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07/27/2015 | Written by Sara Schreiber

sen gwen polo short sleeve top 

Metro Minimalist Masters

 SEN   It takes a sophisticated eye to get minimalist just right … to assemble the perfect neutral palette that cozily skates from office to beach to Sunday brunch. There’s something magic—and all too often elusive—about the perfect plain white tee that fits right and feels right. From what we’ve seen, these guys have it figured out.

 The name ‘Sen’ was reportedly inspired by owner Elan Savier’s daughter Senaya. Although company’s chameleon, urban-chic, aesthetic would be at home in Paris or New York, the company is Miami-based. Its minimalist-modern concept was hatched when stylist John Shoemann took the leap to design. Enamored with high quality and timeless pieces at an affordable price, Shoemann has been taking care to create wearable essentials for every woman since February 2012. Make no mistake he caters to a confident, classic woman—wherever she may be. Soon after its inception, the brand caught on in top boutiques in the U.S. and abroad. 

 What makes these guys stand out? To start, quality: every garment is cut and sewn locally with 100 percent domestic materials. Also of note is an undeniable sense of good editing. The beautiful collections are typically neutrals with just a splash of color—aqua and coral were go-to hues in the past. Throw in a bold stripe (because why wouldn’t you?) and your closet is refreshed and good to go. Next, the clothes do seem very wearable. These are pieces that can be integrated into a wardrobe and work gorgeously with items already in the daily rotation. They are modern without being trendy, classy without being ostentatious. And let’s not forget clothes should feel good, too. Yet another thing that stands out in this line is proportion. Shirts are an easy, flattering length. That is, a little longer for tucking or layering … maybe hi-lo … and look super comfortable. 

 Sen’s Spring 2015 line oozes drapey-casual with a hint of a Dolman sleeve here or cut-out there. The shirts are an ideal compliment to a white skinny jean, black leggings or your beloved cutoffs. The dresses are breezy with an air of sophistication. And rumor has it handbags and shoes are coming down the line. As one heads into the sultry casual days of summer, the black JOEY dress would be an amazing look paired with a flat gladiator sandal and raw mineral pendant for a little ‘dressing up’. We are excited to see what’s next from this conscientious and talented team.

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07/24/2015 | Written by Sara Schreiber

tolani navajo scarf

Tolani Scarves

Around the World (in a Tolani Scarf)

 

Few wardrobe accessories are as synonymous with glamour as is the scarf. The Tolani collection of infinity scarves, wraps and capes proves this brand understands the heavy responsibility granted to this modest fabric. Scarves are equal parts workhorse and indulgence. Tolani scarves are elegant showpieces stitched together with a lot of love and top-drawer fabrics such as cotton, linen, silk, wool and cashmere. Following careful construction, Tolani craftsmen and women up the ante with amazingly bright hues (hand-dyed) and prints with names like “digital magenta” and “kaleidoscope blue”. Paris Hilton was recently spotted seaside with the gorgeous, 58” Tolani Navajo Square Scarf in orange tied around her waist over a black, halter-style one-piece. The scarf was half cashmere, half silk. 

Not that anyone needs a reminder, but the versatility of a standout scarf is practically limitless. We love how one scarf can be the poppy chameleon of an otherwise drab ensemble (I’m looking at you, Botanic Red Scarf with your dancing vines and delicate fringe). First, you have the obvious front and center, draped ‘round the neck grab-and-go coverage. And with this, of course, one now has access to a gazillion new ways to make it look perfectly unkempt/Euro/Western … (just Google it). There’s nothing like throwing on great neutrals (leather slingback sandals, a skinny jean, a dolman tee) and finishing it all off with a fave scarf and some Druze earrings. So easy but so elegant.

Let’s talk about the other ways in which this accessory pulls its (feathery) weight. I personally can’t get enough of grabbing a favorite, large lightweight sarong with its deep red, Indian-inspired print every time I hop on a plane. This old faithful takes up so little space in my carryon; it pulls double duty as a swim cover-up and a compact-cozy travel blanket for the bleary eyed return flight.

When you’re feeling rebellious, with a little creativity and the right Windsor knot, a beloved scarf easily becomes your own, one-of-a-kind summer top—ideal for kicking back with flip-flops and flare leg jeans. 

And of course, smaller scarves make luscious adornments for the handbag. 

Now. If only we could all bring back the 1940s/1950s starlet treatment: a bright scarf wrapped chicly around the hair and off-set with the perfect shades—Grace Kelly style. It’s almost, almost too much. But I think it is not.

For those looking for a little something-something to spice up life, Tolani scarveshave that effortless, earthy, globetrotter vibe. Try one on for an afternoon of island hopping or couch surfing. 

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07/21/2015 | Written by Sara Schreiber

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Vix Swimwear

Who Wants to Frolic in the Sand?

 Brazilians know what’s up when it comes to a few specific things in life: Soccer they know … coffee—certainly. Bossa Nova (who else does this?) … and they know beaches. Brazil’s nearly 2,000 miles of gorgeous, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are the stuff dreams are made of. Even on the best SoCal shore could we only imagine the type of glamorous escapism that takes place amid a sunset at Jericoacoara or the quaint Cliffside village of Canoa Quebrada. As natural beauties in one of the most naturally beautiful places in the entire world, Brazilian women know how to work what they’ve got … and you can bet this carries over to the bikinis That’s the whole premise behind ViX Swimwear, a luxury resort wear brand that promises to share its stylish secrets with the mere mortals.

ViX’s creator Paula Hermanny set out in 1998 to capture the spirit of the Brazilian lifestyle and add her own special twist. The company is named for the Brazilian island of Vitoria, where Hermanny grew up. The first ViX store opened in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 and since that time, they’ve opened four more stores in Brazil and plan to expand globally. The company already manufactures one piece, two piece, and cover ups for Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Ave, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Net a Porter and Neiman Marcus.

ViX Swimsuits feature flattering fabrics, novel cuts and luxe details to inspire confidence in every woman. The bright, captivating creations have recently been the stuff of drool-worthy shoots for Harper’s Bazaar, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, etc.

You must see Hermanny’s work to appreciate her flavor. The Zaz Bia Tube Bikini with its tye-dye yellow, blue, purple and white stripes feels like a holiday in Rio. The bottoms are adorable: low on the hips, a playful amount of cheek, and a tiny gold round logo affixed below the waist. Lots of ViX bikinis take this stance on bottoms that hug the curves in a flattering fashion yet manage have a little fun, too.

The Solid Eggplant Matelasse Loop Bikini offers another distinctive silhouette for the bottom that complements a wider strap on top. Rich, deep purple and gold hardware class up the ensemble. Another ViX Swimwear standout is the Kemha Ana Bandeau Bikini (yellow and cobalt; tribal print) with a removable center gold bar, removable padding, and double loops at the back for a crisscross effect.

Celebs spotted flaunting their beach bods in Vix include Kaley Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory”, Rita Ora, Giselle (naturally) and Kendall Jenner.

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06/17/2015 | Written by Sara Schreiber

Tolani Chloe Dress

Head east, young wanderer

TOLANI   Who wouldn’t want to feel a part of India? The diverse country is a land of towering mountains, tangled rivers, generous people, majestic creatures, exotic lotus flowers, tantalizing spices and a heady dose of intrigue. Her way of life is a feast for the senses and her age-old wisdom seems a magic, restorative elixir to all who drink from it.

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06/17/2015 | Written by Sara Schreiber

Blue Life Halter Scarf Dress

Tie-Dye Grown Up

Once more the folks at Blue Life Clothing turn your basic summer sundress on its head, this time with the Halter Scarf Dress. The simple details in this little number are to die for. We love the deep, deep V-neckline, asymmetrical hem and most of all—the halter strap that ties at the neck and kinds of harkens back to those macramé plant hangers that we’re all trying to dig out once again so we can hang that cactus in our abodes.

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06/14/2015 | Written by Sara Schreiber

Blue Life Open Shoulder Top In Indigo Sand

Have Some Fun … It’s OK

Just so we all agree, clothes are much more than a socially accepted way to cover oneself and ward off a draft. They can be instruments that speak to your preferred way of living! I love dressing to express myself; how I’m feeling or what I’m hoping to accomplish for the day.

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06/13/2015 | Written by Sara Schreiber

Sky Coral Patli Maxi Dress

In Love with Maxi

So sweet! Go to market or out to brunch in this pitch-perfect maxi dress from Sky in Los Angeles. Not-too-sexy, not-too-sweet… Sky dresses are known for being colorful, flattering and fun.

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06/11/2015 | Written by sara Schreiber

Riller and Fount

High Style for the Comfort Class

Riller & Fount, based out of Los Angeles, have mastered minimalist, mix-and-match comfort clothing. Designer Marlena Ruiz seems positively obsessed with fabric and fit when one looks at her line of basic, modern dresses, shirts and two-piece outfits.

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06/10/2015 | Written by Sara Schreiber

 Blue Life Front Yoke Smock Skirt

Bollywood at the Beach

What does an evening soiree at the beach—with a three-piece band, cocktails and laughter—look like in your dreams? Are the tables set with sparkling tea lights, succulents, champagne and caviar? What is this romantic occasion? What brings you to the feast? Who is that mysterious figure in the distance? …  And what will happen next?

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06/10/2015 | Written by Sara Schreiber

Rails Hunter Button Down Shirt

RAILS CLOTHING   It started with a hat. Meet the collection that went from carrying one single item to being featured on the pages of Elle Belgium, Vanity Fair Italy, Vogue UK, Self, US Weekly, Instyle, etc., etc. See for yourself ‘what’s the big deal’ with the everyday threads that Giselle has chosen to wear whilst knocking about with her little man.

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