Summer Please Don’t Leave Us

Summer Please Don't Leave Us

Dress by All Saints

So Labor Day has come and gone which means if you’re a traditional fashionista you won’t wear white until the first day of Spring, and our days of summer dresses are numbered. My favorite part of summer is not only longer nights and flowy chiffon dresses, but the summer breeze through a pretty dress. Nothing is more elegant than a piece of fabric flowing in the wind. I don’t care if it’s high end couture or a Forever 21 frock, the result is the same.

And what better way to prepare for Fall then by dusting off some ankle booties! My Sergio Rossi cut out ankle bootie with a stiletto heel are the perfect transition from Summer to Fall. The cut outs are still a reminder that we still have a little bit more warm weather to enjoy before the cold comes and the boots with the fur become a must.

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Ankle booties by Sergio Rossi.

Ankle booties by Sergio Rossi.

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Summer heat got me feeling blue in the best way possible

Top: Splendid Shorts: Free  People Sandals: DVF Hat: H&M

Top: Splendid Shorts: Free People Sandals: DVF Hat: H&M

There is nothing like celebrating your independence than doing so in style. True, if it were up to me I would have celebrated in a bikini lounging by the pool or catching some waves at a beach, but alas when you work in retail, such luxuries are non existent. After catering 8 hours to tourists who have no concept of how special the 4th of July is, I came home from work and immediately scoured my wardrobe for 4th of July essentials. After days of putting together my outfit in my head, I decided on a blue paisley printed linen top by Splendid, white lace shorts by Free People, hat by H&M, and gold gem gladiators by DVF. So I’m a label whore, sue me.

Dear DVF gladiators, baby you're a firework.

Dear DVF gladiators, baby you’re a firework.

In case you were unaware, it has been hot in Southern California, particularly in the desert areas. Which has it’s pros don’t get me wrong. Like I burn almost as much calories walking to my car as I would running on the treadmill for 30 minutes. But it’s rather difficult to make cute wardrobe choices considering it is triple digits outside, and if I could I’d walk around wearing practically nothing, I would. I know we just celebrated our freedom but nobody should be that free unless you’re rocking a Britney circa 2000 body. Alas, I decided on this chic and cool (in the literal sense) outfit that was slightly inspired by Mrs. Banks from Mary Poppins. I was always fascinated by her independent spirt and the hat is an ode to her fight for equality for women. WELL DONE MISS BANKS! I realize she was British, but a fight for freedom is a fight for freedom. Completely random I am aware, but what can I say I am a random person. I hope everyone enjoyed their fourth just as much as I did. In the company of loved ones, and rocking a fierce outfit.

linen is no joke the most perfect material for staying cool and chic during a typical so cal summer day.

linen is no joke the most perfect material for staying cool and chic during a typical so cal summer day.

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.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun With Fashion; Junior Carrie already a trend setter

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun With Fashion; Junior Carrie already a trend setter

Coincidence that a show documenting the life and style of Carrie Bradshaw during her teenage years in the 80’s premieres just as contemporary favorites Wildfox debuts their collection inspired by 90’s cult classic Clueless? Ya, I thought not either.

Yup, I'm totally buggin' over the inspiration for Wildfox's spring/ summer collection

Yup, I’m totally buggin’ over the inspiration for Wildfox’s spring/ summer collection

If these two facts are any indication, spring and summer 2013 are bringing fun, and flouncy pieces utilizing the best and brightest colors of the rainbow.

If you are an 80’s baby like myself, and a fashionista whose dreamed of Carrie’s wardrobe sine the first glance of a Manolo Blahnik, you watched last night’s premier of “The Carrie Diaries” completely envious that I only got to enjoy 4 years of the eighties. Although it must be noted even as a toddler I still rocked neon and polka dots, and scrunchies and bangles were my favorite accessory.

Well neon and frills lovers, our time has come yet once again! And this season you can find the essentials to complete this look everywhere from Forever 21 to investing in timeless pieces from our favorite designers who were born to design for seasons like this, Betsey Johnson and Patricia Fields to name a few.

Pink knit rhinestone headband just $16 at Patrciafields.com

Pink knit rhinestone headband just $16 at Patrciafields.com

Just a few friendly tips to add that extra wow factor would be to add some tulle or a petticoat to make even the most basic Forever 21 dress look like an essential wardrobe Carrie piece.

This polka dot peplum dress available at Forever 21 for just $15.80 would look just fab with some big, chunky colorful jewelry!

This polka dot peplum dress available at Forever 21 for just $15.80 would look just fab with some big, chunky colorful jewelry!

Jazz up and personalize any outfit by bedazzling or painting any accessory to make it truly one of a kind (did anyone else’s mind explode when Carrie made her own signature Carrie bag last night?) And what better way to show that you are having fun with your outfit then to layer the accessories! The bigger, brighter and bolder the better!

Dolce Vita chambray dress available at Urban Outfitters for $143 would work with some bright colored wedges, chunky jewelry and big hair

Dolce Vita chambray dress available at Urban Outfitters for $143 would work with some bright colored wedges, chunky jewelry and big hair

A wise woman once said, “I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my closet.” So when my boyfriend asks where all my money went right before the summer season, I’m quite simply going to tell him, “I invested it.”

Betsey Johnson belts...wild, pink and fun. I wouldn't expect anything less

Betsey Johnson belts…wild, pink and fun. I wouldn’t expect anything less

Betsey Johnson tulle pumps $109.95 available at Betseyjohnson.com

Betsey Johnson tulle pumps $109.95 available at Betseyjohnson.com