The Top 3 Trends All Guys Need to Try this Summer

All season long we’ve given our attention to the ladies, so now it’s time to turn our focus toward the gents. Edgar + Ash is our new apparel line for men, which offers style and comfort for the laidback, surfer-esque guy. 

Gone are the days of shabby gym shorts and old tees – clothing options for men have become much more abundant and fashion forward. So if you’re ready to help your guy up his style game this summer, show him our three favorite trends for men in 2017.

Hawaiian-Inspired Prints

From a day on the boardwalk to dining al fresco, this look is perfect for guys with a surfer-esque style. Embrace the trend fully by opting for a short-sleeved print button up, or go for an understated take with a classic striped tee. The Hawaiian print pocket acts as a bold accent here, bringing the hip, carefree outfit to a whole new level. Complete the look with a pair of solid breaker shorts, or choose casual comfort with a pair of matching joggers. Is he intrigued by patterns but a little nervous about florals? Read on for a modern take on everyone’s favorite retro print.

Tie-Dye Tees

We all know that ‘90s fashion is back and here to stay, so why not re-introduce a staple trend from your childhood? Mono-colored tie-dye tees are great for classic guys, who are also looking to add something more adventurous to their closets. Put a sporty spin on this style by adding a solid, sleeveless hoodie, or opt for something more modern by tying the print around his waist (see the beginning of this post for inspo). Both offer a contemporary take on an old school trend – so no matter which you choose, we promise you can’t go wrong.

Pink (Yes, Pink!)

Style experts say that pink will be the color of 2017, so rose-colored shorts, jackets and tees should definitely be in your man’s closet. Pink has become a color of power for both men and women – so guys shouldn’t shy away from this traditionally feminine shade. Blush pastels are the perfect addition to a light, neutral outfit and always look great whether you’re dressed up or dressed down. If he’s hesitant to add this rosy hue to his wardrobe, refer back to our advice from a few sections up. Find a tee or tank that includes pink on a small portion, or within a print that features other colors too.

With these hot summer trends, the men in your life will be looking their best.

The One Color You Need to Transition Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall

Although we’re still in the heat of summer, our minds (and closets!) have begun the shift to fall. It’s about time to retire our vibrant, colorful staples and slowly transition back to autumn hues. In order to make the breakup a bit smoother, our longstanding color crush Olive Green is here to put a fresh spin on this season’s wardrobe – even before the leaves start to fall. If you’re as in love with this earthy hue as we are, read on for four ways to transition this shade from season to season.

Lingerie-Inspired Lace Tank Top

Wear It Now: For a work-appropriate summer ensemble, tuck this tank into a pencil skirt and throw a basic cardi over your shoulders. Complete the look with block heel sandals or simple ballet flats; then add a short statement necklace as an extra chic accessory. If your plans involve a day date or shopping spree instead, denim bottoms and strappy sandals create the perfect laidback look.

Wear It Later: To transition this tank from summer to fall, pair the top with an oversized ‘90s-esque blazer. The feminine floral print coordinates with the tank’s lacy details, and the silky material matches that of the olive green top. To add to the juxtaposition of dressy and relaxed styles, finish the outfit with distressed denim and neutral slip-ons or sneakers.

 

Embroidered Tank with Fringe Tassels

Wear It Now: Pair this olive tank with your go-to denim shorts for a casual, carefree look made for festivals or street fairs. The boho-inspired embroidery will be the focal point of your outfit – which means necklaces aren’t necessary and your earrings should be understated. Pull your hair back to let the details shine and finish the ensemble with cork slip-ons or strappy sandals.

Wear It Later: This top can transition to cooler temps in no time by adding a cozy cardigan in a neutral tan or cream. Add your favorite jeans or tuck the top into a midi, then opt for wedge booties or mules instead of sandals. This tank would also look great with a pair of colored jeans in another fall shade like burnt orange, cream or khaki.

 

Sheer Top with Ruffled Sleeves

Wear It Now: For a relaxed, yet temperature-appropriate look, try this sheer and breathable olive green tunic. The effortless flow of this top makes it easy to wear with anything, while the subtly ruffled sleeves still give it that statement look. Pair the tee with capris on a cool summer night, or your go-to denim skirt for a casual daytime vibe. To complete the outfit, add tan two-strap sandals to dress it up, or opt for velvet ballet flats for a more comfortable option. As for accessories, gold bangles and hoop earrings are just enough to complement this simple ensemble.

Wear It Later: As soon as fall hits, a top like this is perfect for any activity – day or night. The sheer, lightweight material can keep you cool during the day, and is easily paired with a denim jacket for a night out. Wear the top with black skinny jeans or clean-cut, denim capris to transition into two completely different looks. Finally, add gold, silver or a pop of yellow jewelry to elevate your fashion-forward fall outfit.

Suede Tee with Lace-Up Details

Wear It Now: This suede lace-up tee reminds us of all things boho, which is why it’s a natural pair for a flowy cotton skirt. Go simple with a solid, neutral midi-skirt, or pair it with a bolder patchwork style fabric. If you’d rather let the olive top do the talking, opt for a classic denim skirt or shorts when choosing your bottoms.

Wear It Later: To make this look more cool-weather-ready, add a cozy knit cardi and dark wash denim jeans. Complement the top’s tassels by choosing a sweater with fringe, then finish off the look with a pair of brown, faux leather booties. Metallic statement earrings or bracelets will make the outfit pop, while pulling your hair back will let the lace-up details shine

For more fall outfit inspiration, check out the top ‘90s trends to try again!

Dorm Room DIY: 3 Easy (and Affordable!) Ways to Decorate Your Space

Thanks to their plain walls and unusually cramped quarters, dorms don’t always offer the best living situation. Luckily, there are lots of easy ways to make the space your own – while also incorporating this season’s hottest décor trends. From storage to accents to sets of wall art, we’re sharing our top tips and tricks for decorating your home away from home. Whether you’re moving into your first place or redecorating your current space, read on for three tutorials for DIY home décor.

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Painted Storage Jars

Bronze and copper accents are among 2017’s hottest home décor trends, so these metallic mason jars are a dorm room must-have. Add glamour to your desk by using one as a pencil holder, or spice up your bathroom by filling it with hair and makeup brushes. You can even plant a succulent in one of these jars, transforming your summer greenery into a year-round decoration.

DIY dorm decor painted mason jar

Items Needed:

  • Metallic copper spray paint
  • Glass mason jars
  • Painter’s tape
  • Plastic bags, quart size

Instructions:

  1. Gather items needed, including copper spray paint, mason jars, tape and plastic bags.
  2. Place jar inside plastic bag, then tape the edges to the outside rim of the jar.
  3. Spray the inside of the jar with spray paint, then the rim of the jar if desired. Make sure to let the paint dry for 1-3 hours!
  4. Once dry, fill with pencils, brushes, succulents, etc.

Washi Tape Accent Wall

Washi tape has been a DIY staple for years, but using it to create accent walls is a brand new application. Made from natural fibers like bamboo, hemp or tree bark, washi is stronger than your average tape. It also comes in endless colors and designs – we chose copper to stay true to our metallic theme.

DIY dorm decor washi tape accent wall

Items Needed:

  • Scotch copper washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Instructions:

  1. Gather items needed, including washi tape, scissors and measuring tape.
  2. Cut washi tape into 3” pieces.
  3. Stick washi tape to desired wall, arranging pieces randomly to create a confetti-style pattern.
  4. Repeat across the entire length and height of wall for full effect.

Scrapbook Paper Wall Art

You’ve likely used scrapbook paper in memory books and photo albums, but have you ever thought to use it to decorate your walls? Adding art to your space is easier (and more affordable) than ever – all it takes is a pack of scrapbook paper that matches your room’s color scheme. The best part about this hack? You can swap out the pages whenever you want, keeping your dorm décor fresh all year long.

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Items Needed:

  • 12” x 12” scrapbook paper pack
  • 12” x 12” frames
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Gather items needed, including scrapbook paper pack, frames, ruler and scissors.
  2. Place paper pieces into the frame. Trim edges as needed using the ruler and scissors, then hang on the wall.
  3. Arrange frames on wall as desired.

Need more dorm room décor inspo? Learn four ways to create a space that reflects your personality here.

Back-To-School Blues

Back-to-school season is just around the corner, so we’re partnering with some of our favorite bloggers to show us how they – and their kids! – style the season’s top trends. This week, we’re welcoming Lauren of Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood to share her tips and tricks for taking your kiddos school shopping.

This fall starts a new chapter for our family – all three of my kids will be in school!

As much joy as it brings me (as a work-from-home mom who never catches a break during summer), it’s also a sad reminder that my kids are growing older and my time as the most important person in their life is fleeting.

Thankfully, there are some great reasons to love the back-to-school season, too – from getting back into a routine, to the smell of fresh pencils and the satisfaction of using a brand new box of crayons.

I look back fondly on my school years and the shopping that ensued before the first day. The biggest dilemma was choosing a color for my binder and selecting the perfect outfit for those first impressions. I remember how amazing I felt in my carefully chosen outfit for kindergarten: A blue dress with pink hearts coupled with crimped hair.

One-Stop Shopping At Meijer

With three kids to buy for, I love Meijer because it’s a one-stop shopping destination. I don’t need to hit up several stores or the mall – I am able to get everything I need under one roof, from snacks and clothing to shoes and school supplies.

I recently had the opportunity to shop with my kids and style them for fall. I love the cute clothes and fun supplies they chose!

Choosing a Shopping Theme

Picking a theme tends to help the choosing process with kids – whether it be athletic wear, sticking to a season, or even a color scheme.

My kids are all obsessed with the color blue, so we made it our mission to find items in that shade. It was like a fun scavenger hunt in the store, and it made shopping drama so much more bearable.

My oldest is entering first grade, so she knows what she needs – cute, yet comfortable clothing. She loves chasing friends on the playground, so solid shoes are a must.

With brands like L.A. Gear, Carter’s and Sketchers, I always know Meijer has something that will fit the bill.

As a person who could’ve lived in overalls during my youth, it was fun to see my childhood style come out in my daughter. She loves all the pockets for collecting rocks (which she is bound to come home with after recess).

She also loved the bold colors and cold shoulders in this outfit. I loved that the skirt has built-in shorts, which are crucial for playground play. A sturdy backpack is a must-have as well – to not only hold books and lunches, but also snowpants and boots when winter hits.

My middle gal is starting all-day Jr. Kindergarten and tends to be very particular about clothing. Feeling uncomfortable is a deal-breaker for her, so we tend to stick to cotton or silky fabrics.

She loved the scarf with this outfit, and who wouldn’t? Accessories shouldn’t just be for adults!

Additionally, we love the Falls Creek line at Meijer. The fun printed t-shirts and matching bottoms make getting dressed a cinch when the kids do it themselves – the items all coordinate, so it doesn’t matter what they choose!

My little guy will be entering preschool and is definitely the easiest one to dress right now. I’m a sucker for chambray, love how soft these shorts are, and how cute is the little whale on this graphic tee?

His shoes are made by Carter’s, and they are the perfect combo of dressy and practical due to the darker color. Also, I love that they wipe off easily! Crucial for little boy play.

Don’t forget the school supplies!

Of course it wouldn’t be back-to-school without supplies to coordinate, right? We love having the chance to grab a new backpack, lunchbox, water bottle and more. The kids were thrilled to choose their favorite prints and items for fall, and I was glad I could nab it all at Meijer.

With our new clothes ready to rock the first day of school, I’m feeling a little less blue as the big day approaches. I can’t wait to watch the kids grow and see what they learn this year!

Lauren is the fashionable mom behind Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood, a website dedicated to family fun in southeast Michigan. When she’s not chasing her three young children, she’s drinking coffee, working from home and seeking out her next adventure. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Beauty Tutorial: The Best Products for Creating Perfect Eyebrows

As the summer sun begins to heat up, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Meghan of Lincoln Park Minute to share her favorite products and makeup tips on how to create perfect eyebrows for summer.

Just as a few accessories can perfectly finish off your outfit, your eyebrows often complete your beauty look. They truly frame your face and I personally hate even leaving the house without mine done! Taking care of your eyebrows and manicuring them can often be overwhelming so today, I’m excited to share all that I know about how to do eyebrows and hope it may help you!

Before you tackle transforming your eyebrows, you’ll want to be sure you’re stocked up on all of the essentials. During a recent trip to Meijer, I picked up some of my eyebrow makeup favorites. I love that they have everything I need, including brow powder, wax, a pencil, a crayon, a brush, and colored gel. Meijer truly is a one-stop shop!

My eyebrow look starts with a pencil or crayon to fill in bare areas – then, I use a definer to make my brows look precisely shaped. To finish the look, I use a gel to lock them in place for long-lasting perfection!

Curious how to shape your eyebrows? To start, you’ll want to brush your eyebrows up and away and analyze what shaping they need. Take note of what areas are particularly sparse. To do this, I love using this my e.l.f. brow duo brush from Meijer because it has both a spoolie brush and an angled end great for applying brow powders and pomades.

As a guideline, your eyebrows should start parallel to the inner corner of your eye and end parallel to the outer corner of your eye. Where they arch is up to you, but mine naturally arch just about ¾ of the way in. If you have rogue hairs, quickly pluck them with a pair of tweezers.

Once you know the shape you want your brows to take, you can begin giving your eyebrows some more shape with either a brow pencil or crayon. I prefer to use a pencil to create natural hair like strokes, but if you want bold, statement-making brows, a brow crayon is the easy choice.

My L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer is my ultimate favorite brow product found at Meijer. It’s precise, creamy, and blendable.  The ultra-fine pencil tip is a perfect tool for recreating tiny brow hair and precisely drawing and shaping brows for a well-defined look.

If you prefer a crayon, I’m a big fan of the Revlon ColorStay Brow Crayon (such cute packaging too!). After you create shape, brush through your eyebrows with a spoolie brush to soften the color you just laid down.

To fill in any remaining bare areas, I recommend using a brow powder like NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder. This one is so perfect to travel with since it’s small. It even includes two colors, a clear brow wax, a spoolie brush, and an angled brush. Similar to the brow pencil, you’ll want to try to create short, hair like strokes.

The idea is to create a natural eyebrow look, as if they’re your brows but better. Try to avoid uneven and harsh lines, but if you do run into this problem, just remember to brush through them!

Satisfied with the final product? Finish it all off with a colored brow gel like Maybelline New York Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara. This sets your brows and locks them into place so they stay put all day or night.

For a really natural look, I like to brush up the start of my eyebrows with my finger and make them look a little bit bushy. To keep the hairs this way, I use Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow Shaper, which is a clear brow wax pencil.

Voila! My everyday eyebrow look is complete after just these few simple steps and perfect products. Show off your summer brow look using #MeijerStyle to share your style.

Meghan is the fashionista behind Lincoln Park Minute, a life and style blog based on her musings as a 20-something PR student living in Chicago. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Top ‘90s Trends to Try (Again!)

It’s no secret that ‘90s trends are back for spring and summer, and it’s taking us on a trip down a stylish memory lane. From chokers and velvet to old school blouses and jeans, we’re wishing we’d never cleaned out our closets from back then! However, the best part about these trends coming back is we can marry them with our favorite looks of 2017. If you’re ready to put a modern twist on your favorite ‘90s comebacks, check out our top five trends from the decade to try again.

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1. Shoulder details

There’s no doubt shoulder details are having a moment in 2017, but they were also an iconic trend back in the ‘90s. While ‘90s fashion had us pulling one shoulder out of an oversized tee, today’s version is a little more intentional. From cold shoulder, to off-the-shoulder, to shirts with shoulder cutouts, this look is – and always has been – one of our summer faves. Channel your inner ‘90s gal and pair this trend with high-waisted denim, or opt for breezy soft shorts in hammered satin to put a modern spin on the outfit. And by the way, don’t be afraid to throw prints into the mix, too. Timeless patterns like floral will never go out of style!

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2. Ruffled blouses

Vintage-inspired ruffles were a staple of ‘90s dress wear, but in this decade, we’re welcoming a more casual take on the look. We love this trend paired with light wash denim and sneakers (especially when the upper and shoelaces are made of velvet!). You can also transform this trend for work, so never fear – just tuck the top into dress pants or a high-waisted pencil skirt, then finish off the look with a pair of block heel sandals. Extra style points if you incorporate a choker + pendant necklace combo.

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3. Menswear-inspired blazers

Oversized blazers aren’t just cozy, they’re also on trend right now. While this look featured pinstripes and wool fabric in the ‘90s, we put a feminine twist on our modern version of the suit. We can’t get enough of this silky, floral print material – and love how it looks when paired with an otherwise casual outfit, like this lingerie-inspired, lace tank. If you’re not into the juxtaposition of dressy and laidback styles, throw the blazer over top of a solid fitted sundress. The options are endless when it comes to this outerwear!

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4. Statement jewelry

While your accessories no longer feature peace signs or yin and yang, the bold nature of ‘90s jewelry easily translates to modern trends. Statement necklaces and earrings add the perfect touch to present-day outfits, whether they highlight large pendants, beaded fringe or classic dangly hoops. Our favorite looks include all of the above, as there’s no better ode to ‘90s fashion than to stand out from the crowd. Pair your favorite pieces with a faux jumpsuit look created with closet staples of solid, fitted tanks and soft culotte bottoms in hammered satin.

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5. Velvet shoes

We all remember having velvet in our closets as kiddos, and now this material is back in style in ways no one ever expected. From tennis shoes to “flatforms,” our favorite modern way to rock this fabric is on our feet! Go the simple route with slip on sandals or neutral, velvet sneakers – or make a statement with details like roses and pompoms. No matter your personal style, this is a ‘90s trend that everyone can pull off.

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Need even more ‘90s inspiration? Check out three of the best ways to style a retro choker.

The Essential 4 Week Wedding Countdown

As the summer sun begins to heat up, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Jess of The Golden Girl to share exactly what you need to do to prepare for an upcoming wedding – whether you’re the bride or a guest! – with a four week prep countdown covering everything from the perfect skin routine to picking out necessary undergarments.

So, you’re tying the knot this year? Congratulations! As a fellow bride-to-be, I can honestly say that being engaged has been one of the most exciting experiences in life thus far! However, it has also been one of the most stressful times as well.

The biggest piece advice I can give as your wedding date nears? Make a plan!

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Of course, you’ve already got the flowers, the dress and the décor taken care of. But what about the little personal details – the steps necessary to get glowing skin, shiny hair, that sun-kissed glow, and more? The good news is, it’s not overly complicated! All it takes is a little planning ahead, and a few key products from Meijer.

Follow this four week countdown plan, and you’ll be smooth sailing!

Four Weeks Out: Glowing Skin Routine

Why start with skin? Because you’ll want to allow as much time for it to soak up the benefits of your new skincare routine! Keep it simple with a few key products to brighten, smooth and moisturize, and you’ll have a beautiful, healthy glow on your big day!

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Start with a detoxifying and brightening face wash.

As you already know, the struggle to manage wedding stress is real, which can lead to a dull, uneven complexion. To combat this, I love using this L’Oreal clay cleanser, which turns into a luxurious mousse as you rub it into your skin. It’s comprised of charcoal – which is a magnet for oil and toxins – and, with regular use, leaves you with a much brighter, even complexion.

Clear pores.

I’ve used these strips from Biore for years, but I love them even more now that they’ve come out with a charcoal version! As mentioned above, charcoal is one of the most effective ingredients in ridding your pores of toxins and impurities, and these strips are essential for clearing pores! Plus, they reduce oil by up to 3X, which is key to making your makeup last on your big day! Apply one to wet skin after washing your face once per week.

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Hydrate, balance and minimize pores with a mask.

Sheet masks are everywhere right now, for good reason, and this sheet mask from L’Oreal does not disappoint. It packs so many powerful benefits into one little 10 minute mask session! Another added benefit of sheet masks: you have to lie down to apply them. So you can think of it as a small moment of required relaxation.

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Turn on your essential oil diffuser for an added treat as you let your mask do its magic! Afterword, your skin is super hydrated, your pores are minimized and your complexion is buttery smooth, allowing for a much smoother makeup application! Do this at least once per week.

Other tips: Remember, you are what you eat! Munch on as many dark, leafy greens as you can, as well as berries and grapes – all are chock full of vitamins and antioxidants that will make your skin glow from within! Meijer has an awesome selection of organic produce to choose from to make grocery shopping before your big day a lot easier.

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Three Weeks Out: Strong, Shiny Hair

Another unfortunate side effect of wedding stress? Dull hair. Yikes! Three weeks out, start applying a hair mask after you shampoo. I love Garnier’s “Whole Blends” masks, which target different problem areas depending on your individual needs. My hair tends to be on the dry side, so I chose the Hydrating Blends Mask with Coconut Water and Vanilla Milk. The entire line is made of natural ingredients without harmful parabens that are found in a lot of other hair products!

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To apply, shampoo your hair right away when you get in the shower, then follow with the mask. If you can, apply a shower cap over the top and let the hot shower steam amplify the benefits of the mask. Leave on for at least three minutes, but preferably longer. Rinse right before you get out, and style as usual.

Two Weeks Out: The Right Accessories

As your wedding nears closer, it’s time to start thinking about a few different accessories you’ll need to stock up on to prepare for the big day!

The “under” accessories

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You’ve been thinking about the dress for months, but what about what you’re wearing under the dress? With so many backless and strapless dress styles now, it can be tough to find the right bra!

I have two favorites, both made by a brand called “Lingerie Solutions” which can be found in Meijer’s lingerie department. There are individual “adhesive bra” cups which are the best “barely there” solution. I also love the “Shantina Lite” molded adhesive cups, that will also give you a lot of “cinch” and “oomph” if you so please! The bra is also washable and reusable, so you’ll get a ton of wear out of it!

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For underwear, go with something comfortable and nude colored, so you can ensure there won’t be any show through your white dress! Meijer has quite a few options, like this thong by Simple Pleasures – and a ton of shape wear too, if that’s more your style!

Hair + makeup accessories

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Be prepared for hair and makeup mishaps and pack your MOH’s purse or makeup bag with extra bobby pins and hair ties (I love the Goody’s kind!) There will inevitably be hair snafus on the dance floor, and if you plan ahead, you can fix them in only a few seconds! (Because not jumping to “Shout” just because you’re afraid of your hair falling out would be an utter travesty).

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I also love ELF’s duo lip primer and plumping stick, to ensure your lipstick stays on all night!

One Week Out: Polished Hands + Feet

Eeek! 7 days away! Time to start polishing those hands and feet!

By now, hopefully everything is planned out to a T, and you can really start to sit back and relax!

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There’s no better way to do that than soaking in a warm bath and applying a luxurious salt scrub like Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar Scrub. Whole sugar grains will make your skin insanely smooth (especially the problem areas, like your feet!) and it’s made with Shea Nut Oil to lock in moisture. Plus, it’s made with all-natural extracts and is also paraben-free!

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After applying the scrub, I like to rinse off and follow up with Jergens Natural Glow Firming lotion! It only takes a few days to start seeing a nice, natural-looking hint of glow. If you don’t want to opt for a spray tan on your big day, this is a really great natural-looking and budget-friendly way to get some color.

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For a great DIY pedicure and manicure, apply Cutex Moisture Rich foot cream to feet and paint nails with a pretty ballet pink color, which is the perfect neutral for your nuptials! My favorite is Essie’s Gel Couture no-chip nail polish in Fairy Tailor. It’s by far the longest lasting nail polish I’ve ever used, so you won’t have to worry about chipping as you’re stepping into your dress!

That’s it! Congratulations! You are officially ready for your big day!

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Self-Tanner 101: How to Get a Streak-Free Faux Glow

As the summer sun begins to heat up, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Lisa of LMP Collections to review all the top sunless tanning options and find the ideal product for the perfect faux glow.

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Summer is here are hotter than ever! As much as I’d love to spend all my time outside during the sunny days, I just don’t have the free time during the weeks. There is nothing that makes me feel more confident in the summer while wearing dresses and swimsuits than having a nice tan to pair with them. I try to take advantage of the natural Vitamin D whenever I have the chance. Lately, however, I’ve been testing out some self-tanners from Meijer to give my skin that extra glow (and avoid some of the sun’s harmful rays).

I’ve tried out five different self-tanners (three brands) and am so excited to share with you all my honest and truthful opinion on each. Since I have more sensitive skin, I made it my goal to find a self-tanner that a) doesn’t make me orange, (b) is gentle on my skin, and (c) looks natural (no streaks or blotchiness). Below I breakdown each product and let you all know my personal experience with them, as well as which one of these five I will be re-purchasing again and again!

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Jergens

When I was young, I remember seeing my older sister use Jergens. While shopping at Meijer, I went ahead and purchased these first, knowing it was a familiar brand.

When testing them out, I started with the lotion because who doesn’t want to “reduce the appearance of cellulite in as little as 7 days”!? That definitely was the selling factor for me. After being pretty excited to try this one, I made the mistake of using this lotion not too long after shaving my legs. Although it did happen to irritate my skin, the irritation went away after a few hours.

As for the foam version, a little goes a long way. I felt this one dries more saturated and works quicker than the squeeze bottle, so I would definitely use the foam again. They both smell amazing, too!

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Orange? These definitely did not make me orange – which I liked! Both do take a few days to see a noticeable color transformation, but that’s nice because you can control your color at a slower rate – love.

Gentle? Honestly, I would say these ones were the most irritating on my sensitive skin. However, my arms felt much more gentle than my legs – so just watch recently-shaved skin!

Natural? Overall, I would say both of these were very natural-looking.

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L’Oreal

Now this stuff is summer in a bottle! One of my friends recommended a try out L’Oreal for a darker summer glow, and she was not kidding around. The lotion is a rich brown color, and you can definitely see major results in less than 24 hours. Initially, this one scared me a bit since the lotion is so dark, but it goes on pretty smooth and even.

Of all the options, L’Oreal was my least favorite smell – not bad by all means, it’s just that the other four are much more appealing. Lastly, the L’Oreal tanner has a noticeable shimmer to it, so this would probably be the best fit for specific occasions or a night out with the girls.

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Orange? I would not say this one gives off an “orange” tint but it is definitely the most saturated of the bunch.

Gentle? Surprising yes! I wasn’t sure that would be true because of the shimmer, but overall this was very gentle.

Natural? Yes! Like the others, apply this one as evenly as possible and you won’t see any streaks.

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Neutrogena

And here we have it, my favorite brand out of the three! I was incredibly impressed with these products, and my absolute favorite was the spray bottle version.

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Neutrogena is my overall pick because of how gentle it felt on my skin. I didn’t once feel any irritation and could see glowy, natural-looking results in less than 24 hours. The only reason I liked the spray version better is simply because it’s a bit easier to apply. But though it sprays pretty evenly, I would still recommend rubbing everything in just to be safe. I also definitely recommend spraying this in a well-ventilated area because, since it’s a spray, it tends to travel.

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Orange? None whatsoever.

Natural? YES YES YES! I was so impressed and can’t wait to continue using this product.

Gentle? Definitely. I always know it’s a product for me when it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. And I feel like Neutrogena has always been known as a gentler brand!

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No matter which self-tanner you go with, some things will always apply. So here are my top “must-do” tips!

  • Rub in the product as evenly as possible
  • After applying, wear baggy clothing until lotion, foam or spray is completely soaked in and dry
  • Ask someone to help do your back if it’s hard to reach – you’d hate to leave an untouched spot!
  • Apply once a day for a few days (or for special occasions) for an even, glowy look

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Lisa is the fashionista behind LMP Collections, an editorial style, fashion and lifestyle blog taking inspiration from current and past trends. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

The Best Lightweight Jacket for Midwest Summers

Beyond the classic denim jacket, there’s one must-have summer jacket that will elevate any outfit: the wear-everywhere bomber.

While a denim jacket is perfect for adding classic Americana style to just about every sundress, it’s the bomber jacket that adds intrigue to your favorite printed tanks and cut-off shorts. The best thing about the bomber? It’s universally flattering – perfect for every age, body and style.

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Fashion blogger Jenn Wolf and her mom, Audrey Wolf, show us just how easy it is to style the same olive bomber jacket (with a little help from fashion expert Stacy London)!

The Bomber Jacket

Part of the Massini collection, this lightweight bomber gets a sporty contrast with a black collar and cuff. Wear the jacket open with sleeves pushed up all summer, and trade in your flip flops for ankle booties when leaves start to fall. This multi-season piece works as both a summer and fall layer – perfect for extending your wardrobe for all types of temps.

Try the Trend: Classic Style

Audrey’s classic style means she usually rocks basics, but the Massini bomber jacket makes her outfit instantly trendy. A cream floral tank gets an extra dose of color with the olive bomber jacket, while a multi-strand necklace brings her look to the next level. Paired with classic medium-wash bootcut jeans, her look is truly ageless – and great inspiration on how to try a trend.

Love the Tend: Next Level Fashion

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bomber jacket meijer style jenn wolf audrey wolf blogger approved summer style massini stacy london

While Audrey mixes basics with trend pieces, Jenn’s look combines summer’s hottest styles in one fun-loving outfit. Since 2017 is all about tassels, she dons them on both her bright floral tank and an eye-catching powder blue bag. Denim cut-offs are a summer essential, and by adding a wrist-full of beads and a handkerchief choker, her look shows us it’s absolutely possible to wear all your favorite trends at once.

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Need more warm-weather layering inspiration? Check out these 5 must-have jackets under $50!

3 Unexpected Reasons to Decorate with Indoor Plants

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming KJ of xo mrs. measom to share her favorite styling ideas for potted plants to spruce up the inside of your home.

Spring usually means floral prints and pastels, but summer is all about the greenery. To help bring a little of that green into your home this season, I’m teaming up with Meijer to share my indoor plant tips.

My advice: look for plants that are swoon-worthy, but also useful. Cultivating a plant that provides more than just visual appeal helps keep it alive, and if you’re like me, that’s a major must because #blackthumb. So instead of just tucking a fern in the corner and hoping it lives, here are three useful ways to add plants to your home décor this season.

Reason 1: Brighten Up End Tables and Entryways – And Improve Air Quality!

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Green goes with everything, and the bright shade makes both woods and metals pop. Place plants in any room to bring in some life and to create a light vibe. Live plants are also awesome for air quality! So not only can they make your coffee table picture-perfect, they’re also improving the air in your home. Win-win!

Reason 2: Bring Life Into Your Kitchen – And Enjoy Fresh Herbs!

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DIY gardens are always a good idea, and herbs are the loveliest to have on hand if you’re a food lover like me. Don’t be afraid to try your hand at an indoor herb garden. Buy a few different bushels, give them a planting, and watch them grow. They smell great (nothing like coming home to the smell of fresh rosemary or lavender), they taste delicious, and it also helps give you an instant sense of accomplishment. Seeing something you’re taking care of come to life and flourish does wonders for mood.

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To create your own, simply layer a bit of fresh soil on the bottom of your planter (make sure it has a draining hole in the bottom!), and loosen the roots of your plants before adding them to your planter. By giving the roots a light shake, they’ll acclimate to their new home much quicker. Add some clothing pins to identify your plants, and decorate by placing with other farm-inspired accessories.

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Reason 3: Brighten Your Cleaning Routine – And Grow Your Own Skin-Saver!

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I found this aloe plant and had to load it into my little kit by the sink. With summer coming in hot, a little fresh aloe is a must. If someone gets a little sunburn, this stuff will be a lifesaver, and the terra cotta pot makes for a great pop of contrast against the metal of the basket. Cute and useful #winning!

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Anything that combines home décor and a useful life-hack: count me in. So what are you waiting for?

KJ is the fashionista behind xo mrs. measom, a blog chronicling the simple life, with things from recipes to first steps. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Photo Credit: Breanne Rochelle Photography

4 Ways to Take Your Gym Outfits to the Next Level with Athletic Details

We’ve talked gym bag essentials, the best shoes for every workout and even how to build an active wardrobe for under $75, but now it’s time to take our athletic wear to the next level. How, you ask? It’s easier than you think – and (literally) all in the details! From sheer fabric and cutouts to bold leggings and accents, we’ve got all the secrets to elevating your trendy gym style.

Open Back

Open-back tops are great for two major reasons: 1) They’ll let the breeze in during outdoor summer workouts and 2) There are endless ways to subtly show off your personal style. You could display a trendy sports bra with intricate racerback details, or opt for a bra with shoulder straps for an understated look. Whichever option you choose, don’t forget the sunscreen (or risk a back full of crazy tan lines post-sweat sesh)! Want a few extra style points next time you hit the gym? Pair this top with printed leggings that feature small, sheer openings.

Mesh Details

To spice up your active wardrobe in a more subtle way, choose a top that features mesh fabric along the hem of your sleeves. The best part about this tank? It’s breathable AND stylish. A few years ago mesh was just intended to keep you cool, but now, it’s a fashion statement and a must-have gym staple. Don’t be afraid to pair this look with bold leggings – the sheer fabric may be understated, but it won’t be overshadowed! Just make sure the pants’ pattern features the shade of your trendy top (or go simple with a solid bottom, if you’d prefer).

Statement Leggings

While it may seem like this trend is not for the faint of heart, we assure you anyone and everyone can pull it off! The key is to pair printed bottoms with a simple, solid top – either in a neutral shade like grey or a bold, matching tone. For example, this outfit (modeled by Andrea Kerbuski of Blonde Bedhead) would also look amazing with a lime green shirt!  TBH, leggings are one of our favorite athletic trends, both for summer and all year ‘round! Brightly colored gym attire is always an energy booster.

Bold Accents

Finally, a super easy way to incorporate simple, summery details is to marry your neutrals with your favorite accent color! This outfit features a bright peach hue from sports bra to shorts, which creates a bold undertone and we’re totally here for it. You could also incorporate your accent shade a few additional ways, like on your shoe laces, a headband or a hoodie tied around your waist. The opportunities are endless when it comes to this trend!

A great workout is guaranteed when you look and feel good, so get these essentials in your closet ASAP.

The Best Bold Makeup Tutorial for Summer

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming JoElla to walk us through a must-try bold beauty tutorial for summer with all the products you need – from skincare to falsies and everything in between.

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With the weather getting warmer and warmer, I’ve been testing out some new skincare and beauty products – both to prep my skin for the summer sun and get my makeup on lock. For Meijer Style, I’ve put together a full tutorial on how to prep your summer look from the inside out, so read on to check out my favorite beauty picks and tricks!

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I’ve recently fallen in love with the Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Body Wash.  When I was in the aisle about a month ago looking for a new body wash and smelling all the amazing scents (like we all love to do, right?!) I came across this one. I know that Aveeno is a trusted brand with dermatologists, so I decided to pick it up off the shelf and give it a smell.

Honestly, I didn’t expect much because I knew it was time to stop concentrating on the smell and start caring more about the care of my skin in the shower. But when I opened the lid I was blown away! The vanilla and oats flavor is so soft and creamy, and it truly excited my senses!

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Now that I’m a month in, this body wash has CHANGED MY LIFE! As women, we know yogurt is amazing for the balance of my bodies – why not skin, too? I have been so excited for my shower time lately because, after a long day, the smell of this creamy body wash on my skin is enough to melt the day away.  And after drying off, this body wash hasn’t stripped my skin of moisture, but instead cleansed it and put even more back in. I love it!

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I’ve also decided to go ahead and pair it with a good lotion.  I want to have great skin this summer after recovering from all the winter damage – and let my pretty chocolate show through and look alive! – so I paired my body wash with this Aveeno Positively Nourishing lotion as well.

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The scent I love is lavender + chamomile, and it is so sweet and calming!  Lavender is great for people who may have anxiety to help them relax.  This lotion is so nourishing and keeps me moisturized, smelling beautiful and feeling buttery soft all day long.  This is going to be a trusted friend this summer to keep my feet looking right in-between pedicures!  The great thing about this lotion is it allows your skin steal the show – whether it’s a milky, tan or chocolaty shade. It’s not greasy or heavy, and it brings out the beautiful color that you have!

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There are a variety of combination products I used to create my look today. Many of them are NYX brand, along with Jewels by CoverGirl eye palette.

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After prepping my eyes, I used NYX HD Concealer in Tan – which is about two shades lighter than my foundation – to create a great highlight affect. This concealer blends perfectly for coverage, as well as evenly to highlight the entire face.

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Next, while the concealer is still damp, I powder my entire face with NYX Mineral- Set it Don’t Fret it- Matte Mineralizing Powder.  I use this to Set my concealer and “bake”.

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For my eyeshadow, the Jewels by CoverGirl palette is great for those bold, fun summer looks and can be used in combination for highlighting the brow bone and the inner corner eyes, as well as smoking out a crease.

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Moving onto the lips, I wanted to choose a color that would keep me flowing with the same hot pink theme as my nails! I love to outline my lips with something similar to the color I’m using or a little darker for a more defined look, which makes my lips pop. For this look, I went with NYX Slim Lip Liner in Bloom.

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As for lipstick, I went with NYX Liquid Suede in Pink Lust.  NYX Suede is a fave line of mine, since it’s a product where a little goes a long way!  I love the buttery feeling it has on my lips (keeping them moisturized), even as a matte product! I didn’t have to re-apply this lip color at all!

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Once done with the full lip, I used NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Sydney on the center of my lips to give a two tone-highlighting effect.

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I’ve always been a falsies girl, and from the day I learned how to put lashes on, I’ve never stopped! I just love how lashes just completely switch up your whole face game. Even if you just had a pair of lashes on and no other makeup, you would have a finished look!

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I have tried so many different lash brands over the last few years but finally settled on my fave: Ardell! They have such a variety, but the ones I usually stick with are their Ardell Double Lash line. I feel like they go with my makeup style perfectly and give me that extra level of flirtiness for my look! If you wanted to calm the look down with something more natural, you can’t go wrong with their Wispies line, which still offers that flirty look but is a bit more subtle.

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Duo Glue is perfect for lashes that stay on all day and come off easy at night without damaging your natural lashes. They come in three different kinds: White, Clear and Black. I love the black shade because it because it blends perfectly with my black eyeliner.

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Now that lashes are on and makeup is complete, bring a little life back to your face – as well as some freeze – with the NYX Matte Finishing Spray! Lightly saturate your face in the mist and let it dry. Finito! You are ready to go.

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I had such a great time pampering myself with these products from Meijer and putting the whole look together. Now go enjoy the weather and your beautiful selves!

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JoElla is the fashionista behind the upcoming blog Pink Sugar on the Rocks, and you can follow her before its official launch on Instagram. Photo credit: Jessica Heck.

Floral Prints for a Stylish Spring Picnic

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Liz of With Wonder and Whimsy to share her favorite ways to style this season’s must-have pattern: floral.

Nothing says springtime like florals! Just like fresh flowers, floral prints can help breathe new life into your wardrobe and home décor for spring and summer. I’m always looking for easy, affordable ways to refresh my style for the changing seasons, so I made a trip to my local Meijer store to shop around.

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Floral is the print of spring, and Meijer has options ranging from trendy dresses and tops to plush pillows and bedding. I picked up some cute new pieces and love how these fresh floral prints bring such color, romance and whimsy to my wardrobe and home. A flirty dress and floral blanket set the perfect scene for a charming spring picnic in the park! Here’s a look at some of my favorite Meijer picks for celebrating the colorful and fragrant beauty of spring.

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A Floral Dress

A floral dress is a spring and summer staple, and Meijer has a large selection in a range of styles and prints. I’d recently heard about their #StyleForEveryBody campaign with offerings in a full range of sizes from S-3X. It is so refreshing to see every size featured on the same rack.

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Plus-size women know the frustration of seeing a garment they love, rushing over to check for their size and finding it’s either not available or they have to shop in a separate department with an inevitably smaller selection. And when so many of those plus-size departments are stocked with boring neutrals and uninspired basics, the variety of trendy options and floral prints at Meijer is exciting and welcoming.

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I tried on a number of styles ranging from embroidered swing dresses to tropical print maxis but fell in love with this faux wrap dress. The print has a romantic Victorian-era feel in shades of blush pink and plum. It’s such a sweet dress in the softest velvety knit fabric.

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I layered an ivory cami underneath and was pleased to see that Meijer has layering basics like this in a variety of colors that coordinate with their seasonal styles.

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Fresh & Pretty Accessories

Meijer has some super cute sandals with flower embellishments, but I had to have these girly-meets-sporty tennis shoes in floral lace. These tennies are such a great find because they’re practical and casual for a picnic outdoors but still really trendy and cute.

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floral pattern outfit inspiration trendy accessories blogger style picnic spring summer purse

I finished my look with this quilted cross-body bag in rosy pink and personalized it with this macaroon charm. I like that you can mix-and-match their purses and charms to customize your bag and make it your own.

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Dreamy Bedding

I also picked up a bedding set in the loveliest watercolor floral. The comforter and pillow cases are two-sided with periwinkle polka dots on one side and a dreamy floral print on the other. It’s the perfect combination of romantic and whimsical, playful and serene.

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floral pattern outfit inspiration trendy accessories blogger style picnic spring summer bedding

This plush furry pillow is a fun addition, and it’s a style I can swap between my bedroom and living room décor. Since I like to change up my bedding every few weeks, this comforter will make the most stylish picnic blanket when not in use. The floral print and ruffle trim definitely set the mood for a sweet and romantic afternoon in the park.

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I love wearing and decorating with prints, and florals are my absolute favorite. They bring instant romance and freshness, and they’re a simple way to celebrate this beautiful season!

Liz is the fashionista behind With Wonder and Whimsy, a space to explore personal style, plus-size fashion, travel and romancing the everyday. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Americana 101: 5 Trendy Ways to Rock Red, White and Blue

Memorial Day is just around the corner (which means only eight hours of work stand between you and a three-day weekend!). Are you as excited as we are?! Whether your plans involve camping, sunbathing or picnics galore, Memorial Day is the perfect holiday to sport your red, white, and blue. Americana-themed outfits are a long-standing summer trend, so we’re sharing our favorite looks to help you refresh your festive wardrobe. The best part about these Memorial Day ensembles? You can rock them again on Fourth of July (and every other day this summer, TBH). Check out our patriotic must-haves below!

Subtle Stripes

To showcase your pride without going overboard, opt for an understated piece like this off-the-shoulder dress. It’s no secret this ruffled frock is adorable on its own, but when paired with a red lip, the Americana theme comes to life! Complement the look with a navy blue bandana, wrapping it around your neck to create a super trendy choker. (If ‘90s-esque fashion isn’t your cup of tea, use the bandana as a headband or hanky instead.) Finally, pull it all together with your go-to white tennies – nothing beats an outfit that’s both cute AND comfy!

Flag Print Kimono

For the foundation of this outfit, stick to the basics: a plain white tee or tank paired with your favorite denim shorts. Capris or skinnies work too if the day’s a little chilly! Opt for minimal accessories and neutral shoes or sandals to allow this kimono to be the star of the ensemble (literally – we love the festive flag print!). Bonus style tip? If you’re headed to the beach or out on a boat, this lightweight piece doubles as a swimsuit cover up.

Nautical Mini-Dress

Another subtly patriotic look comes in the form of this anchor-print dress. This look is perfect for a cookout or Memorial Day brunch (or even an outdoor wedding if you have one coming up!). You can dress the outfit down by wearing flip flops or sneakers, OR dress it up by donning your go-to block heel sandals. Finally, to stay warm (and festive) long after the sun goes down, keep a red or white cardigan on hand to throw over your shoulders.

Graphic Tees

For an adorably casual take on the Americana trend, opt for patriotic graphic tee or tank. We love this racer back style from Meijer, just make sure to don the appropriate undergarments! A lace bralette, sports bra or bandeau would all suffice (your swimsuit top is also a quick, easy option). Pair this top with denim bottoms or patterned soft shorts – as long as the print features red, white or blue, they’ll match (we promise!). Not sure how to style cotton shorts for summer? Check out these tips from blogger Blonde Bedhead.

Patriotic Accessories

The easiest way to make your outfits more festive is to add red, white and blue accessories! We know patchwork purses are all the rage this summer, and bandanas are a staple Memorial Day accessory. Throw in wayfarer- or aviator-style sunglasses and your Americana ensemble will be perfectly complete.

Throwing a picnic this weekend and need tablescape tips? Head over to this post by Girl About Columbus!

How to Host the Perfect Memorial Day Picnic

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Amanda of Girl About Columbus to share her home décor and style ideas and tips for the perfect Memorial Day-themed picnic for families and friends.

With Memorial Day just around the corner my mind has officially wandered to summer plans, which primarily means picnics, camping and cookouts – whether that’s in the heat of the sun or in the shade next to a peaceful creek among family and friends. I particularly can’t wait for summertime picnics, and Meijer has the most gorgeous and trendy (yet classic) outdoor picnic essentials for Memorial Day (and the Fourth of July)!

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Admittedly, I went a little crazy when I saw all of the Americana picnic products at Meijer! We are re-doing our deck this summer, and I’ve already started decorating with red, white and blue. Naturally, my mind tends to think in practicality, and I knew all of the products I purchased for my American picnic could also be used for all of our outdoor dining needs this season. Such a bonus!

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Nothing screams an American holiday like the classic red, white and blue plaid tablecloth I picked up! The colors are especially rich in-person, it can double-up as a picnic blanket, and the plaid pattern provides the perfect backdrop for an assortment of other fun Meijer picnic goodies!

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I also had to have Meijer’s white lantern that comes equipped with an LED light. The lantern makes for a sweet centerpiece for a fun picnic and you can also use it inside well after summer is over. The glowing flicker of a candle is always calming and cozy, whether authentic or artificial.

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When I saw the small and large blue and white ceramic fish bowls, I instantly snagged both! The fish shape is so unique and who doesn’t love a huge white bowl for picnics and gatherings? SO useful and versatile.

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An ice-cold glass of Riesling or Rosé pairs so very well with the laid-back menu of a picnic, but glass wine glasses do not! Meijer has the most delightful set of plastic wine glasses that look as if they are real glass. The shape of the bowl is on-trend, and you would never know they are plastic – until you pick them up, of course! Also, water is a must at a hot summer picnic! I poured ice-water into the blue carafe I picked up to fill up these blue melamine glasses.

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The tan scalloped placements added an element of texture to the tablescape and will be used both inside and outside for dining. For even more character, I discovered rope drink and plate coasters that added a fun nautical vibe to the picnic.

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This red, white and blue snack bowl set is essential for tasty nuts and fruits. Plus, the blue melamine 3-section dish is ideal for serving a veggie tray. Also, when I ventured outside of the seasonal themed aisle at Meijer, I found the perfect blue pie plate for my blueberry pie as well as a wooden cheese board that is the sweetest size for a cheese, cracker and/or fruit tray.

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To add to the theme of American alfresco dining – and also to forgo the plastic route for an easy-breezy touch of class – I added in blue-handled silverware, red, white and blue melamine plates, white melamine bowls (that have cute blue fish on the side!) and pretty chambray napkins. Throwing in a couple of navy outdoor pillows was the finishing touch for a fuss-free, comfortable and relaxed vibe: Just how summer should be.

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Amanda is the fashionista behind Girl About Columbus, a fashion and lifestyle blog featuring chic outfits, family tales and travel inspiration. For more style tips, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.