One Stop Bikini Shop

img_3638Just like a Bostonian can’t live without a good selection of winter jackets, a Floridian, especially female, can’t live without a versatile selection of swimsuits. When I first moved to Boston, I had a dresser drawer entirely dedicated to my swimsuit collection. This drawer was later traded out for scarves  because unfortunately, I don’t get to showcase these swimsuits too often in New England.

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Living in Boston, a true need for a new bikini is rare. However, when I am on the hunt, I’ve found that Boston has a scarce selection of the kind of swimsuits I’m looking for. So what’s a girl to do? I hold off. I wait until I touch down in the sunshine state and head to my favorite spot, MTB Surf & Skate Emporium located in the Paradise Plaza in Indialantic, Florida.

img_3643I’ve been shopping here since I was a young buck. I can even recall as a teenager saving up my babysitting money to snag the newest Roxy bikini before the summer months arrived. This quaint surf boutique has never failed me. Not only is the staff absolutely phenomenal, but the female swimsuit section takes up about a fourth of the store so I’m sure to find a gem, or two, every time.

Now, my Floridians will agree with me that salt water, chlorine, and the sun will put some serious wear and tear on a cheap swimsuit. Any brand can make a swimsuit, but a quality swimsuit that will last you more than one season is what it’s all about. My go-to brands are the surf companies because let’s be honest, they know what’s up.

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Roxy, O’Neill, Billabong, Rip Curl, Body Glove, MTB has them all! Some other labels you need to know about, L*space, Vitamin A Swim, Maaji, and Amuse Society. These brands stay up with the latest trends in fashion and never skimp on quality.

As seen, O’Neill has taken my favorite off-the-shoulder trend and embodied it into the perfect swimsuit. On the other hand, the colorful pop surf zip Roxy bikini you see is made of recycled nylon and polyester. Fits like a glove, and after countless washes and hours under the sun its holding its color perfectly! So my advisory, next time you’re near the Space Coast, stop in MTB and do your swimsuit drawer a favor!

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Autumn Hues

autumn-hues-1As a Florida girl, I love my palm trees. But do Palm fronds transform into shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown? No, absolutely not ever.  Realistically speaking (or typing I guess), Florida really has one season, summer. Maybe the “fall” months aren’t as hot as the traditional summer months, but it’s beach season year round where I come from.

My first year in Boston, fall quickly became my favorite season. Crisp air with zero humidity, leaving my hair and makeup peacefully in place, how could I not love it? My favorite part besides this and of course the availability of pumpkin spice lattes, is the fall foliage.

Imagine how thrilled I was to snag these ever-so-trendy culotte pants in my favorite autumn hues at Zara?!

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What exactly are culotte pants? Well, in French, it means knickers. According to Dictionary.com (credible fashion source, I know), culottes are women’s trousers, usually knee-length or calf-length, cut full to resemble a skirt. My definition, not pants, nor shorts, or skirts, not too long, not too short.

My advisory, culotte pants go best with a slim cut, fitted or cropped top. Here, I’ve paired them with a basic slim fit turtleneck and a blazer for the classic work get-up. Swap out the blazer with a cropped bomber jacket to dress it down and you’re all set.

Oh, and let me not forget to mention, these culotte pants are currently on SALE at Zara, plus they are available in multiple colorse. Go get em ladies!

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Top: 14th & Union @ Nordstrom Rack // Blazer: LC By Lauren Conrad // Boots: Vince Camuto

Winter Whites

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It’s October, Fall is in full swing, the leaves are changing, pumpkin flavor is likely ruling your taste buds, and you’ve been instructed, “you can’t wear white after Labor Day”. We’ve all heard it before, but let’s be honest, it’s 2016, you can wear whatever you want, whenever you want. Don’t be foolish enough to let this obsolete rule play any role when deciding on what to wear! ROCK THAT WHITE, I do.

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I’ll advise transitioning your go-to white jeans into Fall by pairing them with a chunky knit that is decidedly of the season. God forbid any individual dare have the audacity to suggest you’re breaking the white after Labor Day rule, you kindly advise them that it’s 2016, and winter whites are acceptable.

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White Denim: Melrose & Market // Chunky Knit: Ann Taylor // Boots: Vince Camuto

Why I shamelessly overdo the poncho

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There are certain items of clothing Floridians have zero need for plain and simple.

When I moved to Boston, my wardrobe consisted of roughly five long sleeve shirts, one pair of boots, a few hoodies, oh yeah and let me not forget my one “winter jacket” or what my parents and I believed to be such at the time. I thought I was in good shape, ready to take on the city life and this exciting new concept of seasons.

All along, I knew this transition would require me to establish a new wardrobe because let’s face it, maxi dresses and bikinis won’t get you by in Boston. I welcomed this happenstance with open arms, just ask my dad. I found that I could now justify cliché fall seasonal purchases, like ponchos, and actually utilize them regularly because BOSTON’S COLD.

This is one of my favorites, snagged if from a Nordstrom Rack sale. This Collection 18 piece leaves you with little work. Compliments to the colored patches, I kept it simple here with a light sweater by Topshop. These Vince Camuto riding boots, I kid you not, literally called “the kelsi boot”, are a must. Tight fit with leather in the front to block that harsh New England wind because oh yes, wind tunnels are real.

Lastly, for my ladies always in a rush, I’ll advise going all black underneath a colored poncho or one with a striking pattern, two outfits in one is the way i’d describe it. It’s the perfect twist for when it’s brisk. Where are some of y’alls favorite ponchos from?

 

Layering Advisory

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Where I come from (Florida) the weather is predictable and you rarely have to bother with the weather channel forecast (unless it’s like a month and there is a category 4 hurricane headed your way). It’s either a beach day, or its not a beach day. New England…..not so much and I had to learn this the hard way.

It was September 2013, my first semester in law school, and my first time experiencing a “season change” in New England. A cute upperclassman invited me for drinks one night and although I had an eight a.m. research and writing lecture the next morning, I agreed.

Let’s now skip to the next morning, what does a Floridian throw on when her alarm goes off with exactly ten minutes to spare? Obviously, jean shorts and a cotton V-neck. To my tremor, it was overcast with a high somewhere in the 40’s. I was freezing, I looked around and saw girls in ugg boots, I was puzzled, it was September?

Amidst my teeth chattering, I managed to say good morning to the girl who sat beside me. Pennsylvania native, she was wearing multiple layers of clothing: a long sleeve top under a cardigan with a heavy windbreaker jacket over top, also paired with boots, and a light scarf. Just as I was staring at the genius of her layers in amazement, she stared right back at my questionable apparel in disbelief.  While unraveling, she looked me up and down said, “Why don’t you start using your weather app?”

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My friends, this was life changing. It had never occurred to this Florida native (floridiot) that “checking the weather” should be a daily task. I was completely oblivious to such a practice because Florida weather is so predictable. I slid the weather app to the first line on my Iphone home screen and from that day forward I began to get better and better at suiting up for this crazy life I had chosen.

Now, if I’ve learned anything over the past three years it’s that New England weather is erratic, especially in the fall. I’ll advise anyone venturing to the Northeast to get familiar with this layering concept because layers can save your life. Here, I’ve paired a classic turtle neck from Zara with a thick camouflage button down from Forever 21. When the sun’s hot & heavy midday, tie it around your waist and soak up that Vitamin D!

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Pants: Michael Kors Stretch-Twill Pants // Sunglasses: Tory Burch //  Boots: Sam Edelman // Purse: Tory Burch