Two of my Favorite Things

Hello, beautiful people!

So what are two of my favorite things? Mid-week and mid-August? Hehe! Almost, although this time I will be talking about LACE and EMBROIDERY details. This week’s outfit has both and is a casual look I know I will be sporting from now till there are warm Fall days to enjoy.

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Let’s dice this look into its comprising pieces:

  • Jenny Surplice Blouse – this is one of my newest summer-to-fall additions. This blouse is so boho chic and “had me at its sleeves!” The lace detailing and the bell shape spoke to me from the moment I say this blouse on Stay Warm in Style’s page. I find the light mauve color so feminine and trendy, at the same time, as it has a “washed off” flair. The third favorite feature is the V-neckline with cross string detailing–adds to the “happening now” vibe of the blouse.Stay Warm in Style Blouse, Lucky Brand Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Lucky Brand EarringsStay Warm in Style Blouse, Raymond Weil Watch, Sundance Silver RingStay Warm in Style Blouse Lucky Brand Ripped Boyfriend Jeans Lucky Brand Floppy Hat BEBE Bag Lucky Brand Earrings
  • Sienna Slim Boyfriend Jean – what is there not to love about these jeans? They are ripped, embroidered, comfy, have an aged, broken-in feel and pair up perfectly with the Jenny Blouse. Not only do they both ooze a boho vibe as one of the embroidered flower’s color is the perfect match with the top’s color.   BEBE Handbag, Stay Warm in Style Blouse, Lucky Brand Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Lucky Brand Floppy Hat, Calvin Klein Cateye Sunglasses, Banana Republic PumpsStay Warm in Style Blouse, Lucky Brand Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Lucky Brand Floppy Hat, Calvin Klein Cateye Sunglasses, Lucky Brand EarringsLucky Brand Ripped Boyfriend Jeans Lucky Brand Floppy Hat Calvin Klein Cateye Sunglasses Banana Republik Pumps Stay Warm in Style Blouse
  • Floppy Hat – these are such a great accessory for Fall. A hat can add so much edge to an outfit and I feel like this one competes the look. It features a braided leather band with beaded tassel trim and a five-inch brim. Lucky Brand Earrings, Stay Warm in Style Blouse, Lucky Brand Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Lucky Brand Floppy Hat, Calvin Klein Cateye SunglassesLucky Brand Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Lucky Brand Floppy Hat, Stay Warm in Style Blouse, Calvin Klein Sunglasses, Banana Republic Shoes, BEBE Handbag
  • A pair of sandstone heels and bag to match, and VOILA! The look is complete and ready for cooler summer evenings, fall days, or even some warm LA winter ones!Stay Warm in Style Blouse, Lucky Brand Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Lucky Brand Floppy Hat, Calvin Klein Cateye Sunglasses, Banana Republik Pumps, BEBE BagStay Warm in Style Blouse, Lucky Brand Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Lucky Brand Floppy Hat, Calvin Klein Cateye Sunglasses, Banana Republik Pumps Heels, BEBE HandbagStay Warm in Style Blouse, Lucky Brand Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Lucky Brand Floppy Hat, Calvin Klein Cateye Sunglasses, BEBE Bag, Banana Republic Shoes

Top – Stay Warm in Style

Jeans – Lucky Brand

Hat – Lucky Brand

Heels – old Banana Republic (similar Sam Edelman pair here)

Bag – old BEBE (similar Rebecca Minkoff option here)

Sunglasses – Calvin Klein

Earrings – Lucky Brand

What has been you favorite casual look lately?

Love Always,

Marieta

 

 

 

 

Floral Comfort

Hello lovelies!

Can you believe we are approaching mid-August?!? I really don’t want summer to end… I know I live in sunny LA and should not be complaining about winter, however my love for summer goes back ever since I can remember myself!

Stay Warm in Style Emma Floral Midi Dress, Lucky Brand Lace Up Sandals, Summer Hat, Polaroid Round Glasses, Lucky Brand Studded Bugrundy Bag

I am actively avoiding looking at Fall collections and shopping for the season ahead just yet, so today I am sporting the funnest floral midi, by Stay Warm in Style, enjoying the rays of sunshine, flowers in bloom, birds’ songs, straw hats and sandals!

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Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I love me a good sheath dress, however this fit and flair midi grabbed me with it’s vibrant floral print and mint base–it just oozes femininity and comfort all at the same time. I adore the length and “YES!” it has pockets!! And which girl does not like a dress with pockets?!? Once I had the dress in my hands I could also appreciate its material – it is so soft and gentle on your skin, which adds to the overall comfort I feel when wearing it. Stay Warm in Style Emma Floral Midi Dress, Lucky Brand Studded Bugrundy Bag, Lucky Brand Lace Up Sandals, Lucky Brand Panama Hat, Polaroid Round GlassesLucky Brand Studded Bugrundy Bag, Stay Warm in Style Emma Floral Midi Dress, Lucky Brand Lace Up Sandals, Summer Panama Hat, Polaroid Round Glasses (12)Stay Warm in Style Emma Floral Midi Dress, Lucky Brand Lace Up Sandals, Summer Panama Hat, Polaroid Round Glasses, Lucky Brand Studded Bugrundy BagToday, I paired my new midi with lace up block heel sandals, a burgundy bag, a summer straw panama hat and round glasses to achieve a casual look, however this piece is so versatile and would look beautiful with a pair of red heels and a simple beige bag as it really does not need much accessorizing–it speaks for itself beautifully!

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If you have never heard of Stay Warm in Style you should check out their site! It brings wonderful boho-inspired fashion to the world of boutique shopping. See what is new here and let me know what your favorite piece is!

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Dress: Emma Midi Stay Warm in Style

Sandals: Lucky Brand

Bag: Lucky Brand

Sunglasses: Polaroid

Panama Hat: Lucky Brand

Enjoy the week of summer till next time, lovelies!

Love Always,

Marieta

 

Abstract Floral Story

Hello lovelies!

Hope your week has been going great and that you have some exciting plans for the upcoming weekend.

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Since we are in the heat of summer and florals are huge during this season I wanted to introduce you to a floral midi dress with a twist, by METISU. I find this abstract pattern to be very artistic and inspiring. The flowers have a beautifully undefined shape and colors that flow from one flower to the other. The pops of brighter red and green stand out from the more muted earthy, tobacco tones and black background. This unusual color story gives you countless possibilities when it comes to accessories. I chose a blue Chanel bag and gold heels, but black, green, red or any neutral toned bag and shoes would also compliment this pretty dress very well.

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The crew neck, midi length, and half-sleeve make this dress perfect for work, whereas the slim-fitting, elegant silhouette and side slid perfect it for “play”! I wore it in the office, followed by a performance at the Disney Concert Hall–it suited both occasions to the t!

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This dress is excellent for summer as it is from a very light material. It also comes with a waist belt should you decide you desire additional definition in that area. It is also currently on sale for just $60, so hurry in and grab yours or show me what you chose from the wonderful METISU sale going on right now!

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Dress: METISU

Heels: Banana Republic (similar here)

Bag: Chanel

Watch: Raymond Weil Tango

Sunglasses: Polaroid

Earrings: Lucky Brand

Ring: Sundance

 

Love Always,

Marieta

Funky, Cool, Feminine, and Hip

Hello lovelies,

Summer is just around the corner and that means sunglasses season is upon us. I have to admin sunglasses are a favorite accessory and I have a hard time staying away from those. So this week’s post is dedicate to my passion and highlighting four styles that would rock summer 2017.

THE FUNKY – meet these burgundy Calvin Klein cat-eye loves. I put those on and I immediately feel like I am back in the 70’s at a Palm Springs pool party. The color is so unusual, yet easy on the eyes–this pair is polarized, so I could look into the sun and be well-protected, while feeling groovy and stylish.

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THE COOL – when it comes to aviators you can say that I have been in love for many years now. This reflective Ray-Ban pair is among my all-time favorites and always makes me feel the cool kid on the block.

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THE FEMININE – every girl needs a pair of black lady-like sunnies. This square shaped Armani pair is large enough to protect your eyes from the sun while pairing up greatly with an oversized floppy hat and a pretty sun dress.

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THE HIP – the Ray-Ban Clubrounds are just so trendy and up-to-the-minute. They have a bit of a hipster flavor mixed in with a Beetles vibe. Their makers refer to those as: “the newest Ray-Ban legend … inspired by the authentic style of modern intellectuals and bohemian creatives.” I love the tortoise and gold frames as they pair up perfectly with golden jewels and pretty much any summer look.

Ray-Ban ClubRound Glasses, Lucky Brand Panama Hat, Guess top, Gap White Jeans, Lucky Brand Blazer

Ray-Ban Clubround Sunglasses, Zara Yellow Bodysuit, Lucky brand Panama, Lucky Brand Bag

What are some of your favorite sunglasses? Are they among your favorite accessories? Let me know in the comments!

Happy accessorizing, lovely people!

Love Always,

Marieta

 

The LWD – Spring Perfection!

Hello lovelies,

Happy May! I am so excited to share this post with you!! This week I am introducing you to Hanna and Simone–both extremely pretty and a perfect “partner in crime” for this season as well as summer!

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Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I am a total fan of lace. I also adore white, so a pretty white lace dress makes this woman very happy! Cuddy Studios made two such dresses that caught my eye, namely Hannah and Simone (I even love the names and had considered one of them when it was time to name my little princess)!

Hannah is a tank dress made out of a white floral lace fabric. It’s wide neckline and scooped back make it perfect for hot spring and even hotter summer days! The back has the cutest adjustable, delicate tie detail, which adds more visual interest and a fun twist. I also like the cut of this dress – you can add a belt to it for waist definition or just let it flow for a 60’s free spirit feel. I wore this dress with both heels and flats and enjoyed the more casual or a bit dressier option those added to the outfit.

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Simone attracted me with its white holographic-feel, laser-cut diamond fabric and flattering A-line silhouette. It’s bell sleeves add a boho chic flavor to this classy dress! Just like the Hannah, Simone can be worn to a casual weekend brunch or paired with heels for a date night or a night out with the girls. I wore it with a skinny watermelon belt, watermelon heel and bag which complemented the dress and added a pop to the outfit.

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If you love a little white dress and desire to satisfy your craving for a new one, be sure to check out Cuddy Studios! They have some amazing items inspired by the abstract geometric art of the sixties and seventies, paired with a classy cut for a sophisticated clothing line! Cuddy Studios are a small brand out of Seattle currently sold in over 85 boutiques nationwide, so grab a piece of their uniqueness and enjoy a 50% off with promo code: SHOP50 entered upon checkout. 

And don’t forget to show me what you picked out–would love to see a Cuddy Studio piece on you! 🙂

Love Always,

Marieta

 

Set it Free, Tie the Knot or Define the Waist

Hello Lovely People,

Happy April! As we are entering the heart of spring I wanted to bring a bright and cheerful look to you with an element of animal print you can style three different ways without changing a single piece of the outfit.

337 Brand Zebra Print Dress, GAP 1969 White Skinny Jeans, Calvin Klein Neon Peep-Toes, Ray-Ban, Ralth Lauren Bag

What do you think of this fun neon and gray zebra print dress from 337 Brand? Isn’t it perfect for spring and summer? It is simple and versatile, yet commands attention! The v-neck allows you to display a fun necklace or two and pairs up perfectly with both gold and silver accents. The relaxed fit allows for your creativity to shine through when styling the dress. The Jersey Burnout fabric is light and a tad bit sheer adding to the print for even more visual interest.

To make an outfit, I paired this dress with while, ankle-length, skinny jeans and neon and cream peep toes that perfectly complement the dress. I added a cream bag to play into the color scheme as I believe a three-color rule works perfect for this style.

GAP 1969 White Skinny Jeans, Calvin Klein Peep-Toe Shoes, Ralth Lauren Handbag

So what did I do with the dress to achieve my three different looks:

  1. Define the waist – to add some definition I belted the dress with a white braided belt–keeping in the color combo I chose. This dress also looks great with a wider waist belt for an even more dramatic look.337 Brand Zebra Print Dress, GAP 1969 White Jeans, Lucky Brand Breaded Belt, Calvin Klein Peep Toes, Ray-Ban, Ralth Lauren Bag337 Brand Zebra Print T-shirt Dress, GAP 1969 White Jeans, Lucky Brand Breaded Belt
  2. Set it free – this option is great for a more relaxed feel or if you’ve just had an enjoyable brunch 😉337 Brand Burnout T-Shirt Dress, GAP White Skinny Jeans, Calvin Klein Shoes, Ray-Ban Aviators, Ralth Lauren Cream Handbag337 Brand Burnout Mini T-Shirt Dress, GAP 1969 White Jeans, Ralth Lauren Handbag
  3. Tie the knot – the dress lends itself to the current trend of tying your tee. This option let’s your bottoms shine, rather than being just the supporting act for the dress.337 Brand Zebra Print Dress, GAP White Skinny Jeans, Calvin Klein Peep-Toe Shoes, Ray-Ban Aviators, Ralth Lauren HandbagGAP White Skinny Jeans, Calvin Klein Shoes, Ray-Ban Aviators, Ralth Lauren Handbag, 337 Brand Zebra Print T-Shirt Dress337 Brand Zebra Print T-Shirt Dress, GAP White Skinny Jeans, Calvin Klein Shoes, Ray-Ban Aviators, Ralth Lauren Handbag

Burnout Mini T-Shirt Dress

GAP 1969 Raw Edge White Jeans – similar here

Suede Woven Mix Belt

Calvin Klein Neon and Cream Peep Toes – old, but the outfit would look great with these

Ralph Lauren Cream Bag – similar here and here

Have you found a smaller brand of clothing you have really enjoyed lately? Check out 337 Brand – they have some fun pieces to spice up your wardrobe with!

Happy fashion explorations, babe!

Love Always,

MV

 

Color Play

Hello lovelies!

Looking out of the window this morning, the sun inspired the color-seeker in me and got me dreaming of an outfit to reflect its cheerful rays. Sooooo, I grabbed a wrap dress with a fun geo print combining yellow, cream, and a couple of blue tones and decided to build my outfit on that color scheme.  I had the perfect pair of yellow kitten heels and a cream bag, both having gold accents and picking up a hue from the dress. To expand on the gold theme, I added a gold statement necklace and earrings, and a two-toned watch. I coordinated my glasses so that their metal part is in tune as well and voila–the outfit was ready in 5 minutes!

Why do I love this outfit? Besides being bright, cheerful and spring-ready, it is also very easy to assemble and wear. As most full-time working mamas, I find that some mornings I just don’t have the time to put an elaborate outfit together and be out of the door on time. Dresses and jumpsuits to the rescue – those are so convenient as they have got you covered and all that is left to think about are the accessories.

This dress is also made of cotton, which makes it a pleasure to wear. I am one of those people who always checks the label, because I appreciate having a natural fabric against my skin–cotton, linen, silk and leather are favorites in my book.

Dress – Lucky Brand (old, beautiful floral cold-shoulder option here and a Ralph Lauren one  here)

Shoes – Nine West (old, similar here and here. A cool-colored kitten heel option for spring here)

Bag – Ralph Lauren (old, similar here and here)

Glasses – Ray-Ban Clubround

So go on ladies, be bold with your colors and enjoy playing with some patterns! Happy styling!

Love always,

Marieta

Spring is in the Air

Hello lovelies,

“Sun is shining, the weather is sweet, yeah
Make you wanna” dress in your lighter clothes now
“To the rescue,” winter coat no more
“Want you to know, y’all, can you understand?” (quotation portions are Bob Marley’s)

Do you guys love being greeted by the sun in the morning? Doesn’t it put a spring in your step and a smile on your face? It also helps us shell out of the heavy layers we have been hiding under during the winter season and that always makes me happy. Spring is just around the corner and I wanted to share this outfit with you as it is such a great way to transition to this new, exciting season. Why?

  • Colors – white, coral, cream and blue denim. For many people white tends to symbolize purity, light, a “clean slate,”… to me it also screams “SUMMER!” I feel similarly about cream, and find the combination of white and cream quite serine and attractive. Adding a punch of color with coral awakens the outfit, as coral is vibrant and in tandem with the deep blue denim makes me think of the pretty water life of the Caribbean. Lucky Brand Jeans Lucky Brand Top Lucky Brand Jeans Lucky Brand Bag
  • Cut – both this top and my blazer have 3/4 sleeves and what better way to transition between long and short sleeves and into spring?! These skinny jeans could partner with any shoe type during any season and a pair of bold heels in not an exception.
  • Materials – all the pieces of this outfit are made from either cotton or linen or a blend of the two. I enjoy wearing these materials during any season. However, both are particularly great for the warmer months as they are breathable, light and 100% natural.

Top: Lucky Brand Placed Print Top

Jeans: Lucky Brand Brooke Straight

Blazer: Lucky Brand Feminine Eyelet Blazer

Heels: Aldo Ripiego

Bag: Lucky Brand (suggested here)

I hope the weather is warming up where you are as well and that you would get to wear your favorite spring outfits soon as well!

Love always,

MV

Lucky Girl

OK guys,

This is going to be a quick one as I just saw that Lucky Brand is having an amazing sale–check it out HERE!  And it gets better!! You can get $20 off your purchase by clicking HERE or following this link: http://fbuy.me/eNbA-

Here are some of my favorites from the SALE:

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And don’t forget to get your $20 off as well!

Happy LUCKY BRAND shopping, ladies and gents!

Love Always,

MV

 

*All photos are Lucky Brand LLC photos.

Let’s Escape to Tropical Paradise

Hello, lovely people!

Happy February! I recently went on vacation to the US Virgin Island of St. Croix, and boy, is it a beautiful piece of land surrounded by the most vibrant, countless-shades-of-blue water! Some of the architecture is stunning and where a building has turned into an abandoned ruin the flora has taken over and turned it into a charming, out-of-Tom-Sayer site! I could imagine countless photo-shoots there–a photographer’s Paradise!

As beautiful as St. Croix is, it is also not a very posh place. People are very welcoming, but unfortunately seem to live on a penny, the infrastructure is sort of maintained, and the island does not house many fancy restaurants or stores, BUT that is just part of its endless charm! It is a relaxing, let-your-hair-down, makeup-free, non-pretentious, casual kind of island.

So, what are some of the essentials you would need to have an enjoyable vacation:

  1. A few pairs of bikini (love the VS options here)–the island offers many wonderful beaches (my favorites are Sugar Cane Beach, Rainbow Beach and Sandy Point Beach) and you would love to be in or by the water as much as possible.
  2. A snorkel set (I have a Speedo set that worked very well)–don’t miss the beauty that lives in the water. It is such a calm and astonishing underwater world that you can enjoy by simply investing $35 in some fins, a mask and a snorkel. It takes “playing in the water” to a whole new level.
  3. Sunglasses (got my Kenneth Cole pair, similar here)–it is nice and sunny all the time, and if you are like me and have love for the sun, but can’t look it in the eye for too long, sunglasses would be much needed and appreciated.
  4. Flip-flops (wore this AEO pair everywhere) and flats (I wore my Lucky Brand Ellie pair)–I could have done this entire vacation in my flip-flops, but there was something nice about being able to slip into flats for dinner and the evening weather would allow it! Don’t bother with heels–you will look totally out of place, fell uncomfortable and perhaps a bit tired after a day in the water and under the sun.
  5. Your favorite casual dresses and cover-ups–I brought 5 or 6 dresses, a pair of shorts and a skirt, but the dresses worked so well I didn’t need anything else. You can throw those over your swimsuit with your flip-flops or pair them up with your flats for dinner, a visit to the botanical garden, a tour of the rum distilleries, and voila–you are island ready!
  6. A light jacket (love this Lucky Brand option) or cardi–I always feel cold and St. Croix gets a nice breeze that runs trough the island most of the time–day or night, so I appreciated having a thin denim blazer for a dinner or cocktails out in the evening.

What is nice to have, but not essential:

  1. If you are planning on some hiking adventures you may want to bring a pair of running shoes. I hiked in flip-flops, but wished for my sneakers would magically appear on my feet. 😉
  2. Board shorts would also be good for a hike, a paddle board afternoon, jet-skiing or a night out in a see-through kayak to check out the bio-luminescence at Salt River Bay.
  3. A small cross-body bag to house your credit card, some cash, and small essentials.
  4. A backpack for the beach or a hike.
  5. A hat–another way to protect yourself from the sun, however it is a bit windy, which means you may end up chasing your fedora or panama down the beach.

What to leave at home:

  1. Fancy jewels;
  2. Designer bags;
  3. Heels;
  4. Cocktail dresses;
  5. Full makeup set.

St. Croix is a low-key, casual-essentials kind of island, so leave your fancy fashion behind for this vacay, grab your sunscreen, bathing suit, snorkel, an adventure spirit and enjoy the raw fun this island has to offer!

Happy vacationing, ladies and gents!!

Love always,

MV