EDGY EMBELLISHMENT + BOHO BELL SLEEVES

IMG_3970Let me start with, I am always and forever about any kind of fun embellishment on clothing. I love that it’s basically built in jewelry for your outfit. This Raga skirt is all of that with the mix of beading and studs. For this particular look, I paired it with a night out appropriate top from Stone Cold Fox, but I will so be wearing it all Spring + Summer long with a simple tee and flops or a chambray and a fun ankle wrap sandal.

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Again with the lace up top because I just couldn’t say no to this bell-sleeved beauty. Sometimes a black top can be blah, but I love that this one has so much personality. The mix of super boho sleeves and the trendy lace up, makes it a totally fab piece to add to your closet. It would be so cute tucked into any of the fun high waisted jeans that are everywhere.

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Now let’s discuss these shoes because I am totally in love love. I found them at Maje at South Coast Plaza and have been wearing them nonstop since. I love that the clog wooden heel is so in right now as it’s totally comfy and a total leg lengthener.

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I went with my Stella McCartney go-to clutch as the chain embellishment coordinated perfectly with the studs on the skirt. For sunnies, I grabbed my “Super Duper” Karen Walkers , an all time fave because they are so oversized. I can’t wait to wear this skirt over and over again! I love finding pieces like this that are easy to throw on and that can be worn in a variety of ways.

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Here are so more super fun embellished skirts as well as some bell-sleeved tops:

This fun Capulet skirt:

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This (super similar!) Parker skirt:

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This WYLDR skirt:

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This Naven Twins skirt:

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This TFNC skirt:

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This For Love and Lemons top:

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This Tularosa blouse:

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This 360 Sweater top:

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This Faithful the Brand top:

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THE LWS

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Every year around this time I start to get the itch for all things white. Something about the first signs of Spring that makes me yearn for crisp, clean whites. I usually go with a LWD (little white dress), but when I saw this Line & Dot skirt I had to take the LWS plunge. The lace detailing plus the frilly silk hemline make it so beyond feminine and fun. It is everything and will 100% be in nonstop rotation all Spring + Summer.

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I initially got this frilly Mara Hoffman cropped top to pair with a high waisted denim short, but when it arrived I immediately thought it would be so fun with the skirt. The blue and white stripes and girlie ruffle style weirdly go well with the lace + silk of the skirt.

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Since both the top and the skirt have so much going on, I went with my most neutral tan shoe from Steve Madden. I adore these heels! They are so comfy and perfectly on trend with the thicker heel + platform style. I also chose my YSL (seems basically vintage now that it’s from pre Saint Laurent days) tan clutch. I love how simple it is, yet it is big enough for all my necessities.

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I felt like this look kinda had a 70’s vibe going on, so I paired it with my fave retro feeling Chloe sunnies. I love that really round, oversized glasses are in again!

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I added these Lizzie Fortunato earrings and my go-to Michele watch, my Alexander McQueen wrap bracelet and this fab double V Natalie B ring to finish off the look.

I love love the flirty feel of this look. Date night ready times ten, right? So excited to wine + dine with my husband this weekend at our new favorite spot, North Italia. If you live in OC, it’s a must try. Pizzas, pastas, yummy salads and great fish too. The atmosphere is open and lively, which I love!

Here are my other favorite LWS:

This one by Backstage

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This one by Winston White

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This one by Clayton

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This one by Lucy Paris

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This one by BB Dakota

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This one by Wyldr

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This one by Privacy Please

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This one by Iro

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LACE UP BLOUSES & PERFECT CUTOFFS

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Let’s just be real for a minute. I love dressing up and being girlie, but day to day, I am ALL about a quick, simple pair of cutoffs. We have been having the most insanely perfect weather here in SoCal (usually it’s a bit cooler here in February, but we have been spoiled with nonstop 80 degree days), making it hard for me to want to throw on anything other than these fab shorts.

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Let’s start with my current favorite cutoffs from Lovers and Friends. They are a bit higher waisted, which I love, and distressed in all the right places. I am so happy with this higher waisted trend, it’s perfect for a quick front tuck (which I think is always flattering).

02.26.2016 Currently Caro-23Now onto the top. I went through the plaid Rails + cutoffs obsession last year, but lately I have been all about the fun laced up detailing instead. I found this L’Academie one strolling on Revolve Clothing one morning and was instantly sold on the fun stripes and pockets. It would be so cute paired with a skirt or high waisted jeans too.

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My favorite (kinda badass) Valentino studded flats and my sherbet orange Balenciaga were the perfect additions to this easy look. Since the top + shorts are both pretty simple, I felt like my shoes and bag should definitely have some personality.

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I also threw on my go-to Michele watch, a wrap bracelet from Alexander McQueen and a matching studded bracelet from Valentino. For rings, I chose this Natalie B double v creation that I just snagged last week (I am obsessed). I finished the look with these new Illesteva sunnies that I found at Bloomies Fashion Island (my go-to spot for all things new and fresh in the world of sunnies).

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Here are some of my other favorite cutoffs and lace up tops:

These Levi’s 

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These from Tularosa

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These from Lovers + Friends

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These from TopShop

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This Auguste top

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This Lovers + Friends top

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This Bardot top

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This L’Academie top

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THE ESPADRILLE WEDGE

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One of my favorite shoe trends for Spring & Summer is definitely the espadrille wedge.  I have been wearing my Chloe version nonstop since I scooped them up at Bloomies in San Fran. They are honestly the most comfortable shoe I have ever owned. It’s like walking on clouds! That’s what makes this trend so fab, it’s just so wearable.

All the designers have their own take on the trend and below are my top 12 picks.

First Row (left to right): Joie, Loeffler Randall, Charles David

   Second Row (left to right): Chloe, Charlotte Olympia, Via Spiga

      Third Row (left to right): Steve Madden, See by Chloe, Tory Burch

       Fourth Row (left to right): Valentino, Sam Edelman, Saint Laurent

FLIRTY FLORALS

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Nothing epitomizes Spring more than a fresh, colorful floral.  Always on trend (think about it, they really are) and so easy to wear. Whether you choose a fun bright one, like I chose in this outfit, or a darker one, it’s a fab mix up from the daily monochromatic look.

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I love love pairing a matching top and skirt. I saw this gorgeously printed Rebecca Taylor duo and knew it would be such a fun look. The long sleeve top is super comfy and will be so cute paired with jeans or shorts as well. And the skirt is my everything. Elastic waist band and the sassiest swingy bottom.

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To break up the mass floral frenzy, I layered on my all time favorite House of Harlow necklaces. I love pairing the mini locket and the large one. Such basic pieces that I find myself wearing nonstop. I also threw on my essential Shashi necklace.

Since the top and skirt are so soft, I decided to edge up the look with my new lace Joie heels. How fab are these? I love the cognac color and the braided suede. For my bag, I had to go with my Alexander McQueen clutch (color no longer available but similar) as it matches the shoes perfectly. I have had this bag forever and I feel like it only gets better with age.

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I layered on some Gorjana (love her!) rings and my pink lensed Illesteva glasses to top off the look. I will for sure be living in this look and similar ones all Spring and Summer. Nothing better than an outfit that is super easy and comfy, but still chic and finished.

Here are some my other favorite flirty floral looks:

This adorable Eight Sixty Romper

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This Ella Moss maxi dress

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This bell sleeved Auguste mini

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This matching top/skirt from Sam & Lavi (on sale!)

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This fun 6 Shore Road creation

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This Chelsea 28 dress

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