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Summer Essentials

June 23, 2014

Fourth of July is just around the corner and what better way to show your patriotism than buying products made right here in the U.S.A. And, with the weather being so perfect it is the most ideal time to create your summer wardrobe with the best locally made essentials. Plan the months accordingly by stocking up on these 4 key items for the season that will make you feel utterly fresh.

Bucket Bag:

This season, it’s all about the roomy ‘80’s inspired drawstring bucket bag; frankly, I’m not surprised that bucket bags have stealthily gained traction among the fashionable. It’s perfect for storing all the necessities so neatly tied up to avoid spillage; these bags are not only adorable, but très useful too. Unlike a top handle tote or a clutch, these bags have long across-body straps, which means you get to enjoy unencumbered hands!

Summer Essentials

Unique American-made drawstring bag featuring premium leather handcrafted in Chicago and can be bought at A’marees in Newport Beach.

A Caftan:

The perfect summer piece that can be worn in so many chic ways: wear it to the beach over your bathing suit, with a slip for a night out on the town or look effortless running errands paired over a tank and cut-off shorts. You’ll love Treva’s Beachwear, born and made just down the road in Laguna Beach; Treva’s pieces are simple, yet elegant with a flattering design fit for everyone.  With extra attention to fabric choice, Treva designs her pieces to ensure the right amount of coverage and comfort without compromising appeal.  Her light-weight pieces flow with you as you enjoy your beach and resort activities with ease and confidence.

Summer Essentials

Look simple, stylish and sexy this summer in the perfect caftan. Buy online at Sienna Brown Boutique in Newport Beach

Delicate Jewelry:

Against the backdrop of the sun, sand and surf of Southern California, Dogeared was born. The originator of “word” jewelry, Dogeared’s founder Marcia Maizel-Clarke recognized the need for jewelry that speaks and reads; she believed that jewelry could be both beautiful and meaningful. The style is simple, modern and versatile, inspired by California’s free spirited natural beauty. Designs range from subtle classics to eclectic unexpected statements, all designed in the spirit of love, kindness, and consciousness. Each piece is infused with positive energy and made to order in their Southern California studio.

Summer Essentials

Real style and meaningful messages, made in Newport Beach and sold in store at Nordstrom, Fashion Island

Hats, Hats and More Hats

Yes, you can wear a hat! Whether you’re at a formal event or just running some errands, with a proper fit, a hat can be the one accessory that sets you apart, but they’re not just around to make you look stylish. Besides finishing off the perfect summer look they also shield our face from the damaging rays of the sun. Newport Beach’s Bronzed Bunny, OC’s first and only organic spray tanning salon, carries the best selections. Head over and check out the array of Lovely Birds hats, made proudly in The U.S. of A. Lovely Bird hats come in a range of classic shapes and colors that are beaded, feathered, woven and trimmed to boho-chic proportions.

Summer Essentials

Fashion shouldn’t be fussy and something as basic as a hat can personalize any look, buy at Bronzed Bunny in Newport Beach.

Written by Leslie Christen

Leslie Christen is one of Southern California’s most sought-after personal stylists and the founder of the region’s leading independent styling company: Leslie Christen | LifeStyling. Leslie’s stylish and educational Web site, LeslieChristen.com , gives her audience inspiring tips and showcases cutting-edge trends and images on the latest in designer fashions. Leslie spent years as a personal stylist and costume designer in the fashion and entertainment industries, and is also a fashion contributor for several local publications. Her extensive experience in the fashion world has given her the talent to quickly assess strengths, minimize body challenges and authentically express her clients’ individuality.

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