Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials

Beach Babes

IMG_0373 IMG_0371 IMG_0400 IMG_0382 IMG_0395 IMG_0404 IMG_0434 IMG_0376 IMG_0378 IMG_0393Wearing: DKNY one-piece swimsuit, DSW panama hat (similar), Ray Ban Clubmaster classic sunglasses, Echo scarf as head-scarf, ASOS denim shirt as skirt

 My friends and I took a road trip to the Florida coast recently and it was a trip to remember. All accessorized in our own personal beach styles we loaded up in my best friends Mercedes Benz and took off for Palm Coast. It was a day filled with our love of good wine, music, each other and the sea.

Since, I won’t always be living in Florida (big news coming soon) I decided it was time to enjoy our beautiful beaches. During my time at DKNY I was gifted a couple of super chic one-piece swimsuits, this being my favorite. I was over the moon because normally I don’t buy much swimwear. I’m not a person who goes in the sun much, and I always find a reason to buy another pair of shoes instead. But one-piece swimsuits have more functionality than you would think. You can wear it to the beach and be chic, classy and covered or double it as a bodysuit during the winter.

I left the beach with salty hair, a bit of a tan and the feeling that my energy had been restored. Summer is here so I encourage you’ll to get your best friends together and head for the beach, just remember your sunscreen!

Photos via iPhone 6

Weekender

Weekender

Playful Proportions

DSC_3637 DSC_3650 DSC_3630 DSC_3671 DSC_3681 DSC_3634 DSC_3680 DSC_3654Wearing: ASOS peplum top (love this one), Gap boyfriend jeans (similar), Kate Spade leopard pumps (love these), Express belt, Kate Spade Sunglasses (here), Vintage zipper earrings, Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick (Couture)

When incorporating volume into your outfit things can get a little tricky. My rule of thumb for wearing voluminous pieces is, play it up but keep it simple. For example, this peplum top has a little extra puff puff so I played up the volume on top and kept it simple with jeans on the bottom. And honestly I love an opportunity to do a high low mix. Now of course you can splurge on volume and wear it in excess but be careful not to get lost in it. To play up the proportions you should always clinch your waist with a chic leather belt. Belts are essential for voluminous dressing!

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick has been a go-to product of mine for a while. This lipstick truly feels like suede across my lips and it lasts all day without flaking. Most lipsticks that claim to “last all day” don’t or they’re incredibly hard to get off and come with a hefty price tag. And that’s why this color stay lipstick is the real deal, because it’s inexpensive and it works. Check out the different shades here and go get your next look at me lipstick!

And if you ever need a lesson on volume check out Man Repeller she’s where its at!

Photos by Kevin Huynh

Off the Grid

DSC_3795 DSC_3802 DSC_3763 DSC_3786 DSC_3816 CSC_3822 DSC_3765 DSC_3772 DSC_3799Wearing: Victoria Secret bodysuit (similar), Tim Scott flare grid pant (Instagram), Express belt, H&M hat (similar), Jimmy Choo sandals (similar), Necklace from D.C. flea market, Vintage earrings and rings, Etsy rings, Vintage watch, Sephora lip stain (always red)

When I met Tim Scott at The UF PAM Fashion Show this past April I fell just as much in love with his designs as I did him. Tim, an emerging designer currently based in Atlanta, he focuses on the art of textile design and prints (like these amazing wide leg pants.) His garments capture true individualism and craftsmanship all while making you feel like the ultimate cool girl. In Tim Scott designs you will be effortlessly chic, confident and best of all comfortable. His pieces are versatile, luxurious and cool which gives each piece the ability to adapt into his woman’s life seamlessly. No matter your shape, style or age, there is a one-of-a-kind, hand crafted Tim Scott design waiting to be made for you. Visit his website here, follow him on Instagram and Facebook and contact him for design inquiries.

I am a big fan of intimate apparel I think it’s just as important as what goes on top. And bodysuits have become an item I never want to live without. Bodysuits are perfect on hot summer days they wick the sweat keeping it from seeping through your clothes. You can layer them or if you’re feeling really svelte they look awesome with nothing but a chic pant and killer pump.

Photos by Kevin Huynh

Talk is Cheap

Pretty Tough

CSC_3619 DSC_3463 DSC_3493 DSC_3469 DSC_3516 DSC_3478 DSC_3455Wearing: Forever 21 Contemporary LBD (similar), New Balance 501 sneakers (also love these), ASOS denim shirt tied (similar), Michael Kors watch (love this), Sephora cream lip stain (always red)

So thank God sneakers have come back into style, because my feet have never been so comfortable. Nike, New Balance and Puma are some of my favorite sneaker brands but there are multitudes of brands & styles to fit your needs. I realized that sneakers don’t have to just be worn while working out, but that they are transitional and sleek. Now I’m not saying go full blown Normcore on me but embrace the ease sneakers can provide. And if you ever need more convincing or inspiration I recommend stalking Eva Chen’s Instagram, it’s flawless with sneaker style.

These New Balance sneakers gave this LBD some toughness and edge. The little black dress has been a woman’s haven since the dawn of time but it never get’s old. You can revamp your LBD in ways you never thought, all you need is a little bit of imagination and inspiration. And always remember your pop of color with your choice of lipstick, nothing completes an outfit like lipstick.

Photos by Kevin Huynh