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A CHAT WITH KATE HUDSON

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When I was told I’d be interviewing Kate Hudson to chat about summer style and travel, I prepared myself to sit down with a very cool, down-to-earth, and seriously chic chick… And that’s exactly what I got! I walked into her suite at Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills to find her alongside her two incredibly sweet boys, who also took part in the interview at times. (Her son, Ryder, explained to me that he makes her coffee every day… Melt!) It was an altogether relaxed and casual sit-down, where we chatted about her favorite Ann Taylor pieces and her obsession: Coconut oil.

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DAISY, DAISY

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Fragrances do so much more than just make us smell good. They make us feel fresh and polished, they remind us of certain things, and they can even make a statement as to what kind of people we are. (Or are at the moment!) Simply put, fragrances inspire. Let’s take one of my favorites for example: Marc Jacobs’ Daisy. Though the original is a classic on its own, the variation on this sweet, fresh scent adds a twist that helps you tell the twins apart, so to speak. 

Daisy carries a robust scent that brings to mind so many elements of nature, but it doesn’t stray from its feminine roots. Though it’s a bold scent, it’s not overpowering and maintains its effortlessness; it’s the kind of scent that reminds me of being barefoot in the grass, surrounded by sweet spring air. In personifying Daisy via style elements, I only reached for whites and neutral tones; I naturally went in a more bohemian, earthy direction that embraces both a youthful, feminine vibe with the white lace and the crop top, as well as elements of nature with the brown maxi skirt and the abalone shell necklace. 

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Now, Daisy Eau So Fresh is the slightly more vibrant and polished sister of Daisy. While the scent still exudes youthfulness and femininity, there’s an extra touch of floral notes in Daisy Eau So Fresh that makes it a bit more flirty and elegant. Naturally, I reached for floral prints with very cool color schemes: Blues, pinks, and reds to contrast the warm, simple tones of Daisy. These colors also help reinforce the youthful spirit of Daisy Eau So Fresh; though she’s a bit more refined, that young, giddy little girl is brimming right beneath the surface.

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What’s so charming about Daisy and Daisy Eau So Fresh is that you don’t necessarily have to be one or the other. There are elements of each fragrance in every woman; you might one day identify more with the earthy simplicity of Daisy, and the next day the vibrant refinement of Daisy Eau So Fresh! Want more Daisy inspiration? Click here and enjoy!

Disclosure: This is a collaboration between Marc Jacobs and the AOL Lifestyle Contributor Network. Compensation was provided by Marc Jacobs via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Marc Jacobs.

CASUAL FRIDAY

For me, it doesn’t even have to be Friday to enjoy a simple, casual outfit. But on Friday I put together one of my favorite combinations: A t-shirt, light wash jeans, a cross body bag, and a pair of low-heel wedges. It’s one of those effortless looks that I can wear over and over again and not get sick of it!

This tee happens to be my favorite: It’s the Gauzy Oversized Tee from DailyLook, and it’s a bit longer in the back than it is in the front for extra comfy wear. For such a simple look, I went with a very simple jewelry piece; I’m wearing my Gorjana Tanner Bar Necklace, also from DailyLook. It’s the perfect delicate piece to wear by itself or layered. (And it’s 18k gold plated so it’ll keep its sheen.)

My jeans are from Joe’s Jeans and I can’t get enough of them!! They’re perfect for petite ones like me, and the wash is just what the season calls for. I threw on my Schutz buckled wedges to bring a little edge to this relaxed look, and I’m wearing my City Never Sleeps Bag from Markkit, which adds a little more hardware to this simple ensemble.

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THE ULTIMATE SPRING MANICURE

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Nail art is so big right now, we’ve been seeing some of the most creative manicures in the last couple of years! I’ve just discovered the Ciaté Flower Manicure Set, which may not sound like anything new. We’ve seen flowers on nails plenty of times, right? But the Ciaté set includes real dried flowers! In the set you’ll find two containers filled with different types, colors, and sizes in dried flowers. It also comes with a pair of tweezers for precise placement as well as a color polish and a sealing top coat.

To maximize the visual appeal of the flower manicure, I added some press-on nails to what would otherwise look like the hands of a 12-year-old boy. Having longer nails isn’t a must for the flower manicure, but I just figured it would give me more room to play with!

First I added the pink color polish, which by itself is just gorgeous. (The name of the set I have is “Strike-a-Posy.” So cute.) Next, I added a layer of the top coat and added my flowers of choice, but I did this on one nail at a time. Don’t allow the top coat to dry before you apply your flowers; the quicker you’re able to apply, the better it’ll adhere to the top coat. Once I was done adding all the flowers, I went over them with one more coat of the clear polish and let it dry. And to finish, I took the nail file that comes with the kit and gently filed away any excess flowers that were hanging off outside of the nails.

I ended up loving these nails more than I actually thought I would! The color combination of the polish and the assortment of flowers made this festive and fun for spring! Pick up your Ciaté Flower Manicure Kit at Sephora stores or Sephora.com.

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