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White Gia Tank (wearing XS) // Suede Button Up Skirt – sold out in this color but available in BLACK here and similar option here // Black Christy Sandals // Large Suki Crossbody // Karen Walker Sunglasses – use code RINK15 for your first month renting these at Shop Ditto free! // NARS Charlotte Lipstick

 

Wearing head to toe Rebecca Minkoff tonight – a casual summer outfit that’s perfect for happy hour after work or a casual date night in the city. I love how the black leather & suede accents pair with the soft pastel and white – it makes this outfit an easy transition from day to night time. These pictures were taken at Travelle Kitchen + Bar located in the Langham Hotel downtown in the loop – and it’s so beautiful! Travelle is a great spot in the city for a to grab drinks or have date night. Anyone else checked out and ready for the holiday weekend? I can’t wait to spend the 4th of July weekend with my family! Thanks for stopping by xoxo

Ali Stone Photography

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Ivory Dress from Lulu’s (wearing XS no alterations) // Embellished Clutch // Nude Ankle Strap Heels // Rose Gold Pearl Necklace

One of the best things about being a woman is being able to express your femininity and elegance through the way you dress. But, a well put-together outfit can only take you so far. Here are a few tips for how to channel your inner-Kate Middleton and add elegance to any outfit. As Dianne Vreeland said, “The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”

 

10 ways to add elegance to any outfit

1. Simplify your look. Too many accessories and layers are a distraction. A single strand pearl necklace and a classic clutch will do the trick.

2. Look polished. When your hair looks nice, your nails are painted, and your makeup looks fresh – you’re already half-way dressed!

3. Wear neutrals. Soft colors and the basics look clean and sophisticated.

4. Elegant accents: soft curls, romantic lipstick, and dramatic mascara.

5. A couple sprays of your favorite perfume goes a long way.

6. Posture is important. No matter what you’re wearing, the way you carry yourself in it is what really makes the outfit.

7. Wear things that are a perfect fit – a perfectly tailored pencil skirt or a dress with a cinched waistline to accentuate your feminine physique.

8. High heels make an outfit a little fancier, your legs look longer, and your body slimmer, which also help with upper body posture.

10. The main way to look like a lady is to act like a lady. Speak softly, listen carefully, be gracious, make eye contact, move gracefully, accept compliments gracefully, remember silence can be stunning, be thoughtful of others, and always wear a sincere smile.

 

Elegance is the only beauty that never fades” – Audrey Hepburn

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Core exercises have always been my favorite when it comes to working out – years of gymnastics and cheerleading required that to be the strongest part of my body! Here are 6 exercises I’ve been doing lately to stay in bikini shape – [Wearing Peony & Me’s two piece workout set: Sports Bra / Leggings / Mesh tank]

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Reverse Crunches (2 sets of 10 reps):

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1.Start by lying face-up with your legs bent and arms alongside your body.

2. Raise your knees until they’re perpendicular to the floor.

3. Roll your hips up towards your chest until they’re completely off the floor.

4. Slowly lower them back town to the ground – exhale & squeeze your abs while doing this!

 

Toe touches with weight (2 sets of 15 reps):

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1. Lay on your back with your feet straight up above your hips.

2. Take your weight (I do 5 or 10 lbs) and extend it above your shoulders.

3. Keep your legs still, and slowly bring your shoulder blades off the floor – reach for your toes with the weight.

 

Side to Side Leg Raises: (2 set of 10 reps – left side, right side is one rep):

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1. Lay on your back with your feet straight up above your hips and arms out to the side for balance.

2. Lower your legs to one side while squeezing your abs the whole time, stop just a few inches from ground, then pass back through center and lower to opposite side.

 

Spiderman push-ups (2 sets of 8 reps – left, right is one):

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1. Do a standard push up while bringing one knee up to your elbow during each rep.

2. Alternate legs.

 

Rotating Planks (2 sets of 10 reps – left, right is one):

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1. Hold a regular plank position.

2. Rotate your hips to one side and touch the ground with that hip.

3. Switch sides and squeeze your stomach muscles the whole time

 

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