The Best Summer Bags To Invest In

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Now that it is officially summer, its time to get that versatile and cute bag for your Hawaiian vacation or that cute trendy tote just for those farmers market trips. But, there are so many options and trends out there. Which one do you choose?!

Personally, I love a bag with a little spice and color that feels interesting in some way. Whether it be texture, color, design, or pattern! Some of my favorite styles for summer are the super cool Cult Gaia arhcitectural bags were seeing so much of, the very cool netted market bags that are great for EVERYTHING, the woven options and those fun little drawstring pouches. I am seeing these everywhere and absolutely love them for all the festivities summer brings us!

Why I love these styles::

1. Architectural- I love a bag that looks like a piece of art. These types of bags really showcase personal style and truly are pieces of wearable art in my opinion.

2. Woven - I love how easy and effortless woven totes look.  They are perfect for everything from beach days to shopping days.

3. Pouch bag- These little bags are so cute and fun! They are super versatile, easy to use as a purse or even throw in a bigger purse to keep your lipgloss and credit cards organized.

Check out some versatile picks below. There are a ton of options for all sorts of styles. Let me know which ones are you favorites!

xo, Kim

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Woven Bag Options

 

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27 Instaworthy Swimsuits for Summer

 
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Impractical swimwear that will stand out all over the 'gram

Today I am rounding up 27 Instaworthy swimsuits for summer!

Yes, it's true, and I'm not even ashamed to admit it (well, sort of). A majority of my fashion inspiration now comes from Instagram and my motivation to look super cute derives from my knowing it's gonna look soooo cute on the gram. NOW LET ME PREFACE. I understand this sounds ridiculous and pathetic BUT, I am a fashion blogger and model. My career is based on visuals, and as a creative person, I love creating outfits, inspo, content, and visuals that appeal to me and hopefully my audience. SO, with that being said, I love a good statement piece despite how impractical it may be! And by no means do I buy things just for Instagram photos but I do consider how it will photograph and if it can be editorial.

This summer, I am noticing a lot of diversity in swimwear and am loving the unconventional cuts, shapes, and look of many suits out there! Sure it's not the most convenient for swimming to have a suit made of a thick crocheted material or a suit that slightly resembles a dress that would probably drown a mediocre swimmer, but it's fashion people! And I am all about it. Fun poolside looks give me life (but no heels, I can't with the heels poolside) and these suits are just begging to be photographed. Honestly, if swimsuits weren't so insanely pricey, I'd find a way to sport all of these suits poolside and seaside.

Check out my 27 picks below that would be perfect for a snap along the French Riviera or on a yacht somewhere...anywhere will do! (Anyone got a yacht I could borrow?)

27 Insta Worthy Swimsuits

 
 

How to NOT Overpack- Lessons Learned From My Two Week European Vacation

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How to NOT Overpack-

What I brought that I didn't wear and the things that I went back to again and again

Packing for trips is 50% fun, 50% daunting for me. The anticipation of a vacation is half the fun, so putting together looks and imagining myself on vacation gets me all hyped up and energized!  The other 50% is daunting and I end up putting off the packing process because I know I will inevitably overpack. The thing is, I hate lugging around heavy bags, but I hate being without things I "need" even more. (I tend to forget somewhow that the places that I am going are not third world countries in the middle of nowhere so if I did need a sweater, I could always buy one!) So, I end up packing too much, even after a ton of editing down, and wear about half of my wardrobe time and time again.

When packing for my most recent Italian Holiday, I was torn on what to bring because the forecast showed rain showers daily, but also 80-degree weather. Would I be too hot and sweat through my clothes as I went sightseeing or would I get drenched and dirty? I figured I would need two looks a day due to the weather and then some fancy looks "in case" we went to some insane Michelin Star restaurants that required a more upscale outfit. NOPE. I mean, even when I go to dinners that are fancy in LA, I don't dress overly fancy. Yet somehow I think I need heels and a dress for my nice dinners in Europe? That was my first mistake... Which brings me to my first tip on how not to overpack:

 
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1. Heels aren't necessary- I love a pair of heels with jeans, a tee, and a blazer back at home, but they do take up space and have to be treated gingerly in suitcases so as not to smash them. I brought two pairs of heels and neither were worn once. They just took up valuable space in my suitcase. 

What to Bring instead:  For this reason, a pair of cool gladiator sandals, upscale flats, or trendy slides would suffice just fine! Even at super nice restaurants in the South of France, locals wear sundresses and sandals. Keep is simple and comfortable.

2. Fashion Sneakers are Your Best Friend- I have two pairs of sneakers in my closet that are dedicated to walking around and running errands in comfort while still looking fashionable. My nike tennis sneakers are a staple as well as the shoes I ended up bringing to Italy, which were my KOIO leather sneakers. They are sooooo comfortable and I wore them all day everyday. I only needed one pair and they looked cute with dresses, shorts, and skirts as well as any active outfits! 

 
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3. No Fuss Sundress is a MUST-  Having sundresses that are breathable, comfortable, require little to no fuss, and are thin and easy to pack are a must. I wore allll the sundresses I packed multiple times because they always felt comfy and airy and looked feminine and fashionable at the same time. I was still on trend in my gingham but also comfy and ready for a day of sightseeing,

What to ditch- Take out any pieces that are delicate, dry clean only, or easily wrinkled. I found that I didn't wear a single top that required an iron or that I loved a little too much for fear that I would stain it and wouldn't be able to dry clean it for two weeks! I brought some amazing chiffon and silk tops, but c'mon...soooo not realistic for travel. You will gravitate towards the easy, breathable, and wrinkle free items anyway!

 
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4. Athleisure WORKSSS on vacay- I am a little obsessed with track pants at the moment and love the way they look fashiony and functional at the same time. I wore my Scotch and Soda track pants to coffee dates in the a.m., walks around town, and while traveling, and loved how cute I felt in them and how comfy they were. 

5. Blousy/ Boho Tops WORK- I love a good billowy top that covers my arms and shoulders but still feels cool and comfy on. When walking around foreign countries, no matter how safe or progressive they are, I don't like to attract too much attention to myself with my fashion (I always wear what I want, I'm just more picky with the items I choose!). I love a good crop top or sexy date night top, but I tend to stay away from them when I am somewhere unfamiliar, at least for the most part. I gravitated towards tops that were comfortable, fashion forward, and low maintenance. If I had to put work into getting out wrinkles of stains, they stayed in my suitcase.

What to ditch: You probably won't wear your edgy bralettes or crop tops in Europe while sight seeing unless you want lots of icky attention. It's also hard to get into many churches and holy places with clothing that doesn't cover your shouders or legs, so that is also something to be aware of. As much as I love a trendy piece like "lingerie" and cut out tops in the right place, it just doesnt work that well while traveling. 

 
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6. Buy A Hat When You Get There: If you insist on bringing your cute Janessa Leone hat on vacation, you will probably be disappointed when it gets smashed at one point during the trip. Because this has happened numerous times to me, I decided to skip the hat and find some sort of sun protection when I got to Italy. I got an awesome visor (I love a visor! See this post on my faves!) that was easy to pack away when I wasn't wearing it and protected my face from unwanted sun. 

 
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7. High Waisted Everything- So I basically only wore my high waisted bottoms during the trip. I find them to be so comfortable and flattering, so wearing a mid-rise or low rise item just made me feel funny. I always wore my highwasited skinnies that were stretchy and soft, or my straight leg high-waisted jeans that were a bit thicker for colder days. Those two pieces of denim were all I needed in the jean family. 

What to ditch: I packed about 6 pairs of shorts and 4 skirts when I really only needed about 3 pairs of shorts and 2 skirts. Soooo thats half. I should have ditched half the bottoms I packed in my luggage and should have created looks in advance so that I know how they would be worn vs. having cool pieces that didn't really match the tops I packed.

 
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Now that you know the major mistakes I made in packing, I hope these tips can steer you in the right direction when you are packing for your next long vacation. Of course, style plays into it, but the general idea is that I really only needed half of what I packed, and the items I wore were the most flattering and comfortable pieces that I packed  (that were all low maintenance). I could have saved myself some difficult train rides by leaving the high maintenence, bulky, or fancy pieces at home. I should have known but I definitely learned my lesson. 

Let me know if you have any packing tips and tricks as well! I love learning ways to consolidate. 

xoxo. Kim

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12 Fashionable Visors for Summer (Sun Protection!!)

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 Soaking up the sun at Villa Sparina Resort

Soaking up the sun at Villa Sparina Resort

 Poolside in Lake Maggiore

Poolside in Lake Maggiore

 I wore this visor to death in Italy! From Rome to wine country, this visor went with me everywhere!

I wore this visor to death in Italy! From Rome to wine country, this visor went with me everywhere!

12 Fashionable Visors for Summer

I am loving that visors are a trend right now because you guys know how much I care about sun protection and healthy skin. I am always looking for a hat when I leave the house to walk the dogs, go to the bank, or even just take a drive. I gotta keep the sun off my face! The harmful rays of the sun darken scars, cause wrinkles and sunspots! No thank you!

When I was in Italy last week, I purchased this leather visor (above) that saved me at the pool and while walking around sightseeing. It's so hard to pack hats when traveling because they always get smashed, so I was banking on finding a cute and stylish hat when I got to Italy. This one is no longer available online (I got it from "And other stories" in Italy but it's not showing up) but have no fear, I rounded up 12 options that are super fun and stylish that also have great sun protection. Check out my faves below. (All images are shoppable!) Have a great Friday guys!! See you in a couple days! xoxo!

Kim

12 Visors for Summer

 

Have a great Friday guys!! See you in a couple days! xoxo!

Kim

The Best 9 Two-Piece Sets For Summer

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Hello all!

Happy Wednesday! Its been a couple weeks of travel and bad wifi so I'm glad to be back and talking fashion with you:) 

Italy was a blast!! The food, fashion, sights, and scenery were out of this world. The trip came at a perfect time. I needed to reset and relax. I get so anxious and stressed out at times with life and pursuing my career that I forget what relaxation and "stress free" feel like. This might sound silly, but one of the things I really enjoyed about the trip was getting dressed everyday for the quaint and picturesque places we would see, anticipating what the day would bring. I love getting dressed in the am and Italian fashion really inspires me so it was so much fun for me!

One thing I wish I had more of during the trip were two-piece sets. I hate not having things that I need when I travel, but I also hate carrying huge luggage on planes and trains when I travel. Two-piece sets are lightweight, a complete outfit and look so cute and stylish on. Honestly, if I could afford it, I would have bought all of these sets for my trip. I would have been set on wardrobe!! Check these out and let me know which ones you love! They are so perfect for summer and look amazing on.

9 Two-Set Pieces For Summer

27 Summer Dresses To Take On your Next Vacay

 
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Hello pretty ladies!

Today I'm sharing 27 SUMMER DRESSES that you'll most definitely want to take on your next vacation. I 've been a little obsessed with summer trends lately as I prepare and plan outfits for my Italian getaway (leaving Friday!) for my best friends wedding. I gravitate towards sweet, sexy, fun, and fitted dresses that I think would look amazing in the Italian sun!

I have rounded up my favorite styles for you all to make it as easy as possible and I also tried to keep the dresses at an affordable price point. 

Check out my favorite 27 dresss and styles for summer getaways! And comment below to let me know which ones you love!

 

Blazer

 

Sexy

 

Strappy 

 

Wrap Around 

 

flirty

 

The full roundup!

 

My Favorite Trendy Eyeglasses

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Hi all! Today I am sharing my favorite trendy eyeglasses.

I love me some trendy eyeglasses, regardless if you need them or not! I admit, I DO think they make you look smarter and if you choose the right ones, they can make you look super on point and fashion forward. They can trend-ify (I clearly made that up) any look and I really feel more confident when I wear them (for whatever reason!). Chay (my hubby) also loves when I wear them. Something about looking like a sexy teacher or something;) hahaha.

I am loving brands like Warby Parker, Stella McCartney, The Book Club, Rayban and Tom Ford for their shape and style. I have included a range of options from under $5o to over $200. See my favorite styles below and shop your favorite pairs. 

FAVORITE STYLES

 
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$50 AND UNDER

 

$200 +++

 

$50-$200

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9 Casual Tees for an Effortlessly cool Outfit

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I love a good casual tee to create an effortlessly cool outfit. I am always drawn to unique pieces and fun outfits, but for the most part, I want to feel stylish while still being comfortable.

Casual tees create that look for me. I love to look effortless but still want to feel fabulous, stylish, and look like I kinda tried, because it's good to try a little!  I love pairing tees with my favorite denim, whether it be jean shorts or pants and a great pair of slides likes these Gucci ones here. Check out my fave tee shirts available now:

9 Casual Tees for an Effortlessly cool Outfit

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How cute are these t-shirts? And who says t -shirts aren't stylish? They totalllly are!  I love a little something extra and as you can see, I am in love with the color pink. I got mine from a thrift story in West Hollywood but added some that have a similar look to shop.

See you guys back here tomorrow! 

xo, Kim