Fun Under The Sun

Hello lovelies,

Happy, happy summer to you! 🌞 Summer is my favorite season–it brings this vacation vibe that stays around for a few months. The weather is warm and the beach is calling your name. It is time to wear fun dresses and enjoy warm nights talking to friends, sipping on drinks garnished with umbrellas, laughing the night away.

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Last week I introduced you to my favorite button front summer dress, this week it is time to show you a shorter option with some ruffle flair, the SHEIN Keyhole Back Ruffle Hem Shirred Panel Dress. This little number makes me want to dance. The body of the dress is made out of a stretchy, band-like material that hugs your curves and adds romanticism with ruffles by the sleeves and at the bottom of the dress. The red and white pattern add to the fun character of the dress and so does the tear drop open back detail. The dress is made out of cotton–one of my favorite natural fabrics for the summer. I ordered a size medium and the fit is pretty great aside from the length, but I am also 5’9”, so it would be a lot longer on someone who is not quite as tall.

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I keep on looking at SHEIN’s website and discovering cute new summer dresses. Have you checked those out lately?

What is your latest summer find? Let me know in the comments section.

Love Always,

Marieta

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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

 

The Beach is Calling…

Hello lovelies,

Hope your weekend was full of pleasant surprises and happy times with family and friends! We had a fun birthday party to go to and made it to the beach just in time as the temperatures here are upward of 90 degrees and the ocean breeze always makes things better. I did get a little sun-burnt, but I should know better than to ignore the sunscreen when it is calling my name, hehe.

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What made out trip to the beach even more fun were my funky All For Color Birds of Paradise Camille Convertible Maxi and our stylish Anchor Duffel Bag from Sloane Ranger.

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This strapless convertible maxi is so eye-catching. I love the unique print, combining vibrant colors and a pretty leafs and birds design to create one attention-grabbing fabric masterpiece. It is made from the most comfy, untra soft, cotton jersey material which makes it a pleasure to wear. Since we went to the beach I used this dress as my cover-up, but it is also perfect as a skirt as the top part folds over, giving you the flexibility to combine it with your favorite summer tee! For more All For Color maxis, click here! For 20% OFF your purchase and free shipping on orders over $50 use code: OOTDINSTYLE.

 

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And this gorgeous canvas Anchor Duffler! Is there a better bag to go to the beach with?!? It’s dimensions allowed me to fill it up with everything we may need for a day under the sun – beach towels, an extra set of clothes, water, diapers and baby essentials (it even doubled as a diaper bag!), sunscreen, and some snacks. The webbed shoulder strap makes it easy to carry hands-free for those moments when you need to grab a little hand to lead. The strap is detachable and adjustable to fit your desires. This bag is also fully lined and sports a vegan-friendly leather trim! Check the range of dufflers by Sloan Ranger here.  If you like the anchor print, but want a different shape, check these out!

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Dress: All For Color

Hat: Urban Outfitters

Flats: BCBG

Sunglasses: Polaroid

Duffel Bag: Sloane Ranger

Crochet Straw Tote: Nordstrom

Toddler Chambray Dress: Gap Baby

Toddler Sandals: H&M Kids

Toddler Sunglasses: Carters

Please, drop me a line and let me know what your favorite beach accessories are and whether you found your match at All For Color or Sloane Ranger! Happy summer!

Love Always,

Marieta

 

Vacay Vibes

Hello lovelies,
I just came back from a lovely Southern European vacation during which we visited Barcelona, Monaco, Cinque Terre, Rome, Corsica, and Palma de Mallorca. It is good to be home, but I already miss the excitement of exploring new places, discovering beautiful historical sights, enjoying the breathtaking views of homes nestled in the heels above the turquoise waters of the sea, meeting new cultures and people, and munching on Mediterranean delicacies – yummmmmm-nommm-nommmm!
Palma De Mallorca
The weather in Southern Europe this time of the year happened to be above 90F every single day, so wearing light clothing was the way to go, because who wants to walk around a gorgeous new spot drenched in sweat and feeling hot while there is so much to see and enjoy?! Not me–and I am one who likes the heat!
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All For Color Off the Shoulder Romper, Lucky Brand Emmie Flats, Lucky Brand Handbag, Lucky Brand Earrings, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca - Bellever Castle
A favorite pieces of clothing for this vacation was the Peach Passion Tatum Cut Out Romper from All For Color! I spent an entire day in Palma de Mallorca in this cool romper. When I say “cool” I mean in both in the way it looks and how it made me feel temperature-wise.  It sure kept me comfortable and feeling stylish while sightseeing from the top floor of a hop-on-hop-off bus (and whoever has taken those knows you can bake on one!!), visiting the Bellever Castle at noon (while the SUN sent all of its hot love our way <3), and enjoying a well-deserved espresso with some ice-cream by the beach in the later afternoon.

 

All For Color Off the Shoulder Romper, Lucky Brand Emmie Flats, Lucky Brand Handbag, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Palma de Mallorca, Bellever Castle

What do I love about this romper?

  • The colorful print and fresh color palette attract the eye, while allowing you to combine the romper with accessories in orange, pink, blue or any of the neutral colors – beige, white, cream. I chose to pair it up with blue flats and a beige handbag.
  • The cut-out shoulder design is right on trend letting you embrace the cold shoulder look. All For Color Off the Shoulder Romper, Lucky Brand Necklace, Palma de Mallorca
  • The elastic waistline gives your figure a boost by giving your middle section definition.
  • The woven rayon material is so light and breathable – feels like you are wearing a feather which allows the breeze to come trough and keep you cool – perfect for a day in the sun.All For Color Off the Shoulder Romper, Lucky Brand Emmie Flats, Lucky Brand Handbag, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Palma de Mallorca
  • It is very lightweight and does not take any space in you luggage, which is great when you are trying to minimize the amount of stuff to haul during a long trip.
  • Bonus – it does not wrinkle easily! All For Color Off the Shoulder Romper, Lucky Brand Emmie Flats, Lucky Brand Handbag, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Palma de Mallorca, Lucky Brand Earrings and NecklaceAll For Color Off the Shoulder Romper, Lucky Brand Necklace and Earrings, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Palma de Mallorca
Don’t forget to check out All For Color as they offer so many great articles of clothing perfect for summer – rompers, dresses, tops, bottoms, cover ups, pajamas, even scarfs and shawls – you are sure to find something to catch your eye and enhance your style! For 20% off orders over $50 plus free shipping on allforcolor.com use code: “OOTDINSTYLE“.
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Where would you be vacationing this summer? Drop me a line to let me know and have fun shopping for your vacation and expiring the world!
Love Always,
MV

Summer Perfection

Hello ladies and gents!

Hope your three-days weekend was fantastic and marked the beginning of a fun and happy summer season!

I have to admit I am enjoying spring, however summer has always been my favorite season and in celebration of its arrival I am dedicating this post to the perfect outfit for a day under the sun.

What are the essentials a girl needs:

  • a pretty sun dress – somehow dresses have this ability to make a girl feel pretty and want to twirl all around town… This one has me feeling exactly that way. The top is an embroidered eyelet bib with delicate straps and lots of vintage charm. The midi-length gives it a classy yet fun feel and the cotton fabric, as subtle as the design, is so light that you can barely feel it – just the right kind of material and style for a hot day. One thing to note is that the top part of the dress could be a bit tight. I purchased a size Small and it fits me well, however it may be a bit snug.   Lucky Brand Summer Dress, Summer Floppy Hat, Lucky Brand Flats, Lucky Brand Saddle Bag, Arianna Sharfman PhotoLucky Brand Summer Dress, Summer Floppy Hat, Lucky Necklace and Earrings, Lucky Brand Saddle Bag, Calvin Klein SunglassesLucky Brand Summer Dress, Summer Floppy Hat, Lucky Brand Flats, Lucky Brand Saddle Bag, Calvin Klein Sunglasses, Raymond Weil Tango Watch
  • a floppy hat – hats add so much character to a look! This wide brim, floppy beach hat is sure to also provide your face with great protection from the sun. I love its fringed edges and seaside vacation vibe! Lucky Brand Summer Dress, Urban Outfitters Summer Floppy Beach Hat, Lucky Brand Earrings, Lucky Brand NecklaceLucky Brand Midi Dress, Summer Floppy Beach Hat, Lucky Brand Flats, Lucky Brand Saddle Bag, Calvin Klein Sunglasses, Arianna Sharfman Photo
  • sunglasses – if you are like me and the sun really bugs your eyes, consider adding your favorite sunglasses – those would add some charm and protect out sight as well! 🙂Arianna Sharfman Photo Lucky Brand Embroidered Dress, Lucky Brand Necklace, Lucky Brand Earrings, Calvin Klein SunglassesArianna Sharfman Photography Lucky Brand Summer Dress, Summer Floppy Hat, Lucky Brand Flats, Lucky Brand Saddle Bag, Calvin Klein Sunglasses (4)
  • a bag for your belongings – saddle bags have been a favorite of mine for the past couple of years – they are compact and can fit everything I need for a day. If you are heading to the beach pair this look with a cool beach tote (use code OOTDINSTYLE for 20% off and free shipping on orders over $50) and voila!Lucky Brand Summer Dress, Lucky Brand Ring, Lucky Brand Saddle BagLucky Brand Summer Dress, Summer Floppy Hat, Lucky Brand Flats, Lucky Brand Saddle Bag, Calvin Klein Sunglasses
  • some pretty jewellery to complete your look – this dress would look beautiful with both silver and gold jewels. I wanted my jewelry to be just as dainty as the dress, so I paired it up with a vintage rose necklace, gold earrings with some sparkle and a couple of gold rings (similar items here). I am very used to wearing a watch and owning a two-toned one has made it so easy to pair up with any other jewelry.Arianna Sharfman Photo, Lucky Brand Embroidered Dress, Lucky Brand Necklace, Lucky Brand Earrings (1)Arianna Sharfman Photo, Lucky Brand Embroidered Dress, Lucky Brand Necklace, Lucky Brand Earrings, CK Sunnies
  • a cute pair of shoes – which girl does not love heels?! This dress would look fab with some block-heel-lace-up sandals. For a day out and about, I love being able to roam around in comfort, so I opt out for flats during the day and leave heels for an evening/night out! Lucky Brand Summer Embroidered Dress, Summer Floppy Hat, Lucky Brand Flats, Lucky Brand Saddle Bag, Arianna Sharfman Photo

I want to THANK the sweet, talented, and professional Arianna Sharfman of Arianna Sharfman Photography for the beautiful images and the great conversation and ease she made me feel during our photoshoot. Check out her work – she is so incredibly friendly and a pleasure to work with!

Happy almost-summer, lovelies!!

Love always,

Marieta

Photo Credit: Ariana Sharfman

Sophisticated With an Edge

Hello lovelies,

Hope you all enjoyed this spring weekend! It was hot and very much like summer here in LA and I was very excited to be out and about in lighter clothing and my new Vivian bag from Oliver Bilou. I discovered OB online and immediately fell in love with their products–they offer five unique handbags each with a very distinct character and style. I have to admit, I had a hard time picking between the Vivian and the Taylor and still have my eye on the latter, as the former is now in my hands! 😉

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Can we talk about Vivian’s unique charm? It’s light grey color, beautiful dome shape and that braided trim running along its front just called out my name–sophisticated with an EDGE (no pun intended)! But Vivian is not going to only be your “arm candy”–it is just as functional as it is beautiful! The bag looks compact, however it is pretty roomy and held my wallet, sunglasses, a water bottle, my phone (there is a special compartment for it), keys (a built-in key chain), and I could have loaded it even further–very impressive!

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There also is a back zipped pocket you can access from the outside of the bag, and the main compartment has dual zips for easy use, making this bag perfect for travel or running around town.

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The gold hardware adds to the classy bag and gives you a tone for your jewelry selection. Gold is incorporated in the handle bar, the metal feet, and key chain, the zippers, and even the inspirational quote one would discover once they open their Oliver Bilou bag.

Vivian is made from textured vegan leather with makes it’s light color easy to care for–just wipe it out with a wet nap and it is as good as new.

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I was also very impressed by the packaging of this bag–it comes in a stylish black box, complete with a dust bag and all hardware carefully wrapped  to insure a pristine look–it would make any girl smile and be a great present delivered to someone you want to surprise!

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Another perk is that Vivian looks perfectly with business attire as well as a casual weekend look. This bag is also FEEL GOOD as a portion of the proceeds from each handbag purchased goes towards enriching a child’s life.

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Should you decide to purchase a, Oliver Bilou bag yourself, you can use the coupon code: ootdinstyle for 10% off at check-out.

Oliver Bilou Vivian Bag, BEBE Ripped Jeans, Rocket Cutout Peep Toes

Happy arm candy shopping!

Bottoms: BEBE Ripped Jeans (similar here) and BR Sailor Pants (similar here)

Top: Guess (similar here)

Shoes: Rocket Peep Toes (similar here) and Nine West Flats (similar here)

Sunglasses: Ray Ban and Dior

Bag: Vivian by Oliver Bilou

Love always,

Marieta

Make Him Smile

Hello ladies and gents!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! Can you believe we have crossed the mid-April mark?! Mother’s day is just around the corner and before we know it Father’s day will sneak up on us as well! Must think presents!! When it comes to dad or your leading man – I have got you covered!

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I recently partnered with JORD and received this Conway men’s watch and let me tell you—my dad fell in love with it, got it fitted and has not taken it off his hand ever since. Guess what? YOU–the reader–get a chance to win a FREE Conway JORD watch of your own—the perfect accessory to your man’s/dad’s spring or summer wardrobe! One lucky winner will receive the BIG prize, but everyone will be given $25 off their purchase for just entering the contest! All you need is your name and e-mail address and voila—your credit will be waiting for you once the contest is over on May 14th, 2017 at 11:59PM  (click HERE to enter). The JORD system will automatically select a winner and everyone will be emailed their coupon code. The code will expire on 6/31/2017. In addition, here is a 15% off code ootdin6zmewg (for the Conway) which you can use now till 6/31/2017. Please note that this code is not-stackable.

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Here are some of my favorite Conway features:

  • Its natural dark sandalwood and zebrawood combination band  with metal accents and silver face ooze masculinity;
  • Conway has a deployment buckle with push buttons for ease of placing it on your wrist;
  • The sapphire crystal glass and luminescent hands allow the watch to show the hour even in the dark;
  • It also displays the date – my dad said he really appreciated that feature! J;
  • Conway is not just beautiful inside, but also perfect inside as it is powered by a Swiss movement—the Swiss are kings when it comes to watch-making;
  • The band is adjustable and will be made to fit dad’s/hubby’s wrist upon request;
  • You can engrave (costs additionally) the back of this watch to personalize it–a great present idea for Father’s day;
  • The box it arrived in is beautiful and could also be engraved (costs additionally).JORD Conway Men's WatchMen's Watch JORD Conway (9)Cool Men's Watch JORD ConwayMen's Watch JORD Conway (8)

Here is how you can find your perfect wood watch:

Wooden Wristwatch

Wishing you all GOOD LUCK for the contest and cannot wait to see which, Conway or other, timepiece you choose!

Love Always,

MV

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