Elaine Yu - Simply Chic Styling


2015 has been a busy year so far and I'm planning to take it easy and enjoy some time off with my kids this summer. My business goals for July and August are to set up my home office and convert to a MacBook. Up until now I've been using a PC and have been feeling creatively constrained so I'm looking forward to trying out video blogging and expanding my creative capabilities with a Mac. Finally!

Summer presents its own style challenges with the heat and humidity and if you're looking for some budget style tips, read my suggestions in "10 Summer Style Tips to Keep You Cool and On Budget" over at The Stir. There are swim cover ups, jersey dresses, sandals, accessories and nail polish color recommendations - all less than $100.

I spend most of my time during the summer in jersey dresses, a swim cover up and my Team Betty kit by Betty Designs while training. This summer, I'm teaming up with 13 women to run the River to Sea Relay In New Jersey where we'll form 2 teams to cover 91 miles from Milford to Manasquan in one day. It will be my first relay race and I'm getting very excited. Run training continues into the fall with preparations for the NYC Marathon - my 9th 26.2 - where I'm hoping to PR with a time of 3:48 or better! My cross training goal for the summer is to finally try SUP! Any suggestions on where I can get on a stand up paddleboard in New Jersey?

Are you on Instagram? If you are, come join me for some #styleandshare fun. You can find me @simplychicstyling. My personal stylist friends and I are joining forces to feature a weekly theme to share style tips. July's focus is "Life by the Pool" and the weekly themes are:

week 1 - sandals

week 2 - swimsuits

week 3 - swim cover ups

week 4 - sundresses

week 5 - accessories

Come visit me on Instagram where I feature the beautiful suede cutout sandals in the photo above in Day 4!

Summer is short and it goes quickly so I hope you're enjoying the warm weather and time with your loved ones. Send me your style questions or whatever is on your mind - I always love to hear from you. I especially love to chat about business books! Do you have any good recommendations? I just ordered Richard Branson's "The Virgin Way" after flying Virgin Air to and from London. Email me at elaine@simplychicstyling.com.

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