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It always feels like Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of Summer so if I had to pick a pattern that was synonymous with the season, it would have to be the classic stripe. I probably should have posted this at the start of Summer but frankly, Summer 2018 has been somewhat uninspiring for me (hence the lack of regular posts). I’m fairly certain that it has something to do with the fact that it’s my least favorite part of the year. I was going through some old pictures when I came across this image of a children’s bedroom I took a few years ago at a model home (YT- Do you remember this?). It’s definitely not my style but it was the inspiration for this post and serves as a great reminder that sometimes it’s good to step outside your comfort zone.ed stripes_Reviving Charm

When it comes to my own decorating, the color red is usually reserved for the holiday season but I really do love stripes. To mix things up a bit I thought I would put together a few examples of bold red stripes that have Reviving Charm’s seal of approval. Several of these images may not be new but are definitely still relevant…and that’s a sign of enduring style.

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Red is designer Alessandra Branca’s signature color. No one does red better than she does so I thought I would end the last 2 pictures in this post with her designs.

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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!


It’s Day 4 of the summer inspired posts for this week and today we’re talking about summer style.  

When it comes to summer style, one of the “must have” accessories is a a tote bag. It’s the most versatile accessory that can actually be used from season to season. Plus, it’s a classic accessory that never goes out of style. Earlier this year I purchased the one you see below from Parker Thatch.

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I actually purchased the Parker Thatch canvas tote bag as a Mother’s Day gift for my own mom. One of the main reasons I ordered this particular tote is because you can include a personalized message to be printed on the inside of the bag. You can see the placement of the message in the picture below. However, I did blur out the actual message to respect our privacy. I am happy to report that my mother really loved her gift. Who doesn’t love something made just for them?

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The personalized canvas tote bag comes in three sizes. I opted to purchase the small, which is actually a nice size for everyday type of use. The canvas used is a nice quality; thick and sturdy to stand upright on its own. The stitching was straight and secure. The leather handles are a nice touch and the perfect length. In my experience with tote bags sometimes handles can be too short or too long.

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You can also personalize the bag further by adding a monogram on the front side. By default the design comes printed on one side only. However, you can opt to have it printed on both sides. Parker Thatch offers several designs but I opted for a traditional stripe in navy and French blue. parker thatch personalized tote bag VIA REVIVING CHARM The one thing I did notice about the bag was that the initials on the rivets were not perfectly aligned. Most people might not  notice or even care (my mom didn’t) but the OCD in me noticed it right away. However, I am still very happy with my purchased and it definitely will not deter me from ordering a bag for myself. In fact, I will be personalizing my own tote bag by including my favorite quote or inspiring saying on the inside. The fact that you can personalize the bag is what makes this a perfect gift for yourself or your friends and loved ones. parker thatch personalized tote bag reviving charm 3parker thatch personalized canvas summer tote bag via REVIVING CHARM

If you are in the market for a new summer tote bag, how about personalizing one for yourself? You can order online through Parker Thatch. Or visit their shop in person in Northern California.

Sidenote: You may be wondering why I am barely sharing a gift I ordered for Mother’s Day with you now. It’s very simple…I won’t recommend or endorse a product that I haven’t personally tried myself or one that I don’t believe in. You have that commitment from me. I placed a very last minute order with Parker Thatch during the afternoon of the cut-off date (with express delivery) to ensure that the bag arrived in time for Mother’s Day (great customer service, by the way). Before sharing with you I wanted to check out the quality and detail before making a recommendation to my readers. This is not a sponsored post, nor does it contain affiliate links. This is my own honest product review.


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.