Sunshine and Salt Creek, and an Opportunity to Break in My Denim Jacket

Sunshine and Salt Creek, and an Opportunity to Break in My Denim Jacket

Denim Jacket: Free People Bikini Top: H&M Lace Shorts: Free People (I know I blog about these a lot and I promise I own different pairs, these ones just kind of go with everything. Great investment!)

This morning when I was getting ready my boyfriend inquired about the fuss when all I was doing was just going to the beach. “It’s just going to wash off,” he said. Little does he know, or actually he does know he just always chooses to forget, that my biggest fear in life is that I’m going to be makeup-less and hair a skew and BAM, there Zac Efron is going to be at the gas station. It’s gonna happen I just know it and I plan on being prepared for that moment. So as a result of this fear every excursion I take becomes a fashion show, and today the beach was my runway!

So growing up in the OC, or even LA ( I lived on the boarder of the counties and affiliate myself with whichever region I feel appropriate at the time. Today we’ll go with the OC) it was literally almost impossible to prepare a wardrobe around the weather. In the morning it would be cold and cloudy, but by noon the sun would be breaking through in full force and consequently the day would end sunny and about 80 degrees. I was nicknamed by my history teacher a bag lady due to my desire to be comfy and chic all at the same time. At the very least I hope I left the impression of a stylish bag lady.

Today I was reminded just how bipolar living in So Cal can be. This morning I watched the sun rise over a cloudy and dreary Pacific Ocean. However, by the time I was ready to hit the sand, the sun was beaming beautifully over some glistening blue waves. Side note: The tide at Salt Creek right now is intense, and you’re not allowed to go beyond knee deep water without fins. Sorry you were not born a merman boo.

I had been on a mission for a good denim jacket for about 2 years. I was exstatic when I found these little Free People gem.

I had been on a mission for a good denim jacket for about 2 years. I was ecstatic when I found these little Free People gem.

Is it summer yet?

Is it summer yet?

Ashley Tisdale was one of the pioneers in the fringed *L Space bikini top last summer

Ok, this So. Cal gal has had enough of being cold. I have pretty dresses and cute tanks in my closet that are getting tired of just hanging around. And I’m tired of the rain.

Last weekend it was 80 degrees! I had friends that were lounging on the sunny beaches in January (one of the many reasons I will never ever leave Cali.) But that wonderful weather got me thinking, about what to start shopping for for this summers uniform for lounging by the pool.

I must admit, last year the bar was set when Ashley Tisdale was spotted wearing an *L Space fringed neon yellow bikini on the beaches in Malibu to celebrate her birthday. Did I immediately want one? Heck yes!

*L Space fringed bikini, available at Urban Outfitters in multiple colors starting at $73.

*L Space fringed bikini, available at Urban Outfitters in multiple colors starting at $73.

I’ve actually LOVED these bikini’s ever since I saw them on the runway 2 summers ago at OC Weekly’s annual summer soiree event. But leave it to one of my favorite trend setters to convince me this *L Space piece is not only to die for, but a must have. Also a friendly reminder that summer is not too far away and I should have started hitting the gym hard like yesterday!

Style tips to keep in mind when shopping for a swim suit.

1. Keep it classy, not trashy.
2. Have fun with it! I personally love to mix and match pieces. And let’s face it swim suits can get to be pretty expensive. For example, the piece that is haunting my summer dreams is the fringed bikini top which starts at a price point of about $73 (available at Urbanoutfitters.com.) However, keep in mind H&M usually starts their swim suits off at a price point of about $5! Why not invest in an uber cute top and then get multiple bottoms from a more economical friendly retailer? The pros of this? Not only will you have a one of a kind piece, but you’ll also be able to invest in multiple pieces to change up the look!

Last summer I bedazzled a pink bikini from Victoria Secret to make sure my piece was unique and one of a kind. Ugh, is it summer yet?

Last summer I bedazzled a pink bikini from Victoria Secret to make sure my piece was unique and one of a kind. Ugh, is it summer yet?

Rain rain go away. Or on second thought, hang around until I can afford to invest in one of these cute pieces.

My WILD obsession…

Ashley Tisdale clearly one of Wildfox’s biggest fans

Perhaps you’ve noticed your favorite trend setters sporting some pretty sassy graphic tee’s this past year. Hearts, stars, fun sayings splashed across a tank or cozy sweater. And whom exactly are Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens and various others turning to for their fashionable digs? Ummm Wildfox, duh!

In case you have been living under a very dull and boring, black and white rock the past year you have completely missed this trend!  I’ll have to admit I was a little skeptical when I first encountered these tee’s/ sweaters. Really $80 for a t-shirt? You can go to any Forever 21 or H&M and get an equally cute graphic tee for probably no more than $5 or $10. Looking back I can’t believe how incredibly naive I was!

Putting a Wildfox top on is like putting on a cloud, that’s been sprinkled with sugar plumb fairy magic. Yes. It is really that freaking awesome! They are the coziest, cutest top you will ever introduce to your closet. Perhaps one of the most magical things about these must have wardrobe staples is how incredibly flattering they are…on EVERYONE! When I think of sweatshirts I think of work out attire (which can also be cute. Rule number one oh fabulous ones, just because you’re getting grosse does not mean you can’t look cute.) Let’s face it, typically sweatshirts are associated with frumpiness,which these tops are anything but.

Taylor Swift looking uber cute in a large heart sweater by Wildfox

Even if paired with a basic pair of denim jeans, I feel as though the quirky edge that is captured in each graphic print plastered across the front of each ensemble is the perfect element to add to one of the most basic articles of clothing. One of my favorite fashionistas who seems to be unofficial representation for the label always seems to pair these super cute blouses with the perfect accessories. Whether it’s a classic Chanel bag, fringed boots, or funky print shorts, she always seems to find the perfect match to complete the outfit.

Vanessa Hudgens sporting a Wildfox sweater

Oh and FYI, the label also extends beyond graphic tee’s to equally AMAZING dresses, bottoms, jewelry and even sunglasses.

One of the things I love most about these collections is that they encourage the wearer to live up to the label- and that’s to have fun and be wild with fashion.