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Top: Victoria’s Secret (Alternative 1 / 2 ) | Shorts: American Apparel (similar) | Sandals: Forever21

 

These pictures are up there with some of my favorite pictures I have ever had taken for my blog. I know, the main focus is supposed to be the outfit, but how could it be when the backdrop is that beautiful? Santa Barbara, you never cease to amaze me. And this outfit fitted the occasion perfectly.

These F21 lace up sandals originally had tassels on the ends but it looked cheap (I mean, it is Forever21) so I pulled them off. Of all shorts I own these are my favorite, but unfortunately American Apparel’s online store is down at the moment until their new line comes out, and I got these babies a few years ago. They are the most flattering fitting high-waisted shorts! This shirt I also bought when I was in high school, which was… well, a long time ago. This is the perfect example of why sometimes you should just hold onto some pieces. I haven’t worn it in years but now love it even more than I originally did!

 

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Summer Nights Series: Emerald

Dress: Bebe (similar here) | Shoes: Aldo (see better options below)

Sad reality – these shoes aren’t the greatest match with this dress. Sadder reality – when you move across the country with your life packed into two suitcases, packing the perfect pair of dress-up shoes isn’t quite on the top of the list. Β But hey, these Steve Madden babies would look killer with a dress like this… or these, or these, or these… You catch my drift. This has to be by far one of my favorite fitting dresses of all time. As you can see, the seeming on the lines along the hip are coming apart – which is probably why I stole this dress for a whopping 80% off, but regardless – it’s too beautiful (and an easy fix). It’s a bandage dress, so naturally, like all bandages dresses do, it sucks in all the little extra blub you might have laying around and makes you feel firm and tight (I think all of us wouldn’t mind that feeling in a tight dress every once in awhile). The fabric is ultra comfy and the details are all so flattering. I’ve never been able to complain about the fit on any of my dresses from Bebe – they’re magical!

ο»ΏJune Gloom…

Top: Boohoo [similar] | Skirt: Forever21 [similar] | Sneakers: Adidas

June Gloom is upon us here in Santa Barbara, but that won’t stop my extravagant, summer style! Well, it may come with a sweatshirt in hand, but hey – I’m here to conquer you with my sunshine, gloom! Ain’t nothing stopping me. I have to say though, in all honesty, this skirt isn’t the most comfortable… but, we pay the price to have style (literally and figuratively). Maybe only for a few hours, though, as I’m all about being comfortable – so in a few hours time I was in a pair of leggings, bumming it. I’m also on an intense bra-less kick this 2017. If it’s not totally necessary, it’s not on me. Sorry peeps, free the nip 2017!

Five Etsy Finds of the Week

 

Ever since I’ve started selling chokers on Etsy I’ve came across a whole new world of merchandise – a type that I admired more than any other. Knowing the effort, time and money spent making my chokers, I understand and respect the dedication that others take to create their unique products on Etsy. Therefore, I’ve decided I’d start a weekly blog post featuring 5 new shops I come across that I admire, and some of my favorite pieces from them

  1. Aquarian Thoughts

This is by far my favorite Etsy shop at the moment. I’m not the biggest jewelry person, as I tend to lose it all, but I do find jewelry so beautiful (as expected). What I love most about this particular jewelry shop is the delicacy of it all. It’s simply stunning – and I mean simply literally. ItΒ speaks for itself…

 

2. Thread Thugs

This shop is trendy and unique! Many products are based off of pieces found at LF stores – a clothing store only found in big cities like LA and NY and can’t be bought online. Therefore, it most likely has exactly what you’re looking for but can’t find anywhere else. It’s edgy and chic, affordable and irreplaceable.

 

3.Β  Valdenize

This shop is a bit pricey, but makes dresses so you’re paying for what you’re getting. What I love about this shop in particular is the 50s inspired dresses. I have a strong obsession with the 50s era, and I mean everything to do with the decade even beyond the adorable flare skirts and gingham prints. I find it rather difficult to find good 50s inspired pieces, so I instantly fell in love with Valdenize.

 

4. LoisLondonNYC

These beautiful, beautiful, beautiful gowns are fit for a goddess. I will say no more.


5. LanoyeeSilver

This bohemian style shop sells everything from jewelry to clothing. I have always been on the edge about bohemian style clothing – sometimes I feel like it’s a bit too much, but the great thing about this shop is the variety. Not all pieces are overly bohemian styled, yet there are some pieces that are. It’s perfect for all who are interested in the style!

Iconic Style: Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin – if you haven’t heard the name then I’m judging you ( just a teensie bit πŸ˜› ). The English singer, actress and fashionista has made her rounds in the spotlight in the 70s and even inspired the Hermes Birkin Bag (see, you must have heard of her one way or another, she’s legendary!)

Starting her stardom was the controversial song written by Serge Gainsbourgh, originally for Brigette Bardot, “Je t’aime moi non plus”.Β Her fame came quickly and she instantly became known for her relentless, effortless and unique style. Unique being the key point – she was well-known for carrying a straw basket as a purse – a strange yet super chic accessory trend that only she could have started. One day, while boarding a plane, she spilt the contents of her ‘purse’ across the floor right infront of the feet of our very own Hermes, where she went on to explain that she just couldn’t find the right bag that actually closed at the top. there you have it. That’s when Hermes granted her wishes and made the inonic Birkin Bag in honor of her, and of course, gave her a few along the way. She keeps just one for herself, until it’s time for a new, and donates the others for charity.

 

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An older Jane, with the Hermes Birkin Bag

 

Jane Birkin still continues to inspire style today, as the straw picnic-esque purse was actually quite the fad this summer.

Here are some highlights of her most casual, yet chic moments. Sometime’s it’s not the clothes you wear, it’s how you wear them.

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Weekly Inspo’

Little needs to be said about this weeks inspo’… Most of my mood boards typically revolve around an elegant grunge and this one does as well. While I tend to over use the word ‘effortless’, this collage is too effortlessly beautiful to even require use of the word.

Enjoy x

 

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Kimchi Blue…

Dress: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Zara

Sunnies: RayBan

It was an ongoing joke on the 4th of July to count and see how many people complimented this dress, and there were so many we couldn’t even keep track! It’s just so casually, effortlessly beautiful and elegant. I know I use the term effortless quite a lot, but if I could erase every other time I’ve used it and change the definition of it to this dress, I would. Though the front is very lowcut, thanks to my lack of packages it didn’t seem revealing. It’s very light, breezy and cool in the heat, but does shrink in the wash! I almost lost it when I struggled to button it around my ribs, but as the day went on it loosend back to its original fit. It’s a true beauty!

Monday City Style…





Top: Zara (in-store only, similar here)

Jeans: Zara (in-store only, similar here)

Shoes: Zara

I’m a bit Zara obsessed at the moment, as you can tell. They had a huge sale on before the holiday so I took full advantage of the amazing deals and got myself a little going-away outfit! Everything in Zara is incredibly chic, even in the simplest of forms. I was in fits over this bell-sleeved, pinstriped top. It’s light and airy, and simple yet so unique! The jeans were supposed to be boyfriend jeans, but they only had one size left and I loved them so much that I got them anyway! Also, the shoes leave horrible blisters the first few times if worn for long periods of time 😬 but after being broken in they’re super comfy and match everything while being effortless chic! 

Weekly Inspo’…

This week is more of a mood board than a style inspiration piece, but our moods typically reflect our style now, don’t they? Really starting to feel that hot, sweaty, lazy summer heat. I’m really into artsy pieces and feeling all sorts of vibes lately, and finding inspiration from simple things rather than others style. Hope you like it xx

 

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