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FNO Comes to Hampton Roads! (Win 2 VIP Tickets!)

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Fashion’s Night Out celebrates its fourth anniversary this year, and the event will make its local debut at Peninsula Town Center this September. FNO kicks off New York Fashion Week, and is an event that’s grown on a global scale since its inception in 2009.

I’m so flattered to be attending PTC’s first FNO event as a photographer! In return for my services, PTC has offered me two tickets to an exclusive Pre-Event VIP Party at Cinebistro, and I’m so excited to give them away to one of my local readers! The winner and a guest will attend a special meet and greet from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with celebrity stylist Steven “COJO” Cojocaru and receive an FNO tote bag filled with goodies. After that, you’ll join COJO and the rest of the FNO-goers in Town Square for an official FNO kickoff, fashion tips, special prize drawings and more. Then, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., select PTC merchants will roll out the red carpets for shoppers to enjoy in-store promotions and events.

To enter, all you need to do is this: Check out Peninsula Town Center’s shopping directory, and tell me which store is your favorite and why. =) This giveaway begins now and ends next Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM EDT.

Want to earn some extra entries? Earn one extra entry for each of the following:

1. Tweet about this giveaway, and let me know you did in a comment.
2. Share the giveaway on Facebook, and let me know you did in a comment.
3. Follow LDA Press in some way (Bloglovin’, WordPress, RSS, Google Reader, etc.), and let me know you do in a comment.
4. Follow me (@lisadenoia) on Twitter, and let me know you do in a comment.
5. “Like” Peninsula Town Center on Facebook, and let me know you do in a comment.
6. Follow @peninsulatwnctr on Twitter, and let me know you do in a comment.

Once the giveaway ends, I’ll use a random number generator to draw a winner. The winner will have to contact me via e-mail to provide a name, address, phone number and e-mail. Then just show up, valet park (I love valet parking), and your two VIP tickets will be waiting for you at the event. =)

For more information on FNO at Peninsula Town Center, please check out their special event page here.

If you don’t happen to win, or you’d like more tickets, you can purchase them through the Junior League of Hampton Roads here.

Good luck, and I hope to see you there!

Summertime Blues

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{Lilly Pulitzer shirt, bracelet and sandals / Gap pants / Tommy Bahama hat / Ray-Ban shades}

Whenever I have a rough day, I try to remember that for the most part, my life is pretty great. Bright summer days that fade into sweet summer nights (like this one on the dock) abound, and good times far outweigh the bad.

If that doesn’t work, I call to mind a few important things:

1. I live at the beach.
2. I have a pretty good job.
3. I have a nice boyfriend, a bunch of cool friends, and a fun family.
4. I have a cute puppy and two entertaining cats, one of which is an skilled predator that kills bugs.
5. I have a lot of shoes.

If that doesn’t work, I put on an outfit comprised of brightly colored Lilly Pulitzer items. How can I be sad in a tropical shirt like this one?

If that doesn’t work, I scroll through my Instagram feed to remember how much cool stuff I’ve done over the last few weeks.

If that doesn’t work, I go eat Thai fried rice with chicken. That always works.

I hope you had a fabulous 4th of July and a better 5th of July than I did. =)

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10 Summer Essentials

By life's a beach, lifestyle, lists, shopping, style, summer One Comment

10 Summer Essentials

Summer’s in full swing, and I’m ready to make the most of the next few months. My calendar’s full of beach days, weekend trips, work events, cookouts, and more, and I’m sure yours is, too. The days may be long and scorching, but that’s no reason to go around looking (or acting) like a hot mess. =)

Here are 10 of my favorite summer essentials to get you through the season in style.

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1-Shorts
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From the beach to the bar to the office, I’ve been wearing these J.Crew 3″ Chino Shorts ($45) virtually everywhere this summer. I’ve got navy, khaki and hot pink on repeat, and since they’re so easy to wash, dry, pack, and wear, I see no end in sight for these shorts throughout the rest of July and August.

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2-Sunscreen
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If you’re one of those people who still doesn’t wear sunscreen, then you may as well be smoking a pack a day. I can’t be out in the mid-day sun for more than 20 minutes without long sleeves or some kind of SPF on my skin. Here’s what’s in my beach bag right now:
Ultimate Sun Protection Cream For Face SPF 55 PA+++ ($35)
Fresh Sugar Coral Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($23)
Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen SPF 30 ($7)
Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Lotion SPF 20 ($10)

And one I’d like to try out soon:
Margaritaville Parrot Head Floridays Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30 ($14)

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3-Beach Chair
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I’ve been using an older version of this Nautica beach chair for the last few summers. It’s the best one I’ve ever owned, and it’s held up quite well. You can usually find these at Bed Bath & Beyond, Sam’s Club, Costco or other local stores that carry name-brand beach chairs. Surprisingly, the best place to find Nautica beach chairs (in a variety of colors) online right now seems to be eBay ($60 + free shipping).

Tommy Bahama carries some really nice beach chairs, too — complete with backpack straps and cooler pouches.

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4-Swim Suit
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Most of my favorite suits come from designers Trina Turk, Vitamin A, and Nanette Lepore (mostly via Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, 6pm.com, and sample sale sites). For budget-friendly options, I love JCPenney’s Arizona Mix-and-Match Separates, which is where I stumbled upon the pink-and-white striped suit pictured above.

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5-Tote Bag
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I’ve been hauling the same tote bag back and forth to the beach with me for going on ten years now. I’m ready for something new, and this Parrott Canvas Windjammer Ketch Tote ($75) is on my radar. Not only will it easily replace my past-its-prime beach bag, it will also make the perfect summer travel carry-on.

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6-Self-Tanner
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It took me a good 30 years to realize I was never going to turn the enviable color bronze I dream about, and it’s been a challenge to find a self-tanner that doesn’t turn me a ridiculous shade of orange. Spray and airbrush tans are off-limits for me, but this summer, I discovered St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan ($30). It’s available in Light-Medium and Medium-Dark, the first of which is perfect for me. I love using it right after a day at the beach. =) Best part about it? It doesn’t smell like self-tanner. People actually tell me I smell nice when I use this stuff.

A budget-friendly alternative (that’s almost as good with a pretty tolerable scent): Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer ($10)

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7-Sun Hat
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I never thought I’d be able to pull off hats like these, but once I started wearing them, I couldn’t stop. A hat is the best way I can think of to protect your hair and face from the sun on a summer day. Not to mention, the right hat is an easy outfit-maker. My four favorites (from left to right):
Nine West Packable Super Straw Floppy Hat ($40)
Tommy Bahama Medium-Brimmed Scarf Hat ($115)
Charlotte Russe Bow-Back Straw Fedora ($10)
Straw Boater Hat (very similar for $30 here)

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8-Beach Cruiser
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Summers were simply made for riding bicycles. Obviously, a beach cruiser isn’t the best choice for everyone, but mine are my two prize possessions. Beach cruiser #1 is the 2008 model of this Electra Women’s Coaster 7. Beach cruiser #2 is this year’s Electra Women’s Cruiser 1.

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9-Bronzer
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I’m big on low-maintenance make-up in the summer. A light-colored eye shadow, a coat of mascara, a dab of lipstick, a dusting of bronzer, and I’m out the door. These two have had a presence in my make-up bag for years, and I can’t imagine spending a summer (or winter) without them:
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder ($29)
Benefit Hoola ($28)

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I can’t go anywhere without sunglasses, and ever since they put a Sunglass Hut inside Macy’s, I haven’t been able to stop buying them. These Ray-Bans are my latest acquisition, and the last pair I bought before I realized I needed some way to organize them all. Can’t get enough sunglasses like me? You can find a few more of my favorite pairs here.

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And that’s all I’ve got. What are your summer essentials?

Pineapples, Palm Trees, Pants

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 {Lilly Pulitzer pants/J.Crew and Diesel tank tops/LOFT jacket/Mossimo sandals, Ray-Ban shades}

At the beginning of the spring, I justified splurging on a few Lilly Pulitzer items by swearing up and down that I was going to “live in them all summer.” And so it begins. =)

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Coastline Casual

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Tommy Bahama & J.Crew shirts, Calvin Klein jeans, Sperry shoes, Stella & Dot necklace, Oakley sunglasses 

My style is always evolving, and lately it’s taken a turn towards casual and relaxed. That might be part of the reason I haven’t posted many outfits lately, but mostly it’s just because I’ve moved on to photographing things other than myself. =)

The other night J and I rode bikes down to the beach for a dinner date. After a rainy weekend and a long day at work, an Orange Crush, a cheeseburger, and an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean at Waterman’s were just what I needed.

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