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Happy Memorial Day! This holiday weekend means that summer break is ridiculously close—what better way to get into the summer spirit than by swimsuit shopping? If you’re heading to any beautiful beaches this summer, or planning on hitting the pool, one thing’s for sure: You need a new swimsuit.

Here are five of my favorite swim pieces out right now:

1. I’m usually shy about prints. I almost always stick with solid colors. But for some reason, I was attracted to this subtle tie-dye print and actually fell in love with the mandala print on the reverse side. Did I mention that it’s reversible? Win. Win.

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Reversible Print Bikini Top

2. And now for the solid colors. How cute is this bright pink bikini? It’s simple with little details like that tiny cut-out on the back, and it comes in two more pretty summer colors if pink ain’t ya thing.

 

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Solid Bikini Top

3. I love everything about this top. The higher neck and cropped style is different than your average triangle bikini top, and the criss-cross strap at the back is pretty cute, too. And that baby turquoise color just screams summer.

 

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Crop Bikini Top

4. Scallop detailing and a crazycool orange hue? Yes, please.

 

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Scalloped One Piece

5. This last bikini top is nothing crazy, but it just happens to be my favorite. That’s probably because it’s black. I think every girl needs a simple black top to mix and match with printed or plain bottoms. Also, the wrap style adds an athletic-inspired touch.

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Wrap Bralette Bikini Top

Now, let’s hear it: Which style is your favorite?

xo ॐ – Amber

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There are so many predictable pieces of jewelry out there, and while of course we love a good layering necklace and all those midi rings, this drusy ring is perfectly unlike anything we’ve seen lately.
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drusy ring | $12

Why we love it:

It’s unique. We love how unrefined this ring is. It’s bold and proud to be in its unpolished form. (That’s kind of inspiring, is it not?)

It has natural shimmer. Those tiny facets add organic sparkle—nature’s own glitter!

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Woah. Can you guys believe its already May? On the calendar, summer is oh-so-close—but in terms of heat, summer is already here in Cali. 90 degrees, all day, everyday.

One of my favorite parts about the rising temperatures is letting my toes have the spotlight. (Pedicures are in order first!) There’s just something so refreshing about letting my feet breathe.

Here are three of my favorite sandal styles right now:

Gladiator Girl
Every summer I go crazy for gladiator sandals. Whether you love the fierce knee-high style or something more subtle, there are endless gladiator styles out there right now.

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The Birkenstock
Ok, ok, I’ll admit that I wasn’t exactly a fan of  Birkenstocks at first, but they’re definitely growing on me. The more I see Birks, the more I like them. There are so many prints and colors, one for every girl’s style.

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Gimme Glam
Ah, my favorite. My girly girl side comes out when I see these bejeweled sandals. How cute are they?! I want them. All of them.

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Which sandal style is your favorite?

xo ॐ – Amber

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Spring style is all about layers, is it not? You never know when the weather is going to be rainy or warm, and often it changes throughout the day. The best way to be prepared is with lightweight layers that you can don or shed accordingly. We love this breezy kimono for just that very reason.

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floral print kimono | $48

Why we love it:

The floral print. The flowers all over this little kimono give it a distinctly girly look. Trade in those bold geometric prints for a bit in favor of this light, approachable blooms. It’s sweet without being overly cute.

The long length. This kimono falls all the way to your knees, which gives it a more dramatic look than the ones that are only waist-length. We love the way it swirls around your legs!

The carefree style. Partly due to the length, but mostly the loose fit, the shape of this kimono style is so fun and free. To us, it says you haven’t a care in the world and you’re just ready for a good time. Who doesn’t want their style to say that?

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Sunny weather and all-day outings are just around the corner! Whether you’re on a day-trip to the beach or jaunt to the farmer’s market, you’ll need a handy catch-all for everything you need to take with you. So with that in mind, may we present the pineapple tote:

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tri-coastal pineapple print tote | $12

Why we love it:

The playful print. Need we say more? We love the quirky pineapples on this tote. They’re fun, super cute, and we love how they add an instant tropical vibe.

The cotton canvas. No need to worry about how you treat this bag. The canvas is super durable, so you can stuff it full of essentials or fold it up when it isn’t in use. Get splashed by the pool? No worries, it’ll dry like it never happened.

The size. Not too small, not too big…juuuuust right.

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I love to use minimal, versatile pieces as the foundation of my wardrobe. I often find that if I buy a simple dress, I can accessorize it in a variety of ways and it becomes almost unrecognizable with each new twist.

For example, here is a simple navy dress:

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JS Boutique Strapless Ruched Chiffon Gown

Look 1: Edgy
For an edgy look, I would wear ear cuffs or ear crawlers. They lend a subtle edge factor without committing to something totally out there, like a crazy statement necklace.

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Topshop Rhinestone Ear CuffBaubleBar ‘Zelda’ Ear Crawlers

Look 2: Feminine and Flirty
For a feminine, flirtatious look I would accessorize with jewelry that has color in it—maybe even with a floral motif.

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BP. Fan Statement Necklace | BP. Fringed Statement Necklace

Look 3: Boho
For a boho look, I would accessorize with a lot of layers. Texture is your friend when it comes to the ’70s-retro trend.

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Topshop Tassel Drop Layered Necklace | BaubleBar ‘Zelda’ Fringe Bib Necklace

I hope I gave you some good ideas to polish your prom look to perfection.

Mahal,
Bella

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Recently, wearing a matching set or two-piece has become a major trend. Lily Collins and Taylor Swift are two celebrities who are well known for wearing a two-pieces to red carpet events.

This year Sherri Hill has been the main brand (that I’ve noticed) to really commit to designing two-pieces for glamorous events. Here are two of my favorites:

If you have a more girly and flirtatious style, I would totally tell you to rock this awesome chiffon, “tu-tu esque” maxi skirt with the matching embellished top.

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Sherri Hill: Embellished Crop Tank & Chiffon Skirt

 If you have a more edgy and boho style, like myself, this slick maxi skirt and detailed, embellished top are a great choice.

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Sherri Hill: Embellished Crop Halter Tank & Jersey Skirt

Mahal,
Bella

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Festival season has begun! Now whether you find yourself in the desert or basking in the fresh springtime air, we think this cold-shoulder blouse is a wardrobe essential.

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soprano cold shoulder blouse | $36

Why we love it:

The paisley print. The muted hues and small paisleys give this top some instant boho style. Perfect for an outdoor concert, art festival or just lounging in the backyard.

The cold-shoulder cutouts. Come on, how cute are they? We love that you can show off some peekaboo skin without going too far.

The breezy fit. There’s something about the loose fit of this top that has us anxious to be outside. It’s light and kind of romantic—not to mention super comfortable. Enjoy!

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Starry summer nights, endless dancing, and magic everywhere… From SXSW to Coachella to Outside Lands, festival season is here.

I’ll definitely be dropping some more festival outfit posts…but for now, here’s a few things every gal should bring for festival days ahead. Even if you’re not heading to Bonnaroo, these items are perfect for any spring and summer festivities.

1. Statement Bags

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Tote | Backpack | Crossbody

Whether its a tote, purse, or backpack, one thing’s for sure: You’ll need something to put all your other necessities in. Why not opt for a festive one?

Now we get to the things:

2. SUNSCREEN. LIPBALM. MOISTURIZER. (Caps because this stuff is important!)

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Sunscreen Lotion | Zinc Oxide | Chapstick

3. A Pair of Sunnies

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4. A Floppy Hat

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Ok, yup, I’ve definitely just listed all the things you’ll need to protect yourself from the sun…all the stylish things, at least. 😉

xo ॐ – Amber

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We don’t know about you guys, but spring break has us itching for sunny weather and no work (er, school!). That means long days spent outdoors, our favorite sunnies and ice cream.hero

rip curl chevron maxi dress | $69.50

What we love:

The chevron print. Not only are chevrons right on trend, but the way the lines are placed on this particular dress is super flattering. It works to elongate your figure, which is just what we want in a maxi!

The strapless neckline. It’s so summery and elegant, too. We love how the absence of straps brings attention to your face and adds a little bit of flirty style.

The strappy back details. This might be our favorite part: The tiny crisscrossed straps over the back cutout instantly add that extra bit of style we love in a dress like this. It goes from simple maxi to stunner.

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