Resort Swim 2016

July 29, 2015

With August just days away, summertime and the window for wearing swimsuits seems to be coming to close. You might have already put away your suit for the season or you might be planning on being in or near a pool till mid-October (as is the case for most Texans) - whatever the case, it's not too early to start thinking about getting a fresh piece of swimwear for 2016. Think I'm talking crazy? Let me explain...Moda Operandi is hosting some of the best swimwear designers and their 2016 Resort Collections in their current trunkshow lineup. (keep reading to see some of my favorite suits on the site!)

 

Knowing that Cover Swim (the sun-conscious line of swimsuits and clothing by my friend Lisa) was going to be part of this round-up means that I’ve been watching the site like a baby hawk. Cover’s cool collab with GLASS – a men’s line of swimwear line by designer John Glass known for their inventive and bold prints – features three styles of suits and three fun prints. The Cover x GLASS suits are exclusive to Moda and my love for the suits makes me pretty positive I need one for myself. I already have a long-sleeve one piece suit by Cover (seen in the photo above from the collaboration with Gray Malin!) so I’m thinking the Nami one piece could be a fun and practical addition for me…

In addition to Cover, there are several other knock-out swimwear collections you need to take a look at. Marysia Swim (you know her best for her sweet scallop suits), Clover Canyon (bold and graphic prints galore), Made by Dawn (Cali cool meets sexy and feminine), and Cynthia Rowley (hello, her wetsuits? too good) are my other favorites with great options.

If you’re unfamiliar with how Moda Operandi works, most all the collections in the trunkshows are preorder – so you pay for half the price now, and once the item(s) are delivered you pay the remaining half. For the resort swim collections, the delivery times vary from August (yay that Cover comes early!) to end of  fall/late spring (November through February). Each piece shows an estimated delivery date and the deposit amount.

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Sally Mot Stripe

Can you think of a reason why we’re loving this suit? We have three. It’s: 1) named “Sally,” 2) by Marysia Swim, and 3) striped! Marysia is one of Moda Operandi’s current trunkshow designers – which means getting this suit is a buy now (with half the cost down) and wear later (pay the rest). The pre-order means it won’t arrive till late winter or early spring, but the fab collection is worth the wait!

Beauty

NeuLash Duo

If you buy one thing from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (which ends August 3rd, BTW), it should be this Lash Enhancing Serum Duo by neuLASH. Read our detailed feelings about the stuff in this post or just know that this stuff is like gold to us. For girls who crave long, thick lashes without any weird eye-color or eye-lid action, neuLASH is the answer. Use religiously every night, thank us in two months.

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Dark Summer Staples in Three Looks

July 28, 2015

When I think of summer clothing - I usually envision lots of white (jeans, tops, dresses), bright bursts of color and fun patterns, and easy shapes that keep one cool as the heat climbs higher. I definitely wear a lot of lighter colored items (examples: yesterday's white romper and last week's light blue dress) in the summer months but I also like to wear a good amount of black. It can feel backwards to wear black, black and more black when it's blazing hot out but as long as the pieces are loose, lightweight, comfortable, and breathable I have no issue. In fact, I say the darker the better. So if you're sweating in all this heat but don't feel like pastels match your summer mood, I have three looks all with black-colored summer staples from Old Navy I hope will get you in the mood to dress on the dark side.

 

Look One: I’ve been binge-buying stripes like it’s my job. This dress kind of has stripes but the jacquard detail helps it feel more textural than graphic. I probably wouldn’t typically go for the gathered and A-line skirt style but the relaxed fit keeps it loose and really ideal for summer. It’s been a perfect dress for wearing causally with flip flops or making a little more “fancy” with wedges.

Look Two: black shorts were on my list of “to find” when I started the summer. The one pair in my closet were from my college days and let’s just say I outgrew the tight and short style of them…I’m pretty obsessed with these high-rise shorts for their soft fabric and tailored pleats. Having a pair of shorts that aren’t skin tight are most ideal when it’s a billion degrees out (exaggeration, but you get it). I love that the belt can be tied in a feminine bow or sloppy knot depending on what vibe I’m going for. I’ve paired these guys with tshirts and fitted tops but love how they look with the super soft sueded tank. The shorts might have a good amount of slouch but they still work with a loose tank because of the belted waist situation.

Look Three: the style of this swing dress is one I buy almost every summer. A basic, little black cotton dress is something any girl can transform with various accessories and get a lot of miles out of. The A-line skirt and high-neck scoop top makes for an extra flattering look I reach for again and again when I “don’t know what to wear” but just want to stay cool while looking cool.

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620 Sneakers

Some sneakers are great for performance, some are great for style. Sometimes you can have both. Like with these exclusive New Balance 620 Sneakers for J.Crew. The colors…can you even? According to the always helpful product details, the J.Crew design team worked with New Balance to create never-before-seen color combinations. And we think the pink + melon orange + forest green = the best. The olive green + pink are a close second.

Lace Romp

July 27, 2015

"After a sweltering weekend, we're looking at a sweltering Monday" - direct quote I just heard from the morning news meteorologist. If you live in Texas you already know that the heat has been a go-to conversation. It's hard to not complain when standing outside for longer than 5 minutes makes you look like you just got out of a shower. At least we are all suffering together? The best way to bear the 90+ degree temps is to wear less clothing, spend lots of time in pools, or stay inside. This lace romper has been a nice light and breezy choice to wear along with the invisible, but extremely present, sweater of heat and humidity that's been my constant extra layer.

 

Rompers take the guesswork out of matching a top and a bottom but offer more coverage than a dress with the short-style bottom. Even though you have to get naked when you go to the bathroom, the style is a great summer staple. This romper is especially great for high heat because the white color and lace texture do wonders for camouflaging sweat. Does that make me sound disgusting? It’s hot, I tell ya! I’m sort of terrible for talking about my love for this romp when it’s currently sold out – but I linked some similar and equally fab options below!

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Swingout Shirtdress

We both have this great shirtdress that we got at Madewell last year…it’s white with a few black stripes and every time we wear it people ask about it. Sadly, it’s long gone. But Madewell came out with a really similar style again this year and it’s this pretty blue number! Called the Swingout Shirtdress, it’s got the tailored details of a men’s shirt with an exaggerated A-line style that’s super wearable and flattering.

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Marta Light Pink

Looking for new drinking glasses? We are – Sally’s still working to complete her kitchen and Molly is planning a bar cart. Finding glasses that are a good size, but able to stack, and also pretty to look at isn’t as easy as you’d think. We loved looking through the’s new arrivals at CB2 and seeing that the thin glassed Marta pieces now come in pink! The perfect pale pink! Yes to a set of the cooler and double old-fashioned.

Longhorn Tray Styled Two Ways

July 24, 2015

Even with our very similar taste in clothes and interior design, we have extremely different closets and home spaces. Sally wears more color and has a very layered decor style and Molly wears a lot of neutrals and goes for a more restrained interiors look. With all our similarities and differences, we own a lot of the same clothing pieces and have copy-cat decor items, too. It's always fun to see how each of us style the same top or dress differently and the same goes for styling home accents. Because we both "had to have" one of Mary H. Case's exclusive Longhorn Trays (and really, how could we pass it up?), we thought it would be a fun to each style it in our respective homes and show you all the results.

 

Here is the great thing about trays – they are the perfect blend of form and function. Not only do they look great in a space, but they can be used to catch and hold all kinds of bit and pieces of everyday life. The key to tray styling in any situation is to use the right scale (you’ll know if one looks too big or too small for a specific spot) and try to find ones that are unique and special to you.

Sally’s Styling: “I’m a coffee table book collector. I know, I know – what girl/blogger isn’t? I guess I’m lucky because my husband get’s as excited as me when we add a new cool book to our collection…it makes the acquisition of titles and subjects that align with both of us fun. My coffee table is – you guessed it – piled with various big books. I usually try to rotate favorites in and out so the look is the same but always changing. Since the look is really just one flat surface with four other smaller flat surfaces, I like to pile candles, fun pieces (like my Balloon Bunny Bank), and other odds and ends atop. Even before the Longhorn Tray came into my life I had been thinking that the table could benefit from a small try to hold matches, stray change, and other randomness that seems to float to the surface when you’re living with a guy. I love how the tray reminds us both of Texas while we’re living in San Francisco and is the perfect touch of masculineness to my girly stuff (I guess a Bunny Bank can be a little girly). It does its job of holding our loot but most of the time we try to keep only a few things in it so we can see the pretty contour drawing!”

Molly’s Styling: “My bedroom is by far my favorite spot in my apartment…I live for my bed and all my favorite furniture, textiles, and art are in the room. You can get all the details about the space from my last post for the One Room Challenge I participated in last fall (here). Aside from being the perfect spot to relax in at the end of the day and best place to wake up to in the morning, my bedroom is home to all my jewelry – and anyone that knows me, knows that my jewelry is like my second skin. Sure I might have spent more time organizing my necklaces, bracelets, and earrings than I did my clothes, but that’s just my normal. The vanity/desk to one side of my bed is the spot where all my everyday, dainty pieces sit. The drawer holds a few of these trays and the ceramic egg crate tray sits on top…even with all the organization happening, I was happy to bring the Longhorn Tray into the mix as a place for me to set items that I’m wearing regularly or ones that don’t have a permanent home (like this chunky necklace). The neutral coloring of the tray is already perfect with what I have going on and the size is ideal for the vanity as I was in need of something that wouldn’t over-power the small amount of room available but still made for a legit catchall.

So what do you think? Feeling like you need a Longhorn Tray for yourself? We aren’t surprised. They’re just the perfect artistic touch to any room or space situation and we’ve already stocked up on a few extras to give as gifts (it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas!). Just don’t tell us who’s styling you liked better…we get very sensitive about that sort of competition. Jk.

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