Fashion Editorial: New Orleans, Mon Amour {Elle, September '16}

As many, I've had a long love affair with New Orleans and when I saw the fashion editorial "New Orleans, Mon Amour" in the September issue of Elle, I completely swooned. Photographed by Yelena Yemchuk, the images capture a romantic otherworldly feel enhanced by boudoir inspired boudoir. 

Photographer: Yelena Yemchuk // Stylist: Samira Nasr // Model
View the original fashion editorial on Elle.com

Shop romantic fashions inspired by the shoot:


Get the Look: Floral Prints + Army Jackets

celebrity style - army jackets

We may be in the height of summer heat, but before you know it we will be reveling in Fall's beauty. Such is why I'm loving the transitional look of feminine floral prints and army jackets (see how I style it here). Great now to wear on a chilly evening and the perfect jacket to take floral clothing into fall, take a look at celebrities and bloggers style army jackets and floral prints. 

1. Go full force fashionista like Olivia Palermo and rock a chic army jacket with a bold floral jumpsuit

2. Festival style queen Kate Bosworth made gave made her boho vibe city chic by pairing her lightweight army jacket with a breezy  floral dress and ankle booties.

3. This Time Tomorrow blogger created a downtown polished look by pairing an updated army jacket with feminine floral jeans, a classic collared shirt and pumps. 

4. For a casual date night or concert in the park, pair your favorite floral print maxi dress with a light weight army green cargo jacket like Lily Aldridge. 

Get the Look...


Summer Must: Round Beach Towels

round beach towel

A couple summers ago, zebra hide beach towels were all the rage (and they are still pretty great if you ask me), but if you want to look like the peak of chic at the beach or pool this summer then you need a round beach towel! From ethnic prints to classic stripes, pick your favorite round towel and hit the sand!

Shop Round Beach Towels:


I'm Shopping For: Espadrilles

Espadrille Shoes

For those of us guilty of not always having a pedicure when the weather heats up, it is essential to have cute summer shoes that cover up our toes. This my friends is why espadrilles are a must have for your summer shoe wardrobe! From classic slip-on Soludos to lace-up styles, these are more than a few espadrilles on my wish list!

Committed to sandals in summer? Shop these sassy sandal espadrilles:


Beauty Beat: Beach Hair

Nothing says summer beauty like carefree, wavy, beach hair. Frequent beach hair style setters include celebrities Kate Hudson, Vanessa Hudgens and Blake Lively, who all bring  nouveau bohemian beauty to the forefront of fashion. 

beach hair

As a girl who grew up by the beach and spent summer days in the sun, intentional (and unintentional) beach hair has long been a go-to style for me.  The easiest way to get carefree waves is with hair product and your hands (SheKnows gives instructions here). My suggestion is to embrace the untamed when it comes to this hairstyle. Don't try to control which way your hair falls, just put in some product, scrunch and let air dry (unless you're in a hurry and then a diffuser will help speed up the process).

From sea salt sprays to volumizing foams, below are some of the best products (including the three I use) to get effortless, sexy, summer hair.

beach waves hair products

1. BUMBLE & BUMBLE Surf Spray - This is perhaps the most well known sea salt spray on the market and really gives realistic "beach waves". I love using this for when I'm really spending a day in the sun or on a casual weekend. I can't wait to try the new shampoo and conditioner in the Surf line Try all 3 products in this travel set

2. NOT YOUR MOTHERS Beach Babe - At $5.99 this is the best choice for those who aren't committed to wearing their hair in carefree waves on a regular basis. Users commend the great scent and light properties of the spray. 

3. BAMBOO BEACH Ocean Waves - I adore the smell of this product and bought it after seeing my thick maned coworker come in with perfect boho waves. I have to say although it is the way to go for women with thicker hair, it can weigh down fine hair (like mine). 

4. KMS Curl Up Wave Foam - I own KMS Curl Up Spray which gives the most defined waves and curls out of the products I've tried. I'm looking forward to testing this foam which is said to give more volume (which my limp hair needs)!

5. JOSIE MARAN Bohemian Waves - I recently started using Josie Maran products and can attest that they really are all that and a bag of chips. Her Bohemian Wave spray is said to give soft touchable and hydrated waves. This is on my list of 'Must Try' hair products. 

6. AVEDA Be Curly - For you lucky ladies blessed with natural curls, Aveda's Be Curly will help de-frizz and tame your locks, that way you can look like you spent a day in the sun without the damage. 

So, what do you think about beachy hair? Is this a look you like in the summer or all year around? Any great products I'm missing that I should try?


Picture Perfect! Self-Portrait Dresses

 Self-Portrait white dress
Self-Portrait lace dresses
Self-Portrait black lace dress
Self Portrait dresses

"Take My Picture" is what you'll be thinking when wearing Self-Portrait! The London based brand Self-Portrait creates feminine frocks that combine inspiration from the 1960s and 1970s with modern touches to create unique and inspiring dresses perfect for wearing to a wedding, on a date, a polo match or a girls night out! Celebrities love Self-Portrait, and its been seen on fashion influencers from  from Olivia Palermo to Rachel McAdams to Miranda Kerr. So next time you want to treat-yo-self with a dress sure to turn heads, look no further!

**Images via Self-Portrait, Forward and Net-a-Porter