aloha! farewell…

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Tomorrow I depart for Maui (yeah!) for a well needed mental break where I’ll go radio silent from work traded for a week of rest and relaxation.  I’ve promised myself (and my wife) that I would dial out and stay present so to spend quality time with her and my good friends.  But I expect to be inspired on this heavenly and beauteous island and when back home will have tons to share with you!  Till then, the one connectivity I will engage in throughout the week is instagram.  I figure photos are allowed, right?  If you’re not following me yet – get on board here so that you can preview the sun, sand, water and some soulful Hawaiian fashion goodness!

I’ll leave you with the beach essentials that have been packed in my bag – and maybe in yours soon too!  Have a great week everyone!  Aloha!

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  1. Sugar lip treatment SPF 15, $22.50, sephora.com
  2. Kiss my Face face suntan lotion, $12.49, rickys.com
  3. J.Crew panama hat, $58, jcrew.com
  4. Tom Ford olivier havana sunglasses, $385, nyciwear.com
  5. Twelfth St by Cynthia Vincent printed shopper, $85, shopbop.com
  6. Zara long asymmetric tunic, $59.90, zara.com
  7. L *Space city tribe reversible top, $92, revolveclothing.com
  8. L *Space city tribe bikini bottom, $81, revolveclothing.com
  9. Dolce Vita archer sandal, $69, dolcevita.com
  10. J.Crew stripe linen tunic, $98, jcrew.com

photo via here

in the nude…

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A few weeks back one of my favorite lifestyle bloggers, Sarah Yates from A House in the Hills (pictured above) mentioned in this post how nude shoes can “make your legs look like they go on for a million miles”.  Seems her and I are style vibin’ because I’d been queueing up a post covering the same topic!  The color nude is relative.  For caucasion women it’s a peach tone whereas for other races and ethnicities the shade of ‘nude’ varies.  Here is the low down on how you could look your best ‘in the nude’ no matter what color you are!

style tip:  how to get legs for days?  Whatever your skin tone – wearing shoes that match back to it will create an illusion of a longer and leaner silhouette.  This happens because there is no pause (or break) for the eye to rest at, keeping the line of sight continuous with no interruption.  Since the shade of the shoe is consistent with the color of your skin – it tricks the brain to “believe” it’s an extension of your own leg and your shoe (or ankle strap) doesn’t wind up cutting you off.  Genius, right?  This style tip greatly benefits the vertically challenged or for those of us that just want a slimmer appearance.  No matter what your body type really – it’s a win!  Here’s a visual tutorial.

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 7.25.42 PM This tip has been used by us fashion stylists for years and one that I had to share with you.  It’s a little trick we keep in our back pockets but one that should be shouted from the roof tops! 

Here are some other benefits…

  • This tip applies to both flats and heels
  • Nude shoes go with any outfit hence ‘neutral’ – yipee!
  • Nude (neutral) shoes are trend right so finding the right match up to your skin tone should be a breeze!   Be sure to get as close to your own color as possible!
  • Gold is a close second to nude for most skin tones and can facilitate the same results

 …and an edit of a few faves from spring/summer ’13.  Shop the above dresses here and here.

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  1. Aquazzura cutout booties, $465, shopbop.com
  2. Chloe two tone sandals, $320, piperlime.com
  3. Zara multi strap high sandal, $89.90, zara.com
  4. KORS Michael Kors lexa sandals, $275, shopbop.com
  5. Dolce Vita briza sandals, $79, dolcevita.com
  6. Jeffrey Campbell bond girl sandals, $185, shopbop.com
  7. Schutz Arieli lace up booties, $220, shopbop.com

photo credit via Lou Mora

festival fashion…

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This past weekend I went to the GoogaMooga festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  We joked that it was a ‘poor man’s Coachella‘ but its focus is food rather than music so it’s not really an apples to apples comparison.  On the other hand, like Coachella it was apparent that fashion and style played a large role.  Different than the west coast’s rock ‘n’ roll boho babe who looks like this, Brooklyn’s version had a more downtown, edgy hipster feel like this.  But there were hats, some fringes and cut off denim shorts and the likes so not a complete departure.  Summer festivals are about to pop off in full swing so let’s get talking about festival fashion!  What will you wear to BonnarooAustin City LimitsBurning Man?  I’d love to see how you style your festival fashion look.  Send photos to yoursoulstyle@gmail.com or post on instagram with the hashtag #yoursoulstyle.  I’ll be dancing at Gathering of the Vibes in some of these.  More to come!

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  1. Zara flowing printed kimono, $89.90 zara.com
  2. Ottoman Hands necklace, $71.27, asos.com
  3. J.Crew panama hat, $58, jcrew.com
  4. Rag & Bone boyfriend shorts, $246, matchesfashion.com
  5. Acne zone music tank, $110, matchesfashion.com
  6. Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, $150, ray-ban.com
  7. Topshop embossed leather backpack, $150, topshop.com
  8. Zara flat crossover sandals, $79.90, zara.com
  9. Topshop white patchwork dress, $72, topshop.com

Click here to find a listing of music festivals in your area.

photo credit and more inspiration via here

london calling…

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Good day everyone!  Happy Monday!  Summer is a comin’ and although I unfortunately won’t be traipsing around europe on holiday, hopefully you will be!  I dream of myself in the above look so wanted to pay it forward – I’ll be vicariously living through you lucky travelers.  This dress is perfection – light and lovely, easy to pack, comfortable, stylish and warm-weather friendly.  None of us need to fuss when we are playing tourist, up at the crack of dawn and exploring the ins and outs of a new city or beach all day.  Shop it here!

photo credit via here

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  1. Juliet Dunn embroidered dress, $277, matchesfashion.com
  2. Ray-ban clubmaster II, $155, ray-ban.com
  3. Cleobella cantina bag, $219, shopbop.com
  4. Michael Kors mens chronograph watch, $275, macys.com
  5. Asos spike open bangle, $20.36, asos.com
  6. Zara studdy strapped sandals, $79.90, zara.com

que sarong sarong…

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Well hello my friends and happy Friday.  It’s no secret that I’m an avid zara shopper.  I’m positive that no other brand combines a high fashion style sensibility with affordable price points better than they do.  And the merchandise is well made so you know you’re getting quality that won’t fall apart after one wearing.  When shopping for trend right items it’s not necessary to pay astronomical amounts of money because you and I both know that next season the likelihood of you wearing it with the same enthusiasm is a pipe dream.  It will go into the “I never wear this anymore – but maybe I will one day so I’m not throwing it away yet” pile.  And then two years pass and while spring cleaning, you see everything you’ve saved for those, “just in case” moments and debate whether you qualify for an episode of hoarders.  Okay – maybe that’s just me?  But some of you know what I mean, right?  Anyway, zara is ideal for these trendy items and there is a high probability that you will find a gem that will become timeless in your wardrobe too.  This is how I feel about these flowing sarong trousers that I scooped up last week.  They are seriously my dream silhouette and the zara gods must have had me in mind in their design phase.  I wore them like above yesterday and am already thinking about next time and the time after that – ya feel me?  I will live in these pants all summer long and at $59.90 you may too.  I picked up the black, but they come in hot pink for all you color crushers.  Shop the look below and have a happy weekend!

Stay tuned for next weeks posts – an epic styling tip to make your body look long and lean and beach vacation essentials!  xx #yoursoulstyle

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  1. Zara tank top, $16.90, zara.com
  2. Cole Haan small zoe structured satchel, $348, colehaan.com
  3. Zara flowing sarong trousers, $59.90, zara.com
  4. Topshop clean biker jacket, $110, topshop.com
  5. Make Up For Ever rouge artist natural n45, $20, sephora.com
  6. Charles Albert cuff, $75, shopbop.com
  7. Calvin Klein animal flats, $109, lyst.com