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Hell on Heels Beach Bag Essentials

 

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Every time I pull out my beach bag, I get very excited!  It means the beach, or relaxing poolside, is in the very near future!  Tiffany and I  are getting ready for an HOH adventure to the beautiful island of Nevis.  Check out my beach bag must have essentials.

 

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EltaMD UV Daily Airless Only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1.  Sunscreen

  • UV Aero Broad -Spectrum SPF 45 Continuous Spray
  • UV Daily Broad – Spectrum SPF 40 Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen
  • UV Lip Balm Broad – Spectrum SPF 31

I just love the Elta MD products.  Elta protects your skin against the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.  Using a ultra-durable form of zinc oxide, Elta MD supplies long-lasting protection against damage that can lead to premature signs of aging, hyperpigmentation and even skin cancer.

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2.  Powder

This powder gives you protection from sun damage with a soft focus finish.  I like to apply the Elta MD Facial sunscreen as my base and then use the Colorescience Mineral Suncreen throughout the day.  It has a self-dispensing powder brush which makes it easy to re-apply all day for continued coverage.

 

 

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3.  Beach Jewels

Don’t forget to take your arm party to the beach!  A sparkly arm is a perfect accessory to a itty bitty bikini.

 

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4.  Aviators

Aviator’s are a classic style and look great on just about everyone.  Tory Burch makes a bad a$$ aviator.  Make sure you buy a pair that is polarized.  Polarized sunglasses have a special coating that helps reduce glare from reflective surfaces.  Objects are much clearer and the harmful effects of glare on the eyes are reduced.

 

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5.  Floppy Hat

Usually I kick it with a baseball hat at the beach.   Since we will be in Nevis, I have to be extra fancy and wear my big floppy hat, aka my JLO hat!  One thing that is great about this hat is that it is packable and bounces right back to its original shape.

 

6.  IPhone and IPad

This is really a no-brainer.  Does anyone ever go anywhere without these two beloved items?  Our dependence on gadgets has made their presence at the beach or poolside a regular occurrence (just make sure you keep them dry).

 

Pull together some of these beach bag essentials for yourself and tuck them in a fab beach tote.

I hope Nevis can handle a couple of crazy girls from Texas!  Nevis, consider yourself warned….it will be fun!

XOXO,
Suzanne

 

 

 

 

Ok, it was warm yesterday. . .

Spring is here!  Or at least it was here a couple days ago, and I feel certain it will be back in a minute.  And with that in mind. . .

Hemlines are retreating, toes are peeping, skin is showing and it’s nearly time for shorts!  Shorts make me so happy!  (Almost as happy as jeans, but that’s a different article.). I did a little short shopping this week and there are so many cute styles and colors for spring! There are a myriad of casual shorts, preppy shorts, dressy shorts, beachy shorts. . . I’m telling you, the Short has come a long way in versatility; there’s one for every occasion.  And all my favorite shops have a huge variety to choose from.  Here are some of my favorites! 

First stop is Express where I easily found 8 pairs of shorts I could be in a committed relationship with, BUT I whittled it down to 3 because I know how valuable your time is!

Tiered Crochet Shorts

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 4.53.09 PMI think these are very sweet and pretty.  I love the lace detail.  They’re feminine and sexy.  For me, I’d pair them with a pretty top and heels for drinks on the patio.

 

 

 

 

High Rise Lace Shorts

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These I love!  How fancy! I love making shorts dressy and elegant.  I’d put these with a slinky black top and strappy heels, and go on a date with my husband!

 

 

 

 

Asymmetrical Hem Skort

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I know, I haven’t heard the word ‘skort’ used in many years, either.  And I seem to remember it described something not that cute, but THESE, on the other hand are very fun!  Skirt in the front, shorts in the back;  what’s not to love?  And I’m a big fan of the asymmetrical detail in front!

 

 

 

 

Michael Kors – Stud Side Twill Shorts

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 5.45.24 PMI saw this cute little number in Michael Kors, and I could actually hear the gold studs singing, “Take us straight to Tiffany!” True story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Crew Chino Short

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In my opinion, some of the best all-around shorts come from J. Crew.  I’ve been a fan of their chino short for a long time.  It wears great and is very flattering.  And there is truly one for everyone.  This year they have the chino in 10 shades of Spring-y fun colors, AND you can get it in a 3″, 4″, 5″, 7″ or 9″ inseam.  Literally, in whatever length you’re most comfortable.

 

 

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Sometimes, the best pair of shorts isn’t a pair of shorts at all.  I am referring, of course, to the cropped pant which gets to enjoy many long hours out of the closet as it takes us seamlessly from Spring thru Summer and into Fall.

Slim Cropped Pants

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 6.16.45 PMThe Gap has a great pair of cropped pants that comes in a variety of colors and styles including seersucker (SEERSUCKER!!) I think these work so nicely with sandals or heels or even flip flops and a cute top when it’s a little too chilly for shorts, or shorts aren’t quite right for your event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twill Drapey Utility Crop

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 6.19.48 PMWhite House Black Market also has very cute cropped pants this season!  I’m a big fan of this cute utility pant.  It’s like a cargo pant, but super lady-like!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, me and my new shorts will be waiting until the warm weather swings back into Dallas.  According to my super-spy weather app, that should hopefully be just in time for Easter weekend!  Fingers crossed!

xoxo,

Sandy

 

 

UnZipped at Gameday Cloth

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We are head over heels in love with Gameday Cloth’s Denim Bar! We spent the day with Jana Mathena, Owner of Gameday Cloth, and tried on all of spring’s hot new denim styles! From comfy “boyfriend” denim to sexy skinny jeans, we found styles and colors that are perfect for the season.

Check out our favorites of the day!

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THVM Skinny Patchwork $227
Hanky Panky Bralette in Royal

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James Jeans Boyfriend in Vecchi $180
Hanky Panky Bralette in Coral

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James Boyfriend in Gossip $180

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James Jeans Twiggy in Stingray $176

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Tiffany – James Jeans Twiggy in Stripe $176
Suzanne – James Jeans Twiggy in Moroccan Leaf $158

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OCJ Apparel Skinny in Coral $132
Chaser “want me” $62

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THRM Skinny in Destroyed $200
Chaser skull $59

Special thanks to Jana for setting us up in style! Stop by Gameday Cloth’s Denim Bar for your own new spring look! Tell Jana we sent you!

Stay Fabulous!

Suzanne and Tiffany

Hell On Heels Final

http://www.gamedaycloth.com
Gameday Cloth – Shops at Legacy
7300 Lone Star Drive, Suite c118
Plano, TX 75024

Meet me at the Barre

If you are looking for a new workout to switch up your regular routine, then FlyBarre at FlyWheel is for you.  But I must warn you, this workout is a killer!

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FlyBarre is a total body sculpting class that blends the best of light weight training, dance, and core strengthening exercises. Using small intense interval exercises choreographed to immersive and inspiring music, FlyBarre quickly reshapes the body for lean, strong, and elongated muscles.

Classes are highly energetic, fast-paced, and fun. They change the routines frequently and use a wide variety of props to tighten muscles and keep things interesting.

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Kelly Hershman, FlyBarre instructor

The HOH Girls took Kelly’s FlyBarre class at the Plano location.  Let me just say that she is a beast!    I will be totally honest….It. Is. Not. Easy.  Never before have such small movements caused so much pain.  But hey, no pain, no gain, right?  I heard that the Victoria Secret models use this exercise to keep in shape.  So if it’s good enough for the Angels, it’s good enough for the HOH girls!  

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Trust me ladies, if you want a beach ready body by summertime, I suggest taking this class.  See you around the studio!

FlyWheel/FlyBarre
5964 W Parker Rd
Suite 100
Plano, TX 75093
214-865-7261
plano@flywheelsports.com

Stay Fabulous and Fit!
Suzanne, Tiffany and Sandy

Spring is in the Air!

Ladies, Spring is coming!  Ok, so today doesn’t really feel like it, but I am confident that very soon my day dreams of sandals, cropped pants and strappy tops will be a reality.  With that in mind, I’m making sure I’m stocked up with all the things I need for Spring and Summer.  For me, that includes a case or so of sunscreen.  I’m a firm believer in the youth-preserving benefits of keeping your skin protected from harmful UV rays.  In addition to that, I happen to have the sort of complexion that burns easily and freckles often, and is extremely prone to skin cancer.  So, believe me when I say, I take sunscreen very seriously.  Unfortunately, sunscreen can sometimes be a pain in the neck.  You need to put it on under make-up, so do you get a moisturizer that has it included, or just use a regular sunscreen that’s kinda greasy?   Or what if you already have your make-up on?  You don’t want to mess up your gorgeous face!

I’m happy to tell you about one of my favorite things today!

Mineral Powder SPF 50 from Renee Rouleau

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I discovered this product last summer, and love it! This lightweight, water-resistant mineral powder provides UVA and UVB sun protection, and will not irritate your skin.  The self-dispensing powder brush makes this sheer formula easy to apply and reapply throughout the day. Available in fair, medium and tan (I use fair).   This product has also been awarded the Active Seal of Recommendation by the Skin Cancer Foundation and is recommended for use on the face, hands, chest and any exposed areas.  Also, when you run out (which I haven’t yet, by the way) you can simply buy a refill for less than half the original cost.

I put this on after I apply my make-up, and during the Spring and Summer months, I keep it in my purse so that I can reapply for those spontaneous trips to the park, or for margaritas on the patio!

I can’t say enough nice things about this product.  Particularly because it has made protecting my fair skin 10 times easier than it used to be!

XOXO,

Sandy

Nawlins on My Mind

With Mardi Gras on the horizon, I was taking a little stroll down Memory Lane, and reminiscing about times I’ve spent in New Orleans.  I mean, who doesn’t remember fondly the first time they went to Pat O’Briens, and then stumbled down the street overjoyed at the idea of taking your Hurricane with you!  Because if there’s anything better than strolling down Bourbon St. with a drink in your hand, I don’t know what it is!

SO, with my warm, fuzzy memories fresh on my mind I dedicate this post to:

The Hurricane!

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Now, Pat O’s has their delicious mix for sale that you can order and make your very own Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane right at home.

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But, when I get a whim and want to walk around my cul-de-sac with a hurricane in my hand while my husband throws beads at me, I don’t have time to wait for shipping!  So, I’ve collected a few excellent Hurricane recipes you can make from the comfort of your home and then stumble down the street at your discretion.  Or sip them in moderation like a grown up.  Whichever, really.

First up, (home court advantage) is the Texas Hurricane.  With half a dozen different alcohols involved, this one has something for everyone.  Boy, is everything bigger in Texas!

The Texas Hurricane

Ingredients: (serves 2)

2 cups crushed ice

1/4 cup rum

1/4 cup coconut rum

1/4 cup vodka

1/4 cup gin

1/4 cup triple sec/grand marnier

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup grenadine syrup

1/4 cup 151 proof rum

optional garnish: Orange slices, lime slices, maraschino cherries

Fill a hurricane glass with ice.  Pour in rums, vodka, gin, triple sec, orange and pineapple juice and grenadine.  Stir well, then pour the 151 over the back of the spoon to float the liquor on top of the drink.  Garnish with orange, lime, and a cherry.

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Next up is the Storm of the Century Hurricane.  This one is a slight variation with a nice berry flavor from Chambord.

Storm of the Century Hurricane

Ingredients: (serves 2)

2 cups ice

1/4 cup light rum

1/4 cup dark rum

1/4 cup cocunut rum

1/4 cup vodka

1/4 cup gin

1/4 cup Chambord (raspberry liquer)

1/4 cup triple sec/grand marnier

3/4 cup orange juice

optional: orange slices, maraschino cherries

Fill a hurricane glass with ice.  Add rums, vodka, gin, Chambord, triple sec and orange juice.  Shake gently, and garnish with oranges and cherries.

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And, if you want to make hurricanes for a group, my personal favorite, the Hurricane Punch Bowl!

Hurricane Punch Bowl

Ingredients:

12 ounces light rum

12 ounces dark rum

10 ounces grenadine, or passion fruit syrup

10 ounces fresh orange juice

10 ounces sour mix, or fresh lime juice

3 tablespoons superfine sugar (leave out if you prefer a less-sweet beverage)

1 large orange, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

Directions

Mix all the ingredients in a tall pitcher or large pot and stir to dissolve the sugar. Pour into a punch bowl and add the ice cubes and orange segments. Serve in tall glasses over ice with straws.

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We’re still a couple weeks out from Mardi Gras, but I hope these recipes put you in the mood.  Try a few out this weekend, and let us know which is your favorite!

xoxo, Sandy

A Handbag Affair

Let me introduce you to my current love affair. Meet Rebecca Minkoff’s handbags. They have my heart and soul. Minkoff’s playful and subtly edgy designs take a typical accessory and turn it into a fashion necessity. With trademark leather, studs and hardware you are sure to find something you love as much as I do.

My current favorites include Cupid and the Mini Affair Diamond Quilt with, and without, studs.

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“Cupid” is a versatile, structured satchel with gold hardware. With the cross-body strap, you can literally take this bag anywhere. It retails for $425. (That makes it an absolute STEAL!)

Meet the Mini Affair Diamond Quilt
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The silver Mini Affair” is the perfect evening bag. It has enough room for all your evening essentials and wears as well as some of those other extremely high priced brands. This bag retails for $195, so buy it in every color possible.

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This Mini Affair is quite possibly my favorite bag. In grey and neon pink, this handbag takes you from day to evening with pizazz, style and grit. It’s gorgeous and tough all at the same time. Retailing for $225, you’ve got to have one for yourself this season.

Rebecca Minkoff launched her line of handbags in 2005. Since then she has expanded into accessories, apparel, footwear, jewelry and men’s leather goods. Shop, fall in love and buy your Rebecca Minkoff handbags at http://www.rebeccaminkoff.com or in Dallas at Neiman Marcus.

XOXO,
Tiffany

Valentines Day Style

Whether your style is sweet, sassy, sexy or sophisticated, HOH has put together a few looks to make your Valentines Day date night a success!

Pretty in Pink.

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I don’t know if there is anything more girly or feminine than wearing pink.  Pink is a color that we both love to wear and Valentines Day is the perfect day to wear pink!

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Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg

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Jewelry by Stella and Dot

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Dress by Boulee

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Jewelry by Stella and Dot

Black and White

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Black and White is one of springs biggest trends and is so very simple and chic.

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Dress by Michael Kors

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Jewelry by Stella and Dot

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Dress by Talulah

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Jewelry by Stella and Dot

Silver and Gold

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Siver and Gold NEVER goes out of style.  Tiffany will be rocking it out Valentines Day night in Las Vegas with this show stopper silver dress.  This little lovely champagne dress will be accompanying Suzanne to dinner at The Mansion on Turtle Creek for Valentines Day.

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Dress by Aidan Mattox

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Dress by Bailey 44

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Jewelry by Stella and Dot

A big THANK YOU to our fabulous friend Mandy Lane for styling us in Stella and Dot jewels!
http://www.stelladot.com/mandylane

Happy Valentines Day!
Stay Fabulous!

Suzanne and Tiffany

Pink Champagne for Valentines Day

Valentines Day is this Friday, and there is no better way to celebrate and toast to love than with a glass of pink champagne.  Our favorite is Veuve Clicquot Rose.  It is absolutely fabulous!  Add a few raspberries and voilà, you have a beautiful Valentines Day drink.

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Happy Valentines Day darlings!

Cheers!

Suzanne and Tiffany

Super Bowl Style 2014

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So the Cowboys didn’t make the Super Bowl, or the playoffs, again, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look fun and fabulous for the Super Bowl this weekend.  Tiffany and I went back to one of our favorite shops, Gameday Cloth, at The Shops at Legacy to outfit ourselves for the big game.

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Tiffany is wearing OCJ Apparel slate jeans in Royal.  These jeans are super comfortable and fit like a dream.  Her tank is Sketch Rose from Chaser Brand.  The wrap is by Ruana, it is so versatile and can be worn in so many ways.

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Jewelry is the perfect way to add a pop of color to any outfit.  Gameday cloth has a wide variety of jewels that can compliment any outfit.

DSC_0036I am also wearing OCJ jeans in royal.  I just love the fit and feel of these jeans, plus the color is spot on with this seasons blue trend.  The shirt is from Umano. Not only is this tee really cute,  it is also fashion with a purpose.  Each sale provides a under privileged student a backpack of school supplies.  I  also choose the Ruana wrap, but in grey.  This wrap is perfect for living in Southern climates.  It has just enough warmth without a lot of bulk.

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Thank you Jana at Gameday cloth for making our afternoon of shopping and champs a success!  To keep Hell on Heels at the top of our game, Gameday Cloth is our go to store to be sporty chic.

Cheers,
Suzanne

http://www.gamedaycloth.com
Gameday Cloth – Shops at Legacy
7300 Lone Star Drive, Suite c118
Plano, TX 75024

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