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7.01.2016

Triangl Sizing Guide

I always liked the look of Triangl bikinis, but was hesitant to order one since I couldn't try them on beforehand. When I decided to get one, I looked online for size recommendations and reviews, but only found videos reviewing the suit itself or blog posts for sizing in regards to very petite or very busty body types. 

I have the Chloe in Santa Rosa Splash, and decided to make a sizing post in the hopes that it may help someone avoid the hassle of returns and exchanges. For reference, I am:

Large top / Large bottom:
Height: 5'6"
Bust: 34C
Weight: 135 lbs
Body type: Athletic

According to Triangl's sizing chart, I should have been an XS in bottoms and a small top. This is what the rep on their live chat suggested as well, but since I had read they ran small, I ordered a small bottom and a medium top. When I received my order and tried them on, it was TINY on me! I could have gotten away with the medium top, but I prefer more coverage, so when I sent them back for an exchange I opted for a large bottom and large top. 

For another point of reference, my sister also has a Chloe, as well as this bikini. So unfortunately, I'm not sure how the underwire or bandeau styles run, but I imagine they run similarly. She is a small top and small bottom in each.

Small top / Small bottom:
Height: 5'5"
Bust: 34A/32B
Weight: 108 lbs
Body type: Slender


I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions on the quality, durability, care, measurements etc, let me know and I'd be happy to answer!

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6.01.2016

Date Night Outfit Inspiration

summer date night looks

Sometimes I find myself stuck in a rut when it comes to date night outfits. I know my boyfriend loves when I wear a sundress and sandals, but I get bored repeating that for every occasion! I partnered with Tobi to give you some outfit inspiration for nights out this summer, whether it's a date with your significant other or hanging with friends.

I love that Tobi offers 50% off your first order for new customers- it's the perfect excuse to try something new and refresh your style (some brands are excluded, but all the items I'm wearing in this post would be eligible!).
 
Look 1: Movie Night

A cozy cardigan paired with a tank, jeans, simple accessories and heels is a great balance of dressed up and casual for a movie date. This outfit works for dinner or drinks before or after the movie too; just remove the sweater and you're good to go! Bonus points for a floaty tank so that you can eat as much popcorn as you want (aka all of it).

It has thumb holes!! Perfect if you're like me and are always cold in AC'd places.

Cardigan c/o | White tank* | Black Skinny Jeans (similar) | Heels (similar) | Monogram necklace | Roman Numeral Bracelet c/o | Knot bracelet c/o

*for reference, I'm a 34C and usually a small- I'm wearing the US size 6

Look 2: Ice Cream / BBQ / Casual Dinner

Maxi dresses are perfect to throw on and go during the summer. They'll take you from a BBQ during the day to a casual dinner or ice cream date at night.


Maxi dress c/o | Jean jacket | Monogram necklace | Sandals

Look 3: Nice Dinner Out

I never thought I could rock a jumpsuit... but I am so glad I decided to try this one! I love it! I tried it on with textured metallic pumps and a crystal statement necklace when I first got it in the mail, and seriously felt Red Carpet-ready. Even when I toned it down with simpler accessories for this shoot, I still felt effortlessly glam in it. You could easily wear one through the fall/winter with a blazer or leather jacket and pointy-toe pumps. 


Jumpsuit c/o | Heels (similar) | Necklace* |  Ring*

*both via Rocksbox- use laurenxdrewxoxo for a month free!

Which look is your favorite? :)

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3.04.2016

Spring Break Inspiration & Packing Tips

Around this time every year, I start itching to get out of New England and go someplace warm. While I no longer have a designated spring break (savor them while you can!), I couldn't resist putting together a spring break inspiration post.




*Both my sister & I have a Triangl bikini and we have different body shapes, so feel free to ask for any sizing advice! I may do a sizing review post in the future because I wish I had something to reference when I ordered mine.

Additionally, here are some packing tips on what to bring!

Clothes & accessories:
  • Dresses that do double-duty as cover-ups during the day and going out at night
  • Bandeau bikini to ward off tan lines
  • Bikini with straps for more support
  • Bright earrings are easy to throw on and take your cover-ups from day to night
  • A tote for days on the beach and a cross-body bag for nights
  • Maxi dresses = look polished with minimal effort
  • And of course your basic vacation clothes such as pajamas, plane outfit, shorts + a tank to throw on and go, jeans (I love white denim), etc

Sun gear: 
  • Sunglasses: Bring an inexpensive back-up pair just in case.
  • Hat: baseball hats are my go-to, but love a classic floppy straw hat.
  • Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!
  • Aloe- if you don't need it, someone you're with is bound to.
  • Benadryl/hydrocortisone cream- especially if you're traveling outside the US, you don't want to need this and not have it. I've had an allergic reaction to sunscreen and another time had a reaction to too-strong sun, and had to scramble to find something that would help. 
  • Moisturizer- even if you don't burn, your skin may get dehydrated from being out in the sun. Get a leg up on potential flaking/peeling and start moisturizing early
  • On that note, chapstick. The sun can really dry out your lips
Footwear:
  • Sandals to throw on for the beach (love Jacks!)
  • Sturdy heels
  • Wedges
General tips:
  • Make sure you bring all the chargers you need! If you're bringing a camera, check to make sure the memory card is in it and that the battery is fully charged before you leave.
  • I can't be the only one who forgets headphones and has to suffer with the airline freebies. Remember to pack some!
  • If you have prescription medications, check to ensure you'll have enough to last you through your trip
  • Put important things (such as those medications) in your carry-on just in case your luggage gets delayed
  • Pack some warmer clothes to layer if the nights are chilly- you can always wear them on the plane to save space in your suitcase.
  • Accident prone? Tide-To-Go pen.
  • A reusable water bottle is useful to have in the airport and to bring to the beach
  • If you wear contacts, bring an extra pair. There's nothing worse than losing or getting a tear in one and having to squint out of one eye or choose to go blind (not that I know from experience... oops).
  • Make an actual checklist and check it off. Ask someone else to read it over so that you don't miss anything
  • Buy magazines/books beforehand instead of in the airport to save $$

 Shop the post + some more items I love:

Are you going anywhere for spring break, or have a favorite packing tip?  

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