Tropical Fashion with Suzanne Valentino

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.

DAYTIME LOOK

HAWAIIAN PRINT STRETCH COTTON SKATER ROMPER BY EXPRESS $49.90

HAWAIIAN PRINT STRETCH COTTON SKATER ROMPER BY EXPRESS $49.90

PATENT THONG SANDALS BY CHARLOTTE RUSSE $7.50

PATENT THONG SANDALS BY CHARLOTTE RUSSE $7.50

ADELAIDE BARREL BAG BY ALDO $60.00

ADELAIDE BARREL BAG BY ALDO $60.00

GWIRIEN BRACELETS BY ALDO $18.00

GWIRIEN BRACELETS BY ALDO $18.00

OMBRE SQUARE SUNGLASSES BY FOREVER 21 $5.80

OMBRE SQUARE SUNGLASSES BY FOREVER 21 $5.80

NIGHT TIME LOOK

TROPICAL PRINT PLUNGING SWEETHEART SKATER DRESS BY CHARLOTTE RUSSE $28.99

TROPICAL PRINT PLUNGING SWEETHEART SKATER DRESS BY CHARLOTTE RUSSE $28.99

"PERFECT TEN" PATENT PUMPS BY CHINESE LAUNDRY $39.98

“PERFECT TEN” PATENT PUMPS BY CHINESE LAUNDRY $39.98

MASQUERADE ENVELOPE CLUTCH BY COLE HAAN $74.99 AVAILABLE AT 6PM.COM

MASQUERADE ENVELOPE CLUTCH BY COLE HAAN $74.99
AVAILABLE AT 6PM.COM

CUTOUT FALLING LEAVES EARRINGS BY ARDEN BY $9.80

CUTOUT FALLING LEAVES EARRINGS BY ARDEN BY $9.80

Fun Fact Friday

I have to admit that when it comes to makeup and beauty products, I’m pretty much clueless. I breeze through the drugstore straight to the products that I use, that I’ve been using for years, and I never really stop to look at anything else (which is why I have no idea what the heck BB cream is..). The only beauty product type thing that I’ve always collected is nail polish and I now have shelves and boxes full of it!

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Giveaway Box

When I sat down to sort through my massive collection I realized that I have quite a few overlapping colors: 3 kinds of bright pink, 2 navy blues, 5 reds, etc. When I move to England next month, I won’t be able to bring along this collected that I’ve created , so I’ve been very gradually attempting to sift through and throw out the bad, give away the good, and keep just a small assortment of basic colors to bring with me overseas.

For Keeps

For Keeps

I’m sad to see the majority go, but I think I’ve kept a few good, basic colors to get me through this difficult time!

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Joan Jett at Harrah’s Casino

 

My best friend Sydney and I have been crazy about 80’s rock icon Joan Jett for about 7 years now since she started playing free shows at the San Diego County Fair every summer. Then, when Kristin Stewart was chosen to play her in the film The Runaways, based on Joan’s first band, our love for her as an artist and as an awesome person only grew stronger. It was with great fortune that we happened upon free tickets to see her at Harrah’s Casino this past weekend so we decided to make a whole day out of it and see what fun was to be had at this casino that seems to be out in the middle of nowhere, but is really only a quick drive east from downtown San Diego.

Our day at the casino started in their Mexican themed cantina bar where I started with a delicious peach margarita and Sydney sipped a similar concoction with blood oranges. Chips and salsa was complimentary and came with a whole selection of yummy salsa options! My only mistake was asking the bar tender to make me something special for my second drink and ending up with a tequila-infused avocado smoothie that was made with an entire avocado! I like avocados, but two sips of that thick, rich drink was more than enough for me!

After hitting up a few other drinking spots and downing a hamburger to stay focused we made our way to the concert “pre-party” where we joined a lot of people our parent’s age dressed in their finest leathers and studs, in true Joan Jett fashion. We tried to sit by the outdoor fire pit until the opening band was over, but alas, even after we waited half an hour outside we still had 45 minutes of Night Rangers to listen to before our girl got on stage. At least it gave us plenty of time to mosey our way up to the front by the stage, where we were able to get so close that Joan Jett actually sweated on us (sorry, I’m not sorry)! She was amazing as always and even though it’s been a while since her hey day she’s still the ultimate badass rocker lady and my personal hero.

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Bart Simpson, Fashion Muse??

“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.”

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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?!

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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!

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Fun Fact Friday

 

For two years during college I worked at a fancy greeting card store and ever since then I have been mad about cards! To me, there is no greater feeling in the world than finding a card that equally represents the recipient, your own personality, and your relationship to the recipient. To find a card for a friend’s birthday that secretly reflects an inside joke the two of you share is like finding a piece of gold in a pile of rocks. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting a handmade card as much as the next girl, but finding the perfect card in a shop seems even more impressive sometimes..

In college I was getting cards for everyone and for EVERY occasion. The basic birthday, mother’s day, Valentine’s Day, then even weird ones like St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween. I’ve mellowed out a bit since I no longer get an employee discount on cards, but I still haven’t lost the thrill in a good card search!

Some of the highlights from my old job were the lesbian wedding card (so progressive!), cat wearing a sweater (I LOVE cats), bunny in a leather jacket (and look at the envelope lining!), and the St. Patrick’s Day man butt (because it’s just so random…).

I keep all the cards I get in a special box because I can’t bear to throw them away! Most of the box is filled with pre-made greeting cards, but a lot of it is handmade cards that my creative boyfriend has made me over the years. The first card he ever gave me, however, is the star of the collection with a vintage sewing machine on it that says “You’re sew rad.” It’s clever and funny and perfect because I love to sew!

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OMG shoes..

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.

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And below is what I found. Similar right? I guess a girl CAN have it all!

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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