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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