Go-With-Everything Floral Shorts

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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Details: Forever 21 floral shorts and Marilyn Monroe tee from men's section, Zara black strappy heels, Antonio Perallon bracelet, BCBGeneration affirmation bracelet, Sole Society clutch


Like I've said before, I feel the most like myself when I'm drenched in look-at-me colors and prints. Mainly because happy hues and loud patterns provide an instant jolt of happiness, hence all the smiling in these snaps. I'm always surprised by the pieces in my closet that become go-to staples that I didn't think were when I purchased them and the "essentials" I thought I would wear forever that remain neglected in the back of my closet. Surprisingly, these floral shorts happen to be one of those trendy finds that I return to season after season for their go-with-everything possibilities. They've gotten major playtime over the years because I am constantly finding new ways to wear them (see herehere and here for some more inspiration) while playing dress up in my closet (a past time I've been fond of since I was 5). With a simple switch of a top, shoes and accessories I can easily breathe new life into an old favorite. To further satisfy my ceaseless need to surround myself with bright things, this strippy Sole Society clutch adds an unexpected touch. And throwing in a graphic shirt into the mix, whenever possible, is a super easy way to add sass to a look. Plus, how hot is Marilyn? Can you believe I stumbled upon this tee in Forever 21's men section? Serendipity!


xo
Jess



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Tropical Dreaming in a Flowing Floral Maxi

Friday, August 16, 2013

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Details: Lovers + Friends floral maxi dress (mini dress version here), Forever 21 bracelet and belt, Vanessa Mooney cross necklace


As the summer is slowly winding down, my mission to hit up SoCal's most picture-perfect beaches continues. This time we reveled in an afternoon of beach frolicking at Manhattan Beach. The spot right under the beach's famed pier was the ideal dreamy backdrop to shoot some snaps of this equally magical tropical-printed maxi dress. My absolute favorite seaside ensemble has to be a billowing dress. Feeling the wind blow through my dress and tousling my hair in every which way is an incredibly soothing feeling that quickly takes me to a state of paradise, even if just for a moment. Until my next tropical getaway, Cali's breathtaking beaches coupled with this color-happy frock will make me feel like I'm already there. 


xo
Jess


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Python-Printed Romper + Strappy Black Heels

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Details: Lovers + Friends snakeskin romper (dress version here), Zara heels, BCBG affirmation bracelet and Vanessa Mooney bracelets. 


Animal prints have been hot for like, forever. But, save for leopard-printed accents, I had always been one to veer away from wildlife-inspired patterns, that is, until now. This particular python-printed Lovers +Friends romper was one that I really couldn't pass up. My affection for breezy rompers runs almost as deep as my love for maxi things. Three more reasons I'm diggin' it:

1. The charming shades of turquoise and hints of lavender are downright dazzling.
2. One pieces are life savers when I'm in a I-don't-know-what-to-wear funk. 
3. I'm on a mission to get the most wear out of all my florals, bright prints and cut offs before fall rolls around (even though it's almost always summer here in Cali). 

Problems solved. 


Love,
Jess



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