Cotton Picks Rue La La Molly SimsWe’ve long looked to Molly Sims for her trendy know-how – remember her gig on House of Style? As it turns out, this supermodel, mom, and author is as into cotton as we are. And it only makes sense given her easy, Cali-cool aesthetic. Nothing says no-fuss, West Coast style more than airy looks that wear without a worry. To kick off our shared love for The Fabric of Our Lives®, Molly has pulled together her top picks, from fashion to home goods.

Cotton Picks Rue La La Molly Sims“Cotton pants are a summer essential – they’re super breathable, so staying cool is a breeze.”

Cotton Picks Rue La La Molly Sims“Dressing my two little ones is all about ease. Stylish cotton outfits you can pop in the wash? Sold.”

Cotton Picks Rue La La Molly Sims“I love using a pop of color to liven things up. Experimenting with trends takes a tablescape from basic to ooh-la-la.”

Stay tuned for more from Molly over the next few months. In the meantime check out these and the rest of her faves in our Cotton Favorites Hand-Chosen by Molly Sims Boutique, which opens on Monday, July 13, at 3PM ET.

July 13, 2015

Effortlessly sophisticated and, for royalty, sometimes utterly daring. Princess Diana had a style all her own, and the public loved her for it.

Princess Diana's Style

Much like Diana, The Duchess of Cambridge’s enviable fashion sensibilities have made her a style icon in her own right. From polka dot prints to world-renowned wedding gowns, the likenesses between Prince William’s leading ladies is staggering. Case in point? These sartorially similar looks:

Princess Diana and Kate Middleton Engagement Photo

Their Engagement Photos
Both ladies opted for royal blue to complement the £250,000 sapphire Garrard ring on their fingers.

Princess Diana Kate Middleton wedding

Their Weddings
Almost 30 years after 1 billion people tuned in to watch Diana marry Charles, 2 billion watched their son marry Kate Middleton.

Princess Diana Kate Middleton polka dots

Their Post-Baby Appearances
In a touching nod to her late mother-in-law, Kate emulated Diana when she also chose a polka dot frock to present Prince George to the world in 2013.

Want to get your royal princess on? Our Style Icon: Regal Looks Inspired by Princess Diana Boutique opened Saturday, July 11, at 11AM ET.

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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July 11, 2015

Bright lipstick is a Summer 2015 beauty must. While punchy hues are hot right now, it’s not the first time they’ve shined. Let’s take a look back at some of the biggest lipstick trends we’ve seen over the years.

Louise Brooks Dark LipstickDeep Vamp
Colored pouts were the rage in the Roaring Twenties. Flappers like Louise Brooks complemented defiant fringed dresses with vampy makeup. This meant pale skin, rimmed eyes, and, of course, dark lipstick.

Red Lipstick Marilyn MonroePinup Red
For postwar women, red lipstick disguised sorrow. In fact, military nurses were issued patriotic red gloss (with application instructions) as a part of their uniform. But it was Marilyn Monroe who made the look iconic. She did her civic duty by famously flaunting a red lip on tour for the troops in South Korea.Brigitte BardotMod Nude
By the late 60s, women began to reject Old Hollywood glamour, opting instead for a more androgynous look. So, nude became the go-to lipstick color. For a sultrier look, models like Brigitte Bardot and Twiggy relied on smoldering eyes alone.

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Punk Pink
Experimental dress and extreme makeup defined the 80s. Nothing was off limits – especially when it came to Madonna. For the material girl, a hot-pink lip balanced out all the whips, chains, and pleather.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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July 9, 2015

When the temps rise, it’s tempting to kick off the covers in favor of just a thin sheet. But don’t let your lack of A/C keep you from having a hotel-grade bed-scape. Choose breathable 100% cotton, and let us take it from there.

Dreamy Bed How-To

  1. Start with the basics. A mattress cover will extend the life of your mattress and keep your fitted sheet from sliding off.
  2. Stay cool with crisp, breathable percale. Lay down your flat sheet, followed by a light, cotton blanket. Tuck them both in tightly and turn down at the top.
  3. Fold a duvet in thirds. Keep your comforter gathered at the foot of the bed for cooler nights – plus, it adds a bit of texture to the overall look.
  4. Finish with pillows. Two sleepers, two shams, and a few front-facing throw pillows should do it. (But let us just say there’s no such thing as too many.)

Need to stock up? Our Luxe & Low Sale: Bedding Edition Boutique opened today at 11AM ET.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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July 7, 2015

Spending all waking hours outside is a must after the winter we just had. But shielding your face from harmful rays is just as important. Enter: these sun-blocking hats with major style power. Permission to soak up every last second? Granted.

Summer Hat TrendsWide-Brim Hat
Consider an exaggerated brim in lightweight straw the chicest form of SPF. Rock it anywhere and everywhere (alfresco drinks, anyone?) for instant ladylike polish.

Summer Hat TrendsBaseball Cap
This look isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s having a major moment. Sporty, on-trend, and oh-so-practical, it wears well with almost anything –  from athleisure looks to feminine outfits.

Summer Hat TrendsPanama Hat
Look fast, and this blogger-beloved staple could be mistaken for a fedora. But with a slightly wider brim, its laid-back silhouette is a breezy outfit’s (and bad hair day’s) best friend.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 4, 2015

This Fourth of July, declare your independence from those chocolate-chip cookies you bring to every cookout and brighten up the party with these super-patriotic (and super-simple) chocolate-covered strawberries.

4th of July Strawberries
Taste and Tell says you can make these all-American after-dinner treats without a recipe, but we figured we’d break it down for you.

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries, washed and dried
  • White chocolate
  • Blue sugar or sprinkles

 
Instructions:

  1. Put the chocolate in a bowl and heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir the chocolate until it’s smooth.
  3. If the chocolate hasn’t completely melted, keep microwaving it for 30-second intervals, stirring after each time.
  4. Take a strawberry and dip it in the melted chocolate, then in the sugar.
  5. Place the dipped strawberry on a sheet of waxed paper to cool.

 
Once all the berries are dipped and the chocolate has hardened, arrange them on a platter and watch them disappear before you can light a sparkler.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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July 2, 2015

These looks belong in your rotation. (No ifs, ands, or buts.) All it takes are a few staple pieces and a quick study of these style tips.

Trends Men A Classic Twist
Pull out your go-to blazer and denim. Then add a button-front with contrasting cuffs and collar, and swap out your leather loafers for suede chukka boots.

Style Trends Men All-Navy Everything
Don Draper dressing is here to stay. Play your best 1960s advertising exec in a crisp navy suit. The hue works best with sharp white shirts and skinny ties.

Style Trends Men Sunday Best
That neutral-colored suit you wear to summer weddings? It’s about to become part of your off-day look, too. Just pair it with a tucked-in T-shirt and add a belt for a bit of polish.

Our Man About Town: Trending Looks to Own Now Boutique opened Wednesday, July 1, at 3PM ET.

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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July 1, 2015

We all have that friend with the stunning house and a knack for hosting summer’s most memorable nights. So this year, make sure to show your appreciation with a standout thank-you gift. Here are a few ways to wow, whether you’re crashing for just a night or the whole weekend.

Best Hostess Gifts

The Overnighter

  • Bring a treat from your hometown – think local beer or baked goods that aren’t available where you’re headed. Pack the brews in a monogrammed tote or take along a cake stand for the sweet eats.
  • Give your host an item that suits the guest room for future visitors to admire, like a carafe, coffee-table book, or scented candle.

 

Best Hostess Gifts

The Weekender

  • Come bearing a collection of entertaining musts: a personalized carryall complete with snacks, a cheese board, wine, wineglasses, and a favorite board game. Then, kick-start the fun.
  • Post-trip, send a framed photo from the weekend. Memories? Coming right up.

 
Equip your arsenal with these picks and more in our Gifts Under $30: Never Show Up Empty Handed Boutique, which opened Wednesday, July 1, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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July 1, 2015

This one’s for the girls. When it comes a bra‘s lifespan, the general rule of thumb is to refresh your rotation every six to nine months – give or take, of course. Here are a few signs it’s when to say when.

When to Replace Bra
It’s Worn-Out
Exposed wires. Broken hooks. Zero give. If your best assets are being supported by a Franken-bra, it’s time to toss. Seriously, would you wear a dress with a broken anything? We think not.

Your Size Has Changed
Let’s face it, we all fluctuate. If you’re seeing some bulge over your cups or simply not filling them out, say goodbye. Take the time (a.k.a. a few minutes) to be professionally fitted once every six months.

It’s Totally Warped
If you can pull the back of your bra away from your body by more than a couple inches (and it’s on the tightest hook), your band is stretched out. Cue an upgrade.

You Want to Up the Ante
Your birthday. Valentine’s Day. Or just Tuesday. Who says you need a special occasion to spice things up? Our not-so-scientific research shows that bra shopping spontaneously has mood-boosting powers.

Our The Intimates Sale: Totally Unmentionable Boutique opened Tuesday, June 30, at 11AM ET.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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June 30, 2015

A tiny split in an otherwise-pristine manicure? This can become a pretty painful beauty blunder – fast. But no need to clip all your nails in a panicked frenzy. Just follow the six simple steps below for a quick fix.

How to Fix a Split Nail

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June 29, 2015