Thursday, June 12, 2014

summer shoes :: jolie-laide (via trip styler)

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brush off your bongos and point your feet towards the nearest drum circle because this summer's shoe trends verge on hippie-dippie. see also: comfortable, 70s, man repelling and my favourite term from the french—jolie-laide. yes, it's the summer of pretty-ugly shoes, which bodes well for savvy travelers, who are always searching for packable, comfortable, stylish footwear. so, ladies AND gentlemen, grab a kombucha tea, settle in and check out this summer's trends. {i promise i don't mention the return of tevas or shower sandals, but they're ba-aaack...}

women {clockwise from top left}: birkenstock floral-print arizona, birkenstock stripe-print arizona, zara color bio sandal, birkenstock gold arizona, steve madden boomer sandal / Men {bottom left}: birkenstock black arizona

trip styler tips: try narrow-width birkenstocks for a slimmer silhouette. remember that there will be breaking-in time, so wear them around the house before you take them on vacation. finally, socks and sandals are no longer a fashion faux-pas—when done well. try the style with rolled boyfriend jeans or a boxy dress and contrasting or printed socks.

women {from top left}: jeffrey campbell atha espadrille, loeffler randall alfie espadrille sneaker, loeffler randall mara espadrille / men {from top right}: castaner alfonso boot, soludos for j.crew striped espadrilles

women {clockwise from top left}: swedish hasbeens suzanne sandals, isabel marant towson clog, sven peep-toe clog, bosabo ketty clog, old navy heeled clogs

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

top 10 travel essentials :: summer weekend edition (via trip styler)

if buzzfeed, david letterman and magazine culture have taught us anything, it's that we love lists. 21 animal photos that will make you go awwwww? click! 52 places to go in 2014? click! summer packing essentials? click! {see trip styler's mention in buzzfeed here!}

with summer unofficially underway after the recent long weekends and officially underway later this month, my mind has turned to weekend getaways. and, by extension, what to wear on said getaways. i may be a classic morning-of packer, but i dream about what to pack weeks ahead.

with all this in mind, i present my summer packing list, filled with on-trend, internationally inspired, versatile items that "double in the program". between chief trip stylist trish and myself, every one of these essentials is either in our closets or on our summer wishlists {i'm looking at you, handmade mexican sandals!}.

top 10 travel essentials :: summer weekend edition
  #1 - mexican-inspired top {note the bathing suit tuck-in}
  #2 - summer-weight scarf
  #3 - sensational swimsuit
  #4 - easy-breezy beach-to-night dress
  #5 - japanese-inspired kimono
  #6 - denim shirt
  #7 - tank top
  #8 - mexican-inspired sandals
  #9 - jean shorts
  #10 - cropped sweater

clockwise from top left: 1/ jm dry goods embroidered blouse, 2/ heather taylor home scarf, 3/ marc by marc jacobs bikini top & high waisted bottom, 4/ black crane long strap dress, 5/ nicole bridger kimono featuring artist zoe pawlak print, 6/ gap denim shirt, 7/ nsf scout tank, 8/ beatrice valenzuela sandals, 9/ madewell denim cutoffs, 10/ topshop fisherman crop sweater

*guys: your summer weekend essentials should include a pair of 3/4-length shorts {7-9" inseam}, a white v- or crew-neck tee, a classic short- or long-sleeve oxford shirt and a pair of lace-up vans.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

jetset style :: summer swimwear trends (via trip styler)

"if you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain; if you like to look awesome, but think shopping is a pain." i may have taken a few liberties with a classic, but all lyrics point to swimsuit season and the trials of shopping for them. hallelujah, this year's suits reference style more than shape, so they work for all silhouettes. whether you're barbados bound or planning to make a splash at home, here's our rundown of 2014's key trends.

the dream of the nineties is alive in swimwear. from baywatch tanks to high-cut briefs, and sunflower one-pieces to gingham bikinis, bathing suits are channeling beverly hills, 90210 faster than you can say andrea zuckerman.

left to right: j.crew scoopback tank, wildfox mermaid classic one piece, topshop gingham bikini, forever21 sunflower bikini, kore flora maillot, kovey line up one piece
suits that blur the line between wetsuit and swimsuit have made their way from surf to sand this season. look for features like neoprene, zippers and long sleeves, as well as a rash guard {or should I say fash guard?} when you need to hide your shoulders from the uv rays.

left to right: j.crew ratti fish rash guard, seea gaviota one piece, n.l.p. zip-front strapless bikini, vitamin a cannes crop rash guard, lisa marie fernandez lisa marie maillot

photo print
if being at the beach isn't enough, try wearing it on your body. this edgy and innovative print trend, popularized by australia's we are handsome, is blowing up thanks to celebrity fans like beyonce and katy perry. call me a fangirl, but i'd sport this bold, graphic style any day.

left to right: madewell tanksuit in beach day, we are handsome hideaway cupped corset, gray malin x cover long-sleeved swimsuit & long-sleeved swim t, nasty gal lanikai swimsuit

show some knee
men, you finally have more to choose from than board shorts, speedos and elasticized dad trunks. with your hands by your sides, look for a pair of trunks that extend 2-3" past your fingertips {6-8.5" inseam depending on height}.

style notes
  • if you don't got it, don't flaunt it; look for a suit that plays up your best feature. long torso? look for a retro bikini or detailing on the back. apple shape? try a suit with a zipper to highlight your upper body. curvy? look for thick lycra or surf-style neoprene and a sweetheart neckline. boy shape? create curves with exaggerated seams and colours, or choose a bold photo print.
  • colour blocking is big this season. follow the golden rule: dark colours on the places you want to play down and bright colours on the places you want to show off.
  • nineties-style tanks are fun throwbacks, but not ideal for ladies with larger chests.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

jetset style :: kimonos (via trip styler)

a nouveau boho movement is sweeping the planet faster than you can say flower crown. less coachella and more style staple, the kimono is the perfect packable piece for anytime, anywhere travel. 

i wear my kimonos at the beach as a cover-up, with an all-black ensemble of skinny jeans and tank top, over denim cut-offs paired with a wide-brimmed hat {see our favourites here}, or even at the office belted over a slim maxi dress. 

whether you're into cheap and cheerful, fringed and flowing, short and simple, or long and loud, there's a kimono for you at a price you can handle. 

men: feeling left out? look for a shirt with a kimono print this spring. 

trip styler tip: board shops are a great place to begin looking for inexpensive printed kimonos for the beach.

where to buy: #1 / #2 / #3 / #4
where to buy: #1 / #2 / #3 / #4

where to buy: #1 / #2 / #3 / #4

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

suit up :: 17 tips for stylish travel (via trip styler)

j.crew has joined forces with filmmaker/cool guy casey niestat to promote its newest suit, the ludlow traveler, in a three-minute video called travel with style. the fast-paced film documents niestat and the suit as they globetrot 12,000 miles via airplane, skateboard, motorcycle, boat, snowboard and surfboard. all of this while maintaining the suit's wrinkle-free appearance and while offering 17 tips for traveling in style.

this film is right up our ... aisle.

like all of us at trip styler, frequent flier neistat believes that we should look our best when we fly. "air travel is stressful and uncomfortable," he told fast company. "a lot of folks think 'why not be comfy? i'm going to wear sweats and uggs,' and those people aren't wrong, they just don't hold dignity above comfort. i do."

here are a handful of our favourite tips from the film:
  • rest {it's the key to healthy travel} 
  • change {transition to a more comfortable outfit in flight, and freshen up before landing} 
  • start early {don't waste an opportunity; you're only in a moment once} 
  • make friends {talk to locals and immerse yourself in their culture} 
  • wear a suit {look your best; you never know when you'll be invited to a soirée} 
we don't have to dress to the nines when we fly, but there's wisdom in the words of niestat. dress for the occasion. hold dignity above comfort. bring skis.

*if you haven't seen his other globetrotting projects, check out casey's films for nike, mercedes and 20th century fox. they'll make you want to take off without a plan.

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