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With Memorial Day this weekend, all I have on my mind is swimsuits! I kicked off summer early last week in Jamaica (more on my trip here). During the day, all I wore were swimsuits. In the past, I’ve strictly been a bikini girl. But I’ve been digging all the fabulous one piece swimsuit trends for summer 2018. Here are my four current fave swimsuit styles:
Cutout One Piece Swimsuits
When rocking a one piece swimsuit, I still like to show a little skin. That’s why I’m loving the cutout trend. It shows a slip of skin without revealing it all. I went with this black monokini that has cutouts on the sides. I find it really emphasizes an hourglass silhouette. My favorite part about this suit? It easily transitioned into a bodysuit when I added pants for drinks by the pool.
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There’s a whole new Trend Guide coming out tomorrow!
Another trend I’m obsessed with for summer is stripes. I love stripes on everything from sweaters to dresses to swimsuits. It has a nautical vibe, perfect for days by the pool. This striped bikini has reversible bottoms. So I was able to wear the mixed print top two ways!
Another trend I’m loving in general right now is embroidery. The embroidered details on this black bikini gives it a more boho vibe. I wore it with a crochet coverup, wooden bracelets and my fave black straw bag. It’s also the perfect bikini to throw on with a pair of denim shorts.
After redoing my apartment, I took a little break from traveling. But now I’m back in full swing with trips planned every weekend! I kicked it off last week in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. When it comes to what to pack for travel, I find beach vacations to be the easiest. Here is what my travel packing list generally looks like:
Now that we’ve talked what to pack for Jamaica, let’s talk about where to stay! I was invited to Moon Palace Ocho Rios, which is an all-inclusive resort on the island. I love all-inclusive when traveling because it really leaves you worry free. These were the highlights of the resort:
two private beaches for endless relaxation
a hut that served the most delicious jerk chicken and fresh coconuts
the kindest staff, who were alway smiling and accommodating
With the Royal Wedding just a day away, I found myself going through the many gorgeous outfits Meghan Markle has worn. Two of my favorites were her classic white top and skinny and jeans and the navy Stella McCartney cape dress she wore to Queen Elizabeth’s birthday party.
I got inspired by both her outfits to create my own cape look. I generally think of capes for fall and winter but I found this white cape top for only $12 (it also comes in black and red). I love how the sleeves add drama to a simple pair of skinny jeans. Following Meghan’s lead, I finished the outfit with classic accessories. I can’t wait to see what she wears to marry Prince Harry!
Dresses are my favorite pieces to pack for summer vacations. You can easily dress them up and down and I find them so simple to slip on. When picking out outfits for my recent staycation, I partnered with Lulus to share some outfit ideas for summer travel plans.
During the summer, I love nothing more than a little white dress. You can wear it throughout your vacation depending on how you accessorize. I went with this white off-the-shoulder midi dress (love a dress with pockets!). I tapped into Spring’s basket bag trend with this adorable straw bag and added an ankle-strap sandal to stay comfy while walking around Terranea. My favorite part about the dress is you can unbutton it to show off some leg if you’re on the shorter side, like me.
My obsession with palm prints continues. I first talked about palm print dresses last month with this ruffle number. The tropical pattern is so perfect for summer vacation outfits. I’m off to Jamaica today (yay to another tropical trip!) and I packed this palm print dress.
I first wore it during my weekend at Kelly’s. We were celebrating An’s birthday and both Kelly and I stepped out in palm print dresses. I guess good friends dress alike! An and Sheryl blended perfectly in their floral prints. But if you’re like me and are palm print obsessed, I rounded up some fun affordable dress options for you…
Earlier this year I went over what to wear on a date for winter. Well, now it’s time for a Spring update! My go-to date night outfit when it’s warmer out is a camisole and jeans. I found this ruffle camisole (only $12.90!) and love how it adds a soft feminine vibe. Plus, the cold shoulder makes me feel a little less naked than I do in a classic camisole (which is definitely better for a first date!).
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As for jeans, I just started wearing these high rise jeans and cannot take them off! Unlike my other high rise jeans, these have a really good amount of stretch. So you can actually sit in them all night! I prefer to tuck in my camisoles to accentuate my waist. But you can also wear them tucked it out since the billowy fabric still shows off your shape.
I’ve been living in this floral maxi dress recently. I wore it all weekend when I was visiting friends in the desert and plan on taking it down to San Diego this weekend when I head down for Mother’s Day.
My favorite part about the dress (aside form how crazy comfy it is!) is that you can dress it up and down. In Palm Springs, I belted it and wore it with flats (now on sale!). But I’m showing more ways to wear it in my Summer Trend Guide on how to wear bright florals for summer.
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If you scroll through Instagram as much as I do, you probably have noticed these not so pretty brown crackers popping up in your feed. I did. And that’s how I learned about GG crackers.
So what are GG crackers? They’re a Scandinavian crispbread packed with fiber. I’m talking lots and lots of fiber. Each cracker has 4 grams of fiber and only 20 calories. As a carb-o-holic, I was intrigued and immediately ordered a pack of five.
My initial reaction? Yuck! If you take a bite of the cracker on its own, it’s as if you’re eating cardboard. So I started experimenting, adding various toppings I used to put on my whole grain toast. I started craving the crunch and was pleasantly surprised on how much fuller I was by switching from the bread to the cracker (hello mucho fiber!).
Now, I am in no way a nutritionist. But I do get questions on what I eat every day. And for the past few months, GG crackers have been a daily snack. Here are my three favorite ways to top them:
GG Crackers for Breakfast
Avocado crackers are my new avocado toast. I add olive oil and lemon and top it with a dash of red chili flakes for a kick.
I’ve also been trying to eat more salmon for omega-3s. To switch things up from my avo crackers, I’ll use sliced smoked salmon with hardboiled eggs, lemon, sea salt and fresh dill.
GG Crackers for a Snack
For snacks, I’ve been having GG crackers with peanut butter and honey. My two favorite nut butters right now are Trader Joe’s peanut butter with flax and chic seeds (super filling!) and their raw creamy almond butter.
Do you have any healthy snacks you eat every day? Would love to hear your recommendations!
I’ve had these white wide leg pants for years. They’re one of my favorite pairs of pants and I wear them with everything from jackets and capes to tanks and here, crop tops. But guess what? They weren’t perfect when I took them home. I made them perfect, thanks to the help of my tailor.
If you’re looking for a pair of white wide-leg pants to add to your wardrobe (I highly recommend the investment!) here are my top three styling tips:
1. Look for thicker fabrics
White pants in general are tricky since they can tend to be see-through. I try to look for ones with thicker fabrics, like crepe, or ones that are fully lined.
2. Take out the pockets
A lot of wide leg pants come with pockets (mine originally did!). While I love pockets for most articles of clothing, I generally remove them in my wide leg pants. The added material tends to make my hips look wider so I simply take them to the tailor and have her cut out the pockets then sew the seams.
3. Bring your shoes to the tailor
Speaking of the tailor, since I’m shorter I almost always have to get my wide leg pants hemmed. I bring a pair of shoes with me that I think I’ll wear with the pants the most so we can hem them properly. You want to the pants to fall just above the floor so you get the lengthening effect without tripping over the fabric.
I hope these tips helped you if you’re on the hunt for a great pair of white leg pants this summer! Since mine are long gone, I rounded up a few similar options online:
Try a lace dress like M Loves M so you don't have to worry about wrinkles if you're sitting all afternoon.
Use a neck scarf to make an off-the-shoulder dress look more refined like Modern Ensemble.
Or dress up your denim with a printed kimono like The Stripe!
Last weekend I shared the $20 floral dress that I plan to wear Mother’s Day. But if you’re still looking for what to wear to Mother’s Day brunch, I wanted to round up some more outfit ideas for you from some of my favorite blogger babes.