Denim, L.A. Life Style, Styles and Trends for Today, Trending, Uncategorized

5 Trends We Can’t Live Without

April 20, 2017 • By

With all the trends that reigned during the Spring/Summer 2017 fashion weeks all over the world, we could now get a clearer view of what our wardrobe should have this year. We rounded up some of our favorite spring/summer trends to inspire you guys to shake things up a little!

1.Patchwork Denim: I love that you can pair this jean jacket with a solid-colored shirt or stripes and the jacket makes the outfit.

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2. Off-The-Shoulder: The simplest and effortless way to show off your collarbone is to wear an off shoulder top or dress. Get those shoulders out and a ready this season.

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3. Pink : The colour pink is a hue full of passion, fun, and excitement. The fashion industry has certainly caught on it certainly is a hue to look forward to wearing.

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4. Embroidery: Embroidered details on dresses, tops and even denim are taking the center stage, adding a folky and feminine touch to any look.

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5. Fray/Release Hem:  It’s all about the no-hem-hemline, think cut-off, let-down, frayed and raw.

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Now, are you ready to rock Spring/Summer 2017 with your wardrobe essentials? Don’t fret because you still have time to go shopping or you can even just click here and shop! All these fashion trends for 2017 are totally wearable and admirable.


Styles and Trends for Today, Trending

Chic Ways to Wear Your White Shirt

February 28, 2017 • By

Trends come and go, but the versatility of the classic white button-down is perpetual. It has the benefits of a blank slate and can be dressed down or dressed up. It can be knotted or tucked into our favorite pair of jeans, styled with a pair of relaxed sneakers, paired with a voluminous skirt, the list goes on… need we say more?

From the office to date night, and everything in between, consider this your field guide to getting the most out of one of the most underestimated pieces from some of our favorite bloggers.

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Knot so basic

Leave a couple of buttons undone at the bottom and then tie it up. Note: super cute in summer.

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Cute n’ collared

Do your buttons all the way up

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Get tucked!

Do a messy tuck or go all in.

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Roll’em up

Roll up those sleeves. Nuff Said.

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Half ‘n Half

Done, but undone. Together, but not too much. Leave a couple of bottom buttons loose and tuck one side to reveal the waist. Très flattering!

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Events, Health & Well-Being, Life's Challenges

You Only Have One Heart … Treat It Kindly!

February 2, 2017 • By

VH-hearthealth-tee-graphic-exampleFebruary: the month devoted to matters of the heart: Love and … health. Yes, heart health. We all know that Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th, but did you know that February is also National Heart Health Month, dedicated to both raising awareness of heart disease and raising money for heart health research? Proclamation 3566 was formally dedicated by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Join us on Friday, February 3rd, National Wear Red Day.  All around the nation, including here at Velvet Heart, women (and men) are wearing RED to support Women’s Heart Health. Learn more here ….

velvet-heart-goes-redand when you shop VELVET HEART on-line we will donate 10% of all full price orders during the month of February to the “GO RED FOR WOMEN” campaign, and purchases over $150 will receive a FREE “Live Each Day with a Strong Heart” tee! VH Heart Strong Tee

Learn the FACTS:

  • FACT: Heart disease strikes women regardless of ages or socio-economic class. For this we need only remember the recent death of Carrie Fisher , due to heart disease less than two months ago. carrie fisher heart hollywood blvd

Give yourself the perfect Valentine’s Day gift this year. Commit to “Live each day with a strong heart” by taking just a few simple steps:

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  • Step 3: Eat Right: Click here for tips from celebrity chefs for heart-healthy cooking.

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  • Step 4: Laugh each and every day!  The expression “laughter is the best medicine” is nothing to laugh about! It’s true! Research shows that there is a decrease in stress hormones, a reduction in artery inflammation and an increase in HDL, or the “good” cholesterol when we laugh. Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, cardiologist and director of women and heart disease at the New York City Lenox Hill Hospital said,  “Once you start laughing, it forces you to feel better,” said Dr. Steinbaum, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. An added bonus: the positive effects of a good chuckle have been found to last 24 hours. Now that’s the kind of medicine we love!

Health & Well-Being, Life's Challenges, Resolutions

I Resolve to (try to) Keep My Resolutions!

January 9, 2017 • By

Start on January 1

Okay … we’re two weeks into the New Year ! Are your resolutions still holding? Well, if not, don’t kick yourself. It appears that only 8% of those who make promises to themselves actually keep them! So how do they do it? Why do some succeed while so many of us fail?

Studies show (yes, there are actually studies done on the “keeping of resolutions”) there are four steps to success:

  1. Keep it Simple
  2. Make it Tangible
  3. Make it Obvious
  4. Keep Believing You Can Do It

KEEP IT SIMPLE: Set small, reasonable goals that can be achieved one step at a time. This time honored “kiss” will remind you:

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MAKE IT TANGIBLE: Your goal/s should be based on rational targets. Not “I’ll lose weight,” but rather “I’ll lose 10 pounds.” Not “I’m going to write my book,” but rather break a larger goal into steps: Step 1: “I’m going to prepare the outline for my book” … and when you reach your first goal, set Step 2: “I’m going to write the introduction or chapter one,” etc. According to John Norcross, Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Scranton, “We say if you can’t measure it, it’s not a very good resolution because vague goals beget vague resolutions.”

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MAKE IT OBVIOUS: Post a chart of your progress as a daily reminder. Or, like blogger Julia in the movie, JULIE AND JULIA and the original blog: Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, make your pledge public. Use social media and let friends and family know your goal … they can help you keep on track. We all need support from time-to-time and your BFF may be that perfect someone who can keep you from slipping.

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KEEP BELIEVING YOU CAN DO IT: Have faith in yourself! Willpower can carry you through … but here’s something you should know about willpower. Psychological studies show that willpower, a “mind-body reaction to choice,” can get depleted. Fatigue can set it. “A growing body of research shows that resisting repeated temptations takes a mental toll. Some experts liken willpower to a muscle that can get fatigued from overuse.” On the positive side, willpower is a renewable resourse. You can essentially “re-boot” it.  Essentially, if you believe you have the strength to reach your goal, you will. I’m reminded of a quote I learned as a child:  “If you will it, it is no dream.”

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Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2017, and success in keeping your resolutions!


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Behind The Scenes, Events, Holidays, L.A. Life Style

What We Heart at the Holidays!

December 14, 2016 • By

Warm sweaters, cozy fires, steaming hot cocoa … these are just a few of the traditional holiday “favorite things” that most everyone associates with this chilly, but festive, time of the year, and we want to share with you, our readers, some holiday traditions HEARTED by members of our crew here at Velvet Heart!

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Hallie/Asst. Marketing – DIY Holiday Wrapping

 

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Lusha/Associate Designer  – Christmas Lights

 

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Itzel/Associate Designer  Holiday Nail Designs

 

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Kellie/Sr. Merchandiser & Melissa /Asst. Merchandiser – Holiday music 

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Anthony / Design Intern –  Holiday shopping

 

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Stephanie /E-commerce Manager – Presents!!


Blogger Spotlight, Styles and Trends for Today, Trending

Holiday Looks with Guest Blogger Kimberly Kong of Sensible Stylista

November 7, 2016 • By

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Alright everyone, it’s time for real talk.  The holiday season’s coming up, which means we’re all getting ready to get our splurges on (#sorrynotsorry).  I personally love indulging in all things savory…and sweet (aka all delish food), ha! What can I say? I love my noms.  Now, this all leads me beautifully to a very important topic: how to feel comfortable while looking cute.  I’ll be sharing three effortlessly fashionable outfits with you guys today.  You’ll be able to eat as much as you want without feeling constricted, and you’ll ooze serious steeze (style + ease) while you’re at it.  So, without further ado, let’s get to it.

My first look epitomizes fall-friendly style.  I centered my outfit around Velvet Heart’s Olsen shirt dress, and it’s literally the softest thing I own.  If you’re a fan of plaid, this is a serious must-have.  I styled the piece with a drape vest and threw on suede boots to up my texture game.  To finish things off, I accessorized with a silver statement necklace.

 

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Outfit no. 2’s vibe is casual and minimalist.  I’m a fan of all things lace-up, so naturally, I fell in love with Velvet Heart’s Bridgette top.  If you’re looking for a timeless basic that screams quality, pick this shirt up stat.  To mask potential muffin top, I went with a pair of high waisted jeans, and threw on a long duster on top to show off my layering game.  Now, since my ensemble’s fairly simple, I elevated my look with a pop of animal print!  It’s amazing how much of a difference a splash of print makes.

 

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I centered my third and final look around a fabulous printed long Cannes tunic from Velvet Heart.  FYI: This tank has high side slits – just wanted to give you guys a heads up.  Personally, I didn’t want to show too much skin so I wore mid-rise gray skinnies + a chunky knit on top.  Also, I went easy on the accessory front because I wanted my top & faux-fur collar to take centerstage.

 

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How do you guys stay fashionable during the holidays? Is comfort important to you?  Let me know by leaving a comment below!  To see more outfit posts + lifestyle blasts, check out my blog, Sensible Stylista.

XO

Kimberly Kong

 

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Denim

Denim Care: How to make your jeans last longer!

August 30, 2016 • By

A good pair of jeans is a staple in every woman’s closet. And while finding your perfect pair can be a long process, when you do, you’ll want the jeans to last for as long as possible.

There is actually a right way to clean your jeans if you’d like to maintain their color and quality. Here are 7 tips to help you preserve and care for your cherished pairs:

1. Washing them too often will make the color fade faster

When it comes to a good pair of jeans, you can wear one for 5 to 10 times before having to wash them. If you can’t see the dirt, they’re probably not really dirty

2. Spot clean

Use a laundry stain remover, leave it on for a few minutes, then use a damp cloth to wet the area and scrub the stain

3. Try the steam clean approach

Hang them in the bathroom while you’re taking a shower so the steam and scents from your soap permeate your jeans, making them smell nice and fresh.

4. When it comes time to wash them, it’s best to do so in cold water

Turn the jeans inside out and make sure to either hang them outside to dry if it’s a nice day (keeping them out of the sun), or put them on a drying rack. When washing for the first time, toss in two spoonfuls of salt to help set the dye.

5. For darker washes – add distilled vinegar

While doing laundry, add half a cup so the darker hued denim will retain its color after washing.

6. Washing by hand is always better than machine-wash

Start by filling the sink with cold water, add half a teaspoon of detergent. Turn your jeans inside out, plop them in the water and walk away. Come back in an hour and rise with cold water.

7. Hold off on bleach

Not only will it mess with the color, but it could also deteriorate the yarns in the denim fabric.

 

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Styles and Trends for Today, Trending

How to Style the Shirt Dress

August 5, 2016 • By

One of the hottest trends happening right now is the “shirt dress.” The “must have” closet item that transcends seasons. So what actually IS a “shirt dress”? It’s simply a longer version of a shirt – almost any shirt: long sleeve, sleeveless, short sleeve, rolled sleeves, button down, pop-over, and with collar choices and hem lengths galore. There’s a shirt dress out there perfect for everybody … and every body type, and when styled right, a shirt dress can look chic, cool and totally #OOTD worthy.

Here are 6 style tips on how to wear a shirt dress to get you inspired:

  1. To achieve a smart, yet summery style, pair with your favorite summer shoes and/or a woven hat to capture the spirit of summer.

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Or for a simple summer twist..wear as a topper with shorts.

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2.  Belt it. If you’re looking for a simple way to spruce up your dress, why not try adding a belt?  It’ll give you more definition and a flattering silhouette. We love this simple trick!

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3. Keep it casual with a pair of slip-on sneakers or slides. Add a leather jacket to toughen up the look.

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4. For a more professional look, try adding a blazer and flats or heels.

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5. Make a shirt dress look elegant with strappy heels and an accent purse.

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6. Transition into fall by layering. Add a sweater on top or a turtleneck shirt underneath. Pair with leggings or pants and other cold weather accessories.

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*all photos via pinterest.com*

To find the perfect shirt dress for you, shop these looks and more at velvetheart.com

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Holidays, L.A. Life Style, Styles and Trends for Today

Summertime & the Livin’ is Easy!

July 8, 2016 • By

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SummertimeDisplaying VH_fall_5682 (1).jpgthe wonderful song written in 1935 by George Gershwin for the opera Porgy and Bess, perfectly sets the tone for what summer is, or should be, all about. Days are longer and hotter, life moves from the fast to the slow lane and everything, from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to the places we go, should be “easy”.

When it comes to fashion, think soft, lightweight fabrics … cotton, linen, rayon and one of our favorites, renewable Tencel in a super lightweight weave, and choose loose and comfy silhouettes.Displaying VH_fall_5682 (1).jpg Sundresses that go from day to night, tops that can be worn open over a tank or buttoned up, tucked in or tied at the waist, and happy, fresh colors. These things all shout “summer is here!”

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Al fresco dining is de rigueur when it’s too warm to stand over a hot stove, so plan to dine outside as often as possible whether at home, at the beach, at a park, a concert venue or a restaurant patio. Plan ahead for menus that can be eaten cold or at room temperature,

  

add candles, music (invest in a set of wireless speakers),

  

and good libations and every meal will be a party. Bon appetit … and enjoy your summer!

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