When the temps rise, it’s tempting to kick off the covers in favor of just a thin sheet. But don’t let your lack of A/C keep you from having a hotel-grade bed-scape. Choose breathable 100% cotton, and let us take it from there.

Dreamy Bed How-To

  1. Start with the basics. A mattress cover will extend the life of your mattress and keep your fitted sheet from sliding off.
  2. Stay cool with crisp, breathable percale. Lay down your flat sheet, followed by a light, cotton blanket. Tuck them both in tightly and turn down at the top.
  3. Fold a duvet in thirds. Keep your comforter gathered at the foot of the bed for cooler nights – plus, it adds a bit of texture to the overall look.
  4. Finish with pillows. Two sleepers, two shams, and a few front-facing throw pillows should do it. (But let us just say there’s no such thing as too many.)

Need to stock up? Our Luxe & Low Sale: Bedding Edition Boutique opened today at 11AM ET.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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July 7, 2015

Spending all waking hours outside is a must after the winter we just had. But shielding your face from harmful rays is just as important. Enter: these sun-blocking hats with major style power. Permission to soak up every last second? Granted.

Summer Hat TrendsWide-Brim Hat
Consider an exaggerated brim in lightweight straw the chicest form of SPF. Rock it anywhere and everywhere (alfresco drinks, anyone?) for instant ladylike polish.

Summer Hat TrendsBaseball Cap
This look isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s having a major moment. Sporty, on-trend, and oh-so-practical, it wears well with almost anything –  from athleisure looks to feminine outfits.

Summer Hat TrendsPanama Hat
Look fast, and this blogger-beloved staple could be mistaken for a fedora. But with a slightly wider brim, its laid-back silhouette is a breezy outfit’s (and bad hair day’s) best friend.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 4, 2015

This Fourth of July, declare your independence from those chocolate-chip cookies you bring to every cookout and brighten up the party with these super-patriotic (and super-simple) chocolate-covered strawberries.

4th of July Strawberries
Taste and Tell says you can make these all-American after-dinner treats without a recipe, but we figured we’d break it down for you.

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries, washed and dried
  • White chocolate
  • Blue sugar or sprinkles

 
Instructions:

  1. Put the chocolate in a bowl and heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir the chocolate until it’s smooth.
  3. If the chocolate hasn’t completely melted, keep microwaving it for 30-second intervals, stirring after each time.
  4. Take a strawberry and dip it in the melted chocolate, then in the sugar.
  5. Place the dipped strawberry on a sheet of waxed paper to cool.

 
Once all the berries are dipped and the chocolate has hardened, arrange them on a platter and watch them disappear before you can light a sparkler.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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July 2, 2015

These looks belong in your rotation. (No ifs, ands, or buts.) All it takes are a few staple pieces and a quick study of these style tips.

Trends Men A Classic Twist
Pull out your go-to blazer and denim. Then add a button-front with contrasting cuffs and collar, and swap out your leather loafers for suede chukka boots.

Style Trends Men All-Navy Everything
Don Draper dressing is here to stay. Play your best 1960s advertising exec in a crisp navy suit. The hue works best with sharp white shirts and skinny ties.

Style Trends Men Sunday Best
That neutral-colored suit you wear to summer weddings? It’s about to become part of your off-day look, too. Just pair it with a tucked-in T-shirt and add a belt for a bit of polish.

Our Man About Town: Trending Looks to Own Now Boutique opened Wednesday, July 1, at 3PM ET.

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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July 1, 2015

We all have that friend with the stunning house and a knack for hosting summer’s most memorable nights. So this year, make sure to show your appreciation with a standout thank-you gift. Here are a few ways to wow, whether you’re crashing for just a night or the whole weekend.

Best Hostess Gifts

The Overnighter

  • Bring a treat from your hometown – think local beer or baked goods that aren’t available where you’re headed. Pack the brews in a monogrammed tote or take along a cake stand for the sweet eats.
  • Give your host an item that suits the guest room for future visitors to admire, like a carafe, coffee-table book, or scented candle.

 

Best Hostess Gifts

The Weekender

  • Come bearing a collection of entertaining musts: a personalized carryall complete with snacks, a cheese board, wine, wineglasses, and a favorite board game. Then, kick-start the fun.
  • Post-trip, send a framed photo from the weekend. Memories? Coming right up.

 
Equip your arsenal with these picks and more in our Gifts Under $30: Never Show Up Empty Handed Boutique, which opened Wednesday, July 1, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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July 1, 2015

This one’s for the girls. When it comes a bra‘s lifespan, the general rule of thumb is to refresh your rotation every six to nine months – give or take, of course. Here are a few signs it’s when to say when.

When to Replace Bra
It’s Worn-Out
Exposed wires. Broken hooks. Zero give. If your best assets are being supported by a Franken-bra, it’s time to toss. Seriously, would you wear a dress with a broken anything? We think not.

Your Size Has Changed
Let’s face it, we all fluctuate. If you’re seeing some bulge over your cups or simply not filling them out, say goodbye. Take the time (a.k.a. a few minutes) to be professionally fitted once every six months.

It’s Totally Warped
If you can pull the back of your bra away from your body by more than a couple inches (and it’s on the tightest hook), your band is stretched out. Cue an upgrade.

You Want to Up the Ante
Your birthday. Valentine’s Day. Or just Tuesday. Who says you need a special occasion to spice things up? Our not-so-scientific research shows that bra shopping spontaneously has mood-boosting powers.

Our The Intimates Sale: Totally Unmentionable Boutique opened Tuesday, June 30, at 11AM ET.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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June 30, 2015

A tiny split in an otherwise-pristine manicure? This can become a pretty painful beauty blunder – fast. But no need to clip all your nails in a panicked frenzy. Just follow the six simple steps below for a quick fix.

How to Fix a Split Nail

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June 29, 2015

Sure, the on-court competition at tennis’s main event is fierce, but it’s the courtside action that has our attention. A-list celebs (including members of the royal family) fill the stands to cheer – and their fashion game never serves to disappoint. Playing to their advantage? Knowing how to look chic among the crowd. Take a peek at some of our favorite past looks.

Tennis StyleAppropriate as ever, the Duchess of Cambridge sported classic tennis white in this springy dress by Zimmermann, adding a pop of color with her pashmina and clutch. Her best accessory? That perfect blowout.

wimbledon styleThe former Spice Girl steered clear from her usual all-black palette and stepped out in a bold dress from her namesake label for the occasion. The feminine silhouette perfectly balanced the colorblocked pattern.

wimbledon styleChic sunnies are a must for this spectator sport. The Underworld actress was on point in her dark, oversized shades.

Our Tennis Chic: Championship-Inspired Looks Boutique opened Monday, June 29, at 11AM ET.

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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June 29, 2015

Intimidated by the idea of wearing a one-piece in public? We get it. But these three style tips are sure to banish any romper reservations.

How to Wear a RomperSunday Brunch
When you wake up to a “We’re leaving in 15″ text, jump into a printed romper, throw on sneaks, and accessorize with classic shades. The look is as quick (and comfortable) as jeans and a tee, but it offers a little extra polish.
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June 26, 2015

Few things are more fun than being invited to a friend’s patio for a summer BBQ. Spirits are high, and the glasses of wine? Let’s just say they’re getting refilled. So when your red wobbles onto the tablecloth, don’t stress. The answer to your problem is likely right in the pantry.

How to Remove Wine Stain
Grab the artificial sweetener, and try this:

  1. Open and sprinkle a packet over the stain. For maximum absorption, let it sit throughout the rest of the BBQ.
  2. Within 24 hours of scraping the sweetener off, rinse the tablecloth in cold water.
  3. Launder as usual. (Pro tip: Swap out the artificial sweetener for distilled white vinegar if the cloth is cotton, a cotton blend, or permanent-press.)

 
And hey, if the stain just won’t quit, there’s always another checkered cloth to be found.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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June 26, 2015