You may have noticed that I wear my CRAP Eyewear “Diamond Brunch” sunnies ALL THE TIME. This particular pair was a gift from hubby earlier this year. I looooove the shape of them and I swear they go with everything. They look fab with edgier outfits and ladylike outfits, and the black and white colorway is the icing on the cake (though they do come in other colors too). I’m obsessed to the point where I wear them more often than my Dolces and my Pradas. They are already super affordable at around $60 retail, and right now most colors are on sale via crapeyewear.com. In fact, they’re having a summer sale, and many styles are 50% off. Since I love this pair so much, I ordered another style, the “Saloma Tropic” in light pink. The Salomas also look AWESOME and I can’t wait to try them out.
CRAP is a local LA brand, and I’m always happy to support up and coming local brands. The only drawback to ordering from their site is that all sales are final, so you can’t return if something doesn’t work out. Regarding fit, I will say my Diamond Brunch sunnies fit perfectly, and I have an average size head (lol). But seriously, you know how some sunglasses can be too snug or too loose? These are just right so I’d say they fit right in the middle. If you’re really concerned, you can always order them via Nordstrom instead, where you can return them no problem if necessary!
I’m heading off to Florida again tomorrow night! To be honest, my dad is not in the best of health, so he asked me to fly back for another visit (I was just there in March). But at least this time he’s out of the hospital and looking forward to enjoying some time with me and my hubby. Florida is not a traditional vacation for me since I was born and raised there (in a tiny beach town halfway between Miami and Palm Beach). But it’s still a nice resorty area and I will definitely sneak in some time for relaxation and meals with old friends. Traveling there at this time of year is always a bit of a challenge because it will be SUPER hot and SUPER humid. When I was there in March it was lovely, but not so for the end of May. Hence I’ll be packing a lot of lightweight, airy pieces and of course a swimsuit or two…
~ OUTFITS ~
We’ll be there exactly one week so I don’t need to bring a ton of stuff, but there are some key pieces I wouldn’t do without. I just scooped up this boxy printed crop top at H&M. It’s from the Conscious Collection and the material is super soft and light. I’ll probably pair it with some crochet shorts or slouchy cropped joggers. I’m also in love with the kimono/tank combo I scored at Kohl’s last month. Such a pretty print to pair with denim cutoffs (or simply throw the kimono over your swimsuit)! And of course a resort vacation wouldn’t be complete without at least one maxi dress. Stripes are a classic choice. This dress is great because it’s loose and airy. A bikini is an obvious must, and I love this floral embroidered suit from Topshop. I also bought this adorable palm print sundress from H&M. The fit is lovely, and it’s a perfect Florida piece that I’m really looking forward to wearing.
~ ACCESSORIES ~
I try to be smart about accessories, especially for shorter trips. No need to bring more than three pairs of shoes and two handbags, if you choose wisely. For this trip I’ll definitely bring my strappy black gladiators, some trendy flat espadrilles, and a nice neutral wedge. Between the three, I’ll have shoe options for all of my outfits! I’ll bring one handbag in a pop of color and the Rebecca Minkoff MAB is a great choice. It’s classic, and big enough for all my stuff, so this is probably the purse I’ll carry on my flight. Then I only have to worry about packing a smaller bag, and I like the idea of a leopard crossbody. The leopard is essentially neutral, but a little more exciting, and the small size makes is easy to dress up for an evening out. Of course I can’t forget sunglasses, which are a must no matter where I go. I love love love two-tone sunglasses in black and white because I feel like they go with everything. This pair is beyond cute! I always take my grey suede DVF luggage everywhere I go. That set is sold out now, but I absolutely adore this option, also by DVF. I might have to scoop it up as a back-up!
Stay tuned, because I’ll make an effort to shoot most of these looks while I’m there, and I’ll definitely post what I’ve got when I get back 🙂
Okay sooooo…I’ve been a Polyvore member for years now (since 2010) and when I first discovered the site I was OBSESSED. The problem is that it can become consuming, so my usage goes in waves…sometimes I’m just too busy to go there. Honestly though, it’s a really great tool for creating fashion collages for your blog, or (as a stylist) style inspiration for a client! And sometimes I just feel the need to get creative and make a set. That’s where Polyvore contests can serve as a fun incentive. When I do have some spare time, and feel like getting artsy, I’ll check and see what contests Polyvore is running. Last week I felt like unwinding a bit, so I entered three contests in one night. The contests are hard to win because there are usually thousands of entrants, but I just do it for the experience of designing to a theme and seeing how it goes! I wanted to share my recent work, and spread the word about Polyvore, if you aren’t already a user…
First Set: How Will You Style Your Favorite Spring Trend? (in partnership with LuckyShops) I’m all about shades of blue this spring, and I continue to love the midi skirt with a crop top look – it’s kind of sporty, kind of fem, or at least that’s the direction I took it in. This contest is still running, so you can enter too, and possibly win a $500 gift card from LuckyShops!
Second Set: TV Style Icon (Who is your ultimate TV style icon? Pick an actress who always looks great on the small screen and borrow her style!) Okay, so seriously, sometimes I think I watch Pretty Little Liars just to see what the girls are wearing. I love how each liar has her own unique style, but Hanna’s in particular speaks to me because she’s not afraid to be sexy and play with color. Here I created a look that I felt like her character would be happy wearing.
Third Set: Ahoy, There! Nautical Style (Grab your fave striped piece and let it guide you toward a cute nautical look. Are you on board for this trend?) There’s nothing better than a striped tee IMO. Here I styled it with a casual chic denim skirt and some super cute red sandals. The overall effect is nautical inspired but not over the top!
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do you use Polyvore? If not, do you plan to check it out after reading this post? Trust me, it’s fun.
As if you haven’t already heard enough about it, right now is “Festival Season”. For anyone who doesn’t know, festival season refers to the spring/summer barrage of (outdoor) music festivals running wild across the country. The most popular of these is Coachella, which takes place out in the California desert. The ideal So Cal location makes it a haven for celebrities and fashion bloggers, not to mention fashion brands. Festival style is a huge part of festival season. Some people go JUST for the fashion. And as you might guess, festival style is all about mastering the art of laid-back boho. For this edition of Tuesday Shoeday, I decided to style some festival inspired looks paired with Vince Camuto sandals.
I absolutely adore the Vince Camuto “Evel” sandal, especially in midnight blue. I think it’s a great casual chic daytime option. I love the idea of wearing this shoe with denim cut-offs and a midi-length printed kimono. A fringe crossbody bag would be the perfect handbag to complete this look. Don’t forget sunscreen and a straw hat to protect your skin for long days in the sun!! You can easily fake a tan with some golden bronzer if desired.
Dress it up at night with the Vince Camuto “Troy” sandal. This high-heeled gladiator is equal parts sexy and boho. Pair with a floral print flowing mini dress and feathery statement earrings for a boho glam party look. Don’t forget to top it off with some vampy red lipstick!
I’ve kind of loved Rachel Zoe’s line ever since it launched back in 2011. The clothes are fab, and the shoes are even better. They’re kind of pricey but not crazy high-end designer pricey…as in I could definitely afford a pair if I bought them on sale. Since I’ve been MIA for a while, I thought it would be nice to offer a more in-depth Tuesday Shoeday today, and pair some of my current fave Rachel Zoe styles with on-trend spring outfits. Without further ado….
My hands-down favorite style is the Seneca mule. I’m a huge fan of heels, and this chunky style is more walkable than a traditional stiletto. I love the sculptural feel and the metallic finish. Wear with a trendy gingham print top (or dress) like this adorable peplum blouse from Zara. This look could fly for day or night.
If you’re not into heels, or you’re just looking for a more casual outfit, check out the Burke slip-on. Equal parts chic and sporty, I love the woven leather texture. This shoe would look great with a simple chambray shirtdress, like the one pictured (from Madewell). Accessorize with a colorful tote and some trendy round frame sunnies and you’re good to go!
For a definite night-out ensemble, look to the sleek and sexy Skyla mule (also available in nude). This shoe is the perfect combo of retro and modern, and would look smashing paired with an on-trend suede crop top. The top pictured is super affordable via Oasis. Wear with a flouncy skater skirt and a few key accessories for a hot night on the town.
The best part is, all of these styles are available via Piperlime, and right now they’re running a major sale with the discount code “chicsale”, so check it out and take advantage!! Also, let me know if you like this more comprehensive format for Tuesday Shoeday, and I’ll be sure to do more in the future.
Here at Style Me Senseless, every Tuesday is a day to celebrate shoes! Today I’m highlighting a British footwear designer, Sophia Webster. Webster started out as a design assistant to Nicholas Kirkwood, and debuted her own line not too long ago (back in 2013). Her colorful, whimsical designs caught my eye right away, and are a favorite among fashion insiders. Gorgeous as they are, they’re not exactly affordable, with shoes averaging about $600 a pair. However, you can find discounts on older styles via sites like The Outnet. You can also shop for Webster’s designs at Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, and Saks. Her design aesthetic is definitely “loud” which is something I love because I think it’s fun to be creative with fashion. However, if you have more minimalist tendencies, her shoes are probably not for you. Sooooo what do you think? I’d love to know how others feel about her designs.
I absolutely adore Dolce Vita for shoes. For a long time they also made apparel, but it appears they’ve phased that out to focus on what they do best. They offer two lines – their main line, Dolce Vita, and the slightly lower priced but still very appealing DV. I own shoes from both. The designs are similar though the quality of fabric tends to be a bit higher with Dolce Vita versus DV. I’m happy with all my Dolce Vita shoes…the DV line may not be as high quality, but they’re definitely budget friendly and still super cute. Sooooo here are some of my top picks for spring, straight from the Dolce Vita website.
Annnnddddd here are some of my very own shoes, from previous appearances on the blog…
DV by Dolce Vita sandals (older style)
Dolce Vita wedges – I adore the bright blue suede with gold detail.