weekly finds: eyelet

weekly finds

Hiya, and happy Friday. We’ve been home from California for about a week now, and I’m finally getting over my jet lag. Who would have thought a 3-hour difference could have such an impact? Not me! I’m back at it, coming off of a very awesome and nourishing work week, but am looking forward to the weekend ahead. I was Virtual Styling a spring/summer collection for one of my clients earlier in the week, and she had requested both white eyelet tops and white eyelet dresses. So for this Weekly Finds post, I thought I’d share some of the epicness I came across because while eyelet may be uber feminine when worn on its own (which may not be your look), it can also be super cool when rouged up with fabrics like leather and colors such as black. I love the ethereal sensibility it creates, especially in warmer weather, and while I’ve been coveting this spring/summer 2015 Chloe dress that has been infiltrating my instagram feed, here’s a few more practical (and better price pointed) choices for ya’ll. I currently can’t wear any of it, but you can! Have at it my friends, and an amazing weekend too!

SHOP IT:

Zara is crushing it with this eyelet/lace dress at $129 which can easily work from work to weekend.

This super pretty eyelet top from Madewell, coming in both white and black will work nicely back to denim. So will this one from Johnny Was Collection.

Isabel Marant is always crushing it with eyelet, and she nails it once again with this top and this dress.

I imagine wearing this perfectly polished Joie dress to a spring/summer sunday bbq, or this one from Madewell.

If you can pull off a crop top, this top from Zara is on point, as is this skirt. And if you can’t pull off a crop top, layering a silky cami underneath like this one from Aritzia works too!

I love the silhouette of this top from Maje. And the combination of lace and eyelet is on point too!

This Vanessa Bruno eyelet top is a mega splurge but it’s so so pretty! Maybe you have some extra bonus money that you feel like spending??

I’m obsessed with this Topshop eyelet dress and envision pairing it with a black leather bootie or a funky gladiator sandal like these from Joie.

Go head-to-toe eyelet in this maxi style from Catherine Malandrino. I love this one too from Alice McCall.

All your summer music festivals can be attended wearing this eyelet romper. This one too from Stone Cold Fox.

Too bad I’m pregnant because I would certainly purchase this midi eyelet dress from Ulla Johnson if I wasn’t. Someone buy it, snap a photo and send me a photo so I can live vicariously through you!

spotlight: maya traditions

maya traditions

I’m super excited about today’s spotlight feature on Maya Traditions for three reasons: the first being that I am bringing awareness to an organization whose focus is on the empowerment of women, tradition, and sustainability, the second because the handmade items they create are absolutely beautiful (and I want one of everything), and the third because now is your chance to get involved, help and in return score some of their epic goods along the way!

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I connected with Maya Traditions through friends over at Tribe Alive, and like other brands/companies I feature through Your Soul Style, this non-profit social enterprise is using fashion as a platform to improve life conditions, effect change and deliver goodness to the world. As one of the pioneers of the fair trade business model, Maya Traditions “is dedicated to facilitating access to national and international markets for Maya backstrap weaver artisans and their families in the highlands of Guatemala.” Through the production of handmade home goods and accessories, these women are given access to opportunities with fair trade wages, maintaining the tradition of backstrap weaving, and a sustainable future. The merchandise is sold through small businesses and retailers around the world and 100% of the profits are re-invensted back into the company in order to continue the growth and development of its social programs. The organization has provided access to over 120 indigenous women by preserving local culture and “strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems”. Take a further glimpse into these women’s lives through a video that demonstrates what Maya Traditions is all about.

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weekly finds: la style

weekly finds

Hello and happy Friday! Today is our last day in California, and we’re finishing up the week with some beach time and a friends wedding tonight, (which Dina is actually officiating!). The past two weeks have been nothing short of amazing, and I’m feeling extra grateful that we were not only able to take a proper babymoon and spend a week of quiet, and relaxed time in Palm Springs, but that we’ve also had the opportunity to spend another week here in LA, working and playing a bit too. There is something about this California sun that keeps me smiling whether working on a deadline or not! While I’m super empathetic to the unfortunate drought the state is facing, I can’t help but enjoy the sunny days, and warm temperatures after leaving such a sh*tty east coast winter behind. For the sake of California though, I do hope it rains. But after tomorrow, when we leave!

While in LA, we stayed at an excellent beach bungalow inspired AirBnB in Venice, and had the chance to check out some epic local restaurants and shops. For this Weekly Finds post, here’s a round-up of what we discovered. I’ve documented much of our trip on instagram so pop over there for some visual reference of the past couple of weeks. And stay tuned for my Palm Springs round-up in the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend ahead, and I will catch you on the flip side. xx

RESTAURANTS:

Gjelina: Many friends who live locally recommended this restaurant, which is in the heart of Venice on Abbot Kinney. It was delicious, with a menu that included small plates, pizzas and entrees. Good for people watching too, get there early if you don’t have reservations, because it’s definitely a hot spot. If not, call ahead and reserve your table.

Cafe Gratitude: In the span of 6 days, I ate at Cafe Gratitude 3 times. It’s a vegan spot, but probably the best one I’ve ever eaten at in my life. Since I’m gluten free, there were also a ton of options that I can’t usually get in any typical restaurant like a GF baguette. I worked here during some of my mornings (yay for free wifi!), and between the buckwheat pancakes, vegan blt and sparkling rose water, I’m salivating thinking about it now. Be sure to ask for the question of the day.

AOC: Located in Beverly Hills (and not the same as the one in NYC), we had dinner here with friends during the week. A more upscale and posh place, this is the type of spot where you may or may not catch a celeb spotting. The food was amaze, and environment super hip. Be sure to order the bacon wrapped dates and the shared dessert platter!

Blue Plate: This Santa Monica lunch spot is super casual and cute, but yummy too. Great for brunch, we both had awesome salads. Located on Montana, a good strip for shopping too.

Venice Ale House: More of a pub/bar atmosphere, I met a friend here for lunch because I was jonesing to eat on the beach! A large menu to choose from, all of the food is organic and fresh with gluten free bread options too. Great for people watching, the restaurant is right in the heart of the Venice beach strip.

KreationAnother organic spot, located on Abbot Kinney, Kreation was good, but not half as good as Cafe Gratitude. I did however order a greek salad sandwich on a gluten free baguette which was nothing short of amazing.

Moon JuiceSomeone I know recommended this spot which is your typical fresh pressed juice place. I only went here once, and drank one juice (pineapple, cucumber, jalepeno), but apparently this place is the bees knees according to locals. It’s expensive so be prepared to spend at least $10-$12 per juice. It’s located across the street from Cafe Gratitude on Rose Avenue in Venice.

SHOPPING:

Beach House Brand: If you’re in Venice, and on the hunt for cool beachwear, GO HERE! I didn’t buy anything but I could have pretty much bought the whole store. Full of epic caftans, swimsuits, and beach paraphernalia, this shop is located at the beginning of Abbot Kinney near Main street.

Planet Blue: This store should easily be renamed “Coachella” because everything in the store could have been seen on someone at the music festival. Everyone shopping in the store actually looked like they were on their way. Lot’s of fringe, maxi dresses, suede hats, bikinis and boho inspired gear, head over to this store if you are looking to embrace your inner hippie. We picked up a cute, bohemian beach blanket for the baby boo. There are a few locations in LA.

Flannel: Located on Abbot Kinney, this boutique is an Australian one, and after visiting on a previous trip I knew I wanted to hit it again. I love the breezy, beachy bohemian styles they carry and I wound up scooping up what could be the prettiest dress I’ve ever bought to wear now (with bump) and after.

Burning Torch: I couldn’t find any silhouettes that worked for my current prego bod in this awesome boutique located on Abbot Kinney, but if I was not 27 weeks along, I may have bought everything. Perfectly in line with my personal style, the store was full of cool, beach’y but edgy and urban styles. I especially dug the rack in the back full of one-of-a-kind items made from recycled fabrics!

Aviator Nation: If you’re into surf inspired, cozy tees, sweats and sweatshirts this is your spot, located on Abbot Kinney. The quintessential boutique to fulfill all of your surfer-style fantasies. Dina has loved this brand for a while, which I discovered in Story in NYC. You can order their gear online, but we picked up a few cute items for the little on the way.

The Piece Collective: If I opened my own boutique, I envision it would look something like this. Located at the end of Abbot Kinney, the free-standing lifestyle store is perfectly merchandised with miscellaneous accessories from coasters to candles to jewelry to tote bags, with hanging space for apparel too. It is light and airy, and a shopping experience that made me happy despite not purchasing a thing.

WRNY: back-to-work style

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Last week in a contributing article for Well Rounded NY, I rounded up some of my favorite back-to-work styles for women in the postpartum stage of their pregnancy. It can be difficult finding silhouettes to help you feel empowered in your body after such dramatic physical changes. And if you’re breastfeeding, it can be a challenge to find styles that are equipped to get the job done with ease. With that said, click over to WRNY where I offer options to ease the transition, and will also introduce you to a few brands that are creating style specific merchandise to make this temporary period in your life that much sweeter. Think hidden zippers!

Click here for the full post…

Happy Hump Day!

style the bump: 26 weeks

style the bump

Hi friends! We are still here on the west coast, spending this next week in LA and ending with a wedding, which Dina is actually officiating this coming Friday. Our trip so far has been incredible, and the babymoon portion of our adventure was outstanding. Palm Springs will forever be a special place, filled with so much love and light. I have tons of pics to share which I’ll be rounding up in the coming weeks, but in the meantime I shared a bunch over on Instagram.

This week Dina will be spending her time in the Google office, and I’ll be working remotely while exploring a bit too. We rented an airbnb in Venice and it’s the perfect little beach bungalow that we couldn’t be happier about. It’s certainly tickling our temptations to move west. In the spirit of keeping up with my Style The Bump series, I am 26 weeks today and have been living up to my expectations of wearing dresses only since landing in California. This one in particular is from ZARA (non-maternity), and while extremely comfortable and able to adjust to my growing belly, it’s also super sexy and will work post-bump too. Oh, and it’s $39.90. Note to self: buy more like this!

Happy Monday!

SHOP IT: dress: ZARA // jacket: SFERA (old), similar // shoes: DOLCE VITA (old) similar // bag: COLE HAAN (old) similar // sunnies: TOM FORD