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5 Business Tips From Successful Female Entrepreneurs

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Whether you are starting a business or thinking about starting one, chances are you’ve got questions, and a lot of them. We’ve decided to find jet-setters who give some of the most practical, yet life-transforming advice for women all over the world. 

1. Hire Your Weaknesses

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When Jessica Alba started The Honest company, it was because she had a dream to transform the lives of families all over the world. Her mission was extremely clear “I wanted safe and effective consumer products that were beautifully designed, accessibly priced, and easy to get.” Several years later, with a billion dollar household products empire, one of the major things she focused on was hiring people who excelled in areas she did not. “You never want to be the smartest person in the room,” says Alba.

2. Don’t Seek Validation from Others

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At 29 years old, when Sara Blakely, founder of SPANX, invested her entire life savings of $5,000 to start her brand, the last thing she was worried about was what others thought about it. She made a decision early on not to tell anyone about the project that she was close to. She knew what she wanted and went for it. As far as her family was concerned, “My family knew that ‘Sara’s working on some idea,’ but I never told them what it was,” she says. “Don’t solicit feedback on your product, idea or your business just for validation purposes. You want to tell the people who can help move your idea forward, but if you’re just looking to your friend, co-worker, husband or wife for validation, be careful. It can stop a lot of multi-million-dollar ideas in their tracks in the beginning.” Always stand firm and believe in yourself, it will take you further than you can imagine.

3. Get Enough Sleep

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That’s right; sleep. Arianna Huffington is one of the biggest advocates of sleep within the entrepreneurial space that We’ve ever seen, and from her success over the past few years with The Huffington Post, we’ll take it. Her point, you don’t have to burn yourself out to succeed. In her own words, “We have to change the culture to catch up with the science,” she says. “That has happened many times in the past. We used to believe that the sun revolved around the earth and that lead to a lot of shipwrecks. Now we see a lot of human wrecks among entrepreneurs.” So make sure to get your beauty rest!

4. Believe In Yourself

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Perhaps one of the most successful women in the fashion design industry, Diane von Furstenberg, has given some of the best advice over the years about self confidence, and believing in the dreams you have. Even while being such a powerful figure in fashion, during an interview with BizJournals, Furstenberg said she still feels unsure of herself at times, “Some days I’m confident, some days I feel like a loser, there are no successful people who never feel like losers, they don’t exist. Confidence is a matter of being disciplined about everything you do.”

5. Be True to Yourself

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Oprah Winfrey has become one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in the world. She’s transformed her hardships into some of her greatest successes. When Oprah was rejected by ABC; she left WLS, started Harpo Productions, and launched her own show. This allowed her to stay truly authentic to who she was, and set her apart from all other networks in television. She says, “I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” 

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5 Tips on Taking the Perfect #InstaPic

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1. Good Lighting

The best lighting is always natural light, so whether you are inside or outside be sure it doesn’t look so dark and gloomy. This will save you so much time from having to go through and edit out random glares or bright yellow spots in your pictures.

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2. The Perfect Angles

This is easily considered to be one of the most important aspects of your perfect Instagram pic. Whether you are taking a selfie, or standing full of confidence in your favorite outfit, the angle says it all. If you are taking a selfie for instance, holding your phone right out in front of you with the camera tilted slightly down is most ideal angle.

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3. Find a unique background

Your Instagram feed is a reflection of your life, and you aren’t boring! So don’t pick a plain white background, find something unique that reflects your own individuality. There’s only one you, trust us, with the right background your photo can look even more fabulous. Tell a story through your picture, find a background that puts you in the middle of your life’s canvas.

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4. Don’t be too serious

There’s no such thing as a serious Instagram pic, so have fun with it. Don’t over think anything, just be yourself. Instagram is about owning yourself. One thing we love about Instagram is that you can scroll through someone’s content and look at where they started, and chances are they’ve gotten so much better over time. No matter where you start, enjoy the process of finding your own unique touch.

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5. Apps, Apps, and more Apps.

Our personal favorites are Snapseed and VSCO, they bring your photo to life. Don’t get us wrong, plenty of people can use Instagram’s built-in editing tools. But haven’t you ever wondered how Influencers get their photos to look so fab?! Typically people automatically think it was Photoshop. However, these two apps will bring your photos to life if you play around with the sharpness, contrast, brightness, and different features you will find inside! The best part about them both? They are both free.

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3 Must Haves for your next trip to Bali, The Top Destination in 2017.

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Whether you are reading this in Dallas, Texas or in Manhattan, New York chances are you love to travel. The best part is, so do we. When we set out to find the most beautiful destination of 2017 we thought of the amazing outfits, the adventures with friends, and the experience itself. Then, we found Bali.

Welcome to Bali

If you plan on soaking up the Balinese culture in Denpasar, or soaking up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Kuta, when you land in Bali your breath will immediately be taken away. TripAdvisor recently gave Bali the 2017 Travelers’ Choice award. We put together a list of 3 must haves that you can’t forget on your next trip.

1. The Chic Swimsuit

First on the list of course is that perfect chic swimsuit. Whether you are enjoying time in Bali, or exploring the West Coast of the United States, you can’t go wrong with white to show off the beautiful environment you find yourself in. There are so many cute summer looks that you can find just scrolling through Instagram, let alone the amount of amazing pieces you will be able to find in the Rent My Wardrobe App when it launches.

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2. The Perfect Dress for any beach

We just loved this look. Not only because it meshes well with the Bali #beachvibes we love, but also because you can wear it anywhere. You can take a stroll on the beach, then head to a dinner to finish out the night strong in this beautiful look.

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3. Your best friend to enjoy the adventure with

You can’t forget your best friend that you love to adventure with, we loved the way that The Colony Hotel in Bali has such an inviting experience the minute you walk through the door. The food is amazing, and the drinks are fabulous. What more can you ask for on the most beautiful island in the world?

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Before you pack your bags on your next summer vacation, be sure you scroll through the Rent My Wardrobe app to find the perfect look for any adventure. We already know you’ll find that perfect outfit you are searching for.

rewardStyle’s annual conference takes place in Dallas, Texas

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rewardStyle’s #rStheCon 2017 takes place in Dallas, Texas

Today I’m excited to look back on the most anticipated blogger event for fashion Influencers of the year. This year rewardStyle held their annual conference for the Top 200 Fashion Influencers in Dallas, Texas at The Crescent Hotel. As you can see in the picture above, not only was it filled with so many like-minded and empowered women but @topshop easily won the award for the best garden lunch I’ve ever seen.

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Why #rStheCon

This year the conference covered several important topics for Influencers and brands alike. Every Influencer who attended the conference left more knowledgeable about their industry than when they arrived.

Like many business conferences you may have attended, the conference has general sessions, break-out sessions, and of course great lunches, parties, and amazing networking opportunities. On Friday, bloggers even enjoyed classroom sessions that included a wonderful picnic hosted by Banana Republic.

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LIKEtoKNOW.it is the app owned by rewardStyle that allows fashion Influencers to share affiliate links to what their wearing on Instagram.

When I saw so many cute outfits at the conference, it immediately had me searching for more. Remember to check out the Rent My Wardrobe App to find the perfect outfit for any occasion.

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That’s a wrap!

It was inspiring to see so many successful women learn even more about a rapidly changing industry. Over 13,000 Influencers are generating an income through rewardStyle’s affiliate program. The most exciting part is that you can earn even more cash in your pocket by using the Rent My Wardrobe App to grab an outfit for your next event.

When Fashion Influencers Takeover Dallas, Texas

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The LikeToKnow.it #StartedWithAScreenShot He(art) wall

During SXSW in Austin, Texas last month RewardStyle revealed their first picture perfect backdrop, the #StartedWithAScreenShot he(art) wall in celebration of the new LikeToKnow.it app. Now Dallas, Texas has welcomed the second edition he(art) wall outside The Standard Pour in UpTown off McKinney Ave. We just know you’ve seen it on your favorite fashion influencers and lifestyle bloggers Instagram pages. If you’re into Dallas Fashion, this is definitely a must see wall painted by local artist Alli K Design. The he(art) wall will be around until the end of Summer. Don’t forget to stop inside of The Standard Pour and order “The Screenshot” cocktail for an exclusive refreshingly delicious treat.

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Picture Perfect Shopping

With the launch of the new LikeToKnow.it app Dallas-based entrepreneur couple Amber Venz Box and Baxter Box unveiled game-changing image recognition technology. Most of you have taken a screenshot of your favorite looks, and now with the mobile app, you can literally “shop the pic.” Whether you’re looking at your favorite Instagram Influencer, scrolling through Social Media, searching your favorite celebrity, or your BFF sends you a photo, you can take a screenshot and get a push notification straight to your device with links that let you shop for your favorite items in the photo.

President and Co-Owner of RewardStyle said, “Liking’ has become transactional, but taking a screenshot is the most personal form of curation and it is the strongest indicator of purchase intent.” Have you used this new feature? What do you think about shopping your favorite fashion looks through a screenshot?

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Share your Wardrobe

One of the reasons we love that the #StartedWithAScreenShot He(art) wall is creating a big buzz around Dallas Fashion, is because Rent My Wardrobe can help you put cash in your pocket by renting out your clothes straight from your closet.

The RMW app saves you time and money from high dollar department store prices tags and other dress rental sites. By renting from other women around your area you can avoid all the extra fees we’ve come to know from online shopping. Stay updated with our social media channels for the launch of our app coming soon.

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What’s Happening In Dallas In April

As spring enters full force in Dallas, the bright colors begin to come out of the closet. Rent My Wardrobe is the perfect place for you to find dresses to wear to some of the most anticipated events happening in Dallas. The app is launching next month and will be full of unique pieces from some of the most fabulous closets in Dallas. Until then, we want to keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in the city.

The 2017 White Party Kickoff Event – Thursday, April 13th

This is the kickoff to one of the biggest fundraising events of the year. The Wilkinson Center focuses on transforming the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect. This event will feature great cocktails, light bites and a ton of fun, hosted by the Young Friends of The Wilkinson Center. Plus, it will take place at Hotel Zaza and is sponsored by Park Place Dallas, so you know this is an event to be seen at!

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House of DIFFA: Preview Party – Tuesday, April 18th

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDA (DIFFA) raises funds for organizations that aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing preventative educational programs, treatment and direct care services for people living or impacted by HIV/AIDS. This preview party, hosted at the elegant Joule Hotel downtown, highlights the designer jackets available for auction at House of DIFFA: ARABESQUE! With cocktails sponsored by Kettle One and Peroni, you are sure to have a good time while supporting a great cause.

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Art Ball 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art – Saturday, April 22nd

The 52nd annual Art Ball will support the DMA’s commitment to providing free access to its collections, as well as various exhibitions and educational programs. The theme is “All That Glitters” so make sure to bring out your sparkly outfits for the night!

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Ally’s Wish Boots and Blessings Gala 2017 – Saturday, April 29th 

Ally’s Wish is a nonprofit corporation, which provides a last “wish” to young, terminally ill mothers with small children. This event is taking place at Gilley’s so it will be important to bring out your boots and dresses, as this fun venue is unique to the city of Dallas.

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Still not sure what to wear? Find great looks for these and other events on http://www.rentmywardrobe.com The app is launching soon, so make sure to take great photos of you and your squad so you can rent out your looks and make some extra cash!

Drop the Bonnet This Easter

Easter signals the height of Spring which means it’s time to pop out the pastels, right? Well, we love our bright colors, but we are going to give you a few tips for how to change it up a little this upcoming Easter Sunday. Here are some options on how you can keep it traditional or switch it up this year:

Cute Floral Dresses

This Easter, dress up and feel pretty with light and airy dresses that are easy to move in. This Spring, simplicity is key to looking elegant and beautiful. There’s nothing quite like a Spring-themed floral dress.

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Light Sweater

Spring time can still bring a breezy morning. Pair your Easter dress with that perfect soft, light colored sweater which will look great with just about anything you wear.

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Springtime Hat

Spring is that time of year when it gets nice and bright. This means having a fun springtime hat is an absolute must. Whether you want to go with a bonnet or a brimmed option, hats have a way of bringing out that springtime fun.

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Go Black

Care to show off your wild side this Easter? Why not! You can easily update the classic black outfit and accessorize it with an animal print purse or handbag to get started.

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Belt It

A simple addition of a belt to your dress can help glam up an outfit this Easter, and help you stand out from the crowd. Sometimes the most simple things make the biggest difference.

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Shirtdress

If you don’t want to amaze, you can simply leave people in awe by using a roomy shirtdress to get that laid-back, California girl look.

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Skinny Jeans

If you can’t do without your pair of jeans, and you shouldn’t, then take those skinny jeans you have hiding at the bottom of your drawer and pair it up with a long, breezy blouse and some heels. You’ll feel sexy and comfy in no time.

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We love all of these styles and next Easter can’t come quick enough! Why is that? Because next Easter you will be able to use your Rent My Wardrobe app to get that perfect Easter outfit. Our launch is coming up quick, so make sure you go to RentMyWardrobe.com to sign up and get all of the updates.

Perfect Dresses To Wear On A First Date

First dates can always be tricky. But, planning what to wear is trickier. If you’re tired of the generic stuff, here are some great dress styles to wear on your first date.


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Go Fancy

If you’ve planned something fancy for the first date, then you’ll have to dress the part. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with looking lady-like for your first date. Try a mini-dress, which is not extraordinary, but the secret sauce to this outfit will be the high heels that you pair it with. Include some jeweled embellishments and you’ve got some serious sex appeal.


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Go Nude

Not literally, but when you’re both at the initial stages, it pays to knock his socks off. Try wearing a nude dress that’s paired with tan heels, and make him brag about how cool you are, and that will be no lie!

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Mix and Match

If you want to try out something different other than the high-maintenance look, that’ll probably scare him off, why not go with a flowy, boho dress, and top it off with a khaki jacket.

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Leather Up

Just because you’re going out on a first date does not mean you have to dress boring. Shake things up by adding leather shorts to the skirt and blazer routine. The best thing about leather shorts is they make your legs look a mile long, and will easily make you look sexy. Add a punchy lip-gloss and you’re on to something.


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Try Lace

For most girls, the go-to outfit for a first date is usually a casual dress. You can layer a lacy dress over a simple tank top and that’s all there is to it really. What you get is a sexy but modest outfit that will allow you to impress the guy with your laid back style.

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Behind the Scenes with Rachel Sipperley, Owner and Founder of Rent My Wardrobe

Rachel Sipperley, is the founder and brains behind the idea that is set to change the fashion industry. Everyone who knows her, knows that her focus is for women in business and entrepreneurship, and her passion is to empower women to become more financially savvy and contribute to the community. Get to know her and learn more about the heart behind the Rent My Wardrobe  app in this Q&A with the founder.

When did you initially come up with the Rent My Wardrobe concept and how did you know to move forward with the idea?

I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t exactly know what or how to go about that. A lot of companies that have blown up in the last few years are centered around this idea of facilitating a peer to peer exchange, but not actually selling a product or service. Uber is the largest transportation company in the world and owns no fleet. Airbnb is the world’s largest accommodation provider, yet owns no real estate. It’s about creating a platform for consumers to interact with each other.

I didn’t know what I would do… but I knew it had to be something like that. Although I don’t have a fashion or technology background, I identified a need that, especially in Dallas, girls need a lot of dresses for a lot of events. I constantly was asking friends and having friends ask me to borrow dresses for various occasions. I couldn’t believe this concept didn’t already exist!

How are you using this platform to enable women to be their own entrepreneur?

There were a handful of networking marketing and home parties, like health and beauty products and jewelry sales, that became super popular in the last decade or so – for women working inside and outside the home – to generate additional revenue on the side. The modern woman is looking for ways to side hustle and earn extra cash without having to burn out friends and family. Most people don’t have a few thousand dollars lying around to invest in one of these “avenues” to generate additional income.

Rent My Wardrobe gives women the ability to make a residual revenue on items they almost certainly already own. I envision the app as a platform to teach younger ladies interested in entrepreneurship how to run a business. Your homecoming dress was $500? Rent that out 3 times and cover your prom dress with the proceeds, and then rent that one out and keep adding to your closet and your inventory.

What is your vision with Rent My Wardrobe?

Because I am passionate about equipping and empowering women and girls to work hard, earn a living, and become a “Lady-Boss”, I am adamant about giving back to the community and creating opportunities for women of all ages and backgrounds to flourish. I have a lot of ideas on how to partner with organizations and causes in Dallas, the state of Texas, and nationwide as we expand. We are working on a project to pair up young ladies from affluent high schools with girls in surrounding communities, that are well deserving, but might not be afforded the same opportunities.

Personally, I never went to my junior or senior prom because I didn’t want to pay for the dress. This app changes that and gives affordable options. I have a particular soft spot for military families and children of single parent homes, and definitely want to give every girl a chance to go to prom and rock a gorgeous gown! This partner program will be such an incredible and unique learning experience for everyone involved and something people will get excited about. We want to make an impact. We want to make a difference. By “creating opportunities” that means a literal, hands-on approach.

How does your company help women be financially savvy and why is this important to you?

I think it’s silly to spend loads of money on something you are only going to wear once or twice. I have always been quite frugal and often borrow dresses for events. However, if I could get a killer dress and know that I had the ability to pay for it, simply by renting it out when it otherwise would be collecting dust in my closet, I would be way more likely to purchase that item because I would get my “money’s worth.” Likewise, there are some phenomenal dresses I know other ladies in Dallas own that I could rent for a weekend for the fraction of the cost of buying one. It’s a win-win.

The millennial consumer is smarter and less sentimental or attached to clothing. I believe women are more self-conscious now than ever before about wearing the same thing twice.  Snapchat and Instagram has normalized instantaneously published, time stamped photos. When I was in high school, you could wear your best friend’s dress and “no one would remember.” Now with everything posted on social media, it’s a lot harder for girls to share closets within their inner circle squad. This is a huge factor in why the idea of rental fashion has exploded the past few years. The benefit of a peer-to-peer platform is you are not wasting money on shipping and overhead charges. Not to mention, every dress you rent helps another lady boss get a little savvier too!

You can tell Rachel has a passion for this company and others. Her overall goal is to empower women to become their own independent self and with Rent My Wardrobe there is an opportunity for thousands to do that. One way that happens is with your help. Share RMW on your social media pages and tag us at @rentmywardrobeapp to be part of this movement to change the way we think about business.

The Best Colors for Spring 2017

It’s almost Spring, which means it will soon be time to strip down and pack away the bulky pea coat. Now that it’s time to strip down to something lighter and airier, all that’s left to do is choose the colors. We want to make sure you are flaunting some of the colors that are hot this year for spring and will soon be available on the Rent My Wardrobe app!

Rose Quartz

The soothing and calming nature of spring has lead to the inclusion of persuasive, yet gentle tones, one of which is Rose Quartz. This color easily conveys a sense of composure and compassion. Rose Quartz easily reminds you of the serene sunset, the flowers blowing in the breeze and those balmy spring days leading on to summer. Wearing these colors will make you feel like you are always on vacation.

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Peach Echo

The Peach Echo is another favorite when it comes to colors of spring time. This shade emanates warmth and approachability, two friendly qualities that one would like to be associated with this spring. Let’s just say, this color makes you feel just “peachy.”

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Snorkel Blue

This color palette is inspired by Maritime Blue and comes from the navy family, but with a happier and more energetic feel. While the name alone implies a relaxing spring day, the color itself is incredibly striking, and yet still like the ocean. With Snorkel Blue, you may catch yourself booking your next trip to the beach.

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Fiesta

This is a high-energy color palette, which evokes the feeling of excitement. The strong and fiery color encourages free-spirited exploration and an escape from the mundane.

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Buttercup

Buttercup is a welcome diversion from the usual colors of spring, which is calm and clean. This color can easily transport you to a place that’s cheerful and happier. No, it’s not Fiesta, but this subtle color will definitely make you stand out from the crowd.

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Green Flash

This year you get to go green, literally with a Green Flash. This brilliant hue is a reminder of the persistent influence of nature on all of us. This hue is starting a trend that will continue to inspire designers in coming months. Let’s just say, you won’t need a bunch of bling to stand out this spring.


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Find these colors and other great looks on the Rent My Wardrobe app launching on iOS and Android this spring. Visit us at www.rentmywardrobe.com to sign up for updates and follow @rentmywardrobeapp on Instagram and Facebook.