A relaxed ensemble for the Poolside patriot this fourth
Fourth of July has always been a favorite holiday of mine. When I was a growing up outside Boston, it was a big family bash that signified the official start of summer, and, as a young adult living in Charleston, it was a weekend long party that rotated from the bars of downtown Charleston to the white sand of Folly Beach. This year, I’m looking forward to a long, wine-soaked weekend with my parents and hubby in Healdsburg, a charming town in the heart of Sonoma County. (Check out the piece I recently wrote on Healdsburg for the Chronicle’s SFiStyle here)
While only an hour or so away, Healdsburg has notably warmer weather than San Francisco. Basically everywhere around the city of San Francisco has warmer weather, but, in this case, I’m talking a dramatic climb of 20-30 degrees. I love the heat and can’t wait to soak it all up–hence my peekaboo bikini look below.
A white knotted button down always looks smart, and I thought the red bikini top peaking out had a hint of retro Americana glam that almost made me want to solute! The chic blue and white, high-waisted palazzo pants are courtesy of Funky Flair Boutique, an Atlanta-based fashion boutique with a fantastic online shop–think on-trend looks at reasonable prices. I had the chance to meet Funky Flair Boutique’s darling owner Kesha at the Lucky FABB conference in LA this April!
Overall, I love this look because it’s so comfortable and versatile–I could sport it at the pool all morning with sandals and then slip on some espadrilles and head to a nice lunch in the afternoon.
Check out the pics and outfit details below! Love palazzo pants? Don’t miss this post
Giving up suntanning not only saved my skin, but it also liberated my beach style. Slathered in SPF 100, I don’t have to fret over weird tan lines. I wear funky swimsuits and chunky jewelry without worry. And, really, what’s more glamorous than a piece of fabulous statement jewelry? Whether it’s giant earrings, a multi-strand necklace or stacked bangles, jewelry can transform even the simplest swimsuit into a surprisingly chic tenue de plage.
While I was in Miami this weekend, I took a super basic triangle bikini and brought it to life with a beaded multi-strand necklace in eye-catching turquoise. Without it, the look was like a movie without the cinematic score; quiet and insubstantial. With the necklace, however, it was Oscar-worthy sartorial drama.
Here are my dos and don’ts for how to wear jewelry at the beach…
Do keep it simple and chic with one statement piece or several delicate pieces
Don’t overload with many accessories and loud, competing pieces of jewelry
Do wear beaded or plastic jewelry that can be easily rinsed and cleaned
Don’t wear porous metals or stones (like pearls) that will be destroyed by the salt water or metal plated jewelry that will tarnish
Do look for unique pieces, like belly chains and anklets that are worn on body parts you only get to show off at the beach
Don’t wearing valuable pieces like a wedding ring, sentimental charm or expensive bracelet that you can’t afford to lose to the unpredictable ocean
Do use bright and stylish jewelry to make a simple suit extraordinary and to style one suit in a variety of different ways
Don’t be timid about looking uber glam at the shore–there’s never a wrong place or time to look fabulous!
I generally associate RVCA, that supremely cool Cali collection of stylish and functional apparel, with the West Coast’s surf, sun, and skate culture. So, it was perhaps surprising that RVCA’s Judge Me skirt–a breezy piece marked by long fringe and macrame detailing–worked so well for a sandy jaunt on Miami’s sizzling South Beach.
I layered the skirt over an Insight 51 neutral Ikat print bikini that I purchased off the clearance rack in Lake Tahoe last winter after discovering our condo had a hot tub.
A couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed the company of my fashion blogger colleagues while speaking on a panel at the Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Union Square, a year-long, non-profit residency program that cultivates promising local designers and trains them to be successful San Francisco fashion entrepreneurs. The best part of the evening for me was getting to know FiSF’s Designers in Residence, six burgeoning design stars.
Seeing as my annual family’s annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage to the beaches of Florida was on the horizon, I was particularly attracted to the jet-setting style of Saga Swimwear. The collection of intoxicating suits are designed by Hawaii-born, City College of San Francisco-educated and FiSF Designer in Residence Michelle Byrnes. While the suits exude exotic glamour, they’re all made domestically, just down south in sunny LA.
I was attracted to this particular style because it’s so unlike any other suit on the market; it’s racy without actually revealing any more skin than a basic triangle bikini and its shape is exceptionally flattering, with a high-cut leg that creates the illusion of long gams and a round tush and starburst strips of fabric that shape the body, such as the belt-like piece that highlights the natural waist. In fact, I was so attracted that I had to buy it in both white AND black. That pictorial is coming later in the week, and be warned: in contrast to the glossy Palm Beach preened white suit, the black suit gives off a series Bond vixen vibe!The Saga Swimwear suit is styled with Kenneth Jay Lane beaded tassel earrings (I bought them on Gilt Groupe a while ago, but you can find a similar style here), a vivid blue green speckled white linen pom pom fringed scarf I borrowed from my mom (she bought it this past summer she thinks from either J.Crew or Ralph Lauren, similar style here) and a chic tote courtesy of Hayden Reis. I’m super excited to meet with the designer here in Sarasota tomorrow, and I’ll have many more delicious details on the chic sailcloth bag later in the week!