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Summer Stripes

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Stripes work year-round, but there is something about  summer and stripes that just feels right. Whether it’s a horizontal navy and white maxi dress or a pinstriped print  top, stripes seem to add an extra level of cool to any wardrobe.

Jazz up a BBQ outfit with a flowy dress in bold stripes. Add a wedge and some MYJ accessories and you’ll look effortlessly feminine and casual.

For the office, wear a striped print top alone or underneath a blazer for a polished look that gives you a touch of individuality. Leave the solids in your fall/winter section!

Accessories are the perfect way to work stripes into an outfit without going over board. A striped scarf worn with a solid top provides the perfect amount of the summer’s It print. Shoes and bags in a striped print can also allow you to wear just a hint of this summer’s trend without feeling overwhelmed. Remember, just a hint of stripes can go a long way!

Whatever the occasion, make sure you have some stripes in your closet to work into your outfits and you’ll be set for summer!

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Step Up Women’s Network & Henri Bendel Los Angeles

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Step Up Salon – An Evening at Henri Bendel

I’ve been an active member since 2003 of Step Up Women’s Network – a national non-profit membership organization dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls. Through teen empowerment programs for under-served girls, professional mentorship and social networking opportunities, Step Up educates and activates members to ensure that women and girls have the tools they need to create a better future.

On May 6th, 2010, the Henri Bendel accessories store in Los Angeles hosted an evening with over 70 women in attendance that included social networking, cocktails, and shopping.  They also made a generous $2500 contribution to Step Up to benefit the organization.

For those who know me well, I’m always game for a philanthropic shopping event that involves accessories. I’m like a little kid in a candy store when I’m surrounded by jewelry, handbags, scarves, etc. Bendel’s was merchandised beautifully with their signature chocolate brown stripe noticeable at each corner of the store whether incorporated in display, packaging or product.  I couldn’t have been happier soaking in all the creative visuals.

It was a fun evening mingling with dynamic women who support and inspire other women!