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    How to style your linen pants

    Hi there! Macca here, a stay at home mother of two boys (18m apart), football coach wife to my high school sweetheart, lover of Christ, and fashion lover! As I was writing this column I couldn’t help but feel so excited; I mean, to share my love for fashion is just everything! Since I was young, I have always been interested in style. Dressing up and creating cute outfits was my jam and still is! My family is new to California and loving it! The sunshine is killer (in a good way) and Walnut Creek is my new happy place. Since moving to the Bay area, I started a style blog (maccarose.com) as an outlet for all things fashion. I also use Instagram as a platform for my website (@maccarose_). Unsure of where that venture would lead me; I am so stinking excited that it has led me here; to this moment- sharing my passion with you! Never in a million years did I think I would share my ideas with others through the pages of a magazine. I am so thankful and excited!

    With that, let us dive in! I thought I would start out with what I like to call “clothing insurance”. One way to make sure any item is a good purchase is having the knowledge of three or more ways to style it. For this issue we are going to use a linen pair of pants. Summer is here and linen is the perfect lightweight material for those hot days. Linen pants are so versatile! Truly, they can be worn casually for daywear and easily dressed up for a luncheon or night out on the town.

    First look: This is for daywear. Super casual, comfortable, and easy going. Pair your linen pants with sandals or tennis shoes, a solid or printed top, and/or lightweight scarf and finish it off with a denim jacket. Balance is key. If the pants are loose and flowy, the top should have some structure. It is attractive to the eye when there is a balance. If the pants are high waisted and the top is loose don’t be afraid to add a knot to the shirt for a little visual interest; as I did below. Adding an accessory like a denim jacket or scarf furthers the dimension of your look; creates awesome visual interest.

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    Second look: This look is perfect for most occasions. Great for weekend brunch, a casual yet sophisticated dinner date, hanging out with friends or family, or just because. I like this one the most because it is appropriate for so many occasions. Pair the linen pants with wedges or sandals with a heel. The height on the shoe adds so much versatility. The shoe is not super dressy. However, the height means something. It allows the look to be casual if need be or dressy. A certain sort of effort is implied when you pair wedges or heels to an outfit. Again, pair with a solid or printed top. Something with structure. A fitted tank or crochet top. Crochet is always fun with linen. The texture of a crochet top balances out the flat linen fabric.

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    Third look: Let’s get dressy! A strappy heel is a way to go for dressing up linen pants. Whether you like height and want 4” heels or prefer a kitten heel the pants will take on a whole new look when a sassy leopard print or nude heel. This go around making the top a dressy material and go with something blouse-like. A silky tank tucked in and a bold necklace or statement earrings will completely transform your linen pants. If you are really getting into it, add a bold lip for the perfect final addition. Lipstick is my favorite way to pull a look together and in this case, bold really does make a statement for dressier occasions.

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    linen pants

    Final thoughts:

    With any of these outfits, the finishing touch is what makes the look. Statement earrings, a necklace, bold lipstick, or scarf is a great way to add dimension and visual interest to any outfit.

    BONUS LOOK: 

    Keep the bones of your outfit as is; your top and the linen pants. Change the denim jacket to a structured blazer and switch out the sandals for a heeled sandal. Voila! Easy changes for a dramatically different effect.

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    hair turban headband for the win!

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    Recently found a turban headband at Nordstrom, and am so excited! My hair is getting longer and able to fit in a pony. Really loving how my hair fits in a pony holder. However, I tend to get headaches when my hair is pulled back tight. On a recent shopping trip with my hubby we came across these headbands. I tried one on and thought it looked so cute. We left without the accessory; but, I kept thinking about them! Such a telling way for me to know if I just like something in the moment or if it’s something I would enjoy for a long time. Anywho! These bad boys are soo cute!

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    When to wear: ANY TIME!! hehe. I plan on wearing these on lazy days, trips to the store days, date night days. Really versatile. Kind of like throwing on a hat; but easier to dress up. The days where I need to wash my hair but don’t want to throw on the turban. Days when my waves are lackluster from being 3 days old, throw on the turban. Want my hair out of my face- throw on the turban! hehe!

    Fit: One size fits all. They’re super stretchy and very comfortable.

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    Favorite sunless tanner

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    I have to share my favorite sunless tanner! This is something I just had to share because in the last couple of years, I have started to really care about the health of my skin. The importance of keeping my skin from sun damage; such as premature wrinkles or skin cancer has been at the forefront. Still, I want that summer glow! The desire for sunkissed skin runs deep. Especially, living in California. Shorts or tank tops can be worn year round. So, I tried out Jergens Instant Sun: Sunless Tanning Mousse.
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    Why I use it: 
    Jergens Instant Sun: Sunless Tanning Mousse is my jam! The color is truly instant and looks amazing. Originally, I purchased this option for those days when I needed instant sun for a date night or wearing my swimsuit. Figured the classic Jergens Daily Glow moisturizer would be my go-to for daily use. However, after using Instant Sun I really see no need for the daily moisturizer. For a daily moisturizer, I prefer to use something scented, rather than a self-tanner. Instant Sun looks great, is easy to apply, lasts, and the price is right. The price tag is roughly $10. I purchased my last bottle a month ago and use it every 2 to 3 days. The bottle is still going strong!
    How to apply: 
    I squirt 1-2 pumps at a time. Use circular and vertical motions to apply; switching back and forth between the two application motions. I find this is the best way to ensure the color doesn’t streak and I’m less likely to miss a spot. Apply the product in sections. For example, I apply from the knee down till the mousse has fully absorbed into the skin. Wash your hands between applications. The color dries quickly; it will stain your hands. Next, apply 1-2 pumps from the hip to your knee. Use extremely sparingly on your knee, ankles, feet, and elbows.
    Important for elbows, knees, ankles, feet, hands: 
    Wherever you are applying the color leave these areas alone till the color is almost completely absorbed. At this point apply to our knee, or if you are doing the lower half of your leg than apply to your ankles/feet.
    How often to apply: 
    I apply the mousse every 2-3 days depending on what I have going on that day or if I want to make sure the color is going strong!
    Color choices:
    I use deep bronze. However, there is also the option for light bronze.
    Helpful tips:
    • Make sure to wash hands thoroughly between application sections
    • Let skin dry fully before getting dressed
    • I use my bare hands. However, you can use a pair of rubber gloves if you don’t want to worry about washing it off. *I have not used the glove method. An Insta friend has and said it worked for her.
    • After a shower/swimming, pat skin dry to ensure the color doesn’t rub off *I have not experienced any issues with color coming off on my clothing. However, I have noticed if I rub my skin dry the color does come off.