Swimsuit season is just around the corner and Revolve’s latest 5×5 Swim Project has gotten us excited for it all week. The project highlights five different swimsuit brands paired with five top influencers as part of the collaboration. If you follow Revolve’s Instagram then you may have been seeing the swimsuits modeled all week on location in beautiful Jamaica. We’re actually headed to Palm Springs this weekend for the long weekend and seeing these swimsuits makes us wish we had a couple of these earlier!
Photos by Revolve. To view the entire collection and to purchase, click here!
Talulah Moxon Dress – $175
It seems as though we always have trouble shopping when we’re looking for the thing that we actually need! I’ll admit, I probably should have started looking for a dress for Gelesia’s wedding sooner than last weekend, but maybe if I had done that, then I wouldn’t have found the perfect dress. It’s all in the timing, isn’t it? Shopping proved to be a little bit more difficult this time around. In the past I’ve been someone’s plus 1 or I was too young to want to put a ton of effort into what I’d wear, but when one of your favorite girls in your life gets married, you need the best of the best. I found myself wracking my brain for a dress that fit the location of the wedding and the personality and style of my friend, the bride. What’s even more challenging? She has her own fashion line! The pressure was on. We’re not going to share the dress that we bought right now, but I promise there will be pictures later and we’re extremely happy about it. Now that I’ve made this shopping trip, I’ve got a pretty good idea of all the dresses that I would love to see my own friends wear to their friends’ weddings this season and here are our favorites.
Whoops! We’re already two days into the new year so we’re just a little bit behind on this, but we couldn’t move forward with other posts without writing this one first. 2015 was good to us, but we’re even more excited for 2016 and what’s ahead!
Favorite Style Icon: Olivia Culpo
So we have to admit, Olivia wasn’t always on our radar, but in 2015 she kind of came out into her own. After being linked to Nick Jonas for quite a while and splitting from him earlier this year, she started to wear the “single-girl” look flawlessly. We might even go as far as saying that she was the role model for a lot of newly-single girls. She sort of rebounded with Tim Tebow for a bit, but that didn’t make headlines as much and instead she was being recognized for what she was wearing day to day and on the red carpet. Additionally, she’s part of the Revolve Girl Gang with all of our favorite fashionable bloggers!
Runner Up: Kiernan Shipka
Favorite Getaway: Los Angeles
It’s so hard to pick a favorite! This year we went to Austin and Portland for the first time which was so much fun, but honestly spending some quality time with one of your best gal pals and talking wedding stuff with her is hard to top. I loved staying with Gelesia and seeing LA through her eyes. It also doesn’t hurt that we love a lot of the same things and can eat six meals a day together. She also doesn’t mind standing in being my photographer for a weekend – the feeling is mutual though ;)
Runner Up: Austin
Favorite artist of the year: Kehlani
We haven’t stopped listening to Kehlani since we first learned about her this summer. Now, everyone knows that I’m a huge fan of the girl anthems and she’s our poster girl for 2015. Kehlani’s music really hits home to a lot of people which is why she’s actually one of the most successful artists of 2015 said …everyone. I also read this feature on her the other day through The Fader that I would recommend. You can either listen to her music first or read this, whatever the case, you’re going to be sold on her. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been blasting her album on the 101 up to San Francisco and singing at the top of my lungs. In case you haven’t realized it yet – she’s a badass so when you sing like her, you feel like one too.
Runner Up: Leon Bridges
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: The Affair
I know – I can hardly believe that I didn’t select Vanderpump Rules again for the 3rd year in a row. When I was negotiating with Comcast earlier this year, they threw in Showtime for me and I spent that time getting all caught up on this addicting television series. I only had it for 90 days so when the show returns for its next season, I’ll have to ask for this back. I absolutely love love love the show though and it’s crazy because the characters aren’t at all likable. In fact, Noah Solloway is kind of like the worst human being ever and so is his daughter Whitney – jesus. Regardless, we’re hooked and we can’t help it. When I first heard about the show, I thought it was all romance and drama, but now it’s turning into a murder mystery and we don’t hate it.
Runner Up: Super Girl
Favorite item purchased this year: Oak + Fort Scarf C15
I’m never letting this piece go. The first time I saw this scarf featured on Oak + Fort’s Instagram, I knew I had to have it. Yeah so that’s another thing this year, we developed a really unhealthy habit of seeing things on Instagram and then buying it right after. Real talk though, this oversized scarf though sometimes bigger than my entire body is the comfiest coziest piece I’ve ever owned! I love wearing it with my dresses or using it as a blanket when I go out somewhere. You really can’t go wrong. The other day I was strolling through Nordstrom and two people working the floor had complimented me on it… one right after the other in the same department. Even everyone else knows how strong of a piece this is.
Runner Up: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases
Favorite albums (in no particular order):
(We are very happy to see two Seattle groups on here! Well, I mean I made this list so I chose them, but they had a great year!)
Favorite online past time: Instagram
Oh goodness, isn’t it obvious? We love Instagram this year more than ever! If you’re not following me yet, come and join us! You’ll likely see more daily updates there when we can’t always get to the blog itself.
Runner Up: What other apps do we need to be using?
Shangri-la Bra – $52
We are VERY excited to be sharing some of the things we’ve been wanting all of November. This post is basically a holiday dressing post pt. 2 though. Hope ya don’t mind! For December, we’ll be gearing up for our upcoming gift guides instead of doing our usual “Closet” post.
No matter how badly you want things to go a certain way, no amount of effort or time can change what’s supposed to actually happen. You would think that I would’ve learned this valuable lesson by now. For the last two years, I’ve worn black dresses – both very similar to each other. So in my third holiday party with my company, I vowed to be a little bit different. This year was going to be the year that I wore a white dress! So we started the search and the dream dress that I had wanted ran out the day after I had found it online. The dress that I ended up buying was beautiful and a steal as it was 50% off, but it didn’t feel like it was the one – I just wasn’t sure so I had to go to the mall and do my due dilligence – try on all the holiday party dresses to be sure that I was happy with the one I had purchased. Sure enough, I found one and it wasn’t white, but it was the one. You know how sometimes people talk about when they’ve found the one and they just know and they have no other reason that they give, but that one reason? That’s how I felt about this dress today and I can’t say the same for the others.
Now that I’ve finally got THE dress, we can write this post without much worry. I’ll be sure to share the one I actually wear next month in a later post, but since I’ve done some pre-research, the selection I’ve provided below is real good. I’ve scoured everything.
Self-Portrait Azalea Dress – $380
Well wedding season is already underway, but it’s never too late because if you’re like any girl I know then you’re always panicking last minute about what to wear. Or if you’re like me, you’ve planned out what you’re going to wear to a wedding months in advance, but feel you need another option at the last minute so you start the hunt again one weekend before the event. Whatever the case, it’s always good to have a variety in your closet for those emergencies.
I received my save the date from my favorite LA bf yesterday for her wedding next year and… that is exactly what is triggering this post! :) Should I start looking for a dress 9 months in advance for this wedding? Y/N?
Also, this is a good time to remind you all of a few things. Weddings are about the couple’s day. Do not wear white. Do not wear cream. Do not wear off white. If your dress is printed or patterned with a white base, don’t even wear that. There are so many dress options in this world and there’s no reason for you to be wearing anything resembling white on this day. A wedding is also not a time for you to take any fashion risks. Don’t wear anything that could pose as a wardrobe malfunction in any way shape or form.
Instead opt for soft prints and patterns and pastels. Gravitate towards romantic fabrics like ruffles, lace, and scalloped edges. Ladies – you know how to do this! Don’t be the one that messes it up because trust – wedding guests notice and they will talk about you.
Phoebe Dress – $115
Whenever I learn that I’ve got a wedding to attend, the hunt to find the perfect dress begins immediately. In general, finding a dress for a wedding can already be difficult, but something that I want to try for future weddings is wearing a dress that fits with the overall theme of the wedding or the couple! This summer, I’m attending a reception for my co-worker and she is the ultimate “cool girl.” She has an incredible sense of style and is also just a very easy going person. I once hung out with her and her fiance at a gastropub in Campbell drinking and eating for hours. So when I attend her reception this summer, I want to make sure that what I wear is fitting. Luckily for me, Revolve has handpicked a number of dresses for the upcoming wedding season and here are a few that I’m considering for my dear friend’s big day!
Yumi Kim Beaded Elsa Dress – $300
TBH, we could’ve started this post a lot sooner, but lately I’ve been less than a planner than I’ve ever been in my life. You would think that I would have already planned out what I was going to do for New Years Eve already because normally that would’ve been decided weeks ago, but in fact, it’s still up in the air. It’s actually between seeing a DJ set in SF by Mayer Hawthorne or … you know…going to Vegas. So there’s that. Whatever the case – wherever I end up – having an outfit to wear on New Year’s Eve is something that I don’t skimp on. It’s actually one of my favorite holidays to dress up for (even though I don’t care about New Year’s Eve) because it’s the one time where you can look very sparkly and girly and what girl doesn’t love doing that for a night? So sorry for the late notice on this. If you see something you like just bite the bullet and purchase immediately so that it makes it in time for your big event!
Warning: We’ve got feels for the little black dress ahead!
I’ve always had a little bit of a crush for jewel tones and pastels. There’s definitely a little bit of an innocence thing going on with the pastels, but I love the regal-ness of jewel tones and how when I see a jewel tone on a piece, I instantly associate it with a strong willed and dynamic personality. I don’t know how these things come up; they just do. Emerald is the 2013 Pantone color of the year so to help y’all out with following the trend, here are a few of my favorite emerald colored pieces to get you started off.
Butter London ‘Thames’ – $15