Keeping it “Cali Cool”

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Shorts: Joie Gladiators: Steve Madden Bag: Coach Top: Parker Hat: H&M

It isn’t until very recently I started realizing the impact the United States has on the fashion world. After all, Paris is synonymous with chic, but what are we known for? Well, I feel like New York got the effortless chic reputation, Miami gets all the fun, and California? Like our Coast we keep it cool.

As much as I would like to think I dress runway ready every day, that’s just not possible. But thanks to “Western Fashion Dress code” even my off days are still in line with tradition. It doesn’t take very much to achieve this look. Shorts and sandals typically accomplish this but in typical fashion girl style even something as simple as a pair of sandals has to have an element of drama- thus the choice of going with gladiator sandals. Surprisingly, my Steve Madden gladiators have been my go to selection for the past few summers. Shocking to me because typically the life expectancy I have for Steve Maddens is 2 months.

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Alas, I’ve come to the conclusion to achieve said California Cool look you need 3 things- color, minimal accessories, and a gust of wind in your hair. A pink cadillac in the background is always a nice accent as well.

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Style Fashion Week LA: A’Qua Swim

A' Qua Swim Debuted Their 2015 Collection At Style Fashion Week LA Friday night.

                 A’ Qua Swim Debuted Their 2015 Collection At Style Fashion Week LA Friday night.

A’Qua Swim definitely kicked Friday night’s Style Fashion Week LA off right. Designer Adrienne Fuqua, a Southern California designer introduced the audience to her swim collection that had me thinking I need each and every one of those pieces! Sometimes I see swimsuits on a runway and I think to myself that’s truly amazing, but really how many girls would actually wear this on a beach? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for glitz and glam but it is possible to go too far.

Fuqua get’s this. Her swim collection, comprised of bright colors, bold prints, and subtle yet powerful detail was exactly what every beach babe wants. A knock out swimsuit that gives her confidence in knowing she’s going to turn heads. I loved that there were a variety of silhouettes to cater to each woman’s comfort level. Just because you can wear a bikini doesn’t mean you don’t have days in which you want to be a little more conservative. One of my favorite pieces of this collection was the Barbie pink one piece with short sleeves. The second I saw that piece I instantly had a vision of pairing it with a wide brimmed hat, giant sunnies and some nude wedges (fashion blogger problems, every good piece inspires a styled photo shoot.) No one piece was over the top and provided just enough of a foundation to make every wear a runway experience. Oh, and for all of my Disney Princess loving friends this fun fact is for you. There is an “Ariel” inspired swimsuit available for purchase on A’Qua Swim’s website.

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