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Here’s the truth: As guys’ shorts get shorter, girls’ shorts (and pants) get higher-waisted. So this is how T. Swift ends up paddling in a (not-my-fave) trunkini. It’s only not my fave because you have to be a pretty millionaire to get away with that print. On her, I think it’s groovy; you just need the same slimming cut in a solid color to look like a million bucks. Annette would approve.

I wouldn’t dare put the kibosh on the Teen Beach Movie trend—mostly because I’m a fashion fan of short shorts and faux surfing.

In the movies, they don’t wear shoes, and their hair doesn’t get wet when they swim. Clearly, there’s a disconnect; they need shoes.

Shoes like Olinda are Jackie O-so-good with vintage looks. But if you want to keep things outta sight, go for something nude like Deandra or Joan.

 

Richy T. – All souped up.

 

July 31, 2013

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Clockwise from left: Agua Bendita, Dolores Cortés, Minimale Animale, Beach Bunny, Suboo, Beach Riot

With a girls’ trip to Vegas on the horizon, I’ve been searching for a new poolside look. Call me a sucker for a flawless, expressive head-to-toe swim ensemble, but it’s inherent! I’m a Cali girl born and raised. Let’s just say impromptu accessorizing and cookie-cutter ensembles (think solid colors, straw sun hats and cork wedges) are big no-no’s for me.

After browsing the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photos and finding nothing suitable (pun intended), I looked elsewhere for inspiration. Enter: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami. Rife with tanned and toned bombshells wearing little to nothing, the 2014 collections presented me with just what I was looking for—looks that were easy on the eyes, heavy on the prints, and finished with just the right amount of punk rock inspiration from the ʼ80s and ʼ90s.

You’ll notice a lot of hairspray and hair gel…well that my friends is just the icing on the innertube. So, without further ado, here is a recap of the looks that have floated to the top of my list.

– Valerie F.

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1. Matilda

 

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Meet Allison Chesky! She’s a Markets Editor at Real Simple and an expert on all things surrounding style. Since she’s privy to the hottest trends, we had her select her favorites from ShoeDazzle and give insight on what inspires her personal look. 

Describe a normal day at Real Simple? On a typical day, I balance the responsibilities of discovering new designers, previewing collections, and finding suitable pieces for the stories we are working on. While it can be filled with long hours, it never feels like work :)

What components complete your style? My style is a combination of minimalist with feminine and global influences interspersed. I love to pair new designers’ pieces with classic silhouettes, and a top it off with a little flair.

Who’s your style muse? In terms of style, I love and identify with the glamour and ladylike quality of Old Hollywood icons, and consistently draw from them, like Grace Kelly and Marilyn. Though I equally appreciate artistic and modern interpretations of street style dressing.

What trends do you have on your radar? I love how leather and leopard have become new wardrobe staples: neutrals, if you will. Especially in a New York climate, its welcome and a versatile addition to a fall/winter wardrobe.

Summer Getaway? I just spent the summer in Nantucket with my family, which is my summertime sanctuary. It is filled with beautiful beaches, all-American pastimes and it’s the perfect place to unwind beyond the hustle and bustle of NYC.

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How would you describe your style?

I don’t think I have a particular style; I like to dress depending on my mood. But I would say I gravitate towards colorful, feminine and fun pieces.

Where do you draw fashion inspiration from?

Pretty much everywhere, from the streets, movies, TV, magazines, designers, Internet, other fashion bloggers and even food!

Do you have any fashion rules that you live by?

Not really, I don’t like to follow rules ha,ha,ha.

What’s your go to piece to make a fashion statement?

Shoes, I live for my prosti shoes! The higher the heel the sexier I feel!

Do you have any beauty secrets you can share?

I never go to bed with makeup on, I wear SPF all the time and I drink a lot of water.

You spend a lot of time in New York City, what’s one thing we must do after getting off the plane?

Grab some pizza and go shopping 

When you’re not blogging we can find you on the small screen hosting segments for Univision and Telemundo. How did you get your start?
Not many people know this, but before I started my fashion/beauty blog I used to be a sports anchor, reporter, writer and radio host for multiple Spanish media outlets. I got a communications degree from USD and I’ve been doing TV for over 14 years! So, when I started blogging about fashion and beauty it was just a natural transition.

Your mantra is….

Live every day as if it were your last!

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1. Sari

July 26, 2013

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If you liked it, then you shoulda dripped a ring on it—instead of just nailed it.

Clearly, we’ve managed to manually cure the common French Tip with creative colors, dazzling decals, and fun filing. So the question becomes “what’s my next manicure about?” and “can I handle it?”

Buzzfeed.com reports that a brand by the name of “Beyond” by Rad Nails is nailing the next level of digit-al fashion. It’s cute and it’s cuticle.

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“Another Round,” “Your Point??,” and “In a Pinch” (in order from top to bottom) invite you to finger it out.

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The area just above your nail is poised to become prime fashion real estate this year with both temporary and potentially permanent tattoo options.

Permanent tattoos sound painful, but they might make you reconsider the meaning of flipping someone off.

Richy T. – Go finger.

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1. Jalie

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1. Iolani

130724_Thursday'sRichyTBlog_pbLA is currently enduring a hot, wet summer. Everybody’s paring it down to the basics: T-shirts and jeans. Why? because no one here’s used to this weather except maybe aspiring actors from the Midwest.

Personally I’m hot and sticking with beefy-T V-necks and Levi’s shorts—but I kind of like it like it because it forces me to step up my shoe game. This week I’m ranting and raving about shoes that elevate, escalate, and go on dates when paired with plain white tees and denim.

Joss because you’re wearing stovepipe jeans and a T-shirt doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize with a turquoise necklace that references one of the many hues in your heels. Moral of the story: feel free to add a dash of color to your crew-neck.

I didn’t come up with this one on Myona; I’ve witnessed plenty of women strolling through malls and on boardwalks in oversized T-shirts, super skinny jeans, and sneaky heels. I complimented them shamelessly and gave them my card. True story.

If you want to Spycee things up, play with proportions. For example: Try high waists, calf cuts, and cropped tops. Cut it out because those looks are getting hotter as we speak/read.

Don’t forget your hats, belts, and sunglasses when putting “tee and jeans” looks together.

Richy Tee. – See you monsoon/on Friday.

 

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1. Lisa

2. Matilda