Top 5 Must-Have's for #Summer2016

I just moved to Central California about a year ago this month. Not to be mistaken for the coastline or mountains, this part of California is hot. Moving from San Francisco to Sacramento made me realize that the sun is indeed very hot. Nay, scathing. And so I've had to think carefully about how I'll present myself during this season of sheer heat. See below for the final countdown.

BELL SLEEVES

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Including but not limited to: off-shoulder tops, on-shoulder tops, tops excluding the shoulders altogether but still managing to use bell sleeves.

I only recently started enjoying this look after seemingly endless Coachella pictures of bodysuits and plunging necklines featuring-- you guessed it-- bell sleeves. I think I'll embrace them in neutral colors first, to make sure I actually like the vampiress look. From there we'll move into tropical tones.


PALM LEAVES

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PLEASE tell me everyone else has realized the magic of a tropical print. Perusing fabrics for a client project some of the designers were working on, I came across what I thought to be a scrap of a sad dad's Hawaiian shirt. Well, it wasn't. It was the fabric of my dreams. Enter: palm leaves. I've always been a foliage gal myself but there's something sophisticated + whimsical about banana leaves against a pale background that just oozes Miami Beach, and that's something I want to be a part of.

I'll be tracking down any and all palm leaves-- hats, phone cases, scarves, but especially skirts and culottes. Watch out world, things are going to get real patterned, real quick.


CLEAN LINES

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There's something about the way a garment that's been beautifully crafted lays that gives me goosebumps. Silk and chiffon are good and dandy, but only when they're properly sewn do they really shine. I'm looking at Zara this summer to give me halfway decent prices on sheaths and buttery tops that look more like shell casings than actual blouses. Who's with me?


THE DAD HAT

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Caps are kind of a thing now and I've been wary to try lest I look too athleisure. However, since Queen B graced us with Ivy Park, I've been eager to add a normcore hat to my accessory arsenal. I'm looking for baseball hats that are quintessentially lame-- hence the dad hat reference. Kind of like Beyonce's 'Hot Sauce' style, or even a plain ol gray hat. Alongside floppy sun hats and scarves, my head will be decorated with all of the style seriousness of a dad coaching his son's T-ball team.


STATEMENT EARRINGS

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I have short hair. Well, sometimes (I got extensions, #inluv). With short hair comes a few fun things like not being hot when its 90 degrees, ease of washing in the shower, and fun hairstyles to look at after waking up. What short hair does not give me access to are accessory options like super chic barrettes and hair ties.

To spice up my top half, I'm headed toward the earring isle. I love fringe, baubles, dangly anything so J. Crew and Bauble Bar are give me all sorts of life in this category. The ear is the new eyebrow, amirite?

What are your summertime go-to's? Were any of my five on your list, too? Let me know in the comments below!