The Brave Collection

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If you’re looking for a gift for anyone setting out for new horizons, the Compass Necklace is a delicate and meaningful piece. Designed by Jessica Hendricks Yee and handmade by female artisans in Cambodia, 10% of all proceeds are donated to fight human trafficking. Check out more of The Brave Collection and we’re sure you’ll become equally obsessed.

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Steal Her Style Secrets

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Designer and former fashion editor Ann Mashburn shares her approach to looking chic every day. Our favorite Mashburn mantras: “Wear what makes you feel like yourself” and “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it’s just clothes.” Read on for more

How would you describe your personal style? Franco-American and simple simple simple.

What’s your advice for women who want to create develop their personal uniform? What are the building blocks and how can you mix it up once you have it?  I think every woman needs to have her casual uniform down pat.. we are all so busy and need to move about every day comfortably. Getting dressed up for a specific event is easier than figuring out to look chic and comfortable on a daily basis.  I think the polished version of the “run around town” is most important. Building blocks for that could look like:

  1. A few pairs of well-fitting jeans
  2. A few pair of flat shoes that are not sneakers – ballet flat, my buckle flat with small heel, driving mocs
  3. A few jackets: boy blazer, safari-style jacket, Chanel-style jacket

These are my own building blocks and my line is filled with variations of these.  This is how I learned to dress as a fashion editor in New York: Simple things that I could move in that I could layer a scarf or jewelry on to make it feel new and fresh. Of course, I crave a little novelty every season and love something that feels of-the-moment, but I always come back to these things when I don’t know what to wear. I love basics.

You have five daughters, what’s your advice to them about finding their personal style? To take note of what they have on that they feel the most “themselves” in.  I think it can help to have a friend help with this…   it is also a reminder that personal style, like all style, is collected over time.  I think for me, I have always had a style that I felt best in, but I have gotten much better at being true to it and figuring out how to represent it.  I made a lot of mistakes and my girls should not be afraid to make them as well… it is just clothes!  You get to start over tomorrow!

Last question: When in doubt always wear… What you felt great in last time. I love a repeat.. even with a party dress!  I always say, I had a great time in this dress last time, I can’t wait to pull it out again! I don’t care that people have seen me in it before.

Happy National Best Friends Day

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We’re celebrating by giving you and two friends the chance to win Glossier gift cards 🙂 Just start hinting, it’s that simple!

Win $50 gift cards to our favorite beauty brand for you + two friends by signing up for Hintd and inviting them to start their Hintd lists using your unique referral code. Once they do, you will all be eligible to win $50 gift cards to Glossier!  What’s more beautiful than that?

You Look Bermudaful!

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The forecast is iffy on whether to sun will RSVP this weekend, so while you’re driving upstate, the Hamptons, or any other weekend getaway consider this:  Bermuda is a mere two hours away from the East Coast and our Accuweather app is reporting it’s currently a lovely 80 degrees. Now, we know that when you think of Bermuda it’s easy to picture stodgy Englishmen golfing and downing G&TS.  But the island, much like it’s monarch, the Royal family, has become a lot younger and cooler. Think chic, sleek modern hotels, fashion-forward shops and a landscape that’s awash in millennial pink and the ideal Instagram backdrop.

Hintd regular contributor and founder of NYC Shopping Tour, Barbara Hodes, just returned from the island and gave us the inside scoop. Check out her list here. Can’t wait to get some of those Bermudian vibes now? Shop our picks from Bermuda’s best beach style boutique, Atelier. While they don’t have e-commerce yet, we got sneaky and found our favorite pieces for you.

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Marysia Antibes bikini is now on 30% OFF at Net-a-Porter, $196 (was $280)
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Asha Flower Chandelier earrings, $295
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Rose tote by Poolside Bags, $250. The site has a number of clever embroidered bags but you have to go to Atelier in Bermuda to get one of our faves, like “But first, Dark & Stormy”

Best Graduation Gifts That Take You Places

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Lucy, our founder, likes to tell a story about a friend of hers who graduated from Harvard who bought herself a diamond ring for graduation—rather than wait for a guy to give it to her. Don’t freak, this was the late ’80s when lots of women felt a husband was the best graduation gift around. Lucy’s remembers being completely wowed by her friend’s hutzpah about giving herself what she wanted.

This graduation, you can give yourself your own diamond ring of sorts by making a list of things you want. We know that 95% of grads get cash, according to a study by Hallmark. We’re not anti-cash, we know it equals time and freedom. And we know that making a list of what you want is the best way to plan how you’ll spend it. If you need some inspiration, here are a few of our favorite graduation gifts, including a ring you just might want to give yourself.

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But first, coffee….This little machine has endless rave reviews. Best feature is there’s no wait time. Turn it on and its ready to brew instantly.
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File under useful meets cute: Personalized stationery for all those thank you notes and interview follow-ups.
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And in case you want to treat yourself, this ring delivers a nice balance of casual sparkle. Asha, $225