Ms. Maxi

Cocktail dresses are a wardrobe essential, definitely, but life does throw us fashion curve balls. The scenario: Your friend’s birthday party. Cake. Drinks. And a sea of predictable knee-length dresses. How’s a girl supposed to stand out?

When a day or cocktail piece won’t cut it, the maxi dress is a super-cute, trend-smart alternative. Dress a solid maxi up for an evening event or wear a striped one for a low-key-chic day of shopping and lunch. With so many styles and colors, it’s a breeze to find the maxi that fits your needs and makes you shine.

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White Only After Labor Day

Time to throw off the heavy black coat you’ve been trudging around in all winter and head towards the light. It’s officially summer, which means white’s here to stay—at least for a few months. And what better way to show off your tan-in-progress than with a glowing, all-white outfit?

We’re not talking a single white piece. We’re talking jaws dropping as you enter a room dressed in angelic head-to-toe alabaster. Get it? Good. Here are some of our favorite all-white ensembles guaranteed to turn all eyes on you!

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Gold Rush

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Summer’s really starting to heat up, and we’re ready for it with hot July accessories. This month we’re literally dripping in gold—necklaces, bangles, earrings and clutches—statements designed to add shine to every look. Suggestion: An all-white outfit, decorated with the below, ideally worn while enjoying a frosty piña colada on the edge of an infinity pool.

  

RSVP In Style

‘Tis the season for every event under the sun. From weddings and graduations to birthdays and baby showers, summer weather means a whole lot of RSVPs and an equal number of fetes. Since every invite confirmation demands something fabulous to wear, we’ve compiled a list of perfect “guest of dresses” to help you stun throughout the season.

Our advice: Make sure to check “plus one” on that reply—you’re going to want some arm candy. You’re going to knock his socks off.

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Tourist in Your Town: Houston’s Hidden Gems

From Special Correspondent Rachel Dandeneau, Caché Regional Vice President

With so many Caché boutiques in so many fabulous locations, it’s hard to keep up with what our girl is doing from city to city. To stay on top of current trends, local events, and hot venues, we’ve decided to reach out to a few of our regional VPs and find out what it’s like to be a Caché girl, no matter where you are.

Our first stop is Houston, Texas, where we’ve asked Rachel Dandeneau, Caché regional VP and Texas native, to play the role of tourist in her hometown. Rachel obliges with the lowdown on some of her city’s hidden gems.

The Local Cuisine

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Doesn’t everyone want steak when they’re in Texas? The Memorial area’s Taste of Texas is the place to go for great steaks—you can even step into the restaurant’s “butcher shop” and choose your own cut of meat, which is then perfectly cooked to order. The one caveat—beware of filling up at the massive and irresistible salad bar prior to dinner! Great steaks, great atmosphere—Taste of Texas is a Houston MUST.

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For amazing authentic Mexican food, try Hugo’s, a super-cute restaurant located in the heart of Houston’s Montrose area, in Heritage Plaza. With a menu ranging from grilled octopus to sautéed grasshoppers (yes, you read that right!), to delicious tacos stuffed with chicken, Hugo’s truly has something for everyone. Just make sure to save room for the eatery’s traditional Mexican hot chocolate—you won’t be disappointed!

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Later, take a trip to West University district’s Goode Company Barbeque for some of the best brisket, ribs and sausage (spicy or Czech) in town! I especially love that this fabulous BBQ joint is housed in an actual barn decorated with a collection of gen-yoo-wine Texas memorabilia. Hot tip: make sure you take home one of their famous pecan pies, as you will probably be way too full to eat one  there!

The Pubs

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Located in River Oaks, Local Pour is the perfect happy hour spot! Lots of drink and food specials, along with a host of tasty tries to share with friends. For Sunday brunch, take advantage of the super-cool five-dollar bloody Mary bar—which makes the beloved breakfast cocktail just the way you like it—and the Pour’s 99-cent mimosas. Don’t forget to bring your best friend, Fido, as the place is dog-friendly, too! You’ll both enjoy the outside patio, while considerate Local Pour servers bring by ice cubes to keep your pooch cool.

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Hugh’s Hangar is a nice Heights-district bar-club-combo with half-indoor, half-outdoor accommodations. Enjoy sweet Southern air on the beautiful patio or enjoy the locale’s gorgeous interior décor. The popular venue gets really crowded on weekends, so be sure to arrive early.

Note: You have to pay to park, and if the valet section is full, you have to park further away.

Final verdict: Hugh’s is a terrific place to go out with the girls, enjoy great drinks and conversation, and get some amazing people-watching done.

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Last but not least, be sure to check out Lumen Lounge, a small venue in the West University district. Along with an in-house DJ and a small dance floor, Lumen offers a bottle service with a side of actual fireworks to let everyone know you popped open a bottle (just like in Vegas!). An outdoor deck allows you and your friends enjoy fresh Texas air and great conversation.

Heads up: Parking can be an issue, so be prepared to pay.

Honors: One of the best Tuesday night spots in Houston, according to local reputation.

Great Escapes

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Dubbed the “Central Park of Houston” by Texans, Memorial Park is one of my favorite outdoor spots in town. Encircled by a three-mile dirt trail that’s amply lit at night, the park’s golf course is a runner’s dream. Also check out the bike trails and swimming pool, and bonus free parking! Memorial Park is definitely the all-around perfect way to escape crazy city life.

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I also love Hermann Park as a really cool place to relax with a blanket and snack, along with a great book and digital cache (pun!) of great tunes. The options here are endless: Pedal a boat in the lake, take a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad or simply chill, enjoy the scenery, and feed the ducks. Nearby attractions include the Museum of Natural Science, The Houston Zoo, the Miller Outdoor Theater and the Hermann Park reflecting pool.

  

Hot Travel: Prague

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WHAT TO KNOW?

In the heart of the Czech Republic stands one of the world’s most well-preserved cities, Prague. Hidden in the mountains, this little gem is utterly unlike any other European hotspot and absolutely worth a schlep across the pond!

From the winding cobblestone streets to the exquisite, colorful architecture, Prague is steeped in fairytale romance. The city’s layout is itself breathtaking: The Vltava River flows through the center and is spanned by stunning bridges. The base of the town is covered with tightly packed pastel-colored buildings on intertwining roads. Churches and historic landmarks are dotted liberally throughout the city, and are easy to stumble upon.

Of particular note is the world-renowned Prague Castle, which overlooks the metropolis. It’s massive and its detailed Gothic architecture surreal. Get a spectacular aerial perspective on the city from any point on the grounds (a view known to locals as “the sea of red roofs”). The illuminated fortress stands guard over Prague each night.

WHAT TO DO?

Get lost! There’s so much to do as a tourist in this picturesque place, and your best bet for getting to know the city is to simply walk around and explore. Do it all: Cross bridges, climb up to the castle, wander into churches—all while taking in the city’s stunning architecture and lush greenery.

Attractions: All year round, street vendors and outdoor markets hawk unique goods that run the gamut of homemade treats, fresh produce, and glass jewelry, for which the Czech Republic is specially known. During the warmer months, boating is a splendid Vltava River activity. Around the holidays—Easter and Christmas in particular—the Old Town Square is completely transformed with marvelous decorations and attractions for all ages.

Eats: Around every corner is a new dining destination. While native Czech cuisine is similar to that of its German neighbor, Prague itself is home to a wide and sophisticated variety of dining options for all price ranges. From Michelin Star-winners to street cuisine, I found everything delicious and fresh.

This and that: A number of Prague’s parks are feature bars, outdoor concert spaces, open markets and sporting arenas.  Oh, and did I mention that the city has some of the best shopping ever?  From ultra-luxe high-end stores to cool little local boutiques, I found almost TOO many options!

WHAT TO WEAR?

One of my favorite things about Prague fashion is that anything goes! There is no “fashion code of conduct.” As far as I can tell, a girl can wear whatever makes her feel her best, with a few practical points to keep in mind:

1. Pack your dresses! Czech women love their dresses—their closets are stacked with gorgeous pieces for any occasion. Day dresses are in full bloom on the streets at all times, regardless of weather, while cocktail numbers are a must for the evenings.

2. Leave your stilettos at home! Most Prague roads are made of cobblestone, a not-so-friendly environment for those sexy sky-high heels you love. Opt for something with a bit of a thicker heel, like a wedge, or a bootie.

3. For summer: While it may be 85 degrees and sunny during the day, Prague temperatures always drop significantly once night falls. Make sure to bring a cute scarf for evening wear and you’ll be all set!For winter:

4. Faux-fur is your friend! The winter months can be extremely cold, and what better way to bundle up than with some luxe fur pieces? Think layers and mix it up with hats, scarves, capes and jackets to keep warm without feeling like a marshmallow.

  

Carry-On Travel Essentials

Whether you’re trotting the globe or taking a weekend excursion, no one wants to get where they’re going looking like travel-lagged zombie—you’re somewhere new and it’s your big debut! And because we don’t all wake up looking like Beyoncé, some advance planning is in order.

I’m just back from a week’s vacation, and this time I did it right. I packed smarter, lighter and kept my necessities close. Here are a few of my travel essentials:

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1. Blush

It’s astonishing what a little pinch to the cheeks can do for your face. This blush from Make Up Forever will liven your look with perfect sun-kissed cheeks!

2. Mini Facial Kit

Wearing a lot of make up on a long flight isn’t good for your skin and if you’re like me, falling asleep in makeup means waking up with raccoon eyes. This facial cream from Kiehl’s keeps my skin soft and fresh and has plenty of SPF protection.

3. Effortless Jewelry

These designer drop earrings from Caché, offer two perfect pops of color and weigh next to nothing. Perfect for glamour on the go.

4. The Fedora

This classic fedora from Saks Fifth Avenue has been a life-saver. There is nothing worse than dealing with flat and/or frizzy hair after a long flight. I usually flip my hair into a side bun and let my fedora make the statement! It’s an easy fit in my carry-on and keeps its shape.

5. Comfortable Shoes

As much as I would love to be that girl that never takes her heels off, when it comes to travel I want to get there in comfort. These studded leather ballet flats from Zara are affordable, easy to wear and super stylish.

6. The Perfect Shoulder Bag

This fabulous shoulder bag from Caché is the perfect size for my passport, credit cards, boarding pass and iphone. Authentic leather and made in NYC (which I love) the zipper and clasp keep your things secure and the gold hardware keeps you looking polished.

  

Summer Trend: One-Piece Fabulous

FINALLY! Summer is here, the sun is out, white sands and cool blue waters call your name. And as much as we’d love to spend the next three months in a bikini, there are more than a few sexy summer trends we don’t want to miss out on.

Here are three of our favorite looks from this season’s One-Piece Fabulous collection. Lightweight and easy to wear, you can’t go wrong with any of these new/now styles when the occasion calls for something with a little more coverage.

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