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Summer is all about wearing bold prints and color. It’s a season where you can finally ditch the those dark and boring colors and opt for something that screams a brighter you.

We recently spoke to the founder of The Way U, Lillian Garcia, to talk about the amazing bags her line has to offer and the cause behind the brand.

Check out our conversation on how to style these beautiful pieces and why The Way U should be a part of your summer wardrobe:

The Way U has an amazing cause behind it. Can you tell us more about it?

Sure, at The Way U we work closely with the Wayuu women not only to create and encourage their beautiful craftsmanship, but also to give back.

We work with these women on an annual basis to give 10% of the profits back into their communities to sustain their culture.

How are proceeds used to help the women of the Wayuu tribe?

The proceeds of each sale directly impact the women in so many ways.

The Wayuu women make most of their household income and their money is put towards:

  • supporting their families
  • sending their children to college in major cities across Colombia
  • buying books for local schools
  • and supporting their communities with access to clean drinking water.

What inspires the textures, the colors and the patterns behind each one of your collections?

Our inspiration is primarily drawn by nature.

We use a lot of typical Wayuu patterns which are derived from their natural surroundings.

Also, whenever we design a style that is more fashion focused, we draw our inspiration from tropical scenery such as flowers and palm leaves.

To-date, what is your favorite The Way U piece?

That’s a tough one!

Each have been so special. There is just so much life, time and love goes into each one.

The Flora clutch however might be a favorite since it was the first one we designed. It was cool to work with the women to take some steps outside their comfort zone when it comes to design.

Also the Blanc Mochila. Once I saw this, it inspired an entire line of solid colored mochilas that we custom design every season.

How do you style your The Way U bag into an outfit?

Glad you asked!

Prints can be intimidating, but I find styling the bags extremely easy.

Of course you can wear with a t-shirt and jeans or neutral ensemble.

But my favorite is to pair them with a feminine summer dress that has a small delicate print, I’ve always loved to mix prints, sometimes more is more!

Where can The Way U products be found? 

The Way U products can currently be found on our website www.thewayu.com and some other retailers include:

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SKINNY JEANS

Wider and straighter jeans seem to be more of the trend this coming season.

Data from The RealReal supports this theory. A representative from the consignment e-tailer stated:

“Although we will always have a place for skinny jeans in our closet, the ‘go-wide’ has resonated in all silhouettes from cropped to long with search up 87 percent month over month.”

FRINGE & FLANNEL

Anything that consists of fringe or flannel is totally out this coming season.

Opt for belted maxi dresses with chunky black sandals or slides and avoid gladiator sandals and oversized sunnies.

PEASANT TOPS

While this may have been a staple to any girls summer wardrobe in prior years, it’s time to finally ditch the peasant tops.

ALL BLACK

All black is for colder seasons like Fall and Winter, so let’s keep that look back there.

Warmer seasons should be about experimenting with color and having fun.

This season you can expect bold colors to replace pastels.

LINGERIE AS OUTERWEAR

While we do still love the occasional slip dress, the overall look of wearing lingerie as outerwear is a dud.

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One thing’s for sure is that you would probably never wear the suggested swimsuits around your family.

There’s a time and place for all swimsuits and these are best kept for that special vacation with your significant other, like your honeymoon.

Ahead, shop 5 ultra sexy swimsuits for your next trip with bae:

Stone Fox Swim Laguna Swimsuit

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Stone Fox Swim Bali Swimsuit

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Kiini Luna Bikin

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Frankie’s Stella Bikini

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Kopper & Zink Harper One Piece

One Piece – Shop Now

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On Monday, May 22, 2017, Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner showed off their beach bodies while soaking up the sun in Cannes, France.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians stars spent the afternoon in great company. They were spotted with long time friend, Simon Huck and Kardashian’s rumored boyfriend, Younes Bendjima.

Kourtney looked stellar in her ‘Baywatch’ one piece. We couldn’t find the exact one, but we did find one from the coveted Missguided for $29.

Missguided High Leg Swimsuit – Shop Now

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Summer is right around the corner…which means we gotta look summertime fine.

Weather changing is the perfect excuse to update your wardrobe.

I have to say…this year’s trends might be my favorite so far; I’m loving the bright looks, vintage revivals, and statement pieces.

There’s nothing simple about this year’s style, it’s daring but yet still feminine.

Here are my 5 personal favorites for this summer because you still got to look chic-in-the -heat!

1. Off-Shoulder-Tops

Show those clavicles!

These tops are definitely a hot summer trend, exposing those necklines makes the looks more fun and flattering.

This gives you more room to play with accessories, since open necklines will support just about anything from dainty chains, to statement chokers, or bold earrings. So you can really have fun dressing up your off the shoulder looks.

I’m wearing an embroidered choker with this top, adding the perfect pop of color.

Here are some more styles that you should add to your off-the-shoulder collection:

Tie bow off-the-shoulder – Shop Now

Pom pom off-the-shoulder crop – Shop Now

Corset off-the-shoulder  – Shop Now

Tie side bardot – Shop Now

Frill bardot dress – Shop Now

2. Statement Earrings

This summer the big bold earrings are in!

Wearing these vibrant colored earrings is an easy way you can dress up any simple/casual outfit. So the days you don’t really feel like dressing up you can always just wear a pair of bold earrings (like the ones pictured below) with a simple dress or top to complete your look.

I’m really loving tassel earrings like these for the summer.

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Here are some different options for bold earrings that are fun for the summer:

Tassel earrings – Shop Now

Multicolor tassle earrings – Shop Now

Fringe earrings – Shop Now

Pom Pom earrings – Shop Now

3. Sandals

What’s not to love about slip and slides, they’re definitely a summer must have. I personally love wearing sandals that are easy to slip on but also look cute with any outfit.

The sandals I’m wearing below are the prettiest gold sandals. They can literally be worn with any outfit! Be it a dress, jeans, or shorts.  Trust me…they will MAKE your outfit.

I’ve listed a few more styles of sandals that are cute this summer:

Knot slides – Shop Now

Flamingo sliders – Shop Now

Tassel sandals – Shop Now

See through slides – Shop Now

Satin bow slides – Shop Now

4. Straw Bags

Straw bags are making a comeback this summer but a little different this time.

They have become more than just a bag for the beach. It is now becoming an everyday bag, they come in all different sizes and shapes now. You can even find them in mini crossover body style. And…you can customize them with your own tassel or pompom attachments.

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Here I’ve listed more options for bags that I think are perfect for the summer:

Kate Spade straw bag – Shop Now

Raffia bucket bag – Shop Now

Contrast crossbody – Shop Now

Raffia clutch – Shop Now

Tote with tassel – Shop Now

5. Gingham print

I’m loving this retro print…it is so fresh and cool. You can find it on shirts, dresses, skirts and pants.

This print is mostly paired with frills, ruffles, or ties and looks so cute for this summer.

You can pull this print off for multiple occasions, from your work week to your weekend, look at different ways this print can be styled and worn.

Here are some different styles gingham print comes in:

Gingham check top – Shop Now

Off-the-shoulder gingham top – Shop Now

Frill gingham trousers – Shop Now

Gingham frill wrap skirt – Shop Now

Gingham blazer dress – Shop Now

That pretty much sums up my summer wardrobe and hope you all can add something new to your closet from one of my top favorites. You can follow my fashion journey and see more updates on my Instagram and blog.

Cheers to the summer!

Blog: lostinwond3r.com

Instagram: @Lost.in.wond3r

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The slip dress is reminiscent of the ’90s and has a become a major trend since high end designers like Balenciaga, Céline, and Calvin Klein Collections sent it down the runway last season.

And these days, it’s totally okay to sport a slip dress beyond the bedroom.

How?

For those cooler days, layer a white tee underneath and come July, wear it bare.

Here are some super trendy ways to wear a slip dress:

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Finally, the waiting has come to an end. Spring is just around the corner, and so are spring fashion weeks, floral dresses and fancy sunglasses.

Now, when it comes to fashion weeks, I must say that I am really impressed with the New York Spring Fashion Week. As far as I can see, 2017 is going to be the year when streetwear reaches its full potential, when dirty pink and sunny yellow are going to become the new black, and when brands like Gosha Rubchinskiy, Supreme and Yeezy are going to steal the biggest places underneath the spotlight.

Now, without further ado, here is how to look your best while embracing the biggest trends of 2017.

Take notes.

1. “All White” is the new “All Black”

Wearing all white outfits can be a little tricky because the wrong choice of fabrics can make you look like you got straight out of night shift at a hospital. However, all white looks can also be the most glamorous. The key is in mixing different fabrics. Here are some examples:

  • White lacey top + white cigarette pants will look fabulous with a white trench coat, a pair of cool shades like rb 3025 (since sunglasses with pink, yellow and completely see-through lenses are the biggest accessory of 2017) and a pink bag to match your shades and to give your look a modern pop of color
  • Pair your white denim with a plain white sleeveless tee, elegant bag and animal print flats
  • Your white shirt-dress is going to look fabulous with a pair of nude sandals, nude cardigan and a white hat

2. Complete your looks with statement jewelry

Statement jewelry finally found its way back. It is meant for unique, passionate and interesting women. Bold, and unique, this jewelry draws all the attention. If you decide to incorporate this into your outfits there are few basic rules on how to look as stylish as possible while wearing it:

  • If you opt to wear a long statement necklace, skip wearing a belt
  • Bib statement necklaces are best to pair up with understated shirts
  • You can make your pearls look much more urban if you match them with metals and stones
  • Be extra cautious with your makeup while wearing statement earrings, unless you want to look like you came straight out of a 50s cabaret
  • Beside your statement piece, incorporate another bold piece in your look and match its color with the gem colors on your jewelry
3. Make a contrast with your makeup

Even though 2016 was the year of all-black outfits paired up with vampy lips, 2017 is going to go a little bit easier on us. For example, if you opt for a blush or white dress, you should follow it up with your makeup by winging your eyeliner and opting for a blushed pout.

On the opposite, if you are going full black or anything like that, your makeup should be soft: see through or light pink lip gloss, just a little bit of powder, a strobing product and a soft eye shadow.

4. Kim K will show you how it’s done

This formula just had to happen. Kim’s style has done a 180 and she is definitely winning at life right now (if you ask me). Of course, people either are enchanted with the newest hit of “homeless chic” or hate it from the bottom of their soul. If you are one of those who love it, but have no idea how to “do” it, look no further.

  • Sweatpants and sock boots go perfectly together! Especially if that outfit is all white and if you add a basic tank top and an oversized puffer to it
  • Black track pants also go great with lace-up booties, black top and a brown or black fur coat
  • The most important tip of all is to keep it all minimalistic without wearing any jewelry pieces, and feel free to match the “unmatchable” materials and garments (such as flannel and leather, lace tights and a hoodie etc.)

That would be it. What do you think about these trends and formulas? Are you going to try them out? Let me know in the comments.

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