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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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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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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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Red, White & True Blue! Celebrate the 4th in Style!

June 25, 2016 • By

The 4th of July is just around the corner, and you know what that means. It’s time to relax with family and friends at a backyard barbeque, a pool party, park picnic or a beach party – whatever you do, it will probably be casual and laidback – but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Here’s some last minute tips to help make your celebration sparkle with pizzazz!

#1. Dress the part. Show off your patriotic pride and rock your red, white and blue! The limited color palette does not mean limited choices of dress. This is the holiday to show off your independence! Go with all three colors, or emphasize one and add dashes of the others (or just two colors, like a classic blue/white combo if you like to celebrate in a more subdued manner). And of course, what you don will depend upon your location and your activites, so here are a few ideas to help inspire you and get you in a celebratory mood!

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For low-key get togethers, you might opt for shorts or a romper. Denim and chambray are your logical, and patriotic choices, since jeans are the original American “national costume.” Pair with a cute pair of stylish flats or the latest hot-trend, white-white sneakers. Need to be a bit more “dressed up”? Opt for a simple, but chic, sundress that proclaims your effortless style. The key here is your accessories. Don’t overdo. Remember that key word, casual. And don’t forget those most important accessories: sunscreen and a hat.

#2 Set the Mood. If you are hosting, stock up on inexpensive traditional bandanas in red, white and blue. They can be used as napkins, quickly stitched together for a quick table cloth or runner, and cut into triangles for an easy DIY banner. Simply glue the short edge over a piece of twine.

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#3. The Red, white & blue palette should continue to your table. Fresh summer fruits provide everything you need. Red strawberries and watermelon, white slices of dragon fruit, banana, pealed apples and pears, and loads of blue berries. Provide skewers and marshmellows and let your guests make their own red-white-and blue kabobs, with melted white chocolate as an extra sweet treat. Create a Patriotic Punch (instructions here) and use red licorice sticks as straws, and don’t put that watermelon shell to waste. Use it as a punch bowl!

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#4 Play some patriotic themed games. Baseball, frisbee and flag-football are all great American pastimes, but here are a few other DIY ideas in case some guests are not quite so energetic: Pop the Balloon Flag dart game , the United States of Bingo and that old faithful, Patriotic Ring Toss . fourth of july games 2

Last, but not least, remember WHY we celebrate the 4th of July. We are truly blessed to live in the land of E pluribus unum !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Holidays, Hot Spots in L.A., L.A. Life Style

Let’s getaway … but not too far away

April 4, 2016 • By

We love L.A., but sometimes all that traffic and noise and hustle and bustle is just too much and we long for wide open spaces where you can hear yourself think and the air smells clean and fresh. Lucky for Angelenos there are a number of places within a 1 to 3 hour drive where someone can go to find peace and quiet and enjoy the beauty of nature. Here are five dream mini-vacations for your consideration, and we actually discovered one of these treasures during our last photoshoot for the Velvet Heart Fall 2016 look book.

SYCAMORE COVE STATE PARK: We booked the shoot at Sycamore Cove State Park at the northern edge of Malibu, though technically in Oxnard city limits. The beautiful stretch of pristine beach is bordered by craggy rock formations at either end with easy access and parking from Pacific Coast Highway. Picnic tables and barbeques are available for public use, so you can relax, dine, listen to waves and even spot the occasional whale passing by (we saw one!). This beach is a bit of heaven, and to be honest, we hope not too many people visit. It’s simply a bit of paradise. And if you get tired of the beach, just cross PCH and you have access to the Sycamore Canyon Park and miles of hiking trails. Something for everyone.

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VASQUEZ ROCKS PARK: If a more vigorous activity is your thing, drive about 40 miles north of L.A., off the 14 Freeway to Agua Dulce, and you’re in another world.  The almost eerie formation of red, sandstone peaks that make up Vasquez Rocks Park, jut out from the earth like some prehistoric lizard crawling out of the sand. These rocks, formed thousands of years ago by one of those dreaded earthquakes along the San Andreas fault, are just waiting to be climbed.  Reminder: wear sunscreen, proper shoes, a hat and bring water.READ MORE


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

5 Festival Trends To Try

March 17, 2016 • By

 

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Festival season is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited to rock one of our favorite trends: Boho! To save you the stress we’ve picked out some great key spring trends for you to wear while rocking out to your favorite band!

  1. The Romper – Chic, easy and will keep you comfortable all throughout the day, add your favorite accessories.

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2. The Denim Shirt – A classic, wear as a jacket or tie around the waist for an effortless look.

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3. The Plaid Shirt – Edge up your look with a little plaid, mix with different prints and fabrics.

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4. The Denim Flare – One of this season’s hottest trends. Become an instant boho goddess with a pair of flared denim, wear with your favorite crop top or band tee.

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5. Tribal Print – You can never go wrong with a little tribal print. Pair with sandals or ankle boots.

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How to wear a plaid shirt:

February 25, 2016 • By

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It doesn’t appear that the trend for great plaid shirts and dresses is going away … in fact, if recent fashion markets are truly a barometer of what’s hot in fashion, then plaids are not simply a trend – they’re a basic. Colors may change with the seasons, and classic tartan patterns may get tweeked, but plaids are proving to be almost as  versatile as a basic white shirt!

  1. Wear a button front shirt tucked into a pair of skinny jeans or a pencil skirt for a clean, modern cowgirl look.

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2. Layer up! Wear your plaid shirt or shirtdress under an oversized boyfriend sweater … or on top of the sweater. See. Versatile! With or without leggings or slim jeans. Go with the season and what feels right. Add booties or gladiator sandals, depending on the weather. Timeless and seasonless.
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4. wear it open over a dress or T-shirt. The shirt jacket. Didn’t I say “casual”?

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The truth is, one plaid shirt in your closet is worth it’s weight in fashion “gold,” so why not stock up on a cornacopia of plaids in colors that will add zest to your wardrobe all year long.


Health & Well-Being

You have only ONE HEART!

February 4, 2016 • By

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February, the month of  Valentine’s Day, love and hearts, is also the month dedicated to raising awareness about heart health, and therefore it’s the perfect time to focus on your own heart. Yes, the one inside your chest that you take for granted, even though it’s the hardest working muscle in your body.

Did you know heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and the leading killer of women worldwide? While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease. And young women are not immune.  Lifestyle-related factors that increase heart disease risk are increasingly common among girls, teenagers, and young adults.

But all is not doom-and-gloom. According to the American Heart Association,  from 2003 to 2013, the death rate from heart disease  has fallen about 38 percent, but numbers are still too high. What can we do to make sure these number continue to drop? It’s simple really. Take charge of your heart and follow what the AHA calls Life’s Simple 7®  the “seven factors and behaviors” that have the largest impact on heart health. These are:

  1. Lose weight / maintain a healthy weight
  2. Eat better
  3. Move! Get active
  4. Manage your blood pressure
  5. Reduce your blood sugar
  6. Stop Smoking
  7. Control your cholesterol

So if you haven’t already made a resolution for 2016, add these “Lucky Seven” to your list. And note: simply making a positive change in any one of these areas can make a difference in your overall health. If you can lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight, you can reduce your risk of diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Small changes matter. Take baby steps. You’re worth it.

For more information , check out the Go Red for Women campaign .

 

 

 


Styles and Trends for Today

Denim Style

January 18, 2016 • By

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Lately I’ve been getting a lot of use out of my chambray shirts. My go to outfit is one paired with a darker shade of denim or black pants.

Personally, I have two chambray shirts that I can’t live without: one in a darker wash, and one in a lighter wash. I would recommend getting both, because they are so great to have and can go with almost anything.

Here are also a few tips on wearing this classic piece:

1. Instead of a cardigan, wear a chambray shirt over your dress

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2. Pair with colored or printed pants. Don’t be afraid to add a pop of color

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3. On colder days wear under a sweater

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4. For a classic look, tuck it into your favorite skirt

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5. Wear it under a blazer for a professional look

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When all else fails… check out these amazing ideas as a guide

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