Over The Rainbow

Juicy tropical hues have me inspired this season. Summer is the time to stow away those neutrals and make room in our closets for those bright and bold styles that lift our moods and make heads turn. From cherry red and aqua blue to lemon yellow, it’s time to embrace the rainbow.

RAINBOW BUYS

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1 // Lashes of London – Fizz Neon Stripe Crop Top

2 // Star Mela – Elsa Clutch

3 // CC SKYE – Lindsey Bracelet

4 // Milly – Bridgette Neon Jacquard Sleeveless Dress

5 // Suno – Neon Stripe Faux Tie Skirt

6 // Moschino – Floral Neon Lace Jacket

7 // Manic Trout – Orange Neon Statement Necklace

8 // Gemma Redux – Neon Color Earrings

xoxo,

Alicia

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Quintessential French Girl Style

French women have a reputation for being some of the most stylish women in the world, and for good reason. There’s a certain effortless or “je ne sais quoi” (so cheesy and cliche, but I had to say it) about them from their polished but natural approach to beauty, to their fashion choices. Everyone has their own idea of what french dressing means. While mainstream media may portray them as typically donning a striped sweater and beret while riding a bicycle with a baguette in the basket, there’s so much more to their style. The key to capturing their easy elegance comes down to selectively choosing high-quality, timeless garments that can easily mix and match. Clothing that can be dressed up or down and that is always impeccably crafted out of stunning fabrics. Here is my take on french dressing and these are the 12 pieces you need to give you that Parisian mademoiselle look that is always so alluring.

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FRENCH CHIC BUYS

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1 //  Silk Button Down Blouse – Etsy

A button down shirt is inarguably a closet staple. They can be worn at the office, casually tucked into a pair of cut-offs and worn open as a laidback outerwear piece. Try it in silk for an elevated feel that is oh-so-french.

2 // Cigarette Trousers – Brandon Maxwell

Sure, we all love a great pair of jeans, but a classic black pant is a must. While I believe in having several pairs, one that is structured, one in a drapey silk fabric, and a cropped version for summer, no one can go wrong with a pair of cigarette pants. They are universally flattering and look amazing whether you are at work or play.

3 // Classic Black Handbag – Chanel

I hoard handbags and have a ton of trendy styles that I like to pull out and parade around on occasion. That being said, a black luxury handbag is like the holy grail of accessories. Like shoes, when it comes to handbags it is best to splurge on a quality, timeless piece that you can wear with anything and treasure for years to come. And the epitome of french luxury? Why, Chanel of course.

4 // Striped Boatneck Sweater – Michael Kors

It’s pretty much impossible to think of french style without thinking of stripes. Embrace the stereotype. Stripes are classic, especially in navy and white. Snap up a lightweight cashmere version that you can wear with trousers, a skirt, or tossed over a LBD when it gets cold. The neckline is optional but a boatneck is always flattering and feminine.

5 // Nude Flats – Tabitha Simmons

As much as we may all love our heels, a great pair of flats is a non-negotiable. Whether you are strolling through the farmer’s market or window shopping with a friend, flats are comfortable, cute, and are a french girl’s best friend. While black is classic, I prefer nude for summer. Bonus: nude shoes instantly make your legs look longer.

6 // White Slip Dress – GHOST

The thing about french dressing is that there always seems to be a focus on simplicity. Look for streamlined, elegant pieces that eschew excess embellishments like this crisp, white slip dress. Besides the fact that slip dresses are having a major moment right now, this particular piece can be worn in a million different ways. I would wear it with a denim or leather jacket. Feel free to top it with a blouse or sweater and wear it like a skirt.

7 // Bright Pumps – Shoe Box

Neutrals are classic and are always our friends, but every girl needs a bright pair of pumps to inject a much-needed pop of color into our wardrobes. Choose your favorite color, but pink is trending big time right now and is so fun and feminine for summer.

8 // Silk Scarf – Tory Burch

Nothing adds instant polish to an outfit or screams Parisian elegance like a luxurious silk scarf. Seriously, even a tee and distressed jeans looks put together when a pretty scarf is knotted around your neck. This pretty floral print is classic and can be worn just as easily with casual weekend attire as it could with a beautiful dress.

9 // Lightweight Trench Coat – Harris Wharf London

When it comes to outerwear, trench coats have always felt so french to me. They are polished but effortless. I prefer a version without buttons that you can throw on while running out the door. Choose a lightweight cotton or linen version for summer. Stray away from easy black and pick an equally classic tan style. It will go with everything and never fails to look fresh.

10 // Leather Watch – Daniel Wellington

Sure, we all have our phones to check the time, but where is the fun in that? There is something about wearing a beautiful time piece that seems much more sophisticated and ‘adult’. Don’t skimp on quality. Invest in a style that you will want to wear with everything. Gold, silver, and titanium versions are beautiful but there is something about leather that is so elegant. Leather is also one of those rare materials that becomes more and more beautiful as it ages (if treated well!).

11 // Straw Hat – Bebe

The summer accessory that we all need to add to our closets? The straw hat. It’s classic with a rustic vibe that makes me think of days on the beach in the South of France. Wear it with a simple white dress (see above) to a barbecue on the beach or with a pair of patchwork jeans and a crop top to a festival.

12 // Little Black Dress (obvi) – O’Neill

It’s impossible to talk about french fashion or wardrobe essentials without giving a shout out to the ultimate classic – the LBD. Whatever the occasion, this iconic piece is always elegant and looks stunning on everyone. Holly Golightly had the right idea in Breakfast at Tiffanys. This slip-like style looks beautiful when worn to a formal affair, with heels and simple jewelry, or casually, with a pair of slides and a cardigan.

xoxo,

Alicia

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Style Profile | Lily-Rose Depp

When your parents are Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, it’s pretty much a given that you are going to grow up to become a flawless specimen in terms of beauty and style. Now, at age 17, Lily-Rose Depp has developed into quite the fashion icon. The teen beauty is now an actress and model in her own right and her effortless, 1960s flower-child meets Parisian mademoiselle style has earned her the title of muse for powerhouse designers like Karl Lagerfeld. I don’t know what everyone else was doing at seventeen, but I certainly wasn’t bumping elbows with couturiers or wearing Chanel (I was working at Dairy Queen and hanging out with my friends in Home Sense). That beauty. Those parents. That bone structure. There’s a million and one reasons to envy Miss. Depp. Her rad style is just one reason to girl crush on her.

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1 // Vanessa Mooney – Rose Ribbon Choker

2 // Yoins – Strapless Crop Top in Floral Print

3 // Current/Elliot – The Mami High-rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans

The choker is majorly trending this season and is a favorite of Lily-Rose. This outfit pays homage to the 60s with her colorful, psychedelic printed top and high-waisted denim. Re-create the look with a similarly printed tube top and your trusty vintage jeans. Cap it off with a thick choker in a clashing color. Don’t have one? Tie a ribbon around your neck to emulate Lily-Rose’s own version.

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1 // James Lakeland – Black Sheer Maxi Skirt

2 // Tibi – Carmen Embroidered Off-The-Shoulder Ruffled Top

3 // Lord & Taylor – Goldtone Cubed Bead Slider Necklace

4 // Sam Edelman – Aimes Strappy Tasseled High Heel Sandals

At such a young age, Lily-Rose has already established herself as someone who refuses to follow fashion conventions. At Cannes 2016, she wore a flowy, bohemian dress from Chanel with a sultry cutout to reveal her impressively toned tummy. Take a page out of her book and wear a similar sheer maxi skirt with an off-the-shoulder crop top for a look that is elegant with just the right amount of sexiness.

1 // Top Shop – Jersey Pleat Midi Skirt

2 // Miss Selfridge – Blue Floral 90’s Crop Top

3 // Chanel – Patent Leather Cap-Toe Pumps

4 // Smashbox – Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Nude Beach

5 // Armani Collezioni – Ribbon Trim Scarf

Reminding us all of her young age, this look is sweet and feminine. Her signature crop top and choker lends a vintage vibe to this Chanel dress which is refreshing and keeps the look from being too innocent. Pair a lady-like midi skirt with a crop top and silk scarf for your next upscale outing. A dab of rosy lipstick enhances the romantic feel of the look.

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1 // The Row – Thomaston Jersey Tank

2 // Nike – Roshe One Sneakers

3 // Stella McCartney – Sun Faded Blue Skinny Kick Jeans

4 // 3.1 Phillip Lim – Acetate Cat Eye Sunglasses

5 // True Religion – Zipper Hoodie

Staying stylish while flying is no easy feat. Lily-Rose shows us how it’s done with this casual yet put-together look. For an elevated take on the classic jeans and tee combo, pair a great pair of jeans (when it comes to denim, it is better to splurge than save), a buttery soft tank and a fitted hoodie. Finish off the look with comfy sneaks and a pair of cat eye sunnies to mask jet-lagged eyes. Simple, flattering and comfy – basically everything you want to achieve when it comes to airport attire.

xoxo,

Alicia

The List

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Every summer around late July, early August I find myself yearning for Autumn. This has especially been the case the last few weeks. As the temperature continues to rise, I can’t help but dream about brisk sunny days, crispy, sunset colored leaves, and cozy Fall clothes. I am regularly adding to my already extensive wardrobe but as I try to reduce clutter I am trying to approach shopping in a targeted way, searching for and buying what I need (and the odd thing that I don’t need but desperately want). As a little girl I used to love shopping with my mom. She would make a list and together we would head to the grocery store or mall. For me there has always been something satisfying about crossing things off lists. Whether its a “to-do” list or a shopping list, having a tangible, visual representation of getting things done has always brought me satisfaction.

With this in mind I have curated a list of things that I need (and want) for the upcoming season.This list is a kind of fantasy with pieces from some of my favorite couture houses. It’s a dream shopping list if money were no object but with a focus on pieces that I actually need such as a sultry and simplistic silk slip dress and flawlessly cut leather cardigan. When it comes to my personal style I want to focus on creating an arsenal of exquisitely made classics. Items that are timeless and that will always look elegant and polished regardless of the place or occasion.

1// Byredo Burning Rose Candle

2// YSL Rouge Pur Couture Pure Colour Lipstick

3// Bow Sterling Silver Ring

4// Alice + Olivia V-Neck Slip Dress

5// Raw + Open Trench Bark Taupe Leather Coat with a Belt

6// Topshop ROSCHA High Heel Sandals

xoxo,

Alicia

10 Tropical Vacation Necessities

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There’s nothing I love more than to travel and go on vacation. To say I have a bad case of wanderlust would be an understatement. Travel broadens the mind, enriches the spirit and forces people to grow and learn in ways that you simply cannot with any number of books or any kind of formal education. Every summer I try to go on some sort of getaway, even if its within my own country (it’s amazing what one can discover by exploring their own backyard). I’ve traveled throughout Canada, the United States and Europe but I have never been anywhere tropical. Right now my fantasy vacation would be a trip to Tahiti where I would stay in a straw hut, swim every day, get my yoga on, meditate and fully relax. I must admit, despite my love for clothes and my extensive wardrobe, I am pretty much a professional when it comes to packing, and packing light. With this in mind I have curated a list of ten trendy (but not too trendy, I am a lover of clothes that are classic and elegant) items with a vintage feel that would infuse some retro, Tropical, Blue Hawaii-esque flair into any trip. Best accessorized with a beach and a pina colada.

1. Playful Sundress – www.newlook.com

2. Midi Skirt – www.farfetch.com

3. Printed Romper – www.thehut.com

4. Sheer Sarong – www.modaoperandi.com

5. Floppy Hat – www.windsorstore.com 

6. Comfy T-Shirt Dress – www.houseoffraser.co.uk 

7. Simple Sandals – www.nordstromrack.com

8. Itsy Bitsy Bikini – www.boohoo.com

9. High-waisted Denim Shorts – www.etsy.com

10. Reversible Tote – www.oasis-stores.com

Happy travels fellow wanderers.

xoxo,

Alicia