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We've rounded up some clothing and accessories to keep you looking hot and staying cool all summer long. After visiting the featured websites, be sure to send us an email to win the prize of your choice from our gift closet, details below.





Dune Jewelry has found a way to capture the memories of your family's summer vacations in jewelry. They create beautiful works of art like this Sterling Silver Sandbead™ Bracelet that contains sand from your favorite beach. If Dune doesn't have your fave beach's sand in their sand bank, simply bag some up and send it off to them to create your custom treasure. Each piece will bring back special memories every time you wear it. The cuff bracelet is adjustable and comes in small, medium and large starting at $120. Visit dunejewelrydesign.com.




Continuing the beach theme, we love the length of this fun and casual Luminous Pearl & Shell Necklace from J. Jill. Mother of Pearl and shell chips dance around on a 28" braided nylon thread necklace. Be sure to pack it for your coastal vacation. $59 at jill.com.




Improve your posture with the Up T-shirt by UpCouture. Made in France, the t-shirt contains special resistant film around the shoulders and upper back to train muscles not to slouch. It's surprisingly comfortable and does help keep shoulders back. Available in 6 colors in sizes XS - XL for 129€ which is approximately $172 as of this writing. Comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee and FREE Shipping from Paris. Available at UpCouture.com.





This oh-so-chic watch is the Gramercy by Rumbatime. We love the braided bracelet design and the gorgeous placid blue color. Lightweight and cool, ideal for summer. Available in several gorgeous colors. $60 at rumbatime.com.




PACT's Watermelon Relaxed Fit Tee is sooooo soft and comfortable. Made of 60% organic cotton and 40% modal, it has a flattering bell-shaped hem and cap sleeves. Color is more of a bright coral, black, white and denim also available. In sizes Small ~ XL. $30 at wearpact.com.


You'll wear these Melissa Jean + Jason Wu flats with everything from cute sundresses to shorts and capris. Crafted in Brazil from Melflex, a thermoplastic which easily molds to feet for a comfortable fit. The open weave design resembles grosgrain ribbon. In colors to match your entire wardrobe. $105 at shop601.com



Headed to the beach? Don't leave home without Free Country's X-Front Kangaroo Cover-up. It's the ideal cover-up to have on hand when you're chillin in your beach chair after a long day of swimming, surfing and jumping waves. Made of quick-drying mesh fabric, it has a hood with drawstrings and two front pockets. Available in white, black, deep caribbean turquoise, hot coral, in sizes Small - XL. Item #4403 regularly retails for $44 but is on sale as of this writing for $24.99. HURRY! freecountry.com



The light as air Sheer Silk and Cotton Scarf from Fair Trade Designs is the perfect wrap over a solid color sundress on a chilly night. Handwoven from cruelty-free silk by craftswomen in India, it measures 72x23". Available in 4 colors, we love the Jewel Tones pictured here. Handwash. $30 at Fairtradedesigns.com.



Guess what this is? Hint: You will never have to search your bag for your keys again! Attach this little Black Dress Finders Key Purse Key Finder to your keyring and slip the attached hook over side of handbag so your keys are always at the ready. Just $6.95 at isntthisclever.com.




The DBelt holds your cellphone, id, key, and cash while safely while you walk, run or exercise. Includes two zippered compartments and a headphone portal. Available in Black in sizes Petite-XL. $39.95 at dbelt.com.




Want to make an entrance at the summer soiree? Put on this Jewel Branch Statement Necklace by Bijuju and a strapless dress. Shimmering faux turquoise stones are accented by crystal "branches". Measures 21". $28 at  bijuju.com.




Chic Giveaway! ~ One lucky reader will win the prize of their choice from our gift closet.

To Enter: email chicgiveaway@gmail.com and include the following: 
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  • your first and last name
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    Contest ends 11:59 PM ET August 15, 2014. Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older. We will not clog your inbox with emails nor do we share your email with sponsors, we only email giveaway winners.

    Many thanks to each of the brands featured for providing products and/or photos for this editorial. 



    Beauty Must-Haves

    Everyone wants to look their best and our latest beauty finds will help you feel beautiful inside and out. After visiting the featured websites, be sure to send us an email to win the prize of your choice from our gift closet, details below.

    aromatherapy shower kit


    One of the things I love most about a spa is the glorious relaxing aromas. Now you can turn your shower into an at-home spa experience with Essio's Aromatherapy Shower Kit. The kit contains the shower diffuser attachment and three organic essential oil pods ~ Breathe {peppermint and eucalyptus to decongest}, Passion {sweet orange, lavender, cinnamon and patchouli to awaken} and Unwind {bergamot, lavender and sweet orange to relieve stress}. Each pod contains enough oil for 3-5 showers, replacement pods are available for $19.99 for a box of 4. The Starter Kit retails for $44.99 at essioshower.com.




    Beauty starts from the inside and Ultra Woman™ Daily Multi Vitamin Packs eliminates the guesswork out of which vitamins to take each day. The 30-day supply of vitamin packs that support energy metabolism, bone and joint health, heart and circulatory health, and healthy hair, skin and nails. This Limited Edition set includes a bonus Zumba DVD and CD to help kickstart your summer exercise routine.  $49.99 sold exclusively at Vitamin World stores and vitaminworld.com

    hydropeptide facial peel

    HydroPeptide Anti-Wrinkle Polish Plump Peel it a two-step at-home peel that delivers the benefits of microdermabrasion without the peeling or downtime. Simply massage Peel 1 into skin for 1-2 minutes, leave on and follow with Peel 2 leaving on for 2 minutes. Peel 1 contains microdermabrasion crystals to brighten and polish away wrinkles. Peel 2 includes plumping and hydrating peptides, lactic acid to brighten and even out skin tone, and green tea, cucumber and chamomile to calm skin. Use to soften elbows, knees and feet too. $78 for the set at hydropeptide.com



    L'Occitane's new Jenipapo Shower Oil will fill your shower with a delightfully light scent of fresh cut flowers in Springtime and leave your skin delicately perfumed and hydrated. It's a refreshing way to start or end your day. A 8.4 oz. bottle retails for $25 at usa.loccitane.com




    The right hairbrush is essential to keep hair healthy and create that "just left the salon" look. The Philip B's Large Hairbrush has ultra dense bristles to gently grip hair and polish each strand. The brush adds shine and provides the smoothest, frizz-free blowout. Nylon reinforced boar bristles are gentle and moisturizing and the satin-finished ergonomic handle is comfortable to hold. $75 at philipb.com.



    Mineral Fusion's Sheer Moisture Lip Tints are long wearing, ultra moisturizing and have a natural vanilla mint flavor. Made with natural ingredients and cocoa butter, it's amazing how a lip pencil can hydrate lips so incredibly. Every Mineral Fusion product is vegan, eco-friendly, gluten free and plant based. Available at Whole Foods markets nationwide for $9.99. For more Mineral Fusion products visit mineralfusion.com.




    John Freida Styling Tools by Conair's Salon Shine Dryer is powerful and compact, perfect for tucking into a suitcase or overnight bag. The 1875 watt dryer has advanced ionic conditioning to help smooth hair while drying it quickly with the included concentrator attachment. Or attach the diffuser for frizz-free curls. Great size to keep at the office too for those "hair emergencies". Finish with a cool shot to set the style. $39.99 available at select drug stores. 



    With the humidity as high as it's been already, a waterproof mascara is definitely a must-have! Smashbox's Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara stayed put in 100° weather and in the pool. It also curls and adds volume. Ophthalmologist approved! In jet black, $20 at smashbox.com



    Osmotics Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches are worn overnight for a dose of Vitamin C for your skin. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production and helps prevent and repair sun damaged skin. May I have a case, please? Place over laugh lines, crows feet, between brows or wherever you see those pesky lines at bedtime, and voila, overnight lines are smoothed out and less noticeable. A box of 12 treatments retails for $48 at osmotics.com.



    Keep your hair color from fading in the summer sun with Sebastian's Halo MistThis lightweight multi-us mist provides UV protection and has a pleasant scent. Spray on damp hair before blow drying to add shine and keep fly-aways in check. A 3.4 fl. oz bottle retails for $18 at loxabeauty.com

    Milani's Baked Blush is the perfect way to add a little sunshine to your checks without the damaging rays. In a range of luminous shades that will leave your skin with a healthy glow at a price that can't be beat. Housed in a pretty compact for $7.99. milanicosmetics.com.


    CloSYS Anti-Cavity Fluoride Toothpaste whitens teeth, removes stains, kills bacteria, and helps prevent cavities. CloSYS is one of the few toothpastes available that does not contain sulfates (foaming agents), which has been linked to allergies, mouth ulcers and canker sores. The clean fresh mint taste leaves breath fresh for hours. A 3.4 oz. tube retails for $5.99. closys.com.


    Chic Giveaway! ~ One reader will win the prize of their choice from our gift closet.

    To Enter: Email chicgiveaway@gmail.com and include the following: 

    • "Beauty Must-Haves" in the subject line
    • your first and last name
    • complete mailing address
    • twitter id 
    • facebook name 
      If you're entering our giveaways, we ask that you follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest 

      If you wish to tweet about this giveaway, here's a sample tweet for your convenience ~
      #Win the prize of your choice from @ChicLuxuries' gift closet in *Beauty Must-Haves #Giveaway* EASY entry: ow.ly/yeB3f

      Giveaway ends 11:59 PM ET August 1, 2014. Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older. We will not clog your inbox with emails nor do we share your email with sponsors, we only email giveaway winners.

      Many thanks to each of the brands featured for providing products and/or photos for this editorial. 


      Favorite Things Summer Edition




      It's time to unveil the l2 fantastic products that have been chosen for our highly-coveted Favorite Things Summer Edition. We hope you love our selections as much as we do...and yes, there's a huge giveaway too. In fact, the winner will have a choice of either a $500 surprise goodie box OR a prize from our gift closet


      We couldn't have a Favorite Things Summer Edition without Miraclesuit! The Be Dazzled Escape with Rhinestones is almost too pretty to swim in. The blue color is magnificent and the elegant iridescent beading across the bust dances is the sunlight. Soft shirring in the front, a scalloped sweetheart neckline, and wide straps help slim and create the most slenderizing illusion possible. Free shipping and free returns on every purchase! Also available in Black in sizes 8-16. $192 at miraclesuit.com.



      costa islamorada sunnies
      A cool pair of sunnies are definitely a must! Protect your precious peepers from damaging rays with Costa's Islamorada. They provide 100% UV protection and are GORGEOUS! We love the chic Black and Coral combo and the metal logo accent on the temple. They're as light as a gentle breeze and are the most comfortable sunglasses I've ever worn. 100% Polarization eliminates glare and reduces eyestrain. The plastic lenses are scratch and impact resistant and they come with a lifetime warranty. ♥ Available in multiple colors starting at $179 at costadelmar.com.


      The iDeaPLAY from iDeaUSA will keep the kiddies engaged during the long car or plane ride to your vacation destination. I was recently on a 10-hour train ride and the iPlay kept the 4-year old girl in the seat next to me entertained for hours. She showed me how it worked and I watched in amazement how she whizzed through all the applications. Encased in food safe silicone, iDeaPlay is water-resistant, drop-resistant, and has a 7" easy-to-read display. It comes pre-loaded with many fun games and apps including Color & Draw and Shrek Forever After. Features include Videochat Camera, App Wish List and Play Timer. Regularly $129, it's on sale as of this writing for $99 at ideaplay.com.


      tarnish free silver soho ampora pitcher

      I guarantee the Beatriz Ball Soho Ampora Pitcher will be used not only all summer long, but the entire year as well. Beautiful for outdoor luncheons, tea parties, or just because, it's a work of art that is just too pretty to be saved for special occasions. Fill with juice, iced tea or infused waters and enjoy every day. Features a dimpled surface, exquisite lines, and superb craftsmanship. Measures 7x7x11". $148 at BeatrizBall.com.


      Capture, share, and relive the exhilaration of sky diving, hang gliding, snorkeling, rafting, surfing and all your adventures this summer with Polaroid's XS80 HD 1080 p 16MP Sports Action Video Camera. This little baby weighs under 4 ounces, is water-resistant to 30 ft, and has a single button record {thank you, Polaroid!}. The aerodynamic design and shockproof exterior minimizes wind noise. Additional features include ultra wide angle lens, low light performance and sensory vibration when visual confirmation isn't practical. $129 at polaroid.com.




      One of my fave entrepreneurial stories of all time, Origami Owl was started in 2010 by 14-years old "Bella", who wanted to earn enough money to buy a car for her 16th birthday. Today Origami Owl has grown to 60,000 Independent Designers across the country. Independent Designers sell beautiful custom living lockets personalized at Jewelry Bars {home parties}. A variety of the highest quality lockets and chains, charms, plates and dangles are available. The charms, dangles and plates are sold separately and can be changed with every season or special occasion. To create your story or learn more about the opportunity visit origamiowl.com.


      After testing the iLuv SyrenPro™, I'm wondering why I had an outdoor speaker installed that is subject to rain, wind, sun, and snow when I could have had the same sound quality from this portable speaker for far less $$$. The SyrenPro™ is a UV/weather-resistant wireless bluetooth speaker that can be plugged into an outlet or used wirelessly to enjoy 360° sound for up to 4 hours of playtime at the beach, pool, camping...anywhere! Connect a second unit wirelessly for TrueWireless Stereo™ sound. Available in black or white for $129.99 at iluv.com.


      luxurious 24K vitamin c cleanser


      I adore every Orogold 24K product I've tried and the Orogold 24K Vitamin C Cleanser didn't disappoint. The refreshing citrus scent awakens the senses and the cleanser leaves skin feeling as though a moisturizer was applied. Works wonderfully with the Clarisonic. A beautiful pump bottle arrives exquisitely gift boxed. $128 at orogold.com.


      activity tracker, sleep monitor

      The UP® by Jawbone combined with the ingenius UP App's Insight Engine™ encourages you to walk more, stay hydrated, and sleep better. Wear the comfortable wristband and plug into your phone via the Simple Sync connector {included} to see your results. The app tracks how you eat, move and sleep, suggests daily goals, cheers you on and celebrates your accomplishments. It's your 24-hour personal coach that will even remind you to move when you've been inactive for too long ~ BRILLIANT! It can also vibrate to wake you at the optimal time during your sleep cycle so you feel refreshed. Water resistant and available in a range of colors in small, medium and large. $129.99 at radioshack.com.



      I've been thrilled with the results from L'Occitane's Divine Cream so I was eager to try Divine Extract. The serum contains the highest concentration of Immortelle and Myrtle essentials oils to plump the skin. The serum has a silky texture, smells divine and leaves skin glowing. Use before Divine Cream and Divine Eyes. Watch out wrinkles! A 1 fl. oz bottle is $119 at usa.loccitane.com



      This is sure to become every parent's Favorite Thing! With D-Link HD Wi-Fi Baby Camera you will be able to see, hear, and even respond to your baby from your bedroom or while at work. Fantastic features include sound and motion detection to alert you when your baby is crying, temperature sensor, two-way audio, night vision, recorded snapshots and videos triggered by motion and sound, 5 lullabies, and blue and pink interchangeable accent rings. Provides priceless peace of mind. $179.99 at dlink.com.



      All eyes will be on you in J. Jill's Lace-Stitch High-Low Pullover. The tunic is so comfortable and even prettier in person. Gorgeous super soft lace in white or cashew. Regularly $89, it's on sale for $69.99. Hurry, they are going fast! jjill.com.



      Chic Giveaway! ~ One lucky reader will select their choice of either a $500 goodie box or a prize from our gift closet.

      To Enter: email chicgiveaway@gmail.com and include the following:
      • "Favorite Things" in the subject line
      • your first and last name
      • complete mailing address
      • twitter id 
      • facebook name 
        If you're entering our giveaways, we ask that you follow us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest 

        If you wish to tweet about this giveaway, here's a sample tweet ~
        #Win a $500 goodie box in @ChicLuxuries #FavoriteThings for Summer #Giveaway ow.ly/y1iys

        Contest ends 11:59 PM ET September 9, 2014.  Limit one entry per household. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older.

        Many thanks to each of the brands featured for providing products and/or photos for this feature. 



         

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