Six Swimsuits That Are Bringing Sexy Back 


I haven’t worn a one piece swimsuit since I was 12 years old. As soon as I entered my teen years it was bikinis only for me and until recently I associated one pieces with my awkward, gangly, elementary years. One piece bathing suits are having a major moment right now though, with major designers (Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Mara Hoffman) and celebrities like Taylor Swift bringing them back into the spotlight. My rule with fashion has always been ‘never say never’ and while I used to think of one pieces as frumpy and hopelessly uncool, I am now ready to hop on this trend train. So with that in mind, here are six swimsuits that prove you don’t need to show a lot of skin to be sexy in the surf.

1 // Lisa Marie Fernandez – Sabine Polka Dot Ruffled Strapless One Piece Swimsuit

This retro piece instantly won my heart. It has a 50s vibe that I love and the sweet heart neckline is super flattering. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a black and white colour palette.

2 // Oasis – Tropical Print One Piece Swimsuit

Tropical prints are everywhere right now and they have a tacky tourist feel that is so wrong that it’s right. That being said, the water colour motif classes it up a little and the soft shades would look amazing with a sunkissed glow. Finally, the plunging neckline adds just the right amount of sex appeal. 

3 // Lilliput & Felix – Amaranthus Hot Coral Swimsuit 

This may just be my favourite swimsuit of the bunch. Where do I even begin with this one? The high, ruched neckline looks as though it could be on an evening gown. The gorgeous coral hue compliments all skin tones and the itsy-bitsy cutout just under the bust lends a flirtatious sexiness to the piece that still manages to be elegant. I feel like Audrey Hepburn AND Marilyn Monroe would like this swimsuit. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and sultry.

4 // Rose Gal – Yellow Off The Shoulder Ruffle One Piece Swimsuit

Open any fashion magazine or scroll through any blog and it will be immediately apparent that the off-the-shoulder look is trending hard right now. I’ve always loved that look, even when my dad would tease me and ask me if I thought I was starring in Flashdance. The ruffle at the top of the swimsuit adds some ladylike sweetness while the loud lemon hue screams for attention. I feel like a lot of people are afraid to wear yellow, but it can be very flattering and it totally pops against a tan. 

5 // Mara Hoffman – Classic One Piece Meridian White Swimsuit

This sporty piece reminds me of something that a competitive swimmer would wear while practicing laps around the pool. The silhouette is streamline and free of fuss, but the pastel graphic print adds some nostalgic 80s charm that makes it striking and unique.

6 // Rose Gal – Ruffle One Piece Swimsuit in Black (Plus Size)

I’m just going to go ahead and channel my inner Archie Andrews (I’m rediscovering my love for the iconic comic series because of my new TV addiction Riverdale) and say va-va-voom to this one shoulder stunner. If Veronica Lodge was a swimsuit, she would be this one. This black number provides some extra coverage for voluptuous figures which I love. I have a smaller bust with curvy hips so it can be hard to find a swimsuit that ticks all of the boxes. This piece absolutely does and it has a classic feel that is timeless and elegant. Also, the ruffle at the bust and the tiny bows at the hips are a cute little touch and draw attention to all the right places. In love. 

How do you feel about one piece swimsuits? Do you have a favourite? Let me know your thoughts!

Xoxo,

Alicia

Sorbet For Days

It’s officially a new season, so it’s time to hit refresh on your winter wardrobe. I don’t know about any of you, but I am dying to replace winter’s dreary palette of grey, navy, and black with sweet sorbet shades that evoke thoughts of delicious treats and carefree days spent in the sun. From pale mint and cotton candy pink to lemon chiffon, pretty pastels are this season’s style indulgence. If the runway shows of haute designers like Emilio Pucci, Bottega Veneta, and Valentino are anything to go by, it’s clear that Spring 2017 will be saturated with candy-inspired colours and lady-like details. And after what felt like an eternity of rain jackets, heavy sweaters, and somber hues, I am more than ready to binge.

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1 // Lack Of Color – Sunset Palms Fedora

2 // Sydney Evan – Small Ice Cream Cone Pink Sapphire & 14K Yellow Gold Single Stud Earring

3 // Casadei – Minorca Leather Pumps

4 // Double Woven Sea Grass Pom Pom Belly Basket

5 // Crown & Glory – Not a Lotta Rosie Headband

6 // Cosabella – Sweet Treats Dots Bralette

7 // Deborah Lippmann – Pastel Set (Chasing Pavements, Lilac Wine, Peaches and Cream)

8 // Le Specs – Flashy Matte Cat-Eye Sunglasses

9 // George – Ice Cream Sequin Jumper

10 // Na’ara – Teen Ice Cream Color Skirt

xoxo,

Alicia

6 Trends & 6 Bags for Spring 2017

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Fashion trends change faster than the weather and it’s not always worth it to splash out on a whole new wardrobe filled with the season’s latest ‘must-haves’ and fads. I rarely buy a piece simply because it’s trendy. Style is such a personal thing and just because magazine editors are telling you that you need something, it doesn’t mean it’s going to look good on you (I learned that the hard way with culottes). If you’re unsure if a bold new style is for you, accessories are an easy way to test the waters. As we are now officially in spring (the first day of spring was Monday), it’s time to revamp our wardrobes. With this in mind, I have rounded up six designer handbags that encapsulate six of the season’s hottest trends. Scroll down and take a gander at some serious arm-candy.

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1 //  TREND: Reptile Patterns & Patchwork

I am not someone who wears a lot of animal prints. If done wrong they can look cheap and trashy. When done right i.e. with a bit of discretion, they add just the right amount of primal sexiness to what might otherwise be a humdrum outfit. Reptile prints have been making an appearance in clothing, shoes, and accessories the past few seasons, and while I don’t have enough Rhianna-like swagger to pull off a python print dress, I would be more than happy to tote around this slinky leather hobo bag. It’s subtle enough to carry everyday, even to the office, but packs a sultry punch that makes me want to channel my inner jungle girl.

Badgley Mischka – Taryn Snake Print Panel Leather Shoulder Hobo Bag

2 // TREND: Colour Blocking

When I look at street style photography, what always grabs my attention is the way colours are mixed in a way that is totally unexpected. Colour blocking is a ‘trend’ that is definitely prevalent this season, but never really seems to go away. It’s also a quick and easy way to reinvent your wardrobe without having to buy anything else. Instead of pairing your coloured pieces with safe neutrals, mix your brights for a look that is fresh and striking. You’d be surprised at how often bright colours complement rather than compete with each other – yellow and cobalt blue is one of my favorite combos. If you’re not quite ready to break out all of your brights, a colour blocked bag will help you dip your toe into this bold trend.

Lana Marks – Frozen Chain Top Handle Ostrich Bag

3 //  TREND: Backpacks & Applique

It’s always a magical thing when function and fashion go hand in hand. Backpacks have been huge lately, with every major designer, from Chanel to Gucci, creating their own luxurious versions of this practical piece. Applique has also been prevalent in the collections of a string of heavyweight designers such as Roberto Cavalli and Giambattista Valli. Put these two bold trends together and you get this masterpiece from Carrie Bradshaw’s beloved Fendi (‘It’s a baguette!’). I wouldn’t be caught dead carrying a canvas number from Herschels unless I found myself hiking, but this bad boy? Take. My. Money.

Fendi – Embellished Floral Applique Mini Leather Backpack

4 // TREND: Fanny Packs & Nautical Stripes

For eons fanny packs have been terminally uncool and associated with judgement impaired tourists, hipsters, and socks and sandals wearing dads. Like everything else in fashion though, what goes in style must go out of style and vice versa. It’s the basic law of fashion physics. While the only one who can truly look good wearing a fanny pack is Leonardo Dicaprio, designers have been doing their best trying to make the dorky style less geek and more chic. This bag from Clare V. is the best version I’ve seen so far and earns extra style points for its nautical navy and white stripes – a timeless print and another huge trend this spring.

Clare V. – Supreme Striped Fanny Pack

5 // TREND: Top Handle

Quintessentially lady like styles have been given a major reboot this season, with movies and TV shows like Carol and Downton Abbey inspiring the collections of couturiers such as Lanvin and Jil Sander. Designers have been breathing new life into prim and proper styles – think asymmetrical cuts, luxe fabrics and edgy embellishments – and I am loving it. Top handle bags are THE it bag this season and they instantly lend a polished, demure feel to any and every outfit.

Givenchy – Real Trapeze Crocodile-effect Leather Tote

6 // TREND: Embroidery 

Did you know that February was National Embroidery Month? Embroidery is HUGE this season, with designers like Naeem Khan and Tanya Taylor splashing stitched patterns all over their couture collections. Let me tell you, this ain’t your granny’s needle point. From sweet florals to punky candy skulls, unexpected motifs are being stitched onto denim, clothing, outerwear, shoes, and handbags. This gorgeous piece from Gucci combines two of this season’s biggest trends and has a feminine, Old Hollywood-esque glamour that evokes images of Marlene Deitrich and Katharine Hepburn. Swoon.

Gucci – Sylvie Embroidered Leather Top Handle Satchel

What do you think of these trends? Do you have any favorites? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

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Made of Plastic

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Although so many of the products we buy are made of plastic, it’s not very often that we see that as being a plus, especially when it comes to fashion. When I think of plastic, it conjures images of landfills and trash heaps. I don’t associate synthetic materials with luxury or style – instead the words that come to mind are ‘cheap’ and ‘tacky’. And yet some of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world (think Givenchy, Chanel, and Marc Jacobs) love to use it in their collections, crafting clutches out of translucent plastic, heels out of Lucite, and jewelry out of candy-like beads that are so far from the elegant strings of pearls and diamonds that we normally associate with couture, that it’s like the designers are playing a joke on us all. There’s something that is kind of perverse about a plastic bangle costing more than most people’s rent but there is still a certain charm about it. It’s almost so vulgar and tacky that it becomes luxurious and desirable. Although a lot of us turn our nose up at man-made materials, plastic has its merits as well. Because it’s synthetic it can take on textures and finishes that natural materials simply cannot. A lot of the time plastic can be recycled as well, so it’s not the total enemy of the environment that we often think of it as. I have to admit, I am kind of seduced by this season’s love affair with plastic. It pays homage to the bold mod looks of the 60s while also looking ahead with a futuristic, spacey feel – all in all a combination that is refreshing and relevant. This trend is all about contradictions, much like fashion itself. Plastic as a material can be thought of as both old and new, it’s cheap and luxurious, its tacky yet elegant, it’s disposable but is also sustainable. While my heart will always prioritize leather, silk, and real gems over their synthetic substitutes (the real thing is always better in my opinion), plastic definitely has its place in fashion and in my closet.

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1 // Go Jane – Beyond Clear Chunky Lucite Heels

2 // Valley City X – Zero UV Mod Oversize Sunglasses

3 // Alex Bittar – Lucite Faceted Cocktail Ring

4 // JAPONESQUE – Alligator Hair Comb

5 // Moschino – Metal and Lucite Floral Necklace

6 // Go Jane – Call Me Maybe Square Lucite Clutch

7 // Kate Spade New York – Rumsey Plastic Strap Watch

8 // Armani Jeans – Plastic Mesh Shopping Bag

9 // LaVieHippie (Etsy) – Vintage Marbled Lucite Earrings

xoxo,

Alicia

 

Floral Fare

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I’m a shameless girly-girl in every possible way, so I have always loved florals. Whether it’s a bouquet of fresh blooms, an ultra-feminine flowery perfume, or a floral printed fabric, I am more than happy to incorporate flowers into every aspect of my life, from fashion to home decor. And while flowers for spring might seem like a cliche, classics are classics for a reason. Even if you’re not willing to wear a sugary sweet floral dress, anyone can channel their inner flower child by toting around one of these gorgeous handbags. Florals have been given an edgy update this season with stylized pop art-inspired motifs and tough-as-nails studs and metallic hardware. These styles are fresh, fun, and anything but frou-frou. Before you dismiss spring flowers as being saccharine and boring, take a gander at these 9 pieces of arm-candy. In the words of Miranda Priestley from The Devil Wears Prada, ‘Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.’. Minus the sarcasm.

1 // Dana Buchman – Lucille Tote

2 // Orla Kiely – Giant Flower Leather Fairfield Bag

3 // Go Jane – Flower Walk Quilted Chain Bag (only $32!)

4 // Lavani – White Flower Emblem Crossbody Bag (only $25!)

5 // Calvin Klein – Saffiano Leather Tote

6 // Orla Kiely – Summer Flower Canvas Zip Around Purse

7 // Go Jane – Vintage Vibes Floral Faux Leather Clutch (only $35!)

8 // Yasbukey – Embroidered Flower Patch Flap Bag

9 // Coach – Embroidered Flower Crossbody Bag

xoxo,

Alicia

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What to Pack For a Caribbean Holiday

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I don’t know about you guys, but I am sick to death of winter. I’m over all of it – the snow, the cold, the short, dark days, everything. I am pretty much counting down the days until the first day of spring. That being said, I really shouldn’t complain too much because at the beginning of February I was fortunate enough to be able to go to Montego Bay, Jamaica with my boyfriend. Before this trip, I had never been anywhere tropical or hot. I also had never been anywhere during the winter. Well, let me tell you, from now on I am going somewhere hot every winter that I can afford it. Every single aspect of the trip was amazing – hot white sand, turquoise ocean, balmy breeze and swaying palm trees. It was exactly what I needed and it was especially satisfying to know that I was in 30 + degree (celcius) weather sipping on a Caipirissima (my boyfriend is hooked on this cocktail now) while it was snowing buckets back home in Vancouver. We stayed at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall resort and it’s expensive as hell but breathtakingly stunning. The customer service is also out of this world. The only taxing part of this trip was packing for it. As I had never been anywhere hot before, I basically packed everything summery I owned and hoped for the best. Some of it I wore, some of it I never touched, and there were some items that I wished I had bought specifically for the trip. Since hindsight is 20/20, here are the 12 items that I think are essential when travelling to the Caribbean (or anywhere tropical).


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1 // River Island – White Striped Bandeau Culotte Jumpsuit

When it comes to effortless vacation dressing, it’s hard to beat the jumpsuit. Just step in, zip up, and you’re good to go without having to worry about coordinating an outfit or how to sit decently (#dressproblems). This cute little number manages to combine three trends at once (stripes, culottes, and jumpsuits) while still looking timeless and elegant. The fact that is strapless is another plus as there is nothing that inspires irrational rage and misery more than the feel of a strap digging into a sunburnt shoulder.

2 // Steve Madden – Sara Sandals

I wore these sandals to death. They were especially perfect around dinner time when I wanted something that was a little more formal than my rubber flip flops but not as high maintenance as a pair of high heels. The nude/snake print goes with absolutely everything and is a refreshing change from basic black, brown or tan.

3 // Vince Camuto – Nautical Striped Floppy Sun Hat

I have the type of pale, freckled skin that is absolutely scorched by the sun even when I have slathered myself head to toe in SPF 70 and so a hat is a must. A floppy straw sun hat not only instantly adds some style points to an outfit, but it will protect your head and face from the harsh rays of the Caribbean sun, preventing sunburn and heat stroke. My body may have been lobster red by the end of my trip, but my face was completely burn-free.

4 // LUCLUC – Sky Blue Bandeau Push Up Bikini SetLUCLUC – Sky Blue Bandeau Push Up Bikini Set

If you’re going somewhere hot on vacation a cute swimsuit is (obviously) an essential. Whether you are a one-piece or two-piece kind of gal is your choice, but I would pick something that makes you feel stunning as you are going to be in it for most of your trip. This bikini set from LUCLUC was my go-to. I find this bikini set to be ridiculously flattering. I am not a fan of high-waisted swimsuit bottoms but I love the way these provide just the right amount coverage for my curvier hips and tush. The black piping provides a gorgeous contrast against the sky blue fabric, a colour that, in my opinion, flatters all skin tone. I actually got quite a few compliments on this bad boy and I can’t wait to bring it out more in the summer.

5 // Love Moschino – Mini Skirt

A flowy printed skirt is a tropical vacation must. Why? At some point, you’ll want to wear something at night other than a dress, and there is nothing that feels worse against sunburnt legs than chafing denim cut-offs. This loud, floral print is so bright and cheerful and the high-waist is sexy and flattering. I would wear this skirt with a little crop top or a shoulder-baring blouse.

6 // Barneys New York – Provence Large Tote Bag (on sale!)

I mean, you could stuff all of your beach essentials in a boring canvas bag or backpack but why would you? A straw bag goes with everything, is classically stylish, and is easy to clean – no stained fabric, just dump out the sand that will inevitably find its way into your bag, shoes, swimsuit, and bed. This bag is roomy enough to fit all of your stuff, all of your travel buddy’s stuff, with room to spare. I also love the pop of tropical colour that the tassels add to this otherwise simple tote.

7 // Daily Look – Diane Slip Dress

Real talk: a slip is not just a travel necessity, it’s a life necessity. They are effortlessly sexy and are so easy to just throw on, whether you’re wearing it over your swimsuit or with a boyfriend cardigan and pair of mules. Tuck one in your beach bag so that you can toss it over your swimsuit when you are ready to be civilized – say in a restaurant where your sarong or cut-offs just won’t cut it.

8 // Deepa Gurnani – Riley Crystal Embellished Floral Headband

I have very, very curly hair. When I am in the city I tame it with a straightener, a palm full of mousse, and shine spray. In the humid tropical climate of the Caribbean, however, all bets are off and my hair goes totally wild. My curls are massive and all of my usual styling methods go out the window. I didn’t even bother trying to straighten it because the moment I stepped outside my hair would literally spiral out of control. My headband and hair clips kept my hair looking curly and cute instead of curly and crazy. Even if your hair errs more on the straight side, a cute clip or headband will keep your beachy, sea-sprayed hair looking somewhat polished with minimal effort.

9 // Le Specs – Air Heart Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses

It doesn’t matter where I am going, I always forget to pack a pair of sunglasses and have to buy a pair either at the hotel or the airport. This is a terrible idea because they are always ridiculously expensive. They were absolutely necessary, though. In Jamaica, the sun was blinding and so my sunglasses were on my face from dawn until dusk. Fun fact: sunglasses rarely suit my face (aviators honestly make me look like Jim Morrison) and the only consistent exception to this are cat-eye frames. I just love the old-Hollywood glamour vibe and air of mystery that they add to an outfit. Grab a pair for your next vacation and channel your inner Audrey Hepburn.

10 // Dolce & Gabbana – Distressed Rolled Shorts with Daisy Embroidery

Comfy and casual should never equate to sloppy and boring. These distressed rolled shorts are given a quirky update with sweet little embroidered daisies all down the sides. I also love the longer rolled hem which adds to the effortless, ‘I picked these up off the floor and threw them on, but don’t I look adorable?” look. The perfect pair of shorts to wear while strolling down the beach or on an adventurous excursion.

11 // Only Hearts – Second Skin Bodysuit in Black

Bodysuits are awesome. They can be worn with shorts, skirts, pants, everything, and that kind of versatility is exactly what you need from your clothes when you are on vacation. Squeeze a couple different coloured bodysuits in your suitcase so that you have different options depending on the day or your mood. One bodysuit can easily take you from day to night: toss a pair of worn-in cutoffs over them during the day, and a flirty floral skirt in the evening.

12 // Spoiled Heart – Reverse Maxi Sequin Bust Dress

The punchy coral hue of this dress practically screams ‘I’m vacationing in the tropics’ and it looks amazing against a newly acquired tan. Maxi dresses are just so ideal when you are on vacation. They are comfortable and breezy, but can still transition from casual to formal with a simple shoe and accessory change (flip flops and beach bag to strappy sandals and pretty clutch). And the fact that this one is reversible? You’re just winning all around.

What are your must-pack tropical vacation essentials? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Bare Minimum

When it comes to jewelry, I tend to reach for simple and dainty pieces without a lot of fuss or hoopla. There are a few items I never take off ( the Elsa Peretti heart necklace my boyfriend gave me for our two year anniversary and my great grandmother’s engagement ring) but I like the pieces I invest in to be timeless. I want to be able to put on jewelry without thinking about whether or not it goes with my outfit. Luckily for me, minimalist jewelry is really popular right now and designers seem to be eschewing the obnoxious, in your face statement styles of seasons past in favour for streamlined styles that are perfect for everyday. Whether or not this is your style, every girl needs a few of these sleek staples in her jewelry arsenal. Here are 8 of my favorite pieces from cool girl designers such as Catbird and Fallon. 

1 // Catbird – Opal Teardrop 14 Carat Gold Ring

I have always loved opals so I was immediately sold on this ring. I also love how thin the band is. This dainty ring would look great on its own or stacked with a knuckle ring or bands in contrasting metals. 

2 // Romwe – Silver Open Cuff

This minimalist cuff will add some instant architectural flair to your outfit in seconds. I love the open style and it’s understated yet eye catching. Plus the silver hue will go with everything. 

3 // Madewell – Circle Hair Clip

I have a serious thing for hair clips. I have quite a few vintage clips in my jewelry box and wear them on constant rotation. This sweet circle style instantly caught my attention. Keep your hair out of your face in style with this sleek and simple clip!

4 // Dutch Basics – Ruit Gold Plated Silver Hexagonal Creol Loop Earrings 

Geometric shapes are huge in fashion right now, much to my delight! It’s artsy yet timeless and the rose gold hue is feminine without be overly girl. These earrings are just enough of everything pretty without being saccharinely sweet.

5 // South Mood Under – Minimalist Bar Stud Earrings 

You know the old adage ‘less is more’? These straightforward bar studs prove just how true that sentiment is. This minimalist style manages to be both trendy and timeless which is as rare in fashion as finding a unicorn (it never happens). These babies are sure-fire compliment getters and are perfect for everyday wear.

6 // Kozminka – Minimalist Ear Cuff

The ear cuff is one of my favorite jewelry trends. It’s edgy and never looks like it’s trying too hard. This ear cuff reminds me of a girl who rolled out of bed, threw on a wrinkled t-shirt dress, finger combed her hair, pulled on her doc martens and couldn’t be bothered to put both of her earrings on because she was too tired from the crazy night she had before. This is the perfect lazy-girl accessory and adds an effortless sense of cool to any outfit.

7 // Fallon – Rotation Double Wire Choker 

Pearls – check. Choker – check. Think gold wire – check. This regal choker has a million trends covered but is undeniably elegant. Chokers are having a huge moment right now because of fashion’s obsession with all things 90s. I’m not complaining and have loved this accessory since I was in the 4th grade singing “Say You’ll Be There” by the Spice Girls. I’d pair this badboy with a cozy turtleneck and plaid skirt, or I would juxtapose it against a loose, off-the-shoulder tee and pair of joggers. Why? Because rules are for rookies. 

8 // Vogue – Gold Cuff Bracelet

While normally I am not crazy about gold, this architectural piece is anything but gaudy. It’s statement making but it isn’t loud or obnoxious. It’s not slapping you in the face and demanding your attention. This cuff’s sleek shape and minimalist aesthetic negates any of the cheesiness that yellow gold usually brings to the table. It’s just the thing to toss on as you run out the door and it will take your look from okay to OMG in mere seconds. Love. It.

xoxo,

Alicia