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15 Retro-Inspired Bikinis And One-Pieces

Retro Swim Black Bikini - Liz Anne Photography

Truthfully, I fell in love with the vintage bikini look when I saw Allie (played by Rachel McAdams) rocking that gorgeous high-waisted two piece bikini in The Notebook.  After that, I tried my very first high-waisted bikini bottom (a smocked version by Tori Praver) — that bikini flattered my hips and tush in all of the best ways, and actually kept my petite-meets-curvy figure looking sexy and adorable; hands down the best bikini bottoms I have ever worn.  And lately, stores are stocking their shelves with retro bathing suits for Spring, and I’m trying to resist the urge to snatch up at least three new swimsuits.  Today’s retro-inspired one-pieces and high-waisted bikinis are modest-ish but still sexy, and back in style in a big way … and I couldn’t be more excited!  I’m dreaming of a beach getaway in one of these 15 throwback bathing suits perfect to take you through Spring and Summer.

 
Completely obsessed with this striped bikini-meets-one-piece hybrid by Lolli Swim and this deep-V halter by 6 Shore Road.

And don’t forget, Shopbop‘s BIG Friends & Family Sale is going on now – that’s a 25% off sitewide sale (a.k.a., the biggest Shopbop F&F sale of the year!)

Image via Liz Anne Photography // Hair and Makeup Artistry: Britney-Rae Sanchez of The Pretty Committee // Bikini: ModCloth Bathing Beauty Two Piece in Black


Lexi

Shopbop’s BIG Friends & Family Sale {Early Access}

It’s that time again: Shopbop‘s BIG Friends & Family Sale – that’s a 25% off sitewide sale!  (The typical Shopbop Friends & Family sale takes 20% off the entire site.)  And the best part is, as a Glitter, Inc. reader, Shopbop is offering a special “sneak-peak” before the news reaches everyone else!  The code and the “sneak-peak” starting time will be posted on Shopbop’s facebook page at midnight.  (UPDATE: the code for early access is, INTHEFAMILY14).  This is the biggest sale at Shopbop, so be sure to snatch up your favorite designer items before they are sold out!  By the way, the official sale runs April 15th through April 17th.

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These are a few of my favorite things …

 

I’m also on the hunt for the perfect baby shower dress – pretty smitten with this one, this one, and this one — any favorites?  And I’m thinking about caving on these awesome Rag & Bone pajama jeans … so cool.


Lexi

Confessions of a Shopaholic

It’s been a while since I shared some of my obsessions (a.k.a., the shopaholic confessions … maybe if I put them out there into the world, I’ll stop pining.  ha.  Fat chance.)  Don’t let that fool you into thinking I’ve straightened up my act – quite the contrary – now that I’m pregnant – I want doubly: one for me, one for baby girl.  This could get dangerous.  (And of course, as a blogger, I stumble upon about a millions things a day that I just have to have.  Hazards of the job.)  But for now, here’s the grown-up stuff I really really really want.

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ONE. Isabel Marant Linen-Blend Bouclé Jacket:  This jacket is darling and sophisticated and I want it.

TWO. Loeffler Randall Mini Rider Bag in Cheetah/Flamingo:  With a baby on the way, my heavy purses have started to haunt my dreams (no joke, the more pregnant I guess, the less stuff I want to carry.)  So I’m making a conscious effort to travel light-er.  This adorable cheetah crossbody should fit the bill!

THREE. West Elm Metallic Diamond Pillow Cover:  I can’t stop buying throw pillows.  It’s a problem.  And now I want this one.

FOUR. West Elm Metallic Chevron Pillow Cover:  And this one.

FIVE. Maison Martin Margiela Stylo Ostrich Black Feather: I’ll admit, I need an ostrich feather pen, well, not at all. But this certainly seems like a fabulous DIY must.

SIX. Marc Jacobs Keyhole Aviator Sunglasses:  These sunglasses are a total splurge, but they are just so darn cool.  Best take on the classic aviator style that I’ve seen, hands down.

SEVEN. STELLA MCCARTNEY Bubble Hem Dress: I’ve coveted this dress since the second I spotted it worn on the streets of Paris Fashion Week.  I adore the bubble hem and the silky pink champagne color.  Très chic.

EIGHT. Jules Smith Bahia Necklace: I have a serious thing for layered necklaces, and this dainty pile of Jules Smith necklaces takes the guesswork out of layering.  Love it.

NINE. Loeffler Randall Fenton Buckle Bootie. It’s safe to say that I am a boot lover. And after finally snagging my first pair of Loeffler Randall sandals, on sale of course, I’m totally hooked. Their shoes are so well-made and chic. Want want want these boots like woah.

TEN. Curly Hairpin Vanity Brass Stool: I’m totally smitten with this furry little stool. It’s quirky and adorable and totally out of character for my place, which is why I kind of really love it.

See the rest of my confessions, here.


Lexi

Snag Her Style: Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Casual Cool

Jenna Dewan-Tatum Looking Great in Peter Som for DesigNation Exclusively at Kohl`s

I’m always impressed when celebrities pull off everyday outfits that the rest of us might actually be able to afford … and in this case, love.  New mom, Jenna Dewan-Tatum looks ever-adorable in her “running errands” look, and though I might skip the heels (however much I may love this pair!) for a trip to the grocery store, the rest of her outfit is casual cool in the best kind of way … and, added bonus:  Jenna’s pants are actually from Kohl’s (and under $50!)

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Snag her Style:

Peter Som for Kohl’s DesigNation Elastic Cuff Soft Pant – By the way, the entire Peter Som for DesigNation collection is priced under $100 and will go on sale, April 10th!

Illesteva Leonard II Tortoise Sunglasses

Madewell Outbound Jacket in Olive Tree

Current/Elliott The Muscle Tee in Sugar

IRO Saika Cone Heel Sandals

Celine Phantom Luggage Tote (Similar: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Large Satchel)

Image of Jenna Dewan-Tatum via Who What Wear


Lexi

{Maternity} Wear: Denim + Pants

I have a big butt and I cannot lie.  And for so long, before ever going and getting knocked up, I was convinced that Lexi with a booty, plus big ‘ol pregnancy belly, would look like a human weeble wobble.  When you have junk in the trunk, adding junk to the front can make you look, well, round.  But slowly and surely, I’m figuring this whole dressing-the-bump thing out, even with a booty.

We once had a client, back when our firm was handling a few divorces, who was getting a divorce from a not-so-faithful husband.  This client was gorgeous (and hilarious), and very Columbian, and one day, standing in the office, hollering (because that was just the sound of her voice) about the woman she had learned her husband had been sneaking around with, our client proclaimed, “I can’t believe he went for that woman!  She has nothing in the front and nothing in the back!”  Add a very perfect accent, and you had the state of affairs in our office that day.  You see, to our client, curves were sexy.  A woman with something in the front and something in the back was very sexy, and she should embrace that.  I’m not saying I’ll be thrilled about these newfound curves at eight-and-a-half months pregnant, but after years and years of lamenting my big booty, I’d learned to embrace it (and dress for it … dressing for your body is half the battle), so at this point in the pregnancy, I am going to embrace the curves.  I have something in the back, and suddenly, I have something in the front (Hello, baby belly!)  The best way to do that:  work with proportions.  A skinny leg pant has been my savior.  I’m not one to rock a tight tank, especially not when my flat tummy has been replaced by this miniature bowling ball, so loose tops have been my BFF (more on that, here.)  With a loose top, especially the kind with a longer hem (perfect for hiding hips and booty), fitted pants are a necessity.

I’m not suggesting this method will work for every pregnant body out there.  Again, the best fashion advice I can give is: dress for your body, not for the trends.  But as a pregnant girl, with a booty, this look seems to work like a charm.  (By the way, if you’re looking for the tops, I’ve got a whole post on Non-Maternity {Maternity} Wear: Tops + Dresses.)

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Shop the Look (plus a few other favorites):

 

DENIM

Invest in maternity jeans (you will wear them both during pregnancy and for the few months after when your body is still getting back to normal-ish), but …

Don’t stress yourself out about buying the designer brands, unless they look fabulous; then, and only then, buy them on sale.  For instance, I’ve always loved 7 for All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity denim, but when it came to pregnancy, even with the designer’s maternity line, trying to wiggle in and out of their version of maternity “skinny” jeans was hilarious, to say the least.  My guess is, for a girl with skinny legs and absolutely no bum to speak of, these jeans are adorable, but for me, writhing back and forth trying to ease my hips into too-tight denim … not cute.  And buying two or three sizes up was just not an option on my already fragile ego.  NEXT!

My favorite style for a girl with a booty/hips:  A Pea in the Pod …  They are soft, stretchy, and unbelievably flattering.  You can also buy your actual size and they should get you through your entire pregnancy.  I bought myself two pairs in a size Petite Medium, unlike certain other designer jeans that forced me into sizes I just don’t want to talk about.  Again with the fragile self-esteem.  And by the way, buy the right length – the fact that A Pea in the Pod carries Petite and Long Length is fantastic – no unnecessary hemming for me; plus, a skinny leg jean that hits right at the ankle is going to flatter shorter legs a whole lot more than bunched up too-long jeans.

I cannot stress enough – try your maternity jeans on.  No two pairs fits exactly the same, nor do two different brands.  If you’re ordering online – which is common with maternity, given that so few stores actually carry a wide maternity range in stores – look for free returns/shipping.  Also, decide what maternity style you prefer – the two most common: maternity jeans with side stretch panels and maternity jeans with a stretchy material that goes all the way up over your belly.  My take:  in the first few months, the stretchy side panels are great, and you can easily wear these jeans after you’ve had the baby until you’re ready to squeeze back into your traditional jeans; but, by about month six, you’ll probably feel more comfortable in the over-the-belly waistband version.  (It’s a pretty uncomfortable feeling to have your new belly hanging over your jeans, plus the high waistband keeps the too-short shirt problem at bay.)

TROUSERS

It’s important to note here that I would be nowhere without my elastic waistbands.  But I was not ready to give up style for comfort, so I searched high and low for pants with stretch that were still cute.  And thanks to the current trend in pajama/trouser-style pants, there are so many amazing and adorable options.  From all of the department stores to Free People to Anthropologie, even to Forever 21, there are awesome elastic-banded pants everywhere.  I’m only just shy of six months into my pregnancy, so I can’t promise these elastic bands will fit all the way through, but so long as you buy a looser style, or go one size up, I don’t see why you can’t rock these pants, under the bump, right up until the end.

HAREM PANTS

I could write a ten-page poem about my love for the harem pant.  I know they are slightly over-the-top, and maybe men aren’t the biggest fan of the drop-crotch (I mean, even the sound of “drop crotch” sounds pretty unappealing), but oh are they comfy.  Look for a harem pant with less drop, and a bit more style.  The buttery jersey material and forgiving waist on most versions, makes these my go-to lounge pant during pregnancy.  Plus, a harem style in black is always simple and cute, though I say, if you’re into pattern, go for it.

What pants did you live in during pregnancy?  Any suggestions?


Lexi

Nine West x InStyle {Miami Beach Event Thursday}

It’s no secret that I love shoes. But then, if you’re reading this, you probably do too.  So here’s the news:  InStyle has teamed up with Nine West to design a line of shoes and accessories for Spring, and the results are gorgeous.  Nine West‘s tagline for the collection:  “Designed by Editors.  Inspired by the runway.  Exclusively ours.”  And mine.  I’ll take the Izzy Sandals, the Gamin D’Orsay Snakeskin Pumps, the Aila Slingback Heels, and the Statement Cuff, please.

Heather of Pink Peonies in the Izzy Sandals

Heather of Pink Peonies in the Izzy Sandals

And for my Miami girls, to celebrate the launch of their new and exclusive shoe collection with Nine West, InStyle is hosting an event on Thursday March 27th in Miami and they’d love for you to join them! If you’re around Collins on Thursday evening you should definitely come by the event (just be sure to RSVP to NineWest_Miami@timeinc.com.)

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This post is sponsored by InStyle x Nine West; all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!


Lexi