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Sixty Seconds of Style - July 20th, 2014

Jul 20, 2014 -- 8:20pm

"Sixty Seconds of Style" - EVERY Sunday Night at 8:15pm with Kim Appelt

Tonight we talked about "sunscreen"

For more fashion tips, visit www.stylebykimxo.com 


Summer is here for most of us this means sunny days and weekends outside. 

When choosing coverage, SPF is just one factor in choosing (and wearing) a sunscreen.

How a sunblock smells, feels, and works with your makeup determines whether you’ll actually rub it in.

Here, a few of my favourite creams to try this summer.



 Anyone who knows me well, knows that Coola is my all time favourite sunscreen.  

I love the smell….especially the Pina colada. The spray goes on perfect with a light mist and it is never slimy or sticky.  

It’s also 70% organic and contains ingredients that sound like they are helping me turn back the hands of time:

plankton extract, acai oil, safflower oleosomes. Sold.

The face sunscreen is always a top seller. 

It’s thin, goes on easily over moisturizer, leaves a nice dewy finish

and there’s no lingering scent after an initial hit of unisex cucumber.

Check out my favourite here.



What looks to be a creamy white lotion out of the bottle actually feels light when you apply it—

very surprising for SPF 50. It leaves skin smooth and dewy, and it’s packed with a handful of antioxidants

(goji berry, vitamin E, and einkorn wheat) for additional anti-aging benefits am digging.

Find Kiehl’s here.




I love this one for the smell. I have memories of Coachella and Palm Springs attached to this sunscreen.  

The lightweight mix of floral notes and sweet banana actually does leave your skin feeling softer post-application.

I think you will love it as well.  You can find it at any drugstore.




Like any spray it’s easy to apply—a spritz, quick rub and you’re done.

But unlike other sprays, this one is an oil so it gives your skin a soft sheen that reflects

in the light in a really petty, subtle way (not shimmery or greasy).

It also includes natural moisturizing antioxidant oils, like argan, which absorb quickly and are rich in omega 3s.  

Again you can get it at most drug stores, but I attached an online link here incase you want to just order it.



I love this one.  I first discovered it at the JW Marriott in Palm Desert.

This mineral formula is not only for infants.

The gentle lotion is ideal for fine-freckled friends and adults with ultrasensitive skin.

It goes on easily without feeling too greasy.  If you are skin sensitive, this is the product for you. Find it here.

I picked my favourites for smell, sensitivity, anti-aging and price…there is a product for everyone here.  


Sixty Seconds of Style - July 13th, 2014

Jul 13, 2014 -- 8:20pm

"Sixty Seconds of Style" - EVERY Sunday Night at 8:15pm with Kim Appelt

Tonight we talked about "Men's shorts"

For more fashion tips, visit www.stylebykimxo.com 



The Best Men’s Shorts of the Summer

Here is a list of what is hot for men this summer, check it out and see what works for your guy.





Chalky Chinos

I love the bright hues that are all washed-out and faded. It’s the low-key way to get more colour.

Colour is in for the guys, grab them a pair of blue, green, pink or purple.  

My very favourite brand is Original Paperbacks in the St. Barts Style.  

Find them here.




Muted Plaid

Plaid makes the cut for this summer 2014.  I personally like plaid shorts a bit more muted.  

This reversible pair from Taylor Vintage is awesome.

Two looks in one short, really you can’t go wrong with these.

Take a look at all of their styles here.

Another little tip…if you “Like ” them on Facebook you get free shipping.





Slim Fitting Jean Shorts

Buy them slim, buy them pre-distressed, and never, ever call them “jorts.”

The look is slim and about an inch above the knee.  

These are one of my favourite pairs by Diesel Denim, called the Thavar Slim Fit.

Find them here.  I also like a pair by Pepe, find them here,

and this pair from ASOS click here to check them out.




Khaki Shorts

These are men’s LBD of the summer.  

They come in a million styles and variations of Khaki.

I like these ones from Zanerobe, they are stretchy and add a bit of edge to the usual Khaki shorts.

Find them here. I also like these ones from Topman and these from Fox.

Remember it is most important to find shorts that suit your man’s body type,

but for a general rule of thumb try to aim for flat front shorts that are a slimmer fit and keep them above the knee.

Sloppy oversized cargo shorts are really passé, keep those for around the house.

Happy Shopping! 





Sixty Seconds of Style - July 6th, 2014

Jul 06, 2014 -- 8:20pm

"Sixty Seconds of Style" - EVERY Sunday Night at 8:15pm with Kim Appelt

Tonight we talked about "Summer Dresses"

For more fashion tips, visit www.stylebykimxo.com


Summer Dresses

The best things about summer fashion is cute summer dresses.  

We all love frocks.  Well, firstly, they take all of 10 seconds to throw on,

and to be totally honest it just feels so good when the wind blows around our legs on a hot sticky day.

This year, there’s a lot to look forward to: the summer dresses of 2014 will be full of bright colours,

bold prints and flattering silhouettes.  If you don’t like the new shapes of the summer season,

there’s always the good ol’ maxi dress, a tried and true classic.

So, to help you clear our your wardrobe to make room for cute, warm-weather outfits,

I trolled the Internet for my favourite summer dresses. Feature dress is from Stillwater The Brand.  

Get it here.




1) The Flared Dress: This dress is a really cute and fun day dress.  

A great option if you have a bit of a thicker thigh as the A-line will make your legs appear smaller at the top.  

Alway a good thing.  A good tip to remember if you have a short flared dress, keep the top high.  

You can show legs or a bit of chest but not both or you risk loosing your class appeal.

Find this dress here. Some other great options here, here and here.




2) The Maxi Dress – The tried and true summer dress.  

The Maxi is multi-purpose, great for a beach day, throw it on for shopping or heading out in the evening.  

Add a Jean jacket if it gets cool and a pair of great gladiators and you are good to go anywhere in style.  

This is one of my favourites by Anine Bing, find it here.

Some of my other favourites here, here and here.




3) The Tank Dress – Easy, casual fun and a bit edgy.  

Throw on a tank dress any wear. This dress does well doubling as a beach coverup,

paired with flip flops or add a cool pair of shoes for an eving of dinner on the deck at a restaurant patio.

Find this one on sale here.  Other Tank Dresses here and here.





4) The Flower Print Dress – One of my new favourites.  

I just bought the cutest Splendid flower dress.  Easy breezy and screams summertime.

I love this one, find it here.  Other Favourites here, and here.




5) The Classic White Shirt Dress – I am not going to lie, I have a few of these in my closet.  

I pull them out for day or night time events that require a casual but more classic look.  

It’s a bit more of and east coast flair than I usually sport but I like it.

I  add a pair or edgier sandals or cute pair of ankle boots to break the preppy nature of the ensemble.  

This is on of my favourites that I have in my closet, you can find it here. Others here and here. 



Sixty Seconds of Style - June 29th, 2014

Jun 29, 2014 -- 8:20pm

Every Sunday Night at 8:15pm, tune in for "Sixty Seconds of Style"

Stylist Kim Appelt (Style by Kim XO) joins me to get you up to date on the latest fashion trends.

Tonight, our topic was 4th of July style: 


1) Cute Dress 

If you want to be the cutest girl at the cookout, opt for a cute dress.

My favourite for summer is always a white dress but for a 4th of July theme I love mixed prints.  

Choose a red, white and blue color scheme that isn’t too overt, and a cut that is flattering in a sexy way.




This dress is a perfect throw on for any BBQ or pool or beach party.  

Comfortable, cute and easy to wear. Find it here.  My white dress is from Indah.  

They have some of the best dresses, find a similar one on their site here.




2) Fun Beach Tote. 

If Red and White striped dress is not you thing, try a beach bag that has a patriotic flair.  

This one is by Ivanka Trump and will go with anything.

When carrying a striped bag, try to keep the rest of your outfit neutral: solid dress or tank and cutoffs.

Find this one here and another one I like by Wildfox here.





3) Laid Back Cut-offs

Nothing says barbecue like a cute pair of jean shorts—and this star-emblazoned version is perfect for the Fourth.

I really like these Current/Elliott Boyfriend Shorts with Star. Find these here.





4) A Cute Tank

A fitted, striped tank is a summer essential.

Pair this one with your jean shorts and you’re ready for your 4th of July party.

Tees This one by Billabong.  Find it here.



5) Cozy Pullover

Steamy July days often lead to cooler nights.

Make sure you have a comfy sweatshirt on hand.

A classic one like this is a great choice.  

One of my favourite brands is Wildfox and they made this sweater patriotic perfect for this weekend. Find it here.





Sixty Seconds of Style - June 22, 2014

Jun 22, 2014 -- 8:15pm

Every Sunday Night at 8:15pm, tune in for "Sixty Seconds of Style"

Stylist Kim Appelt (Style by Kim XO) joins me to get you up to date on the latest fashion trends.

Tonight, our topic was swimwear:

1. The Cut-Out: makes things interesting

2. One Shoulder: this adds a bit of elegant detail, great for a cruise or European vacation

3. High Waisted: retro cool look, if you have a tiny waist... they are perfect!

4. Rash Guard: designers are all doing it... good for sun protection & playing in the waves or pool with your kids.

5. Ruffles: a tank bikini of sorts with the cutest ruffle sleeves

Brands: Indah, B.Swim, Susan Holmes Swimwear, L*Space

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Splash House 2014 Review

Jun 17, 2014 -- 2:00pm
Splash House 2014 brought the sights and sounds of EDM to Palm Springs at The Saguaro Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and the NEW Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club June 13-15th. This was the sophomore season of the 3-Day pool party extravaganze and was given a boost thanks to the recent partnership with Coachella promoters Goldenvoice and LED, a San Diego based promotions company. 
The colorful Saguaro Hotel was a perfect reflection of the music festival, as guests splashed, dived, danced and posed with huge air filled rafts in the pool & showcased fun, creative fashion trends instead of following the typical Vegas "don't get my hair or make-up wet" atmosphere. The same vibe could be said about the music too, as Splash House delivered a more indie sound than the Coachella LED Day Club pool parties in April that featured huge national headliners across the board (Tiesto, David Guetta, Skrillex).
I was pleasantly surprised with the diverse line-up of Splash House DJ's throughout the weekend, which ranged from the legendary Moby, KCRW/KROQ star Jason Bentley, MANIK (who stopped by the Mix 100.5 Party Bus for an interview), XXYYZZ, Purity Ring, Anna Lunoe, Neon Indian, Poolside and AC Slater (Not Mario Lopez from Saved by the Bell).
Festival guests with wristbands were shuttled smoothly from each venue and could enjoy themselves safely without driving. To quote country superstar Kenny Chesney, "everything gets hotter when the sun goes down" couldn't be more true as Downtown Palm Springs businesses benefitted greatly as all 3 host venues, along with popular restaurants Las Casuelas, Lulu's, The Crazy Coconut and Village Pub were all rocking throughout the weekend which clearly made business owners and city officials smile.
Splash House, the vision & creation of Palm Springs resident Tyler McLean definited took another step forward in it's 2nd year proving once again that if you build it, they will come. Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club officially opened it's doors on Saturday June 14th featuring an eclectic mexican-style menu, a fully stocked social bar, an outside pool, VIP cabana's and a huge lawn area that featured a DJ booth and dance area.
The overall scene couldn't be more perfect as the music outshined the hot Desert temperatures. It was refreshing to mix and mingle with a crowd driven by sounds and not by "being seen". As many departed town on Sunday evening, the common words filling the summer air, text messages and social media were... "see you again in August". Stay up to date with the latest details:
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