Texas Style: June 2014

One of my most fashionable friends made a big move from Michigan to Texas.  Daryn is true fashionista, always on trend, always fabulous. Daryn is literally a fashion-aholic. She breathes it. So, when I found out she was headed to Texas, I thought it might be fun to check in with her once in a while to see if her fashion-sense would chance, adapt, be inspired, etc… by everything Texan!  Enjoy monthly updates from Daryn!

From Daryn:

Don’t freak out ladies, but it’s bikini season! Bathing suits have really taken the fashion world by storm and have evolved into intricate works of art. I have always been a swimsuit enthusiast, but this year designers have really pulled out all the stops. My favorite designers include: Mikoh, Pily Q and Vitamin A. There are a few other new faces in the swimsuit scene that you have to check out as well! There are so many great options to help flatter your individual style and body type with patterns and pops of color that will be sure to make a statement. For great swimsuit inspiration and info on top designers, check out abikiniaday.com.

When I shop for suits the first think I look at is the style of the bottoms. The last thing you want is a bathing suit that cuts off those dreaded love handles. I tend to go up a size to prevent the bottoms from digging in those unwanted places. I also prefer bottoms with a ruffle trim or a smooth waistline, ties on the sides can add to that unwanted stuffed sausage look. One trend that has really taken off is the cheeky bottoms, which I think really flatters and enhances a woman’s behind, but if you’re looking for a more modest look than go with the full bottoms. Another common theme is the Brazilian cut, which is basically a thong style bottom that widens a bit at the top, so beware!

For the top, it really all depends on how busty you are. For those of you in the A/B category I recommend going for a bandeau style top, they show off your shoulders and are tan line free! For the more voluptuous woman, I suggest sticking with a triangle top with a thicker top strap. The thinner straps tend to slack on support and makes you look saggy, which is NOT what we want! You may find quite a few styles with push-up padding, but I try to stay away from those. Nine times out of ten you can tell the suit has the padding and I really don’t find it flattering – the natural look is way sexier in my opinion!

When shopping for suits, I try to search for unique cuts and embellishments. One trend I’m really enjoying is the crochet bikini. It gives a great texture and is so incredibly unique! Cut outs are also a huge trend right now. Many bottoms now include side cuts to show a little more skin and step up the sexy factor. Scallops are also making their way back and really add a feminine touch. My absolute favorite look is definitely more fashion forward than practical, which is the multi-strap patterns on the neckline and back. These designs add a unique touch to your suit but will leave you with awful tan lines, so choose wisely! As far as colors go I am all for pastels this season, I’m over the whole neon trend!

Here are a few of my favorites suits:

Vitamin A (fun cut outs)

Vitamin A
(fun cut outs)

Mikoh (fashion forward)

Mikoh
(fashion forward)

Pily Q (for the bustier ladies)

Pily Q
(for the bustier ladies)

Rove Swimwear (itty bitty, pastel & crochet)

Rove Swimwear
(itty bitty, pastel & crochet)

Marysia Swim (for smaller busted & scallop-detail lovers)

Marysia Swim
(for smaller busted & scallop-detail lovers)

 

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Summer Blazers

Whether you pair them with a smart pair of shorts, layer over a flirty dress, or dress up a fabulous pair or white jeans, summer blazers are a wardrobe staple.

Awesome fabrics like linen, allow the blazer to breathe and for you to be covered up, without heating up. Plus, you can embrace your blazer as a true statement piece and celebrate with some color, or go beach chic with a pretty neutral palette.

Here are few choice blazers that I stumbled across:

Banana Republic Cotton / Linen Blazer

Banana Republic
Cotton / Linen Blazer

 

Color Combo: navy & orange

It is safe to say that I probably rock the navy + orange combo at least once a week. I was aware that I loved this dynamic duo, but it wasn’t until the other day that I really stopped and assessed that it might be my ultimate ‘comfort combo’. When in a fashion conundrum, I latch onto my old friend, navy + orange.

As I have shared in previous posts, I tend to dress on the preppier side of life, and nothing quite says preppy like a strong, clean navy paired with a colorful pop like orange. The classic grounding of a neutral like navy is enhanced by the warm, boldness of the orange. Throw in some crisp white, or calming khaki and you are good to go!

If you are looking for a way to freshen up your good ole navy pieces, I highly recommend befriending orange. You may soon find yourself rocking this classic combo on a regular basis like moi!

BRIGHT PINK!

Not typically one of my favorite colors, but I have been very drawn to BRIGHT PINK lately! Perhaps it is something about being on the verge of summer that makes me want to surround myself with vibrant, happy, in-your-face colors!

Bright pink pairs well with (my favorite) navy, as well as all of our neutral family friends. If done well, yellow and orange can even play nicely with bright pink. I usually don’t pair green and bright pink – for fear of being a walking watermelon – but sage / olive can sometimes do the trick.

Here some bright pink ensembles, a la Pinterest!

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Hats Off

One summer essential is undoubtedly a stylish hat. Not only are they super fashionable, but they provide protection from the sun and keep you cool on a hot day.

Gearing up for a variety of travel this summer, I felt like it was time to invest in a new hat…or two.

I have always enjoyed a summer fedora, but have also been smitten by the super trendy panama hat this season. Decisions…decisions…

I found both options at J.Crew Factory. Originally, I purchased both (online) to see which I preferred, but…after an awesome sale and utilizing my J.Crew rewards, I ended up getting both for less than the cost of one (normally)!

Factory Ribbon Fedora J.Crew Factory

Factory Ribbon Fedora
J.Crew Factory

Factory Panama Hat J.Crew Factory

Factory Panama Hat
J.Crew Factory

For the value (and because I couldn’t make up my mind), I kept both. They each ‘say’ something different and have a unique vibe about them. I am sure both will receive love this summer.

So what is the difference between a fedora and panama hat?

Fedora hats are characterized by a sweeping crown, pinched at the front, and often have a mid-size brim that can be snapped up in the back and that dips slightly over the eyes in front.

The Panama Hat is similar, but is rounder and taller. Panama hats were popularized in the early 20th century, most notably when President Theodore Roosevelt wore one during a trip to the Panama Canal.

Both are classics and can enhance your summer wardrobe – fashion and function! It doesn’t get better than that!

Texas Style: May 2014

One of my most fashionable friends made a big move from Michigan to Texas.  Daryn is true fashionista, always on trend, always fabulous. Daryn is literally a fashion-aholic. She breathes it. So, when I found out she was headed to Texas, I thought it might be fun to check in with her once in a while to see if her fashion-sense would chance, adapt, be inspired, etc… by everything Texan!  Enjoy meeting Daryn!

From Daryn:

I recently moved to the “Live Music Capital” of the country, Austin, TX! Before moving here, I used to think cowboy boots, a southern drawl and two stepping, but Austin isn’t your ‘stereotypical’ Texas…in fact, it is the exact opposite. Austin may be the most eclectic city I have every stumbled upon — from the people to the culture, it is truly one of a kind!

Rocking a Romper! (My dad came to visit!)

Rocking a Romper!
(My dad came to visit!)

One thing I love is the diverse fashion here in Austin! A mega trend that I am all for are jumpsuits and rompers. With Texas being SO warm, it is essential to find a way to stay comfortable and cool (while being cute, of course).

Rompers are my favorite because you don’t have to think! You don’t have to put an outfit together, because the romper IS the outfit. It’s a simple fun look and a nice switch up from your boring old sundress.

If you’re more daring, a jumpsuit can be an effortless statement piece. It can easily be dressed up or down, and is sure to be a showstopper. Many are hesitant to try this 1980’s comeback trend, but be daring and you’ll be sure to make heads turn!

Toodles from Texas!
Daryn

Here are a few to check out:

Metallic Moment

Metallic is one of my favorite ways to wake up an outfit! It is fresh, often unexpected, and adds that perfect amount of shimmery shine.

I have noticed that metallic footwear is currently having a moment (and I think it might be here for a while).

As I have mentioned before, metallics can serve as a ‘neutral’, and yes, you can mix metallics. (I promise).

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Giovanna' Wedge Sandal

MICHAEL Michael Kors
‘Giovanna’ Wedge Sandal

Banana Republic Jaynie Sandal

Banana Republic
Jaynie Sandal

White Denim Jacket

One of my absolute favorite Spring / Summer clothing must-haves is a white denim jacket.

Perfect to throw on with a sunny summer dress, flirty skirt or with shorts to keep warm on a cool summer night – a white denim jacket is a fun, fresh, bright spin on the trusty blue denim jacket (another wardrobe staple).

Bonus: it really pops with that gorgeous summer tan (which I am desperately in need of right about now!)

Sunny Yellow

Yellow.

It is one of the happiest colors out there. Sunshine. Smiley faces. Lemons. Rubber rain galoshes. Canaries.

I dare you to wear yellow and be sad. It is simply cheerful.

Have you thought about incorporating this bright hue into your wardrobe this Spring / Summer? You should!

Yellow is associated with laughter, happiness, optimism and good times!
Who doesn’t want to emulate those characteristics?!

Here are some helpful tips on how to pull off wearing yellow:

1. Choose a complimentary shade to your skin tone. Be careful of yellows that can actually yellow your skin further. You don’t want it to wash you out or seem garish.  If you are more on the pale side, perhaps you should stay away from lighter yellows that can dull your skin. Instead, opt for a deeper yellow to pull out more warmth from your skin.

2. Pair carefully. You can be pretty safe pairing yellow with grey (one of my personal fave color combos), navy, silver, white, browns / neutrals, deep plums. Yellow can certainly be loud, so you want to make sure you offset it with something that can ‘ground’ the color. Basically, too much color paired with yellow can make you look like a crayon box…and that’s not a good look.

3. Keep it simple. Yellow is the star of your outfit, therefore, your accessories should be kept simple and minimal. You want to appear as a breath of sun-shiny fresh air…not a school bus barreling through! Don’t over think it!

Bags on Bags

It is no secret that I love a good handbag. I like to invest in nicer bags that are more on the timeless side, so that my investments will last. However, on the occasion I like to splurge and indulge in maybe the color of the season, or a fun print / pattern. No matter what, a handbag makes me happy.

Time to do some window shopping!