Lace: Fresh Feminine Charm

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I am all about the return of feminine charm lately in fashion. I love that I am seeing elegant details mixed with fun modern touches. Lace is one of the big trends for Spring ’16 and it is the epitome of ladylike. I love lace detailing in all colors, but my ultimate is definitely a crisp, clean white. One of my favorite designers for this trend is Self Portrait. Han Chong, the genius behind the label, has succeeded in mixing delicate intricacy with edgy street style.

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I couldn’t say no to this guipure lace peplum dress. The scalloped embroidery, the stand collar and the edgy feel all make this creation a piece of art. Mix all that with the sheer bodice and it’s just perfection.

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I kept with the girly feel by adding my favorite bright pink Manolo Blahnik heels (have you noticed I love this simple, classic style?) and my pale pink Celine crossbody. I am so excited that pastels are huge for Spring, as this bag is forever one of my favorite pieces. Simple accessories are a must when you are wearing a super detailed piece.

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A bright lip is always a must in my book. It instantly gives you life! I am obsessed with this long wear Stila version in “fiore”. It stays on forever and is the best pink.

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Is there really anything better than the feeling of wearing gorgeous dress? I am firm believer that your clothes shape your mood and attitude and this ensemble definitely made me feel beyond feminine and fab.

Here are some of my other favorite girly, feminine crisp white lace pieces:

This Self Portrait dress:

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This Lovers & Friends dress

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This Jen’s Pirate Booty dress

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This BB Dakota dress

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This Felicity & Coco dress

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This Zara dress

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This Show Me Your Mumu dress

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This For Love & Lemons top + skirt

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FESTIVE FOLK

Currently Caro-23One of the trends I fell in love with from Fall ’15 that I am still seeing everywhere is festive folk. I love all the playful and nostalgic prints of this trend. And it totally incorporates embroidery, which I obviously adore.

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This rad drop waist (eternally favorite style) dress from Ulla Johnson (one of my top end all be all designers) will be a constant in my Spring and Summer rotation. The detailing is gorgeous, the fit is easy breezy and I love the boho feel.

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To bring this look more into Spring ’16, I added my black gladiator style Steve Madden sandals. If you want to try this wrap around look, these are a fab fab option. Comfy and well-priced. I know this trend will pass, but right now I am loving it and think it will continue through the Summer. It’s just a boho chic way to dress up your daytime look. Before heading out, I grabbed my newest favorite sunnies from Quay. I love that they are a futuristic cat eye..just so fun!

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My Gucci crossbody was the perfect match with it’s tassles and embossed detailing. I can’t stop this bag. It’s big enough to carry your necessities, but small enough to take out at night. Win win. To finish off this look, I added two rings: one stacked one from Melinda Maria and one oversized one from House of Harlow 1960.

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Some of my other folk inspired pieces:

This 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Dress

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This Tularosa Dress

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This Alice and Olivia Dress

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This Tularosa Dress (can you tell I love this brand?)

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This Novella Royale Dress

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This Tularosa Dress

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Polka Dots, Pockets and Everything Valentine’s Day

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I can’t believe Valentine’s day already coming up this weekend! Time is has been flying by lately, right? I know most people can’t stand this gushy holiday, but I totally love it. It’s just another reason to remind your loves ones that you appreciate and care for them. And really, to me, it’s just another reason to buy a cute new outfit!

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When I saw this romper on revolveclothing.com I had to have it. Long sleeves, polka dots and pockets? Yes, please. Nothing beats a look that is cute, flirty and fun, but also comfy.

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Since the romper has alot going on I kept my accessories pretty simple. I love mixing reds and pinks, so I threw on my all time fave Valentino crossbody. It’s the perfect size for a night out! For shoes I wanted to pull off the studs on my bag, so I went with my go-to silver Manolo Blahnik “chaos” heels. I have these in a few colors because they are super comfortable (honestly!) and such a great option when you need an uncomplicated choice.

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No look is complete without a fun ring, so I threw on this fab Melinda Maria one. I love how it looks like a bunch of little rings, but is really only one. Before heading out, I grabbed my tortoise rimmed silver mirrored Illesteva sunnies (I told you I have an obsession with these) and was good to go.

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I can’t wait to wear this look and celebrate another fab year of love and laughs with my husband on Saturday at our current favorite Mexican spot, South of Nick’s. I die over their shrimp done in a spicy chipotle sauce. It is everything! (Their skinny margs and guacamole are pretty tasty too) If you live in OC and haven’t been, it’s a must try.

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Here are some of my other favorite looks for any (even if you don’t have a date, you gotta look good for a night out with your girls too!) Valentine’s day fun:

This Parker dress

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This (hot) Saylor romper

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This ($49!) BCBG Generation romper 

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This NBD x Naven Twins dress 

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This BCBG dress

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This lace Saylor dress

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TREND WATCH: EMBROIDERY

Every season I get totally hooked on one or two of the seasons biggest trends. For Spring ’16, one is definitely embroidery detailing. I have been seeing it everywhere from Valentino handbags to fun Isabel Marant Etoile belts. It’s totally boho chic (back to my forever trend) and such an easy trend to try. I fell in love this fab Derek Lam 10 Crosby version that I found at Intermix. I mean how insane is the embroidery work? I love how the fit is so simple, but so on point. Since it’s so loud, I paired it with a really basic black croptop turtleneck that I found on Asos (only $20!!).

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I am not over the caged heel, so I am happy to see it’s still totally on trend for Spring. I mean it’s the perfect mix of total badass and feminine fashionista, right? When I found these Steve Madden heels that I am wearing, I couldn’t handle that they were not only super well priced but also comfy (seriously!) To top off the look, I grabbed one of my old (but favorite) Stella McCartney clutches. I love pieces like this one that honestly only get better with time (which to me totally validates the price…right?)

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One of my oldest accessories that I never tires is my Michele watch. I got it over 7 years ago and I still love it. I just love that I can switch out the band depending on what I am wearing and they always have fun new colors and styles. It’s like getting a new watch all the time!

I am ring fanatic, so I love that wearing mutiple rings is so on trend right now. This criss cross one I am wearing is wallet-friendly but so cute (no one needs to know the diamonds aren’t real, right?).

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No outfit is complete without some fun sunnies and I can’t get enough of Illesteva. I currently own 3 pairs and most definitely have my eye on some of their newer styles for Spring.  I just love an accessory with some personality!

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Links to some of my other favorite embroidered pieces:

This end all Valentino bag

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This fun Tularosa jacket

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This Tularosa top

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This Sam Edelman sandal

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These RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING Aquazzara heels

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This Isabel Marant Etoile belt

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MY FOREVER TREND: BOHO FAB

I can’t stop the boho fab trend. I guess my love affair with the revival of the 70’s looks began way back in high school when I lived at the local thrift shops and loved to make my own clothes. Now those sewing days are far behind me, but luckily the trend has not only continued, but thrived. Designers have fully embraced it by creating the most lustworthy long dresses, fun high waisted jeans, fantastic platform suede heels and of course, my favorite, the long sleeved mini dress with just the right swing.

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One of my favorite accessories that I paired with this look with is my Gucci tan Soho crossbody. It has this simple square shape and is adorned with a fun little tassle. It’s the perfect size to use day to night. I also threw one of my other favorite boho trends, the gladiator sandal. These gold ones, by Michael Kors, are super comfy and so fun to wear with dresses, skirts and cutoffs in the warmer temps. Don’t they just make you dream of vacay?

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Before heading out I grabbed my big floppy hat from Anthropologie and some fun round sunglasses from Urban Outfitters (they are only $18!!) and was set for the day. I just love the ease and simplicity of the boho trend and am so glad it’s stuck around as long as it has.

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Here are links to some of my other favorite swingy dresses:

Tularosa pink lace dress

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For Love & Lemons dress

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Auguste mini dress

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Tularosa white dress

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Show Me Your Mumu black & white dress

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All photos: Half Full Photography