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Part II of my summer accessories is about bags!

During summer I like to play with fun purses that use different colors and style. I love to use a beach bag for running errands or go to the market. In the south of France we get some really nice straw bags that we use for everything. 

Have a look at my selection!

Summer bag I 

 

Summer bag II

 

Summer bag III

 

Summer bag IV

 

Summer bag V

 

Summer bag VI

 

For people who like me live in San Francisco, they know that July and August are depressing… (fog, I hate you during these months) .You need to get out of the city as much as possible to feel you are in summer.

BUT, occasionally, our indian summer allows us to pick out of our closet few summer clothes. Here a little inspiration board of city summer dresses I created to keep me waiting for September…

Bisous,

Lili

From left to right: 12345

 

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Summer is finally here!! Hopefully we all have a beach destination or a metropolitan city trip planned in the near future. But before we can head out, most of us need to figure out what and how to pack!… That brings us to the inevitable question: “what do I put in my suitcase?”

Luckily, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel often, and have mostly nailed down the science of packing. So I will share with you some guidelines I came up with to create a travel capsule wardrobe.

I like to travel light and always try to have only a carry on with me. So keep in mind this capsule wardrobe is for small luggage.

Just for you…Tada!!! Summer travel capsule wardrobe collage!!

 

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  • Make sure you pack easy to wash clothes. Synthetic tops are great because you can hand wash them and they will dry quickly.
  • All the clothes that you will pick have to be versatile so you can mix and match them to create new outfits and use them in different places (aka, cities, beach…). But what does it really mean? For most of them, you need to stay away from crazy colors and patterns. Of course your capsule wardrobe will be influenced by your destination. Mine is as neutral as possible. I can take the flower print dress or my jeans short to go either to the beach or walk around a city.
  • Pack only three pairs of shoes, knowing that the one you will wear the day of your departure is counted as one. Pick one dressier pair, walking shoes and one flat.Your departure outfits need to be maximized. When flying, I always wear jeans, a cardigan, a jacket, a scarf and put books in my purse. Did I say maximize? It is always cold in planes but also think of all the clothes you don’t have to put in your carry on… If I know I will need a big and small purse (I love cross-body ones when walking around) I just stick the small one into the big one. You put all your travel documents in the small purse so you don’t have to look for your passport, flight tickets, all the time.
  • Make sure that most of your clothes can be dressed up or dressed down. Same outfit with some heels and the right accessories and you are ready to go out!
  • Pack toiletries and make up in travel size. You can find great options at Sephora. Also, if you only need a small amount of certain products, don’t put it in a travel size container but in a lens holder.
  • Accessories will not take up a lot of space and will create a sense of new outfits. Don’t hesitate to pick bolder pieces that give an interesting twist to your outfit since the clothes you are packing are more neutral.

Best of luck! I hope your future packing experience will be less stressful!

Bon voyage!

L.

 

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The swimsuit….Where to start? I know, I know, looking for one is not always fun. It can be very frustrating to find a swimsuit that looks good on our body and it is often the time where we cry over ourselves… (why didn’t I go to the gym this past winter? Why did I have to eat chocolate in front of the TV? Why, why, why!!!!)

Alright, first and foremost, we are not all models. We all have imperfections and that is perfectly FINE. Yes, I have things that I would like to see disappear, but it is my body and I accept it the way it is. We can all eat better and work out more, but in the end the healthiest thing we can do is have unconditional love for our body and the second most important thing…. how to dress our body!

Anyway, it was not meant to be a post about self love but it never hurts to reiterate that imperfect bodies are beautiful too.

Now that we are all pumped up on self-esteem, let’s find this swimsuit.

Here is my little guide to shop for it according to your body type.

  • If you have a triangle shape (broader shoulders)
    We will want to create curves to your bottom part.

-Have embellishment and/or ruffles to your bottoms
-No to strapless bra
-Stay away from sporty swimsuit style

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  • If you have an hour glass shape (curvy – have chest and bottom)
    We will want to highlight your curves and provide enough coverage.

– Support your chest by choosing an underwire, balconette or halter bra style.
– Stay away from big print that will make your silhouette look disproportionate.
– Get a bikini bottom, if you decide to go with this style, without a bow on your hips. You don’t want to add extra fabric on the side of your hip.

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  • if you have a pear shape (bigger bottom than chest)
    We will want to balance your proportions.

-Shoose a bottom with a cut that has more full coverage
-Draw the eye up by choosing a low neckline bra with embellishments, details and/or prints
-No big print or flashy color for your bottom side

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  • If you have a rectangle shape (straight figure without too many curves)
    We will want to play up your curves.

-Enhance your curves with dimensional details like paddings, ruffles and bold prints
-No sporty swimsuit look- We will want to have a more feminine style (no sporty bra)
-Swimsuits with less coverage create more curves. The smaller the swimsuit bottom is, the fuller the derriere appears.
-Well placed cut outs and monokinis create an illusion of curves.

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  • If you have an apple shape (weight in the mid- section)
    We will want to define your waist and balance your silhouette.

-Swimsuit with shirring is a good option– the gathered fabric helps to create a defined waist
-High waisted swimsuit can be great to cover the abdomen.
-Surplice-wrap swimsuit will define your waist thanks to the crossover fabric.

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I hope you found this little guide useful! Bisous!