A WARDROBE MUST HAVE

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Wrap dress

If you don’t own a wrap dress, your wardrobe is missing out! The wrap dress is a versatile dress style that is ideal for many different body shapes. You can wear this dress from day to night by simply changing the shoes!

A wrap dress is exactly as it’s called, it wraps around the body and fastened by a tie. The tie helps accentuate and define the waist creating a flattering silhouette. It can also be easily adjusted by tying it looser or tighter. Wrap dresses are often created using fabrics with stretch in them, this makes them extremely comfortable. A dress like this is so practical and is wearable all year long! I chose this green wrap dress in a ribbed material, and I’m so happy I’ve added this piece to my wardrobe! I will definitely be wearing this piece now and throughout the spring.

Finishing off the look with a leopard print bag makes it more fun. It’s always great to add texture and pattern into your outfit. If you don’t own a leopard print bag add it to your list of shopping must haves! It goes with more than you think and is practically a neutral.

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“Do your thing, Girl”

 

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By: Angela

1. Create a neighborhood guide for your fave hood in your city
2. Style a sunset shoot and turn it into an event to enjoy with your friends or partner.
3. Look on your own actual bookshelf to create a summer reading list of old faves you want to revisit
4. Attend an outdoor show or event and write a review or recap
5. Take photos at a summer craft fair and promote some of the brands
6. Share your editing process for editing natural light photos
7. Make a craft for your next dinner party, like a cute table runner or drink stirrers
8. Go on a solo walk or hike for some time to yourself and write your reflections
9. Host a backyard cocktail party—have everyone bring an ingredient and experiment with new recipes
10. Take a summer art class at a local arts center or college… you can write about this all quarter long!
11. Find a local networking event and then share insights you gained from the experience
12. Host a crafting in the park day where you get together with your local community to create. You can create a post recapping and one with a DIY tutorial
13. Create a roundup of products based on your favorite summer colors
14. Practice or experiment with golden hour photography and share the photos
15. Create a summer fashion DIY and share the process on your blog
16. Share some travel hacks that will make life easier for summer vacays
17. Use downtime to write a post on a subject you don’t normally tackle, as inspired by our post on surprising readers
18. Have a summer fun photo shoot featuring one of these trendy items or your own summer-themed pool and partyware
19. Take photos during a trip and create something with them that you can do a blog tutorial on, like postcards or art
20. In August, plan any fall DIYs or recipes you’ll be posting, and share a preview
21. Share a list of beachy faves, like hats, bags, and towels, but look high and low for items your readers have never seen
22. Start a food diary and at the end of the season, share your results. Lately I’ve been trying to be more conscious of the foods I eat, and summer seems like a great time to get in a groove before fall and the season of eating finally do come! Plus, I just read this post by Cait Flanders on mindful eating, and it really inspired me to look into what makes my body feel good. Seemed like a good topic to blog!
23. DIY your own summer sea salt waves or beachy hairdo and create a tutorial or before + after
24. Host a theme party, whether it’s just for you and a friend or a full on bash. This post on Lovely Indeed might be helpful if you go the flamingo route!
25. Lastly, use Google Analytics to research which of your past summer posts have performed the best, and use it as a jumping off point to brainstorm more summer content!

Which will you be covering first?

PS If you haven’t seen our spring blog list, pretty much all of them are fair game for summertime too!

Summer Time Essentials

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Sun’s out and this season has a ton of HOT things I want to brag about!!  

To all shoppers: Come down on June 6th for a special event featuring SHE+LO Handbags! Please click the link to shop or preview their ultra chic line and get excited!  Meet the owners Laura Darrah & Shila Nazarian; Laura is actually a local Kailua girl 🙂 They have so many options to choose from & it was a hard decision on picking JUST one but I chose this beautiful mint satchel.  It’s perforated leather, size, & slouchy coolness just go instantly to their online shop to browse. Soon, in a basic black in June though ❤

4 Smart Tips to Improve Your Summer Style

In addition to rising temperatures and road trippers, summer brings with it a hard-to-shake urge to shop. Maybe it’s because the weather’s heating up and those weekend jaunts require cute new outfits, but refreshing our summer closet is an activity we’re probably not alone in anticipating.Read on for the only 4 summer fashion tips you need to know!

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1. Buy summer shoes a half-size or a full-size larger than you normally would.
It’s not the most pleasant of facts, but our feet swell during the summer. That’s why it’s key—when shopping for new shoes this time of year—to buy shoes a bit larger than you would in winter.

Natural materials like leather, canvas, and suede will definitely stretch, so going up half a size should be fine. For inexpensive trendy shoes made from faux leather, plastic, or any other man-made material, go a full size up.

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2. Mind your fabrics.
We love fast fashion as much as the next shopper, but a great deal of merchandise from high-street stores are made from poly-blends that simply aren’t breathable, and will often hold on to sweat stains. To stay cool on steamy days, it’s best seek out materials like cotton—pima or supima is best, but any variety will do—as the fibers are hollow in the center, allowing them to absorb perspiration and release it quickly.

Linen also is a solid summer material—it’s stronger than cotton and a better conductor of heat, making it the most breathable fabric out there. Contrary to popular belief, silk is a good choice for summer as well, since it’s natural, breathable, and cooling. The only downside: It has to be cleaned frequently if you sweat. Also great: super-thin denim.

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3. Reinvent your clothes.
We’re huge proponents of utilizing the tailors your city or town surely has, especially if you’re on the fence about whether to get rid of certain items. A tailor can cheaply transform garments, making them look totally different. A few examples: A floor-grazing skirt or dress can be made into a cute mini, pants can be turned into into shorts, and long blazers into cute cropped jackets to wear over summer dresses.

Another great tailor tip for those looking to try out the crop top trend without looking like a slave to fashion: Bring an old T-shirt and tank top you don’t wear anymore to your tailor and have he or she hem it to show a sliver of skin. Then pair it with super high-waist pants, skirts or shorts. The result: an easy-breezy crop that’s not too tight, too trendy, or too revealing—and can be worn comfortably all summer!

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4. Keep your actual makeup from melting.
We’re always hearing about ways to keep the makeup on our face from melting, but how about the products we tote around with us in our bags? Didn’t think of that, did you?

Try this trick: Freeze a Zip-Loc freezer bag overnight, and before you leave for work, toss in the cosmetics you normally take for the day (a lipstick, a foundation, etc.) While it’s not a long-term fix, it will keep your products cool until you get to work, or whichever air conditioned place you’re headed.

If you know you’ll be outside all day and want to tote along your makeup, check out Cool-It Caddy, makeup bags and cases that feature a fully insulated interior and integrated coolant system.

*Style.caster ❤

Workplace Blues, via My Style Diaries.

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Seeing nothing but a blogger’s own self in an endless parade of similar outfits often tires me out. A lot of Nikki’s posts are geared toward ideas of what to wear to specific events such as a bachelorette party, a wedding or a weekend at the county fair. I think a lot of people are stumped as to what’s appropriate for various occasions, and Nikki does an immaculate job of giving clean, classic, interesting ideas. Her style reminds me of our own lovely Madeline’s: colorful, snappy, spunky and polished!

Song of Style

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By: Aimee Song

As an interior architect, I’m really involved in all of the renovations of me new house. This means that I’m on the job site early in the morning, running back and forth to Home Depot, lifting heavy bags of concrete, and sometimes even laying the tile in the shower. If that was my only job, getting dressed in the morning would be a piece of cake–jeans and sneakers and then out the door! A lot of times though, I have to take meetings during the day for different things, or I’ll have dinner plans without having time to really get ready. On days like this, I like to wear easy and versatile pieces that I can easily swap out.

 

 

 

Samuji

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A Finnish brand with an eye on sustainability, Samuji has all the essentials for the grown-up wardrobe you’ve been tying to build for years. Not only is the quality palpable in every piece, but it just opened its first store in New York City, too (swoon!)

“If you do this, you’ll always look your best.”

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By: THE CHRONICLES OF HER

I’ve always been told that when it comes to personal style, it’s important to be consistent. Decide what you like, find what works for you, and stick to it.

But I’ve come to learn this is only half of it. The best dressed people I know are consistent, but never predictable.

Lately, my style has definitely been consistent (minimal, structured and monochrome), but it’s also been bordering on predictable (hello black blazer, black skinnies, black handbag and brogues), so I’ve been changing things up.

Say Hello Sunshine To Lust For Life’s Olivia Lopez

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The legendary Beach Boys once told us they wished we all could be California girls. If they were referring to the likes of L.A. blogger Olivia Lopez, the sun-kissed style maven behind Lust For Life, we’d share that sentiment.

Only a few minutes of scrolling through Lopez’s sartorial spreadsheet of no-sweat style and dreamy vacation snaps will give any gal the urge to mimic her “bon vivant” lifestyle, in which the best things in life come first.

We took the time to chat with the young tastemaker about the perfect date night, her style evolution since starting Lust for Life at the tender age of 14, and a dream wardrobe of sunglasses. After all, great shades are a must-have accessory when you have an outlook on life this bright.