10 Head-to-Toe Beach Outfits We Love

Beach trips are surely penciled into your summertime calendars, so why not rev up the excitement with Shopilly’s 10 favorite beach looks?

#1: The Nighttime Beach Look

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A sexy, light-weight black dress is sure to be eye-catching amongst a sea of neon and pastel hues from fashionistas who are sticking to the traditional beach color palette. For even more eyes on you, choose a dress with open-back details—people on the beach will be envious of your style choice! Scour Forever21H&M, or Charlotte Russe to find the perfect dress.

#2: Comfortable Cute

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Our second favorite look is chic in its simplicity; pair high-waisted light wash denim shorts with a strapless bikini top and a flowy cardigan. Experiment with colors by choosing a printed bikini top and complete the look with a brown leather bag. The comfort from this kind of look would be perfect for everything from beach sports to a quiet read under the sun. For high-waisted shorts, check American Apparel; for a flowy cardigan try American Eagle; for bikini tops try Victoria’s Secret; for brown bags try Kate Spade.

#3: The Floral Romper

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This look is perfect for girly stylistas who are known for always wearing soft colors and floral patterns. The romper is comfortable for a beach environment, but the sexy back details make the ensemble just daring and skin-baring enough for some flirty fun. For rompers, try American EagleForever21, or Macy’s.

#4: The Sheer Cover-Up

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Try a beach day with a sheer cover-up dress to throw on over your bathing suit. This romantic look screams effortless sophistication, and will look beautiful as you both saunter along the shore and dance the day away! Check H&M or Nanette Lepore to get your hands on one.

#5: The Striped Maxi

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Want to feel like a sea goddess? You absolutely can’t go wrong with a maxi dress for the beach, especially if it’s a striped one! Maxi dresses were pretty much invented for the beach; the pattern is just bold enough to make a statement, while the silhouette is elegant and sophisticated. Macy’sH&MAnn Taylor, and Gap might have your perfect maxi dress.

#6: A Twist on the Traditional Cover-Up

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Instead of a cover-up that literally covers you from head to knee, try tying a loose-fitted sweater or tunic over your bathing suit to create the ultimate beach look. All there is left to complete the look is wavy, wind-swept hair, a boho-inspired necklace, and more chunky jewelry! For the perfect tunic, check AeropostaleBanana Republic, or Club Monaco; for accessories try Anthropologie or Free People.

#7: Bold Skirt

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Tired of wearing shorts with your bikini top to the beach? Try pairing your bathing suit top with a solid colored bright skirt to create a sweet and innocent look. A high and sleek ponytail with a bold lip will be your finishing touches to creating a memorable fashion statement. Check Forever21 or J. Crew for your perfect skirt!

#8: Let Your Bag Do The Talking

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Let your accessories elevate your beach outfit! An oversized beach tote in a bold color will do just the trick. Let your clothing be simplistic and understated to draw most of the attention to your arm candy.  Try Net-a-PorterMacy’s, or Bloomingdale’s for the best selection!

#9: The Conservative Look

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Staying conservative on the beach doesn’t mean you have to admit defeat on the chic scale. Try juxtaposing a nautical sweater with bold, solid-colored shorts for a colorful beach-time look. A cute neutral-shade hat can work to pull the look together, and sunglasses will give you that extra oomph! Find these fashion items at J. CrewBanana RepublicOld Navy, or Gap.

#10: Denim

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Denim for the beach is fresh and stylish with a hint of sporty. Mix it up with a pair of canvas sneakers for a casual, tomboy look and finish it off with a neutral or minimally patterned tote bag. Try Abercrombie & Fitch for a tote bag; TOMS for shoes; and Urban OutfittersTopshop, or Nordstrom for denim.

We hope these beach fashions inspired you to think outside of the box for your next beach trip! Let us know in the comments below which look was your favorite, and then sign up at Shopilly so that you can stay up-to-date on your favorite stores’ sales so you can snag the items on your to-buy lists soon!

Backyard Inspiration: Rustic Glam

Photo credit: Style Me Pretty

Photo credit: Style Me Pretty

June might very well be the perfect month to host a long, leisurely outdoor dinner party for friends and family. I recently stumbled upon this gorgeous photo of a backyard on Style Me Pretty, and dreams of dinner parties have been dancing in my head ever since. Luckily, Shopilly brands like Restoration Hardware, West Elm and Anthropologie make it easy to recreate this rustic glam backyard look. Even more luckily, a couple of the pieces that I picked out are currently on sale, so check them out today!

Starry String Lights

Starry String Lights, Restoration Hardware, on sale for $12-$79

My favorite decorations in the backyard photo are the romantic string lights strung around every tree. String lights give any space a warm, festive feeling, and you can maximize the effect by choosing yellow lights over harsher white lights. Restoration Hardware’s delicate Starry String Lights are available in lengths ranging from five feet to 100 feet.

Wood + Metal Lanterns

Wood + Metal Lanterns, West Elm, on sale for $23-$103

The wood base and metal cover provide a nice contrast on these candle lanterns. They’re sturdy enough for outdoor use, but can easily transition to indoor settings in the colder months.

Mason Jar Sippers

Mason Jar Sippers, Anthropologie, $48 for a set of 12

I prefer the look of these mason jars to the wine glasses used in the backyard. Especially for a small, intimate dinner party, these provide just the perfect touch of hominess and informality without detracting from the sophistication of the remaining décor.

Abaca Chunky Square Placemat Set

Abaca Chunky Square Placemat, West Elm, $14 for a set of 2

Lest we forget the “rustic” in rustic glam, these woven placemats perfectly complement the softly glowing lights and mason jar sippers I’ve chosen above. Using placemats for a dinner party speeds up the cleanup process, and at just $14 for a set of 2, these are a steal!

Time to (B)Ring in Summertime Accessories

Rings are the ultimate way to add personality to your outfit. Although some think that rings aren’t as important as other forms of jewelry, choosing the right ring to complement the colors in your outfit or your overall style can help elevate your outfit to the next level. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite summertime rings to hopefully share some inspiration! Happy browsing, Shopilly users!

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For only $5.80, go feminine and edgy with this etched faux turquoise ring from Forever 21! This ring screams go big or go home with its bright stone and cutout detail. The teal will add another perfect pop of color to your outfit and it is eye-catching enough to make a statement even if you decide to pair it with neutrals.

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Banana Republic has a knack for creating classy pieces of jewelry that will no doubt bring together your outfit, and this orchid band ring priced at $35.00 is no exception. It is perfect for someone with a lively and colorful personality, and the sea green and blue hues make this a perfect option for a beach outfit, a day at the park, or a garden party.

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The lapis quad ring for $22.00 from BaubleBar also hails as one of our top 5 picks for summer rings. More subdued than the first two options, this ring’s beauty comes from its bold shape and mysterious hues. Chic and exciting, this ring will surely transform any outfit.

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Not all of our picks for summer rings are the traditional three B’s– big, bold, and beautiful. This got heart ring from Free People is a simplistically sophisticated choice to let your clothing do most of the talking. For $50.00, a striking glitter of gold on your finger is soft and feminine and will add just the right amount of glitz and glamour to your ensemble.

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Rounding out our list is a stacked floral ring set from Charlotte Russe for only $6.00! Stackable sets give you room to play with different combinations of rings. Be creative with which fingers you place your rings on, as well as how many rings you want on each finger. The set features four metallic bands with faux-pearls, rhinestones, rosettes and a lovely floral cameo– perfect for a girly touch.

We hope we were able to inspire you to go out and find your perfect summer ring! Don’t forget to set up an account on Shopilly to follow your favorite brands and stores, and to receive up-to-date promotional information so you can snatch all the summertime accessories you want at their best prices.

And please let us know if you’ve found your perfect summer ring– you may be featured in an upcoming blog post!

Happy ring shopping,
Shopilly

BaubleBar Offers Designer Jewelry At a Price You Can Afford

We love beautifully curated jewelry, and we’re definitely all about affordability and convenience. That’s why we love BaubleBar, an online jewelry retailer that combines the two — designer jewelry at a low price point, all through a streamlined process for shoppers.

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Founded in 2011 by two Harvard Business School grads, BaubleBar is the #1 source for the latest jewelry styles, direct from designers. Its mission statement is to “create the ultimate source for fashion jewelry by offering unparalleled selection and shoppable style guidance, all at a guilt-free price point.” The company receives its products directly from designers, with new products introduced every Tuesday and Thursday, and new jewelry collections featured every Monday and Wednesday.

Company cofounders Daniella Yacobovsky and Amy Jain

Company cofounders Daniella Yacobovsky and Amy Jain

BaubleBar really is any shopper’s jewelry paradise. The website features a shopping environment that is a conduit for inspiration. The minimalist design gives users a chance to pore over pages and pages of unique jewelry pieces. The wide range of pieces, colors, and prices truly makes the online retailer a #1 hot spot for any specific jewelry taste or personality.

Even if you are confused or overwhelmed with all of the different options, BaubleBar offers a SWAT Stylist team and gives you the option to e-mail, call, video chat, or schedule an in-person styling consultation. In other words, convenience at its best.

Looks of the Week as chosen by BaubleBar's Fashion Editor & Fashion Director

Looks of the Week as chosen by BaubleBar’s Fashion Editor & Fashion Director also provide shoppers with inspiration to guide them through their shopping experience

Be sure to follow the brand through your Shopilly account to hear about sales and promotions at BaubleBar!

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Style Spotlight on Wedge Sandals

Lately, we’ve noticed a variety of cute wedge sandals cruising the sidewalks and gracing the fashion blogs. We’re fans of this trend – wedges provide a comfortable way of adding height to your stance and sophistication to your outfits. Plus, for anyone not blessed with the natural talent of being able to balance or walk in heels, wedges are a safer alternative. Below, we’ve picked out five wedge sandals that are the perfect fit for any budget and the perfect finishing touch for any spring outfit.

From top left, clockwise: Waylon Harachi Cork Wedge Sandal, Piccolo Wedges, Seychelles Thyme Wedge Sandals, Fleure Gladiator Sandals, Wood Wedge Sandals

From top left, clockwise: Waylon Harachi Cork Wedge Sandal, Piccolo Wedges, Seychelles Thyme Wedge Sandals, Fleure Gladiator Sandals, Wood Wedge Sandals

Waylon Harachi Cork Wedge Sandal, Target ($29.99)
With a 4.25” heel, these wedges may be sky-high, but the thick foot straps and ankle strap make these much sturdier than your average pair of strappy sandals. The wedges come in black, blue, cognac and red, and at just $29.99, the price is definitely right. Pair these wedges with a pair of cropped jeans or your favorite maxi dress.

Piccolo Wedges, Asos ($66.50)
If you’re looking for a pair of wedges that can easily transition from office hours to happy hour, this is the pair for you. Featuring a Perspex (shatter-resistant acrylic glass) wedge heel, Asos’ Piccolo Wedges put a modern twist on the wedge heel. While they don’t fit perfectly into the sandal category, the peep toe openings give them a springtime feel.

Seychelles Thyme Wedge Sandal, Urban Outfitters ($95.00)
These wedge sandals come in three colors, but the jewel-toned teal is decidedly our favorite. We’d wear these with a pair of dark tuxedo shorts for a pop of color and a leg-lengthening effect.

Fleure Gladiator Sandals, Topshop ($110)
If you think wedge sandals are too dainty and sweet, think again. Featuring a mini wedge, these black leather gladiator sandals are easy to walk in and can toughen up any outfit. Try pairing a feminine swing dress with these gladiator sandals for an unexpected contrast.

Wood Wedge Sandals, Mango ($119.99)
Leather and wood combine to create these gorgeous wedges by the Spanish clothing company Mango. The neutral coloring makes these sandals extremely versatile – you can just as easily wear them with jeans as with flowy trousers or a fitted dress.

Photo credits: target.com, us.asos.com, urbanoutfitters.com, us.topshop.com, shop.mango.com

Essentials for a Beach Getaway

Summer is still two months away, but with the days growing longer and the weather warming up, it feels like it’s right around the corner (at least in this part of the country – apologies to our friends in the Midwest who are being slammed by more snow!). If you’ve been daydreaming about your first visit to the beach, or if you’re planning for an ocean-side vacation, this post on beach essentials is for you.

Essentials for a Beach Getaway

Double-stripe bandeau top and double-stripe tab hipster, J. Crew ($48 per piece)
Want a cute bathing suit? Check out J. Crew’s 2013 line of swimwear, which features fun patterns like summer stripes and playful polka dots. With a variety of cuts and styles – for example, bottoms are available in hipster, high-waisted brief, bikini and lowrider cuts – you can mix and match tops and bottoms to create your ideal bathing suit.

Mossimo Supply Co. Floppy Hat, Target ($14.99)
Too much of a good thing can be bad, and that definitely holds true for sunshine. Protect your face from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays with a stylish, oversized hat. This floppy hat from Target gets the job done without leaving a dent in your wallet.

Slingback Boardwalk Sandal, Madewell ($49.50-$59.50)
I’ve never been a fan of the thong style of flip-flops, so I’m much more likely to reach for a pair of slingback sandals like these. Plus, the two-tone textured leather makes these sandals extremely versatile – they can go straight from the beach to boardwalk to bar.

Printed Canvas Tote, Gap ($39.95)
A big, sturdy beach bag is a necessity for safe-keeping your beach towel, sunscreen, reading materials and snacks. Choose a canvas bag, like this printed tote from Gap, for easy cleanup, as it wipes clean after a long day at the beach.

Open-stitch Poncho Cover-up Sweater, Victoria’s Secret ($49.50)
This cotton and cashmere poncho is light, airy and soft – everything I want in a beach cover-up. Even better, it’s currently on sale for $49.50 off $10 from its original price.

Did I leave out any of your favorite beach essentials? Share them in the comments!

Photo credits: jcrew.com, target.com, madewell.com, gap.com, victoriassecret.com

Shopilly Features 101

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If you like us on Facebook, you probably saw our announcement earlier this week that we’ve redesigned our homepage to make it easier for you to log in to Shopilly or create an account.

Well, that’s not all. Thanks to feedback and insight from users like you, we’ve optimized Shopilly to provide a savvy, clutter-free shopping experience. Today we’re highlighting some of our favorite features, which allow you to explore, discover, organize – and live Shopilly ever after!

Shopilly Checklist
We’ve placed this handy checklist in the Home tab to help you make the most of your Shopilly account. Have you followed your favorite brands to stay updated on their sales and new products or collections? Have you linked your email to de-clutter your inbox of marketing emails and shopping receipts? And – we couldn’t leave this one out – have you invited your friends to join Shopilly?

Visual Organization
Upon logging into Shopilly, you’ll see thumbnails in your Home tab that keep your account organized and make it easy to window shop by category, for example Hot deals, Flash sales and Fashion. Shopilly also tells you how many new emails you have in your inbox and how many new posts you have to catch up on from your favorite brands.

Recent Activity
If you’re curious about what the Shopilly brands have been up to lately, scroll down to the Recent Activity section of your Home tab. This news-like ticker is refreshed every time a brand posts an update.

What’s Popular
If you’ve already followed all of your favorite brands but are looking for a new brand or two to explore, navigate to the Brands tab and click ‘Popular’ to see which brands other Shopilly users favor. You might just discover an exciting new sale or your next favorite store!

Cheers,
The Shopilly Team

The New Affordable Designer Collab We Love: Georgina Chapman for J.C. Penny!

Affordable designer lines are all the rage right now, as we first saw with Prabal Gurung’s collaboration with Target in early February.

Now it’s time for us to spotlight a new affordable collaboration: Pearl for J.C. Penny by Georgina Chapman. Named after Chapman’s daughter, this collection is accessible but still glamorous with the trademark embellishments and luxe fabrics of the Marchesa label. The difference is that the garments are priced somewhere between $50-250 (aka we can own a Georgina Chapman garment without breaking the bank!)

Pearl by Marchesa

We have swooned over the ruffles and beaded appliqué of the Marchesa brand for practically a decade now. The designers of the high-end women’s wear line, Georgina Chapman and Keren Creaig, have dressed Hollywood stars Olivia Wilde, Sandra Bullock, Kristen Stewart, and Jennifer Lopez all the way to coveted best-dressed lists. It is such a dream come true that now women around the world can be best-dressed for their next fancy event!

The Pearl collection, which debuted in early March, features a “Pearl dress for every occasion,” including prom, holiday parties, and even garden parties. Elegant, sexy and feminine, the collection boasts bows, taffeta, and tulle galore.

Pearl by Marchesa

We’ll definitely be checking in to see if J.C. Penny becomes the ultimate destination for fashionistas now that romantic evening-wear dresses by this coveted designer have become a reality instead of a pure fantasy.

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Be sure to check out this “Behind the Scenes with Pearl by Georgina Chapman” video for more information about the line and the collaboration!

Until next time,
Shopilly