Late-Summer Musts: What To See, Hear and Do.

30 Jul

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Don’t freak out. Summer isn’t over and there’s still so much yet to do around our favorite cities, much of which is free, all of which is fun, engaging and enriching.

Whether it’s jazz in the park or an enormous surf expo, delving into the local culture of these three major cities is the perfect way to spend the rest of the season – dressed of course, in go- anywhere, do-anything, day-to-night denim.

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Los Angeles

See: Made in L.A. until September 7th at The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

- This free, must see art exhibit showcases some of the city’s biggest under-the-radar talent.

Hear: Beyonce and Jay Z August 2nd at Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.

- The dynamic duo’s epic show is a hard one to get into, but no doubt a memorable musical experience and well worth the work it takes to score a ticket.

Do: US Open of Surfing until August 3rd. Main Street, Huntington Beach.

- This packed outdoor event is the epitome of modern day Southern California surf culture and a perfect way to enjoy sunny weather while watching world-class surfers do their thing.

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New York

See: SummerScreen until August 11th at McCarren Park Nassau Avenue between Leonard and N. 12th Streets, Brooklyn.

- It’s a hipster gathering with 80s and 90s nostalgic movies. Enjoy Zoolander and Heathers screenings while dining al fresco on the lawn.

Hear: St. Vincent August 17th at The Bowery Ballroom 6 Delancey Street.

- The hot indie ticket of the summer, St. Vincent is sure to put on an amazing show in this intimate venue.

Do: The Maids at New York City Center 131 West 55th St.

- Cate Blanchett takes the stage in this dramatic and intense production of Jean Genet’s play.

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Chicago

See: Millennium Park Summer Film Series until August 26th at 201 East Randolph Street.

- Classics like American Graffiti and The Wizard of Oz are shown on a large screen in the city’s iconic park.

Hear: Chicago Jazz Festival August 28th-31st at 201 East Randolph Street.

- There’s nothing like some cool jazz on a warm summer night, especially when music legends and talented newcomers line up to entertain the masses.

Do: Lollapalooza August 1st– August 3rd at Grant Park 337 East Randolph Street.

- One of the first and most dynamic music festivals, this year Lollapalozza’s line up includes Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon and Lorde.

Style Insiders Share Their Summer Staycation Spots

23 Jul

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Summer always seems to fly by too quickly, so packing in a sufficient amount of relaxing long weekends is key for creating a cool, balanced and stylish season.

Long weekends (or even just a long afternoon) spent on “staycation” near the city where you live or maybe even not that far from your house, are the perfect thing to pepper throughout the summer and feel like you were properly pampered and recharged.

Throw some key denim pieces, like cut off shorts, white jeans and a denim jacket for layering, into a weekend bag and head out to an old haunt or to discover somewhere new.

We tapped some of our favorite fashion and media influencers to see what their personal favorite staycation spots are for escaping this summer:

Sara Riff, director of VIP for Jimmy Choo and co-founder of www.thehivemag.com

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“I love a day on Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach CA, where I grew up. Its always the perfect way to relax and recharge.”.

Natalie Alcala, Racked LA editor

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The Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs is the ultimate staycation. I love that a painless two-hour drive transports me from sunny Los Angeles to an even sunnier, dreamier world where my agenda only includes two tasks: drink lemonade (there’s is delicious!) and swim as often as possible. Colony’s glorious, 1,800-square-foot Palme d’Or Residence is a must-book if you’re traveling with a group of friends.”

Nicole Mann Novick, Style Writer and Founder of Garland Collection Fine Jewelry, Vintage Jewelry & Maison.

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My perfect staycation would be spending a beautiful summer day with my husband wine tasting and treasure hunting our way through the vineyards and antique shops along the North Fork of Long Island. Just a short jaunt from the tony Hamptons, the equally scenic North Fork moves at a scrumptiously slower pace. I would of course pick up fresh local goodies at one of the many farm stands along the way. We’d end the day watching the sun set over the Sound with a romantic seaside picnic and one of our new bottles of wine to celebrate all of our fabulous finds.

Bryan Smith, Director of Public Relations for the Wall Group.LeZinque

“My idea of an amazing LA summer stay-cation involves a glass of rose with friends on sunny Sunday afternoons. Currently my local go-to spot for this is Le Zinque on the corner of Melrose and San Vicente. It’s cute, easy and has a fantastic outdoor seating area.”

Erin Weinger, Style Editor, THR.com.Bacara

“My favorite part of living in California (or one of my many favorite parts of living in California) is the ability to hop in the car on a whim and be somewhere completely different in a matter of hours, which is why I frequently find myself at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. I don’t let the fact that I’m a working girl who can’t swing 5-star hotel rooms just because deter me from going, as I find enjoying lunch and a cocktail by their pool to be a completely transformative experience that oozes luxury without spending a ton of money (also, they have free valet!). Hint: When you’re done, Santa Barbara has some randomly killer vintage and thrift stores that are worth checking out.”

 

Secret Summer Spots: Insanely Good Ice Cream Shops.

17 Jul

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Not to brag, but one of the beautiful things about being in Southern California is that it’s pretty much ice cream weather all the time.

But as the summer really sizzles, a scoop or three of artisnal ice cream from a few amazing local shops is as essential to the season as denim cut offs and a dance-able play list.

Since we’re experts in all three of the aforementioned areas, allow us to share a well-curated list of must-visit ice cream spots around town.

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Cocktail Hour: The SLS Hotel does a Sexy Summer Cocktail.

10 Jul

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While there may not be actual scientific proof that cocktails taste better during the summer, we’re pretty sure most people would agree when the theory is proposed.

Happy hour, after a long day stuck in the office, is especially rewarding and we find the Jasmine Margarita at The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to be the perfect start to a sexy, after-work-unwind session.

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The Jasmine Margarita is bright, refreshing and beautiful to look at. We recommend drinking it rather than just gazing at it, but like many of the concoctions the SLS Hotel whips up, this one is pretty and tasty.SLS Hotel

Make your next happy hour at The SLS or try whipping up the Jasmine Margarita yourself for an at-home cocktail affair with friends.

 

The Jasmine Margarita at The Bazaar at The SLS Hotel.

1 12oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila

12oz Pom Concentrate

12oz Fresh Lime Juice

12oz Fresh Lemon Juice

12oz Simple Syrup

 

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish half the rim of glass with Sal de Gusano and drop 4 – 5 pomegranate seeds onto the top of the drink.

The Getaway Bag: Your Most Versatile Day to Night Vacation Wardrobe.

1 Jul
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Ever wish you just had a weekender bag packed with the most stylish getaway gear, in your car and ready to go?

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It’s not that complicated when you’ve got the right pieces to take you from day to night, Friday to Monday, with ease.

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We recommend starting with denim. For the girls: pack your favorite 7 For All Mankind denim cut offs – the foundation of any summer wardrobe and the perfect piece to dress up or down with a pair of jeweled flat sandals for night or some easy flip flops for day.

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Throw in a drapey tank top that can be tied up as a mid-riff baring essential or tucked in and layered with a chic moto jacket in the evening.

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For the guys: You shouldn’t be leaving the house without a denim jacket anyway, so count that in. A versatile white t-shirt is also a must and pairs well with 7 For all Mankind Indigo striped shorts for a crisp look that works anytime and most anywhere.

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Ladies are always allowed a bit more room when it comes to packing; so don’t neglect your key beauty items.

A pop of pink gloss will brighten up a daytime look and a pair of dramatic sunglasses will stylishly punctuate your getaway gear.

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Carry a back up bag (preferably a chic leopard clutch) for nights out or day trips where all you need is your phone, a camera and a little cash to get you to your next destination.




24/7 Beauty: Safe Sun Worshiping Made Chic

25 Jun
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Whether you’re a year round sun worshiper or only expose yourself to rays during the summer, it’s super important to protect your skin and hair in order to avoid later damage. 

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Cocktail Hour: Pain Free Paradise in St. John

19 Jun
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We love summer for the longer, light filled days and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants sizzling nights. The season is perfect for denim driven dressing accompanied by a delicious warm weather drink.
That’s why all summer long, we’re bringing you Cocktail Hour, a list of our favorite libations tried, tested and often shaken by some very experienced experts from the hottest hotels around the country. 
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To kick off Cocktail Hour, we decided to start with something strong, fruity and undeniably summery. Behold the aptly titled “Pain Killer” from the Caneel Bay Resort in St. John.
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It tastes even more amazing than it looks and includes all those smooth and fruity flavors you crave when dreaming about an exotic vacation.
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself at Caneel Bay this summer, don’t miss the Pain Killer. For those of us doing more of a tropical inspired “staycation”, try making your own at home by combining Cruzan dark rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice and orange juice over ice and then top it with a little dusting of nutmeg.
 
There is more than one way to get away this summer and these flavors are sure to transport you to a tropical locale in no time. 

Celebrate the Days & Nights of Summer with 7 For All Mankind.

12 Jun

D&N_Summer-02Summer is the season of brilliant sun, endless days and weekend getaways, which are all intrinsic aspects of 7 For All Mankind’s southern California roots. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited to kick it off with several months full of inspiring, warm weather ideas that are sure to help you experience your most memorable and fashionable summer yet.

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Diving into the season, the Denim Dossier will be serving up the best in summer style suggestions, long weekend activities, drool worthy cocktail and food ideas, road trip worthy play lists and warm weather beauty ideas to work into your regular routine.

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Make sure to check back here often for can’t-miss posts featuring covetable clothes, adventurous ideas and inspiring stories from your favorite taste-makers and style stars.

Plus! Our amazing SEMI-ANNUAL SALE full of must-have items is in full swing! It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on key items up to 50% off that will take you through the next few months of work and play. PLUS, you can save up to $150 with our Summer Savings Bonus.

Cheers to a stylish summer. We can’t wait to spend it with you!

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Keeping it Cool in Black

29 May

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It’s a well-known sartorial and scientific fact: Darker colors absorb more heat. But that will not stop us from sporting chic black pieces this summer, because a sleek and understated all-black ensemble looks fresh, modern and quite frankly, cool enough to beat the heat.

Consider the 7 For All Mankind black zip skinny jeans with a tissue thin white tank top tucked in. Throw on a pair of simple, on-trend ankle strap high heeled sandals and over-sized gold aviator sunglasses and you’re instantly conjuring up a California cool Angelina Jolie-esque vibe.Summer Black3

The Pieced Jacquard Skinny jeans are a dark pair of pants that provide an excellent anchor to a mostly all-black look. Play up the texture of the pants with a graphic t-shirt and sporty designer sneakers. It’s a street chic look that feels perfect for traipsing around a new city during summer travels.

The sexy allure of an all-black summer look is not strictly for the ladies. Guys can get in on the mysterious and enticing trend too.

For you, this is the opposite of preppy or hippie, but that doesn’t mean you have to fall into metal head or Goth territory. In fact-please don’t.

When it comes to the guys, wearing black this summer means going for faded black or almost black washes that have a sleek-yet-worn in and relaxed feel.

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Pair black shorts, which have a subtle monochromatic print, with a faded black t-shirt and some all-white sneakers to break up the dark hues.

Don’t relegate your darker clothing to colder weather. Stand out from the rest of the beach crowd rocking an understated and all-black ensemble.

All In- Jump Into the Season’s Chicest Trend!

27 May

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Tracing back to its utilitarian roots, the jumpsuit is arguably one of the most functional and practical clothing ideas to ever surface. In recent years, we’ve seen it as much more of a style setting foundation piece, on the likes of Gwen Stefani, Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow, and now the jumpsuit is a full force fashion essential.

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This summer, we’re doing our own version, in a soft yet sophisticated dark blue chambray. The cut is part chic tuxedo; part playful and sexy and works with sky-high heels or easy, warm weather flats.

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It’s the perfect piece for traveling and throwing on day or night, due to its versatile nature and no brainer all-in-one quality.gwyn

Play up the deep V cut of the neckline with long layered necklaces for a loose and casual look or go for the drama and don pulled back hair, statement earrings and a bold red lip.

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No matter how you wear it, a jumpsuit always makes a cool style statement, especially for summer.

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