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STYLED / 13 | designlovefest

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there is something about spring that makes me want to shop. the sudden burst of color that fills the stores, the warmer temperatures, longer days, planning of summer vacations, all of it has me wanting to do a closet update. there is always a drought of good options in stores from early February – March while we wait through that awkward over winter but not yet spring period. but that phase has lifted and there are tons of cute pieces everywhere. below are nine items i’d like to add to my closet. everything from sunglasses to sneakers! – joanie

H&M flounced blouse ($60) – this piece is going to go fast, the pale purple color make it particularly appealing for this time of year and i love the ruffled hem and sleeve, very romantic.
– Fendi cat-eye sunglasses ($150) i’m not normally a colored sunglass fan but i love this pair and the color blocking on the side of the frame. it’s also a very subtle cat-eye for those of us who like things a little tamer.
– Outdoor Voices biker shorts ($65) – i own a pair of these bike shorts in pink and i love them and would like to add the green color to my workout wardrobe. they don’t ride up at all which is very important when you’re bouncing around during a workout and not wanting to adjust your shorts every 5 minutes.
– Floral Embroidered Dress  ($100) – something about warm weather that makes me want to wear embroidered everything. this dress is full of cute details like the gathered sleeve and open stitching on the seams.
– ASOS vintage straw bag ($46) –  straw is going to be the trend of summer and this is a great everyday option that isn’t too big or bulky.
– Zara ruffle top ($50) – cream and lace? count me in! the buttons up the back and the delicate lace edge makes this the perfect thing to pair with your jean shorts come summer.
– Madewell sweater tank ($65) – i used to work in fashion and i’ve dressed over a thousand woman in my life and i can tell you that the single biggest complaint woman have about their bodies is their arms. well i’m here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with your arms and the only one who is looking at them critically is you! so invest in some shoulder baring tanks like this one and enjoy the sunshine on your arms. this one happens to be a very flattering cut and a good place to start.
New Balance sports bra ($27) – i’m not normally into prints on my activewear but i like this subtle star print and that it can be worn with or without a shirt.
Tretorn sneakers ($65) – if you’re like me and looking to mix up the sneaker game beyond the classic converse or keds these are a great summer option. they’re net and appear to have some sort of cushioned sole. they’d be cute with dresses or skirts as the cut on the foot is narrow.



free people | designlovefest

most Saturdays involve sleeping in/lounging around the house until the last possible second before i have to leave when i’ll throw something on and run out the door to breakfast/errands/shopping/farm’s market, etc. i pride myself on being able to get ready in a flash, throw something over my head, add sunglasses and/or a hat and out the door. but, my entire ability to get ready quickly falls on my wardrobe. i’ve armed my closet with easy pieces, that require very little thought but that look pulled together and pair well with street shoes (sneakers, flat sandals, etc). the requirements are to be day appropriate, not too tight/structure or fussy, cotton is preferable as it’s durable and breathable and generally something simple with a bit of flare. check out the below if you find yourself at a loss for what to wear on the weekends (other than pajamas). also, tell me a recent purchase you’ve loved or a new brand you discovered. i’m always on the hunt! – joanie

& Other Stories palm print sundress ($95) – effortlessly cool, not too short and totally day appropriate.
Natalie Martin wrap dress ($313) – her dresses are an investment (one i have yet to make) but i know girls who own her dresses and wear them all the time and they always look fresh and romantic. they are 70’s inspired without being too retro.
LACAUSA sky dress ($80) – one of my favorite Los Angeles based brands for both her ethical practices and chic wearable pieces. i have several of her dresses and find myself reaching for them often. they are simple but her cuts are spot on. she always makes the perfect t-shirt.
Ace & Jig Harbour dress ($240) – i own only one Ace & Jig dress but i wear it all of the time. the quality of their fabrics is hard to beat, 100% cotton, print prints and colors and really the perfect vacation dress.
Free People two piece set ($148) – again with the 100% cotton and i love that it’s a two piece set and both items can be worn together or separately. it’s chic and comfortable.
Zara knotted trousers ($40) – sometimes you just need a cool pair of pants to pair with the pile of t-shirts you have in your closet. i like that these are made of polyester because that means they are practically indestructible and can withstand a lot of wear and wash.
TOMS maxi dress ($85) – cotton, colorful, not too fitted, day time appropriate – this one checks all of the boxes.
Zara jumpsuit ($50) – people often remark that jumpsuits are not flattering to which i say, not everything has to be flattering. maybe it’s just me but i don’t like thinking about everything i wear as needing to be flattering. wear what makes you happy and if you’ve been waiting to give jumpsuits a try now is the time.
Free People jumpsuit ($98) – this is a jumpsuit but it’ll read as more of dress because of the wide leg. get it in the red if you’re feeling bold or black for something more tame.

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mara hoffman | designlovefest

i know it’s just barely spring and it feels insane to be posting about swimsuits already but fashion is always one step ahead and it’s best to order early before they run out of certain sizes. when it comes to suits, i tend to be more on the modest side, nothing too cheeky or revealing. i like to feel comfortable, like i can jump in the ocean or play a game of spike ball without fear of it all falling out. anyway, here are a few i’m eyeing for this season. when it comes to fit i’m a big fan of J. Crew tops as they often come in bust sizes and i’m also very into off the shoulder. as a note, swimsuits generally run small so don’t fear sizing up one or two sizes to get the best fit. are there any swimsuit brands you love that we need to know about?! always looking for new cute brands!  – joanie

p.s. all of the swim photos are from mara hoffman’s latest collection!  her swim campaign has some serious game, coveting all of the styles. 

mara hoffman | designlovefest
mara hoffman | designlovefest
mara hoffman | designlovefest
mara hoffman | designlovefest

all photos are from mara hoffman



styled | designlovefest

i link to a lot of Madewell items in this shopping column because i really like a lot of their designs and from what i own from there, their pieces stand the test of time. so i thought i’d let you know that they’re having a site wide sale 20% off a purchase of $100+ and 30% off a purchase of $200+. a few items below that i’m currently eyeing. they recently launched intimates and i’m curious to try them out. anyway, this is not sponsored, just a fan and thought i’d share the goods news! happy weekend! – joanie



styled | designlovefest

(photo found here)

favorite blouses under $55! i use to be a 24/7 dress girl but lately i’ve been gravitating more towards separates. i’m especially into feminine blouses with a special touch – a wrap at the waist, a bit of embroidery, shoulder detail, pretty collar, anything that makes a subtle statement while still being chic and wearable. here are some favorites that are all priced at less then $55! – joanie

Zara Crossover blouse ($40) – i’m five seconds away from buying this and wearing it with a pair of really worn in light jeans.
– H&M ruffled sleeve ($50) – love the exaggerated shoulder on this one.
– Blouse with lace collar ($30) – so pretty and dainty, the cream and black combination with the tie at the neck is very Chanel.
– Madewell off the shoulder ($50) – one of the seasons biggest trends, off the shoulder! in a crisp white, i think it’d be good tucked in too. 
– Forever 21 open shoulder ($18) – less of a blouse and more of a tank but still very pretty and wearable. 
– Zara frilly blouse ($40) – i love this deep red and the waist detail makes it super flattering.
– Embroidered Floral top ($50) – one can never own too many white blouses. 
– Gap split top ($70 but currently 40% off!) – 100% cotton with pretty sleeve embroidery. would be an ideal vacation option to go from beach to dinner.
– & other stories blouse ($55) – the subtly Swiss-dot is seriously calling my name. super soft cotton, pretty aqua blue and sweet little ruffle.

styled | designlovefest
styled | designlovefest
styled | designlovefest
styled | designlovefest

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