Sunday, May 31, 2015

Inspiration: Dare to Imagine

"Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions."
~ Albert Einstein

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

New to the Boutique: Ringuet

We are thrilled to introduce Ringuet to our new lineup of independent brands. The brainchild of Benjamin Ringuet, a young Brisbane-based designer, the line is a unique mix of structural silhouettes and experimental custom prints.

Be inspired by the distinct style of Ringuet with new arrivals from our online boutique: (1) Ringuet Clarissa Full Dress; (2) Ringuet Delusion Pencil Skirt; (3) Ringuet Perception Pleated Shorts; (4) Ringuet Pleated Faux Leather Skirt; (5) Ringuet Pleated Fit-and-Flare Skirt; (6) Ringuet Layla Floral Print Shorts; (7) Ringuet Purity Halter Dress; and (8) Ringuet Calypso One-Piece Swimsuit.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Spring's Biggest Hair Trend: The Half Bun

Some say it was inspired by the man bun.  Others claim it was inspired by the dreaded "mullet."  Whatever the case may be, this is one hairstyle we will be rocking this spring.  It's simple, fun and easy to do.  

Styling tip: Candice Swanepoel's au naturel look is perfect for a lazy Sunday or while running errands.  Add a touch of glam like Julianne Hough to meet up with the girls for brunch.

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Half Bun Trend

Half Bun Trend

Photo Credits: Harper's Bazaar and Studio 1505.

To re-create that it-girl look, check out our new line of Dharma Eyewear Sunglasses coming soon to the boutique:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New to the Boutique: Salt Swimwear

Bikini season is coming ... don't panic. We've got you "covered" with new arrivals from Salt Swimwear, a line of cut-to-flatter, vintage-inspired designs with charming details such as ruching, ruffles, and buttons.


Salt Swimwear Bikinis

Salt Swimwear Bikinis

Monday, May 25, 2015

Wishing You A Safe & Happy Memorial Day!

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
~ John F. Kennedy

Happy Memorial Day

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Inspiration: Secret Desires

"When seeds are buried in the earth, their inward secrets become the flourishing garden."
~ Mevlana Rumi

Inspiration, quotes, rumi
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New to the Boutique: Renamed Apparel

With the start of the Spring/Summer season, there’s no better time to toast the arrival of Re:named, a new brand added to the discount designer lineup at the boutique.  Re:named Apparel is a Los Angeles based brand featuring contemporary women's clothing with a sophisticated modern edge.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Monthly Horoscope: May 2015

We're psyched to help you discover an overview of your monthly astrological predictions courtesy of Cafe Astrology.


May brings continued focus on your money, valuables, resources, assets, and talents, dear Aries, but learning and communications are becoming increasingly important. The Full Moon on the 3rd could bring a scurry of activity surrounding a money matter. For some of you, there may be epiphanies about a close relationship. However, the tendency to blow things way out of proportion is high. Pay close attention to what surfaces now, whether this is new information or new emotions (or both), but wait until you've gained some perspective before jumping to conclusions. May can be a tricky month, particularly when it comes to communications and pet projects. You may need to totally revise or revamp a current project before you move forward. Be especially vigilant with applications, interviews, and schooling. As well, pay special attention to communications and transportation equipment and devices - this includes computers, cars, phones, tablets, and the like. Besides a retrograde Mercury cycle in your communications and transport sector from the 18th forward, strict Saturn and confusing Neptune are challenging planets in this sector most of the month. June will bring big opportunities, largely personal, romantic, and creative ones, and the better you sort out problem areas in your life in May, the bigger your chances next month. Areas to pay special attention to are your career, reputation, finances, and responsibilities - areas influenced by Pluto in your chart. You can be so passionate about, and preoccupied with, these things to the point of overwhelm, obsession, and possibly fear. Loosening your grip at least a little can help you to better enjoy other areas of your life, and to actually see opportunities in other areas when they do arrive! May is a good month for bringing more harmony and warmth to your home life, despite its busy-ness.


While there is a big focus on your personal life this month, dear Aquarius, the first week of May can bring strong attention to a career matter or outside responsibility. A recent project comes to a head, or circumstances are such that there's a sudden need to tend to a work or public matter. Watch for overdoing in the first few days of the month, however, and this includes overstating or making mountains out of molehills, as you have more impact than you may think. There continues to be a nice focus on home life this month, but you're really beginning to reach out to others more. Your social life is speeding up, particularly after Mars enters your romance and play sector on the 11th, but there are likely to be some blocks and misunderstandings involved in these areas. It's not only about Mercury's retrograde from the 18th forward, which certainly can stimulate communications problems, but also a host of planets in this same sector forming difficult aspects to Saturn and Neptune. Friends and money could be involved, and boundaries may be unclear in some ways, and painfully clear in other areas. Your best bet is to keep a close eye on money - glossing over this area of life will complicate your life unnecessarily - and to pay friends their due attention. June offers big opportunities, and for you, these likely have to do with partnerships and communications. This month, you're challenged to get your life and mind in order so that you will be open enough to take advantage of June's possibilities. With Pluto in your soul sector, sometimes you are your own worst enemy, so look out carefully for clues that you may be shooting yourself in the foot. The New Moon on the 18th can inspire you to make improvements to your home and family life - ideas that you may have been toying with recently.


May involves good energy overall for networking and the support of friends, dear Cancer, but also a strong theme of introspection, preparation, and attention to physical and emotional needs. The Full Moon on the 3rd can bring a romantic or creative matter to your sudden attention, and emotions can be overflowing as you explore your feelings. There may be a need to deal with a tricky work or reputation matter on the 4th. Lovely Venus moves through your sign from the 7th forward, boosting your personal appeal. While you are certainly attracting positive, and often romantic, attention with this transit, your heart may not be ready to fully process it quite yet. A lot is going on inside of you and under the surface, but this air of unavailability may very well boost your appeal further. You are seen in an especially good light around the 16th and 27th. These are also good days for interviews or presentations. There can be problems with misunderstandings at work this month, and inconsistencies to deal with that end up taking too much of your time, intruding on leisure time as well. Some of you could be taking sick days or time off, and the need to be stricter with your schedules can emerge. Demands on you can feel heavy at times, but it's vital that you find ways to meet your responsibilities and tend to health and wellness, and this can involve cutting out wasteful activities. June is a strong month for money, and the adjustments you make this month will go a long way towards improving your prospects. Tame overspending, deal with disagreements with a partner, and put yourself in the position to achieve, earn, and perform.


May is an important month for making adjustments, getting your priorities straight, and revising your work, dear Capricorn, but has its sweet spots, too! The Full Moon on the 3rd brings you in touch with a creative or social matter that needs special attention. Emotions can be intense and a little raw around a Full Moon, and the tendency to overdo or overstate can be strong with this particular one. Keep everything in moderation, and think things over carefully before calling anyone out or making a big announcement. You'll need to treat your health and your work with extra care in May. There is a tendency for you to do so much for others that your peace of mind suffers. It can be difficult to make your boundaries known in a way that is neither too harsh nor too vague. Finding that balance can be tricky, but vital. You are more sensitive to imbalances in your environment and to harsh words and criticisms these days, and this is pronounced in May. Work hard on straightening out your daily affairs and schedules to minimize chaos as much as possible - you have plenty of cosmic support for this, even with the challenges involved. Revising, reworking, and redoing are likely, but improvements made now can benefit you greatly later. The last half of June brings special opportunities, particularly related to home and family, financial support, and releasing negative energy. Prepare for this now by letting go of a need to be in total control. You may need to let others in so that they can help you out. While you can be quite preoccupied with health and work matters this month, your personal appeal is strong, and this is especially so around the 5-6, 11, 15, and 24. Venus moving through your partnership sector from the 7th forward can bring warm and supportive people into your life.


May brings an interesting mix of energies to your life, dear Gemini, but it can be complicated at times. Sometimes you feel very much in the driver's seat, and other times you're not sure who's in charge. You are hosting all of the personal planets (the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) in your sign at various points this month, and this increases your independence and power, but at times you could feel a little alone with your decisions. Career directions can be confusing at times, and a significant other may present some obstacles or may seem to be at odds with your personal plans. The Full Moon on the 3rd can bring strong awareness of a work or health matter, and the days following it may involve some sorting and adjustments based on new information coming to light. Look to the 5th for a stronger feeling of empowerment, and possibly some amazing support from a friend. From the 11th, Mars is in your sign, bringing more positive energy from friends, as well as increased charisma, courage, energy, and confidence to pursue your goals, although you may not be entirely clear about which direction to head until after the Sun enters your sign on the 21st. The 18th brings a strong charge of energy for ending your solar year well - by putting negativity behind you and concentrating on new goals. Even so, Mercury begins its retrograde in your sign on that day, prompting a few more weeks in which you may need to reevaluate recent projects. Perhaps the greatest challenge of the month is gaining others' understanding. People may not be "getting" you for the time being. Financially, however, you are in a good position to improve your wealth in May and June.


There has been quite a bit of focus on friendships and career in your life, dear Leo, and while this continues in May, the Full Moon on the 3rd can pull your attention to personal matters and problems closer to home. It's a time for tending to family and domestic affairs, and restoring some balance to your life. People continue to take notice of you more than usual this month, and you're quite ready and willing to perform. This is a period of high visibility, attention to career, and networking. There can be new energy in your career, or a new beginning of sorts, from the 18th. At the same time, Mercury's retrograde begins, and it's affecting your social sector. Particularly from the 17-22, watch what you say, particularly in social media or with friends and groups, as the possibility of misunderstandings is strong. In fact, May is peppered with difficult aspects that can translate to challenges or obstacles. For you, these can involve friends, support, finances, and romantic involvements. Disconnects are likely. Ambiguity with your finances and in your love life may need to be dealt with. From the 7th forward, Venus moves through your privacy sector. You could be finding more pleasure in private or quiet moments, although it can also be a time for reassessing or a state of limbo with love relationships. May brings some shifting of energy towards happiness goals and social life. June is a power month for personal and creative opportunities, and the adjustments you make in May can help improve your prospects. These can involve sorting out your daily schedule and routine and dealing with health concerns so that you'll be at your physical and mental best.


May has much to do with making adjustments that will help improve your life, dear Libra. The Full Moon on the 3rd brings strong awareness of a money or resources matter that needs attention. From the 7th, there is good energy for public relations and the ability to smooth over problem areas with your special charm and kindness. This is an especially helpful thing, as May has the potential for many assorted misunderstandings, and it can be particularly difficult for you with so many challenges occurring in your communications sectors. Be extra precise with what you say, look carefully for mistakes, and take steps to prevent breakdowns with your devices and vehicles. Prepare for possible delays with transportation and travels, and be vigilant about schooling, applications, and interviews. Pay special attention to schedules, which is a difficult thing to do these days with Neptune difficult in your routine sector, but doing so right now can save a lot of headaches. You might find that you need to do a lot of backtracking, editing, revising, and redoing this month. There can be a lot of activity with teaching, publishing, and venturing out beyond your regular routines after a period in which you were quite introspective. Love can be tied to these things in May and June. The 26-27 is a better time of the month for personal appeal and positive feedback, particularly about the work you do, but also on a personal level. June brings lovely possibilities, particularly related to relationships, but some of the clearing work and adjustments you take care of this month will help improve prospects then. For you, dealing with personal, family, and home matters is essential, as problems in these areas seem to be the major obstacles right now.


Around the Full Moon on the 3rd, you may have an opportunity or an itch to expand your horizons, whether it means actually venturing out, expanding your reach through publishing and promotion, or broadening your mental horizons. This can be a time when a project reaches a head or is shared, or schooling culminates. However, you could have some problems with a bloated schedule. Try not to overcommit to things now - you don't need to take on more than absolutely necessary, or you will end up spreading yourself too thin. May might not be the most glamorous of months, but it's an important one for making adjustments and preparations. Stumbling blocks and misunderstandings can be plenty, and for you, these can involve career, responsibilities, and your own fear of becoming too involved. People are unlikely to be "getting" you these days, and this can be at the root of some miscommunications. You could be quite reluctant to spell things out for others, but doing some of this could make life a lot easier for you. Family and home matters can require some extensive revisions and repairs - something that you may not have anticipated, but that requires your special attention before you can move forward. There can be heavy demands on your time this month, but the process need not be back-breaking. In fact, you may enjoy some of it. June brings wonderfully freeing opportunities, and the work you do now on clearing up problem areas will improve your ability to snatch them up when the time comes. Venus moves into your romance and play sector on the 7th, and this helps to really smooth things over, and at the very least, it brings you some adoring attention. Your heart may not be quite ready to engage, but you can certainly benefit from the compliments coming your way.


Work, health, and partnerships are the top themes of May for you, dear Sagittarius. But while physical health and wellness have been in strong focus and will continue to be in the first three weeks of May, the Full Moon on the 3rd can bring an epiphany about your emotional health. It's a strong time for recognizing what to let go of in order to move forward in a better frame of mind. Concentrate on what you need to do for YOU in the long term. However, be extra careful that you don't speak too soon about a sensitive topic. Try not to go over the top. The potential for misunderstandings this month runs high, not only because of a Mercury retrograde in your partnership sector from the 18th forward, but also due to some tricky aspects involving Saturn in your sign and elusive Neptune in your personal sector. How to minimize problems through this? You will frequently feel the need to draw boundaries. Watch that you don't naturally take on the role of the heavy in the face of others' immaturity or unreliability, or possibly even enthusiasm. You may feel pressured by others now, and this isn't good, but when you lay down the law, be firm but gentle as well. When it comes to family, boundaries are necessary too, but you could have a harder time making these clear. If possible, hold off on major contract signing and decision making until later in June. June is expected to be ripe with possibilities, particularly creative, educational, and romantic ones for you. The adjustments you make now will go a long way towards improving your prospects in June even further. In particular, money matters need some sorting out. For some of you, it's about self-esteem and talents. While working on these things is favored at any time, you'll find conditions more supportive on the 5-6 and 24th.


There is a lot of focus on personal transformation and close relationships for you this month, dear Scorpio, and you can do a lot of work to advance your emotional disposition. However, May can involve more than the usual misunderstandings, hurdles, and adjustments. The Full Moon on the 3rd is in your own sign, bringing buried feelings to the surface and possibly prompting a mini personal crisis as you become aware of what you're missing in your life. As exciting and enlightening as this is, watch that you don't jump to speak too soon. Passions run hot, but pride can enter the picture and people can be taking things very personally, causing tension. June will bring many possibilities and opportunities, particularly related to career and work, and the adjustments you make this month should improve prospects then. Work on improving your communications, adjusting a possibly negative way of expressing yourself or of thinking (self-destructive), and try to reduce the tendency to micromanage. These are the more difficult expressions of Pluto in your solar third house, which may be challenging your ability to focus clearly on your goals and to reach for what you want. Exorcising bad habits and attitudes comes more easily after the New Moon on the 18th, but the 20-25 is a tricky period when misunderstandings can abound. Money matters need review and possibly going over records and budgets with a fine toothed comb. There can be some wonderful sweet spots for love this month, particularly around the 11th and 27th, however. There is ambiguity in your closest relationships, but if you are able to let go long enough to really enjoy the moment, you'll find opportunities to really get to know the people you like and love.


May brings a strong focus on personal changes, money, and work, dear Taurus. If you need to sort out your finances, it's a good time to do so, although there can be some challenges involved. Mercury's retrograde begins on the 18th and especially affects your personal resources, and this means that review is necessary before moving forward, particularly when it comes to your finances. You may need to look back to more profitable times for clues before you look forward. The Full Moon on the 3rd has an eyes-wide-open effect on your partnership or feelings for someone. There can be problems related to shared resources, a partner's income, or a lack of incoming support. Disillusionments involving a friend or new business idea can figure into the mix, complicating things further. These issues are likely to be revisited later this year and next year. The need to be more vigilant, and routinely or consistently so, with your finances becomes obvious in May. There can be increased money concerns as well as ambitions. The 20-22 can present challenges with siblings or your extended family. Fortunately, the New Moon on the 18th is in your sign and puts you in charge. You have the power to make important changes, and part of this can involve a personal makeover of sorts, related to your attitudes and approach to the world. Pay special attention to opportunities to rally support and to your incoming advice and your own ideas on the 10-11 and 27-28, or else the month could feel like an obstacle course.


May is complicated, dear Virgo, and in many ways can be considered a month of making adjustments. The Full Moon on the 3rd can bring a scurry of activity as you race to meet deadlines, run errands, and take care of paperwork. This month can involve complications and misunderstandings on the job, and difficulties juggling a full schedule. You may need to do a lot of revision work and reorganization, but the effort you put forth now can bring long-term rewards. Public and professional communications need extra attention - be sure to be as clear as possible, avoiding off the cuff remarks and too-quick reactions. Family and home life can bring some added responsibilities, and not everyone is likely to understand your need to tend to other areas of your life. Mercury turns retrograde in your career and reputation sector on the 18th, and this points to the need to rethink goals, and possibly backtrack over some of your work. Slowdowns now can mean that you don't meet goals you've previously set for yourself, but the revisions and edits eventually work to your advantage, as they firm up your work. June is a strong month for releasing burdens and things that have been weighing you down, and the adjustments you make now can serve to improve your opportunities later. It's important to sort out your love life, attention to leisure activities, and attachment to certain creative projects or ideas so that you can better tend to your priorities going forward. Prospects from business and online activities can improve overall, but there can be fluctuations in income to deal with, or situations that keep you waiting and wondering on a financial level.