L.L. Bean Just Nailed My Spring Wardrobe

{Let me preface this post by asking if you’re into stripes… If you’re answer is anything less than… uhm, OBSESSED, then this might not be your cuppa. BUT if you’re my stripes-sista, come aboard and let’s count the ways we can eat baguettes, plan boat trips and pardon our french in these tres-chic seaside-inspired styles. Oui!}
Okay, moving on… When my outdoorsy dad could no longer figure out what birthday gifts to get his fashion-loving daughter, he started giving me L.L.Bean gift certificates. He loved Maine life and thought whatever one might need, you could get from L.L. Bean. So from circa 1987 to 2000 I accepted the challenge to find whatever L.L.Bean apparel I could turn into a teenage girl’s wardrobe. It was a challenge back then (though I fondly remember one particular blush cable-knit). Today, not so hard. Because L.L.Bean has seriously nailed everything I need for my Spring Capsule Wardrobe. Check out my picks below!

 

L.L.Bean Spring Capsule Wardrobe >> 9 mix & match pieces

 

 

Each item in the capsule wardrobe plays nice with the others, tops can be worn with all the bottoms and vice-versa, creating a whole lotta style options for only 9 pieces. Great for easy everyday style or packing light!
You probably have a pair of cut-offs or your favorite white tee that you can sub in just fine for a few pieces, which is great! Though keep in mind the key is how all these pieces play off each other. All styles currently available on LLBean.com, links below. So many outfit ideas, cannot wait to start styling!
 
Signature Poplin Dress
Signature Merino Crewneck Sweater
Signature Cotton/Modal Scoopneck
Signature Short-Sleeve Linen Top
French Sailor’s Hoodie
Signature Denim Shorts
Signature Jeggings
Signature Wood Clogs
Signature Made in Maine Tote
 

Beach Bag Essentials

Summer is here! Time to pack up the beach bag and hit the sand. I gave The Fashion Spot the inside scoop on my beach bag essentials. Check ’em out and tell me… what’s in your bag?

I live on the West coast, but my monogrammed L.L. Bean beach tote reminds me of my summers spent in Maine. What’s inside? Take a peek!

1). Coola sunscreen, organic and smells amazing.

2). I almost always have at least two Kushcush swimsuits on hand. The Coquette in Blush Lace is one of my go-to faves.

3). Evian mist for hot days.

4). Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco spray, reminds me of being on vacation and is the only scent I wear.

5). Always my sketchbook.

6). Matchbox cars and healthy snacks for my son, Jax.

7). California Baby Hair De-tangler (which I originally bought for Jax, but it’s fantastic on my long hair!).

8). I’m obsessed with the Next Issue iPad app. It’s like carrying 20 magazines in one.

9). Kushcush printed scarves. They’re a major multi-tasker: from beach cover-up to blanket to scarf… and a lovely pop of style!

10). Miu Miu cross-body purse so I can easily downsize from the beach to a seaside lunch without carrying my entire beach bag.

 

See you at the beach!

XxK

 

 

The Look: Safari Sophisticated

We received a lot of calls in the Kushcush studio after Kim Kardashian rocked my ‘Mallory‘ bikini on vacation in Costa Rica. While we cant help you get KK’s signature curves, we can help you channel her sultry, sophisticated style.

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The inspiration: Kim Kardashian in Costa Rica

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Get The Look:

1. Start with a safari chic print in either a cover-up or swimsuit. Stay away from colored animal prints and anything too brash.

2. Pair with a clean, neutral solid. If a white bikini like Kim’s is not your style, choose a darker palate with rich blacks and beautiful coco browns like I chose below.

3. Add the luxe. Choose oversized sunglasses in neutral colors or with metal detail. Cap it off with a chunky bracelet. Keep in mind you’re at the beach so your accessories should be inspired by nature like the chunky wood bangles Kim’s wearing or a studded leather wrap.

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The Look: Safari Sophisticated

Mazzy bikini in Luxe Leopard (sale $80), Beaux gauze-weight cover-up in Black ($178) all by Kushcush. Accessorized with leather wrap bracelet and Michael Kors sunglasses.


Apre-Ski

I’ve been blissfully bundled over the last week, ringing in the New Year with my brother and family at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine. While I covet a sun-drenched vacation (ahem, I design swimwear), it’s been a winter wonderland swooshing down the slopes, toasting apre-ski cocktails at the lodge and reading by the fire.

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My brother Josh making it look so easy!

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While throwing a few bikinis in a duffle is easy, packing for a winter vacation can be a serious challenge (especially when you live in sunny California). So I put together a few picks for my winter wardrobe must-haves, check it out!

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Back in Black ~ The long length and skinny style on this classic turtleneck means you can easily layer for warmth or wear solo for easy apre-ski style. {My pick: I designed this one for my Fall collection a few years back, it’s made of Rayon/Spandex which makes for a super soft feel.}

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Armed and Dangerous ~ You can leave the jewelry drawer behind on a ski vacation, but bringing one easy-to-wear bracelet can turn a simple turtleneck into an understated style. {My pick: Leather double-wrap bracelet with gold hex studs by Vita Fede for $63.}

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Underneath it All ~ My new best friend. Layer under leggings and ski pants by day and wear with a long sleeve dress and boots by night. Love love love! I have a brown and dark grey pair that are both in steady rotation. {My pick: Merino wool in a modern cable-knit pattern, available at Stockingirl for $44.99 each.}

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Twinkle toes ~ These are a staple for every trip I take, but so key on a winter vacation. They keep your tootsies warm while lounging around after a day on the slopes and the cute ballet style doesnt leave you feeling like you’re wearing your bathrobe slippers if guests come over. {My pick: Isotoner Classic Satin Ballerina Slippers for $18.}

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Keep it cozy ~ Lodge chic is all about easy style. I love a cocoon-style wrap sweater or belted cardigan. They keep you cozy but add instant  style to everything. {My pick: I have a grey Kushcush cocoon sweater that is my go-to, but this belted waffle version from Shopbop also hits the mark for chalet chic.}

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Boot up ~ A pair of warm winter boots that can go from dinner at the lodge to a romp in the snow is key! My pick: I scored a black version of these suede Jeffrey Campbell boots at LF’s warehouse sale (for $35!). They are the perfect mix of stylish & utilitarian and I love the tall height and cozy fur lining.

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70’s Chic!

Seen at: GenArt’s Fresh Faces in Fashion

GenArt always bring out the style-setters and scenesters wearing the next big thing, so last night’s Fresh Faces in Fashion runway show was the perfect event to rock my new obsession, vintage super hi-waisted jeans I picked up last week in Phoenix.

Style This! The jeans are a serious statement, so the key to not making them look like you’re going to a 70’s theme party is keeping the rest of the ensemble modern, clean and chic. I paired them with a cream silk top by Banana Republic, a few wrist bangles from Vita Fede, tan Mary Jane platforms from Shoes for Lovely People and my grey leather Miu Miu. I love how the braided handle looks with the hi-waist, it reminds me of the 70’s, but is totally modern.

Stella McCartney? Chloe? Every fashionista with a blog was inquiring on my fabulous vintage find. Check out some pics below.

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Me being interviewed by FabSugar for their “Look of the Day.”

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Dont forget the shoes!

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Louis Verdad & I talking fashion… “Vintage?” he asked. “They are too fabulous, tell them they are Stella McCartney!”

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And the jeans? I bought them on a road trip to see U2 last week. One of my favorite things to do on a road trip is to check out local vintage and thrift stores. These came from ‘Classic American Kaos’ in Tempe, Arizona. A fabulous mix of vintage jeans, cowboy boots, concert t’s and vintage dresses with a super knowledgeable & friendly staff.

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Classic American Kaos @ 1810 N. Scottsdale Road * Tempe, AZ * (480) 947-8245

Photos by InHouse LA