“The one outfit that you need when the temps go up…”

Happy Friday!  At last, a blog post.  I’ve been traveling here and there and been sick for almost 5 weeks total (off and on, guys.  nothing crazy aside from getting the shingles!).  But really, it’s been a crazy month and I’ve been nutty as a fruitcake.  Haha!  I STILL haven’t posted images from my Hawaii trip, but that’s coming up next, promise!

So back to what I was saying about the one outfit that you need this summer; an all white two piece ensemble.  There’s something about a coordinating white outfit.  Whenever I throw it on, I get the most compliments from people.  I just love how undeniably fresh and crisp it looks.  The Liesl two piece by Fame and Partners is my go-to outfit this summer.  It’s cute worn together or even separately!  The thing that I love about matching sets is the versatility.  I’ve worn the skirt alone with a vintage rock tee and the top with destructed denim.  Oh, the possibilities make me feel like a winner!

It’s a breath of fresh air when I come up with a weather appropriate outfit that doesn’t involve my trusty Levi’s cutoffs.  I say that because that pretty much sums up my summer uniform.  I bought my first all white summer outfit last year and became obsessed!   I’m going to elevate my wardrobe this time around with more sets…maybe more in white!

 

Photos by Arabela Espinoza

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Fame and Partners Liesl Two Piece // Asos Beach Co Ords
Levi’s Trucket Jean Jacket // F21 Oversized Jacket
Cult Gaia 90210 Turband // Asos Palm Headband
Birkenstock “Monterey” // Birkenstock “Arizona” (beach friendly)
Cult Gaia Ark (PRE ORDER!) // Cult Gaia Mother of Pearl Acrylic Ark
Argento Vivo Hoops // Open Circle Frontal Hoops

“How do I wear bralette crop tops? Come see!”

Hey guys!  I’m back with an outfit post finally!  Woo hoo!

Summer is here and the heat is on!  Crop tops have been a major summer staple for a while now.  If you have rocked this look, then you’re most likely going to like the bralette/crop top combo like the one I’m wearing here.  When I tried this top on, I fell in love with it, but didn’t have the guts to wear it by itself.  I just thought that it was a little too daring for me, so my denim jacket came to the rescue!  Problem solved. Layering it with any piece of outerwear will give your outfit a more relaxed, but subtle sexy look.  Balance plays a major role on how to wear a bralette crop top:  Opt for something high-waisted (pants, skirt, shorts) to make it look less risqué.  I like when a bit of skin is showing and most of the mid drift is covered.  Classy is key!

Many of you know about the Nordstrom anniversary sale that’s going on now. Guess what?  This top just went on sale!  Grab it while it’s hot!  Happy shopping <3

 

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Photos by Mikhail Semenov

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Striped Knot Front Bralette (on sale!) // Diaz Tied Crop Top
Levi’s Trucker Jacket // Topshop Denim Jacket
Majestic Filatures Drawstring Pants // James Perse Cotton Trousers
Fendi Cat Eye sunglasses // RetroSuperFuture Lucia Sunglasses
Stuart Weitzman Sandals // Seychelles Sandal

“DIY denim vest”

I know that there are some old items in your closet hanging lonely in the dark, but can be an inspiration for something new.  I had an old denim jacket from high school that I just can’t seem to toss.  I’ve always wanted a denim vest, but can’t seem to find the perfect one yet (picky shopper here) so I thought to myself “hmm, what if I..?” Then, the easiest DIY happened in a matter of minutes and I scored myself a denim vest! Winning!

Who doesn’t love a super easy DIY project?  Easy as in all you need is a pair of scissors to make this happen.  Say what?!  Oh and that old jean jacket of yours collecting dust in your closet.  Don’t own a pair? You can even find one at your local thrift store.  Now that’s a great way of picking one up without shelling out the cash!

Ready for this?  It gets easier.  Start cutting the sleeves off as close to the sleeve seam as possible.  Clean up the edges.  Done.  No hemming or sewing needed.  Oh my goodness, was that easy or what?  Now you’ve got yourself a denim vest!  I love denim vests because you can basically throw them over anything.  It’s my summer staple at the moment!  Here I’m showing a little bit of skin, so I made my crop top daytime appropriate by wearing it with a high-waisted skirt.  I layered it with my denim vest that I made (yay!) to balance it out.  I added printed sandals and a clutch both in neutral colors to keep it simple.  And lastly, sunglasses because you all know this girl and her sunnies are an inseparable bond. <3

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

American Eagle Jean jacket (now a vest!) // Maison Jules denim vest
Feature Midi Skirt // Nicholas window lace a-line skirt
David Lerner triangle bralette // Free People lace bralette
Steve by Steve Madden Catelena sandals // Givenchy Leopard print sandal / DV by Dolce Vita sandal
Louis Vuitton monogram pochette twin pm (from Japan) // Louis Vuitton vintage monogram
Nailed it bangle // Kate Spade gold bangle / Elizabeth and James Margaux bangle
Ray-ban Clubmaster sunglasses // Valley Eyewear DB sunglasses

“Yes to matchy-matchy!”

Own a pair of co-ordinating sets?  Let’s face it, you really can’t get a cuter combo than a matching set.  My favorite thing about owning co-ords is the versatility.  It is a great way to do separates and show different styling options.  For some people, this “matchy-matchy” style may seem a bit much, but you can break up this bold look by showing a little bit of skin.  Crop tops paired with a high waisted bottom make a gorgeously cohesive and chic look!

I am crushin’ hard on Feature Clothing‘s co-ords set!  Two pieces aren’t just for the beach anymore, and this luxe matching set is on my must-haves list this season!  The simplicity of the white is so fresh and I love the diagonal layout of the stripes on the skirt (flattering, ladies!).  You can create multiple looks with this combo by wearing a different top with the skirt and vice versa.  I wanted to show off the two pieces together, so I just added a jean jacket over the crop top for a little attitude and red pumps for a pop of color and glam!  For accessories, I did gold accents and these fabulous sunnies by Valley Eyewear which by the way are SO FAB, don’t even get me started!

Get co-ordinating ladies because matchy-matchy is just so cool. <3

 

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Opening Ceremony Crop Top
Opening Ceremony Skirt
Vintage Jean Jacket // Joe’s Jeans Relaxed Jean Jacket
Valley Eyewear Dash Sunnies //
Charles David pumps // Jimmy Choo pumps

“Crop it like its hot”

We are so spoiled when it comes to the weather here in California.  There are some days during the winter when I can get away without wearing a jacket and I don’t mind it one bit.  Spring is just around the corner and I just couldn’t wait to wear this easy, breezy monochromatic combo.  I love palazzo pants because of of its versatility.  This is my second pair from Zara and I just love the way they design their palazzo pants!  You can pair it with a simple tank, a sweater, a bold blazer and my personal favorite, a simple and solid crop top.  Because of such nice weather we’ve been having lately, I put on a crop top instead.  The length of this crop top is modest and doesn’t show too much skin which I like.  I decided to ditch the jacket and show off my arms because why not?  If the weather permits, I am taking full advantage!  And of course, coats come off eventually right?  So crop it like its hot! <3

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Asos pleat and wrap crop top // Asos asymmetric crop top
Zara wide-legged trousers // Nasty Gal palazzo pants