Time to Crop that Top!


Yep, they’re back! Crop tops! A style forced into the spotlight by Madonna in the mid-80s and worn by teeny boppers everywhere in the 90s; courtesy of pop stars Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. Mothers everywhere are cringing I”m sure at the thought of cut-off tees and tight bustiers on their darling daughters.  But, honestly, I’m sort of digging this upcoming trend and am even debating purchasing a crop top of my own.  I know, some of you are screaming at the computer right asking me, “WHY? Why would you do this!?” I actually asked myself that same question.  However, when I started scoping out retailers sites I found that while some crop tops were defiantly too young and, for lack of a better word, too trashy for me I did find some that were more mature while still exuding a fun, free spirited exuberance.  Likewise, these tops can be easily molded to suit your personality. If you are a more traditional girl, but still like to add a little zest to your outfit, pair your bold top with a solid high waisted skirt.  More of a bohemian? Go for loose and flowly; perfect for your active lifestyle. Check out some of my top choices for summer crops and click on their image for more info….You might be more into it than you think!

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Killer Closet Via Tobi…


Scouring Facebook as I burned time before work, I happened to stumble onto an ad for a fun, urban clothing company, Tobi.  Curious by nature, I decided to follow the ad to Tobi’s homepage and what I found made me happier than a kid in a candy shop!  Not only are Tobi’s clothing and accessories current and eclectic, but amazingly well priced. With constant sales, a girl can always find a great deal without sacrificing style! And being that trends seem to change overnight, Tobi gives a girl a chance to keep up.  Honestly, who wouldn’t love the chance to refresh their closet with trendy new clothes? I’ll be the first to admit that I would! Which is exactly what I did! Well, virtually that is! Check out some of the fabulous items from Tobi I added to my virtual closet….
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 Southwestern Vibe Muscle TankI don’t know what it is about Southwestern prints, but I gravitate towards them like a fish to water! Maybe it’s the Native American in me calling out to the robust tribal prints or it could just be that their unique, eclectic nature adds personality to any plain tee. Which is exactly what this black and white skeletal  image does for this basic muscle tank!  Can’t you see yourself sporting Tobi’s  Southwestern Vibe Muscle Tank with tattered cutoff shorts or skinny jeans complete with black moto boots and feathered hair clips? You know you love it…

 Striped Envy SweaterTrendy or not, oversized sweaters are my thing.  I can’t give it up! It’s the one style that sticks with me through each season.  They’re perfect both in winter when all you want to do is cuddle up with your love and sit by a warm fire or in spring when all you need is a light cover up over your cut-off Levis.  They’re versatile, comfortable and I highly doubt that you don’t have atleast ONE in you wardrobe.  And if you don’t, maybe you should give it a try with Tobi’s Striped Envy Sweater. Light and easy, this stylish sweater with colorful arm stripes can be dressed up with pumps and skinny jeans or even used as a cover up for your new bikini. However you use it, I guarantee your friends will want to know where you got this trendy top from!

 Acid Washed Skinny JeansLet me be the first to say that I am just as surprised as you are that I am posting about acid wash jeans. But, the more I see them store after store, the more I find that they have a certain mysterious appeal. However, it is important to mention that shopping for the perfect acid wash jeans comes with some extremely important rules.  NEVER buy acid wash in any cut but skinny otherwise it will look like you borrowed your mom’s jeans from when she was in high school.  NEVER buy a light acid wash jean unless you want to look like someone from the boondocks.  And lastly, NEVER go vintage when it comes to acid wash. I know, I’m sorry.  I didn’t mean to bust your vintage bubble. Adventurous enough to try them? Check out this pair from Tobi.

 Twist to Open DressI am in love with Tobi’s Twist Open Dress in mint! Available also in red and white, this dress appears simple from the front, but flip it over and it is a completely different dress.  Slit down the back and the twisted to the side this dress is not only practical on a hot day, but emits from its unassuming shape a sexy confidence. With open arm holes, this dress pairs perfect with a simple accessory such as a thick bracelet or a single pendant long chain necklace.

Thunderbird NecklaceThe Thunderbird; a symbol of strength, grace and resilience. A perfect charm to adorn your neck as you take on the challenges of the day.  Available in antique silver and gold this lovely pendant will add a little pepper to your sizzling outfit! Check it out here!

tobi5So, I’m thinking there is a reoccurring theme here! I honestly am not trying to go Southwestern on you here, I guess it’s just my style.  Which is why I am probably doting on these Etch Pick Earrings from Tobi.  This arrowhead shaped earring features geometric engravings and comes both in antique silver and gold.  A powerful design, these earrings are for those ladies who aren’t afraid to show their more brazen side!

 Chinese Laundry Strawberry Fields BootiesWhile I am usually more into moto boots, I have to say that these Chinese Laundry Booties  are absolutely adorable! What I like most about them is that you can sport them with anything in your closet.  Whether dress, skirt or jean, these lilac suede boots will match perfectly.  Lighthearted, whimsical and really, just plain fun, these booties might be your next perfect accessory! And lets be serious, the accessories are what make the outfit.

Fringe With Benefits


Summer is fast approaching and I’m on a mission to find the perfect bathing suit to bask in.  That being said, I decided that I am in the market for an unique bathing suit.  I mean, nothing super crazy, but something that I’ve never tried before.  I have so many of the same boring solid halter top bikinis whose bottoms now dawn a resemblance to my nephews soggy diapers.  Not the most attractive of looks I dare say! My research however led me to a trend that not only adds a bit of spice to your normal everyday suit, but also reflects your adventurous, fun loving side! The trend? FRINGE! I know, we had a preview of this textured style last year, but this season it’s hit the ground running! So, don’t be to surprised if you see a fellow beach bum sporting this tasseled trend. But, to keep you ahead of the games, here are a few unique styles I found for your summer of fringe…

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Button2Love this fabulous fringed one piece from PacSun.  Code name Malibu by Lira, this one piece is both adorable and sexy! With a low V-cut adorned with matching lengthy tassels, this onesie also features an open back and adorable hip-side bows.  Just think how cute you would be taking a walk in this sensuous sun suit! Check it out here!

Button3Purple, Tye-Dye and Fringe oh my! How could I not want to purchase this bathing suit immediately? My favorite color and awesome design styles? This is really a no brainer.  Not to mention that this is also a bandeau top, which is one of my personal favorites.  It may not be the best for you more endowed ladies, but for someone like me who was not as blessed, this top is extremely comfortable.  Visit Swell to view some more specs on this beach beauty!

Button4So, I know that this royal blue onesie is similar to Malibu by Lira, but I couldn’t help but feature this exquisite swim suit.  I adore how designer Monica Wise of L Space embellished the fringe around the plunging neckline and like Malibu kept the suit’s back open.  This suit however, definitely requires a lady who is a risk taker and unafraid to try something a bit more adventurous! If you think you are her, check out this gorgeous suit at Urban Outfitters!

Button5This multi-colored bikini just screams fun to me! Maybe it’s the tasseled bottom or the psychedelic print fringe, but either way I wouldn’t mind sporting this halter bikini! What I love the most? The extra long fringe looks great paired with cut off shorts or maxi skirt! Check out these contemporary suit at Macy’s!

Button6Boys and Arrows hit a home run with this hippie bandeau top! How much do you love the creamsicle color? I know I do? Another cool thing about this top?  The thick cut fringe continues all the way to the back! With a braided feature along the top and removable straps, how could you not see yourself frolicking in the sun in this bright bikini. Check it out on Swell!

button7Basic with a twist would be the perfect way to describe this halter bikini by L Space. You can’t really go wrong taking an already comfortable shape and adding a bit of sizzle to it! Next to the bandeau, this is my favorite type of swimsuit. Easy, uncomplicated and the best thing is that you don’t have to worry about it coming down when you get hit by a killer wave! Check out more about this suit here!

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