NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

A casual chic life and style dossier

8 Ways to Transition your Fave Dress from Summer to Fall

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time to transition It's time to break out those transition looks and start working our wardrobe from summer styles to fall fashion. We've talked transition looks before — they are seriously one of my favorite things to style since it requires a perfect blend of functional & fabulous to create an outfit that can be easily worn in warm temps and seamlessly transitioned to cool weather. While the two piece set is my favorite transition look this year, if I had to choose the most versatile transition piece — the dress would win hands down. It's the perfect place to start if you have no idea how to build a transition look and find yourself throwing on a hodge podge of things that are functional, but not totally chic.   What is a transition look? Is it cold, is it hot — what season is this? Transition looks are for those awkward times between seasons when the weather is all over the place and you aren't quite sure what to wear. Maybe you need to bundle up for the chilly morning and then by the time the afternoon rolls around you feel overheated. Transition outfits aim to solve this daily temperature fluctuation with…

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How to Style Colored Curtains for a Luxe Look

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A cozy pop of color If you’re a color & prints enthusiast like me, adding pops of color in your space is one of your go-to decorating tactics. It helps the space feel fun, interesting, and even whimsical. Even if you’re a color lover, bright pops of color can sometimes look like too much fun if not styled correctly. ❝ It can be a tough balance to style a pop of bold color in a way that still looks luxurious instead of overly playful.❞  If you want a fun color in your space, but still want it to look elegant – this curtain styling tip is just for you. First up, we have the before: this office has bright coral sheers hung against a black and white speckled dot wallpaper. While the black and white + pop of color are a good combo, the bold print with the bright coral hue can look pretty whimsical and is a little too bold to feel luxe   The solution? Break it up with a neutral – in this case, a creamy white. By hanging a second rod with floor-length white curtains in front of the coral sheers, it separates the pop of color & bold pattern by creating a neutral space between…

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Clothes that Empower — 10 Questions for Finding your Personal Style

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 Fashion says "me too," style says "only me" How do you find your personal style? Defining your style is important because it allows you to communicate who you are to the world, just by what you choose to put on. A defined personal style lets you express yourself to others in a more-dimensional way since your style "introduces you before you even speak." But how do you define your style? It sounds so simple at first, but something as complex and beautiful as style can be hard to put words to — and even harder to dig in an define for yourself. Last week I wrote a post, Style Yourself Happy: How to use clothing to boost your mood — and you LOVED it. We examined the effect our clothing has on our confidence, mood, and even health, and even dove into some of the science that supports that. After that post, I got so many requests to do something similar and talk about how to define your personal style, so that is what we are here for today. Find your personal style Before I share my advice for finding and defining your style, we first have to talk about what personal style is not. It's not a limitation —…

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002: Designing Fashion – What its like to design for J. Crew, GAP, and more with Annie Bloj [NSB Podcast]

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Episode 002 I n this episode, I sit down with Annie Bloj to talk all things fashion design. We get some insider insight into how trends are set, the full process of designing a piece from sketch to rack, and what a regular day-to-day for a fashion designer looks like. Annie shares her story and how she got started as a designer and talks about what it was like to learn how to design for a brand and ultimately, the consumer. She shares some of the non-glamorous parts of working in fashion and gives us an amazing overview of what it takes to build out a line for fashion label. Annie has designed for Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, J. Crew, GAP, Aeropostale, New York & Company, and the Venus Williams & Sarah Jessica Parker lines just to name a few. After over 15 years in the industry, she's moved here to Denver from NYC and currently publishes a curated events calendar for all things art, culture, food, and more. Subscribe // Pin for Later     Connect with Annie: Website / Instagram   Cara:                                          00:00 You're listing to the Never Skip Brunch podcast, episode number two.   Announcer:                      00:14           Never…

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Style Yourself Happy: How to use clothing to boost your mood

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Can you dress yourself happy? Style is absolutely a tool for empowerment and today we're diving into how your clothing choices can affect your mood and why you should be intentional about them. Now, I'm a huge proponent of the idea that happiness is a choice and I don't believe that the material fact of the correct clothing is all it takes to make you happy, but there is something powerful about clothing choices when it comes to how we feel and view ourselves — and it's something we can all benefit from tapping into. I've been honored to be able to inspire so many women to be bolder with their style and find confidence through what they choose to wear. I've used colors and prints as my catalyst for empowerment through style, but there is a much deeper phenomenon going on when it comes to how the clothes we choose to wear affect our moods, overall confidence, and even health. Quite literally dressed for success Did you know that 96% of women in one study believed that what they wear affects how confident they feel? (source) It's not that hard to understand why: our clothing is the physical way we choose to…

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#FitnessMotivation – A body positive take on staying in shape

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Time for a pep talk. And not from some impressively shredded fitness guru — although we all applaud her discipline and passion — but from someone maybe a little more on your level. I published a guest post a while back on What kind of yoga is right for your body, and quite a few of you reached out to ask for my take on fitness. So, I've gathered you all here today for a little #fitspo pep talk to share some behind the scenes on my own fitness journey, plus give you some tips for staying motivated. Finding your Fitness inspo If you're like me, the word "fitness" makes you feel a little guilty, a little inadequate, and sometimes even a little insecure. I'm not in bad shape, but I know I have more to give. I know I could make the effort to take better care of my body and hit the gym just a little more often. Regardless of how I look, it has to do with the way I feel.  Fitness has been a weird journey for me — and a lot of other people might feel the same way. Having a weird relationship with fitness is pretty…

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Why We Brunch: The social phenomenon of brunch & Why you shouldn’t skip

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Podcast: Play in new windowSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | More everyone loves brunch Every time I meet someone new and we decide to make it official via swapping IG handles, mine gets a good reaction.  After typing in @neverskipbrunch to bring up my feed, there’s the inevitable, “What an awesome name,” “Oh my goodness I love that handle,” or “How did you come up with that, it’s amazing.” I always joke that I love snacks and sleeping in, and brunch lets me do both. While I don’t disagree that I’m pretty hilarious and my handle is indeed pretty witty, there’s something deeper going on here — it’s like we all love brunch. Seriously, brunch has gone from a hot weekend trend to a cultural staple in our society. With all the meals to meet for, coffee dates to have, or drinks to grab, why are there so many good feelings around brunch? Today, we dive into my favorite meal — and maybe yours — to discover the social phenomenon behind why we brunch. Brunch is inherently ❝ cheerful, sociable & enticing❞ – Brunch: a Plea The inventor of Brunch originally crafted the idea as a…

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Vegas Retail Therapy at Downtown Summerlin

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Downtown Summerlin shopping Vegas boasts some of the best shopping venues in the US, but not all the prime shopping destinations are located on the strip. I popped into Downtown Summerlin for a little retail therapy — and to find an adorable outfit — before our weekend out in Vegas. The area is absolutely gorgeous, with sidewalks to stroll, a great roundup of shops, and plenty of options to grab a little treat. They have just about all of my favorite stores — plus a few new ones which don't have a Denver location that I got to explore.   A few tips for a successful Vegas shopping trip 1 GO FOR THE WOW PIECE If there's any place that can push you out of your comfort zone and into something more exciting, it's Vegas. Don't be afraid to try new pieces that you might not normally think would work. Look for your "wow" piece — that piece that makes you feel gorgeous, fits perfectly, and is maybe a little unique or a little more bold than your usual go-to style. 2 KEEP IT COOL Vegas offers some serious sunshine which means you'll probably be looking for pieces that keep you cool or offer some great sun protection —…

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Two-Piece Transition: Sets to Take Your Style from Summer to Fall

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 two-piece matching sets  Say hello to your new favorite fall trend. Two-piece sets are super in — and it's easy to see why. You can show just a little skin via a style that keeps it classy and effortless. I'm so obsessed with this look since its an elevated take on a flowy summer floral maxi or swooshing jumpsuit. They make a perfect transition piece because you can easily layer over them and most of the bottoms are longer for a little more warmth. ❝ Fresh and flirty, two-piece sets are a polished look that keeps it fun.❞ The other perk about this trend is that you get two pieces that you can not only wear together, but mix and match with other faves in your closet to create at least three outfits from one. This makes it even easier to transition them from summer into fall as you change out the pieces your matching and mixing into the set. How to wear your new favorite trend This trend is pretty straightforward since the pieces come pre-matched and are designed to go together, but I do have some tips for choosing the set that's perfect for you. The big key is to pick something that flatters…

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Weekday Relaxation: Tips for Unwinding + Spa Time with Parasilk

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An at-home spa evening You have to take good care of yourself. Maybe you’re a pro at creating space for yourself and getting in a little “me time” or maybe your schedule is always too packed that it’s the last thing on your mind. Either way, it’s time for us to sit down and talk about why it’s so important & share some tips for unwinding. As women, many of us don’t take the time we need to recharge and unwind from our day. “Don’t wait for the weekend to give yourself space to relax and unplug.  Do a little something to take care of yourself every day, even if it’s just small.“ Creating a space for yourself at the end of every day to relax is a non-negotiable for your physical and mental health. Now, self-care isn’t all bubble baths, skincare, and facials — we covered that in the 4 Essential Steps to Self-love post — but they can play a HUGE part in helping you relax and recharge. Not only do you need to take time to invest in your amazing body that works so hard for you to make sure it’s taken care of, but when you put your body…

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NSALE: What I Bought

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I love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! You might have already seen my first look picks, or checked out this post on everything you need to know about the Nsale, but time to dish on what I actually bought and show you my Nordstrom Sale Picks. I’m not a great online shopper – I need to touch and try things – so every year without fail I go into the sale with my list of what I want and end up only grabbing a couple things from the list then finding all sorts of other perfect picks I didn’t even consider at first. A little dressing room trial and error, and I’ve found some new faves. Here’s what I bought – hover for commentary, click to shop: Turn on your JavaScript to view content     1. Twist Front Sweater – B.P. In love with the waist detail – Adds a focal point for the slouchy sweater look. 2. 10-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans – Madewell These are the perfect high-waisted jeans. Adorable button detail & a classic wash. 3. Miggi Bootie – Marc Fisher All the chic vibes. White booties are so in for fall, and this tapered heel and scalloped top are…

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GIVEAWAY!! $500 Nordstrom Gift Card

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$500 Nordstrom Giveaway 2018 Time for the Nordstrom Giveaway 2018 and time to win yourself a $500 shopping spree to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! I've partnered with some amazing blogger babes to set up some giveaways so that you can win some cash to shop the NSale. We actually have THREE $500 gift Cards available - HERE, HERE, and HERE. You can go check out each of those IG posts if you want to enter all 3 and maximize your chances of winning. If you just want in on one real quick, follow these steps: Option 1.  Click on any of the photos below and follow the instructions – Thats IT! You're entered to win.     Option 2.  Enter to win ALL THREE Gift Cards by hopping over to @neverskipbrunch.giveaways and following all the accounts they are following (takes 60 sec)            Shop the sale! Check out these posts for more Nordstrom Sale goodness! Everything you need to know about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale First Looks + Favorites: Nordstrom Sale Must-Have Picks

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My Hawaii Wedding // Part II: The Venue

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Hawaii Wedding at Turtle Bay Welcome back to my Hawaii wedding series. You might have already caught  Part I: The Attire where I shared all about the attire & dished about what everyone was wearing. Now in Part II: The Venue we're talking all about my gorgeous location (and in Part III: The Decor we'll cover the details) The Location This wasn't plan A, but looking at these photos with the gorgeous views you'd never know it because it turned out even more perfectly than we could have planned. Turtle Bay has all sorts of wedding packages that offer options for many different locations - from beach ceremonies, to golf course receptions, to events in the ballroom or pavilion, and even an option to host your ceremony at the stables, there are all sorts of spaces to choose from. Our initial plan was to have the ceremony on Bay View Beach Point - which you can see Rich and I standing on in the photo below - then move to the lawn for an evening reception under a clear top tent with lanterns. Thinking this venue looks familiar? It was the star of movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Mike and Dave need…

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First Looks + Favorites: Nordstrom Sale

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

T he Nordstrom Anniversary sale is one of my favorite parts about summer. If you don't understand what all the hype is about, hop over here for Everything You Need to Know About the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you're a seasoned shopper, then stay right here because I'm sharing my first look and some of my favorite picks. While browsing through the sale catalog, I found myself dog-earring corners and circling favorites to put on my list to snag. This is my short list of must-haves: 1. Cluster Drop Stone Earrings - J.Crew  These statement earrings just look like a party. I love the confetti-like vibe that still feels sophisticated. They come in this peach color, a blue color, and mixed hues for an extra fun rainbow feel. I'm really loving the rectangle center stones surrounded by the assortment of jewels which add texture and sparkle. 2. Ruched Waist Midi Dress - Maggy London Black-based florals can't help but feel effortless and elegant. I'm loving the black and white with blush tones in the print, and the cut of this dress makes it a perfectly flattering transition piece to take your wardrobe from summer to fall and even into the winter months by…

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Everything You Need to Know About the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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I t's almost time for the most important sale of the summer. If you don't know what I'm talking about, let me introduce you. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is so close - it starts July 12th! Why is this the only sale you should care about right now? Because it's oh so wonderful and instead of flipping through racks of picked-over pieces that are about to be out of season (aka left over summer styles) this sale is all about stocking up on some amazing fall pieces that are just now hitting stores.   Usually retailers put things on sale because they are going out of season or they haven't sold well. This is why sale racks usually don't have the good stuff. But this sale is different. This time they're putting merchandise that is just hitting racks on sale first, then raising the price back to normal once the sale is over. Psst...I'm hosting a $500 Nordstrom gift card giveaway that starts on July 11th and goes until the 17th - so if its then hop over to Instagram to find out how to enter. It will be on my feed and in my highlights. HOW TO GET EARLY…

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Red Wine & Blue // Wine Faves + 4th of July Outfit

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Red wine...and blue It's almost time to get all patriotic and rock some bold primaries in honor of America. The 4th is one of my favorite holidays - maybe it's the late summer nights with good food and lots of light or maybe it's fond memories of throwing our annual 4th of July bash and lighting off fireworks growing up, either way I'm excited as always. Today I'm bringing you my 4th of July look alongside some of my favorite wine accessories since drinking ice cold white wine while watching fireworks is my other favorite part of the 4th. You guys know I'm a huge wino - especially if you've watched my Instagram stories - so here are some of my wine faves then I'll tell you all about this outfit (or your can SHOP IT now if that's all you're here for). Wine-sipping outdoors is probably my favorite summer activity, so you bet I'll have an ice cold glass of white wine in hand when the fireworks begin. I love all things wine, so I have a fairly extensive collection of wine accessories but here are a few of my wine glass and accessory essentials when it comes to…

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