Ask Velvet: The Perfect Weekend Outfit

Q: What’s your idea of a perfect summer weekend outfit?  – Liz from Austin, TX
A: The weekend is all about errands, lunch dates with friends and feeling comfortable for two days while you’re away from the office. For that reason, we love weekend outfits that are relaxed, stylist and low-key. The weekend is all about casual dressing and that is why wearing a long maxi skirt or dress is our idea of the perfect weekend outfit. A maxi dress is comfortable and breezy and can be worn anywhere from the beach to the city. This outfit can also easily transition with ease from comfortable day-wear to the perfect date-night outfit by adding a few beaded accessories, a belt and a jacket. It’s the take-anywhere outfit that is stylist and perfect for any summer outing!

Warm Weather Hair Accessories

Summertime calls for warm weather hair accessories. A headband is the best way to tame flyaways, while also looking chic and stylish. Here are some of this season’s headband must-haves!

Ask Velvet: Perfect Cruise Attire

Q: I’m going on a cruise in a couple of weeks with some good friends of mine and I have no idea what to pack. What are some must-have pieces to take on a summer cruise?            Jenny from Portland, Oregon


A: During this season we recommend packing a wardrobe full of bright colors to take with you on your latest summer cruise. Most people practically live in their bathing suits while on a summer cruise, so your outfits by the pool are easily the most crucial ones you’ll pack. With that said, be sure to bring two to three of your favorite bathing suits, a bottle of sunscreen and your favorite pair of sunglasses to sport by the pool. Opt out of a traditional, black bathing suit and don’t be afraid to sport neon colors and bold patterns. Go shopping beforehand for the perfect sarong or swim suit cover-up to wear to and from the pool and for when you want to grab a quick bite to eat somewhere on the cruise ship. As for regular clothing, pack yourself a handful of light, summer dresses and a few comfortable tank top/shorts combination for day activities and don’t forget to pack a cocktail dress for nicer dinners and events during the evening!

Shopping in Manhattan. The Italian Way!

You’re invited to take part in a month-long Italian shopping extravaganza in Manhattan – starting TOMORROW! Take advantage of this major shopping month and you’ll have the opportunity to see the best-of-the-best Italian craftsmanship and design that the City of New York has to offer!

SHOP ITALY NYC is organizing and sponsoring a month-long series of shopping events, restaurant experiences and promotions all revolving around Italian style and culture. Each Wednesday and Thursday, shoppers are invited to come and experience some of the finest Italian stores and retailers in Manhattan. More than 35 retailers, specializing in fashion, accessories, and home décor, will be hosting in-store events and offering special deals, promotions and activities to shoppers who visit their stores. There are even a few Italian restaurants who will be participating in the mix!


You’ll find the information you need to participate below:


June 15th – July 7th

Between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week


June 15 & 16 – Meatpacking District

June 22, 23, 29 & 30 – Madison Avenue

July 6 & 7 – SoHo


We hope you take advantage of this amazing opportunity to shop and dine in style at some of the greatest Italian establishments in the city. You won’t want to miss it!


For more information and helpful maps:

Perfect Summer Shades for Your Super Short Hair!

From time to time you’ll see us blogging about various frames that compliment different face shapes, different hairstyles and different hair and skin coloring. We believe that there is a perfect pair of summer shades out there for everyone. It just takes a little research to find the best style and color to match your look. So, make sure you check back often for new and improved information about finding the best shades for your face. Today, we’re going to look at sunglasses that compliment super short hair for all of you rocker chicks with that super edgy, pixie hair cut.

Ladies with short, edgy hairstyles can typically get away with sporting much bolder frames in bright and interesting colors. Have you ever noticed how women with super short hair almost wear their hair like it’s an accessory? We’ve noticed that ladies out there with short hair tend to dye their hair more frequently – and typically get more daring with different, trendy colors. So, if you have a pixie haircut, or any edgy, short-haired cut, get yourself a pair of sunglasses using the same daring attitude you use when you get your hair done.

Look for frames with more courageous attributes. Be brave and go for geometrically interesting frames in bright colors. Ladies with short, trendy haircuts can get away with just about any bright color or interesting shape. Look for hot pinks, yellows, blues, greens and other attention-grabbing colors when choosing a pair of shades for the summer sun.

Our JAMI sunglasses are the perfect fit for all of you shoppers out there with short, rocker hairstyles. These sunglasses sport an incredibly interesting, octagon-shaped frame and come in an eye-catching yellow-brown crystal color. They’re fun. They’re edgy. They’re sexy. And they’re just perfect for all of you ladies out there with short hair.


So, there you have it! If you have short, edgy hair, the ultimate goal is to go bold. Go daring. Go bright. Find the perfect pair of shades that are unique and interesting – just like your hair! But most of all, make sure you have FUN when you’re looking for the perfect shades this summer. You’ll look hot no matter what!