One Piece Wonder

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Swimsuit

As Summer rapidly approaches, we are seeing more and more of the adorable one-piece trend making its way over all the runways, top designers and influencers’ closets. I was hesitant at first (tan-lines am I right?), but the more of them come out, the better they get and the amount of style they bestow on the wearer just can’t be passed up.

This one by Indah in particular caught my eye the second it came out … and apparently everyone else’s because it sold out twice even on preorder. (It’s on preorder AGAIN so grab it now before it sells out completely!) Nude swimsuits are definitely on trend, and the strappy back to this one (while not the first strappy one piece of seen) is cut perfectly to accentuate and compliment a women’s figure. While definitely made for the daring given the racy cut and back, it’s absolutely worth it (and YES you can pull it off, stop that right meow).

Be on the lookout for more pieces on this delightful one piece trend coming soon… I personally can’t get enough!

 

 

 

Spot the Trend – Embroidered Denim

Jacket (also on sale here in select sizes!) | Dress (on sale but almost sold out – same print and alternate styles/color here and here) | Bag (sold out – similar) | ShoesSunglasses

Embroidered denim is everywhere and I’m completely in love with this trend in pretty much every shape and style it comes in. From denim shorts/jeans to tops to dresses – and of course the classic denim jacket – this may be my favorite fashion homage to the 70s that’s come out in the past few seasons (maybe second only to the bring back of the jumpsuit…)

Pairing something as colorful as an embroidered jacket may seem tricky at first – but pairing prints is already all the rage, and this one is easy to match with. I snagged this easy breezy For Love and Lemons cherry print – which makes a perfect compliment to the rose details in the jacket.

Jackets like these also help to dress down on outfit – making the day to night transition so much easier. I wore this dress during the day with the jacket and easily transitioned at night by removing on the jacket and throwing on some more playful earrings.

All in all – the embroidered trend is looking to stick around for awhile… and will definitely remain one of my favorites this season…

Fourth Fashion – Style for America’s birthday!

Dress | Shoes | Bag | Sunglasses | Earrings

By now I’m sure you’ve seen gingham making its way as fashion’s favorite print this season. I absolutely love the gingham trend and have found just about a million pieces I love in this print – from shorts, to statement sleeves to swim, gingham is everywhere. But one of my favorite Gingham pieces this season is this Fame & Partners gingham mini dress (comes in Red and Black – red is also a trending color this season, not to mention my favorite, so I went with Red, a color you’ll see quite a bit in my upcoming posts!).

The side detailing on this piece truly makes it one of a kind. Sexy and unique, while still overall chic and modest – it’s a detail I haven’t seen on another piece.

For this look, I went with the very popular and famous Cult Gaia ark bag – though I chose the mother of pearl style (new so it makes for a fun twist on this popular style). I love the way this bag goes with so many outfits – the mother of pearl makes it easy to dress up or down depending on the outfit. Because the bag is see-through – it’s also important to be mindful of what’s in the bag. Lucky for me I have a red wallet that compliments the rest of the look perfectly.

These Krewe sunglasses (another clear favorite of mine) in the St Louis White Linen style made a fun pop (as well as having the added benefit of getting me my red, white and blue) and complimented the outfit perfectly. These Schutz heels go with everything and have made a great accent to about 75% of my outfit choices already and I can see them being a pretty regular feature in my outfit choices all summer! Hopefully this piece helps you in getting your Fourth fashion choices in style… gotta look the part for America’s birthday…

La Mode de Parisienne – Paris Style Recap

Sightseeing in the City 

  

Top | Skirt | Sneakers | Sunglasses | Bag (alternate colors) | Necklace

The first thing we did, as most do, is go and see the many sights of Paris. We’d both been before, but I wanted to revisit Montmartre with one of the most spectacular views of the city. Because we wanted to both be able to hike up to the famous Sacre Couer as well – I wanted to be able to wear sneakers. I did NOT, however want to give up looking Par-ee-chic so I decided to embrace what I’m calling the “sneakers and sweet” trend and pair my favorite Supergas with a tulle skirt and off the shoulder Keepsake crop blouse. Both were lightweight which also made it easy to move around despite the heat!

Scenic Boat Ride on the Seine

Dress | Bralette | Shoes | Bag

The weather was warm and I wanted something that could transition from day to night but still felt consistent with the essence of Paris. This dress by Privacy Please in its classic blue and white stripe print was perfect to mirror the spirt of Paris (perfect for a boat ride on the cruise line we selected – the Yacht de Paris). I happen to be someone who is bustier, but was able to pair the dress with a bralette that complimented the dress but still kept me secure (pro tip for you bustier ladies with these trendy low cut necklines). I also wanted shoes that were dressy (the attire was semi-formal on the boat) but still comfortable and these Raye heels I just purchased were PERFECT – not to mention the suede strappy ties make them so comfortable on feet that have been put to the test through the streets of Paris! The hat also made for the perfect accessory – it tied the whole look together while still lending to the Parisienne feel of the look (even the captain complimented me ;P).

Venturing to Versailles

Dress | HatBag | Shoes | Earrings

I knew heading to Versailles that my favorite part of the estate is the gardens which was where I would spend most of my day. I wanted to wear flats while still echoing the regal and floral feel of the large gardens, so I chose this incredible tiered maxi by Reformation. I grabbed the same hat I wore to dinner (clever packing on my part) to keep the sun off my face during the day (which has become ever more important in my thirties #sadface). This amazing box clutch was also light enough to take me through the day easily, while still holding all of my necessary pieces (including my shades).

Date Night and Fine Dining

 

Dress | Sunglasses | Bag

Saving the best for last. One of my favorite things about Paris… you can never be overdressed. I have been dying for a reason to wear this beautiful gown by Lurelly. On top of being beautiful, red roses are my favorite symbol of feminine beauty and strength and have been a recurring theme in my life (Beauty and the Beast is still my favorite movie – the original – and what a coincidence since Belle was French…;)).  I wore this outfit to date night which started with a tour-of-THE-tour-Eiffel followed by night at Epicure restaurant at Le Bristol. The meal was amazing by the way – a true example of the service and food you’d expect from a three Michelin star, and the perfect way to wrap an amazing three days in Paris.

Unfortunately I now have to get back to reality, but hopefully this transported you to Paris… even if only briefly… au revoir!

 

Get the London Look – London Fashion Recap

Get the London Look

Well I wanted to get this piece up for you all sooner, but due to limited Wifi, traveling to three different cities and working like crazy, I couldn’t get this out until now. Nevertheless, I wanted to share how I styled three different looks that translated my style into the London scene effortlessly in three completely separate scenarios. (I even got quite a few compliments from real Londoners – which convinces me I wasn’t totally off!)

Dress | Top | Shoes | Bag

The first look I styled was a work look. I had brought both of these pieces separately and after running out of complete outfits I combined two pieces typically only appropriate for weekend wear into one work-appropriate dress. The top is by The Reformation and the dress is Lovers + Friends.

My fiance had gotten me this bag to take with me as a present just before the trip (quite unlike him – but he wanted me to have something new to blog about… I know, I know – I’m so lucky!). I love navy accessories – and when worn correctly, they can make a great neutral. Here, the bag worked perfectly with the neutral rust of the dress and ivory of the top. My Proenza PS1 (tiny) is from a previous season but this navy one is similar, and if you’re looking for something more truly neutral it also comes in this beige color.

Dress | Bag | Shoes | Watch | Sunglasses | Earrings

Next, for day-time weekend activities – I chose this splurge Alexis dress. This dress took me from the Kensington gardens, to tea at the Goring and was even appropriate for the Chesterton’s polo match (which was a surprise bonus event we discovered during the weekend).

Because we were bopping about to so many places, I chose these comfortable superga white sneaks. Because my shoes were so casual, I was able to balance the look with Dannijo earrings and my favorite Prada bag of the season. I also wore my new favorite pair of Krewe sunglasses (which go with everything – love!)

Top | Pants | Shoes | Bag | Watch | Sunglasses 

My last look took me out on the town. Luckily for me, one of my good girlfriends also works with me AND also happened to be traveling for work to our London office at the same time as me. While the week kept us busy, the weekend gave us some time to get out and about and enjoy London nightlife.

 

We both noticed wide leg pants as one of the noticeable trends currently hitting the streets in London. I decided to do a spin on that look with these wide leg split pants by Cleobella. These pants are lightweight and at first sight I imagined them to be better beach wear than club wear, but paired with these edgier Zhivago top, they made the perfect girls night out-fit.

I wanted shoes that were dressy enough to pair with the outfit, but also manageable over cobblestones so I brought these Raye heels with me. They are some of the most comfortable shoes I own – the suede straps are soft and stretchy and so comfortable on my feet. Not too much the combination of the black of the black suede and casual rope detailing make them perfect for a multitude of occasions. I topped off this look with my go to Saint Laurent blogger bag (how apropos) and headed out for my night out in Chelsea… (the rest… well you’ll just have to ask me if you want those details…;) ).

Well that’s a wrap on London until next time…. see you in Paris!

Who says I can’t wear these shoes “all the time?”

Shoes | Top | Jeans | Bag

… was my response when I decided to completely cover an entire pair of shoes in rhinestones (see DIY Strass post here; linked to the un-studded shoe here). I got a lot of questions when I did this – “but how could you spend that much time and money when you can never wear these?!?!” Um – never? Not sure what fashion-world you’re living in, but in mine – there are NO rules, and if I want to feel fancy AF in my glittery-modern-day-ruby-red-slippers, then I WILL!

It is true – that when wearing shoes that rival the shine of the sun, you have to be thoughtful about the rest of the outfit. If I’m heading out to a nice dinner, or girls night out dancing then its no problem to pair these as usual with something dressier, however, when I wanted to wear these to happy hour, I had to tone the look down.

To do this, I styled the shoes with these ripped jeans by Lovers + Friends LA (I literally cannot wear these without getting compliments and they are so comfortable! I also snagged this Chaser tank (featuring a Longhorn no less – I am so texas now).I balanced the casual feel of the tee shirt and jeans combo – not just with the shoes, but also with these amazing Dannijo earrings I snagged on sale, and full finger ring from House of Harlow (this ring I got years ago, but similar versions by the designer still available here, here and here). I also picked up this clutch by St Xavier (I don’t care how basic I am – who doesn’t love repping their #team).This outfit, while “fashion-forward” is still perfectly appropriate for a “casual” night out with your #squad.

 

Buttercup Baby

    

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that make us happy. Like this dress by Reformation – simple lines, but the perfect delicacy of the fabric and the beautiful buttercup yellow color made me feel like real life Belle. It also matched perfectly with my brand new Prada laser cut bag I’ve been keeping my eye on for weeks (also comes in black, colorblock, micro, astro, and several other variations)!

 

It was perfect for my best friend’s spring wedding in a canyon in Southern California. Watching two people this in love was one of the most beautiful things I’d ever seen – so I had to wear something that was like at least 25% as beautiful as they were together. 😛

This dress did not disappoint and I got numerous compliments all night – it was also a perfect choice for the dance floor, the movement made it a great piece no matter what song was playing.

The simple backless style made it perfect for this AMAZING up-do I had styled for the wedding. I’m terrible at hair so it was so fun to get this braided look done by a professional!

Lastly, with something this simple – it’s so easy to pair with a ton of fun statement accessories (and if you haven’t figured it out yet I’m addicted to designer jewelry). I wore these Nina Beranato pieces from her new Lumiere collection. The gold and slight hint of seafoam green made for a great compliment to the buttercup yellow of the dress.

With amazing designers like these, it was easy to be wedding-ready in no time. Cheers!