Best Gladiators

Gladiator Sandals 1. Rebecca Minkoff Georgina Studded Sandals  2. Loeffler Randall Pascal Gladiator  3. Forever 21 Faux Suede Gladiator  4. ZiGi Girl Jae Sandal  5. Not Rated Sand Castle Gladiators  6. JustFab Kippy  7. Steve Madden Villano Gladiator  8. Jeffrey Campbell Omaha  9. MIA Ira Sandal  10. Splendid Tayler Lace-Up  11. DV by Dolce Vita Okena Sandal  12. Forever 21 Faux Leather Gladiator  13. Steve Madden Theea Caged Wedge Sandal  14. Stuart Weitzman Gladiator

This year, much like last spring and summer, gladiator sandals are definitely one of my staple pieces.  For the warm months ahead, there’s no better way to take a simple dress or denim cutoffs up a notch.  Whether they’re heeled, flat, or somewhere in between, these go-to sandals can be as bold or simple as you’d like, and with options at every price range, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.  Which of these could you see on your feet this spring?

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Game, Set, Match

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Sophie Rue top and skirt (40% off!);  Gap denim jacket (on sale!);  JustFab sandals;  Shop Prima Donna hat (c/o);  Ray-Ban aviatorsGorjana jewelryRebecca Minkoff Love CrossbodyMichael Kors Bradshaw Watch

For the spring and summer months, I’m a huge fan of matching sets, and this one is one of my favorites I’ve found in a while.  It’s such a multitasking look because the skirt easily pairs with tees and blouses in my closet, and the top makes a surprisingly adorable vest (worn backwards and unzipped) over a maxi dress.  (Just trust.  It sounds crazy, but it’s actually really cute.)  The duo is under $100, but right now, it’s 40% off making the look right around 50 bucks.  You really can’t go wrong.  Paired with gladiator sandals and a denim jacket, it’s an easy day to night spring look that works for so many occasions.  Stay tuned this week to see this set styled up for a date night out.  Happy Monday, everyone!  (Does that exist?)

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One More From Laguna Beach

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Calypso St. Barth kaftan (c/o);  Becca swimsuitBanago tote (c/o);  Tkees flip flops (c/o);  Ray-Ban sunglassesKendra Scott necklace and ring (c/o);  Hazen Jewelry bracelets

Today I’m sharing one final look from our staycation in Laguna Beach a few weeks ago, and looking at these photos, I WANNA GO BACK!  I had so much fun soaking up the first beach weekend with Kathleen, Krystal, and Jenn, and the weekend was only made better surrounded by beautiful clothing and accessories.  Case in point, this new favorite Calypso St. Barth kaftan that makes any beach and post-beach day better.  Paired with the newest addition to my Becca swimsuit collection (If you have boobs, this brand is THE best.), it’ll pretty much be my summer standby.  And speaking of the beach, it’s seriously calling my name today – I just may have to take the afternoon off to sun my buns.  Happy Friday, everyone!

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Best Buckets (Plus a Chloe Giveaway)

Spring Bucket Bag 1. See by Chloe Vicki Bucket Bag  2. Forever 21 Southwestern Bucket Bag  3. Sam Edelman Beverly Fringe Bucket Bag  4. Vegan Leather Bucket Bag  5. Rebecca Minkoff Fiona Bucket Bag  6. Deux Lux Anguilla Bucket Bag  7. Kate Spade Kacey Lane Bucket Bag  8. GiGi New York Jenn Bucket Bag  9. Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Bag  10. Star Mela Selma Bag  11. Milly Astor Pebbled Leather Bag  12. Joelle Hawkens Dakota Crossbody

Last week I declared my love for all fringe bags, and this week I’m following up with an ode to the bucket bag.  I don’t know if you’ve ever carried one of these, but seriously there’s no better sack to shove your crap in all day.  There’s no zippers, snaps, buttons or BS, just a slide and go tassel situation between you and your wallet.  (And phone, and lipgloss…)  Above I’ve rounded up a few favorites, and below, we’re giving a sweet, sweet bucket away.  (I’m talking Chloe, people.)  So enter as much as you can, because dammit I want to win this one myself.  Good luck, and may the (shopaholic) force be with you.

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Today, we have collaborated with a gorgeous and talented group of bloggers to bring you a giveaway! You can win a See by Chloe Blush Bucket Bag and a pair of Wildfox Silver Reflective Sunglasses (see image below), just in time for the spring and summer months ahead!

To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open until 11:59pm PST on March 30th, 2015 and remember, the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win! Open to US residents only. Good Luck!

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LivvyLand & Itsy Bitsy Indulgences

Co-Hosts

My Style Diaries, KBStyled, Carrie Bradshaw Lied, Champagne in the Rain, Brunch on Chestnut, Ash n’ Fashn, Happily Howards, Style MBA, Vandi Fair, Leopard Martini, A Lily Love Affair, Kayleigh’s Kloset, Side Smile Style, Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins, Megan Ann, Over My Styled Body, Blonde Expeditions, So Sage, byobeauty, Cella Jane

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Pinstripe Pants

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Otis & Maclain Pants via Bardot OCVince TankMichael Kors watchPurpose Jewelry

Today I’m sharing one final post from my day spent with OC Style Report, and this look was a little delayed because, I’ll be honest, I forgot about it.  Today I came across the photos and thought, “Um, those pants are killer and need to be shared.” and also “Wow, I should really go back to The Packing District and try out Pop Bar.”  Nothing makes my Tuesday like wide leg pants and frozen treats on a stick, but, you know, that’s just me.

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Spring Chiffon

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DVF dressJustFab sandals (c/o);  Rebecca Minkoff Love CrossbodyGorjana jewelry (c/o);  Ray-Ban sunglasses

There’s nothing quite like the first days of spring, and this weekend felt like the real deal, Lucille.  We spent a little time at the beach, grilled out for dinner, attended my future sister-in-law’s engagement party, and rounded out the weekend with a little Sunday funday in Newport Beach.  The whole weekend was sunny and beautiful and magical, and I’m not gonna lie, I’ve got a little case of the Monday blues.  This little chiffon DVF dress has become a serious go-to as the weather warms up.  From engagement parties to Vegas dinners and anything in between, it’s an easy throw-on and go dress that makes a statement.  Plus, it’s super lightweight and comfy and won’t make you sweat to death in the summer.  Because that ain’t cute, girl.  Here’s hoping your coffee is strong and your Monday doesn’t suck.

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Festival Fashion With SwimSpot

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Reef swimsuit bottom, Next swim top and Luxe by Lisa Vogel coverup (c/o) SwimSpot;  Free People shortsGiGi New York bucket bag (c/o);  Dolce Vita sandals;  People by People sunglasses (c/o);  Shop Prima Donna hat and necklace (c/o);  Bracelets: Kendra Scott and Gorjana (c/o);  Kendra Scott ring

With the beginning of spring comes the beginning of festival season, and while I usually don’t make it to the actual festivals, I’m all about a little festival fashion.  The breezy fabrics, loose silhouettes, fringe, jewels and overall goodness really suits the bohemian girl inside, and really, I think festival style is a lot like beach style.  During the day it’s about beating the heat, and once the sun goes down, you can add on a bit to finish the look.  Today I’m partnering up with SwimSpot to bring you a little festival fashion of my own, and this gorgeous white poncho is pretty much the end-all, be-all, can’t go “festivalling” without it piece.  It’s perfect for covering up a swimsuit (the standard uniform while sweating and dancing it out in the desert) and works just as well paired with denim cut-offs later in the day.  Pile on the accessories, and you’re good to go.

Go where, you ask?  Well if you’re looking to get yourself to Southern California’s hottest (both literally and figuratively) music festival (rhymes with umbrella..ella..ella), then you’re in luck my friend.  SwimSpot wants to send you and your bestie to Indio April 10th through 12th.  Just head over to their Instagram to enter.  Good luck!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SwimSpot, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

Spring Shopping: Fringe Bags

Fringe Bags

1. Fringed Faux Leather Bucket Bag   2. Sole Society Fringe Faux Leather Convertible Crossbody  3. Rebecca Minkoff Kai Crossbody  4. Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Mini MAC  5. Proenza Schouler Fringed Leather Satchel  6. Faux Suede Fringed Crossbody  7. Sam Edelman Clover Fringe Bag  8. Milly Small Essex Fringed Leather Bucket Bag  9. Cleobella Joplin Fringe Bag  10. Dolce Vita Amber Fringed Leather Backpack

My personal style can be a little (or a lot) scattered according to my mood, but the boho lover inside is always alive and well.  So really I love nothing more than a good fringe trend, and this spring I’m all about a fringe bag.  (And admittedly, I already bought this one.)  Whether you go bold or stick with something neutral, you can’t go wrong with this spring’s crop of fringe.  Even better news?  Head over to my Instagram tomorrow where I’ll be giving away one of the bags above.  (And trust me, it’s a good one.)

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Easy Spring Denim

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Dittos jeans (c/o);  Old Navy boyfriend shirtGiGi NY bag (c/o);  Steve Madden heels (similar version, also LOVE these);  Ray-Ban sunglassesMichael Kors watch

 This season the 70’s are back in a big way meaning wide leg jeans and flares are everywhere, and while I definitely dig it, I’m not ready to part with my skinnies just yet.  I mean, it was such a huge adjustment getting used to these so many years ago (my freshman year of college to be exact) – so why give up now?  That’s right, I’m holding onto skinny jeans like Linus to a blanket, and you can’t stop me.  Today I’m adding in a bit of 70’s flare with extreme platforms (because I’m not a total trend hater) and taking it easy with a relaxed boyfriend oxford.  And while we’re on the topic of trends…pale blue, people.  As in, you need it.  Starting with this GiGi bucket bag.

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Win a Room Makeover from Gatehouse

Office MakeoverThis week we got our first really warm weather of spring, and with that I’m thinking it’s past time for a complete spring cleaning and somewhat of an overhaul in our little beach house.  The first room on my list isn’t really a room I suppose, but this little nook of an office is probably the space where I spend most of my time.  It gets the best natural light all day, and during the hot days of summer, it’s definitely one of the coolest spots in the house.  Currently though, it’s a sad little hodge-podge of old furniture and poorly organized stuff.  I’ve already shared my inspiration for my office here, but the search for the perfect desk is still in progress.  After the office, I’m heading into the bedrooms, and (gasp!) the closets.  (Does closet cleaning ever really end?)

If you’re like me and have big plans for your house (or maybe just one room) but don’t really know where to start, you’ll be thrilled about Gatehouse’s Complete Room Makeover Giveaway, launching this week.  My favorite local home store is giving one lucky winner a $2500 room makeover along with free design services.  (Pick me, pick me!)  Entering is simple:

  1. Follow Gatehouse on Facebook and Instagram
  2. Post a photo of the room you want to makeover on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #winaroomwithgatehouse
  3. Leave a comment below about why you want to win

This one’s open to Southern California residents only (as Gatehouse will be providing free design services).  Good luck!

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