Check out July’s YOUR REWARDS Double It Category: Home

This month, why not turn your patio into a paradise with tropical décor and serveware and maybe even a fire pit to warm the chill of summer nights? Your guests are sure to love the fun touches as they roast s’mores over the fire.

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5 Tips for the Perfect Red Nail

5 Tips for the Perfect Red Nail

I love the color red. It’s one of my perennial classic favorites and it never goes out of style. Whether I’m wearing a red dress, shoes or red lipstick, knowing the perfect red to wear gives me the confidence. Red can be bold, chic, elegant, classic or mysterious.

Take special note or these five tried & true tips so your polish can last longer and stay ravishingly red!

5 Tips for Ravishing Red Nails

  1. Give yourself a manicure. Nails must be clean and dry before application.
  2. Apply a base coat. It will help the polish to adhere and last longer.
  3. Use three thin lacquer coats. Don’t forget to paint the tips of the nails.
  4. Apply a topcoat. Allow time to dry.
  5. Use cuticle oil. Apply and massage daily to soften and hydrate nails. Cuticle cream can also be used to soften and prevent dryness. Continue reading →
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Manic Monday: “Color” by Coco Chanel

It’s another Manic Monday over here, and today we’re thinking a little bit about color. We all know that as the seasons change, so do the colors of our wardrobes. Now that summer is in full swing, I’m reaching for brights every morning (like this vibrant yellow maxi by Jessica Simpson). But if the color of the season or the hottest trend isn’t speaking to you, no worries! Fashion maven Coco Chanel liked to say that the best color to wear is the one that looks best on you. So you do you and look fabulous doing it!

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Summer Time Iced Tea: Blueberry Hibiscus

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blog-divider8This summer we teamed up with Rishi Tea, a leader in Organic & Fair Trade Certified tea, to try out their flavorful Iced Teas & we can’t wait to share recipes and more with you! First up, we brewed up a batch of Blueberry Hibiscus Caffeine-Free Iced Tea and loved it’s sweet, fruity flavors. It’s the perfect blend of rich rooibos with blueberries & tart hibiscus that was just what we needed to quench our thirst on a hot day.

To start, we washed and cut up fruit to add a punch of color to our blueberry tea. We used these fun floral LivingQuarters bowls to store our extra cut up strawberries & blueberries and love how the colors pop against the red hues of the tea.

Next, we followed step-by-step directions for the hot brew method (below) for this summer iced tea & made sure to remove the tea bag after 5 quick minutes of steeping. We found this beautiful Libbey glassware set that gave us the perfect casual look we were going for.

We added cold water to our freshly brewed tea and were ready to serve it! This galvanized teal tray & colorful bamboo place-mats finished off our colorful presentation perfectly for outdoor afternoon tea. (Scroll down for the complete recipe and instructions!)

With this drink, you’ll be able to take on any sweltering hot summer day & make a few friends in the process! Stay tuned for our next post where we serve up a cool glass of Summer Lemon Iced Tea.

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