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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two Bikini Tops You Must Try This Month!

Hey Fashionista! Last week I came face-to-face with a less than pretty situation. Ok, no, I'm lying. It was a horrifying situation. What exactly was unsettling? Confronting my swimwear drawer.  I know. I sound like I'm over-reacting, but let me just tell you a little bit about the suit combinations I've collected over the years...and then maybe you'll believe me.

My not-so-favorite piece in the pile was an *ultra* pink sequin triangle top that closely resembled snake skin so brilliantly that you couldn't help but imagine a stripper wearing it for the 'floor show.'  Was I drunk when I bought it? No. But maybe I should've told you I was so I could save myself the humiliation I'm feeling right about NOW. LoL!

Or how about this one: a worn-out flag bikini with the bottoms so stretched out that it could easily fit the bumper of my car?? YEP! So not kidding. And to clarify: at no point did I ever weigh 3 tons. (I think Old Navy's swimwear quality just blows...at least for this bikini.) 

See..told ya! Not a pretty situation.

I assure you though, I didn't drink a bottle of wine and slink into the corner to wallow over my bad swimwear choices. No. Instead I shopped for fresh and exciting new bikinis from my trusted fashionable bikini source: Victoria's Secret Swim catalog!! 

In the process of shopping for new pieces, I actually found a way to make it budget-friendly and super stylish for all to wear! 

Among the many fabulous choices presented in this lovely publication (that didn't involve stripper-pink snake skin) I found two fabulous bikini tops you must try this month with your favorite pair of bikini bottoms.  




So the fringe bikini top has been in-style for a while now.  What makes it more fun and current is wearing it on a halter top.  

I ordered this in light blue and I couldn't be happier. The blue reminds me of a Tiffany-blue. I mean....who doesn't love "Tiffany blue?" It's a gorgeous color! And goes with other various prints and colors as well.  

I love how comfortable and supportive it is. I definitely recommend putting this top on your shopping list this month! Oh, and the best part is that it's only $28.50!




The last top I'm in love with is the "Flounce Halter" top.  I have yet to get this. Actually, I might hop on VictoriasSecret.com and purchase it when I'm through typing this blog! The style is so refreshing and adorable. It reminds me of wearing a pretty ruffle-y dress in the spring.  I can't imagine it not looking lovely with various types of bikini bottoms as well. This top also starts at $28.50!

Both of these tops are refreshing and are worthy of your attention! What's even more fantastic is that they're budget-friendly. So don't worry if your wallet is a little tight this month. Just grab your favorite style and remix it with your favorite bottoms to stay on point this summer. :)
I hope you enjoyed reading my take on the two bikini tops you must try this month! Let me know which top you'd most want to try this summer below or by email @ info(at)thefashionistacoach(dot)com!  Wishing you a fabulously fun (and short!!) week!!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Main Photo Credit: Pinterest.com 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Red, White & Blue Sales Event

Visit my shop @ www.TheFashionistaCoach.storenvy.com!

Hey Fashionista!! Memorial Weekend is HERE!! To celebrate this occasion (& the 3-day weekend), I wanted to offer 20% off all merchandise at my shop - all weekend long - (or while supplies last). Whichever comes first!

That means, all *J.Crew-inspired Bubble Necklaces are now $24! Everyday gold necklaces are as low as $12! And earrings are as low as $8! 

Be sure to check out all the goodies you can score for your wardrobe!! 

And, of course, if you have ANY questions on any of the items listed in my shop, please shoot me an email at info(at)thefashionistacoach(dot)com! I'll have my phone on me and access to email instantly, so I will get back to you in a flash!

Again, my shop address is: www.TheFashionistaCoach.storenvy.com OR click "Visit My Shop" at the top right hand corner of my blog for direct access!

Wishing you a beautiful and safe weekend my friend!! 

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, May 19, 2014

How to Dress Glamorously Casual for Memorial Day!

Hey Fashionista!! Most people are skeptical of the idea of mixing casual style with glamorous elements. They are meant to be separate, right? Not exactly. How do I know this? From real-life experience.  Which consists of endless hours spent elbows-deep in my closet "cross-styling" (as I like to call it) casual and fancy pieces. And then wearing them out to various types of places.  So far, most reactions I receive are positive. Can't mistake great feedback. ;) But seriously, bending the rules and mixing unlikely pieces are the essence to fresh and exciting style.  And not being afraid to, maybe stand out from the crowd too! :) 

Anyway! Now that one of my favorite holidays is coming up this weekend -- (hello 3-day weekend!!) I wanted to take this opportunity to show you how to dress glamorously casual for Memorial Day! It might sound strange, it might sound difficult. But it's really fun and easy!  Allow me to show you how below!


1. Start w/the Basics!
{Collared Plaid Top: Gap.com | Jean Shorts: Old Navy | Belt: LOFT.com}


You know how you have that great pair of cut-off jean shorts in your closet? Grab those! They will work perfectly with a collared plaid shirt - preferably in red, white or blue to enhance the patriotic theme of Memorial Day.





2. Layer.
{Shoes: Madden Girl @ Zappos.com}


I like to think of accessorizing as a two-step process.  The first step to layering is thinking of your shoes and your items like belts, or scarves, etc.  Since we're wearing jean shorts and a collared shirt, check out your belts. Your basic brown or black belt will anchor this casual, patriotic look very well.  

Once you've grabbed that it's time for the next layer of accessorizing...



3. Jewels!
{White Bubble Necklace: My Shop (http://TheFashionistaCoach.storenvy.com) | Gold Watch: Ann Klein @ Nordstrom | Large Jeweled Bracelet: All Yoo Boutique Manhattan Beach, CA | 
Small Beaded Bracelet: Gift from my Bestie!}


To increase the glam-factor of this casual ensemble, I incorporated big jewels, like this white bubble necklace (now available at my shop!) and chunky (yet sparkly) jeweled bracelets. It's like the icing to the cake, don't ya think? ;) What sparkly bracelets do you have on hand? Do you have a pretty gold watch to go with it? Play around with sparkly jewels and beads to glisten up your casual look.


Now that you learned my tips on how to dress glamorously casual for Memorial Day, go out and have a fabulous time!! But please, please, please be SAFE too, ok? Wishing you a wonderful week, Fashionista!!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, May 12, 2014

3 Reasons Backpacks are Fabulous This Season

Hey Fashionista!! This past week I stopped into Diane's Beachwear to see if there was anything I couldn't live without. (Oh, there's a silly question!)) If you've ever been in one of their several locations in Southern California, you'll know what I mean when I say: it's dangerous.  The lines blur between
"want" and "need." Nothing is logical when their merchandise (I'm talkin': bikinis, hats, sunglasses, dresses and accessories) glisten like diamonds! ;) 


Just when I thought all logic was lost, I somehow managed to reign myself back in with the question of: what do I really need from the 1,800 things piled up in my hands? 

One thing popped out and captured my attention: this pink and white Volcom backpack. I know. You're probably wondering why a backpack would capture a 30 year old's attention, when high school is long gone.  But, since this new transition I've been going through, I've been re-situating my lifestyle, which also includes reconfiguring my wardrobe.  

During this process, I've discovered the unique (and fun) benefits of this accessory and wanted to share with you my 3 reasons backpacks are fabulous this season and why you should think about using one. 

Peep out my insight below :) 

1. Backpacks are way cuter than when you were in high school!

Remember how in high school you had only a few choice options to chose from the Jansport collection? Black, red, blue or green...and occasionally: purple.  Yuck.  They were so dull.  Nowadays, I've noticed more prints and millions of options that suit my taste and style much better.  

My new backpack is from Diane's Beachwear in Manhattan Beach, CA and made from Volcom for $42.00.  I adore this beach-y print and the overall pink and white color scheme. It just puts a smile on my face every time I put it on. :) 

What type of prints and colors light you up?

Once you know, find it!  

2. Backpacks are more comfortable than your purse (and hold all of your essentials!)

My life revolves around walking or bike riding now that I live back in my hometown by the beach.  I constantly want to be outside to inhale that salty cool breeze. Yum! The weather is warm, the skies are clear and everyone's just freakin' happy.  ((Oh, and it helps that the beach is less than a mile away!))  All this outdoor activity doesn't really accommodate wearing my favorite large tote.  

In fact, my shoulder falls off every time I try.  

All of my essentials- like: my wallet, water, snack, sweater, chapstick, and if my pup comes with me, her little doggy bags and water too - easily fit into my backpack and is easy to carry around wherever I go. Shoulder included.

So, when I spotted this cute printed Volcom backpack at Diane's Beachwear, I realized how it would hold all of my things while out there walking or bike riding on beautiful days.  



3. Backpacks bring out the youthful side in you!

Now that we're past the backpack stigma, I can tell you that backpacks bring out the free spirit in me. And I'm guessing it will do the same for you too.  Especially if....you buy one in a happy print and lovely hues that will help you look stylish while participating in outdoor activities on a beautiful day.  

So, Fashionista, now I've gotta ask: what do you think of my 3 reasons backpacks are fabulous this season? Have they convinced you to try it? Maybe this weekend? While out bike riding? Let me know! Leave a comment below or email me at info(at)thefashionistacoach(dot)com! 


As always, I wish you a beautiful and stylish week! 

Love,
Your Fashion Coach  

Monday, May 5, 2014

Trend to Try: Shift Dress + {Beach} Sandals

Hey Fashionista!  Over the weekend I went out with my girlfriends to our favorite beach bar in the neighborhood. At this local watering-hole, ladies typically wear jeans, t-shirts, heels and, sometimes, beach sandals as well. However, I was in no mood to be 100% casual. I was totally enraptured by my desire to dress up!  But of course my head interfered with its buzz-kill warning signals, incessantly conveying its point to create a look that accommodates the bar's casual scene.  

Yeah, yeah, yeah. My head is right. If I wore platform heels, I'd look like I came straight from a club in Hollywood, or from some swanky, high-end restaurant just up the street. In which case, someone would surely suggest I go back there as opposed to hanging out at a dive! Or...maybe, that would just be ME telling myself that. ;)

In any case, I got interested in satisfying my heart's desire and my head's concerns, so my search lead me to this white eyelet {shift} dress (that had been screaming for a night out for the past several days).  My gut insisted I pair it with my beach sandals...and I totally was unsure. Which is how you know it's your intuition speaking. You always doubt it! :) Once I slipped my Rainbow Sandals on, it actually came together nicely.   




Sounds strange, right?

I know... and the fact that this is also: a.) maybe the 3rd blog post I mention Rainbow Sandals. and, b.) maybe the only time I am not suggesting you to wear wedges (flats or heels!) with a dress is odd! Especially this time of year!  But here's why though - and this is where my analytic point of view to styling comes in: This particular outing takes place in a casual setting, yet it's evening time, so you can bend the rules a bit the way I did.  So if this were a math equation (lol) a shift dress (which is dressy) + beach sandals (which are casual) = perfect fit the 'dive bar" scene. 




AND about my second point...Rainbow Sandals are going to be my favorite sandal for any type of occasion.  Always. Just plain and simple. And, no, Rainbow Sandals is not paying me to state this. I'm just a big fan of their sandals! But if they would like to pay me for saying this, I would not object whatsoever. :0) However they are neutral and can be worn with just about every color out there.



This trend is a must try because it not only will work for casual bar settings. It will also work for other casual events such as picnics in the park, picnics on the beach, or beach weddings! In other words, anywhere that is perfectly acceptable to dress up but takes place in an outdoor or casual setting will easily call for this kind of outfit.

Overall, this little trick marries fancy with casual together beautifully to create a unique, one-of-a-kinda look.  Put this in your book as a trend to try! Wishing you a fabulous day, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach
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