Neoprene Summer

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Neoprene has been the “it” fabric lately, with everything from sweatshirts to bathing suits being fashioned out of the thick and stretchy fabric. I’m a fan, as it seems to hold every part of your body in the right place while giving of a shiny and trendy vibe. It can be a bit hot for this time of year, but it is so comfortable–like a high end form of leggings–that I have incorporated into my summer wardrobe with breezy tops like this one. I just picked this awesome Derek Lam blouse up from Intermix. It is one of my favorite stores in the city. If I could, I would literally buy one of everything that they sell. They are a bit pricey, but right now you can grab steals from their summer sale with everything an additional 50% off! (Catch the link below!)

I felt like this look was a fun spin on the traditional Fourth of July look. It has all the traditional colors, plus a few more because personally, I like to mix it up. I hope you all have something fabulous planned!

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From Head to Toe:

Top: Derek Lam via Intermix (Shop the sale here!), Pants: Cynthia Rowley, Bag: Brahmin, Shoes: Cynthia Rowley

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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Statement Sundresses

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I love accessories and print mixing as much as the next girl, but when you find a pleated dress covered in butterflies it doesn’t need much else. I loved this little piece from Mango, and it made me wan to cool it on the accessories a bit. All it needs is a simple bag, some sweet shoes, and hair that doesn’t distract from just how dainty it is. Sometimes letting one piece speak for a whole outfit is a nice change of pace from mixing pieces together. Though I love experimenting with my wardrobe, it is awesome to have a few statement dresses in your closet. On lazy days, you can slip them on and look fantastic without even thinking about it.

Fashion should be fun, not stressful, so find something you love, slip it on, and go with it.

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From Head to Toe:

Dress: Mango (similar), Bag: ASOS, Watch: Michael Kors, Shoes: Zara (similar)

Photos by Anabella V Photography

 

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Staying Cool When It Is Just Too Hot

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New York City was unbearably hot last weekend. They weather in this part of the world is still something I am figuring out. You freeze to the core all winter and then you sweat your hair into a frizzy nest all summer long. There are brief periods of relief in spring and fall, but overall NYC is an anomaly of temperature extremes. ON the hottest summer day a thin cotton romper like this one is just about the only thing I cane asked to put on. I added some platforms and vintage shades to make it seem Boho, urban, an more “me,” but genuinely it is so hot out that by the time I walk to the subway I don’t usually feel pretty any more.

My biggest tips for looking good in summer heat are:

  1. Carry around a bag big enough to carry water, oil absorbing toilettes, and your make up for touch ups.
  2. Leather and suede are awesome fabrics that are in right now, but even a suede crop top is like wearing a straight jacket in the heat.
  3. Cotton is always your best bet. (And no, this blog post was not sponsored by The Fabric of Our Lives.)
  4. Shoes with socks or shoes that avoid a plastic-y interior are best. I don’t know how people walk around in ballet flats in the summer here.
  5. Use your sunscreen as your day time moisturizer. You’re gonna need it anyway, and that on top of moisturizer is a greasy mess!

Stay cool guys!

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From Head to Toe:

Romper: ASOS, Bag & Sunnies: Vintage, Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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Half and Half

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I wore this outfit in Vegas to a pool party hosted by Krewella at Wet Republic. Which basically means, this is the outfit I wore to have more fun than I have had any other day of my life. I sort of assumed Vegas was this big, fake, grown-up Disney, that you go to once, lose all your money at and get over. Well, Vegas is big and fake, and converse to my usual travel preferences, I LOVE it. I also love how much fun you can have with fashion when you’re there. Anything goes in Vegas, and this includes with your clothing. I wore this dress, with pops of color, and paired it with Converse to I could spend all day comfortably perusing The Strip. There is nothing cuter to me than playing around with a mini dress and sneakers. It exudes a fun, feminine, yet sorry and cool vibe that I just can’t get enough of. The key is wearing a dress that isn’t too fancy in either a Boho or casual fabric. If you ask me, this is the best way to get away with making sneakers look cute for any daytime look. Your feet will thank you!

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From Head to Toe:

Dress: Shop Tobi, Sunnies: UO, Bag: ASOS, Shoes: Converse

Photos by Anabella V Photography 

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The Great American Roadtrip

Three months ago I met someone in a bar on a Sunday. He had quit his job and flown to America from the U.K. to buy a car and drive across America. We hit it off, and as I had some time off from work, I decided to join him for the tail end of his trip. A little leap of faith and some luck with the timing, and I had the time of my life driving the West Coast with someone who I met on mere happenstance. We went to Yosemite, The Grand Canyon, Big Sur, and Monument Valley and hiked across rivers, up mountains and along waterfalls. We went to Napa, Santa Barbara, Phoenix and San Diego, ate our weight in Mexican food and drank gallons of America’s best wine. We saw Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Fransisco and danced our faces off, ran along the beach, and made friends with a million strangers.

I love traveling. I’ve always had a little bit of an international bias, and would never pick to do a huge scale American road trip. But I learned that I live it such a dynamic, awesome, and unbelievable country. Every little bit of it is so unique. I also learned how saying “yes” to opportunities is the most rewarding way to live life. Check out my favorite shots below!

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