This Month on Houzz: Fun and Bright Outdoor Entertaining

In my home, summer means time for outdoor gatherings with friends and family. Cocktails and al fresco dining are a must. These fun and bright outdoor entertaining pieces will help make your summer season even more memorable! Check out my favorite picks for fun and bright outdoor entertaining.

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Loving: Lace Wedding Dresses

After recently eloping in the Caribbean, a friend and her new husband are hosting an intimate wedding reception this weekend. With temperatures currently in the high 90′s, she asked me to help her select from a few short lace wedding dresses. Below are my top three options – all glamorous yet comfortable.


1.  Made of delicate lace this stunning sheath short dress is form fitting and comfortable
2. This playful dress is accentuated by an exquisite flower sash an elegant v-neck
3. Timeless and chic, this short shimmery lace wedding dress features a beautiful neckline

Find more wedding dresses and other special occasion dresses at amazing prices  at

Using your complexion to choose your wardrobe

It’s easy to look good in the perfect outfit when you have a team of stylists designing your wardrobe, but for those of us who can’t afford a personal stylist, it can be hard to look your best. It doesn’t have to be that way though, there’s an easy way to look good without having to try too hard… I’m talking about dressing with your complexion in mind, and how combining your skin tone with your wardrobe can go a long way in making you feel, and look better.

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Know your complexion 
In order to properly coordinate your clothes with your skin tone, you first need to be sure of your complexion. There are many tests out there that can help you determine this, but the failsafe method is to check the veins on the inside of your forearm. If they show up green, your skin tone is yellow-based or ‘warm’. Blue veins indicate a pink-based or ‘cold’ tone. Whichever colour base you are, never forget the importance of a good face cleanser to keep that complexion shining through – it can be the difference between hiding away with a pimple and confidently showing off your pores.

Know what color works for you 
We’ve all got our color. Whether it’s jet black or sky blue, we all have that color that we KNOW looks good on us. By all means, exploit it. That being said, there are a few guidelines when it comes to matching our skin color with clothing. For instance, if you have a warm skin tone, then bright colors tends to minimize shadows and gives you a healthy, glowing look. On the other hand, if you have a cooler skin tone, then muted colors such as a dark blue with give you that same glowing look.

For an easy guide: dark colors go well with light skin, prime colors go well with medium skin, and white and pale colors go best with darker skin.

Know what colors don’t work 
It may be easy to pick a color that complements your skin tone, but it can be just as easy to wear a color that does the opposite. One simple way to avoid this is to stay away from colors that closely match your skin. For instance, if you have a reddish complexion, that red dress may look good in the store, but once you try it on you may realize that it just makes your face all the more red.

Most importantly, wear whatever color you choose with confidence. Even if the color doesn’t exactly match up, you can make it work through sheer confidence. Remember, if you feel good in it, then you’ll look good in it.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, I was compensated by the company who sponsored/wrote it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Check It Out: Diane von Furstenberg for Kravet

Bring your fashion sense to your home with the new Diane von Furstenberg for Kravet collection. The collection includes fabrics and custom designed trimmings to accent  them with an exotic edge true to von Furstenberg’s renowned aesthetic.

Diane von Furstenberg is bringing her legendary sense of print and color, as well as her confidence and boldness in mixing unexpected patterns and scales, to an exclusive collection of fabrics for Kravet.

Von Furstenberg’s first fabric collection for Kravet is the perfect way to bring high fashion home. Incorporating the iconic designer’s signature bold animal prints, such as Spotted Cat and Funk Zebra, the collection has a strong foundation in black and white with pops of color. Geometric and abstract prints are also featured, for an eclectic blend designed to be mixed and matched. Color palettes range from berry and orange jewel tones inspired by the sunsets in Rajasthan, to azure blues that recall the Caribbean sea, and desert-inspired neutrals in sand and stone.


 New Jeanne Two Wrap Dress  // Joanna Dress // Celeste Wrap Romper

Personalized Jewelry: Jack + Dylan

Last October I shared my favorite name necklace by oNecklace and now that I’m a mom of two, I decided that I needed to add to my collection. oNecklace has launched an Etsy store featuring their best pieces, from monogramed and engraved necklaces to rings and earrings, oNecklace offers the best in personalized jewelry. Available in a variety of styles and metals, their gold name necklaces have become some of my most treasured pieces of jewelry.

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The wonderful team over at oNecklace are offering all Layers of Meaning readers 10% off their next Etsy order. Simply enter  “GIFT1” during checkout. Happy shopping!