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How to Wear Black During the Summer

There’s an art to putting together a great ensemble and some may say wearing black is the lazy’s persons way out of styling a great outfit – that it’s not very creative. If you’re someone who subscribes to that train of thought then I’m letting you know right now that we will have to agree to disagree. Black is timeless and classic; it’s always chic. Yes, it is fail-safe, and when done right it can make you look like a million bucks. Case in point…The Duchess of Sussex looked fabulous in this cropped leg black Givenchy pantsuit during her recent trip to Ireland.

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No matter what season it is, you’ll always find me wearing black. Summer is no exception. It’s a “color” that most people avoid when the temperatures rise, but there is definitely a stylish way to wear black during the summer without looking like you’ve committed a fashion faux pas. Here’s my secret:

A fail-safe way to pull off black successfully during the summer is to pair it with crisp, bright white.

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If you are looking to update your summer style then here are a few pieces you might want to consider adding to your Summer 18 wardrobe. For your added convenience, I selected pieces at every price point so there is something for everyone.

I hate to be negative but I can’t write talk about summer style without mentioning one of the things that I despise the most about Southern California. I really dislike how overly casual we’ve become. I live by the beach and I’d like to think that people tend to dress even more casual here than other parts of the state but it’s just not so. Casual doesn’t give someone an excuse to be downright sloppy because it really sends a message that someone just doesn’t care. I get the fact that summer is about comfort but with little extra effort there’s a way to pull off a stylish, yet very comfortable look and this top is a great example of that. I like its woman’s cut and feminine sleeve detail. It’s a great alternative to a classic T with a great striped pattern. Plus, it looks fabulous teamed up with a pair of white pants. It’s an outfit that I would call “snappy casual”. It gets my seal of approval for casual wear. black white stripes_reviving charm

When I was in Italy last year everyone was wearing culottes and wide leg pants. Eventually, styles make their way to the U.S. and I love this look from & Other Stories. It’s a look that can easily transition from day to night just by swapping out the flats for heels and adding some bold accessories (statement necklace, anyone?). A crisp white blouse is timeless and the pants look stylish, yet comfortable.

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Drawstring waist blouse.

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Barely there earrings are great for day or night. I especially like that these black onyx studs and studs with the circular gold element can actually be worn all year round. summer style stud earrings_reviving charm

A simple dress like this one can keep you cool all summer long. Pair it with the sandals below for a great daytime look. black dress summer style_reviving charm 1

Summer is about a great pair of sandals and I fell head over heels with this tassel sandal the very moment I laid eyes on it.  summer style tassel sandal_reviving charm

I really wish my hair was longer because there are so many cute hair accessories I would buy. I love this cute chain link hair clip. It’s currently on sale for only 8 bucks (originally $25).

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These barely-there sandals in satin from Rosetta Getty caught my eye. rosetta getty sandals_reviving charm

Here’s a more affordable option in suede. summer fashion_sandal_reviving charm

Cropped wide-leg jumpsuit.

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Faux wrap jumpsuit.

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To complete the look above you’ll need a great heel. How about this one from Stewart Weitzman?

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This one is almost identical to the Stewart Weitzman version but is a more affordable option. 

Or how about this one with the knotted bow? summer style fashion shoes_reviving charm 2

I was recently in the market for a new black tote bag. Bally is one of my go-to brands and I love that this tote also comes with a detachable pochette. It’s pricey but a classic will last forever.

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If you are looking for a less expensive option, this classic leather tote from Cuyana is a great choice, plus they will even monogram it for you. I love supporting California businesses and Cuyana is a favorite.

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I own a lot of shell blouses from Ann Taylor and the Swiss Dot Ruffle Neck Shell is one I’m planning to purchase. It’s currently on sale at half off by using code: TOPITOFF

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Canvas and leather belt.

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This off the shoulder crepe dress is perfect for a summer evening event when you need to dress things up a bit. It’s an extremely affordable option at only $149 at Nordstrom so you won’t feel guilty if you only wear it a couple of times during the season. By the way, the highly anticipated Nordstrom sale has already started for cardholders but starts July 20 for everyone else.

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These black and gold hoop earrings are a winning combination but they are also available in orange in case you want to add a little color into your life.

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This straw wristlet could easily become my best friend this summer. I love its unusual, modern shape.

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Polka dots are having a moment and I like this dot print chiffon dress. This pattern is also offered in a pretty blouse style. summer style polka dot_reviving charm

I like investing in classic pieces. And when it comes to shoes, they can last a lifetime if they are well taken care of. These Roger Vivier flats may be pricey but they are a great option if you are looking to add a investment piece to your wardrobe. They are shown here in suede but they also come in leather. Other colors are also available.

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ln Fall 2017 Rihanna collaborated with the luxury brand powerhouse LVMH to release Fenty Beauty. I’ve been using the translucent Invisimatte Blotting Powder since the day it was released and I can’t imagine living without it. In fact, I always keep two on hand: one for home and one to keep in my bag. It comes with a touchup sponge that works fine for me when I’m on the go but you can also purchase the mini touchup brush that is magnetic and conveniently sticks to the compact like two peas in a pod. This isn’t a beauty post but the black and white packaging fits right in with the theme of this post. Plus, who doesn’t want a good tip on how to reduce shine during the summer?

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Summer is all about great swimwear and this bathing suit is appropriately named Showstopper. I love the ultra stylish design but if you’re going to wear this then be prepared for some unusual tan lines unless you decide to remove the detachable shoulder and back strap.

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Black sunglasses are my trademark fashion accessory so I couldn’t write about summer style without offering up a ccouple of sunglass suggestions. I’m not sure I’ll ever embrace the complete cat-eye frame that I’ve seen lately, but this one from Gucci is so very subtle that I could probably pull it off. gucci cat eye sunglasses_reviving charm

If you like the look of a thick frame, how about this stylish, yet less expensive option?nordstrom sunglasses

Summer evenings can get a bit cool, particularly here at the beach, and I like wearing a scarf like this one to keep the chill at bay. It’s a good alternative to a sweater. summer style scarf_reviving charm

Eugenia Kim hats are nothing new and they tend to pop up all over the internet during the summer. I personally like this one that says “Dream On”. However, what is new this season is that fact that you can now customize a hat with your very own personalized message. What would yours say? 

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Style: The Summer Must Have

Have you noticed that I haven’t done a fashion post in quite a while? Let’s talk handbags, shall we? The “it” bag this spring and summer has been the straw or wicker handbag or tote. Something typically utilitarian has elevated into something so very summery chic.

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Straw handbags are definitely having a moment and with summer in full swing, there’s no better time to share a couple of straw handbags from my own collection. straw summer handbags Reviving Charm

I purchased the large rectangular straw bag over 25 years ago for literally a couple of bucks. Based on the pattern of the cloth interior lining, the bag dates to the 1950’s. It was in impeccable condition when I purchased it and is still in a very “like new” condition. Sometimes I like to adorn its handles with a favorite scarf. This one happens to be a lightweight summer scarf that I purchased in Paris, a trip I took when I turned 21 (many moons ago!). However, sometimes the larger, rectangular bag is impractical and something smaller is much more appropriate. That’s where the clutch will come in handy. I just purchased it this weekend on our trip to La Jolla. It was an affordable souvenir at only $30. At such an inexpensive price point, I won’t feel guilty for using it just a few times during the summer. So how about you….do you have any straw bags in your collection? If not, it’s not too late to pick one up to enjoy the rest of the season. Happy Summer!

SUMMER FASHION BY EMPORIO SIRENUSE

My previous post highlighted the legendary Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano, Italy. In case you missed it, Le Sirenuse was once the summer home of the Sersale family who converted it into a beautiful seaside hotel in 1951. The family has expanded their operations by opening their own boutiques and creating the fashion brand Emporio Sirenuse that includes men and women’s collections as well as fragrance, beauty products and homegoods. The women’s Summer 2016 Mare Collection is the epitome of elegant seaside fashion that I could definitely get accustomed to wearing.

Le Sirenuse MARE Collection is a cool Mediterranean sea breeze, a confident sashay from beach to bar, a sweet taste of India garnished with a tangy splash of Positano chic.   –via Emporio Sirenuse

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Photographs for the lookbook were shot in Positano by Greek photographer Yiorgos Kordakis.

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You can shop online or in the US in person at Bergdorf Goodman.

REVIVING CHARM AT HOME ON NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY

Given that’s it’s National Sunglasses Day I thought it would be appropriate, and kind of fun, to provide you with a glimpse of my own sunglass collection and a peek inside the seaside California home shared with Mr. B.

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Anyone who knows me well enough has learned that no matter what time of year it is, I don’t go anywhere without a pair of oversized pair of black sunglasses in hand. They have turned into my fashion trademark and are a wardrobe staple. I own multiple pairs of black sunglasses and most of them are corralled in a beautiful vintage bowl I purchased online from High Street Market that sits on our bedroom dresser. I purchased the bowl exclusively for this purpose.

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In a previous post, I talked about how I like to pick up souvenirs from our travels. The little Italian gilt mirror was picked up on our trip last year through Canada and Washington. Isn’t it sweet?

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The artwork was picked up at Etcetera’s on one of our many trips to La Jolla. I mentioned Etcetera’s in another previous post as one of the shops I like to frequent when visiting La Jolla. I always leave there with something. These tiny treasures put a smile on my face and each time I look at them I am reminded of our happy travels.
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The small tray was a Valentine’s Day gift from Mr. B. that has a heartwarming quote inscribed inside.  Naturally, it’s a treasured gift.reviving charm at home details

The sterling silver vase was from a group of silver inherited from my grandparent’s estate. I use it constantly for fresh flowers and it usually floats throughout the house. I decided to leave it in it’s highly tarnished state for now although that goes in cycles. Sometimes I polish it and other times I enjoy the tarnish and patina. I just depends on my mood. Flowers usually come from the farmer’s market or our own garden.  I enjoy having fresh flowers regularly in our home.BEDROOM OF REVIVING CHARM

A larger bouquet of these pink beauties sit on the living room coffee table at the moment. Maybe you have seen them on my Instagram feed? If not you can see them here.

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Many years ago I had several pairs of sunglasses that were accidently thrown away. They ended up in a trash dumpster and by the time I figured out what happened it was too late. My favorite Gucci and Prada sunglasses (among other designer pairs) were among the casualties. It’s been several years since that incident and I am still trying to recover from that fateful fashion emergency. But today is a new day and given that it is actually National Sunglasses Day I plan to use this as an excuse opportunity to buy a new pair. After all, sunglasses are more than a just a fashion statement, they are the most important accessory in your wardrobe and a good pair will help protect your peepers from the damaging UV rays. For more information how sunglasses can help protect your eyes be sure to visit The Vision Council. 

If anyone needs me I plan on being at my local mall, South Coast Plaza (aka Rodeo Drive of Orange County) buying a new pair of sunglasses…after all, there’s no such thing as too many sunglasses!