My Fourth of July Bathing Suit

Just got this L*Space top from hip’tique on Main St in Santa Monica for the 4th!

As long as I load up on sunblock to avoid funny tan lines, I’m very excited for this fun alternative to a typical suit.  Get it here!

Other bathing suit tops that are perfect for your BBQ parties:

Shoshanna Beach Club Stripe Twist Bandeau $143

Beach Bunny Swimwear ‘We Found Love’ Triangle Top $88

Tori Praver Swimwear Lily Bandeau $59

Zinke Kristen Bandeau $88

Tyler Rose Swimwear ‘I Got Lucky’ Bikini Top $91

Marc by Marc Jacobs Tie Front Halter Bikini Top $89

Beach Bunny Swimwear Balconet Top $147

Splendid ‘In Bloom’ Bikini Top $55

Tyler Rose Swimwear ‘Mama Didn’t Lie’ Mesh Twist Bandeau $93

 

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Summer Scarves

There are times when I love trying on what seems like my whole wardrobe, testing combinations to find the perfect outfit for an event, and then there’s my normal reality when I have 15 minutes to pick out what I’m wearing.  For those days, I usually go simple (printed pants or jeans with a solid top).  I always like to top it off with something more noticeable though, like a big statement necklace, an embellished headband or my latest addiction – summer scarves.

There are so many ways to wear them (around neck or head are my favs) and they can instantly amp up what would be a pretty plain look.

Summer Scarves:

Urban Outfitters BDG Pop Stripe Scarf $24

Modcloth Mint To Be Scarf $17.99

Les Nouvelles Askilio Scarf by Malene Birger $150

Zappos Echo Design Polka Dot Wrapping $34.99

Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Crosshatch Printed Eternity Scarf $29

J. Crew Lemlem Hilansha Gauze Scarf $125

Marc by Marc Jacobs Jacobson Stripe Scarf $178

Etsy ESEHandMade White Shawl Scarf $13.50

Boutique To You Wildfox Starshine Scarf $64

Shopbop Theodora & Playa Scarf $175

Forever 21 Bold Stripe Scarf $9.80

Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Shredded Square Scarf $29

Scarves Dot Net Tess Striped Loop Scarf $12.71

Diesel 2-SLOO Scarf $88

Lori’s Shoes Bohemian Blossom Scarf $22.95

Tee-Zone Plush Love Scarf $86

French Connection Union Scarf $88

Urban Outfitters Studded Scarf $39

Gypsy 05 Joni Scarf $50

Shopbop Brightly Twisted Scarf $98

Madewell Seastripe Sarong $41.60

Forever 21 Geo Rainbow Pom Pom Scarf $10.80

Asos Heart Print Snood $16.57

Madewell Spot Dot Scarf $49.50

 

Robes

When I moved to Southern California, I pictured myself tan, waking up early to skateboard down to the coast to surf for an hour before work, and basically just accidentally slipping into a super toned and slender physique a la Kate Bosworth, which seemed pretty easy according to my research of watching Blue Crush over and over.

First of all, I’m of Irish decent.  I’m pretty sure the only step between pale and burnt is blistered, which I really should know by now.  Also, it’s my 5th year in and the only thing I have to show for my skateboarding skills is a permanent scar and to be honest with you, I’ve not come as far as shoulder deep in the Pacific, so surfing isn’t working out so well.  I also moved here just before June, which sent me into a deep depression once I learned of the phrase, “June Gloom”.

Living by the beach… it’s actually cold.  Not in terms of snow or single digit Winter weather, but let’s just say leaving the house without a sweater is 9 times out of 10 a big mistake.  Also, almost like clockwork, when each June rolls around, the sky turns dark and remains overcast for the remainder of the month.  I’m convinced this is karma for all the egos and bad intentions that fill this town (half joking).

I take a personal protest by using the weekends to stay in bed, watch movies and order cheap Chinese food.  My attire?  Can’t live without my comfy robes.  Whether I’m sick, relaxing or even getting ready to go out – it’s my go to.  I also never travel without one.  I’ve managed to acquire quite the collection ranging from my favorite warm and cozy (pictured 1st) to a light, short sleeved printed wrap (pictured 2nd) to use while straightening my hair and doing my makeup.

Robes:

Kashwere Adult Shawl Collared Robe $135

*First heard of this from my friend Courtney (THANK YOU). 

Josie Interrupted Floral Short Robe $52.80

Kiku Cotton Kimono in Kyoto Floral Print $156.56

Lacoste ‘Smash’ Robe $69.99

Topshop Rose Robe $45

Oscar de la Renta Pink Label Heavenly Lace Long Robe $79

Splendid Soft Luxurious Robe $82.60

Hudson Park Boxed Robe $99.99

Marc by Marc Jacobs Serpent Nightwear Robe $81

Victoria’s Secret Long Terry Robe $44.99

In Bloom by Jonquil ‘Blossom Bouquet’ Wrap $68

Gilligan & OMalley Women’s MixMatch Robe $21.99

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Sleepwear Stripe Spa Robe $64

Calvin Klein Underwear Essentials Satin Short Robe $56.25

In Bloom by Joquil ‘Animal Patch’ Wrap Robe $58

Natori ‘Sapa’ Robe $170

Gap Stretch Jersey Short Robe $44.50

Anthropologie Blooming Rose Robe $78

Forever 21 French Terry Sleep Robe $15.80

 

Summer Skirts

I’ve mentioned before that Summer dressing, to me, should be easy and effortless, but still polished.  There’s nothing better than being able to pair a great pair of pants or a bright silk skirt with your favorite tee or tank top.  It’s the perfect balance of appearing casual, yet like you still care about your appearance.

Lately I’ve been stocking up on skirts of different lengths in preparation for warm months.  I’m going for bold colors, interesting prints and fun hemlines to wear with my best simple solid colored tanks, layered with denim shirts or a light sweater.

Summer Skirts That Transition From Spring To Summer:

Monrow Tucked Skirt $98

Lucca Couture Pleated Floral Skirt $64

Helmut Lang Wrap Skirt $185

Motel Ditsy Floral Skater Skirt $60.88

Michelle Jonas Long Hippie Skirt $299

Gypsy Junkie Studio Skirt $43

Rebecca Minkoff Femi Skirt $228

Pim + Larkin Striped Tie Skirt $44

Club Monaco Alice Skirt $149.50

Guess by Marciano Tipton Tribal Maxi Skirt $138

Antipodium Checker Skirt $154.50

Brandy Melville Cameron Hi Low Skirt $57

C & C California Zephyr Tie Dye Tube Skirt/Dress $54.60

Stem ‘Tube’ Midi Pencil Skirt $34.90

Daftbird Angle Maxi Skirt $99

Blu Moon Bias Hi Low Skirt $120

Plastic Island Chiara Skirt $74

Michael Stars Highline Stripe Maxi Skirt $98

Charlotte Russe High Waisted Stripe Skirt $24.99

Trouve Colorblock Skirt $78

Sanctuary St. Lucia Skirt $128

ASOS Collection Skater Skirt in Large Spot $48.71

French Connection Southern Summer Skirt $147.99

ASOS Collection Flippy Skirt in Animal Print $52.19

Patterson J. Kincaid Nixie Long Skirt $74

West Coast Wardrobe Scuba Skirt $36

Something Else by Natalie Wood Metamorphis Maxi Skirt $156

ASOS Collection Cotton Skater Skirt in Paisley Print $66.10

Forever 21 Maxi Length Lace Skirt $29.80

Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Night Bird’ Silk Taffeta Skirt $348

Torn by Ronny Kobo Ronnie Skirt $168

Patterson J. Kincaid Ziggy Skirt $168

Kate Spade New York ‘Melody’ Print Silk Skirt $219.90

Cocktail Rings

I’m a bit bipolar when it comes to rings.  For everyday, I tend to gravitate towards delicate styles, however I also love a good statement piece.  A bold ring can spark conversation, make you remembered and is a great way to give an outfit personality.  Choosing fun, more lighthearted accessories can also break up a straightforward look.  Whether it’s a bright color or unique shape, adding dramatic rings to your jewelry collection is smart.  They’re easy to wear and can go with almost anything – from jeans to ballgown.

Cocktail Rings I’d Top Off A Look With:

Kenneth Jay Lane 22-Karat Gold Plated Resin and Crystal Ring $150

Inka’s Aqua Blue Octopus and Fish Cocktail Ring $39.95

Lisa Freede Gold Dome Ring $98

nOir “New Novelty” Rose Gold and Purple Cocktail Ring $115

Low Luv by Erin Wasson Wide 14k Plated Black Crystal Cocktail Ring $130

Vivienne Westwood Enamel Armour Ring $298

Marc by Marc Jacobs Metal Ribbons Twist Ring $68

Kendra Scott Ramsee Ring $56.99

Viva Fede Futtoro Ring $242

Arden B Crystal Rock Ring $24

Low Luv by Erin Wasson 14k Plated Triple Crystal Cocktail Ring $160

Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian 14k Gold Stone and Pave Cocktail Ring $26.99

Aki’s Large Green Genuine Stone Cocktail Ring $47.95

Vince Camuto Flat Polished Ring $38.99

ASOS Digital Heart Ring $10.44

Forever 21 Shimmering Knuckle Ring $7.80

Jules Smith Talon Ring $85

Judith Jack Nova Ring $220.99

nOir Spike Ring $44.99

Erickson Beamon Confetti Ring $378

ASOS Pack of 3 Enamel Moustache Charm Rings $13.92

Aqua Yellow Deco Ring $35

Charles Albert Agate Slice Ring $75

CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane Three Tier Multi CZ Band Ring $124.99

Erickson Beamon Color Me Crazy Ring $522

Trina Turk Blues & Corals Striped Resin Ring $70

Vita Fede Roma Ring $231

Wildfox Couture Bull Head Ring $45

Made Her Think Talon Knuckle Buster $143

Tarina Tarantino Fiore “Bacio” Ring $55

Marcia Moran Oval Agate Drusy Oversized Ring $235

Sunglasses!

Ah, my favorite accessory.  I love getting dressed up and have a pretty regular makeup routine, but there are days (especially on weekends) where I just have no energy to go beyond moisturizing.  At these moments, sunglasses are literally my saving grace.  Not only do they accessorize a simple look, but lets be real – they cover half your face.  Win!

I like to have a nice pair on hand that are reliable, while also protecting me from the Sun (ok… that’s just my excuse for spending over $100) but I also like to buy some novelty pairs that add fun and let me test out trendy eyewear without regretting it 5 minutes later.  I recently bought Fred Flare’s Red Heart Shaped Sunglasses for $14 and get complimented on them all the time.

Other sunglasses I’m loving…

Chloe Off White Sunglasses $179.99

Urban Outfitters Pink Risky Business Sunglasses $12

Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Plastic Aviators $98

Spitfire Weekend in Tortoise Shell Frames $35

Spitfire Mixed Ability Sunglasses $39

UO Cateye Sunglasses $14

Printed Sunglasses $14

Prada Round Oversized Sunglasses $290

Forever 21 Aviator Sunglasses $5.80

Toms Sunglasses $119

UO Glow in the Dark Sunglasses $14

Cheap Monday Oval Frames $30

Gucci Cat Eye Sunglasses $325

UO Barbie Sunglasses $16

Alexander McQueen Two Tone Sunglasses $325

Rebecca Minkoff Mirrored Sunglasses $150

UO Ombre Round Sunglasses $16

Elizabeth and James Limited Edition Leopard Sunglasses $185

*all photos taken from websites they are linked to

Trends for Every Body

So much of pulling off a trend (or any article of clothing for that matter) is being real about your proportions.  How something fits or drapes on your body is the main factor in how it will appear.  Because clothes aren’t custom made for you, don’t be too discouraged if you’re having trouble fitting into one particular size – and don’t assume just because you are a certain size in one brand, you are the same in all others.

I still believe that any (ok I guess most) looks can be achieved by everyone, but you might have to get creative and adapt the season’s trends to your body.  For instance, if you are loving the nautical bold stripes that are still everywhere, but are concerned about them not be flattering, implement the idea into your beauty regime and paint a bold stripe on your nails or maybe integrate it into an accessory.

Tailoring can be your best friend here.  But, you can also make smart purchases that are geared towards maximizing your assets.  Knowing how to create illusions with your clothing will greatly benefit how you look.  Adapting any trend to your body is universally the same regardless of what piece you are trying to pull off.  Rules are made to be broken, but here are some guidelines to keep in mind…

Accomplish…

Do’s

Don’ts

Looking Taller/Thinner -Light weight clothing-Smaller prints-Vertical stripes

-V-neck tops

-Leave jackets open

-Long accessories like necklaces and scarves

-Heels

-POSTURE

-Low rise pants-Big belts-Cropped/Short pants

-Long jackets

-Tuck in your shirt

-Very oversized clothing

-Too many layers

-Finding the right undergarments

Looking Shorter/Curvier -Bold prints-Create lines/Define waistline-Fitted, tailored pieces

-Add layers/accessories to create shape

-Overly tight clothing-Baggy clothing-Find the right undergarments

Below, I broke down some of my favorite trends that are everywhere right now.  Because I can’t go over every shape/size combination (there’s a million of them!), try to combine the above methods to make them work or email me at taylorbraun@mac.com for specific direction on how to make a certain trend work for you.  Remember, this is supposed to be fun, not frustrating!  🙂

Pastels:

ASOS Pastel Pink Dress with Crochet Top $72.72, Brandy Melville Pastel Blue Tank $30, ASOS Pastel Yellow Leggings $29.09

ASOS Pastel Purple Button Up Shirt $45.45, Tibi Mint Green Pleated Skirt $225, 3.1 Phillip Lim Orange Sherbet Dress $624

Bold Prints:

Rebecca Taylor Garden Flower Dress $276.50, Current/Elliott Plaid Jeans $188, Tinley Road Sleeveless Button Down $39

Mara Hoffman Mexican Blanket Shorts $242, Tucker Backless Silk Romper $217.99, TEXTILE Elizabeth & James Printed Jeans $225

Dip Dye/Ombre/Color Blocking:

Bec & Bridge Ombre Skinny Jeans $197.40, Equipment Color Block Button Down $258, Sass & Bide Dip Dye Striped Skirt $255.50

ASOS Dip Dye Stripe Top $39.99, Diane von Furstenberg Color Block Dress $345, Velvet by Graham & Spencer Color Block Knit/Sheer Top $70.99

Neons:

Naven Petal Skirt $187, Diane von Furstenberg Lime Green Lace Dress $398, Current/Elliott Neon Orange Boyfriend Shorts $152

Forever 21 Crazy Love Neon Tank Top $11.80, Velvet Neon Pink Skirt $58, Rachel Pally Neon Yellow Dress $180

Cut Outs:

LNA Cut Out Dress $88, Forever 21 Cold Shoulder Chambray Shirt $27.80, Jeremy Scott Cut Out Dress/Tunic $134

Brian Lichtenberg Open Back Button Up $297, Mara Hoffman Keyhole Dress $330, Charlotte Russe Open Back Tee $14.99

Blast From The Past:

Free People Striped Short Overalls $148, MINKPINK Crop Tee $40, MiH Marrekesh High Waisted Flares $102.50

Marc by Marc Jacobs High Waisted Flares $228, Charlotte Russe Lace Crochet Crop Top $19.99, Kettle Black Short Overalls $149

*make crop tops modern by wearing over a maxi dress, tank or with a high waisted skirt so you are only showing a little bit of skin

*all photos taken from websites descriptions are linked to