I recently had to break down and purchase another iPhone. (Cue the dirge). I was desperately trying to hold out for the highly-anticipated, Tenth Anniversary, scheduled to be released in September, but God had a different plan for my bank account. (Pass the tissues.)
Now, I believe myself to be a somewhat practical individual, but rarely do I miss an opportunity to express myself. There is seldom a chance where I will sacrifice form for function; utility just does not always win out with me, but I knew I needed something sturdy case that would survive two toddlers and perhaps another complete underwater submersion.
OtterBox is known for its sturdy high-quality cases. The standard black and dark gray cases stand the test of time. I bear witness to it having seen other people’s phones outlast my own, but the vanity standing on my left shoulder said in a very Iyanla Vanzant voice said, “Not on my watch.” I swear vanity wins every time, I could not muster the courage to purchase a plain black OtterBox to protect my new phone.
Well, you know me, vanity won, but here’s why: I ran across an OtterBox with a bit of flair. OtterBox makes a very sturdy hard-shell, floral case that happens to compliment my Betsey Johnson makeup bag. Betsey is the Queen of florals and in my opinion is at the forefront of making florals edgy, littering her floral prints against cheetah prints and tattoos. If you are anything like me – vain, visual, a lover of aesthetics – then neither your makeup bag or your phone is a solid black. If you are looking for a way to protect your new iPhone and still compliment your personal style, then try the OtterBox Symmetry Series Case for iPhone 7, in Bouquet. You can find it on Amazon for $25.00.
Until next week,
Spring break is one of my absolute favorite times to vacation. By the time April rolls around, everyone is ready for a break! The Luxetips kids are exhausted from school and the Luxe parents are exhausted from work and taking care of kids! HA! As a result, everyone is in a good mood, excited and ready to go!
This year for Spring Break we ventured to the Northern West Coast of Florida to enjoy the perfect weather, calming Gulf of Mexico and of course white sugar sand beaches. Gorgeous! However, we discovered that there is more to this area than pretty beaches and clear blue skies. We discovered a happening art scene, scenic bike routes and the Riverwalk. Check it out!
Well preserved beaches.
We love Clearwater Beach and we have been there several times. However, on this vacation, I wanted to explore other beaches and we discovered Honeymoon Island. Honeymoon Island is a small island off the coast of Clearwater Beach. It is a State Park so it is not developed and crowded like Clearwater Beach. It is pristine, peaceful and absolutely stunning.
Love, love, love.
Another amazing discovery we made about Tampa is that this city is very metro and has an up and coming art scene. We visited the ultra modern Tampa Museum of Art and it was a hit with the entire family. Also here is a luxetip: If you stay at the Sheraton Hotel Riverwalk, your room key gets you FREE admission. So luxe! Check out the art!
There was also a very cool urban art show taking place at our swanky hotel, Starwood’s Aloft Tampa. This art show featured local artists and the work was stunning!
One of the coolest attractions in Tampa is the Riverwalk. This walking trail runs along side the Hillsborough River and features parks, restaurants, hotels and other Tampa attractions like The Florida Aquarium, The Tampa History Center and more. I loved the Riverwalk. It is a great place to take a nice walk or ride your bike. We did both, but sometimes we would just sit and people watch. It is such a great attraction!
As I mentioned, we did rent bikes in Tampa and rode them all around Tampa. Check out the views!
Tampa also has some of the best hotels. We stayed a couple of nights at The Sheraton Riverwalk and the remainder of our stay at the Aloft Tampa. We adored the Aloft! This ultra modern hotel featured luxe furnishing, a roof top pool overlooking the Riverwalk, a swanky lounge and bar area, an outdoor fire pit and my fav bath and body products from Bliss Spa. Swoon! I was in heaven and the kids loved it too!
But of course nothing was better than hanging with our kids and seeing the look of bliss on their faces. They had the absolute best time ever and it makes us so happy to make them happy. So much love!
Living in the past and looking towards the future, stops us from living and enjoying the life that is happening right before us. Work to stay in the moment!
One of my favorite Atlanta Summer Concert series is kicking off on April 30th!
Sunset Sessions at Park Tavern is a free weekly, alternative music series featuring popular alternative artists every Sunday this spring and summer.
The annual series kicks off on April 30th under Park Tavern’s spacious, air conditioned Garden Tent with must-see Southern tinged rock band Atlas Road Crew, Disco Tendencies, and The Gypsies. Additional confirmed artists for Sunset Sessions include: San Fermin, Low Roar, and Shy Layers (5/7); Sweet Tea Trio, Pat Cooper and The Band Lovett (5/14); Trae Pierce & the T-Stones and Sazerac (5/21); Jamestown Revival and Colter Wall (6/4); John Paul White and Lera Lynn (6/11); Meg Mac (6/18); Surfer Blood (6/25); Girls Guns & Glory and Cold Heart Canyon (8/20) and Tropidelic (9/3). So fab!
Concert goers can also enjoy specialty seasonal cocktails, house-brews, 1/2 off sushi from 10 p.m. to midnight, and much more. The free concert series will run through Sunday, October 1, 2017; every show is from 7 to 11 p.m. and guests must be 21+ older to attend. For more information, visit www.parktavern.com.
Sunset Sessions is a great way to enjoy great music for free! It is a must!
I totally miss the “My Mom the Style Icon” blog that celebrated mothers and their style. The last post was 2012; here it is five years later and I am still talking about it. My mother would have been 69 yesterday, so I wanted to dedicate today’s post to one of my favorite fashionistas and a true style icon, Mommy.
My mother was equal bits of class and femininity. Her classic style matched her southern and modest upbringing. She reminded me of Diahann Carol with her big clip- on earrings, shoulder pads and perfectly coiffed her. She wore minimal makeup to keep her look fresh, allowing her natural beauty to shine through. Her clothing was equally befitting- neat, clean and pressed with HEAVY starch. While she participated in some of the decadence of the eighties, her personal style remained timeless.
While cleaning, I found this picture of my mother, my sister and myself. My mother’s outfit was probably not one she put much effort into achieving, but it is a flawless look perfect for a Friday date night, casual Friday workday or just romping about town running Saturday errands. The white blazer and low-cut white blouse are a refreshing Spring look that can be dressed up, especially when paired with the dark denim. I have recreated the look with a pair of Hudson High-waist jeans (The new takes on high-waist denim no longer scream “Mommy”. ), $195.00 at Zappos and a BCBG Generation Blazer, $118.
Life is beautiful! Enjoy it!
Victoria Beckham just debuted her new clothing line at Target and it is simple, luxe and has something for everyone!
The line includes women’s, plus-sizes and kids’ luxe fashions. What I love most is the bold and colorful prints and of course they are super affordable! Prices range from $6-$70. Fab!
Take a look!
Be sure to visit Target.com or get to the store quick! This line will surely sell out fast!
True love always wins!
I love NARS! NARS Cosmetics carry my go to blushes and lip pencils. But they also have the most amazing eye palettes too.
Introducing the new NARSissist loaded eyeshadow palette.
This palette contains 12 high pigmented velvety shadows that will take you from day to night and in between.
This palette contains rich golds, bronzes, burnt sunsets and rich dark colors to create the perfect smokey eye. I am in love!
This palette is a limited edition and retails for $59. Be sure to grab yours now as it will sell out!
You can purchase this palette online or at any NARS retail location.
Recently, I was asking a friend what does one wear on a first date. Yep! Even your favorite fashionistas will come up with blank stares when it comes to questions about what to wear to an emotionally charged event (first date, wedding, meeting the parents, graduation, death). Totally, first-world issues, right. But, first dates are extremely emotionally charged events.
My very sage and minimalist friend gave me the best piece of fashion advice (that doubled as some good dating advice). She said, “Wear what you would wear if you and I were going out to kick it during happy hour.”
How simple for little ole complicated me. It was some of the wisest fashion advice and dating advice. Essentially, Sage Sally was saying, “be friends first.” She elaborated on her suggestion: This is someone you don’t know and don’t necessarily need to impress. Her advice hit home. Perhaps I didn’t need to be told to wear (that’s a rare occasion), but just a simple reminder to be myself.
The only way I would have been comfortable is if I had worn what made me happy, which is typically what I do on an ordinary day, so why would I change for this date? I’ll tell you why? women are women, and men are men, and people are people who have legitimate emotions and they want to attract a mate and hormones make us all crazy and drive our behavior including consumer behavior. And this consumer was contemplating a brand-new outfit for a first date… breathe.
So, the question remains, “what does one wear on a first date, especially when they live in a city where it is 78 in the morning and 38 at night and 90 the next day and one groundhog saw his shadow and the other one did not see his shadow (you get my drift). My answer: my standard not trying too hard to please but I clean up well look which is equivalent to something that is both comfortable, cute, and not overtly sexy, and semi-warm but won’t make your blood boil. I like feminine touches that don’t scream, “Touch me,” but maybe just whisper it. Lol. That is just my personal preference. But if you want to be safe, my suggestion for a date night, a nice fitted boatneck or dressy button down tunic, dark denim (or maybe white for summer) and boots for winter or strappy flats for summer). Feel free to share yours. I am always open for suggestions. Here’s a cute boatneck by Tibi that is a perfect top for a first date.
Until next week,
Viscose Gingham Boatneck Top
$345.00 by Tibi
Remember pain is temporary.
There are two things that I love: Spring and Stuart Weitzman shoes.
Stuart Weitzman has debuted their Spring line of gorgeous shoes and I have found the perfect shoe for luxe brunches, events or just because.
The Stuart Weitzman Peekabow pump is made from embossed leather, has four inch heels and the cutest little peek a boo bow. Love, love, love.
This shoe is classic but still makes a statement with the details. It comes in a beautiful gold or a pristine white. It is a must for my wardrobe as it can be worn with pretty much anything. Luxe!
The Stuart Weitzman Peekabow Pump retails for $425.00 and can be purchased online here or at any Stuart Weitzman retailer.
Live the life you want.
I am so excited to share that Wild Heaven Beer has announced plans for a second brewery and taproom location at the Lee + White development in Atlanta adjacent to the Beltline’s Westside Trail. The freestanding building, including over 21,000 square feet of space with room for expansion, includes a large area overlooking the Atlanta Beltline perfect for patrons to enjoy being outdoors while sipping beer and nibbling food made onsite. Wowza!
If you don’t know, Wild Have Beer, is Georgia brewery that is a beer lover’s favorite on the Eastside. Wild Haven Beers are designed in the great tradition of European brewing but with a distinctly American creative flair. Their all-grain, no adjunct-sugar philosophy creates bigger flavor without excess alcohol.
Wild Heaven aims to be one of America’s great breweries as well as helping raise the profile of beer in the south. Their beers are available throughout Georgia and Eastern Tennessee. Wild Heaven’s year-round portfolio includes Emergency Drinking Beer, Wise Blood IPA, White Blackbird Belgian-style Saison, Invocation Belgian-style Golden Ale and Ode To Mercy Nitro Coffee Brown Ale.
If you’ve been following LuxeTips for the long haul (that’s been 10 years and what a blessing), and if you know anything about the Chameleon, then you know I’m a sucker for a sheath dress. Despite the natural Mohawk I rock, I have a classic style and I love the myriad ways you can wear a sheath (with a coat, cardigan, belted scarf, sleeveless vest, turtleneck, with thigh boots or Louboutin’s … you name it). The sheath has a figure- flattering shape that screams power and sex all in one without being overtly feminine or crass. It should be a part of every woman’s capsule wardrobe. Period.
Now, if you’re a BMJ (Being Mary Jane) fan like me then you know that Gabrielle Union rocks a sheath dress like no other. Gaby’s sheath dresses are tailored to fit her well-maintained figure and are updated with texture, cutouts and color. She finds numerous ways to enjoy classic lines without being boring or too “corporate.” Gaby seriously has the lockdown on the sheath dress.
On my last visit to Escada, I found the perfect dress with small flutter sleeves in an eye-catching turquoise that screamed “Gaby’s power dress”, “Spring”, “Easter”,” after-five”, and “buy me” all at once. Now, before you get your panties in a bunch over the price, because the sheath is a classic shape you can find them at all price points. Here’s the beautiful Dress Deluna sheath from Escada .
Until next week,
Dress Deluna in Pool, $825.00 at Escada
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