Summer isn’t over!

There have been a couple days this week when I’ve left my apartment or office and felt a distance chill in the air. I know it’s not Summer saying goodbye yet, but the cooler weather has definitely made me realize that Fall is creeping right around the corner. With only 4 weeks left in my favorite season, I’m being 110% honest when I say that I am in no way excited about Fall. {As I’m writing this I’m actually cringing at the thought of another East Coast Winter and am genuinely considering packing a bag and moving to Hawaii! Whose with me?!}

I’m going to assume that I’m probably the ONLY fashion blogger living in New York City who isn’t excited about crisp Autumn weather or the fact that I finally get to bust out plaid scarves and leather boots that have been tucked away in the back my tiny closet or shoved into a full¬†suitcase hidden under my bed. I am, however, one basic b whose excited about pumpkin spice lattes, velvet booties and embroidered loafers which I will save for a later blog post! ūüėČ

In my final weeks of Summer I have been OBSESSED with sets like this adorable Free People flower bomb set HERE!

I’m also currently shopping around for jumpsuits and overalls (2 things I would probably never try but am looking to step out of my normal comfort zone and find unique pieces to transition into Fall.) Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

Sets are one of the best purchases you can make right now because they’re so easy to mix and match with things you already have in your closet while you transition your wardrobe into Fall. ¬†I’m obsessed with these flower bomb bottoms because it’s a high-waisted scort that I’ve been pairing back to my favorite Led Zeppelin tee & crop tops. During the Fall, I cant wait to wear it with block heel boots and a long sleeve crop top sweater!

The off the shoulder crop top is adorable with jeans and wedges but I’ve also worn it our during the day with denim shorts and flat sandals. Honestly, you cant go wrong either way! Shop accessories from my look below as well as some of my favorite sets available now!

Shop my style


Free People

Flower Bomb Set $128


Moonlight Gypsy

Straw Basket Tassel Bag $105


Moonlight Gypsy

Straw Bow Hat $28


Moonlight Gypsy

Beaded Drop Earrings $16


Moonlight Gypsy

Flower Bomb Sunglasses $20


Marc Fisher

Adalyn Ankle Strap Espadrille Platform Wedge $160


American Eagle

Zed Zeppelin Tee $24.95


Moonlight Gypsy

Pacific Beach Sunglasses $16


Converse
High Top Sneaker $55

Shop sets from Free People

Shop sets from Planet Blue

Shop sets from Show Me Your Mumu

Summers Best Swimwear

Don’t be fooled by all the Pre-Fall hitting stores right now OR the back to school commercials on TV because there’s still 7 weeks of Summer left people! Fall doesn’t officially kick off until Sept 22nd so I intend to enjoy every last second of my favorite season while pretending that it’s going to last forever. {I’m not even in school anymore but I still cringe when Back to school commercials come on..anyone else??}

Miami swim week was AMAZING and I am obsessed with so many swimwear brands that I can’t even keep track! In todays blog post I’m sharing some looks from my favorite swim brands at the moment as well as major trends that you can take from the beach to the street.
Click all photos below to shop.

Montce Swimwear

I love Montce Swim for their pretty and playful swim designs. They have an amazing selection of feminine styles with a wide variety of prints, colors and shapes that flatter every body shape. Off the shoulder, gingham print and caging details are some of my favorite apparel trends that Montce Swim has done an amazing job with incorporating into their Summer swim line. Here are a few of my favs available right now!

Montce Swim Emma Calette Bikini

Click HERE to shop all Montce Swimwear.

Beach Bunny Swimwear

Beach Bunny is definitely for the sexy girl who is looking for a statement swimsuit. Strappy details and lingerie materials make this one of my favorite brands for a barely-there beach look. These are my favorite swim looks available right now!


Beach Bunny Bunny Basics Lace-up Onepiece - Stripe
Beach Bunny Gunpowder and Lace Bikini

Click HERE to shop all Beach Bunny Swimwear.

La Reveche Swimwear

La Reveche is a gorgeous swimwear line handmade in Italy with a limited number of pieces available in each collection. Their signature chiffon flowers details are sure to make you feel pretty by the pool. Choose from a number of mix and match bikinis or one pieces..either way, you cant go wrong. Here are a few of my favorites!

La Reveche ASSUAN WHITE ‚Äď SWIMSUITLa Reveche SHAYNA ROBIN‚ÄôS EGG BLUE ‚Äď BIKINILa Reveche DASHA ONE SHOULDER WHITE PINK ‚Äď BIKINI

Click HERE to shop all La Reveche Swimwear.

Del Maar Latin Swimwear

This beautiful swimwear brand was born in Australia and it’s one of my favorites because they have unique, colorful prints mixed with crochet and beautiful shapes that compliment every body shape. With tropical prints and crochet being so popular right now, I am in love with their suits! Below are a few of my picks.

Del Maar Latin Swimwear TOBAGO bikini
Del Maar Latin Swimwear MISHANA Bikini
Del Maar Latin Swimwear MAMACITA SOFIA Bikini
Click HERE to shop all Del Maar Latin Swimwear.

SHOP MY BEACH STYLE

Click HERE to shop all MoonlightGypsy Beach Accessories.

Summer short shorts

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vowboy bootsI have to be honest..it kind of breaks my heart that retailers are already starting to entrance in¬†their Pre-Fall merchandise. HELLO?! IT’S JULY!!
Dont get me wrong…I am SO excited for all the lush velvet and plaid galour that is to come, but I’d like to enjoy Summer mode for AT LEAST another 2 months without being reminded that September is in 6 weeks! Whose with me?!
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walking awayAs you can see from many of my past blog and instagram photos, I have been L-I-V-I-N-G in my One Teapsoon denim cut offs that I bought from¬†Planet Blue¬†in SoHo last month. If I could, I would wear denim cut offs 365 days a year {literally..although I would prefer a bikini but that’s another blog post} which prompted me to write a post about my favorite Summer shorts and all the amazing trends surrounding them right now. These are not just boring cut offs…these are embroidered, patchwork, destructed & embellished denim shorts from my top 5 go to retailers when it comes to denim shorts. Who knows-maybe within the next few weeks we’ll get lucky and score some of these babies on sale!
CLICK EACH PHOTO TO SHOP

ZARA
Zara is killin’ it in the denim shorts game. They have the most fashion styles of denim shorts if you’re not looking to play it safe as a plain Jane. Here are my picks!
Average price point: $39.90
 
 
SHOP ZARA SHORTS HERE!

URBAN OUTFITTERS
My fav branded denim shorts from UO are Levis and BDG!They always seem to fit JUST RIGHT and they have a nice offering of high waisted or low rise (my personal fav to compliment my hourglass shape).
Average price point: $49-$69
My favs from BDG: {How CRAZY cute are these retro pin ups on the right?!}
  
My favs from Levis:
 
Also, side note: Can we talk about these WHY THE F Urban would EVER consider selling these on their website??? Is this a joke?!

YES, THE POCKETS ARE MISSING!!!
And NO I did not link the photo to their shopable webpage for you because if you even considered clicking on it to shop, I might slap you!!

SHOP URBAN OUTFITTERS SHORTS HERE!

ONE TEASPOON
This is hands down my favorite brand for denim shorts. My fit picks are their low rise bandits and bonitas! If you havent tried these shorts yet, you can thank me later!! They are a little on the pricey side but SO SO SO SO worth the splurge!
Average price: $98-$200
 
 
SHOP ONE TEASPOON SHORTS HERE!

FREE PEOPLE
#MyGoTo. You know I love Free People. In fact, I’m 98% sure every¬†blog I’ve written so far has mentioned FP! The last ones obvi aren’t even denim but I love them so decided to throw them in to mix it up!
Average price point: $58-198
Also, they have an awesome assortment of One Teaspoon shorts if you don’t find what you’re looking for on the One Teaspoon website OR if they’re sold out of your size!
  
SHOP FREE PEOPLE SHORTS HERE!

NORDSTROM
If I can’t find what I’m looking for elsewhere, I can always count on Nordstrom. My top brand picks that I typically shop here are Paige, Rag & Bone & TopShop. {Below}
Average Price Point: $44-375
 
 
SHOP NORDSTROM SHORTS HERE!

Bohemian Style: Off the Shoulder

Hello lovelies..I hope you all had an amazing fourth of July!
It’s been SO hot here in NYC but I’ve been LOVING all the off the shoulder tops and cute dresses I’ve been seeing EVERYWHERE! I’ve been living in off the shoulder anything and everything since Spring and it’s definitely a trend that won’t be going away any time soon.
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And as always…CLICK EACH PHOTO TO SHOP THE LOOK!

PLANET BLUE
Planet Blue is where I shop when I’m looking for more of a boutique-like shopping experience and when I’m missing the Southern California sunshine! I actually didn’t realize until last month when I was in their NYC¬†store that their headquarters is located in Malibu..my favorite place to get away on the weekends when I was living in Santa Monica last year! They specialize in Bohemian clothing and although most of their pieces are a minimum of $100, I promise they’re worth the splurge! In addition to their gorgeous clothing, they have some amazing accessories as well.
  
Shop all Planet Blue dresses HERE!
Shop all Planet Blue Tops HERE!

MISS JUNE
I absolutely adore this brand for their unique style and pieces! Everything feels very one-of-a-kind and boutique style like no one else in the world will own the same item as you. Embroidery, tassels and pom poms? YES PLEASE! My ultimate favorite are their beautiful swim cover ups.
  
Shop Miss June dresses HERE!
Shop Miss June Tops HERE!

SHOW ME YOUR MUMU
If you haven’t heard of this brand yet I’m sure you will soon..They are blowing up! Show me your Mumu is my favorite brand for their tropical prints and beach vibes. They have gorgeous maxi dresses and cute rompers that are reasonably priced, all proudly made in the USA! This is definitely an amazing brand to watch as I’ve noticed more and more retailers are beginning to carry their clothing.
  
Shop Show Me Your Mumu dresses and rompers HERE!
Shop Show Me Your Mumu Tops HERE!

FREE PEOPLE
What can I say? Free people will always be at the top of my list. I actually just purchased the adorable Flower bomb set in the middle..the bottom portion is actually a skort! Has anyone else noticed how popular sets are becoming lately by the way?? Adding that to my list of upcoming trends to blog about!!
   
Shop Free People dresses HERE!
Shop Free People Tops HERE!

Summer Bralette Babe: The Best Brands

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Hey Boho Babes! I am SO excited that it’s officially SUMMER!! Longer days and hot weather definitely put me in a happy mood because it also¬†means 90 degree days in NYC. {Can I get an Amen?!}
If there’s one major trend out there I love for hot Summer days it’s bralettes! Not only are they easy to layer and style under tanks, dresses and overalls, but they keep you cool and register the Bohemian style that I adore. Pretty feminine lace and floral? I AM IN!
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Below I am showcasing my favorite bralettes out there right now from retailers that I feel dominate the bralette market. Each of them have a different vibe (i.e. casual, sexy, feminine), different levels of comfort and different price point ranges so you can shop for whatever vibe and price you’re looking for.

Ready? Here we go!

VICTORIA’S SECRET:¬†Best at Feminine and Sexy Bralettes
{Lets start here because, well..I work for them!! And honestly, they have the BEST variety}
Trends: Romantic and feminine lace, strappy details, applique, pretty layering pieces AND bralettes that can be worn as a top
Price Range: $20-$54.50
SHOP VS BRALETTES HERE!
  

URBAN OUTFITTERS: Best at Casual & Comfortable Bralettes
Trends: Sporty, mesh, embroidery and applique.
Price Range: $16-48
SHOP URBAN OUTFITTERS BRALETTES HERE!
  

FOR LOVE & LEMONS: Best at Romantic & Unique Bralettes
If you’re willing to splurge a bit, this is the place to find pretty and unique pieces!
Trends: Embroidery, lace, bows, applique and strappy.
Price Range: $41-$140
SHOP FOR LOVE AND LEMONS BRALETTES HERE!
  

NASTY GAL: Best at Sexy and Playful Bralettes
Trends: Strappy, lace, applique and embroidery.
Price Range: $20-$50
SHOP NASTY GAL BRALETTES HERE!
  

FREE PEOPLE: Best at Feminine & Flirty Bralettes
Trends: Layering pieces, lace, mesh, smooth options.
Price Range: $20-$78
SHOP FREE PEOPLE BRALETTES HERE!
  

Top 10 Fav Embroidered Finds for Spring

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I’ve been in embroidery heaven this Spring! There are so many gorgeous pieces to shop right now from apparel to jewelry to footwear so I decided¬†to curate¬†my 10 favorite embroidered accessory finds for the season. You can shop directly from this blog post by clicking on each photo.
HAPPY SHOPPING!
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Embroidered Pom Pom Wristlet (Moonlight Gypsy) $30

Embroidered Earrings (Moonlight Gypsy) $22

Fantasia Coin Purse (Nordstrom) $25

Embroidered Mule (Asos) $40

Brocade Backpack $ (Free People) $68


Jessica Simpson Lace Up Espadrille (DSW) $49.95

 

Embroidered Fanny Pack (Asos) $21

Embroidered Choker (Asos) $13

Sketchers embroidered sneaker (DSW) $64.95

Embroidered Bejeweled iPhone Case (Free People) $28

Curls for days! {How I get my long lasting curls}

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How do I get long lasting,¬†beautiful curls you ask?? Here’s my “mane” regimen of¬†tools and products I use and LOVE!
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
1) A damn good blow dryer (brand recommendations below!)
2) Regular Hair brush
3) Round Brush
4) Deep conditioning mask
5) Smoothing serum
6) Hair clips
7) Curling wand
8) Finishing cream or serum
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FINDING THE RIGHT BLOW DRYER
If you’re looking for a great blow dryer, I would recommend one that has at least 1875 watts of power + using the blow straight attachment on the end that¬†typically comes with most blow dryers. I used to be the¬†haircare Buyer at Macys.com so I personally feel it’s worth it to splurge on a good blow dryer because you’ll have it for years AND because more expensive ones typically have ceramic, ionic or torumaline technology.¬†This technology helps to lessen frizz and reduce the amount of heat damage to your hair. If you’re looking to learn more about the difference between these technologies, read more¬†HERE. In addition, many brands offer a 1 to 2 year warranty which is sometimes also renewable for a small price in case something goes wrong or it breaks.
Best brands (in my¬†opinion) are¬†Solano,¬†Babyliss¬†and¬†DryBar. For the ultimate splurge, go for¬†T3¬†or¬†GHD. Personally, I use and love Solano because I feel like you’re getting a good value without spending $250+.
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PREPPING + THE PERFECT BLOW DRY
Step 1
In the shower, wash your hair as you normally would with shampoo & conditioner.
After conditioning, I recommend using L’Oreal’s total repair damage erasing hair mask in the shower. It will make your hair feel¬†soon soft and adds an extra layer of protection to hair breakage and heat damage. It’s only $5.99 at Target.com and you can shop the product¬†HERE.
After you apply the mask, and let it soak in for 5 min per the instructions. Brush your hair out in the shower using a detangling brush (I use the $15 Tangle Teaser from Sephora HERE) and rinse out the mask under COLD water. The cold temperature of the water actually helps to reduce frizz!
Step 2
Once out of the shower, towel dry and brush out your hair before¬†applying a smoothing or¬†frizz reducing hair serum. Ive been using John Frieda’s anti-frizz and smoothing hair serum for YEARS and swear by it! It works wonders for my natural beach waves and curly hair as well, even on humid and rainy days. It’s only $7.99 at Target.com and you can shop this product¬†HERE.
Let your hair naturally air dry for 20 minutes before blow drying {as long as you’re not in a rush}. This reduces frizz and dry time..the best of both worlds!
Step 3
Start by sectioning your hair half up with a clip. (I find that it’s easiest to blow dry the bottom portion of my hair first.)
 
Section off the bottom half into two sections and pick a side to start with. Depending on the thickness of your hair, you may need to break this section out into 2 more using another clip. I have super thick hair so I do but it’s not always necessary!
 
Step 4
Start with a round brush at your head and place your blow dryer on the round brush, working your way down the section. Simply repeat this step over and over until each section is dry. Make sure to completely blow dry each section of hair before moving to the next section!
 
Step 5
After blow drying the bottom potion of your hair, break out the top portion into 2 or 4 sections as you did the bottom portion, again depending on the thickness of your hair. Dry each section at a time until complete.
Once your hair is completely dry, I recommend waiting until the next day to actually curl it. This allows your hair to produce natural oils which will hold your curls better and longer!
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CURLING
Just as I walked you through blow drying your hair in sections, I also curl my hair utilizing the same sections. Most importantly, I use a wand instead of a traditional curling iron because you can start curls closer to your head and because a wand holds curls better. I use the Conair Infiniti Pro Curling wand, only $20 at Ulta. It will take some getting used to but I promise you will be SO happy with it once you learn how to use it! I may take you 4-5 times to get the hang of it. Buy this amazing wand at Ulta Beauty HERE.
Step 1
Start by clipping the top half of your hair up. Break the bottom portion of your hair into 2 sections and start with about an inch thickness of hair and begin with the wand pointing down and thickest part of the curling wand on your section of hair closest to your head. Wrap your hair around over and over working your section of hair down the wand. Again, it may take some practice but I promise you will get the hang of it!
Step 2
Once you finish curling the bottom section of your hair, begin with the top section. As when you blow dried, break out the top portion into 2 sections. Start with an inch of hair and continue to wrap it around the wand, again with the wand pointing down and thickest part closest to your head. Repeat with each section until complete.
Step 3
For finishing touches on my curls, I use biosilk. It’s smells¬†AMAZING and also makes your hair luxuriously soft. You can purchase a travel size version that goes a long way for $15 at Ulta Beauty¬†HERE.
It may come as a shock,¬†but hair spray is an absolute NO NO for me. It allows my curls to look more natural when I sleep on them. I’m able to make my curls last up to 3 days and use dry shampoo & conditioner to look fab all week!
If you’re looking to make your blow dry and curls last longer, I recommend using dry shampoo and conditioner each morning. I use Oscar Blandi, Living proof or Drybar¬†brand but prefer the powder over the spray because I feel like it absorbs grease and dirt much better. Shop Sephora’s dry shampoo products¬†HERE¬†and dry conditioner¬†products¬†HERE.

Happy Curling!