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Hat | Sunglasses | Jacket | Tank | Skirt | Booties

I hope you all have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend! I just found out that one of my best girlfriends from Seattle booked trip out to see me super last minute and is arriving here Sunday morning. Eeeee, I’m over the moon!

Anyway, be safe, wear sunscreen and I’ll see you back here next week! xo

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Photos by Lydia Hudgens

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(This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lands’ End. All opinions are 100% mine.)

Can you guys believe that Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away?! To kickoff summer, Lands’ End has declared that today (May 23rd) is National Swimsuit Day and are offering 50% off their entire swim collection plus free expedited shipping for Friday delivery to guarantee that you’ll get your swimsuit before the long holiday weekend! How awesome is that?

Finding a suit that fits just right, can be quite the difficult task and feel really daunting, but luckily Lands’ End offers assistance online with their Swim Finder, which is an interactive tool to help discover the best swimsuits based upon body shape and preferences, while also providing tips on to how to take proper swimsuit measurements. The brand also has swim fit experts on-hand, whether you prefer calling or using their live chat, they are ready to help you find the perfect-fitting swimsuit! Personally, I always struggle to find a two piece that fits both my top and bottom since I run larger in the bust area but if I aim to fit the top, the bottoms tend to run too big. Luckily, at Lands’ End, you can mix and match the collections to find a suit that is juuuuust right for your body shape!

So to celebrate swimsuits, warmer weather and long weekends, I teamed up with the brand to show you four of my favorite suits and how you can easily transition your swimwear from the beach to brunch (preferably with a mimosa waiting) in just minutes. First up, this cute striped one piece!

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Striped Swimsuit

I love mixing and matching patterns and really like how these printed shorts look paired with this classic striped one piece. I kept the rest of the look fairly neutral to keep the focal point on the suit and then draped a chambray button down over my shoulders as a finishing touch.

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Floral Swimsuit

For this floral and feminine two-piece I wanted to draw out the green in the otherwise pink and white pattern, so I grabbed my dark olive utility shirt to use as a “cover up” and then went more casual by slipping on my favorite oversized denim shorts, which actually used to be my Dad’s work jeans! Then I brought in a little pattern play with my striped espadrilles but kept the rest of the look pretty classic with a traditional Panama hat, cognac leather tote and tortoise shell sunnies.

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Palm Leaf Swimsuit

This might be my favorite suit next to the striped one. How cute is the palm leaves?! I integrated pattern play once again, and love how the blue pastel stripes compliment the muted pink and green leaf print. I wanted to keep this outfit light and bright so I opted for white sandals and a canvas tote, and topped the whole look off with my favorite woven straw hat and John Lennon-esque sunglasses.

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Paisley Swimsuit

I went for a slightly dressier style when styling this paisley swimsuit and wore these fuchsia shorts that I felt matched well with the pattern, and really pulled out the pretty purple color. Then instead of draping the chambray shirt over my shoulders like before, I decided to tie it up at the waist, which helps defines my shape and creates a nice juxtaposition next to the flowy material of the shorts.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and let me know if you have any questions! xo

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Sunglasses | Shirt (on sale!) | Turtleneck | Skirt | Shoes (gift)| Bag (gift) | Lipstick

I feel like if 1975 and 1995 had a baby, this outfit would be it. The John Lennon-esque sunglasses and front-button mini mixed with the ribbed mock neck and shirt tied at the waist create a lovely mix of the two eras and somehow play very nicely together. I love it when that happens because that’s what makes fashion so fun! :)

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Photos by: Lydia Hudgens

P.S. What do you guys think of my shorter ‘do? I chopped off the layers and made it into a classic bob, which I have to say I am definitely into. And I think the next time I go into the salon, which is fairly soon, I am going to go a shade lighter and be bright blonde for summer! xo

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Photos by Lydia and Krstyal

Isn’t it fun to look back and see how you wear things depending on the season and weather? The look on the left was taken back in November 2016 and the right was taken this month! I love how swapping out a neutral bootie and a faux fur jacket for a pink heel and a camel car coat, quickly and subtly changed the feel of these two looks. These are sometimes the best kinds of remixes because they are easy and don’t take a ton of brain power. You just swap one piece out for another and there you go! Which outfit is your favorite? 

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Ok, first off, can we talk about how it’s supposed to get up to 90 degrees in New York today?! But seeing that I have a swimsuit shoot this morning at the The Dream Hotel pool, this hot weather couldn’t come at a better time!

Alright now that I have discussed the weather, onto my outfit. I love anything paired with camel, because it’s just the perfect neutral next to black or gray, and now that I have a new found love for pink (I think going blonde helped) I love the two colors together. But after purveying my closet for more rosy and blush tones, I realized I currently only own three pieces of pink clothing and I’m wearing two out of the three items in this outfit! (The third piece is a bright fuchsia midi skirt that I wore here.) I want to add a bit of subtle color into my wardrobe so I think the next thing I want to add into rotation is this light pink trench, which I recently saw at French Connection…thoughts?

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Photos by Lydia Hudgens

Celine Sunglasses (borrowed from Krystal) | J.Crew Coat | Marimekko Top (old) | Zara Jeans | Schutz Heels

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I hosted an event for French Connection on Saturday afternoon and wore this floral feminine dress. (Unfortunately it’s not available online but is definitely still in stores.) I don’t have a ton of girlie dresses like this one so I grabbed my trusty leather jacket and my cage heels to edge it up a bit.

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Photos by: Krystal Bick

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day yesterday and here’s to a great Monday! xo

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I don’t know about you guys, but I love a heady, musky fragrance all day, every day. I find that I am often drawn to men’s cologne because of their woodsy, heavier scents and usually stay away from anything too sweet or floral. And instead of just wearing this type of perfume in winter, when spicier, pungent fragrances are more “acceptable or appropriate” I love wearing this kind of perfume all year round. This is definitely a personal preference but after chatting about it with different friends and colleagues, I now know I am not alone in this.

As spring turns to summer, and the weather becomes thick and balmy, I find that heavier fragrances match the elements and it becomes my favorite time to spritz a light dusting of a musky scent on my neck, inner elbow, back of knees, and a bit in my hair for good measure. Throughout the day I love how the spicy smell rises with the heat and creates a very heady, aromatic, bold statement that builds throughout the day.

And with that said, here are my top seven sexy scents for spring and summer…

Fragrances listed clockwise:

Oud by Ralph Lauren:

Smoky guaiac wood, spicy incense, and earthy cedar to evoke the spirit of the African savannah.

Santal 33 by Le Labo:

Woody, rich scent opens with violet accord and cardamom.

Edition 02 – Shiso by Goop:

Shiso leaf (also known as perilla) is the unexpected star of this scent, which is slightly spicy/fresh characteristic that’s green, earthy, and delicate all at once. It slowly opens up into spicy greens, crushed stems, and ancient exotic woods.

Windsor by D.R. Harris & Co. Ltd:

Plenty of herbal overtones with some citrus smell. It’s quite complex, changing as the cologne dries and gradually gets a bit of patchouli, vetiver and black pepper to it.

Stash by SJP:

An aromatic woody fragrance that captures light and dark while merging notes of cedarwood atlas, vetiver, and pistachio.

Black Orchid by Tom Ford:

Black truffle, bergamot, black orchid, black plum, noir gourmand accord, patchouli.

Moab by Phlur:

Long pepper, clove, vanilla, jasmine and tonka bean.

What are your favorite sexy scents? 

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Left Outfit: Hat | Sunglasses | Scarf | Jacket | Top | Pants | Flats | Bag | Lipstick

Middle Outfit: Hat | Sunglasses | EarringsTop | Pants | Heels | Bag | Lipstick

Right Outfit: Hat | Sunglasses | EarringsTop | Pants | Flats | Bag | Lipstick

You guys know that I love doing outfit remixes so it was a lot of fun creating these three looks around one pair of pants. I bought them from Zara years ago and they have still remained one of my favorite pairs that I own. Unfortunately, they are no longer available but here are two options that are very similar (here and here). I just love how three looks can be so different, yet still have so many similarities. For instance, I used the same hat in all three outfits and in two out of the three looks, I am wearing the same bag, earrings and sunglasses! Through these types of posts, I hope to show you how to create interesting outfits and remind you guys to shop your closet and remix your favorite pieces.

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And just for fun, here is how I wore these pants back in February. You can read original post here!

 

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