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5 Books Every Stylish Girl Must Read

 Summer time seems to slow life’s busy pace. What a perfect time to jump on that goal to read more! Below is a list of my top 5 favorite books that every stylish girl must read for inspiration and to be encouraged to explore your life and own personal sense of style. Whether you’re in the shade of your backyard, by the pool or on your private jet the plane, sit down and enjoy one of these quick and savvy reads.

1.Love Style Life by Garance Doré  Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 1.53.31 PMThis gorgeously illustrated book takes readers on a unique narrative journey that blends Garance’s inimitable photography and illustrations with the candid, hard-won wisdom drawn from her life and her travels. Infused with her Left Bank sensibility, the eclecticism of her adopted city of New York, and the wild, passionate spirit of her native Corsica, Love Style Life is a backstage pass behind fashion’s frontlines, peppered with French-girl-next-door wit and advice on everything from mixing J.Crew with Chanel, to falling in love, to pursuing a life and career that is the perfect reflection of you.

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Share a Coke

For the girls with sun-kissed cheeks, sandy hair and dark tan lines, summer was made just for us. It’s time to put the top down and head for the beach. The bright sun and clear blue skies in San Diego inspired me to throw out a #tbt to a photo shoot with my sister last summer.

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As we shift gears from spring to summer, transitioning our wardrobe can easily put us in a rut. If you’re like me, you are inspired by cool, light color schemes paired with fabrics that move with you in the warm breeze.

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The trick to dressing for summer is achieving a balance of layers and colors- something that is simple, yet effortlessly chic. These summer looks embody so many of the things that I love most about fashion: clean lines, fantastic fabrics and bold patterns.

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Now is the perfect time to pull out our go-to shirts, worn-in denim and floral patterns. Share an ice cold Coca-Cola with all your friends in the sun and it feels like paradise.

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ZARA red skort (similar here)

J. CREW palm tree tank (similar here)

MINK PINK little black dress (similar here)

 

xx Rainy

How to Brunch in Style

There are few things I look forward to more than brunch on a Saturday or Sunday (or any day, really). How can a day not be great when it starts off with the sun shining, blueberry granola pancakes in front of you and a bellini in hand? This is exactly what the weekend calls for. To me, brunch is no joke, and your get up is just as important as the Instagramable avocado toast you ordered.

Find out what style best suits your morning cravings to ensure that you brunch in style. Cue your Insta filters.

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Farmers Market Lovin’

SUN! I’m taking full advantage of the beautiful weather while El Niño takes a break. This past weekend I ventured to the bustling farmers market in Little Italy to experience a taste of local flavor, to engage in great people watching and to absorb some serious vitamin D.

Who doesn’t want to sample local honey, fresh organic berries that burst in your mouth and fresh coconut water in the actual coconut? I sound like such a true Californian right now…

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Spring is the best time to hit the market because not only are the days warmer, but the food seems to taste better and the flowers are so vibrant and beautiful, they look fake!

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Roses are my favorite flower, especially when they’re pink and mini!

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I decided to sport a fresh white tank for the day and tucked it into my favorite suede snap-up skirt to add texture to the look. Anytime I wear high-waisted, I always pair it with a statement belt. My current obsession is B-Low the Belt’s Bri Bri double buckled belt. Strappy sandals are always a must with warm weather, so of course I sported my leather sandals by K. Jacques. I then wore my pink reflective Ray-Bans to add a pop of pink to match the vibrant colors at the market.

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Taste testing at the market is even better when you have a partner in crime who snags you extra cheese samples.

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Exploring downtown after making the rounds at the Little Italy market is a great way to end the day. I always search for a bench covered by shade to enjoy the tasty goods I found.

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Which is your favorite farmers market? Comment below!

ZARA suede skirt (similar here)
J. CREW vintage tank
K. JACQUES sandals

xx Rainy

Photographed by Jorgi Paul

Bottega Louie, I Love You

For those of you who know me, you are (very) aware of how serious my sweet tooth is. Macaroons, croissants and beignets are the way to my heart and I can never turn away chocolate covered anything. Valentine’s Day is all about the sweets, whether you love the classic chocolate box or prefer your sugar in the form of wine. Bottega Louie is the patisserie of my dreams and is where bae I will treat myself to this Valentine’s Day.

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Bottega Louie is my first stop this Valentine’s Day with its sky high ceilings, bright white walls, gold accents and colorful pastries. Sweet love! Strawberry marshmallow is the flavor of the month and couldn’t be more perfect for the holiday.

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I’m low key obsessed with this fun box covered in palms and metallics that my bright macaroons came in! Earl grey, rose, grand cru and lemon are my go-to picks with unique flavors and bold colors. After I devoured gracefully ate all of the treats, I saved the box and now use it to hold all of my jewelry on my night table.
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If you want to pre-order a set of macaroons and ship it to that special someone, check out Bottega Louie’s website or give them a call!

What’s your favorite place to shop for sweets? Comment below!

xx Rainy