How to Put on a Fabulous Girls Night!

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In this go-go-go, social media driven world – it’s easy to get swept up in our own busy lives and have months go by without having some quality time with our soul mates. And by soul mates – I mean, our best lady friends.

When we get a second to breathe – the best plan of action is to plan a fabulous girls night. But how do you get everyone together and having fun without a hitch? Here’s a simple guide.

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Four Ways to Rock the Crop Top/Skirt Combo

Skirts are lengthening while shirts are shrinking. As odd as it seems, celebs have been cropping up (pun intended) everywhere in long feminine skirts with a matching mini top.  Kim Kardashian, Shailene Woodley, Miranda Kerr and others have dabbled in the trend. Here are a few more practical ways to try the style out for yourself.

 1)   If making a huge statement isn’t your thing, try a muted color. Kim Kardashian tones it down—if that’s possible for Kim—in all white. article-0-1C3AB34900000578-21_306x738

2)    Cover up! Jamie Chung adds a fun leather jacket that pulls the eyes away from the midriff.

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3)    Still nervous about being too out there? Ditch the matchy-matchy look to take things down a notch. Coordinate colors or mix totally different ones, like Anne Hathaway.

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4)    Who said a crop top had to be involved? Tuck your top into a lady-like skirt for a classic look. Or work it like Solange and add the matching element through the jacket.

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Photos are courtesy of DailyMail, Glamour and HuffPo.

Fashion Icon of the Month – Audrey Hepburn

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This April, we are going back in time and choosing Audrey Hepburn for Manchester PR’s pick for Fashion Icon. I’ve adored Ms. Hepburn since the 8th grade, when my English teacher decided I choose her for a biography project (in which we had to dress up as said icon) on the basis that I resembled her. I had no idea who she was at the time – and I am still grateful everyday that my eyes were opened to this beauty.

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Fearlessly Feminine Fashion – Designer, Katty Xiomara

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Katty Xiomara is a truly international fashion designer. Raised in Venezuela, educated in Portugal, Xiomara’s eponymous line was most recently shown in Tokyo. We caught Katty’s New York showing of her Fall/Winter 2014 collection in February (covered in our NYFW post). Her work is feminine, bold, retro and modern—a variety of looks that are difficult to blend but that Xiomara pulls of beautifully.

In fact, we were so enamored by Xiomara and her designs that we had to follow up with her! Read on to learn more about Xiomara’s collection, her inspiration and her fashion outlook…

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Stephanie Gentry By ThunderLily Goes Global, Set To Launch Collection At Phoenix Fashion Week 2013

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Stephanie Gentry by ThunderLily will debut her innovative self-titled luxury women’s wear line at Phoenix Fashion Week (PHXFW) this forthcoming October 1-5, 2013.  The weeklong event will be hosted by the Talking Slick Resort located in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Fashion Icon Of The Month – Florence Welch

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Ever since English indie rock band, Florence + The Machine took the music scene by storm back in 2009 with the release of their freshman effort, “Lungs;” Manchester PR has been intrigued by the collective’s curly redheaded front woman – Florence Welch.

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No Men Allowed: 5 Looks For Your Outing With The Girls This Summer

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This month Manchester PR is celebrating friendship, fashion and fun – and what better way to do it than to spend a day and/or night out with the girls.

In light of my recent trip to sunny California (which trust me, was filled with fun, fun and more fun), I was lucky enough to spend time with close friend and stylist at Free People’s Sherman Oaks boutique, Kathryn O’Grady.

Collectively, we put together these five boholicious looks perfect for your time well spent with your pack of beautiful women.

Here’s to hoping we inspire your next outfit.

Take a peek after the break:

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Fashion Icon Of The Month – Margherita Missoni

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This month, Manchester PR pays homage to Missoni fashion house heiress and ambassador, Marghetira Missoni. The Italian beauty not only has an inherent sense of style, but the brains (she studied philosophy at Columbia University) to carry on the label’s successful reign for many more years to come.

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The Perfect Beach Accessory: The Headscarf

 

Manchester PR recently gave some insight into 2013’s beach bag essentials. Now, take a look at this year’s perfect beach accessory – the headscarf.

Whether you choose to sport something more traditional like the bandana or jump for something more eccentric like the turban, there is one… or many… headscarves out there for the beach bum in you.

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Beach Bag Must-Have’s For Summer 2013

 

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MPR has summer on the brain.

Here are our beach bag essentials for summer 2013:

 

1. No beach bag is complete without a trusty blanket; hit the sand with this Ralph Lauren Cabana Floral Beach Towel. It’s a classic.

2. These Gucci Gold Aviator Shades will not only turn heads, but also block your eyes from harmful UV rays.

3. A personal every day must-have, Hempz Ultra Moisturizing Herbal Lip Balm is especially great for maintaining soft lips in the summer heat.

4. Achieve gorgeous tanned skin in half the time with Maui Babe Browning Lotion. Safe for all skin types, this product is also compatible with sunscreen.

5. I always fill up a Spray Bottle with salt water when I get to the beach. Works wonders as a cooling mist. Pick one up at your local convenient store or pharmacy.

6. Hydrate naturally with Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water. It really is just like putting a straw in a coconut!

7. MPR loves Nasty Gal’s lucite Neon Summer Clutch; perfect for storing electronics, keeping them safe from water and sand damage.

8. Escape with a good read. MPR recommends a dose of global lifestyle.

9. Hitting the beach with friends & Co.? Jam out to your favorite summer playlist with Jawbone’s Jambox Ultra Portable speaker.

10. Post-sun skin care is a must-do! Nourish your sun-kissed skin with Clarins Ultra-Hydrating After Sun Moisturizer after a long day at the beach.

 

Happy beaching!