Tag Archives: summer style

A Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

The printed pant is absolutely everything right now!  I won’t go as far as to say a bold print is the new neutral, because that is simply ridiculous, but I will say a bold print is the new black and an important investment piece.  The kaleidoscope and psychedelic prints have taken over the print scene and add a fabulous thematic touch to each look.  This photo shoot was done on the volcanic beaches of the Big Island of Hawaii, which acted as the most beautiful backdrop yet!  The only way to stand out from this gorgeous backdrop was to go bold and embrace the psychedelic print.  I am a huge advocate of prints and truly believe prints are a necessary closet staple.  Invest and experiment!

Printed Pant

Pants: Gossip on 23rd (similar here), Shirt: Zara (similar here), Shoes: DVF (similar here)

Printed Pant

I mean the view doesn’t get any better than that!

printed pant

It was so windy on the beach that the prints are blurred

Garden of Glam

Just getting used to prints? Trying pairing it with a neutral.

Garden of Glam

And the details

Garden of Glam

Struggling in my heels in the lava rock

Garden of Glam

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Find your summer pinspiration

While we are sadly reaching the last few weeks of summer, this does not mean you cannot continue to be inspired by the exuberance that defines this fabulous time of year.  I normally cling to summer with all of my might wearing shorts even when it is slightly too chilly to do so, but I mean who can blame me.  Summer is such a magical time of year, who wouldn’t want to hold onto it as long as possible!  As a child you covet these months of freedom and carefree bliss and I think that stays with you as you mature and get older.  The excitement surrounding summer and the endless possibilities influence everything in my life and my blog is no exception.  Ashley, Natalie and Erika threw the end of summer Blogger Scene party last week and asked what pins inspired you, your blog and your style this summer.  I always find it interesting to see what inspires others and the effect it has on their creative process.  This compilation of pinspirations is the ultimate guide to summer style and a sneak peek into the psyche of local bloggers (mine included!).

Pinterest

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Denim Vest Take Two

Denim outwear is timeless and fabulous.  This is not my first post dedicated to the denim vest (check the other post out here) and I don’t think it will be my last (sorry I’m not sorry).  I love this piece because it is perfect for layering, enhancing an outfit and adding a little spice to any ensemble.  Throw a denim vest over a dress, pair it with some more denim or let it stand alone as top, however you decide to wear it make sure you rock it with confidence and it will undoubtedly be spectacular.

Denim Vest

Vest: Old Navy (similar here), Pants: J Brand (similar here), Shoes: DVF (found here), Bag: Love, Cortnie (found here), Glasses: Ray-Ban (found here)

Denim Vest

Windblown mid shot

Denim Vest

The vest is no longer an accent piece or accessory, but instead the main attraction

Denim

A view from behind (and holy moly my silver streaks are out of control)

Leopard

The details with a pop of leopard

Denim Vest

PS…I cut all of my hair off!

Denim Vest

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Dare to Bare

Another summer obsession and heat wave survival essential is the crop top.  I know I said it before and dedicated a post to the 90s, but they are back in a big way and the resurgence of the crop top is another wonderful 90s trend that has reared its fabulous head.  While the 90s were dominated by grunge, the crop top has taken on a more versatile role.  Baring your midriff is not only on trend but it can also be done in a tasteful sophisticated way.  This is another trend that I constantly hear people say they cannot rock, but to the naysayers out there I say, you can do it!  As always, comfort is key so only bare what feels right to you and from there, go wild!

Cropped Top

Top: American Apparel (found here), Skirt: French Connection (similar here), Shoes: DVF (found here), Bag: Love, Cortnie (found here)

crop top

There are different levels of midriff to bare so only show what you are comfortable with!

Leopard

Leopard is the perfect complement for any ensemble

Black & white

I went for the classic (and my absolute favorite) black and white combo to experiment with the crop top

Crop Top

Details!

I normally don't go for a midi length but the conservative length is perfect for the provocative top

I normally don’t go for a below the knee skirt but the conservative length is perfect for the provocative top

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Shorts & Prints to beat the heat

I do not do well in the heat and as much as I love summer and all of the amazingness it has to offer, three straight weeks of 90 plus degree temperatures is just too much!  So today’s post is, once again, dedicated to ways to beat the heat this summer or at least cope with it.  Shorts are one of my major summer staples.  I actually live in shorts year round and just throw a pair of tights under them in the winter, but they are absolute perfection all on their own during the summer.  A way to elevate your shorts look is by playing with prints, fabrics and textures.  I love a good jort, but there is a whole world of shorts out there that need to explored and that is why this week is devoted to the fabulous printed short.

printed shorts

Top: old (similar here & here), Shorts: Forever 21 (found here), Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here), Bag: Vintage (similar-ish here), Sunglasses: RayBan (found here)

printed shorts

Pairing a print and a solid is an easy way to experiment with prints

printed shorts

Shorts and heels are perfect complements for each other

You can't really see the shorts in this pic, but it highlights the importance of accessories

You can’t really see the shorts in this pic, which helps highlight the importance of accessories

accessories

Bracelets: Madewell & Fornash, Watch: Michael Kors

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White Hot

This summer is white hot!  White is everywhere and is the perfect (non) color to combat the intense summer sun!  I am a firm disbeliever in the no white before Memorial Day “rule” and encourage everyone to rock white all year round, especially in this intense heat!  An all white ensemble is bold, sophisticated and perfect!  White on white is crisp, clean and instantly makes you look more tan (something I always need help with).  I encourage everyone to embrace this summer trend and make it your own, the possibilities are endless!

white suit

This suit means business!

Photo courtesy of Miss Zeit

white blazer

I could not be more obsessed with this blazer dress! It is absolutely flawless and fashion forward.

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Pacific

white on white

Playing with shades of white

Photo courtesy of Bergdorf Princess

This white maxi is perfect for summer and I love the light dress with chunky boots.

This white maxi is perfect for summer and I love the light dress with chunky boots.

Photo courtesy of Cami Carp

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Rosie Huntington Whiteley looking fabulous in this white hot asymmetrical hemline dress

Photo courtesy of Fashion Gone Rogue

romper

I love a fabulous romper and this is no exception!

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