Posts Tagged ‘ Summer Fashion Trends ’

UNIQLO x Marimekko

Japanese retailer UNIQLO joins forces with Finnish design house Marimekko for a new summer capsule collection inspired by the joy and optimism of Nordic midsummer.

Dubbed “Joyful Summer” the UNIQLO x Marimekko collection features seven bold prints designed by four Marimekko designers (Fujiwo Ishimoto, Maija Isola, Maija Louekari and Annika Rimala). The designs combine Nordic style and Japanese elements rendered in juicy shades from the Marimekko archives.

Marimekko is a longtime favorite of mine so the second this collection launched I was adding to cart.

Founded in 1951 by Armi Ratia it was one of the worlds first lifestyle brands. Ratia had a remarkable ability to capture the spirit of her time. She presented the world with her much-welcomed vision for optimism and personal joy.  The journey began with a simple dress in captivating prints. A bold and carefree celebration of individuality, the dress became an instant classic. Over the years, the Marimekko dress has remained an empowering uniform for independent women everywhere, always current yet true to its original concept.

Since then, Marimekko designers have created some 3,500 print designs. These designs have graced everything from dresses and bags to ceramics, fabrics, and more. Proving their timeless appeal, the iconic prints have been reborn time and again in thousands of imaginative color palettes. And each year, new pieces of printed artworks are introduced to an ever-evolving collection.

UNIQLO and Marimekko have teamed up several times over the years but I think this may be their best collection yet.  Ligh,t airy and perfect for summer these silhouettes are instant classics.

What I’m Wearing: UNIQLO x Marimekko Open Collar Short Sleeve Shirt | UNIQLO x Marimekko Denim Long Skirt| TOPSHOP Belt| TOPSHOP Woven Shoes| Tommy Bahama Basket Handbag|

CLICK to SHOP the Uniqlo x Marimekko Capsule Collection:

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Sure, summer looks a little different this year but we are a resourceful bunch and we will have our day (or days) in the sun.

Whether your plans include the perfect social distanced vacation with an all-in camping/lake getaway, taking a mental-break day trip to the beach or relaxing by catching a few rays in your own backyard you’ll want to look and feel your best. After all that’s what summer is all about. Keep your cool and soak up those feel-good sunny vibes!

So what are the “cool” kids wearing this summer?  The biggest trend is functionality. Pieces that serve dual purposes. High-tech fabrics and innovative designs. Things that are not only fashionable but lightweight, soft, breathable, have stretch, are moisture-wicking, fast drying and cooling.

When you think of “summer” clothing, nothing says “summer” like Tommy Bahama. From beach to backyard and everywhere in between for over 25 years Tommy Bahama has inspired the world to relax in style while embracing the world around them.

I stopped into Tommy Bahama at Fashion Show to curate the ultimate summer must-have list that will help you keep your cool while looking totally hot!

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Island Active Board Shorts

With a fixed waist band and UV 30 protection these shorts will take you from Beach to Brunch and everywhere in between. Soft, lightweight and fast drying- wear them as a short, as a swim trunk or BOTH! These dual duty versatile trunks are the only shorts you’ll need this summer.

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Linen Braid Fedora

As an alternative form of sun protection – and a potentially stylish wardrobe addition – a summer hat is a great investment. This made from 100% hemp and features an elasticized COOLMAX sweatband to wick away moisture, keeping you dry on and off the water.

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Good for your mind

During hot summers, flip-flops can help relax you feet and your mind. According to research by Cognitive psychologists from Northwestern University, apparel affects the psyche as well. Wearing relaxing flip-flops help calm the feet and psyche.

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Big Island Basics Hydrating Lotion

Keeping your skin supple and hydrated is a necessity during the summer months.  With natural and oceanic extracts, aqua, sage, henna, willow and aloe vera this deliciously scented lotion with keep your skin soft and hydrated all season long.  This stuff is so good that they keep selling out!  Grab some now while it’s still in stock!

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Flavors of the Southern Coast Cookbook and Blackberry Brandy BBQ Sauce

Some of the best recipes I have ever made were from Tommy Bahama Cookbooks and with Tommy Bahama BBQ sauces.  If you are planning any type of an outdoor (or indoor) summer meal these little lifesavers will take your cooking to new levels.

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Indigo Garden Front Tie Bikini

With UV 50 Protection this dreamy breezy set is flattering in all the right places. It’s tall cups provide excellent support and it’s cute flirty skirted bottom covers without looking like you are trying to cover PLUS it’s fun retro design makes you feel like you stepped straight out of a 50’s Beach Movie.

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Medium Brim Scarf Hat and Andre Assous Madina Raffia Wedges

Every gal needs a great summer beach hat and this one is totally packable.  Featuring the same COOLMAX inner elasticized sweatband as the mens, it will wick away any moisture to keep your face fresh and dry.  Looking for a comfy sandal with a little lift?  These raffia wedges have the squooshiest foot-bed ever!

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Maui Jim Olu Olu Sunglasses

These oversized beauties feature PolarizedPlus2® lenses that eliminate 99.9% of glare and SuperThin glass that provides the absolute crispest optics available and has a scratch and solvent resistance.

Keep your cool with Tommy Bahama

Marlin Bar Cocktail Shaker Set

You didn’t think I would leave out cocktails did you?  This cute set comes with a cocktail shaker and two pineapple glasses- perfect for a tiki bar.

These summer must-have’s are available at Tommy Bahama Fashion Show. Stop in, shop and celebrate the Island Life.

*This post was created in partnership with Fashion Show.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Summer essentials


Spice up Your T-Shirt Game with a Patterned Tee

There is nothing like an easy, breezy and totally versatile t-shirt on a summer day, but plain and graphic t-shirts aren’t the only game in town!  An easy way to breathe new life into your summer wardrobe repertoire is to add in a patterned tee.

There is something about a patterned tee that feels a bit more “grown-up” than it’s little sister the graphic tee. Patterned tees have all the style of a blouse but all the ease of a t-shirt. Perfect for upping the chic factor of a casual look or a great companion to an office look when worn with some high-waisted paper-bag style trousers.

When shopping for one make sure to keep it chic and sophisticated.  Stay away from prints that look like anything you would find on a playground.

Florals, botanicals and scarf patterns are the world you want to be sitting in when it comes to this trend.

I look for colors that will easily combine with other pieces I already have in my wardrobe and that have a luxe feel to them- of course anything with a retro vibe is always a good idea.

I snagged this patterned tee for $4 at TJ Maxx last week.  The print reminded me of a classic Hermes scarf and the color palette works with just about everything in my closet.

It’s an effortless and pocket friendly way to change things up!

What I’m Wearing: Zara Printed Tee- found a TJ MAXX | MODCLOTH Skirt | Free People Boots | TOPSHOP Belt | Scotch & Soda Bandanna | Dooney & Burke Flap Bag | CHLOE Sunglasses |

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What is Gorpcore?

What is gorpcore

You may have heard the term thrown around in fashion circles, seen it in print but skimmed over it or thought WTF is that but Gorpcore is a “Thing” and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Gorpcore is the new Normcore, only equipped for the outdoors. Sure, normcore got us into mom jeans, nondescript sweatshirts, and tennis sneakers. But lately, “Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts” (yes, that’s what GORP stands for- named after the trail-mix used by hikers) fashion has been running wild with its own spin on “normal.”

Outdoor gear is officially in.

It’s all about utility and function. ‘Mountain chic’, ‘camping glam’ and ‘ugly pretty’ might be some of the words used to describe the look which mixes in practicality with designer labels, current shapes and runway-worthy silhouettes.

Think a high low mix with the high being something like a Balenciaga Anorak jacket and the low being a pair of Tevas.

Windbreakers, hiking boots, and recycled-polyester fleece. Basically, anything Patagonia, the North Face, Teva, Columbia, and Birkenstock paired with painter pants, Vans, Hawaiian shirts, and Dickies because head-to-toe outdoorwear would be too literal. Fanny Packs can thank Gorpcore for their recent  comeback and so can cargo pants.

Gorpcore’s main idea is that the unfashionable can be fashionable—if you wear it right.

Here’s a peek at some perfectly GORPCORE looks from Fenty x Puma to get you in the mood for a shopping spree at REI.

What is GORPCORE Fenty x Puma

what is GORPCORE Fenty x Puma


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How to Feel Tropical Even When It’s Not

Tropical Print Trend

The warmer the weather gets the more my mind keeps drifting away to thoughts of sunsets over the water, pina coladas, sandy beaches and all things tropical but an islandy getaway isn’t in the cards for me anytime soon.

I live in the desert. It’s hot, there are catci and not a beach to be found BUT that’s no reason I can’t be in a tropical state of mind, or style right?!

If there is ONE must-try print for summer 2018 it’s got to be tropical.

Super versatile and oh so summery the tropical print trend come in a variety of forms from sunset landscapes to quirky parrots, luxe palm leaves, exotic fruits and tropical flowers.  There is a little something for everyone.

Get creative and go head to toe with it channeling the sun-drenched style of a 1960s Palm Springs socialite. Go full on “Magnum P.I.” with a vibrant Hawaiian print shirt or a bit more subtle with a red carpet worthy chic palm leaf print gown.  Dress it up or dress it down wear it for day or night but whichever way you choose to rock it set your dial to tropical and then take it up a notch or two or three.

Not sure how to ride the wave?  I put together my list of 5 things you need to keep you on-trend and get you in a tropical state of mind this summer no matter where you are.

  • A bold tropical print- tropical prints are not only a HUGE trend this season but a necessity to achieve a tropical vibe.  Choose bold vibrant flora and fauna prints with a tropical nod and make sure there are pops of color that include at least one of this seasons hot colors: lavender, orange or yellow.
  • A bamboo handle bag.  Last summer it was all about those Cult Gaia wooden bags you know them they were EVERYWHERE on INSTAGRAM.  This season the trend has evolved into something a little more luxe, the bamboo handle bag.  Whether it’s a leather bag, straw, canvas or even acrylic make sure it has a bamboo handle.
  • Slides- one of the most controversial yet wearable and comfy trends around these shoes are hotter than hot this season.  They are no longer limited to rubbery, sporty soles or Burkenstock-esc orthopedic styles now slides are seriously high-fashion and adorned with everything from feathers to florals and metal details.
  • NARS Body Glow- to me it just isn’t summer without slathering myself in this decadent skin transforming body oil from NARS.   This is the product that just about EVERY beauty brand has tried (and failed) to copy.  It is a lightweight blend of hydrating essences with Tiate flower steeped in native coconut oil which gives skin a bronzed, radiant glow and smells incredible. Apply Body Glow immediately after showering for maximum hydrating benefits. Allow a few minutes for the product to absorb into the skin before getting dressed.
  • CREED Virgin Island Water an instant tropical boost this uplifting scent radiates Jamaican lime and coconut perfect for a dose of tropical paradise.

Tropical Tunes: If reggae music is your summertime jam be sure to check out the new album Punk Rocksteady from the Mad Caddies which drops on June 15th. The album features 12 classic punk songs (standards from the likes of Green Day, Bad ReligionThe Misfits, and Descendents), hand-picked by Fat Mike from NOFX, completely reimagined with a reggae strut! 

Tropical Print Trend

Tropical Print Trend

Tropical Print Trend

Tropical State of Mind

Tropical Print Trend

Tropical Print Trend

Tropical Print Trend

Tropical Print Trend

Tropical Print Trend

Tropical Print Trend

What I’m Wearing: Vintage Tropical Print Dress from StilettosandSinCity | Vintage Gucci Bamboo Handle Bag | Stella McCartney Sunglasses | Donald Pliner Slide Sandals | BCBG Belt |

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5 Things to help you feel tropical even when it's not