I’m very thrilled that Cathleen invited me to be a guest blogger on Cathleen Writes. My name is Suzanne Valentino and I’m a total fashionista. I also have a blog: italianfashionistablog.wordpress.com, which is all about fabulous fashion. Today I will be sharing with you my favorite looks for summer and the trend I love most right now, tropical prints, which is all the rage for summer 2014. They were once relegated to cheesy Hawaiian shirts that screamed, “I’m a tourist!” However, brands like Charlotte Russe and Express have brought effervescence to these classic floral prints. They are a mix of bold, colorful, and eye-catching designs. By pairing this look with simple accessories, you’ll surely get noticed while looking Caribbean chic. Take a peek at some of these stylish and trendy summer looks that are perfect for a lunch date by the beach and a fun night out on the town.
HAWAIIAN PRINT STRETCH COTTON SKATER ROMPER BY EXPRESS $49.90
PATENT THONG SANDALS BY CHARLOTTE RUSSE $7.50
ADELAIDE BARREL BAG BY ALDO $60.00
GWIRIEN BRACELETS BY ALDO $18.00
OMBRE SQUARE SUNGLASSES BY FOREVER 21 $5.80
NIGHT TIME LOOK
TROPICAL PRINT PLUNGING SWEETHEART SKATER DRESS BY CHARLOTTE RUSSE $28.99
“PERFECT TEN” PATENT PUMPS BY CHINESE LAUNDRY $39.98
MASQUERADE ENVELOPE CLUTCH BY COLE HAAN $74.99
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CUTOUT FALLING LEAVES EARRINGS BY ARDEN BY $9.80
“My brain thinks in icons and working with things that universally bring people into it. I’m never going to be inspired by some obscure film, which isn’t to say I don’t enjoy that sort of thing. I just want to share my work with everyone.”
The first time I came across a Jeremy Scott design was when I saw a photo of Cara Delevigne wearing a Bart Simpson sweater crop top with matching mini skirt and thought, “Why does she always look so cool??” The next time was browsing highlight pictures from Milan Fall Fashion Week and seeing a Moschino model wearing a head-to-toe Spongebob Square Pants ensemble complete with yellow, spotted puffy jacket. My interest in the person behind these outfits was immediately peaked; who was the crazy man dressing models in cartoon characters and calling it fashion?!
I soon realized that cartoon characters are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the outrageous and playful fashion sense of the new man behind Moschino; McDonalds logos, candy wrappers, and nutrition labels are also legitimate sources of inspiration. To hear about the clothing without seeing it sounds like a horrible mess of product placement and cheap attempts to capture “the youth market,” by Jeremy’s designs are somehow elegant, genius, and strangley compelling to people of all ages. I would never have thought that may favorite garment to come out of Milan Fashion Week would be a Fruit Loop cocktail dress, but there you go! Jeremy Scott, you have my attention!
Fashion student, spotted in Golden Gate Park.
“I think my style is very influenced by the past. I love period films and books by Jane Austen. I was definitely born in the wrong era. I like my clothes to feel like a costume for whatever character I want to be that day.”
“Fashion is knowing what you want to wear and wearing it. Don’t think about other people.”
Tax consultant, spotted in Berkeley.
“I like to wear casual clothes mostly. Floral skirts and dresses are my usual when I visit warm places like California. Simple with a feminine touch.”
“Fashion is looking good and feeling comfortable.”
Graeme and Daniel R.
Band mates & twin brothers, spotted in the Mission Bart station.
On their personal style:
Graeme “Modern, indie, grunge.”
On their definition of fashion:
Graeme “The clothes that I wear are fashion.”
Ahhhh Paris. Paris has to be one of my favorite cities in the world. I have only been there twice, but each time there is something noticeably different about the people, the culture, and the vibe of the city. Everyone in Paris has an air of sophistication about them, even the children seem to have their life more together than I do at 23. A lot of it has to do with their lifestyle, and fashion plays an important role in that. I love this street style video from Bill Cunningham of The New York Times because he sees the Parisians how they really are: sophisticated, conservative, and polished. They know where they’ve been and they know where they’re going. I nay hope I can one day look as stylish and elegant as a French woman; as an American I fear this may take me a long time…
If you’re not familiar with the video blogs of Bill Cunningham, they are certainly worth watching. You can watch them from The New York Times Style Page or on Youtube. He has an excellent eye for style and I love his signature, New York voice doing the commentary. The is an excellent documentary about his life and work on Netflix called Bill Cunningham New York that tells his extraordinary story of living in a small, rundown New York City apartment and rides his bike around the streets of the city taking pictures of people on the street. He has a unique eye for style and is a rare gem of a man in the fashion world.
I love shoes, especially in spring when you can get away with bright neon leather with lots of straps and high or low heel doesn’t seem to matter. However, as a college student about to graduate and enter the real world I have to be realistic… I can’t afford designer shoes. As I browsed longingly through Popsugar’s new list of top designer shoes for Spring 2014, I had the bright idea to comb the internet for affordable alternatives! Here are the beautiful shoes that Popsugar has deemed most obsession worthy from top designer brands like Givenchy, Prada, Tom Ford, and Valentino.
And below is what I found. Similar right? I guess a girl CAN have it all!
And for all the lovely people who read this and want inexpensive, cute spring shoes of their own, here are links to all the shoes:
Target Tammy Plank Wedge
Target Vivien Strappy Wedge
Target Sanna Block Heel
Forever 21 Chunky Flatform Sandal
Forever 21 Darling Daisy Crocheted Platform
Lulu’s Orange Red Print Heels
Mod Cloth Cape Hatteras Flats
Mod Cloth Anchors Sashay Wedge